The Rhine Research Center (RRC) and the Network of Psi Experiences Groups (PEG Net)
PEG Net Coordinator, Pamela St. John
The Rhine Research Center is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the exploration of psi through research, education, and direct experience. RRC seeks to advance the science and study of psi and consciousness in service to individual and collective transformation. One of the ways in which RRC has pursued its mission is through sponsoring Psi Experiences Group (“PEG”) meetings at its local headquarters in Durham, North Carolina. These PEG meetings are dedicated to the discussion of psi and consciousness through listening and speaking from personal experiences with a policy of honesty, privacy, and sharing without judgment. Shared experiences have touched on topics such as telepathy, healing, precognition, extended senses, psychokinesis, remote viewing, dreams, haunting, reincarnation, near death experiences, out-of-body experiences, and other unsolved mysteries. As personal stories flow, ideas and inspiration begin to flow for developing our extended psi and for finding creative ways to be of greater service in the larger community.
Recognizing that there was an interest in PEG discussion groups in other areas outside of Durham, North Carolina, RRC has encouraged its members and their friends to organize their own voluntary, self-organized, self-directed local PEG discussion groups. Each independent local PEG discussion group is typically run by two or more Facilitators and regular meetings are generally held each month with each meeting generally running about 2 hours. RRC gladly shares many of the resources it has developed in connection with its own PEG meetings and other activities with the local PEG groups.
The PEG Network is an informal collective of the local PEG discussion groups. While not part of RRC, RRC assists the PEG Network by allowing the PEG Network Facilitators use RRC’s discussion and message boards on its website, by providing information about the PEG Network on its website, by sharing many of the RRC’s resources, and by providing whatever assistance and information it can to the local PEG discussion groups in terms of organizational, operational, and aspiring standards.
What is the role of the PEG Network Coordinator?
In broad terms, the RRC PEG Network Coordinator works to create connection, partnership and coherence across the PEG Network community, in service to individual and collective transformation through the exploration of psi. In practical terms, this means the Coordinator acts as liaison among the Facilitators and the RRC’s resources, relaying information both ways.
Why join a local PEG?
RRC PEG Network meetings are a powerful way to connect with like-minded friends, to explore a wider knowledge of experiences and ideas about psi, to experience personal growth within a supportive environment, and to make a more significant impact in our world as a result. Online videos, RRC Programs, and other materials are available for PEG Network Facilitators to share in their meetings. Some groups may also sponsor lectures, conferences, or experiential events in their respective locales in addition to their regular group gatherings.
PEG Network Purpose and Principles:
Purpose: To form an experience-based sharing community focused on living consciously and extending our inner senses to our outer lives.
Principles: A commitment to:
- Sharing our experiences with psi for our personal and collective healing and growth.
- Sharing with honesty and a respect for others’ privacy.
- Listening to the personal experiences of others without judgment.
- Building a bridge between science and personal experiences with psi.
- Stimulating education and experience through involvement with the RRC’s research, programs, and events.
Relationship of the PEG Network to the RRC:
The RRC’s support for PEG Network groups is based upon a commitment to encourage local control of their group’s activities, to provide supplemental materials, and to support their Facilitators. RRC trusts that groups will operate with integrity and guide their gatherings with good intentions. RRC’s central office strives to foster open and communicative relationships with them. This is facilitated by the RRC PEG Network Coordinator, who forms a link between the RRC’s shared resources and the PEG Network Facilitators. For a list of Regional PEG Network Facilitators and areas, go to www.rhine.org and check the PEG Network Directory. While the RRC supports and assists groups in a variety of ways, each local community group operates independently of the RRC and is legally and financially responsible for its own activities. Community groups are not "chapters" and we ask that they not refer to themselves as such.
Can anyone facilitate a local PEG monthly gathering?
The Facilitators and Co-Facilitators must be RRC members in order to register with RRC to start a group. This automatically gives you the privileges of RRC membership and access to the PEG Network with all their resources. Registering will insure that the contact information for you and your Co-Facilitator will be in the PEG Network Directory, and allows others in your area to find you.
Facilitators are expected to be familiar with the guidelines and the materials provided on how to establish and facilitate a group. We do reserve the right to remove a Facilitator’s name from the official PEG Network listing if we feel that doing so is in the best interest of our members or the RRC in general.
Why do Facilitators have to be members?
As a PEG Network Facilitator, being a member provides you with the ability to access the multiple resources of the RRC “members only” portion of its website for your group, as well as receive support and information from the PEG Network Coordinator. You will be able to share downloads of videos and programs, teleconferenced events and seminars, newsletter articles and more with your group. On the PEG Network site and blog, you can post and host events, find local members and be discovered by others in your area, and share group news and stories. From time to time, the RRC will send notices to PEG Facilitators announcing a special event, inviting your group to participate in an RRC research project, or offering other opportunities.
Is there a fee involved in starting a PEG gathering?
No. Although Facilitators and their Co-Facilitators must be RRC members, there are no fees for starting or attending a group.
Can anyone participate in a PEG Network Group?
Yes. All who are interested in sharing and listening to personal stories with psi are welcomed to participate free of charge, and new people are welcomed each time.
What should we call our group?
While you may operate without a formal name, you may choose to come up with a creative name for your group that incorporates your area and affiliation with the PEG Network. (i.e. If your group was in Bloomington, you might call it the Bloom- PEG). Please do not use “RRC” or “Rhine” in your name, as you operate independently and are not a “chapter” of the RRC. Also, we ask that you not use “PEG” as the first word in your group name, so that search engines will find the main site rather than the satellite group when “PEG” is used as a search term.
Can PEG Networks use RRC’s nonprofit mailing permit or logo?
Because local groups are legally and financially independent of RRC, they are not sheltered by our nonprofit status and are not eligible to use our nonprofit mailing permit or logo. Can local groups use RRC’s name for advertising purposes? We ask that you use your individual group name, not the Center’s name, when advertising or sponsoring special events. For example, “The Bloom- PEG invites you to its first meeting”, not “The Rhine Research Center invites you to a local meeting in Bloomington”. This is especially important when advertising public events.
Publishing information about your group:
An example to use when publishing information: “[Group Name] serves members and friends of the Rhine Research Center, a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the exploration of psi and consciousness through research, education, and direct experience. [Group Name] is wholly independent of the Rhine Research Center and is legally and financially responsible for its own activities.” The second sentence is the more important of the two and we ask that you incorporate it into all your written materials.
Using the RRC website for your area PEG gatherings:
- Post your group’s local PEG news, group events, stories or other sharing in the PEG Networks section of www.rhine.org
- Stay in communication with the other Facilitators and the PEG Network Coordinator.
- Find local members and be discovered by others in your area.
- Download online videos, RRC speakers, seminars, and other “members only” materials to share at meetings (final portion of sharing time).
- Receive the RRC Newsletter and calendar of events.
- Find articles and research to stimulate group discussion (final portion of sharing time).
- Find online research participation opportunities for your group.
- As Facilitator of a local PEG, what if my contact information changes, or someone else becomes Facilitator, or the group discontinues?