3. Stop 6 – The Great Circle of One

Journal Questions

Journal Reflections represent an interior dialogue with your deepest essential reality. While your responses are for you alone, the relational practice of objectifying a response in written form can be helpful in achieving clarity and determining what may or may not have value to share with others.

  1. What objective realities stuck in my memory from the encounter with The Great Circle of One: images, pictures, objects, sounds, lines of text, etc.? (Quickly re-create a surface-level recall of the experience).

  2. When you hear the words ?I experience reality as order around a center? what is the ?center? for you?

  3. How is it you dance to find your center? How does it feel to keep dancing to find your center? How does this dance give meaning to life?

  4. As a souvenir of Life Journey #2, how do you experience being pushed forward, being beckoned deeper?

  5. How do you love that Grand Mystery that someday is going to take you and destroy your existence?

  6. How do you embody this consciousness of ONE?

  7. In what way do you stay connected to the Great Circle of One?

  8. As a result of the encounter with The Great Circle of One life practices, postures, or next steps I am inclined to consider include:

  9. Other questions that are raised for me by the encounter with The Great Circle of One, and that I wish to explore more deeply, include:

*Please star your response to one or more of the questions above to write it in the “Comments” section at the end of the module. This contribution is your personal “seed” in nurturing a depth conversation with others.

Group Questions

  1. What images or pictures caught your attention in this Module? What sounds did you hear? What lines of text do you remember? What else connected with your awareness; what else do you remember? (Recreate a group verbal montage of the cinematic art form without reflection on specific elements but simply bringing the material back to mind).

  2. When you hear the words ?I experience reality as order around a center? what is the ?center? for you?

  3. How is it you dance to find your center? How does it feel to keep dancing to find your center? How does this dance give meaning to life?

  4. How do you grasp that the ?universally human is the universally human?? In other words, how are you seeing through all humanness and encountering the universally human?

  5. What happens to a life that has this breakthrough?

  6. How do you love that Grand Mystery that someday is going to take you and destroy your existence?

  7. ?The entire universe is like a plank suspended over nothingness. This Nothingness in the Everythingness in which all things coexist.? (Gene Marshall) How does one uncover the courage to live over this Nothingness, this Everythingness?

  8. How do you embody this consciousness of ONE?

  9. In what way do you stay connected to the Great Circle of One?

  10. How might your life be different moving forward as a result of engaging The Great Circle of One? What new life practices or postures are you inclined to consider?

  11. What other questions are raised for you by this encounter with The Great Circle of One that you wish for the group to discuss?

  12. Additional Questions (Allow the group to select from these if time permits)

    What does it mean to live beyond the ?joy juice? and embrace ?both sides? of Ultimate Reality?

    How has this Life Journey impacted your relationship to the great wisdom traditions of humankind? How might you relate differently to the rituals, literature, or institutions of these traditions as a result of this journey?

    "You don?t have to worry. That is who you are! Life is good!" - Joe Slicker

    By the above statement, what do you sense Mr. Slicker is attempting to communicate to you about ?you??

3 thoughts on “3. Stop 6 – The Great Circle of One”

  1. David Lawler says:

    There is a slight touch of sadness present as I start this review because it brings to light that the every Wednesday Ultimate Reality gatherings have come to a close. When I first found out that this process was being planned, I had a strong feeling that it was important for me to participate even though I had no idea what it was. My instincts served me well.

    This weekly rendezvous was a magnificent blend of Michael?s ?setting the stage? in preparation for a beautifully done video designed to open the door to a room full of unanswered questions. The following small group discussions allowed illusive thoughts to be more fully formed and planted in consciousness.

    Every week I was amazed at Michael?s ability to engage with an auditorium full of people in such a way that it perfectly paved the way for the day?s video presentation. Michael, I?m just wondering, have you ever considered doing a Ted Talk? I would say that you could hold your own among the best in the world. You were that effective.

