One of the basic beliefs of Native American culture is that all things are connected. In a similar manner, organizations rely on their connections, or networks, to survive and thrive.
In the article, “Reiki and Facilitation”, I discussed how I incorporate the healing practice of reiki into my work as a facilitator. In this article, I’d like to note the similarity between reiki and Native American healing and how I also use it in facilitation.
In fact, reiki came to the western world in the twentieth century, but Native Americans were way ahead of us in the use of energy for healing. See “Legends of America” at http://goo.gl/rTSXgy.
I have an abiding interest in Native American culture. I interpret it to the public in various venues, such as elementary schools, metroparks, and elder care centers. Incorporating Native American healing beliefs into my work as a facilitator comes naturally, given that most organizations need to heal to survive and thrive.
Native American healing beliefs and facilitation are a good fit. Like reiki masters, Native American healers relied on universal energy to balance emotions and create harmony. In my experience as a facilitator, imbalanced emotions and disharmony are the root of all troubles that organizations experience.
One of the basic beliefs of Native American culture is that all things are connected. Plants and animals are connected to the earth, and mankind relies on them for life. Thus, mankind is connected to the earth.
In a similar manner, organizations rely on their connections, or networks, to survive and thrive. They use them to get the word out, recruit new board members, and raise funds.
When I facilitate an organization, I sometimes push the board members to the limits of their endurance or their ability to tolerate stress. It’s the only way to get some people to step up and take ownership of their organization.
Until they hear this wake-up call, they won’t see that the future of the organization is up to them. Not other people with time on their hands or money in the bank. They have to champion the actions they want to take and not rely on others to do so. But they have to reach out to the people in their networks to make those things happen, because they can’t do everything themselves.
Tom Romito is an interpreter of Native American Culture, a facilitator of organizations who want to grow, and a Reiki practitioner dedicated to helping people heal. Tom shares stories and skills to help you energize your world.