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Joining the Flying Squad | what's involved

We are open to new members.

Joining is a gradual process.

It's important that it feels right at every stage, both for the group and for you.

It starts with 'flying alongside' - a simple, flexible arrangement - and some are happy with that.

Full membership involves stepping up commitment and demonstrating it over time.

Once a full member, you can leave (there's a procedure), but we do hope for years of involvement.

The commitment involved in full membership isn't enormous, but it is a commitment.
Flying alongside is an option if you can't commit but wish to join in to the extent you can.


There are two levels of involvement:

flying alongside and full membership.

If you're interested in participating at either level you will need to attend a meeting of the core group to meet existing members and have some direct experience of working together before you start to fly alongside.


Flying alongside

This means that you join in the weekly meditations as and when you can. You will be informed of the week's meditation theme by e-mail and you'll have a contact person. We keep and collate notes of our meditations and you may do so too, but you don't have to.

For more about flying alongside, see the next page.
Flying alongside is a good option if your life does not permit full involvement or if you live in another country and you wish to join in and add your bit. So flying alongside is a way of having some involvement, or of preparing for full membership.

A period of at least six months flying alongside is mandatory before full membership is possible, and you will need to attend at least one further meeting in this period, to spend time with us and 'sync' with the group, 'get into the zone' and play a part in the process.


You're joining a team where we will depend on your presence and involvement. So flying alongside is a running-in process, and you join by 'voting with your feet'. But you can stay flying alongside too, optionally joining our camp or other meetings to which you are invited.


Full membership

This requires a willingness to make a 100% consistent commitment to doing meditations and group meetings over a longer period.

The good news is that, once this habit is stabilised, it gets easier. Life's circumstances arrange themselves around it if you're clear about it with yourself and others.

On occasions, we've done meditations in car parks, planes, sitting quietly on the edge of a crowded event, or even surrounded with munching cows in a field. Our families have got used to our doing it and even appreciate its effect on them and on us.

There is no membership fee or financial commitment, and we keep costs down. The main practical issues are time and full presence when in session, plus travel costs to meetings and moderate shared costs.

In time terms, our commitment demands maximum one hour per week for the meditation and, each year, two long weekends for meetings and one week for the camp.

We keep commitment issues doable, workable and simple, since this keeps the work sustainable longterm.

More about meetings and the retreat camp

For meetings we stay at members' homes. If the group expands, we'll rent an inexpensive barn-type venue.
We agree meeting dates and locations annually, by discussion and consensus at meetings.

We stay together, take turns to cook and we contribute food and money to the pot. We're all present from the beginning, when the circle is opened, to the end, when it is closed.

The retreat camp is generally at a pleasant site in Somerset, UK. Bring a tent, van or caravan and useful bits. If you're coming, you'll receive details closer to the time.

At meetings and the camp, we work from around 10am to 5-6pm each day, with breaks, with some flexibility - we keep going until we're complete. It's a process. On the last day of the camp we sometimes go out to a special place for some 'normal time' together.

Propagation

Longterm, we support the starting of similar groups in other parts of Britain, Europe and the world. This needs working out thoughtfully and organically. We don't insist on other groups replicating our practices, though to cooperate with you we would expect matching standards and intent, together with sufficient points of connection and agreement to make the relationship work.

If flying alongside interests you, more details here.


What's needed for full membership

- You need to be willing to commit to doing every meditation without fail and attending every meeting for its full length. This is why we ask people to fly alongside for six months, so that it gives you a sense of what the commitment involves. You move gradually into the group by osmosis.

- You need to have developed some psycho-spiritual tools and the right circumstances for managing your personal growth process. You need to be reasonably stable in this so that your fuses don't blow at crucial moments, and so that you can integrate the work with your daily life.

- We welcome spiritual diversity. Your faith, beliefs or path are not a concern, as long as you are happy working with people who tread their own path too. A variety of perceptions enriches what we do, and we take a multi-pronged approach to this work.

- You need to have flown alongside for at least six months. We treat each person individually, but this is a necessary minimum. At some point you're invited to a meeting or the camp. Eventually we reach a point where we all know that you have stepped in and that all is well. From that time, you're in. Up to that time, you're flying alongside.

- You need to be happy to adhere to the processes and protocols we use. These are not rigid but, to change them, the group needs to come to a settled consensus, by discussion and a process of organic, collective shifts and developments.

- Usually we do not adopt recipes and methods used by other groups and teachers, though we might take some cues from them. We do what comes up from amongst us, as we are, at the time. There is no problem with utilising techniques that you customarily use, in your own practice. The methods we use as a group have evolved through time and experience, and your presence will assist in evolving them further.

- Attending meetings and the camp involves travel, time and moderate costs, and your capacity to sustain these longterm is a factor to consider.

- We are self-determining, conscious, thoughtful people who seek to take responsibility for our lives. In group meetings, this also requires some stretchiness. No one is in charge when the circle is in operation. Responsibilities circulate round the group over time.

- We're not here for personal growth though it does happen. It's world work. Yet we ourselves are deeply and personally involved, and there are personal growth payoffs to this work.

If you do not understand why the above requirements exist, please mull it over for a while. 'Commitment' simply means something you build into your life as a stable priority and, like going to bed at night, it doesn't require much further thought - you just do it. Reading The Book of Possibilities will help clarify things.


How do I leave the circle?

Stuff happens: if you need to leave, you attend one final meeting after making your decision, and down-step your meditations gradually. When you join, it takes a while to 'come up to full speed', and leaving is similar.

Departure needs to happen in a good-natured way and in peace. We need to feel complete and to part with a smile. You're still welcome to 'fly alongside', and re-joining at a later date is possible too.


As in a theatre company, sport team or similar, we all rely on each other to do what we're there to do.


Why is it like this?

We do things this way to avoid 'leaky bucket syndrome'. The universe is energy-efficient and human operations are energetically supported and empowered when they're watertight and they work. This is about mutual trust, acceptance and cooperation.


The group has made a kind of 'contract' with the universe to carry out a task and, during our meetings and meditations, all else is secondary. The voltage available increases with the energy and integrity of the group as a whole. When the group fires on all cylinders, remarkable things happen. This isn't a control agenda - it's about teamwork and group synergy.


If you're still reading this, the chances are that you resonate with what we're doing and you're welcome to contact us - whether or not you wish to join. We enjoy hearing from others and about your own activities and projects.

We don't have a rapid-response administration team - we're really lightweight. Please forgive us if you don't hear back immediately.

If you're interested in world work like this but our approach isn't right for you, we encourage you to find your own way forward and pursue your calling in whatever way works best for you. The world needs all the help it can get, and if we each do what we're moved to do, together we shall cover everything. Many individuals and groups doing work like this tend to be quiet, not advertising themselves, and it is good that this is so - yet we're everywhere.


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