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In loving memory of Joe Lyons Kincheloe (December 14, 1950 - December 19, 2008)
 
The Greatest Philosopher of Consciousness and Critical Theory of the 20th-71st Centuries 
Joe at about 35 years of age

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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Another Day Off: I am SO BLESSED! And a Special MAY DAY GIFT, too!


Dream blissYes, this morning my Master Teacher told me to take another day off to “regroup,” as he put it. That’s kinda funny when you think about it from a more spiritual point of view, but it really has merit and it was very kind that he freed me up and gave me some great advice this morning. He wants me to first, tidy things up so that the maids can come in clean (yes, he has so sweetly given me maid service every week. I feel like a Queen. I always wonder where the money will come from, but it is always there). After that, I am just supposed to work on getting better organized.

Before I talked to my Master Teacher, I talked to my Great Spirit Guide. He is really advanced. I met him in a dream (and yes, Joe introduced him to me in this dream, believe it or not) and he is SO beautiful. He is an Indian chief with a headdress and long hair in braids and lots of beautiful bead decorations, but it was almost like he sparkled in rainbow colors. Well, he DID sparkle with rainbow colors. I have never seen such a beautiful human being. I tried to find an image on google, but there are no images that even come close to how he appeared in my dream. I can still see him in my mind, and I wish I could paint the picture. He told me I will rarely see him, probably mostly in my dreams, because he resides in a higher spiritual dimension. I do feel his presence, especially when we have a celebration. He likes to sit in the rocker I have in a special little alcove right between my kitchen and living room, which I turned into a library (the first Joe Lyons Kincheloe library).

River of LoveAnyway, this morning, my Spirit Guide, whose name is Lanitaweh (which I think means River of Life or River of Knowledge), told me that I was blessed. That always makes me feel good. Basically, what he told me was that a part of my dissertation will be about blending the findings from another person’s dissertation with some other works that he will bring to my attention, all using Joe’s theory, of course. He mainly wanted to give me a reminder: “Just keep your eyes, ears, mind and your heart open.” He likes to give me clues and nudges and I am sure he manipulates the Internet to help me find what I need, especially when I design science courses so that they stay more balanced and holistic, bringing in Native American history as well. As Joe said in his book, the Internet is a fractal and it works the same in all dimensions.

Crystal RoseNext, I talked to Uncle Albert. He called me Crystal Rose again. I’m not sure what that’s all about. I learned that an Indian Tribe in my dreams where I go and get special instruction in their culture and knowledges gave me that name. I guess Uncle Albert and my cousin Raphie like the name a lot. Actually, I do, too. It’s a cool name. Anyway, he said he enjoyed watching me on the trip to Tennessee and putting clues out there and trying to get me to see them all. However, he told me, “You have not uncovered all of the clues we gave you – not by a long shot. They are there waiting for you to discover . . . and we are here, my dear, to nudge you on.”

If you have been reading my blogs about the Epistemological Road Trip to Tennessee, I have identified some of the clues.  However, he also told me that I really need to find out where Joe was born and where he had lived until he was 11 because I would find it humorous in some ways, but also I would find that the people there need some assistance. I guess I am supposed to follow up on this. He also told me that my dissertation will be monumental and it will put Joe and Kingsport on the map – especially when I go on Oprah. I don’t know what to think. I keep being told by all sorts of people that this work is monumental and that I will be on Oprah. However, I really don’t even know for sure what my dissertation will turn out to be. I am approaching it in an entirely improvisational manner so that it evolves. Plus, I do not even like being in the public eye. I have always hidden “in the woodwork” until now.

blissI ended my meeting this morning, talking with my Master Teacher. Again, he asked me to sort of take it easy today. I was getting overwhelmed with his instructions, yesterday because he had given me so many ideas and directions to go, so today he promised me he would hold my hand a little tighter which just means he will give me more precise guidance that leads me along. I assume this “taking it easy” will extend somewhat into the weekend. And by taking it easy, he does not mean to just rest and goof off. I am supposed to do my exercises, my spiritual work, practice the keyboard, organize my files, set up a good tracking system on paper not the computer on account of some things coming up the pike which he discussed yesterday and I wrote briefly about in my blog, etc. In other words, he told me: “Follow the Daily ‘Our Great Mission’ Schedule.” Well, this is a schedule we had actually set up almost a year ago now, and I have not followed it yet. It lists out all of the things (in a flexible format) that I need to do each day. He has been very good about allowing me not to follow it, but today it seems he wants me to start taking it seriously. He concluded, making this exact point, by saying “It is ‘Mission Time.’”

I see two songs there. One, I will need to look up “Our Great Mission” and the other one, “Mission Time.” I will see what YouTube pulls to the top right now when I search on those special key words given to me by my Master Teacher before he left this morning….what’s he got up sleeve this time?

Here’s the first video that came up with the key words, "Our Great Mission." This is a good depiction of a mission, but it does not have to involve religion (and for me, it does not). On the other hand, the Mormons do engage in “good works” whereas some religions preach that you do not get to Heaven by good works alone and I see a lot of people not doing good works on account of that. Personally, I think we should all do good works by sharing our skills and knowledges with other people who are interested in what we have to offer, and by giving a helping hand where we can.




Below is “Mission Time.” I am lost on this one. I am not sure whether the message is that life is a virtual reality game, or whether too many people have come to view it that way and have been desensitized to killing due to all of the virtual reality games they play.

 

Well, I am not sure about the point of these videos. I like the first one, but I don’t like video games with all of the wars and killing such as is shown in the second one. It’s almost like it’s saying we have a choice. Do we want to choose a mission (“select mission,” as was illustrated in the game video) that involves moving “toward the light” so to speak or in other words, toward a higher spiritual evolution and eternal life, or do we want our mission to continue to be a cycle of wars, killing, destruction, and death? It reminds me of a Native American prophecy that tells us we can choose the “green path” or the “burnt path” that was presented by Winona LaDuke at a speech she gave at Oregon State University. When I first heard it, I thought in terms of the environment – do we want to choose environmentalism and taking care of our earth, or do we want to continue down the path that uses up all of our resources and destroys (burns up) our earth.

Now I see this has much more meaning. It is not an either-or path, in a sense and we are the earth – we are a symbiotic part of the earth; people have the right to choose between both paths. The burnt path will not affect those who choose the green path in the long run. Some people will take the burnt path and live a lower dimensional existence which is not going to be fun for them. Other people will be taking the “green path” and leaving those people behind for a beautiful and heavenly earth. It is not “heaven” or “hell” in the way we have been led to believe in so many religions. This is what I am getting. I think I will ask my Master Teacher for more information.

May Day Surprise 2010I think I’m right. I just had flowers delivered unexpectedly (just as I had finished writing the above paragraph), so that’s my answer: I am right about the meaning, although other people will have other interpretations; there are always multiple interpretations and we are FREE to have our own idiosyncratic interpretation, which we can change and revise as we learn more. The children from a school down the road go around our neighborhood each year on May Day and deliver flowers. SWEET. The picture shows the flowers -- I put them in the window sill so the children can see them. This is a special THANK YOU to the children from our neighborhood Christian School for brightening my day. I had forgotten it was MAY DAY (or at least, tomorrow is). When I was in elementary school, we made May Baskets and on the way home I would pick wildflowers (and we some really pretty wildflowers, living down a country road as we did) and then hang the basket on my neighbor’s door.

Have a Happy May Day (tomorrow!) and I hope you choose the mission that’s right for you! As my Master Teacher said, It is "Mission Time" and for me, that means working the mission my Master Teacher guides me toward, holding my hand, along with our Critical Knowledge Network -- “Our Great Mission,” as he has put it more than once. I do not know the outcome, but whatever it is, it will be very, very good because it is all done out of love and the wish for peace, joy, justice, and harmony.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Intermission: The Internet is Going DOWN! Have You Heard that One?


The Education Ship of TodayWell, I feel like taking a break from the Epistemological Road Trip today. I am trying to gear up for writing my dissertation, which is going to result in a “blockbuster” book before it’s finished. Even my adviser told me yesterday that I will end up on Oprah (I kid you not; I really don't think she was joking), and that is not even the first time someone told me that very same thing. So it’s exciting and I really need to get serious about working. I will resume the Road Trip discussion tomorrow, though. There is a lot of road to cover, and believe it or not it all relates to my dissertation topic.

2012: The MovieToday, my message from my Master Teacher was clarification about the rumors about the Internet going down during the 2012 apocalypse hype. I did not watch the movie, but I imagine it probably showed mass chaos. Well, all of this is so hyped it’s ridiculous and many people will not get on a proper, more sane path until we get past 2012 and they all realize they have been duped big time. The hype about the Internet is so exaggerated that a lot of people do not believe it and so they go on their merry ways, depending on the Internet and using it in ways that will serve as their downfall. I really can’t get into the whole story, but suffice it to say, there will be – indeed, there already ARE – issues with the Internet and these will continue to grow until people wake up to what’s going on. Before that happens, there will be a sort of dark period when you will be better off not using the Internet, or at least using it in a wise manner. Long story and I am not at liberty to divulge it all for now. Just be happy that I told you this much and perhaps you can take the appropriate precautions. Research it all for yourself -- really dig into it and you will get a glimpse of what's going on behind the Internet scene and what's coming up the pike. It ain't good for ordinary folks.

Sam CookeOther than that I was so happy to talk to Sam and Ralph, two members of my Critical Knowledge Network. And what did they have to say? Sam gave me forewarning that I would probably have to start from the very beginning in researching his murder case since the people who have the knowledge and have put it out there one way are not likely to be willing to share what they really know or the corresponding documentation (like the author who wrote the book about Sam). But he said they (the critical knowledge network team) are working on a strategy, so perhaps the brush in the path will be cleared before I get started on that particular research.

Ralphie picked up on Sam’s salutation, “Hey Girl” and told me that was a song for me. He said he had fun on the TN trip trying to keep me entertained with all of the clues along the way. And he wrote me a poem:


The way was clear

To a land so dear

Tennessee

She was homeward bound

The rain was done

Someone lit her fire

And true love was found

That took her far away

Travelin’ for many a day

To the heart of the “promised land”

Away she drove

Propelled by love

Of her one and only beloved man

Well, Ralph and I are still working on the communication, so I am not sure that’s entirely right and he was losing connection so he did not get to relay the entire poem. But he did say that next time he will. Ralph does much better if I use the computer (which was the way some of the previous poetry in my blogs were written and they are much better), but he really wants to be able to write better through me, and so I give him the chance to practice.

Yin-YangWell, that’s it for my imaginary work for today. On with my dissertation. Joe always had this philosophy, which he conveyed to me in an email one time. We have two curriculums. One is the boring one where we have to please others, such as meeting educational standards, for example. The other one is where we are free to write whatever we wish, as creatively as we wish. He had implied that that was the reason he gave me the opportunity to write a book for his series – it gave me something fun to write while working on the dissertation (this was back when I was struggling to get approval, but things have changed now at my university and there are people there as excited as I am about the research on the bricolage!) Joe was such a sweetheart, OMG and he gave me such sweet emails. I feel bad because I still have not written that book for him – but before all is said and done, I will have written many books for Joe.

Here is the song from Ralph and Sam. I did the YouTube search on “Hey Girl” and took the first song to the top. What a great song!!! It’s from O.A.R.’s Souls Aflame album and the LYRICS are cool.



P.S. Uncle Albert gave me another quote he wants me to add to this website. It's great!

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the Gift.  ---Albert Einstein
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The New Educational Journey Treasure Hunt: A Recap of the Two-Week Epistemological Road Trip to Kingsport, TN Part 10. Day Five: We are in Tennessee! Bean Station, that is: An Entertaining Intermission

Friday, April 2, 2010 Blog
TennesseeAppalachians photo by Rainbow PrincessNow picture this. You have been driving for four days now, nearing the end of the fifth day and “in the zone” so to speak. Did you ever have that feeling that you are really not driving, but rather just steering the wheel in a virtual reality game? Well, I was feeling like that; very zoned out. I had reminisced on all of the strange signs and signals so far on the trip: the instructions to take the trip in spite of the rain and how they turned out to be right, the bizarre song, “These White Lights Will Bend to Make Blue” that had so much meaning upon interpretation (even the instructions to take this crazy trip!), serendipitously landing in Joe City to spend the night, a warning not to let it "rain on my parade" and a second warning on that same day in a verse in a card about “facing what goes wrong” that I had purchased at a LOVE truck stop where I also was gifted three very special songs, and what went wrong was not finding a motel until very late, but it ended up being near a cave with a Crystal and Queen Palace that we are supposed to visit at a later date  -- and those are just the highlights.

webaBeanStationSign - by VanessaSo, we have been driving in the state of Tennessee nearing our destination of Kingsport, Tennessee, and I’m talking to Rainbow Princess about how I believe that people who have passed over can give us signs and signals (kinda like the “Pennies from Heaven” blogs I’ve written right here on this site), but it seems that it must be against cosmic law for them to provide certain specific information. I knew Joe was born in a small Appalachian Mountain town and did not move to Kingsport, Tennessee until he was 11, but I did not know where. Just as I made the statement to Rainbow Princess that I wish I knew where Joe had been born and lived until he was 11, we hit a little Appalachian town called “City of Bean Station” or Bean Station, for short. Oh man, the signs, symbols and signals came flying at me in this little town.

Sign of the Burger by Joe KincheloeI had to just crack up laughing when I first saw the welcome sign. Not because there is anything wrong about it or funny about it in itself, but because it brought right up to the forefront something Joe had discussed in his book, The Sign of the Burger. Before there was McDonalds, there were beans. In this book, he humorously presented how beans were a part of his daily staple, growing up. He talked about how his mother served beans as a part of every meal. She had lots of different recipes, but they always had beans in some form with their evening meal, and even his school buddies noticed it when they came over to his house repeatedly for dinner. He also told about how Wednesday at his elementary school was “Bean Day” for lunch and he could eat six huge bowls of beans, probably more than anyone else in the whole school. The kids all liked Bean Day and he discussed what afternoons in the classroom was like after all of these kids had eaten beans for lunch (lol). He also discussed how his Aunt was well known all over the county for her great bean recipes and what was her last name? You got it: BEAN!!!

DavidBean4RoadSupe by Rainbow PrincessAnd so you can imagine, with this backdrop, how I cracked up laughing when right after mentioning to Rainbow Princess that I wish I knew what little Appalachian town Joe grew up in, right before my eyes manifests this “City of Bean Station” welcoming sign. And as if to emphasize the point that the divine universe wished for me to see the humor in this, all up and down the highway were political signs reminding voters to re-elect David Bean for Road Superintendent. LOL. How can you miss those signs??? Now if this was not divine intervention to lighten my day, I will never know what is. It was too strange to be real, but again, Joe always said that reality is stranger than fiction. I really feel like someone is trying to prove that point to me almost every day these days.

kingswoodSchoolSign by VanessaTo top this all off, as I mentioned in yesterday's blog KING keeps coming up and coming up in so many ways. There is Kingsport, where I was headed on this epistemological road trip, there was Kingston, there is the ongoing Kings Valley Treasure Hunt, and so on. You will have to read yesterday's blog and keep up with this ongoing saga -- we are onto somthing here! So, what happens to be the name of the elementary school in Bean Station -- KINGSWOOD!!! I kid you not! There will be more to this story before the mission is over, I can almost guarantee it. I am getting many signs and signals about this school.

webaBeanStationmountaintop-coal-mining by Rainbow PrincessOf course, then there were the not-so-funny sites in Bean Station. I also noticed the ramshackle trailers where the poor residents live and the fancy mansions on the top of the hills overlooking them, where the rich residents live. I noticed the severed, chopped off mountain off in the distance, a daily sight for Bean Station residents, evidently the remnant left from mountaintop removal coal mining operations. Below it sits a community church. Truly, this is a sign that this must be where Joe lived until he turned 11 - or at least a representation of the town he lived in and a way to entertain me for the day. The entertainment continues because I still laugh even as write this; it was one of the funnier serendipitous experiences of my life – but there have been many lately – one of them being recurring “bad to the bone” signs and antics (and you would have to read my previous blogs about that one).

Stay tuned; there will be so much more to come!

My goodnight song last night (“Love You Dearly,” which I searched on YouTube) It is SO SPECIAL!!!

 

My Morning Meeting With My Master Teacher, Wednesday, April 28, 2010
The meeting was so spectacular this morning. I have so much love for my teacher, it is indescribable, and reportedly he feels the same love toward me. I don’t think learning could occur under more divine circumstances. I just want to do everything he wants me to  -- which, as I told him was why I even did the first treasure hunt (the Kings Valley Treasure Hunt) and even followed his guidance in driving ALL the way to Tennessee. And it was he, who recommended that I drive even further before heading back and visit the beaches in Charleston, South Carolina. I owe him so much thanks and gratitude, along with the other members of our critical knowledge network who are always around to lend a hand.

This morning he informed me that now is the time to really put my entire heart, soul, mind, and body into this mission. It is evidently a very important point in the project where we have to exert a monumental push, so to speak. Of course, I will do whatever he asks me to do – and right now that involves taking a lot of heat from certain people in Kingsport. But, I have so much help and protection during this process, that even when it appears that things have “gone wrong” there is a divine purpose for them to go the way they do. Behind the scenes actions really take control of things for divine purposes that we often do not understand until we are further down the road. I have total faith in this process, and of course, my Master Teacher gave me so much praise this morning in return for the love I sent his way. In addition, apparently, Martin Luther King, Jr. is involved in this mission and has joined our special critical knowledge network, so I will see where that leads. I shall note here, this is once again ANOTHER KING!!! And I just now noticed, in the quotation above, Joe's favorite horror story author was Stephen King. What a lot of coincidences!

My Master Teacher ended the morning meeting by saying, “Yes, you can!” He was trying to encourage me to tackle all of the work I have been given for this mission. It was very interesting that, while there is a song called, “Yes, You Can” what came to the top of the You Tube search was “Yes, We Can!” My Master Teacher is always finding ways to remind me that I am never doing this work alone. It is also a reminder for everyone that we are really never working alone. However, it requires what's referred to as "willingness" as opposed to "willfulness" or trying to do things on our own.

 


OOOH, I like the other song too!
It came up second on the list, “Yes, You Can.” It’s beautiful and so inspirational. I love it where the children are singing. You just have to watch this!

 

The following two songs are some of Our “Travel” Music, which I dedicate back to my Master Teacher in return for all of the beautiful music he sends me each day.



 

Tomorrow: More about Day Five of the Epistemological Road Trip. Yes, there's more!
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The New Educational Journey Treasure Hunt: A Recap of the Two-Week Epistemological Road Trip to Kingsport, TN Part 9. Day Four: Music Messages and A Palace for Crystal, the Queen?

Thursday, April 1, 2010 Blog


DAY4 Getting Dark by Rainbow PrincessOk, this trip has gone bizarre. Well, not really – I just ran into more gifts on this epistemological road trip. We are on Day Four now, having left Joe City. As I said yesterday, I in no way PLANNED to LAND in Joe City. I have to think it was some kind of divine intervention. 

