The Emergence Explorer Project (2005 - 2008)
Since 1997, I and my formal students have been meeting each month to study the nature of ahas. Inclusion in this group has been by invitation only, with each person committing to use what they learn to try to make a difference in the world—each in his or her own way. For several years, these six hour groups explored the formal aspects of classroom settings. To do this, we literally did homework each month, and part of that homework was to focus on the nature of asking—and answering—questions. These brief articles are excerpted from those discussions.
Realize these questions and the answers offered here were not the point. Rather, the point was more to explore how questions and answers limit and facilitate learning in classrooms. Ironically, it's taken us much of a decade to realize that seeking answers is actually a big part of what kills the love of learning, in that when you believe you have an answer, this generates certainty and closes the mind.
Should the focus in classrooms not be on answers? If so, then what should it be on? It appears the main thing to focus on is on learning to recognize one's state of mind. Only by doing this can you purposely choose to open to new learning. Or choose to close to it in unsafe situations.
The following five steps can prepare you to have ahas. Indeed, you will not learn without taking these five steps. So while the words used here are but one way to express these steps, if you want to make any kind of discoveries—scientific or otherwise, you must take all five steps in this order.
- One—all learning starts in the heart.
- Two—only the prepared mind is open to learning.
- Three—curiosity is what prepares the mind to learn.
- Four—you cannot make yourself curious. You can only learn to notice when you are not curious.
- Five—you are not curious when you believe you already understand what are hearing, seeing, thinking, or feeling.
Know that realization number five is the most important tool a teacher or student could ever learn. Ironically, if you feel certain you grasp these steps—or if you even focus on trying to understand them—then you'll never understand them. Conversely, the more you blindly follow these simple statements, the more realizations you'll have.
The point? Only the curious mind has ahas. Thus the more time you spend in this state, the more you'll exponentially increase your ability to teach, learn, love, and heal.
Week 1: On Pain and Learning
Week 3: On Teachers
Week 4: On the Subconscious
Week 6: On Time and Consciousness
Week 8: On the Topography of the Mind
Week 9: On How the Mind Works
Week 10: On the Containers of the Mind
Week 11: the Screen of the Mind
Week 12: On Why Logic
Week 13: On Parenting Babies
Week 14: On States of Consciousness
Week 15: On Motive
Week 16: On War and Why Logic
Week 17: On Reading and Asking Questions
Week 18: On Healing, Shock and Attraction
Week 19: On Conscious Education
Week 20: On Chance and Injury
Week 21: On Teaching Art
Week 22: On Raising Two Year Olds
Week 23: On Shock and Medical Situations
Week 24: On Mastery and Distraction
Week 25: On The Meaning Formula
Week 26: On Guilt Raising Children
Week 27: On Accepting Disability
Week 28: On Project Based Learning
Week 29: On Raising Children
Week 30: On Time, Meaning, and Layers
Week 32: On Sexual Attraction
Week 33: On Writing Questions
Week 34: Feeling Safe - part one
Week 35: Confronting the Fear of Death
Week 36: On Facing Financial Decisions
Week 37: On Teachers Connecting
Week 38: More Questions on Parenting
Week 39: Managing the Needs of Babies
Week 40: On the Nature of Holes
Week 41: Holes and Fear of the Future
Week 42: Learning to Tolerate Pain
Week 43: Using Emergence in Physical Therapy
Week 44: Grieving a Mother's Death
Week 45: Repetitive Motion Injuries
Week 46: On Managing Time
Week 47: Creating Conscious Classrooms
Week 48: Knowing Who We Are
Week 49: Consciously Building Bodies
Week 50: Some Questions about Learning
Week 51: Spirituality and Filling Holes
Week 52: What Makes Something "Art?"
Week 53: Acclimating Babies to Water
Week 54: Body Consciousness and Posture
Week 55: Consciously Martial Arts
Week 56: What Blocks Artistic Ability
Week 57: Recording Music
Week 58: Listening to the Bass
Week 59: Ergonomic Consciousness
Week 60: Is Truth an Energy Source?
Week 61: Questions on Symptoms
Week 62: What Are Thoughts?
Week 63: Romance and the Personality Fractal
Week 64: Advising Financial Clients
Week 65: What is "Theory?"
Week 66: Awareness versus Consciousness
Week 67: The Value of College
Week 68: Postpartum Questions
Week 69: On the Nature of Maturity
Week 70: Tragedy and Momentum Learning
Week 71: Cooking and Happiness
Week 72: What Have I Learned?
Week 74: Making Choices
Week 75: The Pain of Learning
Week 76: How Momentum Affects Working Out
Week 77: The Fifth State - Dead Stops
Week 78: Dead Stops as Energy Drains
Week 79: Does Learning Releases Energy?
Week 70: Lies, Will Power, and Curiosity
Week 81: Falling In Love With Math
Week 82: On Inspiring Curiosity in Students
Week 83: On the Pain of Learning - part 2
Week 84: Personally Factual Teaching
Week 85: Learner's Block - part 2
Week 86: What Makes Inspiration Fade
Week 88: How Do I Know If I Am Blaming?
Week 89: Energy Spent on Learning
Week 90: Prerequisites for Learning