A simple guide to our Weekly Meeting:
We keep our meetings short (less than an hour) but in that time a lot happens. Our gathering usually begins with a short interchange about the principle, our situation and reflections about the last week. Then we continue with a totally different kind of practice.
The procedure can vary, but in our meeting normally two people familiar with these works volunteer to guide the meditation. One of them will suggest that we become aware of the distractions and tensions that are affecting us in that moment. They do this with three phrases: “My mind is restless. My heart is troubled. My body is tense. Those participating check their situation and respond in kind (assuming it is the case!). This quite naturally leads to the suggestion/affirmation: “I relax my body, my heart and my mind”. A few moments is given to do exactly that as best as we can. Outside of the meeting proper, in occasional seminars and workshops, we teach precise techniques that can be applied in this situation. These are designed to relax external muscular tensions, deeper internal tensions and specifically mental tensions. But in the meeting it is simply suggested and each one lets go of those tensions in their own way.
After this brief relaxation a theme is suggested for consideration. In our meetings we generally take the principle of the month, each week meditating on a different aspect of how it might be applied. This part of the meeting is a moment of gentle reflection. It is followed in turn by the experiences that are in many ways at the heart of our meeting — the Experience of Peace which at times can become the Experience of the Force. Whatever the result the procedure is a sort of guided meditation focused on the sensation of an expanding sphere. In a very short time can produce a feeling of profound internal peace, connection with a source of internal force or energy, and a growing feeling of joy.
At the end of that work we are invited to clarify what it is we truly need and to ask for that from the deepest part of ourselves. Of course, believers in a particular deity might direct that “asking” to their God, saint or intercessor. For those who do not believe in a God or Gods, the request is delivered to and from the depths of their own being.
At one time that would have been the end of the weekly experience. However, each community of Silo’s Message is autonomous and is free to do things in their own way, and so by common agreement our meeting continues for another brief meditation. Having taken this time to discover Peace, Force and Joy in ourselves, we turn our thoughts to those we care about, and their needs. With that last practice which we call, The Ceremony of Well Being the weekly meeting ends. Though often we’ll all go out together for a coffee, a meal, or just hang out for a while.