Wisdom Sessions

Wisdom Sessions

Wisdom Sessions are peer support based on deep listening for connecting to innate wisdom.

Deep Listening

Deep listening is hearing, beyond the intellect, what is being shared by another from a space of being and openness. The intention is to be present and open, which fosters clarity and insight.

How It Works

Our life experience comes from thoughts living on many levels of our body, emotions, and mind. Habitual thoughts lead to stuck experiences. Through conscious expression of thoughts and energies within the space supported by a deep-listening partner, we free habitual patterns and open to the greater wisdom that is always present.

Roles

We call the two roles Explorer and Listener, understanding that session partners are equal peers.

Basic Session

The basic Wisdom Session involves the Listener simply deep listening, without overt response. The presence and space created is centering and powerful for both partners.

The basic session provides essential beneficial qualities and is the foundation for all variations. Beginners are encouraged to practice the basic session for a while before trying variations below.

Opening Silence

Participants meditate silently or just become present, as best they know how. This time typically lasts from a few moments to a minute. The explorer starts expressing when he or she feels ready.

Expression

To free habitual thoughts and open to a new stream of wisdom, the Explorer expresses what’s present through speaking, moving, sounding, and silence. Follow the flow as feels right to you.

As much as possible, the Listener gives full attention to the Explorer. Do your best to stay present, letting go of personal thoughts and feelings. If strong personal feelings arise for you, again do your best to return to quiet mind and just witness.

Closing Silence

Participants meditate silently and become present, as best they can. This time typically lasts from a few moments to a minute. The Explorer decides when there's been enough closing silence and says so by saying something like "OK, thank you".

How Was It?

After each session, take a few minutes to share how the process was for you. How was it exploring or listening? Did you feel present? Were there any challenges? Do you notice any shifts in how you feel after the session? The Explorer shares first.

Session Variations

By agreement, sessions may also include responses from the Listener such as questions or reflections. These may be offered spontaneously or by request of the Explorer, either during the sharing time or after.

Experiment with the variations to find out what works best for you and your sessions partners.

Session Agreements

A few agreements create a supportive framework for a Wisdom Session.

Confidentiality

Partners agree to keep anything shared in Wisdom Sessions confidential.

Type of Session

Before a session, come to agreement with your partner about whether you will be doing a basic session or variation. If a variation, be clear on how it will be structured.

Two or One-Way

In a two-way session, the two partners each take time being the Explorer. A one-way session can also work well. It may be reciprocated at another time or not, depending on the preferences of the partners.

Timing

Agree on total time available. For a 2-way session, decide how the time will be divided. Usually, the times lengths will be of equal. Occasionally, it may be mutually agreeable that one person takes a longer session than the other.

Wisdom Sessions have generally been beneficial with time lengths from 10-30 minutes for each partner.

Timekeeping may done by either or both partners, as they agree. A loosely-timed notice of a couple of minutes before the end is generally helpful.

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