HAS BEEN CREATED AND CONTINUES TO EVOLVE
In loving memory of Joe Lyons
Kincheloe (December 14, 1950 - December 19, 2008)
Philosopher of Consciousness and Critical Theory of the 20th-71st Centuries AND BEYOND
Joe's educational work provides inspiration and practical guidance for teachers all over the
globe and describes a beautiful, beautiful mission to alleviate human suffering. He has left
us a map with multiple pathways for accomplishing that mission -- an authentic, rigorous, impassioned,
creative, and even magical education for everyone who dares to venture on untrodden paths. His
work serves as a guiding light for educational journeys that can change not only how we view and enact the educational
process, but that can also truly change us as teachers, students, and researchers -- and
empower us to change the world. Joe loved research, teaching, writing, making music, and his students.
And his students loved
song is a very beautiful theme song for this website that chronicles my long winding journey back home. Thank you, Leigh.
To become a seeker of new knowledges and new ways of being we must be willing
to sometimes be seen as the fools of the gods. (Kincheloe, Knowledge
& Critical Pedagogy, p. 19)
What separates the critical sheep from the uncritical goats is that a critical pedagogy/epistemology
also involves exposing the cultural, epistemological, and ideological assumptions that shape the knowledge individuals produce
and the oppressive actions justified by such information.(Joe Kincheloe, Knowledge
& Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, p. 176)
book Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction is available as an ebook. You will never make a better investment…..we
all should be researching with Joe’s important guidance. Since the ending is just the beginning, you can begin with
the last chapter. It may just spark you into wanting to read the rest, as well as his other works to see how he got there!http://www.springer.com/us/book/9781402082238 No time to read? Right click and "listen aloud" while multitasking. [Note: I make
no money off the sales of his books; my rewards are not of this world.] MAY 22, 2018 UPDATE: I SEE THAT SPRINGER
IS NOT HONORING JOE'S STATED AND PUBLISHED WISHES> THE BOOK IS SUPPOSED TO BE LESS THAN $30 SO THAT POOR STUDENTS CAN AFFORD
IT...AND YET SPRINGER IS CHARGING ALMOST $40 FOR THE PDF EBOOK AND ALMOST $55 FOR THE PAPERBACK! THIS IS ABOMINABLE!! THE
HIGHER UPS ARE NOT PLEASED!!! THERE ARE STUDENTS IN POVERTY WHO NEED THE KNOWLEDGE IN THIS BOOK. LOWER THE PRICE!!!!! THERE
IS NO REASON TO CHARGE SO MUCH! EVEN IF PUBLISHING COSTS HAVE INCREASED, AT LEAST OFFER THE EBOOK FOR LESS THAN $30. WHAT
JOE WANTS, JOE GETS. HE SAID THAT IT IS TO BE LESS THAN $30. RESPECT HIS WISHES. Oh, and HAPPY TWIN FLAME DAY!! I
will have some important updates soon.
November 17, 2019 1:00 AM UPDATE ON THE PRICE OF THE
EBOOK: I can only conclude that either *someone* is insane or has raised the price to keep people from buying it and having
access to the knowledge in it, since Springer is now charging an outrageous price of amost $60 -- for
an ebook!! I will consult with the "higher ups" for a "work-around." They always have perfect solutions....Beloved
says "Hi" :-) We will have an update soon.
"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)
Sep 25, 2008 7:03 am
finished reading Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction
work is truly a gift to the world, Joe it's very exciting
queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost
parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, a greater
than Solomon is here."
*`•.❤¸King And Queen Of Hearts❤•´
JESUS: “I am the
resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth
in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” (John 11: 25-26)
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar
people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous
light;1 Peter 2:9 (KJV)
“And His books, they breathe the reason. . .and
now I want to know…"
WHAT IS BRICOLAGE?
A new process for education, research, career, problem solving, everyday living, lifelong learning,
and for taking back our world
Joe Kincheloe has developed a superbly advanced conceptualization
of critical bricolage and, as demonstrated by his work, he was an adept multidimensional critical complex bricoleur.