It was interesting that during the entire trip, I was able to keep up with writing the blogs. I was getting some help, though. I have included the links to each blog at the beginning of these entries about the trip for review. The blog corresponding with today, Day Four of the Trip was about not letting it rain on your parade. It was significant in that when I started out on this trip, it was pouring down rain, yet I was instructed to “go forth.” And as it turned out the weather was absolutely beautiful the entire two weeks we were traveling.

DAY4 LOVES TRUCK STOPThursday, April 1, turned out to be such an interesting day! Along the way we stopped at this cool truck stop called LOVE'S – only now they call them “Travel Stops” because they want to encourage everyone to stop in.


As soon as I walked into the store there, a great song just for me started playing. Of course, it was a country and western song because we were in Nebraska (I think). The first song had the lyrics, “Must be doin’ something right; I just heard you sigh” and something about blue eyes.

I am going to try to find it right now on YouTube (I will google the lyrics first).





Here it is! I like it!

 

Then the songs just kept coming at me -- three of them, total! The second song was about a Travelin’ Woman, another country and western, but I cannot seem to find that song. Still, it was relevant, since I was the traveling woman. 

The third song had the lyrics, “Girl, I’ve made a name everyone writes off” and it turns out to be the song, “
Hope for Me, Yet by Dierks Bentley from his “Long Trip Alone” album (how appropriate, since I seem to be on this "long trip" alone. The song makes me think of Joe, and I really can't help that. It's because his work can never be written off. He was doing something right, just like the first song said. In fact, Joe was doing everything right for all of us and once more people in the world realize the extent of his contribution to education, I will be happy.

Here is the song! I LOVE IT!! (And I don't usually like country and western, but some songs are really special.)

Hope For MeYet















MyLovePhoto - by VanessaSo, that was great experience at the truck stop. Oh, I saw a fantistic bike there, too. But, I especially loved the three special songs – there is that three again! It is always significant when you find it. Did you know that Joe used the word “ecumenical” THREE TIMES in one of his books? Here’s your challenge question for the day: Which book was it? Actually, I have written about it before.

I learned later, I was being prepared for the difficulty up ahead, had I realized it. I was shown a special card in the truck stop with a special verse (which I liked so much, that I bought it). Part of the verse says, “Remember what is most important . . . It’s not having everything go right, it’s facing whatever goes wrong.” I should have taken heed! Anyway, along with this beautiful handmade card, my divine guidance suggested that I take my great soul mate poetry and make some cards especially for exchanging between soul mates. With more and more of us matching up each day, I thought was a pretty good idea.

IOWA by VanessaOn with the trip. As I said, it was a great travel day until toward the end when we had a difficult time finding a motel. Thus, Day Four brought just a little frustration before the day was over. We did not find a suitable motel and so we kept stopping and looking, and then moving on. I was literally begging “the universe” or my “guiding angels” to please find us a good motel before it got much later because I really don’t like driving at night. As a result of not allowing it to rain on my parade and, instead, asking for the help, we reached “pay dirt” (that’s means something good) in the most interesting place. It turned out to be Morengo Cave and there is a real cave there!

Day4 Marengo Cave by Rainbow PrincessI was happy to find the motel close by the Morengo Cave where it turns out that there are caves for me! A while back, I explained how I was given the name Crystal as in Crystal Rose as well as how, once I finish my dissertation, I am supposed to be crowned queen. This is all in my previous blogs. Lo AND Behold there is a “Crystal Palace” and a “Queen Palace” at Marengo Caves! How cool is that? And My Master Teacher told me, we really need to at least stop in at the gift shop . . . and that will be DAY FIVE of the Epistemological Road Trip. What did we discover at the gift shop?

My Morning Meeting With My Master Teacher (April 27, 2010).

lemons courtesy of MicrosoftOMG, I am having so many obstacles placed in front of me it is amazing! My Master Teacher had predicted that this would happen and he is busy helping me turn all of these lemons being thrown at me into lemonade. Some of the people in Kingsport are not very nice. And they close the gates so that you cannot talk to the NICE people in Kingsport, which is most of them. I had another gate slammed in my face today and so I asked my Master Teacher for guidance. He wants me to go full blast.

All of this makes me think about Joe’s song again that he references in so many of his works, “Desperado.” All of a sudden I have a better understanding what “sitting on fences” means. These powerful people close the gates and that leaves us sitting on the fence. Well, according to my Master Teacher it is time for all of us to get off our fences – just jump right over the fences we are on and “go for it.” In fact, his advice was to find ALL of the fences and jump over ALL of them. Right smack into the middle of Kingsport.

Day2 King City St Joe Rainbow PrincessI wonder if they have a King in Kingsport. Somehow, I think that Joe, with his monumental work should be crowned the King of Kingsport. There are just too many signs about Joe and kings. The signs keep popping up, too. He was raised in Kingsport, he passed away in Kingston, Jamaica. Next, I was led on this treasure hunt in Kings Valley (very blindly, at the time I might add. I was very resistant to going out on this treasure hunt because it was my very first real treasure hunt, but once I got into it, it was such great fun. I have written all about it in these blogs). I have had dreams of him being a King. Oh, and here’s an interesting one: We were driving through Idaho and in Eastern Idaho there was Paradise Valley, Bliss, and King’s Hill – little towns all next to each other. How cool is that? Next time through, I simply must stop in at these divinely named places.

Back to my meeting with my Master Teacher, though. He has instructed me to find all of the fences in Kingsport and climb over them. As he put it, “It’s not going to be easy, but you know the score. They can’t hurt you. They can’t even beat you when you are down.” And so, my mission to find the friendly people in Kingsport continues. I have found some, but unfortunately, there is a lot of "fettering" going on.

Tomorrow: The New Educational Journey Treasure Hunt: A Recap of the Two-Week Epistemological Road Trip to Kingsport, TN Part 10. Day Five: Bean Station, USA. Find out what was so hilarious and also very significant about my first impression when driving into the City of Bean Station, Tennessee!!!

 

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Monday, April 26, 2010

The New Educational Journey Treasure Hunt: A Recap of the Two-Week Epistemological Road Trip to Kingsport, TN Part 8. Day Three: St JOE? JOE CITY??

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 Blog

Day3- St Joe Here We Come! Photo by RainbowPrincess.JPGIt was really weird, but I did not even know about St. Joseph, Missouri – yet, where exactly did we end up on DAY THREE? St. Joseph, Missouri or St. Joe or Joe City as the residents call it, which I learned while I was there. I could not have planned ending up there for the evening if I had tried! And I do need to probably point out, that I did not plan out my road trip like some people do -- deciding how far they would each day and where they would stop. I simply printed out the directions from mapquest.com and just followed my divine guidance all along the way. I did not want to drive late, so we always stop about 6 PM.
 
Back on the Road Rainbow PrincessAlso, we just get up in the morning "whenever," but never very early, and hit the road again. We drove through Wyoming and into Nebraska, and finally into Missouri this third travel day. There were some beautiful scenes, as can be seen by the photographs here (and we have lots more). 



What is even more amazing is that, with no planning whatsoever, we ended up in the exact same place at nearly the exact same time on our way back from Tennessee (even taking a diversion first by going down to Charleston), so we ended up spending two nights total in St. JOE. I thought it was cool as well as significant. Well, I believe there is some sort of divine significance to this and when the time is right, it will be revealed to me. In fact, the motel clerk remembered us the second time around and made the comment that “it must be a sign.” 
 

Wyoming- RainbowPrincessI did ask my Master Teacher, back on that first day, March 31, 2010, if I should stop in St. Joe on the way back, and he said yes, and to be sure to visit the museums. There is one about why the name St. Joseph was chosen for the town along with history of the town as well as one about the history of psychology. I can’t help but think that Joe would have enjoyed those museums since he was so much into history and psychology. I will hit this topic again on the trip back. It is so amazing how when you just let your divine guidance lead the way, you end up with all of these interesting coincidences. I like to call them gifts, because really, that’s what they are - special gifts from the universe, so to speak. Just like Hermes leaves his gifts, the universe seems to have multiple ways of getting our attention through gifts at the most unexpected moments.

Day3 Wyoming-Rainbow.JPGThat’s what’s so great about Epistemological Road Trips. They are like treasure hunts and you never know what you will find along the way … just wait until I get to Days 4 and 5. They are even more amazing and I’m tellin’ ya there is sumptin’ goin’ on here. I have a divine guide or something that makes these magical things happen for my amazement and entertainment – and to make sure I never feel like I’m alone. While the serendipitous coincidences may seem like small little coincidences, when they keep on comin’ at me day after day after day, it just totally blasts away any way of “rationally” explaining how these things beat the odds or what statisticians like to call “chance.” A review of my blogs would show that one person just could not possibly make all of this stuff up. So much for math proving that all of these things are just coincidence or “random chance.” And anyway, I believe Joe and Joe always said that “reality is stranger than fiction.” What’s so cool about that, is that I can just write about my reality and people can read it like a book of fiction. It is better than I could make up on my own if I were to choose to write a book of fiction.

Day3 Reaching Nebraska Rainbow Princess.JPGAnyway, we are on Day Three of the road trip and when I think three, it brings to mind “the trinity.” So that made it even more amazing and relevant to end up in St. Joseph on this day. I hate to say this, but I did not even know who St. Joseph was and had to go to Wikipedia. Of course, Joseph was the father of Jesus. I did not realize he was called St. Joseph; or at least I had forgotten. I really like the painting of him holding Jesus. Onward and upward to the amazing Day Four of the Trip!!!

My Morning Meeting With My Master Teacher (April 26, 2010).

Joseph - courtesy of wikipediaNot too much to report this morning. I have to go for some major dental work which has me stressed out. A good dentist has to fix a botched repair job that two other dentists had done on a tooth, and he has already spent two hours on it. Today’s appointment involves even more work and I am dreading it. My Master Teacher reassured me, stating, “The dentist appointment will soon be behind you. Try not to stress. It won’t be as bad as you anticipate. They never are.” Well, believe it or not, that did reassure me.


We also discussed the ongoing Kingsport, TN saga, which I cannot get into precise details about for the moment. He just said that people can censor and delete stuff all they want, but it’s all recorded permanently in the Akashic Record. Certain people in Kingsport are doing things that “does not do good for that community’s progress or the friendly atmosphere they try to feign. Yes, they’re friendly if you come in there, don’t rock the boat and keep the good ol’ boy status quo.” And so, my teacher’s advice was to just hang in there for a few more days. He also asked me to give them Sam’s song, “A Change is Gonna Come.”

Well, it’s off to see the dentist, the wonderful dentist of oz. Actually, I really do like my dentist; he is very good at his work and I would classify him as one of those rare “gentle dentists.” And so I appreciate him very much.

Here's a funny video about Mr. Bean going to the dentist (lol).

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

The New Educational Journey Treasure Hunt: A Recap of the Two-Week Epistemological Road Trip to Kingsport, TN Part 7. Day Two: The Journey Continues


Day2RainbowPrincessTuesday, March 30, 2010 Blog

I awakened early and wrote my blog for the day, with assistance. I thought Sam helped me with it, but I later found out that it was my Uncle Albert (Einstein). Yes, my imagination goes wild.

From Ontario, Oregon, we trekked back out on the interstate. We had some bad weather for a short time through the mountains in Idaho, but once we got past them, it was clear all the way to Kingsport and even all the way down to St. Charles where we spent some time on the beach. On Tuesday, we passed through Idaho, Utah, and on into Nebraska. The landscape and mountains were really very beautiful. We had smooth sailing that day and made it to Laramie, Wyoming where we stayed the night. It was a very uneventful day of driving, listening to music and enjoying the beautiful landscape.

Day2TunnelWe did get to go through a long tunnel and that was cool. It reminded me of what it would be like going through a wormhole and seeing the “light at the end of the tunnel.” There was a little remnant snow on the ground, but the highway was clear. Epistemologically, we found the billboards to be quite interesting, informative, and entertaining. It seems that the graphic artists are getting very creative with their play on words these days. Later, we found it got even more interesting as we drove further into the “Bible Belt” where there were frequent anti-abortion billboards interspersed with Adult Stores for your convenience, just off the Interstate.….interesting combination; I wonder if there is a link.


My Morning Meeting With My Master Teacher

Day2UtahRainbowPrincessLast Thursday, during my morning meeting, my Master Teacher informed me that I would be running into some potential obstacles relating to education, but his advice was not to let them manifest as obstacles. My Master Teacher is able to help me turn the sourest lemons into the sweetest, most delectable lemonade. Sure enough, today his prediction came true for me right in the heart of Joe’s hometown, Kingsport, Tennessee. So, I am not only busy with my dissertation, trying to earn enough funds to keep a roof over several heads, and writing blogs, I am also very busy making lemonade with people in Kingsport. There will be more details about this to come. For now, my Master Teacher had given me this divine song with a powerful message, which he had handed to Rainbow Princess and she passed it on down to me last night (I guess he knew I was going to need this). It appears that music is the answer:

Live Out Loud by Steven Curtis Chapman

KingCity StJoeSo, this morning after I started deflecting misrepresentations and correcting the misconceptions that certain people in Kingsport had about me, my Master Teacher told me I was doing great. He said the people who were responding to me negatively were the “gatekeepers” and that they do not really represent the people of Kingsport. I did get a really sweet message from someone from Kingsport who thanked me and basically said, “You go girl!” (not exactly in those words, but that is what she meant).

My Master Teacher did not give me a song this morning probably because of the cool song he gave me last night, “Live Out Loud.” I love that song because, basically what it is saying is that we need to have music. Music is so important for the educational process and to help us be happy, as Joe has shown us so well in his work. I sort of begged my Master Teacher for another song because it did not seem right to end the morning meeting without one. So, he came back, saying, “You want a song, I see. ‘You can’t get there from here, Baby.’”

Well, I thought for sure the song was going to be “You can’t get there from here,” but when I plugged the entire clue, “You can’t get there from here, Baby,” the following really cool song came up to the top.

I like it!

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

The New Educational Journey Treasure Hunt: A Recap of the Two-Week Epistemological Road Trip to Kingsport, TN Part 6. Day One: Out on the Interstate -- in the Rain PLUS A Divine Sign Along the Way

Day 1: On the Interstate - photo by VanessaMonday, March 29, 2010 Blog

My Master Teacher was “right on” about the rain as depicted in the music video, “These White Lights Will Bend to Make Blue” by Azure Ray. This is the music he had given me a few days before the trip and that I have analyzed over the past few days in these blogs. He did say it would be raining, but he said to just go out on the Interstate and head out on the long journey toward Kingsport, TN, in spite of the rain. As I told him the morning just before I left, “The video you sent me was right on. It’s absolutely pouring out. Not the kind of weather to travel in and it truly is not going to be fun. But oh well. According to the video you sent me a few days ago – I am to go ahead in spite of the rain.”

Day 1: On the Interstate in the Rain - Photo by Rainbow PrincessWell, my Master Teacher empathized, saying that the weather “does leave much to be desired,” and he told me to drive carefully. In other words, no getting out of this “epistemological road trip” for this “epistebaby.” He did say that once I got over the mountains the weather would be better. And you know, he was exactly right. The rain was entirely a Pacific Northwest Coast thing, just like he said and when I reached Eastern Oregon, it was beautiful. Aside from a little cloudburst in the mountains of Idaho, the entire trip was sunshine and 80-90 degree weather (a little cooler in mountain areas, but still sunshine)! My Master Teacher is better than a weather forecaster! Also, that morning before I left, he reminded me that this trip was for “divine purposes,” and for whatever reason, he gave me this song, just before I headed out the door on this long, long epistemological road trip. I think he was reminding me that his thoughts would be with me during the trip.

 

Day 1: Columbia River Gorge - Photo by VanessaSo off, down the road, in the rain I went with Rainbow Princess. She is my companion on these treasure hunts and road trips, and she takes many of the photos. It was not long at all after setting out that we escaped the downpour, thankfully. All through the Columbia River Gorge, it was quite beautiful. We stopped off in Umatilla, OR, where the sun was shining, about five hours from our home, and met with my daughter and her husband who live in the Tri-Cities, WA. Umatilla has an interesting history that should be researched. It is an old Army depot and a site of hazardous weapons storage (something tells me this epistemological road trip will expand into ever more research down the road). And Tri-Cities is interesting because, while this Tri-Cities is in Washington (Richland, Pasco, and Kennewick), we were heading to the Tri-Cities in Tennessee (Kingsport, Johnson City, and Bristol) – “reloading the matrix.”

MyLovePhoto: This is NOT UmatillaIt was warm and sunny in Umatilla!!! We had lunch at this really cool truck stop where we often meet if I am passing through. I was discussing with my daughter how she might be able to get involved with this educational mission I am on. She loves books and she is excellent at finding the best books for the lowest prices and so she had brought me some to hand out to people at the celebration in TN. She had them wrapped up in bright metallic paper in rainbow jewel colors. So, we were discussing how I want to build a Joe Lyons Kincheloe library as a part of the Joe Lyons Kincheloe Academy and we were brainstorming ways she might be a part of that since she love books so much and had talked about wanting a bookstore. Desperado by the Eagles played just about then, which made me think of Joe because of how he often referenced that song several times in his work. Yet, the song was like a message: Yes, your daughter and her husband are a part of this mission. . . well, that’s the way I interpreted it – a divine sign.

Day1: Things Look Brighter Up Ahead - Photo by Rainbow Princess.JPGBack to the road trip. After lunch we headed back out on the road again, until we reached Ontario, OR where we stopped for the night. The mountains in the background with the bright sunlight gave us promises and hope for what was out ahead of us on this road trip. I was actually enjoying the trip, after all!


Today’s Morning Meeting with My Master Teacher (April 24, 2010)
Last night, my Master Teacher sent me the song below as a testament to the fact that learning is all about the freedom to express ourselves. Being able to learn and be in the world in the way that works for us as individuals and being able to express ourselves and our love for the universe freely (the earth, people, animals, plants, and everything on the earth) is a free cosmic gift. No one has the right to steal that gift from us and yet, this has been the purpose – and the demise – of education and the root of so much killing, so many wars, and so much destruction around the world. Come to your senses.

I do not understand how people can be so anesthetized from seeing the true tragedy of all of this. I know that today there are still many people locked into what Joe outlines as FIDUROD forms of thinking. I do not fit in this world. I literally do not fit in, and Joe didn’t fit in either. The way I feel reminds me of what Joe had said about Kingsport in his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, after moving away from a small, very poverty-stricken Appalachian community. “But when we moved into Kingsport, I realized after having met the aspiring middle/upper classes for the first time, that I didn’t want to be one of them either. By 1963, a year of town living had moved me to seek some different way to be along with different things to know. School provided little help with my concerns with being and knowing: indeed, it was the bastion of the upper middle class values I found so empty, unchallenging, oppressive and, to be frank, boring” (pp. 16-17).

