HAS BEEN CREATED AND CONTINUES TO EVOLVE
In loving memory of Joe Lyons
Kincheloe (December 14, 1950 - December 19, 2008)
The Greatest Philosopher of Consciousness and Critical Theory
of the 20th-71st Centuries AND BEYOND
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
song is a very beautiful theme song for this website that chronicles my long winding journey back home. Thank you, Leigh.
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)
As Hermes said:
What separates the critical sheep from the uncritical goats is that a critical pedagogy/epistemology also involves
exposing the cultural, epistemological, and ideological assumptions that shape the knowledge individuals produce and the oppressive
actions justified by such information.(Joe
Kincheloe, Knowledge & Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, p. 176)
Joe’s book Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction is available as an ebook. You will never
make a better investment…..we all should be researching with Joe’s important guidance. Since the ending is just
the beginning, you can begin with the last chapter. It may just spark you into wanting to read the rest, as well as his other
works to see how he got there!http://www.springer.com/us/book/9781402082238 No time to read? Right click and "listen aloud" while multitasking. [Note: I make
no money off the sales of his books; my rewards are not of this world.] MAY 22, 2018 UPDATE: I SEE THAT SPRINGER
IS NOT HONORING JOE'S STATED AND PUBLISHED WISHES> THE BOOK IS SUPPOSED TO BE LESS THAN $30 SO THAT POOR STUDENTS CAN AFFORD
IT...AND YET SPRINGER IS CHARGING ALMOST $40 FOR THE PDF EBOOK AND ALMOST $55 FOR THE PAPERBACK! THIS IS ABOMINABLE!! THE
HIGHER UPS ARE NOT PLEASED!!! THERE ARE STUDENTS IN POVERTY WHO NEED THE KNOWLEDGE IN THIS BOOK. LOWER THE PRICE!!!!! THERE
IS NO REASON TO CHARGE SO MUCH! EVEN IF PUBLISHING COSTS HAVE INCREASED, AT LEAST OFFER THE
EBOOK FOR LESS THAN $30. WHAT JOE WANTS, JOE GETS. HE SAID THAT IT IS TO BE LESS THAN $30. RESPECT HIS WISHES. Oh,
and HAPPY TWIN FLAME DAY!! I will have some important updates soon.
November 17, 2019 1:00 AM UPDATE ON
THE PRICE OF THE EBOOK: I can only conclude that either *someone* is insane or has raised the price to keep people from buying
it and having access to the knowledge in it, since Springer is now charging an outrageous price of amost $60 -- for an ebook!! I will consult with the "higher ups" for a "work-around." They always have
perfect solutions....Beloved says "Hi" :-) We will have an update soon.
November 12, 2021 They are now charging a ridiculous
$89 for a pdf of Joe's book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. Folks, there are multiple ways that the elite
keep knowledge from those of us who need it most -- one is by overcharging for it. We will continue to work on a resolution
that honors Joe's wishes (for it to cost less than $30) and his contract. I will be posting more information RIGHT
HERE sometime in the future.
"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)
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
"The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost
parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, a greater
than Solomon is here."
*`•.❤¸King And Queen Of Hearts❤•´
JESUS: “I am the
resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth
in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” (John 11: 25-26)
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar
people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous
light;1 Peter 2:9 (KJV)
“And His books, they breathe the reason. . .and
now I want to know…"
WHAT IS BRICOLAGE?
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.
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
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.
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
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.
All of the information on this website is absolutely free. It is here
for anyone who wants a better life and would like to make a difference in the world.
For the struggle for justice to win on the local level, it must be fought in the
global, the national, and the local arenas. [Kincheloe,
2001, Getting Beyond the Facts, p. 741]
OTHER FREE ONLINE COURSES
THAT CENTER ON JOE KINCHELOE'S WORKS:
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
L. (2005a). On to the next level: Continuing the conceptualization of the bricolage. Qualitative Inquiry, 11(3),
Kincheloe, J. L. (2005b). Critical constructivism.
New York: Peter Lang.
Kincheloe, J. L. (2008). Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: And Introduction. Amsterdam: Springer.
May 11, 2013 by Vanessa Paradis
Please cite as:
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
NOW YOU CAN SEARCH THIS SITE FOR TOPICS OF INTEREST. I HAVE COVERED A HUGE ARRAY OF TOPICS AND THERE
IS A LOT OF INFORMATION HERE TO HELP LAUNCH RESEARCH PROJECTS OR JUST TO LEARN SOMETHING NEW.
to Venus & Sanat-Eros-Enki Kumara's ONE LOVE PATH
and the Great Global Golden TreasureHunt
(Scroll down to read the blogs)
Enjoy our Celtic Wedding (07-17-2014) theme song while you read and look for hidden treasures.
Composer & Producer
- Peter Gundry
MAY 22, 2018 UPDATE. Looks like Peter has chosen the dark side.
We will choose another
song for our wedding celebration.
I will consult with Beloved and post our new song soon. Happy Twin Flame Day!!
Tip Toe through the Tulips with Me: Still “Comping at the Bit”
I requested my song this morning and instantly Tip Toe through the Tulips
by Tiny Tim came to the forefront. Somehow it is highly related to all of the educational research I am heavily engaged in
and how slow education is to change. Joe was so far ahead of the discipline in terms of where education needs to be, it is
incredible. There are others out there, of course, but no one has presented it as completely and creatively as Joe has. I
think tip toeing through the tulips refers to carefully seeking the knowledge that will move us forward and even more carefully
presenting it in ways that will raise consciousness but not defensiveness of those who are not quite ready to change
as drastically as we all need to. This is short today. I do need to attend to my beautiful and brilliant students and then it’s back to work on the
research and writing for my comp exam –still “comping at the bit.”
Tiny proved that you can be your own person,
that you can look the way you want, act the way you feel, and listen to the type of music that makes you feel good. It doesn't
matter what people think, just be yourself!harrypotterphan9
You’re My Everything and the Beautiful Gift of Music Joe Gave Us ALL
This web site is about Joe, his work, application of his work, my interpretation of his work, and my personal experiences
as I learn to apply his philosophy in my everyday life and in my educational work – in my own idiosyncratic manner.
I just wanted to clear that up, in case you get tired of reading about Joe’s work or about my experiences relating to
his work. If that is the case, please do not read these blogs. I will nearly always relate what I write about in
my blogs to Joe’s work or my experiences with him when I knew him and even my hyper-personal transformational experiences
that occur as a result of applying his work in my life. Joe had a powerful way of communicating volumes in the succinct correspondence
he sent my direction, especially when viewed in relation to the music titles and lyrics he dropped in his correspondence to
me. He communicated on a very deep level and, as a consequence, we connected on many levels outside the superficial level.
Spiritually, I still feel that very deep connection with him.
Why am I writing this blog and devoting my life to Joe’s work? His powerful educational
work moved me from the first moment I began reading it and I know that it can do just as he said it would: change
the world. I relate to his work so strongly and I appreciate so much how hard he worked to make positive changes
in our educational system. He never gave up trying to make a difference and in so many ways he did make a huge difference.
This cannot end with his leaving this dimension. We must continue to put his work out in front of the public eye so that it
can be applied in ways that not only make a difference – but in ways that make a huge transformational difference
that touches all four corners of the globe. I am totally committed to doing whatever I can with the few years I have
left on this planet to work toward this mission. My dissertation, which I will begin work on in a few short months will be
but the beginning of this venture. Perhaps I will be able to cover the importance of music in my dissertation. There has been
so much research done about the value of music to the educational, learning, and creative process and we are seeing the
enormously detrimental effects to learning as a consequence of eliminating it from the curriculum, along with the other arts.
I hope that my dissertation will at least cover this to some extent. I am using Joe’s bricolage methodology, so I would
like to cover several extremely important aspects of education that we must bring back. (Bring back my Bonnie to me, lol).
Joe did not want
the music to end, which he alluded to when he wrote: Hell,
“when the music is over, please turn out the lights.” There’s no reason to go on without that pounding aesthetic
to push us on down the road. For some reason I always loved the title of the old soap, “Search for Tomorrow.”
That’s what Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction and its epistemological road trip are about –
acting on the belief that the future will be different, more just, less violent, more respectful of the panoply of inspired
knowledges that people from diverse cultures have produced” (p. 20). Indeed, this last book he wrote seems to be a very powerful statement
for keeping music in the forefront of our lives, considering all of the MUSIC Easter eggs he hid. (There are several Easter
eggs in the above quote – can you find them?) By identifying the Easter eggs he has hidden and decoding them, we are
enlightened to the impact music can have on us – on our learning, on creating knowledge, and in our relationships. If
you have not done so, you might want to download the free manual I wrote that describes just a few of his MUSIC Easter eggs
and how they add another dimension of interpretation and understanding to his philosophy and theory.
This is a true gift! He is showing how we might apply music to improve our lives and even eliminate suffering (I have
heard that Ave Maria, the song in last Tuesday’s blog is healing). He has shown us multiple ways we can bring music
back into every aspect of our lives. I will warn you, the gift is expansive. Now that I have been doing this for
awhile, my whole life is wrapped up in music. How does the music come to me? It comes to me in a variety of ways – I
just “hear” a song title or lyrics or the music starts playing in my mind (I am sure everyone has experienced
this, but it happens to me frequently now, after reading Joe’s book and finding all of the music in it.) I also hear
songs that have special meanings when I am out shopping or running errands. For example, the other day the song, In the Arms
of an Angel was playing at the mall where I was window shopping and yesterday I went to the bank…commented to my daughter,
“I’m goin’ to the bank” and instantly I heard “Goin’ to the Chapel and We’re gonna get Married.” There is significance to that song, but it is for another place and time.
Some special quotations: Music is a higher revelation than philosophy. Ludwig van Beethoven If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams
in music. I see my life in terms of music.
Albert Einstein. Music can name the unnamable and communicate
the unknowable. Leonard Bernstein Love is like a violin. The music may stop now and then, but
the strings remain forever. June
Masters Bacher. Without music, life is like a journey through
a desert. Pat Conroy If you learn music, you’ll learn most all there is to
know. Edgar Cayce Music is well said to be the speech of Angels. Thomas Carlye (source: www.bellaonline.com) Music can change
the world. Ludwig van Beethoven Below is the special song I received this morning. Can you imagine what the world would be like if we constantly sent each
other messages of love through music? And these messages can be sent telepathically – a special skill most of us have
learned NOT to recognize or develop. We need the Internet far less than we realize, although the Internet has been great for
reminding us of what we can do with our consciousnesses if we so choose to develop and use our inherent abilities (Joe does
discuss this in his last book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, but you have to be able to read
that level – as I have often stated, this particular book has been written at many levels, thus it has many levels of
more music in our world – all kinds of music -- it would be close to heaven, in my view. In fact, with more music in
my life, it truly IS divine and my life has changed in some very profound ways since knowing Joe. He has given me many very
special and divine gifts – music is but one.
Enjoy the music you hear today, listen to the message, and send a song to the one you love, Vanessa
Keyboard courtesy of Microsoft. Photos by Vanessa (artist of painting tba).
The chapel is located in Kings Valley. I actually attended the church with my grandparents when I was a very
young child. A song we used to sing often was The Little Brown Church in the Wildwood (click on the picture to hear the music)...Yes,
like Joe, I was a country "hillbilly" LOL....and people wonder why I relate to him so deeply????
The Divine Gift of Music from Joe -- Just In Time to Get Me through My Comp Exam
Wow, today is day one of 28 days to write my comp papers (three questions, three papers). I am so excited!
I have already done a ton of research and I feel divinely guided to just the right information. I keep finding things that
are so profound. For example, it is no secret that Joe loved music. He had hidden possibly hundreds of music Easter eggs in
his books, plus he discussed music frequently, and, of course, he was a gifted musician. Now, it seems that the gift
of hearing music has clearly been given to me, maybe from reading his books and finding so many Easter eggs -- this gift
of music all really started on my birthday (see my October 23 blog). Everything is music!!
A couple of days ago,
when I went online to grade my students’ papers, and none of the students had turned in anything – the song “Where have all the flowers gone?” popped into my mind immediately. Later that day, my son was in the kitchen and said he wanted some birthday cake.
There was only one piece left, so he stated, “Save the last piece for me.” Immediately, the song, “Save the Last Dance for Me" popped into my head. Later,
I was thinking about the DROID still running around in our neighborhood, and the song Bad Boys Bad Boys Whatcha Gonna Do When They Come for You? came to me….this is so cool! LET ME
INTERJECT HERE THAT WMJ SEEMS TO THINK THEY OWN BOB MARLEY AMONG OTHER ARTISTS; WOULD BOB MARLEY APPROVE
OF THIS IF HE HAD A CHANCE TO VOICE HIS OPINION? "This video contains an audio track that has not
been authorized by WMG. The audio has been disabled." WMJ NEEDS TO GET WITH THE PROGRAM. IT IS
A FREE WORLD NOW and MUSIC IS LIFE. WHAT JERKS AND GREEDY CAPITALISTS THEY ARE. Because of their STUPIDITY, we are left with
this VERSION. Very sad, indeed. I want BOB MARLEY BACK!
Life is music! I know this gift of
music had to come to me from Joe! I have never had this happen before. It is really divine; not crazy at all like
some people may wish to think. I love it! Every day is full of music now. I truly view it as a special gift that I have been
blessed with from knowing Joe and reading his work. I guess it was just My Destiny.
And so last
night, I was doing my initial research for my comp questions, and I came to an interesting article which I will no doubt cite
in my paper – and what happens to be at the very beginning of the paper? THIS
PROFOUND quote from Albert Einstein: If
I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life
in terms of music.
is profound, given that Einstein was a genius and so was Joe -- and given Joe wrote about Einstein in almost every book he
wrote. Seems they had a lot in common, including seeing life in terms of music. And now I have the gift! I hope it never leaves me.
so what song was handed down to me this morning? After my dream work on my comp questions and awakening with the desire to
write a paper the likes of which no professor has ever seen, a paper that will be one little step toward change in education,
a profound statement was provided by way of music – thus, the following song, which I came across in a roundabout but
serendipitous way. It, again, relates to one of my favorite quotes from Joe’s book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy:
An Introduction: “Girl, There’s a Better Life for Me and You: The Move to a Critical Complex Epistemology”
(p. 57). This is actually a subtitle in the chapter “From Reductionism to Critical Knowledge.” I had two other
relevant songs provided this morning prior to uncovering the You & Me song – The New Song We Sing and You’re Not Alone.
Update on the Neighborhood DROID: Oops There Goes another One
As usual, with our criminal justice system (justice for criminals, get it?), the real criminals get to go free and the innocents
suffer. I am trying to put this entire incident behind me and just chalk it up as being the same o same o. I have seen it
over and over again. There are people on death row who committed no crime whatsoever – some have even been released
– finally after many, many years of doing court battle. If you have no money, don’t worry: the road to prison
is paved in gold for you, even if you have done nothing wrong. But those who commit real crimes, especially crimes that harm
people in ways that steal their souls or instill immense fear, you can just consider those DROIDS your built-in neighborhood
control by fear criminal justice trolls. You see, while these DROIDS run freely in your neighborhood, the innocents don’t
venture outside much. Instead, they stay locked up tight (imprisoned) in their own homes, and what’s left to do, but
sit in front of the boob tube and get further indoctrinated? What a great way to reduce the cost of patrolling neighborhoods.
As you see, from watching television, things could be much worse than you even imagined or have personally experienced, even
though that was totally atrocious. And so you add security systems and guard dogs for extra protection. Thus, you have the
bad DROIDS out there free doing the controlling and trolling of your once friendly neighborhoods to make sure the good people
stay locked up.
I awakened this morning feeling a little distressed that Detective Looney seems not to have changed his tunes yet to follow
through with arresting the DROID, since I have heard nothing more from him. And so, of course, the neighborhood DROID is still
running free, and most likely will continue to run free in our neighborhood for eternity – or at least until his Karmic
Rewards kick in and who knows when that will be. All of this was so distressing that when I finally did go to sleep last night,
I awakened to the lyrics, “oops there goes another…oops there goes another…” …I kept hearing
the lyrics, but I could not remember for the life of me how the rest of the song went. So I typed into YouTube: “Oops
there goes another one” and the following song came right to the top….oh, now I remember….oops there goes
another rubber tree plant. It’s in this song. Yep, oops there goes another free DROID. So far, at least.
I used to love my neighborhood and my work. Injustice
is a powerful de-motivator.
There's No Need to Feel Down! It's Fun to Stay at the JLKA!
Sorry this is so late. I am not feeling well. I hope it’s not the Swine Flu.
Well, this is different. This morning the song I was awakened
with was YMCA by the Village People. I am not sure of the significance. I think it relates to the Academy
I have been assigned to develop as a part of my mission – The Joe Lyons Kincheloe Academy (JLKA). A school basically
should consider and encompass the global environment of its learners; that is, it should assist with meeting their physical,
emotional,mental, and spiritual needs, and of course it should also honor all people of our earth village.
