Using the “Spiritual Questionnaire” (a process that engages in understanding the spiritual dimensions of personal and collective conflicts), as the bases of engagement, each participants was given time to connect with, share, receive reflections, and asses a personal conflict that was living in them at the time and begin to realize the connections between the personal and the collective conflicts we all live in.
Participants were able to deeply dive into personal conflicts. The trust and space was there for them to share conflicts that they had either never expressed before to anyone or expressed to a group made up of friends and/or strangers that they never shared such conflict with. Some of the conflicts presented included challenge with political identity, gender equality, religious conservatism, tribal culturism, sexual harassment, young leadership, etc.
Each participant shared their conflict in a small group. This was followed by answering some of the sixteen questions in the spiritual questionnaire such as religious believes, inspiring individuals in their life, the demons inside, their view of death, etc. Clarification questions were asked by the participants followed by reflections to the speaker on what was heard and perceived. This was followed by the participant responding their emotional reaction to what they heard and then a closing of the circle.
The process is not meant to resolve conflict as much as it is to expose the inner structures of the conflict to the speaker and how it connects to the larger conflicts, such as the political conflict in the region.
The feedback was beyond positive from all the participants who shared that for the first time in their life they were able to share their personal pain in a trusted environment that was able to hold and honor it.
We look forward to more such sessions planned in the Palestinian areas over the next two months.
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