At our Nonduality Satsang meetup a couple nights ago I encouraged others to start their own meetup grounded in nondual awareness. I don’t know if anyone will take me up on that right away, but eventually one person will. Then another and another. That’s how consciousness around a topic grows and expands. That’s what we did at the level of email forums back in the late 90s and early 2000s.
If you are the leader of a nondual group, you may think that encouraging such activity would make you dispensible or leave you lost in the crowd. And that may happen. So may the opposite. You may draw more attention. Or you may lose the attention of some and gain it from others.
None of that matters.
What I invite is for you to let go of the tendency to hold onto your group and to essentially give it away by encouraging and assisting others with starting their own get togethers.
You may or may not want to attend the meetings of other people. It might be best to stay away so that the persona and style of the new groups are more free to shape and form.
So that’s my message for the day. If you have a group, encourage others to start their own. Release the tendency to hold on to what you think you have.
I like running our gathering with the organizational help of meetup: http://meetup.com. It costs $12/month. You pay every 6 months. For your first year it should be half price, at least it used to be. If you meet once a month and ask people to contribute a dollar or two in order to meet your costs, you may find that there’s nothing wrong with that.
Finally, just imagine the kinds of meetup groups that could be started based on nondual awareness: Things like Nonduality and the Workplace, Nonduality and Eckhart Tolle, Nonduality and the Martial Arts, Nonduality and Addictions, Nonduality and Parenting, Nonduality and Stress Relief, Nonduality and Yoga, Nonduality and Meditation, Nonduality and Gardening.
If you have an understanding of nonduality and serious interest in any field of endeavour, put the two together and start a meetup group. Don’t worry that you’re not a famous sage. Just speak truthfully and see what happens. You might be amazed.