Teaching What We Need to Learn

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in Creativity, Kaizen-Muse, SoulCollage | 2 comments

Teaching What We Need to Learn

There’s an interesting alchemy to teaching, I’ve found.

When I was teaching at a secondary-level independent school near me, I was much more in the “purveyor of information” mode. After all, you can’t teach international kids to write in English if you don’t know how yourself. (Of course, writing is its own sort of alchemy, but that’s a subject for a totally different post!)

Then I left that sort of teaching, and I knew that I’d find other ways to teach. It wasn’t long before I discovered SoulCollage®, through which I found Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching™, and eventually Laughter Yoga. These three have given me great tools to use to help others get past creative blocks, find out who they really are, and lighten up in a fun, playful way. In other words, they’ve proven to be great ways to teach.

I’ve heard it said that we all teach what we need to learn. Perhaps that means that even when I was teaching writing, including when I was pursuing my MFA in writing, the teaching was there to show me what I really knew already. Certainly, there were plenty of times when my expertise was challenged by a particular student or issue, and I ended up learning from those experiences. In fact, I learned far more than I would have otherwise.

When I plan a course now, I ask myself not only what I know and can share, but what I most need to learn. “Learn” may mean a deep exploration, or it may just mean the things that I tend to forget. (Reminders are good!) A few months ago, the answer came: self-love, and creativity.

There’s a deep connection between these two topics. Kaizen-Muse specifically includes self-love as one of the Modern Day Muses, Muse Song, because if you’re busy beating up on yourself all the time, you’re never going to let the creative wonder that’s inside you come out. How could you? You’re a precious instrument of creativity, and you need to treat yourself like one.

Starting on September 6, via teleconference, I’ll be leading a group through six keys to self-love, and therefore also to a stronger creative process. They’re not the only six, but they’re the six that seemed to me to be most important and to fit together the best. The course is named after one of the most beloved standards of all, “My Funny Valentine,” and we’ll look at ways to make each day Valentine’s Day through:

  • Permission
  • Criticizing, Comparing, and Complaining
  • Listening and Intuition
  • Imperfection
  • Self-Compassion
  • Delight

If you’re interested in the course, you can check it out or sign up here. And if you have questions, you know where to find me! I hope you’ll join us!


  1. Thanks Nancy. Looks like a great line up!

  2. This sounds like a beautiful course, Nancy – I’ll let me Twitter tribe know about it :-)
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