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The Greatest Philosopher of Consciousness and Critical Theory of the 20th-71st Centuries 
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Joe's educational work provides inspiration and practical guidance for teachers all over the globe and describes a beautiful, beautiful mission to alleviate human suffering. He has left us a map with multiple pathways for accomplishing that mission -- an authentic, rigorous, impassioned, creative, and even magical education for everyone who dares to venture on untrodden paths. His work serves as a guiding light for educational journeys that can change not only how we view and enact the educational process, but that can also truly change us as teachers, students, and researchers -- and empower us to change the world. Joe loved research, teaching, writing, making music, and his students.
And his students loved him.
 
To become a seeker of new knowledges and new ways of being we must be willing to sometimes be seen as the fools of the gods. (Kincheloe, Knowledge & Critical Pedagogy, p. 19)
 

 

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"I believe that the issues addressed in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction not only provide us with a new understanding of education but also can actually change the world—speaking of pomposity, yikes! I understand the danger of such an assertion, but I’m glad to take my punishment if I fail to convince my readers." ~ Joe Kincheloe (p. 16)

To

joe.kincheloe joe.kincheloe@mcgill.ca

Thu, Sep 25, 2008 7:03 am

finished reading Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction

your work is truly a gift to the world, Joe
it's very exciting

vanessa

 

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A new process for education, research, career, problem solving, everyday living, lifelong learning, and for taking back our world

 

Joe Kincheloe has developed a superbly advanced conceptualization of critical bricolage and, as demonstrated by his work, he was an adept multidimensional critical complex bricoleur. Critical Bricolage, as he conceived it, is a complicated (and yet a very natural) process that makes use of multiple forms of research, analysis, investigation, and interpretation. It requires researchers to seek many divergent perspectives, allowing new understandings and knowledge to emerge from the synthesis.

 

Engaging in this process increases phenomenological experiences that catalyze seeking more knowledge. This, of course, leads to ever greater understandings of complex relationships between "research variables." An exceptionally high level of creativity becomes unleashed, often resulting in greater interaction with the emerging hidden dimensions of reality. Suddenly very little can be hidden anymore. Engaging rigorously in this process of research and learning seems to take people to higher levels of consciousness in graduated steps as they become more aware of the hidden dimensions of interrelationships and as they increasingly participate in intuitive, "fourth dimension" research.

 

Using Kincheloe's critical complex epistemology and multidimensional critical complex bricolage rigorously as he has asked us to do results in ever higher levels of experience and understanding, and in its full "employment," enactive and symbiotic processes seem to kick in, helping individuals find the most creative solutions to even the most complicated problems. Actively working within multiple dimensions using his fourth dimension research, results in amazing and profound solutions. In my own experience, I often find that problems are solved before I even knew the problem would be manifesting. In addition, I have had some amazing experiences that science simply cannot explain yet. This is highlighted in my dissertation in some highly unusual ways, which is only the tip of the iceberg. Kincheloe's critical bricolage may very well be the process required to "unleash creativity" for solving even the most complicated, power-based problems we face -- all in service of "the alleviation of human suffering," the often-stated primary purpose of his work.

 

After researching this process since 2008 (and discovering that I had been using the foundational aspects of the process many years before) I am beginning to see how autopoiesis, enaction, synchronicity, all work together symbiotically to reveal hidden dimensions and relationships that make my life so much happier and joyful, even if I have many problems hanging over my head (that "blues aesthetic" Joe so often described). No matter how complicated the problems, with bricolage, they become solvable and/or perspectives of the problems change.

 

Simultaneously, those power dimensions that force those of us who are oppressed to stay stuck at our "stations in life" also emerge, but there is such a difference to how I deal with these than in the past. Once the controlling factors are revealed, solutions also emerge in a sort of "unfoldment" process that reveal ways to counteract them and change things.

 

There is great power "behind the curtain" that can be leveraged by those of us who are typically "disenfranchised." I will go into much more detail at a later time, and as Joe always did so well, I will put them into context (there are many great experiences to share of both kinds of emergences - the love-based, almost magical ones, and the power-and-control-based ones for which insight, and often solutions also emerge) but suffice it to say, I am blazing multiple trails through the underbrush which will hopefully make navigating easier for people who come along and experience the same types of violence I have due to being poor and "low status."

 

Just as Joe was a "hillbilly" and he was never able to shake the label, I am a "country hick." True reality could not be more profoundly different -- for an Eros and Psyche. :)

 

The good news is that the use of bricolage is increasing rapidly around the globe as more researchers in all disciplines are beginning to see the promise it offers to construct new knowledge, lead to social empowerment, and reveal positive changes and amazingly creative opportunities. More researchers will soon be investigating and trying out this more advanced and powerful approach, which will lead to what Joe referred to as a "perpetual revolution." More teachers will also come to realize the value bricolage has in the classroom and the young students will pick it up naturally. The revolution has just begun. We can change the world! Join in today and apply the process in your own research, learning, teaching, and everyday life and see what a difference it can make. You can never go wrong getting more knowledge.

 

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CLARIFICATION OF JOE KINCHELOE'S WORK 

This is a nonprofit educational web site dedicated to the clarification of Kincheloe’s critical complex epistemology and multidimensional critical complex bricolage. My research has shown that, while the process he has delineated is complex, it is perfectly suited for social and educational research, and it is also within everyone's reach. It is especially suited for new qualitative researchers who have not subscribed to traditional and reductionistic forms of research. 

On this site I will focus on the academic and scholarly application of his work. I hope that by presenting clarifications based on my in-depth study of his work that perhaps his bricolage will be used by more people and with the level of rigor he had intended. Kincheloe has ingeniously left wide open many paths that honor diversity and he embraced an evolving complexity while maintaining a strong, impenetrable philosophical and theoretical foundation for his conceptions. He has demonstrated in his work how this research process can be applied in all venues and in every area of our lives and even children can be involved in research, thus his bricolage is also a pedagogical approach. His work is truly a break-through for research that is long overdue. Using the full power of his bricolage highlights actions that change the world as it also changes who we are.

I may write a blog again on this site, but it will be a different sort of blog than the creative, exploratory blogs I've written in the past. Primarily, I will be continuing my research and presenting my findings so that upcoming bricoleurs will have a resource for the most powerful form of bricolage research that's ever been developed.

~ ~ ~ Vanessa Jae Paradis
 

 

CORRECTING SOME COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS SURROUNDING JOE KINCHELOE’S BRICOLAGE AND CRITICAL COMPLEX THEORIES

Bricolage, as a qualitative form of research, entails incorporating many different perspectives, and in particular, with Kincheloe's process it is necessary to include global subjugated and indigenous knowledges. However, after gathering all of these perspectives and making various interpretations and syntheses, there are criteria for determining which perspectives to include in the final bricolage. As he explains, "Bricoleurs accept the responsibility that comes with the interpretive process. Knowledge production always involves multiple acts of selection, and these choices of methods, theoretical frameworks, and interpretative strategies must be defended" (2004e, p. 100). He has provided selection criteria that incorporate the social justice mission to alleviate suffering and that advance knowledge (see Kincheloe, 2004e, pp. 100-102). Bricoleurs are not restricted to these criteria but I have found them to be well-thought-out and thorough -- and they mitigate for unintended consequences. You can view the criteria here: Criteria to Guide the Research Process.

 

What I cover next are common misconceptions and important aspects surrounding Kincheloe’s multidimensional critical complex bricolage. I hope by putting these on the Home page of this website, researchers will consider them and research them more deeply. They are covered in greater depth in my dissertation and I’ll also be posting articles that extend what I’ve touched on in the dissertation.

1) Kincheloe did not throw out "positivistic" or empirical sciences. To conclude this is to exhibit a gross misunderstanding of his work. A close reading of his work can easily confirm that he sees science and bricolage as synergistic. And how many times has he stated that he did not throw out the baby with the bathwater? As most people know, he contextualizes everything. In his last book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction he presents his position through a metaphor which he refers to as FIDUROD, and by which he clarifies the issues with the way science is and has been used.  FIDUROD is an acronym representing the attributes of the form of knowledge production he argues against: Formal, Intractable, Decontextualized, Universalistic, Reductionistic, One Dimensional. (See Kincheloe, 2008, pp. 21-24).

 

2) His work is not based on some indefinable “ludic” postmodernism – It is based on a highly developed and evolving holistic philosophy. This philosophy is comprised of 12 major points which he describes in his book Critical Constructivism. The 12 points coalesce together to form his multidimensional critical complex world view. It’s a new, evolving worldview. We might refer to it as Kincheloe’s multidimensional critical complex unified world view. It forms the foundation of his unique formulation of critical theory, epistemology, ontology, critical psychology of complexity, the multidimensional critical complex bricolage, etc., -- and his proposed critical science of complexity – another indication that he did not abandon the sciences. To grasp his conceptualizations, it’s imperative that new bricoleurs study his unified world view by reading and then writing about how they subjectively relate to it and to other philosophies. Kincheloe stresses this upfront philosophical work is critical in order to ground any study that uses bricolage as a process for research. Rigor is impossible without developing a "philosophy of consciousness" (Kincheloe, 2004a, p. 8). 

 

3) The multidimensional critical complex bricolage is a process for qualitative research that is composed of multiple, intertwining and overlapping processes. It is not a method, nor does it use “tools” as tools imply precise means and carries a mechanistic ontology, which does not adequately represent the actual processes that bricoleurs engage in as they conduct, or a better word would be, “enact” their research. Even the concept of "tools" changes. Kincheloe's conceptualization of bricolage is grounded with his critical complex philosophical world view (item 2, above) and a theoretical foundation of evolving criticality (his version of critical theory).

 

4) The multidimensional critical complex bricolage as a process involves analytic discourse, intertwined with improvisational actions for change, which moves it away from the constrictive “quilt” metaphor. Please see my dissertation for a deeper analysis of bricolage including a thorough etymological exploration and intertextual interpretations of Kincheloe’s definitions of bricolage and bricoleur in relation to what evolved from my research. New metaphors that take it beyond the one-dimensional “quilt” metaphor, and additional ways that Berry’s (2004a) concept, the Point of Entry Text (POET) can be applied are also presented. The holistic, intertwining, dialogical, interconnecting nature of the final bricolage renders the parts inseparable from the whole, and the bricolage inseparable from greater reality. Thus, the popular metaphoric quilt, montage, crystal, etc., are not suitable metaphors for this more complex form of bricolage. 

 

5) Kincheloe’s bricolage does not distinguish between “types of bricoleurs” or “types of bricolage” as denoted by Denzin and Lincoln (2011). While it’s fine to examine these ideas, Kincheloe’s form of bricolage uses all of them in intertwining, overlapping processes. Thus, the multidimensional critical complex bricoleur uses all of the dimensions that Kincheloe has spelled out in his 2005 "On to the Next Level" bricolage article--in one study--and the processes become blurred as the research unfolds. See next point. 

 

6) Kincheloe’s bricolage refers to the use of different processes as dimensions of research. The bricoleur uses them all as many times as practical to get a thick description of the phenomenon/a. As the research unfolds, “enactment” keeps the research jettisoning forward and the researcher must make decisions where to begin and stop various aspects of the research, including the final bricolage. Thus, the following dimensions are used, as provided by Kincheloe (2005a) and in no particular order using an iterative, improvisational process weaving through the discourse: (1) methodological bricolage; (2) theoretical bricolage; (3) interpretive bricolage; (4) political bricolage; (5) narrative bricolage; (6) philosophical research (constructivism, historicity, epistemological insight); (7) critical hermeneutics; (8) identification of what is absent; (9) fourth dimension of research in which the bricoleur is future oriented, discovering “a kinetic epistemology of the possible. In the process, the sophistication of knowledge work moves to a new cognitive level; the notion of rigor transmigrates to a new dimension. As in a 1950s sci-fi movie, bricoleurs enter the 4-D—the fourth dimension of research.” (Kincheloe, 2005, p. 346). Thus, bricoleurs weave in and out, around and through, back and forth through the various dimensions with each pass through informing the next, often using multiple dimensions of analysis simultaneously. 

