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

 

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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.

 

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

To

joe.kincheloe joe.kincheloe@mcgill.ca

Thu, Sep 25, 2008 7:03 am

finished reading Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction

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

vanessa

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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]

 
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CLARIFICATION OF JOE KINCHELOE'S WORK 

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

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

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

~ ~ ~ Vanessa Jae Paradis
 

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

REFERENCES

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Copyright May 11, 2013 by Vanessa Paradis

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

 

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NarcissismOh, wow, I just realized something
….well, actually my teachers brought this up. People are clearly going to view my statement that I like to say my name means “Joe’s Butterfly Heaven” as highly narcissistic. Of course, people will think that! And it did not even dawn on me because nothing could be further from the truth. This just goes to show that things can be interpreted so vastly differently depending on one’s chosen context or point of view. I forgot for a moment that this is Earth and people are egocentric and so they tend to project that egocentrism onto everyone around them (I hope I am not projecting, here). I was not referring to myself as “Joe’s Butterfly Heaven,” Heavens no! It is just a reminder for me as to the purpose of his work and using the great tools he developed to accomplish that work. It is my belief – and again, this is MY belief -- and nobody else need adopt this belief -- that I need to do everything I can toward Joe’s mission. Thus, the butterfly refers to using the tools Joe left us, such as critical complex epistemology and the critical bricolage that incorporate right into them the butterfly effect so that transformation quickly spreads around the world. In simple terms, what the phrase means to me is that I need to focus on creating Joe's Heaven on Earth (my interpretation of what the mission “the alleviation of human suffering” entails) using Joe’s butterfly tools. This needs to be done now and it needs to be accomplished quickly, but it will not be easy.

The Whole World In Your HandsThe reason we need to get this show on the road quickly is because, in spite of what many egocentric minds on Earth conceive, there are many planets in dire need of similar assistance. Earth is merely a training ground to prepare more people to have the knowledge we all need to work throughout the universe; Earth is not the center of the Universe. But then, Earth is a special place that is loved throughout the universe, and the thinking is that as messed up as things are here right now, if we can fix everything, then we will have set a great example of what is possible elsewhere and we will have created the most divine place for learning, which Joe's work provides a fantastic foundation for and is why I am pushing it so hard. Thus, I have a greater purpose in mind than what I personally might benefit from the work I have been assigned.

My Assignment for Today: Evolving a Blog
write courtesy of MicrosoftI seem to have writer’s block today and this never happens. So I just now got out of my morning session with one of my Master Teachers, which was a short session, but he had some ideas for me. He suggested checking my email updates, check Doreen’s oracle for today because she has “some words of wisdom” as he put it, and to do an oracle reading from Joe’s book Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. Oh, that reminds me. I am to tell people that this book has the most personal messages, although his other books are not deserts, and I am supposed to tell people not to worry: I will not be posting highly personal interpretations of his messages in my blogs (because some the messages really are very personal). What I will do is keep a running list of all of the messages as I come across them, give people some time to find their own messages, and then if they have not found them, they can always ask me. This was the direction provided me this morning, and my teacher concluded by stating that adding these suggested items to today’s blog should “pull it all together.” Now that’s a song if I ever heard one.

So here we go. I will check Doreen’s message and my email right now.

I LIKE Doreen’s message today! Positive Expectations…and we get to choose our own favorite type of movie to create from the theaters that offer a wide genre. Obviously, I choose the Romance Movies so I have to warn people if you are not “into love” AND you do not want to watch romance movies, then my blogs are not going to be something you want to read. For those who LOVE love and are with their soul mates or want to find their soul mates, then my hope is that perhaps reading my blogs will lift you higher than ever before. And I must not forget my Sherlock Holmes/My Dear Watson detective movies, which I also get assigned on occasion. So, here’s what Doreen’s message for today is, which is a great message, no matter what “movie” you want to create for yourself – it will get you on the right track.



As far as my email, I had an interesting update from Spirit Library that, again deals with the concept of Expectations. This one frames the paradigm shift the world is experiencing as the Earth being an expectant mother about to give birth to many enlightened souls, as based on Mayan prophecy. It even speculates as to the date of birth and it will be interesting to see if these things come about. No need to judge this or throw its babies out with the bathwater (as Joe always said). It is interesting if you read it with an open mind, and let’s just see what happens. I love this analogy.

Surrender – A Message from Navajo -- Sunday, February 28, 2010
Pregnant EarthFor quite some time now, Mother Earth has been very wobbly as the magnetic poles are shifting.  We can contribute this to the fact that our Earth is heavy laden with child (the newly ascended light beings).  Obviously, the inhabitants of this Planet (all of us) will be sharing her experience.  Often this time in a pregnancy ushers in a host of birth pangs: frustration, nausea, stress, anxiety, nervousness, absent-mindedness, procrastination, worry, heaviness, depression, tension and hopefully, above all, excitement. 

M
ny women enter their 8th month fearing the inevitable experience which is about to descend on them.  In modern times, these women can opt for a drugged out birth or the more infamous Caesarean birth…  In the ascension process (our current birth), there are no drugs or medical procedures available to help us shortcut our way through labor.  There is only one way through the upcoming experience and that is through the vaginal canal or to be more accurate- through the galactic milky way we go, contractions and all.  The eighth month then is quite an intense time as there is no going back to what was.  Often, due to the immensity of the impending future reality, one manifests early birth/fear symptoms.

When I was pregnant with my first child, Angel, I had made elaborate plans for a forthcoming home birth with my chosen traditional Belizean midwife.  Let me mention, this was not an easy “plan” as I live on an island which has no medical doctor, much less a hospital, and the local clinic nurses were insisting that I was not allowed to remain at home. Nonetheless, I persisted.  In the beginning of my eighth month, though, I woke up one morning to extremely real and painful contractions.  I couldn’t believe those contractions were happening.  My mind reeled, “if I went into labor now”, I thought, ” I wouldn’t be able to have my much hoped for home birth “.  I was devastated, yet, the contractions continued on, wave after to wave, until, with much hesitation and eventual surrender, I prepared to leave my island home for the mainland hospital.  While shedding many tears of frustration, and attempting to bargain with the gods, my contractions came to a sudden halt.  My prayers were answered.

In my ninth month of pregnancy with Angel, at the end of my full term, (I made it), I filled up an outdoor wash basin, one large enough for me to sit in.  I placed my entire body in that water and simply sat for hours on end.  I remember my skin was quite waterlogged and wrinkly due to the hours I spent in that bathtub.  My husband kept checking on me, seeing if I wanted to come out of the tub- I didn’t.  After many hours, I started to feel very strange. I stood up and was immediately slammed by a major contraction.  With full clarity, I understood I was in labor and the water in the tub had been relieving all my symptoms.  I labored for a very short 30 minutes before I pushed my first son into the world assisted by my husband, on our porch, with my cats, the trees and the birds to bear witness.  Needless to say, the midwife didn’t make it to my birth in time.

We are four months into the Mayan Calendar 6th galactic night (November 2009- November 2010), and as I stated in my article of early December 2009 “The Quickening”, this time can be likened to a woman’s 8th month of pregnancy.  Just as I had to come to terms with the inevitable birth of my first son, Angel, so must we all realize, we are about to birth ourselves into the New World.  I have recently heard that there is actually nothing “wrong” with the Earth at this moment, She is simply very pregnant.

Since this pregnancy and the latter part of this expecting phase is making us all feel very off kilter, I believe we need to call on the Yoruban-Brazilian Goddess, Yemeya, for assistance with helping us accomplish full surrender to the moment.  “Yemeya, beautiful goddess of the Sea, hear our prayers.  (I offer you papaya, white hibiscus flowers and copal) as this birth feels so scary, incredibly overwhelming, emotionally trying, spiritually difficult and mentally impossible.  Help us to let go, to live in the flow of the present moment and to release all our symptoms to the Great Goddess.  Help us to wait out our time (according to the Mayan Calendar Evolutionary Theory as investigated by Carl Calleman, the eight month ends November 2010, the 9th month ends February 2011, and the birth will last for 260 days until October 2011; thus the Mayan calendar ends) in patience and with joy, knowing full well we deserve a healthy birth of ease.

“What is becoming increasingly clear is that this birth is likely to become very demanding”. “Not only do I think that the upcoming period (he is referring to the 6th galactic night, November 2009- November 2010) will be unusually intense, but also energetically quite complex”,  Carl Calleman. (www.carlcalleman.com)

Now I know many of our favourite writers, myself included, have been saying that the New World is here, right now, but according to the Mayan Evolutionary Theory, we have yet to deliver this  “baby”.  So I hate to disappoint everyone, but we have until February 2011 until the full brunt of the ascension symptoms reside and another 260 days of labor which makes our expected due date:  October 2011!  Now I know every time I write about the New World being here right now, what I actually mean to say, is that we have indeed outgrown our old structures and are, without a doubt, attempting to dismantle the constructs of the old world.   We are receiving a teaser taste of the New World.  Like a woman in her eighth month who knows her old reality has ceased to exist, but that her new reality has yet to manifest.  We are All also at that point of no return.  But we have yet to actually go through the labor.  And like the old adage goes, it is not called labor for nothing.

In one’s eighth month, it doesn’t help to moan and groan and complain- this isn’t going to make the symptoms go away, this isn’t going to make the baby come any faster.  The eighth month is heavy.  The ninth month is heavier. The labor can go with ease or with extreme difficulty depending on the mother, but it is never accomplished without the required blood, sweat and tears.  This is not meant to be a doom and gloom message, more accurately, a statement to everyone to hang in there with anticipation, joy and excitement.  A new baby is a glorious miracle!

If you familiarize yourself with Calleman’s work, it will become clear- what is about to happen on Planet Earth has never before happened.  His theory states that it has taken 16.4 bllion years to reach this zenith in our consciousness.  “There are for instance those that believe that the end date of the Mayan calendar only marks the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new. On my own part I however think that we are approaching something much more profound than just a point in a cycle that again will be repeated. The only Mayan inscription from ancient times, the Tortuguero monument, which describes the end (http://bit.ly/3Ni2rD) of their calendar says that nine cosmic forces will then manifest. Empirically, there is also overwhelming evidence from modern research that we are approaching a point in time when nine evolutionary levels (so called Underworlds) of the cosmic plan are simultaneously going to be completed. This would imply that we are approaching not another cycle or another shift, but the end to all shifts, which have been driving evolution since the beginning of the universe. Such an end to all shifts could conceivably provide the basis for a harmonious eternal peace on Earth”, Carl Calleman.

Birth, then!  It is such a messed up concept in today’s modern world.  In most cities, the Caesarean rates have reached an all time high between 35-45% and beyond.  Women (and men) are afraid of birth.  I ask how then are we to successfully approach ascension if birth is our model analogy?  May I repeat Calleman?, “What is becoming increasingly clear is that this birth is likely to become very demanding”.  I have said it before, I’ll say it again – we are going to have to breath.  Breathe deeply, become master breatharians .

In response to all the writers and spiritual seekers questioning?  “Are we there yet?”  Oh yes, we are there, at least in our Spirits.

Our upcoming birth experience, though, our ascension, is a personal journey into the unknown, a rite of passage that one cannot escape.  Like the aboriginal tribes who demand initiation ceremonies to pass from one stage of life unto the next, so too must we undergo our own personal initiation to the other side, which coincides for everyone with the Mayan Calendars’ closing dates.
Our aches and pains at this time are a natural part of the process.   The key to the remainder of the calendar is to surrender, as there is nothing left to “do” on the planet other than prepare ourselves for a beautiful journey and birth.
Navajo

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“Oracle Reading” from Joe’s Book
I am simply going to open up the book Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction and read the very first sentence my eyes land on. Will it relate to all of this? We shall see if I can make magic here. Here goes. . .

“The systems formed by things-in-relationship are uncovered by devising inter-connected patterns” (p.134).

webassetsHow does this relate to expecting? I think this can refer to allowing things to unfold or evolve and noticing the patterns, and expecting that this sort of birthing process will happen naturally. It actually becomes quite amazing when you notice these patterns and then you juxtapose the interesting relationships between systems that you might normally choose to ignore. This very blog represents that. I have included Doreen’s take on Positive Expectations and then taken another perspective of Expectations as an analogy for the changes the world is going through and now this excerpt from Joe’s book that again, is referring to the birth of systems and manifestation of these systems that occur simply by “devising’ or observing and pointing out patterns. These patterns connect diverse systems and show how they are indeed interrelated. If you read the rest of this section in Joe’s book, he explains how reductionist science and thinking hampers this ability to perceive the interconnections whereas critical complex epistemology and ontology allows us to understand that all life forms are interconnected and systemic, not isolated entities operating on their own with no effect on everything else. The bricolage is a great tool that helps us detect these interconnections, taking us much further in our ability to conceive and then birth new and amazing possibilities. Everything is interrelated and it is not all that magical when you realize that this is the divine plan of the entire universe. This is why Doreen states that we should not use outlines and why Joe and many other people tell us not to use blueprints. We must allow the universe to unfold as we “go with the flow.” It means surrender, be and let be, and most of all, to LOVE. The significance for teaching and learning is profound.

Today’s Music
So, now that leads me to today’s music, which, as I stated above, was provided to me with the words, “pull it all together.” Let’s see what You Tube brings right up to the top.

Queen of HeartsFor you ladies out there, (but it is also something men should be thinking about as well!) we have “Pull it All Together” by the Queen of Makeovers. This could be important if you are getting ready to meet your soul mate or if you are interested in developing a new and individual “image” that matches your personality or the aura you wish to present. Actually, I think this was brought up for me in relation to a very special assignment my Master Teachers have given me….I need to work on this. I like her idea of special, unique embellishments on clothing. I think I want to use some Celtic symbols, now that I have learned so much more about my heritage. Oh, and I want one of those scrunchies! And some more Celtic jewelry!! This is a great video and she has more! And she gives a sweet message about making the world a more beautiful place….yes, this is great video. And how does it relate? Again, she points out how everything is interrelated – even how we choose to present ourselves. Change just one item even, such as which shoes you wear, as she points out, it changes the entire look or presentation. How we present ourselves can be important in certain situations; however, we should not judge people simply by their appearance, either. Our outer appearance is not WHO we are, although we CAN if we so choose to, use the way we dress to represent who we are inside. On the other hand, we can choose to hide who we really are from the world by the way we dress and that is a perfectly justifiable choice as well that can have a very divine purpose.

 

Only One Problem.
No MUSIC came up with this search. I will try again and add the word music to the terms. Well, this song (below) will seem like a weird song to those who do not know what it means, but it is, again, a very special message for me relating to that special assignment my Master Teachers have given me and they know I have reservations about it for various reasons. I will explain it another time, I promise, but this is not the time. In relation to today’s blog, the message they are giving me is to not try to formulate complex plans, outlines, or blueprints. They already have the blueprint with multiple possibilities that will allow the assignment to evolve in a most divine way. I have this tendency to want to take over, take control, plan, and then stress out about it all. Clearly, today’s message is to just let the universe and our interrelationship with everything around us evolve; we do not need to be “in control.” 

Another interpretation that relates to today’s blog is that we are being asked to climb a very tall mountain as we go through this transformation of earth and that we have been given the gift of “purple heather” which can be interpreted to mean the powerful violet flame that transmutes our negative energy and karma so that we can live and relate in love. I can honestly say, the violet flame does work quite miraculously. I had mentioned it in a previous blog. I did not know what it was until I happened to come across references to the violet flame. So, here the message again is, no matter how difficult things are or how tall the mountain is that we must climb, we have divine assistance that will send us the violet flame to help transmute any negativity or sad emotions that happen to come up.
 

Wild Mountain Thyme: Will You Go Lassie?



peter´s new song - well peter doesn´t speak any english at all - but he manages quite well... just one more session (recorded 06.03.08) with a beautiful traditional song.

Mountain Heatherlyrics:
Late summer time is coming
With the trees still sweetly blooming
And the wild mountain thyme
Growing round the purple heather
Will you go, lassie go.

And we'll all go together
To pull mountain thyme
All around the purple heather
Will you go, lassie go.

I will build my love a bower
Behind the clear crystal fountain
And around it I will sow
All the flowers of the mountain
Will you go, lassie go.




And we'll all go together
To pull mountain thyme
All around the purple heather
Will you go, lassie go.

If my love should tell me no
Surely I will find another
To pull wild mountain thyme
All around the purple heather
Will you go, lassie go.

And we'll all go together
To pull mountain thyme
All around the purple heather
Will you go, lassie go.

And we'll all go together
To pull mountain thyme
All around the purple heather
Will you go, lassie go.
Category:  MusicTags:  scottish  folk  song 

And as one final and very beautiful musical rendition – where are we all headed? Dancing our way to Freedom! I love dancing.

The Violet Flame Dances With Freedom



P.S. The CROCUSES really ARE BLOOMING!!!
crocusYesterday morning my Master Teacher told me, "I think if you go look around today, you will see that the crocuses are beginning to bloom." This is significant because first, crocuses do not normally bloom here until March and last year I was told that when the crocuses bloomed I would have some major "enlightenments" or revelations -- and I did. They were not good, but they were very major. Well, I was told that the same will be happening this year, except that this year they will be very good revelations. So, I went out and, sure enough, as amazing as it is, I actually found that the crocuses are beginning to bloom....here are a couple of pictures I took of them. I just can't wait until they are in full bloom -- and when the roses bloom, OMG, it's going to be AMAZING this year!!! We really need to fix that CRACK in the sidewalk. The weeds always find them.
crocus



Narcissism image courtesy of http://maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com/uploads/Narcissus.jpg
Pregnant Earth courtesy of http://www.spontaneouscreation.org/SC/images/woman%20pregnant%20with%20the%20earth.jpg
Cosmos image courtesy of http://www.ee.usyd.edu.au/~kpang/p_download/cosmos1.jpg
Moutain Heather courtesy of http://www.hmenck.com/Thumbnails/pink_mountain_heather_hm-01.jpg
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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Candy Kisses on My Mind – A LOVE Diversion

CandyI decided I will keep today’s blog relatively short and sweet. I came across this really sweet song for all of you lovers out there (I hope there are some lovers out there). Yes, I am “into” love. It is the season for love. It is the time for love. It is the era of love. In fact, if I were to pick a different planet to be from it would be named Eros which means God of Love and it would be in the Pleiadian Star System and Pleiadians would live on this planet and I would be a Pleiadian because from what I have read they are well known throughout the Universe as Masters of Love. Women are treated equally and revered for their special knowledges of relationships. In fact, whenever there is a dispute, especially if it looks like it could lead to war, it is the Law of Land (not written, mind you, but supported and practiced by all) that Women must be consulted before any final decisions are made relating to disputes or wars. Pleiadians do not like wars; they are peacemakers and only fight in self defense. Yes, they live on the Love Planet and they are the Great Lovers of the Universe. I am making this up, you know. It just sounds so good to me. No, wait. I have read this before. Some people claim to channel Pleiadians and I have read some of those books. The Pleiadians are absolutely the most amazing and most loving people you could ever imagine, based on these channeled messages. The messages are beautiful, loving, and truly have our best interests in mind, no matter what you want to believe about Pleiadians. They have an excellent understanding of all of the problems on Earth and they provide loving and very sound advice for saving humanity and the planet. I love the Pleiadians.

lollipopI do not apologize, whatsoever for focusing on sweet love today. The world has been so STARVED of love for so long that there are many of us “out here” now trying to make up for lost time and change things around. We are hoping the butterfly effect operates in full force. You can never, ever go wrong with love. Oh, and I must not forget, Herbert Marcuse wrote the book on Love!!! – called Eros and Civilization. In fact, in Chapter 10, he describes the delicious Transformation of Sexuality into Eros, and he speculates about civilizations in which the sexual instinct or libido is not deflected or repressed, but is “gratified in activities and relations that are not ‘sexual’” in the physical sense “but yet are libidinal and erotic” (p. 204). We have been an enormously repressed society, and of course, Freud perpetuated that with his bizarre theories that Marcuse, Joe and others have since debunked. It is now past time that we escape this FIDURODian nonsense and return to our natural and happy existence. Joe talked about this a lot – how libido is smothered and how jouissance is an essential ingredient for learning. Wilhelm Reich was another one who promoted releasing our puritanical belief system and allowing the natural flow of our life force energy. It can make an amazing difference. I would imagine on a Planet named Eros, the people have this all figured out.

Eros and PsycheOh, look at this – Eros and Psyche – it’s a sweet soulmate story!


OMG!! I found this beautiful picture of Eros and Psyche! I LOVE it! I am definitely buying it! (I am still working on making my home beautiful since just moving in a year ago, and I need more paintings and such. If you like it, I included a link to the artist -- just click on the image.)

Here’s what Wikipedia says (I just had to look up Eros and ran across this):

[The story] tells of the struggle for love and trust between Eros and Psyche, whose name is difficult to appropriately translate as it transcends both the Greek and Latin language, but can be taken to mean "soul", "mind" or rather both. Aphrodite is jealous of the beauty of mortal Psyche, as men are leaving her altars barren to worship a mere human woman instead, and so commands her son Eros to cause Psyche to fall in love with the ugliest creature on earth. Eros falls in love with Psyche himself and spirits her away to his home. Their fragile peace is ruined by a visit of Psyche's jealous sisters, who cause Psyche to betray the trust of her husband. Wounded, Eros departs from his wife and Psyche wanders the earth, looking for her lost love.

