How You Can Start An Intenders Circle
(Reprinted from an early Intenders Newsletter)
Hello and thank you for your letter. I am always glad to help others start an Intenders Circle.
First of all, if you have a group of friends who would like to start an Intenders Circle, you're way ahead of the game. Just gather your group together and have a potluck! We always start out our meetings a little after 5 o'clock in the evening with a very short (a minute or less) food blessing. We join hands and someone says a few words of gratitude for all that we have received. Then, of course, we eat and chat together for about an hour.
Shortly after 6pm, we begin our Circle. By this time everyone will have finished eating and those who couldn't make it to the potluck will have arrived. We really appreciate it that people come on time because, that way, they don't walk in during our guided meditation. We all like this part of our meeting because it makes us feel empowered and uplifted. There are a couple of folks in our group who like to lead this short meditation (5 to 10 minutes), so whoever wants to do it can.
After the guided meditation, we go around the Circle and, for the benefit of any guests and new Intenders, we each say our name. Then, for a few moments, one of the more experienced Intenders will talk about the Intention Process and how our thoughts create our experiences.
Immediately after that, we begin to go around the
Intention Circle - with each person saying what their Intentions are and acknowledging the Intentions that have recently manifested in their lives by expressing their Gratitudes. Sometimes we also share our Visions for our ideal world, as well. When we've finished going around the Circle once, we always let anyone randomly put in any Intentions that they may have forgotten the first time around.
We've learned over the last couple of years that everyone really wants everyone else's Intentions to come true. So we listen very closely to each other and have even become like cheerleaders for one another, wanting our friend's Intentions,
as well as our own, to come into manifestation. Often, we imagine that all of our Intentions are stacking up in the middle of the Circle, so that when we are done, they will fly out into the Universe on the wings of Angels, to be brought back to us in the perfect timing.
After everyone's Intentions are put into the Circle, we will stand up, hold hands, and TONE. During the circle, there is usually some sort of theme that many people mention, like home, God, love, peace ... We pick a word or sound that appeals to everyone and that is the sound or word that we Tone. Sometimes, we will Tone a couple different Tones. We find that if we Tone the word or sound for a longish period of time, say at least three minutes, it really begins to feel wonderful. During this Toning, the group feels a Oneness with each other. After the Toning is finished, we've found that it is important to just stand holding hands and listen quietly to the sounds around us and enjoy the Oneness.
After the Toning, we chat and munch a bit more, about fifteen minutes. Then we have a channelling session. Some Circles don't do this, but we love it. If there isn't a person in your group who can channel, all you need to do is Intend that one shows up...and one will! We started out with one channel - and now there are four people in our Circle who are tuned in to their Higher Self (because they intended it!) We limit our channelling sessions to thirty minutes so that those who need to
get home can do so at a reasonable time.
We have our Intenders Circle on Sunday evenings, but it could be at any time that is convenient for you.
If you do not have a group of folks to start your group with, set a time when you will have your meeting. Let folks know when it is and why you want them to come. You know, when we first started our group, it was just Mark, Tina, Tony and me. We met first just as friends having dinner together on Sunday evenings to talk about what we wanted in our lives. After several months, Tina and Mark brought another person to dinner. She only attended one meeting. Then, after a couple of months, another person came. She, Connie, stayed with it, but for along time, there was just the five of us. If you have even one person, have a meeting. There were times when we wondered if anyone else would ever show up. Our guides kept saying that even if no one else is there, have a set time. Even if you are the only one, do your Intentions out loud and Tone. The energy that you put out into the Universe by doing that will bring others.
So take care and never stop reaching for and Intending for your dreams. I am looking forward to the letter that asks what you are to do when your group gets too large to meet in your living room.
Betsy Palmer Whitney
The Friendly Format
(Reprinted from The Intenders Handbook)
The friendly 8-step format listed below is the one that we use in our Intention
Circles today. It is this unique format that has made the Intenders so
1. Blessing of Food
3. Short Guided Meditation
4. Explanation of the Intention Process to Newcomers
5. The Intention Circle
7. Break (more eating and socializing)
8. Spiritual Guidance
Here is the information sheet that we've been giving to newcomers to our
Circle. It and the Friendly Format can also be found on pages 40 and 41 of The Intenders Handbook. Feel free to print and make copies of this page.
