CHAPTER10Circle as Support for Collective Healing

Circle can transform familial, community, and societal issues by receiving stories in a community of listeners. Three stories in this section illustrate the intergenerational healing of a family, the healing provided by addressing issues of race and gender in a southern city, and the ability of traumatized citizens to shift their reactions to violence in the midst of social turmoil.

When the ancestors came over the hill and into the circle of firelight, the circle socialized them into communal groups and became the container for the deepest conversations of awakening human consciousness. Staring into the flames of the cooking fire, relieved to have made it through the rigors of another hunting-and-gathering ...

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