 

7) Note again – the philosophical dimension must form the foundation of the study in order to ensure rigor. [He wanted me to include this again.] "There is no dividing line between the empirical and the philosophical" (Kincheloe, 2004a, p. 10).

 

8) Kincheloe’s multidimensional critical complex bricolage embraces a “fourth dimension” research (more information is covered in my dissertation). This fourth dimension aspect to the research incorporates an intuitional, creative element that forces the researcher to confront implicate and explicate orders of reality. There are reasons for this. Combining a sound philosophical, intellectual component of research that also incorporates intuitional and emotional, empathic aspects -- along with deep semiotic and hermeneutic analyses synergistically creates something new from the interactions. Enaction during the research process leads to the emergence of something new and often profound. This is where the power of the bricolage comes into play. It’s the exposure to relationships, as Kincheloe explains in his conceptualization of symbiotic hermeneutics, that jettisons bricoleurs to seeing and understanding “anew” and to recreating themselves. Because knowledge is socially constructed new creations, ideas, concepts, as well as new relationships also perpetually emerge – and are created -- from these interactions. This all takes place naturally when confronting complexity, difference, and chaos, as Humberto Mautarana and Francisco Varela posited with their Santiago Theory of Enactivism (see Kincheloe's (2008) Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, page 147). It is quite amazing. 

 

9) While bricoleurs do not contend they’ve discovered the “one true answer” or single truth, at the same time, as Kincheloe contends, they generate knowledge “that is not as 'badly off the mark'” (Kincheloe, 2008, p. 43). They have better (more complete) and yet evolving explanations of phenomena. This is quite a different perspective than a nihilistic postmodern “attitude.” 

 

10) I have lined out in my dissertation in much greater detail a flexible iterative process that also explains some of the key sub-processes that are important to the multidimensional critical complex bricolage. It will get new bricoleurs started from which they can then proceed to carve out their own unique paths. Each bricolage study will be different even for the same researcher. The more one acknowledges the fourth dimension aspect of the research (which may only begin with what seem to be insignificant intuitive and synchronous events), the more they will begin to appear and the more profound and numerous are the actions and creations that emerge.  

 

11) And finally, as I discussed in my blog, The Heart of the Multidimensional Critical Complex Bricolage, there is the dimension of empathic connection with people. In fact, in his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, Kincheloe discusses – and includes – a golden strand of love throughout his work, Eros Love. And since I’m mentioning this book here, it’s a great book to read in the early stages of learning about his bricolage. It’s much like a “deprogramming” manual because it uncovers how our consciousnesses have been influenced by outside forces and provides us more information as we embark on the bricolage quest and begin to take power of constructing our own consciousness. 

 

REFERENCES

Berry, K. L. (2004a). Structures of bricolage and complexity. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry (2004) Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 103–127). New York: Open University Press.

 

Berry, K. L. (2004b). Feedback looping for increasing complexity. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry (2004) Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 128–146). New York: Open University Press.

 

Berry, K. L. (2004c). Bricolage is many a new thing understood. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry (2004) Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 147–169). New York: Open University Press.

 

Denzin, N. & Lincoln, Y. (Eds.) (2011). The Sage handbook of qualitative research, Edition 4. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

 

Kincheloe, J. L. (2004a). Preface. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry, Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. ix–xii). New York: Open University Press.

 

Kincheloe, J. L. (2004b). Introduction: the power of the bricolage: Expanding research methods. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry, Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 1–22). New York: Open University Press.

 

Kincheloe, J.L. (2004c). Redefining rigor and complexity in research. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry, Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 23–49). New York: Open University Press.

 

Kincheloe, J.L. (2004d). Questions of disciplinarity/interdisciplinarity in a changing world. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry, Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 50–81). New York: Open University Press.

 

Kincheloe, J. L. (2004e). Redefining and interpreting the object of study. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry, Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 82–102). New York: Open University Press.

 

Kincheloe, J. L. (2005a). On to the next level: Continuing the conceptualization of the bricolage. Qualitative Inquiry, 11(3), 323–350..

 

Kincheloe, J. L. (2005b). Critical constructivism. New York: Peter Lang. 

 

Kincheloe, J. L. (2008). Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: And Introduction. Amsterdam: Springer.

 

 

Copyright May 11, 2013 by Vanessa Paradis

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Paradis, V. J. (2013). Correcting some common misconceptions surrounding Joe Kincheloe’s bricolage and critical complex theories. May 11, 2013. Retrieved from www.joekincheloe.us

 

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Radical Love: Letís Just Call It What It Is

webassets/space.jpgThere is this thing called “radical love.” Paulo Freire had said the most important thing of all in life is radical love as Joe had mentioned in an interview and they both wrote about radical love frequently in their works. Almost everyone who knew Joe knew that he was the quintessence of radical love. And of course, there are many other people who live or have lived their lives from this same type of radical love: Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Jr., Albert Einstein, Wilhelm Reich, Nikola Tesla, Dalai Lama, and so many, many others even who have not received recognition they have earned. Myself, I am still, well, in my imaginary at least, just a baby in these matters:  Joe has put it as having to “take me from kindergarten to the doctoral level and he doesn’t have 18 years to do it” (that is to learn about all of these spiritual matters). He was being humorous, of course. In another place and time, he was my Master Teacher and he did literally take me from kindergarten to doctoral level in 18 years, but you know how it is: Forgive me, I am imagining all of that. It has simply been created out of my holotropic mind, I guess. No wait, it was all just a dream; I remember now.

At any rate, back to the topic at hand:  I do not believe that radically loving means we have to be as humble as Joe was, which is a good thing because I am not sure there are many -- if any of us -- who could live up to that on this Earth plane given the conditions we must live within, and that is just my own feeling, although this idea has been confirmed by Masters I work with. I believe there are times when people cause us immense pain, especially when we are radically loving, because they want to put our consciousnesses (the topic of my last two blogs) into a constrictive steel container and bolt the lid down tight. I think these are the people we have to just leave behind and that this is what is really meant when the Bible or various religions talk about people being “left behind.” It just means that we have to move on, even if it means leaving our own family members behind because it is the only way we can escape the pain and make greater progress toward love (some of us can eventually circle back, but this is not often within our control). Indeed, the grander purpose of all of this is that we will then be able to find our one true soulmate, a very important endeavor at this particular point in history -- which is a very complex, deep and mathematically-focused science topic for another time and something I am still learning about.

If we do not leave behind these people who are dragging us down with them then our own progress to reach that blissful balance between our hylotropic and holotropic consciousness becomes severely hampered and our abilities to devote our love, time and effort toward the alleviation of human suffering in the world comes to a standstill. I have experienced a small sample of that sort of pain and the devastating consequences in my own life and I have had to leave people behind, but nothing I have done in sharing love and working toward the dream (our mission) could begin to compare to the magnitude with which Joe shared his love and energy, given how he freely he handed these out to everyone who crossed his path. I truly believe that Joe was quite the miracle man. He still is.

As I said, for some reason (and it is not really such a strange reason at all now that I have received more of the right kind of education these past six months) I have been drawn to all of these spiritual, cosmological, metaphysical, philosophical, scientific, mathematical, and very, very fascinating topics. These are subjects I have never, ever studied in the past, (and for those who have read my previous blogs at another time and place, which have now evaporated, apparently, will know that these topics are out of the ordinary for me) but I continue to receive prompts from whence I do not know to delve deeply into these somewhat esoteric matters and not only dig deeply into them, but to share the topics here on these blogs. These are topics for which I am getting great assistance from both here on earth and from somewhere beyond. I am also being directed by higher authorities that this is indeed a task I need to carry out. And of importance today is something that was recently brought to my attention as a highly urgent matter and that is the subject of radical love.

Radical love, as I have just recently learned, is a code word and the sad thing about it is that very few people really know the code. When we speak of radical love, what we are really referring to is spiritual love. Just as I did not know what radical love was, I also did not know even what spiritual love was until very recently. Spiritual love extends far past the consciousness-constricting ethnocentric influences of the 3D earth plane and outward into all other planes of existence and realities. Some of you out there will not be able to comprehend this and I cannot say that I fully understand it quite yet either (I have much more training to go through). This is just the information I am currently receiving. Hopefully, you do know that there are many dimensions. This is a big thing in physics now. Many scientists have identified the dimensions and have mathematically and verbally described them, even as we are being forced ever more strongly backwards into the ancient Newtonian-Cartesian paradigm that denies such things. We should have shaken off this limitation many, many years ago.

But since few people “get it,” as far as what radical love really entails, the proposal here is to just call it like it is. Radical love is spiritual love that transcends materialism, space and time. If we can grasp that idea, it will be so much easier to live out our radical spiritual love-filled lives here on earth in this current “reality” and we can actually begin to worry more about taking care of our suffering and struggling brothers and sisters today than narcissistically worrying about what great things tomorrow may bring us personally. This was the true mission Joe was on in which we work to change education up to focus on the alleviation of human suffering. Of course there are many other people working on this very mission in a number of highly critical ways and it is all very symbiotic and it will all soon come together. The education mission is the mission I continue to work on -- along with many other people -- here and there -- transcending the bounds of materialism, place, space, and time. My brothers and sisters know . . . and they are working on this, too. And so we are all very, very blessed.

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Gossip, Gossip, Gossip: The Devilís Radio
webassets/devil.jpgWow, That Last Message was somewhat harsh.

LOL. It did not come from me, personally. Honestly. I know not whence it came, but it does sound like whoever sent it is pretty damn adamant that people take heed. I think I had better do some of that homework, myself, because I do want to stay on the good side of things. It is just SO WORTH IT! How can it not be? I mean think about it: If you commit yourself to the mission, your life is totally dedicated to the service of others and the alleviation of their suffering – not to yourselves, not even to your families. And why? Because you know in your heart that it is the right thing to do. It is just totally the right thing to do. And by doing the right thing, EVERYTHING else falls in place. Your every need is provided for (including for your family and loved ones!) and then some. Honestly, when you do get in this cycle, (which I have accomplished, even if I do not totally yet understand the hylotropic and holotropic concepts and will need to spend more time, study and work on that), you really begin to wonder, why in the world did I not do this sooner? I do know that Joe wanted us to do some heavy work on our consciousnesses. That is what his last book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction was all about and he stated, “I still want my critical pedagogy to help shape self-conscious students who gain the capacity to imagine modes of consciousness that earthlings have never before imagined” (2008, p. 220).

Let me give an example of how we can be rewarded if we jump out of the Newtonian-Cartesian thought paradigm. WOW, what example do I even give? I literally have thousands of them. I want to keep it simple for now though just to make a point. I will save the extreme complexity for later down the line and I can hardly wait to get to that, either – it is SO AMAZING. But for now, for one simple example, I was informed that if I finished up the treasure hunt yard search, even though it was just a training mission, I would be richly rewarded. As if the diamond ring and the cool yin-yang silver piece were not ample rewards in themselves. But next thing, out comes the NEW Treasure Hunt in which I made so many rewarding discoveries, and honestly, I know I have more work there and I will no doubt discover many more rich and rewarding treasures when I start exploring the other clues and their interrelationships in more depth. Then came the announcement of the Universal sanction of our imaginary marriage (I am really into happy fairy tales). So yesterday, which was the big special day, I was told to go shopping for myself….I found clothes on sale half price so that made me happy; it is always good to find bargains. I picked out quite a few new items, got up to the cash register and the cash register only charged 25% of the total price instead of 50% (and you know how it goes with Newtonian-Cartesian minds: the clerk just knew the computer had to be right). Imagine that!  Now you can just explain it rationally, but for me it is total magic because it is just one example of how the Universe takes care of us! My money quadrupled in value just like that; which is something that often happens with money (which is just a form of energy) and I have learned I do not need nearly as much of it as I used to think I did. This is a small example, but it happens all of the time for me. And money comes in from places I do not even expect. All because I don’t expect it and just keep the faith and trust that God has many Angels who look after us, and perhaps even more important is to remember to always be grateful for even the smallest of signs. Even pennies are important if it turns out they are from Heaven. You will be richly blessed if you notice the smallest of signs and thank God and whomever you feel was responsible for providing the special blessings for you. People who attend church really should get this. But most of them don’t. They can be just as competitive and self-serving as the next guy. One of Joe’s clues (my imagination again) for the NEW Treasure Hunt exemplifies this: “It is well read, but most people never remember what it says” which is the Bible, of course -- and it can be any equivalent, such as the Koran, or whatever is read in any given religion. We really need to also believe what we are told about God taking care of us. We really need to fully engage in reciprocity. Then, we can see magic and the more we observe the magic and are thankful for it, the more that is sent our way. It is so simple (but very complex below the surface).