My hopes were that after 47 years, perhaps Kingsport has changed. That was my hope.

 

Just yesterday, I was reading some of the online discussions about how the U.S. should deal with the issues surrounding the border between the U.S. and Mexico. The complaints are so irrational that I will not repeat them here. I honestly do not know how so many people seem to think that this land, that we stole from the true residents is ours such that we can feel justified in preventing other people from living here. What right do we have to refuse other human beings a better life, a better education, better health care? It is always about “me” in the U.S. and people cannot see that their very attitudes harm so many people and are what create the difficulty in achieving even their own sanity, health, and well being. Joe called these conditions “social vertigo” (p. 89 of Toil and Trouble) and he again, referred us to music for a description of what is going on here: David Byrne and the Talking Heads album, Stop Making Sense. The FIDUROD way of thinking and being in the world does not make sense. No one is committed to anything. Not to education, not to other people, not even to their own families. Desperado, why don’t you come to your senses . . . “ And what’s really weird is just last night, I opened up Joe’s book, Toil and Trouble to read a bit – and as I always do with Joe’s books, I just open up to “any old page.” And what was on the page, but a reference to some music related to Desperado. On page 89, he discusses The Talking Heads and how the album, Stop Making Sense addresses our society’s lack of “passion for commitment.” And of course, the album also has some answers, as well. Music was so important to Joe and he used it so brilliantly to emphasize his points. Music has become just as important to me these days, and integrating it back into the curriculum in the manner that Joe shows us is critical for the learners coming up today.

And so, the song my Master Teacher sent to me last night, much in the way Hermes whispers sweetly in one’s ear (if you are so inclined to listen to him, as I related in yesterday’s blog), is so very meaningful in this day and age when most of us stifle our creative and loving ways.

 

This morning, my meeting with my Master Teacher was brief. I have many things lined out that I need to be doing and he knows that I know what they are. I talked to him a little more about my dreams – I still have many dreams at night that are not great, although they are not scary or disturbing, either. He calls them “karmic cleansing dreams.” They clear out issues that are below the threshold of consciousness – the “last vestiges” of issues we may not even be aware that we have. Lately, I have not felt quite as close to him as I usually do, especially as I have all of these dreams, so he keeps coming up with songs to reassure me. This morning he said, “Have a great day and ‘I’ll be right there beside you’ . . .” This was the cue to look up “I’ll be right there beside you” on YouTube and it brought up an odd video but a really nice song with called “Run” by the Snow Patrol. Lots of people have different ideas as to what the lyrics mean.

 

I picked the following video out in response.

 

I LOVE this one, too.

Tomorrow: Day 2 of the epistemological road trip to Kingsport, TN. Just like treasure hunts, you never know what will turn up on these trips.
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Friday, April 23, 2010

The New Educational Journey Treasure Hunt: A Recap of the Two-Week Epistemological Road Trip to Kingsport, TN Part 5. $$$ Bill Gates, 11:11, Image Analysis of These White Lights Will Bend to Make Blue PLUS What Did Joe Say About Hermes Trickster?

Dollar Gate - courtesy of https://www.fuzeqna.com/images/moneyexpress/money_gate_md_clp.gifI am just going to have to write a paper about GATEWAYS and GATES. Yesterday, I barely touched on it in relation to the 11:11 phenomenon (and as if to make a point, it was really funny last night as I was diligently working away, my Master Teacher interrupted me with a little nudge for our evening lesson at exactly 11:11 PM – he is good!)

A few days ago, I also mentioned Bill Gates and his quite insane idea of putting billions of dollars into giving (poisonous and toxic) immunizations to the poor people of the world. I wrote about this situation here and here. The reason I bring this up again is because it has been brought to my attention once again that Bill Gates is another GATE to a quality education. And his gate is kept closed by dollar BILLS (get it?). I love these crazy synchronicities….Joe always said “reality” is stranger than fiction.

I do speak from experience about the Bill Gates programs, though. I worked on one such program that had built up a menu of some great online courses, became accredited and was just about to offer a high school diploma. Next, the funds were yanked, and the program disappeared.

money courtesy of MicrosoftThe Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation hands out money like the government. That is, money is given out for just a long enough period of time to give people hope and these same people who have been struggling for hundreds of years are expected to magically manifest the money to keep their new and hopeful educational programs going without help from Bill Gates. Take his “Early College Program,” for example. He will help Native Americans establish charter schools and fund them for five years only. Then – poof! – If they cannot find funds after that, they fold or they have to drastically reduce the services and programs they offer. So, I ask is this truly an open gate for education? NO. It is a closed BILL ($$$) GATE. Maybe someone has cast some kind of spell on him and he will awaken and realize that all of that money he hangs on to does him or the world absolutely no good whatsoever and he really needs to let go of it. We can hope….never give up hope.

The Song, “These White Lights Will Bend to Make Blue”
There is so much that is significant to this song that was handed down to me which I have been discussing in the past few blogs that I cannot even begin to decipher it all. My Master Teacher had told me I did great for the first go-through, but he also asked me to look at it again and look at the images this time. So, here is the song again, that he had provided me to reassure me that it was going to be just fine to take off on a 6000 mile round trip journey – the New Educational Journey and the trip to Kingsport, TN, even in the pouring down rain. The focus is on the images, and I will not be able to cover a discussion of all of them. Perhaps, you will notice significant images that I missed. I will try to fill in the gaps if I come this way again and do an additional analysis.

 

Of course, the beginning image could not be clearer. It is someone leaving their house to take off on the Interstate to go somewhere (although it is never specified in the song exactly where they are going). Distance is implied through the fact that they have to get a “cheap hotel” along the way.

As I noted at the time the song was initially given to me, “Some of the images I noticed were street lights that guided the way in the dark (thus, darkness is significant), stop signs along the way (representing obstacles I will encounter, but must be patient about because I will get past them), green lights (the way is clear to go), and the impending dawn (it was beginning to get light by the end of the video).” (This analysis was provided to my Master teacher on Sunday, March 27, 2010, the day before I began the journey, although not covered in my blogs.) That day was very interesting as far as my actual blog entry:

Old and New Treasure Hunts: The FUN Begins Again PLUS Did Amazon.com get the price wrong on Joe’s paperback book? Sunday, March 27, 2009

The songs given me that day were relevant to where I was headed out to, particularly the Appalachian Mountains and coal mining. More about that later, though.

Also, today, as I watched the video for “These White Lights Will Bend to Make Blue,” I noticed that the person driving begins following another vehicle – thus, someone is leading the way. So, while this trip and celebration may not have the result I wish, was my thought at the time this song was handed down to me, it will have some sort of impact, even if small (the "butterfly effecct"), and I will have guidance all along the way. As the song progresses, the vehicle gets to an area where there are more and more lights and the stop signs (obstacles) are gone because they are now on the way – on the Interstate.

This analysis goes with Joe’s critical complex epistemology theory that recognizes even the smallest efforts have a butterfly effect that can lead to great changes. Indeed, I am but a small butterfly. Also, Joe stated many times that it is not the end of knowledge, nor of the world or the end of the day; it is just the beginning and we can recreate a new and better world and education. And so, again today I ask, is Kingsport, TN ready for change?

My Morning Meeting With My Master Teacher
Candy - courtesy of MicrosoftThis morning’s meeting was short and sweet. We discussed the dream I had last night. I had one of those depressing sort of dreams by which we get rid of a lot of negative karma, and who should appear in my dream to rescue me? You got it! Joe. It was almost a repeat of something that happened in my “real” life and I was in “dire straits” as they say. In this dream I called Joe on the telephone and he came right over to my house to “alleviate my suffering.” And I was suffering big time because I had been victimized and then, of course, along with the victimization, had come the “blame the victim” for what had happened (which I have actually experienced much of my life even though one has to wonder how someone can justify blaming a child for being raped multiple times). But Joe made it all better just by showing up in my dream. I don’t remember much else -- just that he showed up at my front doorstep which in itself was very soothing.

So, my Master Teacher gave me some practical and very sound advice surrounding this particular issue brought up by the dream and the people who make up the scene. I am so grateful for assistance, guidance, and teachings. His education involves the whole person: psychological and emotional well being, physical, spiritual, as well as traditional academic and educational teachings.

As if to prove this point, his clue this morning does not bring up a song. He also told me I could go ahead and talk about Hermes the Trickster and my experience last night, but then his clue, “Give them ‘something to chew on’ for a time” brought up an alarming research project that could harm people. It just goes to show how we really need to get many sides of the story. The first video that came up on You Tube when I searched ‘something to chew on’ and the second video provides multiple perspectives about this topic. We need to stay informed so that we can remain in good health, which is why I include a variety of health and environmental topics in my blogs. Education involves the mind, body, and spirit.

Who’s Funding this Resarch?!
MediaSourceTV January 29, 2010 — Ohio State cancer researchers and food scientists have developed a new soy bread that they’re hoping can take a bite out of prostate cancer.




 


What Did Joe Say About Hermes Trickster?
My teacher said it was fine to cover this interesting little story about Hermes Trickster and Joe. First of all, I have noticed that Joe talks about Hermes in quite a few of his books. He normally just mentions Hermes briefly in relation to Hermeneutics – just a little historical background that is kind of interesting. It always felt to me like he was somehow giving us a clue about himself and of course, now I really think that’s true with all of the sweet treats I find all over in his work and with what I found last night.

Last night I was feeling blue about him not being around and not being able to work with him on his website and not having him to work with on my dissertation like I had planned.  Whenever I get to feeling like that, I pick up one of his books and just start reading. I find it very soothing to my soul to read his work. As I have state elsewhere, his writing is like a “river of love.” The book I picked up this time was, “Toil and Trouble” which covers his recommendations for vocational work. Another excellent book and if we did vocational education the way he has recommended here, it would be so great!

Hermes courtesy of WikipediaAnyway, I just opened up the book, as I usually do, and let it open up where it will. I was reading along, and what do I come to, but a much longer explanation of Hermes the Trickster! Here, he gives a more detailed history of Hermes as an invention of Greek mythology and he goes on to say, “Hermes, the playful trickster, mysteriously pops up everywhere with his fantasies, surprise inspirations, and other gifts of the imagination; they are ours for the taking if we can hold onto the silence long enough to listen to him and the mental models he exposes, and if we have not let social expectations crush our propensity to turn work into play” (p. 200). Well, this can mean a lot of things such as listening to our “inner voice,” taking time to notice and comprehend those phenomenological experiences I have been discussing, such as the 11:11 phenomenon, etc. But for me, at the particular moment of reading this passage, the only thing I could think about was Joe and how in his writing, he is the very Hermes Trickster he is writing about.

The Gift - courtesy of MicrosoftAs I have said many times, Joe has left these little surprises and gifts all through his work. I just love reading his work for that reason. He goes along discussing the issue at hand very seriously and very brilliantly and then suddenly he tosses in something that is so funny and off the wall and yet it relates to what he’s talking about. It always cracks me up. It can be just one simple and short sentence or he may take an entire paragraph, but it can be so funny and enlightening at the same time. You never know where something will pop up in his work!

And so, I lovingly often refer to him as the Hermes Trickster, himself. And believe me, we have yet to uncover many, many of his little hidden gifts, music, movies ("Easter eggs"), messages, secret codes to decode, “key codes,” puzzles, and predictions in all of his books, and I am sure there are more that will be magically revealed as time goes by. I have found many of these things, usually when I am just drawn to randomly open one of his books, but I also know there are many more to be found.

Tomorrow: Day One of our Journey to Kingsport: Out on the Interstate – In the rain.
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Thursday, April 22, 2010

The New Educational Journey Treasure Hunt: A Recap of the Two-Week Epistemological Road Trip to Kingsport, TN Part 4. 11:11 Gateways and Further Analysis of Slipping through the Closing Gates

TheAcademyA lot of people keep seeing the numbers 11 and I am one of those people. They literally show up for me several times a day, usually on the clock, but also in addresses and dreams. For example, I have written about this "11 phenomenon" before and a while back I had a dream of what looked to be a plaque with a house address 7013 and that number adds up to the soul mate number, 11. It is quite an odd phenomenon. For many of us, these two numbers represent the soul mate number and when they come in pairs, they represent some sort of a powerful “gateway” which is something else that keeps coming up for me. In fact, my Master Teacher had asked me to buy a movie about Gateways a while back when I was doing research about Sherlock Holmes, which I did and I ended up watching. Going through gateways, which can be represented in multiple ways, is a very powerful experience, which will be taken up at a later date for much further analysis. Related to this, I was reviewing my paper, "My Personal Philosophy," posted on Academic Papers and Articles. As I had stated:


eductive logic pulls learners out of the reductionist forms of learning by acknowledging there are many possibilities. A simple notion such as 1+1=2 can be vastly altered with eductive thinking. 1+1 can be anything; suddenly possibilities are infinitely expanded"


It is interesting that when I think about this, this is exactly what going through gateways represent, as does the reunion of soul mates -- this logic by which we are no longer restricted as we are with inductive and deductive logic. Eductive thinking gives us infinite posibilities so that we might accomplish any number of actions. It seems that this relates to Joe's theory in that he stresses gaining many perspectives which opens up infinite possibilities and choices for us. On the other hand, he brings in hermeneutics and semiotics for interpretive purposes in order to narrow down the choices to the best ones that will serve to create social justice and alleviate human suffering.

I had an interesting experience related to this 11:11 phenomenon. Way back on one of my Kings Valley “treasure hunting” experiences, I described how I was led to taking a different route home. It almost felt like someone else was steering the car for me and I was just going along for the ride. While that sounds weird, it is an accurate description of this particular “phenomenological” experience. I went somewhere that I had never been before, because it was in a town I had never driven around in before; previously, I had merely passed straight through it on the way home. And yet, this time my car seemed to know exactly where it was going – however it was being navigated. It made a left turn on a one way street, went up a few blocks, made another left to go over to the one way street going back the opposite direction I had come from, went into the right lane and made a right turn at the next block, went down just a little bit and parked right in front of this building (that’s in the photo) called, simply, The Academy.

11 The Academy 11I took that as a sign from the universe that I am to start an Academy – and I interpreted it to mean an Academy in Joe’s name, since his work forms the foundation of my work; thus, I came up with the idea of the Joe Lyons Kincheloe Academy. All of this has been sitting on the back burner for a while, but came back up to the forefront recently. In fact, I do not know why, but I ended up posting the photo on my other website, Bright World Education, which is the forerunner of Joe's Academy (the foundational work, so to speak), at least that's how I have been viewing it. The other day (Sunday, April 18), another master teacher also mentioned remembering me talking about this building and gave me some guidance. I mentioned at that time there is something significant about the numbers on the building. I could not read the numbers, though, to tell her at the time what the significance was. Something compelled me to look more deeply at the picture, enlarge it, and come to find out, the numbers of the building, 182, add up to the soul mate number, 11. Not only that, I noticed the little squares up above the words, “The Academy” and there are a total of 11 squares. Thus, we now have 11 The Academy 11 and this signifies to me that twin flame soulmate love forms a gateway that will manifest as the creation of The Academy – Joe’s Academy. (That's my "creative imagination" at work.) For whatever reason, it was meant for me to notice this interesting 11:11 configuration.

If you look up “seeing 11" or "11:11” or "11 phenomenon" on YouTube you will get all kinds of explanations and descriptions. These often lead into videos about twin flame soul mates. So, I am not alone. Thus, there is something significant about the 11:11 in this Academy building that I was divinely led to, in my interpretation of this phenomenological experience.  

This entire treasure hunt was discussed back on August 24, during which my teacher had actually told me that there would be some clues in the photos I took that day, and I am just now discovering those clues! You can review that day’s adventure here:
Kings Valley, Promises for September, and There Goes My Baby Monday, August 24, 2009 Coincidently, that particular blog also presents the photograph I took totally by accident, which I named, “Opening the Gates to Education: An Accidental Mulitperspectival Composition.” Check it out! It is so relevant to today’s discussion and analysis and it also needs further analysis as to the signs and symbols in the photograph. This is all too coincidental to be an accident; or in other words, mathematically calculated chance would put it outside the box of what we call "normal" experiences. However, I deem that these are normal experiences that we have been trained not to see or experience.

While many people might doubt this significance I see in all of these signs, symbols and messages that come my way, all I can say is that they have been divinely handed down to me, as well as this bizarre phenomenological experience that took me in front of this building called “The Academy.” Only “time will tell” if the Joe Lyons Kincheloe Academy actually manifests. It will evolve if that is what the universe wants and it truly will evolve out of the great love I and other people have for Joe. Is there a more powerful love than soul mate love? Not according to many accounts and from many perspectives. Is this what Joe referred to when he spoke of his version of “radical love.” It must come from the soul level.

My Morning Meeting With My Master Teacher
This morning my teacher informed me that there may be an attempt to put some “obstacles” in front of me, but I am not to allow them to actually manifest as obstacles for me. I am to just keep on doing the work and learning he gives me. He went into great detail about a “sinking ship” as related to education – something about ethical issues, which is not a new topic in these blogs, but as he put it, “the dominoes are beginning to fall” and, of course, people always look for scapegoats or someone to blame so that they do not have to take responsibility or institute changes. I see this in education every day, it seems, in some form or fashion, but today he gave me specific “behind the scenes” information relating to the mission. I will not go into the precise details here, though (perhaps at a later date). Anyway, his final advice which is a song, is “’Let’s keep movin’ forward’ Babe.” The clue, here is “Let’s keep movin’ forward” so I will look that up on YouTube right now and see what comes to the top.



I like it. A message for Obama and something I have been conveying in these blogs all along -- Obama will bring about change.

I also found the next video among the hits. It relates to some things Joe said in his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction about “taking hits.” He actually mentioned it in at least three places. Once, in reference to when he was a child when other kids tried to beat him up (he was not afraid of taking a hit). Another time, he was attacked by some thugs in an alley after he had given a presentation because they did not like what he had to say, and on the last page of his book he talks about people being afraid to take a hit, which was one of the things he had listed as being something he was not “particularly happy” about. The message is that we must overcome our fear of “taking a hit” so that we can take the actions necessary for change. Joe was never afraid of taking a hit.



I also need to mention that last night my Master Teacher explained to me that I need a lot of practice with hermeneutic and phenomenological analysis. He said that the university failed me by not providing any instruction in these forms of qualitative methodologies and that as a result, it might lengthen the time I have to spend on my dissertation. He said it would be helpful to review parts of the book by Tobin and Kincheloe, Doing Educational Research, but the bottom line is that these blogs are my practice and he said that “the quickest way of gaining the skills is by practicing them.” He wants me to make the university aware of the fact that they are shortchanging students by their focus on quantitative methods, especially since the paradigm is changing so rapidly. They will need to make some rapid changes to keep up with the changing paradigm.


Speaking of changing paradigms, I posted an introductory paper, "Shifting Educational Paradigms: What's Preventing Progress" in the
Academic Papers and Articles pages of this site. I will need to expand on it, but it is interesting to note, if you read this paper, it points out that Joe’s book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction actually walks us through (with Joe holding our hand) from the old paradigm to the new. If you read Joe's book all the way through, you will gain a new a whole new mindset. It is a very powerful journey to walk along the paradigmatic winding trail he has blazed for us with this book. It will change you. You will learn how to "slip through closing gates."


