No. 64 (January 2003)
Learning from Input or Output?
by Win Wenger, Ph.D.
Many of our readers appear to have in common the problem written about by one of them, as follows. In a message dated 12/2/02, W. S. writes:
.....all my life at school, through college and now in employment, I've had this recurring problem. I've read a lot, studied but never feel intellectually competent enough to be good at what I do. I always seem to get by but feel I'm hiding and always seem to have strategies to avoid being found out.
Just as W.S.'s problem appears common to many, our reply to him may also provide some answer to many, hence this publication. Here is our reply, adapted as an article:
Dear W.S. you, like practically everyone else, have centered on the notion of inputting information and skills. Over 2200 years ago, Socrates centered very productively on what could be gotten at from within a person, and that's how our present work has evolved in these past several years.
Image-Streaming is a start on that, but only a start.
Please look up the Winsights articles numbered 33, 55, 56, 57 and 63, and the "Feed-the-Loop" article in the Teaching and Learning Techniques section. I think this re-orientation can positively transform your life.
You have already within you all or almost all you need, if you switch some attention to your perceptions. The magic is there, not in someone else's set of answers.
Thus you have, if you wish, a systematic way of building what you want from within yourself, instead of always just dumping other stuff in and hoping something will "take." Further, when you do take stuff in, it will have someplace to go and grow, not just clutter up things as part of the jumble.
The thing I like about problem-solving as part of this systematic growth practice is: "pretty is as pretty does." When you are actually accomplishing things with this work, meaningfully helping others and yourself with it, it's not just a hobby or an expensive self-indulgence (which is why most who dabble in this field don't get past their first plateau). Your meaningful, satisfying, exploratory and rewarding growth is not a distraction or detour but a functional part of your living, which can carry on further and better than you ever dreamed to be possible.
I hope this helps. Thanks for asking. ...Win Wenger
Note to our readers generally: you are, indeed, brighter than you think. For a lifetime, especially in school and usually in the workplace, you've been told how wrong you are, how limited you are, how inadequate and most people, even knowing better, have internalized much of that negative valuation. You can see it by its contrast to how babies learn with total positive enthusiasm, and some 10,000 times faster than adults nowadays learn.
For 2200 years, Socratic educators have consistently demonstrated that a far greater depth and amount of knowledge and understanding and, indeed, genius are there within each and every one of us a priori than anyone could guess from dealing with us in non-Socratic everyday transactions.
Nearly everyone connected with schooling also has conceptualized learning to be the process of putting in information, and even nearly all of the various programs involved with accelerated learning assume that and ignore that tremendous a priori base which the Socratics for over 22 centuries have demonstrated consistently to be in every one of us.
Give some of the wonderful genius and content which you already have some chance to emerge. You know far more than you think you do; you understand far, far more than you think you do. Before choking down more inputs from someone else's second-hand knowledge, give some attention to your own perceptions and to what your own inner genius has been trying to show you.
The information on this website is here to help, to provide some guideposts, but ultimately it's not what's here, either, but what you allow your own direct first-hand perceptions to show you, which will make all the difference.
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