The Clearness Committee: An Immersive Learning Exploration

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Join Dan Hines for this deeper exploration of the practices that create the conditions for an effective discernment experience.

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Do you want to learn how to facilitate the Clearness Committee process?

Are you wanting to learn more about an effective practice of personal decision-making, finding a depth of integrity, and navigating life transitions and the stormy waters of relational and vocational complexity?

Join Dan for this 5 week long deeper exploration of the practices that create the conditions for an effective discernment experience. The sessions are Monday nights 7:00-9:00 pm Pacific Time beginning on October 19, 2020. The following four Monday nights are all the same time 7:00-9:00 pm: Oct. 26, Nov. 2, Nov. 9 and Nov. 16.

One of the hallmark practices of the Circle of Trust® approach is the Clearness Committee, a two-hour discernment process that happens at Courage & Renewal programs. It is a disciplined and respectful process that helps us hear our own inner wisdom while drawing on the presence and support of other people.

The Clearness Committee can help you to learn the value of asking open, honest questions, to experience how to better access our own inner guidance, and to see what happens when we commit to the practice of presence and from freeing ourselves of the reactive habits of fixing, advising, saving or correcting one another.

The Clearness Committee process is both simple and demanding. Done well, it is a positive experience for everyone involved. A deep understanding of the practice and careful preparation of the focus person and committee members is essential.

This is a five week program of two hour sessions. It is an immersive learning experience as we will experience two committees during these sessions. The sessions are primarily intended for leaders who would like integrate this process into their coaching, mediation, spiritual direction, or mentoring vocations; yet, it is open to those who would like to explore the process for personal development and vocational exploration.

“…For the right person, with the right issue, the Clearness Committee is a powerful way to rally the strength of community around a struggling soul, to draw deeply from the wisdom within all of us. It teaches us to abandon the pretense that we know what is best for another person and instead to ask those honest and open questions that can help that person find his or her own answers. It teaches us to give up the arrogant assumption that we are obliged to “save” each other and learn, through simple listening, to create the conditions that allow a person to find his or her wholeness within. If the spiritual discipline behind the Clearness Committee is understood and practiced, the process can become a way to renew community in our individualistic times; a way to free people from their isolation without threatening their integrity; a way to counteract the unhelpful excesses to which we sometimes take “caring;” and a way to create space for the spirit to move among us with healing and with power.”-Parker J. PalmerYou can learn more about the Clearness Committee Process here:http://www.couragerenewal.org/clearnesscommittee/

Parker Palmer provides this preparation as he guides a Clearness Committee process:

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