I joined The Assumptive Dive because I had done The Keynes Centre’s Reading for Transformation Experiences Book Circle in 2015 and I loved that, I loved the idea of being on a course that’s not prescriptive learning but where it’s about your own journey, your own learning.
During the experience, I felt like I was expected to come fully present and ready to learn new meanings and concepts and to take them on where I was at in myself, compared to when you do a formal learning course where you don’t have to be fully present, where you are given the information and the syllabus, and you take them and repeat them. It was about where we were at and how we would go forward from there. It was about the direction we were being given.
With The Keynes Centre, every part of the whole person needs to be there. These experiences have allowed me to connect with that “deep down sense” and there is a lot of power in that. Connell and Assumpta were able to give us the vocabulary and language to connect with that sense. I really appreciate everything I got from The Keynes Centre.
I am also much more conscious of how I speak now. I was already conscious of how I speak legally, but now I am conscious of my thoughts and my thinking, and how I listen to others’ views. It’s a deep learning experience. I’m reading a book now and when the author is using the words ‘metaphor’, and ‘concept’, I have a better understanding of these words thanks to The Keynes Centre. I don’t use the definition of ‘metaphor’ that I was given at school, now I have a new definition and a new appreciation for what these words mean. They are key words in life that I never had a full understanding of, and now I have a better understanding. Half-way through your life, these kind of revelations are amazing. It’s a gift. Everything I learnt from the Book Circle and The Assumptive Dive had a very profound impact on my being, my way of being. There are words and meanings I have now that I bring into my everyday life.
It was a transformational journey, a transformational experience – transformational because it leaves an imprint in your psyche. And I would recommend the Assumptive Dive to everybody, but the person has to be in the right place to gain anything from it. You cannot come to take notes, you have to come prepared to engage in the conversation.
Together with the Book Circle, The Assumptive Dive has been the most authentic learning experience I have had in my 40 years of life in this world. Books, films, newspaper articles and people have become a lot more accessible to me. I have connected with a sense of duty within my own being as to how I want to be in this world both as a human and as a professional.