Why Pathfinder Circles?
Pathfinders are those who blaze their own trails, who help others evolve and grow on their unique paths, and who co-create avenues that support global transformation. Pathfinders are infinite players.
Pathfinder Circles offer a unique, commitment-based form of depth leadership development—an action-learning community of fellow adventurers who are committed to taking their journey and their contribution to "the larger whole" to a significantly higher and deeper level.
These circles are intended to support pathfinders in their deepest commitments:
- To bring forth their unique gifts and their true work—their true purpose in this lifetime.
- To multiply the lasting difference they make in their particular spheres of influence—to pioneer movement from finite to infinite games.
- To deep, on-going professional and personal transformation, with a special emphasis on the role of life balance in supporting all of the above.
In January, 2000, Bill and Marilyn Veltrop invited six colleagues from the San Francisco Bay Area to join in a special learning and growth adventure called a Pathfinder Circle. This learning expedition was launched with a 2-day gathering and met for a full day in each of the next 5 months.
In the 1 1/2-day wrap-up gathering in June, the group reflected on its time together. Lives had shifted—some dramatically. The circle had become an incredible learning/growth vortex. The connections with one another, the sacred space and safety felt in the circle, and the commitments around inner and outer work, resulted in significant levels of personal and professional transformation. Some described the experience as magical. The group was unanimous in wanting to continue. The experiment had taken on a life of its own.
January 2006 marks the beginning of the seventh season of Pathfinder Circles. They now include Pathfinder Circles for Women co-led by Marilyn and Pele Rouge. Outcomes for participants have continued to expand, deepen and evolve. Co-creative alliances have formed, and a larger pathfinder community is emerging. In addition to these circles, the Summer Solstice Gatherings co-led with FireHawk and Pele Rouge have served to support and expand this community of committed players.
What Are the Pathfinder Circles Like? How Do They Produce Their Magic?
These snapshots will give you a feel for some of the Pathfinder Circle energy—
Reflections on the Pathfinder Circle Experience, below, both speaks to these questions and also helps introduce you to Marilyn, Bill, Pele Rouge and FireHawk.
Reflections on the Pathfinder Circle Experience
(Taken from the Collective Wisdom Initiative interview between Bill, Marilyn, FireHawk and Pele Rouge on 4/17/03):
The Power of Circle
|Pele Rouge — I think one of the fundamental
principles for this work is the drawing of the circle, of us always meeting in a circle. The circle is
the oldest symbol that I know of for God, for wholeness, and I know, from
my own experience, that something happens when we draw a circle. What
we are saying, in essence, is there is nothing outside of this. It's a way of
connecting with the oneness of Life and having everybody who's present
be a part of a field, be a part of the One, be a part of the whole, be a part of
the Mystery, be a part of God.
So, in all of the Pathfinders work and certainly in our Summer Solstice Gatherings, we created the circle, drew the circle, and met as a circle of people. A circle was present in every phase of our time together, and the act of doing that meant that what happened every single time we were together, was different than if we had not done that.
What Distinguishes Pathfinder Circles
|FireHawk — When we're talking about the circle,
we're not just talking
about the physical manifestation of the circle. We're talking about the
circle of our collective intention, which some people call design work.
There's also the coming into conscious, joyous relationship with the other beings that inhabit the physical spaces where we meet. I was thinking about what distinguishes Pathfinder Circles. Part of it is the space here where we've met all year long, this space in your home, Bill and Marilyn, that's imbued with your collective intention and with the energy of the people who have come here over the years and the work that's been done. All of that energy is still here, and the trees and plants that you both love so much and care for—all available to us to assist with our work. We've invoked that energy consciously, as we did at the retreat (Summer Solstice Gathering) with the redwood trees and the medicine wheel in the meadow.
There's a mysterious aspect to creating the circle that's not physical, that's not literal. It has something to do with intention and commitment; it has something to do with mystery; it has something to do with relating to the plants and the animals and the sky — all the other beings that we share this planet with.
The Emergence of Summer Solstice Gatherings
|Marilyn Veltrop — This brings me back to the medicine circle that we
created on our land and that became the site for the opening ceremony of
our Pathfinder Circles this year.
What in particular is coming up for me around that is the fact that the medicine circle contains two smaller circles that overlap. In-between is an almond-shaped space called a mandorla, or vesica piscus in ancient Celtic traditions...the source of birthing, of the Goddess. This is a source of tremendous creativity and wholeness...where polarities no longer exist.
