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COUNCIL SHARING: guidelines for sharing in Circle

Practices of "Council Sharing" for sharing in a sacred circle

(Summarized from the book "Sacred Circles—A guide to creating your own women's spirituality group"
by Robin Deen Carnes & Sally Craig. Augmented by Amalya.)

In order to help create a safe, supportive, intimate, and trust-building circle, these guidelines are very beneficial:

• Only one person speaks at a time while others listen. (We will use a "talking stick" or object to designate the speaker.)

• Give your full attention to the person speaking. Practice focusing your attention on the speaker without becoming distracted. Listen without an agenda, without assessing and without evaluating or judging the speaker or what she is saying. Practice listening without thinking about what you want to say at your turn.

• Practice listening with quiet empathy honoring the speaker's "truth".

• Please do not interrupt except possibly to clarify what the woman talking may have just said. (ie: No cross talk —replying or commenting)

• Do not give advice or try to resolve problems or make interpretations for another, unless someone has asked specifically for "wisdom counsel".

• Be non-judgmental. Do not judge yourself or others for expressed feelings or opinions. It is irrelevant whether or not you agree or disagree with what someone is saying. What matters is that you accept what is being said as her reality. And practice self acceptance of your own expressions too.

• Speak in the "first person" when sharing: (ie: speak from the "I"—state your experience as yours. State how YOU feel).

• Be mindful of how long you speak so enough time is available for all to share initially. We can always come around again.

• You do not have to share if you do not want to.

• Take responsibility for your own needs. Ask for what you want. Be aware of your expectations.

• Confidentiality. Anything said in the circle should not be repeated outside the circle unless the person speaking gives permission.

• To foster a safe space for all, please do not make assumptions or inquiries about a women’s sexual orientation.

• Networking/Soliciting: in consideration of sacred space, please reserve networking or soliciting to announcement times or for network table.

Table of Contents

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Summer Solstice Lore ~Compiled by Amalya 2016 June 20, 2016 3:25 PM anonymous
St Lucia Day A Yule Time tradition January 1, 2014 2:15 PM anonymous
What is the Sacred Feminine? Article by Amalya May 29, 2013 6:25 PM anonymous
In Consideration of Creating SAFE and Sacred Space February 3, 2012 2:56 PM anonymous
COUNCIL SHARING: guidelines for sharing in Circle February 3, 2012 2:51 PM anonymous
Inanna article compiled by Amalya May 29, 2013 6:26 PM anonymous
Guadalupe -Tonantzin info compiled by Amalya 2010 May 29, 2013 6:25 PM anonymous
Ostara Info compiled by Victoria March 2011 December 6, 2011 1:39 PM anonymous
Lammas Info compiled by Victoria Aug 2011 July 28, 2012 9:44 AM anonymous
Imbolc info compiled by Victoria January 30, 2013 12:42 PM anonymous
About The Escondido Goddess Studio Meetup Clan January 30, 2015 10:18 AM anonymous

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