Knowledge is great.* And informational learning super useful. It lets us do all sorts of really great things. Without it we can’t tie our shoelaces, we can’t cook up a great meal, we can’t learn the rules of the road, we can’t invent smartphones, we can’t fly to the moon, and so on. Great stuff, that.
But there are certain parts of our lives where knowledge makes absolutely no difference.
As in, knowing how to lose weight, and losing weight, are two totally different things.
Likewise, knowing that being nervous doesn’t help, and then not being nervous, are worlds apart.
Or knowing how to ride a bike, and being able to ride a bike, also are two completely separate.
And it doesn’t matter how much we learn about them. All the diets and the physics and the methods and the theories and the techniques and the tricks and the nuts and bolts and yet… there is that gap. The gap that – frustratingly – cannot be filled – though we may try and try and try – by gaining more knowledge.
And this becomes especially true in those areas of life that are the most meaningful to us and that dig into the really big questions like, “How can I open myself fully?” “How can I feel comfortable in my own skin?” “How can I be confident?” “How can I love and be loved?” “How can I be fulfilled?” “How can I gain peace of mind?” “Or just peace? Detox from stress? Freedom from worry?” “How can I be present and happy and full of vitality?”
All of the areas of life that are truly important to us. That really matter to us.
Here is where transformational learning comes in. The realm of ontological philosophy that gets at the root operating system of what it means to be a human being, a deep inquiry into that “being” part of human being. Rather than give more knowledge and ideas, this kind of learning gets out of the way what’s in the way of us being powerful with what we’ve already got, both in the realm of what we know** but, more importantly, in the realms that gain us access to answering those big and meaningful questions.
Mindfulness, philosophy, ontology, Socratic inquiry, they’re all pathways into transformational learning and all hugely important in being able to integrate every glorious thing that make up our human beingness, from our emotions to our logic to our feelings to our physicality to our creativity to our expressions to our very presence of being and the wonderful dance between all of those and all that surrounds us, day in, and day out.
It is the path of self-cultivation that can lead us to the clearest views, greatest performance, and the highest delights of living.
* And as a geek, knowing things forms a big part of my identity…
** Which is one of the unexpectedly exciting results about transformation, that not only is the daily experience of life so much grander but holy cow does performance shoot up immensely at the same time! Instantly get way better in just about everything (and without having worked on it). Crazy weird, but undeniably cool.