Well, I said this was going a short blog, but it seems like my blogs always end up being longer than I intend. I think my Master Teachers are doing this because it is all in preparation for my dissertation. I think I said once that this is documentation and it will be “data” for a phenomenological study. Oh no! I just remembered that one of my Master Teachers told me a few days ago that I am a sort of “sacrificial lamb.” But she did say that it is not in a bad way; she predicts that it is all going to be very, very good. I have a feeling I know where we are heading….oh well, enjoy this sweet song. I really like it!

Candy Kisses – Amanda Perez



crocusesP.S. I wrote all of the above last night. Much has happened this morning. In fact, you would NOT BELIEVE everything that is happening right now! It is SO Amazing, but I will have to save it all for later. Just suffice it to say this. The crocuses are blooming! (just beginning to, or so my Master Teacher told me -- I will have to check it out)– and just like last year that means more knowledge is being handed down to me and I am like walking up these steps of a great and magnificent marble cathedral – like a Greek Temple or something (and eventually I will get to the top and get to go inside!). My Master Teacher told me that right now I am going up the next very long flight of steps (after having had a brief plateau), but that it will be worth it! He gave me a very long lesson today and it was quite divine. It highlights just how much knowledge has been kept from me all of my life (as well as from all of the masses). We really need to change this! I will have to cover it another time, but he asked me to include this last video as a sort of clue or something -- it's about the pen being mightier than the sword (Just before he left this morning after my lesson, he told me, "Yes, the pen is mightier than the sword" and it brought up this video.) It’s short. Be sure to watch it ALL THE WAY THROUGH so that you get the complete message. It isn't over until it's over. (You'll see what I mean.)

Have a good weekend and don’t fall into any black holes.

The Pen Is Mightier than the Sword

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Joe’s Love Messages and His Critical Bricolage: Pathways to Freedom, Peace, and Parties

Bugleweed - Flowers Fit for a KingJoe’s Messages of Love
Back on Valentine’s Day I mentioned that Joe left many personal messages for people in his writings. I do not lie. Joe loved everybody he knew and one thing is certain -- if he left special encoded (and not so encoded) messages for me, which he did, and I was relatively speaking a “nobody” to Joe (as some people have so kindly reminded me), then how many more loving messages do you think he must have left for everyone else he knew? Yes, there are a lot and I will never claim that I will be able to uncover all of them, but I will try. They tend to just “pop out” at me when I am reading his work for some other purpose, such as writing my dissertation or they come to my attention in other ways.

Joe had multiple ways of hiding his messages using polysemy, hermeneutics, reversals, syllogism – he used every "trick" in the book and even invented some very creative new ones -- and I kid you not. Although I would not really classify them as "tricks" per se or in a negative sense; they are actually very beautiful gifts. I first noticed them when I began discovering all of his embedded music (what I call “Easter eggs”) in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. And indeed, he discusses some of these techniques in detail in some of his books, although he has not given all of his secrets away because he wanted us to have FUN discovering them - unwrapping the gifts, so to speak. There is nothing to fear from this at all. As I said and as most people know anyway, Joe loved everyone, which is probably why this information was allowed to be released on such a special day -- Valentine’s Day (you might want to go back and read that blog). I am sure he would have wanted us to view these as he most assuredly had intended: they are special gifts from him to us just waiting to be discovered. I always knew that his work was a gift to the world, and I had told him exactly that in an email right after reading his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. At the time I told him that, I was not fully conscious of what an enormously monumental gift he left us in all of his work…but it seems through my dreams and as I work with his theory I am gradually becoming more and more aware of all of the amazing gifts he has left for each and everyone of us. What is so amazing is that Joe was able to accomplish so much work and such complex and deeply thought-out work, and yet he neglected no one. If ever I needed him for anything at all -- even if I did not even EMAIL him -- he was right there for me. I mentioned this before. He just knew I was always worrying about him and if I started crying, instantly an email would pop in from him (even from the hospital one time). It was just so amazing. I assumed it was the same for everyone and so I was totally awed by him and I still am, for very good reasons.

My Dream Land Interpretation
Dream Land BlissNow here is something interesting. As I have said several times, my name means butterfly. I have discussed in previous blogs the significance of this in relation to transformation, my mission to do my part to make the world better, as well as to some of the Easter eggs in Joe’s book that mention the return of the butterfly (Am I the return of that butterfly?)  As I had discussed, my first name means butterfly, my middle name is feminine for Joe, and my last name means Heaven. Is this simply an odd coincidence? Or is it my dream reality coming true? Or maybe I am the "twin butterfly" (whatever that is). I like to say that my name means Joe’s Butterfly Heaven. Joe liked butterflies (maybe he even loved butterflies) and what design did he choose to put on the cover of his book, Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage? This book is critically important to my research. He had a beautiful, colorful butterfly placed right on the cover! Did you realize that? Is that a sign? Again, it is somewhat just below the threshold of conscious perception, so some people may have missed it. Quite honestly, I also missed it at first, until I started using his bricolage and my consciousness expanded. Do you think this butterfly image was an accident? I could go into the idea of soul mate contracts and alternate realities or dream life where people can connect, plan, and work together, but I am not sure people are quite ready for that, and this would be jumping the gun a bit, anyway. So, suffice it to say that this particular book is of particular importance to me for personal reasons and of course, it is related to my mission to continue Joe's mission to "alleviate human suffering in the world" and at this point, I will, thankfully, I am sure, take off here in another entirely different direction that more people will be able to better relate to and will consider “normal” in the tradition that we in our still too Westernized society currently seem to define who is or is not “normal.” (Nevertheless, I know what my “job” is and who I am working for.)

Transformation in the “Real” World
Blue Monarch ButterflyWhen we "employ the bricolage," we are literally creating transformation – thus, the butterfly is such a perfect representation of that transformation. On page 113 of this book, the graphic depicts how a butterfly image is created by mapping out threads through the point of entry text (POET) we began with. In other words, we take one particular point of view, do our research so that we can rewrite this point of view with new perspectives and this is repeated over and over again. The connections between the various perspectives form a butterfly image (as represented on the cover of this book) that depicts the transformation which occurs as a result. Using perspectives from what Joe defines as blue knowledge in his book, Critical Constructivism, we end up with a transformative power that the powers-that-be are at loss to “reckon with.” Thus, we will have regained our own power. The more different perspectives we weave back through the (transforming) POET, the greater the transformative power. In fact, as Joe mentions, Einstein used this idea and believed that the more perspectives we use, the more powerful. While this transformation occurs within us as researchers as we engage in this process, it will also serve to transform those who read the final result because of the unique juxtaposed perspectives. The more unique, the more we become “‘shocked’ by difference” into an awareness of things we may have never even considered before, as Joe had stated to me one time. And, according to Joe, this works to help us see what we can personally offer “that is unique and innovative.” In this way, the bricolage facilitates extreme creativity that results in the production of new knowledge.

The bricolage is truly a key to major transformation within us -- and in the world. We cannot change without having an effect on changing the world. Again, Joe discussed this as the “butterfly effect” in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. If you do not know what the butterfly effect is and how powerful it is, I suggest looking it up. Wikipedia probably gives a good description.

Joe’s Critical Bricolage as a Pathway to Peace and Freedom
Restorung LibertyAnd how does using the bricolage lead to peace and freedom? Most people who knew Joe, know what one of his trade secrets was. He listened. What that means is that he listened to everybody. Of course he did not agree with everyone and everything they said. On the other hand, there was probably no one with whom he totally disagreed with. As he so cutely and sweetly put it, and as I had mentioned in my blog a couple of days ago, he filtered out and kept ALL good ideas that proved valuable to the mission to alleviate human suffering. No babies are floating in streams of bathwater here” as he put it in his book, Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 59-60). This is how he created his brilliant theory. As he stated, “bricoleurs flatly reject some simple binarism between a decontextualized notion of modernism and postmodernism” (p. 60). There is something worth keeping or learning from the most diverse perspectives that people put out there. It is worthwhile to look at all perspectives and contextualize them, no matter how much we think we disagree with the perspective or think it comes from an “inferior” position in society or lower rung of our hierarchical system of knowledge. The name of the game is to find something of value in absolutely every perspective. It is easy to see how this sets us free as well as contributes to peace. We are free to express our perspectives, we are free as researchers to justifiably examine all types of perspectives and “data” and we are free to define for ourselves who we want to be. We develop a "be and let be" type of mindset. 

We need to learn to listen (or read/research) without making instant judgments (of course, I include myself in this equation) -- in other words, with an open mind so that we do not miss the good as we are tossing out the harmful ideas. Joe was exceptionally skilled with this, as so many people have noted. But he did convey that becoming bricoleurs is a lifetime endeavor and not something we can expect to achieve overnight or with one research project. Of course, if we are all able to develop this skill and find ways to make room for each and everyone to express their views and incorporate the good (ensuring we do not throw out any babies with the bathwater) – then we can begin the journey on the pathway toward peace. We do have a long way to go, but then as I have also pointed out, Joe’s theory is ecological. Once it catches on, it will grow like that bugleweed. Not a weed at all, it is a beautiful royal flower fit for a King.

The Music Playlist for Today
Music TimeI just had a meeting with one of my Master Teachers. I already had the blog written but was “blank” about the music so I told him “I just need some music for it.” Well, he told me a couple things before he got around to talking about music. First, he wanted me to remind people that my explanation above is a simplified version for “simple minds” (just kidding: I think the joke was on me since I am still learning; he is so funny). What he said was to tell readers that the bricolage is more complex than depicted and that I will delve into the complexity with my dissertation as it is not my intent to present my entire research project nor convey the entire theory in these blog – and that people will also have to read the book.

Next, he dealt with my request for music…and he went wild. “Music? You want the Music Man himself to come up with an appropriate song for today? Well have you………(personal convo)? You find that funny? Maybe you should go back to the funny farm for some divine enlightenment. (If you can stop laughing). OK let’s get serious. You want music? I’ll give you music. There.”

So, whatever do I do with all of that? We’ve got a lot of potential with this: Music Man, Funny Farm, Divine Enlightenment. Let’s get serious. You want music? I’ll give You Music. There.

All of the links are to the songs that came to the very top of the search. There were two I especially liked.

I like the first one: Music Man. It sounds like this is a special message indicating that a lot of “cash” is coming my way. (We have to be able to read into these things.)

Music Man

 

The second one I really liked was the song that came up when I searched “You want music”? This was kind of amazing since I was just discussing avatars in my blogs yesterday and how it was surmised that Conan Doyle may have used his characters, Sherlock Holmes and Watson as avatars so that he could live through them vicariously (or was Doyle the avatar?). It amazes me how many people spend so much time playing those MMO games. Entertainment is one thing...but perhaps there is a lot of learning going on. I have never played them, so I really wouldn't know. Something I need to spend more time researching. I do think I prefer "real" experiences and creating my own fun virtual reality games. It will be interesting to see if I create the reality of my dreams....they say you can and I figure I can't go wrong by trying.

Do You Want to Date My Avatar? The Guild

 

Speaking of DREAM Life
FOUR Rings!I had this fantastic dream just last night. In my dream world, if you can believe this, when a couple gets engaged, the MAN wears the rings first -- Yes, RINGS -- and up to FOUR of them on one hand. I had to ask one of my Master Teachers, Why so many rings? And why do the men often seem to be wearing more rings than the women? Well, when the two get engaged, they exchange rings, engagement rings. Then, they can get married with their own private ceremony and this is when they exchange wedding rings, usually diamond rings. Next, (if they are a Queen/King or Goddess/God), they have to go through two levels of sanctioning and then they have their official public weddings. Well, when the marriage is sanctioned by the planet they reside on, the woman gives the MAN the ring....and then when there is Universal sanctioning, she gives him another ring, making four total. The man wears the four rings to signify his complete and total commitment and devotion to his wife, their marriage, and their family. The next step is their marriage ceremonies, but this is so different from what we are accustomed to. They wait until they have children because children are especially blessed and they signify, for example, that the King and Queen are totally dedicated to their people and will be forever. During that ceremony in which the children are present and given special honor is when the man gives the woman her second wedding ring (3rd ring, total, counting the engagement ring) which officially honors the sanction and seals the marriage at the third level. Once they go through that ceremony they can have the fourth level marriage ceremony -- the GRAND CEREMONY which comes with full Universal Sanctioning and Blessings from High, and then the man gives the woman her fourth ring, usually an exquisitely beautiful ring that permanently and unalterably seals their marriage for eternity, although this is not a problem when the couple are twin soul mates since they are already in an eternal union. The man usually wears all four rings on his left hand. The woman usually wears all three wedding rings on the left hand and the engagement ring on the right hand, as tradition would have it. Isn't that totally beautiful? I love my dreams and I really do want them to come true! Marriage should be that special and blessed. From what I understand, though, generally only soul mate pairs (including non-twin soul mates) experience all four levels of marriage -- all the more reason to open your heart with love so that you find your soul mate. Of course, that's my dream and everyone is free to create their own dreams. (Click on the photo above for a very beautiful wedding song about rings.)

It is Party Scream Time!
SuG Scream PartyI am reluctant to say this, but I got a little frustrated with my teacher because he gave SO MANY possibilities for songs. I went ahead and provided links to all of them and picked out a couple of my favorites, but I called him up again and said to him, “Hey, what song do I choose? What’s the one special and most significant song?” And he says to me, “Oh … I forgot to give you that one. It’s “Live, Love, and Party.” This is what came up when I typed in “Live, Love and Party.” It sounds like we are promoting a relatively new band, here – plus emphasizing that the party will be happening all over the world, so get ready!!! (You might want to review PLURRR and Is It Party Time? The way I look it, it may be a long road to LOVE and PEACE (and then again, it may be shorter than we think) – but in the meantime, we should all PARTY! It’s great that people all around the world are on the same wavelength. Here is another interesting side note. In Joe’s song by the Doors, When the Music’s Over  (p. 20, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy), the lyrics talk about wanting to hear the “scream of the butterfly” – I wondered what that could have meant. So, now I am thinking it was not a bad scream….it was a “party scream.” It is time to PARTY (in a celebratory fashion -- no drugs or alcohol allowed -- they are bad for the body, mind, and soul).

Love Scream Party – SuG – from the Peace and Smile Carnival

They have an
interesting site and their tagline is
”Welcome to I SCREAM PARTY, an English fansite made specially for SuG, the Heavy Positive Rock band in Japan.”



Rings Image courtesy of Photobucket
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Thursday, February 25, 2010

It’s Elementary, My Dear Watson

Sam Cooke - A Change is Gonna ComeWow, there is always something new and surprising to learn! Yesterday, I received the movie that my Master Teachers had recommended I watch back on February 19 and February 22 from
from Reality Entertainment, called “Elementary, My Dear Watson.” As I had discussed, this is all part of my training for my new “position” as a “secret agent” so to speak and a “right hand man” to my Master Teachers - and vice versa! I had done a little investigating into Sam Cooke’s tragic demise as a sort of initiation for this new role and I passed with flying colors. This was all covered in previous blogs. I am still waiting to hear from President Obama to see if he doesn’t agree with me that there was something very suspicious about Sam’s death that needs to be investigated further. I do hope that President Obama will reopen the case because it would aid Sam in achieving justice for the misinformation that’s being spread about him via a new documentary and book – as well as ensure the redistribution of his music royalties to his wife and children.

Irish ShopAfter this, my teachers took to calling me “My Dear Watson,” and asked me to watch the movie about Sherlock Holmes. I found it very interesting that Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes stories was one of my Irish “brothers” and there was speculation made as to whether a strong interest in esoteric and spiritual matters is somehow a genetic predisposition. Doyle was deep into esoteric matters and these ideas and concepts are sprinkled throughout his books, particularly a couple of them, which I am supposed to read now. Of course, I am also Scottish-Irish, but the weird thing about it was that I knew nothing about my ancestral Celtic traditions and beliefs until I went on the Pacific Coast Eager Beaver Treasure Hunt (which I have written about in multiple blogs) and during which was directed to purchasing some Celtic music. The music triggered many memories for me. I had also come across an Irish Shop on the treasure hunt where I learned much more about my cultural background.

Avatar the MovieAs most people know, Watson was a very important figure in the Sherlock Holmes stories and regarded as his “right hand man.” That is also very significant. Some of the other interesting facts that came out in the video are that these stories were written during a time and place in which society is much like it is today: wealth was unfairly distributed, there were many very poor people suffering, unemployment was high, and the masses were surrounded in squalor and disease. This was during the late 1800s during the great rise of the British Empire. The Sherlock Holmes stories took hold among many people and were a form of escape from the misery they were experiencing. The movie analyzed the characters as possibly being projections of Doyle and referred to Watson as being a sort of avatar so that Doyle could vicariously engage in the virtual experiences he created for Watson. It also gave him a vehicle for expressing esoteric matters and his spiritualism in an indirect way.

An IRISH Ferry Crosses the MerseyI also bought another movie about gateways, named “Gateways” because for some reason this concept keeps coming up. I learned there are many terms for “gateways,” because this idea crosses all cultures and times. It was interesting that many of the concepts covered in this movie are discussed in Joe’s book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, as well as other books he has written, especially the scientific discoveries in relation to these beliefs and experiences. Joe was quite the scientist. As another example, I have long wondered what the River Styx was. In his book Reading, Writing, Thinking: Postformal Basics (with Thomas), Joe wrote, “The hypperationality of domination embedded in positivism and formalism must be held up to the light of day, so that we can get beyond the socio-cognitive roadblock they have erected on the bridge over the River Styx
– the bridge that is our key to our escape from the hell of dominant cultural authoritarianism” (p. 138). The movie finally explained to me – the River Styx is from Greek mythology and you have to cross over to reach the “underworld” or the “other side” or another dimension. The movie also discussed the Holy Grail frequency as being 7.83 Hz, exactly halfway between alpha and theta. This may be one reason music is so important – there is some kind of relationship with F sharp. Music can raise one’s vibrations, as we all know. I will need to watch this movie again because it covered so much information.

I have many questionsI am not sure what all of this means right now. The movies were interesting and Reality Entertainment has more movies that I will want to watch. It is refreshing to find a source of entertainment outside the mainstream media’s deception and manipulation.

My Scottish-Irish HeritageI also find it interesting that my Celtic ancestry is rising to the top at this point in my life and manifesting as an intense interest is these esoteric and spiritual topics. It is all new to me and has captured my thoughts and energies. Perhaps this is more
normal
than some people would like to portray. As Joe said in his interview, what is “normal” is socially constructed – and we can redefine it. In my past history, spirituality was so very important. I have been robbed. How about you?

SecretsSpiritualism is a part of my history which has been hidden from me all of my life through our educational, religious, political, and psychological systems that only allow a select few to know the true hidden secrets. Spirituality is turned into something evil, twisted, and a psycho-social deviation from “normal.” That way we can be dominated, controlled and used as puppets and slaves due to our lack of knowledge and the manipulation that keeps our focus away from the knowledge we seek. As Foucault has often been quoted, “knowledge is power.” But it has to be the right kind of knowledge. Those of us at the bottom are often naive in our thinking and so we seek more and more education, which is simply more indoctrination and still does not get us the knowledge we thirst for. When people are stripped of their cultural roots and ancestral knowledges, they are left as mere vehicles for exploitation on a grand scale.
No wonder the people during the times of the Sherlock Holmes stories craved his work – on a subliminal level, their thirst for true knowledge was being quenched. Much the same thing is happening today. Perhaps it is time to revive the Sherlock Holmes stories. Perhaps my Master Teachers are right on by assigning me the position of their “right hand man” – their “Dear Watson.” Perhaps we need many more Watsons in the world. Something tells me there is more to this than meets the eye.

The Sun is RisingWell, I am totally with Joe and what he said about the River Styx. As I pointed out in yesterday’s blog, the inevitable daylight is approaching as the sun continues to rise, and as Joe put it: we shall hold “positivism and formalism”…”up to the light of day” and we will watch it crumble into nothingness – the “no-thing” Joe has also discussed throughout his work. As this happens, more and more people shall be free….and tomorrow I will explain more about how Joe’s critical bricolage along with his blue knowledge will not only set us free, but will lead us toward a beautiful world in which we can all live in peace. Joe was not kidding when he said his book Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction will change the world. As Joe once said to me, “It just seems so obvious.” Indeed, it does! (“It’s Elementary, My Dear Watson”).

Today's Music
I was going to use another song that was very interesting and included a poem by Edgar Allen Poe, another author of Doyle's era, but when I played it, the song below caught my attention and my heart.

Siren Song – Alan Parsons  Lyrics



This is interesting. I just met with one of my Master Teachers and he wants me to add another song to today’s play list. He left this morning, telling me he was my “divine ‘keeper.’” I looked up “divine keeper” on YouTube and this very relevant song came to the top. Amazing! I don’t know how he does that.