The reason I'm bringing this up now is that one of the ways we looked at that symbol was the coming together of the two circles we had this year. There was an area of overlap, which had not physically manifested yet. Our two circles were distinct and separate throughout the year, and it wasn't until our 3-day Summer Solstice Gathering that they came together and we were able to experience what that potential birthing in the center might be.
There was a fair amount of resistance on some people's parts to bringing the two circles together. I'm reminded of a concept from the book, What We Learned in the Rainforest. In that book, the authors speak about the phenomenon of a verge that is created when two entities come together. The verge becomes a source of competition and a certain amount of friction, but it also opens up the possibility for something very magical to take place, in the intersection of the two previously separate entities. Our Summer Solstice Gathering experience felt like the coming together of two circles that had a wholeness in and of themselves. But in bringing them together, there was a new circle created that held all of them. One of the things we noticed was how quickly everybody was turned on by everybody else. This dynamic was very much supported by an appreciative introduction of the each of the people there.
|Bill Veltrop — To build on your verge idea, the creativity that was stirred in that retreat resulted in people talking in terms of a Pathfinder community—an organism that is different from the circles—one that is more like an ecosystem, more like a rainforest, with the circle being one species in the rainforest.|
The Purpose of Circles & Community
|Pele — At a fundamental level, Pathfinders provides a structure by which
humans can come together. It's my belief that it's not possible for each of
us to truly manifest who we are in isolation. That can only happen in a
community of people. So Pathfinders provides not just any old
community of people, but a very specific, purposeful, intentional,
sophisticated community of people and, within that structure, there's the
promise of each individual being able to be all that they can be.
I think that only happens in community. It doesn't happen in isolation. It doesn't happen in just oneness. There's a part of who I am that needs you and you and lots of you's in order for me to flower, to manifest the magnificence of who I am and who each of us is as a human being.
"...a commitment to evoke my own story"
|FireHawk — I saw evidence in myself of flowering. One of the things that gives me enormous pleasure and excitement and engagement is when I really hear somebody else's story. And I hear it in a way that's authentic and true to the moment, but there's also a commitment to evolve the story on that person's part. That's really the ground of the Pathfinder Circles...a commitment to evolve my own story. And to write new stories, not just for myself, but for the worlds I touch. That's a tremendously energy- forming and energy-giving process for me—the telling of our stories.|
|Pele — And if I don't know what my story is, to have a safe, supportive AND challenging place to discover it.|
The Role of Silence
|FireHawk — Exactly, right. It doesn't have to be The Story. In fact,
over the year, over the nine meetings, for me, my own story evolved. The
Pathfinder Circle gave me a ground to come and not only see how my
story was evolving in the mirrors of the other stories, but how the other
people were doing it in their lives. There's this sense of real connection
there that I can somehow move my own individual story forward into the
world because I'm a part of this circle, because I'm getting mirroring, I'm
getting challenge, I'm getting recognition, or I'm getting appreciation from
the others in this group. We're all doing that for each other in a way that's
not cumbersome and feels organic. The practices in the Pathfinder Circle
are pretty simple.
The practice of coming together and sitting in silent meditation and invoking and evoking the sense of our ancestors and the sense of the "spirits that love and care for the people" at the beginning of each gathering, for me, is one of the practices that sets the ground. When we recognize Spirit in ourselves and in others, there's a willingness to step out that is created. There's a willingness to go beyond whatever the boundaries I may be in or caught in at the moment because I feel that invisible support of Spirit.
"Stringing the Beads"
|Pele — Another practice is "stringing the beads" or check-in. The practice of hearing the voice of each individual as they choose to speak. This often takes two or three hours with eight to ten people, so it's a long period of time. People speak what's in their heart, whatever it is that needs to be spoken. That speaking is a way not only for others to hear their story, but as we speak it, we discover what our story is, what our journey is. The speaking helps to illuminate what it is that is going on that may otherwise be unconscious.|
The Purpose & Power of Lifeline Work
|Marilyn — Before our first sessions, we requested that everyone
complete a lifeline. Many people have done various lifelines before, but
with this one, we asked for a particular representation of our life journey
to date. We encouraged people to focus on both literal and metaphoric births and
deaths in their life, and on various comings together, in a sense
symbolic marriages or partnerships, and also on divorces or things
breaking apart, as a way of reflecting on key incidents or key periods on
those journeys. So everyone prepared a lifeline, and we encouraged
creative expression around how each person chose to represent that. We
received a variety of different forms for those lifelines.
