The Way Of Council

‘When Native people speak they are not talking from the head,
relating some theory, mentioning what they read in a book,
or what someone else has told them.
Rather, they speak from the heart,
from the traditions of their people,
and from the knowledge of their land:
they speak of what they have seen and heard and touched,
and what has been passed on to them
by the traditions of their people.
It is their inner silence that allows them to
listen to the prompting of their hearts
and to the subtle resonances that lie within
each word of a language and which,
when uttered, reverberate throughout the world.’

– David F Peat –  Blackfoot Physics

Within the circle there are four intentions that hold the space together,
which when observed, create safety and allow truth and trust to build
in this very simple and powerful practice.

Attentive listening, ‘witnessing’. Seeking understanding and
accepting others as they are, staying present and centred and
when we give full attention, helps another to reach their truth
more easily. Beyond ourselves and the other, is the soul of the circle.
This is heard from the heart.

Speaking our personal story, using “I” statements.
Favouring feelings and making as transparent as possible our process.
Speaking from the heart doesn’t necessarily mean using words – sound,
movement, spontaneous expressions from the heart in all forms that are
responsibly made are welcome. Even silence itself speaks.
Speak what will serve yourself, the circle, the highest good

Being of lean expression, helps us to attend to what is important,
recognise that our truth need not have to be re-enforced by repetition,
since we are being heard, and as there are often many in a circle,
allows time for all to share.

Surprise yourself by not planning on what or rather how you will speak.
Focusing on your own story while others have the talking piece will
reduce capacity to ‘listen’ when they speak. The heart does not plan.
Spontaneity encourages playfulness, realness and the “voice” of
the moment to be free.

Essential for sake of trust and respect,
Confidentiality is the fifth intention held outside of circle times.
What is said within the circle, stays within the circle.

Rob Dreaming

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