- Spirituality is learning to be your own Sacred Chalice, your own container for Divine Energy. Religion serves as a container for spirituality, for those who have found the real purpose of religion. For others, religion acts as a pseudo-spirituality, relieving them of the responsibility to actually live a spiritual life.
- 1 What does being a container mean?
- 2 What is a container in facilitation?
- 3 What are the types of containers?
- 4 How are containers stowed?
- 5 How do you hold a group space?
- 6 What is a container in coaching?
- 7 How do you classify containers?
- 8 What is suitable example container?
- 9 What is special container?
- 10 What is a cargo manifest?
- 11 Why are there different types of containers?
- 12 What are the characteristics of cargo?
- 13 Chris Dierkes: Establishing a Sacred Container
- 14 Working With Energy Containers for Success + Magic
- 15 The Importance of Sacred Containers
- 16 Religion: Container or Constrainer
- 17 The Container and the Contents
- 18 Holding Space
- 19 sacred container – Spirit-full
What does being a container mean?
Somatic psychotherapists often use the informal metaphor of a “container” in describing a person’s state of overwhelm or resilience. It’s a simple concept: If Janelle is experiencing a lot of stress, and/or her system isn’t very resilient, then one can say her container is overflowing, or close to it.
What is a container in facilitation?
The “container” is the psychological or spiritual space within which a group works.
What are the types of containers?
Types of containers
- Dry storage container.
- Flat rack container.
- Open top container.
- Open side storage container.
- Refrigerated ISO containers.
- ISO Tanks.
- Half height containers.
- Special purpose containers.
How are containers stowed?
The weight of the cargo should be evenly distributed in the ship. For example, extra heavy weight units should not be stowed in the port side and light weight units in starboard side, but should stow it tier by tier starting with similar weights to avoid any problem may accrue in stability.
How do you hold a group space?
Tips for Holding Space
- Refocus your listening. A lot of the time, when we talk to someone, our main focus is on what we’re going to say next.
- Don’t jump into problem-solving mode.
- Don’t center yourself.
- Reassure them that you believe them.
- Be open to whatever emotions come up.
What is a container in coaching?
In organizations, the container mechanism is held by different groups—sometimes a management group—and in a learning space it could be held by the coach, consultant, or facilitator The structure of the methodology is in itself a container A container refers to a capacity or structure which can hold anxieties and
How do you classify containers?
Classification of Containers:
- Non-Returnable and not Chargeable:
- Non-returnable but Chargeable:
- Returnable but not Chargeable:
- Returnable and Chargeable:
What is suitable example container?
Some examples include: Container Linux (formerly CoreOS Linux) — one of the first lightweight container operating systems built for containers. RancherOS — a simplified Linux distribution built from containers, specifically for running containers.
What is special container?
Special sized containers are standard size containers that are customised to any size you require by altering the length and the width as necessary. Not only will a special sized container maximise space but you will also be presented with the exact size and shape to suit your needs.
What is a cargo manifest?
A cargo manifest is a listing of the goods comprising the cargo (freight) carried by a means of transport. The cargo manifest describes the particulars of the goods, such as transport documents numbers, consignors, consignees, marks and numbers, number and kind of packages, descriptions and quantities of the goods.
Why are there different types of containers?
As such, depending on the type of products to be shipped or the special services needed from them, container units may vary in dimension, structure, materials, construction etc. various types of shipping containers are being used today to meet requirements of all kinds of cargo shipping.
What are the characteristics of cargo?
- Heavy and oversized cargo.
- Perishable (term) load.
- Moist (wet) weight.
- Human remains.
- The goods with an unpleasant smell (fragrant)
- Live animals.
- Dangerous goods.
Chris Dierkes: Establishing a Sacred Container
How we construct sacred containers for use in prayer, meditation, or energy work is described here. A long time ago, there was a Jewish mystic named Honi, who was also known as the Circle Drawer because of his mystical abilities. During a drought in the land, Honi creates a circle in the sand and assures God that he would not leave the circle until the rains begin to fall. For the record, Honi addressed God as “Abba,” which is the same phrase that Jesus used. It is a phrase that denotes intense intimacy and closeness).
He experienced a profound and intimate connection with the Source.
