In the first class, I was uncertain about what to expect. It turned out to be a very interesting session. We were introduced to what a check-in is, the first and quite possibly the most important thing in a Facilitation piece. This is what sets the tone, and asuch the facilitation piece can follow. There are no right or wrong ways of going about it. However, it is dependent on the Facilitator/s on how long they want the check-in to be.

In the piece itself, I learnt that insofar as there is substance- there must be form. One should strive to be both of these things, in the facilitation piece itself and in their private lives.

One concept that I learnt in a Sociology lecture some time ago is that nothing happens in a vacuum. There is content and there is context. What we often focus on is the content and not so much in understanding the context within which the content took place or is taking place. Once one is able to sit down and look at these two things conjunctively, they get to understand other people better. Which also translates to them understanding themselves better too- I believe.

Spaces such as Facilitation for me always pique my interest. They awaken some level of consciousness that I cannot get any other way. What I always try to do- is understand the Human Condition, and those that are different to me. To listen to their stories, to hear what they have to say about their experiences in the world. It’s not always easy to maintain an objective mind. However, the only way that one learns is to keep an open-mind. This, I feel, is the manner in which e are able to transcend situations and manifest our glory in the world. We live, self-actualise and hopefully change the world just by having being.

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