THE WHEEL OF SEGAIS

(Four Elements / Four Seasons)

A simple but profound understanding of Process and Personality,

THE WHEEL OF SEGAIS can be used to plot the paths and cycles, of your business, your projects, your relationships, and your life through the four stages of Initiation, Emergence, Maturation and Manifestation (Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn).

The Wheel of Segais – Working with the Wheel – a workshop with Pamela Meekings-Stewart

Monday 4 June

9am – 1pm Avalon Room, Glastonbury

PROCESS

The ELEMENTAL PROCESS or CYCLE OF THE SEASONS can help us understand the INNATE NATURE or CYCLE of ALL THINGS – A PROJECT, A RELATIONSHIP, A BUSINESS, A LIFE and thus give us tools to ENHANCE or IMPROVE and SUPPORT the inevitable CYCLE OF CHANGE.

Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of humankind is a circle from childhood to childhood and so it is in everything where power moves. Our tepees were round like the nest of birds, and these were always set in a circle, the nation’s hoop.

                                                               Black Elk

The understanding of Elements and Cycles is profound and universal – a universal, elemental process which informs all scenarios – personal, daily, yearly, a lifetime, relationships, projects, business, countries. It is a way of describing the world and ourselves found in the wisdom of the great philosophers and teachers worldwide.

“Wise Druids were the priests, philosophers, scientists, judges and teachers of their people, and reached a standard in each of these fields that at least equalled, and probably exceeded, that of any other practitioners in the ancient world . . .  [T]heir knowledge of the natural world was based on close, intelligent and accurate observations; and their arbitration of civil disputes and judgement of criminal cases were regarded as final, so absolute was the respect in which they were held by the communities whom they served.  They were exemplars of personal sanctity and sagacity, working within a tradition of received wisdom, training and mutual support that brought out the best of which humans were capable.”

                                    Ronald Hutton, Professor of History, University of Bristol

The Druids, as with other ancient cultures, used their observations and understanding of the planting cycle and the cycle of the seasons to offer wise counsel on the correct order of all things.

The time of INITIATION (Fire), of Potential and Possibility, of Beginnings. The SEED beneath the winter soil is excited by the spark of life, promising what is to come.

The time of EMERGENCE (Water).  The passion for growth is nurtured by the warming SPRING RAIN.

The time of MATURATION (Air). Under the harsh glare of the summer sun, the plant’s abundance requires some discipline and structure, laterals are pinched out and a TRELLIS is erected, to ensure the best possible harvest (outcome).

The time of MANIFESTATION (Autumn).  A time of completion, of HARVEST. A time of satisfaction and reflection.

And the cycle goes on – we can choose DECAY or GENESIS – an ending or the planting of a new Seed.

THE WHEEL OF SEGAIS describes this Cycle as a very important process in healthy organisations –

All projects start with initiative, idea, potential, big picture (Fire). The idea then needs some support and nurturing (Water) in order to discover its potential and help it grow.  When it is ready, the project/idea must be given structure and subjected to intellectual rigour (Air) to make sure it can mature and, finally, it must be practically completed (Earth).

Unfortunately, in our western society, we just about always leave out water and go straight to intellectual rigour before the poor idea has had a chance to be fed or, even worse, we go straight from fire to earth, i.e. from idea to ‘do it’!

THE WHEEL OF SEGAIS is an invaluable tool for supporting and managing  the Cycle of Change and for creating Effective Teams.

PERSONALITY

We hear people talking about ‘being in their element’ or, ‘it’s in their nature’ or ‘not in their nature’ or, ‘it’s their temperament’.

An understanding of DIFFERENT PERSONALITIES or TEMPERAMENTS (our own included) and the ‘personality’ of an organisation or business helps us improve communication, create effective teams, and oils the wheels of the cycle of change to satisfactory completion.

THE WHEEL OF SEGAIS / FOUR ELEMENTS / FOUR SEASONS training focuses on CONTRIBUTION and APPRECIATION – the contribution, gifts and talents of others as well as our own so that we may appreciate how necessary diversity and difference is to the whole.

Each of us has a primary or ‘elemental’ mode of being.  This doesn’t mean we aren’t capable of operating in other elements but that each of us makes our major contribution in one of the four elements – Fire, Water, Air or Earth.

As a film and television producer for many years I have used this understanding in making films with some very big crews and cast. If the crew isn’t working smoothly I’ll go looking for the element (the person) that is missing (usually water, often air) and I will also examine the process to make sure that each element has been given its right time and place.

“When you affirm your own rightness in the universe, then you cooperate with others easily and automatically as part of your own nature. You, being yourself, help others to be themselves.  Because you recognise your own uniqueness, you will not need to dominate others, nor cringe before them. “You don’t have to blow out someone’s candle to make yours burn brighter.”     

(Robert J Ringer)

I use THE WHEEL OF SEGAIS as a way to understand the cycle of all things be it a project, an intention, a life, a relationship, a business, etc. As well as doing personal sessions, I run monthly ‘Wheel’ workshops here in New Zealand teaching a different stage or segment each month in sync with the seasons. The students at these workshops are learning to plot the paths, the cycles, of their projects, their relationships, their lives, through the four (inevitable) stages of Initiation, Emergence, Maturation and Manifestation.

WHEEL OF SEGAIS COURSES:

  1. In New Zealand – facilitated workshops for up to 20 people. (available now)
  2. Online international workshops via Zoom for groups of up to six people (available 2018)
  3. A 13-part recorded facilitator training programme available for download with additional written material on line and with twice-yearly live ‘check-in’ sessions.  One-on-one facilitator support will also be offered.  (available late 2018)

Register interest:

I will be travelling to Australia, the UK and Europe in May and June of 2018 and I am keen to run one-day Wheel of Segais workshops.  If you would be interested in attending one of these please register your interest. If you would like to organise a one-day workshop for me, then I would be happy to offer you the Facilitator Training for free.

Register interest here

Register interest in one-day Wheel of Segais workshops