L.1. Use and Modification of the Guidelines

Overview

The Guidelines are a set of agreements among all members of the Re-evaluation Counseling (RC) Community. Community members are expected to follow them. The Guidelines implement the one-point program (see Guideline A.3., The One-Point Program of the RC Community) and guide the work of the RC Community. A few Guidelines have the force of a requirement.[90]

Following the Guidelines

All Co-Counselors, including those in fundamentals classes and young people in family work, are expected to follow the Guidelines. Community members are expected to both follow the Guidelines and support their use. RC leaders are to know the Guidelines well and support their use.

All Co-Counselors are expected to follow the Guidelines even if they disagree with them. If there is an apparent need for modification, they are expected to follow them until the Guidelines are modified. (See “Review and Modification” below.)

Discrepancies

If, in practice, apparent discrepancies or inaccuracies are detected in the Guidelines, Community members are to encourage discussion and discharge to clarify the issues and bring about understanding on all sides.

Review and Modification

The Guidelines are reviewed and modified at each World Conference, after full consideration of all suggestions made by Community members. (See Guideline G.9., Conferences.)

Sometimes modifications to the Guidelines may be needed between World Conferences. When this happens, the suggested modifications are to be communicated to the International Reference Person (IRP). The IRP may approve such modifications until the next World Conference. When approved, the modifications are to be communicated to the Community.

Distribution

The Guidelines should be distributed as widely as possible in the Co-Counseling Community. In particular, Co-Counselors should be introduced to the Guidelines as a basic piece of RC literature by the end of an RC fundamentals class. An Introduction to the 2017 Guidelines is available for distribution to new Co-Counselors.

REASON

These Guidelines are intended to be a current reference for our work. They guide our functioning as a Community. They have evolved over decades and reflect what we have learned as we have applied RC theory to the functioning and building of the RC Community and to the teaching of RC.

The Guidelines are a starting place for our thinking. (See Preface.) Because distresses can interfere with our innate abilities to think rationally and to function well together, we need agreed-upon guidelines. The purpose of the Guidelines is to guide our work and help our thinking. They are not meant to be rules; they do not dictate how to handle every situation in RC. They are the collected best thinking of thousands of people. They challenge us to use our experience to think about our current situations and not simply apply our first thoughts or old solutions.

The Guidelines are most useful in the places where we struggle against our distresses. They can be a valuable contradiction to those distresses. If we have any feelings about a particular Guideline, we can take those feelings to our sessions to discharge, and then reconsider that Guideline and the situation we are handling. We may need to find new solutions, but they must remain consistent with the intent of these Guidelines.

A few Guidelines are crucial to the functioning of the Community and have the force of a requirement: Guideline D.1., Certification of RC Teachers; Guideline H.3., Regional and Area Classes, Support Groups, and Playdays, and Area Gather-ins; Guideline H.4., Class and Area Workshops and Daylong Playdays; Guideline H.5., Regional and International Workshops and Gather-ins; Guideline H.7., Outreach Finances: Communities Outside the United States; Guideline J.2., Duplicating and Electronically Distributing RC Publications and Other Materials; Guideline J.4., Publications Royalties; Guideline M., Relationships—the No-Socializing Policy, and Guideline O.1., Handling Attacks.

Both reality and our understanding of it continue to develop. To keep the Guidelines up-to-date, we need to review and revise them periodically. They cannot cover every situation that may arise.


[90] Guidelines D.1., H.3., H.4., H.5., H.7., J.2., J.4., M., and O.1. have the force of requirement.


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