CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Bruno Groening Circle of Friends will have a 90-minute lecture featuring Jutta Graf, a healing teacher from Germany, at 7 p.m., Oct. 16 at the India Center, 800 Green Rd., South Charleston. A short documentary film will be part of the lecture. Admission is free.
Eva Ristl organized the event. She became involved with the Circle of Friends last year after attending a lecture by Graf in Charleston. She leads Circle of Friends meetings at the India Center.
Ristl, and her husband, Emil, own Left Fork Farm LLC, a Roane County business that produces herbs, botanical and forest products.
Bruno Groening (1906-59) was a German who taught about the power of faith in overcoming disease. The Circle of Friends passes on his simple teachings through information lectures. Groening did not want to start another religion or organized following, Ristl said.
"It is beyond religious. Bruno Groening teaches 'stay in your church, keep going to your doctor.' The Circle of Friends is just an additional source of healing energy. It is mind over matter. You have to trust. That is a precondition to receive it. You can do it for others, but first you must pull the oxygen mask over your own face.
"First, empty your negative thoughts. It is about tuning in to divine energy and the healing stream. You bask in the energy. If your body has been out of order or with illness, it may take time for the body to be cleansed and adjust. Accept the adjustments that may happen in your body.
"It is simple. The deeper meaning reveals itself only after time. I started this last year but I'll be doing it for life now," Ristl said.
The guest speaker, Jutta Graf, has been a volunteer teaching Bruno Groening's lessons for many years and she even pays her own airfare, Ristl said.
Ristl said Graf has been on a tour giving introductory lectures, and holding community hour meetings, and visiting existing Circle of Friends of which there are about 170 in North America.
Ristl used a battery to describe a Circle of Friends meeting. "... we spend a lot of energy, every day, with every thought, especially with negative thoughts, so we need to fill up again and recharge. That's the basics. Or, in other words, if life takes it out of you, you are responsible to put it back in."
Ristl said that if people like what they hear at the introduction, they can sign up to become a "friend" with no strings attached. "It only involves giving one's name and address. They can then attend the regular community hours.
"The Circle of Friends asks people for donations to keep the teachings going. If you can give a dollar, that is fine. If you cannot donate, that is fine. It is always enough," Ristl said.
For additional information, contact Eva Ristl at 304-577-9034 or email BGCharlesto...@aol.com.
Reach Judy E. Hamilton at judy.hamil...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1230.