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Guidelines for the RC-LIST

This document supplements and interprets the "Guidelines for the Re-evaluation Counseling Communities" in the practice of using the RC-LIST Automatic Mailing List as a means of communication between Community members.

Adherence to these Guidelines is a prerequisite for access to the RC-LIST.

If variation or divergence from these Guidelines seems to become necessary in a particular practical situation, permission for such temporary divergence must be obtained from the International Reference Person.

Interpretations of Existing Proposals From the "Guidelines For The Re-evaluation Counseling Communities":

(3) Proposal: The One-Point Program of the Re-evaluation Counseling Communities

That the only program of the Re-evaluation Counseling Communities which is binding on all members be: Through Re-evaluation Counseling to seek recovery of one's occluded intelligence and to assist others to do the same.

That all other activities undertaken by the Community be in support of this program and that no agreement beyond consistency with this program be required of members of the Community.


All use of the RC-LIST by the Community must be in support of the One-Point Program. This implies that such lists differ considerably from the usual Internet mailing lists and newsgroups, which allow, and indeed often encourage, messages which are rooted in distress.

To unawarely take on the role of Client before any audience which has not agreed to taking on the role of Counselor, in this case the RC-LIST members, is very much discouraged.

The following are examples of the kind of messages which are in support of the One-Point Program.

  1. Announcements and reports about events sponsored by the RC Community (workshops, for example)
  2. Discussions which have the purpose of uncovering the reality behind any issue facing humanity.
  3. Think-and-Listens on any topic relevant to the subscribers to the RC-LIST. The rules for Think-and-Listens apply, interpreted as follows:
    • it is okay to post your own message on the same topic as someone else's.
    • It is NOT appropriate to quote back someone else's Think-and-Listen message, even though this is common practice on other listservs and newsgroups on the Internet. Please speak from your own thinking and from your own experiences. Avoid analyzing or criticizing someone else's post.
    • Due to the possibility of having many topics being discussed simultaneously, some of which are not handled as Think-and-Listens, contributions to Think-and-Listen discussions should be identified clearly as such by the poster.
  4. Requests for counseling contacts by members planning to move or travel (but in replying to these please reply to the individual, not to the whole list).
  5. Requests for information.
  6. Responses to requests for information.
  7. Direct quotations (including a copyright statement) from RC documents or literature for clarification of RC theory or in response to questions.

(4) Proposal: Process of Achieving Correct Positions

That, starting with Re-evaluation Counseling theory, all Co-Counselors are encouraged to illuminate, examine and arrive at correct, intelligent positions on all issues facing humanity, including the most controversial ones. That this process be helped by special conferences, workshops, and publication of statements. None of the positions so emerging will be binding on members of our Community even if everyone is in complete agreement.


There is no restriction on the set of topics that can be discussed on the RC-LIST. Further, the nature of electronic mailing lists allows several topics to be discussed simultaneously (these different topics are sometimes referred to in e-mail-ese as "threads"). There is also no restriction on when and how long any topic can be discussed.

Other Particularly Relevant Proposals From the Guidelines

(5) Proposal: The Membership of the Community
(16) Proposal: Reaching Positions - Theory
(17) Proposal: Reaching Positions - Methods
(49) Proposal: Requirement on Publication and Duplication
(52) Proposal: Relationships (The Non-Socializing Principle)

Proposals Specific to the Use of the RC-LIST

(L1) Proposal: Access to the RC-LIST

That access to RC-LIST be granted only to people who are Community Members in good standing. Applications for membership on the RC-LIST should be endorsed by an official Reference Person (Area, Regional, International Liberation, or International Reference Persons). That these endorsements or recommendations shall be made to the International Reference Person whose validation of the recommendation is necessary to receive access to the RC-LIST.


The best role for subscribers to the RC-LIST is for thoughtful discussion and speculation among people who understand the fundamental role of RCers and the agreements between them. We're trying to find and share the nature of reality and keep it distinct from the pseudo-reality that fills the oppressive society.

Verification of recommendations by the International Reference Person is necessary because of the confusion that still persists at all levels of the organization.

(L2) Proposal: Mailing List Copyright

That people who wish to reprint material from the RC-LIST ask and secure permission from the original authors in each case before doing so. This applies also to editors of RC publications.


This proposal puts the RC-LIST in compliance with existing copyright laws.

(L3) Proposal: Maintenance of the RC-LIST

That the RC-LIST be maintained by volunteers (mailing list administrators) who are approved by the Regional Reference Person for the Internet.

That persons taking such responsibilities not be paid for their role, but consider such work to be a contribution towards the growth and development of the Community.

That RC-LIST administrators may be reimbursed from the Community Service Fund of Re-evaluation Counseling Community Resources Inc. for incidental costs incurred in the performance of their duties when their request is recommended by the Regional Reference Person for the Internet and approved by the International Reference Person.


