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Book preview: how you know that you know?

January 5th, 2010

This post is an excerpt from my emerging book on Vibrational Facilitation: an emerging conversation.  Everything is emerging …that’s the point!  The thoughts are forming, the grammar’s not the best, but this quickly emerging field of vibrational facilitation is…well emerging quickly…so jump in an be a part of it. Here’s the next topic…

How do you know that you know?

It’s a good question and one that I now return to regularly when training facilitators. How do we know when something is true, real, correct?

AND, does it even matter when teachers, trainers, instructors just have to ‘get through the curriculum’?

I remember being excited about a particular geography course in the fourth year of my undergrad degree.  The prof told us all the fascinating things we would be studying and exploring and my excitement mounted.  And then he told us that we would be marked by a test of cognitive knowledge…the things we had to memorize.  I couldn’t believe it!  In fourth year university we were being tested at the basic recall level of learning that Benjamin Bloom set out in his Taxonomy of Learning[i].  Some questions would take us to comprehension, the second level, but that was it!

In that moment I realize something significant about how I learn, about how I know that I know something.  I realized that I know that I know something when I feel it in my body.  That’s right.  I FEEL it in my body.  It can feel warm.  It can feel ‘correct’ or aligned with something higher in myself.  It can feel like sweet caramel all warm and gooey.  So how could I ever get a good mark in this course based on warm caramel?!

I knew in that instant that I was doomed to fail the course.  I may even have withdrawn from it, I can’t remember.  I felt completely alone in my passion for the topic and my inability to be able to translate that passion and knowing into a decent mark from my educational institution.  I knew that I knew that the school system was not serving me.  I was profoundly sad…and very very angry.  I felt that a significant Truth had been denied.  I felt betrayed that the authority demanded by the professor and the institution of higher education he represented.  These were the early stirrings of a my personal commitment to restoring honour and dignity to learning.

Have you had a similar experience?  How do you know that you know?

[i] Bloom’s Taxonomy, Benjamin Bloom


  1. Anna § May 26th, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    This so resonates with me… I have a standing offer to do my Phd but feel so reluctant because of what you are describing. Currently quit my well paid job to follow passions and develop my intuition…not sure where it will take me, but thank you for sharing! Blessing on your Path

  2. Leslie § October 13th, 2010 at 11:08 am

    It is just so important to keep following the good feelings even when the path is not clear. I am looking at leaving 15 years worth of wonderful work because it is no longer ‘feeling good’. I’m curious to know how your path has unfolded since blogging a while back?

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