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September 2nd, 2009


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01:54 pm - Order of the Crane: first steps
Time to let the Crane out of the Crane-bag, since both Skip and seamus_mcnasty have already done so on various fora :)

I have been spending a lot of time recently working on this Order of the Crane, which is partially a way to extend what our Grove does to the rest of ADF, but mostly a way to get people dedicated to doing work within their daily spiritual lives.

The focus will be on the Crane as a symbol of transformation and service: we expect to cover, in particular, healing and rites of passage (birth, marrying and burying), but also have a commitment to service projects (because what good, really, are transformative rituals if you can't be out there doing transformative work for others?). There's devotional work required, as well, but to join and do the work, it's really just a simple process. . . and you don't need to be a member to do the work, either.

It's a full curriculum, really, with very simple rules and reliant on existing SP's for some of the advancement work. The structure is pretty darn simple, and I'm starting to think that the skeleton we have is actually pretty neat.

In the past week or so, Seamus and I have worked out most everything we need: bylaws, devotional rites, a method of joining, a prepared e-mail list (with public archives), and (as of early this morning) an initiation rite. There's even a place to submit healing requests. We're up to about a 50 page guide for the Order, as well, with rituals and requirements set out pretty clearly. I'm just waiting on a few final things from Seamus to put the lid on it and call it "finished" (for now).

I'm not opening the pages up to many people yet, but they're at least as complete as some Guild pages, even if they're just sitting on the 3CG pages so far. We'll probably wait until the book is finished before we open the Order to new members. . . and I cannot wait to do that!
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From:qorinda
Date:September 2nd, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
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Sounds excellent. I have a strong feeling that I will probably be joining this, and dovetailing it with my coaching practice somehow, since transformation and healing is what the coaching is about also.
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 2nd, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
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I am looking forward to seeing how many people are interested when we open it up. I admit to a great deal of pride in the things our Grove has built in-house, and being able to share them with the rest of ADF (even if they're focused differently and separate from the Grove) is a rather lovely thought.
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From:spottedtoad
Date:September 2nd, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC)
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I just got a membership application from the Audobon Society. In it was a key chain with a crane. Hmmm.
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 3rd, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
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I'm sensing a sign! Of . . . something. . .
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From:spottedtoad
Date:September 3rd, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
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I think it is a sign that Audobon wants my $. Be that as it may, I am still interested in the order when you kind folks go public.
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From:uberrod
Date:September 2nd, 2009 11:45 pm (UTC)
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How much would you be coordinating with the Healers Guild? The Guild also has a healing request list.
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From:dubhlainn
Date:September 3rd, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
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Guilds and Orders are inherently different. A guild is meant to provide training in a specific skill set. Whereas an Order is a ... well we haven't really figured that out yet but we think a system of spiritual practice connected to ADF but working within a specific focus.
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From:uberrod
Date:September 3rd, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
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My concern was that the Healers Guild just started doing a Healing circle with people making requests to be put on the list, and now the Order of the Crane looks to be doing a very similar thing.

That is a direct conflict/overlap/competition.
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From:romandruid
Date:September 3rd, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
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Why should this be a problem, I wonder? (Assuming there is an overlap, that is.)
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From:uberrod
Date:September 3rd, 2009 05:17 am (UTC)
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Only that it draws attention away from what the Healers Guild is trying to get going and steals a bit of our thunder so to speak.
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From:romandruid
Date:September 3rd, 2009 12:41 pm (UTC)
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I don't think there needs to be any perception of competition when it comes to healing and service. Even if two groups were providing exactly the same service -- which is rarely the case -- folks often seek aid from both. I just don't see a conflict, particularly when it comes to service or creative endeavors.
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 3rd, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
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*nods* The aim is never to conflict, only to supplement or provide something perhaps a bit different that has a central symbol and a uniform method of doin' stuff.
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From:uberrod
Date:September 3rd, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
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Yes, but my concern is the relatively newness of the Healers Guild efforts being overshadowed by something similar before it can get established
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From:heimskringla
Date:September 3rd, 2009 09:49 am (UTC)
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It seems like there's room for both to work together. When I was a priest it wasn't uncommon to share prayer request lists with other priests/parishes or groups.

It has been a long while since I've been a part of ADF, so perhaps I'm looking at this from the wrong perspective.
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From:serendipity_9
Date:September 3rd, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
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How about working together on the same list? Perhaps providing links from the respective guild/order pages to a single list? Or counting the healing work from the guild for the order's requirements...
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From:dubhlainn
Date:September 3rd, 2009 12:32 am (UTC)
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Oh and, importantly, The Order of the Crane will be designed, it seems, for transformative and healing work but that does not mean there will never be other orders who are also dedicated to the same type of work with a different focus.

Lets say, and this is purely a made up one, I and 6 of my friends (one of which is a Clergy member apparently) decide to create an Order of the Storm which creates its own unique rituals and formulations but is also focused on transformation and healing well, that is how it should be.
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 3rd, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
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I don't know if we'll coordinate in any official way, but I also didn't know that there was any sort of request list going on with the healers. I know that this has been kicked around the Cranes as an idea for about four months now, though, and there's been a notion that something like this has been needed.

Still, the focus of the Order of the Crane is on transformation. Healing may be part of that, but it's not the totality.
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From:ariansdreams
Date:September 3rd, 2009 04:37 am (UTC)
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This sounds really interesting. I will be watching for more.
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From:seamus_mcnasty
Date:September 3rd, 2009 12:37 pm (UTC)
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well the healer's prayer list was something that I came up with for this order and Irisa borrowed for the healer's guild...to be honest. As for overlap- good more people doing more work. How could that be bad? If we do personal work that opens us up to doing better, more powerful rituals then as members of an order and the guild then wouldn't that make the guild stronger? My view of the orders is to deepen the work on a personal and group level that then helps strenghtens the guilds and ADF...

As for my homework - yes, yes Michael I will have it to you asap...
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From:chronarchy
Date:September 3rd, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
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See, I didn't actually know the Healers' Guild had started doing things. But yeah, our focus is going to be on doing healing with this Crane motif, rather than just doing general healing.

I'm patient, but I don't mind the occasional nudge going out over the 'net :)
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From:kargach
Date:September 6th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
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I am intrigued! I'm leaning heavily toward creating an Order of Ana for SLG at some point, and am very curious to see what the various other Orders look like.

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