Then, when people came to the first gathering, they used their lifeline to share a story of their journey. That set a foundation in the group because many people found that they learned about themselves just through the process of doing this. But also... we've found that really being witnessed and heard and seen by others in the circle creates a natural and robust bond between the members of the circle.
Through the reflection and feedback that took place after each story was told, those stories evolved even further. Both for the person who just spoke, but also for those others who were seeing themselves in the story of the person who just spoke. The story of the "other" was illuminating things about their own journey that they had not seen before.
|FireHawk — This illustrates our design principle of seeking interaction and engagement in a way that provides multiple benefits. It's not just the story for me. Everybody gets benefit individually, and then the interaction of everybody collectively adds another layer of benefit.|
Sowing a Co-Creative Field
|Bill — I'd like to go a bit deeper in this area, because I think it's rich. The point I want to underscore is that the stories that are told are intimate. They are disclosing. They go very deep, and they're presented in a way that presents a wholeness, a very soulful picture of who we are. It's our story. There is an experience in telling your story that's one thing. But then to have it deeply heard and have the other leaders reflect back on how the story touched them is a truly transformational moment. It establishes a level of resonance and trust and love that then provides a field—a co-creative field we can play in that we rarely get to access.|
The Importance of Spaciousness
|Pele — Your words, Bill, trigger for me Barbara Waugh's concept of
listening something into being. One of the qualities that I think is primary
in Pathfinders is the quality of spaciousness...spaciousness to hear one
another, spaciousness to hear ourselves. For me, creation only occurs, or
occurs in its beauty, within a frame of spaciousness. One of the things that
people commented on again and again and again in the circle was that this
was a place out of space and time. Of how precious our time together was
because it wasn't run by the clock; it was run by a deeper rhythm.
Whenever things started to feel crowded or pressed, there was always a
call by one of us to come back to this quality of spaciousness...a quality
which, for me, is profoundly important for the world to create if we are
going to resolve the issues that are before us.
I remember a teacher and friend and colleague of mine saying that the most difficult challenge in listening to life around us and listening to the wisdom that is contained in Mother Nature is that we're moving so quickly, we can't hear her. We're not relaxed enough, we're not spacious enough. There's a brittleness to our being. It's as if our edges are impermeable. It's as if they're solid and brittle and hard. The interaction that wants to happen and is waiting to happen from all of life that is around us, has a very difficult time getting through to us as humans, because we're so busy and we're moving so fast. We're moving beyond the speed of natural wisdom and beyond the speed of natural intelligence. We have to slow down. For me, this is the irony...that the wisdom comes not in striving harder or doing more or going faster, but it comes in slowing down.
"Vertical Time" vs. "Horizontal Time"
Significant Time Commitment a Critical Success Factors
|Marilyn — This phenomenon came to be described in the circles as
vertical time versus horizontal time. There was a real appreciation for this
among participants, whose lives are very busy and very full, and many of
them travel a lot. Before we began the circles, we wondered whether the
time commitment was going to work among the population that we were
seeking to bring together. Because their calendars are so full, would we
be able to get a commitment of one full day a month, two full days to start,
and a day and a half at the end of the series?
What we found was that not only was that not an issue among those who chose to participate, but it actually became one of the essential ingredients. One of the gifts that people felt they received in the process was making a commitment to that kind of spaciousness in their life. For some of them, it was the only experience of that kind they had during the month and they found themselves so looking forward to reconnecting with that spaciousness, within themselves and with this community of others who were sharing in this sacred, intimate circle.
"...you can hear & see people growing."
|Pele — You know, when there's the mirroring to each other and the listening to each other, there's always a listening for the highest being. There's always a seeing and a calling forward of the higher self. We don't spend time criticizing each other. There is the belief in the assumption that each of us is a sacred being; each of us is choosing to manifest our highest self as much as possible. If we speak to that and call that and see that and listen for that, we literally will call it into being. The power of being heard in that way and of being seen in that way, it's like in the Midwest, they say you can hear the corn growing, and you can. In the circle, you can hear and see the people growing. You watch them change before your eyes. You watch our dysfunctional behavior (and we all have some!) slowly start to fall away. Not by doing anything specific about it, but by just ignoring it and continuing to call, to talk to, to respond to, to listen to that higher self that's there in everyone. I think that's a hugely important principle in Pathfinders. And so unusual in the culture around us in which a lot of it is about focusing on what's wrong, what doesn't work. What did you do wrong? Who's to blame? Whose fault is it? All of those things.|
The Role of Ceremony & Relationship with Nature
|FireHawk — I want to speak a little bit about the collective energy and
the role of ceremony and direct relationship with the trees and the plants
and the animals, the earth, the rocks, the stones, the fire. At the retreat this
past weekend, what we did was to create a sacred space, a sacred circle,
and invite the two circles of pathfinders to enact something deeply on that
sacred ground that in this case was beyond words... beyond the miracle of
language, but also the liability of language. We allowed ourselves to enter
this non-verbal space in which each individual could deeply pledge their
intention, see themselves in a sacred way.
