A specific type of circle that is very effective in the area of healing ourselves, and invites us to become more authentic and more deeply connected to self, is the Heart Circle. Tej Steiner developed the Heart Circle model. It emphasizes ‘personal presence’ and uses the collective field to give participants greater access to their inner guidance. It doesn’t incorporate specific teachings or beliefs. It is about being in the moment together so that we have access to insights and direction that is only available when we are truly present with each other. In circle, we experience a social environment that encourages us to wake up from the illusion that we are alone and disconnected from life and one another. It is designed to bring us into the safety and enjoyment of the present moment together. As this occurs, we relax more deeply and have greater access to the subtle longings of our hearts rather than the conditioning of our minds. It brings us clarity about what we truly want in life.
With his own interpretation of the circle model, Christian Pankhurst founded Heart IQ, facilitating circles and training facilitators. During Heart IQ retreats, we are upgrading ourselves. The focus is not on fixing a problem, but on imprinting ourselves and our nervous system with a healthy way of being and interacting with ourselves and others. In circle, we are invited to expand our emotional range and to open ourselves to our feelings rather than resist the depth of the feelings, while we are supported by a safe energetic container. We might even be able to find joy in the experience of our more intense emotions. When the resistance against certain feelings is no longer needed, we have a chance to trust our inner foundation, and to stop wearing a mask for the world around us. We no longer lose energy in constantly managing ourselves, and instead, we practice just being. From that space, our authentic essence can emerge and our actions become effortless and purposeful. An overview of upcoming retreats can be found on the Heart IQ website.
Another circle model is called surrendered leadership, which was founded by Circling Europe. It’s a form of leadership that surrenders to the collective intelligence. The facilitator tunes into the group and invites the orchestra to play and he surrenders to what arises from each moment to the next. He also surrenders to each individual person by attuning to their essence. It gives the opportunity to play and experiment in a space that is profoundly free. It can draw light on our ways of being with a gentle sharpness while whispering to us to notice the inter-connectivity that is alive between us. There is an invitation for every individual to practice self-leadership, as the role of the facilitator is usually more passive in these circles. An overview of upcoming retreats and trainings can be found on the Circling Europe website.