Philosophy

Some of our core beliefs are about the power of:

  • Deep listening
  • Asking authentic questions
  • Building community
  • Telling our stories
  • Being heard

The following quotes, capture the essence of these beliefs.

“Only she who listens can speak.”  Dag Hammarskjold

“I beg you…to try to love the questions themselves…Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”  Rainer Maria Rilke, "Letters to a Young Poet," translated by Stephen Mitchell

Community
Somewhere, there are people
to whom we can speak with passion
without having the words catch in our throats.
Somewhere a circle of hands will open to receive us,
eyes will light up as we enter, voices will celebrate with us
whenever we come into our own power.
Community  means strength that joins our strength
Arms to hold us when we falter.
A circle of healing, A circle of friends.
Someplace where
we can be free. 

STARHAWK, Dreaming the Dark.  In Christina Baldwin, "Calling the Circle"

“Our stories are not only mental narratives that engage our imagination, or a string of interesting and meaningful pictures, ideas, and dialogues.  Rather, story has the power to go right through us, reaching into every cell, changing our chemistry, and profoundly affecting our well-being.  How can something that has been relegated to the province of children be so powerful?”   Richard Stone, "The Healing Art of Storytelling"

“Heard…If they only understood how important that it is that we be heard!...But most people…they just want to tell their story.  That’s what they’ve got to give, don’t you see?  And it’s a precious thing to them. It’s their life they want to give.  You’d think people would understand what it means to us…to give our lives in a story…If they only knew. If they’d just take a minute to listen.”   Ram Dass and Paul Gorman, "How Can I Help?"

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