HOW important is learning? Dr. John Hagelin, a quantum physicist, says in The Secret, “I see a future of unbounded potential, unbounded possibilities. Remember, we are using at most five percent of the potential of the human mind. One hundred percent is the result of proper education. So, imagine a world wherein people are using their full mental and emotional potential. We could go anywhere. We could do anything, achieve anything.”

This quote stresses that learning is the gateway to man’s development. For me, I consider learning as food for the mind; it is what can help the mind grow and develop its full potential.

The Secret is a movie now fast gaining popularity worldwide. It was created by Australian Rhonda Byrne who discovered what she calls The Secret in 2004. A book written in 1910 by Wallace D. Wattles gave her a glimpse of the Law of Attraction which formed the basis for the movie.

Apparently, The Secret is not a secret. According to Wikipedia, one of the earliest known formulations of the ideas now known as the Law of Attraction is contained in the 1906 book, “Thought Vibration or the Law of Attraction in the Thought World” by William Walker Atkinson. This book was followed by a slew of books which incorporated all or some of the principles which comprise what is known as “positive thinking.” The most well popular of these books are “Think and Grow Rich” (1937) by Napoleon Hill and “The Power of Positive Thinking” (1952) by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale.

In The Secret, Dr. Fred Alan Wolf, another quantum physicist, says, “We are really moving into a new area—it’s the era where the last frontier is not space … but it’s going to be the mind.”

I remember a movie I watched a long time ago. It was a story of man who woke up after hundreds of years of sleep. He came upon an earth that seemed to have gone back to its early agricultural period. There were no computers, machines, or any equipment whatsoever. There were also no cars, airplanes and other transportation. The people lived simply, planting and getting food from the earth, wearing simple clothes and living uncomplicated lives. The man was puzzled because it seemed that mankind had regressed instead of progressed. Then, he discovered that people no longer needed all the gadgets and tools of the 21st century because they were already able to harness the power of the mind. They used their minds to do all sorts of things that used to be done by technology. They were able to heal illnesses and travel even to other planets with their minds.

Now I don’t know whether such an earth could become a reality hundreds or even millions of years from now. But I believe that what progress that man can achieve will be a result of how he develops his mental faculties.

This is an exciting time for trainers for we are in a unique position to make a difference in the development of man because we are in the forefront of the learning process. In the course of training programs that we conduct, whether for skills or behavior modification, we can influence and shape the way of thinking of our participants.

I myself have been influenced by the many wonderful trainers whose training programs I attended over the course of several years. They had taught me their “secrets” that helped me not only at work but in my life. I, in turn, am trying to share these with all those who attend my training programs. And I believe that my participants appreciate my efforts. It is very heartwarming to receive an e-mail such as the following from one of my participants in our “Creativity and Innovation for Work Excellence” Training Program which I had conducted for the various officers of Department of Labor and Employment of the Philippine Government:

“I was one of the participants in your training program for DOLE. It was really enlightening especially during this time of having symptoms of midlife crisis and all. Thanks for a very timely and unique opportunity to be part of that brilliant program. I just switched from being cynical to one that is hopeful…. In the light of so many negative things around, a short respite could be enough to view things differently. After all, that is what it means to be creative… Thanks again Ma’am and praying for your success in reaching out to more people in a message that we as a people are not beyond hope.”

I am sure many other trainers experience the same kind of fulfillment. It is, at the same time, a challenge for trainers to also continuously learn to hone our skills and sharpen our minds. And in the synergistic process of sharing and learning of both trainers and learners, then the “secret” will finally be uncovered by mankind.

Author: Regina Galang Reyes. First published in Asian Quality, July – August 2007 issue.

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