• Learning to Unlearn: The Highest Form of Learning

    Article by Paul Lenda

    We grow up going to school and learning about “common core” subjects, along with others. We are also given information about things from the media, organized religion, governments, and the internet. We are living in what is literally called the Information Age. We are conditioned by all of this information to see Reality through a specific lens. I am here to tell you that all that learning is not as important as it’s made out to be. In fact, it can be confining you to a life of mediocrity.

    There is a Buddhist proverb that says learning to unlearn is the highest form of learning. As with many deeper truths, you need to really contemplate what this means to understand what it is saying.

    The more you learn about things, be they true or not, the more rigid your reality becomes. The less possible certain things seem to be, limiting your ability to imagine possibilities as a child does. This goes for information as well as applied activities.

    This is not to say that you should not learn anything. The jewel of this teaching here is that you should be able to learn, unlearn, and relearn. You should be able to break bad habits you learned from others, discard information that becomes contradicted by something with more evidence supporting it, and reprogram over things which no longer serve your continued evolution.

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