Some of these elements are done with the group and some alone as part of your personal practice.
Sharing Circles (Group time – once a week)
Sharing in the small group at least once a week. Sharing should include and element of non- judgmental listening with no interaction with the speaker and can also include an element of interaction. “I” statements for the speaker help the connection to emotions.
Physical Exercise (Personal Practice – suggested minimum of 3 x weekly)
A good guideline is to raise the heart rate though exercise for half an hour 3 times a week. Better of course to do this daily if you have the time.
Spiritual Practice (Personal – suggested daily)
Ideally something you can do every day. Meditation is the obvious one and there are formal meditations in the Findhorn community almost every day. And you could form your own meditation group where you live (highly recommended – meditation is easier in a group), or practice on your own However there are many other types of spiritual practice – sitting quietly in nature, gardening, walking, devotional singing, dancing, mindful exercise. The list is endless but the aim is the same – to quieten the mind and experience what is there behind it.
Journalling and Goal Setting Sheets (Personal – review often)
Not essential but can help to log progress and aims and intentions and give shape to your practice.
Attunements (Group – suggested once a week before sharing)
Attune as a group before sharing – a short meditation or silent period. Try attuning to inform decision making and direction forming either for yourself alone or for your group. Group attunement is another way of saying sitting in silence together. You can set the tone by inviting an answer to a question before you go into silence.
Service (Personal – suggested once a week)
Service or “work as love in action” as it is called is a key facet of this community at Findhorn. Service does not have to be unpaid but it often is. It requires that you dedicate your actions and do something practical to help someone else. There are plenty of opportunities at Findhorn and they are easy to find but they also exist everywhere because they are dependent on your own attitude and not on the actual work you do.
Group Dynamics and Conflict (Group)
Start to take an interest in the dynamics of your small group and note carefully any conflict you observe or get involved in. Conflict is part of the learning process so don’t run away from it – but don’t go looking for it either. To effectively deal with conflict requires further skills and I like the process work of Arnold Mindell as a tool to understand and deal with it.
Mental Engagement (Personal)
Please log your progress through SPLASH by writing (plus drawing/photos/videos if that suits you). Remember that we will be looking to improve this programme all the time. Give clear constructive written feedback at the end and suggest improvement, resources and modifications. Take a mental interest in this whole work and see yourself as part of an experiment that is ongoing. Think about ways to get this better. Contribute to a database of knowledge for the website.
You are part of both a smaller group and a bigger group of people who have formed SPLASH groups. You may choose to exercise, emotional release or do spiritual practice etc. with others from the wider group if you are located near them. It would be good to create an email newsgroup locally to share ideas or opportunities to form small interest groups within your area. An email list can also be used to advertise events that others can participate in. For instance in Findhorn I may have a great exercise regime that I can lead in the Dance Studio of the Hall and so I can send out an email asking if others want to join me. If you don’t have enough people in your part of the world at least you can join the bigger group and its resources via the website.
Splash Group Pages
- How to SPLASH
- Core Content
- Notes for Sharings
- Notes for Goal Setting
- Theory – Why Splash
- Holistic Education