Somehow this song represents this to me. It is also very upbeat, spiritually uplifting and it discusses these aspects in an
everyday life sort of way. It is so much fun roller skating or dancing to this song… I wrote a blog about roller skating
– I wanna roller skate; he’s got the key. I do think the words to the song should be changed….for example, “Young man….” leaves
out the majority of the population. Maybe YMCA should be changed to JLKA….something to think about. I will
receive further guidance for this, but evidently it was desired that mention be made that Joe really did want an academy that
would be built around his ideas for education.
Joe want an academy? Did he make plans for the possibility of such an Academy? Of course he did! As time goes on,
I will bring out all of the evidence, and it is massive. As just a beginning of that effort, the planting
of a seed, so to speak, that will continue to grow and sprout, blossom and bloom, I will point out that a rather complete
description is embedded in the book I have been citing recently in these blogs.
We often hear or ask the question,
“What is the purpose of schooling?” We do need to get back to that basic question before we can
design schools that will serve humanity and not the military-industrial-complex (or MIC, as many people call it) or the imperialist
leaders.I have already shown that Joe's book Toward a Critical Politics of Teacher Thinking:
Mapping the Postmodern, is not a map of postmodernism at all; it is a multidimensional presentation of Joe’s take
on how we can improve our thinking skills and he explains how we can use a few of what sometimes may be regarded as postmodern
tools for the purpose of lifting ourselves up toward higher levels of critical and creative thinking -- or consciousness
Who would have thought that in this
book which is purportedly a map of the postmodern, is, in fact, a presentation of the foundation of Joe’s idea of the
very purpose of schooling so that one might build the first Joe Lyons Kincheloe Academy?And it is even
endorsed by Henry Giroux and the late Paulo Friere as editors of the book, two other leaders in the world of critical
One might call what Joe has provided here, a framework. I like to look at it as a POET (point of entry
text) from which we can further develop his ideas through his critical bricolage research methodology, incorporating his other
ideas along with our own ideas to fit our particular communities and environments. As with all of Joe’s work, he
never lays out an exact and precise formulation because he respects the fact that we can all think for ourselves and find
our own idiosyncratic paths. In this case, each Joe Lyons Kincheloe Academy would be built on a particular foundation, but
they would have their own final appearance and outcomes that will best meet the needs of the community in which they
have been developed. For my particular community, I love the idea of a very rich, colorful, and royal, but not formal
environment. I am still constructing in my mind what that would look like. I happen to love castles.
of the Joe Lyons Kincheloe Academy, of course, present us with another very divine story, the ending of which is much
different than one would expect. I will cover those and what Joe had in mind for them another day….
I would indicate what page in the book this framework is on, but I believe this
book is so insightful and powerful that I am hoping people will read it, and when they do, perchance they will come across
what I am referring to. There are many more special treasures hidden in this particular book that are yet to be revealed,
and perhaps, if you read it, you will be the first to identify them. For those who do not wish to take the time, as I have
indicated, I will be writing up flexible plans for starting such an academy, and now it appears that I may actually be writing
a book about it, and at that time, I will include this information, including the page number.
Here is the song that was brought to my attention first thing this morning. I do think some
of the lyrics could be improved, perhaps to match what Joe had outlined in his rendition of the purpose of schooling. I am
sure my Master Teacher will continue to lead the way for me….he always does.
GET OFF MY CLOUD!!! Plus PSOA #2 Save the Appalachians and PSOA # 3 Suey, Suey!!
As I have mentioned in these blogs, I awaken almost every morning with a different song playing in my mind….call me
crazy if you wish, but I personally think it makes a great alarm clock…I gave up on the alarm clock I bought because
it is so deficient that it’s unreliable, so this musical awakening is actually quite divine and assures me of a song
for my blog each morning. Well, this morning I had the privilege of sleeping in since it is FUNday but the song was delivered, nevertheless, just in
a different way. The first thing I did as I was drinking my morning tea was open up Joe’s book, Toward a Critical
Politics of Teacher Thinking: Mapping the Postmodern, and there on page 162 was my morning song! Joe was describing how,
when he was an adolescent listening to his music in his bedroom with the base booming rather loudly, his elderly
uncle walked into his room and asked him,“What is that?” And Joe answered, “Get Off My
That was funny and it is the song for today’s blog, straight from Joe… Seriously,
you will have to read the book so that you can get Joe’s explanation of how this relates to the implicate order of things
and how we each define our implicate order in unique and perhaps ideosyncratic ways.
Following this monumentally
provided music for today you will find two Public Service Outreach Announcements. As I outlined two weeks ago, Sundays are dedicated to these PSOAs. Today, there are two issues of equal importance. Truth be told, there
are many more issues, but I do have to limit them and I will be covering more issues, of course, as time goes on. Take time
to enjoy this special music from Joe as you read the PSOAs. Get Off My Cloud – Rolling Stones
only needed three licks; I wonder why the Rollingstones needed 40(p. 15 of Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction).
Public Service Outreach
Announcement (PSOA) #2 Save the Appalachian Mountains: Stop Massey Energy from Blasting Coal River Mountain
This is an urgent call to action. As I have conveyed on this website on the Joe’s Appalachian Mountains page, my activism efforts toward saving the Appalachian Mountains is in honor of Joe and his heritage and all of the
Appalachian people. Please see that page on my website for more information about the issue and Massey Energy, perhaps the
most destructive of all of the companies that engage in the insane method of blowing up mountains to reach the coal. These
mountains are destroyed forever. Please take action today to protect what’s left of this beautiful natural and ecologically
Just last night, we confirmed reports that Massey Energy has begun blasting on Coal River Mountain in southern West Virginia.
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has stated that the mining operation on the mountain is "actively
moving coal." Workers were seen throughout this past week moving heavy equipment up to the mining zones, and blasting
and plumes of smoke were seen and heard near the Brushy Fork coal slurry impoundment on Friday.The Brushy Fork impoundment is an enormous retention pond holding 8.2 billion
gallons of toxic coal slurry waste. If the impoundment were to fail due to the blasting, hundreds of lives will be lost and
thousands more will be in jeopardy from an enormous slurry flood. A 2006 study confirmed that Coal River Mountain -- which has the highest peaks ever slated for
mining in the state -- is an ideal location for developing utility-scale wind power. Local residents have rallied around this
proposal as a symbol of hope, a promise of a new and cleaner energy future, but that hope may be destroyed unless quick and
decisive action is taken right now. Please call President Obama today at 202-456-1414
and implore him to use his agencies and influence with West Virginia politicians to stop the destruction of Coal River Mountain
immediately. Visit our Coal River Mountain action page for more details and talking points.
We will also post status updates as we receive them.Thanks for all you do for the mountains-and especially Coal River Mountain. Matt Wasson iLoveMountains.org You are receiving this message because
you expressed an interest in ending mountaintop removal coal mining to one of the partner organizations of www.iLoveMountains.org. To modify your subscription preferences, click here.
Public Service Outreach Announcement (PSOA) #3 Suey! Suey! Would Our Government Deceive Us About the
With this week’s announcement by Obama of a “Swine Flu Emergency,” the issue of Public Health is again in the forefront. As always, Dr. Mercola,
who stays on top of this and related issues, presents the scientific evidence and speculation as to what is really behind
the government’s actions better than I can, so I am providing a link here for the details: CBS Reveals that Swine Flu Cases Seriously Overestimated.
PLEASE GET INFORMED!!! Don’t respond to the PIG CALL unless you are ARMED with KNOWLEDGE. Also, refer to my previous blog about this issue for more information.
Have a lovely FUNday! Vanessa
P.S. When I was looking for Joe's
song for this blog, I also
came across this song, which
I find quite befitting, so I will close today with one
My Rather MUSICAL Birthday: And Hope for the Future
Well, it’s the day after my birthday. A lot of songs were sent my way on my birthday – it seems that I am a magnet
for music now. And oddly, every song was either given to me by someone (sent by email, over the telephone, in a birthday card,
or was something I read in Joe's work) or was a song I heard when I was out and about shopping. Since I have received so many songs,
I will save all of them, except one, for another day.
The Angel and baby in the photo were sort
of handed down to me in a rather unusual way. I had made a stop at a little quick-mart to pick up one item and the
store owners had a shelf of collectibles and other miscellaneous items on which I found this adorable little baby boy in blue
held in the arms of an angel. I could not resist it for reasons that some of my previous blogs might explain. It is significant.
I think after yesterday’s
sentimental blog about how much I miss the scholarly conversations with Joe, some of the amazing coincidences I experienced when knowing him (which I have scarcely touched on and probably will never discuss totally), along with his work that teaches
us how we must learn to transcend, I will just present one song today that was sent to me and that represents what Joe’s teachings have meant to me…a sort of essence of his work and his ideas, in a way. I guess he has left me feeling the need to dance, I mean really dance, no – I mean REALLY dance. Dancing, like consciousness expansion, is evolutionary. Or maybe revolutionary would be a better word. Joe, his work, and all of the MUSIC Easter eggs in his books make me want to sing out. It seems that Joe has almost cast
a spell on me. I am looking for that “better life” he promised when he wrote, “Girl, There’s A Better Life for Me and You."
Today’s My Birthday – I Wish the World Was Much Closer to LOVE and PEACE
If we could all look after each other, really care, really feel compassion for others and stop worrying about what’s
in it for us, personally, it would be a wish come true for me. Honestly, and this is total honesty here,
I NEVER met anyone like Joe. He knew compassion and unconditional love and how to give out of a complete
and unconditional generosity. He loved what he did, he did what he loved and he did so much to help others see their dreams
come true. I honestly do not believe Joe did the things for himself at all, not even in the altruistic sense, for if you truly
analyze altruistic behavior, it is also selfish. People who are altruistic too often expect to derive good feelings about
themselves or pats on the back from the outside world, so in that sense, it is not truly unconditional giving.
Joe had transcended altruism, even, and truly served
others, and he was especially kind and empathetic toward struggling students who had the cards stacked against them. He helped
them get established in the educational community by arranging and providing publishing opportunities. He told me in an email
that it took him 12 years to work out a deal with one of the publishers to produce a book series with books
that are affordable so that more people would be able to buy them. For, what good is it to write your first book if the publisher
wishes to charge $150 for it? Not many people can afford to pick up very many $150 books, especially by newly published authors.
So he patiently negotiated FOR 12 YEARS so that new scholars could have a fair opportunity to write and sell
their books. He finally got the publisher to agree that after selling $150 library editions for six months that they
would also offer $30 paperback versions. That is incredible. How many of us would not have given up on that publisher long
before 12 years had passed? Joe was incredible. And I miss him so much.
I miss our great conversations. Last year on my birthday, I could swear he must have known it was my birthday because every
time I posted on his website, which happened to be several times that day, he was right there, almost immediately it seemed,
with his kind words of praise or answers to questions I had about his bricolage research methodology as I was preparing my
pre-proposal for my dissertation. Of course, I had never told him what day was my birthday. Joe just knew things.
Like the time I was trying to put together an article for his journal and I was going in multiple directions trying to decide
which topic to write about, thinking that since there were so many topics, I should just write a book about online education
to cover everything – and in popped an email from Joe at that very moment. Incredibly, he asked me to
write a book about online critical pedagogy for his series. I was amazed.
He could read my mind. Well, I have not had the opportunity to write that
book, but I will in time, and it will be even better than it would have been then, because I have learned so much more about
Joe’s work and as I had told him at the time, even though I would cite many authors, my book would be biased
toward his work. Of course, it will be dedicated to him as will my dissertation.
Another time, in the evening, I was very worried about Joe. I always worried about Joe; and yes, I knew very well it was not
my responsibility to worry about him according to our social constructions. I tried to push it to the back of my mind,
thinking I was imagining things, but at times fears for his wellbeing came to the forefront and I was unable to
push my worry aside. I don’t know why; I guess it was just premonition. Nevertheless, I had sent him several emails
during the months I had worked with him, just checking up on his health – not too often because I was very conscious
of how busy he was and never wanted to bother him unnecessarily or be a pain to him. However, a couple of times after
I heard about his cancer treatment he had undergone a few months back, I did ask him if everything checked out ok. One
day I was feeling particulary distressed, not really knowing exactly why, but I did not bother him. Yet, he emailed
me from the hospital, telling me not to worry, that he had just had a minor follow-up treatment for his cancer. He knew
I cared and he wanted me to know he was fine, that everything checked out fine. One night, however, I again
became distressed. I was overwhelmed and was feeling like I had to learn all of his work, but I was running out
of time. I am not even sure why I felt this great responsibility, but I did. I was sitting in front
of my computer with several of Joe’s books and articles opened up and skewed across my desk as I was trying
to absorb his complex work all at one time, when this huge wave of overwhelm along with fear hit me. I didn't feel
that I was going to be able to accomplish the huge task of understanding Joe's work and yet it seemed so imperative that I
do so quickly, and so I began crying. At that very instant, in popped an email from Joe, telling me he was doing
great that he was home by himself. He sounded so happy and I assumed he was researching and writing as he so loved to
How did he know that I needed to hear from him at those precise moments? How did he know exactly the reassurance
I needed to hear? Call it coincidence if you wish; I don’t. There are many more special and serendipitous connections,
and of course, even MUSIC Easter eggs he had sent me, but I will save them for another time. Some of these things I
will never talk about even though there is almost nothing I won't talk about. Perhaps other people would not have placed
much significance to these sorts of experiences, but for me they were very, very special when they happened and even
more special now that Joe is no longer here.
Most people – myself included – are so painfully far away from that total blissful condition in which
we all contribute, share, and love in a completely symbiotic manner in the peaceful world Joe envisioned for us. It would
be a world in which the serendipity I just described would be a norm, not an occasional “coincidence”
and everyone would be looking after everyone, automatically knowing what they needed. We would have no need for money and
all of the division, destruction, animosity, competition, and greed that comes with capitalism in this world. There would
be no need for mass indoctrination to maintain power and control, for we would all be doing what we loved, and reciprocally
loving and caring for each other. We are far away from achieving such a world. As long as we are so far from our true
destination and as long as I am on this planet, I will write in ways that honor Joe and what I interpret
that he really wanted to convey and what he really wanted his work to accomplish, no matter how shocking my interpretation may
be to some people or how much people wish to label me just because I choose to view things through multiple lenses for the
incredible insight doing so provides. Joe had said it was time to put these issues that he has revealed in his book on the
table and it is time to discuss them in public. I am just so sad that Joe is not here to discuss them the way he had
Too many people are hiding their true experiential realities in the closet. Why? Fear. Greed. Egocentrism. They don't
want to be labeled "crazy" and at the same time they don't want to share their secrets -- or they want to be revered
as someone special as if we are not all capable of higher spritual levels of being. As I have described in previous blogs,
fear is not real at all. FEAR is “false energy appearing real” as my spiritual counselor has told me many times
and I am finally believing it most of the time. I do have relapses on occasion, but I have experienced how very amazing it
is when one rises above fear and it releases a potential and power from within that is never experienced when in shackles.
And we could all learn so much if we were all sharing our experiences. So, it matters not to me what people think about me
when they are not able to relate to the esoteric, mind-bending portraits I paint in these blogs. Whether they like what I
write or not, their consciousness must expand if they read them and this is a positive thing.
The more consciousnesses expand, the more united
we all can be and the closer we can get to truly understanding and loving each other. Joe discussed in his book, Knowledge
and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, how we can conceive of our consciousness as a liquid consciousness that
merges and melds together with other consciousnesses as they expand, for just as the universe is expanding, our consciousnesses
are also expanding. I really felt that with Joe – as if our consciousnesses had a special connection. Oddly, it
is often difficult for me to ascertain what are my thoughts and beliefs about education and how we should be “doing
education” as separate from Joe’s because from the moment I first read a couple of articles he had written,
I found myself in total alignment with exactly what he was conveying with his concepts of post-formal thinking,
the bricolage, and the “power of difference.” That is not to say that I even begin to understand all of his complex
work. However, no other author or theorist, and I have read many works, has ever impacted me so immediately and profoundly
with their take on education and research. As I point out on this site, Joe’s works, taken together, present absolutely
the most complete and the most powerful educational theory ever. And while it may not be for everyone at this particular moment
and place in history, nevertheless, people have got to come to realize, as Joe put it, the “critical kitty” is
out of the bag and sitting on our laps now.
