Safe circle facilitates reflection

Part of the wonder of living in the Comox Valley is the frequent sighting of wildlife, yet even the familiar deer keep a cautious distance from us.

 

On Tuesday evenings this summer, Ted Hicks will facilitate a circle to create a safe place for each of us to allow our own shy souls to come out of hiding. The series is entitled, A Circle of Soul Seekers.

Based on the work of Parker Palmer — an American Quaker, teacher, and spiritual guide — this circle will provide opportunities for personal reflection and journaling, conversations in groups of two or three, and sharing in the full circle — often arising out of the reading of a poem, a song, a reading from sacred writings, or a short video, etc, to stimulate deeper awareness.

The circle will meet at the Comox Valley Presbyterian Church Tuesday evenings from 6:30 until about 8, beginning July 16 and continuing weekly until Aug. 30. Although there will be some freedom to come and go on Tuesdays — given the rhythm of summer plans and activities — it is important for everyone to attend this first circle on the 16th to be introduced to the format, style, and guidelines for participation.

Participation is always invitational — no one will be pressured to participate beyond her/his own willingness and comfort level.

To find out more about Palmer and this approach, his books are a good introduction, especially A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life – Welcoming the Soul and Weaving Community in a Wounded World. You can also Google his name or the movement he helped found, The Center for Courage and Renewal.

Participation is open to all interested persons, regardless of one’s own spiritual tradition or affiliation. There is no charge to participate but advance registration is requested to place a chair in the circle for each attendee.

Call Ted Hicks at 250-339-2211 for more information or to register.  Comox Valley Presbyterian Church is located at 725 Aspen Road in Comox, near the Co-op Gas Station and Quality Foods.

— Ted Hicks

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