Often, we settle for what we already know, as long as it's enough to get by. Yet, the heart knows intuitively that more is possible. It yearns for a deeper level of meaning. But what we don't know is inaccessible. How can we reach past our blind spots into a world where more is possible? Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc., discovered a way to use movement as a doorway into learning beyond what is merely enough. With this Method, you can stimulate dormant abilities to quicken into fulfillment in ways you might never be able to conceive of on your own.
Why is learning so important for humans as a species? Well, for one thing, it has a direct relationship to self esteem. Kids who know how to do things feel competent. Notice I did not say, 'Kids who know things.' Kids, or adults, for that matter, who 'know' things often fall into the trap of having massive egos. On the other hand, we all know people who know a lot but have relatively low self esteem. But people who are capable at doing things are usually too busy getting stuff done to sit around and grapple with self esteem issues. And they often lead very interesting, stimulating lives, rich with experiences that elude those with less skill.
Moshe Feldenkrais had a very unique take on learning. Over the years, he collected some forty definitions of learning and found that every one of them related to some form of intellectual learning. To his mind, something was definitely lacking in this view of learning. Not that intellectual learning is bad. It's how we accomplish most of the major advances in technology. It's how we verbalize our process. It solidifies our thinking into concepts that we can relate to each other. Most of what is important to us as a society, is related to some form of learning that has been passed down from one generation to the next. We are dependent on each other, and on the generations that went before our own, for the learning that has created the lifestyle to which we are accostomed in any culture.
Moshe said in his lectures that it would take a gorilla a life time to learn what 'a human idiot' could learn in the first three weeks of his life. He also pointed out that birds not only sing without instruction, they cannot learn any song other than the one that is hard wired into their brain genetically. A major distinguishing factor in human learning is the ability to learn a variety of ways to do the same thing. Animals governed by instinct generally just do what they do. Dogs, for example, don't sit around and wonder if they should bark at the neighbor's truck driving by or if they are too depressed to bother this morning. If they don't like your neighbor's truck going by, they bark no matter what. Sometimes, they bark no matter what you do to stop them. When it's almost impossible to train them not to, we are talking about a compulsive behavior.