Holistic Learning: Heart, Mind, Soul, and More

love the Lord your God with all your heartA Preliminary Proposal

This is PRELIMINARY. I am "in process" of designing the best way to say it. I have nuanced and adjusted this several times. This is my latest version. Take it, use it, change it, make it better - but above all - figure out how to be about the journey of adult learning and transformation using its approach.

I provide the part of our human makeup, and then suggest a few words that describe the kind of activities that engages that aspect of our being.

In part, I use the theme of loving God with heart, mind, soul, strength - as the stepping stone to knowing God with all your heart, mind, soul, strength...
 

The MIND.
Information, presentation, investigation, consideration, ideation.
This is the gathering of the raw material of learning. 

The MIND.
Interpretation, collation/collaboration
(synthesizing and structuring). This is where you begin to "make meaning" out of the raw material. 

The MIND (plus other parts of your being)
Illumination, reflection.
This is where insight begins to emerge. This is the enlightening or the brightening of insights. This is the "aha" moment.

The SOUL/SPIRIT.
Imagination
. This is the human capacity to see, to dream, to hope, to wonder, to envision possibilities.

The DESIRES.
Motivation.
What do you want and why do you want it? What do you need and why do you need it? The longings of the heart. The reasons we do things. Why learn, why change, why do this hard work?

The AFFECTIONS/EMOTIONS.
Inspiration.
This is closely connected to your DESIRES. To move and stir the heart is considered to be among the most vital components of education-formation-change. 

The WILL.
Mobilization, activation, persuasion.
The realm of choosing, deciding, and willing to change. The call to response. Overcoming resistance.

The BODY.
Implementation, application, integration. This is where truth is embodied in the active agent. Now truth becomes incarnate in your life. Truth is lived in and through you. As you begin living according to the truth, this is where transformation is evident. The transformed person, who lives what is believed and loved - this person is known as the Wise Person.


What I have NOT provided, were examples of the kinds of learning methodologies, tactics, procedures, etc. that can be used with each of the above categories. Some methodologies will be useful in many categories. 

What you should do, whenever you are to communicate, is to use a wide variety of methodologies, always asking - how do I speak to a particular part of the human nature of the learning audience?

I am currently working with a new leadership team for our church and just beginning the process where we are a Learning Community who learns in this way; and then in turn, we become leaders as facilitators of learning-transformation. But, before we can lead others, we must go there first.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International

BrianRice@lcileaders.org