We all need to rise above, if we are willing and able, – and as Joe put it, “transcend” –
all of the things that hold us back in fear which we THINK are so important, but which, in the context of infinite universes
or “pluriverses” and infinity are so inconsequential. The only thing that matters to me is to that people
feel the LOVE and KNOWLEDGE that Joe so freely shared. He wanted all people everywhere -- in the entire world
-- to experience what he had come to experience, in their own unique ways, of course. We can begin to do just that by reading
his work and applying it in every domain, from preschool to graduate school, from teacher education, on the job, and to everyday
life. Everyone is fully capable of experiencing the true ecstasy – that Prometheus form of ecstasy -- through learning,
researching, and sharing knowledge – that is what it will take to change the world. LOVE and KNOWLEDGE -- Joe’s
The following song
was playing for me yesterday when I went into the bank. Is it a good sign? A signal? An indication of something
to manifest?No matter what it means or does not mean, I have always loved this beautiful song about love by
Today Is Special Somehow: I Don’t Know How -- PLUS Obfuscation and Postmodernism
This morning the song “I will always love you” came to mind, but I am not sure why. For some reason it immediately made me think of the song “Islands in the
Stream” -- something in relation to obfuscation. There is a story about the word obfuscation between me and Joe, but sadly, my blogs in which we discussed obfuscation have been obliterated from cyberspace --- but fortunately, they have been recorded permanently
in the Akashic Records….so you know what that means. They still live on even if they are not on what used to be Joe’s website.
One thing that came to mind in relation
to obfuscation is how we, in our pea-brained Newtonian-Cartesian
minds, seem to expect to be able to have total control over even our daily lives. In doing so we hide the fact that things
can be much more complex and outside of our control. It is amazing to me how many linear steps we can
devise to accomplish even a simple task and make it into a long-drawn out, linear, detailed process under the false
belief that this will allow us to control our lives. I really saw this when I was taking some of my instructional design courses
and a designer showed us in his textbook how many steps it REALLY takes to make a peanutbutter and jelly sandwich. If
Johnny can't read, then he ain't gonna be able to make THAT sandwich. And when the task gets really complex, we nearly drive
ourselves crazy trying to keep a complex, chaotic process streamlined in order to follow a distinct linear pathway of tasks.
I wonder what creative impulses we are leaving behind with this extreme approach, not to mention what we might be accomplishing
if we abandon the horrifically time-consuming planning and detailing out Gantt Charts and other Project Management Charts that will seldom if ever remotely be followed. I was reminded of projects involving construction or maintenance in which
the change orders become so voluminous as to take multiple filing cabinets to store all of the paperwork. (Even in this technological
age, we print out more volumes of paper than ever before).
Anyway, I was directed to Joe’s book Toward a Critical Politics of Knowledge of Teacher Thinking: Mapping the Postmodern
(edited by Henry Giroux and Paulo Freire)….now isn’t that funny? Joe did not believe in “blue prints”
or “road maps” per se but here he is “mapping the Postmodern.” Of course, with Joe’s maps there
are going to be multiple pathways and it is up to each of us as capable, thinking human beings how we
wil traverse those pathways; that’s just a given. Actually, it appears in this book that he has redefined postmodernism
and renamed it “critical postmodernism.” In fact, it almost seems as if he has “flipped the tables”
on the very definition of postmodernism. I am proud him. I don’t know how many quite vicious attacks
I have seen on postmodernism – even what Joe calls ad hominen attacks all over something that seems inadequately defined or perhaps highly obfuscated. Who can really define postmodernism, anyway? But of course, Joe in his brilliance
and exceptional patience carefully delineated what HE means when he speaks of his version – “critical
postmodernism”. I have not read the entire book, so I may be "jumping the gun" but I think Joe had the right idea here, brilliant
thinker that he was. Joe ALWAYS had the right ideas. Let’s just make postmodernism mean what we want
it to mean since nobody really seems to know what it means anyway and since it seems to have become highly
tainted by imperialist motivations to dominate and control people. Let’s use the tools it provides that will work
to accomplish our tasks to uncover those imperialist motivations (that’s Joe – a bricoleur).
We never throw out the baby with the bathwater, and we always want to use what might be beneficial to our purpose. And here,
the purpose is criticality and using whatever tools are at hand to reach a higher level of critical thinking
and an egalitarian approach to education. Thus, we now have “critical postmodernism,” quite a
different concept than most people attribute to postmodernism, if they attribute anything at all to the obfuscated concept. One thing about it, Joe really brought it out from hiding
in this book. There are also some really interesting puzzles in this particular book of Joe’s
and something profound about it. There is something very puzzling about the title of one the chapters, but
I have not yet deciphered the puzzle. When I do figure it out, I will eventually present the solution somewhere, or maybe
someone else will discover it and write about it.
What Joe talks about in this particular chapter is basically how Cartesian-Newtonian linear thinking and the focus on one
single reality – the explicate order of things -- obfuscates
the fact that what we are really dealing with in life is an implicate order – that is, the universe
is a conglomeration of complex, simultaneously occurring enfoldments of multiple realities. Thus, everything is so interrelated
that we can literally drive ourselves crazy trying to define just one reality or trying to accomplish precisely a complicated
list of linearly ordered tasks that can have confounding variables encroaching throughout the duration of the project. The
beauty of this view of the implicate order is that it allows us to be who we are and to do what we do. Whatever
is, is, so to speak. It prevents us from being hard on ourselves if we make a list of things to do and
we did not succeed in completing all of them.
Even the events in one single day become very complex. When you factor in the multitudes of internal
and external variables it actually becomes somewhat of a miracle if one does accomplish everything set forth on the task list.
Lists are ok, but we should be living, thinking human beings and continuously adjusting our priorities as circumstances around
us change. We should not have go throuh a bunch of hoops to do so. By the same token, we must allow others to be free
to do the same. Thus, we escape the idea of lording over someone or expecting someone to complete something according to OUR
time frame or exactly the way we would have done it. Time is just a construction that has no real meaning, anyway. The universe
and everything and everyone in it evolves just as they are supposed to. And forget about rewarding yourself
or anyone else for completing tasks. Behaviorism based on positivistic sciences is doomed to fail in our complex world and
it does not value the human as an intelligent, thinking, decision-making entity. Using these approaches -- the strictly linear
model for complex tasks and behaviorism to reward the completion of the tasks is a recipe for the cognitive illness Joe discusses
in his works. And it obfuscates the fact that life evolves through explicate order,
not linearly through an implicate order.
So the word obfuscate comes up frequently. Joe told me he loves to find an excuse to use the word, so
the particular music video for today is particularly significant….
Have a great day -- and don’t stress over your “to do”
P.S. The only thing that’s special today that
I can think of is that it’s the day before my birthday. I feel EXCITEMENT because I know there will be some very divine
surprises tomorrow and I have no clue what they are….although I would love to write a blog titled: Arrested on
My Birthday!!! NOT ME, the DROID that’s been Running Rampant in My Neighborhood. But I will be happy no matter
what cuz I have already received the very best birthday present ever in the world, in fact it is FOR the whole world….it’s
absolutely astounding and it relates to the future Joe Lyons Kincheloe Academy…I will explain it all
later, but I am SO EXCITED!!! Still, I KNOW my birthday will not bypass me without SOMETHING else very profound. I can’t
Oh yeah, here’s
the “obfuscate” music video. HINT:You have to watch
more than listen on this one, especially right at the beginning.
Vigilante Justice: I Totally Understand It Now, BUT as Joe put it: Girl, There’s A Better Life for Me and You PLUS the Greatest
Key for the NEW Quest for the Golden Keys Treasure Hunt!
Well, I have still heard NOTHING from good ol’ Detective Looney (and I do believe he is a good person who wants justice).
But you know what that means: There is still a CRAZY running around our neighborhood andnot handcuffed and then locked
up as he should be in order to prevent him for causing harm to more victims. In fact, there are crazies running around in
every neighborhood in this country since that is exactly what the DROIDs and their LEGAL SYSTEM propagate. Why do you think
it’s called a LEGAL system? This is very twisted, but it’s to support FIDURODian illegal and immoral behaviors,
essentially rendering them legal. Rarely does the legal system as operated by a DROID mentality achieve justice for innocent
victims of crimes. I strongly recommend reading Joe’s book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction
for a thorough explanation of how the DROID mentality operates. If you understand them better, you will stand a chance of
beating them in their sick games.
so now we have this mass accumulation of collective consciousnesses that are begging for justice. There will
be no peace until we can achieve justice. Forget the call for “forgiveness” because that is merely another FIDURODian
tactic to make the innocent ones feel guilty so that they do not pursue the justice that needs to be in place here. What will
happen? We have all of these criminals free and they are all going around wreaking havoc. Those at the top running the show
are criminals. They are DROIDS and they have no consciousness.
I can predict exactly what will happen. There will be no police state that the DROIDS are trying to establish.
Nope. No police state at all. There will be vigilante justice and a revolution. Why? Well it’s all preordained.
Collective consciousness will rise up in ecstasy and it will not be your typical ecstasy at all,
but rather it will be one of the most powerful forms of ecstasy one could ever imagine. It will be a “volcanic
or Dionysian ecstasy” (Grof,1985, p. 311). As Grof (1985) goes on to explain, “It is characterized
by extreme physical and emotional tension, a strong element of aggression and destructiveness oriented both inward and outward,
powerful driving energies of a sexual nature, and erratic hyperactivity or rhythmic orgastic movements. From the experiential
point of view, volcanic ecstasy is characterized by a unique mixture of extreme physical and/or emotional pain with wild sensual
rapture. As the intensity of this peculiar amalgam of agony and ecstasy increases in intensity, various experiential
polarities fuse and cannot be differentiated from each other. The experience of freezing cold appears to be indistinguishable
from caustic heat, murderous hatred from passionate love, perverted sexuality from craving for transcendence, the agony of
dying from the ecstasy of new birth, the apocalyptic horrors of destruction from the excitement of creation,
and vital anxiety from mystical rapture” (p. 311).
Grof goes on to describe this ecstasy in great detail, which is really
quite fascinating and perhaps the DROIDS need to take heed, although due to their arrogance they would most likely not believe
what’s coming “up the pike” (Oh, wow, that’s one of
the treasure hunts!).
I will put Grof’s very descriptive scenario in simple terms that everyone can understand and perhaps the DROIDS will
pay attention: There is going to a massive uprising the likes of which the world has never seen, A REVOLUTION. There will
be total chaos for everyone but those who have transmuted their ecstasy into a more productive form of ecstasy – that
which Grof has termed an “illuminative or Promethean ecstasy” (p.
313). (Now, do not confuse this with the group, the Illuminati. How the Illuminati operate is to pretend
to be in a state of Dionysian ecstasy, but the truth is they are DROIDS and they are in no state of ecstasy at all. They are
not capable of ecstasy, but they are capable of carrying out some very nasty acts).
The more productive form of ecstasy is a positive and productive
ecstasy that manifests if you escape the Dionysian brand of ecstasy. As Grof (1985) puts it, “It is typically preceded
by a period of determined emotional and intellectual struggle, agonizing longing and yearning, and desperate search for answers
that seem to be hopelessly out of reach. Promethean ecstasy strikes like a divine lightning that destroys
all the limitations and obstructions and provides entirely unexpected solutions. The individual is flooded by light
of supernatural beauty and experiences a state of divine epiphany. He or she has a deep sense of
emotional, intellectual, and spiritual liberation and gains access to breathtaking realms of cosmic
inspiration and insight. This type of experience is clearly responsible for great achievements in the history
of humanity in the areas of science, art, religion, and philosophy” [emphasis added] (p. 313).
Now, it does not take a rocket scientist to know what type of ecstasy we should all be striving for right? Well,
the DROIDS even have figured out to prevent us from striving for the Promethean ecstasy simply by labeling it a psychological
disorder – schizophrenia. That’s enough to keep people frightened away….thus, if they buy into the lie,
their only resort is to let their agony build up until it explodes into the volcanic form of ecstasy – the Dionysian
ecstasy. This is going to cause chaos, crisis, destruction, and a HUGE REVOLUTION. I just do not see how it can be any
other way. Those of us who are experiencing the beautiful ecstasy that would empower us to imagine and enact solutions to
the misery in the world will be quite occupied trying to babysit those for whom there is a remote hope that they can transcend
to experience illumination. Sadly there will not be enough of us and to our distress, there will be many people who cannot
Grof suggested a great solution, but it will take time and a major shift in perception and beliefs.
What he suggests, basically is that we need to change the rules (isn’t that what I have been saying in these blogs all
along?). According to Grof, “It is therefore absurd to diagnose psychosis on the basis of the content of the individual’s
experience. In the future, the definition of what is pathological and what is healing or evolutionary may
have to emphasize the attitude toward the experience, the style of dealing with it, and the abilitiy to integrate it into
everyday life” (p. 315). As it currently stands, as Grof points out, “In spite of the revolutionary developments
in modern psychology represented by the contributions of Jung, Assagioli, and Maslow, all these experiences are still sutomatically
considered sypltomatic of psychosis by traditional psychiatry” (p. 315).
Now, isn’t that illuminating?
vigilantism. It’s coming and really cannot be stopped given the above framework. Let me get clear, however. I am not
promoting revolution or vigilantism whatsoever. I am merely predicting it based on the facts as lined out by Grof as well
as many others. I would much prefer to see people quickly transcend (hmmm…Joe talked about that in his interview –
he wanted to associate only with people who could “transcend”). The DROIDS can call it CRAZY if they wish, but
if more people would ignore those DROIDS in the peanut gallery and concentrate on transcending the insanity
that has been created around us which will obviously continue to be perpetuated, we will possess greater collective power
in the form of a beautifully enlightening and creatively productive Promethean ecstasy.
It would be SO DELICIOUS.
again (and as ALWAYS) Joe was RIGHT ON when he said, “Girl, there’s a better life for me and you” (2008,
p. 57). That better life can be created with his “Critical Complex Epistemology.” What a fantastic and
blissful “theme park ride!”
By the way, critical complex epistemology is one of the most important golden keys if you are
following the NEW Quest for the Golden Keys Treasure Hunt!See page 233 in Joe’s
Grof, Stanislav (1985). Beyond the Brain: Birth, Death and Transcendence in Psychotherapy. NY: State
University of New York.
Kincheloe, J. L. (2008). Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction.
Why am I So Stupid? The POWER of Imagination to Catch a DROID
OK, yesterday, I said I was postponing this blog and I am afraid I can no longer delay the inevitable. It must be posted,
even if I offend someone. My thought is, the only people I would offend are DROIDS (which I don’t care about, anyway).
The reason only the DROIDS would be offended is because if there are any cops out there who are NOT DROIDS, they already know
that, so why would they be offended? So, here is the blog.
I’ll tell you right now – right up front
-- why I am stupid. I just cannot believe I am originally from this decrepit planet at all. Or as Joe put it to me once when
he was discussing something with me that we both understood perfectly but earthlings just seem to have an impossible time
understanding, “Obviously, I’m from a different planet.” I operate from a different paradigm that comes
from a place where LOVE RULES, not hatred, deception, selfishness, greed, linear and
Cartesian thinking, and all of the FIDUROD B.S. which Joe has defined so well in his book so that we who are uninformed and
vulnerable might learn how the DROIDS operate. Joe was RIGHT ON, FOLKS! Now, if I
can totally comprehend what Joe was saying about FIDURODians – if I can just allow it to sink in, I may be able to function
more intelligently in this sick, deranged world, given I cannot seem to find a way to escape and hide out from all of the
I have decided that, if I could have a choice, I am from a planet in the star system, Pleiades.
Why? I am from the Pleiades because the people there – who happen to look just like you and me – humanoid in appearance,
operate solely and SOULY from a foundation of PURE LOVE.I am still
young and I came here on Earth for a mission, but because I am young, I fall into the traps the DROIDs set for me, every time!
I am here to learn to flip the tables on the DROIDS, including cops who play their sick tactics and tricks ON THE VICTIMS.
This is just so sick. They want to play their tricks on the VICTIMS because if the victims FALL FOR THEIR TRICKS, then the
CRIMINALS GO FREE. Isn’t that twisted? But it’s true. I have seen it happen over and over again.
Well, I have lots and lots of Pleiadian friends and family who I love very much and who love me, and we are all tired of the
sick games earthling DROIDS play. Pleiadian people can cross dimensions and they are right here working with me in the
background to flip the tables. In fact, I am ALWAYS in the arms of an ANGEL. The DROIDS are going to be made to look just like they are: sick, twisted, deceitful entities. THIS TIME
the criminal will go to prison, but it is not because of the cops, although the cops are going to take the credit, no doubt,
even though what they have been doing from the beginning and will do to the end is totally screwing up the case. They have
already proven their DROIDNESS to me in the way that they have treated me and I know they will be of little real help.
For example, the sheriff came to my house to pay me a little visit. Of course, I fell for his line about wanting to see how
we are doing after being victims of a despicable crime. I stupidly invited him into my house and asked him to sit down and
we had what I thought was a friendly conversation. But, after he left I realized: I have
been duped again by a DROID, and that cop, who is supposed to be on my side was fishing for information that might
be used against me and weaken the case. He cleverly came late at night when I was tired and into my own home where I am comfortable
and my “guard” would be down….he sat there and even SAID that was what he was doing in certain words as
I reflect back on the conversation, probably to see just how stupid I am. As soon as he had fished for whatever it
was he wanted, he was gone. What a DROID!And we all now know what
Joe had to say to DROIDS – at least if you ever were able to decipher his clues. Funny thing was I
even gave Joe’s hidden DROID message to the cop, told him what it meant….I wonder if he got
the fact that it was meant for him. Now who’s stupid?
