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"Then I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world.
And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw;
for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit,
and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being.
And I saw that the Sacred Hoop of my People was one of many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight,
and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father.
And I saw that it was holy."
~ Black Elk, Lakota Sioux, 1863-1950

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Circle

"Starting from within, working in a circle, in a sacred manner, we develop and heal ourselves, our relationships, and the world."
~ Jon Ramer, Phil lane, 2007

"Dialogue is a conversation with a center, not sides"
~ William Isaacs (PhD. MIT), Dialogue and the Art of Thinking Together

NEW ARCHITECTURE

A new vision or architecture for social organization is beginning to emerge. Like some other models, such as Sociocracy or Dynamic Governance, it is based on the principle of "circle" -- a form of group meeting where people are physically arranged in circles, and interact in ways that are guided by spiritual principles and resonance. But this new model contains new elements in a new integral organization that seems stunning. We are beginning to activate this vision. This article begins to explain this vision.

This emerging new vision involves connection between people, and a universal connection to "wholeness" or "oneness". We are are affirming the concept of "sacred" in a unviersal way, that embraces

What is the "beloved community" that Martin Luther King called us to? Can we clarify this idea, and begin to understand our concept of democracy and self-governance tbhrough a unviersal conenction with wholeness/oneness? This is a big vision, but it seems increasingly feasible.

Though the underlying architecture is simple, this is a complex and ambitious vision, with many moving parts and interconencted facets. Through a circle-based conversation, some of us are beginning to explore and annotate those facets, exploring how this particular interpretation of "circle" may open unprecedented levels of power and integration.

For now, to get started, we are posting basic documents here, and encouraging interested persons to find the time to become familiar with their contents.

    SACRED CRCLE

  1. Sacred Circle Practice - basic review and guidelines
    http://networknation.net/docs/SacredCirclePractice.docx

  2. Guiding Template - evolving design architecture for circle-based cultural shift - currently in version 7
    http://networknation.net/docs/GuidingTemplate.docx

  3. Protecting the Sacred - Unified Spiritual Action Required - Chief Phil Lane at the 3rd Annual indigeneous leaders summit in Lillooet BC Canada, 2011
    http://networknation.net/docs/UnifiedSpiritualActionRequired.docx

  4. Christmas Message to the Leadership of the Great Transition Initiative - comprehensive introduction to this emerging vision, 12/24/2014
    http://networknation.net/docs/ChristmasLetterToGTI_PlusIntro.docx

  5. Deep Social Networks - Jon Ramer and Phil Lane, Jr. (2007) word.docx transcription
    http://networknation.net/docs/DeepSocialNetworks.docx

  6. Deep Social Networks - Jon Ramer and Phil Lane, Jr. (2007) original pdf
    http://networknation.net/docs/DeepSocialNetworks.pdf

    THE SACRED SECULAR

    We are exploring and developing protocols intended to bring all human beings into a shared resonant space that can authentically be deemed "sacred" -- while not excluding people who do not consider themselves to be "religious" -- including scientists, humanists, agnostics and atheists. The core underlying concept for this universal bridge is "wholeness" -- or "oneness".

    HACKPAD

  7. Hackpad - Dialogue and Deliberation - activist explorers from NCDD
    https://hackpad.com/Welcome-to-Dialogue-Deliberation-and-Systemic-Transformation-O7mT4ycEko8

