The group took its original inspiration from the Hundredth Monkey Camps (M100) which took place in the UK in the mid-1990s.
These were themselves rooted in consciousness-raising camps started in the 1980s, in the work and the ideas of the Council of Nine (in the book The Only Planet of Choice - essential briefings from deep space, 1993, by Phyllis Schlemmer and Palden Jenkins) and in knowledge gleaned in healing circles, events and experiences from the late 1960s onwards.
The M100 camps sought to build a change in human consciousness and an understanding of its capacity to affect anything it pays attention to, when operating in alignment with universal laws and patterns of existence.
These camps ran for a period of three years, at the end of which there was a deepened understanding of the creational power of collective and intentional commitment to change. We found that this, along with the power of focused meditative practice, could effect fundamental transformation on a world scale.
The camps were wrapped up for a number of reasons. It was difficult to find funding to support the all-year work involved in organising them. It was tricky forming a solid core group of people to 'hold the energy' because people's lives were so profoundly and positively affected, in a way that set them off on new life-paths, that in many cases they did not return! Also we found that the large-scale group dynamics of a group with 150ish members were quite demanding to handle, and we became aware that the wider society we lived in would find it difficult accepting or encompassing this kind of activity.
A number of the participants in these powerful and transformational camps were inspired to continue the work and processes explored there, actively engaging in the responsible development of human consciousness and contributing to world healing.
The Flying Squad was formed in 1997 with a decision to make a 100% commitment to meditate at the same time every week, and it continued consistently from then up to 2018. This longevity was itself a success.
In the group we had a wide variety of skills and experience in our work and private lives. It was important to have variegated backgrounds and beliefs.
Over time, some individuals left the group, some later returned, one died, and new members joined. This happened gradually, each individual contributing uite a few years of input to the group. But our numbers declined gradually. And then there were only three of us...
Two interesting anecdotes. There were a few occasions when a group member lost track of the day of the week, forgetting the meditation. Yet, when our Sunday meditation slot came close, it was not uncommon to feel 'a bit funny', unconsciously finding ourselves in an altered state, only to realise that it was meditation time!
The 'frequency' for our weekly meditation was open for half an hour and, during the meditation, we sometimes lost track of time. Nevertheless, when the end of the meditation time-slot came along, there was a distinct shutting off of the 'frequency' with a tangible change of feeling. This was rather humbling, a constant reminder that we were working with something bigger than ourselves.