Circle to Inculcate the Raising of Consciousness in Evolving Society - This could be the set of words lying behind the acronym C.I.R.C.E.S. in Southern Africa. In other parts of the world, especially those where English is not the main language, the words are different, but not the acronym.
In France, where the movement originated in 1988, it denotes 'Comite' International de Rpalisations Caritatives et Sociales'. Accordingly the work done there is largely charitable and humanitarian.
However, the founder of the movement, Raymond Bernard, knew that each country and region would reveal differing needs. When he entrusted the CIRCES work to two people in South Africa he stressed that they should identify and then serve the special need of the area.
Study led to the conclusion that people here must raise their insights from the purely material to a holistic understanding and practice of life.b
"Nothing human shall be foreign to you." This is told to each new member of CIRCES anywhere in the world. Each one is to be a seeker and doer.
Seeking is a vital part of the Circian's make-up. She or he feels a strong inner urge to discover what life is about, and will put to personal test the ideas raised during membership.
No dogma is enforced. The trust is towards personal research and discovery. Then because the knowledge gained in this way is worthless in itself, taking action is its next and vital step.
What this means is that CIRCES in Southern Africa will first help the people who join it to research themselves, to discover their strengths and handicaps, to remedy weaknesses, be they in matters of health, outlook, relationships or whatever else. At the same time they will be guided in ways of thinking that may be very new to them, this to broaden their understanding of the universe we live in and their own place in it. Throughout this personal work they will be shown how to make their new knowledge a part of their everyday life, to put it into action in the fields of ecology, nutrition, health, spiritual development, and so on.
(As 'spiritual' is mentioned, it needs to be said that CIRCES holds no religious dogma. Members' creeds, political convictions, gender, race, social strata or occupations are not matters in which CIRCES has any interest.)
As each Circian increases in knowledge and personal experience, and establishes who they really are, by that much they make a personal contribution to raising the consciousness of the population as a whole. This is one action by which CIRCES promotes the evolution of society.
Some Circians will inevitably find themselves drawn toward more profound aspects of being. They will constitute potential members of the OSTI, the 'Ordre Souverain du Temple Initiatique'. This esoteric body comprises men and women who devote themselves to work in the disciplines of prayer, meditation, contemplation and healing that is to say, in the spiritual domain.
Home study courses are available on request.