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THE LISTENING CIRCLE

“When we live in a family, a community, a country where we know each other’s true stories, we remember our capacity to lean in and love each other to wholeness.”
— Christina Baldwin

The listening circle, also sometimes referred to as the talking stick,  circle way and more is an ideal way to connect with each other within a group or community. 

Connection happens through listening and is the basis of respectful relationships. When we use a talking stick, a stone or a similar sacred item to pass around the circle we are reminded of this lost art of listening to the other while stilling our own minds.

Deep listening begs empathy and consideration. If we really listen with open hearts and open minds, others will be more inclined to speak their truth rather than attempt to manipulate the listener. This process can help shift our perspective and enable us to incorporate other ideas and solutions into our own without the ego constantly defending itself.

If we can listen to each other's stories and weave new stories together we can resolve differences and have peaceful exchange and profound insights.
When we listen attentively, Truth speaks clearly.

THE CIRCLE

There are many reasons why a gathering of people in a circle is powerful. A circle is a shape that is found repeatedly throughout the natural world, and it is a symbol of perfection. From tribal circles to the Agora of Ancient Greece to the mythical round table of King Arthur, the circle has been the shape adopted by gatherings throughout history for the purpose of decision making and social interaction.

When a group of people come together in a circle, they are united and protect the core at the centre. When people choose to speak, they can gaze upon this central point (often a fire or candle flame) and their words become inspired by careful reflection on this sacred aspect of Life.

Because a circle has no beginning and no end, the agreement to connect in a circle allows energy to circulate from one person to the next, rather than being dissipated into the environment.

Being in a circle where you can look each person in the eyes gives a sense of safety, understanding, connectedness. A safe space to share our truths. Something we all long for. 

“You have noticed that everything an Indian does, he does in a circle. And that is because The Power of The World always works in circles... and everything tries to be round ... the sky is round and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls.
Birds make their nests in circles for theirs is the same religion as ours... even the seasons form a great circle in their changing and always come back again Full Circle to where they were.
The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where Power moves.”
— Black Elk, of the Oglala Sioux

Source: The Full Circle Project


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