This shows up in some personal breakthroughs. I remember one of the men in our circle discovering his own artistic ability—as a part of his emerging deeper listening process—and then pursuing that for himself. I remember times when we would sing together or when we would be out on the land together, here. And people writing poetry for each other as well as for themselves.
For me, the sacred ceremony aspect helps to bring all of the words into a wholeness. What I experienced happening at the retreat was the larger being of the Pathfinder community came up out of that energy. The possibility that there is a larger Pathfinder community and that we want to find ways to communicate what that is to ourselves and to the world.
For me, that's one of the outcomes of when we intentionally take ourselves into ceremony and into what is a very ancient way of being that's an energetic experience of oneness. When we do that together, when we step into that place consciously together, my experience over and over again is something larger gets created out of that.
|Bill — I want to underscore what happens each time we encouraged people to go by themselves out into nature and to have a conversation with the trees and the ground and the rocks and the sky. It's awesome what they'd come back with. I am blown away by the poetry, by the wisdom, by the insights, and by the intimate stories of how the process works within them as they "wrestle" with these subtle conversations. These sharings present such an intimate view of our yearning to cross through that veil.|
The Power of Expressing Commitments in Community Ceremony
|Marilyn — Everyone who comes into our circles is working with a
10X commitment throughout the process. What this represents is a
commitment to making a significant improvement in the lasting difference
they make in the world. This often has both an inner, or more personal,
component to it...what we want to have revealed within ourselves or to
evolve on our own journeys. And also, what is it that we really want to
offer, to give as service out in the world, to make a real lasting difference.
Those 10X commitments change and evolve over time. What both Firehawk and Bill were just speaking of—about the role of nature—applied in both our first circle gatherings and the retreat. Before the ceremonies in which we brought our commitments forward into the universe, people spent time by themselves out on the land to receive guidance from nature. In both of those cases, spaciousness was important—enough time to let the magic unfold. Some folks were uncertain whether they'd gotten what they were seeking during their exchange out in nature, but insights were later revealed. At the retreat, one man went back to his cabin after his time outdoors, lay down for a moment and was flooded with all kinds of input. So, some people had magic happen while they were out in nature, and others had it happen as a result of their having been out, but not necessarily in the direct experience.
In our initial circle gatherings, we had a ceremony in the medicine circle on our land. People stepped into the central space I referred to earlier, the mandorla or vesica piscus—the space of intersection between the two inner circles—and they expressed their commitments. It was a very powerful ceremony fueled by the gifts that each of us had received in our earlier communion with nature.
So the use of many different modalities, where silence is honored as well as words, as well as various forms of creative expression. All of these are ways for us to access the deeper wisdom, clarity and commitments that we each have, but that need a certain environment in order to bring them forward in a powerful way.
|Bill — I'd like to say a little more about the 10X commitments. It's a very simple concept, but it can have profound implications. "10X" refers an order of magnitude shift in the lasting difference we make in the world. It's not about more effort; it's not about that at all. It's about making a commitment that goes way beyond what you can imagine accomplishing on your own. It's designed to help us move outside of the boxes that we create around ourselves—the limitations we place on what we think is possible in the world— limitations on our creativity, limitations on the help that we can access. The focus on our 10X commitments is a theme that we want to give more and more ongoing attention to as we move through a circle series, so that we're drawing forth the story of the journey. When we get this intentional, we invite the Universe to come in and move with us.|
The Role of Beauty
|FireHawk — I really want to underscore that we shouldn't underestimate the role of beauty in all of this. And the consciousness that it evokes in us humans, when even in the most sterile board room, somebody takes the time and the effort and the attention to bring beauty to the center or bring beauty into the room.|
|Pele — I'm so glad you mentioned beauty. That was one of the places I
wanted to go—to the importance of beauty. We often tend to think of
beauty as a luxury, or we don't have time for beauty. If you want to
increase the possibility of wisdom coming from a circle of people, it's
important to pay attention to two things. One of them is beauty. And the
other one is respect.
