My most powerful memories of connection and transformation are from my experiences of different sharing circles.
Some circles gather for one night, one weekend, but the most powerful ones go on for a year or longer.
A true magical sharing circle is a place where we can be completely honest. We can share both our fears and our triumphs. It is a place where we do not feel judged and do not judge others. It is a place of listening and bearing witness. It is a place where we do not need to be given advice, we do not need to be fixed. We are just heard. It is magic.
In the article the author Molly Remer writes:
“I return to a conversation I had with a friend before one of our women´s gatherings...does it really matter that we do this or is it a self-indulgence? After some debate, we concluded that it does matter. That actively creating the kind of women affirming world we want to live in is a worthy, and even holy, task.” (SageWoman #92: p8).
Yes! To be in a circle where one is accepted, heard and respected in something we all need to experience, so that we know what to aim for in so called normal society.
It can also be hard though. Having experienced the trust and magic of being in a sharing circle it can be devastating to not find that anywhere else.
After my years of being in sacred circle during my Priestess training in Glastonbury and the close friendships that brought me I constantly yearn for such connections again.
I made the same close connections again during my training to become a counsellor, because the journey we went through was just as deep and transformational.
I am so grateful that I still have those friendships, even though I have moved to another country. And I have some such connections here as well.
“It might seem simple on the surface, but gathering the women and calling the circle is a radical and subversive act; a revolutionary act. In my work with women's circles and priestessing, I am repeatedly reminded that gathering with other women in a circle for ritual and ceremony is deeply important even though it might just look like people having fun or even being frivolous, it is actually a microcosm of the macrocosm - a miniature version of the world we'd like to see and that we want to make possible.” (SageWoman #92: p7)
Being in sacred circle is necessary. It is vital. It is magical. It is truly transformational.
I seriously need one.
With love, Elin xx