The Talking Stick Circles
The Talking Stick is an indigenous Australian Aborigins word which is called the hocokah and consists of people who sit together in a talking circle, in prayer, in a ceremony, and are committed to helping one another and to each other’s healing.
Talking circles are a great way of bringing people together to create a safe and positive environment to raise and discuss various relevant issues.
In particular, talking circles are extremely useful for encouraging participants to share their experiences and communicate in groups.
Talking circles allow people to speak freely and to share what is on their mind. They allow people who may not have been heard before to share their views and experiences.
Talking circles act as a valuable healing process as they provide an opportunity for people to talk, laugh, share knowledge and make decisions in a non-threatening and positive environment. The energy created in a talking circle can be both very powerful and sacred.
Importantly, talking circles represent equality, interconnectedness, and continuity.
In our African culture, we have different forms of communication and that is why the Talking circles apply well for helping African people suffering emotional pains because one of it’s methods are acknowledging the importance of the unspoken language and members of a talking circle show respect and trust by listening to one another.
The person running the talking circle starts by holding the talking stick. Only the person who is holding the Talking Stick is able to speak. This ensures that the speaker’s views, thoughts, and experiences are fully respected and that the other members of the talking circle are able to give the speaker their undivided attention. When they have finished they pass the stick again to the person sitting on their left-hand side.
Anything that is of a personal nature must stay in the talking circle. At the end of the talking circle, the facilitator thanks the participants for their involvement
The advantage of using the talking stick in the Ubuntu Healing Circles is that it fosters resilience and wellbeing. Above all members will know that they are not alone and that there is somebody else who is experiencing similar emotional pains and hurtings.
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