1. Find a quiet place to participate. Remove yourself from distractions such as pets, children, spouses, telephones, and alarm clocks. This is your time to nurture your soul so that you can be awesome to all those people and things in 75 minutes.
2. Set the mood:
- Make yourself a cup of tea and a biscuit.
- Light a white or natural-colored candle.
- Have a box of tissues handy.
- Turn off cell phones (or set your phone to Do Not Disturb) and any other type of electronics. These can be very troublesome during a meeting and can cause noise and static.
3. Get clear and set an intention. Take three to four deep breaths and allow yourself to be still for 30 seconds before you log onto the session. Be conscious about why you’re doing this work and why you’re participating in the session.
4. Come to the calls with your heart open and your head in the space of compassion. We are dealing with an intimate subject where personal values, morals and ideals will be shared and challenged. We are all putting our butts on the line so compassion and kindness will be needed in abundance!
5. Please logon at least 5 minutes early so that any technological kinks are worked out ahead of time. Organize your technology. Use a headset, make sure you’re logged into Google Hangouts. Test your volume, mute your mic, etc.
6. Please do not take other calls during our session. Try not to break our sacred circle. Stay present with us; hold space for us as we delve into this great work.
8. Have any tools you may need at the ready:
- Any questions or troubles that you had with the work or anything that you want to address during the session.
- Notebook, journal, pen
- Any handouts or previously delivered materials
- Your ACIM book
- A biscuit and more tea (just kidding)
- ACIM Conference Call Ground Rules and Protocols
10. Try not to interrupt until the facilitator asks if there are any questions or comments, unless there is an technical issue.
11. Please do not have conversations with other people during the study group session.
12. Avoid shuffling paper, scraping chairs, tapping your pencil or making other distracting noisy activities during the video conference.
13. Speak close to the mic and articulate clearly.
14. Contain your contribution of stories and questions to 90 seconds or less in the delivery. This will keep us on track and respecting our designated time.