The Intention Process Information Sheet
(Reprinted from The Intenders Handbook)
- Our thoughts create our experiences
- Saying our intentions outloud focuses our thoughts
- There is power in the spoken word
- Positive thoughts bring positive experiences
- Negative thoughts bring undesired experiences
- It's important to trust and know that the things that we Intend are coming to us because doubt will interfere
with the manifestation of our positive intentions
- As we go around the Circle, we express gratitude for intentions that have come to us and we state
our new intentions
- The power of the Intention Circle arises from everyone supporting everyone else's
- Clarity is important
- We eliminate such words as trying, hoping, wanting, to be, and not
- We say things in a positive way: for example, instead of I intend that I am not afraid anymore,
we say I intend that I am courageous
- We don't name sicknesses in our Circles; we see everyone in their Highest Light
- We say our intentions daily, and we gather together once a week
- We don't know when or how our intentions will manifest for us; we just know that they will!
- We always end our intentions with our seven favorite words - So be it and so it is !
- We always ask that in order for our intentions to come to us, they must serve the highest and best good for the
Universe and the highest and best good for ourselves and others
There is a lot more information about how to start your own Intenders Circle
in The Intenders Handbook.
If you'd like to see an Intenders Circle in
action, our DVD entitled "The Intention Process: A Guide for Conscious
Manifestation and Community-Making" will take you into an actual Intenders Circle with the original Intenders and show you exactly how we do it.
The Intenders Create Your Own Community Package
Some Good Ideas from an Experienced Intenderpreneur
You can customize your Intention Circle to be anyway you want it. We highly recommend that you line up with the Highest Good, but, other than that, you can run your Circle however you like. Some Circles do things one way and other Circles follow a different flow for their meeting. A good example of this came in from Nancy Robertson who has facilitated an Intenders Circle in the Denver area for many years. We think it will be helpful to those of you who are intending to create your own Circle. Thank you Nancy!
I read in the newsletter that you are recommending having movie nights for an Intenders Circle. From that share I thought I might tell our Circle's ongoing success story. Over the years we have shared movie nights as well as various presenters, workshops, drum circles, music, potlucks, field trips and more! Having this adversity keeps our Circles exciting, informative, enjoyable, and interesting.
Our Circle has been meeting, with enthusiasm, for over three years. Inspired participation is encouraged and attending is never mandatory. An average of 8-12 men and women of various ages attend each week. Sometimes our group is as large as 20 or as small as 2. Sometimes we have visitors from other groups, cities, states, or even countries. However many people show up, we know it is perfect. Small groups provide more intimate conversation, while larger groups provide more diverse ideas.
The Circle has evolved over the years with new people joining and others takng breaks for personal reasons, and then returning or not. Some have gone on to start their own circles and groups. We always encourage people to follow their passion. Accepting that the Circle is always growing and changing is one key to our success. Our meeting times, days of the week and locations have varied with the needs of the group. Presently, we meet in my home on Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30.
We always include the Intenders practice of sharing gratitudes, intentions and toning when we meet. An hour and a half is available for a topic, discussion or presentation each week. While I am the overall facilitator, our Circle is directed by its participants. The flow of input, suggestions, and questions from the group creates and guides us in a fulfilling opportunity where we all grow. Each person is responsible for their own experience!
Over the last twelve months we have been blessed by many who have shared their wonderful gifts, knowledge, and talents from far and wide. Aum Rak, a NeoShamanic healer from South America shared a healing blessings with the group; Alicia Lochary, a local healer who uses Tibetan Bowls performed for the group; Pam Hughes, a healer, musician, and sound therapist has shared multiple presentations with the group, including using tuning forks, drum circles, harp music and more; Pat Serafin and David Cowles shared their vision board workshop over two weeks of meetings; and Charlie Berger, a local musician, gave a house concert for our Circle recently. He shared many of his own songs and other artists favorites.
We have gone on field trips, visited and hosted other groups, had potlucks, house concerts, healers present demos of their modalities, experts share a teaching, listened to Audio series, watched video productions, and, of course, had many movie nights. There are so many great venues available to help each of us become more aware. So many people have so much to share! All of our Circles and the events are always free and open to everyone. On the nights where there is not a presenter, we share topics and teachings to help us build tools for awareness and choice living skills. All attendees are encouraged to teach, share, and learn.
At our Circles we have available only tea and water, occasionally something more is shared for a birthday or movie nights. This makes it easy for the host / hostess to have a house full of fellow Intenders! We have met in homes, offices, parks, and libraries over the years - flexibility is the key.
Tony, thanks for being the inspiration for all this and I hope our Circle's story inspires others to be open to the flow of opportunity that is all around us waiting to be shared - along with the joy of having and Intenders based community around them.
For the Highest Good,