While many maintenance tasks can be done automatically, an electronic mailing list still requires routine clerical tasks to be performed for smooth running. Such tasks include handling certain error messages, solving and dealing with problems with bounced or misdirected mail, and requests for technical information from list members.

The present financial conditions of our Communities make it unrealistic to suggest payment for the work done by mailing list administrators. However, expenses incurred in carrying out these responsibilities may be paid by the Community when possible and reasonable.

Certain Policies of the International Re-evaluation Counseling Communities Which Members of the RC-LIST Should Be Aware Of

Policy on Criticism and Gossip

As adopted at the November, 1993, World Conference, Aptos, California, USA.

In an effort to have a climate in R.C. that does not encourage gossip or attacks and allows for the legitimate correcting of mistakes and the interruption of patterns:

  1. Any Co-Counselor who has an issue with a Co-Counseling leader's behavior, shall communicate the criticism directly to that person and seek a resolution, and not express such criticisms to anyone else inside or outside of R.C.
  2. If not resolved satisfactorily, or if confronting the person is too difficult, the criticism shall then be expressed to the Reference Person within whose jurisdiction both the criticizer and the object of the criticism function.
  3. Criticisms, whether they arise from other RCers or from attacks coming from outside the R.C. Community, shall not be circulated to other RCers, neither as gossip nor in the guise of rehearsing upsets as a client in one's sessions.
  4. If the issues of the criticizer have not been resolved with the appeal to the Reference Person, they then shall be taken to the next level of Reference Person but not spread through the Community.
  5. If the issue of the criticizer is not resolved with appeals to the higher level of Reference Person, and if the criticizer continues to disrupt the R.C. Community, then that person should resign or be dropped from Re-evaluation Counseling. The important good work being carried on among Co-Counselors cannot tolerate disruption by continued attacks.


  1. If any member does not like what someone posts to the RC-LIST, then that person should communicate with the poster directly via e-mail or phone, and not publish any of that criticism on the RC-LIST.
  2. If the issue is not resolved directly by such private communication, then the criticism shall be presented via direct e-mail or phone to the Reference Person whose jurisdiction includes both people.
  3. None of the criticism shall be posted on the RC-LIST-it shall all be handled via direct e-mail or phone calls.
  4. If the issues raised by the criticizer have not been resolved with the appeal to the first Reference Person, they then shall be taken to the next level of Reference Person, but not published on the RC-LIST or otherwise spread.
  5. If someone continues attacks or criticisms on the RC-LIST, that person shall unsubscribe or be unsubscribed from the RC-LIST. (If the disruption continues outside the RC-LIST, then the person should resign or be dropped from RC.)

Policy on Protection of Community Members

(See "Side by Side," Issue #2, page 3, copyright by Rational Island Publishers.)

In all publications or writing forms sponsored or produced by Re-evaluation Counseling, any writers identifying themselves as Lesbian or Gay must do so with pseudonyms rather than their given names.


Any RC publication or Internet discussion group is covered by this policy.

Since the mail servers accept messages only from known subscribers, writers wishing to use a pseudonym for this or any other reason must do so by sending their message to an address specified by the Internet Regional Reference Person, who will then save the messages, eliminate any mail headers that indicate the original source, and forward the text of the messages to the mailing list.

(The Internet Regional Reference Person may refuse forwarding individual messages if such messages are contrary to the purpose of the list).

Making Good Use of the RC-LIST

These are some ideas for making use of RC-LIST.

  1. If you are new, welcome. It usually is a good idea to read messages from RC-LIST for a while to get the "flavor" of the list before posting a message of your own.
  2. When you are ready to post a message to RC-LIST, you'll probably find it valuable to think about what you really want to say for a day or so before typing in your message. You also may want to hold onto that first draft for a while, and edit it before you send it to the RC-LIST.
  3. Note that when you use the reply function of your mailer, your message will go to the entire list, not just to the original sender. Appreciations and other supportive messages will be most valued by an individual sender. Be sure to check the "To" field in your outgoing message to ensure that you "reply" to the appropriate person.
  4. Most e-mail software provides for "quoting back" messages you reply to. The RC-LIST differ from most Internet list and newsgroup "discussions." In most instances, your own thoughts, with no reproduction of other messages, will be best. For cases where quoting does make sense, such as replying to a question, reproducing "as little as possible" (just enough to indicate what the question being answered is, for example) of other messages is the generally accepted "netiquette."
  5. Please include a descriptive subject entry on your messages to the list. Some people will choose to read (or not read) messages based on the subject header.
  6. If it happens that you have a lot to contribute, consider sending several short messages instead of one long one.
  7. E-mail does not allow visual cues such as smiles or frowns. This often causes some misinterpretation of intent. To compensate for this, people have invented the following "smileys," or emotion indicators (tilt your head left to see them better):
    Happy: :-)
    Irony: ;-)
    Frown: :-(

Last modified: 2020-07-17 20:50:52+00