Used when talking to a groups.
Can also be used when praying for guidance or meditating on an issue you need to resolve, thinking about how to speak to someone about.
Share something important or simply contemplating your life and making plans.
Talking Sticks are an old tradition used for communication by a variety of people and cultures.
In Native traditions, a Talking Stick is imbued with the spirit of the tree.
The wood comes from as well as the spiritual qualities of the animals whose feathers and fur embellish the stick.
It gives the person holding the Talking Stick the ability to speak from the whole self.
As each person has the stick they are invited to speak, uninterrupted, for a brief period of time.
So often when we speak we are met with unsolicited, fix-it help, or someone jumping in to tell their own story, as they need to be heard as well.
The Talking Stick practice teaches others in the group how to listen, fully and respectfully.
Also for the person holding the stick it is an opportunity to feel truly heard.