The urge to merge through head, heart, and hands
Henry Leo Bolduc and Marjorie V. Reynolds
1. The Social Urge
We often hear people say, "I agree with everything you say but I live in a small town and I don't know anyone who believes as I do." If you have any teaching ability, that feeling can be very frustrating. You have some knowledge related to a topic and your impulse is to tell others and to learn from their experiences. Many of those isolated people would be happy to find like-minded people for the purpose of becoming involved in the sharing of ideas and the planning of extensions of mutual interest.
Sometimes, at conventions, one of those loners will discover another person from a neighboring town or from the same town. Perhaps fate or divine intervention helped them to make a connection. If you feel isolated, you can feel sure that there are others nearby who hold similar beliefs; they, too, are hoping to find contacts. It is possible to contact someone on the Web but, sometimes, that method leads to disappointment. The face-to-face connections have stronger and more lasting interaction.
2. The Urge To Learn (The Head Group)
"Where two or three are gathered together..." The emphasis is on study groups, a vital part of any professional work. What is a study group? What does one learn about group dynamics? The definition of a study group is simple: it is a meeting of two or more people for the purpose of exploring a common interest. Some people consider themselves to be at the top of the mountain of success and they feel no need for further learning. When you climb to the top of a hill, what is the next direction? Perhaps you can sit on the top of an old, rounded-top mountain for a short while before going downhill--- just by doing nothing. A younger, craggy mountain peak might be less comfortable for sitting.
Where do you go? What is your vision for the next stage? Well, in many areas of life, you are aware of only two choices. If you do nothing, then by default, you will go downhill. On the other hand, you can become aware of the transcendence which can be achieved by the discussion and the sharing of knowledge and ideas. It's masterpiece time. Learning is continuous. It is a multiple win.
In an intellectual study group, people who have acquired some knowledge about a topic are interested in meeting for personal edification -- to share ideas and to expand their knowledge. Such groups sometimes form in university settings. They also are formed by groups which have similar academic backgrounds or particular, common interests which they want to explore.
3. The Urge To Appreciate (The Heart Group)
Perhaps there are hundreds of like-minded people near you who are studying individually as you have done. You can find them and you can appreciate their visions. Together, with strength in numbers, you can work toward building a better world.
The Appreciation group type, a sharing group, tends to be more open and interactive. The members share knowledge for the purpose of helping each other to live better lives.
In most cases, the Appreciation group becomes very action-oriented.
4. The Urge To Become Action-oriented (The Hands Group)
The Action Group shares knowledge and, in addition, tends to be action-oriented. The members participate in exercises which have definite objectives. Some groups form by inspiration, revelation, or a quantum leap. Others build formally based upon the prevailing need.
One of the best known national and international study groups is sponsored by the Association for Research and Enlightenment, the Edgar Cayce study groups. In the early years, there was a regular procedure to follow but, now, the tone of formality has changed. Groups are less formal and more like family gatherings. Some groups meet in private homes and have very informal meetings. Such meetings can be very rich and productive. In helping each other freely, the work accomplished can have long-term value. One small group has "meetings on wheels" to accommodate handicapped people who are unable to attend regular meetings.
All over the world, thousands of people meet on a regular basis to study, to appreciate, and to practice their lessons. They study and appreciate the effects of practicing certain disciplines for better health and living conditions. They envision a better world. The first group, which began about a quarter century ago, is a model for people everywhere.
The hypnosis study groups can learn much from the dynamics of the Cayce groups. The groups are free of cost. Some groups collect some money to pay for refreshments; other groups have their members take turns providing goodies. Some groups (not many) have no refreshments.
There have been other groups which have folded; some current groups associated with various organizations are experiencing decline. Usually, the problem lies with the leadership. When leadership is tightly controlled and the leaders refuse to give power or position to the newer and younger or other members, the groups are unsuccessful. Nobody is ready to continue the work after the controlling leaders no longer can fulfill their roles. There must be openness to the next generation--and the next. Groups grow or decline depending upon the ease with which the leadership is willing to pass the baton to other people. To grow, we must build the future.
5. Practical Application
In study group work, and in study of any kind, the practical application of knowledge is needed before it can be assimilated productively. The best way to learn and to grow is to associate with like-minded people The group can be organized formally or informally. It can aim to help the local members or it can target the larger community. With either goal, the world benefits because all members are part of the universal community. The whole unit becomes greater than the sum of the individual members; as understanding becomes applied in daily experiences, resources are multiplied. Note the example of the snowflake: each snowflake is delicate but, as a group, there is much strength. Recently, there was some Canadian research demonstrating the strength of the group. The pulling strength of two horses was measured individually. Then their strength was measured as a team. The team strength was more than twice the power of both horses individually (the equivalent of almost five horses working individually).
Group work is strong and has far-reaching benefits. The motivation of each member will determine the success of the group. Two of the most important factors are cooperation and trust.
As soon as you start to reach out to people and get a small group organized, you might find other groups in other cities and towns and you might like to contact them. Networking with similar groups can provide encouragement. Sharing with other groups by mail, e-mail, or telephone can help to broaden your perspective.
There are many benefits in participating in a study group. The work leads to confidence, knowledge, motivation, skills, and, eventually, through application, to some wisdom. Information brings knowledge; knowledge applied leads to wisdom. Everything is recorded on the skein of time and space.
The principle of study group work is in the combination and the utilization of knowledge, skills, talent, and wisdom of each member. The work leads to a higher level of enlightenment. Genius can be sparked by the interaction within a creative group. As a result of one small group which became an action group, the American nation was created.
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Henry Bolduc can be reached at: www.henrybolduc.com
Marjorie Reynolds can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org