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Sacred Listening Process

As a way to build deeper connections, faster, and with more people, we started building tools based on our theory of sacred listening. We base the tools in research methods, which are near and dear to our hearts, but not just as a way to collect data, but rather to bring structure and intention to connections so we can create gateways into more meaningful relationships. It may seem counterintuitive to put structure around relationship-building, but we know we get shorter amounts of time to interact, so we need to capitalize on it while we have it together- and the structure helps be both expedient and intentional.

Sacred Listening Practices are listening to each other in divine encounter, systematically. 

Said another way, it's listening with intention and attention to collect information that fosters deep connections, while regarding the other as sacred.

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Intentions

The foundation of any Sacred Listening session, this phase focuses on recognizing the inherent sacredness of each participant. It involves setting a respectful and empathetic tone for the session that facilitates a deep and meaningful engagement.

  • Establish a Sacred Space: Initiate the session by grounding everyone in a shared understanding that every individual is sacred. Use rituals or practices that engage participants’ empathy and imagination, creating an environment of mutual respect and openness.

  • Set the Tone: Communicate the purpose and expectations clearly, emphasizing care and mutual respect over authority. This helps put everyone in a similar frame of mind and sets the stage for a heartfelt exchange.

  • Engage Through Rituals: Introduce rituals that resonate with the group’s cultural or spiritual preferences, such as meditation, prayer, or a shared reading, to deepen the collective sense of sacredness.

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Ask and Record

This phase is about actively engaging with each other through dialogue that respects and honors the voice of each participant. It emphasizes the importance of asking thoughtful questions and actively listening to the responses.

  • Align Expectations: Clearly outline what is expected from each participant during the session to ensure everyone feels comfortable and engaged.

  • Conduct Meaningful Inquiry: Facilitate a structured dialogue where participants are encouraged to ask and respond to open-ended, meaningful questions. This practice elevates every voice and opens avenues for deeper inquiry.

  • Document Engagement: Demonstrate active listening by taking detailed notes. This not only shows respect and attention to the speakers but also ensures that the insights gathered are remembered and valued.

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Explore and Follow-up

The final phase centers on analyzing the shared information, identifying common themes, and maintaining ongoing engagement. This stage underscores the importance of scaling relationships to foster a broader community of understanding and respect.

  • Review and Analyze: After the session, review the notes and shared experiences to identify common themes and insights. This analysis is crucial for understanding the depth of the conversations and preparing for subsequent engagements.

  • Themes and Trends: Work together to identify the major themes and trends that have carried the activity and that will mean something in the future. These become common threads that forge lasting relationships.

  • Plan Committed Follow-ups: Schedule follow-up meetings or check-ins to reinforce the relationships and discussions that began in the initial session. These continued interactions emphasize the ongoing commitment to each participant's sacredness and the collective exploration of shared themes.

  • Maintain Engagement: Encourage ongoing dialogue and interaction among participants through various platforms or gatherings, ensuring that the sense of community and mutual respect continues to grow and evolve.

  • Scale Relationships: Develop strategies to extend these dialogues beyond the initial session. This might involve creating networks or groups that can continue the conversation, thereby expanding the impact of the initial engagement across a wider community.



     

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