The Learning Energy – Creativity

Can learning be imparted by others? Learning is a well inside, you dig and find your pot of gold. To dig one needs energy to do the work of digging. The passion and purpose of getting that gold pot will provide the energy. This is creative energy.

Learning always lies in individuals – not institutions. Just because you belong to an institution, it doesn’t necessarily transfer the learning to you. You will have to constantly make your own singular effort to make that learning happen – for you.

Some of us think, learning can happen “from” others. But this, according to me, is a misplaced notion. Learning rarely happens from others. It may happen “because” of others or “through” others – but not from others. Others can only stimulate you, you need to do, others can only show you, but you need to see, other can only explain to you, but you need to think, others can only bring you to the well, but you still need to drink. Many of us join classes, courses, institutions and even organizations thinking that we would learn.

But unfortunately that doesn’t happen. People go about wearing this degree or the institutions name on their forehead touting their assumed intellect. Converse is also true. A friend told me – “I am what I am because of this institution I went to”. I said to him, “Wrong – you are you because of yourself. A particular piece of earth might be more conducive to growth of a rose, but a rose bent on growing will even grow in rocks”.

The key to learning is then work – effort, diligence, and industry and work requires energy. Our ancestors recognized the importance of WORK and ENERGY as core to learning. That is why all our ancient institutions expounded the gurukul system of learning where work, effort, rigor and discipline were key aspects. But carrying more potential, more impact is an energy which many of us miss – that is the creative energy. The sheer energy release when we embark on a creative endeavor is truly unmatched. Time blurs, world around us blurs, past and future blurs, when this creative energy drives our complete being into a productive and industrious state of operation.

This is the energy of being in the present. As the neurons of our brain go into a tizzy – in such an unleash of energy, we are absorbing, doing, creating and most importantly learning. Creative energy is the energy of freedom, where thoughts, emotions and effort freely mingle and explode in many directions. The result is oneness with ourselves as well as the world around us.

Each one of us would have experienced this in some form or the other – be it cooking, gardening, writing a letter, sport, and so on.

Creative energy is the energy of doing – not from a mechanical state of mind- but from an unleashed, inhibited and unassumed mind which is bent on experimenting, exploring and experiencing – itself as well as the world around it.

So the question is what releases this creative energy. Very simply purpose with passion and persistence.

For most of us, many things that we do serve secondary or unreal purpose – like making money, or completing a chore. No wonder there is no excitement (passion), we take shortcuts (no persistence) and we feel “tired” even before doing it (no creative energy). “Oh no!” – is the beginning exclamation.

But the moment we turn to something that we believe has a great purpose for us, what we are passionate about, what we would like to persist with no matter what odds, the great well of creative energy opens up magically inside us providing us with whatever resources we would ever need.

Gandhiji, Mother Teresa, Hellen Keller are just few names which come to my mind immediately. So if you are in search of learning – follow this flow. Dream a passionate purpose, dive into it with full persistence and then create with your released energy.

And if you are like me – a teacher (which we all are) – lets ensure children around us are passionate about a purpose that their potential has dreamt off. Lets encourage them to follow their calling with the true freedom of creative energy.

“I claim to be no more than an average man with less than average abilities. I have not the shadow of a doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I have, if he or she would make the same effort and cultivate the same hope and faith.”

M. K. Gandhi

The purpose of life is to have purpose in life.