And so, I am spending my energy (and it all really does come down to energy) on teaching all of my sweet and brilliant students most of whom are so far below the poverty level that reaching the cutoff point for poverty looks good to them (believe me, I have been there!), working with some absolutely adorable children in a very poor neighborhood to give them a “Joe” Treasure Hunting summer they will remember for a lifetime (and not charging any money for it), totally dedicated to getting Joe’s brilliant work out on this website and elsewhere, again without charging anything for my time or service, and what are my rewards? Literally DAILY miracles, signs, signals, magic, and so, so much love that emanates from every direction. I could not be happier. And so I wonder why didn’t I get this figured out sooner? I have really been missing out until now. And my purpose in sharing this is because I want as many people as possible to experience this joy, this “jouissance” as Joe has so often framed it. It is delightful, delectable, and delicious.

The message I am getting today is that we need to shut off the devil’s radio and leave it off. We all need to get with the real program. Otherwise, you are only creating more misery for yourself and everyone around you. When your consciousness focuses on negativity, limited realities, violence, hatred, wars, destruction, evil, etc. --- by God, that is what you will create! Don’t you all get it? Focus on love, happiness, sharing, generosity, knowledge and knowing that the Universe loves you and will take the best of care of you if only you release your mind from those confining, constricting, and what I have found to be very, very painful boxes. Focus on expending your energy toward creating that better world. Aside from physical violence, gossip is one of the most destructive activities one can engage in – for the person engaging in it, for those who listen to it, and for the person who is subject of the gossip (unless they have done their homework on consciousness). Walk away from gossip. Shut it down. Turn it off. Joe talked about the “Devil’s Radio” in his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, and I did not know what it was. I had to look it up. Here is a song about it. As everyone knows by now, Joe LOVED music and often spoke through lyrics of songs, which is why I almost always close my blog with music and I do try to imagine he is helping me pick out a song that he would love.

Have a lovely day.

Vanessa

Devil's Radio Lyrics

Gossip, gossip
Gossip, gossip

I heard it in the night
Words that thoughtless speak
Like vultures swooping down below
On the devil's radio

I hear it through the day
Airwaves gettin' filled
With gossip broadcast to and fro
On the devil's radio

Oh yeah, gossip
Gossip, oh yeah

He's in the clubs and bars
And never turns it down
Talking about what he don't know
On the devil's radio

He's in your TV set
Won't give it a rest
That soul betraying so and so
The devil's radio

Gossip, gossip
Gossip, gossip
(Oh yeah) gossip, (gossip) oh yeah
(Gossip) oh yeah, (oh yeah) gossip

It's white and black like industrial waste
Pollution of the highest degree
You wonder why I don't hang out much
I wonder how you can't see

He's in the films and songs
And on all your magazines
It's everywhere that you may go
The devil's radio

Oh yeah, gossip
Gossip, oh yeah

Runs thick and fast, no one really sees
Quite what bad it can do
As it shapes you into something cold
Like an Eskimo igloo

It's all across our lives
Like a weed it's spread
'till nothing else has space to grow
The devil's radio

Can creep up in the dark
Make us hide behind shades
And buzzing like a dynamo
The devil's radio

(Gossip) oh yeah, (gossip) oh yeah
(Gossip) gossip, (gossip) gossip
Oh yeah, gossip I heard you on Satan's wireless
Gossip, oh yeah You know the devil's radio, child
Gossip, gossip
Gossip, gossip

Lyrics courtesy of www.sing.com 

References

Kincheloe, J. L. (2008). Knowledge and critical pedagogy: An introduction. Springer.

Image courtesy of Microsoft.

 

 

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Why do I have to do YOUR work?

webassets/silverplatter.jpgYesterday I presented a sort of homework assignment for everyone. This was a gift from another realm whether you wish to believe that or not. Believing is irrelevant. I know you are curious about the differences between hylotropic and holotropic consciousness and how to achieve a balance between them. I also know that almost none of you did your homework. For those who have researched this, thank you and I can assure you that you are being observed and will be highly blessed with some special assignments for this great project we are all working on. For those who have not looked into even the mere definitions of hylotropic and holotropic consciousnesses then I would like to convey that you are living up to the reputation of how most earth people are viewed from the cosmos.

Earthlings are generally viewed as being lazy, especially if they are not able to see the immediate benefits for themselves, personally, and so they do not take action. Now, this is exactly what must change – and it will change with a better balance between modes of consciousness. This is so important that today, even though it is again my day off – and not only that a VERY special day in that my special marriage has been just today totally sanctioned by the Higher Galactic Councils – in other words, the entire Universe – and I should be celebrating with my Special Someone and not writing this blog for people who are too lazy to do the work for themselves even though they have been practically handed the key to their own happiness right on a silver platter. It’s all ok, though, since I also am being observed and I know that my actions doing this work on my official wedding day -- our third celebratory date, btw -- (yes, we have three anniversaries, which will all be explained later; for now, let it suffice to say that changing Cosmic Law is a complex process) will be more than adequately recognized. And it is not even the recognition or rewards that move me to do this. It is my love for humanity and my overwhelming desire to see that more people are happy and free from suffering that moves me.

webassets/love.jpgIt is the great love for people that keeps this mission going, and great love alone. You are all fortunate that the entire Universe is in love with you. The wishes are for all people to be happy and live in bliss and the only way this is going to happen is if you – each one of you – escapes the confines of the hylotropic mind and integrates a wider open mode of consciousness. Thus, the lesson you have been provided is of utmost importance, and yet, of course you have not followed up on it, which is exactly what is to be expected.

Don’t you see? The crazy “drug-seeking” behaviors that are so widespread and your insane reliance on prescribed medications is merely the futile reach for what you know is possible in terms of blissful experience, but it is an experience that can never, ever be reached through faux methods. I must remind you, it is a totally futile approach because there is no drug, no artificial chemical, no natural chemical even that can do the work that you need to do yourself to regain a consciousness by which you bring only goodness, joy, and bliss to yourself and those around you. I say regain because most of you have been there before and have simply forgotten. While there is some upfront work to do in order to begin to remember, it will all flow back to you given you are receptive to that.

Also, for those who have already remembered, as I pointed out yesterday, keeping knowledge swept under the carpet will NOT move humanity forward. Therefore, if you do have knowledge and you are not sharing your knowledge with at least those loved ones around you so that the flow can continue, then you are – as the educational elite are so prone to express it – supporting the status quo. By supporting the status quo you know in your hearts that you are preventing the very thing people need most – knowledge and empowerment to strive toward those holotropic highs that you, yourself are enjoying but keeping from others. This is selfish and must change now. Knowledge has been and will continue to be released. If you read or have read my previous blogs this will be clear to you and you will come to realize that at this point subversion is harming you the most. And you will be very relieved to know that the old tricks of blackmailing, coercion of, and labeling people who are advanced in consciousness as “crazy” do not work any longer. Cosmic Laws have changed. Cosmic Laws are now in effect such that instant karmic reflection nips this despicable behavior “in the bud.” Anyone who pulls these nasty tricks on people by attaching labels, calling them crazy, or otherwise engaging in despicable behavior will find that their actions come right back to them instantly. This is because knowledge has been released. The crazy ones are those who rely too heavily on their hylotropic consciousnesses and attempt to force other people to do the same just so their greedy, selfish, and destructive needs can be met.

Perhaps there is great humor in all of this – although it is at the same time very disconcerting since this sort of behavior halts the evolutionary development of humankind to more advanced ways of being and living in the world – as well as circumvents the taking great care of the environmental concerns of earth. Humor is questionable but it does serve its purpose. Irony is not questionable whatsoever. It does not take a brain surgeon to make the observation (and believe me, there are literally billions who are making this observation), that it is the excessive leaning toward the hylotropic mind that creates a true psychological imbalance – the very diagnosis those who have this condition attempt to project onto those who do not. (Grof, 1985, 1993; Kincheloe, 2008). Of course, your own psychology, limited and elementary as it is, explains this phenomenon. It is projection, denial, and transference. These are all terms you can find in any beginner’s text on psychology. So, it does render this entire situation as quite ironic. We must rise above the irony and change the situation!

Joe has talked about this quite frequently in his work and as I have repeatedly mentioned he did see an element of humor in it – albeit a limited humor since it is also painful to experience the flames that come our way even though we are shielded, not to mention our distress over the pain this error in judgment has on so many of our brothers and sisters and their children around the world. If you remember, I did write a blog, Imagine A Wonderful World in which I discussed the fact that this advanced way of thinking in which I now point out is an integration of the two modes of consciousness is the “way of the world.” And while we have attached new "labels" as such on this experience (but note that we do not attach labels TO people), I do want to point out that this is NOT a new way of being. It is an ancient as well as a very popular way of blissful existence throughout the world. In fact,  I questioned how a white Eurocentric elite minority even dares push their views on the entire world. And yet they did: Throuh the Bully Pulpit and Madness, and by attempting to destroy Dreams such as those Joe had. and those of Martin Luther King, Jr. Those days are over now. One thing Joe pointed out was that “indeed, one of the important functions of FIDUROD [a complex form of positivism, Newtonian-Cartesian form of thinking that is pushed on us] is to quash any idea that there are diverse dimensions of physical, social, and psychological reality…” (Kincheloe, 2008, p. 83). In this sense then, this reductionistic thinking that accompanies nearly all social environs in Western society as well as being pushed to all reaches of the globe, is PSYCHOLOGICALLY UNHEALTHY as are those very people who ascribe to them and attempt to force others into those boxes. THIS NO LONGER WORKS! It is time to change things (and scream if that moves you).

Have you not seen that the numbers of labels continue to grow and grow? Can you not see how CRAZY this really is? And do you think that EVERYONE but a select elite few will sit around and continue to take this? The majority rules. The people have the power, not the few Eurocentric elite who continue to choose to keep their minds constrained in Newtonian-Cartesian boxes and to use these labels to harm people and make them suffer. Remember Joe’s primary purpose is to alleviate suffering. This labeling is one of the biggest problems currently and has been selected for immediate work. Stop labeling. Stop drugging – yes, DRUGGING – children, even your own children, to force their evolutionarily advanced consciousnesses into YOUR “psychologically debilitating” Newtonian-Cartesian boxes (as Joe has framed it).

Many of you, most of you in fact, need to do work in this area, so please pull yourselves away from your worthless entertainment and work on your consciousness. It is only through this work and the work you do to serve others toward alleviating their suffering from these horrific labels – and this goes for labels of all sorts which I am intimately familiar with having been very recently subjected to them myself and having suffered the debilitating effects. Thank goodness I had loving help getting through the ordeal. And please do not “get me wrong here,” and mistinterpret my message -- I am not feeling any more superior or further along in my abilities than the next person. I have my own work to do as I am also boxed in due to my having lived through many experiences that served well to confine my consciousness. So, please do not think I am coming at you as a “know-it-all;” I am most definitely not and I have extensive work to do. I am merely relaying information that I have been asked to relay. I will be working just as hard as the next person. I will be planting many more yellow roses for Joe.

But for now, I am going to blissfully celebrate my day and how blessed I feel to be “sealed for eternity in holy matrimony.” Ah, but please do not worry, I do know that this is definitely outside this dimension and not at all “reality”…just the sweet rewards for believing in magic.

