LEARNING TO UNLEARN

Sometimes, we have to learn to unlearn. We have undergone an induced, previously prepared and very conventional learning process under a totally outdated strategy. But what is unlearning? Is it simply to forget everything we know? No. Unless we have a disease as Alzheimer’s for example, this will not happen because our memory will never forget.

Unlearning is the art of knowing that you can rewrite your beliefs, your philosophy and your attitudes. It is the ability to understand and know that if it is possible that there is something that goes beyond what we have learned, it is recognizing that we can become carriers of real and peaceful information. When some teachers say that it is time to empty the cup, they refer to simply leaving aside everything we have believed in during the course of our lives and trying to fill it again with other information, these are "unlearning".

We inhabit a world of continuous transformations, of evolution and growth, but the only thing that has been maintained for centuries under an archaic method is learning. The schools and institutions maintain the same infrastructure and the same model for more than 200 years, where we find the tables aligned in position to see towards the blackboard, we are all uniformed and attending firmly to the call of a teacher. How is it possible that we have changed the way of communicating, of introducing ourselves, of moving, of living, but that of learning remains the same? Is this a coincidence?

Those who know me know that I believe that nothing is accidental.

Many people are not interested in this change, it would not be convenient for them because it is the first doctrine they use to train a system where creativity has well-defined boundaries and walls. Unlearning is based on thanking the experience of that doctrine, thanking everything conceived previously and understanding that there is something else where boundaries do not exist and there are no walls that keep you cornered, because unlearning is the maximum symbol of creativity. To unlearn is to be skeptical, to disarm what has been learned and to rebuild it, to place parts that do not fit for some, but for you have a meaning that fits you, that connects with the real you.

Do you know what the real you is? Have you at least thought that there is something wrong behind the mirror? Or something false in that room? What is it? The mirror, the reflection or the result of the mirror when you see it? Unlearning is knowing that when you see yourself in a mirror, you understand that there is not a single entity, but that there are really 3 acting. The mirror, the reflection and yourself.

Once I did the meditation experiment surrounded by mirrors, because I also wanted to see my reflection meditating without giving importance to my being, only to my reflection based on the posture, the crossing of my legs, my body position, the neck standing up, to the positioning of my hands and determine if I could observe the reflection of my spirit ascending through the mirror, so I spent a good time focused in front of the mirror, seeing myself and seeing my reflection, meditating to bring conscious and awake responses.

Many of us go through this a thousand and one times, we live for a reflection, we work for a reflection, we dress and feed ourselves for the reflection, we train the reflection and in the end we will obtain a successful reflection if we wish, but unfortunately it will continue to be a reflection. To unlearn is to be aware that, at that precise moment, there is something else. What you are seeing is a simple reflection, you are seeing yourself in an object that is called a mirror and the most curious and wonderful thing of all this is that without that mirror, you do not exist. Once you can see the inside of you, you will not see a reflection, otherwise you will find THE TRUTH.

 


WRITTEN BY LEONARDO MONTBRUN - May 16, 2018
Co Founder of: Montbrun Group, TrustT, Eat In, Sashta.