Critical Bricolage, as he conceived it, is a complicated (and yet a very natural) process that makes use of multiple
forms of research, analysis, investigation, and interpretation. It requires researchers to seek many divergent
perspectives, allowing new understandings and knowledge to emerge from the synthesis.
in this process increases phenomenological experiences that catalyze seeking more knowledge. This, of
course, leads to ever greater understandings of complex relationships between "research variables." An
exceptionally high level of creativity becomes unleashed, often resulting in greater interaction with the emerging
hidden dimensions of reality. Suddenly very little can be hidden anymore. Engaging rigorously in this process of research
and learning seems to take people to higher levels of consciousness in graduated steps as they become more
aware of the hidden dimensions of interrelationships and as they increasingly participate in intuitive, "fourth
critical complex epistemology and multidimensional critical complex bricolage rigorously as he has asked us to do results
in ever higher levels of experience and understanding, and in its full "employment," enactive and symbiotic
processes seem to kick in, helping individuals find the most creative solutions to even the most complicated
problems. Actively working within multiple dimensions using his fourth dimension research, results in amazing and profound
solutions. In my own experience, I often find that problems are solved before I even knew the problem would
be manifesting. In addition, I have had some amazing experiences that science simply cannot explain yet. This
is highlighted in my dissertation in some highly unusual ways, which is only the tip of the iceberg. Kincheloe's critical bricolage may
very well be the process required to "unleash creativity" for solving even the most complicated,
power-based problems we face -- all in service of "the alleviation of human suffering," the often-stated
primary purpose of his work.
researching this process since 2008 (and discovering that I had been using the foundational aspects of the process many
years before) I am beginning to see how autopoiesis, enaction, synchronicity, all work together symbiotically to reveal
hidden dimensions and relationships that make my life so much happier and joyful, even if I have many problems hanging
over my head (that "blues aesthetic" Joe so often described). No matter how complicated the problems,
with bricolage, they become solvable and/or perspectives of the problems change.
Simultaneously, those power dimensions
that force those of us who are oppressed to stay stuck at our "stations in life" also emerge, but there
is such a difference to how I deal with these
than in the past. Once the controlling factors are revealed, solutions also emerge in a sort of "unfoldment"
process that reveal ways to counteract them and change things.
There is great power "behind the curtain" that can be leveraged
by those of us who are typically "disenfranchised." I will go into much more detail at a later time, and
as Joe always did so well, I will put them into context (there are many great experiences to share of both kinds of emergences
- the love-based, almost magical ones, and the power-and-control-based ones for which insight, and often solutions
also emerge) but suffice it to say, I am blazing multiple trails through the underbrush which will hopefully make navigating
easier for people who come along and experience the same types of violence I have due to being poor and "low
Just as Joe was a "hillbilly" and he was never able
to shake the label, I am a "country hick." True reality could not be more profoundly different -- for
an Eros and Psyche. :)
The good news is that the use of bricolage is increasing
rapidly around the globe as more researchers in all disciplines are beginning to see the promise it offers to
construct new knowledge, lead to social empowerment, and reveal positive changes and amazingly creative opportunities.
More researchers will soon be investigating and trying out this more advanced and powerful approach, which will
lead to what Joe referred to as a "perpetual revolution." More teachers will also come to realize the value bricolage has in the classroom
and the young students will pick it up naturally. The revolution has just begun. We can change the world! Join in
today and apply the process in your own research, learning, teaching, and everyday life and see what a
difference it can make. You can never go wrong getting more knowledge.
All of the information on this website is absolutely free. It is here
for anyone who wants a better life and would like to make a difference in the world.
For the struggle for justice to win on the local level, it must be fought in the
global, the national, and the local arenas. [Kincheloe,
2001, Getting Beyond the Facts, p. 741]
OTHER FREE ONLINE COURSES
THAT CENTER ON JOE KINCHELOE'S WORKS:
is a nonprofit educational web site dedicated to the clarification of Kincheloe’s critical complex
epistemology and multidimensional critical complex bricolage. My research has shown that, while the process
he has delineated is complex, it is perfectly suited for social and educational research, and it is also within everyone's
reach. It is especially suited for new qualitative researchers who have not subscribed to traditional and reductionistic
forms of research.
