New age style meeting circles are often filled with decorations such as silks, flowers, candles, shells, crystals and other memorabilia. People's attentions naturally focus on the decorations.
Try the following experiment
Start with the flowers in the middle of the circle and ask people to notice their experience.
- Then take everything out from the middle and place it on an altar in the corner of the room.
- Then put it all back in the middle of your meeting circle again.
- Then take it all out again.
- Than ask people if they noticed any difference, and if they did notice something, to explain what the difference was.
You may find that having anything in the middle of your circle fills up the space of emptiness that you need to connect with other people across the circle, and the void that you need to create new possibilities. Keeping the middle of the circle free and open then becomes a practice for creating more magic and not just a neurotic rule.