Question: What do we do if the importance of the goal is missing? It happens all the time: People come to class and fall asleep. What methods can a group use to elevate the greatness of the Creator and the importance of the goal?
Answer: It doesn’t matter if someone falls asleep. It happens sometimes! He came to class with his last strength and fell asleep. So what? What can you do about it? How can you awaken him if he is “dead”?
At this moment, he is not a human being, but rather a “plant.” You cannot inspire him at this time. People have the need for sleep, nutrition, and other natural necessities. You cannot do anything about it; you just have to take it into account. You cannot demand anything of your friends unless they sleep at least 5-6 hours and eat a couple of times a day.
Question: This is clear. Although it’s still not clear to me how the group should take care of increasing the importance of the goal.
Answer: The group should take care of this issue on regular basis, but not by promoting tedious slogans that people are bored of hearing. We need to see that people “feel it in their bones.”
How do you do that? Just try! Think of it all the time. If you keep thinking of it, it will make an impact.
This is our work, and we cannot escape it. We are driven by egoism. In this we are opposite to the Creator.
When we advance to the next level, we’ll be dealing with totally different and extremely severe conditions of spiritual work: hatred, difficulties, letdowns.
They all come from the Creator! We have to agree with them, unless someone is “drilling a hole in the boat,” which may harm our spiritual work. In this case, we have the right to take this person off the boat and expel him from the group.
However, if he falls asleep, you should put a pillow under his head as you would do for your little son.
From the Novosibirsk Convention 12/8/12, Lesson 4