by Betty Karr, Justine Toms, Onnolee Stevens, Linda Merryman
Betty Karr - “Simple and easy” implies a way of being in the world that brings about a feeling of harmony, balance and ease. The deepest sense of reality at the highest expansion is seen as perfect love. At that level we have no resistance to vibrations or interactions of others. It is in that state that one perceives life as “simple and easy”, and the circle as One Mind.
by Jean Shinoda Bolen. M.D.
The winter solstice is the longest night of the year and a turning point, after which each day thereafter will become imperceptibly a little longer. It celebrates the returning of the light and the deepest reaches of darkness.
By Penny McManigal
The Millionth Circle began with a mission to encourage others to create circles, believing that when enough people have come together to speak in sacred circles that a critical mass will be achieved and the world will finally be able to birth a shift, a paradigm change, one which can support all of the brothers and sisters of Planet Earth to learn to live in harmony with one another. As a Convener of The Millionth Circle I wanted to see some concrete demonstration of this vision as it emerged and grew.
by Andrea Wachter
In October 2004, at a Millionth Circle workshop at Gather the Women in Dallas, Texas, I committed to begin a circle for women in their 30s and 40s. I felt my participation in a circle with a sacred center had been so nourishing, liberating and empowering that I wanted to bring these benefits to women at an earlier time in their lives than what I had experienced, having joined a circle when I was 58.
by Justine Toms
For the past two or three years we have developed a circle process at work. It has slowly evolved into both a nurturing and productive way of meeting in a business setting.
by Linda Merryman
A group of Ashland area women met to discuss what as elders we might offer the community. The circle was called by email invitation to women who had attended a Grandmother Council last year. One woman agreed to host the 2 hour Sunday afternoon circle. Another agreed to co hostess. Onzie and I brought the MC seed packets and and one was placed in the center with a candle and a lavender crystal that was used as our talking stick. We ranged in age from 76 to 55. Most people did not know each other.
by Leslie Lanes
The Millionth Circle Conveners, the Board of an International Initiative that promotes the circle way of gathering, met in Ashland the last weekend of March. Associates of the Millionth Circle use and teach circle principals in different places in the world with the goal to seed, nurture and connect circles as a part of a larger movement to shift consciousness in the world. The circle is a model of participation that allows for shared leadership.
by Leslie Lanes
"How might your life have been different if there had been a place for you? A place for you to go…a place of women, to help you learn the ways of woman…a place where you were nurtured from an ancient flow sustaining you and steadying you as you sought to become yourself?"
~Judith Duerk; Circle of Stones
On February 28th, 2018 by Millionth Circle
By Judy Grosch
In our small Bavarian village we have an open circle for women that meets every second Tuesday evening of the month, The circle was born two years ago at our first International Women’s Day Supper inspired by the Gather the Women website. On that evening after a delightful get-together one of the women said that we should start an open group for women. And so the idea was born.
By Linda Merryman
I go this morning a little before 8 to join "The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering" in Lithia Park in Ashland, Oregon. Like local author Sharon Mehdi's book by that title, it's mostly women and a few men. It's cool and the sun is starting to warm the dew covered grass. I have come to stand peacefully and in silence. It's not easy.