He sat on the ground with his right hand and two fingers from his right hand.
In their prayer or meditation practice, both Honi and The Buddha used physical position in conjunction with a purpose to achieve success.
- Drawn in many various traditions across the globe, including ancient Judaism and indigenous spiritual traditions of the Americas, drawing a circle about oneself is a spiritual activity that may be found in many different traditions around the world.
- This is a practice that I myself employ.
- The circle depicts the Infinite since it has no beginning and no end, and hence has no beginning and no end.
- Creating a boundary is, however, one of the circle’s most important functions, and it is arguably its most important function.
- You have the ability to choose who or what is allowed to enter the circle and, conversely, who or what is allowed to remain outside the circle.
- The circle denotes the presence of holiness in the world.
- Take some time to sit back and relax before beginning to meditate.
What do you think you’ve noticed?
However, if you are a really visual person, you may be able to picture this circle being formed, but I find it important to have a physical gesture to assist you integrate the act into your physical being.
Begin to meditate for a few minutes at this point.
The second version has provided me with a much deeper sense of connection and peace, in my opinion, than the first version.
In fact, some people may stand and face the various directions, typically raising their palms to the direction in question as a symbol of welcoming.
It is recommended that people who are more extroverted or kinaesthetic experiment with this technique.
Rather than moving my entire body in each direction, I frequently point a finger or move a hand in each direction.
The following is the sequence in which I follow the directions: 1)South.
I’m asking for heat to burn away whatever it is that needs to be released in this situation.
It is associated with the season of fall as well as the element Water.
I’m requesting that whatever needs to die within me be allowed to do so.
Winter is in season, and the element Earth is present.
I get frequent visions of a large, dark, snowy region, and I see myself venturing out into the dreamy blackness of this area.
Spring is in the air, as is the element Air.
I have fantasies of flying with the perspective of an eagle, soaring across the sky with a panoramic vision, and plunging with pinpoint accuracy into the depths of existence.
I’m connecting with this place to feel more grounded and to recover.
Not only do I associate heavens with the airs, the showers, and the stars (although those are all included), but I also associate sky with a sense of the transcendence and the spirit world.
I’m filled with a sense of inspiration and graciousness.
I feel connected to all of these dimensions, and I am grateful for the gifts that each of these dimensions has given me.
–Buddha pointing down to the earth I use this posture whenever I am confronted with potentially overwhelming thoughts or emotions that have arisen.
This is also the stance I employ when I feel like I’m not paying attention during prayer or meditation because I’m distracted. Once I put those fingertips on the ground, I immediately sense a sharpening of my concentration level.
Working With Energy Containers for Success + Magic
How we construct holy vessels for use in prayer, meditation, or energy work is described above. Honi, also known as the Circle Drawer, was a Jewish mystic who lived a long time ago. In one of the stories about him, there is a drought in the area, and Honi creates a circle in the sand and assures God that he would not leave the circle until the rains begin to fall. For the record, Honi addressed God as ‘Abba,’ the same phrase that Jesus used. It is a phrase that refers to intense intimacy and closeness).
- It was as though he had made a profound, personal connection with the Source of all creation.
- On the ground, he put two of his right hand’s fingers.
- In their prayer or meditation practice, both Honi and The Buddha used physical position in conjunction with purpose.
- Drawn in many different traditions across the world, including ancient Judaism and indigenous spiritual traditions of the Americas, drawing a circle about oneself is a spiritual activity that may be found in many different traditions.
- This is something I personally do.
- With no beginning or end, the circle signifies the Infinite, which is represented by its symmetry.
- Creating a boundary is, nevertheless, one of the circle’s most essential functions, and it is probably the most important function.
Choose who or what is allowed to enter the circle and, conversely, what is allowed to remain outside the circle by circling the subject several times.
With the circle, we create a sacred area.
Take some time to sit back and relax before beginning your meditation practice.
Do you have anything to say about what you’ve observed?
It is possible to picture this circle being created if you are a very visual person, but I think it beneficial to make a physical motion in order to instill the act in your body being.
Now, for a few minutes, sit quietly and contemplate your life.
The second version has provided me with a much deeper sense of connection and peace, in my opinion, than the first.