That did it for me. It was the
last straw. I have officially called on all of my Pleiadian friends and family to come in full force to make sure the CREEP
CRIMINAL in this case does at least five years in prison for his dastardly deed. I have called on my beloved Pleiadian family
to inject some enlightenment into the brains of the cop DROIDS and to inject some more stupidity into the brain of the criminal
DROID so that this can all come down like it is supposed to – THIS TIME. As I told the cop, I have seen too many of
these cases be screwed up and the criminals have been allowed to walk away free to continue to harm innocent people. NOT THIS TIME.
Pleiadians, ALL Pleiadians
for the Light are hereby called down to help. THIS TIME the criminal shall serve prison time. And when this criminal
is taken care of we will move to the next criminal. JUSTICE MUST BE SERVED.(That’s another thing I should warn you about when it comes to Pleiadians: We must and we do achieve JUSTICE.)
Well, people reading this can say all of this is crazy, that I am crazy, but is my hyperreality any crazier
than the hyperreality most people allow the media (TV and the Devils Radio) to dictate to them through their daily
doses of what's really important like how they should live, how they should act, what they should eat, what they should
wear, who their friends should be, who they should idolize and emulate, what they should buy, how they need to pump
up their sex life with drugs, and an endless assortment of other ways their reality has been defined FOR them? Joe talks about
this a lot in his book, Toward a Critical Politics of Teacher Thinking. Who is the craziest – me CHOOSING my
own imaginary hyperreality or those people who allow the media with their close ties to the evil
and destructive capitalistic political war machine to dictate to them what their imaginary
hyperreality should consist of?
Though you hear their voices On the Other Side Waiting
for some justice Opening your eyes Can you feel it now? Scrambling
across their wall Waiting for their song To free their hearts and soul Don’t
blame, don’t blame me For not accepting Don’t chase, don’t chase me For
not understanding The truth New hope is here NEW HOPE IS NOW
Critical Knowledge Networks and Radical Love (Make that SPIRITUAL Love)
Well, I was going to write a blog today about how all cops are droids (or at least almost all), but I have decided
to wait and post that one later.
(Note that we have some important information about a swine flu “epidemic”
discussed in my blogs between cop stories.)
The reason I have decided to wait on posting this particular blog
about DROIDS is because some other things have come up that are more important – like what a great support system I have on the side.It is just so wonderful. I wonder sometimes if this was what Joe had in mind with his idea about Critical Knowledge Networks – you get to exchange great knowledge and share radical love.
And there are so many other rewards. For example, as I was resting this afternoon contemplating what it is
I am supposed to write in my next book for and about Joe, this great song, a love message, was sent to me.
There's nothing refreshing like a PIERCING bright sign to help get you out of the pitch black dark of indecision.A
clear cut, in your face, cut through all the clutter sign that signals the next moveon your part.A move you've been mulling over for some time. And in hindsight, you're pretty much always glad
you acted on that sign.
sign came from? The
answers will range from your subconscious to a higher power depending on the individual. But for whatever reason, the power of the sign lies in its ability
to help you make a CLEAR decision
on which path to take and to infuse you with the confidence
to follow through on it. http://www.briankim.net/vipnewsletter.php
Public Service Outreach Announcement (PSOA) #1: The Slimy Swine Flu Lies: It’s All About Money
As I noted last Sunday, from this point forward, I will be presenting timely issues of public importance in the form of Public
Service Outreach Announcements (PSOAs) each Sunday. One reason I am presenting these is that I realize most people are influenced
by the media, which never provide complete or unbiased information. We simply must go beyond what the mass media presents
us and do additional research! I do not expect people to passively accept what I present in these PSOAs. I encourage you to
go beyond and do your own research so that you have enough information to make INFORMED DECISIONS about the issues I present
in these PSOAs. Incidently, yes, this is activism on my part -- and Joe fully supported activism, contending that education
and activism must work hand in hand....
The Swine Flu Pandemic?
media is highlighting deaths from swine flu and because the pressure is mounting to get swine flu shots, I figured this is
a good time for a REALITY CHECK. No
one has more knowledge and perspective on this issue than Dr. Mercola, in my view. He has been studying the issues with flu
shots and the autism-mercury (thimerosal) connection for years. Therefore, today’s PSOA is a link to his timely
article that was included in his most recent newsletter. He has provided ample evidence for the ineffectiveness of flu shots,
the risk to mothers and infants due to the high mercury content of the shots, and who really stands to benefit by doling out
all of these shots (the pharmaceutical companies and doctors).
Each of us has to make the decision that’s right for us and
our families. But we cannot make the best decision when the facts are hidden from us by the media and all we hear are scare
tactics that serve to indoctrinate us into believing lies and partial truths. Fill in the gaps of your knowledge with more
information. Dr. Mercola has done the research for us. He has provided us a starting point to do our own research to confirm
or disconfirm what he has put out here. It is up to us to do our work rather than stay lazy and blindly accept what the corporate-politically
controlled media has to tell us. You do not even need to get off your butts. Do some online research. Dr. Mercola has
kept up with the scientific evidence of the autism-mercury in the shots connection. And Alzheimer’s anyone? Is Alzheimer’s
really a new disease or is it a new form of Mad Hatter’s disease? If you do decide to get the swine flu shot, at least
insist on the thimerosal-free single dose shot.
Please read the article linked below which Dr. Mercola provided
in his most recent newsletter. There are links to numerous scientific studies which are clearly being ignored when these immunizations
are being pushed at us. Please get fully informed.
I'll Be Watching You With Panache: Every Move You Make
I don't know why I awakened this morning to the lyrics, "Every breath you take, every move you make, I'll be watching
you"...someone is watching me, but it's not a bad thing. It must have something to do with how
I was feeling after that late night visit last night from the officer who had filed the crime report on Monday. Generally,
we think of the police being the ones watching us, but this time the someone watching me really has my best interests in mind and it's out of love
and from the divine side of things that he is watching. I think the song came from my angel or my one true blue soulmate
because it is not a scary or bad thing at all to be watched by someone who might be able to intervene at just the right
moment to give a helping hand. It is very reassuring, actually, and makes me hope beyond hope that the DROID on the loose
can be captured. I hope Detective Looney is up to this.
Unfortunately, I will not know anything until at least
Monday and I am praying the Detective Looney does not downgrade his plans to sock it to the DROID who wreaked havoc on the
lives of several caring and loving individuals. If all Detective Looney does is just TALK to the DROID, then one can expect
that the DROID will be laughing before Detective Looney even gets out of his house. I am truly hoping the divine intervention
will help. I have already seen far too many of these cases be totally blown, allowing DROIDS to walk around free with a "dash
of panache" as Joe put it in his book. SICK.
Speaking of Panache -- I loved Joe's rendition of that. AND it just so happened that when I was on the Pacific Coast Eager Beaver Treasure Hunts in the past, I found a cool restaurant
named Panache!!! And so I was just waiting for the instructions to go have a fine dinner there -- and sure enough,
I received that message on my last Treasure Hunt there on Monday. Rainbow Princess and I had a fabulous four-course dinner
all accompanied by appropriate MUSIC with additional messages! It was heavenly!!! The food was heavenly!!! If you ever get
to Newport, Oregon, do not pass up eating at the Panache! You will be so happy you did not miss it. I was.
And check out the side of the building! It even has one of
Joe's favorite symbols! The Fleur-de-lis!! Why was it a favorite symbol? Because it is very ancient and it holds so much historical
significance, representing those things Joe was most passionate about: purity, light, knowledge and life. It also came to be
associated with royalty in later years.
That's it for today. I just wanted to share the other side of Panache
-- the side for US who have love in our hearts and do not have to feign panache. Those DROIDS have no clue, really, what panache
is and we must not let them destroy a beautiful word and a beautiful thing. PANACHE -- it is Joe's word and I love it!!! Someone watching me wants me to know and engage in the good side
of Panache! Plus they are watching detective Looney, too, and lending him a hand with this case so that we can lock the DROID
And so that is why, when I awakened this morning hearing the lyrics, "I'll be watching you," I feel
that it is a very good thing. It means people on the divine side of Universal Law are watching, waiting, and taking action
where it will be most effective to move this case forward. They do want to see that the DROID gets his JUST PUNISHMENT - his
KARMIC CONSEQUENCES -- THIS TIME. That is very reassuring.
A Late Night Visitor to Soothe the Soul: Is It Another Trick?
I hate to say this, but I really do have a very difficult time trusting cops. Let's just say that I have had many bad experiences
at the hands of cops....nothing that gave me a record or anything like that....quite to the contrary. I have been abused and
mistreated by cops in spite of my innocence of any wrong doing and I have witnessed the criminals go free....and therein lies
my issues. You can figure some cops make mistakes, but when the odds are beat, then you begin to question the true purpose
of cops. Are they in there to help the DROIDS? Quite honestly, it too often appears that way, thus it is difficult to
trust that they are going to help victims in their time of need.
As I have been explaining in the past few blogs,
Detective Looney and I are trying to catch a very nasty DROID. There is another officer involved who filed the report. Well,
today I have been very sad, full of doubts, and unhappy because so far, for whatever reason, and it may just be because
he is busy or the time is not right in the divine scheme of things, but it was beginning to appear that he has dropped the
ball. It does not take much evidence at all for me to come to that conclusion simply because I have seen it happen many times
in the past, not just with me personally, but across the board with many victims of crimes. It seems to be standard protocol.
So, by evening, I was feeling really upset.
Who drops by for visit, quite late at night, actually, but none other than the officer who filed the report for the initial
crime. I broke down and told him how I was feeling about things - DROIDS, the crime that was committed, how it was being handled,
etc. Was this a mistake? Did I once again fall for the tricks and put more eggs in the basket for the DROID? Who can be trusted?
Can cops be trusted? Well, the officer was very nice, but then DROIDS are very nice when they have an agenda they want to
fulfill. And I was very tired, not at my best emotionally -- perfect for getting information out of me that might be more
helpful for the DROID than for me. I did get a chance to tell him about Joe's secret message to the DROIDS in his book --
you know, the one hidden in FIDUROD -- and he thought it was very funny, so that may be a good sign, who knows? Was I "taken"
once again? Time will tell. Will we bag this DROID or will he go free to comimt his dastardly deeds on still more innocent
It is just so amazing how well-programmed the DROIDS are to act like real humans; they can trick the best
of us -- check out this video to see what I mean. All I know is, Joe had better tricks up his sleeves and one of these
days I will be the one who gets to reveal them. -- Vanessa
Strategizing With Detective Looney: Can We Catch A DROID?
I have never done well speaking with “officers of the law”. I am always made to feel as if I am guilty of something
even though the entire conversation is supposed to revolve around the criminal and what they did and said and what I recollect
to the best of my knowledge. It seems that I come away from these situations feeling that I am somehow deficient – something
Joe has defined is a product of FIDURODian mindsets. What a stark contrast that is from feeling like the Dancing
Queen of yesterday’s blog, the joyful way my interactions with Joe had always left me feeling. It makes
such a huge difference to interact with someone who has risen above the FIDURODian way of thinking. If only we could let the
world know overnight how much better we can all feel if we can release the shackles of FIDUROD and are set free to love and
care for each other in honest, productive ways. I miss Joe. Why can’t there be more people in the world like him?
This is TOTALLY weird. Joe had said he wanted to write detective stories and here I am, flat dab in the middle
of a real life detective story. In fact, what Joe said about writing is posted right on the front page of this web site.
What he said was:
do we get the attention of teachers and students anesthetized by consumerism and hyperreality’s saturation of information
and marketing iconography? I want to write for this audience in the style of a detective
writer (epistemology noir?), a boy’s adventure writer, an author of girls’ romance novels, a beat poet,
Lame Deer’s memoirs, or Stephen King penning a horror story all rolled into one. Anything to get them to think about
these issues of knowledge and the ways they shape our lives and the everyday existence of people around the world (Kincheloe, 2008, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy:
An Introduction, p. 20).
Somehow, I have to get through this meeting with Detective Looney today and this time I cannot let him see me
be “too emotional,” nor can I be “too non-emotional.” Hmm….I wonder what is the acceptable
in between way to be….yes, I am forced to play some kind of role. I cannot feel how I feel and if I do feel it, I cannot
reveal it too much or too little. How do I know what is “acceptable” to Detective Looney so that he does not abandon
this case? We cannot allow this DROID to run free to harm any more innocent children!
I do know this much: Instant karmic reflection is in effect and there are many Angels helping right now to see that justice
is achieved. This DROID will not get away with his crime THIS TIME. Who knows how many other victims there have been. Perhaps
once this hits the newspapers, they will come out of hiding and he will be socked with multiple charges. That would be justice.
According to the information I am receiving, this DROID WILL BE ARRESTED. I know that the DROIDS have free will, we do not. It is no one’s responsibility for the evil that the DROIDS enact on humans, except their
own. My mission, which I am working toward and which begins with the April 3, 2010 kick-off involves working toward the restoration
of free will to us all so that we can experience true freedom. This way, real choices can be made out of love instead of evil.
Choices made with evil intentions, as I have repeatedly stated in these blogs, will suffer very stringent karmic repayments.
The particular DROID Detective Looney and I are after will have HELL to pay, especially when he goes to prison and the other
inmates learn of his crime.
I received two songs today. It seems that it appears that my love has wavered slightly because I am very distracted and upset
by this horrible, horrible crime I am trying to help Detective Looney solve. But the truth is, I will always keep on loving, no matter what, so no worries there…I
am thankful that my love is desired, and I am very, very grateful for my special Angels, God, and their protection that surrounds
me on a daily basis.
Kings Valley and Pacific Coast Eager Beaver Treasure Hunts Continue PLUS The Dancing Queen
Other than a shocking and devastating end to my day yesterday that kept me up until the wee hours of the morning I had had
such a wonderful day before all of the negativity came down. I was called to do more treasure hunting and the Kings Valley
Treasure Hunt merged with the Pacific Coast Eager Beaver Treasure Hunt this time which made it doubly fun. First, Rainbow Princess and I went to Kings Valley since it’s the closest and we stopped at the Gardner’s Family
Farm Vegetable stand on the way through. We bought a couple of pumpkins to get ready for Halloween and some interesting gourds
that Mrs. Gardner says are called “winged and warted gourds,” because, sure enough, they have wings and warts!
Mrs. Gardner was a little distressed, and I cannot blame her because there is no guarantee that the small farmer is going
to be able to stay in business even one more year. It seems that there are many things coming down in a planned effort by
the banks and large corporate farms to put the very last of the small farmers totally out of business pronto. If this happens,
we will have nothing left but GM foods laden with pesticides for our daily fare. This is a huge dilemma, considering there
more than a billion people in the world starving. I will discuss this in greater detail in a future blog.
Gentle Lord of the Land and Trees
We were able to stop and visit the Gentle Lord of the Land and Forest in Kings Valley, or Mel, the elderly 84-year-old gentleman
who lives in the tattered and forlorn house, as I have written about before. What surprises we found there! Mel was not in
his house, so I wandered up the drive toward the forest, and there he was working. It was a huge surprise when I saw that
the 1957 Studebaker and the old combine, which Mel says is from the 40’s, were completely unpackaged from the blackberry
brambles! I took pictures – this is so cool! Now I have before and after pictures! And Mel is so proud because he did
it all himself! And he should be! He is in better shape than most people decades younger than he is. He can climb mountains!
He had another funny story to tell me, too, about being in shape. It was about one of his brothers. This particular brother
just loved to go bow hunting, but he suffered a heart attack or something and his doctor said no, that he was not to do anything
strenuous at all. This went on for quite some time and finally the doctor gave him a bill of good health and said it would
be alright to go bow hunting. So, he was all excited and ready to go, picked up his bow and tried to pull back on it, finding
that he had absolutely no strength in his arm to do so! No bow hunting for him. Mel laughed and laughed when he told me this
story, as he always does when he tells me funny stories on my visit to him.
I asked Mel a little about him, which I had wanted to do for some time. His birthday is February 13 (right between President’s
Day and Valentine’s Day, as he proudly told me). He is mostly German (I thought Scottish-Irish), with English and perhaps
some other ethnicities. Mel’s cat has decided she really likes me and was climbing up my leg looking at me with her
big green eyes. I was trying to get a picture and the cat started walking toward Mel. And sweet Mel! I have really wanted
to ask him if I could take a picture of him for memories and what did he do? He picked the cat up, held him close to his face
and posed for me to take a picture of the two of them! I did not even have to ask. That was a true gift. I am not putting
his photo in the blog in order to maintain his privacy, but I may do a watercolor painting from the photo as an art project…we
shall see. Good Mel, the Gentle Lord of the Land and the Trees. I also asked him if he ever goes to the beach and he said
the last time he went was 60 years ago! It is only about 40 or 50 miles from his house!
The Long Lost Treasury Notes
There is still the open clue about the lost treasury notes in Kings Valley. They are supposed to be buried behind a barn.
