I love learning.New information, deeper understanding, changing environments and experiences, personal reflections, sometimes even shocking lessons. Always on the search for truth, for what makes sense, how the dots connect and the stories fit together.
Learning is not always a comfortable process; it makes us face inconvenient truths; about our selves, our planet and our society. Being truly open to what there is to learn, and embedding these lessons into our daily lives and practice, requires courage, dedication and often a swallowing of pride. Yet, when we’re used to learning, it is truly empowering. It makes us humble to the ingenuity of Life and the miracles of creation. Having the ability to learn gives us the strength to face any uncertainty, stay confident in complex and challenging situations.
As learning is what I love best, teaching is what I wish to give. I want to share the sources that have given me insight. I hope to invite you into the discovery of your own truth. Giving others the possibility of learning. As this is the gift I most appreciate myself.
Schools, universities, educational institutions of today are hardly places of learning. Instead, they have become square rooms where content is repeated year after year, priority is given to ‘scientific facts’ over ethics and philosophy, and real-life experience or creative expression are excluded or undervalued in the curriculum. Exams are about giving the ‘only correct’ answer, rather than asking relevant questions.
Learning our way into the future
As a society, we have never before made the enormous collective change from a destructive and unsustainable economic system to a healthy and life-generating one. Some people may argue they know the route to ‘sustainability’; I believe we are in for a big bumpy learning journey. And at this moment in time we can’t oversee the process, let alone the outcome. Therefore, learning is central to the transition and transformation into a viable future.
The type of learning required is not just based on knowledge. We need the skills to observe, listen, understand beyond our dominant beliefs and worldviews. Break through the limitations of thought that keep us locked in where we are. Spark creativity, nurture imagination, involve and develop our senses, get going on the experiment. In order to engage all generations into the societal shift that is necessary, educational institutions need to adapt their curricula to one that is relevant in this day and age, as well as broadening their pedagogy and ways of ‘developing’ their students.