In fact, some people will stand and face the different directions, typically raising their palms to the direction in question as a symbol of acceptance.
It is recommended that those who are more extroverted or kinaesthetic experiment with this technique.
Instead of moving my entire body, I frequently point a finger or move a hand in each direction.
The following is the sequence in which I adhere to the instructions given: 1)South.
I’m requesting heat in order to burn away whatever it is that needs to be expelled from my body.
Associated with the season of autumn as well as the element of water Western culture has always been connected with death since it is where the sun sets.
This is the world of the traveling persona.
Early morning sun and, thus, fresh life are linked with spring.
This dimension is concerned with the act of creating something new and different.
This domain provides us with nourishment, provides us with sustenance, and provides us with existence.
A long line of wise figures has been passed down to me through this.
A part of me feels as if it’s opening up to something much bigger than myself.
Finally, I draw attention to myself as a unique individual within this enormous diversity of other people and objects.
I seek to serve others in a loving and compassionate manner.
Whenever I am experiencing intense feelings of dread or worry (which does happen on a regular basis), I place my two index fingers on the ground and feel the Earth’s strength pouring down onto me.
When I feel that I am not paying close enough attention during prayer or meditation, I will take this position as well. Once I put those fingertips on the ground, I immediately perceive a sharpening of my attention.
You experiment with each of these characteristics in order to gain a better understanding of them. Consider the following scenario: you learn that trust is blue, creativity is orange, alignment is brown, and magic is violet. Then you get a set of blue, orange, brown, and violet pens to use for journaling, and every time you select a certain color, you are evoking the quality associated with that color choice. Or perhaps there is a specific type of tea available? As a result, you have this tea every time you journal, with the intention of taking in the characteristics and summoning them.
- If you do your journaling practice to support your inner work and help you grow into the version of yourself who can bring your dreams to life, don’t you also invite the heart and soul of your dream to assist you in holding the container of your practice and nurturing it as you go along?
- Then the things that keep you from achieving your goals – your limiting beliefs and inner critics – don’t feel at ease in the safe haven of your practice.
- While energy containers are made of, well, energy, you can also use physical materials to aid in the creation and storage of these containers.
- Every now and again, I gather cushions, a gigantic bean bag, and blankets into a big comfortable nest so that I may retreat to a caring, soft area whenever I need it.
- Work at my desk is something I do on some days.
- It all depends on what sort of container I require on any given day in order to perform at my highest level.?
- The result is a setting that nurtures and feeds the essence of your aspirations when you consider how to build up the energy container of your space rather than simply how to physically organize your space.
- Your altar is a container, therefore everything collide here.
- You already possess an infinite amount of potential and possibilities, but you are not always able to access them due to the way your inner world is organized.
Yet again, consider how different your kitchen would be if you didn’t have any containers. The amount of things you can do increases dramatically when you have the proper containers and your ice cream doesn’t melt all over the counter. Containers may be used for a variety of tasks such as:
- Find answers to questions
- Access your true?creative potential
- Heal and transform inner issues
- Develop new nourishing habits
- And be more productive in less time.
Get ways to be more productive in less time; find answers to concerns; access your true?creative potential; heal and transcend inner difficulties; establish new, nutritious habits
The Importance of Sacred Containers
Find answers to concerns; access your true?creative potential; heal and repair inner difficulties; establish new nutritious habits; be more productive in less time
What a sacred container does is foster openness: a willingness to learn from each other and to be receptive to different viewpoints and opinions.
Additionally, a holy container helps to build group standards so that people are aware of how to handle intense emotions, how to settle conflict, how to set boundaries, and how to speak respectfully with one another. Group norms inform people from the beginning on the goal or objective of the group, as well as the expectations of the members. Group norms can also function as a sort of informed consent, providing people with the option to participate or withdraw their participation. The beauty of creating group standards is that each member is given the authority to respect the terms of the arrangement.
This arrangement is a sort of shared leadership that promotes confidence-building and the development of bravery.
Imagine spending time in community where sacredness is promoted as opposed to safety.
