Archive for 12 October 2011

Learning by Hearing

One of the options for the OBOD course I’m taking is to receive the course materials either as written text, or on CD (or both).  I opted for the CD version, and the experience of hearing the various narrating voices, the sound-scape rather than sight-scape (each lesson on the CD includes a musical transition between sections), and the absence of a text to refer to, all contribute to a remarkable different sense of learning from what I’m used to as a reader.  While I’m also taking an evening course at a seminary, and though that class is, like many, heavily discussion based, there’s a written syllabus (also online), we generally refer to one or more of the ten assigned class texts, and somehow the greater class experience still feels book-based, even though 95% of the in-class work is informal lecture and discussion.

In sum, the CDs have much of the effect of radio — sound builds different experience than vision.  Though the West is at present heavily biased in favor of sight over hearing, there is a primacy to sound that vision cannot touch.  In the beginning, we’re told, was the Word, the creative sound.  Interestingly, the Hindu tradition also begins with sound — Vac or Vak, the original Word.  Hearing wisdom makes it more visceral and immediate.

Posted 12 October 2011 by adruidway in Druidry, experience, knowledge, OBOD, spirituality

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