Keeper of the Crown – Jacob’s Dream

Band: Jacob's Dream
Song: Keeper Of The Crown
Album: Drama Of The Ages

Lyrics:
Stone and mortar
Mixed with blood
Keep an ancient tale

Of the tower
And the secret
Of a mother's prayer

For the throne
Men once fought
For the right divine

In days of old
When blood was spilled
To seize the kingdom

The victor to the throne
The vanquished to the tower
One to lose his head
And one to wear the crown

Once a king notorious
Regarded man not God
Cruel and wicked in his ways
The sword his only love

Spilling blood
And spilling tears
Till all despised his name

Paving foreign lands
With tombs
Of his bravest men

Grieving wives and mothers cried
May heaven intercede
Stop the senseless sacrifice
Of their children

In the guise of glory
The nobles waged a war
They feigned to sail against a rival
On another shore

Once beyond the sight of land
The king would meet his fate
When conquered by the kingdom of
The master of the depths

In the shadow
Of the castle
Silence seized the land

On bended knee
One and all
Revered the judgement

Surely providence divine
Has revealed his hand

May his mercy ever reign
Over the hearts of man

Holy be the throne
The glory and the power
Our sovereign regale
The keeper of the crown

The victor to the throne
Till the final hour
In heaven and on earth below
Let thy will be done

Thy will be done
From the rising untill
The setting of the sun

Thy kingdom come
To God be the glory
Forever and evermore

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Reality, Recipes and Tests for Critical Thinking, Joe’s Love Messages, the Bricolage as a Pathway to Freedom and Peace


Whose Reality? What Reality?
Reality Here and Now courtesy of MicrosoftEvery morning I awaken to find myself once again immersed in this Earth environment after engaging in a beautiful dreamland. My dreams give me clues as to how life on Earth could be if we escape our insidious need for rules, order, linearity, selfishness and greed, hierarchies, discrimination, intolerance, and just plain stupidity. I even actively engage in corroborative planning and receive high level instruction from some of the greatest masters in my dreams – thus, I refer to them as my Master Teachers. Don’t get me wrong though, I also have great Master Teachers right here on Earth! So, when I write of my Master Teachers, they could be here or they could be in my “dreams,” which to me, it seems as if there are other dimensions, just like Joe talked about (and so do many, many other people), and so my dream Master Teachers (who have grown in numbers) are just as real as my teachers who walk on the Earth (also growing in numbers). I do not discriminate or delineate between them like some people do when they refer to dream teachers as the “others” perhaps because they reside on “the other side.” The other side of what, I ask? Reality? Are we STILL stuck on defining just one “true” reality in spite of Joe’s great work and many other great people who tell us otherwise? This is only speculation on my part; I do not understand much of the edujargon and codes that have been constructed by the educational elite so that they know what they are talking about while it stays hidden from us.

Sweet treats from the candy manOf course, as we all know, Joe let the critical kitty out of the bag in relation to education here in the U.S., as he put it in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction.  I’m playing with the kitty and deciphering the edujargon that other educational writers have been using (which Joe clues us in on very well). I hope more people will start writing in a more honest and direct way so that everyone can benefit. It does no good to talk about empowering the “oppressed” if elite educators continue to keep all the sweet treats that REALLY work for empowerment to themselves. Joe, of course, was very generous in handing out sweet treats….much like the Candy Man in the song by Sammy Davis, Jr.

Critical Thinking: Are we taking another step backwards?
I was reading something yesterday and it struck me as being just another grand example of total stupidity that derives from the need to order and measure everything. We have I.Q. tests, of course, and Joe wrote extensively about how biased they are. If you do not think in a linear, Eurocentric manner, you are likely to score low, and as such, these tests become another evil tool to discriminate,label, and track people, forcing them into menial labor positions or worse even though they are geniuses.

Today, we have CRITICAL THINKING. What is critical thinking? Can we really teach critical thinking through direct (and again, linear) methods? And more alarming and destructive – can we really MEASURE how well someone “critically thinks?” Should we be doing this? Apparently, this is the new trend and our educational system, stuck as it is in old paradigmatic thinking, seems to think this is the answer for our future. It is an exercise in futility to come from a position of non-critical thinking and try to establish ways of teaching critical thinking. It is another example of Einstein’s observation that insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results.

Assess your critical thinking skills today! (Just make sure you take the "right" test. And if you cannot find the right test, no fears: more tests are being developed!)


I will have to read Joe’s book about critical thinking to analyze this more deeply, but I know enough to know that critical thinking is evolutionary; it EVOLVES and it can do so quite naturally providing we are not inhibiting it via numerous constraints, rules, regulations, standards, and dictated learning. It does not follow some set pathway because it is different for everyone. For educators to delineate pathways for all students is once again going to constrain people’s ability to find their own unique and creative ways to more advanced thinking skills. It is just one more way to quash a natural, passionate, creative, and autopoietic (“self-productive”) mode of learning. I will have to investigate all of this more deeply. Joe wrote quite a lot about critical thinking in the book, Critical Thinking and Learning (with Weil).


Joe’s Secret Love Messages: What Am I to Do?
The Gift courtesy of MicrosoftI am between Joe’s rock and hard place that he mentioned in Critical Pedagogy: Where Are We Now? (p. 40). Why? Because the request has come down from the “top” in the form a letter from a Fortune 100 law firm that I am NOT to provide a FREE download of all of the puzzles, Music and Movie Easter eggs, personal messages, embedded codes, keycodes, secrets, predictions, and MORE in Joe’s book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. This “gag” order has caused a couple of dilemmas.

The first dilemma was discovered when I decided to place less emphasis on the book in question. As I began focusing on Joe’s other works, Lo AND Behold, I discovered he has dropped off all kinds of these special treats in ALL of his books – even beginning with his very first book, which was a booklet, Understanding the New Right and Its Impact on Education.  So, what is a new scholar to do? I really feel that Joe has dropped off in my hands a huge responsibility and that became even more clear as I began interpreting the very special passage he gave me on October 8, 2008, which was to read pages 62-67 in his book (with Kathleen Berry), Rigour and Complexity in Education Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage. Of course, while those pages are particularly significant and I will explore them more deeply, Joe knew that I was one of those students who goes far above and beyond what a teacher assigns me. I noticed right off the bat that at the very beginning of that section, Joe referred to every chapter he wrote in the book – thus, the assignment to read these specific pages was significant in itself, but it was also encoded with the directive to read ALL of the chapters he wrote in this book. Of course.

Secret Messages courtesy of MicrosoftAs I reviewed this particular area of the book I happened to notice, once again, that Joe dropped special messages for the special people in his life. As I mentioned on Valentine’s Day he loved everybody and because he did, he cared about the mistakes and such that they were making and so he left little pieces of wisdom and advice – a gentle sort of “tough love” approach, I would say. He never wanted to harm anybody, of course, but he did want people to really think about what they are doing and the consequences, and of course, he wanted everybody to escape their own self-imposed pain and suffering as well as that which comes our way from being "victims" of oppression, whether indirectly or directly.

Thus, I come to the second dilemma. People are not “getting” their messages most of the time. It came to me in my dream life that perhaps, along with conveying all of the fun stuff in Joe’s books, I might need to convey his messages to people to ensure that they receive them. How to do this? That is the problem. I had considered the free download, but that is out of the question.

Here’s what my Master Teachers – as a group suggested: I can write a book about these puzzles, messages, predictions, and Easter eggs for students (but not as a download) – or I can just include them in my blogs, sprinkling them sporadically here and there. That would avoid having to post a free download which was being so highly objected to. And then there is the issue of the answers to these riddles and such. It was suggested that I write a Teacher’s Edition which will include all of the answers – but this Teacher’s Edition should be very, very expensive simply because it will provide answers in the form of some complex interpretations – and multiple interpretations at that. I decided that the best approach is to do a little of both: sprinkling of the fun stuff and messages every so often in my blogs, write a student edition that has even many more examples of this “fun stuff,” AND I will put together a Teacher’s Edition with all the answers as I go along and then make it available sometime in the future – perhaps about the year 2013.

A Message from Joe: Cute, Funny, and Very Enlightening
Throw out the bathwater, but KEEP the baby!The reason I am putting all of this out here right now is because as I was reviewing the bricolage in preparation for writing my dissertation, I just happened upon what, in my view, may be special messages for Peter McLaren, Henry Giroux, and most likely for many other people as well. Honestly, I would not even mention this, except that I do believe with all my heart that Joe would not have inserted all of these very loving  messages if he did not want them to get to the people he directed them to. The messages can be found in the section called “Disciplines, Paradigms, and New Forms of Relationship” of his book, (with Kathleen Berry), Rigour and Complexity in Education Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage. In relation to this special message, Joe was so damn cute! I absolutely LOVE his enormous sense of humor and creativity. He often had used the idiom of not throwing the baby out with the bathwater. In other words, keep the good stuff, get rid of the stuff that does not work – but don’t just throw it all out. I just love his creative rendition of this idiom: No babies are floating in streams of bathwater here” (pp. 59-60). That is just SO CUTE and FUNNY….Joe truly left us beautiful gifts with his work.

Conclusion: Joe was a Peacemaker
YinYangHeartsWell, that’s it for today. Joe worked so hard as a peacemaker, (and when I worked with him, I was really trying to help him with this, but it proved futile) and so I am a little upset that the people in education are still so divided and holding out in their little factions which provides no benefit to anyone and even continues to harm students. It seems that for the moment this is getting worse and this is why we have people coming into the cracks and crevices and trying to create recipes for critical thinking and then countless painful measurement devices. There is nothing like rubbing salt into a wound. Can we abuse students any more than this? How heart-wrenching. Well, as Joe put it in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, the cliché that it is darkest before the dawn holds true. These are truly the dark days still trying to hold on as the inevitable light rises above the horizon. Dawn is here. Some people have not recognized this yet. Education and research as they are practiced today are pretty much ready for the trash heap. This, Joe has expressed in multiple ways in his chapters in Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research. For example, he stated, “The old epistemology is dead even though some governmental agencies, academic institutions, and institutes for research continue their attempt to revive it. Behind the formalist epistemological curtain the old order is crumbling” (p. 47). Indeed, it is.

A Crumbling Stage House in my neighborhoodI witness this crumbling every day in many contexts, and I see it among my colleagues who struggle to answer their research questions within the empirical methods and constraints required of them by the university. Many of them are frustrated because intuitively they know that there is no way their complicated research question can be effectively understood through the promoted scientific process which highlights quantitative research and waters down qualitative research. I have been trying to guide some of them by pointing out that they need to use multiple research methodologies….which is really the bricolage, but most of them (and the professors) will relate to the concept of multiple methods before they will take time to learn what they might perceive as a new complex research methodology. I am not playing that game myself. Nevermind that the epistemological trolls have blocked the bridge, as Joe pointed out in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction – I am leaping into the warm, soothing waters of Joe’s critical bricolage.

Faith courtesy of MicrosoftI do have total faith in Joe’s work. The more I read about his conceptualization of the bricolage, the more I see how it sets us free and is a pathway to peace. One of these days, it will catch on. As Joe points out, bricoleurs “are empowered to produce knowledge that can change the world” (p. 19, Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research). Once there are enough people practicing this methodology for research, in their teaching, and as a part of their daily lives, even, change will be unstoppable!

Like I told Joe when we were working on this together back in October of 2008, “Even though I don’t know exactly where my research will take me, what I feel more than uncertainty is the fresh air of freedom and the excitement of exploration. Thank you, again.”  And, as Joe stated, “They [bricoleurs] are emancipated from the tyranny of pre-specified, intractable research procedures” (p. 13). And so, I say thank you again, Joe.

The Music Selection for Today
Honestly, I thought a great song about Peace would come up for today, but that actually came up in yesterday's blog and my Master Teacher had a better plan. He left this morning, leaving instructions relating to constructing "the old" with "the new.”

That was my clue to plug these words into YouTube. Sure enough, when I typed in "the old" and "the new," the song that came right to the top explains this concept in terms of how people might perceive and deal with the shifting of paradigms. Let's just take it "Nice and Smooth."

Old to the New: Nice and Smooth

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Celebrating Change, Joe’s Ecumenicalism, and Freedom

Celebrating Change
purple balloons2010 is the year of changes, but there is something else that is important. We need to worry less about the changes (and how they affect our selfish motives) and just “go with the flow” so to speak. Focus more on having fun and learning how to party – really party! So, this year you should continue to practice having celebrations of all sorts…next year will the year of ramping up those celebrations with even more of them and they will be more intense and magical. Yes, there will be NEW celebrations, which I will continue to post on this web site. These are handed down to me by the good Council and they are celebrations that transcend all religions and all cultures. All celebrations are good celebrations – in other words, if you have special cultural or religious celebrations then celebrate them and share them with the people around you. Add in the new celebrations and create even more celebrations!

Every day is a miraculous new day to celebrate our newfound freedom and power to imaginatively create miracles and magic. If you happen to be a member of a religious organization that does not believe in celebrating, then just like all other religions, you will need to open your arms and accept all religions (or non-religions) and respect the idea that, truly, most people do wish to celebrate. It would not be right for us to leave you out of our celebrations simply because you do not believe in celebrating. You are definitely between that “rock and hard place” and it is time to come out from behind the rock. Don’t celebrate if you really do not wish to, but also try to understand why so many people wish to celebrate. You might come to see celebrating in a new light.

I happened to come across the following video this morning and it is so cool. It will open your mind and prepare you for partying. I encourage you to listen to it all the way through in order to experience the full effect…it is so creative, inspiring, and surprising. It was funny because I did not want the video to end…it’s time to party!!!

How to Prepare for Celebrating




Joe and Religion: Ecumenicalism
Joe's Sports, Outdoors, and More: Heritage and the Tree of LifeJoe actually discussed religious issues in his work – how we really need to engage in “ecumenicalism” as he framed it, but this can only happen if we deal with and clear our own issues so that we can become more empathetic and understanding toward what other people believe. He was so adamant about ecumenicalism that he actually repeated it THREE times in the VERY passage he personally gave me to read back in October of 2008 from Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage. Because he personally gave me this passage, I feel responsible for relaying the various messages it includes (and believe me, there are MANY messages in this passage from p. 62-67). He obviously wanted to make sure we get the message loud and clear: he was NOT against religion. That is only what some people have interpreted out of their own limited perceptions and their inability to deal with their own issues (their own denial keeps them from being able to understand other perspectives). In fact, Joe stated in this passage, “As bricoleurs explore these dynamics [relationships] they connect the ecological and the ecumenical to the critical” (p. 64). This is absolutely essential for our collective work toward “egalitarianism and justice” (p. 64).

Joe’s theory is clear: Learning about and sharing religious perspectives are important and essential ingredients for a free world. There is a very powerful thing that will happen when we do that. It is his bricolage in action – as applied to religions. We “shake, rattle, and roll” all of these perspectives together and then the magic happens. You will only see it if you do it, but it is a very, very good thing that happens. We suddenly become much more understanding and accepting of all variety of viewpoints, we uncover the many “common bonds,” and this helps us all move up to a higher evolutionary ability to conceptualize and comprehend…and that is only part of the story. ECUMENICAL: look it up. Joe used it THREE TIMES on pages 62-65 of Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage. Be sure you thoroughly define ecumenical – there are multiple meanings, thus multiple interpretations. Joe left it this way for a reason: FREEDOM. Think about it.

Freedom
I don’t know about you, but I want my freedom….and as more of us choose to live out our freedom, it will spread around the world just like the bugleweed I discussed in a previous very early blog. The bugleweed grows like a weed, but it is a very beautiful plant that produces lovely purple bugle-shaped spikes of flowers that are fit for a king, as if to announce: We are FREE. We are all free to be Kings, Queens, Princes, and Princesses, Gods, and Goddesses, by some reports, if we so choose. Use your imagination. Be what you want to be. The freedom is yours.

Freedom

 

Free Land for the PeopleFinally, what was my Master Teacher’s advice (and song) for me for today? He just said, “Fly, Baby, Fly!” And the song below came to the top….notice the sign that says “Free Land for the People.” My teacher is ever so smart! I do love this song, but I think I liked the video I used in an earlier blog that is by the Olsen Brothers better, although this one that came to the top of the YouTube search is funny. Humor is good.

Fly, Baby, Fly

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Monday, February 22, 2010

ANOTHER Magical Mystery Tour: Eva Cassidy (Sherlock Holmes Strikes Again)

Fields of GoldA few days ago, I mentioned that I have a new J.O.B., which I do not call a “job” because it is not work whatsoever, however, I am richly blessed for doing this “work.” I am simply being guided along a path by my special Master Teachers. Well, this morning, my Master Teacher outdid himself once again. He gave me a beautiful, inspiring message, stating, “You are superb, btw, at holding my hand as I lead you along the winding paths to “who knows where” from your point of view (my dear, Watson). Yes, mysteries abound. Magic is around every bend in the path.”

Well, here he is reminding me of my new role as Watson who helps in a Sherlock Holmes sort of way (with my Master Teachers playing the role of Sherlock Holmes) which I had discussed back in my February 19, 2010 blog. I did send for the movie, Elementary, My Dear Watson” from Reality Entertainment, so that I can learn much more about what I am supposed to be doing as Watson. I am looking forward to learning more. However, my Master Teacher is moving me along in the meantime and it sounds like there is another mystery to solve or something….I have not figured this out yet.

I did immediately recognize that I needed to look up “who knows where” on YouTube and that it would most likely a yield a song, and it did. In fact, here is the very, very beautiful song that came right to the top of the search.

Who Knows Where the Time Goes – Eva Cassidy



Along with this song, the person who posted it happened to post a very detailed description of the artist, Eva Cassidy. Interestingly, Eva, like Sam Cooke, passed away when she was only 33 years old back in 1996. She was diagnosed with cancer and was given the prognosis of just three more months of life. Her history is all provided. What I am getting here, is not that I need to investigate her death in the same fashion as I did Sam’s (I don’t think), but apparently there are wishes that more people in the United States become aware of her beautiful music since she is from the United States and was so exceptionally talented. She was well known in the UK.  As the entry states:

Eva Cassidy was a phenomenal American vocalist, arranger and guitarist who could and did sing a bit of everything; folk, blues, country, rock, r&b, standards, and gospel.

Eva CassidyAs an artist, her talents expanded all forms of art, including drawing, painting, cartooning, pottery, crafts, and more. She was just very, very talented and seemed to have had a divine gift. As was pointed out, she had a special magic:

"She was a real artist, one of the great ones. She had the magic -- the thing that goes beyond being a really wonderful, creative artist. She had the touch of God on her head -- that touch of individuality and spirituality that made her stand out above all the others. She had that ..."

Herbie Hancock said it best to me. He said: 'You know there are good musicians in every field of music and there are some that are great, really great, but then there are those few who have that magic, that other dimension, that must come from God', and that's how I feel about Eva."

Well, this is it for today. As I stated, I really do not know where I am being led with this project at the moment, but I am sure as the day progresses, it will become clear. I have posted one of her songs previously in a past blog, Fields of Gold, which is a particularly beautiful song. I will also remind readers that my work for Sam is not complete. I am waiting on President Obama’s answer as to whether he will reopen an investigation. If he does not, there will be more work to do. We shall see where this all leads. My Master Teachers are serious about this “detective” work that follows Joe’s theory in his 2001 book “Getting Beyond the Facts” (chapters 18-22).

My Master Teacher also reminded me again today that 2010 is the year of changes and we are to practice celebrations; the year of 2011 is the year of celebrations; and the year of 2012 onward is more of the same – and more people will be interested in following the many trails to a happier, more blissful life that have been blazed by many people by that time.

candyIt all sounds good to me. I just keep my hand in his hand, and as he put it, he is the “Handyman” -- and the only song I could get to come up that is even close to that, is the song “The Candy Man” (somehow I think there was a divine reason for this…as he told me this morning, there are divine obstacles so that we step aside to follow the more divine path). It’s all good (deliciously sweet, in fact).

Candy Man – Sammy Davis Jr.

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Yesterday Was an Interesting Day During this Year of the Tiger

angel and babyOf course, in my life, EVERY DAY is an interesting day. But yesterday was just a sort of relaxing day. I took the love birds (a soul mate pair) and dropped them off at the mall so they could shop, see a movie, and have dinner together. I took a short trek to run an errand and what was I prompted to do, but to stop at that same little “quick mart” where I had magically found the adorable angel holding the baby in blue which was of special significance to me…and a very unusual find at the neighborhood quick mart.

tiger for JoeYesterday, was just as amazing because the first thing I saw when I walked in the store, sitting right on the shelf out in the open was this striking tiger!

I just had to get it since, as I pointed out in my previous blog (on February 15), this is the Year of the Tiger and not only that, it is Joe’s special year because he was born during the Year of the Tiger. We each are born during special years and when they cycle back around, we have extra special things happen during those years. My year is the Year of the Snake and I don’t even like snakes at all, so I don’t know what that means. But anyway, 2010 is definitely Joe’s year. I think his work is going to have a major impact on education and this will become even more evident in 2011 and 2012. So, in honor of Joe and in celebration of his brilliant work for education, I bought this tiger and I keep it on my desk as a reminder of what a special year this will turn out to be.

