When the Intuitive Pedagogy trainings began, two other teachers helped shape this new pedagogical paradigm in a sustainable way. Merete Lövli contributed with intuitive painting. She inspired participants to discover the original creativity that slumbers in each person, even when it may be hidden under thick layers of distrust. She developed unique methods of teaching the arts, and boosted the creative growth of many.
Iris Johansson is a communication specialist, widely known and appreciated around the world. She founded the so called “primary work”, an in-depth way of working on the thoughts and feelings which lie under the surface of our consciousness. She greatly helped participants to have a better understanding of their experiences, and to learn from them more effectively.
To allow a better understanding of the approach of Intuitive Pedagogy, what follows are a few inspiring thoughts of Iris Johansson about the general misconceptions and misunderstandings held by many.
As we work on developing our personality, we look at our beliefs, and replace the mindsets that are no longer of any use to us. Although they are not based in reality, there are many thoughts that are believed to be true by most people. A few examples are:
1. Learning has to be hard and unpleasant to be successful.
Entire generations have been forced to believe this. Modern psychology and brain research show us something very different - the more relaxed we are, the more effective the learning processes becomes. Fear (of consequence) is an ineffective teacher. Trust is a very sustainable one.
2. To achieve the goal, we have to be willing to suppress our personal feelings.
If we suppress something, sooner or later it will turn against us. Our personal feelings are the motivator for any development.
3. The pathway to success is straight and linear; it has to be planned well from beginning to end.
Countless people, who are successful, have shown us this is not true. Individuals have to be pulled toward success, not push themselves to it. If we simply follow the pulling, we follow a more three-dimensional path. This path can be full of surprises, for which we are not able to plan in advance. Having a goal is something different than having a detailed plan. We have to be open and flexible to face all kinds of problems along the way.
4. Playing is for children. Adults only play if they have nothing better to do.
We humans are playing beings, and as long as we play, we can retain our humanity. When we, as humans, lose our playfulness, we often behave more like animals, or even worse, we may begin to exhibit certain qualities of robots: ‘perfect’ in a way, but without any feelings of warmth or morality. In the playing mode, we are no longer slaves of our animal instincts, nor of our one-sided intellect – we can create things of sustainable joy.