This is not about “group process” although that is a “natural” part of what happens; …what is important, however, in this particular group setting, is getting ourselves prepared for the seeming “supernatural,” because that is where the “magical” cures and breakthroughs seem to get their impetus.
“Natural” and/or “supernatural” are relative terms; and both mean different things to different people. When there is no explanation for a change that may be dramatic only to the person experiencing it – such as someone who has lived secretly with a fear for their entire life, which seemed natural to them and during the process of the group, the fear (which nobody else knew about), is replaced by a sense of peace.
Is the change supernatural or natural and does it matter? The answer is that the question has importance only to the specific makeup of any particular group and those kinds of things happen just as often as serious and debilitating physical conditions disappearing during the process. Some think of it as natural and others think of it as supernatural.
Again, the kinds of breakthroughs and cures that happen during the process range from seemingly simple changes in life-long attitudes and beliefs that were limiting and had been considered somewhat natural, to those which are obvious to everyone in the group and when the change takes place it is significant and dramatic enough to create excitement in everyone participating.
One thing happens often enough to mention: People whose belief in “God” by whatever other title or name” was either non-existent or even openly denied, come to a place of “knowing” that there is something beyond what they formerly believed and some people whose belief was of a deeply religious nature, break through into an acceptance that whatever is “out there” has far more influence than they dared to believe and is available to be accessed.
Another “miracle” that happens is that some no longer feel the need to be separate from or argue with those who don’t share their beliefs about anything …a connectedness to everyone and everything with a sense of LOVE, PEACE and POWER becomes their natural existence.
FAQ: How large is a small group? That depends upon a number of variables, but the recommended maximum size is 8 – 12 with no minimums, simply because experience indicates that the more opportunity for individual participation the more likely that everyone gets the result they desire.