Interestingly, as my Master Teacher ended our session last night, he gave me the following clue for a song to look up on YouTube, only it turned out not to be a song. He told me, “Get good rest, Babe, and we’ll come out of the ‘closing gates’ running.” It sounds like we are just barely going to make it through the gates in time, so we must hurry! I looked up “closing gates” on YouTube, and here’s what came to the top:


This is funny, and yet it is not. Here, we have the fact that the gates are “self-closing.” Well, that is not a good thing and there are many implications as to our complacency and complicity in this matter – no wonder we have to hurry and run through them! On the other hand, the video points out that the gates are “removable.”

Therefore, we must overcome our fears of “taking a hit” and work to remove the gates. As I have expressed many times in these blogs and is something I learned from another teacher, fear is an illusion (false energy appearing real). Yes, this is what we will be using Joe’s theory for! We shall overcome our fears of “taking a hit” and go forward to simply remove the gates.


Now I understand why my Master Teacher gave me this message. First, in the song I analyzed yesterday which he had given me to alleviate my anxiety over taking off on the long epistemological road trip, the lyrics spoke of slipping through the closing gate (as I was instructed to get on the Interstate). Apparently, he figured I would be running into some closed gates and timing is everything. Today, he telling me “we’ll come out of the ‘closing gates’ running.”


Thus, I have to deal with the
gates in Kingsport that I ran up against. There are certain actions we have planned and I have been “dragging my feet.” He is telling me to “get with it,” “go for it” and stop being afraid of “taking a hit.” In other words, he is telling me I must go ahead and take the actions we have worked out together so that we can remove those Kingsport gates I encountered. “Onward and Upward!”

I hope Kingsport is ready for some changes….

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The New Educational Journey Treasure Hunt: A Recap of the Two-Week Epistemological Road Trip to Kingsport, TN Part 3. Preliminary Analysis of These White Lights Will Bend to Make Blue


New Educational Journey DAY 1Today’s blog is a bit late. My Master Teacher requested this for some reason. I did have a few errands to run, but nothing that took this long. Maybe he was busy; he did say this morning that he wanted to help me with this blog.

For today, I am simply continuing yesterday’s topic by presenting the analysis I had done on the bizarre (but very relevant) song that came up for me just before I was about to take off on my road trip to Kingsport for a celebration and to present Joe's work to some of the residents there. The song was pulled up from YouTube by a just as bizarre phrase that was given to me by my Master Teacher, “Don’t let a blue Friday slip into the weekend,” but it was relevant to the weather at the time as well as my reservations about taking off down the interstate in the rain. 

Finding music each day for my blogs this way is a continuing phenomenon that I really don’t think our standard FIDURODian worldview and its science can explain. First, you need a clear understanding of what Joe had meant by FIDUROD and how it affects us. I encourage people to read his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. He has several chapters outlining FIDUROD. Chapter 6: “Down and Dirty: Outlining FIDUROD” is especially relevant for education. Here, Joe discusses in detail how it has resulted in the way education operates today – often, teachers have become nothing more than “information deliverers” (p. 126). And the information is quite dull, often incorrect, incomplete, and out of context.

To begin the analysis, I will repost the song, this time with the lyrics. Again, this continues from yesterday’s blog which built on the blog for Friday, March 26, 2010. The reason I bring this out is that this constitutes a simplified form of the bricolage. From what I understand, I am to weave through these blogs relating to the epistemological road trip to TN multiple times, revisiting issues and covering other aspects, going into more depth, etc. Thus, at this particular point in time, while I can see there is much more significance than I first identified, I will only be presenting some of what I had identified when I first analyzed this back on March 26 as I had presented to my Master Teacher. As I always say, this is an evolving process, so we shall see where it all goes and what it accomplishes in the future. What ends up evolving is a critical aspect, although it never “stops” evolving, either. And we do not apply Joe’s theory, the critical bricolage, for no reason. It is always for the purpose of ultimately taking actions that serve to alleviate suffering or for obtaining social justice, whether for ourselves, other individuals, or other groups of people – or for us all.

Here is the song again, and below that is the analysis I wrote back on the day the song was “handed down” to me.



These White Lights Will Bend to Make Blue by Azure Ray – Lyrics

(Comments and interpretations are in brackets)

[The name of the group, Azure Ray, is highly significant, which I just today recognize and will discuss in the future. The title is significant, but for now I have no interpretation.]
Drive away
Just get on the interstate
[Because, from my perspective, the lyrics are essentially words handed down to me from my Master Teacher from a higher realm, they become especially significant. Thus, he is telling me to just “go for it” – just drive away from home, get on that interstate. This was very reassuring for me, because in my experience, all of my guidance from my Master Teacher has been divine and I know that if I follow his advice/guidance, everything will be just fine. As I told him, back on March 26, when he gave me the song, “I loved the way you addressed all of my fears about taking this trip to TN, almost 3,000 miles across the U.S. First, my concern was all of the rain – it has been absolutely pouring down for the last couple of days and so I dreaded the thought of taking off down the interstate (I-5) in such a downpour. And what do you give me, but a video in which the driver was taking off in the pouring rain, in the dark even….in other words, it’s ok, just do it – and don’t miss this gate.”]
And slip through this closing gate
Pulled into this cheap hotel
["Here, you are telling me it’s fine to save money on a motel/hotel. You know I do not believe in squandering funds on expensive places."]
I called just to wish you well
You said don't let love break you down
Well just show me how and let me never be broken
Tomorrow a new point of view
[This makes me think of the purpose of the trip. The people in Kingsport are very conservative (so I have been informed) and Joe’s work is a new point of view for them.]
These white lights will bend to make blue
[Blue comes up all of the time and is very significant, although I will omit the analysis for now. Some of the terms in previous blogs include The Code Blue Mission, Blue Ray Lightworkers, true blue soul mates, The Deep Blue Mariner Reaps the Soul Surprise Treasure Hunt, blues music, blue knowledge.]
Now this can all look new to you
[It is totally new to me to take a trip like this.]
Are you still living there
Walking the streets with your hollow stare
[This reminds me of the people who are still asleep, acting like robots, going along with the status quo.]
You say there's loneliness everywhere
So we have nothing to lose
[I had no help with this project and was feeling alone; it also represents the fact that my being at the very bottom of the socioeconomic ladder and knowing I can never make it to the top no matter how hard I try, not that I would want to, puts me in the position of having nothing to lose.]
The music plays all day long
[Yes, I had to drive all day – listened to music all day long.]
And sorrow looks beautiful
[As I wrote, this gives me hope that the celebration will be beautiful. Indeed, even though it did not turn out the way I would have wished, it was beautiful – and it is not over yet.]
And lovers seem mystical
Tomorrow a new point of view
These bright lights will bend to make blue
Now this can all look new to you

The Initial Analysis
The above is just a partial analysis of the song; there is more, of course, some of which I am not willing to share on a public forum and some which I have yet to analyze. My Master Teacher thanked me for all of the preparatory work I had done for the celebration, stating that I had “gone far beyond what was expected, thus the blessings shall go far beyond what you might expect.” With this he mentioned things like keeping a roof over our heads, the bills paid, and food on the table and he promised me more than “bare bones.”

It was interesting that the first week I returned from the trip, I was essentially more than paid for the trip with an unexpected refund for tuition. One thing I have learned in all of this divine work I do, the rewards come from surprising places. For example, while the celebration itself did not reap anything at all (yet, and I have to stress that this was just the beginning, not the culmination), the universe is very creative in how it provides for those who choose to do good work. Next, my Master Teacher asked me to provide an analysis of the images and symbols in the song. The analysis continues tomorrow. . .

Discussion
There is no space in FIDUROD that allows for phenomenological human experiences such as the fact that I keep being handed down clues to music and, no matter how off-topic the clues sound, they always bring up a totally relevant and meaningful song or video. This particular example is powerful, because, as I stated in yesterday’s blog, I was very reluctant about taking off on the longest trip I had ever been on, entailing that I get on the freeway in the pouring down rain; I had even informed my Master Teacher I was getting “cold feet” about the trip. The song was very reassuring. There is no debate about whether this experience and similar ones happen and continue to happen for me. They are documented throughout my blogs.

Celtic Yin Yang TreasureOf course, some people think they have all of the answers to these sorts of experiences, yet according to critical complex epistemological considerations, and as Joe has pointed out in his work, none of us can have all of the answers. And so, we have many different answers, ranging from explaining this as our “higher selves” that have access to all knowledge that can formulate these sorts of experiences to it being “God” or “angels” or, as I represent in these blogs, “Master Teachers.” Personally, I find the concept that it all comes from within, as some accounts portray, and that we all have divine and complete knowledge within ourselves a Westernized, egocentric view that overlooks the fact that we are all still individual entities symbiotically linked and that, as Joe stressed in his work, it is relationship that is important, most notably symbiotic relationship. This discussion of symbiotic hermeneutics was a specific reading he directed me to in his book (with Berry) on the bricolage, just before he passed over. He was conveying to me how important the concept is to the bricolage.

We will probably never have the one “true” final answer as to what creates these phenomenological experiences, but just because we do not know where they come from, does not mean we should overlook them or, as our “rational irrational science” would dictate, just not see them because they really must not exist if science cannot explain them. In fact, these powerful experiences are the very things we need to be looking at for guidance as we travel our individual and collective paths to greater knowledge.

Western culture with its blinders has harmed many people deeply with superior attitudes that entirely cut out subjective, phenomenological experience. In my view, the joke is on those who formulate such an empty, self-limiting mechanized position. People who succumb totally to this prescribed epistemology that is dictated from power wielders at the top of the food chain have become nothing more than DROIDS who operate as machines that cannot see the very gifts (treasures) all around them every day that are there for the receiving, or if they do see them, they cannot comprehend that there may be a amazing significance to such gifts that just might serve to alleviate some of their suffering, anxieties, fears, and even give them a sort of divine guidance to a better way of being in the world. Some misguided people simply go about their lives choosing to harm those of us who partake in uncovering the gifts and living our lives to the fullest. It is possible to transcend the negativity, however, and Joe’s work shows us how we can change our perceptions to do that.

Of course, there are many works out there that show us how we can transcend the limitations imposed on us; however, Joe’s work deals directly with one of the most resistant disciplines to change and one we most need to change due to its overarching reaches: education. Interestingly, Doreen’s reading was about this very topic – Change. Her message is relevant and so I have included it here.


My Morning Meeting With My Master Teacher

I have not been feeling well; My Master Teacher always stays on top of my health and has lots of suggestions and often naturopathic remedies for making improvements so that I don’t go to the doctor and get bamboozled with expensive and unnecessary medication. There is a pill for everything (including pills for the side effects from the pills you take or pills to make your pills work better). This time, his advice was simply, “Just give it a few more days and you’ll be ‘back on track.’ Ah yes, a song must be hidden in those words,” he told me.


So, I plugged “back on track” into the YouTube search box and this divine song came right up to the top – once again, it is very meaningful. I hope more people unite in love.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The New Educational Journey Treasure Hunt: A Recap of the Two-Week Epistemological Road Trip to Kingsport, TN Part 2. The Perpetual Downpour


The Appalachian Mountains In Spring 2010 photo by Rainbow Princess.JPGAs I had discussed in yesterday’s blog, I was not that anxious to embark on a 6000 mile round trip journey, especially given the downpour that was hitting my part of the country (Oregon) at the time. Also, yesterday, I reviewed the crazy clue my Master Teacher had given me for a song just before I started on this long journey. I call him my “Magical Music Man” for this very reason. He can give me the most “off the wall” search terms to use on You Tube that bring up the most relevant song you could find. And usually, if you were to try to find a relevant song using a more “rational” approach – using “logical” search terms, you would not find a song more relevant than what he is able to find.

I actually posted this particular song way back on the day he gave it to me, but as I said, at the time, the epistemological road trip to Tennessee and the Appalachian Mountains was classified since it was also the day of the kick-off for our mission (a mission which actually involves people all over the world). That reminds me, I am going to need to backtrack even more. The reason for needing to do so is that, now that I think about it, my teacher was preparing me to get in the right mindset for the trip even several weeks before the trip because he knew I was reluctant and he probably had some relevant information in those lessons. I will review that tomorrow.

For today, the clue he had given me for the music just before I was supposed to take off on the trip – in the rain – was, “Don’t let a blue Friday slip into the weekend.” And, indeed, it was the Friday before I was leaving. I was going to leave on that next Sunday, but changed it to Monday, knowing I still had plenty of time to reach Kingsport by Friday (the day before the celebration). As I stated yesterday about these particular search terms for finding the music on YouTube:

My thoughts were – this is hilarious. What kind of song could possibly come up with lyrics like that? And how would it relieve my stress, anxiety, and suffering over the fact that it was only three more days before I would be leaving for this 6000 mile epistemological road trip I was not excited about taking -- and in the pouring down rain at that?

For today, I will just direct people back to that song which was posted on the blog for Friday, March 26, 2010. This is a very long and significant blog, but if you scroll down, you will find the song. Amazingly, the title of the song is as bizarre as the clue my teacher gave me to find the song on YouTube, which turned out to be “These White Lights Bend to Make Blue”  by Azure Ray. There are so many signs and symbols in that song that my Master Teacher asked me to write up an analysis, which I did on that particular day and the next day as well, with additional prompting from him relative to the images in the song. I will cover that tomorrow. For today, I will just repost the song since it was so spectacular and it really relieved my anxiety about taking the trip by addressing all of the fears that had cropped up for me in relation to taking off on a long trip in the pouring down rain. It was my Master Teacher's sweet way of telling me that everything was going to be just fine.

And so, I am curious. If I plug the clues in again today, will the same song come up? I don’t know how many people are aware of this, but because of the way the Internet works, when you do searches on the same terms, it will not always pull of the same things (the Internet is a dynamic, changing, evolving, fractal entity). I will try it right now!

Oh, Wow! Looky here! It DOES bring up the same song. How interesting.

Dont let a blue friday turn into the weekend.jpg

This is interesting because, in case you have not figured it out, my Master Teacher, while he is VERY real for me, he is not “real” in the FIDURODian way of thinking. (Joe defines FIDUROD throughout his book, and in particular, on pages 21-24.) That is a long story for another day, and one I have also briefly discussed in previous blogs if you want to backtrack. Suffice it to say, our imagination is a wondrous thing, for those who do not understand these things. I have not figured out how this magic happens, but I know it happens.
 
Anyway, here is the song again and tomorrow I will discuss the relevance of it to my embarking on the 6000 mile journey to Kingsport, TN for the “kick-off” celebration which is also a part of this New Educational Journey Treasure Hunt, which is but a small part of the “Code Blue Mission” that is happening all over the world. It’s the
perpetual revolution that Joe had told me would be happening.

 

This morning’s lesson with my Master Teacher
I have been feeling a bit blue. It always happens when my spiritual vibrations (as I like to refer to my ups and downs) dip just a bit. Then I feel more isolated from my teacher and more pulled into the FIDUROD world that Joe describes so extraordinarily well in his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. To put is simply, I start adopting the mindsets of all of the people around me and begin to get pulled into their dramas. I start getting back to the mindset that there must be something “right” I need to be doing. And I do not feel as close to my teacher as those days when my vibrations run high. I do know this is normal. All of us experience this sort of cycling of moods. It’s not hugely dramatic, but for those of us who are especially sensitive, we notice it.

MathI joked with my teacher about his choice of music yesterday, “New Math,” (scroll down to see the video) and we briefly discussed the issue of censorship. When should we censor, for whom, and why? It has always been a tough question to answer, but today censorship in many forms is occurring and it truly is depriving people of a quality education. This, of course, leads to the textbook controversy, which I have touched on briefly in these blogs. I will be coming back to this topic in the near future since today we have the state of Texas censoring and selecting textbooks for the entire nation, which is causing the controversy to rise to the forefront.

I have been sleeping a lot, as I told my Master Teacher. That happens sometimes, especially when I am in a lower cycle. And I told him how I hunger and thirst for more and more knowledge. While it is not even possible to “know” the entire “truth” about existence, I crave to learn every perspective there is, a view I adopted after reading Joe’s book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. And while I know for certain that none of us can really know this one single truth because it is different for each and every one of us and it is always changing, I expressed to my teacher that one thing was certain – that I wanted him to be a part of my existence forever, along with the other members of our “critical knowledge network” who I also love. These are people on both sides of the bridge, so to speak. Some of them have passed over; some of them are still here with me -- but in a sense, they are all still here with me and I want them to stay. It’s like once I love someone, I am not capable of thinking they no longer exist as a part of my life.

As always, my Master Teacher had nothing but great reassurance for me. He said the two anthems, Enigma’s “Return to Innocence” and the “Pleiadian Anthem” (Hurry Home) are very relevant. You may want to listen to them; they are posted on our Celebrations page. He explained to me that because I have already chosen of my own free will to take this path, it is a natural process and there is “no thing” that I need to do. He said that yes, we will be together and we will, in the future, be even closer than we are now. In fact, 11-11-2011 is supposed to be a very significant day relative to this and there will be many people celebrating. He said it will be amazing and surprising, but did not go into further details. I am not supposed to worry about it. He said the most important thing to do – and this applies to all of us, which is why I am putting it out here in my blogs – is to take good care of yourself.

Fields of GoldWhat this means is that we should do the things we enjoy the most. Many people are finally “getting this” and leaving their stressful corporate positions and launching out into the world to do what they love. Sometimes, it can cause a brief backward fall until they fully step into their new way of viewing and living life. As my Master Teacher pointed out, the harvest shall produce great rewards once you begin to do the things you enjoy the most. This is when you can, as he put it, “Enjoy and rejoice in each day you have to play.” We should choose those things we most love to do with no fears or worries about money. Our focus should always be on what we have, never on what we don’t have. When we focus on what we do have and are truly grateful, those things increase in abundance which we can then share with others. When we share with others, this opens up avenues that serve to diversify the gifts from the universe (or in concrete terms, the gifts that come to be exchanged between people). It is easy to see how, if everyone adopted this approach, there would be no need for money. While most of us have heard all of this before, few of us truly live this way. I love it when my Master Teacher reminds me that it is a choice and, once we fully embrace it and believe, it will work for us.

As far as my dissertation work, my teacher reminded me that the past treasure hunt, “The Deep Blue Mariner Reaps the Soul Surprise” will be worked into my dissertation. Again, I am not to worry about that or “rack my brain” over it. The beauty of allowing the universe to unfold everything in its own divine way and its own divine time is that you can just go on the faith that this will, indeed happen, and there is no reason to stress, try to figure out complex things, etc. The universe already has the answer, we just need to allow it to express that answer through us in a “just in time” sort of way. Even many businesses have figured out that this works well today for their operations and use what they call “JIT” manufacturing processes.

