Introduction

We are calling for a circle and invite you to join with us. We yearn for safe spaces within which to be authentic, trusting, caring and open to change. We are searching for a way of life that embraces wisdom and compassion as its core principles.

By “wisdom” we mean deep insight into the interdependence of all phenomena, into the ways we are connected and how the strength of each one of us is vital to the whole. By “Compassion” we mean the deep feeling that comes when we recognize our soul’s reflection in another person, when that other person’s pain or joy becomes our own.

We know that the place to begin is within our own hearts and minds…….we want to share our efforts in self discovery, grassroots activism and spiritual inquiry in the company of kindred spirits….

so we invite you to come sit with us in a circle, meeting heart to heart, re-learning from each other’s life experiences and honouring the values that sustain our lives.

This is a place for deep truth telling, for practising a way of relating to each other that can become the norm for all our relationships. This is also a place for recognizing our own unique talents and abilities.

We will pass the talking stick and take turns speaking to our basic inquiry:

How can we continue to survive, hope, dream and thrive during dis time of global tumult? Can you listen from the heart without judgement, without resistance, to the urgencies of a soul longing to be heard? Can you speak from the heart, expressing your truth as you best know it? and will you choose your words carefully, with sensistivity to their impact? Can you express gratitude to those who bear witness to your werds?

Will you sit in silence and wait for deeper thoughts and feelings to rise?

Can you give voice to dis (not-so) new form of community pressing to be re-born?…….

The Ten Constants

No two wisdom circles are alike, yet there are elements that all wisdom circles share.

The wisdom circle is shaped by a set of guidelines called The Ten Constants.

This format has been inspired by councils of indigenous peoples, informed by the legacies of our ancestors and support and dialogue groups, and drawn from our own experience.

We’ ve also investigated group relations theory, mediation techniques and circle-forming traditions such as juma(a) khutbas and Quaker meetings.

We want to help you re-create and sustain your own circle, using the Ten Constants.

A set of guidelines, they also reflect the intentions of a wisdom circle – the shared values and deep purposes common to all wisdom circles, no matter what their individual aims are.

For example, expressing gratitude and acknowledging our interdependence are basic to every wisdom circle. Because it’s useful to learn “the basics”   in any endeavour, we’ve devoted a blog post to each of the constants. We ask you to read these posts slowly.

The better you grasp the constants, the more confidence you will feel in leading and participating in your own group

[revised excerpts from Wisdom Circles: A Guide to Self Discovery and Community Building in Small Groups]

[i,S.I.Sprayer: I give thanks for yesterday and tomorrow, I pray that the blessings of yesterday carry into tomorrow… I give thanks for jamii, bless my family, and all those show share their love with and pray for me, and those around me ….. I give thanks for the continued guidance and protection from my ancestors, give thanks for the fruits of co-creating big love gatherings with Bredrin and dadas in solidarity (collectives like Black Queer Resistance and Women’s Health in Women’s Hands); give thanks for the honour of  witnessing My Barbarian and sharing space with community as envisioned en invited by Post-Living Ante-Action Theater (PoLAAT)  in “The Chamber” of  Buddies in Bad Times Theatre,  give thanks for the spaces between celebrashun, vigils,  wisdom circles and all the wondrous possibilities being dreamed, organised and manifested by those spreading love, hope and positivity in abundance….I pray for help in forgiving my enemies, help to love my enemies, and to turn enemies into friends…so much tings to pray for….I pray to be humble, loving, and strong…pray for knowledge and wisdom, and for peace….bless the motherless and fatherless, bless those who are sick, bless our youth coming into their right destinies, bless our elders, bless our freedom fighters and peace makers, bless our healers, bless dunia yetu…]