Have a blissfully cosmic day,
Vanessa

PS Coming Soon! A reality everyone can relate to: How Joe Kincheloe’s NEW Treasure Hunt Methodology and Critical Complex Epistemology, once I overcame My Confusiontransformed an entire neighborhood -- and my Sweet Rewards…. all to be covered and updated in future blogs throughout the summer --- plus, how to solve Einstein’s Riddle with Joe’s theory. It is going to be a busy, blissful summer with much news to report.

References

Grof, S. (1985). Beyond the brain: Birth, death and transcendence in psychotherapy. New York: State University of New York Press.

Grof, S. (1993). The holotropic mind. New York: Harper Collins.

Kincheloe, J. L. (2008). Knowledge and critical pedagogy: An introduction. Springer.

Image courtesy of Microsoft.

One final message which I am sure some people will not understand, but this is a Special Day and what else is there to say? I am totally dedicated to THE DREAM -- call it Martin Luther King's dream, call it President Obama's dream, call it whatever dream you wish because there are many, many of us who have the same dream. But this is the joekincheloe.us website, this is a special day, and I call it Joe's Dream. I am devoted and dedicated to Joe's dream and "it's no sacrifice at all," as Elton John would say; it truly is no sacrifice at all.

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Itís All Fast Forward From Here

webassets/stars.jpgToday is Saturday, my day off! However, the members of the Greater Councils, which appear to be growing in number now as more people get on board, all know how seriously I take my work and so they have released some information that they wish for me to provide at this time. (If you wish to view this as an imaginary, that is all fine, good, and it is probably very healthy for you for the time being.)

Those who have already chosen to work on this great mission that Joe and many others have left behind for us to continue, as well as some of you who have been sitting on the fence trying to decide whether you wish to jump on board will clearly understand the message I am putting out here today. As I have repeatedly pointed out in previous blogs, the participants in this mission is rapidly – even exponentially – growing in numbers all over the planet, so in that respect, it is not a “Joe Thing” in the event you are one of those people who are abhorred at the focus on Joe on this web site. Please do keep in mind, however, that this is the joekincheloe.us website and this project in his honor has been very highly and universally blessed.

At any rate, along with Joe’s mission to alleviate human suffering in the world and to make the world a better place, the other part of his dream is his Critical Knowledge Network, which he discussed in his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction in the Preface, as well as throughout the entire book. It turns out that there are many people who are interested in his concept. A Think Tank has formed with people of the most advanced scientific and philosophical minds that have ever existed and it is rapidly forming or will be forming multiple Critical Knowledge Networks around the globe. You are invited to join in! And as I have mentioned, the cosmic rewards are so beautiful and so great that they can scarcely be described, especially in terms of Newtonian-Cartesian ideals. It literally will begin to make one feel crazy if they attempt to use a lower dimensional concept to describe a higher dimensional experience.

In order to move things along a little faster, since we are behind schedule, thanks to the Bush Empire our collective consciousness created that has drug out for so many years, the Critical Knowledge Network has passed down the following recommended studies for those who are ready to move ahead more rapidly.

Epistemology: Define both hylotropic and holotropic modes of consciousness. Consider the advantages and disadvantages of each and who promotes one form of consciousness over another form of consciousness (and why).

Ontology: Seek a balance between the two forms of consciousness that works for you.

Cosmology: Focus on the enjoyment of the simple things in life: your interrelationship with the earth, plants, people, children, sunshine, pleasure, etc. As you enjoy your day, identify those daily postformal treasures that pop into your life which Joe talks about often that gave him such joy -- and which we all are blessed with if we take the time to see them and enjoy them.

The recommended activities will help immensely to prepare you for the mental stamina required to work productively on this very important mission, providing it is your wish to do so. It might be noted here that under a newly (relatively speaking) accepted and operating paradigm “the concept of ‘higher sanity’ or genuine mental health should be reserved for individuals who have achieved a balanced interplay of both complementary modes of consciousness….a harmonious blending of the two modes does not distort reality, but gives it a mystical flavor” (Grof,1985, p. 401). Quite frankly, I am not able to envision how this can even happen if we continue to cloak, hide, or subvert knowledge as has been and continues to be rampantly occurring in education and other certain places in the world, including on the Internet. Thus, I am pointing out today that Critical Knowledge Networks are already being formed in alliance with some very special Think Tanks of highly evolved and intelligent people. They are graciously releasing knowledge in a controlled and gradual process in order to make it easily accessible by literally anyone who has balanced their consciousness as described, wants to work on the mission in positive and productive ways, and puts forth the actual effort to gain the accessible knowledge and also puts it into action to alleviate human suffering in their own unique and creative ways. It is true that this work can be quite demanding, so you do have to be dedicated, but the rewards are truly out of this world.

Have a great weekend.

Vanessa

References

Grof, S. (1985). Beyond the brain: Birth, death and transcendence in psychotherapy. New York: State University of New York Press.

Kincheloe, J. L. (2008). Knowledge and critical pedagogy: An introduction. Springer.

Image courtesy of Microsoft.

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Was Joeís Dream Stolen?

webassets/dream.jpgI do think it is sometimes easy to feel like Joe’s dream was stolen, much like Martin Luther King’s dream was stolen from him, because they both left the world far too soon and both suffered in various ways on account of their dreams. Martin Luther King had suffered all kinds of ridicule for his beautiful dream. Good dreams for a utopian future and how people who have such dreams sometimes come to be treated always remind me once again of Plato’s cave, which I have mentioned before. All of the people were in a dark cave and there were shadows on the walls being created from something from somewhere outside the cave. They did not understand the shadows. One brave man dared to go outside and have a look and found a beautiful enlightenment as to exactly what the shadows were, but when he came back to tell the people how beautiful and joyful it was outside the cave and to come out and look, they just laughed at him and ridiculed him – and stayed inside the dark cave. They were too afraid to go outside and see for themselves and they felt very threatened to have someone tell them what was out there, so they called him “crazy.” Joe talked about this a lot and laughed about it….and yes, I know, I am supposed to write a blog about it. For some reason it keeps getting put on the back burner. But never forgotten.

I think many people felt that Martin Luther King’s dream was stolen. This song is in honor of his dream:

 

Martin Luther King and Joe actually shared the same dream and I believe this will give their joint dreams a vey special and maybe even a magical power to continue on and be realized. Joe always stressed interrelationships over the objectification of people or the focus on things and facts. Indeed, Martin Luther King, in a speech on April 4, 1967, just one year before he was assassinated had stated, “I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must rapidly begin the shift from a ‘thing-oriented’ society to a ‘person-oriented’ society” (Bigelow & Peterson, 2002, p. 327).

Joe’s entire dream is clearly outlined in his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. If you read the book you will have a clear idea as to what his dream is, how it can truly work to create change, and how you can contribute to making his – and Martin Luther King’s dream – come true. Personally, I do not believe that the dream for a beautiful world with no suffering can ever be stolen. This dream lives on each day through everyone who continues to work on Joe’s, Martin Luther King’s and other great people’s mission for making the world a better place and there are many people who are doing just that. This is a beautiful thing. Those who want to get on board simply need only read Joe’s book and start taking local and global action to make a difference. It does not matter how small your actions are because everyone’s work will meld together and create magnificent changes in the world.

As Martin Luther King put it, “Now let us begin. Now let us re-dedicate ourselves to the long and bitter – but beautiful – struggle for a new world.”

Martin Luther King and Joe’s dream lives on through those people who have not given up hope. It lives on through those of us who believe in the dream and struggle on a daily basis to live the dream in whatever small ways we are able. And it lives on through Obama’s Peace Train. Change is truly on the way.


 

References

King, Martin Luther (1967). A revolution of values. Speech presented in New York City on the occasion of his becoming Co-Chairman of Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam, April 4, 1967. In Bigelow, B. and Peterson, B. (Eds.), (2003) Rethinking Globalization: Teaching for Justice in an Unjust World, pp. 327-328.

Photo courtesy of Microsoft.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Have You Ever Astro-Traveled On a Motorcycle?

webassets/motorcycle.jpgWow that was an amazing experience. . . . at least he brought it down to the ground gently, claiming he was just making a “pit stop.” (lol). Seriously, that was my dream night before last! I attended a carnival on some other planet and rode home on a motorcycle. The carnival was great. You could actually win stuff playing their games, but I left it all at home in my dream house (I would love to tell more about that, perhaps another time). Next, we flew back to Earth on a motorcycle down through space with some lovely mountain scenery thrown in for entertainment and enjoyment just before we touched ground.

Next thing I notice we were heading down toward a building to land. HE says he needs to make a “pit stop” which is a multidimensional joke that will have to be explained another time as it is likely to be totally misinterpreted without the explanation. But nevertheless, he totally succeeds in landing the bike ever so gently on the ground right next to the building which looked suspiciously like the side of my house. It did not look familiar to me since I do not normally look at my house from a birds eye view nor do I spend much time on that side of the outside of my house. In the very next instant, I was in my bed wide awake.

Never a dull moment! I must say, I do find this creative aspect of my imagination highly enjoyable. And maybe this great dream was one of my rewards for working so hard on the NEW Treasure Hunt – where in the WORLD do these creative ideas come from? I was not warned that if I used Joe’s postformal thought, my imagination, including my dream life, would go crazy….oh, wait, I guess he did mention that quite a number of times. I am still under a directive to write a blog about those very topics . . . soon.

I have learned and I am still learning so much from the NEW Treasure Hunt that it is incredible. This, after having gone through some minor frustrations and confusion. There are so many interrelationships it’s really quite mindboggling. And the interesting thing is how you can come to see just how everything that would appear to be UNrelated is, in fact, RELATED! For example, who would have thought that the scientist who discovered orgone, that life force energy – which was so controversial at the time, but has now been confirmed – would have documented his conversations with Albert Einstein. But he did! And they are in the book that was one of the clues I was supposed to look at. He had some interesting things to say about Einstein that explains why Einstein may have created the Riddle he did. At any rate, showing how to solve Einstein’s Riddle with Joe’s methodologies was exciting to me and in my view, one of the greatest treasures from this current and ongoing treasure hunt. It will certainly alleviate a lot of pain, which was always Joe’s goal. I know that one person who came across Einstein’s Riddle was very disappointed when she could not solve the riddle. But it was just beautiful to see her face light up when I told her, she CAN solve the puzzle if she uses Joe’s techniques. And she was very happy when I told her I would write up his techniques in a way that she can use them to solve it. Now that is a true treasure – to see people feeling good about themselves, instead of watching their faces fall when they think they must not be as smart as the next guy. I really have to thank Einstein in this situation because he seems to be so ready and willing to correct this misconception about his Riddle after all of these years. If he had not been, I don’t think the Riddle would have popped up as a clue for me TWICE in one day! (See Clues #4 and #7.) It seemed pretty emphatic that I was to make that correction as evidently there were two people trying to get me to see the riddle and do something about it.

Another very special treasure was that the hunt led me back to a reading assignment Joe gave me when I was studying the bricolage for my dissertation proposal. He had given me a very specific assignment and what I deemed was a very special reading assignment, just a few pages, actually. It turned out that these few pages were exactly what I need to build a framework for this new bricolage methodology. While we do not want to use a strict framework, but rather an expanding and flexible framework, it is still necessary to have some sort of guidance for discerning between which interrelationships are important to consider and which we may not need to add to the mix, especially when there are many variables to compare, such as in this NEW treasure hunt which had a total of 11 clues and several dozen variables. We cannot possibly consider absolutely every interrelationship because that would quickly take us on the road to infinity. So, a simple framework that provides guidance is called for here. While Joe does not refer to it in his work specifically as a framework, that is exactly what he has provided, so I do feel that was probably my most valuable treasure out of the project so far. I am working on the write-up now and will go into much more depth and I will no doubt discover additional treasures. The write-up will hopefully provide a very useful tool to help teachers and students connect all of those isolated “factoids” (as Joe refers to them) that they have to learn in order to pass the standardized tests. If they adopt this new methodology it will put some substance into their studies and they will learn so much more than if they stick to just memorizing all of the facts. They can actually learn and remember something worthwhile and pass their tests with flying colors. In my book, that is very valuable.