Finally, before closing my lesson for the day, my Teacher reminded me that there are cultures (and he and I know them intimately) that know and live the fact that there is never a “need” that goes unfulfilled. We are always fulfilled with rich abundance that continues to multiply infinitely. This was a cue for me to look up “need” for the song for today. So, here is what came to the top of the You Tube search.

 

Once again, my Master Teacher picked a song that gets right to the heart of the matter. I was having doubts about my future tasks, whether we were going to be “together forever,” and feeling a bit distant from him, etc., and this song expresses this. He is, once again, reminding me that I can just hold his hand and he will guide me along the path. Sunday he had given me the
Hand in Hand song, which is being considered for inclusion as another universal anthem, as well as the May 5, 2009 blog (the very first blog on this site and the start of this journey) in which the video image includes the statement, “Take my hand. We’ll make it, I swear,” along with the song You Are So Beautiful. I do pay attention to these things!

I hope that you notice the multitude of ways “the universe” speaks to you. And note that we each are free to define this in ways that we relate and understand. It can be a divine blessing and provide great guidance and companionship. And as I have shown in today's blog, it can serve to alleviate stress, anxiety, fear, and suffering. I will expand on this idea tomorrow, although it is a huge topic that can never be exhausted. The best we can do is relate our own experiences with the hope that perhaps some of the things that help us as individuals may help others.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

The New Educational Journey Treasure Hunt Begins! A Recap of the Two-Week Epistemological Road Trip to Kingsport, TN Part 1. Preparation for the Journey


Gateway Arch St LouisThe blogs of the past two days were quite interesting. They line out the theoretical foundation for this journey – The NEW Educational Journey as well as some of the characters in the story we create or write as we go. I say “we” because, quite honestly, I do not feel like I am in this drama alone. There are always people helping me: My Master Teacher, Sam Cooke, Ralphie (Ralph Waldo Emerson, otherwise known as RWE, but I call him cos because he is my cousin, Uncle Albert’s son, no less, in another place and time), and of course, my great and famous Uncle Albert (Einstein). There are others, of course, but it has come to my attention that these particular folks will play a major role somehow (yet to be revealed to me) in both the NEW Educational Journey I embarked on a few weeks ago as well as something to do with my dissertation. I do not at this time know how it will all fit together exactly. I have had clues, so I just know it will. Besides, my Master Teacher continuously reassures me that I just need to let things evolve day by day and that everything will fall into place as it should.

The NEW Educational Journey Treasure Hunt was just announced a short while back when it was revealed to me that my 6000-mile “epistemological road trip” (a term that Joe devised in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction) is, in fact, a part of the NEW Educational Journey. I did not realize that until it was brought to my attention. So, what I have been assigned to do is backtrack to the beginning of the road trip and bring out the highlights for each day.

Allendale MansionThis road trip took me all the way across the United States to Joe’s home state of Tennessee and even his home town of Kingsport. In fact, I had long, long ago – way back last May – been informed that I would have to take this road trip and have a celebration for him on April 3, 2010 in the “Dream House” (a house that Joe had shown me in my dreams that turned out to be a real mansion in Kingsport). So, it was fitting to use that beautiful mansion (as shown on the home page of this website), the Allendale Mansion. Well, as the day got closer, I decided that I really did not want to take a 6000-mile round trip road trip nor did I want to do the celebration because there are not enough people ready for Joe’s work and besides, I had never traveled that far ever, at least not in a car on the road.
 
My Master Teacher had other ideas, though. When he realized that I was not entirely enthused about this trip, he began to work on me. He kept coming up with songs all through March that he knew I would really like. For example, one of my favorites was “Good News” on March 12. Next, he brought up the fact that I was known in some circles as Crystal Rose and told me that my work involves getting people to blossom and bloom.  When I became doubtful, he was always there guiding me with the work I needed to get done before the trip and building me up. Next, on March 14 he sent me a song called “No Worries” in an effort to relieve my anxieties. And he told me that I would not be alone; that Sam Cooke, Uncle Albert, Ralphie, my Grandmother, my Indian Spirit Guide, Louis Armstrong, and others would be traveling with me to keep me safe and to assist along the way where needed. So, he had me communicating with them to give me reassurance. All this time, I was, of course promoting the celebration to the schools, local businesses churches, through the media, etc. Due to very limited funds, I had to be careful how I spent the money for promotion and was forced to rely on those “at the top” to pass the word on and somehow I was not feeling very positive about that happening, but I just pushed forward.

That’s just a summary of the days leading up to this epistemological road trip. There is much more, but I will have to save it for a book. It might be helpful to read the March blogs if you are interested in getting an idea of all that was going on, but I did not discuss the upcoming road trip because it was classified material at that time due to it being related to the mission kick-off. Throughout the entire month, when a problem came up, (and there lots of problems of all sorts) my Master Teacher was right on top of it and magically manifested solutions for me and gave me his support. By March 22, I was getting a little excited about the trip. Rainbow Princess was going along (she does a lot of the photography for me) and we were planning to leave on Sunday March, 28 but then we ended up changing it to Monday, March 29. I think I was hoping I could back out of it, but my Master Teacher would not hear of it (although I should note here that I was not forced to go; it was still out of my own free will that I chose to meet my teacher's expectations).

On March 23, I flat out told my Master Teacher that I had “cold feet” about going on the trip. I had some concerns and expressed them to him (money, whether this was going to be productive, the weather, etc.). I had all of the work done for the trip – all of the materials pretty much ready for distributing, etc. My teacher told me I had been overworking myself. His advice: “Just relax about the trip and try to have a good time. Now is not the time to give up on this. We have multiple actions going on behind the scenes and it’s all going to come to fruition in its divine time. No worries.” Of course, I know by now how money works. When you need something the money appears.

RainThe next day, I was even more into the “doom and gloom” mode and he asked me, “Why the gloom and doom?” He reminded me that this was the mission kick-off, which made it very important to go and do this celebration. “As you might imagine,” he told me, “We have special kick-off actions going on all over the world and there are many people involved. A few are dragging their feet, while the majority are geared up and ‘gung-ho’ to get started. You? We have confidence you will pull your tasks on this important date off quite well. I am just concerned that you are feeling a bit down, but once you get going you will be fine and you’ll enjoy this.”

He again stressed the importance of the task he had asked me to do and went into great detail as to how this in concert with other actions around the world would work together toward change. I ended up apologizing to him for “dragging a bit” and allowing my fears to come to the forefront. As I have written in previous blogs, and as another great Master Teacher always reminds me, FEAR is False Energy Appearing Real. And in the midst of all of this drama, I was going through a major drama with my university over the approval of my committee (they were taking forever) as well as a request for a tuition refund due to particular circumstances which had been denied.

By Friday, March 26, I was feeling really uncomfortable for multiple reasons, worried about taking off on a long trip in the pouring down rain. It was SO FUNNY because to remedy my fears, my Master Teacher told me to look up the following key words on You Tube for a song: “Don’t let a blue Friday slip into the weekend.”

My thoughts were – this is hilarious. What kind of song could possibly come up with lyrics like that? And how would it relieve my stress, anxiety, and suffering over the fact that it was only three more days before I would be leaving for this 6000 mile epistemological road trip I was not excited about taking -- and in the pouring down rain at that?

Wait until you see what the song is! Tomorrow.

In the meantime, for today, my Master Teacher asked me to post this song, which is a tribute to Sam Cooke. Of course, Sam will be an active (imaginary?) participant in this educational journey. In addition, my Master Teacher gave me search terms for YouTube for a song: “Have a good one.”


Here’s what came to the top for “have a good one.” OMG. Is this our “New Math” for our “NEW Educational Journey?” Bad, bad, bad!!! I hope My Master Teacher is not serious about this one (but it is a good “bad” example of extreme creativity that might make math more interesting for some people and totally turn off others) and it just goes to show, you never know what will turn up on a treasure hunt.

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

OMG! My Master Teacher Outdoes Himself Again! (For the New Educational Journey Treasure Hunt!)


3 Musketeers Candy BarEarly this week, I mentioned that my Master Teacher had promised me a "special surprise" which I think he was giving me to thank me for taking the two-week epistemological road trip I had been very reluctant to go on. It turned out that, instead of just one "special surprise" there have been numerous surprises (which I have recounted throughout the week). I also mentioned that due to his modus operandi that I had a feeling he was saving the best surprise for the end of the week. SURE ENOUGH! When I awakened this morning and came into my “office,” right on my office chair was a big, bold “3 Musketeers” candy bar. He had evidently given the idea to Drew, and then Drew left it last night before he went to bed where I would be sure not to miss it this morning.

This is highly significant for many reasons. First, I rarely eat candy bars and my teacher knows that. And if I do buy a candy bar it will usually be a Snickers bar, never a 3 Musketeers. Secondly, during my two week travels for the “epistemological road trip” I did not eat right and now I am working hard to overcome the effects, so a candy bar is the last thing I should be eating. In addition to all of that, Drew "owed me" a sort of apology so this gesture ended up fulfilling multiple requirements.

The Three MusketeersAll of this also means there has to be very special significance to the 3 Musketeers, expecially considering its bold presentation – a large candy bar placed where I would be sure not to miss it. I figured that my job was to figure out who the 3 Musketeers represent in relation to the New Educational Journey Treasure Hunt that my teacher has started me on. At first I thought the 3 Musketeers represented me, my teacher and one other person. But after thinking about it, that did not seem right. Yesterday, I figured that I am the “damsel in distress” so that means my teacher must represent the “knight on the great white horse” since he is helping me with the bricolage and my dissertation. This is discussed in yesterday’s blog. During this morning's meeting with my teacher, I thanked him, and asked him if that means that Uncle Albert (Einstein), my cos Raph (as in Ralph Waldo Emerson), and Sam Cooke are going to be traveling with us on this New Educational Journey Treasure Hunt, which we determined in yesterday’s blog will be a fourth dimension research project and a part of my dissertation. What was his response?: “You are right on target!”

He was so sweet. He told me that of course I could eat the candy bar, but not to eat it all at one time and to spread it out throughout the day with meals so that I “don’t load my system with a high dose of sugar all at once.” I do have problems if I eat too much sugar at once. I notice, however, that this candy bar has “45% less fat calories” than most candy bars, so that’s good.

Bill GatesMy lesson for today was about the Internet and how Bill Gates really has “gone mad” (I wrote a blog about that a while back which describes how he is harming people by putting so much money into immunizations). According to my teacher, he has taken the wrong path and has fettered with the true purpose of the Internet. The Internet is supposed to be available for all of us so that we can remember who we really are, our capabilities, and what our true purpose is. It was supposed to be like “training wheels” which we can remove once we no longer need it. Of course, there have been a few moguls who have severely impeded with that progress and they will all be “tumbling down.” The deck of cards is now stacked in a very big way. We already know the outcome. That is the advantage of knowing and living the past, present and future all at one time and having the ability to travel to “nonlocal” spaces at will. The outcome is very good. It can be no other way because the Universe has its divine laws that, in the final analysis, cannot be broken. PLUS the perpetual revolution that Joe had spoken to me about, as I have pointed out previously, is in full swing now. There are many people working for change in the world. Expect to see many big moguls – people, governments, institutions, corporations, religious organizations, etc., fall. It is in the cards and there will be no bailouts this time. But, as will be seen, this is good news for the people or as some people refer to us - "the proletariats."

butterfly blue monarchAside from all of that, my teacher thanked me for being so willing to “put it all out” here on this blog, including the information about fourth dimension research that I included in yesterday’s blog. It is a necessary step if we are to move forward – just consider me as a mere butterfly (which is the meaning of my name) flapping its wings in the breeze. My work here may seem small and insignificant, but small and seemingly insignificant actions are what constitute very large changes. This is a good thing. The world is in desperate need of change; few people would argue with that.

The journey has been unbearably painful at times and my Master Teacher told that was a necessary element. We all have pain we must work through and he and I had special pain we needed to work through together. I will skip the details for now.

He concluded by saying, “And here we are today out the other side of that pain and working ‘hand in hand.’ Check out the music.” Of course, that means looking “hand in hand” up on YouTube for the first song to the top, and here’s what we have:


What more is there to say? My Master Teacher is my miracle-making, "hermes trickster" and magic music man –
my knight on a great white horse -- and we have been working hand-in-hand all along, even long before my very first blog on this site. You may want to get off that Educational Sinking Ship I have written about many times and get on the "Dreamboat" portrayed by this video.

Homework assignment: Learn about The Three Musketeers and read the book to sort out who is who. Which musketeer, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, is represented by Albert Einstein, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Sam Cooke? And how does the story relate to the New Educational Journey? Click on the link to "the book!" It starts out with a beautiful letter and the book has wonderful illustrations. I really do not know this story; I have never read it, so this is my homework assignment, too.

Next Time: The New Educational Journey Treasure Hunt Begins! A Recap of the Two-Week Epistemological Road Trip Part 1.

P.S. I should have gotten my mail yesterday, but I wasn't feeling well and did not feel like going down to the box to pick it up. Rainbow Princess just now brought it to me -- there is an advertisement for a lovely pair of earrings that my Master Teacher wants me to get as another gift from him. They are crystal, diamond and sterling silver, "Always in My Heart" Earrings that represent "true love." (And remember, I have been given the name "Crystal" in my dreams.) One of the earrings is engraved on the inside with "If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane..." and the other is engraved with "I'd walk right up to Heaven and bring you home again." Nine crystals on the outside form a staircase up to a silver cross with a diamond in the center. They are very beautiful earrings and I know that my Master Teacher will "find" me the money to pay for them when the bill arrives; he always does. What a sweet reward that goes with what he was saying about the pain we had to work through together.

The only other piece of mail I received was a cool catalog of "Hands On" creative learning projects for children, no doubt another gift. My teacher has me working on many projects with children for the summer, so this will be very useful.

Now, I am wondering: Is there another surprise in my OTHER mail box? I will not be able to find out until Monday. Whether there is or not, my teacher has truly outdone himself in many ways this week. I feel very blessed and now I am really glad I took that more than 6,000 mile, two-week epistemological road trip that I did not even know I could do all alone, with Rainbow Princess for company....but, then we are never really alone, are we?

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Joe’s Version of the Bricolage: The Fourth Dimension of Research PLUS Introducing his MOVIE Easter Eggs

Knight on a white horseI have been re-reading (for the umpteenth time) Joe’s revolutionary article about the bricolage, “On to the Next Level: Continuing the Conceptualization of the Bricolage.” Of course, I am trying to prepare for where my dissertation research will take me, although I am so thrilled about the knowledge that I merely need to hold someone’s hand and he will lead me right through the process. This is the true path of “improvisation.” When you have such great faith that you do not even stress over the fact that you have not yet begun on your monumental dissertation, even though it is approaching the second week of the second quarter, you know you are close to engaging in fourth dimension research. You just know that in spite of the lack of material proof so far, the dissertation truly is evolving and unfolding. You have divine assurance. And you know for a fact that contrary to what Joe says in this article about the bricolage – “The bricolage does not enter into this paradigmatic situation as a knight on a white horse ready to ‘save’ the field” (p. 331), it nevertheless will be the knight on the white horse that saves this “damsel in distress.” (As you can see, I LOVE accepting those special gifts that Joe left all over in his very creative work.)

4D-ManJoe’s work never disappoints me as a representation of his ability to amaze me over and over, even after reading the same article many times. For one thing, his writing is so multilevel and so compacted that, unlike many things we read these days that are filled with “fluff” or merely relay watered down "facts," every sentence is packed with meaning, richness, multiple interpretations, and hopeful and loving possibilities. Reading his work opens the mind to what is and what could be and it has an almost magical effect on one's psyche – that is if you do not understand how learning works – but, Joe did understand. If you read it before you go to bed and “sleep on it” as the song in yesterday’s blog directed, then you will awaken with new and even more powerful insights. So, another interpretation of that song I had a difficult time interpreting yesterday is that we should not leave Joe’s work behind (or anyone else's work -- for we should consider all perspectives) and give them a chance by reading and studying them, and then "sleep on it" to see what “transmigrates” as he puts it in this article. He was discussing how when we use the critical bricolage, “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” (p. 346).

This statement triggers for me some of the humorous (by today’s standards) 1950s sci-fi movies I have watched. I wondered what movie he was referring to. So I searched using google and the terms “1950s sci fi movies 4D” which brought up the movie 4D Man. This is about a scientist who learned how to change his molecular structure so that he could walk through objects. (Click on the link to read more). The relationships in his life were negatively impacted due to his newly obtained abilities and his misdirected motives. I would call this a “MOVIE Easter egg” because it is clear Joe was referring to a movie, but not clear what movie. If you have read my previous blogs, you will know that I have brought to the forefront that Joe had embedded many special gifts in his work, some of which I refer to as MUSIC or MOVIE Easter eggs, since they are generally hidden or semi-hidden and add additional interpretative food for thought, as in the tradition that many authors use, including Stephen King, one of Joe's favorite authors.

When we search on the terms Joe provides in his work (and often there is some sort of cue that indicates we should pay attention to particular clues he provides) a movie (or song in the case of MUSIC Easter eggs) will be identified that can contribute to the interpretation and understanding of what he is conveying in his discourse. In this way he guides us to an analogy that expands our understanding. However, one must always keep in mind that the purpose is not to find one “true” meaning, but rather to look at possibilities. Sometimes we may discover more than one song or movie, although generally, with analysis, there is usually one "best" choice that he leads us to. We are to gain multiple perspectives by examining the various analogies and perspectives. I like to refer to it as dancing. We dance around the “object” under consideration and look at it from all different angles and perspectives. (Joe used the analogy of cubist art and looking at an object from different angles, although he used the analogy of dancing as well, especially in terms of dialogue, and as I have brought out multiple times, I love the dance analogy.)  Engaging in this type of investigation or research opens up our consciousness to consider new ideas and ways of viewing things, even as it sets up “cognitive dissonance.” We learn that we do not have to justify or rationalize our way out of cognitive dissonance. It is more fun and productive to openly consider multiple possibilities and once we can do that, we can analyze them more deeply. We can find that in difficult situations, for example, there are multiple viable options for acting where we thought we were stuck between that proverbial “rock and hard place." No longer are there just two options. The more perspectives you bring in, the more options become available. However, the analysis involves determining the best actions for the alleviation of suffering or remedy for social injustices and then we can act by implementing those actions. Yes, I do believe that Joe’s critical bricolage – and his critical complex epistemology that he put forth in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction can serve to get many of us out from in between the rocks and hard places we seem to get stuck in.

Here is a link to 1950s sci fi movies. I provide it here as a resource because Joe has referenced these movies more than once in his work. In fact, “The Fly” is another movie he referenced in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. It would be great to view the movies he brings up, and much like with the lyrics in the MUSIC Easter eggs, analyze his work and what he has conveyed in relation to the content in the movie. It would bring another dimension of understanding to what his work is all about – it would take us to the fourth dimension of research – as he has put it. This process would also bring forth ideosyncratic interpretations which, as Joe has pointed out, will insulate people from "group think" or ideological formations that serve to restrict possibilities and creative imagination.