Beauty has within it a wholeness. Or it wouldn't be beautiful. Anything that we find beautiful is some manifestation, some mirror, some reflection of wholeness. We only notice it because it's also within us. We can't see anything that's not within us.
So every time I experience or see beauty, it's like a gift from the mystery saying, Pele Rouge, there's that beauty within you. There's that beauty all around, just pay attention, just notice. It's everywhere. And in that beauty is wholeness. As humans, we're not used to people caring about us enough to create beauty before us. When we go out of our way to create beauty for other humans, it has a profound impact on them. It's really awesome what happens. I remember the Biblical words. "I go to prepare a place before you." I go to prepare beauty, I go to prepare the way.
Another key characteristic of Pathfinder Circles is respect. One of the questions that I ask myself sometimes is: How can I increase my manifestation of respect in relationship to an individual or situation? What practice, what thought, what process? The way that we come together in Pathfinders clearly is with a high level of intentionality to hold each other in deep respect for the spirit beings that we each are.
I can't respect something if I'm not paying attention to it. I have to notice it in ways and levels and depths that I didn't see before. And as I do that, I see more deeply; I see beyond the surface that I might have been looking at something before. Anytime I start to go more deeply into something, or we as a collective start to do that, a deeper wisdom emerges.
|Marilyn — I'd like to speak of respect in another aspect of our circle
experience. It has to do with having a two-hour intensive block for each
participant to have the circle's full attention. He or she would go deeply
into an issue, a topic, a project, or something that is really up for that
person. Because of the environment of safety, respect and appreciation
that we've been speaking of, people have come forward with issues that
have been very raw for them. They've felt safe enough to bring them into
the circle, and have others work with them in this way.
At the same time, when we have this lens of respect and appreciation, truth-telling can happen in a way that can be really heard and really healing and valuable to each person. It's how truthtelling is held and how it's done that is key. When we've taken time for each person to go deeply into something that they choose, it's been tremendously helpful for the person who is choosing to use that time, but also for everyone else who participates in that process.
|Bill — Another thing that helped make those times powerful was when
the focal individual asked for advance personal reflection from the other
members. This seemed to heighten the depth of the sharing and multiplied
the insights we each came away with. It's not just a focus on one person,
but the truth-telling is almost always truth-telling about self that is enabled
by the truth-telling of each of the others. As I experience each of the
others go more deeply, disclose more and just be fully who they are in this
space, it gives enormous permission for me to own those parts of myself.
In our initial sessions, Marilyn shared her "Figure 8" model. Would you describe it? Then I want to refer to it.
The "Figure 8" Model
"What supports dying and birthing?"
|Marilyn — The "Figure 8" model came out of my dissertation work. It's
a model of the transformational journey that has four phases to it. The two
phases in the upper circle of the 8 are Life Structure Development and Life
Structure Breakdown. This is the more personal or out-in-the-world level:
the life structures we are building, whether through our work or through
relationships. We inevitably encounter a plateauing of any particular life
structure, and then there's a breaking down of that structure.
At some point, we reach a juncture I call the gateway at the middle point of the figure 8—a gateway into the lower circle, which has to do with our more transpersonal side, our more innerfocused work. When we go through the gateway, we encounter the third phase, Descent and Awakening. After going down into the depths of our soul to connect with our essence, we reach the fourth phase, which I call Emergence and Integration. Here, we emerge with new insights and integrate new aspects of ourselves, so that when we move back out into the world, we are birthing ourselves in a whole new way.
For many, there's real resistance to going into this lower loop. So there's a tendency, when we get into life structure breakdown, to make minor adjustments, to move right back into the go-for-it first stage of life structure development. There's a tendency, in our culture, to want to stay in the upper loop, to not allow for the "deaths" that are necessary to move into the deeper and more expansive aspects of ourselves that require us to go into this lower loop of the journey.
I see this gateway in the center as essentially a dying process as we're moving down into the lower circle, and as a birthing process as we move back up into the upper circle. We tend to experience resistance before both of those processes. A question we addressed in one of our Pathfinder Circle sessions was: What supports dying and birthing? Recognizing that both processes are essential to our being whole, we explored what conditions support the dying of old, outmoded structures, and also what supports our birthing, when the time is right, into new outer-world structures.
"...the real teacher is in the middle of the circle."
|Bill — In a series of twelve full days spent together, with Marilyn and I
as leaders, Marilyn's brief description of the "Figure 8" model was about
the extent of our "formal teaching." There was some conversation about it
in the group, but just enough to provide a framework. (Later, the model
was often referred to when people shared about their journeys.) We are not
the teachers; we all are teachers. And the real teacher is in the middle of
the circle—a product of our interactions. That collective entity is the real
teacher that we want to pay attention to.
