Anytime you go about your business of learning something new or enhancing current learnings there are some ways that can seriously, very seriously increase your practical understandings of your chosen subject. Learning doesn’t have to be dreary, boring or anxiety provoking. It can be fun, exhilarating and deeply meaningful when it’s done right!
Fear and Anxiety thoughts ( what if I get it wrong, I don’t understand, i don’t know what to do ) are the biggest inhibitors in learning when not utilised or reframed or better yet not there at all in the beginning. Beginners Mind.
Learning is effortful and so it should be. You expend your time and energies to learn to apply your expertise and experience to make your own life better and perhaps with just a pinch of human connection, other peoples life better too.
There is a huge gulf between know about and know how
Deep learning is about becoming obsessed with your subject in the right way. Making time to practice, review and focus correctly on the inevitable errors and mistakes, correcting and as such nurturing your neurology and psychology to functional greatness.
One of my good friends was asking me about meditation. They said they can’t do it as their mind wanders. OK says I, do you want to learn? Yes said they. OK, let’s do this for 20 minutes ( I was offering an experience, which is easily facilitated ). Two chants in they were asking questions. We stopped there.
My old friend Steve often says the difference between the East and the West is in the West, generally people do to understand; which makes absolute sense to me. In the East people need to understand before they do. Like that old cartoon ( New Yorker ) of two doors, one leads to lectures about heaven, the other leads to heaven. There is a huge queue for the lecture.
Drinking in experiences is very different to the vicarious reading about them which is still many steps removed from denotations of facts. Read a book describing NLP mirroring and matching and you know about it. Do it, practice it and you have your own tacit, emotional and descriptive experiential data base which is all know about and up for review, revision and refinement.
I want to point out that there really is a grey area that consists of mental strategies and decision making where there is highly cognitive processes involved withing a skill. For instance strategies in chess, tennis and quantum physics and the modelling or drinking in of such skills can be very important.
Conversely, while hovering in the liminal grey space; what came first? The strategy or lots of experiential scatter which was then labelled and processed into a tacit flow diagram of how to proceed in situation ‘x’.
A Brief Summary and Suggestion to Really Learn
The poet Schiller in responding to an aspiring young poets question about style, meaning and creating wonders answered something like. You are bringing the cognitive hammer down to soon. Let your creative style pour out, let it flow, don’t think and then much later do the revisions. This is about letting the aesthetic, emotional creative side run wild first.
Another short idea comes from one of the Zen stories. This is about a monk, an artist who used to get very drunk. Dip his long hair into some ink and whip his hair over some paper, creating random, spontaneous patters. In the morning after a costa coffee and sober, he used to look closely at the patterns and take a tiny brush, add a little detail to refine his work.
Now both of these stories illustrate a very definite requirement for practice of the forms and techniques so they are known and doable without much thought, which requires thought and practice. To a place where fully internalised skills can flow and then where appropriate revisions can occur. A fusion of inductive and deductive learning to application.
Carl Jung describes his Intuition function as one where a person can see the possibilities in a given situation and having heard the stories concerning the evolution of NLP it was opportunity met tacit knowledge. This was then, imo, formulated into a process of modelling.
NLP Modelling is one of the corner stones or foundations of NLP Master Practitioner training in Newcastle. Incidentally taking place in Newcastle March to June 2020.
John Grinders NLP Modelling Model, for deep learning is very simple and effective when the right energy and effort is focused to acquire and refine new skills. This is the first three parts of a five step process.
- Find a genius in the field you want to learn.
- Copy to the best of your abilities* said genius.
- Apply what you can do in a similar context and verify you are getting the same kind of results.
* This is done in a ‘know nothing’ state which is equivalent to beginner mind. It is so simple. Just copy. No thoughts, no analysis except refining the copying or monkey see monkey do act.
In applying your newly acquiring and acquired skills, it is important to just do what you have absorbed, with little or no though until after the encounter where you can and should review, revise and refine what you are doing relative to your exemplar or genius source.
Newcastle NLP Practitioner training January to June 2020 for a fun, experiential and life enhancing training that will offer the deep learning and practice that supports the essential difference between know about and know how.