What kind of changes might you see in your relationships and perspectives? What would be the impact on our collective ability to problem solve and seek a peaceful resolution? What is actually possible? Our circles and classes at Shakti in the Mountains are geared toward achieving this goal: the establishment of sacred containers. It is important for us to continue to learn and grow in our understanding of how to hold holy vessels, as well as in our capacity to carry them. In order to grow, it is necessary to heal emotional traumas.
The experience of participating in a stand-alone offering such as Poetry Dive or in a group offering such as Making Peace: Navigating Challenging Times with Body Wisdom, I hope you will leave with a taste and yearning for more holiness in your life.
Religion: Container or Constrainer
Religious belief is a means, not an end in and of itself. When it is seen as a goal in and of itself, it becomes idolatrous.” 127 in Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Essential Writings. The metaphor of a “container,” which represents one’s chosen faith tradition, is a useful way of thinking about faith traditions and how they provide a space for developing depth of understanding, experiences, and practices that keep spiritual experience alive and meaningful for those who practice them. Having such a solid foundation may then provide a solid foundation for future exploration and learning from other religious traditions as well as other non-faith traditions such as atheism.
- Even while religion is the subject of this discussion, a container may be a useful tool for growing depth in any crucible – an ideology, philosophy, economic framework, scientific approach, and so on – that may or may not become restrictive.
- For practitioners to get a better knowledge of their experiences and awareness, religion and the scientific method are tools — methods and activities that they may use to achieve this goal.
- However, as followers attempt to comprehend, set rules, and determine how to move deeper into, or experience more frequently, the mystery that has been revealed, they become scrutinized and routineized.
- Religion takes those experiences and builds a container for them.
- At a minimum, there are three functions for such a container to provide.
- Another goal is to construct a framework that determines who and what dwells within and outside the structure, as well as the means of admission and expulsion.
- Each of these reasons may be employed in ways that support and expand upon the original epiphany and practices of the founder(s), as well as in ways that contradict and obstruct such beliefs and practices.
Religions grow throughout years and centuries, beginning with a set of beliefs, credos, and rituals that all followers, or at the very least the official members, are expected to adhere to and develop further.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church, for example, was published in 1997 and is divided into four sections.
A book of more than 600 pages, written by Pelikan (2003), just acts as a guide to Christian creeds and confessions, which appears to be a generous production given the relative scarcity of Jesus’ personal words and activities.
Despite the fact that we may not see them, there are threads (currents, to use another metaphor) which run across different spiritual traditions that are similar.
4) is a good example of this.
Grounded (Diana Butler Bass, p.
Throughout history, a significant portion of religious education has included teaching on deep problems of spirituality and religion, virtues, ethics, and morality, as well as the living processes or routines that may instill such values and behaviors into everyday life.
To those who desire to participate, tithing and the passing of the plate are available.) The underlying, more profound learning that faith traditions impart through spiritual disciplines can get lost in the discussion or be taken for granted or undervalued almost to the point of being considered superfluous because so much of what has been criticized about religion is related to dogma, belief systems, and socialization, all of which have resulted in iniquity and inequity.
- Dogma, belief systems, and credos are not intrinsically harmful in and of themselves; on the contrary.
- The same may be said about religious writings, sites, and icons.
- It is only when any of these become ends in themselves, rather than means to a much more profound end, that they become a hindrance to the journey.
- Many are so consumed with their stable, and whether their stable is better than yours, or if your stable is the only “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic” stable, that they never get to the birth of God in their souls.
- From that home base and, from that depth, comes the capacity to genuinely communicate with people of different faiths or no faith at all.
- For scholars, interdisciplinary work serves as an analogy, in which serious and productive interplay between disparate fields has the greatest likelihood of producing productive synergy when the players bring depth of knowledge from their own field to the table.
- Spiritual development can occur as a consequence of spiritual experiences, spiritual exercises, or a mix of the two, as is typically the case.
- Spiritual formation helps no one except oneself if it is not accompanied by spiritual activity.
- In contrast to the ways doctrine and dogma, as well as ideology and institutions, can be used to constrain and reinforce power structures.
- These are the elements that contribute to the construction of a robust, open, and inviting container for the exploration of spiritual depth.
There are many people who have sacrificed their lives, including well-known Christian figures such as Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton and Mother Theresa as well as Pope Francis and Martin Luther King Jr., as well as a slew of non-Christian figures such as the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh and Abraham Joshua Heschel, as well as unrecognized missionaries, volunteers, hospice workers and others who have done so often at great risk and pain.