The point that triggered me into remembering Marilyn's "Figure 8" model is that for people who are out in the world, most of their issues tend to be in the upper circle. But as they participate in the Pathfinder Circle and as they listen to others' stories, these stories invariably describe descents into the lower circle as well. What happens after a time of participation and experience and experimentation is that we increasingly make friends with the adventures of the lower circle.
That is a very powerful thing to have happen for people who primarily have been masterful in the world, in the upper circle. This kind of incredible gift can't come out of any cognitive learning process. It requires an incubator. And I think the circle truly serves as an incubator, permitting that part of our wholeness to be acknowledged and increasingly accessed.
The Role of Creative Expression
|Marilyn — One of the vehicles to support that for us has been creative expression, because creative expression allows us to tap into the tacit knowing inside that may not be accessible at a more conscious, verbal level. We invite participants to use whatever form they choose, whether it's drawing or collage or poetry or movement.|
|Bill — Or a pizza that is carefully designed to represent the essence of one of the deepest and most profound and complex of spiritual traditions.|
|Marilyn — Whatever form it happens to take, creative expression has been one of the ways that supports deepening and befriending the lower circle and what it can reveal to us, how it can renew us and reveal truths to us that we otherwise don't have access to.|
The Importance of Intention
|Pele — The circle, when we come together, for me is the void. The
intention to create a circle creates a boundary around it. It creates a
container into which the Mystery can speak, into which our collective
wisdom can emerge. Without the container, there's nothing to hold it.
The element of intention is an essential aspect of Pathfinders. It's our intention that largely creates the ceremony. It's what's behind our intention that determines whether or not our mirroring is healing or hurtful. A little skill helps, but there can be a lot of clumsiness if the intention is truly pure.
Discernment in Participant Selection
|Bill — I'd like to insert another design element that we haven't touched on
yet that feels important. It has to do with the attention we've given to
selecting and inviting pathfinders into this game. A key part of this
adventure has been to explore what's possible when you bring together
people who are deeply committed to their inner journey—their inner
journey has them. That doesn't mean they're far along on the journey,
necessarily. It doesn't mean they're "enlightened." But there is that clear
yearning and commitment to go to the next level, whatever the hell that is.
And a commitment to move relationally, not just to fix something, but to
discover what's possible when we're in community, when we're in
relationship, when we're exploring our edges together.
We sought pathfinders who also had a deep commitment to transforming organizations. Some of them are providers; some of them are core players inside of organizations—business leaders and the like; others are change agents — but all are clearly, deeply concerned about the nature of our organizing forms and are wanting to shift that. So they share that common commitment. And they are deeply committed to the world, to bringing wholeness into the world.
This is not a fixit group. These are circles of adventurers—people who are wanting to push the edge and know they want to join with other adventurers. In general, we've brought in people with whom we've had direct relationship, or other pathfinders have had enough experience with them so we know that these are folks who are ready to cross the frontier together.
"...a passionate relationship and interaction between the people"
|FireHawk — There's a role in gathering the people together that I'm
hearing you speak about. What it comes to is the need for there to be a
passionate relationship and interaction between the people who are calling
the circle and the people that are being called. Any lessening of the
quality of that relationship or the quality of the calling can really be a
detriment to what might emerge. It's not about "this can only work for
certain kinds of people." It's really about the nature of the two of you
calling and the people that you're calling to.
There are some fundamental principles under that that are useful for others who might not be in the area of organizational transformation, or in the area of personal transformation, but might be in other areas. They could use those same ideas to call a circle together that would have some of the same attributes.
Sounding a Clear Note
|Pele — When Marilyn rang—or rather sounded—the Tibetan bells this
morning, what went through my mind was the clarity of the sound that
went out. I've listened to people sound Tibetan bells probably thousands
of times. And the sound that comes out is a function of the clarity and the
consciousness, the intention with which it's being sounded. You don't get
a beautiful, clear note sounded if you're not paying attention. The two of
you pay enormous attention, and behind that attention is a huge intention.
To truly serve and to sound a very clear note to which people can then
respond with the least amount of confusion. There's an essence level to the
note that you sound.
One of you could say, well, Bill and Marilyn are getting a group together, who wants to come? Many groups are formed that way, but part of the power of Pathfinders comes from the purity and the clarity of the note that is sounded...many, many, many, many, many, many, many times.