Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality


The Science of Unlearning

posted by Cheryl Petersen

After our first daughter was born, my husband and I were gleefully busy adapting to parenthood; in other words, learning a lot. A friend soon invited us to a party, to which we promptly accepted, but then looked at one another and laughed because we simultaneously were going to say, “But, wait, what do we do with her?” We had to unlearn the lifestyle of a childless couple. The love for our daughter made the unlearning simple. We then learned either to find an exceptional babysitter, or stay home and have our own party, serving pureed food and changing diapers for entertainment. Interestingly, the science of learning has been refined over the millennia, but the science of unlearning is new.

Courtesy of realdiaperassociation.org

Neuroscientists have concluded that different chemical processes occur in the brain for learning and unlearning. So, when we are learning we are not necessarily unlearning, however unlearning is essential in the art of healing and progress.

For example, the mainstream educational system teaches that the brain determines our life, mind, actions, and so on. But, mainstream models also observe that people who learn new things by using their mind actually change their brain setup. Clearly, there is a conundrum. Does the brain or the human mind hold control? Obviously, this conundrum will never be solved within the human mind or the brain, because they will always vie for power.

Because inferences are crucial to scientific knowledge, we look for patterns and analogies. The resurgence of interest in spirituality and Mind-healing over the past decades has resulted in a bounty of evidence pointing to the fact that when both, the human mind and the brain agree to be quiet, they can be influenced by spiritual mindedness which removes conflict. Or, the human mind and brain can become so weary of fighting that the ever-operative spiritual force of love and truth is allowed to wash over the whole situation with healing and progress.

Mind-science can be used as a way of knowing and constructing spirituality, but only by realizing that knowledge is provisional and subject to change under new evidence. Both learning and unlearning are required. Just because we were trained to believe matter is not spiritual or real, does not make it so. Matter, as a substance in flux, may not be real, but matter, as a symbol of substance, is a real idea. This learning and unlearning then increases our ability to manifest the substance of spirituality, the healthy substance of Love and Truth and Life.

 



Previous Posts

Roadside flowers invade myopic view
Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) is a highly invasive non-native plant that threatens significant portions of Maryland's marsh, swamp, and coastal habitats. By crowding out native wetland species, purple loosestrife can reduce biodiversity, eliminate food sources for marsh animals and change w

posted 7:39:24am Sep. 17, 2014 | read full post »

The inane and the insane
Human beings wake up each day to find themselves doing everything from the inane to the insane. Women’s corset, being a suitable example. Starting out as a fashion statement in the 1500’s women began wearing corsets made out of rigid materials and designed to diminish the waist, amplify the h

posted 8:00:00am Sep. 13, 2014 | read full post »

Clever ancestors
Stonehenge, an important prehistoric monument in Britain, stimulates weighty conjecture in the circles of scientists, archeologists, and the impressed curious minded. Speculation says the large earthwork began 5,000 years ago and went through a series of uses, one being religious ceremonies. Pict

posted 7:47:19am Sep. 10, 2014 | read full post »

Saying NO
It’s a quick and snappy word. It’s easy to remember, but do we remember to say it appropriately? The almost universal word, “no” probably began with hunkered down eyebrows, becoming more serious with a shaking head. Well, we can take up that animation and its seriousness We can say, "N

posted 7:18:57am Sep. 06, 2014 | read full post »

Local hiking on the rise
The local Catskill Mountain Club (CMC) has given the community a couple of shots in the arm over the last year. Club members follow the proper channels, get approval from officials, and with GPS instruments in their hands, hack out trails for the public. The recent Delhi Trails is close to the Vi

posted 11:03:54am Sep. 02, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.