All About Heart Circle


Heart Circle is made up of 2-8 people you like and trust. These people could be a group of your friends, family members, school mates or work colleagues. You meet regularly either weekly or bi-monthly for one to two hours. The Circle starts off being facilitated by someone who is experienced in how Heart Circle works, but it is designed to function as an all-member facilitated group without a specific, designated facilitator. 

What is the purpose of Heart Circle?

Heart Circle provides a social environment that encourages our waking up out of the illusion that we are alone and disconnected from life and one another. It is designed to bring us into the safety and enjoyment of the ‘present moment’ together.  As this occurs we relax more deeply and have greater access to the subtle longings of our heart rather than the conditioning of our minds. Knowing what we truly want provides us with moment-to-moment life direction. As we become more present with each other, mutual trust awakens, our strategic defenses melt and we open to love. 

Community emerges out of this.  Having community gives us a way to live with personal integrity, joy and strength during these rapidly changing times.

Central to Heart Circle is the idea that awakening is not a solitary endeavor. Awakening is always a relational process because we awaken with others, to others and with the support of others. It’s about waking up with everyone around us!

How does Heart Circle differ from other circle models?

There are many excellent circles models. Some circles emphasize some form of sacred ritual or prayer. Some are designed for processing trauma or moving beyond addiction. Others form councils in which community consensus can be reached. Still others explore a specific set of teachings by a specific teacher. 

Heart Circle emphasizes ‘personal presence’ and using the group field to give participants greater access to their own inner guidance. Heart Circle is also ‘neutral’ in that the Circle process doesn’t formally incorporate into it any specific set of teachings or beliefs. It is about coming into ‘Now’ together so that we have access to insights and direction that only is available when we are truly ‘present’ with one another.

What are some of the primary advantages of being In Heart Circle?

Heart Circle allows us to relax with others in the present moment, to move beyond surface chatter and small talk into naturally authentic communication.

It gives us a reliable way to deal with conflict, third party talk, dominating personalities, and hidden agendas; the things that cripple many of the relationships and groups that we are currently a part of.

Each Circle experience is unique; never the same. This is because the Circle format supports our innate spontaneity, our intuitive insights, our innocence and shared vulnerabilities. It is a place to see others and be seen as we are, without pretense or defense. 

Being in Circle has this amazing way of being profound and fun at the same time.

Heart Circle helps us develop personal sovereignty and strong boundaries while becoming more open and connected to others.

It is a place to create friendships and relationships in which we can count on one another in crisis, in celebration, and everything in between.

More than anything else, Heart Circle provides us with group support during Circle to become more clear, present, real, connected and heart-directed in daily life outside of Circle.

Who do I start a Heart Circle with?

A Heart Circle can be formed in any area of your social life:

  • Close Friendships - Existing friends make the best Heart Circle members!

  • Committed Partnerships - There’s a natural marriage between Heart Circle and primary relationships. Spending an hour each week in Circle with your primary partner can dramatically enrich any partnered union.

  • Families - A family is a heart circle! Weekly or bi-monthly family Heart Circle can be formed to find out what each person in the family is feeling and wanting in order to be healthier and happier in the family.

  • Men’s and Women’s Groups - Something quite powerful happens when men are in circle with other men and women in circle with other women. Heart Circle utilizes this power to increase a greater sense of sisterhood and brotherhood.

  • Churches and Temples - Most churches and temples resonate with the Heart Circle purpose: to intentionally create an ongoing, enjoyable social environment that supports each person in becoming more Clear, Present, Real, Connected and Heart-Directed in daily life and with one another. It’s a natural fit.

  • Businesses - It’s common sense to say that when people within a business are allowed to work from their passion, rather than from just putting in time, and when everyone within the business is communicating more openly and honestly, the business will have a much better chance of flourishing. Heart Circle can help manifest this.

  • Schools - All children deserve to have a safe place within the school environment to express what they are feeling and wanting, to talk about their relationships with classmates and teachers, and to learn how to follow their own hearts around what they are inspired to learn. 

  • Prisons - We will look back fifty years from now and wonder how we allowed prisons in their current form to ever exist. Until that time, the Heart Circle process can serve people who are serving time.

  • Organizations - Many people within NGO’s and not for profit organizations are already aligned perfectly with the Heart Circle model that supports heart-awakening. Another natural fit!

  • Spiritual Communities - Most spiritual organizations are organized around one teacher or a specific set of teachings. These groups rarely utilize the synergistic power of individuals connecting with one another within their organization. Heart Circle helps transform any spiritual organization interested in moving from a pyramidal model to a circular model.  

Can you form a Heart Circle using the Internet?

While it is ideal to be in the physical presence of one another, Heart Circle can also happen through teleconferencing calls or through various Internet platforms such as Zoom. They still work beautifully long distance as long as people can see and hear one another in real time.

How do I find out more about the function and format of Heart Circle?

Order Tej Steiner’s ‘Waking Up With Everyone Around Us’ in print, audio and e-book formats. It will answer all of your questions about Heart Circle.

Sign up for The 3-Hour Heart Circle Experience. It will give you a direct experience of Heart Circle!

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