In addition to the Anti-Defamation League and St.
From LDS seminaries to Catholic private schools to the largest monasteries and colleges of the globe, theological and religious educational institutions have taught young and old, seekers and teachers and preachers, to act with and live as models of character and virtue.
Perhaps the more important question for each of us is to consider what learning processes, practices, and puzzling about are most likely to take us deeper than the easy, untested belief systems that divide us, each claiming “truth.” According to Thomas Moore (2014), each individual has the ability to build their own religion.
- They can be mixing bowls that include spices, flavors, and nutritional ingredients.
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The Container and the Contents
Religious belief is a means, rather than an end in itself.” When it is seen as a goal in and of itself, it becomes idolatrous. Abraham Joshua Heschel, Essential Writings, page 127. The metaphor of a “container,” which represents one’s chosen faith tradition, is a useful way of thinking about faith traditions and how they provide a space for developing depth of understanding, experiences, and practices that keep spiritual experience alive and meaningful for those who follow them. The ability to establish such a solid foundation allows one to explore and learn from other faith traditions as well as other non-faith traditions such as atheism.
- Even though faith is the subject of this discussion, a container can be a useful tool for developing depth in any crucible – an ideology, philosophy, economic framework, scientific methodology, and so on – without becoming restrictive.
- Religion and the scientific method are tools – processes and practices – that practitioners can use to gain a deeper understanding of their own experiences and awareness of their surroundings.
- However, as followers attempt to comprehend, set rules, and determine how to move deeper into, or experience more frequently, the mystery that has been revealed, they become scrutinized and regimented.
- Religion serves as a container for these experiences.
- There are at least three functions served by such a container.
- Creating a structure that defines who and what resides within and outside of it, as well as the methods of entry and expulsion, is yet another goal.
- It is possible to use each of these purposes in a way that supports and builds upon the original epiphany and practices of the founder(s), as well as in a way that subverts them.
Religions develop over years and centuries, beginning with a set of beliefs, credos, and practices that all followers, or at the very least the official members, are required to adhere to and develop further.
There are four parts to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (published in 1997), which is an example of this.
A book of more than 600 pages, written by Pelikan (2003), merely serves as a guide to Christian creeds and confessions, which appears to be a generous output considering the relative scarcity of Jesus’ own words and actions.
There are threads (currents, to use another metaphor) that run through all spiritual traditions, even if we don’t pay attention to them all of the time.
4) is an excellent resource.
” Grounded (Diana Butler Bass, p.
Throughout history, a significant portion of religious education has included teaching on deep problems of spirituality and religion, virtues, ethics, and morality, as well as the daily processes or routines that may instill such values and behaviors into everyday living.
To those who desire to participate, tithing and the passing of the plate are available.
Do not misunderstand me: dogma, belief systems, and credos are not intrinsically evil.
Holy literature, religious sites, and sacred icons are all protected under the law.
All of them become obstacles to the road only when they are used as ends in themselves rather than as means to a far more deep goal.
The unfortunate reality is that most people are so consumed with their stable, and whether their stable is better than your stable, or if their stable is the only “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic” stable that they fail to notice the birth of God in the soul.
– Psychologist Richard Rohr argues that having a “container,” such as a religious tradition of some sort, is beneficial in developing depth.
‘Faith is the first and most fundamental precondition for interfaith dialogue,’ Heschel (2011) wrote.
Spiritual development can occur as a consequence of spiritual experiences, spiritual exercises, or a mix of the two, as is frequently the case.
Spiritual formation helps no one save the one who is undergoing it.
Even though doctrine and dogma, as well as ideology and institutions, have the potential to constrain and reinforce power structures, the practices of contemplation and prayer as well as solitude, service, celebration, and study have the potential to instill the humility, gratitude, compassion, and other virtues that are legitimate values of a civil, respectful, inclusive, and honorable society.
Religion has provided enormous advantages to all or portions of society throughout history, which serves as a counter-argument to arguments evaluating its historical, negative ramifications.
In addition to the Anti-Defamation League and St.