    Maryellen?s video art forms were a marvelous amalgamation of lovely video, perfectly matched narration and compelling music. It is beyond my imagining how many hours went into editing and stick figure animation. And then there was the music and voice over. And in the last video, I was amazed how everyone seemed to focus on the spider moving on the ever slowly spinning bicycle wheel as the narrator spoke the words, ?I dance to find my still point.? You just can?t end a series better than that!

    Last, and certainly not least, the group discussion was perhaps my favorite part. The common refrain among those present was a desire for even more time to talk and process the insights gathered in the previous hour. What a gift to the world this has been! To all who made this available, thank you very much.

  2. Michael D. May says:

    David, Your comments and reflections are deeply appreciated.

    The human family needs to learn, once again, how to engage and practice substantive conversation and depth exchange. It is my passionate conviction that this new method of circling together around the digital campfire as we engage these pioneering cinematic art forms may provide the key for unlocking this depth of shared communication. It is exciting to think that technology can now help us to go deeper and not just distract us with another screen. Thank you for sharing in this pilot experience from which we all are continuing to learn.

    The journey continues??

    1. Dee Burt says:

      Yes, these Ultimate Reality gatherings have re-energized my commitment to honoring the soulful journey. There are so many precious beings in our wonderful community and in the world who truly care about the inner and outer missions of Life. May we circle up and send Love energy to all.

  3. psage9@aol.com says:

    The Great Relationship
    We live our lives in the company of ourselves. Those thoughts, feelings and stories we tell ourselves define our reality. And so often, our minds remain conditioned by the outside culture. When we try to measure ourselves to the marketplace, we end up clipping our clipped wings to fit into the boxes of accepted behavior. Especially when we have not yet learned to befriend ourselves, what we identify as ourselves is often a relationship to the outer world which gives us comfort, support and identity. It can be scary to begin cultivating a relationship to ourselves ? to sit quietly and listen to the constant stream of thoughts, ideas and judgements. Once we do, that inner chatter begins to settle down enough for us to notice something else. A watcher self, unhooked from the outer trappings, the fashions and fads of the impermanent landscape was always there.
    This watcher self, this witnesser can sit in the middle of the chaos of our lives, not judging but observing ? oh this is uncomfortable, oh I am tired, oh this person bores me, oh I wish I could have chocolate. Whatever the experience, this witnesser is a constant companion. The awareness of this watcher may begin by watching the breathe but can move on to watching the stories or judgements the mind is telling ourselves ? it can make connections between actions we?ve taken and events that followed ? it can also make connections between the story we tell about who we are and how that story becomes our life. The witnesser has no agenda ? it?s only watching. It begins to notice how resistance to what is only creates more tension. The life we are given with all its limitations and obligations is the gift we are given ? There is always a way out of the box by going deeper into our experience. We can work to change circumstances perhaps but that begins with embracing the existing conditions.
    Mostly our thinking revolves around what we have been told ? even revered science limits itself to observing and telling stories about what it can see and measure. We can become locked into our theories and beliefs and overlook the possibilities that exist. Science tells us everything came from nothing through the big bang. Everything that exists is measureable and quantifiable ? this is called matter. As matter evolved it developed consciousness (something unmeasurable). Meanwhile science?s own rules determined that something (matter) cannot come from nothing and that Nothing – consciousness (which cannot be measured and therefore is not matter) cannot come from something (matter). So it appears that matter and consciousness may have existed separately from the beginning, yet inform and infuse all life ? they are inextricably linked. All life forms out of the void of possibility. All matter is energy existing as a wave of possibilities ? it is only when consciousness (intention) interacts or observes it that this energy coalesces into a particle essentially freezing into some specific form.
    Is it possible then that are lives and the planet?s future hang in our hands, or more likely our heads? Perhaps what is to become of our species exists as a wave of possibilities and our notions, pre-programmed and programmable as they are, will actually cause our story to turn out certain ways. Isn?t it how we define human nature that defines our cultural institutions and therefore what the possibilities are for changing our story. We seem not to come with fresh eyes to our experience. Maybe if we could be still enough and let go old programming we could create a new story which would change the future. This new cosmology would bring an end to the free fall we are all experiencing.

    Pam Raider
    04/07/16

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