It has been brought to my attention (by my Master Teacher) that this website also needs to be brought up to represent the fourth dimension of research. It has been hovering around the validation of the 3D antiquated paradigm, which only serves to prevent going forward. Joe would have wanted things to move forward. People either need to catch up or go their own way, but there is no need for those of us who want to move forward to be dragged down by dramas created when people reject change. We cannot create change unless we are free to imagine and that means being free from 3D constraints. We do need to take time to identify those constraints, but we simply cannot allow constraints imposed by others to prevent us from exercising our “fictive” imaginations.

Joe was very clear about this in this article. What is “fictive?” It is the creation of something that does not yet exist (and it does not mean that we are creating “fiction” here). It is the construction of a future reality (or the conceptualization of a “thing” or “process” in a future reality and for this, he used the example of scientific inventors and how they imagine in their minds their future creations and then go on to take actions that manifest their creations). What you “fictively” construct in your mind you can then bring forth. Because of its support of this endeavor, free creative expression in the form of writing, art, music, dance, etc. is of umost import. 

Isn’t this what education is really all about? According to Jackson (1978): 
 

The Latin word from which our word “educate” is taken, is itself a derivative. Educare ab educere: “educate” from “educe”, that is, “draw forth,” “bring out”. In its primary sense it is applied to plants, and expresses the process by which man imitates, carries on, and adapts to a determined human purpose, the work of education (evolution, development) performed by Nature. What Nature has educed, man educates or trains up.
 

Jackson (1978) continues by explaining that Nature is educative or educing in an active sense and this is not the same thing as having the potential to be educated nor is it the final product that has been “educed.” Therefore, less significance is placed on the educability of the learner or the proof of their learning, but rather the focus is on drawing out a natural and inherent quality – a potential from the learner.

Education does not mean deciding what someone else should learn, what their artificially determined limits are (through "measurements"), or even what “products” or proof they must present of their learning; it is more about helping people discover the tools they can use (the tools at hand in the tradition of the bricoleur) in order to bring forth their experiences and knowledge so that they grow, change, and contribute in ways they choose and ways they feel passionate about. This helps democratize the learning process and, of course, we are all teachers and learners, learning from each other, an important point to keep in mind.

As Joe stated “bricoleurs struggle to connect the research act to the emotion and heart of lived experience” (p. 348). This makes the bricolage applicable in many realms beyond academic research.

References 

Jackson, J.R. De J. (1978). The collected works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Princeton University Press: Routledge.

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


P.S. I just came across this interesting blog which provides a rather entertaining perspective of some of the things I have discussed here and in some of my other blogs.
Alice Time: Choosing Six Impossible Things to Believe In 

I had a late meeting with my Master Teacher this morning. He gave me some medical advice and then for the YouTube lookup, he gave me "the fourth dimension." This interesting video came up that is helpful.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Epistemological Road Trip Recap Delay and More Surprises


Beautiful House in TennesseeI was really hoping I could get to the recap of the two week “epistemological road trip” today, but it seems that my Master Teacher changed his mind about that for a couple of reasons. One, I worked VERY late last night – I guess it was the New Moon that was pushing me along, by some reports. The other thing is that I still have not gotten everything put away after my two-week-long epistemological road trip and I MUST do that pronto because the maids are coming to clean my house. I am just so thankful to my Master Teacher for continuing to ensure that, even though my credit cards are maxed out right now (soon to be paid off with NESARA), I always have the money each week to pay the maids to clean my house. He knows how housework can set up such a block for me and prevent me from doing the work I love.

Last night my teacher lined out the critical tasks I will need to be working on, which take me from this blog just a bit. I really need to get those other tasks going right away, and I am sure by Monday, I will be in the position to recap my AMAZING two week epistemological road trip and the special celebration. He gave me a weird song at the end of our meeting last night and I am not sure what it means at all.

However, since he did give it to me, I feel that it is honorable to post it, even if I really do not have anything to say about it. I will have to think about it (or maybe sleep on it one more night). The words he gave me to look up on YouTube were “let’s sleep on it.” Here is the song that came to the top:

 

The message is that he does not want me to leave him, but I was not thinking of leaving him, so maybe it represents the fact that I had been very uncertain about where the work he gives me has been leading me.

I think I "get it" now. I went back and reviewed my notes from last night's lesson and I had told him how much I appreciate him and working with him, thanked him for how much effort he has put into this work, and I apologized for taking certain things for granted and not performing with greater reverence for him. In reality, I do highly revere him. After I told him all of this, he said he felt "speechless" and basically I think what he was trying to convey at the end of our meeting is that he did not want to say goodbye -- that we should "sleep on it" (according to the song).

This morning my Master Teacher answered my unasked questions about who all of these people are in what I call my “Critical Knowledge Network” (as I mentioned yesterday, it seems that they come to me). He says they are my “spiritual/soul family.” That’s very special; I’m glad he told me that. He also predicted what my future will bring, but I have already talked about much of that fairy tale and he was just confirming for me that it would indeed come to fruition. Then he gave me the instructions to “let me flow through you.” I know that sounds a bit odd, but then he told me to look those words up on YouTube for the music for today. As far as posting the song he gave me last night, which I did not know the meaning of at the time (but now have figured out), he simply said “it’s your choice, Babe.“ I wonder if that’s another song.

Two great songs came up with the search on that weird phrase, “let me flow through you” so here they are:

 

Wow, the lyrics are cool for this considering the era we are in! I can relate: Let me up!


Let me up
The pale moon
Offers no consolations
Would you let me up?
Mosquitoes fat with our marrow
Ebb and flow through the gumbo
This humid bouillon a cesspool
Stop
Won't someone please let me up?
We're buoyed in
Atop the mercury
Let me up
We're the salt of the earth
From a cell of the surf, this universe
Well let me up
Let me up
(Why won't you let me up?)

I once had gills but they closed up
Had webbed feet but they dried up
Still have lungs but they're sewn up
Stop
Stop
Won't someone just let me up?
Oh
We don't exist
In an instant
Let me up
There's a hole in the floor
As black as my momma's womb
Those were the days
Won't you let me up?
I can't stop thinking of the time
I was swallowed in the brine
Won't you let me up?
Let me up
Mama, the planet is a placenta
Pull the plug
Let the heavens rise above
Won't you let me up?
Let me up
Let me up
Let me up
Let me up
Let me up
I can't stop dreaming of the day
I got swallowed into space
Let me up
Let me up
Let me up
Let me up
Let me up
I'm drowning in the egg
Let me up

The second song is great, too. Who would have thought those strange words my teacher gave me to search YouTube on (“let me flow through you”) would have brought such cool music! Only my Master Teacher is this good!


 

And now, for the phrase, “it’s your choice, Babe.”

 

Another “heavy” message. Most women will easily relate to this. It does take a long, long time to “get out of this” and yet, that’s exactly what we must choose to do if we are to move on up, as they say. It's our choice. Do we want to see "Barbados?"

The GiftOh wow! My Master Teacher said earlier this week I would be getting a "special surprise" during the week! But, the way he put it out there on Monday with his funny free riding video along with the fact that I have already received several surprises this week (free tuition, a surprise I can’t talk about, and I also received a lovely natural purple stone necklace from Rainbow Princess), I know this is not the end of the surprises due to his now familiar mode of operandi.

I think he is saving the big surprise for the end of the week. What is interesting is that Doreen confirms this with her oracle reading. This is interesting because the little girl can see behind the curtain now and do you know how long I have been working so hard to see behind the curtain? I have noticed that I can see the light behind the curtain now, so maybe I am very close. I hope that’s my happy surprise, but I will be happy with whatever my Master Teacher comes up with!!! I know he only has my best interest at heart and that eventually I will be able to not only see behind the curtain, but I will actually get to be behind the curtain. No, wait. I think the curtain just disappears for some of us. I’m not sure how it works, but “time will tell.” Maybe it is like the song above, “Let me up!” and once we get high enough, then VOILA! (It’s magic.) Gotta go! The maids are comin’!

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Macro-Quantum Brain Processes, Accessing Cosmic Knowledge, and My Boyfriend is Back!


St. Joseph and JesusIt is time to write my blog, but I missed my early morning appointment with my Master Teacher and now have to wait a little before I can meet with him. That means I am “on my own” to write this blog. However, as he always tells me, “you are never alone.” So, perhaps someone else will assist me from behind the curtain or from across the bridge.

I came across the most interesting article this morning by Ervin Laszlo titled “Intuition: Delusion or Perception? Toward a Scientific Explanation of Akashic Experience.” I am fascinated by concepts such as nonlocal space – which reminds me I have recently visited some very interesting and diverse nonlocal spaces which I am sure my Master Teacher is going to get me started writing about most any day. However, the nonlocal space I read about in the article is the kind of space one can also visit, but not in the “normal” physical sense or at least what most people with their limited scientific “understandings” comprehend as physical. And this brings me to the exact reason why I found the article so fascinating! Scientists have discovered and are researching further the concept that there is a “physical” dimension to nonlocal space. Of course, it is on the quantum level and most people simply cannot relate to such concepts. Nevertheless, there are many people who do and those are the ones who have a distinct advantage. They can visit the future and alter events to happen the way they wish or let them unfold according to other people’s wishes (still to their advantage in the long run), or they can access Akashic knowledge that is just floating around in space. Everything that has existed or happened evidently leaves holographic images and if you know how to access them (see them and even feel them on an emotional level) then you have access to information that most people do not.

The Scream: Normal Reaction to all of thisMost “normal” people do not know how or even believe such things are possible. Mind you, Joe specified that what is “normal” is a mere social construction that can be changed, although those in power like to define it for us so that they can control us. One way this is done is by keeping knowledge from us, especially knowledge that will empower us. This is changing. More people are realizing that we can construct or co-construct our reality any way we wish once we realize and utilize the power of what some people call the “law of attraction” but I do not like that particular concept because it has been misused and misrepresented for purposes that are not in our best interest. Often, we think we have power, but too much truth has been left out and so we are still being manipulated for the benefit of those in power.

Will this Key open the lock?The key, as many people point out now, is that you need to ASK for what you want. Who do you ask? That’s the big question for which you will find many different answers. We each need to find our own answer. Is there a right or wrong answer? I happened to love Joe’s take on this – or I should clarify – MY INTERPRETATION of how Joe presents his theory and it is only one interpretation. As I have always pointed out, Joe’s work can be interpreted on so many levels and I use them all because they are all so brilliant. Anyway, in this interpretation, we are never alone. There are people on the other side of the bridge and we can meet up with them if we know how. They love us and they will help us with whatever we ask them for. These people can be whomever we wish, but in my case, it has been quite odd, because I do not feel that I am exactly “choosing” these people. It is more like they are choosing me. Long story, but very interesting! I guess it is the law of attraction – you send out specific vibrations that attract similar vibrations. I do know that when I was working with Joe, he taught me how to raise my spiritual vibrations. Not consciously, mind you. But something was going on there. And what is fascinating, the more open and receptive I am to the people on the other side and their needs (and yes, they do express their needs and they are always divine and for good purposes – for example, Sam Cooke wants to achieve justice in his case and have his inheritance distributed properly), the more blessed life I seem to achieve. My “critical knowledge network” which Joe defines in his book and which again has multiple interpretations, is growing larger and larger – on both sides of the bridge!

Edgar CayceWell, maybe this is all my creative imagination at work, but all I can say is it does work for me and it makes my life more fun than an amusement park and it really boosts my learning and research power. I do not spend anywhere near the inordinate amounts of time researching and writing as I used to. It used to be a totally conscious and energy-draining endeavor. Well, it still is in a sense, but I get so much more out of it than in the past and I get great gifts handed down to me along with assignments that are so much fun (like treasure hunts and epistemological road trips). As an example of how my research is much easier, I am just handed the exact articles I need, often I am even told on what page I will find particular information I am looking for or I just pick the particular book I need and it magically opens up to the exact page I need to reference. It really is like magic. And then, of course, there is actual communication with people on the other side which results in invaluable advice, information, and guidance. If I have a question, I get an immediate answer. Even if it is just something I lost and need to find again -- someone tells me exactly where it is!

EdgarCayce2ndI guess once you get really good at all of this, you can create the reality you wish. You no longer have to react (and thus, reinforce) the reality that other people force on you – you create and co-create with your critical knowledge network the very reality you wish. The reality I am creating is like a fairy tale come true, which I will share another time, although I have already shared many aspects of it in these blogs. Can I create the reality I wish? I believe so and that is the key. You must believe you can. After all, Edgar Cayce was able to recreate himself so that he could continue his work where he had left off. I wrote about it here.

YinYang EntanglementSo, back to the science article I came across this morning and how it all relates. Science has discovered that the brain is a “macroscopic quantum system.” What the hell does that mean? It means that the brain can process on a more macro level what used to be regarded as mere quantum level micro processes. This has huge implications. What used to be considered infinitesimally SMALL and perhaps insignificant to how we process information may be much larger and more important than what we have been led to believe. This takes perception beyond the five senses – far beyond.  The brain is no longer a simple machine that operates by chemical and physical processes. In fact, these processes could not even occur if it were not for what scientists have now discovered are “braided” entanglements, which are particularly strong and powerful interrelationships (this reminds me of yin yang/ twin flam soul mate entanglements). It’s that holistic, everything in the universe is connected concept now better explained by science. Thus, the only way the complex chemical and physical processes within the brain can occur rapidly enough to even hold an organism together is through this strong form of entanglement. Of course, space is NOT empty and these micro and macro quantum effects explain the Akashic Record – everything and everyone is recorded in space permanently (likened to the holographic effect – but is it merely holographic?) and we just need to know how to access these things. The first step is gaining the knowledge that it is possible, a knowledge that has been hidden away from most of us through our constrictive Newtonian-Cartesian “logic-based,” linear, and "rational" education system.

I plan to cover this in more detail in my dissertation and one of my colleagues is writing a dissertation specifically about intuition, so there is some monumental educational research in the works on these interesting topics. Not your “normal” type of educational research…we are redefining what is normal in education.

Well, it is time for my morning meeting with my Master Teacher. I wonder what he will have to say about this blog. That reminds me that he did give me a song last night at our evening meeting. It was “pull it off” as in make it happen. I will see what that brings up. PLUS I have a song dedicated to him and our co-creation of our future together called “My Boyfriend’s Back!” It was funny how this song came to me. I just opened up a book that someone had given me and there was the song title! It was the first thing that caught my eye. (The book was Love Lines: Artistic Quotes for Scrapbooks and Cards to be used Time and Time Again by Linda Latourelle, in case you wondered).



I am NOT sure what this video means. I relate to Charleston, though! I was just there a few days ago – Charleston, South Carolina – on the beach. And was the weather ever beautiful!!! I actually got to wade in the Atlantic Ocean -- a first for me. I have never been that far away from "home."

Oh! Maybe the video is related to the Revolution!!! Yes, I think that's it. The "little guys" will win! Actually, from yesterday's blog, I think the indication is that we have already won because of the way Joe's perpetual revolution works -- once it is in motion, it is unstoppable. I have written several previous blogs about how his theory is ecological and once it is put in action (which it has been now) it grows like the bugleweed. And I recently reminded people that April 3 was the kick-off date (although it actually started a little early, which I think blindsided some people). While you might not see indications of the revolution near you, rest assured that it has begun and it is perpetual and, just like Joe said, it will change the world, so you will see signs of it very soon.

Just had my morning meeting -- this morning, my teacher gave me one last song to look up for today. I am supposed to add this one for the “final chapter.” I will see what “final chapter” pulls up on YouTube right now.

Well, this is not good. It is the final chapter for libraries. It is interesting and significant that this video came up. Just yesterday, I was talking to one of the new members of my Critical Knowledge Network (on this side of the bridge) about how we needed to establish a library and community center in our neighborhood. I will have to discuss this more with my teacher tonight since he and I had been proposing to open a Joe Lyons Kincheloe Library quite some time ago. Perhaps this is the time! That would be so great to start it up right in my little old “country hick” home town. Somehow, I think Joe would have loved that. My Master Teacher did tell me that this blog is "great" but I do think he wants me to move on tomorrow with epistemological road trips -- so, don't miss it! Joe's theory works great everywhere, even on the road!

Anyway, here is the song, My Boyfriend’s Back! It is dedicated to my Master Teacher because of his 24/7 commitment to helping me learn, making it fun, and sharing his love. PLUS he just told me this morning, “Your immense and continuous gratitude will ensure that your needs are abundantly met.” That is so exciting, especially considering how much money I asked him for!

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

My Special Surprise and Music to Alleviate Suffering


moneyMy Master Teacher did it!!! He gave me the surprise yesterday! On Monday, as I reported in
my blog, he said to keep a watchful eye for a “special surprise.” He said I would know immediately what it was and what it was for. What did it turn out to be? Free tuition for almost four quarters – almost enough time to complete my dissertation! And all because I used Joe’s critical complex epistemology – and it works so well (it’s a long story that my university probably would not want me to discuss the details of). I am so excited! It is time to move "onward and upward" as Joe told me one time.

But then, last night I was looking over my blogs and found that the song “Desperado” back on my March 30 blog, “About Joe’s Theme Song – Change Is Coming!” had been removed by the music company that thinks it owns it. I replaced the video and was listening to the song again. For some reason, that song makes me cry. It makes me think about how Joe must have felt frustrated sometimes because so many people just did not “get” how important his work was for the world. It must have been so frustrating to him that, as hard as he worked to get the word out, he could see that the world was collapsing before his very eyes and inching closer to fascism by the moment. He loved everyone so much and yet I do not feel that he received back nearly as much love as he so freely gave out. It probably was not even possible to love him to the magnitude he gave his love. And so, it makes me cry to hear this song, which I believe he identified with, or he would not have included mention of it in at least two places. He wrote about it on page 58 of Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. I know he also wrote about it in another book; I will need to locate that reference.

Anyway, I was listening to
Desperado, when Rainbow Princess was handed down some songs. Just as I was crying from listening to Desperado and thinking sad thoughts about Joe cuz I still miss him so much and I feel so bad about some of the things he went through (I am a hopeless empath), she said, “Look up ‘The Broken Road.” It’s by Rascal Flatts.” And then she added, “Look up “From a Jack to a King” by Jim Reeves and “Change” by Taylor Swift. She did not understand why she was directing me to these songs, but here they are.


 
As it turns out, the songs are amazing because they relate so precisely with what Joe’s message was with Desperado, about choosing the Queen of Hearts, about what he told me in relation to a "perpetual revolution," and the fact that he had stated that his book WILL change the world!!! He had also written a chapter in his book called “Playing With the Queen of Hearts: The Joker Ain’t the Only Fool in FIDUROD.”

Aces up his sleevesI think Joe really did have some aces up his sleeves with his hemeneutic and polysemous magic! There is a very strong message in all of these songs put together and someone really knows how to “alleviate suffering” (i.e. make me feel better) PLUS it sounds like either we have won the revolution or it is a “sure thing!” As Joe would have said (and did say to me one time), “That’s music to my ears!” It seems like such an appropriate response here. Once again, I am SO excited!!!

