Learning by what exactly?

Apparently we learn by doing, in fact I said that very thing myself today. Then I stopped, after all one of my mantras is that we are human beings not human doings. So should I really have said “we learn by being”?

When I uttered the words I was talking about the process of learning hypnotherapy, so in reality I guess the question there was do you learn the most by “doing” hypnotherapy or by “being” a hypnotherapist.

As I think about it and write this I’m beginning to realise that both positions are true, it just depends what it is we want to learn and how far we want to take it. If it’s a particular skill that requires agility, hand eye coordination or a particular technique then repetition and “doing” over and over will be the key. But this can only take you so far. If you wish to really master a skill you must “be” it.

You can learn the technique of playing a musical instrument, you can read and learn all the theory, you can practise and practise, but until you commit to “being” a musician you will not master it.

And so this leads me to happiness. To learn and master the art of happiness must you “do” happy or “be” happy?