What are the results of intuition training?
Now, after 21 years of Intuitive Pedagogy, the question may arise: “What are the results or long-term effects of intuition training?” To be honest, there has never been any systematic research about this question. For that reason, I can only tell you about my own personal observations and conclusions. In my observation, I have determined three different steps, or levels, that participants go through, when practicing Intuitive Pedagogy. The steps, of course, are very individual, as is the time spent on one or the other, which can vary a greatly. Even the order in which the steps are experienced, can be different. But in general, the training truly needs one to three years, in order to experience all three steps.
First of all, we simply ‘meet’, and just do, the many movements, coordination exercises, and playing. Most participants come to a deep relaxation they seldom experience in everyday life. This has to do with an environment that is free of judgement and quantification. Most of us have lived with judgments and expectations from early childhood, forcing us to endeavor for more and better results. The negative side of this, is the loss of creativity and contact with our inner motivation. For most of us, it is a very joyful moment when we rediscover our creativity. It is like finding our inner child again. To establish and deepen the relationship to our inner child, we need enough time spent with the games and exercises.
A second layer consists of the feelings and emotions that arise during the playing work that give access to the wisdom contained. As we continue to practice, besides the joy experienced, there also comes the contact with our own blockages, and all manner of things that inhibit the ways we would like to act and behave in our lives. To resolve these blockages (everyone has his or her own specific ones), we need to build new synapses to overcome the old reflexes. This is possible, but it requires free will and persistent practice. On this level, individual assistance can be useful, and is offered during the seminars.
Finally, we increasingly start to understand more clearly, the many correlations between ourself, our past, our present environment, and our future. Here, we can work on the keys to act in difficult and unexpected situations. Those keys lie inside each of us, and have nothing in common with the ‘methods’ or ‘tools’ we might apply in any other given circumstances. Only then, have we trained our intuition. Intuition here, means that there is no gap between our thinking and our actions, and that a specific action or response is precisely what makes sense in the moment. Both are done consciously. Thinking and action have a clear and meaningful relation. Intuitive Pedagogy is a training for the human being as a whole - not primarily about things we might simply adapt for in the outer world (i.e. a professional life).