From LDS seminaries to Catholic private schools to the largest monasteries and colleges of the globe, theological and religious educational institutions have taught young and old, seekers and teachers and preachers, to act with and live as models of character and virtue in their daily lives.
As a result, maybe the most important question for each of us is to consider what learning processes, practices, and puzzle-solving activities are most likely to take us deeper than the simple, unproven belief systems that divide us, each claiming “truth.” Each individual, according to Thomas Moore (2014), has the ability to establish their own religious beliefs.
- Alternatively, they might be spice and flavoring bowls that also include nutrients.
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Gotham Books is based in New York City.
Pelikan’s article on the subject is available online (2003).
YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS (New Haven and London).
Rohr et al) (2016, June 16, 2016). The Container and Its Contents [The Center for Action and Contemplation] are two distinct concepts. Schimmel, A. (2019) retrieved on 5-24-19 (2011). Islam has mystical aspects to it. The University of North Carolina Press is based in Chapel Hill, NC.
It is the psychological or spiritual area in which a group works that is referred to as the “container.” That psychological space must be created (through invitation) and co-created by all members of the group. The facilitator’s role is to hold that psychological space open to allow for the free flow of knowledge, learning, understanding, energy, ideas, perspectives, tensions and dissonances, and appreciation to take place in that space, allowing the group to process all of this ‘content’ and achieve its goal and intention.
- When someone deviates from the topic, makes a nasty or caustic statement, when there are several inadvertent side discussions, when individuals interrupt or dominate, or when an outside agenda or distractions interfere, it is necessary to intercede.
- The participants are more free to participate when the facilitator is holding the space for them, allowing them to immerse themselves in the doing of it.
- The setting of clear intentions and expectations, as well as the establishment of norms and ground rules, are all necessary.
- It may include ceremony, but it always need faith.
- Vulnerability may be extremely effective in creating a safe environment, and facilitators, as well as other group leaders, are ideally positioned to role model such behavior.
- When there is a culture of not knowing everything, people feel secure and are more inclined to flourish in a healthy and creative way in their spaces.
In order to have facts and opinions aired and keep the environment safe for truth-telling, it is helpful to provide safe ground rules such as confidentiality restrictions, reassurances that I respect your honesty, and the provision of anonymous comments. Precautions and caveats are provided.
- It is the psychological or spiritual environment in which a group operates that is referred to as the “container.” That psychological space must be created (through invitation) and co-created by all members of the group. The facilitator’s role is to hold that psychological space open to allow for the free flow of knowledge, learning, understanding, energy, ideas, perspectives, tensions and dissonances, and appreciation to take place in that space, allowing the group to process all of this ‘content’ and achieve its purpose and intention. ‘If you think of holding space as being in the center of a wheel, it’s being in the center and retaining the energy of what’s both within and beyond the boundaries
- It’s magnetic – you draw in what’s most cohesive to the intention,’ says Dr. Weiss. Margaret Adair is credited with inventing the phrase The facilitator must be completely present, attentive to what is said and not said, happening and not happening, dancing energetically between purpose and agenda, and intervening when necessary to keep the space open (not close ideas, possibilities, and understanding off prematurely), to keep it safe (so that those present are not afraid to contribute), to set appropriate boundaries, to maintain its flow and energy, and ultimately to help the group narrow it (through tagging). When someone deviates from the topic, makes a nasty or caustic statement, when there are several inadvertent side discussions, when individuals interrupt or dominate, or when an outside agenda or distractions interfere, this requires stepping in to restore order. Promoting openness (honesty, openness to accept, openness to solutions and new ideas and opportunities, as well as encouraging individuals to contribute) is essential. By allowing for more freedom in participation and immersion in the process, the participants benefit from the presence of an experienced facilitator. A process of deep listening, enabling other people, active reflection, supporting all parties, stewarding forward, and supporting all parties is required. The creation of clear intents and expectations, as well as the establishment of standards and ground rules, are all necessary. It also demands explicit instructions. Whether ritualistic or non-ritualistic, trust is always necessary. People who are half-in and half-out may require us to create space at the border on occasion, so that we can accommodate them. Because of its potential to establish a safe environment, vulnerability may be quite effective. Facilitators and other group leaders are ideally positioned to role model such behavior. One person’s honesty can serve as an example for others, allowing them to act with greater integrity themselves. When there is a culture of not knowing everything, spaces are safer and more likely to develop in a healthy and creative way. Because of this culture, a learning community is created in which curiosity is cherished and it is necessary to ask pertinent questions. Sharing circles where everyone relates truthful tales, establishing safe ground rules, confidentiality rules, reassurances that I respect your honesty, and providing anonymous comments may all be useful methods of having facts and viewpoints exposed and keeping the place safe for truth-telling. Precautions and caveats are included.
