Way of Council seeks to engender truth and transparency by addressing
our views and fears as they arise and open a space to communicate
our needs from a position of equality and co-operation.
The intention of Council is to be in service to the whole, be
it group, team, family, relationship or partnership. It elicits
transparency and personal experience through a simple and present
non-directive communication. It is not there for entertainment,
nor is it therapy, but can have great therapeutic value. Council
is not a tool designed for specific outcomes, but rather in engaging
a process to reveal what best serves.
Loss of energy, inefficiency, divisive situations and ultimately
an experience of failure tend to be the uninvited guests in meetings
of people where communication is not clear or accorded respectful
time, space and integrity. Council as a practice offers a simple
structure with shared intentions for the meeting of like-minded
and diverse groups and agendas, can serve as a valve for stressful
situations, a source of stability and offer a space for ceremony,
celebration and sharing.
“In the West when we
want to emphasise a point we may quote an important authority.
In traditional societies, personal experience, what a person
has actually seen or done or heard in the bush or during a dream
or vision, is considered to be the most valuable form of knowledge.
When Native Elders want to make a point they do not contradict
or argue things out as we would: they tell a personal story and
leave their audience to make the necessary connections and understand
how the story illustrates and illuminates the issue in question"
F Peat – Blackfoot
English) Essence, any place or part located at a centre. The core,
vital or main part. Considered the centre of emotions, innermost
thought or feeling, mood, spirit or courage. One's disposition,