Indigenous Wisdom for Compassionate Living
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Brother Phil Lane – Indigenous Wisdom for Compassionate Living and Unified Action
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Thursday, January 7, 2016
What You’ll Learn in These 9 Weeks
Course sessions are on Thursdays at 12:00pm Pacific.
In this 9-week transformational program, Chief Phil Lane, Jr. will guide and mentor you through an Indigenous path where you will embrace and reclaim your Indigenous relationship to all life and remember and lovingly celebrate your sacred relationship with Mother Earth.
Each weekly, LIVE session will build harmoniously upon the next. You will develop a complete, holistic understanding of the practices, tools and principles you’ll need to embrace your own Indigenous spirit as an Indigenous being of Mother Earth.
Module 1: Indigenous Rising
Fulfilling the Prophecies (January 7)
Around the world at this very moment and as foretold by the ancient Indigenous Peoples of Mother Earth, we are reawakening — lighting the way to a sacred wisdom and beginning to heal and unite as one human family.
Hereditary Chief Phil Lane, Jr. will introduce the Indigenous Talking Circles and The 16 Indigenous Guiding Principles for Building a Sustainable and Harmonious World.
In the first learning circle, you will:
Receive an overview of the historically profound 16 Indigenous Guiding Principles for Building a Sustainable and Harmonious World (derived from four decades of work among Indigenous leaders globally).
Learn how Indigenous Talking Circles can provide a forum for local and global transformation on the planet.
Embark on the journey to uncovering your role in the healing process needed for a more sustainable way of life.
Link the 16 Indigenous Guiding Principles Principles for Building a Sustainable and Harmonious World inextricably to your life and to a process that is bigger than you are.
Engage in a deep reflective process about your personal journey in this current space and time to discern what will enable you to be more consciously engaged in actively creating a different pathway into the future.
Module 2: Walking the Fourth Way & Embracing Your Indigenous Spirit
during the 500 years of the Great Spiritual Wintertime, people from all walks of life have dealt with many forms of hardship and suffering. Hopelessness, despair, assimilation, self-hatred and discrimination, and even violent resistance. It’s time to transform our individual and collective suffering. It is time to heal and nourish our spirits.
In this module, Chief Phil Lane, Jr. will share his ancient knowledge about the Medicine Wheel and the Four Directions. You’ll come to understand the depth of wisdom available from these integral energetic and healing Indigenous systems. In this teaching, he will explore the utility of this ancient symbolism and its application to your current life and the powerful gifts that you contain.
In the second circle, you will:
Discover the distinct aspects of the four elements of the Medicine Wheel and your own nature, which can promote balance and your will to live.
View the gift of these four aspects, which point to your true nature.
Illuminate the ways your identity influences your ability to actualize your potential, as well your healing or suffering.
Module 3: Reawakening How to Be with Each Other
The Art of Talking Circles (January 21)
in the haste and paving over that is so characteristic of the modern world and material dream, ancient traditions for building and sustaining community have been largely forgotten. Even the most aware of us still carry undesirable patterns of being that can detract us from connecting with others and ourselves.
We may lack a “spiritual compass” to help guide us to maintain authentic relationships and engagement with others in community. The principle of a Talking Circle is that starting from within — working in a circle, in a sacred manner — we heal and develop ourselves, our relationships and the world.
In the third circle, you will:
The basic principles of Talking Circles and how they contribute to a more cohesive and collaborative way of conducting business, creating dialogue in conflict-ridden scenarios and building continuity and trust among all people.
Learn the steps to conduct the ancient practice of Talking Circles in a way that can be used to promote trust, problem resolution and action, even in places that currently do not have good relationships.
Uncover how the attributes of respect, commitment, consideration, valuing, diversity and contribution create consensus — even in the most difficult situations.
Module 4: The 16 Guiding Principles for Building a Sustainable & Harmonious World (January 28)
After learning, applying and facilitating the Indigenous Talking Circle tradition, we can begin to sit with one another and explore The 16 Indigenous Guiding Principles. These principles, developed and successfully utilized over the past 45 years, are fundamental truths exemplified in the phenomena of the natural world and our evolution as human beings. They’re neither doctrine or dogma — nor require any beliefs. They are a “spiritual roadmap” for building and sustaining peace within ourselves and in our communities.
In the fourth circle, you will:
Understand how a belief in our ability to transform the world is essential to lasting, positive change.
Identify how your inner life, where truth lives, helps invoke change in your life and elsewhere.
Evoke a vision of your full potential and how it will contribute to a sustainable world.
Begin to heal your past and replace the dysfunctional thinking and disruptive patterns with healthy habits of thought and action that empower your contributions.
Module 5: Interconnectedness
The Holistic Approach (February 4)
Mother Earth is a unified and living being of which all of life is an interdependent and interconnected part. Every aspect of our healing and development is interrelated, personal, social, cultural, political and economic. When we work on any one part, the whole circle is affected.
In the fifth circle with Hereditary Chief Phil Lane, Jr., you will:
Uncover that you cannot heal and transform yourself without realizing and engaging with the vast web of relationships that define your spiritual and collective journey with others.
Explore how the concept of unity, or oneness, is the key behind the movement forward into healing and transformation of our world, and that disunity is the primary disease of our communities.
Begin to participate in the active engagement of your mind, heart and soul to promote your own healing and development and take ownership in your own destiny.
