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 people.
Iris Johansson is a communication specialist who is 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 deeper comprehension of their experiences and to learn from them more effectively.
To allow for a better understanding of the approach of Intuitive Pedagogy, I would like to share a few inspiring thoughts from Iris Johansson about the general misconceptions and misunderstandings held by many.
Iris believes that as we work on developing our personalities, we are led to look at our beliefs and replace the mindsets that are no longer serving us. Although they are not based in reality, there are certain thoughts that many people believe to be true.
A few examples are:
1. Learning has to be hard and unpleasant in order to be successful.
Entire generations have been forced to believe this incorrect thought. Modern psychology and brain research show us something very different – that the more relaxed we are, the more effective the learning process becomes. Fear of consequences is an ineffective teacher. Trust is a very sustainable teacher.
2. To achieve a 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 successful people have shown us that this is not true. Individuals have to be pulled toward success rather than pushing themselves to it. If we simply follow the pulling, we pursue 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 from having a detailed plan. We have to remain open and flexible to be able to face the myriad of problems we might encounter 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 we may begin to exhibit certain qualities of robots: ‘perfect’ in a way, but without feelings of warmth or morality. In the playing mode, we are no longer slaves of our animal instincts nor of our one-sided intellects – we can create moments of sustainable joy.