If we want to create a space that welcomes the soul, we must speak our own truth to the center of the circle and listen receptively as others speak theirs. We must try to respond to what others say in ways which extend the welcome; something that rarely happens in daily life.
In the ‘circle of trust’, we learn an alternative way to respond, centered on the rare art of asking honest open questions – queries that invite the Other to reach for deeper and truer speech. Honest, open questions are countercultural, but they are vital to the circle of trust. Such questions, asked in a safe space, invite the inner teacher to say more about the matter at hand…
Parker J. Palmer (2004) A Hidden Wholeness