I keep hoping that it was Mel’s dad who had hid the notes, but when I asked Mel about them, he did not know of his dad
having had such things as treasury notes. But I know Mel. He will think about this until next time, just like he thought about
how much work his property needed and he actually took care of it all himself (except his house; I don’t think he does
home maintenance). Something will come from the treasury notes yet. Of course, it’s hard to tell where Mel’s barn
once stood, much less which is the back of the barn, but Mel knows exactly where it stood. It would be a dream come true if
Mel remembered that his dad did have some treasury notes and we find them. Maybe it would be enough money to fix his house!
But sometimes the clues I get about things are not so simple to decipher….it could be that the treasury notes symbolize
something else and we will need to figure that out. Next time I see Mel, perhaps he will have it all figured out. We shall
see what happens from this point on, what manifests.
Queen of Hearts: The Dancing Queen
I was instructed that there was a special gift for me at a particular little gift shop that I had seen on a previous trip
to the Pacific Coast, but I had not ventured inside it last time. Well, I found multiple gifts there, including some lovely
prints of watercolors that I can decorate my walls with (I am still in the decorating mode after having moved into my new
home last February) and I found some other trinkets and such which I will share another time. But the big gift was a beautiful
chair -- fit for a QUEEN -- that is from the 1800’s which I captured for a great deal. It is a lovely chair for
the library in my house, which I call the Joe Lyons Kincheloe Library where I have all of his books and books he would love
like science, history, psychology, sociology, education, etc., and where I only had one chair. This is lovely now…I
still do need to get some draperies for the library. The chair is truly fit for a dancing queen.
I had received another song
the last time I spoke with my spiritual advisor, Dancing Queen by Abba, and, once again, she had no idea how relevant this
song was to me. It’s funny that earlier in the day I had just been reading Joe’s book, Toward a Critical Politics
of Teacher Thinking (1993) about how he related learning to dancing (another book ahead of the times and very applicable
Not many people knew how much Joe loved to dance. He believed that it is the educator’s duty to introduce “a student
to modes of being and acting in the world that are new to his or her experience.” And like Madeleine Grumet, he felt
that “it is the relation, the dance between the student’s experience and
knowledge that separates education from training or indoctrination.” Further, as he explained, relationships between
the physical and social worlds form dynamic interactions and a “web of interconnected parts. The nature of their interconnections
shapes the form the larger web takes. The educational implications of such a realization are revolutionary” (Kincheloe,
1993, p. 152). In fact, Joe viewed life itself as a “’dance’ of
a living process – that is, life as synchronicity” (p. 171).
So, Joe just loved the dance. As I look back at
the dialogue that took place on his web site, I realize why I loved engaging in the conversation so much: I loved dancing
with Joe. It was the most profound learning experience I had ever encountered in my entire life. I am so sorry that the blogs
I wrote have been deleted. I pray that they can be restored because they are historical records and the educational conversations
I had with Joe were truly Joe dancing his best dance ever with one of his students who was as passionate about research and learning
as he was. His replies to my questions were always short, succinct, -- condensed brilliance -- and like all of his
writing, they were absolutely profound. He was my Master Teacher, my role model, my hope and faith that there are still a
few good people in the world. He really did make me feel like a dancing queen. He also knew how
to dance in the strawberry fields....but that's a story for another time.
There are Crazy DROIDS in the World!!! Can Detective Looney Help?
I’m sorry this is late, but I am very, very upset today. Once again, it has been proven to me that the very people you
think you can trust are not trustworthy. Of course, some people say that about me, too, as we each do have
our own realities. But I am talking extreme, in this case, not minor things that are just a matter of viewing things from
different perspectives. I am talking about DROIDS, those people with no consciousness that Joe despised. I am talking about
those people who seem to “do good” and in the end, they have only been doing good in order to serve themselves.
Joe did not have anything good to say about these DROIDS of the world. In fact, he despised them so much that he left multiple
messages for them, permanently embedded in the text of his last book. I revealed one of the messages; there are many more.
I will reveal more in the future.
What is a DROID?
A DROID cannot possibly be a real human, yet they pass for humans. You cannot tell them apart until you become a
victim and then you realize what a lack of consciousness these entities possess. Confrontations with them can get very bad,
nasty and diabolical and it is very hard to win against them. Here is some more information about DROIDS:
<robotics> (From "android") The robots of the Star Wars universe.While androids look
somewhat human-like, Star Wars' droids
are typically fashioned in the likeness of their creators
or in a utilitarian design that stresses function over
appearance.Droids are equipped with artificial intelligence, though some are naturally created smarter than others depending on the function they are designed to serve. "Droid" is a Lucasfilm
Ltd. trademark. starwars.com
Notice that DROIDS are so diabolical that they have come to POSSESS
the very word DROID. Thus, perhaps I am not supposed to even be using the word because it is a trademark. Oh well, such is
life. I hardly think that Lucasfilm is the sole entity that came up with the word droid…and anyway, I am using DROID
as in FIDUROD -- no wonder Joe hid the word DROID inside it. People think they can own it. Well, then, Joe OWNS the word FIDUROD
and the hidden message inside it to the DROIDS!!!
And then there is the JARGON definition of droid:
droid - Jargon File (4.4.4, 14 Aug 2003) : droid n. [from
android, SF terminology for a humanoid robot of essentially biological (as opposed to mechanical/electronic) construction] A person (esp. a low-level bureaucrat or service-business employee) exhibiting most of the following
characteristics: (a) naive trust in the
wisdom of the parent organization or `the system'; (b) a blind-faith propensity to believe obvious nonsense emitted by authority figures (or computers!); (c) a rule-governed mentality,
one unwilling or unable to
look beyond the `letter of the law' in exceptional
situations; (d) a paralyzing fear of official reprimand or worse
if Procedures are not followed No Matter What; and (e) no interest in doing anything above or beyond the call of a very narrowly-interpreted duty, or in particular in fixing that which
is broken; an "It's not
my job, man" attitude.
droid positions include supermarket checkout assistant and bank clerk; the syndrome is also endemic in low-level government employees. The implication is that the rules and official procedures constitute software that the droid
is executing; problems arise when the
software has not been properly debugged. The term droid mentality is also used to describe the mindset behind this behavior.
Well, THIS TIME I am going to WIN!!! (Yes, I have lost in the past.)This time, immediate karmic reflection is in operation
and I am going to put the DROID in prison; You will see. When I asked WHY did this happen the only information that I was
given is that we all are supposed to have FREE WILL, but in reality, it is only the DROIDS who have free will which they use
in very evil ways. Someday we will all get our free will back. That’s one of the tasks of the special mission project
I’m working on.
I cannot go into a lot of detail about the situation, but it means a long
battle that will probably last at least six months or a year and it is not a pretty battle. This DROID who I thought was a
trusted friend has turned out to be quite an insane, sick, deranged individual who commits harm on very sweet, innocent people.
I have had to enlist professional help which has led to a deep and what will turn out to be an embroiled conflict. I hope
justice can be achieved.
As Joe often said, “life is stranger than fiction.” It truly is.
So much of it really does seem like a fairy tale, dream, virtual reality game, or at its worst, a horrible nightmare. I do
not lie when I say, literally, the person who has been assigned to help me deal with this insane DROID, is none other than
Mr. Looney. He has chosen as his
career to deal with the lunatics of the world; to lock them up….life is so weird sometimes. God, I wish I
had someone to help me with this horrible situation other than Detective Looney. I can hope his name is a diversion….you
know, set up to make it look like he might not be capable of doing his job, but in reality his qualifications are beyond exemplary…you
know, like it’s a trick – to fool those evil DROIDS. I hope that’s the case and we bag another DROID. Stick
him in the canner where he can cook for a few years and think about his crime.
Oh wait! I DO have someone to
help me – all of those people on the sidelines who are watching me play this game. All of those people who love me and
throw me hints and tips and manifest the very things I need right when I need them. I will keep the faith. Detective Looney
will be getting some good help.
Beating the Hermes Trickster: Playing the Right Cards
In the spirit of “tantalization,”
I was asked to disclose at this time that the FREE download, “How to find the MUSIC Easter Eggs in Joe Kincheloe’s
Book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy” is just that – tantalization. It is but a very small
sample of the “sweet treats” that Joe has left sprinkled throughout his work. Don’t you love it? And I should add that I have been requested to provide an expansion of
this work and to offer a much more in depth “dissertation” of the hidden dimensions that will hopefully reveal
viable “impossible possibilities” (I think that expression came from Peter McLaren, according to what I have read
in Joe’s work) for the deeper messages with which we might improve our lives -- in stark contrast, of course, to the
Hermes trickster tradition of deception which so many of those educational robotic people (such as some of those who write
our textbooks) love to use to slyly maintain the status quo for their win, our loss. The tables have been turned.
And there will be a special musical accompaniment,
dedicated to Joe, of course, if all goes according to plan. I am not sure exactly of the timeline since I am also going to
be taking my comp exam and beginning my dissertation for my PhD, but it is all relative, so I do not anticipate it being too
terribly long. I am very good at multitasking. Of course, I will charge something for the book and all of the money
will go toward developing the first Joe
Lyons Kincheloe Academy
since no one so far seems to be willing to contribute to such a monumental purpose, other than myself, at least. It is going
to take a LOT of money to build an academy that is suitable for a King.
I do want it to be quite royal and extravagant, because that is what Joe really liked (most people did not know that about
him) and that is what he would wish to provide for the deprived and impoverished learners this school is being developed for.
A royal environment sets the proper tone to teach princes and princesses who have been shackled by poverty. I do hope that
many people download the FREE booklet (at the top of the Home Page) and enjoy the special Treasure Hunt, searching for the
Easter eggs Joe left in his book. I believe that it was a totally brilliant move on his part and we are recipients of a very special gift. I don’t know about you, but I totally believe in Joe and his work and I am thankful that he put such great effort and enormous amounts of time into writing this special
book about knowledge. It is truly a gift of love that will, without a doubt, change the world. Check back for the expanded edition of my book about more Easter eggs
and other Surprises in Joe’s book…it will undoubtedly uncover a few of the Aces Joe had up his sleeves.
Oh my, that reminds me of the Pacific Coast Eager Beaver Treasure Hunt in which one of the clues was “tricks up my sleeves.” That’s
funny. OMG. I have no idea what I’m up to!
When I inquired, the only answer I got was another song! Too funny. Guess I just have to keep goin' with the flow...trust
in the process....believe in my dreams and favorite fairy tales and let things evolve.
Introduction to Public Service Outreach Announcements (PSOAs)
Public Service Outreach Announcements (PSOAs) are multimedia presentations that cover a diverse range of critical issues and
that will be conveyed from a variety of perspectives and positions. They are developed for possible use as curricular material by
teachers as well as for individual use to consider and research topics of personal relevance in greater depth. They
are being constructed using a simplified bricolage technique, so while they may seem random and rambling, with time, they
will evolve into a conherent whole and then be assembled together in a logical order with further analyses and elaboration --
similar to what will be happening with these blogs as well. In fact, the FREE manual for finding the MUSIC Easter eggs was
assembled in just such a manner.
So while it may seem that I am rambling in these blogs (I can hear the Devils' Radio: "that Vanessa is crazy"), time will show that there are multiple threads of coherency running through
them that will be assembled in concert with employment of Joe's critical bricolage that takes the information
imparted to higher cognitive levels of understanding for the various threads. At the current time, I do not have
definitive plans as to which of those threads I will be compiling next. This entire project, as presented in the introduction,
is an unplanned, evolving endeavor, as Joe's theory calls for.
The purpose of these “announcements”
(PSOAs) is not to promote any one certain view on issues (even though they may be presented from a particular perspective),
nor are they meant to instill fear or anxiety, even though at times they may be written from quite a radical perspective with
the intent to getting people to think more deeply about the issues that are brought forth. It is hoped that people will be
provoked into not only asking more questions and into a heightened curiosity, but also pushed toward seeking answers
to those questions and to taking real action based on what they learn, personal and/or interpersonal action
where they become compelled to do so out of their own passion. There are multiple takes and many complexities on any topic one might wish to consider and it is only by “mashing” these various perspectives and considerations together that knowledge will emerge in its multiple forms – versus
our just taking in someone else’s rendition of what constitutes knowledge and assuming that the information we have
been presented is the complete, unbiased picture. As Joe pointed out often in his work, all knowledge is biased. Thus, we
all need to be free to construct our own knowledge in ways that make sense to us at any given moment and place in life. We
should be free to view knowledge as tentative which allows us to update, expand, and to change our viewpoints as we continue
to learn and assimilate more information and I would hope we can be respectful of where others are in their understandings.
In this vein, I hope these PSOAs are used as a platform, or as Joe framed it with his critical bricolage theory, a point
of entry text (POET) for launching into deeper and highly relevant research.
One effective approach to learning more about the topics that might be useful is to write out your reaction to the PSOAs
and use that as a POET. How does this information affect you personally? You loved ones? Your students? What do you need more
information about? What oppositional views are provoked when you compare your view with the information presented
in the PSOA? Where can you find more reliable information than what has been presented? What makes it more reliable? When
you research the Internet or other sources ask who is presenting the information and what purpose might they have above and
beyond just being a supplier of facts. Who authored the material? Who or what organizations are they associated with? When
time permits, it is beneficial to explore the spider web of links between the information presented, who presented it, who
they are linked to and who those links are linked to and what information is being conveyed. What is missing from their presentation?
Who is missing? This will reveal that there are some very interesting things going on behind the scenes that shed a bright
illumination on the “knowledge” that is being disseminated. There are often hidden agendas. (I have told you my
agenda: to promote Joe's work and fulfill his mission.)
As Joe pointed out many times, in spite of what
so many science texts wish to present with their focus on the scientific process as an exacting, all-informing, godgiven process,
all information is biased. It is simply too tied up with history, society, culture, language, and most importantly
at this time in history, politics, to be any other way; thus, as Joe has made clear, knowledge – and, indeed, our very
consciousnesses – are socially constructed. Who are you allowing to construct your consciousness? How are you constructing
the consciousnesses of your students? If we can really wrap our minds around these concepts then we will have made great
progress in our abilities to decode and decipher the meanings – often multiple meanings -- behind the “knowledge”
that is presented to us and how it is being presented. We can beat those "Hermes Tricksters" at their own games.
I hope that K12 teachers will find PSOAs useful as launching points for classroom discourse about some very important issues
that concern each and every one of us in our everyday lives -- topics that we never or seldom discuss in the school curriculum.
Thus, the PSOAs will be written in multiple formats in order to reach a variety of audiences. I would like to see more teachers
encourage their students to research the Internet freely – not according to some predetermined pathway that has already
been outlined for them. Students should be free to research where their thoughts lead them, and not always be forced to follow
the knowledge producer’s thoughts, whether that be the teacher or someone else who has presented them with a map to
click links for information (it is no wonder learners are so bored with this sort of learning and would rather go check out
their social networking sites). Give students the tools they need to stay safe and for sifting through the propaganda and
commercialization of information so that they can seek information that is relevant to them personally and reach their own
conclusions – in this way, they will be constructing new knowledge that is meaningful to them, knowledge that connects
to them in some profound ways, and when they are given the opportunity to share what they have learned, they also connect in
powerful ways with others. Knowledge production then becomes -- as it should -- enacted through a collaborative
social process which unleashes the potential for amazing creativity. In my view, this is what true learning is all about.
Of course, I am barely scratching the surface here. Joe had so much to say about the complexities of critical knowledge production
in his books and I recommend reading any of his books for his absolutely brilliant presentation of these complex critical
We cannot wait any longer to address humanity's need for deeper understandings of the rapidly changing complex
world around us. Promoting knowledge production among students will quench their thirst for learning. As is framed in the
song below, they are tired of learning what Joe called “factoids” (how many inches in a
mile?) and being told that they are not going to amount to anything (in other words, they know they are being tracked into
directions that others have determined they should go, thus their options are restricted by how they perform in high school
as if that has any bearing on their passions, interests and abilities considering the "psychologically debilitating,"
(as Joe has framed it) environment in which they are force fed meaningless information).
Students are singing loudly, “Tell me something I don’t know.” I hope the concept of PSOAs will help
launch people into learning more about things they know and care about as well as things they don’t know (I certainly
do not claim that I know it all about anything, which is why PSOAs are only launching points for deeper research) and perhaps
they will write their own original form of PSOAs based on topics they are interested in and feel passionate about. People
need the freedom to learn, but few of us have been afforded that opportunity for a variety of reasons ranging from the inaccessibility
and inapplicability of education to the current focus on the mundane memorization of decontextualized facts -- which is apparently
all that the droids of education are able to recognize as knowledge. It is important for the future that we learn something
new – something we don’t already know -- and that we construct new knowledge. I hope PSOAs and some of my other
work can guide people toward this endeavor or serve to motivate them to discovering their own personal pathways for researching
and learning what is relevant to them.
Next Sunday, I will present the first PSOA.
Have a great Sunday – I call it FUNday because I can take time to do whatever I feel
most passionate about doing.