The “container” refers to the psychological or spiritual environment in which a group operates. This is the facilitator’s role: to create (through invitation and participation) and assist the group in co-creating that psychological space, and to then hold it open to allow for the free flow of knowledge, learning, understanding, energy, ideas, perspectives, tensions and dissonances, and appreciation in that space, allowing the group to process all of this “content” and achieve its goal and intention.
“If you think of holding space as being in the center of the wheel, it’s being in the center and retaining the energy of what’s both within and beyond the borders; it’s magnetic – you draw in what’s most cohesive to the intention.” (Photo courtesy of Margo Adair) This necessitates the facilitator being completely present, attentive to what is said and not said, happening and not happening, dancing energetically between purpose and agenda, and intervening when necessary to keep the space open (not close ideas, possibilities, and understanding off prematurely), to keep it safe (so that those present are not afraid to contribute), to set appropriate boundaries, to maintain its flow and energy, and ultimately to help the group narrow it (through tagging).
- When someone deviates from the topic, makes a nasty or caustic statement, when there are several inadvertent side discussions, when individuals interrupt or dominate, or when an external agenda or distractions interfere, it is necessary to intercede.
- The participants are more free to engage when the facilitator is holding the space for them, allowing them to immerse themselves in the process of doing.
- It necessitates establishing clear intentions, setting expectations, establishing norms and ground rules, and providing clear instructions.
- There may be times when we need to provide room at the border for those who are half-in and half-out of the country.
- When one person is truthful, it can serve as a signal for everyone else to be truthful as well.
- This culture fosters a learning community in which curiosity is regarded as valuable and it is important to ask pertinent questions when necessary.
In order to get facts and perspectives aired and keep the space safe for truth-telling, it is helpful to create safe ground rules such as confidentiality rules, reassurances that I value your honesty, and the ability to provide anonymous feedback. Precautions and caveats include:
- What causes a leak in the container, and what is responsible for catching and repairing the leak
- What are the design parameters to consider while building a container for use in a variety of situations? What is always involved, and what are the variations depending on the intended outcome? What has to happen prior to the event in order to build the container, and what needs to happen after the event in order to retain the container intact, if that is the desired outcome
- When we are not in our root culture, how do we establish a container?
sacred container – Spirit-full
Through the winding roads of winter, I traveled through a soul’s night of darkness. It feels similar to a sprout emerging from warm and fruitful earth into the sunlight now that I’ve gotten out of the dirt. Spring heralds the arrival of regeneration and the beginning of a new cycle in my life. In the middle of a long and harsh winter, when a princess crossed the threshold that marked her transition from princess to queen, the land was dark and cold. The savage winds brought with them sweeping change, feelings of isolation, unexpected loss, and an urge to purge emotional baggage.
- At the end of the cycle, pain was finally broken down into tiny, dissolving pieces, and light broke through.
- I awakened from my sleep with the distinct impression that something was changed about myself.
- I felt it was necessary to externally reflect this change while I was naked in my room.
- As I put my sorrowful demeanor, black-grey clothes, and board-straight hair of the previous season to rest, I prepared for a bright spring day ahead of me.
- I walked barefoot in the grass as I stepped outside to feel the sun on my skin.
- Nature was dancing in celebration of the birth of spring, and I couldn’t have been more in tune with it.
- I realized that I needed to acknowledge my entry into a new location and time while watching the natural world go through its spring rituals.
I was moved to employ symbolic ritual to commemorate this occasion after sensing the call of my inner spirit to do so.
Rituals, which serve to give meaning to the natural cycles of life, are a means for us to recognise the distinction between the holy and the profane in our lives.
