1995

Hints, Tips and Guidelines
GUIDELINES FOR ESTABLISHING A STUDY GROUP
by Albert Schatz, Ph.D. and Glenda Kuhl, Ph.D.

Editor's Note: A number of people have contacted Perelandra about appropriate ways to network with others who are using the Perelandra processes so that they may have support and feedback as they develop their co-creative relationship with nature. The following article offers guidelines for establishing a Perelandra Study Group.

The purpose of our Perelandra Study Group is to increase the members' understanding of nature and the White Brotherhood and improve members' skills for working most effectively in a co-creative partnership. This includes using the Perelandra Garden Workbooks, essences, MAP and other Perelandra processes. It is appropriate to use the networking lists, available from Perelandra, to contact people who may be interested in forming a Perelandra Study Group. However, please remember that the networking lists are distributed so people can make personal contact with other folks in their area who are interested in sharing Perelandra experiences. Neither the list nor the Perelandra Study Group is to be used to promote one's personal business or interests. At your first meeting, we suggest that you establish guidelines for your study group so all participants have a clear understanding of the purpose of the group. Some of our guidelines follow. You may use these or adapt them to fit your Perelandra Study Group.

  1. Plan each meeting in advance. Decide what subjects will be discussed, where and how frequently the study group will meet, whether the study group will function as a whole or be divided into subgroups, who will lead meetings, whether the leader will rotate, etc. If the group includes individuals who vary in their Perelandra experience, take this into account when planning meetings.

  2. Start and end each meeting on time. It is unfair to those who arrive on time to have to wait for others who are late. Those who want to socialize before meetings can do so by arriving 10 or 15 minutes before meetings are scheduled to begin.

  3. If meetings are scheduled for more than an hour, schedule a short break half-way through. Taking these breaks and socializing before meetings helps members become better acquainted. This is also facilitated by sitting in a different place at each meeting.

  4. For those who agree, distribute a list of members with addresses and phone numbers. Members can then make contact with one another between meetings.

  5. In a co-creative partnership with nature and the White Brotherhood, people are responsible for doing their share of what is involved. Expecting nature and/or the White Brotherhood to do everything is not partnership. This principle also applies when members of a Perelandra Study Group work in a co-creative partnership with one another. In this partnership, each member prepares for meetings by reading about or otherwise reviewing the subjects discussed. Those who miss a meeting should call others on the list to find out what the subject of the next meeting is. The individual who leads meetings should not have the burden of providing that information to absent members.

  6. Do not spend time discussing subjects that are unrelated to Perelandra work, such as meditation, spiritual healing, prayer, Native American ceremonies and nutritional products. Those who want to share unrelated interests can do so independently of the study group. However, it is appropriate to discuss other subjects and experiences if they relate directly to Perelandra work. An example is the advantage of doing bodywork in a co-creative partnership with an appropriate professional MAP team. The emphasis here is on the integration of a Perelandra process with bodywork, not on the bodywork itself independently of Perelandra. Also, it is suggested that you not distribute unsolicited literature. It is appropriate to make available copies of articles that directly relate to the discussion by placing them on a table or some other agreed-upon place.

  7. Every Perelandra Study Group and every meeting is form and, as such, is associated with one or more devas and nature spirits. We recommend that members of a Perelandra Study Group hold meetings in co-creative partnership with nature. To do this, open a four-point coning before each meeting and close it after the meeting. (Please refer to the Perelandra Garden Workbook, Second Edition, pages 237-246 for more information on four-point coning.) For a particular meeting, it may be advantageous to add another deva to the four-point coning. For example, the Deva of Geopathic Zones may be added to the coning for a meeting at which geopathic zones are discussed. If you are uncertain about doing this, ask the coning if it is advisable to do so. If you conduct meetings this way, you will be connected with and can obtain information from nature and the White Brotherhood during a meeting, and you can invite them to actively participate in your study group.

  8. All members should test for essences prior to opening, after opening and again after closing the coning. If you choose not to hold meetings in a coning, it is still advisable for members to test themselves for essences shortly before and after the meeting.

We feel that Perelandra has provided information that is important and useful. The main purpose of our Perelandra Study Group is to help people understand and apply that information. An important benefit of participating in a study group is the opportunity to share experiences and learn from one another. We encourage you to ask questions and request help in understanding and doing things. Those who ask questions and request help are participating and contributing in an important way because they enable the study group to fulfill its main purpose.