I’m in a yearlong teacher training program with the Evolutionary Collective. On August 3, I teach the first of four weekly sessions comprising the Mutual Awakening Practice Course.
I’ve approached 102 people, inviting them to take the course. As of now, two folks have registered. Most of my contact has been by e-mail – three of them spaced out over four months or so. I suggested that people check out the EC Facebook page. I told them about a free e-course which discusses some of the principles of mutual awakening. I posted a video of Patricia Albere, the founder of the Evolutionary Collective, telling guests about the course. And finally I sent a fancy e-mail, complete with cool graphics (and even a video of me!), asking recipients to consider joining me on August 3. I was on the phone with some, and face-to-face with a few.
I wonder what it means that only two souls have said yes. By the way, thank you, dear souls!
For months, this quote by Thomas Merton, an American theologian, has roamed around in my head. It’s time for it to be shared:
Do not depend on the hope of results. You may have to face the fact that your work will apparently be worthless and achieve no result at all, if not perhaps bring about its opposite. As you get used to this, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the rightness and the truth of the work itself.
Having two folks sign up for my course is certainly not worthless, but yes, I had hoped for more. And … I think Thomas is right. The work of the Evolutionary Collective in having participants experience the world away from separation, a world we call shared unity, is immense. It has the potential to impact far and wide in the world. Whatever the number of registrations, I need to stay true to this work.
A year ago, I asked myself what do you do if you’ve discovered something with vast power to liberate. My answer was to tell family, friends and neighbours about a possibility that they most likely don’t know is there. Not to shove it down their throat. That’s neither humane nor likely to produce interest. Just let them know it exists. They’ll choose to respond or not. Which brings to mind another quote, this one from Marianne Williamson:
Your playing small does not serve the world
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you
I have no interest in being enlightened
I have every interest in serving
I choose to be large