What If Life on Earth is Nothing More than a Day Job?
How seriously do you take your job? Be honest, here. How seriously do you really take it? All of the craziness, backstabbing,
kissing the boss’s you-know-what, the dysfunction, the hard work, etc. Now, try to imagine just for a moment, a different
sort of reality. What if we all live on other planets and we just sort of astro travel here, jump into our earthling vehicles
(bodies), and proceed about our daily life – and this is nothing more than a day job, or perhaps some
sort of virtual reality educational experience in which we are to gain knowledge? Think about this seriously for just a moment.
If you need to, review the concept of earth being nothing more than virtual reality, which I wrote about in an earlier blog.
So then, when the day is over,
we leave our day job (or night job, if you work at night) and we all go back to our planetary homes (great effort has been
expended to make sure that we do not believe there is life close to us on other planets so that the game is more real to us)
where life is great (for most of us) and we live out our dreams come true, have many loving family members and friends and
life is blissful. Or maybe we don’t go to other planets at all – maybe we are already ON those other planets and
we are each inside a room or chamber playing this crazy-making game. In that case, we just need to find the door to escape.
I mean, really, is this FUN? Sure, parts of it can be, but it is really hard to enjoy it when there is all of this suffering
going on all around us and even inflicted upon us due to the way certain people are playing this game.
Personally, I love the concept that this is just
my day job. While it does not change the fact that I am on a specific mission (as part of the game or my job), at the same
time, it helps me take things such as what people think about me or how much money I make or how many things I possess, and
all of that materialism that so many of us are focused on – much less seriously. It is not real! It is all virtual –
much like playing those video games that so many people get wrapped up in. REAL life is at night (earth "time")
when I get to go home and be with my family again.
And how about this idea? The time we spend on earth toiling and stressing and agonizing at our day job is the
equivalent of only 2 hours of our REAL LIFE. How does that grab you? In other words, we are so indoctrinated
with this time thing (which is not real, but is only a construct we have devised) that we believe wholeheartedly that we are
slaving away for hours and hours, but in reality, we are only here for two hours a day (which explains why we never get nearly
as much done as we think we ought to). And not only that, the amount of time total that we spend playing this crazy virtual
reality game is minute in the scheme of things – that is, eternity, which is what we truly have for our existence.
It gets REALLY exciting when you realize there are lots of people on the sidelines who love you, watching you play the game and
who already know how to play so they are constantly dropping you tips, advice, and “miracles” to help you
be more successful at your “job,” and they help you by manifesting things (virtually, of course) and ultimately,
they help you win this game, at least if you are on the good side. All you need to do is become more receptive, open your
mind, and see and hear the things these people tell you or leave around for you to see and “get” as far as how
to use them in the game. They want you to win! These tips and hints might be the smallest and most minute
thing, but if you notice them then you have a huge advantage. I have heard there are even hidden doorways that if you can
find them, along with the keys, then you have gotten to the highest level and have won the game. Really, you are just
in a little room by yourself playing this virtual game of the light against the dark forces, trying to work up to higher levels –
just like a computer game…this world and all of its materialism is total illusion. But, it’s only for 2 hours
a day and then you go home.
Nothing is as “real” as it seems. In fact, physicists will tell you everything is energy – everything
-- and "objects" are always in multiple locations simultaneously and do not exist in a particular place until we
perceive that they are there (this get very complex; Joe talks about this in his book). Even what appears to be “solid”
is not solid at all, but just vibrating energy. Of course, this is not to minimize what everything might be....if everything
is overlapping energy with no distinct boundaries, this has enormous ramifications for how we should be viewing
our lives, ourselves, other people in our lives, even a rock on the ground. That is a subject for another day. I like the
game idea because it explains the fairytale stuff and “magic” I keep running into and it changes my perspective
about things…of course, we still have to stay “grounded” because if we don’t then that’s another
Maybe we all need to lighten up a bit…life is either just a dream or just a virtual reality
game…take your pick. Of course, we all want to play the game well, but there is no reason whatsoever to be rude, nasty,
violent, and destructive. That amounts to breaking the rules.
I am supposed to inform people that some people who are playing the game on the “light” side (remember
the Light Side is the Right Side Treasure Hunt?) – the side that is for good things such as
peace, love, justice, and joy, as opposed to evil, are now making new rules but this
is good because we never do anything violent….we use metaphor, signs, polysemy, analogies, and many confusing symbols which are very,very powerful, but often lie below the threshold
of perception. While Joe's critical hermeneutics can help here, there is never just one final interpretation of any of these
things. In addition, other cosmic (overarching) rules have been changed that will give a significant advantage to those
who are playing the game on the "light" side. This action has been taken due to all of the vicious rule
breaking and downright insane ways the people, the FIDURODians, on the dark side (who Joe had a special message for) have been playing this game, which cannot be allowed to continue.
I am supposed to say that some of
those on the dark side of the game who have been using their horribly evil and unfair tactics to their personal advantage
will be losing their power, including their powerful positions, prestige, and material possessions without recourse and they
will be made to feel very humble – which is how all of us should be feeling anyway; it is just one of the lessons of
the game. The only way out of this future scenario is to go through it, and as the saying goes….it’s
all in the game….
How to Stop Spinning Wheels, Get Out of the Rut, Move to the Groove, and Find a Golden Key
Yesterday I talked about the “critical kitty” and the need to “turn”
(do something different) so that we are not “spinning our wheels” on the
“Road to Nowhere,” in other words, we need to play with the critical kitty. This was all in relation to the following
quotation from Joe’s book:
“With criticality, the cat gets out of the bag. With the critical kitty sitting in our laps we begin to understand the way the matrix is loaded, the deck is stacked, socio-political
reality is constructed. Indeed, a critical complex epistemology/politics of knowledge can help us gain new levels of consciousness
and in the process, change the world” (Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, p. 177).
Yesterday’s blog was full of references to spinning and turning. I found it
really interesting that I ran into the “spinning wheels” AGAIN yesterday
after I wrote the blog in my reading as well as “spinning energy” in my
reading today. I like to do a form of relaxation work that, well….it helps lift my spirits and it is also doing wonders
for my high blood pressure – I was able to go off the medication which was complicating things for me with its side
effects and high cost (don’t try this without a doctor’s advice! There is much more you need to do – like
learn to stay away from salt, get lots of exercise, and more)….This unique kind of visualization technique works wonders
– for me, it works better than just plain meditation, although I know meditation works well for many people. I am into
colors – bright, vibrant, and pretty colors and this technique has you imagining color lights for different purposes
to help “clear” you of various mental and emotional blocks and such. I just really love the technique! You can
also imagine a cone of spinning white light just above you or even surrounding you,
as I just learned today, that basically sucks up any negative forms of energy away from you and transmutes them, distributing
them back to where they belong (wherever that may be). It’s really interesting. When I first started doing these exercises,
in which you have to imagine your aura and roses around your aura, my aura and the roses were lavender….but now they
are a really pretty pink….lavender means royalty and some other things, pink means love.
So, I was reading the book, The Pleiadian Workbook: Awakening Your Divine Ka (Quan-Yin, 1996) and she talks about
how important it is to stay in the present because that’s when “consciousness is the most creative, effective
state of being in which to meet your goals and heal. If your consciousness is out of present time, meaning pieces of your
energy are in the future or reliving the past, it is almost impossible to create that future or let go of that past. On the
other hand, when you are in your body, alert and in present time, you are in charge of your life to the best of your ability
at this time” (p. 139). She goes on to explain, “When you are in the past or future, parts of your chakras or
aura are literally in stasis and unavailable to you. It is as if you are spinning your wheels.
Your energy is not even in your body. You may have trouble being with loved ones at work, and you may generally feel scattered
and spacey, which is literally true: your energy is scattered and in another place” (p.139).
She gives some great clearing exercises to get out
of that mode of spinning wheels and going nowhere. I tried them and I will see if
they help. I just thought it was very interesting that I had just written a blog about how we need to “turn,” that is; we need to change our ways and start working toward peace and get unstuck from doing
things the old way. We are in the present and there is no reason to repeat the mistakes of the past or worry about the future.
If we stay in the present and spend all of our energy on what we love, believe in, and feel is our personal mission,
whether it makes us a lot of money immediately or not (and what does that matter as long as you have everything you need and
then some, which I have learned is the true meaning of abundance) – with that, the future will evolve. It’s not
too late to change our ways. As the Bryd’s song in yesterday's blog ended, “it’s a time for peace;
it’s not too late.”
What is most amazing to me is how one small quotation from Joe’s book, such as the one above, is absolutely
crammed full of meaning. I have barely touched on the topic of the critical kitty…and then there is the concept of
criticality, which an entire book could be written about – or multiple books.
And there are so many questions to be answered. What happens when the cat gets out of the bag? What does it mean to have the
critical kitty sitting on our laps? Where are we going to go with this? Where would Joe have gone with this? Exactly what
is his critical complex epistemology? How does the politics of knowledge relate? What are the new levels of consciousness
and how do we reach them? How does this complex process work to change the world? In one short paragraph, he has summarized
what his book is about as well as provoked some of the questions we need to keep working toward finding answers to. If we
are just spinning our wheels, it’s pretty difficult to have enough energy left
over to tackle these sorts of important and complex questions. It is time to get out of the rut and “move to the groove.” It helps to have your one true soul mate around to experience that radical love so many people talk about (but do not seem to know what it is)...it lights the fire of passion to move you forward on your own personal and joint mission. LOVE is one of the keys if you
are on the New Quest for the Golden Keys Treasure Hunt– it’s in Joe’s book.
OK, I have failed again. I have written the blogs, but have not uploaded them. (That is now resolved; with this blog, I have
uploaded all of the others along with some changes to the site – and more hidden Easter eggs.) It seems that every day
now I get more information from whence, I cannot say, and I really feel like I am on information overload.
But I do have to say, it’s really a great feeling, especially as compared to being in the total
dark and thirsting for knowledge.
It’s a blessing, actually. Something that Joe always told me is
that one of the hardest things to do is to stay feeling sane in this crazy FIDURODian society of ours (he was really
good at it!) I just realized something. FIDURODian reminds me of FREUDian. They are so close. I wonder if there is a message
with that. Some of Freud’s ideas were really crazy in a very sick, twisted way that the FIDURODians love to use. Anyway,
I guess the reason it’s hard to stay feeling like we are sane is because not only are we kept from true knowledge (and
stumbling blindly in the dark), when we DO discover knowledge, we are often told or made to feel
like we are the crazy ones. I really feel great empathy for people from other cultures, like indigenous peoples, who are made
to feel inferior when the truth is they have advanced knowledge. Having been shackled all of my life by the western
worldview with it's focused blinders, I have a great thirst for the knowledges of all cultures around the world.
Another thing that Joe
stressed is that we MUST develop the ability to perceive things from multiple perspectives. This is something his bricolage
research methodology and critical hermeneutics really helps us with. I can understand why we need this skill. If you can only
think from a one dimensional perspective, you are only going to be spinning your wheels
once chaos really strikes (which it will) and you, stuck in the FIDURODian mindset, are going to feel crazy when nothing fits
that perspective anymore. The old rules, models, and paradigms just do not work. If you can view things from multiple perspectives
everything works together to make total sense. Things you cannot explain otherwise can suddenly be explained. It’s hard
to explain (lol). Another tip: Always keep a sense of humor.
Anyway, I was postponing posting my blogs, even though I am always assured everything
is just fine and they love the work I do and of course, I keep being SO blessed. OMG! I just got a HUGE blessing today (October
7) that I was not expecting AT ALL. Just call it one of my surprises for The October Surprise Treasure Hunt
(I had MULTIPLE surprises in my dream world, but I am reluctant to put all of that out here – but it was SO amazing;
maybe later). My university tuition was reduced by almost $3,000 per quarter and that will stay in effect all of the way through
until I finish my dissertation. Thank You!!! It is very complicated how this happened – but it provides another example
of how bad things can turn good (there’s the
word “turn” again. This keeps appearing for me during the past few days). Not everyone attending gets this
lowered tuition and it is also being phased out, but I will be finished before then. Speaking of the word “turn,” the last few days, I just I keep getting the song “Turn,
Turn, Turn” sent my way, which, upon looking at the lyrics, I assume that it means that posting these blogs is
a GO– along with the song, which I have posted at the end of this blog. I have not uploaded the blogs for a few days
for complicated reasons (although the blogs were written). I think what it’s telling me is that it
is really ok now since the critical kitty is already out of the bag, as Joe has put it, and for some reason I have been selected
and/or I have chosen to play with that kittyhere on this website. As Joe stated in his book (and I just
love this quote):
criticality, the cat gets out of the bag. With the critical
kitty sitting in our laps we begin
to understand the way the matrix is loaded, the deck is stacked, socio-political reality is constructed. Indeed, a critical
complex epistemology/politics of knowledge can help us gain new levels of consciousness and in the process, change the world”
(Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, p. 177).
I probably wouldn’t have figured out the significance of turn and its relationship with the critical
kitty except that I was also given the song by the
Spinners PLUS I was shown this beautiful heart-shaped very large crystal that hangs
from the ceiling and it automatically spins in circles really fast sending light sparkles and rainbows spinning around the room (that was a new surprise hanging up in my dream bedroom)….and
I was also given the song “The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round,”
which will be in a later blog (that I have already written, but it is not time to post it). Apparently, I was supposed to
get this message about spinning…”turning,” actually. There
is a turn - a time for everything, evidently – including time for playing with
that critical kitty Joe has put on our lap, that is if we wish to avoid spinning our wheels on the Road to Nowhere (a MUSIC
Easter egg in Joe’s book). It is time to “turn, turn, turn.”
What a JOKE this Place Called Earth is! It Can’t be Real
The more I observe and learn, the more I believe that Earth cannot possibly be real at all. It must be that virtual reality game I discussed a few blogs ago that is much like the video games people play today online. There is no way real
humans (if they are awake) can occupy this beautiful place and simply sit back and watch other humans suffering
around them, know that people are eating dirt cookies just to survive and that there are many who are not surviving at all, know that bandits run this country who murder and pillage the people and the land and control the media, and yet real(?) humans can sit
back every night when they get home from work to watch everything crumble around them on the news media and do nothing or
they tune it out totally for what they call entertainment, but which makes me literally feel nauseated, even
to hear people talking about this "entertainment" whereby some of them seem to believe it or
at least believe it is important enough to talk about excessively – I despise even seeing the (usually nasty) "word
bytes" and ugly photos about such goings on and they remind me of my concurrence with Joe's intolerance for
the "Devil's Radio" (gossip) -- as I search for real information on the Internet (which is getting harder to find, much like looking
for needles in haystacks). There is no way real humans would actually fork out a hundred bucks or more
each month to pay to have this propaganda polluting their living rooms, their children, their minds, their lives,
their souls – is there?I cannot conceive of people PAYING to have their own minds programmed
(why do you think they call them PROGRAMS?) in some very bad ways that only serve to work against their own best interests. This
just has to be a very badly designed video game – a virtual reality – or a very bad dream. I hope the
game is over soon and the world can go on to a new, improved game that serves all of humanity and not just a select few and
that people awaken to how they have been duped by the FIDURODians for whom Joe had a very specific message.
I think the domain of education
is perhaps the most deranged discipline of all, one that we really need to totally abandon due to its claim of “educating” even when there
is no real concept incorporated as to what educating entails or even what knowledge is. These most important concepts have
not even been defined by the education institutions around the world that claim to practice education, nor are they defined
by most of the people who practice what they refer to as “teaching.” As I learned in my “Professionalism
for the 21st Century” class 99% of the learners are willing to let someone else define for them what constitutes
a “professional educator.” Not only that, the professor required this. I was told that my ideas are good, but
at this scholarly level, if I cannot support my ideas through the literature [someone else’s ideas] then I
must leave them out of my scholarly writing. And of course, citing Joe's work and the work he cited was not good enough, because
I needed to cite the Carnegie Institution, the publisher of our textbook. As I also discovered,
those who define for us anything at all related to education, such as the Carnegie Institution loves to do, clearly do not have our best interests in mind. As far as educating, what they have in mind is quite the opposite.
This is why we do not know what “to educate” even means anymore, nor do we have any access
whatsoever to the hidden knowledge.Even The Secret keeps real
now, knowledge is all well-covered in Joe’s book. He was quite upset about this sad state of affairs
with education. And it appears that there are some among us who may not qualify as human at all; they are the “chuckies” of the world, the FIDURODians, as Joe wrote, who have no consciousness, which is one reason why the world has
so many bad things happening today.
For me, Joe’s book provides so much great hope. Perhaps it is the
hope that came along when we opened Pandora's box. I cannot say enough good about Joe's book; I really cannot. He had it all figured out and he had laid out a beautiful
plan to guide us as we strive toward great solutions for education. First, we must let our excitement -- our passions fuel the flames of learning....that is the
first step to releasing real knowledge. We need to create educational firestorms
that light the globe and light the way for everyone….this sounds like part of The Light Way is the Right
Way Treasure Hunt (more on that later). I’m game for playing this new game with its new
rules…I shall stay in the firelands.
