The full title of the Playground course is: Playground: it's never too late to have a happy childhood.
Why is that significant? And what the heck does that even mean?
The past is the past, and you cannot change it, they say, but if you look in history books, you'll see that the past does change... depending on the point of view of the historian...
Reality is collective hunch at best... but the visible, perceivable, three-dimensional reality looks different depending on the vantage point... depending on the context... depending on what criteria you examine it by.
Let's start with debunking the current world view, that intelligence is inborn. We are all born tabula raza... a blank slate.
Your intelligence depends on the number of large chunks, neural connections permanently formed in your brain firing together automatically. Those chunks are created in learning.
Reality has two parts: the visible reality, the part that can be perceived by anyone, and the invisible reality that is governed by the invisible dynamics... that you actually need to learn to see.
The invisible reality is an iceberg: the visible part provides clues for the invisible part: that there is something invisible yet real. Depending on how you look at the visible part, through what vantage point, you are going to see different aspects of the invisible. One of the ways, one of the vantage points to look through is the learning to learn course. 1
The principle of intelligence is: the more problem solving chunks your brain has, i.e. the more neural connections you have, or speaking in transformational technology terms: the more distinctions you have, the more difficult problems you can solve.
Life is full of difficult problems that you can either solve or you suffer. The most pain comes from other people.
When I measure how many spiritual capacities you have active in your DNA, the correlation between the number of spiritual capacities, the number of distinctions, and success in life is obvious, although the why isn't quite obvious... yet.
What qualifies a "spiritual" teacher to teach, is that they are one step ahead of their students, one lesson...
At least that is what I thought until this morning.
If what we need is a larger vocabulary so we don't fall into the trap of the mind where everything is the same as everything else, that it makes a lot of sense to start, as soon as you can, building a larger vocabulary.
With every new word a large chunk of the invisible reveals itself... priceless.
Here is the first word:
Jaunty. 1. könnyed and 2. vidám in Hungarian, I have to admit that in the past 37 years since I left Hungary, I haven't seen anyone being jaunty... Maybe I saw people obnoxiously loud and too much smiling... but jaunty?
Jaunty is having or expressing a lively, cheerful, and self-confident manner, cheerful, cheery, happy, merry, jolly, joyful, gleeful, glad. It is not the forced jolliness of pretense. And it is not the drunken glibness of the party. It is beautiful and it is natural. And I am, occasionally that, but haven't had a word for it.
Actually, I continued to participate in Landmark after the incident I'll tell you about... but NEVER intended to contribute any more. Or not really. I was participating from hurt... knowing that what was broken cannot be fixed.
"It's easier to evaluate your results through drunken delusion than to gaze soberly in the mirror and face the truth."
I had a conversation yesterday with one of my clients, and as it is predictable in many conversations, weight came up.
Weight is a universal source of grief, effort, disappointment, and self-hate.
But why would that be so?
I can recall, in my life, four "campaigns" to regain control over my body.
The most recent one is successful and is going to last. The previous ones included one or two elements that were not sustainable. for example the first time I was on a starvation diet, and I maintained it for 10 years, until I came to the United States, where the plenty beat me on my a**. Continue reading "When all your efforts result in no learning"