Update June 23/2017: The final draft of the Circling Handbook (v1.00) is ready, and open to community contributions! Subscribe to the right to receive the latest version. You can also order a print copy here.
My purpose is to write a guide that is free, can be read in an hour or two, and which gives a good summary (or context) of the modality, especially from the participant’s role. It’s going to be short (20-30,000 words). For my context around Circling, along with other offers, click here.
Although the first version is ready, the project is going to remain a “work in progress” for some time as I am opening it to community contributions. I would love to receive your personal stories and other theoretical contributions! Write to me here.
Foreword to the First Edition
“No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care” — Theodore Roosevelt
Not having been formally trained in any of the major schools of circling (see “History of Circling”), I am the first to admit that it takes some “chutzpah” to write a book on the topic – especially since there seem to be almost as many “contexts” for what Circling is as there are people who practice it! I offer this guide anyway, with the caveat that I am speaking merely as a humble participant and of what has worked for me.
My particular context for Circling is as follows: that Circling is a subset of the problem of human relationships, which is itself a subset of the problem of love. As such there is no sphere of life, public or private, that could not benefit from the practices described here. You can practice Authentic Relating (A/R) skills with anyone, whether they are aware of your intentions or not, and if you do it correctly (which is difficult) it is very likely that you will get phenomenal results with most people.
All this is extremely complex, of course, an “infinite game”, and can’t be taught in a book. Even so, I hope you enjoy it and get some value from it.
I have an immediate project to find, create or support A/R communes (residential communities) that also combine peak-performance (health and nutrition, yogic lifestyle, functional medicine etc.) and conscious entrepreneurship. Beginning now (July 2017) I will be traveling with that intent. If you are interested in this project and want to share resources, kindly write to me at email@example.com.
Lastly, I would be grateful for any feedback, positive or negative, to the book, for stories, and for donations at www.CirclingHandbook.com