On this site I will focus on the academic and scholarly application
of his work. I hope that by presenting clarifications based on my in-depth study of his work that perhaps his
bricolage will be used by more people and with the level of rigor he had intended. Kincheloe has ingeniously left wide open many
paths that honor diversity and he embraced an evolving complexity while maintaining a strong, impenetrable philosophical and
theoretical foundation for his conceptions. He has demonstrated in his work how this research process can be applied in all
venues and in every area of our lives and even children can be involved in research, thus his bricolage is also a pedagogical
approach. His work is truly a break-through for research that is long overdue. Using the full power of his bricolage highlights
actions that change the world as it also changes who we are.
I may write a blog again on this site, but it
will be a different sort of blog than the creative, exploratory blogs I've written in the past. Primarily, I will be continuing
my research and presenting my findings so that upcoming bricoleurs will have a resource for the most powerful form of bricolage
research that's ever been developed.
~ ~ ~ Vanessa Jae Paradis
CORRECTING SOME COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS SURROUNDING JOE KINCHELOE’S BRICOLAGE AND CRITICAL
Bricolage, as a qualitative form of research, entails
incorporating many different perspectives, and in particular, with Kincheloe's process it is necessary to include global subjugated
and indigenous knowledges. However, after gathering all of these perspectives and making various interpretations and syntheses,
there are criteria for determining which perspectives to include in the final bricolage. As he explains, "Bricoleurs
accept the responsibility that comes with the interpretive process. Knowledge production always involves multiple acts
of selection, and these choices of methods, theoretical frameworks, and interpretative strategies must be defended"
(2004e, p. 100). He has provided selection criteria that incorporate the social justice mission to alleviate suffering
and that advance knowledge (see Kincheloe, 2004e, pp. 100-102). Bricoleurs are not restricted to these criteria but I have
found them to be well-thought-out and thorough -- and they mitigate for unintended consequences. You can view the criteria
here: Criteria to Guide the Research Process.
What I cover next are common misconceptions and important
aspects surrounding Kincheloe’s multidimensional critical complex bricolage. I hope by putting these on the Home page
of this website, researchers will consider them and research them more deeply. They are covered in greater depth in my dissertation
and I’ll also be posting articles that extend what I’ve touched on in the dissertation.
1) Kincheloe did not throw out "positivistic"
or empirical sciences. To conclude this is to exhibit a gross misunderstanding of his work. A close reading of his work can
easily confirm that he sees science and bricolage as synergistic. And how many times has he stated that he did not throw out
the baby with the bathwater? As most people know, he contextualizes everything. In his last book, Knowledge and Critical
Pedagogy: An Introduction he presents his position through a metaphor which he refers to as FIDUROD, and by which he clarifies the issues with the way science is and has been used. FIDUROD is an acronym representing the attributes of the form of knowledge production he argues against: Formal, Intractable, Decontextualized, Universalistic,
Reductionistic, One Dimensional. (See Kincheloe, 2008, pp. 21-24).
2) His work is not based on some indefinable “ludic” postmodernism – It is based on a highly developed
and evolving holistic philosophy. This philosophy is comprised of 12 major points which he describes in his book Critical
Constructivism. The 12 points coalesce together to form his multidimensional critical complex world view. It’s
a new, evolving worldview. We might refer to it as Kincheloe’s multidimensional critical complex unified world view. It forms the foundation of his unique formulation of critical theory, epistemology, ontology, critical psychology
of complexity, the multidimensional critical complex bricolage, etc., -- and his proposed critical science of complexity
– another indication that he did not abandon the sciences. To grasp his conceptualizations, it’s imperative
that new bricoleurs study his unified world view by reading and then writing about how they subjectively relate to it and
to other philosophies. Kincheloe stresses this upfront philosophical work is critical in order to ground any study that uses
bricolage as a process for research. Rigor is impossible without developing a "philosophy of consciousness"
(Kincheloe, 2004a, p. 8).
3) The multidimensional critical complex bricolage is a process for qualitative research that is composed of multiple,
intertwining and overlapping processes. It is not a method, nor does it use “tools” as tools imply precise means
and carries a mechanistic ontology, which does not adequately represent the actual processes that bricoleurs engage in as
they conduct, or a better word would be, “enact” their research. Even the concept of "tools" changes. Kincheloe's
conceptualization of bricolage is grounded with his critical complex philosophical world view (item 2,
above) and a theoretical foundation of evolving criticality (his version of critical theory).
