I had heard about Balanced View before but had all these ideas about what it would be like. I’d imagined being in a therapy circle, theatrically acting out my issues with a small group of others.
When I walked into that room, it was a suprise to be met by a buzzing group of people, all chatting and smiling with a really fresh energy about them. I had missed the talk but was so touched by what I’d experienced. I knew I’d be back for more.
Interestingly, I had spent the last two years searching for a community where I really felt at home. I had been involved with activist groups, dance groups, permaculture groups (Bristol has a group for every interest!). But I just couldn’t find what I was looking for.
Meeting the Balanced View community in Bristol was the end of the search. I had finally met a group of people who let be exactly as I am. No matter how I felt I could show up to the meetings, be invited to hang out, meals at people’s houses, movie nights, there was always something fun to do and lovely people to be with.
Through being allowed to be as I was, feeling depressed, lonely, socially anxious, completely in love, and always being completely welcome, the community supported me to love myself.
There is always the priority of recognizing open intelligence and using the Four Mainstays support to empower this recognition. I just loved this. I love learning how to use my mind in a beneficial way. I love harmonious relating, where I decide not to emphasize my thoughts and emotions and just relax to let it all flow by.
I love seeing the results and being with people who are completely authentic and trustworthy. Everything is allowed to be as it is and I have found this so healing and empowering, because from the mountain top of seeing it all and feeling it all deeply, it is obvious to me what is of most benefit and how I can serve each situation in the best way.
I am just so grateful to Candice O’Denver for her gift of empowering people and communities to flourish together, peacefully and powerfully. I feel excited about what is possible for the world, seeing the solution directly in my own experience and in the experience of many others, it is obvious that human beings are born to live this way.