Illuman Resources


At Soularize 2016, Jim Taylor, an Illuman Weaver, describes the Illuman Way of Council. Council is a bedrock Illuman practice. This video offers information on Illuman's use of Council in the Journey of Illumination.


The Way of Council

Way of Council

Way of Council

The Way of Council is a central and foundational practice for organizing gatherings within Illuman.The Way of Council represents a rich blend of age-old communication practices from an array of wisdom traditions...

Speaking from the heart and listening from the heart are the two most important prerequisites in practicing the Way of Council. Being aware of how we communicate is also crucial. It helps to remember that 55% of what we convey in talking to another is determined by body language (posture, gesture, and eye contact), 38% by tone of voice, and only 7% by the actual content of what we say. We therefore need to listen for more than the words. That means paying careful attention to the other person, not trying to think of how we’ll respond. We have to avoid “rehearsing” while the other person is still speaking.


Suggested Reading List

Bill Plotkin - Soulcraft

Bill Plotkin - Soulcraft

Since 1980, depth psychologist Bill Plotkin has been guiding women and men into the wilderness—the redrock canyons and snow-crested mountains of the American West—but also into the wilds of the soul. He calls this work soulcraft.

Richard Rohr - Adam’s Return

Richard Rohr - Adam’s Return

Based on decades of work, travel, and experience, Rohr, a Franciscan brother and best-selling author, unearths the complexities of male spiritual maturation and helps us to understand the importance of male initiation rights in both culture and the church.

Henri Nouwen - The Return of the Prodigal Son

Henri Nouwen - The Return of the Prodigal Son

A chance encounter with a reproduction of Rembrandt’s The Return of the Prodigal Son catapulted Henri Nouwen on a long spiritual adventure. Here he shares the deeply personal and resonant meditation that led him to discover the place within where God has chosen to dwell.

James Finley - Merton’s Palace of Nowhere

James Finley - Merton’s Palace of Nowhere

“This one door is the door of the Palace of Nowhere. It is the door of God. It is our very self, our true self called by God to perfect union with himself. And it is through this door we secretly enter in responding to the saving call to ‘Come with me to the Palace of Nowhere where all the many things are one.'”

Richard Rohr - From Wild Man to Wise Man

Richard Rohr - From Wild Man to Wise Man

From Wild Man to Wise Man is a revised and updated edition of Richard Rohr’s earlier best-seller, The Wild Man’s Journey: Reflections on Male Spirituality. For this new work, Rohr added three chapters that discuss John the Baptist, Saint Paul and grief.

Videos from Soularize 2016


Soularize 2016 featured presentations from men who are involved in acts of Service, the fifth touchstone in the Illuman Journey of Illumination. This session focused on Grief and Loss as a gateway to Service and included presentations by Raymond Dougherty, Zack Maser and Terry Shaughnessy. The session was moderated by Belden Lane.