4) The multidimensional critical complex bricolage as a process
involves analytic discourse, intertwined with improvisational actions for change, which moves it away from the constrictive
“quilt” metaphor. Please see my dissertation for a deeper analysis of bricolage including a thorough etymological
exploration and intertextual interpretations of Kincheloe’s definitions of bricolage and bricoleur in relation to what
evolved from my research. New metaphors that take it beyond the one-dimensional “quilt” metaphor, and additional
ways that Berry’s (2004a) concept, the Point of Entry Text (POET) can be applied are also presented. The holistic,
intertwining, dialogical, interconnecting nature of the final bricolage renders the parts inseparable from the whole, and
the bricolage inseparable from greater reality. Thus, the popular metaphoric quilt, montage, crystal, etc., are not suitable
metaphors for this more complex form of bricolage.
5) Kincheloe’s bricolage does not distinguish between “types
of bricoleurs” or “types of bricolage” as denoted by Denzin and Lincoln (2011). While it’s fine to
examine these ideas, Kincheloe’s form of bricolage uses all of them in intertwining, overlapping processes. Thus, the
multidimensional critical complex bricoleur uses all of the dimensions that Kincheloe has spelled out in his 2005 "On
to the Next Level" bricolage article--in one study--and the processes become blurred as the research unfolds. See
6) Kincheloe’s bricolage refers to the use of different processes as dimensions of research. The bricoleur uses
them all as many times as practical to get a thick description of the phenomenon/a. As the research unfolds, “enactment”
keeps the research jettisoning forward and the researcher must make decisions where to begin and stop various aspects of the
research, including the final bricolage. Thus, the following dimensions are
used, as provided by Kincheloe (2005a) and in no particular order using an iterative, improvisational process weaving
through the discourse: (1) methodological bricolage; (2) theoretical bricolage; (3) interpretive bricolage; (4) political
bricolage; (5) narrative bricolage; (6) philosophical research (constructivism, historicity, epistemological insight); (7)
critical hermeneutics; (8) identification of what is absent; (9) fourth dimension of research in which the bricoleur is future
oriented, discovering “a kinetic epistemology of the possible. In the process, the sophistication of knowledge work
moves to a new cognitive level; the notion of rigor transmigrates to a new dimension. As in a 1950s sci-fi movie, bricoleurs
enter the 4-D—the fourth dimension of research.” (Kincheloe, 2005, p. 346). Thus, bricoleurs weave in and out,
around and through, back and forth through the various dimensions with each pass through informing the next, often using multiple
dimensions of analysis simultaneously.
7) Note again – the philosophical dimension
must form the foundation of the study in order to ensure rigor. [He wanted me to include this again.] "There is no dividing
line between the empirical and the philosophical" (Kincheloe, 2004a, p. 10).
8) Kincheloe’s multidimensional critical complex bricolage
embraces a “fourth dimension” research (more information is covered in my dissertation). This fourth dimension
aspect to the research incorporates an intuitional, creative element that forces the researcher to confront implicate and
explicate orders of reality. There are reasons for this. Combining a sound philosophical, intellectual component of research that
also incorporates intuitional and emotional, empathic aspects -- along with deep semiotic and hermeneutic analyses
synergistically creates something new from the interactions. Enaction during the research process leads to the emergence of
something new and often profound. This is where the power of the bricolage comes into play. It’s the exposure to relationships,
as Kincheloe explains in his conceptualization of symbiotic hermeneutics, that jettisons bricoleurs to seeing and understanding
“anew” and to recreating themselves. Because knowledge is socially constructed new creations, ideas,
concepts, as well as new relationships also perpetually emerge – and are created -- from these interactions.
This all takes place naturally when confronting complexity, difference, and chaos, as Humberto Mautarana and
Francisco Varela posited with their Santiago Theory of Enactivism (see Kincheloe's (2008) Knowledge and Critical
Pedagogy: An Introduction, page 147). It is quite amazing.
