Speaking of advertising, I received a promotional email today that I found to be compelling.
It was for an online course with the Zen teacher and group facilitator Diane Musho Hamilton called "Willing to Feel."
I tend to look skeptically at online courses and spiritual teachers in general, because I've worked with a number of them and seen first-hand the often less-than-stellar reality behind the promotional facade.
I don't necessarily means scandals and abuse—though that too—but mainly the "human, all too human" stuff, which the marketing covers up by creating the illusion of some ideal profitable self that can be achieved through spiritual means.
Diane, however, is good at keeping it real, and you can probe for her integrity and she will meet you. To be fair, I've known her for a while and helped edit her previous book, so this is hardly an objective review. And of course, I've experienced her (as I am myself) as "all too human," too. But she has a way I admire of turning that into a strength.
In any event, I ended up on her website and watched this video, which I think speaks quite well to the topic at hand, specifically to the dynamics of belonging / not-belonging within a community or organization.
I would love to take her course, btw, and I think the price is fair, but I need to hold on to my money until I feel more financially stable. (Money-relations are another big factor in the coherence of a community, and perhaps even its "attachment style," which I'd love to discuss.)