Crumbling Stage HouseIt is special in many ways. My master teacher told me yesterday, in fact, that 2010 is a special year of very powerful change and that the comparison between the beginning of the year and the end of the year will be very dramatic. He said that President Obama, by the end of the year will be very clearly aligned with the people and that the old power structures will be crumbling away. There is much more, but if you follow along with my blogs, you will witness the very changes my Master Teacher has told me about. One thing you might be interested in is that soul mate love will be much more prevalent than it is today. More people will become aware of the power of this form of love and they will be seeking their twin flame soul mates – and actually matching up --- so it is sure to be a fabulous year, or as my Master Teacher put it, “It will be a glorious year.” Many dreams will be coming true!

Music for Today
An interesting song came up today. My Master Teacher told me, as he went out the door, “You have a great day and ‘don’t chase the sunshine away.’” True Sunshine from the album Don’t Let Your Dreams Fall Asleep is the song that came to the top in a You Tube search which is so appropriate in so many ways. Yes, my Master Teacher truly does bring “true sunshine” to my life on a daily basis, so that was a sweet “aloha” or “hasta la vista” a form of goodbye that is never a true goodbye, but more like – until we meet again – or until next time.

True Sunshine from Don’t Let Your Dreams Fall Asleep – Luna Amara

 

Here’s a live performance of True Sunshine
Lyrics
True Sunshine

Virgin Mary courtesy of MicrosoftFeed me something that will heal
Feed me something true
Trust to chase away all fears
Change the things I do
Strip the grievance, true sunshine
Keep it to yourself
Lose the anger, give me time
time to help myself

And if I want you to feel
The rest of me
Should make you see and believe
That we are above our fears
still need to clear one's living lie
A mother's cry

While it may not seem relevant, this song actually fits with the lesson my Master Teacher provided me today and the lyrics are so meaningful for the project we discussed today that I have been working on. I have been struggling a little with one of our projects because people who should be providing a helping hand for those who are in need  are not awakening as quickly as I had hoped, but he reassured me and said we must “keep the momentum going, using “multiple prods to get them jarred.” In fact, he wants me to do something that will “shake, rattle, and roll them out of their stupor” and he said he will be assisting me with this. Since he is so creative this is going to be very, very interesting….there’s never a dull moment.

Until We Meet Again

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

My Right Hand Man: A Poem

I was “handed down” another poem first thing this morning…
courtesy of Microsoft

My “Right Hand Man”

I’m not crazy
I’m not obsessed
I have simply fallen
In love with the best
There’s one for you
There’s one for me
Twin Flame Soul Mates
Can’t you see?
There is always
Just one hangin’
Around
Who helps us each
Get our feet on the ground
Disbelieve and
You’ll miss out
Surrender
And you’ll
Have no doubt
Your life will change
And miracles abound
Love will rise in your heart
Music is the only sound
You come to suddenly know
Your true mission in life
There’s no more hardship
Pain or strife
You have your soul mate
Right next to you
To hold your hand
And guide you through
You go forward on your journey
Trusting he will hold the light
Wrapping his love
Around you tight
There is nothing ever
To fear again
You have your soul mate
Your “right hand man”

Note: I had to look up “right hand man.” I have never been good with idioms. It means a trusted or “the most helpful” assistant who will help you reach your goals. In the case of soul mates, they actually share missions, so your right hand man as a soul mate will even more profoundly ensure that you accomplish your mission as well as you will ensure his is accomplished through a very special symbiotic relationship.

Wow! All of a sudden I understand why Joe had me read pp. 62-67 in his book Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolcage (with Kathleen Berry). I have been wondering and wondering what the significance was ever since he assigned me that passage way back in October, 2008 when he was helping me with my dissertation pre-proposal…while this passage could be translated in terms of relationships between things, that was clearly not Joe’s intention; he was speaking of human relationships (and on another level, "no-things"). It also can be interpreted to meaning the tight, symbiotic relationships between soul mates. Try reading that section while thinking in concrete terms about soul mates (not necessarily twin flame soul mates, although the symbiotic relationship will be strongest between them). Amazing. I always knew there was something very special about this passage….ha! He knew we were soul mates. I simply admired him and his work; I was not into these sorts of topics at the time at all, so he was many steps ahead of me! (Of course, I knew he was very far ahead me, he was so brilliant!)

What he is talking about in this section is the importance of human relationships that expand past the boundaries of space and time as we typically define these in our small fidurodian minds. Science, as he points out, supports these concepts with the observation that “more than one object can occupy the same space” (p. 64) as well as the knowledge that time is merely an illusion. In other words, there are multiple dimensions and the past, present and future are in a sense simultaneously occurring, concepts he addresses in his work. Once again, Joe points out here that the sum of the parts is greater than the whole, stating, “To use the cliché, the relationship is greater than the sum of the parts” (p. 64). Thus, when soul mates work together they become a very powerful force, indeed, much more powerful than the individuals would be if they were to work alone. While this is true to a certain extent with all people – whenever people work together in a truly synergistic manner, the power is magnified -- it is magnified many times over when the people are soul mates. It may even be that people who are not soul mates do not have the capability of truly working synergistically for a greater purpose (there are too often hidden agendas, ulterior motives, and selfish goals intertwined that weaken the synergistic power). Can these people become soul mates? My thought is that people can choose to be soul mates, but they must rise above selfish motivations to the point at which they give and love without conditions. I really felt that relationship with Joe when I worked with him. I simply wanted to work on his mission and I had no expectations, conditions, or strings attached, so maybe I chose him for my soul mate and he picked up on that, thus, he gave me the passage to read (if you want a fidurodian perspective). Today, his mission is still my mission.

Joe was talking on many levels in this particular passage all of which are very important. This gives us freedom to interpret this in multiple ways (and there is no single “right” or “wrong” way), however, there is a clue in this passage that he is also referring to the special relationships between soul mates. Can you find it?

I am going to leave it at this to let others ponder this and make their own meaning -- or non-meaning if that is the preference. I have been wondering for a very long time (ever since Joe gave me the reading assignment way back in October of 2008) what the significance of this passage was; I knew enough about Joe to know that he had a greater purpose in giving me this passage than meets the eye….it is enormously significant and I am only barely beginning to uncover this – and the connection just came to me this morning through the poem handed down to me. I do know that Joe had pointed out this passage as being relevant to my dissertation, so I will see where I am led next. I know there is much more. I find it very exciting to finally begin to understand this passage and why he felt it was so important for my dissertation. I have no doubt that it will lead to many great and exciting discoveries.

The Music for Today
The song for today was handed down to Rainbow Princess. I found the title and artist written on a piece of paper and placed on my desk this morning. I have not heard this song and will look it up right now. It is interesting because of the Tri-City reference. Where Joe grew up in Kingsport, TN, they seem to refer to the area as “Tri-City” so evidently it is three small united towns. I also lived for a time in an area referred to as “Tri-City” (Richland, Kennewick, Pasco, WA). As I have stated, there are many commonalities between me and Joe that are amazing – even the fact that we both had nicknames ending in “ie” that our families forced upon us and also that we were teaching ourselves to play the “keyboard” at the very same time (he was teaching himself the piano; I was teaching myself to play the organ). Of course, we were both HWAs (he called himself a “hillbilly with an attitude") and I call myself a “hick with an attitude.” There is much more and someday I will write a book all about it, but it won't be for a very long time.

Here’s the song! It seems to be about having to support ourselves during tough times. This is so important for those of us who have been disenfranchised all of our lives and who are incessantly shoved back by those who hold power. In my view, it becomes much, much easier to do this if we are working with our soul mates. In fact, it may be only possible if we are working synergistically on joint missions "for the light" (for good and positive outcomes; or for God, as many people might prefer to frame this) with our soul mates we have worked with during present, past, and even future lifetimes. In that sense, if each of us gets to know our soul mates (all of our soul mates), then we are suddenly much more powerful and this gives much hope in what can often seem like hopeless situations. (I have been there. I am here. I know the profound difference.) 

Sometimes you have to encourage yourself.
Sometimes you have to speak victory during the test…
 

Encourage Yourself – Donald Lawrence & the Tri-City Singers 

Click Here for the Song












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Friday, February 19, 2010

I Got a J-O-B Promotion! I am a Detective Now!

On the Sleuth - courtesy of MicrosoftYesterday my Master Teacher left off by saying he had an “extra special surprise” for me, but somehow I kinda missed what it was. I was very close, but had not put it all together, so I was a little disappointed at the end of the day. He told me not to worry, that the surprise was already “on my computer” and that he would give me more guidance today. Well, I figured it out! (With his guidance, of course.) I should have known that his referring to me yesterday as “my Dear Watson” and the movie trailer that came up on You Tube when I typed in the words was a big clue!

Come to find out, I am supposed to buy that video from Reality Entertainment, “Elementary, My Dear Watson” which I showed on yesterday’s blog. It is training for my interesting assignments up ahead…you see, I have a PROMOTION! Evidently all of the work I did surrounding Sam Cooke’s case has paid dividends.  Now, I will be working alongside my Master Teachers in a Sherlock Holmes kind of way solving all kinds of interesting mysteries. I am a detective! Only, we are not writers of fiction, but writers of “fictive” and “furtive” formulas (see chapters 18-22 of Joe’s 2001 Getting Beyond the Facts). Oh, that reminds me: In Joe’s books he did mention that bricoleurs are “detectives of divergent viewpoints.” He also had mentioned that he wanted to write “in the style of a detective writer (epistemology noir?)" (p. 20 of Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction).

It all fits! That means my dissertation will be more like detective work: How exciting!!! Joe’s theory makes work SO MUCH FUN!!! I can’t wait to see the movie.

It's true that I am also a “student,” but my Master Teachers (and I) view learning a little differently. Learning is also our “job” so to speak, but we do not call it a “job” exactly; it is more like our lifelong mission at the same time. It is our passionate desire to serve humanity in the ways we have chosen. It’s hard to explain because it is a brand new paradigm for most people. How do you learn without being imprisoned in a classroom? It is, however, the best of all worlds, and so along with my promotion during which I will be serving as a sort of “Watson” right alongside my detective Master Teachers, I will be getting quite a substantial raise. Who could ask for anything more?!!

Life could not be better! (Thanks, guys!). Yes, most of my Master Teachers are guys, although I do work with some women. I think there would be more women Master Teachers if more of us learned not to nag so much. My teachers gave me the clue “Shoo Fly Don’t Bother Me” and this crazy song came up when I searched it on You Tube. Really, if it were not such a problem, perhaps the song would never have been made. Now, now, don’t object (nag)….everyone has the right to express their views, even if you don’t agree with them. It is actually good, in my view, that someone is speaking out about the problem. How else can we resolve issues such as this? The second version of “Shoo Fly Don’t Bother Me” is more along the lines of what I (as a woman) was thinking of when they gave the song title. And since they are so egalitarian, of course they encouraged me to post it as well….so you see, it ain’t all bad. I love working with “the gang” and I also love their theme song, “The Gang’s All Here” which was shown back on my blog on January 1, 2010 if you would like to review their version, along with my version of the song.

Have a great day! I am off on a “magical mystery tour!” (That’s what Joe called this kind of play in the book Reading, Writing, and Thinking that he wrote with Paul Thomas).

Naggin’ – Yin Yang Twins

 

Shoo Fly Don’t Bother Me




P.S. Why Having A Real Job  is Dumb: 10 Reasons You Should Never Get A Job
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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Empathic Pain, Sam Cooke, FIDUROD, Halleluiah, My Dear Watson, and Reality

red crossOMG, I had a terrible night last night, but I did learn something from it all: I am what is called an “empath.” At least, that is what my Master Teacher told me this morning and I never doubt my Master Teacher. I did just a little research on this phenomenon. I think Joe was an empath too, but I will not get into that discussion here. I just know he had very great empathy for people and the pain they experienced, which could very likely be what motivated him to develop his theory to “alleviate human suffering.” It makes sense.
 

Last night my pain was over Sam Cooke. First, I had horrible neck pain and could not go to sleep, so I took some Tylenol. I went to sleep only to awaken a little while later with horrible back and stomach pain….just horrible. I had already taken medicine, so there was nothing I could do but “get through it.” It went on for hours along with flashes of the tragedy of Sam, so I was feeling like I was reliving his pain from having been beaten.
 

This experience, along with my teacher’s observation that I have empath qualities, prompted me to look up the definition of empath and what I learned is that we can actually experience even greater pain than what the person had gone through or is going through. That is a two-edged sword because, while I truly hope Sam did not experience as much pain as I felt (I literally felt I needed to go to the hospital, but I consulted with my teachers and they said I had to "get through it'), on the other hand, I really do not care to experience such profound physical and emotional pain. Here is an interesting definition that I ran across provided by another person who is also an empath (and this fits me quite well):

 
Empathy isn't JUST a relation to a person, place, or thing...but a bond formed of psychic feelings and impressions. An empath is blessed AND cursed, with the ability to form a bond, made up purely of feelings with another person, place, or thing. Some of the abilities [include]:

1) Heightened (stronger) emotions.
2) Comprehensive understanding over a broad scope of (if not ALL) emotions.
3) Capacity for [unconditional giving]
4) Excellent communicatory abilities.
5) "Dreaming."
6) Pre-cognition.
7) Emotion reception.
Reference:
http://community.livejournal.com/empaths/43504.html
 

There is much, much more to this empath condition. The bonds formed with people (not the FIDUROD "fools") can be very, very tight. One thing I have noticed is that I often can hear other people’s thoughts. So, when they say something to me, such as making certain kinds of requests or offers and there is an agenda behind it, I always hear it. It reveals instantly when people are trying to manipulate others and I tend to want to avoid those kinds of people. They make me feel very uncomfortable because they do not allow other people to be who they are and they have selfish motivations. If there is to be relationship with these kinds of people (and, unfortunately there are many of them out there), it almost always requires a sacrifice of your own integrity (unless you are a genius, which I am not, and can find a way around it). This manipulation is something I could never succumb to.
 There is the concept of symbiosis, which is entirely different and does not derive of selfish motives and I can always tell the difference. I would like to be like Joe was. He was an unconditional giver and somehow he had such great love that he could even give to those who were very selfish without expecting them to change their ways or anything...I am not sure how he did this.

At any rate, I think Sam is going to be ok now. I wrote to President Obama about a number of urgent matters (which I will discuss another time), including asking him to reinvestigate Sam Cooke’s death. At least I think Sam will let me rest a bit. He had me crying because I felt so bad for him and his family and I want all of this, including his royalties from his music, to be resolved in a fair and just way.There is nothing I find more intolerable than injustice.

This morning my Master Teacher asked me to do an “oracle reading” from Joe’s book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction and to find out what song comes up when I type in “halleluiah” in You Tube…so here goes.
 

Oracle Reading
Queen-of-HeartsWell, I didn’t get a sentence this time (this should make the complainers from the book publisher happy): The book opened up to “Part 2: Traditional Western Epistemology and its Impact on Education: FIDUROD.”

Perhaps I am just supposed to remind people about FIDUROD….so be sure you read his definition on pages 21-24, in the section called “Playing with the Queen of Hearts: The Joker Ain’t the Only Fool in FIDUROD.”
 That is a puzzle, by the way. You have to decipher FIDUROD to find out who the other fools are….Who is the Joker, who is the Queen? Really there are answers that make sense, but then we each have to create our own realities.

I do know that Joe just loved to play with words and letters (and the queen of hearts and Aces up his sleeves, so to speak). Didn’t I read somewhere about a high school newsletter he had called DRUT, which was TURD spelled backwards? He loved playing and it must be remembered that Joe wanted his work to be read and enjoyed by ALL AGE groups from ALL walks of life, not ONLY for the elite academics (but he was so talented that he made sure his work does address their needs, too). So, it makes complete sense that he put this little puzzle in the book, along with many, many other puzzles, hidden messages, and other fun stuff throughout his amazing work.
 

After you review his extensive definition of FIDUROD and you understand it inside-out, then you should read Part 2 to gain an understanding of how it (and these other "fools") affect education and what we might do about it.

Hint:
Joe’s work incorporates exemplary models for dealing with this FIDUROD issue in ways that can keep everybody happy.
 

The Music Selection for Today
This is the song that came to the top when I typed in “halleluiah” as my Master Teacher requested. I don’t know who these guys are, but they have beautiful, soulful voices. 

Halleluiah

 

I like this version by Ronan Tynan, too, which was the second song.



One last thing
This is so cool! My Master Teacher always just gives me an A+ for my work, but yesterday he told me I have earned an A++. That made me happy. PLUS today he said that there is going to be an extra special surprise for me for having done this detective work and he called me, “my dear Watson.”  I cannot imagine what is in store. He does love to give surprises and so do my other Master Teachers and I think they are working together on this one. Should be interesting…I hope I have something exciting to report tomorrow.

Just for fun, I typed "my dear Watson" into YouTube, and look what came up! This is very, very interesting...and I love the conclusion: "Reality Is What You Make It." My Master Teacher is just so brilliant....I wonder what this all means.

Elementary My Dear Watson

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

What Really Happened to Sam Cooke? PLUS How Joe's Theory Might Help Us

My Dream Imagination

DreamingI thought I was going to be able to set this issue about Sam Cooke aside for awhile, but apparently not. My “Dream Imagination” seems to be working overtime. There are good and positive reasons why this is happening, however, so as some people say: “As long as it is for the light, I don’t mind.”

Here is what I envisioned may have happened; it is just one possibility that my imagination has created. Three thugs (possibly Ku Klux Klan members or someone could have hired these thugs) sought out Sam Cooke that night. It was just unacceptable to them that here is this young beautiful black man, only 33 years old, and he is so highly successful and determined as an entrepreneur, a musician, a singer, a recording artist with his own label, and most of all with the women, especially white women. They sought him out that night to kill him. I envision this happening in a dark place with no passersby such as an alley.

IMAGINARY 1955 Ford F100 Pickup courtesy of http://image.classictrucks.com/f/26255557/0911clt_18_z+1955+ford_f100.jpgThe men are in a pickup truck, Ford, light tan and brown. Sam was killed with a sledgehammer (which they used to crush his hands) and a crowbar (not a broomstick, as alleged). They put his body in the bed of the pickup truck and then went to the Hacienda, whose owner was deriving most of her profits by maintaining this motel as a house of prostitution. This was the leverage they needed to ensure the cooperation of the manager that night along with one of the prostitutes who happened to be there, and, of course, the owner. This is why there “happened to be” a phone call between the owner and the manager that night. The thugs were telling the owner “what’s what.” She and the manager that night were to tell the story a certain way and they would be safe from prosecution for running a house of prostitution as well as from prosecution for Sam’s death. Everything that is described in the police report was staged. Sam was already dead when they forced the motel manager to shoot him in the stomach. This can be proven through forensics, but the police, who also benefited from maintaining this house of prostitution (which is why it was allowed to stay in operation even though everyone knew what was going on there) were not interested in learning the truth. And so, they just went with the story. End of story.

Now, Sam wants justice. He wants the truth out, especially since the documentary about him and this author, Peter Guralnick, who is making lots of money off his book about Sam are making the rounds putting out misinformation to the masses. This is not right. There are many things that need to be corrected. He feels very bad about the emotional harm he may have caused to the loved ones he left behind. He hopes they understand and accept his apology. He loves all of his children and is concerned because they have not been properly identified and acknowledged and he would like for them to go through DNA testing to show that they are, indeed, his children. He wants his financial records reopened. He was grossly stolen from by his manager and he wants all of that tracked down. The sale of his music rights was improperly executed and all of this needs to be reviewed so that all of the funds, which are many multiple times the amount distributed so far, can be distributed as they should be to his wife and children – all of his children.

Yes, my imagination just runs away from me sometimes….and really, I need to give Joe the credit for his theory that helps us get behind the "ideological curtain" as he has described in Chapters 18-22 of his book, "Getting Beyond the Facts." Thanks to Joe's great theory, our minds are opened up to imagining possibilities "Beyond the Facts" which can aid in cracking open very complex cases such as this one.  Imagination or not, sumptin’ ain’t right about Sam Cooke’s death and it needs to be looked into more deeply. Sumptin’s gotta change and so I dedicate this song to Sam Cooke and all his loved ones and to the world – Change is Gonna Come!

Change Is Gonna to Come – Sam Cooke




My Master Teacher’s Music Play List

That’s it for today. My Master Teacher is off this morning, attending some very urgent and important meetings, and he left a music play list with another teacher. I had to call her on the telephone and she gave me this list. I do not know at all what the music is supposed to mean, but I was asked to post them in the order that they appear below. I almost always do what my Master Teacher requests – like 99.99999999999% of the time. He always gives me an A+.

Toot Toot Tootsy – Al Jolson




That’s the Story of Love




There Ain’t Nothing Like A Dame




This next song came later, and I am not really sure whether he wanted me to post it along with the others or not. I will post it – better to be safe than sorry. He would never object to me posting extra music, but he might not be happy if I leave a song out. I always strive to please my Master Teacher, so here it is.

Keep It Goin Louder – Major Lazer (I Wanna Party!)