9) While bricoleurs do not contend they’ve
discovered the “one true answer” or single truth, at the same time, as Kincheloe contends, they generate knowledge
“that is not as 'badly off the mark'” (Kincheloe, 2008, p. 43). They have better (more complete) and
yet evolving explanations of phenomena. This is quite a different perspective than a nihilistic postmodern “attitude.”
10) I have lined out in my dissertation in much greater detail a flexible iterative process that also explains some of
the key sub-processes that are important to the multidimensional critical complex bricolage. It will get new bricoleurs started
from which they can then proceed to carve out their own unique paths. Each bricolage study will be different even for the
same researcher. The more one acknowledges the fourth dimension aspect of the research (which may only begin with what seem
to be insignificant intuitive and synchronous events), the more they will begin to appear and the more profound and numerous
are the actions and creations that emerge.
11) And finally, as I discussed in my blog, The Heart of the Multidimensional Critical Complex Bricolage, there is the dimension of empathic connection with people. In fact, in his book,
Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, Kincheloe discusses – and includes – a golden strand
of love throughout his work, Eros Love. And since I’m mentioning this book here, it’s a great book to
read in the early stages of learning about his bricolage. It’s much like a “deprogramming” manual because
it uncovers how our consciousnesses have been influenced by outside forces and provides us more information as we embark on
the bricolage quest and begin to take power of constructing our own consciousness.
Berry, K. L. (2004a). Structures of bricolage and complexity. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry (2004)
Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 103–127). New York: Open
Berry, K. L. (2004b). Feedback looping for increasing complexity. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry (2004)
Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 128–146). New York: Open
Berry, K. L. (2004c). Bricolage is many a new thing understood. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry (2004)
Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 147–169). New York: Open
Denzin, N. & Lincoln, Y. (Eds.) (2011). The Sage handbook of qualitative research, Edition
4. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Kincheloe, J. L. (2004a). Preface. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry, Rigour and Complexity in Educational
Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. ix–xii). New York: Open University Press.
Kincheloe, J. L. (2004b).
Introduction: the power of the bricolage: Expanding research methods. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry, Rigour and Complexity
in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 1–22). New York: Open University Press.
Kincheloe, J.L. (2004c).
Redefining rigor and complexity in research. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry, Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research:
Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 23–49). New York: Open University Press.
Kincheloe, J.L. (2004d).
Questions of disciplinarity/interdisciplinarity in a changing world. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry, Rigour and Complexity
in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 50–81). New York: Open University Press.
Kincheloe, J. L. (2004e).
Redefining and interpreting the object of study. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry, Rigour and Complexity in Educational
Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 82–102). New York: Open University Press.
L. (2005a). On to the next level: Continuing the conceptualization of the bricolage. Qualitative Inquiry, 11(3),
Kincheloe, J. L. (2005b). Critical constructivism.
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Kincheloe, J. L. (2008). Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: And Introduction. Amsterdam: Springer.
May 11, 2013 by Vanessa Paradis
Please cite as:
Paradis, V. J. (2013). Correcting some common misconceptions surrounding
Joe Kincheloe’s bricolage and critical complex theories. May 11, 2013. Retrieved from www.joekincheloe.us
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We will choose another
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I will consult with Beloved and post our new song soon. Happy Twin Flame Day!!
Another Day Off: I am SO BLESSED! And a Special MAY DAY GIFT, too!
Yes, 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).
Anyway, 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.
Next, 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”
I 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
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.
I 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
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.
Intermission: The Internet is Going DOWN! Have You Heard that One?
Well, 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
Today, 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.
Other 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
She was homeward
The rain was done
Someone lit her fire
And true love was found
her far away
Travelin’ for many a day
To the heart of the “promised land”
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.
Well, 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
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 Now 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.
So, 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
I 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!!!
And 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.
To top this all off, as I mentioned in yesterday's blogKING 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.
Of 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.
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.
More about Day Five of the Epistemological Road Trip. Yes, there's more!
Ok, 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.
Thursday, 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
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
Here is the song! I LOVE IT!! (And I don't usually like country and western, but some songs are really
So, 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.
On 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!
I 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
OMG, 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.
I 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!!!
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 It 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.
Also, 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.”
I 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.
That’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.
Anyway, 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).
Not 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
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).
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
We 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
My Morning Meeting With My Master Teacher
Last 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:
So, 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.
