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 share my own personal impressions and conclusions. In my observation, I have determined three different steps, or levels of development that participants go through when practicing Intuitive Pedagogy. The stages, of course, are very individual, as is the time spent on one or the other, which can vary 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 which 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 attempt to achieve 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 to spend with the games and exercises.
A second stage consists of the feelings and emotions that arise during our play activities and give access to the wisdom contained in them. 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 in which we would like to be able 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. At this stage, individual assistance can be useful, and this is offered during the seminars.
Finally, we increasingly start to understand more clearly, the many correlations between ourselves, our past, our present environment, and our future. Here, we can work on the keys that allow us 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 circumstance.
Only at this third stage have we truly 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 relationship. Intuitive Pedagogy is not primarily about adaptation to the outer world (i.e. a professional life). It is a training for the human being as a whole.