“Make no mistake, whilst you are invested in the problem there will always be a problem.
When you are more interested in a solution you WILL use the SEJ.”
Jacqueline Mary Phillips
Reaction to student questions
I wrote a short piece some time ago about ‘questioning’, in particular about a student I know. He asks many questions of varying complexity from “What does this mean?” “Can you explain that again?” “How do I do such and such?”
Before I studied the SEJ these kind of queries from students used to trigger reactions in me such as “Doesn't he listen to me?” “Why are they asking again?” possibly “maybe I am not good at teaching this?”… I used to believe THEY were the cause of MY problems.
Putting these thoughts through the SEJ revealed them as quite shocking (well, they seemed to be at the time) that they were all about MY perception, about how I felt, not about the query itself or why they were actually asking these questions. I then asked deeply within “why are they asking me these questions?” i.e. I was interested in the SOLUTION to what I perceived as a PROBLEM.
What is the TRUTH here?
This revelation (truth) has changed my attitude to ‘questioning’ which forms the basis of the SEJ in questioning the beliefs and thoughts that are limiting. This also showed me the students’ dedication and focus in their studies that they wanted to know more. The earlier student, in particular, showed great dedication in aiming to understand his ‘subject’ and has been a source of inspiration to me.
When we ‘question’ we have an innate desire to know more, to understand deeply so we ‘get’ it at a different level. Questioning is such an important skill in all aspects of life but even more valuable in studying. In recent years my colleagues and I have noticed many current crops of learners want “answers” rather than finding the way to the answer. Questioning is the first step to finding the answers.
I endeavour to encourage students to ask me as many questions as possible including challenging what I have taught them. ALL progress or innovations come from someone asking “Is there a better way to do this?” “What if I try it this way?”.
This is how I started on my own SEJourney by asking myself “Is there a better way for me to live?” then later on “how can I contribute more to life?”
What is the question that is burning inside of you? Put it through the SEJ and find your own empowering answers. Then begin your Self Empowerment Journey!
Dr M Howard-Kishi