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
Monday, 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.”
Well, 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.
So 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 thisTri-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.” It 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. Back 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.
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.
The New Educational Journey Treasure Hunt: A Recap of the Two-Week Epistemological Road Trip to Kingsport, TN Part 5. $$$
Bill Gates, 11:11, Image Analysis of These White Lights Will Bend to Make Blue PLUS What Did Joe Say About Hermes Trickster?
I am just going to have to write a paper about GATEWAYS and GATES. Yesterday, I barely touched on it in relation to the 11:11
phenomenon (and as if to make a point, it was really funny last night as I was diligently working away, my Master Teacher
interrupted me with a little nudge for our evening lesson at exactly 11:11 PM – he is good!)
A few days ago, I also mentioned Bill Gates and
his quite insane idea of putting billions of dollars into giving (poisonous and toxic) immunizations to the poor people of
the world. I wrote about this situation here and here. The reason I bring this up again is because it has been brought to my attention once again that Bill Gates
is another GATE to a quality education. And his gate is kept closed by dollar BILLS (get it?). I love these crazy synchronicities….Joe
always said “reality” is stranger than fiction.
I do speak from experience about the Bill Gates programs, though. I worked on one such
program that had built up a menu of some great online courses, became accredited and was just about to offer a high school
diploma. Next, the funds were yanked, and the program disappeared.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation hands out money like the government. That is, money is given out for just a long enough
period of time to give people hope and these same people who have been struggling for hundreds of years are expected to magically
manifest the money to keep their new and hopeful educational programs going without help from Bill Gates. Take his “Early
College Program,” for example. He will help Native Americans establish charter schools and fund them for five years
only. Then – poof! – If they cannot find funds after that, they fold or they have to drastically reduce the services
and programs they offer. So, I ask is this truly an open gate for education? NO. It is a closed BILL ($$$) 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.
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.
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 This 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.
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!
Anyway, 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.
As 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.
One of our Journey to Kingsport: Out on the Interstate – In the rain.
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
A 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.
I 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.
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.
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.
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….
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
Today’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.
Of 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.
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,
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
The New Educational Journey Treasure Hunt: A Recap of the Two-Week Epistemological Road Trip to Kingsport, TN Part 2. The
As 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
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.
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.
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.
I 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.
What 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”
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!
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.
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
The 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
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.
This 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
The 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
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.
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
OMG! My Master Teacher Outdoes Himself Again! (For the New Educational Journey Treasure Hunt!)
Early 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
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.
All 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.
My 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."
Aside 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
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
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.
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.
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?
Joe’s Version of the Bricolage: The Fourth Dimension of Research PLUS Introducing his MOVIE Easter Eggs
I 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.)
Joe’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.
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.
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.
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.
Epistemological Road Trip Recap Delay and More Surprises
I 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
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
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.”
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?"
Oh 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’!
Macro-Quantum Brain Processes, Accessing Cosmic Knowledge, and My Boyfriend is Back!
It 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
Most “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.
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!
Well, 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!
I 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.
So, 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
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
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!
My Special Surprise and Music to Alleviate Suffering
My 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.
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.”
I 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.
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.)
Mind Control Cults and Ending On A Happy Note with Critical Complex Epistemology
I 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
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
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.)
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
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:
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.
Speaking 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 thepostformal 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.”
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):
More about Joe’s “epistemological road trips.” What did he mean by these and what can we learn
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.
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.
Gathering Information, Relaxing, and a Tribute to The One I Love
Yesterday 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’
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:
Educators 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 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.
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.
So 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.
West Virginia Mine Disaster, Closed Gates, and Gateways
I 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.
The 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.
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,
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.
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!
I 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:
I 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.
All 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.
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.
Easter – A Celtic Holiday to Celebrate New Beginnings
I 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
theLyrics. Interestingly, the kick-off for the mission was yesterday, so quite coincidently (?), Easter 2010 marks the first
day of the new beginning.
Something Old and Something New for this Year of the Tiger
As 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:
The 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.
Now, 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?
Now, 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.
That 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.
Read 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.
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
Anyway, 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?!!
Don’t Let It Rain on Your Parade – Unless Your Parade is Not a Good Parade
I 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.
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