Homework: Research to find what
it truly means "to educate."
This Is Dedicated to the One I Love: How to Find the MUSIC Easter Eggs in Joe L. Kincheloe’s Book, Knowledge and Critical
Pedagogy: An Introduction
Finally! We got together and got it together. This morning when I awakened, the song “Dedicated to the One I Love”
was playing in my mind as I was thinking about the last finishing touches to the instructional manual for finding the Easter
eggs in Joe’s book. It’s funny how after reading his book this happens all of the time now; just the right music
at just the right moment starts playing in my mind.
One reason the song came to mind is because this work truly is dedicated to Joe, which is why I am offering it for
free. He would have loved that. He spent untold hours writing his special book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy:
An Introduction which I have deemed is a “gift to the world.” With this work, he creatively has presented
his ideas and theory in a way that would make people want to read it and, as he has conveyed throughout, he believed it will
truly make a difference in people’s lives. Who knows how much time he spent ingeniously embedding the MUSIC Easter eggs
along with all of his other treasures, surprises, and messages, all yet to be decoded, deciphered, and revealed.
Some things in life are simply
not explainable in our FIDURODian-ways of thinking. I cannot explain, within the closed-minded boxes this system puts us in,
why I feel such a close connection with Joe. It is a connection that few people have the privilege of experiencing even with
those closest to them daily whom they love. Sometimes things just happen that cannot be explained in a way that makes
sense due to how most of us have been debilitated in our perceptual, thinking and experiential skills. Sometimes
it appears that deep spiritual and a soul mate connections simply cannot be denied. That is my belief and I do not require
that others hold the same belief as I.
At any rate, I am committed to promoting and expanding upon his work in ways that more people can begin to better
understand and apply the ideas he has so patiently and thoroughly conveyed in his books. I know he was a little frustrated
at times and he has mentioned the challenge it was for him to write in a way that made the complex ideas accessible for all
without over simplifying them. His writing is very high-caliber and complex, and with this last book he fully incorporated
his creativity and love for music in an effort to appeal to everyone. I can easily see how his work can apply from preschool
up through post graduate work, as well as in everyday life and work. My only constraint is time....deciding on priorities....where
do I begin first? There is so much work to be done.
Joe absolutely had everyone’s best interests in mind and wanted us all to love
researching and learning as much as he did. And he literally could not bear to see the continuing suffering in the world,
much of it due to the power wielders of the world hiding knowledge and education from people for the purposes of maintaining
control and accumulating “capital” in all of its sundry forms. His educational theory, if his advice is followed,
incorporates a form of insurance as well as assurances that not only serve to prevent human suffering in
the future, but also to alleviate the human suffering that touches us all in some way.
Joe’s book – just spending time looking for these Easter eggs will develop advanced critical thinking skills and
open one’s mind very quickly to some amazing and exciting possibilities. In this way, there can be some very creative
and effective solutions for the world problems we are bombarded with today from every direction - solutions that can serve
to alleviate suffering in the world, thus moving us closer to realizing Joe’s dream of Earth being a more divine place
to live, work and learn.
I would like to just say that absolutely all monies received, whether from the commissions from the sales of Joe’s book
or any other endeavor along the road to promoting his work will be used to further the mission of dissemination of his
theory and how it can be applied as well as to the development of his Joe Lyons Kincheloe Academy. Paradis Publications, the
sort of “umbrella” company that I have formed to handle the finances and the publishing aspects is a non-profit
non-traditional publishing endeavor dedicated to education as well as to writing and publishing opportunities for all. ALL
money brought in will be redirected to the mission of improving education and promoting an accessible and equitable education
for everyone. Education should not be viewed as a "cash cow" as many universities view online education or the research
that is being funded by the government, military, and corporate sectors. There is nowhere a for-profit education can go for
anyone, whether you are a learner trying to gain knowledge or a stakeholder in the profits of such educational system. In
the long run, these endeavors will fold. I hope that more people will come to realize this and begin now to start new schools
all over the world that put education before profit.
I dedicate this free instructional manual and all of my future work to Joe….my hope is that other people
will be able to enjoy finding and learning from the Easter eggs in his book as much as I do. Perhaps they can apply the concept
to their own teaching. I will warn you that after you do a certain amount of this sort of treasure hunting, it becomes a part
of you and you may find yourself just automatically inserting these delectable treats in your own learning and teaching. Have
fun with it!
Joe would be very happy to know that people were enjoying his book so much, as he truly did intend for his work
to be promoted, read, and used for teaching, not thrown into some old dustbin of historical records where no one would be
able to find or read it.
Also, Joe absolutely loved soul music as well as blues, jazz, and rock….we
are of the same generation and it just happens that I also have always loved the exact same music as he did, although
my musical interests and abilities were subverted by my impoverished upbringing and education. Reading his book and finding
the Easter eggs has brought it out of hiding, however, which is just another gift Joe has given me -- one which others can
receive from the book as well.
It is interesting that in comparing my history with Joe’s history, which I may do one day in writing, we have
so much in common (he being an Appalachian “hillbilly,” as he described it, and me being a Corn Valley “hick
girl.” We are both Scottish-Irish as well, which is just one more very rich dimension of commonality between us.)
There is a great advantage to being at the bottom of society’s hierarchical structure. I don't have to
play by the rules I would rather not follow, since, like Joe, I do not want to be like those who pay lip service to things
like equal opportunities and social justice, but yet they are willing to do the most atrocious things, and even passively disrespectful
things, to get to the top of the education hierarchy. I would not give up my place, heritage, or my soul for
the cost it would require to move up the ladder as it stands today. Joe didn’t give up his place or heritage either,
nor his integrity. I am not drawing these correlations to place myself up level to Joe, not at all --there is no one who can ever
match Joe's genius, abilities, love, and all of the other wonderful virtues he had; I have presented them only as an explanation
as to why I identified with him and his work.
Much more to come…. and there will never be a dull moment.
Joe would have wanted it that way.
Thus, a beautiful and soulful song of dedication....
Playing With the Queen of Hearts: The Joker Ain’t the Only Fool in FIDUROD (from page 21 of Knowledge
and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction).
What is the hidden message?
The Higher Council (of my dreams) has informed me that true FIDURODians will likely NOT
be able to figure out this puzzle unless more clues are given. Mind you, I did not need these extra clues to figure it out,
and you probably do not either, but I am more than willling to provide them just so the "people" the message
is supposed to go to can decipher it. Evidently, it is important that the FIDURODians get this message,
or Joe would not have put it in his book and it would not have been brought to my immediate and persistent attention.
I have also learned that some good people are so entrenched by FIDURODian rule and control that, even
though they are not to whom the message is to be delivered, they may have some difficulty figuring it out -- through
no fault of their own. They do have the right to know what the message is that is going out to those who hold dominion over
Therefore, I am presenting this puzzle once again and I have added an extra clue. Truly, you can figure
it out now....
Playing With the Queen of Hearts:
The Joker Ain’t the Only Fool in FIDUROD (from page 21 of Knowledge and Critical
Pedagogy: An Introduction).
Unscramble FIDUROD to find the other "fool" and
an additional special message….that’s my best hint. ADDITIONAL
HINT: 3 "words." So, if you were trying to decode just one word, that's where you went wrong...Who
is the Queen of Hearts? Who is the Joker? Who is the other "Fool"?
Well, clearly it's another
dreary day outside of paradise or we would have no need to create and deliver these sorts of messages....have
a great one.
Trouble in Paradise? Radical Love is a Key, PLUS Joe's Message to FIDURODians
Remember your dreams!
This is important. Joe talked about this often in his books.
What a dream I had yesterday (during my afternoon power nap). It was not
that happy afterwards, although it ended up with my having a jump in my understanding. I sometimes get really upset because
I do not remember all of my “dreams.” It’s like sometimes I astro travel somewhere --
with assistance -- since I do not even know how to astro travel, then I get plopped back on my bed, abruptly awakened, and
I have forgotten much of what transpired. After my afternoon reprieve yesterday, however, I kept hearing this really
beautiful song play, as I was dreaming I was astro traveling back home:
Fortunately, I usually remember at least bits and pieces of my dreams and as I think about them, I remember
more, but not always. Other times I remember things in vivid and precise detail, so I do know that it is possible to do so
and these memories really help fill in the gaps. And so my life in my dream dimension does at times feel
somewhat fragmented and it is unfulfilling not to be able remember every little detail, especially now that there is a baby
in those dreams.
of taking responsibility for this being my own fault and realizing that I am the one who has to do the work, in this
particular dream, I blamed Joe. Not directly, of course, but indirectly by complaining about not being able to remember
everything and acting like there was something he was not doing to help me. Maybe he did not leave enough instructions
for how to remember our dreams (thus, I will need to do more research). In my dream though, he actually became very frustrated
with me, and of course, that is totally understandable now that I fully realize that I am the one who has “blockages”
that I need to overcome and he was doing his absolute best to help me. Plus, being that this is a dream in paradise,
he is being the ideal father and taking on full responsibility for helping care for the baby (all in my dream) as well as
fulfilling all of his other enormous obligations for the mission we and many other people are working on. I have never
heard or seen Joe become angry before in any of my dreams. Well, I can’t say he was really angry, just very frustrated
with me and he spoke rather sharply to me which sent me bursting into tears. I cannot bear to have him even frustrated with
me, even if it is just a dream. I was upset for the rest of the day, but realized my responsibility and how I must
have made him feel, so I apologized to him profusely. He took it in stride of course, telling me “we just hit a small
bump in the road; that happens – even with soul mates and even in paradise. But as long as we each put our love for
the other first we can always get past these little bumps. So please, let’s just let this be water under the bridge….”
It seems even in dreams about paradise there are stresses and adjustments that come with the responsibility of a new
baby in the house, but at least they are also more easily overcome and if need be, you can just wake up.
It is Important to Find Your Soul Mate
reason I bring up this story and discuss this dream is because the point to be made is, if you can get with your soul mate(s)
during these tumultuous times, it will help so much and if you are able to match up with your one true soul mate, even
if it is only in the dream state, you will always be there for each other. You will come to realize that small misunderstandings
are not a crisis at all. They are a way to help build your love so that it is even stronger and more powerful and you stay
united to build a better world. This is so important! And it will be your saving grace as we move toward the future.
Ignore the FIDURODians
(and you will know who they are)
Please keep in mind that people under the FIDURODian spell, as defined in Joe’s book, will totally twist these
things and turn them into a false reality and try to make you out to be a fool or crazy or the butt of a joke. You do not
have to and you should not buy into it! You do not need to enter their circular, diabolical, and crazy ways of thinking.
You are perfectly capable of deciding what you wish your true reality to be.
Joe had a very strong message for those FIDURODian people, and
if ever he felt the need to demonstrate real anger it was toward them. In fact, I have already presented his FIDUROD puzzle,
which I hope at least some people have deciphered by now, in which he has left one such message. I will present it here once
again with the reminder that it is not that difficult to figure out. You just have to unscramble the letters of the word FIDUROD
to find out what the complete message is and who it was meant to be for:
Joe's Message to FIDURODians Playing With the Queen of Hearts: The Joker Ain’t the Only Fool in FIDUROD (from page 21 of Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction).
to find the other fool and an additional special message….that’s my best hint. And who is the Joker? Who is the
Queen of Hearts?
cannot stress enough how urgent it is for people to develop their relationships into loving and understanding ones. The world
is going through rapid changes and we are about to experience some changes that are so life altering, dramatic, and traumatic
that only those with strong support systems will come through unscathed. You have seen how it has been, especially since 2001.
Things are going to get worse. This is not a doomsday prediction, because in the final analysis the world is not going to end, so don’t even believe those doomsday
reports of Armageddon which are only devised to instill fear; things are going to get very much better. But, as the saying goes, it is the darkest before dawn….we are
approaching that darkness.There is something to be said for the Dawn of the Age of Aquarius, which, if you remember, was one of the clues for the NEW Treasure Hunt some time ago. It is very relevant.
If you are reunited with your loved ones, and especially your one true soul mate, it will be much
easier to get through the darkness. As I have stressed over and over again and the Council (from my dreams) wishes that
this continue to be stressed, it is LOVE that will see us all through. Of course, Joe knew that, which is why he wrote so extensively about it in his
last book (look up radical love in the subject index), and why he practiced it so faithfully. He may even have pointed out
that Radical Love is a Key for the NEW Quest for the Golden Keys Treasure Hunt – you will need to read
those pages to determine that. The bottom line is we really need to follow his lead.
Red Roses for a Blue Lady It’s funny what Google searches pull up sometimes. I did a search for “Lady in
the Sky” lyrics because that was all I could remember about the song I kept hearing on the way back from my dream life
(as I was awakening), and I clicked on a link for the song Riders in the Sky to check it out and Red Roses
for a Blue Ladylyrics came up. There were no lyrics for Riders in the Sky at all (at least not today, as I do this
search) – up popped the lyrics for Red Roses for a Blue Lady. Hmmm…..is someone trying to tell
So I found the song on You Tube, which did cheer me up and now everything is back to normal,
even after somewhat of a negative experience in paradise dreamland. Plus the song is a reminder that in my dreams,
we are still to have another official wedding ceremony in the near future, in fact a very, very large ceremony (it is complicated,
but in my dreams we actually have multiple marriage ceremonies due to multiple sanctionings, and thus go through multiple
weddings – it is a cosmic relational thing).
So, yes, I had a dream in which we first
we had a private ceremony, which I do remember completely in vivid detail, and we had a small local ceremony with a parade
and fun festivities which I also remember parts of (including making it rain on the chilren's parade which sent
the children who were walking beside me all giggling and scattering to find shelter from the rain -- but
the rain only lasted for a few moments and they loved the magic trick). Anyway, according to what I dreamed, we have
a third and final grand wedding ceremony in which the new little adorable Prince will have a significant role because
children are special gifts and this Prince is especially special…we do things a little differently, but very divinely,
in dream life. But Joe always stressed learning from our dreams, as do many cultures outside western culture.
I really think he had something there. If we can learn how it is that in dream life things can be so
good for people, maybe we can apply this in "real" life....something to think about. In the meantime, remember
Updates on the Treasure Hunts: Surprises in October, The Light Way is the Right Way, The NEW Quest for the Golden Keys --
and What Are PSOAs?
I have so much work in front of me it is totally incredible. I won’t even get into it for the moment (a discussion of
the mountain of work), but it will all manifest in time as proof of my labor. For now, it is Treasure
Hunting Update Time.Surprises in October will continue throughout the month, no doubt, although it
would be hard to beat what has already transpired as reported in yesterday’s blog. The Light Way is the Right
Way has multiple interpretations. For one, I am supposed to figure out how to “eat light,”
particularly when it comes to sodium (the other more spiritual interpretation will be covered later). And there is additional
information and a clue for The NEW Quest for the Golden Keys Treasure Hunt in today’s blog.
Coming soon, are a new type of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) called Public Service Outreach
Announcements (PSOAs). These were requested by the Higher Council and are to serve several purposes, evidently. They
are primarily educational in nature on topics of interest and concern to a wide audience. They will also be written in a format
so that teachers can use them as introductory content or starting points -- or as Joe calls them, Point of Entry Texts,
POETs -- for students to launch from into deeper research and discussions. The first PSOA is scheduled for sometime
next week and it is related to The Light Way is the Right Way Treasure Hunt.
Quest for the Golden Keys
Now, where are we at with the NEW Quest for the Golden Keys? Suffice it to say, after I went through some
specific research, that we are back at square one. I will explain that later, perhaps in tomorrow’s blog because it
is extensive and I am trying hard to keep these blogs shorter. We need to continue the search in Joe’s book for keys….some
of them are hidden.
Related to this, the following MUSIC video that was just “handed down” to me this morning to post here; sweet! I
am to put forth the word that it has a clue, so if you are working on this treasure hunt, you may wish to
listen to it.
Wow! What else can I say after yesterday’s blog! I have made a huge conceptual leap (as Joe has called
these sorts of transformative jumps in enlightenment) and now my life is much happier because I can cross dimensions whenever
I wish; that is, I can sleep and escape to my dream life if I wish. I can even take a break right in the middle of the day
and take a nap to go home and see Joe and our baby! It works! That was my October Surprise for yesterday afternoon. I got to go home and hold the baby
for awhile and play him a lullaby on the piano and see Joe. It was heavenly.
I think I can be even more productive now
just knowing that I do not have to accept as my REAL home this decrepit earth, where talents and abilities are limited and
stifled, where misery, loss, pain and fear rule the day -- but rather I can view my work here as a very specific mission --
my little feeble part to help improve this horrible, horrible mess that has been created here on Earth. At least it feels
quite feeble, considering the magnitude of problems on earth, but I must put forth the effort and I do have faith that it
can make a difference because I have many people backing me up and there are many people who are working on the same mission.
people can come to learn that we are all worthy of so much more than being slaves for long hours of the day for the mere table
scraps thrown down to us. We can love the work we do and be divinely blessed and rewarded for our work.
