Haifa Life

Friday, December 16, 2005

Tutor Reflection Meeting Dec. 2005

Salient Points from our Tutor Reflection Meeting

1. If you are “acting as a tutor” of a Ruhi study circle, it could be wise in certain cultural situations to not refer to yourself as “the tutor” or that “you are tutoring” rather that you are “acting as the tutor” in your class, as the last description does not place you in a role of superiority or that you are “the tutor” and everyone else is just there in the class. Rather it reflects that your part in the class is to “act as the tutor” and help facilitate all of the participants.

2. Work out an organized schedule for your class before meeting with all of the participants to decide on the details of time and place, etc. Along these same lines is the question of time that often comes up concerning the amount of time needed to study each Ruhi Book. Suggested times have been given for each book as is already available, however the intent is to build the capacity of each individual to the point that they will arise to serve the Cause. When going through your study circle together in whatever way you have devised; in the end ask yourself have the participants attained their personal goal of progressing sufficiently in the capability that each Book focuses on in order to act? In short have people been empowered to serve and the time spent was not just to finish the course.

3. Keep in mind that Ruhi was designed as a tutorial study and thus the role of a tutor should be to watch out for the particular needs of each individual in the class. Attention should be given when needed and creative methods should be tried out to meet the development needs of each particular individual.

4. You can tailor capacity learned in a certain Ruhi Book to other service as well. For instance after learning stories from Ruhi Book 4 you can then share them with others during home visits. The examples are incredible in number.

5. No two study circles will be the same.

6. The practice of the Books are essential and without the thorough coverage of this aspect of the course the individual may find it hard to enter this particular realm of service.

7. Not everyone that completes a certain book will enter that arena of service. After finishing Ruhi Book 3 that participant, despite acquiring the needed capacity, may not enter the arena of serving as a children’s class teacher. They may decide to host devotionals, or tutor instead.

8. Creativity is key in following out practices of the Books.

9. Ruhi Book 8 concerning the Covenant will come out soon and starts a new cycle of community service, whereas the first 7 books focused on how the individual can serve.

10. Those that perceive the Ruhi courses as too simple, or far below ones own knowledge of the Faith, often lack the understanding of the current Global Plan and how such capacity building materials channel human resources into the pressing needs of the Cause at this time.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Influence from the City of God

The constant urgency

Only when asked for does the heavy burden descend,
Gently applying pressure, applied to capacity,
Life explodes, remains exposed, no exertion held back,
The Divine Elixir has taken hold, captivated the heart,
Transmutation at its early beginning, a power to laugh at alchemy,
Still the real elixir knowledge exists, waiting for the ready in mind,
Equation ripples in anticipation, science far too young to suffice,
Fear the effects of such an occurrence,
The world plunges in gold,
An icy grip waiting, insistent,
For with fire we test the gold,
And with gold We test our servants,
In the end you see their wasted bodies,
Still clinging to the metal within the fire,
High above the faithful tread the Sirát,
Careful upon the sword’s edge,
Waiting expectant to reach the shores of Ridván,
With each breath they know the urgency,
To turn back is death indeed,
To continue the stony path, life shed for life,
Constant in effort, steadfast in speed.