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Group Practices: Container Contraction

A frequently reported factor in the shift into collective resonance is best described as a contraction of the container, literal or metaphorical, that holds the group. Sometimes the container is physical, visible or tangible, such as the walls of a room or walls of fog or nightfall. Sometimes people define the space with their bodies, a circle of people standing or sitting. At times, the contracted boundary can be an experience or feeling. Interviewees in the Group Magic study described, for example, peripheral vision narrowing, or a sense that the situation was being enacted in a bubble.

In describing the collective resonance experience, people report both a felt sense of expansion, and a sense of their personal boundaries dissolving into the collective boundary. This factor of container contraction seems to be correlated with the sense of personal expansion and oneness with the group.

Click on the links below to explore group practices related to container contraction.

Developing your own awareness of physical or metaphorical containers can be useful in facilitating a group into resonance. Click on Personal Practices in the sidebar at left for ideas on personal container contraction practices.

If you have another example of a Group Practice in which container contraction occurs, Submit your own Practice by clicking the button in the sidebar at left.


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