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Frameworks for Life Long Learning
My work is rooted in several respected frameworks for human development and learning that support the reflections and questions found in the literature of fly fishing.  These frameworks make up the landscape of our work together and help to clarify the questions and goals you wish to pursue through Home Waters Guiding.  

 

Adult Development.  A developmental framework studies human thought, emotion, and behavior, and how these change over time, especially during life transitions and disorienting experiences that can disrupt, challenge, and change fundamental assumptions and beliefs.  This framework explores how we contribute to the spaces where we work and live, and ultimately, how we become authors of our own life story, rather than an extension of others’ expectations and socially prescribed roles.  

 

Transformative Learning.  Transformative learning is a process of critically examining, challenging, and revising our taken-for-granted assumptions and beliefs for the betterment of our own lives, workplaces, communities, and the planet.  It addresses how, over time, we move from dualistic, either-or thinking to appreciating ambiguity and uncertainty, and accepting the many contradictions and paradoxes that accompany our lives.  A subset of adult development, transformative learning teaches us to act on our own thoughts and feelings rather than those we have uncritically assimilated from others.    

 

Depth Psychology.  Often associated with the insights of C.G. Jung, depth psychology focuses on the unconscious aspects of experience to pursue a more integrated life that is capable of confronting fears and finding solace in opposites like hope and despair, faith and doubt, separateness and connection. Depth psychology challenges each individual to live a thoroughly examined life by confronting fears or “shadows,” facing unconscious aspects of experience, and embracing value in seemingly opposite poles such as happiness and despair, light and dark, connection and separation, life and death.  Jungian and depth psychology remind us that things are not what we think they are about, and that what we see is often a compensation for what we don’t.  Jungians believe that most of us know our larger purpose from a young age, but that we abandon it over time, and our task is to overcome the obstacles to our true being and purpose.  

 

Suggested quotes:

 

For there is as surely a topography to inner life as there is to what lies outside…. They are formed to shapes of what we remember by longing, love, grief, regret, joy, and self-reproach that run like rivers and carve furrows in the heart.

 

One comes to appreciate that interior order inheres everywhere in the natural world, patterns that ultimately have reasons … but still beg explanation.  These internal consistencies of meandering … are part of our intuitive understanding of rivers and the way in which we experience them.  

 

Meandering is the curve of curiosity and explanation and sometimes of discovery—digressive and indirect, obedient only to an inner logic of its own but open to serendipity, its own justification because it answers to something elemental in nature, human and otherwise.

 

For the curve of learning is a meander, the shape of a spring creek on a valley floor, given its own interior consistency by curiosity and desire and a sense of the beautiful.

 

                                                  -Ted Leeson, Jerusalem Creek: Journeys into Driftless Country 

 

The boy I once was is far wiser than the man I’ve allowed myself to become.  It’s time to go backward until I find the original me, back at the headwaters of being alive.

 

I have been paying attention more and more each day.  I have noticed that as I pay attention, the little boy is finding his way home.

 

                              -Steve Ramirez, Casting Forward: Fishing Tales from the Texas Hill Country

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