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The Practice of Council
Council Practice is inspired by various traditions and cultures across the world who have practiced a deep form of communication in honor and respect of one another and all living beings. It is the practice of gathering in circle, where all people and living beings can belong and embrace the challenge of deep listening and heart-full speaking. Simply, it is the sharing of stories and the experience of community. Essentially, it is a practice that awakens and expands our sense of Self, Other, and the Mystery in every moment.
Council holds ten guidelines: The one who holds the talking piece is the only one who can speak; When speaking, speak from the heart; Listen from the heart; Lean expression; Spontaneity; Honor the integrity of the circle in all ways including maintaining confidentiality; Move into all ways of being, including discomfort; Presence; Curiosity; and Authenticity.