The Inner Council - Philosophy

We aim to support a humble approach to the human predicament. Vulnerable and cautious in our approach as we simply cannot define or put edges on the collective imagination. Where does this leave us in explaining what we do?

As a framework we support the creative ability of our participants and offer tools and guidance for individuals to point the light in the right direction and to honour the integrity which is required to put one foot in front of the other and to give ourselves a chance—a fresh beginning—a deep lungful of something brimming with possibility.

We operate from a non-judgemental acceptance, that which we have learnt from humble relationships with plant medicines. Deep therapy requires sacred space holding, a platform that allows both parties to open to receive and to feel vulnerable and safe. Past actions are considered as tools to work towards healing and we hold to the paradigm of Gabor Maté, that behavioural challenges such as addiction are not hereditary or a definitive aspect of one’s character but can be understood and resolved.

In the same tone, aspects such as personal suffering, fear and pain are not regarded as misunderstood, unwanted and derogatory aspects of human experience but as tangible and necessary devices of protection and guardianship that contribute to the fabric of our physical experience. Turning these aspects of experience into an essential tool-kit gives the individual an ability to enhance the instinctual feedback system which cares for each and every living being in our system.

In terms of Inner Council practitioners and participants, we have a vision of early Buddhism, where a mutual relationship between successive master and prentice came together to form a colony consciousness where collective knowledge transcended the limits of the individual and for centuries augmented a deep wisdom that has touched into the four corners of our world. In this sense, sharing the process and commitment propels the work and improves synchronistic engagement of both parties.

Supporting modalities

We have yet to come across a spiritual practice that is not compatible with the work here we do at the Inner Council. Where dedication and self-responsibility are the momentum behind the work that we do, additional practices that feed the intuition, alleviate external pressures or contribute towards spiritual integrity are welcomed and discussed within the Inner Council Communities. We have had participants very successfully develop Inner Council work alongside professional therapy sessions and those that are reducing antidepressant medicines in order to approach sacred plant medicine diets.