Symbolic Centrum June, 1973
The Spring Quarter of 1973 was designated to be a period
of experimental yet final testing for the new LENS course. It was decided
that this was the time for initial penetration into the business and professional
communities across the globe. Some 24 courses were conducted across the
world --10 in North America and 14 on other continents: 2 in Europe, 2
in southern Asia, 4 in east Asia, 4 in northeast Asia, and 2 in the Pacific
The spring "Global Shakedown Cruise" consisted
of 24 courses, plus a signal pedagogy course for the Guardians of the Movement.
Nine courses were held in the USA, one in Canada, three in the Philippines,
two in Europe (one in England and one on the Continent), two in Japan and
one each in the Marshall Islands, Hong Kong, Taipei, the Pacific Islands,
Malaysia and Korea. Over 1300 people attended these experimental courses,
including local citizens and members of the International communities.
We have discovered in this quarter that people in every
part of the world who have been scarred by having their dreams destroyed
many times, dared to believe the hope and possibility they encountered
in LENS. Participants found that they experienced a new outburst of energy
In the Minneapolis course a man who is director of a community action program in Wisconsin, remarked, "I have been in over 100 methodstraining courses in the past five years some of which I've helped design and teach. This is the best I've had!" A Philadelphia woman commented, "I have been given permission to be my age; I switched from phase II to phase III in this weekend." In Manila a major in the constabulary police force who attended the course wrote, "The Guild's deep concern for the human race is a new frontier in global social action and presages a world of peace and understanding where men will be brothers and be one another's keepers, in line with the concept that the earth is for everybody..
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Based on reports from the global teaching teams and the
enthusiastic response from participants, it is evident that people are
ready and waiting for LENS. Even though our focus in recruitment had been
on the American International Business Community, the majority of the participants
overseas were local citizens. This turned out to be a great gift as we
discovered the kind of impact LENS has on local man throughout the world
and developed inroads into business, educational and governmental circles
in every country visited.
Next fall it is anticipated that 64 LENS courses will
be taught, 32 internationally and 32 on the North American continent. Included
in the latter are courses for businesses, social organizations, institutions,
community groups, movement colleagues, and special categories. In the interim
common models for follow-up and secular recruitment will be polished.
The Shakedown Cruise is completed, the data is being gathered
and reviewed. Fall, 1973, the LENS fleet will embark on a global tour.
(Tables accompanying Archived article are available upon request.)