They can be idealistic, supernatural, transcendent, or otherwise spiritually significant.
If you are looking for inspiration for a ritual, it may be anything from commemorating an important spiritual event to celebrating a personal transformation, acknowledging a quantum leap in consciousness, or holding great intent to bring about good change.
These container-walls create a defined space for the occurrences that occur throughout personal development.
When we act or practice in this way, we are acting out of the essence of our own truth and experience.
Rituals, when used as a vehicle for change and development, will often include the following elements:– Involve the senses: It is possible to bypass our conscious-thinking-mind and connect with our unconscious-intuitive-knowing by engaging all of the senses by creative use of natural elements, pictures, colors, motions, sounds, and important artifacts from our trip by engaging all of the senses.
It has been shown that doing a sequence of behaviors that have been assigned this sort of meaning may result in emotions of well-being and assurance, as well as the motivation necessary for taking committed action toward high objectives and changing bad habits – Designate a certain time as sacred, such as: One of the most effective powers of ritual is its capacity to mark specific periods as holy and separate them from the ordinary.
You have the capacity to be transported to a timeless world through rituals.
Rituals have their enchantment and force because they take place outside of the realm of regular time and space.
– Designate a physical area as sacred: Entrance into this area can aid us in reaching deeper levels of awareness as well as speeding up the process of reconnection with the higher values that motivate us.
Such symbolic artifacts are recognized as agents of meaning and utility in their own right.
The Importance of a Spiritual Container’s Power and Function Rituals assist us in achieving a healthy balance between the tasks of our outer and inner life.
However, a large portion of one’s journey through life is made up of intangible, internal events.
While these extraordinary experiences might be felt as vital and tangible, it is easy to overlook or dismiss them along the road due to the pressures of everyday life.
As a result, rites and rituals can play an important role in society.
A rite of passage is frequently a watershed moment in one’s life that allows us to see patterns and cycles that might otherwise appear to be random occurrences in one’s life, and to connect the mysterious dots that connect them.
2.DEFINE: Identifying stages in our lives may be a valuable tool for easing the transition from one stage to another.
The use of private ritual can then aid in the definition of a precise demarcation point in our consciousness experiences.
It gives the impression of formality or mental permanency, and it serves as a sturdy “container” inside which vital activities might take place.
These significant life changes may be easily forgotten or lost, and their significance may even be lost altogether if this is not done.
We may access deeper states of awareness more quickly by teaching ourselves to do ritualistic behaviors, which can also result in significant transformations in our state of mind and emotions.
As a result of the enormous self-love that I just discovered for the first time—not intellectualized ideals of self-love, but rather a genuine love and desire to appreciate myself as God loves me—I now see my body with a newfound reverence and respect.
Practices that include essential oils, rose water and sea salt as well as skin brushing, hydrotherapy and physical cleansing have evolved into high-vibe rituals that allow me to recognize and care for my beautiful body.
The act of incorporating certain colors, items, and stones with specific characteristics has served as a means of self-expression as well as a reminder of my journey.
Creating a powerful demarcation point for myself by beginning each day with a daily practice that includes several things, including reciting a meaningful mantra, “I am completely comfortable with the integration of my life,” has helped me achieve a powerful sense of accomplishment.
Because I now see my life as a matrix of completeness, I no longer feel the need to maintain divisions between this portion and that part, which allows me to have far more flow and time for all of the beautiful things in my life.
By writing about the change, I was able to get clarity, own my experience, and acknowledge that there had been a significant shift in my life.
Bringing Ritual Back into the Workplace It is possible to establish a container for the process of change through ritual.
Rituals can be conducted as a series of repeating activities over a period of time, or as a single symbolic action.
Because we live in an age of constant change and instant everything, we have strayed away from traditional rituals.
At the same time, in cynical times, the concept of change and transformation can become commonplace and denigrated.
Spring’s vitality is well-known for bringing both plenty as well as new perspectives.
As a catalyst for the energies of resurrection, regeneration, and the transformation of old things into new, you may discover inspiration for ritual in your own life right this moment.
Making a conscious decision to honor a personal transformation, or engaging in purposeful modes of activity that promote a heightened condition of being, may have a significant impact on your everyday life.