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1 "Everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the power of the world always works in circles, and everything tries to be round." Black Elk (1863-1950), Native American elder
~ Michael S. Schneider, A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science
2 "Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were…. and so it is in everything where Power moves." Black Elk, Native American elder
~ Michael S. Schneider, A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art & Science
3 Everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the power of the world always works in circles, and everything tries to be round. In the old days when we were a strong and happy people, all our power came to us from the sacred hoop of the nation, and so long as the hoop was unbroken the people flourished.
~ John Neihardt, Black Elk Speaks
4 This center which is here, but which we know is really everywhere, is Wakan-Tanka. All the things of the universe are joined with you who smoke the pipe — All send their voices to Wakan-Tanka, the Great Spirit. When you pray with this pipe, you pray for and with everything.
~ John Neihardt, Black Elk Speaks
5 Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood and so it is in everything where power moves. Our tepees were round like the nests of birds, and these were always set in a circle, the nation's hoop.
~ John Neihardt, Black Elk Speaks
6 Then I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world. And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being. And I saw that the sacred hoop of my people was one of many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father. And I saw that it was holy.
~ John Neihardt, Black Elk Speaks
7 To the center of the world you have taken me and showed the goodness and the beauty and the strangeness of the greening earth, the only mother— and there the spirit shapes of things, as they should be, you have shown to me and I have seen. At the center of this sacred hoop, you have said that I should make the tree to bloom. With tears running, O Great Spirit, Great Spirit, my Grandfather— with running tears I must say now that the tree has never bloomed. A pitiful old man, you see me here, and I have fallen away and have done nothing. Here at the center of the world, where you took me when I was young and taught me; here, old, I stand, and the tree is withered, Grandfather, my Grandfather! Again, and maybe the last time on this earth, I recall the great vision you sent me. It may be that some little root of the sacred tree still lives. Nourish it then, that it may leaf and bloom and fill with singing birds. Hear me, not for myself, but for my people; I am old. Hear me that they may once more go back into the sacred hoop and find the good red road, the shielding tree!
~ John Neihardt, Black Elk Speaks
8 I did not know then how much was ended. When I look back now from this high hill of my old age, I can still see the butchered women and children lying heaped and scattered all along the crooked gulch as plain as when I saw them with eyes still young. And I can see that something else died there in the bloody mud, and was buried in the blizzard. A people's dream died there. It was a beautiful dream. And I, to whom so great a vision was given in my youth, —you see me now a pitiful old man who has done nothing, for the nation's hoop is broken and scattered. There is no center any longer, and the sacred tree is dead.
~ John Neihardt, Black Elk Speaks
9 "In Black Elk's vision, the hoop of his people will be reunited only when the tree of the center flowers once again. This is the vision of a Mandala of global consciousness."
~ Jose and Miriam Arguelles, Mandala
10 "He [Black Elk] related that Buffalo Calf Woman said:…'You must always remember that the two-leggeds and all the other peoples who stand upon this earth are sacred and should be treated as such.'"
~ Stephen Harrod Buhner, One Spirit, Many Peoples, A Manifesto for Earth Spirituality
11 "As the holy man and visionary Black Elk stood on the summit of Harney Peak, he had a mystical perception of the universe, a cosmos of harmony and balance transcending all polarities: 'Then I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about beneath me was the whole hoop of the world and while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw, for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes, as they must live together like one being.'"
~ Joan Halifax, Ph.D., Shamanic Voices, A Survey of Visionary Narratives
12 "A Greater Mind contains many smaller minds. As I write this I am reminded of the words of the visionary Black Elk as he prayed on the summit of Mt. Harney: 'While I stood there I saw more than I can tell, and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shape of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together as one being.'" Joan Halifax, 'Shamanism, Mind, and No-Self'
~ Shirley Nicholson, Compiler, Shamanism: An Expanded View of Reality
13 "All things are the works of the Great Spirit. We should know well that He is within all things: the trees, the grasses, the rivers, the mountains, and all the four-legged animals, and the winged peoples; and even more important, we should understand that He is also above all these things and peoples." Black Elk, Native American Elder
~ Matthew Fox, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ
14 "I am blind and do not see the things of this world; but when the light comes from above, it enlightens my heart and I can see, for the Eye of my heart sees everything and through this vision I can help my people. The heart is a sanctuary at the center of which there is a little space, wherein the Great Spirit dwells, and this is the Eye. This is the Eye of the Great Spirit by which He sees all things, and through which we see Him. If the heart is not pure, the Great Spirit cannot be seen." Black Elk, Native American Elder
~ Andrew Harvey, The Essential Mystics
15 "Black Elk's word, 'The center is everywhere', is matched by a statement from a hermetic, early medieval text, 'The Book of the Twenty-four Philosophers': 'God is an infinite sphere, whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere."
~ Joseph Campbell, The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, Metaphor as Myth and as Religion