Masterminding and Meditating

Napoleon Hill popularized masterminding in Think and Grow Rich.

Extremely successful people Hill interviewed over many years said that it is a key to success.

The super-successful said they regularly met, shared goals, and exchanged ideas with like-minded people and sometimes with not-so-like-minded people to facilitate successful outcomes.

Hill himself describes having imaginary meetings with historical persons he admired and said this was very helpful.

Napoleon Hill had a remarkable imagination. You can get a greater appreciation for his creativity in his book Outwitting the Devil. It's an allegory he wrote in 1938 that was thought to be so controversial it didn't get published until 2011. I recommend it.

Meditation groups, even virtual ones, are similar to mastermind groups. The goals being simply the widely accepted benefits of meditation for secular groups, and the added spiritual benefits for other groups.

Groups, whether religious congregations or secular frequently use the power of collective belief to facilitate defined outcomes.

This is especially the situation with meditation and religious groups because of their inclination to believe in metaphysical forces which influence our worldly experiences.

There is a very common risk associated with group activities.

Masterminding and Groupthink

Even if you don't already know what it is, you have probably noticed something psychologists call groupthink.

If you don't know what groupthink is follow that link and you'll find out. You'll notice there are lots of downside risks.

Groupthink is very common, particularly in religious congregations.

If you find yourself and your cohorts being unflatteringly described in the article about groupthink, it means you're human.

I'm writing about it here because I want you to know about groupthink and the way groups get easily caught up in behavior patterns leading to unfortunate outcomes. It can effect your mastermind group as easily as any other. You need to be aware of it.

Remember the Branch Davidian mess in Waco Texas? How about the Jim Jones mass suicide?  The Enron collapse? All these are clear examples of the perils of groupthink.

Your group could fall into an aberrant groupthink pattern if you aren't careful. It's an unavoidable issue but also can be very entertaining.

NLP and The LAB Profile

To mitigate the effects of groupthink, you may want to consider using something from neuro-linguistic programming called language and behavior profiling, or the LAB Profile. 

Shelle Rose Charvet has written about it. The LAB Profile can help you manage your group by identifying the motivation and working traits of the people you already meet with or are considering meeting with.

You will better understand the people in your group and make better decisions when forming or adding to your group.

You're welcome to download the lotus blossom picture below as a larger file, which is just under one megabyte. Click here to get it for your Self. May it facilitate you in your spiritual journey. Namaste.

Most believers need to believe their beliefs are the best or in some systems, the only beliefs which are "real."

None of the stuff we believe in is "real" in the ultimate sense.

The nondual entity called God and Its extensions are the only reality.

Everything we see and believe in is a representation, including defined representations of God..

All individual and collective representations of God and religious constructs are products of individual and collective belief.

Belief is a fundamental force.

Defining and sharing your beliefs here will broaden and deepen your beliefs and the beliefs of the people who read your submissions.

There is a growing percentage of the world's population that claims to be spiritual and not religious. This site is targeted particularly toward this particular group of believers. 

In the U.S.A. about 20% of the population claims to have no religion. These folks are referred to as the  "nones" which from my point of view is misleading.

Everyone has beliefs and values which determine their experiences. We should make an effort to channel the beliefs of the "nones" with a positive and unifying belief system that is all-inclusive.

Pantheism is not a new concept and the time has come to fully embrace it in all its ramifications.