How to Choose the Right MeetUp Group or Workshop….
Everyday I see a new MeetUp group starting up in the valley. Many are focused on popular topics like self-help, consciousness, empowerment, etc.
How do you pick the approach that is right for you?
Honestly I don’t think there is a one-size-fits-all answer. Each approach or set of teachings has something to offer. In Hawai’i many people believe that not all wisdom is in one school. The Hawaiian saying that roughly translates to that hung over Master Kumu Hula Uncle George Na’ope’s halau (school) door. It read, ‘A ‘Ohe Pau Ko ‘Ike I Kou Halau. In my many years I have found this to be true. Knowledge and wisdom come from many experiences. I have also found that the greatest truths seem to be found in more than one school, in the commonalities.
So, here are a few things to ask when you are searching for answers to your question,
“Where do I go?”
Your time is valuable so you want to get something back when you invest it somewhere. When you are considering signing up for something some things to consider are:
- Will it work? Does it get results for you? Is it proven over time?
- Does it address the issues that are at the root of what you are truly seeking? Give this some serious thought and be honest.
- Is it in alignment with your basic values and beliefs and is it interesting to you?
- Is it presented by someone who is knowledgeable, skilled, and has the wisdom that comes with years of experience practicing the teachings themselves?
- Can/does the teacher convey the information and lead you through the practices in a way that you get your results?
And most important for me….
- Does the presenter have personal integrity and sufficient self-awareness to put the student’s interest first? Is the instructor’s goal to share the information so that the student can become more empowered to direct their own life in the pursuit of their personal goals?
A final comment is to remember that you don’t get something for nothing. There is always some energy exchange required by the universe. But neither do you have to pay exhaustive amounts of money to get quality, valuable information. There are many dedicated teachers whose path it is to share the teachings they have been gifted with. In conclusion, there is an old Native American saying that goes something like this, “True wisdom is not that which speaks to your mind but that which speaks to your soul.” So, listen to your gut/soul; it’s usually right.