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What we actually did


The Flying Squad worked to help humanity fulfil its greatest potential, for the greatest good.

When we held our meditations and meetings we worked with specific areas of disturbance in the world, and on varying levels. We felt our way forward. The methods we used were not set in stone - sometimes we drew on methods evolved earlier, and sometimes we innovated and acted spontaneously.

At meetings we would come into session with no preconceived ideas. Once we had opened the circle, we sat together in silence, meditated and then used a talking-stick to air the issues until a thread or pathway appeared that we then could follow. It was an unfolding process where discussion moved us into a deeper level of relating and understanding, sometimes yielding profound insights. This aided the exploratory process.

We sought to uncover unhelpful patterns of collective behaviour and belief, to heal the hurts of cultures and nations, to expose negative influences of control and to release binding and blocking energies that obstruct humanity’s progress.

We worked to expose imbalances in the world and then to bring harmful and wholesome energies into greater balance. Today we are in times of intense change with much division, insecurity and brutality, and balance helps societies change in healthier ways. When balance is sufficiently restored, humanity's self-correcting and self-healing power comes into play, and conflict and extremes of hardship can be avoided or reduced in impact.

This was the intention of our meditations and meetings.

Meditations

Circle members made an absolute commitment to meditate for half an hour at the same time (7- 7.30pm GMT, 8-8.30pm BST in summertime) every Sunday evening. (In other words, we meditated at the same time throughout the year in terms of nature and the cosmos - it's just that human clocks changed.) This meditation together was important, since consistency of configuration of the group is necessary in this kind of teamwork.

There were possibilities also to 'fly alongside' - to participate in some but not all Flying Squad activities.

The theme for the week was circulated beforehand by our ‘theme-catchers’ - two members of the group who undertook to identify themes over an agreed period of time. This duty circulated round the group every four or six months.

After every Sunday meditation, within 48 hours we would e-mail a synopsis of our meditation to the current record-keeper and to the rest of the group. These were then compiled by the record-keeper and circulated to all members on a monthly basis.

Meetings

Our group committed to meeting up four times a year - three long weekends and one week-long summer retreat camp. Here we used meditation, circle-working and other methods to uncover and process whatever focus came up at the time. In a sense we sought to distil the nature of the times at that very moment and to identify and work with its inner components and underlying patterns.

Meeting together took the work into a different dimension, and it helped us develop our psycho-spiritual practices and methods. It deepened our interpersonal connections, often creating a sense of group synergy, direction and consensus for the coming period.

In summer we joined together for a 6-7 day camping retreat. This was a quiet, non-public, inexpensive retreat camp, during which we would usually work all day in two main sessions, and the evening was informal - mainly sitting together round a campfire. This itself was a valuable part of the work. We were disciplined with this, though organic with it too. We cooked, ate and took breaks together around the campfire. This process was intensive yet magical. More details about the camp here.

We made a shared promise to stay with the process longterm, as a team and as individuals. This 100% commitment gave a momentum and cohesion that opened up possibilities not present in a more come-and-go or 'open' group. The weekly meditations, the meetings and the camp were powerful and meaningful to be part of, bringing their own inner rewards. Over time, a lot happened!

We didn't take notes of what happened though. This would have brought a kind of detachment, and the process required a complete immersion, a complete commitment to the process in which all of us were involved.

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