Take a look at what you’re planning to learn. If it is because it sparks interest or your curiosity keeps bringing you back, there is a deep-seated need in your subconscious that compels you to learn this. This would be the curiosity-based learning.
If you are highly motivated to learn something because you see it as a gateway to a better life, it is a conscious decision that drives you in that direction. Intentional learning is not like the casual learning you achieve by just existing. It is delving into the unfamiliar! And yet…
In the article, “Where do you start?” that I wrote previously, my premise is that nobody starts from 0. You have read material, watched recordings, experimented, compared, and thought about this new area of study. It’s like someone saying, “I want to introduce you to the color purple.” The images filling your head are fast and furious. Rainbows, flowers, hair ties, shirts, hundreds of shades and hues.
My question is this: Why do you think learning this particular skill or area of study will improve your life?
- It may be the collection of information that can be used in bigger projects.
- It may be a perspective that allows you to compare other unrelated fields.
- It may be the process of learning that is more important than the material or skill itself.
THIS IS IMPORTANT! If you learn the material just to move from your current situation to another situation, it is prescribed. It is short-term memory that will disappear after the certificate is issued or the test is taken. This is NOT what this course is about. If you just want to pass a test and be done with it, unsubscribe.
BUT if you want to genuinely get into this new skill or this new area of study, and you want to make use of it for the rest of your life, this is where the rubber meets the road. This is what transformational learning is all about. This will immerse you into experiential learning that involves every layer of gray matter you possess. The material, the skill, the insight, the perspective, and the experience will serve you in all the areas of your life.
For instance: When I learned Bach’s Prelude in C, I learned it without having seen the music. I had to learn by recognizing patterns, seeing progressions, understanding transitions, discovering the form and the function of each phrase. I learned it when I was nine years old. Now, nearly sixty years later, it’s still rattling around in my brain. I can see the patterns in Bach, Beethoven, and the Beatles. I appreciate form and function in architecture. I hear and see balance and symmetry in poetry and gymnastics and woodworking. I can now appreciate roundabouts and speech design due to my study of transitions. I cannot fathom why I wouldn’t continue to want that prelude popping up in my head.
If this is your intent, you’re in for an amazing ride. What we will cover in this course will give you the experiential learning you crave and a process for furthering your studies into any direction, any area of study, any physical/mental/spiritual skill you desire for the rest of your life.