Virtual Council

A hunting party
Sometimes has a greater chance
Of flushing love and God
Out into the open
Than a warrior
All alone

~ Hafiz

At Soularize 2016, Jim Taylor, an Illuman Weaver, described the Illuman Way of Council for the attendees. Council is a bedrock Illuman practice. This video offers information on Illuman's use of Council in the Journey of Illumination.

Bring your pain, strength, power, weakness, glory, blessings or whatever else it is that you are to address at this moment in life. Council is a place for you to tackle life head on, as awake and honest to what is your reality as you dare. It is also a place to practice a radical form of listening to others and to the Spirit.

Our form of council is a communal contemplative practice where we do our inner work in a group. It isn’t a discussion group; it isn’t a place to debate ideas; it isn’t a place to get or give answers or advice; it isn’t a place to be held accountable by others. Council is a place uncommon to the rest of life where you are invited to put down the mantel(s) you carry, where you put down your many identities and roles you play, reconnect to Life itself, and sink deeper into your true self, using a variety of practices that have stood the test of time and come to us from wisdom traditions around the world. A large part of this practice is telling our own stories.

Illuman understands the Way of Council as a communal contemplative practice. It affirms the importance of listening and speaking from the heart within a circle of men, but it also recognizes the circle as being more than the sum of its parts. Illuman wants to be open to the mystery of the Spirit that arises within the wisdom and discernment of the Council. It recognizes that we run out of words in the presence of something larger than ourselves. This necessarily widens the circumference of the circle of men, extending our vision to a wider community to which we also have to listen.

Ideally meeting in Council face to face is desired however we recognize many men do not have other men to sit in council or want to continue with a group formed during their MROP or other Illuman events.

Please visit the Illuman Website for more information on Virtual Councils and to apply to join a Virtual Council.