the whole idea of finding a shortcut for creating a culture of spirituality started when I was attending a training workshop. I was part of a youth committee for social transformation.
the trainer was telling us that change can take lifetimes to happen. he said that he’s been in this domain for 3 decades, working for NGOs who have existed for more than a century, and none of them have yet experienced any results.
he even made sure to inform us that we will not see the results of our projects during this lifetime (and we’re all in our 20’s.) he finished by saying that we have to do the work anyways.
I politely raised my hand and said: ‘maybe it’s because you’re doing it all wrong?’ from his reaction it was obvious that in all these years, he never questioned the way he approached cultural and social change. and if he never did, it’s very likely the NGOs he works for, never did either.
I shared my thoughts with the crowd: ‘we’re a youth committee, this means that when we’re a little bit older, we’ll be replaced by younger ones. we don’t have neither the time nor the resources. we have to find a way to create instant change. a shortcut.’
I continued: ‘tim ferris won the Chinese national kick boxing championship with only 3 months preparation, and little experience. anyone who ever won this championship had between 10-15 years of experience. he did it by finding a loophole in the regulations. the rules say that if you are pushed 3 times out of the ring, you loose (the ring is a plain raised platform without rails around it.) what Tim did was dehydrate his body before his weight was taken, and then rehydrated himself before the day of the competition. this means that he was competing with people in a lower weight group than his. so by being heavier than his opponents, he won the championship by pushing everyone off the ring. the judges were furious, but he won. what matters more than the ethical part, is that he was able to do something that usually takes 10-15 years, in just 3 months.’
I was inspired to do the same for social change; and from the look on their eyes, so was the rest of the committee.
finally, months later, the idea hit me as I was preparing our ‘internship program and culture of spirituality.‘
see you in part 2 🙂