1). Those “light bulb” moments you get when you’re hearing something truly remarkable for the first time. It’s “beginner” learning. The sad thing is, as we get older, we think we “know it all.” We become bitter and jaded (ouch!) or cynical and sarcastic (eeeek!) which makes it feel as if this type of exciting discovery occurs less and less. It doesn’t. We just have to retrain our minds into becoming beginners again. And again. And again. In everything we do.
2). This depends on our own personal learning curve. “You get it when you get it.” It’s the kind of learning where – at a deep level – you know it, but your system hasn’t caught up with that knowing yet. So you get it, but you don’t get it. Or another way of saying it is: you know it, but you don’t yet have the muscle to support that knowing, so it’s not exercised yet. It’s conceptual. Not experiential.
3). The most profound learning – which accelerates our growth, transformation and evolution 100% – is quantum. The physicist, Amit Goswami, calls it “taking a discontinuous jump in thought.” Which basically means, if you want access to possibility, stop trying to take the linear path. Stop waiting for the “assurance” before you do something. Stop waiting for proof that A + B = C and then maybe with that “security” you’ll take action. Instead, just jump from “A” to “C”. Skip “B” entirely.
Or an even more radical way of thinking about it is you have to leap into “C” in order to get “A” and “B”.
It is the new context in which to understand creativity.
When we step into the unknown it is a discontinuous jump because the answer to our problem that we seek has not yet been made manifest. So we’re in a nebulous, dark, scary place. But taking the leap gives you access to the things you are wanting that can’t present themselves to you until you take the leap. When you do, the number of possibilities that are created are multiplied.
It’s like you’re grasping around in the dark, searching and searching for the light switch. As soon as you take the leap, the light is turned on.
So take the Quantum Leap!
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Anthony Meindl is an award-winning writer/director/producer/teacher and Artistic Director of Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop – where the “right brain rules” – in Los Angeles and New York. He is endlessly inspired by his students’ fearless creativity and is tireless in discovering new ways to help us all get out of our own way a little bit more each day. He just finished writing/directing his first feature film, Birds of A Feather.
Twitter – @AnthonyMeindl