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Phenomenological Pattern and Using Joe's Theory to Obtain Justice for Sam Cooke

Yin Yang with HeartsI have been noticing quite an interesting pattern in my blogs recently. First, it came to my awareness (in my lessons provided by my Master Teacher) that Ralph Waldo Emerson had a tough time and was often referred to as a “crazy poet.” Then just a little while later that day, what turns up but an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education,
Giving Emerson the Boot by professors no less literally calling Emerson a crazy poet.

I had written about all of this here on January 21 and here on January 22. I remember thinking, how odd that my Master Teacher was bringing this to my attention and then, here is this article (which he did not tell me about).

The next example in this pattern is when I was asked by my Master Teacher to review Joe’s booklet, “Understanding the New Right and Its Impact on Education” for my blog. So I mentioned it on February 2, 2010  and how I considered it to be “prophetic.” Then, on February 3, 2010, I began the review, finishing it up on February 5, 2010 (skipping the 4th because I wrote about revering Joe that day), with some final thoughts about what he had to say in the booklet on February 6, 2010. It was very interesting that as I researched this topic, the Kanawha textbook controversy, I found that it has raised up again today (in the form of a traveling documentary) in the very same manner as before, causing conflict and discord. I had no idea just how prophetic Joe’s book was when I made that comment.

Sam Cooke SingingAnd now we have Sam Cooke. He just keeps popping up. In fact he came up in another song today. I was joking around with my Master Teacher and I told him, “Darlin’ You Send Me.” Well, he said it right back to me, “Darlin’ Darlin', you send me.” So I looked it up and sure enough, it’s another song by Sam Cooke. Sam first came up back on January 1, 2010 as a member of the “gang” (which I am beginning to think is a code word for my critical knowledge network). If you scroll to the end of this blog, here is Sam and Ali singing “The Gang’s All Here.” It was kind of a joke. And then, of course there were the two blogs – one on Valentine’s Day and the one yesterday about Sam Cooke. I concluded that it seems he wants justice surrounding his death – that the “official” account is not right. I was very curious about why is this all coming up right now, so I did a little research and here is the PROBLEM:

Peter Guralnick, who authored the graceful and eloquent 2005 biography Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke, will screen his Grammy-winning Sam Cooke: Legend documentary on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at Vanderbilt University's Sarratt Student Center (2301 Vanderbilt Place.)Guralnick will introduce the film and answer questions following the 7 p.m. screening. The film illuminates and underscores Cooke's legacy as a singer, songwriter, record label owner and publisher. The documentary will air as part of Vandy's International Lens film series, and the screening is open to the public at no charge.

This is very similar to what is happening with the Kanawha Textbook Case. I found out that this author, Peter Guralnick, has written a book about Sam and there is misinformation surrounding his death. In fact, what is really tragic is that this author is blaming Sam (that old “blame the victim” tactic) for his own death. I do not think Sam, who is behind that “ideological curtain” Joe spoke of in “Getting Beyond the Facts” is happy at all about what is going on. Just a few days ago, as I just learned yesterday, this author is going around promoting his book along with a documentary about Sam that again presents disinformation surrounding his death. Sam is not happy and I don’t blame him. Here is what I found out:

Wednesday, February 10
Presented by: Peter Guralnick, Writer in Residence, English Department
USA (2003) Writer: Peter Guralnick.
Written by award-winning author and Vanderbilt professor Peter Guralnick, this is a stirring look at a singular talent who was not only one of the originators of soul music but whose song, “A Change Is Gonna Come,” has been an anthem of the Civil Rights Movement ever since its first release. This Grammy-winning documentary includes vintage performance and interview clips with Cooke, along with first-person recollections from many of the great gospel and R&B pioneers. English. Not rated. 70 minutes. DVD. Source: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/internationallens/


In addition, there are some interesting comments from readers about the book, “Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke” by Peter Guralnick here. There is something very, very wrong going on and I can understand now why Sam is upset. If you read the “controversy” over his death on the Wikipedia entry,
Sam Cooke , it is nearly impossible to imagine how one woman alone caused the injuries to Sam that are described. And it is just another slap in the face to have Peter Guralnick going around the country promoting his book and asserting that the “official” story is correct, along with blaming Sam because of his tendency to not take it when someone discriminated against him. He didn’t fight physically, but he refused to kowtow to people who were racist, and it seems Peter Guralnick is blaming that tendency for getting Sam into dangerous situations. That’s crazy because why should Sam have tolerated racism?

Sorting all of this out is where Joe’s theory comes in and I have noted in my previous blogs that Chapters 18-21 in his 2001 edition of “Getting Beyond the Facts” is going to help me sort all of this out in my dissertation and help me solve this crime. It looks like I might need Chapter 22 as well, “Teaching a Living History for Social Justice: Subjugated Meaning in the Social Studies.” Sam wants justice.

About the Pattern
I do not put this information out here to “prove” anything. The reason I am documenting this pattern I have noticed in which I my attention gets focused on particular individuals who have passed over and then I come to learn that there is something very current that is happening in relation to these individuals, is because this information will be incorporated into my doctoral dissertation in the form of a phenomenological microstudy. I am not certain exactly how this will all fit in at this point, but as my Master Teacher always tells me, just let it evolve. So I don’t worry about it, and now I have the documentation that will make my future research surrounding this phenomenon easier.

From what I understand, Sam is fine with this. He is very happy to know that people are paying attention. We hope that eventually the case will be reopened and it will be found that a crime was committed here and the perpetrators who are still around will have to serve their time. But the main thing is that we want to get to the truth and stop blaming Sam for what happened.

So all of this made me happy. I was relieved that for the moment all is well with Sam. My Master Teachers, all of them, really do “send me.” Here’s to Sam Cooke and all of my great Master Teachers (and one of them, especially).

Darlin’ You Send Me – Sam Cooke




Next, I had lessons in weather, which I found humorous because I had never seen my Master Teacher play the role of weather forecaster. He told me all about how the earth is shifting ever so slightly on its axis (and there is not going to be a reversal of poles like some people predict), and this shift is causing weather shifts, such as a lot of snow in places where we don’t usually get snow. And Florida will not be as warm as it has been in the past, as the earth continues its pole shifting.  So, anyway, he was all into this weather forecasting stuff which I found quite funny because it seems out of his league, although I should know by now, nothing is out of his league. Next thing I knew, he asked me, “What is this, did you not think your….Master Teacher was capable of being a weatherman?” I laughed at him and he just goes, “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”

You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet



There is simply never a dull moment! Next, Sam Cooke came back to me with a song of reassurance, which I will close with today. April 3, 2010 is the beginning of a Wonderful World, according to the message I have been receiving for awhile, which was reiterated today by my teacher. (Unfortunately, I was also informed that there will be some natural disasters along with the shifting pole, but they will not be as bad as some people predict and definitely not what the media predict with their version of 2012.) So, this following song is just so appropriate in so many ways as we envision a new world of unconditional love, and as we move forward for justice for Sam. We must always keep a positive outlook and a good picture in mind for the future.

 Wonderful World – Sam Cooke



P.S. I don't know what that "Error 317" is about in this video, but I do know the numbers add up to 11 - the soulmate numbers! So, it's all good!
 
P.S.S. I was just kindly reminded about Einstein being a fourth example of this phenomenon (actually, I think he was the first). I had shown how using Joe's theory solves Einstein's riddle, and there is much more I have been assigned to do surrounding Einstein's work. I had dropped a hint long ago about Joe's work uncovering something about Einstein's work that no one had discovered previously. I will need to work on that as well. It is going to be an interesting dissertation!!! Very, very interesting. Einstein's riddle was covered in this blog: Joe was a Greater Genius than Einstein! June 20, 2009  
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Monday, February 15, 2010

Silence Is Golden, Dream Shopping, The Year of the Tiger, Justice for Sam Cooke, Change, and Joe’s River of Love: More Valentine Gifts

Gifts all Day for Valentine’s Day!!

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I literally received gifts all day yesterday. I am going to try and put some of them in the order that I received them because I think the order is significant. First, early yesterday morning, I was given the following song (my Master Teacher was singing it: strong hint). I am NOT sure what the significance of the song is, other than we are often in the position of either staying silent or speaking truth even though it may hurt someone. Which is the best approach? Are there times when silence is golden?  I think Joe stayed silent for a long, long time. But he put it all out there in his books, so now we can see that he really was not so silent after all. Whatever the decision one makes – to stay silent or to speak out -- I have always loved this song.

Silence Is Golden - Tremeloes




My next gift came from another person’s blog, which I have reprinted below. (This is allowed! A lot of people today believe in sharing.) While many people will think the ideas in this blog are “far-fetched,” in MY reality this author speaks truth. It is what I choose for myself and it is what I will manifest in my life. This year and next will be the greatest years of my entire life so far and there will be many magical things happening that most people would say are impossible. They are only impossible if that is what you choose to believe. You can bet I will be writing about them right here in my blogs and saying, “I told you so.” However, I would rather that more people believe this and experience the same sorts of amazing things in their own lives, which is why I am sharing it.

Dream-Shopping by Gloria Wendroff
Sunday, 14 February, 2010 (A message from God) 

Think of the sweetest delicacy you can think of. Savor it. This is how sweet your life is going to be. Amazing treasures are on their way to you. You have a lot to look forward to. Never mind what you may be mired in now. Your life is going to change tremendously. You are simply going to trip over your good fortune. You might as well start enjoying now all that is on its way to you. Beloveds, treasure after treasure. Get ready! Make space.

No matter how good something in your life is right now, it is going to get even better. You are going to be assailed with one great thing after another. You realize that I am speaking of glad tidings. Good news, beloveds, good news is on its way. Such good news. Such good news is on its way to you that it is hard for Me not to tell you all about it. Yet l do not want to spoil the surprises that are ready to be delivered to you. The surprises are already addressed to you.

You are soon going to be on the opposite side of the street. If you have been walking down an uneasy side of the street, you will cross over to the easy side. The easy side is so smooth, so even, so untroubled, so wonderful that you will think you are floating in Heaven. You will cross over to a brand-new sidewalk. The initials carved into it are yours.

I will call this side of the street Joy. Great joy is awaiting you. Great joy is the side of the coin that is coming up for you now.

You cannot even dream of all that is coming to you. You cannot imagine it! Still, keep dreaming your dreams and new ones and bigger ones. Your dreams and more are on their way to you. They are tripping over each other in their haste to show you what life can be, what your life can be.

Dreams come true. It is becoming time for your dreams to come true. Be ready to welcome the onslaught of your dreams fulfilled. When the time is right, there is no stopping all that is yours. You are going to be so happy, so very happy, so utterly happy, so consistently happy. Your happiness will be so great that you may almost be running out of ideas for what else you want. But gaps get filled, and more dreams and wider dreams and more universal dreams will arise.

No longer will your dreams be just for you alone. Whatever you want for yourself, you will want it for everyone. You will be uncomfortable if you desire for yourself alone. You just can't do that anymore. You won't want to go dream-shopping just for yourself any longer. Whatever dream you buy for yourself from the dream factory, you will want your friends to have too. You will want strangers to have the fulfillment of your dreams too. Their dreams will become your dreams. It just won't be fun anymore to desire for yourself alone. You won't be able to do it. It just won't be fun anymore.

When there is enough for all, you will no longer think of hoarding. You will no longer think of stinting. You will know generosity, and generosity alone.

Your relaxation will be to fill others' needs. You will no longer be satisfied with less for anyone. It gets harder and harder for you to eat when children are hungry. You will embrace children without parents and honor them as your own. All the world will have you. And you will be so happy, so happy, so very happy.

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The Year of the Tiger

Next, I learned that the Chinese New Year has begun and it is the Year of the Tiger! As an interesting side note, Joe was born in 1950, which was also the Year of the Tiger. And of course, being that this is the Year of the Tiger, I instantly thought of this song:

Eye of the Tiger - Survivor




This all makes me think of change, and almost magically, up popped Sam Cooke again with another song! I really think he is trying to make a point. I hope Obama reopens his case. There is nothing worse than a travesty of justice. It is so sad that since his death, he had been given a somewhat questionable personality. You can read a little about what happened here: Sam Cooke

It’s just not right. He was a good person and now he cannot even defend himself against the lies. So, one of the changes I would like to see happen is justice in Sam Cooke’s case. What really happened? The people who were involved need to pay their debt. It is ironic that Sam Cooke sang this beautiful song about change and I guess Obama really liked this song, too. This is the year. As Michael Jackson, sang,
“This is It!”

Change Is Gonna to Come – Sam Cooke




Joe’s River of Love: His Writings

RIVER OF LOVE courtesy of MicrosoftNext, I decided to soak in some of Joe’s beautiful words.

Honestly, reading his work is like soaking in
LOVE. The love totally emanates out of his writing, which flows like an endless river….an endless river of love. I am so glad that he left so much for us to read. I have not yet begun to read it all, but I work at it. What is so great is that you can just pick up any of his books and open them anywhere and start reading. So that’s what I did yesterday. His 2001 edition of Getting Beyond the Facts: Teaching Social Studies/Social Sciences in the Twenty-First Century is a very large book of 818 pages….(two eights – maybe it gets us through the 8th gate and all prepared for the ninth gate – I still have to write about that, too).

DETECTIVE - courtesy of MicrosoftAnyway, I just opened it up randomly and it opened to Chapter 18, “Fingerprints at the Crime Scene: Power, Knowledge Production, and a Critical Democratic Social Studies.” That was so interesting since I am on this “kick” so to speak to find justice for Sam Cooke. It really is a travesty because I cannot imagine how one woman alone was able to injure and kill Sam Cooke as shown in the records. And the police were extremely negligent in not tying everything that happened that night together. Plus, Sam, I feel is really wanting justice here.

So, I read through this chapter for some hints that might help me. There is a LOT in this chapter. I will need to sleep on it and dream some more for help with what I am supposed to do next. It seems to relate to uncovering the “shadow power” that is everywhere around us. This is a weird thought: On page 569, Joe has a subchapter called, “Furtive Formulas: Exhuming the Colonel and His Secret Recipe.” I wonder if Sam Cooke’s case is reopened whether they would exhume his body. I bet they would. There is so much more forensic scientists can determine today than they could back in 1964, not that they really even tried back then, either. It was as if they just did not care, since Sam Cooke was a Black man, and a very successful one at that.

Next, I skipped ahead in his book to Chapter 21, “Social Psychoanalysis In the Social Studies: Critical Theory and Historiography.” This is another very fascinating chapter and tells in great detail how we must get “Behind the Curtain of Ideology” (p. 612). I am going to have to spend more time studying this entire section of Joe’s book because there is great knowledge here that I know will help me uncover, or at least provide another perspective of Sam Cooke’s horribly tragic last night on this earth. If the case never gets reopened, at least I will have felt I have done my part if I take one last look at it using Joe’s brilliant methodology as he has outlined here in Chapters 18-21. He does explain how we must get behind that curtain and, I don’t know about you, but I am more than ready to do just that.

And finally, last but not least, I learned that we have an awful lot of information about how bad education is. I just happened to come across this new information yesterday. We do know there’s a problem (and if we are peons, we experience these things every day, so this is not new to us.) Joe always emphasized that we need to thoroughly analyze the problem; however, in our analyses and recommendations, we need to uncover those fractal choice points so that we can envision and then select from multiple solutions and ways out of the problems in order to alleviate human suffering. Simply dwelling on the problem creates more of the problem. It’s like they say, what you focus on will grow and get bigger and bigger and so what we need to focus on are solutions. In my book, there is only one person who has presented viable pathways to solutions. Let’s get to those SOLUTIONS today!

So that’s it for today – just a brief summary of the many gifts I received yesterday on Valentine’s Day and the first day of the Year of the Tiger. I am so enormously grateful for Joe’s work and the time and trouble he went to writing it as an expression of his great love for all people everywhere and for leaving it for us to enjoy for years and years into the future, so I decided I would choose today’s song.

Joe’s work IS LOVE. Reading his work is like having him sitting right next to us and sharing his love with us and I really cannot get enough of that kind of love. Maybe I am “weird,” but this is honestly how I see Joe’s work. He put his heart and soul into it, and reading it makes that so very clear.

TIGER - courtesy of MicrosoftSo, the song I choose and I dedicate to Joe is "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" by Barry White.

I love you, Joe.

May the
Year of the Tiger - your special year - be the year that the world changes for the better, just as you had envisioned…that is my wish for you, Babe.

Eternally Dedicated,
Vanessa

Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe




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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Gifts of Love, Knowledge, and Music for Valentine's Day
Fairy in Blue (from a Humanity Healing video)
The poem below was divinely gifted to me in two parts on July 25 and 26,
1989. I awakened both mornings and instantly wrote the words as they flowed forth.

It has never been published. Since it is a
Love Poem, it seems appropriate for Valentine’s Day.
If only I had known Joe then; he probably would have encouraged me to do more learning from my dreams. In fact, in his book, Getting Beyond the Facts: Teaching Social Studies in the Late Twentieth Century, which was coincidentally also written in 1989, he had a section under “New Approaches,” titled “New Frontiers in Social Studies: Learning Through Dreaming (pp. 324-330). At the time this poem came to me, I thought it was just a “fluke” and it was the only time it had happened until recently…now I know better after reading Joe’s books and I often receive poems and lots of other information from my dreams and “imagination.” One of these days I will explain “imagination” and how the educational community (except Joe, of course) has kept one of the biggest secrets to themselves while we peons have struggled so with learning. It’s all in Joe’s books.
 
Trust In You
A Poem for My Soul Mate (Whoever He Is and Wherever He May Be)
Vanessa Jae Paradis, Written in 1989 

Shielded, armored coats we wear
When life that’s handed down’s unfair
I remove my armor for you to see
My soul, myself, the real me
Please don’t hurt me in my nakedness
Wonder at my marvelousness
You are my shield now, my silvery strength
Do you even know at what length
I’ll go to forever keep you? 

I’ll lay myself before your feet
Bare and true but still discreet
Every flaw is now exposed
As I still cling to keep reposed
But I’ll never cease from this day forward
For now I know I’ve really soared
It’s your turn now when you are ready
I’m here, receptive, holding steady
Wanting you to feel the joy 

Yes, it’s your turn now, love knows no bounds
For even though my heart wildly pounds
My fear is not a fear of you
The fear is what I never knew
About myself and inner thoughts
The way I am and all the oughts
They absorb, reflect and transcend
With no more armor to defend
My very self, my very soul 

I cannot stop until I share
The love, the joy, how much I care
When I’ve tested surrender sweet
Nothing exists to make me retreat
For when I removed that rusty coat
My very soul began to float
The caked on dirt fell to the floor
The hidden secrets flew out the door
We’re free: You to be you and me to be me 

I marvel at the insignificance
Of what made me keep extending distance
It’s not that the pain cannot be reached
I’ve learned how to keep it from being breached
The ecstasy of joy and love
And even thoughts of a power above
Fulfills me and fills me overflowing
With awe and wonder, always knowing
How little I have lost and how very much I’ve gained 

I know there’s more for me to see
More love, more life and tranquility
But then there’s always room to grow
So much to learn, so much to know
I won’t give up until I succeed
And that I feel is a lifetime deed
For right now I feel reassurance
In knowing that I have the endurance
To withstand the removal of my armor


Trust in You - Part Two (July 26, 1989) 
I pray that dreams and truth are one
That we come together when our pain is done
For I truly believe in serendipity
Or better still, in synchronicity
And if it’s truly God’s chosen plan
Please would you be my only man
My life, my love, my true desire
I promise you I’ll never tire
Of being here for you 

I think you feel the way I do
The love, the joy and sensuousness too
I don’t believe it’s all my imagination
For there truly is a mutual fascination
A pull, a force, a magnetism
With just a dash of romanticism
I want you and need you; I’m not proud
I’ll tell you and even shout it out loud
For all the world to hear 

I know you have the capability
Along with the desirable stability
To fulfill my deepest wishes and desires
And to light within me future fires
Right now it’s hard to live without you
When I already know so much about you
Everything I see I love so much
But I can only tell you how I’m touched
By the real you, your very soul 

So if I’m right, if this is true
Please come to me, and together renew
The feelings we have locked neatly away
Saving them for this very day
Let’s sail away to a fantasy land
Always holding each other’s hand
And loving each other for eternity
Accepting that this is our destiny

You and I belong together

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Valentine’s Day Gifts

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Of course, it would not be Valentine’s Day if I did not receive gifts from “beyond.” When I awakened this morning, there was much on my mind. I had gone to an interesting movie last night (in my dreams). It began at 11:00 pm and ended at 1:00 am and the double numbers are significant, of course. 1’s represent soul mates and pairs of 0’s represent divinity – and of course, double numbers also represent “gateways.” If I tell people who I was at the movie with, of course there will be those who would be very upset, as I have learned….so I’ll leave that out. I don’t know why people get upset over these things when they are “just dreams.”