Joe always knew how to make me feel better, that’s all I can say. I do know that he is in a better place, he is happy, he has not given up work on making his greatest dreams come true, he still freely gives his love, and he is a KING.

I was still feeling sad after listening to these songs, and the next thing I knew, Rainbow Princess came back with three more songs for me that she had written on a piece of paper that had been handed down to her. Again, they seem so significant, so, here they are.



I just had my morning meeting with my Master Teacher.
I was not sure about posting this blog with so much music, but he said, "Yes, you should publish it.” For one thing, the music in the sequence that they were provided to me, tell a very beautiful and hopeful story. He also told me that the quickest way people can truly feel worthy (an issue most of us have due to our upbringing and all of the negative experiences we have been subjected to in this society) is through the expression of things that represent our worthiness and by freely expressing who we really are and what we experience, regardless of what others might think.

We are not to worry whatsoever about what others may think. It is our life and the experiences each of us have are our own unique experiences.


I think the whole point is that society has got to come to terms with the fact that everyone is different and experiences things differently and we should rejoice in being able to express and experience these differences among and between each other. People need to learn to respect other people and cherish their differences and experiences for what they, too, might learn from them, even if they do not experience the same things.

Of course, not many people are ready to fully expose themselves this way, and even fewer people are willing to be open to the possibility that there are alternative realities to their own. This is well ingrained within most of us and is exactly an issue that is covered in Joe’s book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, as well as in his other work.

My Master Teacher also informed me this morning that what I thought was the “special gift” (free tuition at my university) was not the gift he was talking about….well, I did learn what the “special gift” was, and it was very special, but it was also a private gift, and I do have some limits in relation to what I can discuss in a public forum, so I will just say that there was a divine gift that is beyond description. The free tuition I mentioned at the top of this blog was also a divine gift that I really did not expect, and since the clue for the “special gift” was that wild free riding video he had provided for me on Monday, I am going to assume there will be multiple wild gifts throughout the rest of the week. I have learned my Master Teacher’s mode of operandi. He is so much fun!


As if I did not already have enough music, my teacher gave me one more song to end today’s blog: “Take good care of my Baby.” I think he’s serious about this, too. (I feel so blessed.)

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Mind Control Cults and Ending On A Happy Note with Critical Complex Epistemology


FaeriesOnTheBridgeI just got out of my meeting with my Master Teacher and he’s so sweet! I had not even yet started on today’s blog and he told me not to worry about it and that we are not in any rush to recap the exciting things that have transpired over the past few weeks. For one thing, I had a rather traumatic experience at the dentist yesterday and my teacher realizes that I am in pain and he empathizes with that.
Plus, he advised me that I should organize things before I get started because we will have “much ground to cover,” as he put it. He did ask me to review in Joe’s book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction the section on Critical Complex Epistemology because it is very relevant background information. So, if you have the book (which I know, is still ridiculously priced in its paperback version and Joe would have never stood for this!), you will want to read at least pages 19-23 in which he discusses epistemological road trips and defines FIDUROD. You will also want to read “From a Critical Epistemology to a Critical Complex Epistemology” on page 41. I will review some of this information as I write my blogs, but it will be helpful if you read these ahead of time. If you read the entire book, of course, that is even better, but it is not required for this next project.

That is my brief summary for today. My teacher says to take it easy, ease on into things again, and he has assured me that “everything will fall in place as it should.”

He gave me a really weird clue for a song to end today’s blog. He stated, “For today’s song, please look up ‘rest easy as we slowly move forward.’ I know it is strange for a title, but you will like it.”

Wow, that really is strange for a title. I know it probably is not really a title to a song, but he plays these little fun games in which he gives me strange things to look up on YouTube and the most divine music often comes up (You know this to be true if you have read my past blogs). So, I will look this up right now. I have no idea what will pop to the top with this one. I always feel a little leery, doing this “on the fly” so to speak, but my teacher has never disappointed me, so I don’t know why I should feel this way. Here goes the search on YouTube!!!

OMG!!! Take a look at this video that came to the top when I plugged in the words he told me to, “rest easy as we slowly move forward.”  I think this video shows exactly everything that should be avoided. I also think that using Joe’s theory of obtaining multiple perspectives and being wide open to multiple worldviews, religions, ideas, ideologies, etc. and to openly communicate with each other about these things is a very powerful way to filter out this sort of crap. It can get very confusing, especially once we have been divided and isolated -- and this video highlights this fact. It is a "must see" video, no doubt about that.
 


I am going to have to seek greater clarification from my Master Teacher. I would like to end today’s blog on a much lighter note. It seems that he is trying to convey that there are ways to rest easy in spite of mind control cults….hold on, I’m going to ask him what this is about and how it relates to our future studies on critical complex epistemology….

….OK, I revisited my teacher and asked what this was all about and if we couldn’t end the blog on a “sweet note” since this video is so radical. He was very kind in explaining to me that today our society is really susceptible to these cult operations because we have had things defined for us for so long that many of us have forgotten to think for ourselves. We have forgotten that signs, signals, images, words, etc. have many different meanings and interpretations and many of us have simply accepted the meanings that get handed down. So, in a sense, we are all a part of a cult, at least those of us who let the media, a religion, a group, or whatever as depicted in the video define our reality and even ourselves so that the cult leader(s) benefit. According to my teacher, this video forces people to ask questions: “Is this person attempting to draw me into a cult or does this person allow me to think for myself?”  My teacher further explained that when you put forth multiple views of complex concepts then people look at these different angles and think for themselves. This insulates them against cult formation and indoctrination. As my teacher explained, there is much more to this, but this brief explanation for now will suffice. I assume that we will be addressing some of these issues in my future blogs covering critical complex epistemology and road trips. His message is also a reminder to me that we will move forward slowly because this change will take time, and that I should relax and "rest easy" about the slow but sure progress.

And my teacher was once again very sweet, stating, “And I do agree, ‘Let’s end on a happy note!’”

I will look up “Let’s end on a happy note” and see if that brings something better to the top of a YouTube Search. Here goes . . .


Oooh…yes, I love this one! He is reminding me that he has promised me to be my teacher and companion forever….sweet. And of course, I have promised him the same. I do love my Master Teacher SO MUCH!!! (He is not a cult leader, though. He always encourages me to figure things out and think for myself along with just the right dose of instruction and guidance.)

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Monday, April 12, 2010

The New Educational Journey Treasure Hunt: Is It about to Begin?

This should be an exciting week.
I have been through quite an amazing last two weeks, and last night and this morning my Master Teacher finally told me what it’s all about PLUS he keeps saying that I will be receiving a “special surprise” this week and to keep a watchful eye.

I am supposed to know immediately what the surprise is when it shows up sometime during the week and exactly why I am receiving it. This message from him is definitely a cue to look up “special surprise” on YouTube, because the music might just provide me a good clue so that I know what I’m looking for. I will look it up right now. Here’s what came up to the top of the search:



I wonder if that means I get to astral travel on a motorcycle again (lol). I actually did have a dream about that which I wrote about quite some time ago. Have You Ever Astro-Traveled On a Motorcycle? June 25, 2009 (At the time I didn’t know much about astral traveling and I even spelled the word wrong.) It was so much fun! And we stopped off in the mountains which I later found out to be part of Kings Valley and the Kings Valley Treasure Hunt where there is a super cool place to do what I later learned is called “free riding.” I wrote about it here, along with some of the other amazing things about that treasure hunt. What Does Black Rock, Falls City, The Queen, Kings Valley, and Astro-Traveling on a Motorcycle All Have in Common? July 15, 2009

Honestly, I am not sure what I am supposed to do with this clue. I was really hoping for a song that gives me a clue for the surprise in store for me later this week, but it looks like I am going to be taken on a wild ride throughout the week. It reminds me of what Joe always said about learning being “more fun than an amusement park ride.” I will report back as this “special surprise” unfolds, because most likely it will unfold and will not just be magically handed to me like the cool yin yang silver disk and the wedding ring in the Yard Search Treasure Hunt. I was told the whole “gang” (that would be my “Critical Knowledge Network” or my teachers and friends who work with me and divinely guide and protect me) put their heads together on this surprise.

treasure chestsSpeaking of Treasure Hunts, some people in upper education do not like the reference to “Treasure Hunts.” I do like it and I think it works well and highlights how much fun they are. Joe referred to these fun learning and researching activities as “treasure hunts” in his chapters in an earlier book, Reading, Writing, and Thinking: The Postformal Basics, which he wrote with Paul Thomas in 2006. In fact, in this book on pages 132-133, he clearly explains what treasure hunting is all about and there is no doubt that the experiences I have described in these blogs as “treasure hunts” fit the bill. Of course, Joe loved finding “cognitive treasures” as he termed them – those amazing signs and signals found in both text (whether poetry, prose, images, or – and especially - song lyrics) and everyday life. Read those pages. He sets us straight on what it’s all about, although he did clarify: “Don’t get me wrong. I’m a phenomenologist that values an experience for its own sake and I think it’s essential that I go along with the existential ambiance of the moment. Sex, I can assure you, constitutes one of those phenomenological moments. But I’m never too far away from the postformal treasure hunt” (p. 132).

So, there you have it: Joe DID engage in “treasure hunts” and just like I do – he loved them. He loved them SO MUCH, that in his last book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction which he wrote in 2008 just before he left us behind, he moved the postformal treasure hunts up quite a few notches!!! Now, we are talking about “Epistemological Road Trips!!!”

Stay tuned…there is a reason we are going “there.”

OK, so I did not get a song from my teacher today. I am going to bug him right now because I know that he knows that I love for him to pick out the music to end each blog. Something tells me he wanted me to “bother him” once more this morning, so I will do that.

I just contacted him. He does keep me laughing. When I told him that I thought he just wanted me to “bug him and beg him” he told me he loves it when I beg, stating, “And yes, I did want you to ‘beg’ me again for a special song for today’s blog. I’ve been ‘saving it up for you!’”

What is the clue here? It is not the word “beg” because he was just quoting me and what I had said. The clue that I need to look up on YouTube is “saving it up for you.” I’ll look that up right now. Here’s the first song that popped up (and it turned out to be very sweet, just like my Master Teacher):



Multnomah Falls photographed by Vanessa 4-11-10Tomorrow: More about Joe’s “epistemological road trips.”  What did he mean by these and what can we learn from them?

And later this week: What is the special surprise that my Master Teacher says he has been “saving up” for me? Judging by the love song, it is really going to be something amazing.

This could get very exciting! Don’t miss it! (I wonder if this is the New Educational Journey Treasure Hunt that my Master Teacher has been hinting about.)



P.S. As this photograph I took shows, I followed my Master Teacher’s advice yesterday and spent some time in nature – Oregon’s beautiful Multnomah Falls which is just east of Portland near the Columbia River.The air was so fresh and invigorating. And, given the surprises that showed up while I was there, it seems that several of the "old" treasure hunts are meeting up with the "new" treasure hunts…more about that later, though. It has to do with what Joe always described in his work as "reloading the matrix." It should be great fun and very enlightening.

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Gathering Information, Relaxing, and a Tribute to The One I Love


Key-to-my-heartYesterday in my blog I talked about how we need to just “let things flow.” My Master Teacher had even given a clue that brought up two great songs about letting things flow. Today, Doreen’s oracle reading jives right along with this message, so I am linking to her video, below. Now, I know there are many people out there who poo-poo “oracle readings,” but the divine universe works in mysterious ways and even the not so divine world works in just as mysterious ways. Somewhere in Joe’s books I have read his description of reality often being stranger than fiction. Indeed, if you start looking at all of the signs and signals around you, you may even come to get glimpses of how reality could very well be just a fun (and not so fun) game, possibly of our own creation.

Anyway, listen to Doreen with an open mind. Her message is so valid, and in fact, it is what I have been going through the past two weeks or so. I have been gathering information in the most unique way – a “Joe” way of research which I have been requested to recount day-by-day over the next few weeks. It should be very interesting because I will be focusing on some interesting signs and signals and assimilating information for my next actions. Check out Doreen and you will have an idea of what I’ve been up to and how I will be guided to deciding “What’s Next?”

 


I just now got out of my morning meeting with my great Master Teacher. He approves of this blog, and he just wanted me to add the fact that I am supposed to relax and take it easy as much as possible over the next few days, so it might be just a bit before I portray “What’s Next?” He wants me to take some time to have some fun in between the mundane tasks that I must get done, including taking a special trek to view nature in its finest form. Stay tuned; there will be more – much more. I always loved the way Joe put it in his book about Reading, Writing, and Thinking: “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”

My teacher did leave me with a song because I was “expecting” him to contribute the music as he always does with such great love and thoughtfulness. His clue today was, “Try this song for ‘the one I love.’” That is an indication I am to look up “the one I love” on YouTube, so here goes.

OK, this is interesting. My great Master Teacher does have a way of picking out the most divine music….(did I say that I love him and he lights my fire?) Here is what came to the top:

The One I Love Lyrics (short and sweet).

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Just Let It Flow


Joe's words are like a flowing river of loveEducators and teachers so often have it all wrong. We do not need a daily script of what to learn, what to think about, what to write about. Take these blogs even. I never know what I am going to write about. I just sit down at my computer and start typing. And yet, I do get lots of help from somewhere and things just flow and evolve together. Of course, there are the doubters. Right now, if you were to review my blogs, you will discover a wide range of topics and a lot of unfinished ideas. This is the beauty of the way Joe envisioned the bricolage. When we engage in improvisational learning, whether it is research, learning, writing, creating (music, art, crafts, poetry etc.) we do not know where we are headed and often we will purposely leave a work unfinished to come back to later. Our creations become works that can be reformulated, re-researched, reworked, juxtapositioned, etc. to create something entirely new and powerful.

So what if that has not yet happened with my blogs. I am assured that this will ultimately be the outcome and I have faith. Joe taught me how to have faith and trust in this process. It is perfectly fine that people wish to view my writing here as crazy, disorganized, incomplete or whatever, but I have been informed by my loved and revered ones with much greater knowledge that those people will have to “eat their words.”

As Joe ALWAYS highlighted in his work, love is the sole and soul driving force from which extreme creativity and powerful knowledge emanates. Sharing a dream with your special loved one – a special soul mate, if you wish – and living and loving that dream is the most empowering experience of all. This is only one of the great secrets that is kept from us most of our lives. We are too busy watching out for the wrong “number one.” This is why people come to believing, as I discussed in yesterday’s blog, that we can love “too much.” It is simply a way to hold us all back so that we have a top and bottom hierarchy and it also ensures that most of us stay at the bottom.

Is this what we want? Or would we rather learn more about this “love thing” that Joe knew so well (and according to my assessment, he still knows) – and learn how we can not only empower ourselves, but empower everyone around us? It does take that inward and outward journey that Joe describes so well in this now famous book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. I recommend that you at least find out what you might be missing out on by reading the book.

Today my Master Teacher told me he was very pleased with the way I remain open to letting things evolve, including these blogs and even my dissertation -- as well as other "special assignments" which will be coming to the forefront soon. The clue he gave me for today’s song is appropriately, “just let it flow.” I will see what comes to the top of a You Tube search right now!

Here’s what came up and it has a great message for those of you who are thinking seriously about love:



I also like the second song:

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Friday, April 9, 2010

We Can Never Love Too Much


Sam CookeI seem to be having a lot of dreams lately. Dreams are a way of clearing out karma of past and present experiences. It was interesting that last night’s dream was about Sam Cooke, one of my “gang” (or critical knowledge network) members. In the dream I was Sam’s girlfriend or wife and I loved him too much. As they say, if you love someone you have to let them go. That was the meaning of my dream – and this is something that has happened many times in my life. I love too much and so I have had to let many people go and it has caused a lot of pain for me.

Still, today, I have a great love for Sam Cooke that is unexplainable. My master teacher explained that Sam and I were soul mates, we can love many people deeply, and that it in no way diminishes twin flame soul mate love, but rather serves to enhance it. He told me that you can never love too much and he reaffirmed his love for me and reassured me that I am to call him anytime at all that I feel the need.


I can see how what my Master Teacher is saying here is right. He and I are working together to solve Sam’s case using Joe’s theory and so we are both working out of love to alleviate suffering and as we are doing so, our love for each other grows.


Today’s blog is short, but the message is powerful. It seems that it is “earth” life or perhaps those who hold power over us that dictate to us – and have us believing -- that we can love too much. This is simply not true, according to my master teacher. It is a belief that can have a debilitating effect over us and serve to keep us from working together in powerful and effective ways. He gave me a long lesson today, which I cannot go into great detail about here in this blog. Perhaps I can another time. But his final message (and the song I was to look up on You Tube) was, “We can never love too much.” I looked up the song and this was what came to the top. Sweet.


This next song is dedicated to my Master Teacher:

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Signs and Symbols: What do they Really Mean?


Kings ValleySo many people in education doublespeak of “signs and symbols” and the use of “imagination.” It is just another example of what Joe called Janus education – the elite educators speak out of both sides of their mouths. They have a code language which they understand, but for the rest of us it has an entirely different meaning and, of course, a different purpose. We are not to know the “secrets” to knowledge. If we discover the truth and make use of it, we are labeled as crazy or deficient. The truth is that we have discovered something that empowers us.

Joe was not happy at all with what was happening with the doublespeak of educators and others, so he has revealed these great secrets with his book Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. In one sense this is an introduction – it needs to be decoded, too. But Joe had an entirely different reason for encoding this knowledge and he did it in such a smart way that this time, we at the bottom of the food chain DO understand it, but those at the top do not. He reversed the code! Those at the top can only partially decode his work – just the parts that apply to their own work. They do know that “something is up” with Joe’s work, but they do not know exactly what. And that’s because Joe wrote much of this book in “our” language – the language of those of us who have been forced to stay at the bottom – the oppressed ones.

And he has done more. He tells us the signs and symbols in his books and then we begin to see them in our everyday lives so that we have proof for ourselves that the knowledge he is presenting to us in his work is true and useful. All I can say right now is that reading Joe’s book WILL open your eyes and you will be able to see the powerful magic all around you. Once enough people do so, just as he predicts in this book, the world will change. We can all have our dreams come true!


My Master Teacher’s song for today is so appropriately “dreamland.” I was asking him some questions about my dreams, so he came up with this song.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

West Virginia Mine Disaster, Closed Gates, and Gateways


heartI was saddened by the loss of lives in the West Virginia mine disaster and my heart goes out to all of the loved ones. This incident was close to me in many ways, which I will explain in greater detail later. It also relates to today’s blog which is, apparently as I begin to write it, about closed gates and gateways (did you know that there is a town named Gateway, West Virginia? This, too, is relevant).

