Sri Aurobindo and the Mother on Aha! moments

When knowledge is fresh in us, then it is invincible; when it is old, it loses its virtue. This is because God moves always forward – Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo is speaking here of knowledge through inspiration or revelation. In other words, when something suddenly descends and illuminates your understanding: all of a sudden, you feel you know a certain thing for the very first time, because it comes to you directly from the domain of Light, the domain of true knowledge, and it comes with all its innate force of truth – it illuminates you.  And indeed, when you’ve just received it, it seems as though nothing could resist that Light. And if you make sure to let it work in you, it brings about as much transformation as it can in its own domain.

It is the higher Knowledge, Truth expressing itself, what he calls “the true knowledge”; and that knowledge transforms the whole creation. But He seems to let it rain down constantly, you see, and if you don’t hurry up (laughing), you get left behind!

But have you never felt a sort of dazzling flash in your head? And then: “Aha! That’s it!” Sometimes it’s something that was known intellectually, but it was drab and lifeless; and then all at once it comes as a tremendous power, organizing everything in the consciousness around that Light – it doesn’t last very long. Sometimes it lasts a few hours, sometimes a few days, but never longer, unless one is very slow in one’s movement. And meanwhile, you know (laughing), the Source of Truth is moving on and on and on….

MOTHER

In MOTHER’S AGENDA, 6 October 1962

The secret meaning of an “Aha!” moment

We’ve all had them, although we may not have known that’s what they’re called. It’s a pristine moment of clarity that makes us stop whatever we’re doing and say “I get it. I really get it!” We’re fascinated with these moments, whether they happen to us or to someone else. Even Oprah finds them worth writing about. She includes a feature at the end of each issue of O Magazine describing an Aha! moment of a celebrity or respected figure.

What is the foundation of an Aha! moment? What makes them different from an ordinary moment of understanding? The difference is in the quality of our thoughts and our sense of self in the moment we receive the wisdom. I was looking at the word Aha and had my own realization. The secret is hidden in the word itself.

A – Authenticity. An Aha! moment happens when you tap into your genuine self. This is your deep self who rests beneath the outer layers of personality and ego. Your authentic self is the heart of Who You Really Are. When you connect with your true self, the wisdom you receive is untainted by the surface worries and thoughts of everyday life, what some call the “monkey mind”. It is the voice of your purest wisdom and when it speaks you cannot help but listen.

H – Humility. These moments are filled with the humility of recognizing the smallness of your understanding and the immensity of the greater Intelligence that surrounds us. It is that age-old paradox of knowing that you really don’t know anything at all. Even in our most insightful moments, we only touch the surface of a very deep pond. Kumu Etua Lopez often tells his students, “You look into the pond and see only yourself. You don’t know how deep the water is. ” When you have the humility to let go of how much you know, the Aha! moment let’s you glimpse deeper forces, a greater Intelligence and mysterious order that exists beyond us.

A – Awareness. An  Aha! moment comes when your awareness, your attention and your presence is in the Now. Without you giving your awareness, the moment passes you by. When your Conscious Mind acknowledges a new learning, it creates immediate integration with the deep level of understanding in the Unconscious Mind and essentially reprograms your beliefs in an instant. Your conscious awareness allows the shift to occur. Ekhart Tolle in his book, The Power of Now, teaches us the power of living in the present moment. Your awareness empowers the moment and sets the roots of the learning deep into Who You Really Are.

Aha! moments become more frequent as we nurture authenticity, humility and awareness in our lives. These characteristics build a foundation of integrity that supports a life of eager anticipation for the next new experience and the next new learning. With each Aha! moment, you become more attuned to your purpose, your wisdom, and your connection in the matrix of life.

 

Implementation

-mixed-age groups,

-working on learning milestones without a fixed time-table or fixed syllabus,

-the school is currently envisioned as a space for 3 to 7 year olds.

The Methodology

The methodology is based on the principles of Integral Education:

  1. The main principle is that the teacher is a helper and a guide not an instructor or a task master. The teacher does not impart knowledge to the child but facilitates drawing out knowledge and only shows the child how to acquire knowledge for himself/herself.
  2. The mind is consulted in its own growth. Everyone has something unique, a chance for perfection and strength. The aim of education is to draw this out and make it perfect for a noble use.
  3. The third principle of education is work from the near to the far, from what is to that which should be. Learning is contextual and experience oriented and starts from the direct environment of the child.

 

Curriculum:

– learning where to find and how to interpret and evaluate new knowledge

– flexibility related to space, attitude and learning styles, keeping the learner central

– guides the child to understand his/her own being, become a self reliant individual and to relate to the world around, interact with it, find answers for essential questions

– learning as an emotional  and physical experience, and then an intellectual and integrated process

– supports working on emotions as a significant aspect;  an emotionally integrated being alone can be truly creative—personally and socially

– developing the inner discipline as means to growth and self mastery

– taking responsibility for one’s own learning/progress.

– to learn to make conscious choices and consider mistakes as helpers and guides

-working collectively, finding the balance between individual and the collective

Our Objectives:

–          To faciltate an Integral Learning Process which places equal importance on the development of the mental, vital, physical, spiritual and psychic aspects (body, emotions,mind and spirit), and fosters the awakening of the inner being and the drawing out of a deeper consciousness.

–          To translate into practice, the understanding that psychic education is the basis of all integral learning, would be the real challenge of this work.

As Sri Aurobindo said-“the only true education is the one that offers to man, as its central object, the growth of the psychic being.“

–          An Integral Environment must be conducive to the complete flowering of the human spirit and mind; free of fear, imposition, ambition, comparison, pettiness and violence; based on mutual respect, personal integrity, freedom of learning and growing so that each child can explore and experience as per his/her own capacities. The school is envisioned as an extension of home where parents, facilitators, and children are all co praticipants in an on-going learning process.

Two Core Working Principles of Aha!

–          Children progress according to their own pace and capacity. Learning may be adult facilitated but it must be self-directed by the child.

–          Close Collaboration of parents and teachers to

  • evolve an atmosphere of exploration and discovery
  • create a consistent environment between home and school
  • take on the role as guides and facilitators to encourage a process of independent inquiry and self reflection in the children with the ultimate goal of opening of the psychic.

 

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