These gatherings are basically a means to facilitate awakening outside a teacher student framework.
Where the student-teacher-construct has a hieararchical appearance, the meetup does not.
The entire setup is aimed at exchanging experiences and to explore topics and issues. Awakened individuals are in this format not a central figure but more of an assistant that guards clarity and focus.
There is no teaching or instructing but simply a sharing from personal experience, just like all the other participants.
The beauty is of course that in this manner the availability of that what is sought by the participants is not framed as something special but as something which is -in it’s own right- something ordinary and already available.
Here’s how we do it:
Usually we prepare a meetup by focussing on a topic of our own or as suggested by a group member. We then collect some small video’s that are related to the subject. Usually we have about three or four on a laptop, each will usually range from 3 to 9 minutes.
We sit in a circle on chairs and we usually start of by asking how people are doing and if they want to discuss or explore something that has come up in their life. In general there is usually an appropriate moment to mention the topic of the meetup. The group either talks a while about the topic or we show a first video. After the video people often just sink into stillness or just remain silent untill someone starts to talk or has a question about what we have been watching. After the discussions and exchanges we become still or move to another video. And on it goes. It is more a spontaneous event than a planned schedule. Sometimes we are in intensive conversation and have no time to watch another video and sometimes we sit in stillness a lot, it all depends and it is always a surprise how things turn out.
Here’s an example video of Susanne Marie we used in an Auroville meetup
We also experiment
Because we alternate between India and The Netherlands, we could only continue the Dutch meetups on line. We used Skype as our tool and all of the participants are pleasantly surprised by the intimate nature of these online meetups. In the normal, live setup we do not see everyone full face. This is different when we meet online as all the faces of the people of the group are visible and responses and reactions are continuously perceived by each and every one. This creates a very personal and intimate atmosphere and there is hardly any notion of actually being on different locations.
As participants are aware of the disposition of an awakened participant, we usually arrange for meetups to have a minimum of two awakened people. This way there is no main focal point on one person in particular. By sitting opposite or apart from each other in the circle we furthermore prevent accidental fixation on one segment of the group.
Naturally, topics and questions are brought back to a perspective of enquiry, feeling, sensing and direct understanding. This way we avoid exchanges that are merely conceptual or opinions. The emphasis on experience usually invites a deepening of presence.
If you are interested in setting up a meetup yourself, feel free to contact us and we will share our experience with you the best way we can.
If you are interested in joining one of the meetup groups visit the meetup web site.
Klik hier als je de meetup website in het Nederlands wilt lezen