The movie was a different sort of suspense story. The suspense triggered fear, but nothing ever happened. It was about a group of people who were investigating some mystery about some spooky guy and it was all supposed to be very scary, and it was. The entire movie evoked fear, but the funny thing was, nothing ever happened. For example, one woman left the room to investigate a frightening situation in another room where it was thought this guy might be hiding just waiting for his opportunity, and this other woman who was with the group waiting outside said, “She’s going to scream.” And so the audience is just waiting for that blood curdling scream, but it never happens. So then after a period of time, finally the other people in the group go into the room where this woman had gone and there is all of this scary suspense because you think the lady is going to be found harmed, but when you walk in, she is just looking through old papers in a filing cabinet. The whole movie was like that and it was a demonstration of how fear can be created from nothing. I felt the fear, but it had been created out of thin air so to speak. And so, it was just a representation of how FEAR=False Energy Appearing Real. The dream was like an educational lesson in dreamland and it was quite interesting. It demonstrated how we really do not need to use VIOLENCE in movies to evoke fear and excitement. A more creative, challenging, and effective tactic is to create fear in the audience out of thin air. Of course, if we have really mastered fear, the movie will not work to instill fear in us, and in that sense, it is a good measure of how much work we still need to do.

Well, that was a sweet Valentine’s gift, going to the movie. It was a reminder to me that I really have nothing to fear (but fear itself as they say). So then this morning, as if that was not enough of a gift, I was told to look on pages 474-475 of Joe’s 2001 Getting Beyond the Facts: Teaching Social Studies/Social Sciences in the Twenty-First Century. This is an entirely different book than his first edition, by the way. Both books are SO excellent. I looked at the pages and, here Joe was talking about how we need to analyze our Western science constructs in terms of other cultural knowledges. Of course, Western science has grossly perpetuated the myth of white superiority and ignores important human experiences such as passion, emotions, bodily and tactile sensations, instead perpetuating a bias for mental abstractions. He stated, “In the study of global and indigenous knowledge, such epistemological tendencies take on dramatic importance” (p. 474). Of course, as teachers we need to realize how “whiteness” plays a huge role in the standardized science curriculum. Essentially, the insight provided by deeper analyses and understanding of how this occurs along with the incorporation of global and indigenous knowledges, according to Joe, “opens a gateway into White consciousness and its reactions to the world around it” (p. 475).

So, here is another gift from Joe in the above passage, of which dream learning is an important element, of course. Western culture is one of the very few cultures that does not recognize the huge significance of dreaming and how we can learn from our dreams. Dreams help us open up those gateways to greater understanding and knowledge, not just about ourselves (it is not always about us; this is another Western construct), but it is about many things. I think this gift in Joe’s books is important for all of us who have been indoctrinated into the “great white way” to varying degrees, no matter what race, ethnicity, culture, sex, religion, etc. Studying these dynamics that Joe has gone to very great effort in this book to demonstrate, will give us the gift of an open portal to greater knowledge. Try it; you’ll like it. I recommend both editions of this book since they contain different and yet highly important knowledge.

One More Valentine’s Day Gift
It is no secret that Joe loved absolutely everybody who crossed his path. He was a “super human” example of unconditional love. If only we could all love in the way he demonstrated; that would be my wish come true. I was so amazed by him when I met him through his website (and in person) and how he gave so generously of his time, his attention, his thoughts (which traveled great distances), his music, his advice, his compassion, his love, his praise, and of course, his amazing work, etc., and yet he never, ever expected anything whatsoever in return. That is unconditional love beyond the capabilities of most humans on this earth. There are others, of course, who demonstrate this ability, but they are far and few between.

What I am to convey in relation to all of this is that Joe left special messages in his books, even personal messages to each of us who were in close contact with him (yes, even me). They are sometimes obvious, sometimes obscure, and sometimes encoded, but they are clearly messages that stand out when you identify them. I hope that as you read his work, these various messages will speak to you. Understand, though, that he realized people need to work on themselves, and of course, some his messages convey this even in a “tough love” sort of way, but he left these messages out of love because he wanted to see us all reach higher evolved states of being human and to be alleviated from our suffering, including our own self-imposed suffering. He clearly saw that many of us need to work on ourselves, but still it did not interfere with his love for us. The bottom line is that he loved us all, and there are records of his love throughout his work, including personal advice for some of us. Joe’s work is truly a gift of LOVE that keeps on giving.

Music for Valentine’s Day

The song came to me from my Master Teacher this morning, as usual. Appropriate for Valentine’s Day, he just gave me the word “cupid” so I will look this up on YouTube right now.

This is the song that came to the top; it’s very sweet for Valentine’s Day:

Cupid - 112



He also gave me this longtime favorite (he kept singing it)! I have always loved this song and I think there is something very significant about Sam Cooke – he keeps “showing up” for some reason. OMG, read this about Sam Cooke. I think he wants justice, here. Something sounds very fishy about this case and it needs to be reopened. Anyway, here is the song and it is so beautiful!

Cupid – Sam Cooke

 

I can’t wait to get on with my day! I have already had some great surprises for Valentine’s Day that began in “dreamland” and I am supposed to be receiving some more amazing surprises throughout the day! It’s exciting! I will report back tomorrow.

Have a Happy Valentine's Day!
Vanessa
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Saturday, February 13, 2010

A Message from Isis for Women: We Can Have It ALL
Isis, courtesy of Wikipedia
I thought I would share this oracle reading today from Doreen. I am actually beginning to really like Doreen’s oracle readings. They are so positive and upbeat. Today’s reading is especially good because it is for women and as a woman I know we just do not get enough positive feedback in our lives. We give out a lot of love and it seems at times it takes a while for that energy to cycle back around to us.

This message is especially great because it reminds us we CAN have it all. Isis was a real person, but there is much misinformation about her. You can read a little about Isis
here, but keep in mind that in this case, even Wikipedia is very incomplete and has misinformation about her. Still, it does give us some idea of who she was and how important she is as an Ascended Master.



Of course, you can “poo poo” this information and totally discredit it, but that is not a wise decision. We can learn SOMETHING from every single perspective there is. Joe’s critical bricolage, and I realize that most people are not understanding this, allows for us as educational researchers (or any researchers, for that matter) to look at all different perspectives no matter where they come from in place and time, with wide open minds. Something very amazing happens when you do this and take the time to acquire many, many perspectives. It is difficult to explain, but Joe did explain it all in his work in his special idiosyncratic, multidimensional, multitheoretical way (which I always find so rich and delicious to read).

If you have not read his explanations of the whys and wherefores of the bricolage you are really missing a very special treat. In the most simplistic explanation that Joe gives, he simply states that the sum of the parts is greater than the whole. In other words, when you put all of these perspectives together, often something entirely new emerges. I think I would like to explore more explanations of Isis. Wikipedia is really lacking here. She seems like a great role model for girls and women. We can be sexy and dance with our soul mate partners (and share a powerful unconditional, mutually supportive love) all at the same time as being exemplary and very wise Master Teachers and powerful people who really know how to get things accomplished AND loving, nurturing mommies to our children.

We can have it ALL! Who could ask for anything more?

I Got Rhythm: Mickey & Judy's Hollywood




I Got Rhythm (Crazy for You)

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Friday, February 12, 2010

The Crazy Ones: We are the Ones We Are Waiting For

Butterflies Graphic

Butterflies | Forward this Picture

In my email this morning, I received notice from a group called Humanity Healing about their new video, just posted to You Tube. I watched it in awe and it immediately brought back memories of my work on the bricolage with Joe. We both “got it” and he was helping me through my struggles of trying to convey in my pre-proposal to my professors how logical and what perfect sense it makes to do research using the bricolage. He commented to me, “Just call me crazy….” and I immediately responded back to him, “Joe, you are my sanity in a crazy world.”

Something tells me, Joe got a lot of “flack” over his “craziness,” and of course, he wrote all about it, especially the issues he had as a youngster in school. When you read between the lines, he wrote so much more – and oh, was he ever so good about writing between the lines. Anyway, this video is reassuring, especially since I have been “tagged” to be even “crazier” than Joe. I just have to align myself even tighter with Joe, who said he was an “HWA” (a “Hillbilly With an Attitude”). I love that! I am also an “HWA” (a Hick With an Attitude). Oooh I just love Joe so much, still!!!

We Are the Ones We Are Waiting For – Humanity Healing

 

That’s my main message for today. Those of us who are a little different are the ones who will have a major impact in changing the world. Joe was a true genius beyond even the definition of genius. He put it right out there in his last book that his work will change the world. He wrote so much about the POWER of DIFFERENCE. I still need to review all of that. Joe knew what he was talking about. More people will be listening as time goes on.

My meeting with my Master Teacher this morning was very short because the Maids had to come over early today to clean my house (but we are meeting again this afternoon). What he told me was that gratitude, money, love, and even sex (in the tantric or spiritual form) are energy fields. You must give out in order to receive back and once a circular motion sets in, it gains momentum and magnitude. If you only take-take-take -- for example, if you are only interested in PROFIT in relation to money, then you have circumvented this natural flow of ever-increasing energy and you have violated natural universal laws, thus what you will receive back is going to be restricted, limited, and it will dwindle to nothing, eventually. He said, "If only people knew what they were missing out on." 

At any rate, as he headed out the door (yes, I am so privileged and so grateful that my master teachers often come right to my home to provide instruction), he told me, “My love for you abounds.” Of course, I figured that had to be a song, and when I plugged it into YouTube the following song, which is a little sad, came up right to the top. While this song is sad and is about the Belfast Child singing again, it needs to be taken in context with the above video. The song was written in the 1989. Things are changing today because…

Many Belfast Children have returned and they are all singing!

Simple Minds - Belfast Child



About this song (from Wikipedia):

The song uses the music from the Irish folk song "She Moved Through the Fair", but has completely different words.

Jim Kerr recalled in 1000 UK #1 Hits why he used the melody, "I first heard the melody (of She Moved Through The Fair) a few days after the Enniskillen bombing (when a bomb planted by the IRA exploded during a Remembrance Day service at Enniskillen in County Fermanagh, killing 12 people and injuring at least 63), and like everybody when you see the images I was sick. In the second part of the song, I'm trying to relate to people in Northern Ireland who lost loved ones. I'm trying to talk about the madness, the sadness and the emptiness. I'm not saying I have any pearls of wisdom, but I have a few questions to ask."

For more information about this UK #1song from 1989, visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belfast_Child

When my love said to me
Meet me down by the gallow tree
For it's sad news I bring
About this old town and all that it's offering
Some say troubles abound
Some day soon they're gonna pull the old town down
One day we'll return here,
When the Belfast Child sings again

Brothers sisters where are you now
As I look for you right through the crowd
All my life here I've spent
With my faith in God the Church and the Government
But there's sadness abound
Some day soon they're gonna pull the old town down

One day we'll return here,
When the Belfast Child sings again
When the Belfast Child sings again

Some come back Billy, won't you come on home
Come back Mary, you've been away so long
The streets are empty, and your mother's gone
The girls are crying, it's been oh so long
And your father's calling, come on home
Won't you come on home, won't you come on home

Come back people, you've been gone a while
And the war is raging, in the Emerald Isle
That's flesh and blood man, that's flesh and blood
All the girls are crying but all's not lost

The streets are empty, the streets are cold
Won't you come on home, won't you come on home

The streets are empty
Life goes on

One day we'll return here
When the Belfast Child sings again
When the Belfast Child sings again
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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Grace + Divinity = Compassion: An Early Start to the Mission

Crystal HeartThis morning is the very first morning I have awakened and felt “blank.” Ever since I began these blogs way last May, I have awakened with a message. I am not even sure where these messages come from, but I have always felt very compelled to convey them nevertheless. Today is different somehow and I am not sure why. I spoke to my Master Teacher about it and he just told me, as usual, “there is no need to worry, stress or lay out blueprints for what’s to transpire. All is divine and all is carried by divine grace,” is what I was told, and he parted, stating, "Yours in grace and divinity." Maybe I should check into the definitions of these words. Often we make assumptions about what words mean or perhaps we have just one idea in mind for the definition of a word when, in fact, there are multiple meanings that give words a richness that we too often rob from them.

Not of this EarthIt is interesting that the antonym for the word divine as given by Microsoft Word is Earth. Therefore, divine is not even of this earth. Can we truly comprehend the significance of the word divinity or divine? I think not. Some of the synonyms include heavenly, celestial, godly and less significantly, great, marvelous, delightful. We really, in the English language are not able to describe divine. The meaning is far too multidimensional, expansive, and beyond our ability to fully embrace and comprehend. Synonyms for divinity include religion, spirituality, theology, mysticism, holiness – again far too comprehensive to really pinpoint a precise definition when we make use of the word. It would seem logical to conclude that when we speak these words, if we do not fully define how we are using them, which we cannot, we are not truly communicating since everyone is likely to have their own idea of what they mean. Of course, churches, through doctrine define these terms for us. I was never much into doctrine, personally. I guess I like the idea that the words have expansive meaning. That frees me up to keep learning in new ways what the words mean and how they come to be represented.

AngelGrace is another one of those words that can come to mean totally different things in different contexts and from different perspectives. Microsoft Word lists its synonyms as elegance, refinement, loveliness, polish, beauty, poise, and charm. Of course, religions provide an entirely different perspective on grace. For example, Christianity and perhaps other religions as well, claim that grace is a free gift from God, but it is used in a different context. We are perfect as we are and in spite of the mistakes we make along the way, and of course, it is because of God's divine love that we receive this free gift.

Today’s song was provided simply by the words, “grace and divinity” and when I searched them on YouTube, this interesting video showing Amma, who is considered to be a living saint in India, rose to the top. The message I have gotten from this little exercise handed down to me just now by my Master Teacher is that Grace + Divinity = Compassion. Compassion is easier to define and demonstrate than the two words that make it up. It is described as sympathy, empathy, care, consideration, kindness and concern. The key is that we must take ACTIONS that are driven by these emotions. While we can demonstrate these concepts through our observations of other very, very special people, living with complete love and compassion is a feat that very few people can emulate. Of course, people who knew Joe, knew he was well recognized for his immense love and compassion, so there are people around us who can demonstrate how this works. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to know him and experiece his love and compassion. Even though I met him just once, his love and compassion vibrations were not hindered whatsoever by distance and they also traveled well through the Internet.
 
As can be seen in the videos below, Amma is a very compassionate person who travels the globe helping those in need, which is something we all should probably be doing more of. In other words, perhaps defining the words Grace and Divinity may not be as important as living the summation of the words. This would be living as a fully loving, compassionate human being as demonstrated in the actions we take around the world to help those who are less fortunate than ourselves and are suffering. We often hear that we should take actions locally while we think globally.  I have the clear indication that 2010 is the year we begin to take these very actions, even if we just begin in our own back yards. In fact, as I have stated before, the mission, this “Code Blue Mission” to rescue Earth was to begin in April and the major push is still slated for April, but it has gotten off to a slightly earlier start for many of us, which is a good thing. I hope you are taking productive actions to help those less fortunate people who have needs. It is just too easy to get all locked up in our own little worlds (Joe, as well of other people, call these narrowly focused unreal realities “hypperealities”) and our own selfish agendas. That is old stuff. Time for the new. More to come…

Compassion – Amma



P.S. There are many interesting videos on YouTube about Ammayodoppam (her full name). Here is another one that I like.

The Ultimate Expression of Divine Love - Amma

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

There is SOMETHING Goin’ On with Textbooks PLUS OMG, I LOVE this Song!

Fractals, Choice Points, DecisionsFor some reason, I cannot seem to move past the review I did about Joe’s very first book, “Understanding the New Right and Its Impact on Education,” which I did a few blogs ago. There is sumptin’ goin’ on here and I have been reading and reading about textbooks. It is a mystery right now. We are at a critical juncture. Maybe it’s one of those choice points that emerge when we flow along through change – where the fractals keep emerging and there are more choice points and we have to make decisions as to which direction to take. There is nothing at all wrong with taking multiple directions, but the choices need to be based on what is good and true, not for greedy, selfish, profit-making reasons. The latter will not hold up in the emerging new paradigm. The former will support the paradigm. We are already past the point of no return; that is, the new paradigm is too far along to turn back and the old paradigm is crumbling all around us.

Books: Profit and AppeasementAnd so, I have read all about textbooks, but I need to use Joe’s critical bricolage to “shake, rattle, and roll” it all in order to really figure out what’s going on. Everyone who writes has an agenda (mine is to promote Joe’s work because I know it is true and good and applying it will create what is true and good). But some of the other people have some strange, twisted, and very hidden agendas. Some people are promoting ending textbooks all together. California is proposing all online textbooks. Now, from what I have learned about who makes money selling textbooks, this could really shake things up. Some people are promoting the idea that the states need to stop dictating the textbooks teachers must use in the classrooms since this really boils down to just two states (CA and TX) dictating for the entire nation what can and cannot be in textbooks – which really boils down to censorship, watering down the textbooks, adding lots of pictures and graphics, throwing in many random facts, and making the books so big and heavy children are visiting the doctors for back problems from having to carry them. I will most definitely work on this some more.

Here’s a puzzle for you: What was Joe’s prediction in his booklet, “Understanding the New Right and Its Impact on Education?” Has it come true? (Answer: yes).

The Music for Today – OMG, I LOVE this Song

I had the funniest experience yesterday. I just met a new colleague (online, of course) and we are getting to know each other and so far, we had not discussed our research at all. We were joking around because it had been noticed by others in the course that my name is the same as the famous Paris singer and actress, Vanessa Paradis who is married to the famous actor (and "most handsome man in the world"), Johnny Depp. I jokingly told her I only get the wax version of Johnny Depp and posted a picture of me and Johnny taken at the wax museum, just to be funny. She thought it was hilarious and, quite coincidentally, she posted a message to me stating that everytime she sees my name, she starts singing the song “Joe Le Taxi.” I thought that was pretty cool and very relevant!

And what a strange coincidence! Of course, I looked it up on YouTube and I LOVE this song! It is so perfect….The other day in these blogs, I was saying Joe’s work is the “ticket to ride” and now today, his work is like a taxi and he is the taxi driver who knows all of the good places to travel, knows how to get past all of the obstacles and dark places, knows where all the bridges are, and he really knows his music. I put the translation in English below the song. I just could not resist using this adorable song today….I think it was meant to be.

Joe Le Taxi 1987 – Vanessa Paradis



LYRICS

Joe the taxi (Joe the cab driver)
He doesn't go everywhere
He doesn't work on soda
His yellow sax (saxophone is a metaphor for his yellow cab)
Knows all of the streets by heart
All of the little bars
All of the dark corners
And the Seine
And its bridges that shine
In his car
Joe's music
It's the "rumba"
From old "rock" to "mambo"
Joe the taxi
It's his life
The rum with "mambo"
Traffic jam
He's like that
Joe - Joe - Joe
In his car
Joe's music resonates
It's the "rumba"
From old "rock" to phony "mambo"
Go Joe
Go Joe
Speed along
In the night towards the Amazon
Joe the taxi (driver)
And Xavier Cugat (famous Cuban musician)
Joe the taxi
And Yma Sumac (musician again)
Joe - Joe - Joe
Joe the taxi
It's his life
The rum with "mambo"
Traffic jam
Joe the taxi
And the Mariachis
Joe the Taxi
And the "cha-cha-chi"
Go Joe
Speed along
In the night towards the Amazon

9:18 am | link 

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Thank Heaven for Master Teachers and Their Special Gifts of Knowledge


Flowers I followed my Master Teacher’s naturopathic medical advice almost to the “t” by fasting for three days, and Lo AND Behold, I am feeling FINE today….almost as good as new….wow I had never had a “bout” of what I thought was food poisoning as bad as that or that lasted so long – seven grueling days. I thought for sure I was going to end up in the hospital and have countless medical tests run to try to figure out what was wrong. It would have cost thousands of dollars. I literally felt like I was dying. Can you imagine having to go seven days with almost no food? But that was the mistake: ALMOST no food. My Master Teachers, when I asked for help, said I had to totally FAST for three days and take special probiotics according to their dosing recommendations. For awhile, I got even sicker (the darkest before dawn?) and I was very close to going to the hospital, but I decided I wanted to prove to my teachers that I had total faith and trust in their remedy. Yesterday morning I was in pain and I was CRYING to my teacher, “I feel like I’m dying,” and I was not kidding. But he empathized with me greatly and just said, “this, too, will pass” and told me several times to “Stay Strong.” [I really don't recommend this process unless one of your Master Teachers is a Naturapathic Physician, like one of mine is.]

I made it and I actually was able to have a dinner last night of rice cooked in broth that tasted OH so yummy after starving so long. I think I am back on track – all thanks to my wonderful teachers who know that sometimes teaching does involve helping students with outside issues such as their health and well being. After all, it is pretty difficult to be motivated to learn when you are sicker than a dog. I love my teachers. This is no exaggeration. I love them with my heart and soul because they truly have my best interest at heart. All I can say is, I am very blessed and no amount of expressed gratitude is sufficient to convey the magnitude of how grateful I feel having what I consider to be divine guidance 24/7.

I put this out here, not because I want attention, but because everyone can be so fortunate to have wonderful Master Teachers and divine guidance. I truly wish for everyone to experience how wonderful it can be to have special teachers who love and cherish you as a learner – and it does not matter what age you are. You may be a teacher, but if you establish a relationship with your own special Master Teachers, you will find your teaching practice can be significantly enhanced – in fact, your whole life will be enhanced no matter who you are or what you are doing in life. It is a long story, but I just wanted to make the point that we can ALL benefit from this mode of learning, teaching, living, and loving – and don’t forget the dancing. It is divine.

