There are basic ideas about human nature and our relationships to the world that we believe are true. It is important to be aware of core assumptions because what we believe to be true shapes what we see. It is the prism through which we see ourselves and others in the world. The core assumptions about restorative practice are not unique. They are principles that can be found in wisdom and cultural traditions around the world. We invite each person who is exploring this work to reflect on these assumptions and take the time to examine their own.