Definition: The cognitive process of acquiring a skill or knowledge through inquiry or other effort; getting to know, or becoming aware of something; gaining knowledge.
Learning is something we do daily. We interact with our external environment and adjust ourselves accordingly. Learning can pertain to acquiring new skills or knowledge, such as learning a new language, or it can refer to more internal processes such as learning the language of one’s psyche.
We learn best when we are open and receptive to taking in new information and integrating it into our life. Though we are always learning and adjusting ourselves to the external environment, we may have different areas where we are more receptive to learning than others.
Learning is not always easy. It can be difficult when we feel coerced or are forced to learn something new by life's challenges. At these times, we are more likely to come upon our own areas of rigidity or defensive posturing than when we invite our learning. The Greeks called this pathei mathos – through suffering there is learning. Learning comes most easily when we engage inquiry, decrease resistance to let something new in and integrate it.
The axiom of “know thyself” reflects a process of internal learning that can lead us towards a deeper understanding of ourselves, others, and the world. It suggests that a key to our contentment and peace in this world revolves around deeper self knowledge.
If you have chosen this card, reflect on what you may be learning about now. Are you open to this learning, or are you resisting? What is your learning process? Are you patient or are you hard on yourself for not knowing already? What are you resisting learning?
© 2011 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski
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