Yellow RosesAs if my getting over a horrific illness that I thought was going to land me in the hospital was not enough reward from my Master Teachers, it was only the beginning of the divine gifts I received last night. I actually was given much more guidance toward locating the gift in Joe’s book, “Understanding the New Right and Its Impact on Education” on page 23 that I relayed in an earlier blog -- as well as understanding the deep significance of this gift. If you have the book, you should try to find the gift. It is so amazing and so “across the border” so to speak that I cannot begin to put it all here in a short blog. But I can put the song out that was given to me last night, which was another gift for trusting my teachers. It came to me from another favorite Master Teacher. She told me it took days for her to get the message but it finally came through. It is by Iron Butterfly. My other Master Teacher explained to me afterward that the reason he selected the song is because I am his “Iron Butterfly” for staying strong (my name means butterfly). And the song is just a reminder that I am to keep holding his hand as we “walk the land.” Or, in other words, it is just another reminder that I am never alone; my Master Teachers are always supporting and guiding me and available if I need to call them. It’s a beautiful song.

In-a-gadda-da-vida (In the Garden of Eden)  Iron Butterfly

   


This is a longer version and has cool photos of butterflies; I love butterflies: In-a-gadda-da-vida

7:24 am | link 

Monday, February 8, 2010

Shake, Rattle and Rock! Feelin’ Happy

Big Joe TurnerToday’s blog seems to be a continuation of yesterday’s blog about Big Joe Turner – an exceptional artist who influenced jazz, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll. "Shake, Rattle and Rock" is a movie (I seem to be getting lots of movies these days) and "Feelin’ Happy" is a musical segment from the movie.

Speaking of media, I am shocked by the actions of TF1 Television in FRANCE. They have wiped YouTube totally clean of any reference to their BOTCHED NRJ Music Awards. Here we go again, censorship. I had written an entire blog about the NRJ Music Awards and had included Black Eyed Peas’ fantastic performance and now all of it has been STOLEN. Yes, that is my view – they “stole” it off YouTube and, consequently off my blog.

People (big media, especially) have got to come to grips with the fact the world will remain constipated if we do not allow free flow of both information and money. These are absolutely essential. A review of history will show that when people become stingy it is because they know they are wrong and that they are going to lose out in the end – and probably sooner rather than later at this point. We have a president, now, who supports the people and is encouraging people to STOP watching television. He is going to keep the Internet FREE and OPEN and he is encouraging the people (not big business), but the people to develop our OWN GOOGLE and our OWN YOUTUBE and then we can bypass all of this censoring, disinformation, and indoctrination nonsense. And you can best be believing we will start our OWN Publishing Empires too so that we can rise above publishers who cannot see the light and even go so far as to choose to censor their own publications.

Well that’s it for today from a “boogie woogie” country girl. (That’s one of the songs my teachers gave me for today).
Vanessa

Feelin’ Happy – Big Joe Turner




Boogie Woogie Country Girl – Alley Cats

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Joe's Critical Bricolage

Where does creativity come from? I was back on my way home yesterday after getting some special natural remedies that my Master Teachers recommended for me so that I can get over what I thought was just a mild case of food poisoning. I have been fighting it now for five days and I have been quite under the weather. But my sweet Master Teachers got together (one of them is a naturopathic physician) and told me exactly how to shake this…Interestingly, as I was driving back from picking up their remedy, the following just popped into my mind:
 
Joe’s Critical Bricolage
Shake, Rattle and Roll!
Learn how you, too, can become a “mover and shaker!”
(Coming soon to a website near you)

This is cool, I thought, because my dissertation is going to be about Joe’s Critical Bricolage. I knew Elvis had a song called “Shake, Rattle, and Roll,” so I looked the title up on You Tube, but the original version by Big Joe Turner came to the top. I know my teachers by now – that was the version they wanted. Big Joe Turner had his own unique version of the song that got changed up and watered down by others along the way. He was a spectacular blues artist, so it seems only right that he should get the credit for this song.
 

As I said, I am really under the weather. I think the remedies are BEGINNING to work, but my teachers said it would take three days and this is only day one….I’m going back to bed.
3:23 pm | link 

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Embracing, Loving, and Celebrating Diversity: The Key to a Democratic and Free Society - Education Should Be Setting An Example


Additional Thoughts About Joe's Booklet, Understanding the New Right.

Yesterday’s blog, if you have not read it, provided an analysis of Joe’s very amazing first book. As I presented, we are right at the moment in history when the wheel can take another spin and we continue to spin in circles and get nowhere, or this time, we can take Joe’s prescient advice from this booklet and do it right. We can allow the media to manipulate, control, and divide us over the very same Left/Right, Hillbilly/Urbanite, Christian/Humanism issues that arose during the textbook protests in Kanawha County, West Virginia in 1974 or we can take a new approach and take the time to thoroughly understand these seemingly divergent viewpoints and seek creative ways to reach agreements. In many ways, people are on the same page. We may just read the page a little differently.

The key to making this all happen is public discourse. And this does not mean posting a comment to someone's blog or article and then that's the end of it; this is not helpful. It must go much deeper than that. There must be an ongoing dialogue in which people have the opportunity to present their positions in respectful environments, present counter views, and keep the discussion going. And the key to making this happen is, first of all, there must be no fettering or censorship allowed. If people are not free to express their experiences, opinions, perspectives, society will indeed remain stuck on that wheel to continue spinning for the next 18,000 years. Personally, I have chosen to get off that wheel. I truly believe the greatest thing we can do for the moment is to reach out and embrace, love, and celebrate diversity, which includes intimate looks at as wide a variety of perspectives as possible, even (to the dismay of those on the "left") an intimate, caring look at what the people on the right are really asking for. Perhaps this is real border crossing.

Joe had written several very fascinating articles about the power of difference. I will have to review them, and perhaps before I move on to his next book I will do that. He had many profound things to say about extending our learning outward to learn about all other cultures, societies, religions, psychologies, philosophies, etc. Oh, there is so much to learn and as I have noted, I totally crave this sort of learning. In contrast, so much of Western education is completely barren. I think Joe described it in one of his books as feeling like you are walking through an endless desert, craving a drink of water in the form of refreshing, new, consciousness-expanding knowledge. Thankfully, there are Master Teachers out there who, similar to what Joe did, creatively insert lessons of enlightenment that help restore the passion for learning.

However, when a course in ethics only teaches Western ethics as if this is the only option for making humane decisions and one cannot fathom how it could possibly be applied or work in a global society, we have an issue with education. I ran up against the same issue with Western-based educational philosophy and psychology courses. We live in a world that has multiple philosophies and worldviews that are vastly different from Western, and in many cases, much superior to Western-devised thought in that we can learn so much from these other views. It is no secret that the English language itself hampers our thinking and communication abilities. This is a huge issue that can be overcome by actively seeking other worldviews and languages. When one is engaged in learning in the United States, it is soon realized education here simply must undergo a massive overhaul and transformation. It cannot survive in our increasingly global society and it will not. We can talk and teach multiculturalism all we wish and it is just empty talk as long as we keep looking at these things with our Western blinders on. And we cannot remove our Western blinders until we have immersed ourselves fully, lovingly, and acceptingly within other cultural worldviews.

Yes, I see a lot of great talk in education. Why is it after 35 years we still do not have it right and we are still vulnerable as a society to the same media tactics used to create a firestorm surrounding textbook policy? And that’s not to imply there is one right way, but from my perspective, education has gone and continues to head in the wrong direction, especially as we continue to force square pegs into smaller and smaller round holes, so to speak.

Joe’s work is monumental for getting us back on track. His last book, in my view, was a last ditch effort to plead with people to please, please open your minds, look at yourselves, take off your blinders, and reach out and cherish and love diversity. We are not all the same. We should not be the same. Every individual on this planet is a unique and wonderful entity. And yet we have so very much in common. We should love and cherish our differences whatever they are -- including how we wish to learn….oh, what a rich world it would be.

The song for me was given again this morning upon awakening. I do not know this song, but by the title – “Play it Again, Sam” it seems to fit this topic. As pointed out in the review of Joe's booklet, we do have another chance. We do not need to let the media control how we analyze, judge, and persecute one another. I have been putting forth in these blogs for quite some time now that, in spite of how some people might ridicule this thought: Obama is here for the people, all of the people. The mission was to begin in April, but it has gotten off to an early start because Obama is feeling his power and he is ready to move forward – and he does have enormous power.

Go Obama!This is why we see Obama telling the banks they WILL pay back the money; this is why we see him telling China that he WILL visit with the Dalai Lama in spite of their threat that it may harm US/China relations. One of his latest recommendations to the people is something I have been urging people to do all along: Turn off the blasted TV! Don’t get your news from the television. READ! Joe called television “the Devil’s Radio” in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. To think that TV has had the power to force feed a politically-motivated radical right position along with instigating the continual black-and-white arguing between the “Left” and the “Right,” “Conservative” and the “Progressive” on a wide range of very complicated issues for 35 years, and the thought that it may do it again with the very same textbook controversy from 1975, as Joe discussed in his booklet -- is the epitome of insanity. As Einstein said, insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting different results.

Obama is not going to do that. By this summer, he will clearly be totally aligned for the people and more people will be “getting it” and not feeling so threatened by the actions he takes. And there will be some very serious actions….I am hoping for that “instant monetary reset” where he issues up an executive order abolishing all debt…my god I could use that one as could so many of us. Anyway, I am so glad that OUR PRESIDENT is telling people to turn off the TV. Maybe more people will  listen. The effects of people giving up TV time and going out and taking some real actions for change will be quite interesting to watch. It will revive the local newspaper, I am sure, to have so much positive news to report each day.

Joe got it totally right. He is the only one in Western education who actually saw the big picture and all of the intricate and complex details at the same time and has lined out critical philosophical, theoretical, psychological, pedagogical, epistemological, curricular, cultural, sociological, economic, and political aspects along with the requisite activism for an education that can work for us all (I may have left something out); I cannot speak to education in other cultures simply because I was deprived in my own education of the various forms education and educational philosophies have taken.

Note: This site is, of course, very biased toward Joe’s work. This is not to say that other people don’t have very important things to add to all of this – of course they do and even this is all built into Joe’s theory: We ALL win. We are free to create the education that works for US, and free FROM an education dictated to us by others….that is all built into Joe’s theory.

We could learn so much and improve education in the United States if we would stop going other places to “fix” their education, but rather learn their successful ways of educating their peoples and incorporating them into our own learning here in the U.S. We should not go out and “save” the world. I wondered what Joe meant by that. We are always telling the world how to do things as if we have it all figured out. We always seem to think this takes bombs and guns. And of course, the world knows how crazy that is (and how crazy we are). We need to rescue education right here in the United States; how in the hell do we expect that we can even come up with viable solutions for other countries when we refuse to take off our Western blinders or open our consciousness? We need to go out into the world and cherish what we find and love all of the people. We have a lot of learning left to do before we can be a helping hand in any significant way, shape, or form out in the world. If we are lucky, perhaps someday enough of us will figure this out and eventually the people of the world will learn to love us, in spite of the horrible things we have done around the world. 

Joe had it figured it out. It is all in his work, but truth often is difficult for people to wrap their minds around. Truth is rejected. Truth is called “crazy.” However, if you read Joe’s booklet that I have just reviewed, he discussed how truth is the very essence of the issues we need to resolve.

And, so, who am I to put all of this out here like this? I am nobody at all. Just a country hick girl who relates to what a mountain hillbilly boy had to say about education, love, life, and evolution of the human species. I know my place and in those instances where it appears I have forgotten, I am reminded in no uncertain terms. 

Music for Today
So, here we are, with “Play It Again Sam” as provided to me this morning….I will look it up on YouTube. Well, this can’t be right. The song is sad and I only like “upbeat songs.” I really wish my teachers would not do this to me. I do not like to post songs that are depressing. The condition we find ourselves in surrounding education can feel depressing, but still, we need to promote positive thoughts for positive changes….Well, I have a meeting with my teachers, so I am going to ask them what am I supposed to do here. I do not agree to posting their selection. I am sure they will respect that…be back in a few moments.

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I received clarification from my teachers. Play It Again Sam represents the sinking education ship (which I have discussed several times in past blogs) and the fact that we really can “do it again” and “do it right” this time. They said I did not need to post the song, but to just provide the link. As a replacement song they requested “Ticket to Ride” because, as I have written today’s blog, I am pretty much emphasizing the fact that Joe’s work is the “ticket to ride” and will keep the ship afloat. We really do have another chance to get it right.

I want to thank my Master Teachers for their great kindness in taking the time to express to me their point of view, and, at the same time for being so understanding and flexible, and even validating my point of view as I continue my learning journey. They actually provided me great details regarding their reasons for requesting some of the things they do, which I will not go into in this particular forum. I would just like to express my immense gratitude and appreciation for them for the time they spend instructing me.

So, here is “Ticket to Ride”: This is interesting - I have just found that this video actually has two songs. One about the ticket to ride and then a more upbeat, happy song. My Master Teachers snuck the second one in there because they knew I would like it…it is so great having Master Teachers who listen and validate my feelings about things. As I have said, yes, I do have great reverence for all of my Master Teachers, past, present, and future. They are the greatest teachers, each and every one of them - which is a good thing: I have to LOT to learn yet....

Ticket to Ride


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Friday, February 5, 2010

Review of Joe's Booklet, Understanding the New Right and Its Impact on Education


The Gift - Courtesy of MicrosoftEven though Joe wrote Understanding the New Right and Its Impact on Education, all the way back in 1983, like all of his work this is another special gem, a very special gift. (The "gift" I had mentioned being contained in this book in an earlier blog, is hidden on page 23, for those who are interested in that aspect of Joe’s work. That is all I am at liberty to divulge.)

The reason this particular work is so timely is because even as I write this, history is in the process of repeating itself. In this book, Joe had carefully researched (including conducting interviews of some of the key players) the Kanawha County Textbook Controversy which had turned into the most violent textbook conflict in the United States. It occurred in 1974 and is associated with the empowerment and rising up of the “New Right.”

Well, I am not going to give away all of the secrets in this book. You will just have to read it. What I will say is that Joe gave some very great advice, we did not follow it, and the prediction he made in this book came true.

Textbooks and Money courtesy of MicrosoftWe do have a chance to get it right. The Kanawha County Textbook Controversy has again raised its ugly head. There has been a documentary produced about the drawn out, violent incident that had included bombings at schools, shooting at school buses, and more. Today the media is apparently using the same tactics used by the media back in 1974 that fueled the fire. In addition to this new documentary, there is a traveling display, heading for a university near you -- complete with segments of a "repeating 22-minute sound-and-video show" that depicts and promotes this same distortion. Will this rile people up all over again? Judging from some of the online comments in reponse to the articles written on this controversy, yes, people are ticked and still take one side of the issue or the other instead of taking time to analyze the situation more deeply. "Please go away for another 35 years," was one comment a reader had posted.

In this booklet, Joe clearly explains the complexities we must come to understand and as he puts it, “when the complexity of the problem is widely understood, we can see the folly of simplistic, black-and-white answers” (p. 40). However, we must be democratic which means no fettering with public discourse. Everyone should be free to put their perspectives out there, no matter how irrational they might seem to others.

What did Joe present in this booklet as being the most effective way to prevent irrational policy? Why haven’t we, in this so-called “democratic” society implemented such strategies?

As they say: History repeats itself. With the resurrection of the Kanawha Textbook Controversy, Joe’s statement in the book is as important today as it was the day he wrote it back in 1983:

The time has come to open a new debate.

Your Assignment: What was Joe’s prediction in this book and provide three current examples of how it has proven to be correct. How can these situations be turned around using Joe’s advice in this book?


Today's Quotatation
Instead of a quote from Joe’s book today, I will relay a quote I received from one of my great Master Teachers. (I am running behind with the blog today because I had to give a helping hand to someone who was experiencing a crisis). So, here’s the quote:

Keep your mind focused on your dreams, your heart focused on love, your spirit focused on doing good and serving those in need. A blessed and joyful life is yours for the creating.

I changed it up just a little so it would applicable to everyone. The gist of the message is that you must choose to take care of those in need as your highest priority course of action. When you do that, all of your wishes can come true….if you believe.


Music for Today

This is weird. No music for today. I did have a song given to me last night and I did not write it down, so I have forgotten what it is. How am I going to resolve this? I don’t want to close out the blog without music. I wish I could remember the song from last night. I just consulted with my teacher and I was told: “On Golden Pond.” I have no idea how that relates. I will research it on YouTube.


 

This is a great demonstration for someone who wants to learn to play this song:

On Golden Pond – Dave Grusin


It seems this is a movie. I have not seen it….here’s the trailer.


On Golden Pond - Trailer


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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Joe Lyons Kincheloe: Yes, I do revere him, always have

This website, while its primary purpose is to review and apply Joe’s work in many different contexts, is also apparently a record of some quite intense disagreements as to how that should or should not be done, even involving an attorney….it is my view (and interestingly, also Joe’s view, which I will highlight tomorrow in the continuing review of his booklet, “Understanding the New Right and Its Impact on Education”) that it is effective to expose the extremes of widely divergent viewpoints. There are lessons to be learned in this exercise, but hazards if we stay locked up arguing divergent viewpoints. In fact, his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction is a dissertation of the extremes, and for good reason. From this point, if we are willing to work together, we should all be able to move forward, but historically, this has never happened. Why is that? Can it happen?

One of the anonymous complaints was over my apparent reverence for Joe. He was just a teacher, so the argument goes, and we do not revere teachers. My view could not be more opposite than that, so I thought it might be worthy to put it out here. Most of us have had at least one teacher at some point in our lives who has had a monumental impact on the direction of our lives. It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen. I have been very fortunate in that I have had, not only Joe, but a number of other great teachers (my “Master Teachers”) and yes, I do revere them.

Of course, Joe rates high on the scale of reverence because he has left volumes and volumes of his amazing work that we can continue to learn from far into the future. Perhaps it would be a worthy exercise to define the word “revere.” Microsoft Word actually does pretty well with this word. If you right click on the word and look at the synonyms, they are provided as:

admire
respect
look up to
hold in the highest regard
be in awe of
worship
venerate – adore, idolize, esteem, honor

In reviewing these words, I see nothing at all wrong with having great reverence for Joe. The only word I take issue with is “worship,” because I do not worship anyone or anything in a religious sense of the word (and at the same time, I respect other people who choose to worship in whatever way that is meaningful to them). However, again using the synonyms provided by Microsoft Word, worship simply means:

adoration
love
reverence
respect
devotion
veneration
adore

I see nothing at all wrong with having great reverence for Joe. In fact, considering the amazing gifts he has left the world, in my view, there is something wrong if people do not have great reverence for him. He was a Master Teacher of Master Teachers.

Random Quotation for Today (from Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction)

As many have argued, the physical sciences have made technological advances that allow humans to “develop” the earth and wage war in highly sophisticated ways, but such science has not concurrently increased our capacity to understand the consequences of our development or the motivations for war. (Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy, p. 133).

Something is drastically missing from this picture and yet we go on day after day repeating the same mistakes over and over again, never taking time to analyze how the mechanistic perspective harms people. Joe discusses here how this has caused “great suffering for many people.” He calls this modus operandi, “methodological universalism.” Please read pp. 132-136. He concludes by contending that applying this sort of research to people “involves the reification of the status quo with its asymmetrical power relations” (p. 135).

What does reification mean? Here, Microsoft Word is of no help, so I must go to a real dictionary for this one.
 
 
Noun1.reification - regarding something abstract as a material thing hypostatisation, hypostatizationobjectification - the act of representing an abstraction as a physical thing
 2.reification - representing a human being as a physical thing deprived of personal qualities or individuality; "according to Marx, treating labor as a commodity exemplified the reification of the individual" depersonalisation, depersonalizationobjectification - the act of representing an abstraction as a physical thing Reference: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/reification

Thus, it becomes quite clear why some people may view reverence of a human being as something outside their ability to comprehend or experience. It lies outside this reification of human beings and the status quo as Joe had discussed in this section of his book. This is very sad, in my view.

The song for today was given to me as “let the music play.” For me, music helps alleviate some of the pain of being entrenched in a society that condones wars and destruction and seems to view humans as disposable objects to use as a means to an end. And the song to the top of You Tube is…

(SOS) Let the Music Play – Jordin Sparks  (Never heard of this song or artist…)



I think I like the #2 song from the YouTube search hits better:

Let the Music Play - Shannon

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Love Will Always Be the Answer and Part One of Joe's Booklet, Understanding the New RIght and Its Impact on Education


Love Will Always Be the Answer

obfuscateThis morning I was feeling a little down because, quite honestly, I am sick and tired of attorneys and book publishers pushing me around with their grossly obfuscated orders. Like most people, they do not seem to be able to read. For example, almost my entire first page is a disclaimer now and it has become quite redundant. Why? Because PEOPLE DO NOT READ AND COMPREHEND. And that clearly goes for people in education as well. Either that, or they just all have their own agenda and that is important above all else. I can see why Joe was so frustrated about writing, which he mentioned in several of his books. He went to a great effort to write clearly. It is so easy to understand his work; yet, people clearly do not read what he is saying, which is probably why he mentioned he would like to be able to write in a way that really gets people’s attention (detective stories, love stories, poetry, etc.)

