A Trans-formative approach to learning, can free “the senses” by appraising sensitivity as a complex and holistic experience of reality. Helping us to discover an interrelated web of sensitivity that bonds the individual with the environment. By conveying a myriad of senses that holds together as a whole. A whole that has a lot to do with the meaning of stories we share between us.
Many dictionaries define “sense experience” as an unelaborated and elementary awareness of our inner and outer world. However, this ignores that our sense experience is an accumulative process that becomes ingrained into our memory, and helps us shape complex senses such as the sense of self, place and community. Complex senses that become stories in themselves, for those who live, share or hear about them. Cultivating the senses, creates a radical shift of perception. Allowing, each one of us, to come to terms with the stories we live, share and hear about ourselves, places and communities. Inspired by Gandhi’s vision, a play of words tells us; live the change you sense in the world.
By enhancing the senses of self, place and community in Transformative Learning, we create the space for new stories to be shared and new ways of living in the world.