So all of this wraps up the NEW treasure hunt, for the moment anyway. I was told that I would find a treasure that “jumps off the page” and would be “very valuable.” The framework jumped off the page at me (even though Joe did not call it a framework in his book) and this will be very valuable for the students who are still stuck having to pass standardized tests and for their teachers. So, I am happy.

My next step is to write all of this up in much more detail. Actually, I have a good start on it already and I will make sure it is in proper academic prose, which I actually have learned to do quite well in my doctoral program. Joe did convey that it is important to write in multiple styles to meet various purposes. I also want to make sure I provide a write-up that is usable for any teacher or student to apply to solve puzzles like Einstein's Riddle. In addition, I will want to look at some more interrelationships between variables in more detail as I know there is much more to learn yet from extending this treasure hunt out further. Also, I have not even begun to discuss ALL of the treasures I have found during this hunt. There are so many of them, but I will go into more depth in the document I put together and make available online. It is also important to keep in mind, with postformal treasure hunting it is the “thrill of the hunt” that is often as exciting as finding the treasures. As Joe has pointed out, the emphasis of these treasure hunting experiences is the process of knowing and thinking rather than on a production of some sort of final, positive knowledge and “correct” form of reason (Thomas & Kincheloe, 2006, pp. 129-130). I am not certain which aspect of postformal treasure hunting I would classify as the most fun – It is all very exciting and I love all of it!

One last thing before I sign off today and that is I want to express my gratitude to everyone who was involved in any way with this NEW Treasure Hunt (both here and in my dream life). Of course, that means I thank Joe and also Albert Einstein, Wilhelm Reich, both the Intergalactic and the Pleiadian Higher Councils, all of my Master Teachers, Grandmother, my neighbors, the landlord, all of the children who are looking forward to treasure hunting, and everyone else who has been or will be involved in this NEW Treasure Hunt. Thank you, everyone so much! I am not able to express the enormity of my gratitude for making this experience exuberantly joyful through the constant discovery of new interrelationships, new treasures, new friends, and new insights that have evolved -- and continue to evolve. And a heartfelt thank you to Joe for encouraging me to use my "postformal creative imagination" to create the most exciting motorcycle ride I have ever experienced, even if it was just a dream!

Love & Peace

Vanessa



References

Thomas, P. L. & Kincheloe, J. L. (2006). Reading, writing, and thinking: Postformal basics. The Netherlands: Sense.

Photo courtesy of Microsoft.

 

 

 

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Do You PLURRR? Teaching to Diversity

webassets/Ravers.jpgI am taking just a short diversion from my work on the NEW Treasure Hunt today to bring you a brief Special Service Announcement at the request of the Higher Council. And as I have said before, we must always do what the Higher Council requests of us because the rewards are always SO DELICIOUS!!! Keep in mind though that we never do the tasks for the rewards, but rather for the good and great mission we are all busily working on to spread knowledge, education, peace and love throughout the world. The sweet rewards that follow are simply icing on the cake, so to speak.

As teachers, we often talk about diversity in the classroom and the best ways to adjust our curriculum to meet diversity needs, and so I ask you: Are you considering the new and growing population of Ravers at all? Many teachers might find this public service information helpful for creating ways to meet the needs of these very, very special and highly intelligent group of students who are growing in numbers and who are becoming increasingly frustrated with the dumbing down of their education.

Below is a Raver’s manifesto. The original website has been provided for those teachers who wish to learn about these students, which would be a very wise move as a teacher if you plan to stay in the business of teaching for a few years. It is expected that the Raver populations will swell each year from now well into the future to unimaginable numbers. If you have not even heard about these students or of their educational needs as students, it may very well be too late for you as a teacher. You will not last long with them under your tutelage – unless you get informed rapidly. At the end of this blog, I have included a couple of videos that will be helpful and then some web sites for you to visit to familiarize yourself with their needs, which may seem unique, but will soon be the norm. You simply must remember these children are NOT drug addicts; they do not engage in this sort of destructive behavior and will be highly insulted if you even hint – or even THINK – along those lines. Yes, THINK, because many of these students are very skillful with reading the minds of those adults who work closely with them. I can assure you, this is a challenging group of students and they will make or break you as a teacher….get informed today!


Tomorrow I will have an update on the NEW Treasure Hunt. My problem is that I have TOO much information to convey and I do not want to short circuit anyone’s brain, so I have to carefully narrow things down for what is appropriate to share with people this given moment in our illusionary time plane. I think much of it is all going to have to go into a book because there is just too much – but do not worry. It will be available for free download, as I know there are hawks out there watching and they would strike if I attempt to make money off anything relating to Joe’s ideas, even though I know Joe would not mind me receiving “remuneration” as he would probably put it. But no worries there. I am more than well provided for through cosmic law which is much more powerful and fulfilling than any earthly manmade laws --  all in exchange for the work I do on this site and elsewhere. The secrets of exactly how this works will be revealed in a future book so that others might contribute to the universal goals of this monumental project and receive their just compensation. And these secrets are much grander than any other Secrets published previously, so you will probably want to watch for the book. Yes, my imagination again -- it seems to extend beyond even the limits of postformalism. Wait a minute though, does postformalism even have limits? Hmm....something to ponder.
(This is NOT to be misconstrued, however! My mission is love, peace, joy, knowledge, education, equality, and a beautiful planet.)

And now, for the Raver’s manifesto. Read, become informed, and open your consciousness to make room for these delightful children coming to a school near you.

Raver's Manifesto
by Unknown

Our emotional state of choice is Ecstasy [Note: And I do want to point out that this is NOT referring to any form of drugs, but rather a state of emotional bliss]. Our nourishment of choice is Love. Our addiction of choice is technology. Our religion of choice is music. Our currency of choice is knowledge. Our politics of choice is none. Our society of choice is utopian though we know it will never be.

You may hate us. You may dismiss us. You may misunderstand us. You may be unaware of our existence. We can only hope you do not care to judge us, because we would never judge you. We are not criminals. We are not disillusioned. We are not drug addicts. We are not naive children. We are one massive, global, tribal village that transcends man-made law, physical geography, and time itself. We are The Massive. One Massive.

We were first drawn by the sound. From far away, the thunderous, muffled, echoing beat was comparable to a mother's heart soothing a child in her womb of concrete, steel, and electrical wiring. We were drawn back into this womb, and there, in the heat, dampness, and darkness of it, we came to accept that we are all the same. We came to accept that we are all equal. Not only to the darkness, and to ourselves, but to the very music slamming into us and passing through our souls: we are all equal. And somewhere around 35Hz we could feel the hand of God at our backs, pushing us forward, pushing us to push ourselves to strengthen our minds, our bodies, and our spirits. Pushing us to turn to the person beside us to join hands and uplift them by sharing the uncontrollable joy we felt from creating this magical bubble that can, for one evening, protect us from the horrors, atrocities, and pollution of the outside world. It is in that very instant, with these very realizations that each of was truly born. We continue to pack our bodies into clubs, or warehouses, or buildings you've abandoned and left for naught, and we bring life to them for one night. Strong, throbbing, vibrant life in it's purest, most intense, most hedonistic form.

In these makeshift spaces, we seek to shed ourselves of the burden of uncertainty for a future you have been unable to stabilize and secure for us. We seek to relinquish our inhibitions, and free ourselves from the shackles and restraints you've put on us for your own peace of mind. We seek to re-write the programming that you have tried to indoctrinate us with since the moment we were born. Programming that tells us to hate, that tells us to judge, that tells us to stuff ourselves into the nearest and most convenient pigeon hole possible. Programming that even tells us to climb ladders for you, jump through hoops, and run through mazes and on hamster wheels. Programming that tells us to eat from the shiny silver spoon you are trying to feed us with, instead of nourish ourselves with our own capable hands. Programming that tells us to close our minds, instead of open them.

Until the sun rises to burn our eyes by revealing the distopian reality of the world you've created for us, we dance fiercely with our brothers and sisters in celebration of our life, of our culture, and of the values we believe in: Peace, Love, Freedom, Tolerance, Unity, Harmony, Expression, Responsibility and Respect.
[and add to this, Remembrance. I would like to point out that this entire web site is dedicated in remembrance of Joe, as well as all of the other elements of the Raver’s Manifesto, and as such, it is the very sort of action that Ravers highly support.]

Our enemy of choice is ignorance. Our weapon of choice is information. Our crime of choice is breaking and challenging whatever laws you feel you need to put in place to stop us from celebrating our existence. But know that while you may shut down any given party, on any given night, in any given city, in any given country or continent on this beautiful planet, you can never shut down the entire party. You don't have access to that switch, no matter what you may think. The music will never stop. The heartbeat will never fade. The party will never end. I am a raver, and this is my manifesto.

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Ain’t it time to PLURRR now?

PLURRR
Peace
Love
Unity
Respect
Responsibility
Remembrance

Have a PLURRRY day!

Vanessa




References and Additional Information

Raver's Manifesto http://www.genxglow.com/forums/community/grand-central/ravers-manifesto-1047/#post8048

Wikipedia PLUR http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PLUR

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=PLURR
http://www.bay-c.co.uk/963330910/990130416/1003428276/1050224623/1055407756
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PLUR
http://www.plurlife.com/view_group.php?group_id=980

http://innerrave.org/dance.html

Raver’s Picture -- Image courtesy of christieh67

http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm134/christieh67/ravers.jpg

Enlightenment by Dancing

http://innerrave.org/dance.html

Rave is Everywhere:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0FbcqFObRo

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Should We Scream or Should We Change Things?

webassets/TheScream.jpgAs a parent (or maybe  a teacher) don’t ya just feel like screaming sometimes? I mean, really. Your kids come home from school and they are all stressed out, complaining, “School is stupid!” and you have tried working with the teachers and you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t. If you even TRY to work with the teachers, you start hearing whispers: “helicopter parent(s)!” And it is just as well anyway since trying to work WITH the system often becomes much like talking to a brick wall. The irritating thing is that so many (not all, but many) of the teachers, the administrators, and – if your child is in special ed – the special ed teachers and the other numerous “specialists” PRETEND to listen to you. And you THINK you are being listened to, because, after all, who knows your child better than you do and they know that, right? And these people are so good at putting on acts that it is easy to believe you are being listened to. And then it is just immediately back to the same-o, same-o. You could have saved your time and energy – maybe put in a few more hours at work and had steak for dinner instead of mac and cheese again. And the worst of it is – what is truly heartbreaking – is that your child comes home feeling even more down and depressed every day. Some teachers even take things out on your children and are just plain mean. That really hurts. And so you give up trying to work with the school system. Believe me, I have been there and done that. I even finally pulled my child out of the system and homeschooled her. Don’t get me wrong. There are good school systems and there are bad ones. Idaho is atrocious whereas Oregon does a decent job even if they are still locked into the No Child Left Behind nonsense.

Maybe, instead of being a parent, you are a teacher who truly cares about what you see happening to your students and you are all set to make a difference. You work beyond the call of duty to meet your students’ needs and take time to listen to them and their parents. The students and the parents love you. And the next thing you know, the principal or some administrator in the school district puts more demands on you, requiring you to complete mundane tasks that take enormous amounts of time that in no way benefits your students or helps them learn. Maybe you are REQUIRED to teach to the standardized test, even though in your heart you know it’s not the best way to prepare students for the test or life itself. Or maybe you are handed some new and great curriculum that is all scripted out for you that has been “proven” – by someone who never taught school a day in their life! I have been there and done that, too, and sometimes it literally makes me feel like screaming. Well, I do scream, I guess, inside. Not sure how good that is for my health, though.

