Master Facilitator Journal

Master Facilitator Journal | Issue #0489, May 17, 2011

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Dear Friends,

I once attended a seminar in Boulder with noted author, psychiatrist, and professor, Roger Walsh on Awakening Service (Karma Yoga) and Ethics. I particularly enjoyed a simple eight-step process one can use to approach life in a more awakened fashion. It occurs to me that this practice would be ideal for facilitators preparing to approach their work with groups. So I summarized it in this week's article, Awakening Service as a Facilitator. I hope you find this perspective useful, and as always, I look forward to your feedback.

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Steve Davis


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Awakening Service as a Facilitator
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Group Process Skill

Facilitating a group is one of the highest forms of service one can provide. Preparing yourself to do this work before it happens however, can be overlooked in light of all that goes into preparing content and processes. Spending just a few minutes prior to going into a group to clarify your intent, motivations, and how you'll deal internally with what comes up can truly transform your experience in a positive way. Practicing the process of awakening service in your facilitation may afford you the following benefits:
  • Transforms your work into the opportunity for learning and awakening.
  • Reduces negative emotions such as anxiety, worry, and depression.
  • Increases satisfaction and happiness.
  • Reduces burnout.
  • Reduces power games.
  • Reduces possibility of being manipulated. You can only be manipulated if you're attached. You can only be of help to people to the degree you don't need anything from them.
  • Increases flow and effectiveness.



Borrowing from the nine steps of Karma Yoga or Awakening Service, try preparing yourself using these steps the next time you plan to facilitate or attend a group.

Nine Steps to Awakening Service.

1. Stop. Interrupt your normal automatic process and turn your awareness inward.

Reflect. What is the purpose of the work you're about to do? What's going on inside of you right now? Can you simply be with it?

3. Dedicate activity to a higher goal.
Set an intention for how you'd like to be with this group. How would you like to show up? What qualities and philosophies will guide your actions?

4. Attempt to act impeccably. Once you're in the room, remember your intention and do your best to let it guide your actions.

5. Be Mindful. Notice what's going on, both inside and outside of you.

6. Work with what comes up. Simply be OK with whatever shows up in your groups. Bringing your best awareness, intentions, processes, and actions to your group is all you can do.

7. Reduce addictions to how you think things should turn out. Surrender your attachment to things turning out a certain way.

8. Reflect and learn. Explore your actions and feedback, both internal and external and make adjustments as necessary.

9. Offer benefits to others. Seek to offer what you've learned in a spirit of service as you incorporate these lessons into your future work.

Add Your Comments


Employ the nine steps above to the next group you plan to attend or facilitate, or to any other activity you've got going on in your life. Click on Add Your Comments to share your questions, feedback, or experience on this topic.

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