At any rate, this mine disaster happened under the watch of Don Blankenship and if you have read Joe’s Appalachian Mountains pages on this website, I have provided more information about Blankenship's philosophy of unrestrained capitalism when it comes to how he runs his businesses that destroy beautiful and rich habitat and leaves scarred mountains with his mountaintop removal coal mining practices. Not to mention that it also destroys jobs, leaves more people in poverty, destroys their communities, and poisons their water supplies.

don't fence me inThe concept of Gateways keeps being brought to the forefront and a while back I had mentioned that my Master Teacher had me purchase and watch a movie about gateways. Gateways is an idea that spans all cultures and times. I will be getting into this topic in much more detail, but for today I just wanted to highlight the fact that Joe’s theory is what allows us to identify not only closed gates, but also gateways for slipping through from other directions. Joe’s theory is so powerful even that if we cannot find gateways to get through, we can blast through the gates or windows. Once we clearly identify the closed gates, there is no stopping us when we put Joe’s theory in action. I do speak from experience because I have to blast through a few of those gates in education – Joe’s theory works and it is so powerful that those who have not been confronted with this power really have no clue as to how to respond. And that is just as well because, honestly, once Joe’s theory is being applied, there is no response that can stop the forward movement of those who had previously been under control by the old regime. Change has gained momentum, and just as Joe promised, it is “perpetual” once in motion.

I will have much more to say about all of this in my dissertation. This morning my Master Teacher praised me for blasting through the tightly closed gate at my university (and we are still working on a few more gates there), and he told me that this will allow others to follow behind me. He reminded me that I have much more power than I had ever before realized – and of course, I credit reading Joe’s book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: And Introduction and following his theory.

My Master Teacher was funny again this morning. He concluded by saying, “Have a lovely day. As for a song? ‘What shall it be?’”

As you can see, that is my cue for looking up “What shall it be?” on You Tube, which I will do right now. I have a feeling . . . oh well, here goes.

 

Well, isn’t this interesting. While the narrator is speaking in terms of what the Bible says, the ideas span across cultures and religions. We cannot achieve happiness by gaining power over others for the purpose of selfish material wealth. Our eternal happiness is ensured through unconditional love. For me, that translates into blasting open gates and finding gateways with Joe’s theory so that other people will then have the opportunity for a more enjoyable life – or as Joe always framed it, our purpose is “the alleviation of human suffering.”

Whenever I see things about people like Don Blankenship and how he operates his business, I think of all of the suffering people – and now look: his actions have gotten so blatantly negligent that he chose to ignore correcting hundreds of safety violations and all of these men have died as a result. Whenever I think of people like Bill Gates and the others with untold millions and billions of dollars, I think of all of the suffering people that have fallen by the wayside.

This is a sad way to end the blog. I am going to ask my teacher for something else that can give us hope. Yes, we can choose to live our lives based on more substantial goals than getting our hands on money for our own selfish purposes, but we are still living in a world where this is the exception rather than the rule.

I just contacted him, telling him, “That video brought up was so powerful and meaningful. How about a song to end the blog?”

He responded by saying, “Ah, yes music. It cures what ails you. Try ‘music for the cure.’”

I will look up “Music for the cure” right now.



Well, my Master Teacher is truly on a roll – as always! This is the first video that came up -- it looks like a great program and it needs to be more widely applied -- such as in our schools!

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Dreams, Learning, and The Good Stuff


crystalsI had an interesting dream last night. It was about Joe again. I know I dream about him a lot, but I'm glad because it really makes me feel that he is still with me in so many ways. I see many signs of him all around me everyday – like yesterday, for example: I stopped in at Subway to grab a quick sandwich, and what song played? “I love rock and roll.” Then when I dream about him like I did last night, they are always happy dreams and he is so often teaching me things. I have read that we cannot dream about someone unless they have agreed to be in our dreams. I like to hope that this is true because then it is as if Joe has chosen to keep teaching me even though he is not “here” to teach me and I have learned so much from him about so many things, including more about his work in all of these dreams.

Last night’s dream was very interesting. He took me to meet his Sioux Nation friends, although he said it was not the first time that I had been with them and received lessons from them – that I just have not remembered the other times. In fact, he said they officially gave me the name Crystal Rose and he told me what it means, which I will describe another time when I learn more about it. Last night was exciting because I was accepted into their Nation and began some intense education from their learned masters. Even though I felt like such a newbie, it was very exciting to me to have this opportunity to learn their customs and knowledge. Ultimately, I will be learning much more about dream work and I will remember more of my dreams.

While there are personal reasons for this work and for wishing to advance in my knowledge about dream work (I want to remember more of my dreams about Joe, plus dreams can help so much with learning and research – much more than most people realize), there are other reasons I need to do this work. I had my morning meeting with my Master Teacher and according to what he said, I am supposed to share what I learn about dream work so that others can benefit. He was so funny this morning (as he so often is, with his great sense of humor) – his clue for today’s song was “good stuff.” He was talking about how in my dreams there is a lot of “good stuff” that I think I am missing out on just because I don’t usually remember everything. I am almost afraid to see what You Tube brings to the top for this clue, but here we go:

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Enjoy Yourself, Obama as Savior, and Think NESARA


The ScreamI have been so embroiled the past week in a major project in preparation for my dissertation that I have had little time for anything fun. I guess one might call it “research,” but as time will show there has been so much more involved. There has been very little time left over to have much fun, but my Master Teacher told me otherwise this morning. He said that this “mission” or this work I am doing is very, very important, but at the same time I need to quit worrying so much and stop taking things so seriously that I make myself “distraught.” He says that’s why it can be helpful to think of life as a sort of virtual reality game. I do agree with that. When I pretend life is a virtual reality game, it does become fun and even the obstacles that appear become quite humorous.

If I can keep the right perspective – yes, there are people who are suffering and we must take actions to resolve the problems that are causing the suffering, at the same time, we do need to enjoy our daily experiences – such as trips to the beach and visits with special people, even if we happened to have experienced frustrating obstacles along the way. It’s a challenge to maintain that balanced perspective when you have people purposely fettering with what you are attempting to do, which can appear in a multitude of ways and infinite scenarios. Of course, there is nothing we need to do in these cases in which people choose of their own free will to violate karmic law because karma will resolve these sorts of issues in the divine way that only karma can do.

ObamaAll of this came about because I had the most frustrating day yesterday, although it ended up quite pleasant. Finally, I met someone who actually views Obama in the same light I do, and we had such a great conversation. He really is in there for the people. And the person I was speaking to is definitely even more oppressed than I am, so it made me realize that perhaps the only people who are going to recognize that Obama is in there doing things for the people (although, he has given big business a chance to clean up their act first, which they are NOT doing) are those of us who are awakened to the fact that we are oppressed and that we are often forced into roles that oppress others. We can see from an entirely different perspective than those who have not been quite so oppressed or are not yet awakened.

I really get tired of the people who criticize other people for viewing Obama as a “savior.” Because, that is exactly what he will turn out to be. Obama is going to change things in ways that the world has never before witnessed. So, call it “Obamagogue” if you wish, but those who criticize us for seeing the open doors Obama has and will continue to create, will end up eating their words.

As I mentioned, Obama gave big business (which has been running our government) an opportunity to clean up their act – and what do we get from big business? – your standard “tokenism.”

Now, anyone who has been oppressed all of their lives such as me, being a country hick girl, Joe being a “hillbilly,” as he put it, or people such as the kind woman I talked to last night, an African American, really knows and is very sensitive to tokenism. Big businesses are pretty stupid to think that Obama will not see right through their token gestures and he is the last person to pat them on the back for their inadequate "efforts" toward change. And their time to get straight has run out. April 3, 2010 was the cutoff date -- or as those of us in the trenches put it -- the "kick off" date for the mission. From this point forward, the ball is in Obama’s court and he is going to hang onto it and make big business (and other criminals at the top) pay retribution in ways that they have never imagined. Think NESARA.

In the meantime, my Master Teacher gave me a very relevant song this morning, as he usually does. This song is relevant on many levels, some of which I will discuss another time. He simply told me this morning after my lesson, “Enjoy Yourself” and here is the first song to the top of a You Tube search.

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter – A Celtic Holiday to Celebrate New Beginnings

easterI am not that thrilled to celebrate a Christian holiday when I observe so many “Christians” around me who are blind to the ways that their actions cause pain and suffering among so many. One must ask, with so many Christians in the world, why is there more suffering than ever? Is there some kind of correlation?

Easter as a Celtic holiday to begin anew is more appealing to me. Perhaps Easter should be a time to open our eyes, see the suffering, and then take productive actions toward alleviating that suffering on a long term basis – not a short term one that involves a single day of worship with Easter egg hunts for the children. This takes enormous effort to rise above the droids of the world (as Joe referred to them).

The droids are those people who go about enacting the status quo, letting those outside themselves who do not even have their best interest in mind dictate what they should be doing in nearly every aspect of their lives, how they should celebrate holidays such as Easter, and believing they are following God’s will as long as they tithe each Sunday with no real thought about how that money is not being spent in ways to alleviate suffering among our most needy citizens.

Joe’s theory, of course, does provide us guidance for clearly identify actions we can take toward alleviating the suffering – but first people must be open to something new, something different, and something that will change them and the world. Joe was ahead of his times. Maybe someday the rest of the world will catch up – or at least enough people will catch up so that the changes they implement can have an impact.

May your Easter be blessed with the insight to how you might change in ways that contribute to positive changes and the alleviation of suffering.

 

My Master Teacher provided the song for today’s blog yesterday when he informed me that it is the beginning of the “new game.” So, here it is – the first song that came to the top of a You Tube search.

It seems that my teacher is VERY serious about change, judging by the Lyrics. Interestingly, the kick-off for the mission was yesterday, so quite coincidently (?), Easter 2010 marks the first day of the new beginning.

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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Something Old and Something New for this Year of the Tiger


year of the tigerAs I have learned, it was my grandmother who helped me with yesterday’s blog. I should have known, she likes to write and the blog was quite long. Today’s blog will be short.

Today is a special day and yet it is not a special day. It is special because it represents the end of something old (the not-so-special) and the beginning of something new (the special). There will be much more information to follow in many places. In a sense, today is the day of the “kick off.” While this will not be clear to most people who are still in droidsville, it will be clear in the future – in hindsight. You will begin to notice some very positive changes which will track back to this day. Today is the end – the mark of the beginning. And do not forget that this is the Year of the Tiger – Joe’s year. Change is on the way. Enough people will “get it” and make enough changes that we will begin to see the difference.

Today’s song was provided for me at my evening meeting with my Master Teacher last night, when he closed with “forever and a day.” For those of us who want to see change yesterday, it may seem like "forever and a day" before the world changes in the ways we would wish. Upon looking it up on You Tube, here is the music that was brought to the top:


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Friday, April 2, 2010

Maxing Out My Credit Cards – Prayin’ for NESARA

moneyThe bad thing about being "unemployed" is that there is no extra money for the fun stuff. (The good thing about it is that I do not have a "boss man.") Just to have a little fun, which I  think we are all entitled to, I have had to go back to using my credit cards whereas before the goal was to get them paid off. Of course, the
NESARA people say, “Go for it!” In other words, max them ALL out (and I have a LOT of credit cards), and don’t worry about it – just pay the minimum. NESARA will kick in soon (one prediction is April 15) and then just like magic, no more debts.

New_Heaven_New_EarthNow, that would be the start of Heaven on Earth that many of us out here are attempting to create. Don’t forget the fact that my name means “transforming earth to Heaven using Joe’s theory.” How so? Well, if you have read my previous blogs you probably have read the explanation. But for those of you who are new, I will review. First, I have the same name as that great actor Johnny Depp’s wife – Vanessa Paradis. (And I do love Johnny Depp.) What a great cover! My middle name is feminine for Joe – which is Jae. So you see, Vanessa means butterfly which represents transformation. Paradis is the French word for Heaven. And of course, it all evolves out of and revolves around Joe’s work, because his theory is central to the whole plan (thus my middle name to represent how important Joe’s theory is to all of this). How cool is that?

tricksNow, come on. You do not think this was all an accident do you? That life is not just a very fun virtual reality game and once we realize this, we can have “more fun than a theme park ride?” (That’s what Joe said in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction.) You may have your own thoughts about all of this, but for me, it is super fun to pretend life is just a really cool virutal reality game! And besides, how else can I ever explain how it happened that I was guided (through a clue about tricks up the sleeve which was on the cover of a book) to find an Eager Beaver test inside the book at the Eager Beaver Thrift Shop when I was guided to go on the Pacific Coast Eager Beaver Treasure Hunt -- all after someone (and I won't say who because I have a feeling there were several someones) called me an "Eager Beaver Critical Pedagogue". Now explain to me how this happened. And use science and calculate the odds. No, you cannot convince me that this is not some kind of virtual reality game....you will have to review my treasure hunts in these blogs -- there was much more. And there will be even more; you will see!

Of course, we are all free to think what we want about the reality we construct for ourselves. All I know is that since I have started making my own rules (always for the purpose of alleviating human suffering, of course, exactly as Joe’s theory specifies), I have been having so much more fun. And one of my rules right now is to max out my credit cards because that is part of the game! Everyone who maxes out their cards will be that much ahead when the game resets and the credit card debts, along with automobile and house loans are all forgiven.

Mercury MarinerThat makes me want to go out and get that 2010 steel blue Mercury Mariner that I mentioned would be manifesting with the “Deep Blue Mariner Reaps the Soul Surprise Treasure Hunt.” Only problem is that I think I am supposed to wait until they come out with the 2012 Mariner. I hear there will be some very special things about 2012, so maybe I am supposed to wait. I will just go with the flow and see what is manifested for me.

The reason I say manifested “for” me is because this is really how the game is played. We do not manifest things by ourselves at all. And for those people who think that, well then they will fail to manifest what they want more often than they will succeed. This is especially true as the game is reset and the old rules do not work so well. So, in case you think that you alone manifest what you have in your life, you might want to rethink that.

Treasure found in the Yard Search Treasure HuntRead Joe’s take on symbiotic hermeneutics. He chose the word symbiotic for a reason. However, it cannot happen unless love is the foundation. He also made that very clear. And if you can unite with a pure soul mate love, then you really have the power to manifest things – although, there are many people in the background working behind the scenes to give you assistance. This brings me back to these blogs, my Critical Knowledge Network, and who assists me each day with writing them. I know I cannot do it entirely alone. There have been some amazing things, including some beautiful poetry – and I am not even a poet.

Yesterday’s blog was clearly written with my Master Teacher’s help. The blog of the day before was assisted by someone I have a hard time communicating with. I am thinking it is either my stepfather or it may have been Louis Armstrong, who one of my Master Teachers has recently informed me had also joined the “gang.” I knew my dad was a member because when I had to move in February 2009 and I had no furniture, he was right in there helping me! He loved second hand stores and antiques and he helped me find a great antique dresser, which I just love. Louis Armstrong is very significant today which I will have to explain later (it has to do with both places and music, amazingly). I'll bet that's the clue! It was Louis! Well, check back tomorrow and find out for sure.

My life game is getting to be so much fun and I’m getting so good at communicating with the “onlookers” that more people want to join up with the “gang” aka critical knowledge network every day. It is getting more and more exciting and up the road a bit I will have to back track a bit and explain why. Maybe I will just put it all in a book. The New Educational Journey Treasure Hunt!

Sam CookeAnyway, I have been SO BUSY researching and playing that I am a little late with today’s blog. But here it is. And who could have possibly helped me with this one? I keep guessing Sam Cooke and I am always wrong, but I will guess Sam again this time. The odds are in my favor for being right. Sam and I communicate very well, which would explain why today’s blog flowed out so smoothly. I am looking forward to working with Sam some more when I get to the part of my dissertation where I show how to use Joe’s theory to solve complex murder mysteries. It is clear that Sam was not killed the way it is shown in the records. Joe’s theory will shed some light on why it could not possibly have happened according to the official reports. That will open up a new investigation, no doubt, which will achieve justice and, hopefully, also alleviate suffering. I am so thankful for Sam and how well we "communicate"! I do love him and his beautiful music.

And what about the music for today. I will see what my Master Teacher says. . . well, this morning he told me that I was a "blessing beyond blessings." I will see what You Tube pulls up.

WOW!! Buddha blessings. My teacher really meant I was blessed. How sweet and I love it! How does he come up with these songs?!!

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Don’t Let It Rain on Your Parade – Unless Your Parade is Not a Good Parade

DreamingI had a dream a while back in which I was walking with some children in a parade. I knew magic and the children asked me to make it rain. It was a sunny day. So, I just said, “I think it’s raining” and immediately a little cloudburst appeared and little downpour began. The children all laughed (because in my dream magic was fun, not scary) and they all scattered. The rain only lasted a few moments and all was sunny and bright again.
 At my morning meeting, my Master Teacher reminded me of that dream when he told me “Don’t let it ‘rain on your parade.’” That’s an indication that I need to look up “rain on your parade” on You Tube for this morning’s song. Maybe there is some kind of message in this. I know it’s too easy to let other people’s actions cloud up how we view our own actions.

If we know that our intentions are pure and good then it should not matter what other people say or do – we should not allow them to take our power away. Personally, I think if we just look at life on this crazy earth planet as one big game, it suddenly becomes easier to change the rules for the purpose Joe had always put out there: to alleviate human suffering. Applying his theory leads us to developing just the right kind of knowledge to do just that. We no longer need or want knowledge that has been produced for other purposes and it loses power over us. We have “flipped the tables.” His theory really is that powerful if you use it – and refuse to let other people or things “rain on your parade.”
 

I have been trying to guess each day which of my “imaginary” friends have helped me with the blogs. Well, today it seems obvious that it was my Master Teacher since he gave me the song that cued my memory of the dream about the parade. We will see tomorrow. Yesterday’s blog, I learned was written with the help of a new friend who is very new at this stuff, which was why I had difficulty writing it. We are still learning how to communicate back and forth. It takes time and practice to communicate clearly with “imaginary” friends and to hear them. You have to be on the same wavelength so to speak.
 

Rain on Your Parade – Duffy

 

A Note on the Above Music Video
I had to go with the second one on the list because the first one was VEVO and had advertisements. The second video is the same song and artist as the first one.

The other thing about this video is that it is a message to me from my Master Teacher. He is telling me that when I get upset, frustrated, or even cry, he is going to rain on my parade. In other words, he is not going to allow me to continue to be upset. So, just like in my dream where raining on a parade through magic is a good, positive, and fun time, my Master Teacher is telling me that his raining on my sad, negative, or unproductive “parade” is a very good thing. It shows he cares and I am very grateful for that.

Here's a link to the Vevo video (the ad is for Geico – I had to switch to Geico because they saved me $100 a month on my car insurance, but they are still too much). Rain on Your Parade. 

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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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“As a child I wanted so desperately for magic to be real. I would work for hours collecting what I hoped were just the right combination of ingredients to make some type of magic potion that would provide me with special powers….I found such magic in words viewed in a postformal matrix and I observe and practice that magic everyday.” (Kincheloe, 2006, Reading, Writing, Thinking, p. 13)
 
 
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