And I do love the work I do here, so in that sense it creates another form of paradise for me.
However, when my day of volunteer service is done, I have a beautiful life in paradise to return
to each night, a lovely home next to the beach, in my dreams of course, where I have a new baby boy,
I can play beautiful music on the piano, I am a renowned artist who loves to paint, I am learning to be a Master Teacher,
and I continue to learn the most amazingknowledge with Joe as my official Master Teacher.
In my dream, he has now been officially assigned as my Master Teacher (another October surprise), which is what we both
wanted since he had already been my Master Teacher for 18 years, but his continuing on as my teacher was in question on
account of our relationship (a bit "taboo"). We had to go through some special initiations, but we passed them “with
paradise in my dream life overlaps somewhat with my life here, in my estimation, which is
why now all of my needs here are always more than adequately met and why my life here is very enhanced. This
may be the very reason humans have the ability to create their own realities in their "dreams" (Do we create
them or are they “real?”). “Call me crazy,” (something Joe used to say, too) but we do not have to accept the one true reality that FIDUROD dictates to us which requires us to be emotionless, compliant, boring slaves, or anyone else's reality for
that matter. I do not have to accept your reality and you do not have to accept mine, and all of that is very good. Have
you deciphered the message in FIDUROD yet? It expands on the concept of FIDUROD itself and this understanding would be helpful
In conclusion, we can be happy or we can be miserable. We can live in hell or we can live in paradise (or anywhere
in between). I just happen to love paradise. And paradise is just waiting to be discovered by anyone with an open mind. Reading
Joe’s book helps with that, although, as I have pointed out, there is more work to do after that, but it is enjoyable
work. And yes, we can also create that paradise here on Earth and we must. That is the game plan.
The October Surprise Treasure Hunt Goes Multidimensional: A New Baby Boy???
I find this somewhat
humorous, but at the same time, difficult to convey. I want to assure readers that I am truly not making this up unless it
is totally possible to control and make up our own dreams (I am not aware of how I do that), and in which case I must be programming
my mind to have all of these dreams.
It appears that the October Surprise Treasure Hunt is going
to play out multidimensionally – that is, in my dream life as well as in my “real” life, which makes it all seem quite magical
and much like an ongoing fairy tale. (That is, IF this pathetic earth life can even be considered the real life.)
I have questioned that in previous blogs and offered several different perspectives on that -- from the view by some cultures
that our dream life is our real life and this so-called “real” life is our dream life, to the consideration that
perhaps this Earth life is nothing more than a virtual reality game.And so, last night in my dream, as a part of the October Surprise Treasure Hunt, Joe and I had a new
little baby boy (born October 1) who is SO adorable. He was born just a little early, so he is quite petite, but very healthy
and strong. I had him all wrapped up in a blue blanket and we were visiting a friend to show off our new baby.
This all makes sense as far as my dream life goes…as I have mentioned, I often dream about Joe. He is still my master
teacher in my dreams and he has taught me a lot about his work, where he wanted to head with it, and a new improved bricolage
methodology, which I will be writing about and hopefully developing further – probably for my dissertation, from the
way things look. What I have not mentioned before, and it would make sense to do so at this time, is that back on January
28, 2009, in my dream, Joe and I were married. This might explain better the manifestation of the wedding ring, which I have mentioned frequently in my blogs (and as I had mentioned in the first account there was more to the story)
– and the ring is quite a miraculous story, especially since it occurred after our “marriage” in my dreams
(which is the “more” to the story that I was alluding to). The “Baby Saga” began some time ago, of course. First,
he wanted one baby and just as soon as I had agreed, which was immediately, of course – that quickly turned
into two babies – and then it was “twins.” But, we decided one at a time was really the best way to go because
we are going to continue with the work on the mission (Grandmother is giving us a loving hand raising the baby)…so
we started with a boy and next we will have a little girl. Wow, I am glad I got the nursery ready in our dreamhouse (in my
dreams) and won all of those adorable stuffed animals at the carnival we went to, which were put into the nursery of our dream house. (It's JUST a DREAM!!!)
There is a whole LOT to this entire story which would actually make a fun fictive story, but from
which I will save readers of this blog. However, it does make sense then that almost nine months after getting married we
have this little baby. It seems weird, I know, but my dream life is a continuing saga. It is an ongoing multidimensional
story that seems to keep playing out and overlapping some with this “hell and brimstone” life on earth. Thank
heaven for dreams! They do give relief from this sad state of affairs on earth. Call my dreams an “escape” from
it all, if you wish. It does lead me to believing that Joe was right in that we can have multidimensional experiences of our
own making, but this is a first for me. I have never had this happen before. My dream life seems just as real as this earth
life, if not more real, and it certainly is a much happier place to be…call it a survival technique, if you wish.
was my October Surprise in my Dream Dimension and I have been assured there will be October Surprises in my 3D Earth Dimension
life as well, so this should be a fun and exciting month!. (We named the baby Prince Joe Albert – after his dad, of
course, and after my favorite uncle – Uncle Albert Einstein. He is a prince, because Joe is a King in my dream.) I guess
you can just call me one of the jokers or a fool in Joe’s rendition of FIDUROD
that is, unless you have these sorts of multidimensional experiences and know what they are all about. What was it
Joe had said, “we must be willing to sometimes be seen as the fools of the gods” (p. 19) and I said, “Just
call me a ‘fool,’” then! That’s posted on the first page of this website which
reminds me, in my dream Joe also has been given the title “God of Love,” because he has so much
love for everyone. I have to stress here that I do not make this up. And if I knew how I was making all of this happen, I
would share that, because in my view, it is a very positive experience because it puts all of this crazy, FIDURODian-dictated
life here on earth in a better perspective such that it does not drag me down the way it used to. There truly is hope for
a better, more loving, more sane way of existing.
Joe's FIDURODian Puzzle Speaking of FIDUROD,
have you unscrambled the secret message yet that was discussed in yesterday's blog? It really is not hard to decode this one,
so I am not going provide the solution for quite some time. For one thing, even a child can decode this one and perhaps the
reason Joe put such riddles in his book is so that it appeals to everyone and more people will begin to read the book. I was
thinking it would even be a great book for high school students. It is so funny in places in ways that they would just love
it, and then with all of the MUSIC Easter eggs, they would have enormous fun learning about “Why do I need to
learn this stuff?” Are there any teachers who have not heard that question? Plus, the book is interdisciplinary
– covering music, history, social sciences, science, the arts….I don’t think any subject has been left
Perceptual Shifts What I also learned last night in my dreams from my master teacher (that would
be Joe), is that his book is devised to lead people through various perceptual shifts, which facilitates
consciousness expansion. Thus, as you read through all of his numerous examples and explanations of FIDUROD, which is in the
first half of his book, your perception, or point of view is continuously shifting. This expands consciousness.
There is a reason for all of
this beyond simple consciousness expansion, according to what I am learning. By opening one’s consciousness, it also
opens one’s receptivity to the idea and the experience of one’s true soul mate and the deep love that accompanies
it. This is critically important because of the huge state of chaos and confusion the world is in currently, which is expected
to get worse before things get better. If more people unite with their one true soul mate, they will provide each other unmatched
reassurance and love, and in addition, this will go far toward spreading love throughout the world. It is only love that will
overcome and turn around the madness that is dictating what the world is becoming in this present time.
This is all very, very complicated
and I have only put the basics out here because it is the basics that is essential to understand. If you read Joe’s
book, your consciousness will expand. If you are in an unhappy relationship, then the way the relationship is going is probably
not in your best interest, although that person may very well be your soul mate, and the ways of the world are simply creating
a very negative interference.
Consciousness Expansion Unites Soul Mates Consciousness
expansion can help alleviate some of the effects of this negativity. I am not saying at all that reading Joe’s book
will solve all of these problems; only that it is one step in the right direction because it brings greater awareness of the
dynamics going on around you that are causing all sorts of issues and problems…there is much more work to do after
that. However, it does open one’s mind to the power of love which is a step toward experiencing the magnitude of love
we all need to give and receive. The truth is, of course, that the work goes on for eternity. But it is so much more divine,
blissful, and delightful to work with your soul mate doing what you both most love to do because you can help each other alleviate
any emotional distress along the way, as well as send out love vibrations to the world while you engage in joint actions that
go far in helping other people seek the alleviation of their distress. It becomes that perpetual revolution that Joe talked
about. It’s a love revolution.
Next Time That’s the update for the October
Surprise Treasure Hunt: It is a multidimensional treasure hunt. I was also going to update The Light Way
is the Right Way and the New Quest for the Golden Keys Treasure Hunts, but I will cover them tomorrow.
This is already too much for one day….WAY too much. It is not that easy sharing my dream life, but I have divine guidance
and there is some sort of purpose which will be revealed in the future, I guess. I do what I am led to do even if it is difficult
because I am always very divinely blessed for doing so.
Have a good day, and may your dreams be blessed, Vanessa
And may you share love with
your one true soul mate on this 3D Earth plane:
References Kincheloe, J. L. (2008). Knowledge and Criitcal Pedagogy:
An Introduction. Amsterdam: Springer. Photo Credit: Microsoft.
Mahatma Gandhi On this day in 1869, Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi
was born. Committed to non-violence (he was one of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s many inspirations), Gandhi spent his life
trying to achieve peace and unity... and astrologically, it's no wonder. Just like former President Jimmy Carter (who won
the Nobel Peace Prize and whose birthday was yesterday), Gandhi was a Libra with a Libra Rising. His Leo Moon gave him the
strength and courage of his convictions and Neptune in Aries the strength to turn his dreams – which were the dreams
of his people – into reality.
I figured it out!!! The FIDUROD Thing! (And it was just ONE of my September Surprises!)
It’s October 1st already: Time is really flying these days (and I have the Appalachians in the fall on my
mind). I am SO excited because just before September closed out, I figured out the FIDUROD Puzzle! Back in my Saturday, September 26, 2009 blog in which I explained what Joe meant by FIDUROD, I had stated, “I know there is something about the FIDUROD acronym that is very special beyond what the meaning of each letter reveals.
I keep getting hints, but no substantive clues and, in fact,
I have been told that “the time is not right” and that when the time is right, it will be revealed.” Well, just before the
dawn of October, I figured it out! There is a hidden message! Thus, my solving this appears to be one of my September
Surprises I was promised. Evidently, the “time was right.” It is a sweet surprise, because this puzzle
has been hanging over me for quite some time. And the solution is SO funny -- well, sort of – as long
as the message is not for you.
Let me just say that the solution is SO JOE in all of his brilliance, humor, and sweet cuteness…I’m
getting sentimental again; it’s really hard for me to keep from doing that. Anyway, I HAVE figured it out, but the catch
is that it is so easy that anyone can figure it out so I really do not want to take the fun out of the game
by putting the solution right out here. If you want to decode the secret message, I recommend first reading pages 21-25 in
Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, the section titled, “Playing With the Queen of Hearts: The
Joker Ain’t the Only Fool in FIDUROD” so that you have a complete understanding of the context…then, the
secret message will make more sense. Extra Bonus: There’s also a “key” on page 21 in the
event you are trying to solve The New Quest for the Golden Keys Treasure Hunt as well as at least one
MUSIC Easter Egg.Can you find them?
What I have decided to do is to hide the answer as an Easter egg, in Joe’s tradition, on this
web site. It will be very hard to find UNLESS you solve the puzzle. If you solve the puzzle, you will more easily
be able to locate this Easter egg that will confirm your solution PLUS I will provide additional analysis, including
how the MUSIC Easter egg ties in with it. And I will make this easy. The solution will be hidden on one of the main website
pages and NOT in the blogs which after a time are archived and would make searching a little more difficult. I will also ANNOUNCE
in my blogs when I have hidden the solution and maybe even give a hint where you can find it. That will be down the road just
a bit because I want people to work on this. I will already be giving away a lot when I post my instruction manual for finding
I do hope you
have fun solving this FIDURODian Riddle of Joe’s. As I have said in the past, he is right up there with Einstein and we ain’t seen nothin’ yet! This puzzle is easy, I promise you! And when you solve
it, you will probably laugh (unless the message is for you, personally). It made me laugh.
A Quick Update: I am ALMOST
finished with the instruction manual that explains how to search for – and find – the MUSIC Easter eggs in Joe’s
book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. I do hope to have it finished and posted within a few days.
I apologize for the delay, but it is turning out to be a much longer manual than I had expected, even though I have tried
to condense it somewhat to just a few examples. The problem was that I ended up identifying four levels of difficulty and
wanted to be sure and include examples for each level. Watch for it in the next few days; no later than this weekend. It will,
of course, be FREE. Joe would have wanted it that way, I am sure, and as I have stated elsewhere in these
blogs on several occasions, “What Joe Wants, Joe Gets.” I hope your October is starting out beautifully. Mine is….the Surprises
in September Treasure Hunt has now rolled on over into the October Surprise Treasure Hunt…hmm….there
is something historical about October Surprises; we will need to work on this. I am expecting surprises today since this is
the kick-off day for the October Surprise Treasure Hunt.
As far as September, I had numerous surprises before the last day ended…I gained even more insight into
the meaning of FIDUROD and the secret message, had a few more beautiful songs sent to me that contained some great advice
and very loving messages. First, I am supposed to enjoy my breaks between quarters and not work so hard,
so Hot Fun in the Summertime was the song for that (this is a fun music video, so be a sure to watch it). The next song was Chains of Love, which is a lovely song but then the message was “no, we don’t have chains to
our love” so the song was changed to Unchained Melody (a very beautiful song, truly a special gift). Plus I was given some great advice and a very creative method
for locating the perfect people to serve on my dissertation committee and who might be interested in assisting with the development
of the Joe Lyons Kincheloe Academy. So, all in all, there were many special surprises in September. One last thing. Speaking of love, the songs I am posting today were another September
Surprise that came to me in some correspondence sent my way yesterday. With FIDUROD attacking us daily from every direction, these songs
seem to send an important and urgent message of sweet love. It is interesting that after listening to the first song
on YouTube, which is so beautiful it brought tears, and while copying the code yesterday so that I would be able
to post it, the second song started playing instantly -- sweet, sweet consolation. Love overpowers all; it transcends everything, which I
have discussed in a previous blog and is a topic on which there is much yet to say. Joe talks about it in the framework
of “radical love” throughout his book. Tomorrow: Continuing with the New Quest for the Golden Keys Treasure
Hunt! And more about The Light Way is the Right Way and the October Surprise Treasure Hunts (are you getting
dizzy, yet? lol. I really do stay on top of them all, so don’t worry.) It’s all going to be SO much FUN, FUN, FUN!
The above are links to my blogs. I did not know at
the time of writing them, especially when I first began, that I was recording my Spiritual Journey of Ascension with Joe,
who is my Twin Flame (which I also did not know when I began this journey, but I have provided undeniable evidence in my dissertation and much more evidence since writing it). All I knew when I began this journey after Joe’s death (by which I had
been extremely traumatized) was that I was compelled to write the blogs, every day at first, and I seemed to have been getting
instructions from Joe and from “Above.” I did not understand how the Celestial Spirits were guiding us along our
journey nor the Power they have due to their Love connection to God (as Joe tells us over and over again in his work, there
is nothing more powerful than love). My connection to Joe connected me powerfully to his love and to God’s Love, through
the Holy Spirit. My experiences as recorded in the blogs proves what Joe has taught us about the power of love—over
and over again (I’m a slow learner, for which I feel sad. I was totally asleep when I met Joe and did not even believe
in soulmates. I hope you will not be as slow a learner as I have been). Nevertheless, what an amazing, beautiful journey it
has been! It’s full of adventure, mystery, learning about the world, learning about our past, present and future, and
engaging in super fun and sometime hilarious treasure hunts.
If you want to follow the path and connect to God’s
amazing Love, begin reading at the first link 2009.05.03 and move forward. You will learn a lot!!
I did. And there are millions of Celestial Spirits just waiting to serve as your personal teachers and guides. They want to
take you treasure hunting (they do know where the treasures are) and guide you along your own personal path just like they
did for me. I will not be writing any more blogs here because now I will be teaching Joe’s material “up above”
and continuing along yet another amazing path. You can follow along the next leg of our journey by clicking on the links to
the various courses, treasure hunt quests, etc. We are creating multiple paths now in multiple directions. Are you ready?
There is something for everyone! All you need to do is engage sincerely with seeking knowledge and spreading love
in the world, and then God’s magic will appear in your life too…no more suffering…only love, bliss, joy,
passionate engagement with learning—for everyone, infinitely and eternally. God is Good!! Check it out! 20160227-1330 Rewards Of Developing My Will To Love
“As a child I wanted so
desperately for magic to be real. I would work for hours collecting what I hoped were just the right combination of ingredients
to make some type of magic potion that would provide me with special powers….I found such magic in words viewed in
a postformal matrix and I observe and practice that magic everyday.” (Kincheloe, 2006, Reading, Writing, Thinking,
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