During one of my classes, a dance teacher told me that children are initially taught to spin clockwise. Apparently they find it easier (although there are always exceptions). She said it is well known amongst dance teachers – that if you want to calm children down, you get them to spin anti-clockwise. To energize them, you get them to spin clockwise!
This energizing effect is exactly what most people experience doing Rite No 1 as described by Colonel Bradford. In my view, if the lamas gave instructions to Spin clockwise – then clockwise it is!