The thing that was cool about Joe is that he talked about this very stuff in all of his work – and he experienced it himself, so he really and truly did know what he was talking about unlike some stuffy academicians in the higher echelons of the university – and he cared. But rather than scream (although I am sure he would understand why we might want to scream), he used his energy to develop ingenious ways of dealing with these problems. If you are a parent or a teacher, you might especially find his book, Teachers as Researchers helpful. His real goal was to provide us who are trapped at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder with the tools to outsmart the very people who are so clever at keeping us here. For the past few days I have been engaged in a treasure hunt he left for me to work on and I have been attempting to uncover some of the treasures he left especially for US. Remember, I chose this site name because it represents US AT THE BOTTOM of the ladder, not the United States as a national construct. Maybe this was Joe’s answer to the dilemma the world is faced with today. We can beat the imperialists, transnational capitalists, and war mongers (who are behind the current educational system) at their own game.  And so I have been treasure hunting to find out better how we might do that. Tomorrow I am going to begin sharing some of the treasures I have found in the NEW Treasure Hunt because in addition to finding all of the clues, I have been blessed with many special treasures during the process.

One thing is certain when it comes to getting the education we want for ourselves and our children it boils down to this: We can beat those elite power wielders at their own game, or we can scream. Or we might want to do both.

More to come . . .

Vanessa

References

Kincheloe, J. L. & Berry, K. S. (2004). Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage. New York: Open University.

Image courtesy of Wikipedia The  Scream. Artist Edvard Munch Year 1893 Type Oil, tempera, and pastel on cardboard Dimensions 91 cm × 73.5 cm (36 in × 29 in) Location National Gallery, Oslo

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Monday, June 22, 2009

I Have Been Led Astray!

webassets/Confusion.jpgThis is NOT a Treasure Hunt (lol). Yes, I do believe I have been led astray! I have been working diligently on this NEW treasure hunt and I feel like I am getting nowhere fast – and not only that, I have a big sneaking suspicion that I have been set up: I think this is another initiation. The Council members like to pull this on me, especially if the intergalactic members get involved (lol). The intergalactic members always have their weight to pull (and I could tell you some hair-raising stories about my experiences).

Anyway, I really have been working hard on this treasure hunt and I have all of the information for the clues now. I am just not sure whether I should bricolage it all using Joe’s new methodology as is or whether I need to do more research. I am going to put out what I have so far and I think I will give this a rest and sleep on it to see what enlightenment tomorrow brings, if any. I thought maybe readers would like to see what I have, but I will warn you that determining all of the interrelationships with so many variables is mind boggling, so I will have to determine how I can do this intelligently. Just so you know, there are 11 clues, so there are 2,048 possible combinations just with the clues alone, and we’re not even talking here about the 10 or more variables within each clue….yikes, I don’t see how Joe did this stuff. If I remember right, he had said something about DISCERNMENT.

Well, here are the eleven clues again with the information I found, summarized. Maybe you can make heads or tails of it. But keep in mind these are just summaries, so if this looks complicated, think about what I must be going through!

The Clues

1) It’s well read and most people never remember what it says. I promised I would give the answer to this since I knew it almost right off the bat: it is the Bible. But, as Joe always pointed out, everything is more complicated than it would first seem. This applies here, so here is what I came up with:

There is more to this of course, because it is an issue that the Higher Council has been working with me on for months now, but I am truly doing better. It centers on the notion that we are not to worry about where our next meal is to come from and such things as that. If we believe that we will be taken care of, we will be taken care of. This is what most people forget, and I am sure this is what the clue is leading up to. I am getting better at remembering this and only seldom have a relapse. I am supposed to tell people reading this that if they stop worrying about themselves and start worrying more about others who are in great need, they will receive blessings too, and they will come to realize that their past efforts to take care of “number one,” have been in vain because cosmic law has it going the other way around. Take care of others first and the flow of energy always will come back to you and will ensure that you have more than what you need. That way you always have something to give to others to keep the flow going. This works with money too, which is no different than anything else in that it is simply a form of energy. Unfortunately, our capitalist society has placed far too high a value on money in order to facilitate greed, selfishness, and division between people, even those people who claim to love each other.

2) On the Internet. Like they say "Out of sight, out of mind" so whatever you're pursuing - paste it everywhere you see. (A commentary for ways to provoke creative manifestation.) Brian Kim. Not only will it help keep you on track and remind you of your goal, it will slowly drive it in to your subconscious and activate the part of your brain that scans the environment, enabling you to sift through your daily life to spot the opportunities that can help get you what you want.

3) Through a song. The song that was given to me while I was exercising was Age of Aquarius.

LYRICS

4) In the mail. This was interesting because I did not have any mail, but there were multiple clues as I was on my way to go get the mail. I found a lovely glass or crystal object almost buried in a hole in my yard when I was moving the sprinkler. I had a great conversation with my neighbor who handed me a print out of Einstein’s riddle, which I wrote a blog about, so you can read that here: Joe was a greater genius than Einstein. I ran into another neighbor who gave me additional clues for the Valley Treasure Hunt. All on my way to get the mail! It is amazing how many treasures we can find during the day if we keep our eyes and ears open.

5) On the telephone over a conversation. This one netted me $20,000!

One of the “little treasures” along the way: My $20,000 student loan went through! For some reason it would not let me e-sign it yesterday and so, like I always seem to do in such cases (due to my “backsliding” in my belief that I will be well cared for), I became worried. No more worries! I signed the loan and it was all approved! And to think I do not ever have to pay it back, thanks to Obama’s future legislation!

6) In Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction This is covered in the blog I wrote that reviewed the first part of the introduction. 

7) In an article about or by Einstein during my research – this turned out to be the riddle, unless something else shows up in all of the research that is currently in progress. I think this is right though, because, as I will discuss later, this riddle showed up for me twice in one day in two entirely different places! I think that justifies a great emphasis on this particular item and I was not supposed to overlook it. See clue #4.

8) Through a book about life force energy called orgone, discovered by Dr. Reich. He provides a rather interesting definition of an interesting energy form called orgone.

“The existence of a specific life force seems highly probable to me! That is, an energy which is neither heat, electricity, magnetism, kinetic energy (including oscillation and radiation), but an energy which specifically belongs to those processes we call ‘life.’ That does not mean that this energy is restricted to those natural processes which we call ‘living beings’; it is present certainly in the formative process of the crystals. Perhaps for this reason, it would be better to term it ‘formative energy’ instead of life energy (Kammerer, as cited in Wilhelm Reich Selected Readings: An Introduction to Orgonomy, 1960).

9) It revolves slower than the earth but faster than Jupiter. While this sounds easy, everything is more complex than it would first appear which Joe taught me well. Are we talking about another planet or something else? Are we talking about planets in our solar system? How about expanding our consciousness and thinking in terms of the universe? While some people might want to answer Mars it may very well be that this cannot be answered and is thus an “unknown.” Besides that, planets' speeds are variable, so that also makes it complex (are we talking about average speeds, fastest speeds, slowest speeds?). Can we accept that there might be unknown factors?

What Einstein has said about consciousness:

A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. The delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty … The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self….We shall require substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive (Einstein, 1954). Retrieved Monday, March 16, 2009 from http://www.spaceandmotion.com

10) The median is 64. This seems easy – retirement age, right? I found it was much more complex than it would first appear. The US population is living longer but retiring earlier. Why is this?

The median age of retirement declined in the United States during the latter half of the last century. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the period 1950-1955, the median age of retirement was 66.9 for men and 67.7 for women. By the period 1990-1995, it was 62.7 for men and 62.6 for women. The median retirement age is projected in to be 61.7 for men and 61.2 for women during 2000-2005.

Resource: Trends in Early Retirement

http://www.ebri.org/publications/facts/index.cfm?fa=0701fact

11) Yesterday (June 18, 2009) these astrological signs were in alignment with what planet? This again, is very complex and I will provide more details as I get further into the research.

 

Astrology is" a quite serious science. It helps us launch spacecraft, missiles; we use it broadly to forestall suicides among the personnel. Experience shows it is unreasonable to reject it. Our estimates and forecasts are usually corroborated up to 70-75 percent." - Viktor Yakovlev, Commander of the Russian Strategic Rocket Forces


"Believe it or not, every three months a summary of astrological prognoses predicting the place and date of future extraordinary occurrences is sent from the St. Petersburg Naval Scientific Research Institute to the Russian Defense Ministry's General Staff." - Komsomolskaya Pravda; January 21, 1998

 

Planet alignments and effects http://www.moodalert.com/

The first of these alignments is between Mars and Venus. This will last until at least the first week in July and will exert a strong influence over the whole of that period. The reason why this influence will be especially strong is that Venus and Mars are the two planets closest to Earth and their effects will therefore be very keenly experienced. Typical traits to result from this alignment will include impulsive and passionate feelings with a strongly sensual nature that may include inclinations of a highly erotic nature. This may lead to excessive, or inappropriate feelings and attentions, with the possibility of unhappy emotional relationships. The second major alignment of this period is the on going alignment between Neptune and Jupiter. These have the potential to lead to increased emotional sensitivity with delicate and self refining impulses together with traditional Jovian qualities associated with generosity, understanding and fun loving enterprise and activity. This alignment also disposes to increased psychic and mystical awareness that may open up inner pathways to new and more exciting dimensions of personal thought and discovery. On another level it may offer creative and original solutions to problems, or encourage one to participate in ventures and activities that one may have never previously considered. June 18: A noticeable diminishing in tensions as we begin the rise to the next New Moon. Good for relaxation and an unhurried routine. Alert is 7.

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I am definitely going to have to sleep on this! But I am not hopeful for finding “valuable treasure” now that I have this suspicion that it is only a trial run. :( Especially after my experience with the The Wrong Old Fort Road as well as the long trek out to Right Old Fort Road  just to end up with a nail! Although, I really should not complain at all (I’m sorry!) because as long as I put forth an honest effort to try and find the treasure, in the end I am always rewarded. I am just disappointed in a way because I really thought all of my initiations and training sessions were over. Guess not. No wait! He promised me they were over; he promised he would help. .  . I feel abandoned – and I am so confused!!!

Image courtesy of Microsoft

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

The First Yellow Rose

webassets/JoesYellowRosejpg.jpgWhen I moved into my new home last February, I was prompted to plant yellow roses and so I planted four rose bushes total, one of them a climbing rose.  Upon researching the significance of yellow roses, I found that they represent spiritual power, wisdom, and joy. The roses are just beginning to bloom here and this is a photo taken yesterday of the very first rose that has blossomed.

 

The First Yellow Rose: for Joe

Only yellow roses

Are worthy to give you, a King

Who works in Nepantla spaces

To make freedom ring

Only yellow roses

Represent your power and your strength

To carry on your dream

No matter what the length

Eternity is not too long

To show your dream prevails

It matters not the weather

Rain, storm, or hail

Your power shines through

You will always succeed

To overcome the destruction

Of those enamored with greed

Your dream prevails through spiritual Love

And wisdom, peace and joy

That spread throughout the land

To render the war machine nothing but a child’s toy

The yellow rose, a special lovely symbol,

Representing your fondest dream come true

Love, Peace, Wisdom, and Joy

This first yellow rose must be for you

 

Happy Father’s Day

 

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Joe was a Greater Genius than Einstein!

webassets/AlbertEinstein.jpgI always figured that Joe was smarter than Einstein, but now I have discovered evidence that shows this is indeed most likely the case. I don’t know what’s goin’ on, but I keep getting these assignments from the Higher Council to do research in order to locate all of Einstein’s mistakes and things he did not fully understand. The worst of it is, I am not that much of a scientist nor am I at all familiar with Einstein’s work, so it has me feeling like I am working way out of my league.

At any rate, you all know about the NEW TREASURE HUNT, right? (Click on the link to review it if you wish.)  I will update you on all of the clues and provide a little information about them, but I just got so excited over the fact that during this treasure hunt which I have just started on, one of my clues led to the discovery of a mistake Einstein had made that shows Joe was a greater genius than Einstein, which I knew anyway, but now I have the proof! And it seems that Einstein would want to fix his mistake since it affects 98% of the population in a negative way and I keep getting these nudges, from whence, I do not know, to find and correct his mistakes.