Anyway, my instructions for this morning were to just not worry about it. My Master Teachers want the blogs to be shortened anyway: just whatever book review I am working on, the music for the day, and the “oracle” reading from Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction where I take just one sentence and interpret it….so it shall be.

This morning’s song has already been given to me: “Love is always the answer.” When I searched YouTube, this music video came to the top:

Love Will Always Be the Answer




Review of Joe’s Booklet, “Understanding the New Right and Its Impact on Education.”

I am still working on this and will have more information tomorrow. All I know is, if only people had listened to Joe back then, we would not have the mess in education we have today. He had the perfect advice in this book way back in 1983. I consider the book quite prophetic because as I will demonstrate in the review, history is in the process of repeating itself. We have another chance to follow Joe’s advice and get it right this time.

In addition, there is some sort of special gift in this book, I have been told. It has not yet been revealed to me, but I have also been informed by my Master Teachers that once I review the book the way they have requested they are going to show me what it is. I am supposed to share the gift but I am not to give it away free. They want me to include it in the revised download that Springer has banned me from giving away. The next version will cover some of the secrets in Joe’s work (all of his books) and it will not be free due to the sort of "gag order" that has been placed on me. It is not an order in the legal sense, but nevertheless, it leaves me feeling like nothing I can do is "right."

Are we going to follow Joe’s advice he so carefully lined out in this book? Sadly, it looks like a lot like people are still ignoring it and making the exact same mistakes they have made for the last 35 years.

Daily “Oracle” Reading from Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy

Again, this is my favorite time of the day. I really do love just opening up this book to any page and seeing what the message is…here goes….

“Obviously the hermeneutics employed in this discussion of epistemology and the politics of knowledge is a critical complex hermeneutics” (page 247).

Joe had “complexified” most common processes by synthesizing complexity, chaos, and enactive theories -- and hermeneutics is another such process. Hermeneutics simply means interpretation or attempting to make meaning. With Joe’s theory, we must acquire multiple meanings and interpretations. He used to compare this process to cubist paintings that present views from all different angles. The sum of the parts is greater than the whole, he has often said. This is so true. If you take time to look at experiences from many different angles, you end up with a high level and deep understanding (some researchers call it “thick” research). The more perspectives a researcher is willing to look at, the greater the understanding.

It is interesting when one takes time to do this in context with Joe’s very special formulation of critical theory. For me, it is like throwing all of these interesting perspectives into a strainer and letting the water (watered down information, misinformation, disinformation, etc.) flow through the strainer. What you are left with are the gemstones or the most important knowledges that we should hang onto. Of course, in the process, it becomes quite interesting how power also raises its ugly head, thus revealing itself from beneath the cloak of obfuscation.

How do we select our actions based on this remaining knowledge? We always select the actions (and generally, there are multiple viable actions) that best alleviate human suffering for the masses. Of course, hand-in-hand with our music for today, this means we must love the masses more than we do the material benefits we stand to gain or lose. And what about the FIDURODians who think everything should be done “their way”? Well, most people know by now what Joe had to say to them (if they deciphered his secret message).

I also found this song, which is very beautiful, so I am including it:

Love Is the Answer

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Obama, Dalai Lama, China & the FIDURODians PLUS What We Did NOT Do At the Beach

mailboxVanessa’s Mail

From Brian Kim:
Where are your actions coming from?
From fear?
From approval from others?
From doubt?
Think about the quality of the actions that come out as a result of the SOURCE.
Now think about the actions coming from:
Love.
Joy.
Service.
Great results because they come from great sources.
Where are your actions coming from today?

Until next time,
Brian Kim
http://www.briankim.netthe/
The Definitive Guide to Self Improvement(TM)

Do Ya Think China Can Push Obama Around?Think Again. (Go, Obama! And Dalai Lama!) 
ObamaChina Warns Obama Against Meeting Dalai Lama

China holds the key to part of America's future financial stability, because it holds the largest number of U.S. treasury bonds. The strength of economic revival in China, in turn, could help lead the U.S. and the rest of the world out of the current downturn.
 OK, folks, time to find all of those billions of dollars in lost treasury notes!

Obama OVERHAULS No Child Left Behind Act!
Lookin’ better every day. Wow, Obama is really making progress already. I was not expecting much until mid-April, although I had heard through the grapevine that the mission was getting just a little bit earlier start, so that’s all good news….by next summer, ain’t nobody gonna mess with Obama anymore, not even China.

Eat Sexie Sandwiches, Shop at the Eager Beaver Thrift Store, and Take A Dunk in the Devils Punch Bowl:Things We Did NOT Do at the Beach on Sunday.
The Sexie Sandwich CafeNo, we did get to eat Sexie Sandwiches because, unfortunately, the Sexie Sandwich ("a delicious thrill") Cafe was closed. I was very upset about that cuz I was in the mood for a sexie sandwich, but I will just have to plan for it next time: Lunch at the Sexie Sandwich Cafe and dinner at Joe’s Panache Restaurant. Well, it’s not really Joe’s but I call it his because the word Panache is his word (I love that word). He used it in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. And the restaurant is divine, so if you ever get to Newport, Oregon, I highly recommend eating there. Be sure to call and make reservations, though, or you probably can’t get in.

Eager Beaver 2nd Hand StoreThe Eager Beaver 2nd Hand Store was also unfortunatley closed…but, oh well. It was SO beautiful on the beach that I really wanted to spend most of my time there.

The Devil’s Punch Bowl was all filled up with ocean water due to the high tide, so we could not stroll down to the beach and go inside it. When the tide is out, it is a great place to go looking for rocks and shells.

The Devil's Punch BowlI remember when I was a kid, one time I got so preoccupied and didn’t notice the tide coming in and had to wade through quite deep ocean water to get back to the beach. It was a little scary, but my uncle who was with me at the time did not heed my advice to go back with me and for a few moments he was hollerin’ “help” cuz he thought he was stuck. Finally, he realized he would just have to go through even deeper water than I had gone through cuz he waited so long. So, if you go inside the Devil’s Punch Bowl, make sure you get out of it before the tide comes in, or you may be in deep dark trouble. They don't call it the Devil's Punch Bowl for nothin' and there have been far too many needless rescues because people do not pay attention.

webassets/SunshinyDayJan31-2010Time for Joe’s 
Special and Enlightening Quote 
for Today
This just has to be my favorite time of the day. I never know what will be uncovered with the quotation of the day and I love surprises. I shall open Joe’s book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, randomly to any old page and read the first sentence my eyes look at. Here goes…. Wow, it’s LONG sentence today. I hope I don’t get restricted to HALF sentences. That would really be tragic. Anyway, here is the first sentence I looked at; it’s on page 63. Whoa 6+3=9 and I have not yet discussed the significance of the Ninth Gate. It is so important that a movie was produced about it and of course, it was filled with disinformation; well, I’ll talk about that later – and I WILL have to talk about it.  

Here is Joe’s sentence for today:
 

“In our critical complex epistemology’s reconsideration of what the dominant culture and its scientific collaborators call “true reality,” we begin to identify and unlearn the epistemological assumptions of FIDUROD – in particular the workings of the data input spigot and its dismissal of what are often the most important elements of social, psychological, and educational research” (p. 63)”
 

What Joe is talking about here is how critical interpretation (which he also explains in this book, including critical hermeneutics) provides much more data for analysis than FIDUROD and its so-called “objective” sciences will acknowledge or allow. It even provides more data than typically accepted forms of qualitative research. This is because we do not invalidate any forms of knowledge. If people believe things and their lives revolve around what they believe, then we need to be paying attention. This is their reality and who are we to say that they are wrong just because we have not experienced it ourselves? This is important data for gaining greater understandings and knowledge. What is so mind boggling to me is that this should not be a complex concept for scientists, and yet so many of them just do not comprehend it. They also often need to readjust “reality” and so, who are they to tell others what their reality must be? In this section, Joe discusses just how biased the sciences can be and how the “data input spigot” is barely allowed to trickle and is very “arbitrary” in what is allowed to trickle through according to who is or is not allowing data to be accepted for use, such as how certain professors restrict data for student dissertations.
 Of course, there are many ways to limit the "input spigot" and Joe discusses them throughout his book.

In my view, it is just SO egocentric and arrogant for Westerners to think their narrowly focused and "tight-ass" perspectives are THE WAY for everyone else in the world. My god, the collapsed mind of Western thinking is really just a minority perspective. How in the hell did they pull off making the majority believe they are the minority? It has been very effective in the efforts to control and take over all of the earth’s resources, that’s for sure.

We really need to shift perspectives here…
 ….in fact, the major ingredient of Joe’s theory is that we MUST engage in worldwide TRANSFORMATIVE dialogical conversations and REALLY LISTEN to people around the world (and let me remind you, they are the majority).

Better yet, we need to attempt to ENGAGE in their realities and experience them for ourselves whenever that is possible. If we only analyze and criticize Western media, for example, from our constricted Western viewpoint, we are not going to accomplish rising above our power wielders and escaping from the “cognitive handcuffs” we are imprisoned in and thus, dominant culture will always be defining our “reality,” leaving us disempowered. On pages 109-110, Joe discusses this in greater detail. It is an extremely important concept. So, while I am criticized for putting out various perspectives on this website, in my estimation, these are the very sorts of actions we need to be taking to escape from the prison of our dictated and highly restrictive “reality.”
 

And, of course, I am speaking from a Western point of view. I realize that I, myself, am totally entrenched in the Western World as much as I hate to think that. Just like Joe told me once: "FIDUROD is in everyone in the West." There are no exceptions. I do know that things will change and it will be much as I have been describing all along: many tables will be "flipping." That is just another way of saying that dominant paradigms will be overturned.

Well, that’s all I have to say about this quote for today. I encourage you to read more because the quotation is very complex and it summarizes an immense amount of information which is beyond what I can discuss here and that you will only get by reading more about FIDUROD and the data input spigot, which Joe discusses in extensive detail in this book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. And let me remind readers that this is ONLY my interpretation and there are multiple ways for intepreting these things.


Tomorrow: Learn Why I Consider Joe’s 1983 Booklet “Understanding the New Right and Its Impact on Education” to be Prophetic

Today's Song
The song for today came to me in a very unique way. Just before I awakened this morning I had a dream about a little baby girl (I dream about babies a lot for some reason; sometimes we are rescuing them...long story). In this morning's dream I was looking right into the big blue eyes of this adorable baby girl and I said to her, “You’re beautiful, Gloria.” I do not know who the baby was, but obviously her name was Gloria. I think there must be a song. I will look it up right now on YouTube.

Well, this is interesting. The song right at the top of the search is a new song called “Gloria.” Gloria just got out of “prison” and is no longer willing to listen to the lies or be a slave (according to the music video) and this is a brand new song! It does fit the topic for today, which is interesting since I had the dream before I found the quote.

Gloria by Mando Diao    LYRICS

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Pacific Coast Eager Beaver/Kings Valley Treasure Hunts Rise Again: Sunshine, Fun, and the Beach!

The Beautiful Day At the Beach Jan 31, 2010 by VanessaAmazing! Did you catch the clues from yesterday’s songs? The beach! The first song Put Your Head On My Shoulder – Paul Anka had the ocean right at the beginning and then again at the end of the song. The second song Still the One – Shania Twain
had the image of a dock at the ocean. I caught the clues right away and for me it was an indication that it was BEACH DAY!

Just to make sure I did not miss this, yesterday, I was also informed by one of my Master Teachers that I should go to the beach and so I did and am I ever glad I did. It rains a lot in Oregon fall, winter, and spring. But not yesterday when I went to the beach. It turned out to be a gloriously beautiful sunshiny, warm day with no wind (very unusual for the Oregon coast).

A Sunny Day at the Beach Jan 31, 2010 by VanessaI took Rainbow Princess and her soulmate boyfriend (the one whose house number adds up to the soulmate number 11 and has the wooden heart plaque right next to the address). We had a lovely time. It was so wonderful soaking up the sunshine and watching the waves come in. The tide was in and I have never seen this particular beach we went to as small as it was yesterday. This is due to the exceptionally closeness of the earth’s orbit to the moon. We just experienced the largest full moon of the year. What is amazing to me is how powerful the effect of the moon is on something as vast and powerful as the Pacific Ocean, and yet many people still like to discredit the possibility that the moon has an effect on people. When you consider that the body is primarily water, one has to wonder how the moon could not have some kind of effect on us. Of course, we can override certain effects with our free will.

My Master Teachers Work in Mysterious Ways.
Honestly, I do not pick out the songs unless I say that I pick them out. I just wanted to reiterate this. The songs are truly gifts to me and they come to me in various divine ways, just as I describe in the blogs here. I often awaken to a song playing or one of my teachers tells me the title or gives it to Rainbow Princess or even to another Master Teacher who then passes it on to me. Then I take the song title or words that have been provided and plug them into You Tube, almost always taking the first song that comes to the top in a You Tube search.

Yesterday, I received some even more precise clues and direction in addition to the songs. One of my master teachers told me, “Today should be a fine day to take that trip over yonder to the beach….You have a good day and do try to find that crystal heart.” OOOH the crystal heart! I knew exactly what that referred to. Quite some time ago I had a dream about this beautiful crystal heart that you can hang up in the center of a room. When you spin it, it sends sparkles and rainbows spinning around the walls of the room. So, my task was to find a crystal heart to bring home from the beach. And then, before my Master Teacher left yesterday morning, his message was, “Have a lovely day at the beach.” Couldn’t miss that clue….of course, it turned out to be song! And it is quite a profound song, if you listen to the words:

A Lovely Day at the Beach



Our Trip to the Beach and the Quest for the Crystal Heart
Sunny Day at the Beach Jan 31 2010 by VanessaOff we went to the beach and it was absolutely lovely the whole trip, which is only about 60 miles. I feel so fortunate to live so close to the beach. Our first task was to head up to Depoe Bay because I remembered there was a little shop there that sold crystal items. I remembered seeing them displayed in the window.

Paradise Gifts by VanessaSo we stopped there in Depoe Bay and as I was trying to find the specific shop, I decided to stop in at my favorite little shop, Paradise Gifts. This is the best shop in this little town in my view. They have so many unique items. I did not see any crystal, so I asked the cashier if they had a crystal heart. And Lo AND Behold – she said, “I just have this one crystal heart,” as she opened up a case and then pulled out the heart. WOW! Exactly what I was looking for. I hit “pay dirt” right off the bat so I bought the crystal heart. I wanted to follow up and make sure it was the RIGHT crystal heart, because I had been thinking it would be at the crystal shop, so I went down the block and found the gift shop that sold crystal items and do you know what? They did not even have ONE crystal heart!!!

My Crystal Heart GiftSo, that told me right there that the one and only crystal heart from Paradise Gifts was the special one I was supposed to buy (see photo). I’m happy. It was a special gift from one my Master Teachers. He really wanted me to have it for some reason. There is something very significant and special about crystals, but it is another one of the mysterious topics I know little about and have so much more to learn. I will have to do some more research.

Fun in the Sun
OMG it was SO beautiful on the beach and incredibly warm for January. And they were taking boats out for whale watching. I really wanted to go, but it just was not meant to be the day. I have gone out on the boats once and it was SO much fun being right up next to the whales, so close you could reach out and touch them – and some people did, in fact. What an experience!

Jan 31 2010 end of the day by Rainbow PrincessThis was a day meant to just walk on the beach and soak in the sunshine. Heavenly! I was very sad when the sun began sinking in the sky because I knew it was just an isolated day that I was fortunate enough that my Master Teachers told me was the ideal day to visit the beach. Sure enough, after I got home and later that night, the rain came back.

A Stopover in Kings Valley and a Visit With The Lord of the Land and Trees
If you have been following my Kings Valley Treasure Hunt, you already know about my dear 84-year-old friend who I call the Lord of the Land and Trees (because that’s what his name really means!) I have not had the opportunity to visit him for quite some time because the weather has been so bad and he always seems to want to meet outside and not invite me inside his house. He was SO happy that I stopped for a visit and brought him some salt water taffy from the beach. One of these days I will ask him if he would like to go to the beach because he had mentioned it had been more than 40 years since he’s gone to the beach. Something tells me he would love the opportunity….Anyway, he actually invited me inside his home this time. I think he gets very lonely, living there all by himself.

House of the ForlornIf you remember this story, Rainbow Princess and I found his dilapidated house when we were looking all over Kings Valley for the dilapidated barn behind which treasury notes were supposed to have been hidden. (There must be 500 dilapidated barns in Kings Valley!) We originally stopped at this particular house because we thought we saw a dilapidated barn behind the house, but it turned out to be a farm equipment garage. Also, it turned out that Mel’s barn was so dilapidated that it had fallen down long ago.

When we saw the house on this property, we did not think anyone could possibly live in this house and we dubbed it the title, “The House of the Forlorn.” Little did we know. It is quite a long story about Mel and his house, which I have written about previously. And so, due to the condition of his house, I worry about him. His house is literally collapsing around him. The front porch has completely caved in and the roof to the porch is precipitously positioned to collapse at any moment. It will not withstand the next wind and rainstorm, I am certain of that. I really want to lend him a hand which is one reason I continue to visit with him.

It is amazing though, how our visits have perked him up significantly. He’s told me this before, but he repeated it this time how his nephew keeps telling him that in the last year he has accomplished more than he had in the previous FIVE YEARS. He is very proud and he should be proud. How many 84-year-old men can take immaculate care of five acres of land and trees? (His name fits him SO WELL!). He has cleared out many trees that fell over last year during a really bad storm and has turned them into firewood.

Mel's-calendarsHe actually invited me inside this time! His house was toasty warm, which relieved me because I had envisioned him being cold because we have had such cold weather. He was telling me how he and his family had never thrown things away and how his mother kept all of her calendars with various notes she had written on them. He had just gone through them all to get the pictures off them for some church people for some type of craft project they were doing. Since I am starting a publishing business and one of my goals is to collect knowledges and historical artifacts, I asked him if he would be interested in my putting her documentation in book form. He like the idea and he already had the calendars in a bag – plus he gathered up a few more to add to them. Mind you, this was a farming family who had lived in this house in the sacred Kings Valley area since it was first built in 1919, so the calendars date back quite a bit and have some very interesting information in them. So, I have a new and exciting project! I told Mel that if he was interested we could do more of this type of documentation – for example, he could tape record his great stories (and he has some very funny stories!) and I could transcribe them for him….this is all nonprofit work and it would be great if it would end up providing him with some money. We are talking about primary research data, here, not secondary, which is rare to come by. If we can eventually sell his books, maybe he would be able to afford to get his house fixed before it collapses.

So that was my Sunday. It was such a lovely day….just like my Master Teacher had predicted for me with his beautiful song… "A Lovely Day at the Beach."

Daily Quotation from Joe’s Book
It is that special time now, and I just relish this every day. What is the message for today? I will open up Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction to a random page and see what shows up.

“This means that we have a far greater ability to increase our cognitive ability than cognitive science has said we have” (p. 179).

This is the basic premise of Joe’s new cognitive theory, which he has named Critical Psychology of Complexity. How do we develop this cognitive ability? We follow and apply Joe’s theory and he will take you there. Short and sweet today.

Have a great Monday,
Vanessa

P.S. My song for today was “Have a Good Day.” This is just another perspective of how someone else might define a “good day” that my Master Teachers seem to want us to be aware of since it came to the top of the search:

It Was A Good Day – Ice Cube

And I picked out these next songs out (I love love songs):

You’re So Good To Me – The Beach Boys



You Know How to Make Me Feel So Good – Harold Melvin

 
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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

~ Vanessa, April 9, 2016

 


 

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Joe Kincheloe’s Nine-Step Dance: It’s Complicated but a Lot of Fun!

 

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Writing Research Proposals for Multidimensional Critical Complex Bricolage, Part 2: If We Knew What We Were Going to Find We Wouldn’t Be Calling It Research

 

How Great Works Are Destroyed and Why Joining Kincheloe's Perpetual Revolution Is So Important

Chapter 3 of My Dissertation, Troy Richardson's Article, and On the Road Again

 

How Creating New Realities Empowers Us: Using Critical Complex Epistemology and the Multidimensional Critical Complex Bricolage to Wrap Our Minds Around Change

 

Joe Kincheloe’s “Dream Project”: The Critical Science of Complexity

   

Joe’s Radical Love: Freedom and Justice for All

   

When Human Decency and Ethics Collide with Job Responsibilities: “I’m just doing my job!”

   

The MUSIC during Yesterday’s Eager Beaver Pacific Coast Treasure Hunt and Birthday Bonanza: Another Epistemological Road Trip

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Dangerous Mission: “Quantum Activism” and “Feminizing” the Sciences

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What Freire’s Omission Has Cost Me: If Only I Had Known that I ALWAYS KNEW Joe—Sooner

New Alternatives for Education: How About Lifelong Learning?

The BRICOLAGE QUICK-START D.I.Y. GUIDE and On to the Next Level: Fourth Dimension Research

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