Practices > Wheel of Wisdom

What?

The Wheel of Wisdom holds eight archetypal Roles of Leadership that awaken, energise and support collective and personal learning-in-action. With their reflective insights, people can find intelligence, humanity and power in their differences, form coherent choices, and make decisions together in resonance with their deepest values and heartfelt purpose.

Why?

How?

  • Choose a central question
  • Individually or in a group, let the 8 Roles of leadership guide you
  • Discuss your central question from the eight perspectives

Wheel of Wisdom

The Wheel of Wisdom holds eight archetypal Roles of Leadership that awaken, energise and support collective and personal learning-in-action. With their reflective insights, people can find intelligence, humanity and power in their differences, form coherent choices, and make decisions together in resonance with their deepest values and heartfelt purpose.

The Wheel is adapted from an indigenous tribal Wisdom Council, as taught by the Ehama Institute of New Mexico, with a lineage of learning and practice in relationship with Mother Earth that has been cultivated over many centuries.

By going through the eight Roles of Leadership in the Wisdom Council, people learn to apply a range and depth of perceptions and perspectives to their vital questions of survival, of communal harmony, of direction, and of action. This leads to the creation wiser, more collaborative and more resilient lives together.

Each of the eight Roles embodies an aspect of leadership, in balance with feminine and masculine, that is entire and complete in its own right, and is part of the complete Wheel of Wisdom. With its variety of perspectives, the Wheel engenders reflective learning and resilience among individuals, groups and communities.

The sequence of the Roles offers an inspired approach for deepening shared discovery and collaborative, committed, courageous and durable decision making:

 

Disruptive Genius

awakens radical creativity, passion and vision for the Quest, free from all assumptions and constraints, cultural or otherwise.

Peacemaker

opens up the clear reality of things as they are now, at all levels of truth at which they can be appreciated.

Pioneer

considers the adventure that is opening up, its risks and demands, and what is the state of power, appetite and fitness to embark on it.

Pathfinder

seeks out and clarifies the Quest, its purpose and the energy and strength in its story-line: the story past, the story now and the story forward.

Steward/Chatelaine

considers resources of all kinds, including those of healing, nurture, teaching, birthing and learning. What has to be gathered? And what to let go of, to travel well on this vital journey?

Oracle

Oracle considers time and timing, cycles of flow, connectedness and opportunity: what could help or hinder the Quest? When is the time to start? With whom?

Strategist

prepares for and fashions right action, with well resourced and energised commitment. The arrow launched to its mark.

Guardian of Transformation

considers the whole journey to this point. How sound is the work? How is its spiritual, perceptual and practical integrity? Does it have the wholehearted, loving and beautiful commitment it says it does?  Yes? Then Go!

(If not, take the question to another round of the Wheel…)

An example of how the Wheel can be used:

Every Role evokes insight and understanding from the questions that it asks when you and others use it, whether individually or together. To explore the Wheel of Wisdom individually, you can:

1.     Imagine that you are in ceremony where you sit before a fire. All your sacred intelligences are attentive: spirit, mind, body, and will.

2.     Allow yourself to listen for the most important question you hold in your heart for consideration.

3.     Start your journey in the East, in the ‘Disruptive Genius’. Read the prompts, look at the image. What comes up for you? Before moving on, allow yourself time to sit in silence and ask “Is there anything else?”.

4.     Continue along the wheel in a clock-wise direction to uncover the insights held within each Role of Leadership in relation to your initial question.

Variations:

  • You could go further, and imagine clothing yourself in each of the eight Roles in turn, activating their perspectives as if they lived within you (as the earlier people found that they actually do!).
  • Better still, agree with others on a collective question to take to the Wheel and discover what happens when you activate each Role together.

 

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