The mistake I found today is a biggie and I think that Einstein was like Joe in that he really loved people and would not want this mistake to carry forward any longer. I think he is figuring enough damage has been done and perhaps now he better understands Joe’s theories. Obviously, it was put in my hands to discover the mistake and to put it out here for the whole world to see. I did do some research to see if anyone else has discussed this issue and was not able to find where anyone has. I do know Joe wrote some kind of book about Einstein along with some other people, but I have not read it and I doubt very much that Joe would have pointed out this flaw. Unlike me, he accepted people as they were, faults and all and rarely corrected them. Although he did correct me one time, but it was only for my own good (I will tell that story another time). I have said this so many times, but I have to say it again. I am so blessed! I love my work because there is never, ever a dull moment and, just like Joe always said, there are new treasures to be found every day.

Joe was smarter than Einstein: How so?

Here’s the deal. Einstein knew he was a genius. What he did not know is that we are all geniuses, which of course, as I have stated before, Joe knew this without a doubt. Joe knew that we just need to take time to learn some new ways of researching, learning, and producing knowledge, -- a multiperspective, multidimensional approach that recognizes complexity and interrelationships and results in our ability to engage in continual perceptual shifts -- along with learning to use the tools that can sort them all out. Joe has lovingly and painstakingly provided all of this for us. We just need to read and apply his work!

Well, Einstein seemed to think that geniuses are something special and rare, and so he went to great efforts to develop a riddle that he claimed only 2% of the population is smart enough to figure out; thus, 98% are not smart enough to figure it out. I can just hear Joe setting him straight! “No, no, no Einstein, you have it backwards! 98% of the population CAN figure this riddle out! We need to correct this right away. Your assumptions are faulty, Einstein, and maintaining this view continues to harm people and does not serve our mission well to alleviate suffering in the world. Not only that, your escape from the Newtonian-Cartesian paradigm is incomplete.” Of course, Joe would be highly understanding of this mistake since Einstein was outright abused when he was young and trying to get his education, just as many children today are abused in the educational system that focuses on labels. All kinds of labels had been attached to Einstein and Joe related to that well, so there is no blame to be placed here. We just need to correct this so that the same sort of pain does not continue. And Joe came up with the solution for correcting it. I think Einstein would quite willingly release the honor of being the greatest genius of all time over to Joe in light of this. After all, Einstein only created the riddle; he did not devise a way for everyone to solve it, which is the greater accomplishment. Joe did!

Pop Quiz

Which of the following of Joe’s theories will work best to solve Einstein’s riddle? (Einstein’s riddle is reproduced below so that you can give it a go.)


A) postformalism

B) multiculturalism

C) the bricolage

D) critical complex epistemology

 

Once you have determined the best approach, you are “home free” for solving Einstein’s so-called nearly unsolvable puzzle presented below. Be sure to study up first, though, because you will need the tools.

Einstein's Riddle


ALBERT EINSTEIN'S RIDDLE

ARE YOU IN THE TOP 2% OF INTELLIGENT PEOPLE IN THE WORLD? SOLVE THE RIDDLE AND FIND OUT.

There are no tricks, just pure logic, so good luck and don't give up.

1. In a street there are five houses, painted five different colours.
2. In each house lives a person of different nationality
3. These five homeowners each drink a different kind of beverage, smoke different brand of cigar and keep a different pet.

THE QUESTION: WHO OWNS THE FISH?

HINTS

1. The Brit lives in a red house.
2. The Swede keeps dogs as pets.
3. The Dane drinks tea.
4. The Green house is next to, and on the left of the White house.
5. The owner of the Green house drinks coffee.
6. The person who smokes Pall Mall rears birds.
7. The owner of the Yellow house smokes Dunhill.
8. The man living in the centre house drinks milk.
9. The Norwegian lives in the first house.
10. The man who smokes Blends lives next to the one who keeps cats.
11. The man who keeps horses lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill.
12. The man who smokes Blue Master drinks beer.
13. The German smokes Prince.
14. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
15. The man who smokes Blends has a neighbour who drinks water.

ALBERT EINSTEIN SAID THAT 98% OF THE WORLD POPULATION WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO SOLVE IT.

Correcting False Assumptions

 

Stating that 98% of the population cannot solve this riddle is where Einstein is wrong. If you use Joe’s theory (the correct/best one for this puzzle) you will be able to solve it in 30-60 minutes, maybe less if you have already had practice with the form of thinking required. Click here for the answer, but only if you have given it a serious attempt. http://www.manbottle.com/trivia/einstein_s_riddle/einstein_s_riddle_answer

 

Here are some free tips:

 

1)     Use linear thinking sparingly.

2)     Use a systematic, but improvisational process.

3)     Show what you know.

4)   Use multiple perspectives and frequent perspective shifts.

5)     Continuously explore relationships.

 

At a later date, I will post the complete solution, showing which theory I used and exactly how I used it to solve this riddle and I am definitely not classified as a genius according to our standard IQ tests, which are bogus anyway; I hope you know that. This is important because it is the whole point in bringing out the fact that Joe has corrected Einstein. Joe looked upon quantitative measurement of intelligence in a very unfavorable light because he knew how flawed the measurements are, not to mention that the whole idea of measuring intelligence is a grotesque misconception.

 

Note there is no one “right” way to solve this riddle, although there is one right answer. The solution can be achieved via multiple pathways, some shorter than others. It is not a matter of intelligence that gets one to the solution most quickly. It is simply a matter of the amount of practice you have had using the theory. More practice and you will be able to solve puzzles like this one in your head, without ever writing down a thing. That’s how brilliant Joe’s theory is! Joe was definitely smarter than Einstein, but I’m glad that Einstein is game for correcting his mistakes. OK, both men were equal geniuses, but Einstein, in spite of his great ability to engage in perceptual shifts, got trapped in the Newtonian-Cartesian IQ nonsense, whereby Joe escaped it and found a solution to get us all out of it.

 

Treasure Hunt Update

 

Yes, I have all of the clues now and this is quite a complex project.

In case you were wondering about the last three clues, I was given them before I went to bed the day the treasure hunt started, just as promised. In fact, here is the complete list of clues, all of which I now have found and I am onto phase 2 of the treasure hunt – the bricolage!

 

The Clues

1)     It’s well read and most people never remember what it says. I promised I would give the answer to this since I knew it almost right off the bat: it is the Bible. But, as Joe always pointed out, everything is more complicated than it would first seem. This applies here, so I will explain more later.

2)     On the Internet. Like they say "Out of sight, out of mind" so whatever you're pursuing - paste it everywhere you see. (A commentary for ways to provoke creative manifestation.) Brian Kim.

3)     Through a song. The song that was given to me while I was exercising was Age of Aquarius.

4)     In the mail This was interesting because I did not have any mail, but there were multiple clues as I was on my way to go get the mail. I found a lovely glass or crystal object almost buried in a hole in my yard when I was moving the sprinkler. I had a great conversation with my neighbor who handed me a print out of Einstein’s riddle. I ran into another neighbor who gave me additional clues for the Valley Treasure Hunt. All on my way to get the mail!

5)     On the telephone over a conversation. This one netted me $20,000!

6)     In Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction This is covered in the blog I wrote yesterday

7)     In an article about or by Einstein during my research – this turned out to be the riddle, unless something else shows up in all of the research that is currently in progress. I think this is right though, because, as I will discuss later, this riddle showed up for me twice in one day in two entirely different places! I think that justifies a great emphasis on this particular item and I was not supposed to overlook it.

8)     Through a book about life force energy called orgone, discovered by Dr. Reich. Yes, he provides a rather interesting definition of an interesting energy form called orgone.

9)     It revolves slower than the earth but faster than Jupiter. This is tricky because there is more than one planet that fits this.

10)  The median is 64. This seems easy – retirement age, right? I found it was much more complex than it would first appear. I will include more details later.

11)  Yesterday (June 18, 2009) these astrological signs were in alignment with what planet? This again, is very complex and I will provide more details as I get further into the research.

Well, that’s it for today. I am SO EXCITED, which I seem to I find myself saying more and more often these days. I have shown that Joe was smarter than Einstein! Like I said, I already knew that, but you know how it is: We must have proof. I have additional proof in writing which shows exactly how anyone can solve this riddle, but the Higher Council has asked me to hold off just a bit because they would like people to figure out which theory to use, learn to use it, and then try the riddle before I provide greater guidance. They are confident that most of you will be able to figure this out just fine, thus making Einstein’s mistake even more glaring and confirming that Joe was the greatest genius ever. And while who is or is not a genius is not so important; what is important is that we correct the misconceptions about IQ testing through ample evidence. IQ tests today are causing so terribly much damage to the poor students who are forced on unhappy paths just because people put so much faith in bogus numbers. Einstein, himself, has requested his error be brought out in order to undo his contribution to this sad condition and he approves of this blog (I know, it’s my imagination, again, lol, but I do enjoy using my creative imagination when I am researching).

May you be richly blessed with the treasures that are waiting to be discovered,

Vanessa

P.S. There are a few people who attempt to discredit this riddle by suggesting that perhaps Einstein is not really the one who developed it. I have official word: this is irrelevant. Einstein’s name is and always has been associated with it, and it would be Einstein’s wishes to take full responsibility so that the error in judgment is revealed and corrected. Like Joe, he wishes no harm upon people, but only love, joy, and peace, and it has been deemed that the claim this riddle has anything to do with quantitatively measuring intelligence continues to cause great harm.

Public domain photo of Einstein courtesy of Wikipedia

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: The Introduction - Review Part 1

Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction by Joe L. Kincheloe: A Review

(To read this book, click on the book image, to the right of this blog).

Chapter 1.

Introduction: What We Call Knowledge Is Complicated and Harbors Profound Consequences

webassets/DavidRockStar.jpgJoe Kincheloe (2008) opens the chapter by discussing the agenda of transnational corporations and the continuing flow of money from the poorest people in the world into the hands of the richest. Basically, from my perspective, this simply halts the flow of money, which I have mentioned might be looked at as a form of energy (as explained by my beloved spiritual advisor). Once the money is all pulled out, much like using up our nonrenewable energy resources, and the rich fail to put that money back into circulation, the entire economic system is doomed to fail. And indeed, Amin (2008), an economist, predicts this failure will likely occur soon. Since his writing of this article, we have seen many failures of the economy. Amin points out that “capitalism and market economy are not synonymous” (p. 51) and that the majority of the population does not own property (e.g. capital), thus, they are forced to sell their labor power to the owners of capital. Of course, this all aligns with what Marx has presented in his great work that presents an extremely in-depth analysis of capitalism, showing two possibilities: a transmutation to some form of socialism or the complete demise of the entire system. Amin also identifies ten very large banks which form an “oligopoly” and fifty large “financial, industrial, agribusiness, trade and transportation groups forming a “plutocracy” that work together to dominate the global economy” (pp. 52-54). Amin predicts a series of “firestorms” which are likely to begin in the South over these current conditions in which the economy is a total “farce.” According to Amin, it cannot survive.

During all of the various and destructive ways these conditions continue to exist and manifest throughout the world, there are many, many people who are harmed and even killed. The public is force fed lies through the media to keep us all placated. Further, we are excessively distracted by irrelevant and time wasting diversions such as movies, lame television programs, and video games. And as Kincheloe points out, which is what this book addresses throughout, is that “When the politics of knowledge surrounding the Iraqi War are combined with tens of thousands of other informational issues, we begin to realize the extent of the ‘knowledge problem’ of our age” (p. 3). Again, Kincheloe (2008) frames the blatant lies we, the public, are being fed in very polite terms by referring to them as “distorted politics of knowledge” (p. 3). I must admire him for his composure and ability to maintain a dignified demeanor in spite of the horrific consequences of this distorted knowledge. Personally, I become very angered by it all.