Understand how every person (regardless of gender, race and religion) must be accorded equal opportunity to participate in the process of healing and development, and to receive a fair share of the benefits.
Module 6: The Hurt of One is the Hurt of All, The Honor of One is the Honor of All
If everything in our world is connected to everything else, how much more must we human beings be connected to each other? The basic fact of our oneness as a human family has always been known and understood by the wise. Nevertheless, the reality is that what happens to some of us really does happen to all of us.
We have recently begun to learn that if we poison the air we breathe and the water we drink (i.e. the environmental commons), we are poisoning ourselves. Similarly, if we poison our relationships with other people who live in the same social world as we do (the social commons), then we and our children will sooner or later discover that we have poisoned our own lives.
In the sixth circle, you will:
Learn that human beings are both material and spiritual in nature, and that neither you nor the rest of humanity can live sustainably without bringing your life into balance with your spiritual nature.
Tap into your moral foundation which is centered in the wisdom of the heart and will help you to maintain your own moral compass and live by your own ethical principles, causing you to evolve in consciousness and action.
Sense how the oneness of the human family requires living and acting with the knowledge that all beings must be cared for, or the world is not sustainable.
Uncover how your own healing and development, and that of the human family, must be rooted in the wisdom, knowledge and living processes of the culture of the people.
Module 7: Understanding the Human Spirit
Moving to the Positive (February 18)
In the mounting crises of our current age, we must have understanding and compassion for relatives who are no less frightened out of their wits, and therefore, unengaged and ineffective in supporting or leading change. Disbelief turns to despair, despair can transform to disconnection, grotesque disillusionment or total apathy. The negative strikes fear in people and drains energy.
This is not to say we should ignore the negative, but that it should be balanced with the antidote of hope, vision and unified action that moves to the positive by creating the world we wish to live in. This fills the human spirit rather than depletes it. To act otherwise is to misunderstand what it is that connects, inspires and enables a human spirit to engage fully in life in the face of our global challenges.
In the seventh circle, you will hear about the final four Indigenous Principles, and will:
Strategize about the best approach to solving the critical problems in your life and community by visually focusing on the collective strengths we already have, rather than on fighting the things you want to change.
Identify how the concept of learning and seeking the truth is at the core of healing, development and social change, and begin to integrate hard truths into your own life for healing and global sustainability.
Learn how to promote sustainability within yourself, your community and the globe through an efficient use of resources.
Explore how to walk the path of your new way, and invite others to join in by positive role modeling and the creation of living examples of the solutions you have envisioned.
Module 8: The Indigenous Principles of Consultation (February 25)
Conflict and crisis are at the core of what it means to be an individuated spirit among relatives who, just like ourselves, are journeyers in this world. Being human is not easy! It is not a matter of IF conflict will arise, but a question of how it will be dealt with when it happens, and how it can be used as a force for connection and transformation.
Sustained disunity is the poison of development, and too often it remains present through our inability or lack of wisdom to heal it. The Principles of Consultation have been utilized by thousands of Indigenous communities and other members of the human family around Mother Earth!
In the eighth circle, Chief Phil Lane, Jr. will support you to:
Outline the values behind Indigenous Principles of Consultation, so that you will feel skilled and supported in taking your vision into your life, community and the world.
Help you feel emboldened to take the prime aspects of this consultative approach into your action in the world with respect and appreciation for the diversity of each member of the human family.
Learn to expect that the truth will emerge from the clash of differing opinions, and that from the process of this collaborative model, optimal solutions will emerge to promote healing in yourself and on the planet.
Module 9: Protect & Restore the Sacredness of Mother Earth
Unprecedented, Unified Action & Unifying the One Human Family (March 3)
In this module, Brother Phil will support you to synthesize the vast richness available in the Indigenous wisdom principles and in the collaborative processes shared to envision how you will next move into the world in your truth and power as an empowered, compassionate healer who will make unified change happen in multiple dimensions in your life.
In this final module, you will:
Review and practice the collaborative process for using the Talking Circles.
Synthesize the learnings from the Indigenous Principles, and think through how to use these principles in nitty-gritty conversations with your family, community, and even globally.
Explore how you can integrate the Principles of Consultancy with The 16 Indigenous Guiding Principles for Building a Sustainable and Harmonious World to resolve deep-seated and intractable conflict within your community and across the globe.
Design a version of a personal or social action project that will manifest your passion, vision and skills into the world in new and creative ways…
Hereditary Chief Phil Lane, Jr. is a member of the Hinhan Wicasa Oyate, Yankton Sioux Tribe and Chickasaw Nation. For more than 45 years Phil has been working with Indigenous Peoples from across the Americas, Southeast Asia, India, Hawaii and Africa. In 1970-1971, Phil worked with Indigenous Peoples in Bolivia. It was here where he began his lifelong dedication, with other Indigenous Peoples, toward actualizing the Reunion of the Condor and the Eagle. Phil served 16 years as an associate professor in Indigenous Education at the University of Lethbridge, where, in 1982, he co-founded — with elders from across North America — the Four Worlds International Institute (FWII). With the guidance of the Four Worlds Elders Council and Phil’s leadership and applied experience, FWII has become an internationally recognized leader in human, community and organizational development because of the institute’s unique focus on the importance of culture and spirituality in all dimensions of development.
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