Over the years, I have given away tens of thousands of dollars in free or discounted lessons. And you know what? It was a mistake.
Why? Because students who don’t pay don’t get good results. Ask any professional healer, and they will tell you the same thing. There’s something deep in our human psychology that blocks us from valuing things that we didn’t earn. I sincerely believe that one must value these arts in order to benefit from them.
This is why traditional masters required that students do menial chores, often for years, before even beginning to teach them. If these arts come too easily to you, if you don’t earn them somehow, if you don’t have to pay for them let alone travel halfway around the world like I did, then you won’t value them and your results will not be good. But if you view these arts as a treasure, like I do, then you’ll treat them as such and you will benefit tremendously.
However, I recognize that many Americans are going through tough times right now. I want to help. I don’t want people to miss the opportunity to learn life-changing arts simply because they are having financial problems.
Obviously, this creates a dilemma. On the one hand, I don’t want money to block people from learning these arts, but on the other hand, I don’t want them taking these arts for granted either. It’s a tricky problem to solve, especially since some people will try to take advantage of my generosity.
If, for example, you pay $100/month for a mobile phone plan, $100/month at the hair or nail salon, and $100/month for cable TV, please don’t tell me that you can’t afford my classes. But if you are genuinely having money problems, if you’ve already cut expenses, if you are struggling to make ends meet, then here’s what I can do:
If you cannot afford my classes, then you may earn credits by volunteering or giving service to local charities. You can volunteer at a soup kitchen, at an animal shelter, or any other organization that has a pre-existing volunteer service set up. Simply have the organization email me proof of the hours that you worked.
For every hour of service you do, I will offer you $10 worth of credit toward my classes. In other words, I will pay you $10 per hour, which is well above minimum wage. Of course, I make no money from this arrangement. What I do get, however, is a sincere student who is willing to work hard to learn these arts.
With this arrangement, you will benefit in several ways. In addition to valuing the arts that I teach, you will also receive the intangible blessings that come from giving charity. Karma is a natural law of the universe — the law of cause and effect. If you give, you will receive. It’s really true. As hard as it may be to believe, the truth is that if you are having trouble financially, then one of the best things you can do is to give.
If you can’t be bothered to give a few hours of community service in order to learn these arts, then I don’t want to teach them to you. Simple.
This is a win-win-win offer. You benefit from good karma as well as from these incredible arts, the organization benefits from your charity, and I benefit by helping another sincere student. Everyone wins.
Let’s take an example. Let’s imagine a college student who has very little money, can’t afford my classes, but is sincere in wanting to learn from me. So he volunteers for 5 hours at the local soup kitchen. In exchange for his service (which he enjoys more than he would have imagined), he receives $50 worth of credit at my studio. This is enough to buy a spot in a Flowing Zen 101 workshop.
After the workshop, the student wants to continue learning from me. So the next month he volunteers for another 9 hours, earning $90 of credit, with which he can buy a 5-class pass. And so on.
By practicing Qigong and Tai Chi, the student’s luck will also improve. The Chinese word for “luck” is a combination of three words. When translated, the words are: good-flow-energy. In other words, when your energy is flowing well, you will be luckier.
I’ve seen this countless times in my students and myself. As you learn these arts, your luck improves dramatically. Of course, it’s not just blind luck. As you practice these arts, your mind clears, your energy levels increase, your discipline improves, and you become happier. Obviously, these are important factors in improving one’s luck.
If the above arrangement appeals to you, then please contact me directly for details. If you know anyone who is down on their luck, then please share this page with them. This may be exactly what they need to get back on their feet.