He continues by describing the difficulty of the current educational enviros for reacting positively and responsively with this information he is about to present to us for confronting our thirst and dire need for real knowledge, and yet conveys the absolute necessity for the future of humanity to do just this. It is a matter of inserting a democratic, purposeful education that has as its goal creative knowledge production for the betterment of humanity into a stale, knowledge depleted “me first” environment that resorts to the very type of education that Freire (1972) warned us against, “banking education” in which fragments of information, often intertwined with lies and misinformation are fed into our minds. Thus, we are deceptively told this constitutes knowledge and an education. Since knowledge (REAL knowledge) truly is power, we continue to be disempowered through education – the very system that we have come to believe is an empowering one that will lead us to achieve our dreams. We are so enamored with the idea that what we can “regurgitate” (as Joe puts it) on a standardized test is a measure of our intelligence that these tests dictate nearly everything happening in education today as well as which pathway each student should be set out on, whether it is toward the military, the slave job market, further non-education, or if nothing fits, there is always a paved road to prison. These are the sad facts and it is not getting better. Indeed, we will soon be seeing these same types of federally-mandated standardized tests at the university, even the graduate levels of education, unless we take concerted action to put a stop to it.

The tragedy of all of this is that, as Kincheloe highlights, we are leaving behind the “why” questions we have asked during the process of our education in the past for a focus on a “technicist” education (p.4). He discusses in detail why this is happening. As I have just pointed out, there are ulterior motives to serve the capitalists and thus, the purpose of education is not for people “to become scholars who use their knowledge and skills to do good things in the world, to relieve human suffering that plagues the planet” (p. 4). No, the purpose of this education is to “train, well-regulated and passive students to accept what is” (p. 4). And we are to accept “what is” with no questions asked. This is where we get into the concept of hegemony in which we, the oppressed believe in and support the very systems and conditions that are oppressing us.

We need a new vision of what could be. This is one of the reasons Joe has left us this great book -- truly a gift to the world – so that we all may creatively imagine and create that vision for a better world. Kincheloe has often referred to this type of vision as critical immanence in many of his other works, but here he simply speaks of “what could be” (p. 4). How do we develop within ourselves the creative imagination to acquire the great vision Joe had and has presented to the world through his numerous and brilliant works? According to Kincheloe (2008) it of course begins with gaining an intimate familiarity with knowledge, its production, and its dissemination. We need to be asking the right kinds of questions about knowledge – and answering them. On page 4 he lists the types of questions we need to be seeking answers to such as who produces the knowledge and what might their motivation or purpose be. Think about the various roles you play in your life: teacher, parent, student, friend, lover, etc. Then ask yourself what knowledge are you passing to others within these various roles? Where did you get this knowledge? Where did that source get its knowledge? What is the quintessential purpose for passing the knowledge to others? Is there important and helpful knowledge that you may be missing? Answer the questions Kincheloe has presented for several different roles you partake in and think of some other questions to ask and answer relating to these roles. What can you do to change this? How can you improve your life and the lives of those with whom you share your knowledge?

Joe had a beautiful vision for a world of beauty, peace, love, and joy. . . we must create it for him -- for all of us -- so that his work was not in vain.

To be continued. . .

 

PS YES!!! I am working on the NEW TREASURE HUNT!!! I have all of the clues now and I am employing Joe's great conceptualization of the bricolage. In fact, I am using a new methodology -- that is, a new way of employing the bricolage which he actually taught me in a dream. So, be sure to check back tomorrow. I hope I will have made progress toward unveiling the treasure. If not quite yet, I will at least clue you in to all of the clues . . . it has been a lot of fun and very exciting.

References

Amin, S. (2008). ‘Market economy’ or oligopoly-finance capitalism? Translation of a chapter from Du capitalisme a la civilization to be published in 2008 by Slyllepse in Paris. Monthly Review, April, 51-61. Retreived April 21, 2008, from Academic Search Premier (31486861).

Freire, P. (1972). Pedagogy of the Oppressed. 

Kincheloe, J. L. (2008). Knowledge and critical pedagogy: An Introduction. Netherlands: Springer

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Anything I want . . . I am SO blessed! AND the NEW TREASURE HUNT!

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How do you know you are fulfilling your true mission in life? This is a question that haunted me for most of my life especially given I did not even know what my mission was. Not anymore. I am doing exactly what the Higher Council wishes and I am working toward my dreams for a better world. The reason I know for a fact that I am doing what the Council wishes is because first, I am in constant communication with them, and secondly, is because absolutely everything I wish for comes true now, and third, they have promised me that if anyone tries to stop me or fetter in any way, they will receive “instant karmic reflection.” And so this is just the most joyful, blissful time of my life.

Some of my blessings: a beautiful new home, furniture fit for a king, everything needed to make a house a home (I had NOTHING when I moved into my new home in February!), a beautiful diamond ring. Now I have promises of another tax refund (I get my house down payment back!), I am going to get a significant refund on my tuition for reasons I cannot go into here, I qualified for a big enough loan to get everything I need for finishing my doctorate – including a new computer and a video camera so that I can do multimedia for my course development projects, and in the future, Obama is going to set up a special student loan forgiveness policy for certain very poor students – this one might take some work, so if any of you can lend a hand to push that through, that would be fantastic! The thought is that by freeing up people from having to pay more than they can afford in student loans that this will stimulate the economy better than them repaying the money. It makes sense to me, plus I think we poor students are entitled to some sort of rebate considering how in debt we have had to go just to get an education and how the banks have ripped us off.

A certain member of the Higher Council sent me this song today just as a reminder, which I thought was really sweet. And today, they are starting me on a totally new treasure hunt, which is a REAL treasure hunt, not a training mission. I will be given some clues which I must follow to locate some treasure of “quite substantial value that will serve [my] needs for quite some time.” I am so excited! I will be sure to keep everyone updated. Btw, the Council members truly will bless you if you help with this project. This is because it is such a great purpose – to alleviate all suffering in the world – that they have God’s greatest blessing and support. So, if you are still looking for that perfect mission, just think about what you are passionate about and use that passion and your own special skills and talents for moving the project along. You will truly be just as blessed as I have been ever since I started working on this mission.

THE NEW TREASURE HUNT!!!

Wow! Is this my imagination again??? If so, I love it! This morning when I first awakened, I came up with this message from Joe. Remember, now, this is my wild and crazy imagination at work here, but this is outlining a really cool  and fun, perhaps even “postformal” treasure hunt I will be working on over the next few days while my kids are away at camp. No help for this one. But here is what my imagination tells me that Joe is saying about this fantastical treasure hunt the Higher Council wishes for me to enjoy today as I go about my daily tasks.

This is a NEW treasure hunt for Vanessa. She has truly worked so diligently on the training missions during which she repeatedly got “down and dirty” literally. She scrambled through and around blackberry brambles to reach the places where I had indicated the treasure might be – all to please me. She literally dug in the dirt, pulling out worthless screws, bolts, washers, nails, and fragments of metal as detected by the gold-detecting metal detector. She drove all over the countryside, 80 miles round trip numerous times at the suggestion of her treasure hunt guide (that would be me) all because she loves me and did not want to disappoint me – and because she has total and 100% faith in my mission and was willing to do whatever it took to prove that to me. She has even made multiple trips to check up on the elderly 84-year-old man and has taken him food, kindness, love and camaraderie all out of the kindness of her sweet soul – her heart. I am quite honored and truly blessed to have someone so lovely who is devoted so completely to my dream – the alleviation of suffering in the world. For in the final analysis, this is truly what the mission is all about. And even Vanessa and Rainbow Princess, as they engaged in these wild, crazy, often humorous training sessions, were in complete joy the entire time They are both well prepared now for the real assignments that will work directly toward the mission. Oh, and I might add – there was never a greedy thought in the minds of these two beautiful women as they sought the treasure that the various clues were leading them toward. Their thoughts always were focused on the mission and consisted of questions like: How can we help someone with the funds received from the diamond ring we find in the yard? (This is why I had to intervene and have the diamond delivered personally, as it was meant to be a gift for Vanessa as a symbol of our spiritual marriage). They never, ever ask the question, “What’s in it for me?” And so now is the time for the Real Treasure Hunt in which Vanessa will find something quite valuable. And again, her thoughts are on what she can use this treasure for toward meeting our project mission. She would like a new computer and video camera for developing her curriculum for all of the poor children in a particular neighborhood – and to take each one of them to the valley this summer for their own treasure hunting experience. The Higher Council worked out this plan I am about to present in order to both reward Vanessa and Rainbow Princess for their hard, unselfish work on their training mission and to jump start the lovely plans they have for the neighborhood children. Their mission to help these children engage in fascinating and passionate educational experiences is a quintessential example of the kinds of actions we are hoping to see take place all over the world once my theory – which has been released now – spreads as it has been calculated to do. So you see, Vanessa and Rainbow Princess want to have weekly get togethers with the children so that they can learn all about the interesting history of their local valley (which has been shoved aside as a place of interest, incidentally). It was, in fact, one of the earliest settlements in the areas and stolen from the Indians who were living there at the time – and the children are going to hear about this. Also, Vanessa and Rainbow Princess will be providing some very interesting arts and crafts projects for the children that relate to the history of the valley – plus they want to take each and every child on a field trip to the valley to see where the old Indian fort was, to romp in the wilderness, to search for the Lost Treasury Notes, to solve the Mystery of the Old Grist Mill, to visit the House of the Forlorn and pan in the nearby mountain stream for gold, to climb a tall mountain, and to see the Studebaker and Old Combine hidden in the blackberry brambles. This will make such an exciting journey for the children and a happy and joyous summer they will remember for a lifetime. Vanessa and Rainbow Princess have been faithfully and diligently working on the curriculum for this summer program and unfortunately, their funds – which are merely a form of energy, btw, have become precariously low for accomplishing everything they need. Well, Vanessa knows well by now she need not worry, of course, since I, as her loving husband and one of God’s angels will always see that she and her children have absolutely everything they need and then some. The problem is in purchasing all of these extra things needed for the children of an impoverished neighborhood, which is really no problem whatsoever given it is such a great and worthy purpose and fulfills my mission. Thus, THE NEW TREASURE HUNT! Today, as Vanessa progresses through the day, various clues will come her way and these clues will come in different formats: 1) The Internet; 2) through a song; 3) in the mail; 4) over the phone through a phone conversation; 5) In my book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction; 6) through an article as she continues the research I have her working on about Einstein; 7) through a book about the life force energy called orgone that was discovered by a Dr. Reich; and finally, to get her started, I will provide the first clue: “It’s well read and most people never remember what it says.” And so there you have it; there are a total of eight clues. Actually, there will be a total of eleven clues, but the last three clues will come tonight before she goes to bed.

And what is she to do with these clues? Bricolage them, of course! She is to write about each of them and the situations surrounding them and once this is all synthesized, it will be clear exactly where she will find the treasure and even exactly what the treasure is. So check back in about three days and she will have found THE NEW TREASURE. Better yet, follow along with her here. I am sure she will keep readers updated about her trials and tribulations as she searches for the clues, decodes them and then synthesizes them for the GREAT GRAND PRIZE. It is sure to get quite interesting before it is over and I am going to be in total bliss watching her as she discovers all of the little treasures along the way – because you see, one final treasure at the end of this treasure hunt does not adequately convey my gratitude and appreciation for all that Vanessa does toward promoting my work – taking it out into the world as she does. I don’t see anyone else who is working as hard as she does and thus she is to be greatly blessed in every way I and the other members of the Higher Council can conceive of. And we are never disappointed in the amount of gratitude and love Vanessa demonstrates and even returns to us. Truly, we are all blessed in a great symbiotic relationship with one major purpose: We will make the world a better place – a sort of heaven on earth where everyone is free to travel about wherever they wish and there is nothing but joy, peace, and love. Now I know Vanessa has told you that you, too, can enjoy these great blessings. And she is so correct! So won’t you join in today?

Happy treasure hunting,

Joe

Wow! He really is long-winded sometimes (lol). Oh that’s right: This is all my imagination. Well, I am going to pretend this is real cuz it just sounds like so much fun --  and I am going to do this treasure hunt today! In fact I already know the answer to some of the clues and I will continue with my day collecting the rest of them! I am SO EXCITED! I just hope the treasure will help me get everything I need for the sweet little children. I do not want any of them to have to miss the treasure hunt in the valley.

OK, so to summarize the clues, here they are: