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In loving memory of Joe Lyons Kincheloe (December 14, 1950 - December 19, 2008)
 
The Greatest Philosopher of Consciousness and Critical Theory of the 20th-71st Centuries 
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Joe's educational work provides inspiration and practical guidance for teachers all over the globe and describes a beautiful, beautiful mission to alleviate human suffering. He has left us a map with multiple pathways for accomplishing that mission -- an authentic, rigorous, impassioned, creative, and even magical education for everyone who dares to venture on untrodden paths. His work serves as a guiding light for educational journeys that can change not only how we view and enact the educational process, but that can also truly change us as teachers, students, and researchers -- and empower us to change the world. Joe loved research, teaching, writing, making music, and his students.
And his students loved him.
 
To become a seeker of new knowledges and new ways of being we must be willing to sometimes be seen as the fools of the gods. (Kincheloe, Knowledge & Critical Pedagogy, p. 19)
 

 

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

To

joe.kincheloe joe.kincheloe@mcgill.ca

Thu, Sep 25, 2008 7:03 am

finished reading Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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For the struggle for justice to win on the local level, it must be fought in the global, the national, and the local arenas. [Kincheloe, 2001, Getting Beyond the Facts, p. 741]

 
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CLARIFICATION OF JOE KINCHELOE'S WORK 

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

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

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

~ ~ ~ Vanessa Jae Paradis
 

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

REFERENCES

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Copyright May 11, 2013 by Vanessa Paradis

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

 

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Backtracking to Move Forward: Ecumenicalism, Goin’ for the GOLD, Fractals & Choice Points, NEW Dances, and MAGICAL LOVE

Note: Be sure to watch all of the videos; they tell a story.


fractalsThere are times when we have to take one step back before we can move forward and this is one of those times. I missed posting some music and videos my Master Teacher had directed me toward yesterday that are siginificant, so I will post them today. First I came across this movie trailer, but I am not sure how it came up. It seems relevant, especially since my work is ecumenical. I actually found the directions for ecumenicalism in Joe’s work, specifically, in his book with Kathleen Berry about the conceptualization of the bricolage. I know Joe. He would not have included these directions if they were not critically important. Besides, this directive for ecumenicalism during our current era of great change just makes sense. All of Joe’s work makes sense. Thus, the following trailer popped up for me:
           OH MY GOD

Saturday night, my teacher simply made the comment that I seemed bent on “goin’ for the gold.” Of course, this is a clue for a song to search on YouTube, but it’s relevant in a different way than one might think. I know it goes against cosmic law to chase after money. He is telling me that he is observing what I’m doing and it’s his subtle way of also advising me not to go on that track. We should always do the work we love for the pure enjoyment we get from it without thinking about what will be returned to us. While this seems counter to the way most of us have been brought up in this society – and it is opposite of the way we are indoctrinated in our educational system of today – it DOES work if you can just release yourself from that FIDURODian mindset. It has been one of the most difficult things for me to overcome, as I am sure it is for many people. Even when we work hard to overcome it, we maintain vestiges of it.

How do you just keep doing what you love most when you can look ahead and cannot see where next month’s rent money is going to come from, much less all of the other bills and expenses you have. My Master Teacher even gave me a little test on this, which I passed because I passed up his “advice.” Sometimes teachers do need to make assessments to see exactly where their students are in their learning process, and that was what this test turned out to be. While I failed in one sense, because I seriously considered what he propositioned, which was a way to get some cash flow, fortunately, I did not follow through because my intuition prevented me, so that was good. He was not trying to trick me; he only wanted to evaluate where I was and what instruction he needed to give me.

And at that point, he gave me the clue, “goin’ for the gold,”and then yesterday morning, he gave me the clues, “ticket to freedom” and “go forward.”  When I searched YouTube, the following videos came up. The first three show what happens when you TRY to go for the GOLD.  None of these are good ideas, so I do not recommend them. The first video really needs more research -- is Hannah making a difference with her "gold" that is nothing more than a little maple syrup? The second one represents those many people who really get on the wrong track, and the third one is a huge scam that gets people at the top of the pyramid very rich as a result of all of those who briefly attempt to make money with this, but quickly learn it is no panacea. The fourth video, which came to the top when I searched on his last clue “go forward,” is a commentary about how we can fool ourselves and it might make us feel better for the moment, but it doesn’t change cosmic law. And, of course, this relates back to ecumenicalism because all religions teach this in some form. Now if only we would all practice it.

The very last video is one I received from Doreen a few days ago and is more representative of how we should approach moving forward. I should have posted this blog yesterday, but I needed the Eager Beaver pep talk first. My teacher always knows just what I need. I hope his advice is helpful to other people who read these blogs.

“Goin’ for the Gold”
As a side note, the name Hannah literally means "God has graced me with a son".

 

“ticket to freedom”


“ticket to freedom”
 

“Go forward”   Lyrics
 

Important message from Doreen
 


I think Doreen’s message here is right on, especially when combined with the video just a few days ago about self employment. It is SO hard to live by though and is one of the challenges I still work on.

Meeting with My Master Teacher
Right after I wrote the above blog, my Master Teacher dropped by. He was happy with what I wrote and how hard I work to rise above the drama that sometimes takes place around me, as well as my efforts to focus on what I enjoy most without thinking about what I will get in return. He gave me some more clues for songs and, really, I do not need to put them in context with his conversation, because apparently the songs will speak for themselves. Here are the clues in the order he gave them: “a thang goin’ on,” “human,” “cookie trail,” and “lining up.” I will see what each of these clues brings to the top on a YouTube search right now.

“a thang goin’ on”
 

Well, this video definitely speaks to the drama that goes on around us and shows that we are much better off if we do not get pulled into it.

“human”


This is such an inspirational song! I love it. The singer talks about how we get nervous when we find “open doors,” and how we need to “cut the cord,” which is exactly what I have been going through. Basically, we need to be human – break free and be free -- and not be puppets, as framed by the question in the song, “Are we human or are we dancer?” So, my Master Teacher, here is asking us to really evaluate our choices. Are we doing what we wish in our hearts, or are we just going along with everyone else, following in their footsteps (eg., the status quo)?

This is a question we need to live each day asking ourselves as we make choices…oh, yes my teacher had talked about fractals and how there are so many and as they increase in number, so do the choice points which is why we quickly are confronted with infinite choices. And having infinite choices in a sense creates an issue because, first, with all of the choices available, there is absolutely no reason to follow along exactly with what someone else has done (thus, we are dancer, not human). And on the other hand, we need some sort of guidance and can we really depend only upon ourselves in this huge universe that is no doubt full of all varieties of entities, many of whom are much more advanced than we are and much more knowledgable.

I think it is important to do what the song is saying – get on our knees and ask for guidance, not literally, but figuratively. Help and guidance is there. We can look to the cosmos and our dreams and imagination for signs and guidance. It’s there and it goes back once again to ecumenicalism because all religions present this in some form – but do we really need religion per se to be able to make choices that are benficial to all? This song really will get you thinking! There are, of course, multiple interpretations. It is interesting to read the posts to see the different ways people interpret this song – and that is the heart of Joe’s critical bricolage, by the way – to get many perspectives. I love this song!

“cookie trail”
 

This video reminds me that I had always wished I had learned to ski. It looks like so much fun to fly down the mountains in the snow, surrounded by nature. I never took the opportunity to learn. For one thing, the money was always an issue since skiing has always been expensive and as I have stated many times in these blogs, I have always been in extreme poverty and have struggled to no avail all of my life to rise up above it. Maybe somewhere along the way I missed a choice point where I could have learned to ski. We always need to keep our eyes open so that we do not miss out on something we would love to do.

“lining up”
 

This is interesting! The guy getting the haircut and shave is following his own style – I love his hairstyle and beard. The other very creative thing about this video is that it’s a demonstration/training video, showing how to line up a beard, but instead of using boring narration, it is set to music. This is very creative! So, in this video we have three examples of people doing their own thing: the guy who has his unique and very attractive beard and haircut, and we have the very skilled person doing this “lining up” of his beard, and we have the creative way the training CD has been produced – fast motion -- you can still see the technique and learn from watching it --  and it is set to some great music. These three people are not “dancer” as in the last music video and have stepped outside the status quo. What so many people do not seem to realize is the gift we all receive when people do this stepping outside – this act of “being human” as was depicted in the song above. This is a very blessed gift because in the final analysis it helps free us all up to being who we really are and wish or dream to be. I know people think I am weird for writing these “crazy” blogs, but at the same time, there are people who realize that this frees them up – just as I realized Joe’s work had opened many doors for us in the way we choose to learn, educate, “be,” and express ourselves.

We just need more people to start going through those doors. It’s sad to see how many people choose to only dance in other people’s footsteps. We should dance, this is true, and I love to dance and so did Joe. I want to be “human” and create NEW dances.

One last word: During my morning meeting this Memorial Day, my Master Teacher told me to sit tight this week and see what “magically manifests.” That means two things: another song AND a BIG SURPRISE.

Here’s the video that came to the top when searching on “magically manifest.” I like it!




IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS: Do You Get Today’s Message? I do.
I “get” today’s message and it is an important one. It summarizes the process we make as we experience transformation in our lives. We often regress, take a step backwards, which is just a natural part of the process (e.g., “Backtracking to move forward”). This is where ecumenicalism is helpful. If we seek multiple perspectives on what we are going through and respectfully share with each other, this serves to, as Joe put it, “alleviate suffereing,” as we go through painful experiences and shed our karma and old habits. Sometimes, we want shortcuts and even get lost along the way, as represented by the “Goin’ for the Gold” and "ticket to freedom" videos where the people were sidetracked from following their dreams in various ways. We can “move forward” if we realize we have infinite “choice points,” thanks to fractals, and we make wise choices from among them – choices that serve to alleviate suffering for ourselves and the greater society. We also have divine guidance available if we open our hearts and minds to that. Dancing other people’s dances, or in other words, following the flock is not wise. We need to release our fear and go through open doors (as described in the song, “Human”), and we need to be ourselves and create NEW DANCES.

Once we can do that, love magically manifests and this is the point at which people reunite with their twin flame soul mate. Twin flame soul mates are real for most people and will manifest in some form. Science has now shed great light on this, if you are so inclined to research it further, and I encourage that. Or you can continue to create your own reality in which these things are just a figment of someone else's imagination. EIther way, we are all free to create the reality of our choosing. The great thing about that is, no one is wrong.

Isn’t my teacher a TRUE MASTER TEACHER? How EVER did he give me all of these random clues that pulled up such relevant videos that tell this great story of transformation? I do think I will keep him around.
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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Ebay Protects University President Paychecks -- and the Eager Beaver Returns


You know a college degree ain’t worth the paper it’s printed on when you can’t even sell it on eBay to pay off your student loans. Enlow, a recent college grad who found himself heavily in debt without a job that pays enough to make the monthly payments tried to sell his diploma to pay off his loans and eBay pulled his auction down. They are heartless. Suddenly we learn just how political the topic “education” has become these days and how the cronies stick up for each other.

eBay Halts Indebted Purdue Grad’s Diploma Auction
Purdue Diploma Removed from Ebay


Of course eBay tells a different version (of course): “diplomas can not be listed for sale due to the sensitivity and nature of the item.” eBay cares more about this “emotional” issue and less about the former student who can’t pay his loans after “investing” in his college education. The Purdue President earns a yearly salary of $529,000. Something is wrong with this picture. Who is eBay supporting in this equation? In the meantime, Enlow states, “Going to college made my life worse.”


Check out the salaries of some of the other university presidents:
Salaries. But have no fear; salaries are “leveling off.” It's too bad tuition hikes don't level off.

All of this, combined with my own personal experience with universities where I have worked and/or attended makes me wonder whether all of the money I have invested is going to do me any good. Personally, I do not want a “job” or to work for a “boss,” especally if it means I can't afford to pay all of my loans. If I had not come across Joe's work, quite miraculously (and had the good fortune to meet him in person), I would really be in dire straits. Joe's theory can get us all out of this mess.

I am very disappointed about my university education and I feel that I am at a crossroads right now. Do I want to continue investing for a PhD that I am not totally certain will be worth what I paid for it by the time I am finished? Will it get me a job? No, I don’t want the kind of job I have been “trained” to work at. I want to create my own work. But my degree did not preprare me for that and this is where Joe's theory comes to the rescue. PLUS I am contemplating transferring back to my home state university and writing my PhD for them. The only problem with transferring at this point is that every university seems to want extra money, so they force you to take and pay for more courses before working on the dissertation.

But returning to Oregon State University works for me because I am an “Eager Beaver” at heart. My home state is “the Beaver State” (Oregon) and I earned my B.A. and Masters degree at Oregon State University – the OSU Beavers! Perhaps, since I am such an Eager Beaver, I should check into the new innovative program they have started which combines the arts and sciences. That would be a great department for pushing forward Joe’s advanced conceptualization of the multidimensional, multidisciplinary critical bricolage as I intend to do with my dissertation. I will think about it.

I did have much more to say today, including some music from my Master Teacher, but I think I will stop here for today. I sense that something big is coming “up the pike.” (That’s a treasure hunt.) In the meantime, here are some great OSU Beaver videos. At least if the diploma is no good, we got the Beaver Spirit!

Beaver Fight Song




 




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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Memorial Day Preparations, the Research Process, and Welcome Aboard the NEW Educational Journey.


Purple Flowers 4 JoeIt’s Saturday already! Where do the days go?

And last night I actually missed meeting with my Master Teacher. I was very tired, went to bed early, and then was up early this morning. It’s ok, though, he doesn’t mind. I did meet with him VERY early this morning just before he headed out the door to another important meeting. Nevertheless, he took time to go into great detail about celebrating Memorial Day, how to organize my research, and how to proceed with some of the projects we are working on together. Plus. he provided me with a lot of music.

Flowers For A KingI do plan to have a royal Memorial Day celebration for all of my loved ones who have passed over, and, of course, including the entire critical knowledge network. It should be interesting. I really want to take time to make them each a special gift – at least the ones I know well. But my teacher said not to go to so much trouble and that they really do not expect shrines.” Well, I think some of them really deserve shrines for all of the hard work they did while they were living in what essentially might be called hell here on earth. And since this site is dedicated to Joe, I often think about how hard he worked, how dedicated he was to leave such monumental works for us to use to move education forward. But my teacher said they will all be happy if I just spend some time writing to them. They like that.

As far as the research, he had no definite suggestions for an organized process. He told me I already know how it works – we just engage in the process, put our hearts into it, and then divine guidance kicks in, leading us to the appropriate information at the right time. He did suggest that I continue to work on getting my files organized, taking notes on articles, and to keep a list of definitions that I encounter. He wants me to replace some of the terms with more familiar terms, stating that while we do not want to
“dumb it down” we also don’t want to use elite educational jargon that the chosen few can relate to.

Of course, the words in quotation marks were clues to songs that relate to our mission to change education and make the world a better place. So I will look those up on YouTube right now, taking the first song to the top in each case. (My Master Teacher loves to communicate with music). I should note here, that it is important to bring music and all of the arts back into the curriculum. A complete education honors taking care of the mind, body, and soul. Music and the arts attend to the soul.

I will look up the songs on You Tube right now.

shrines.”
OMG – Check this video out. “Genius Saves World!” are the headlines on a newspaper in the opening segment of this video. That is so significant! And this video was put up just yesterday. I’ll tell ya, my Master Teacher does stay on top of things! I love it! And of course, if you have read my previous blogs and if you are familiar with Joe's work, Joe was a true geunius who believed we are all geniuses if only we free up people to learn naturally. As it stands, people are being prevented by our educational system from achieving their potential because we think we know what we need to teach them, have dumbed down the curriculum, and force them to waste their brain power on memorizing random, decontextualized information. Check this out! Genius Saves the World! Yes, indeed. And there are more interpretations for this video.




“dumb it down”
Now here is perspective we really to pay attention to. This is an interesting and very powerful presentation on dumbing down the curriculum. It would be great to use this to facilitate a discussion among students about the dumbing down of education and educe their ideas for improving education.

 


chosen
This is a fascinating presentation that has so many symbols and signifiers. We need to bring back the arts into the curriculum, including performing arts. Rather than waste time having students watch and discuss popular media, which so often becomes depoliticized (Fedory, 2005), this video provides a bountiful source of discussion in the classroom. I am sure that's why my teacher directed me to this. It, again, is a very powerful presentation that would be great to open up discussions in the classroom, whether in face-to-face classes or online.

 

These have been great videos today and make wonderful additions to the curriculum. In the tradition of the bricolage, I will come back to these, expand on my thoughts here, write them up as curricular activities and post these ideas under FREE Curricular Materials on this web site.

This is just the beginning of the NEW Educational Journey. It is going to get more exciting; I have been promised. This summer there will be more treasure hunting along with some amazing findings. You shall see. If my Master Teacher is SO POWERFUL he can form love images with the clouds, all I can say is what Joe used to say about this form of education in his books: "You ain't seen nothin' yet." Oh! That was actually another clue to a song from my teacher today! Also, there was one final clue, "Our love will see us through." I need to look these up!


"Our love will see us through."



And, finally, this last song was given to me yesterday to pass on to all of the new members of my critical knowledge network who are helping me launch my educational outreach program. I love this song, which was pulled up by searching on "Welcome Aboard." It is so appropriate. About three minutes in is the singing: "Welcome aboard . . . you don't need no reservations . . . music is your ticket . . ."

Welcome to the NEW Educational Journey!!!!

Welcome Aboard


 

This just in!!!!  I just finished this blog and my Master Teacher stopped in again to tell me he and the other members had "put their heads together" to come up with a great plan for promoting my educational outreach efforts. It is divine! While I will not share all of the details here, just watch for it to really take off. It is a "perpetual" revolution, no doubt. I hope I have time for it and my dissertation....well, more later. Gotta get to work!

References
Fedory, Zenon (2005). Using Bricolage to Dismantle the New Brunswick Visual Arts Grade 9 Curriculum. Thesis. University of New Brunswick.
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Friday, May 28, 2010

I’m taking a TRAIN to New York!!! – the New York Treasure Hunt Rises Again PLUS BABIES and EDUCE

Today’s blog is “short and sweet,” relatively speaking. It is Friday, afterall and I have worked hard all week. There are a few loose ends to tie up, however.

First, I noticed that I missed one of the clues for music that my Master Teacher had given me yesterday. It’s too bad I missed it because it would have really cheered my up after that sad song, “Danny Boy” and the request that I go to New York and pay my respects to Joe at his graveside. I cry everytime I think about that.

The clue for music I had missed was simply “Babies.” Check out the two videos that came to the top. Try to watch the first one without laughing. Can you do it? The second one is a trailer and I just have to see this movie! It looks so adorable and educational at the same time. Perhaps, it would make a better movie to show in a classroom than some of the old standby movies the kids are tired of seeing or are bored to death with. Even though I have not yet seen this movie, from viewing the trailer, I expect that it is very entertaining and educational.

"Babies”



The second video cannot be embedded, so click on the link to view it:

BABIES

I’m Taking a TRAIN to New York!
It was interesting that right after mentioning that my Master Teacher had hinted at a Treasure Hunt in New York quite some time ago, I was handed down a detailed travel intinerary by way of music yesterday. Previously, I had thought these treasure hunts were a part of another treasure hunt my teacher had me working on, called The No Ordinary Treasure Hunt.

These are discussed in these blogs, I had written last August 16 and 20, 2009:

Will I Get A New Car or Shall I Take A Train? Another Clue for the No Ordinary Treasure Hunt

The New York! New York! And Where the West Sun Never Shines Treasure Hunts

The following song came up for me quite randomly as I was working yesterday and it appears that I am definitely going to New York on a TRAIN. It is funny that both blogs even show a picture of a train (the photo was taken in ALBANY, OREGON, not New York).
The complete travel itinerary is included in this song! It looks like we will be stopping at some very interesting places along the way! Oh, my teacher is so brilliant and I can’t wait for this trip.

MY TRAVEL INTINERARY -- I LOVE IT!!!


Morning Meeting with My Master Teacher
I have been back in the “worry mode” so my teacher reminded me not to worry about things. He gave me detailed instructions about a project I need to work on and I am sure it will be a part of the “Where the West Sun Never Shines Treasure Hunt,” which will be part of the “New York! New York! Treasure Hunt (it is in the travel itinerary).

I know this is confusing to people reading this blog, but it makes sense to me and I will clear up the confusion down the road. I am still not certain WHEN this treasure hunt is supposed to take place (maybe next spring; maybe next summer). It is interesting that I also had a dream not long ago in which I had traveled to New York relating to some book I had published, so maybe I will have an important book written by then. 

Perhaps, “epistemological road trip” is a better description, but I love the idea of treasure hunting because it helps me keep my eyes open for the great surprises along the way.
 And in his work, Joe often mentioned treasure hunting and finding treasures.

My teacher
 gave me three clues for music today and they are just words that I can take out of context of his discussion: “defame” and “worst” and "educe." The first two do not sound like happy songs, but we'll see. I will search them on You Tube right now and see what comes to the top! And then I need to get on with my day. 

“defame”



“worst”
(there are times when you are better off if you don't know what you’re doing)






“educe”
(I’m not sure what song this is, but here are some lyrics of music by Educe: Lyrics

Check out their logo – EDUCE with the last “E” backwards. That would be great logo for education, since “to educate” means “to educe” from the learner, not to program them. I like their t-shirts! 

My paper on My Personal Educational Philosophy under Academic Papers on this site explains more about how the word “educate” derives from “educe” and when we only use direct teaching methods and rely on memorization we are actually circumventing this natural process.
 


 


NEW YORK! HERE I COME!!! 
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Thursday, May 27, 2010

A Musical, Emotional Rollercoaster Ride: NOTHING is More Important than LOVE

theme parkYesterday was full of trials and tribulations. It seems that every direction I turned, I ran into more obstacles. As Joe pointed out in his work, the deck is stacked against poor people trying to make a go of something, and is it ever. Well, I won’t go into the details, but I was up very late last night just because work that should have taken only an hour or so took many hours. It is not that time is speeding up; it’s just that the crappy software and the slow Internet we have to use make everything take 10 times longer. It is very frustrating to know that I can get things done MUCH faster if only the software and Internet would work right. Even the damned label template, simple as that should be, is screwed up. And get this: Avery™ label software does not guarantee their label template will work if you don’t use Avery™ labels. Well I don’t have Avery™  labels, yet that is the very template Microsoft Word seems to force a person to use. I swear they musta been watching me, too. The labels are fine; they just are not Avery™ and I could not get the addresses to type properly into the template. And the more pages I tried to make, the more screwed up the whole thing got. Big Brother must have been watching and saw that I was not following orders.

And check this out! This is so funny. ALL OF THIS FOR LABELS: OMG ARE THEY CRAZY???

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Isn’t that hilarious? All of THAT for a simple, standard 1"x2-5/8" label!!! And they even YELL about it. What is the world coming to? And here I am, having lost track of the untold number of hours I have spent to produce this web site in order to propel Joe’s work to the world, even now starting the development of curricular activities, getting ready to post an image library – all for people to use absolutely FREE. If Joe’s book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, was mine to give away, I would do that, too. I still have not seen the “less than $30 paperback version” that he had worked so hard to get into his contract. I find that very sad because his wishes are not being met and he is not able to enforce the contract -- and many people cannot afford the $150 price of the book. At least his other books are much less expensive. Still, in my view, we really cannot put a value on the amazing gifts he has left us through his work.

My Meetings with My Master Teacher
On to better topics. Of course, my Master Teacher was empathetic at our evening meeting last night, but I was a little upset when I found out what the song was he had given me at the end of our meeting. He is very tricky sometimes; there are valid reasons I often call him the "Hermes Trickster" – with great love, of course. Here’s what he said to me, which was the clue to the song:

“No leaves are fallin in the sunshine dear.”

I cracked up. I found that so funny and could not imagine what kind of song that would bring up, especially given some of his past really weird clues that brought up amazingly relevant music. And he comes back with:

You laugh at me? You wanna know what kind of song that is? Well it’s a “sweet and sexy song” for…..well, I’ll leave the rest out. But, I knew that the words “sweet and sexy song” had to be a clue for yet another song.

I could not believe the song that came up with his clue “no leaves are fallin in the sunshine dear.” It’s the same song but a different video that he had given me just last Friday, May 21, 2010 (scroll to the very end of the blog; it’s the last song). I did not reveal the clue that brought that particular song up; I just did not feel that the public is ready for a whole new reality, but I can say that in terms of the clue in relation to the song it, too, is very random and I do not know how it pulled up the song it did.

My Master Teacher seems to have other ideas about what the public should know about us and it seems he is pushing me along a little more quickly than I am ready for. When I reviewed my notes, he had some interesting revelations for me the first day he had given me the song, "Danny Boy," something about “walk ins.” Now, he has revealed to me that he is the one who made all of the sexy cloud formations the other day when I was out taking photographs of flowers. If you have not seen those amazing photographs of clouds with images, take a look. They are in my Psyche and Eros: Lovers in the Sky blog.They were a gift to me for the work I do, apparently, as well as a very creative announcement of the pending birth of baby Gloria Grace in June. He is very proud of that. But the details of this are a story for the future, which is something that is very difficult for mono-dimensional earthlings to understand, lol.

Here is an image of this current search for “no leaves are fallin in the sunshine dear” on You Tube to show that the clue, as bizarre as it is, brought up the song, Danny Boy by Eva Cassidy.
 
Danny Boy by Eva Cassidy

Only my beloved Master Teacher has this much skill. That’s why, in addition to Hermes the Trickster, I also call him the “Magical Music Man” and because his music is so love-filled, I also call him the God of Love, Eros (and since my name means Psyche that works for me). Those are just “pet names” so no need for people to get “up in arms.” Don’t you love that idiom, “up in arms”? Does that mean they are ready to do battle? I say, let's stick with LOVE. Here is the song, "Danny Boy" by Eva Cassidy.

 

Does it ever make me cry! This is different from the other version because now I feel that I am being asked to visit a graveside. I know what it means. My Master Teacher is telling me I need to follow up and pay my respects to Joe by visiting his graveside -- and only because he knows that I need to do so in order to alleviate my suffering over his death. I still cry a lot about it. The song makes me cry even more because I don’t know where he is. Only special people were invited to the celebrations in honor of his life and only special people know where he was laid to rest. I keep getting messages from my Master Teacher to go to New York; in fact there was advanced indication of a treasure hunt that will be coming up in New York, which I wrote about last summer, called the New York! New York! Treasure Hunt. I think it will happen either this summer or next spring. So, I think he may have been laid to rest in New York. I am supposed to visit him. That’s what the message from the song is.

There is another reason my teacher gave me this song; there are always multiple interpretations. Apparently, Eva Cassidy is a member of our Critical Knowledge Network now. I am not sure what she wants, but it is comforting to know that another woman is on the team since we have so many guys and they like to refer to themselves as "the gang." What is the Critical Knowledge Network (my definition)? It is a group of people (on both sides of the divide) who work together and share and construct knowledge for a common mission to make things on earth better. We are all on the same mission. One reason I know Eva Cassidy is in the Network is because she keeps coming up, much like Sam Cooke did and I know the work I need to do for Sam, after experiencing his pain and having a few conversations with him – he wants me to use Joe’s theory to help him try to get his case reinvestigated because everyone lied about what really happened to him.

Eva, on the other hand, died of cancer. I don’t know what she might want assistance with. I am getting the impression that she was concerned that, although she was very well known abroad, her music was not well known in the United States where she had been born and raised, and she would like her music to receive greater recognition. Her songs are especially relevant during this time of great change. She is an absolutely brilliant performer; I love her music and it has come up several times in my blogs as handed down to me from my Master Teacher.  

Usually, if my Master Teacher brings a person to my attention, there is a specific reason for it; for example, Sam and his case. And then there is Einstein and something that was missed in one of his articles that Joe had discovered and has hidden in his book and I am supposed to bring all of this out; and then there’s Ralph Waldo Emerson who is upset because certain professors have called him a “crazy poet” and called for throwing his work out of the curriculum. This would be a travesty since Ralph’s work is so beautiful. I have written about all of this in my previous blogs and as I accomplish these tasks set  before me, I will reference the specific previous blogs.

So then I have the second song my teacher gave me last night, “sweet and sexy song” which brought this up. He knew I would cry about that last song, so I think this is just to get my mind off it, although there are undoubtedly additional interpretations.



I just now had my morning meeting with my Master Teacher. I took a brief break from writing this blog and it is now 9:39 AM. And this is weird: I KEEP SEEING DOUBLE NINES EVERYWHERE. It used be DOUBLE ONES and then PAIRS of DOUBLE ONES (for example, check this blog out: Considering my mission is education and developing a new academy, Is it significant or what?) Anyway, the other night I mentioned this 9's phenomenon to one of my other great master teachers and she said it is the sign of completion….and that is totally relevant right now, but again that is a FUTURE story (and the future is now) but many earthlings just don’t get it so I will have to save the story for later.

My Master Teacher, this moring was very funny. I asked him if that great song GOLD he gave me yesterday was for the project he had assigned me (meaning was it going to bring in some desperately needed cash?) or was it for me. Here’s what he said:

Well you are just going to have to wait and see if “gold” is equivalent to charter schools. [Refer to yesterday’s blog about charter schools for more information about how they may be taken over by big business.] Think about it, Baby, and I know you are [he does know me, lol]. Then he gave me ANOTHER song, with the clue “nip them in the bud” which relates to this educational journey or mission we are on together. And to clarify that the song, GOLD, was, indeed about me too, he said “You Baby are my gold.”

We will see right now what songs come up to the top of a YouTube search on the clues “nip them in the bud” and “You Baby are my gold.

This is HILARIOUS!!! It is funny for multiple reasons, one being that Joe, the author this web site features was actually trained to be a preacher, but he chose to work in education. I think he would find this sermon, “Nip it in the Bud” by Dennis Swanberg very funny. My Master Teacher has SUCH a great sense of humor. (And I guess he wanted to make me laugh after that sad song that made me cry).

 

Now, let’s see what “You Baby are my gold” brings up.

What a sweet promise from my Master Teacher! And a great way to end today’s blog on a positive, love-filled note.  I hope everyone has a great day – keep the LOVE in your hearts. As Joe, the educator/theorist whose work this website promotes always stated in his workthere is nothing more important than LOVE.

I will Still Love You  -  Lyrics

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

OH BOY, ANOTHER WAR: Why Don’t People Read Joe’s Books? PLUS Lottsa LOVE Songs!


And WHO runs the Charter Schools?

It sounds like a set-up to me, but who is fighting in this war? Is it REALLY the bad guys against the good guys? Or is it the good guys against the good guys? Or is it the bad guys pretending to fight against the bad guys, thus they are ALL lunatics?

Given that this is the vile FOX News (a heartless media mogul), I think I will choose the latter. If people would just take time to read Joe’s little booklet, a precious GEM he left us, Understanding The New Right and Its Impact on Education (1983), they would quickly come to realize that these lunatics who are so good at pulling us all into their drama are sacrificing our children, their futures, and the future of the earth for money, greed, and power. The “New” Right is a fabrication. The “Left” is a fabrication, folks. Some other fabricated imaginaries include: Democrat- Republican, Progressive-NeoConservative, creationism-evolution, liberal-conservative, etc. etc.  Just like these fabricated wars (War on Drugs, Education War, War on Poverty, blah blah blah) --THEY DO NOT EXIST. They exist only in our minds because that is what the politicans, the media, and the power moguls at the top PROGRAM us to believe. As long as we believe we are divided this way, they have us under their control, and importantly, they can rob us blind.

Americans and people of the world! Listen up! We all have much more in common and we are much more in agreement than has been constructed for us in our consciousnesses. It is time to realize this and begin fighting the monster, which is powerful but much smaller than you think. And we have the cosmos on our side this time.

Just think, if the cosmos has the power to create beautiful and erotic love scenes in the sky (see my blog, Psyche and Eros: Lovers in the Sky), then we simply must know that we have God on our side, however you prefer to conceptualize God and no matter what religion you are or are not. Do not be deceived by the conflict the media, politicians and the transnational corporate moguls construct. They want to own the world. We do not have to allow that. And how do we prevent this? The same way it has always been done in the past: through the Great Phoenix Rising. That is, we start from the bottom up, avoiding the traps, blasting through all of the gates, and making our own rules. (The old rules don’t work anymore.)

This video is just one more example of the way the media hypes up things with a political agenda. My guess is that this hype will turn us against each other once again so that big business can come in and take over the charter schools. The goal of No Child Left Behind was a public education takeover and these people are patiently waiting like vultures, wanting us to believe that charter schools are the “golden chalice” for education so that we are all fighting, kicking and screaming for the opportunity (which will be but a fleeting moment, once their real agenda kicks in).

Investigate charter schools. Who owns them? What is the trend in this ownership over the past few years? How does this Education War video play right into the hands of the corporate take-over of education? How is this going to affect education in the future? What can we at the bottom do to circumvent this?

My Meetings With My Master Teacher

I love the song he gave me last night. After our meeting he told me to get some rest so that I could get up in the morning and “hit the ground running.” So, I plugged those words into YouTube and look what came up: A really sweet song. I guess he wants to keep me around (not that I would EVER leave him! We are in this together for eternity!)

“hit the ground running”
 

Also, I was not sure about the messages yesterday in the video game YouTube video, but I followed up on it some (partially, at least; I think there is more to this video). But I looked up the lyrics for the first song in the video, which is “Cowboy Dreams.” It is really sweet (I do love my Master Teacher, so it’s ok that he sends me this kind of music). The lyrics are here: Cowboy Dreams. Looks like my Master Teacher is back into LOVE SONGS. I can't complain about that, especially given all of these "wars" that keep being fabricated around us.

He gave one other video yesterday and said it was significant and that I should look up the synopsis for this movie. The clue was “Catch me if you can.” I have not seen the movie. I looked it up online and it appears to be about a man who went around the world impersonating an airline pilot, doctor, attorney, and history professor and he cashed more than $2.5 million dollars in fraudulent checks in 26 different countries. It’s a cat and mouse chase with the FBI involved. OK, I will need to find out why this is relevant. It does amaze me when I hear about these people who can impersonate various professionals and are convincing. How do they do it? They must receive divine intervention to be able to pull it off.

“Catch me if you can”


My meeting this morning was very short; my Master Teacher stays busy these days. I told him I did not know what to write in the blogs today and as usual when that happens, he said to just start writing, so I did, and this blog is what we have. He gave me some business advice which I appreciate so much, and then he signed off with “GOLD,” meaning that the advice he gave me was "gold," so that means I'd better follow up on it. This is ANOTHER song, I am sure. I will check it right now on YouTube. I don’t know whether people reading these blogs realize the significance of the music and videos provided, but I do know I really love getting the music from my teacher – so here goes; let’s see what this one simple word, "Gold" brings up today.

Since the song cannot be embedded, here is the link:

GOLD
Here are the
LYRICS. I LOVE it. Another LOVE song. I guess this means
my teacher is happy with the work I am doing.
J

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A Brief Description of My Interpretation of Joe's Critical Bricolage In Simple Words


It is interesting that so many of my colleagues seek my advice with their research, even though I am a rookie. We all seem to be groping in the dark when it comes to navigating the research process. Frankly, many universities do not teach students how to research at all. In doctoral programs, instead of learning how to research, we are forced, once again, to take a long string of required classes of watered down, politically biased courses that are taught on the basis of textbooks that include major misconceptions, deceptions, gross obfuscations, ommissions, and in some cases, even outright lies. And always, the textbooks present the reified Western view of things. I have written a number of papers in my courses pointing out these issues and I have even rewritten the curriculum in some of my courses to escape this nonsense, but of course, I am a hick from the country who is quite voiceless. I took a great deal of time reading Joe’s version of the critical bricolage and often discuss it with my colleagues and they intuitively see that the approach that is being forced on them by upper faculty is often misguided, but they cannot see in what way. And so they often come to me – I think I need to go into the dissertation consultation business.

One thing for sure, education needs my dissertation done already. As I agreed with one of my colleagues, the critical bricolage involves mixed methods; that is true. (She had the recommendation from another colleague to not refer to it as the bricolage, but to just call it “mixed methods.”) The bricolage, however, uses multiple perspectives, theories and methods to look at the object of inquiry from many angles and then, as she had stated, weaves or quilts them together. However, we can only SPECULATE up front what some of those methods might be and so we state that the process is IMPROVISATIONAL. Maybe the researcher will need to do interviews at some point, maybe look at different theories, maybe see how a trend noticed during the investigation compares with some other trend (there are infinite options, but you select what will answer some of the new questions that come up as you go through the process and if using Joe's critical bricolage, the criteria for selecting are ways to promote social justice, or as he always so sweetly stated it throughout his work, the criterion is "to alleviate human suffering"); you do not determine all of your questions up front -- new questions always come up so why restrict your question to those you have up front during the time you have the least understanding of what your research might show?)....so you make those decisions during the research process as you uncover things. To say that we know what we are going to discover in research is backwards. As both Einstein and Joe had contended -- IF WE KNEW WHAT WE WERE GOING TO FIND, IT WOULDN'T BE CALLED RESEARCH. Not only that, science is not out to PROVE anything, it is out to INVESTIGATE, PROBE. It amazes me how many people even at our level think that research is out to "prove" something. I even find myself using the word and I know better.

It is a misconception to think that we can come up with some final nearly definitive answer. You can't. ALL research is interpretation, even positivism, and the best you can do is find a good stopping point at which you have gained a greater understanding and have moved knowledge forward -- maybe a lot, maybe a little. The research can always be picked up again and continued on sometime down the road when conditions change.

Note that the briocloage does not throw out positivism; positivism may have its place for ONE PIECE of the quilt. Joe was often criticized for throwing out positivism. If you read his work, he was highly critical of the fact that education has a love affair with positivism, but he had NOT eliminated it from the toolbox.

Many committee members appear to be hung up on putting the cart before the horse. Most students, even at the doctoral level have not been taught how to DO Research. We literally have not been taught and the dissertation process is much like the blind leading the blind in some cases (not all, fortunately).

This is one of the very reasons I selected the bricolage to research USING the bricolage. I can explain all of this right up front and I can bypass or clear up any misconceptions on the part of the committee, if there are any. Unfortunately, for whatever reasons, at my university, we often do not have free choice of our committee members, which means we may end up with someone we do not know and who is not familiar with our work. By the end of my dissertation I hope to put forth a greater understanding of the bricolage and how it can be applied. I truly hope -- if I am allowed to finish this process, and I have serious doubts about that, given my status as trailer trash -- that I open doors for future research. Educational research is not only at a standstill right now, it is taking society tragically backwards.

I explain the following, to once again remind people reading my blogs that they are:

1) The critical bricolage in action and they are phenomonenological in nature;
2) Based on Joe’s critical complex epistemology and the critical bricolage. This is NOT to be confused with critical pedagogy as it is practiced today, which is an entirely different ideology, FROM MY PERSPECTIVE -- please refer to my previous blogs about how Joe’s work was leading us on a path AWAY from critical pedagogy and this is all in his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction; although Joe defines his version of critical pedagogy, which is an element of his theory, he has moved us much further out on the paradigmatic spectrum, which is where I am most comfortable.
3) TOTALLY IMPROVISATIONAL. I do not PLAN these blogs. I meet with my Master Teacher each day during which he teaches me on an improvisational basis and also gives me his, what I like to call “magic music” that provides additional perspectives or sometimes simply consoles me during the trials and tribulations in my life -- and the music always projects love to the cosmos. My blogs are written much the way people CHANNEL information down through the cosmos. That is just one way to explain how I write and many writers use this same process, but most of them refuse to talk about it or reveal all of their secrets. Unfortunately, we are not taught this method in school. The bottom line is, we do not need to plan out and struggle with our writing. It just flows. This is one of the hidden secrets that many educators, famous authors, scientists, etc., know and use, but they have refused to pass down the information lest we all become great writers and, with their false notion of scarcity (there is not enough money or fame to go around), they keep these things hidden. We have free access to greater knowledge and abilities quite naturally. I will contend that we all can become great writers if we learn to capitalize on this process and practice it. The tactic in education is to force us to cram our brains with nonsensical “knowledge” so that our creativity does not have a chance to surge forth. This process is clearly explained in my blog, Mental Processes Require Exposure to Difference.
4) As stated above, everything is merely interpretation, including all research. In the Disclaimer for this site, on this page, there is a long explanation of what that means.
5) The purposes of these blogs are multiple and include, but are not limited to:
a) my dissertation research;
b)a way of putting forth multiple interpretations and perspectives so that we are no longer restricted to the Western worldview as we go forth with Joe’s critical complex epistemology and critical bricolage. These theories REQUIRE multiple worldviews. We simply must accomplish this soon because as it stands, unfortunately, globalization is far ahead of humanity’s ability to relate with each other and work together to make decisions that are just and equitable. Even in the United States, as highlighted with the border issues and the Texas textbook issues, we are not able to find resolutions for our own issues. This must be remedied and the Western World needs to come to its senses before attempting to tell “OTHERs” what to do, not that we should ever be telling people in other countries what to do or pretending we have superior knowledge when we do not (and I find that label "Others" which the educational community tosses around far too frequently highly insulting for myself as well as for the other people it has come to represent, as I discussed in a previous blog).
Cultural differences simply will never allow Western rules to be applied all over the world. It cannot and will not ever work. Joe was highly concerned about this very issue and he called over and over again in all of his work for the opening of our minds to diverse perspectives. We can no longer be the dictators of “WHAT IS” no matter how we might wish to rationalize it, define it, sanction it, put it in stone, or defend it; as long as we are using Western policy and practices, we are in deep trouble with the rest of the world.
c) We must learn to critically think via Joe's formulation of a complex criticality. As I asked in a previous blog, “Can we TEACH critical thinking?” No, we cannot teach it, but we can provide the tools and opportunities for people to develop these essential critical complex thinking skills. The other day, I described how this can be accomplished by exposing ourselves to difference, and cited Gregory Bateson’s work. And as Joe presents in his work, this exposure to difference is the central purpose and role of the critical bricolage.
d) These blogs can be used for a variety of purposes, depending upon the topic and presentation. Similar topics can be assembled to create something new or reworked (used as POETs to do additional research, employing the bricolage). They can be used to launch discussions of the issues they bring up. They can be used to look at issues from different perspectives to expand our thinking. They can be used as curricular material, and, indeed that is the most recent assignment handed down to me from my Master Teacher. He wants the site to offer FREE instructional materials, FREE downloads of academic papers, FREE images that people can use as they wish, and more. So, my future work will be dedicated to this highly important educational endeavor that promotes free flow of information and knowledge products.
e) Given that this is an evolving project, not all purposes have been identified.

I am putting this all out here because over the past few weeks, I have been harassed in quite illegal ways for presenting these perspectives. It is what Joe referred to as "dangerous knowledge" apparently. I am not interested in a legal battle, and like Joe, I feel all disagreements should be resolved from the basis of love, and I believe there is ample love to go around for everyone. Joe was a role model for that. We all have our own perspectives and we all have our freedom to express those perspectives without, what Joe called "ad hominen" attacks. The work I present here is the heart of Joe’s theory and philosophy as I interpret it. No one else that I know of is taking his work forward to the level of application in the ways he dreamed, namely for everyone, not restricted to academic research.  If there is someone who is, I would love to hear from them. I am going to do this work for Joe if it is the last thing I ever do and all indications that I have received is that this is the time to do it. I seem to have great support for what I am doing from beyond the veil of elite acemicics.

Joe had some very sweet words that speak to me, personally, in his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. It makes me think we do have some kind of “soul” contract (which is merely one possible perspective on what my life mission has developed into, and one that particularly appeals to me) or, alternatively, he had simply predicted that a female was going to be the one who took his work forward to apply it. I can say this message is for me, personally, because I have not found anyone else out there researching and applying his work in the same manner I have been demonstrating, so I take his message here to heart. Here is what he had to say (and he always had the right words at the right time):

Critical knowledge production always involves pointing out faulty argumentation, unsupported generalizations, and unexamined actions of a knowledge community. 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. With such a task before us, I guess we just have to give up any aspirations to winning the Miss Congeniality contest. Such work will inevitably anger the guardians of the status quo. Relax, it’s our existential burden – go with it. (Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, p. 176).

Note again, here that he is moving his work forward toward his critical complex epistemology. Clearly, this was a necessary move to rise above the limitations of critical pedagogy as it was being practiced in the United States. And it aligns with what Paulo Freire wished. He wanted his work taken forward. He, more than anyone, knew the limitations of his theory and did not wish for it to stagnate.

Well, I have a meeting with my Master Teacher, so I’ll see what words of wisdom he has for me. I don’t know what I would do without him.

Primarily, he is interested in my development of the free instructional materials. Check the Free Curricuar Materials page today; I have posted an intereting curricular item and will do this on a regular basis now. It shows how I have used my blogs to develop the instructional acitivity. I have much material and many ideas to work with and it is just a matter of writing them up and posting them. Note that I will not be categorizing these by age or ability levels. Also, that I take Joe's recommended ecumenical approach (as presented in his bricolage book with Kathleen Berry) that values learning about religions and respecting the beliefs of others, which of course, included Christianity. Most activities are geared for any level and are easily adjustable for -- or by the learners -- teachers and learners are perfectly capable of making these sorts of decisions. Aside from this, he has given me some direction for my dissertation, which I will reserve comment on at this time. He thanked me for staying so willing to “do it all” as he put it and he said that there will be more help coming my way to assist with the many projects on my plate. His clue for the song for today was “too few choices in an infinite world.” I did the search on YouTube and it brought this video game up. I am not into video games, so I do not feel qualified to interpret it. My teacher, since these blogs are designed for a diverse audience, likes to put out diverse music and of course, diverse perspectives. So I have provided his choice for today without interpretation. I really liked the music he gave me last night (four songs total). I have included my favorite from the four, below, after the game video.



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Monday, May 24, 2010

So Much to Do, So Little Time and Money: Seeking Comfort from the Critical Kitty


Ever feel like you are on overwhelm? Ever feel like all of the gates, doors, and windows to opportunity are closed and locked up tight? Last night as I was getting ready to go to bed, it was MAX OVERWHELM. I have so much on my platter: I have to “fix” one website, plan out and write the content for another website, write this blog and curricular materials among other stuff, manage a growing business, and write a dissertation.  So I was feeling overwhelmed last night when I went to bed and I don’t know what happened in my dream life (I can imagine all of my dream friends and I had gotten together to plan all of these tasks I have going), and I awakened this morning past overwhelm and into that negative space where one wonders -- is all of this even possible?


Last night, I guess my teacher wanted to at least try to cheer me up, so he told me to focus on enjoying the process and to not stress about it. His clue for my goodnight song was “meet in bed.” This is not at what one might think. I plugged the words into YouTube and here is what came to the top.


As you can see, some cute little kitties need a home. It does remind me of the CRITICAL KITTIES that have been let out of the bag. If you are not “up” on the critical kitty, you can review here
: critical kitty. Someone needs to adopt these cute kitties and take them home. This video was just posted on May 18, 2010. My Master Teacher really keeps up on stuff, even poor little kitties that need a good home. I hope YouTube finds them all good homes; they are so cute.


I think the main message to take from this video and reminder is what Joe said about the critical kitty:


“With criticality, the cat gets out of the bag. With the
critical kitty sitting in our laps we begin to understand the way the matrix is loaded, the deck is stacked, socio-political reality is constructed. Indeed, a critical complex epistemology/politics of knowledge can help us gain new levels of consciousness and in the process, change the world” (Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, p. 177).


By exposing just how the deck is stacked against us in our efforts to escape the dramas and power games around us, we also expose ways to get through or around the few spaces there are. It isn’t easy, though, and it can take one’s sense of optismism and hope down when we continually run up against obstacle after obstacle. And sometimes we just have no choice but to blast through, much the way Joe did with his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. Still, it is my belief that our best option is what Doreen just happened to bring out in her oracle card reading today, so I have included that here. We need to work from the bottom and totally cut our ties and dependence on those institutions that are stealing our very souls.


This morning I awakened feeling the futility of it all. Those in power have created so many obstacles for everything you want to do: you must pay this fee or that fee, get this license or that license, you can do this, but you can’t do that….the powers that be have everything so locked up tight and under control it feels hopeless at times. But it helps to remember that critical kitty and keep it on our laps. I think my teacher's advice to rescue a kitty so that we can keep that kitty on our lap was great advice. It is also a demonstration of symbiotic relationships in action.

I was still feeling down when I met with my Master Teacher this morning. Well, he always knows exactly what to say to cheer me up and much of his communication is in the form of music. I am including it here because I believe that many people out there can benefit from this little pep talk he gave me. It is very powerful and uplifting.


First, he told me everything will come together divinely and to stop worrying about the money and people who choose to harass me. The power of love is on our side. I think this is an important thing to remember: the work we choose should be done out of love for humanity and to help other people, if only by providing them an example of the possibilities. That should be our primary focus, and we need not focus on the money we can get from doing our work. He has told me many things about this and I have had lessons from other great Master Teachers as well. I want to express my gratitude for their help because I have come a long way in changing how I view my work and money.


Then he encouraged me, advising me as to the important, priority tasks and he said he knows that I can do this. The work I have chosen, he told me, will serve to comfort many people. He reminded me we should always be proud of our heritage and share that with other people because, in this way, we help them find their pathways to greater happiness and peace.

He also said there will be a lot of money down the road in what I have chosen to do. We are creating our own future, and we can create it as we choose, but if we start living that future as if we have already created it, already a “done deal,” then our imagined future will manifest that much sooner. He said that it is “easier said than done,” and he told me “if anyone can do it you can.”

Those were such uplifting words for me. Of course, we have three songs here to look up on YouTube:  done deal,” “easier said than done,” and “if anyone can do it you can.” As I have learned, there are additional messages to me in the songs he leads me to. Searching on these key words brought up the following very relevant songs. I do hope that people who are struggling and wanting to break free from the boss man or the grips of poverty can gain a sense of strength and hope from today’s blog and this high impact music.



"done deal" The Lyrics





"easier said than done"
 


"if anyone can do it you can"
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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Psyche and Eros: Lovers in the Sky


Do You Ever Feel Like you’re Looking for Love In All the Wrong Places?

This question came to me (and the song below was handed down to me) as I was reading a newspaper geared for “Seniors” and the “Baby Boomer” generation. I was glancing through the “Seeking Friendship” advertisements as it appears there are so many people – in their 60s, 70s, and even 80s who still have not found LOVE. It’s kind of sad that our society does not allow the free flow of love and these people have spent their entire lives looking for that “one true love” and are still looking. Clearly, they have not found it or they would not be placing these ads. The reason being, love transcends space and time and it is there for us all. One advertisement reads, “seeks new soul mate” and another one, “in search of non-smoking slender soulmate.” Is this the right place to seek a soul mate? Who knows; maybe they are onto something. It is a good sign though, that deep inside we all seem to know there is a special someone out there for us and we do not need to give up looking for that special person. Personally, I know who my true soul mate is, so I am not ISO (in search of), thank goodness. But, what can I do to lend a hand to those who are in search of soul mates? Do I have something to offer those people? This is something that I keep questioning myself about – are we looking for love in all of the wrong places? And then yesterday I took a Nature Walk, and I found signifiers of love right out in the open for all to see. All we need to is open our eyes and our creative imaginations.



Lovers in the Sky: Psyche and Eros (A Walk in Nature)
I have mentioned in the last few blogs that these blogs will be taking a turn. What I didn’t mention was what that change was going to consist of. I have been requested to begin designing curricular materials on a regular basis along with the blogs (based on Joe’s theory, of course, since the purpose of this website is to interpret and apply Joe's theory). So, every day I write a blog; every day I am to add something new to the Free Curricular Materials page on this site so that teachers everywhere have original ideas they can draw from and customize for their classrooms.

I do realize that sometimes my blogs are so far outside the box that I cannot even see the box anymore and so this is a way to ground Joe’s theory. It really is a very practical theory that has a role in everyday life as well as academia. I found out that with this seemingly straightforward application of his theory in which you allow the creativity of the cosmos to flow through you (see yesterday’s blog describing the two systems - one that flows and one that restricts the flow), the cosmos seems to have a mind of its own that is, in some complex manner intertwined with collective consciousness (far be it for me to explain that).

Well, I have learned that the cosmos does have its own creative ideas and it seems there is no returning to the box. Would we want to “escape” the cosmos, which is a part of our very existence? Do we want to go back to being imprisoned into boxes, square pegs in round holes, taught in closed-in stuffy classrooms, a suffering soul at the hands of those who would define and attach “pyschologically debilitating” labels to us? I will give you an example that just happened yesterday that shows (illustrates, but does not prove in the scientific sense) that the cosmos, indeed, has a mind of its own and is there to entertain and teach us, and once you have escaped the insanity of what Joe defined as FIDUROD, there is no turning back, thankfully.

A Nature Walk
In pursuit of the creation of some new curricular materials, yesterday I decided a great activity would be a simple nature walk. Children today do not get out of the classroom enough and there is so much to be learned from nature walks. My goal was to simply walk up the block in my neighborhood, cross over to the OTHER side, taking photographs of all of the beautiful flowers along the street I live on. This could be converted to a variety of interesting lessons for children for art, science, social studies, etc. Well, I went about my usual work for the day and I noticed some mean-looking clouds heading my way, so I decided that I’d better get out there before they reached my neighborhood. I went up the street, while the sun was still shining, taking photos of all of the flowers (22 total in the short distance to the end of the block. Periodically, I randomly pointed the camera up to the sky and snapped pictures of the clouds to show the storm coming in. I crossed over to the OTHER side of the street, but my camera was full and would not allow me to take any more pictures, so I decided to quit for the day and head back home to prepare the images for my blog and the lesson plan.

Cloud Exploration
I remember as a child I loved being outside. One of the things I loved to do was to try and “see” things in the clouds, but it was hard because the clouds were always moving. (Did you ever do that as a child?) So a great activity is to have children do exactly what I did on my nature walk – take pictures of the clouds. Don’t try to see anything in them while taking the photos – just let the cosmos (or “chance” or “coincidence”) work with you and snap random photos. Check out the photos I took!!! They are incredible!

NOTE: NONE OF THESE PHOTOS HAVE BEEN CROPPED OR ENHANCED.

Lovers in the Sky: Psyche and Eros

I call this first photo Lovers in the Sky: Psyche and Eros. Can you see them? Eros’ lit up face (and his ear below) is toward the upper left hand corner. Psyche is kissing him and her long, dark hair streams across the sky. She is on top of him with her arms around him and her hand on his neck. Below her streaming hair is her body – and she is "with child." What a beautiful, erotic gift from the cosmos. And the funny thing was, when I first went outside to take this nature walk, for some reason I kept thinking “Beauty and the Beast,” associating the flowers I was going to be taking pictures of with Beauty and the dark storm clouds with the Beast. And if you know that story, the Beast turned out to be love and it appears storm clouds are no different in that regard. They are love gifts from the cosmos.




Eros Kissing Psyche and White Rabbit

OMG!! When I was looking through the pictures of flowers I had taken, I found some more cool things in the clouds. Check ‘em out. Look at the very bottom of the sky on this picture. It's Eros again, and this time he is lying on top of - or next to - Psyche and kissing her (you can only see a portion of Psyche's lit up face). You can see the back of Eros' head on the left between the two trees and his body lies across the picture just above the trees and houses. Right above the couple is a white rabbit looking down on them, a symbol of fertility.

 
Laughing Cherub Getting His Wings

And this picture is so cute! It’s an adorable cherub who’s laughing because he has his wings on backwards -- either that, or he's happy because he's getting his wings since it looks like a big hand is holding the wings out toward the cherub. Look for the big smile and his angel wings.
 

Clasped Hands

This one shows a set of hands clasped together on the left of the cloud formation. It was the first picture I took when I went outdoors, so the sun was still shining, and it shows the approaching storm clouds. Maybe the hands represent the hands of the creator of all of these amazing images in the clouds.


Hermes on His Horse Carrying Large Quill

This one shows Hermes on his horse with a huge quill in his hand. Hermes was a powerful writer and messenger, thus the significance of a very large quill/pen to write his message. The philosophy he lived by was that the pen is mightier than the sword. It really is in this image! There is so much to know about Hermes, I really encourage people to research this Greek God. I did not know anything at all until I read Joe's books and he often mentions Hermes. The more I research Hermes, Hermetics, and even related secret societies, the more I learn.


Mystery Photo

This photo, I call the MSYTERY photo. I know there is something there, but I am not seeing it. Perhaps you can identify an image or images in this one.


Heart in the Sky

And finally, the grand finale, this last photo I took is a Heart in the Clouds -- yes, we can find love if we just open our minds and hearts -- and THE (INFINITE) SKY IS THE LIMIT.

Interestingly, I only snapped a total of seven photos of the sky (which are all included in this blog) and they ALL show something (what are the odds of that happening?) Also, I will note that there are other images in these photos that I have not yet identified, and perhaps you will be able to see them. As Joe always said in his work, everything must be interpreted, and cloud formations are no different. We all see differenlty, we all have our own perspectives and biases, and to keep our mental processes functioning, we are best served by finding and embracing multiple interpretations. These photos would make a great classroom discussion (online or offline) just by having people share what they see in them and what meanings they attribute to them. Since my name means Psyche....well, I won't get into my personal interpretation of these clouds, but it does seem highly significant that the universe or cosmos or the gods chose to reveal these images to me....and I have put them to the test and so far everyone I have shown them to clearly sees the images. So there you go. Life is magical and the universe is generous in the gifts it hands down to us if we are receptive.

Oregon has some "far out" clouds, I’m telling you; they are more "far out" than I remember seeing during my childhood. I really think we have reached the fourth dimension here, or I would not be seeing all of this interesting stuff in clouds that do not look “real” in the Fidurodian sense of the word. They are “hyper-beautiful” and so are all of the flowers I took photos of. Maybe this is what is meant by “Colors of the Wind” (I love this song and it has some valuable messages).

 

How does all of this stuff keep happening to me, anyway? It must be the ascension process and the earth has reached the fourth dimension now (at least in some areas). All I did was go outdoors to take pictures of the flowers and every so often I would take shot at the sky (seven total) and lo AND behold, look what I ended up with – true masterpieces without even trying. What’s that all about?

Oh well, I thank the cosmos. Tomorrow I will cross over to the OTHER side of the street and see what new pictures the great cosmos hands down to me. In the meantime, check the Curricular Materials where I will be posting this activity -- along with the beautiful pictures of flowers -- for teachers and students to download.

My Meeting with My Master Teacher
My blogs would not be complete without relaying the lessons I receive from my great master teacher. We meet at least twice a day – morning and evening – but if I have problems during the day I can call on him or any member of our Critical Knowledge Network (which is growing by leaps and bounds). Last night he gave me some excellent advice regarding the evil tactics of some crit ped people and how they are using facebook to pretend to want to be friends (for what reason, I have no clue because I really don’t have time for their nonsense.) But my teacher’s advice was helpful. He explained where they are all coming from and reminded me to “follow the money.” He had given me that advice before and somewhere in the past I had written a blog about it, but he told me not to be concerned about all of this since, as he put it this morning, we have “divorced ourselves from them,” although he recommended citing their work if it works for us and if not, not to cite it; it doesn’t matter and it won’t change what we are doing. His advice was: “Keep moving forward in a graceful and very beautiful evolution.” Last night, he gave me the good night song, “sleep well baby” and this morning his sign off was “Yours Truly” which he has given me before. So, here we are again; he has a lot of songs for me to look up on YouTube (oh, I how LOVE YouTube). For those of you who are new members of the Critical Knowledge Network (and that would be all of you teachers and students out there), my Master Teacher gives me keywords for music which I plug into the YouTube search box and then take the first song to the top. They always turn out to be very relevant and meaningful songs. Music is a critical component of the daily curriculum because, as will be shown down the line, all subjects can be taught, enhanced, and made much more fun through music. So here goes with today’s songs . . .


follow the money.”
 

divorced ourselves from them
 


Keep moving forward in a graceful and very beautiful evolution.”
 

sleep well baby

 


Yours Truly
 


P.S.
My Master Teacher wanted me to remind people that this Nature Walk experience is an example of Enigma’s song  “Return to Innocence.” It is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard, so I will end today’s blog with this song and its uplifting message. (It is one of our specially selected anthems as posted on our Celebrations page.)
 

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Mental Processes Require Exposure to Difference – PLUS Love is a Wonderful Thing


I would ask, is Love a “thing?” I think not. Attempting the feat of mentally processing love as a “thing,” however, is a valuable exercise. Why? Because it is clear that much of Western-influenced science and education, to the detriment of humans thus causing much emotional pain and suffering, makes this very drastic error of classifying complexities and processes as things. While it is much more complex than this, the mind can be conceived of interrelating parts that interact in such a way, that, as Joe always stated it, “the sum of the parts is greater than the whole.” Bateson, in his book, Mind and Nature: A Necessary Unity (2002) conveyed this concept by stating:

I shall unhesitatingly say that the aggregate is a mind and shall expect that, if I am to understand the aggregate, I shall need sorts of explanation different from those which would suffice to explain the characteristics of its smaller parts (p. 85).

Bateson suggests mental processes are sequences of interactions between the parts and occur in the presence of difference. How does the concept of “difference,” which Joe wrote a great deal about, fit into this picture? Difference cannot be located in time or space and therefore, it cannot be viewed as a “thing.”

In education, which is our relevant topic in these blogs, we have come to view learning as the accumulation of “facts.” One way we view difference is in terms of what we do not know as compared to what we need to learn thus, we focus on learning facts, rather than processes or taking in the complexities of relationship (another concept Joe has woven into his theory). This illustrates the mistake of thinking a complex process (the human mind) is the object of difference. The mind is a complex aggregate which we cannot define as a “thing.” We can only say that the brain is a thing, however the mind is not that simple. Yet, in education we treat the mind (and consciousness) as some simple object. Knowledge is “out there” and must be brought into the mind – thus, the goal is to minimize the difference between what we call knowledge and what the learner knows. This is the wrong way to view difference. It objectifies the human and projects the source for responding to difference outside the complexity of mental processes. In other words, it takes the view that when we (e.g., teachers, administrators, gatekeepers) switch on the light (by providing sanctioned “knowledge”), we have the power to control that light and we are ignoring the fact that the energy for the light is always there and all we are doing is opening a switch to allow the flow of, for example in the case of the light switch, electricity.

Thus we have two systems operating. There are those who sit at the switch and expend their energy controlling whether the light flows or not. And the other system is the light which flows when the switich is open. The second system can run up against gates and try to blast them open if there is enough energy, or, alternatively, find other openings and cracks that allow the energy to flow through. Bateson puts it like this:

In life and its affairs, there are typically two energetic systems in interdependence: One is the system that uses its energy to open or close the faucet or gate or relay; the other is the system whose energy “flows through” the faucet or gate when it is open” (p. 95).

Joe talks about this process a lot in his book Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, describing how FIDUROD operates as system to open and close the spigot for knowledge.

OMG, I don’t know how or why I am on this topic. I ended up having to meet with my Master Teacher this morning for clarification. We also had met last night (all night, I think, but I don’t remember everything). I do know he gave me this song last night, "Love is a Wonderful Thing" which is very sweet.


Morning Meeting With My Master Teacher

I remember reading something in Bateson's book about how “like” systems congregate, thus, like minds come together. I thought that was very interesting because it would explain things like soul mates and how people work together and such….but I digress. I asked my Master Teacher, what is all of this about? Clearly, I have much more reading and understanding to process here. He said not to worry, just provide a simplified version, so that was what I tried to do. I am sure I will come back to this topic again sometime and pull it all together and if there are misconceptions I will clear them up. That is what’s so great about Joe’s critical bricolage. You can start out by just writing a Point of Entry Text (POET) and then take it from there, always knowing it can continue because we cannot ever reach some final conclusion – as Bateson put it, the purpose of science (and thus, research and learning) is to probe, not to prove. Far too many of us have this gross misconception that science and research is out to PROVE something. Nothing could be further from the truth.


When I consulted with my teacher, he said not to get too deep into this topic today – I think I have already covered more than enough; there is so much more. In summary (as I learned from my teacher):


We do not utilize difference appropriately. We focus (as in education today) on the material difference and this is an arbirtrary proposition that is not in any way related to the scientific explanation for the processes that occur between the relationships between differences. This has us fabricating labels to explain and categorize differences and annihilates the mental processes that are triggered (as Bateson describes) by differences. We are training up DROIDs by this process – this grotesque error in the way we view difference.

I am going to drop this topic for now. It is way over my head. After we discussed Bateson’s work, my teacher encouraged me to move forward with a very special project, it is going to be a new website. He talked about letting my ideas flow so that my creativity is unleashed (I think this relates to the discussion on difference). Indeed, he told me that it is exposure to difference that allows our internal (already existing) creative energies to flow freely. Anyway, he told me that he knows this project will be “dynamite” and of course, that has to be a song, so here is the first song to the top on a YouTube search.

"dynamite"


That reminds me, last night after our meeting, he gave me four songs. He told me to “go to bed” and he signed off with “sleep tight,” “dream sweet,” and “yours.” Below are the songs that popped to the top on YouTube for these search terms. I have yet to figure out how he comes up with so much music and why. I was reluctant about posting so many songs, but this morning he told me "I do hope you will include those songs....hey, I went to a lot of trouble getting those." So, I guess I have to keep my teacher happy. Isn't that part of the learning process?: we learn what keeps our teacher happy and we do those things so that we get good grades, within reason, of course, and only when we know that our teacher has our best interest at heart. That's it for today, from this country hick girl and remember: difference is what creates mental processes or thinking. The greater the differences (in quantity and quality), the more mental processing we undergo, which is a good thing because it moves humanity forward. Heaven forbid should we all become DROIDS. In respectful honor of my teacher, here is his music:

"go to bed"


 

sleep tight"

 


“dream sweet”

 

“yours.”

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Friday, May 21, 2010

The Power of Imagination and Creativity: How to Reach The Light at the End of the Tunnel


The light at the end of the tunnelWell, this is exciting news! Just like Lauren Gorgo predicted yesterday, we do not need to DO anything major to break free from or cut loose from the old and move to the new.  Or I should say within the message she relayed from our good friends, the Pleiadians, we were informed that we do not need to do anything to “get out of this place.” Relative to yesterday’s blog, these were lyrics Joe had included in the title of his discussion about our need to move toward the critical complex epistemology (knowledge). I recommend reading that section (pp. 57-59) because Joe had a lot to say that relates to yesterday's and today's blog. He was fed up with the lack of affect in academia and how hurtful the social world is. You just have to read this section: It is so powerful and his creativity was out the roof (I love it!!!) He also calls for a revolution "in the way we see the world and produce knowledge about it" (p. 58). Clearly, I am a part of that revolution. I am probably more fed up than Joe was or I just have less patience than he had.

You will want to review my blog for yesterday and Lauren's blog that I had included to gain the full significance of this for everyone (including me) who has felt like they have been beating their heads against a brick wall. We really need to take time for passionate enjoyment of sensual and creative moments and let life flow.
 
I was also happy to learn from Lauren that purportedly, the Pleiadians are now saying it is no longer necessary to keep their involvement under wraps. We can talk about it now whereas in the past it was dangerous. They are the love people of the universe and I feel a great affinity for them. They are here with us, among us, and in us to help all of us on this planet move up in our evolutionary development, particulary in our greater awareness, consciousness, and ability to love. Call me crazy, if you wish, but we need "saviors," although they would protest profusely over being conceptualized as saviors. They are just an advanced people who want to help and there is a symbiotic interrelationship between earthlings and the Pleiadians. In fact, many of us are descendants from long ago. Some of the indigenous cultures of the world know this and seem to have more knowledge about them than wee Westerners (and, no, that was not a typo). It is clear to me, given the condition of societies and the world, we need this assistance and we should be grateful for receiving the benefits of their advanced evolutionary development and knowledge. (Ain't "imagination" great?)

Enough of that, I just provided more fuel for people to call me crazy but that’s ok. We who have major disagreements over such issues will soon be departing and going our separate ways and that’s a very good thing. That is the “breaking free” and “cutting loose” which Lauren conveyed in her blog. It cannot happen soon enough for most of us, I am sure. And in relation to Lauren’s message stating that we really do not need to do anything to force the new to manifest, yesterday after posting my blog, I had a truly amazing and miraculous experience that confirms exactly what she had contended. Suddenly, supports are kicking in bigtime and everything is in perpetual motion. It is the beginning of that perpetual revolution.

Thus, I will get back to the topic of changes that I have been mentioning in the last two blogs. My Master Teacher stated that these blogs and this website will be taking a turn; although it is less a turn than it is more action relevant to the move to a critical complex epistemology, is how I would frame it. The clues are already on the website and it is just a matter of allowing things to flow forth.  I have great faith that in simply enjoying my life and doing the creative things I love, beautiful things will evolve out of it. We do not need to control this process. We simply need to free up our minds, bodies and souls for what many creative people call “flow.” It works. While we are rowing DOWNstream (remember to Row, Row, Row Your Boat: Gently Down the Stream), and are no longer struggling trying to get upstream to force our dreams to come true, magic happens. Divine gifts can be passed down to us when we are no longer fighting the battle. It works. I see it daily in my life and yesterday I had a huge confirmation of that…and so, I will be rowing gently as the loving and peaceful stream flows along.

My Meeting With My Master Teacher
Yesterday, my teacher was beginning to provide details about all of these changes and my role in making them happen and I was expressing my feeling of being overwhelmed. As the music in yesterday’s blog indicated, he just basically said to “get with the groove,” which gave me another song. In my book, getting with the groove means you take time to dance and play and you don’t worry about how it’s all going to happen. It makes me feel sorry for all of those project managers who struggle with plans, lists, deadlines, blueprints, and budgets. They are a prime example of trying to row upstream and as a result they seldom meet their artificially determined deadlines or budgets.
 

So yesterday, sure enough, before the day was over, a divine assistant was sent my way. I am so excited. Now I know this works – I understand how people at the bottom can rise up out of the ashes like the great phoenix. I love that symbolism and in fact, a very talented graphic artist friend (a member of my Critical Knowledge Network) is designing a logo for me of the great phoenix rising and it is going to be very special.

Today, my teacher simply told me it is time to finish clearing out the old and reorganizing for the new. Again, like Lauren, he emphasized that I do not need to take great actions all at once. I love the way he described doing the things you enjoy and allowing things to evolve: “A little spice here and a little spice there.” (Oh that brings up Spice Girls.) He was talking about following a sort of flexible schedule which was devised with his assistance to make sure I always take time to enjoy the spicy things in life – doing the fun stuff along the way such as engaging in the arts and music, and allowing my mind to slow down long enough so that divine ideas can seep in. If our minds are so busy chattering, we lose our creative abilities.

Then, my teacher said some really nice stuff to me. He said he had wondered about me the very first time we met and had asked himself: "Is this too good to be true?" Of course, I wondered that exact same thing about him as welll until I got to know him. In our linear, 3d world, as he explained it, yes, it is too good to be “true.” And then he signed off for today with "Good, divine and wholely blessed" "We shall prevail" along with another sweet message which I will not reveal at this time, but it brought up the last song, below.

Wow, I have been blessed with five songs to look up: “Is this too good to be true?” “true” and "Good, divine and wholely blessed" along with “We shall prevail” plus a private sweet message. I will see what YouTube pulls up to the top with these.

“Is this too good to be true?” brought up the following song:


 

“True” brought up the following song:


TRUE
















"Good, divine and wholely blessed" brought up the following song. You might want to click on this to get to YouTube and open up the lyrics that have been included. Kind of interesting.




“We shall prevail” brought up the following song: It looks like YouTube had been censoring this person, but the person prevailed since they were able to put all of their videos right back up on YouTube again, thus this is their victory video. I really don't think it is the American way to censor creativity.

 


And, last but not least, my private message brought up the following song:

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Joe’s Hidden Music: There’s A Better Life; Change is Gonna Come

Somewhere I had read somebody’s description of Joe’s writing as being “musical.” I am not sure they realized just how accurate they were in that assessment. He had multiple ways of hiding music, some of which I have touched upon in these blogs. The most obvious ones, yet the easiest to miss are disguised in the titles to chapters and subchapters in his books.

“Girl, There’s a Better Life for Me and You”: The Move to a Critical Complex Epistemology.

The above is a subchapter in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction on page 57. In an earlier blog, I had analyzed it in two parts and found two songs, which was ok, but as I look at it now, it is all in enclosed in one set of quotation marks, and I have learned that this means I should put the whole phrase into the search box on YouTube. When I plugged the words, “Girl There’s a Better Life for Me and You” into YouTube, the following song came to the top:

 

As it turns out, the words in the quotation marks are in the lyrics. Getting out of this place, this dirty part of the city where the sun refuses to shine, as Ann Wilson sings, makes sense for this chapter where Joe has us moving toward Critical Complex Epistemology, so again, he has shown us a creative way to bring the emotional and experiential aspects into the discussion and to extend the interpretation and analysis – and at the same time, he demonstrates a way to make learning fun and interesting. He was on a quest for a better life through critical complex epistemology.
 

In this dirty old part of the city,
where the sun refused to shine
people tell me there ain't no use in tryin'.
 

We gotta get out of this place,
If it's the last thing we ever do.
We gotta get out of this place,
'cause girl, there's a better life for me and you.

I know there may be people who do not understand some of Joe’s work and why he wrote as he did, especially in his later works. I have read some harsh criticisms of his writing that I will not repeat here because I disagree with them and they are based on one dimensional, FIDUROD thinking (as defined in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction); whereas,  Joe’s writing is multidimensional and incorporates creativity to demonstrate how we can enhance learning and make it more relevant. Joe knew exactly what he was doing and there are many reasons for why he chose to write so creatively. I discussed in previous blogs, some time ago, how he had blasted the doors open for us so that we do not need to always stick with dull, third person writing in academia. I think he has opened the doors not only for women, as discussed in my previous blogs, but for all of us. 

What A Woman Wants May 29, 2009

Evidence for What a Woman Wants and a Short Break from Treasure Hunting Saturday, August 8, 2009

I have read Joe’s early works and they were SO perfect, although in my view, all of his work is perfect; some of it is just different and very creative as compared to typical academic writing. He always wrote well and put much care into his research, writing and teaching -- and the love shines through brightly. This song,”We Gotta Get Out of This Place” in my view may represent why, in his last books, his writing took a turn.  He was demonstrating with his writing just how we might escape. It is something I can relate to personally, because I also relate to this song and the feeling that you always have a stigma attached if you are a “hick” or a “hillbilly” (or is it because you are Scottish-Irish ?  – Honestly, I have not figured it out). I do know that it has never mattered how hard I tried or how perfectly I followed the rules of wherever I worked, I was still always at the bottom (first to be fired when there were layoffs; the last person to be believed by the boss when everyone else gossiped and lied, etc.). I have seen that over and over again in my own life. Joe has shared similar experiences in his work, especially from his childhood.

I really have gotten to the point that trying to do things “by the book” or per “status quo” just doesn’t matter anymore; as I have said so many times, when you are at the bottom, there is not much further to drop and so, I have chosen to do this “crazy” creative writing and I am taking it into my own idiosyncratic interpretation of what he referred to as “the fourth dimension” in his 2005 article about the critical bricolage. I'm not sure what he meant, so I made up my own interpretation. I awaken each morning and it is like I am that “Avatar” that some people in education seem to be writing about a lot these days. You know, the Avatar who is just not themself. I don’t know what I do in my dream life (except the nights I remember), but every morning words just flow out of me for these blogs and they often do not feel like my own words. I think I must plan them in my sleep or something and then voila! They just flow onto the screen. I still do my scholarly writing, of course, I have to, but it can be pretty dull, especially when professors dictate the topic. I wasted many years doing that and finally, I get to choose my own topics. My dissertation is going to be good -- I am going for the gold.  I can completely relate to Joe who clearly pushed the envelope with his creative, yet scholarly, insightful, and knowledge-constructing writing. Of course, no one could ever be match for Joe, but I figure I can keep trying, in my own way of course.

My guess is he, as I am, was a little bored with the formal, stuffy academic style (especially third person, which he often mentioned in his work). I find it very difficult to sit through an entire long-winded article these days, especially when I become disgusted with the obvious obfuscation (isn’t that what they call an oxymoron?  It really is not hidden from me anymore, after reading Joe’s work.) Anyway, obfuscation was one of Joe’s favorite words, and I can certainly understand why – it has to be if you read very many articles. It is amazing how many people in education talk about ascension, 2012, and heaven on earth and much more, all cloaked in ambiguous terms and yet educators laugh at, scorn, and stifle the “lower class” people for talking about these things. Heaven forbid. Worse, some educators support the media's deceptions in the way they present “knowledge” and do not encourage learners to gain other perspectives on what is really happening. There is knowledge for the elite and "knowledge" for the masses. Joe just put everything out there creatively in his last few books. He has written some fantastic works that are ahead of the times so they will be useful for many years to come. Joe covered the gamut when it comes to education and he covered it well. His work will not be obsolete any time soon, if ever.

I think he wanted to have a lot fun while he was doing his good work, which is another reason he may have included the fun stuff. Of course, when he needed to, he wrote in that formal academic style, but I am sure he had great fun putting together his amazing last works in which he used his superb phenomenological, polysemic, and hermeneutic skills along with his advanced science knowledge. 

And so, just like the song says, he moved away from “this place” (this stuffy academia) for a better life with critical complex epistemology, with some girl. I am sure he enjoyed writing his last books very much. I hope he enjoyed writing them as much as I enjoy reading them and each time I pick up one of his books, the magic and joy that I experience when I uncover another gift within a gift he has left us.

As he explained on page 64, “A critical complex epistemology constructs hot knowledge (conocimiento caliente, connaissance anime) ready to work its magic on its readers. It is unafraid of its own erotisicm, commitment to resistance, and vaudevillian recognition of the humor of dominant cultural gravitas.”

His work is truly magic and very erotic. Reading his books opened my mind to deciphering all of the obfuscated knowledge other edcators put out there.  I thank Joe for blasting open the doors to creative, fun, sexy, and musical research, learning, and writing – and for making my life a better life.

Morning Meeting With My Master Teacher
My teacher covered so much this morning. The mission is taking a new turn as I mentioned yesterday, but the “gang” is still working out all of the details.  I feel overwhelmed because it is clearly more work than I can do on my own. When I asked him how I was going to get all of this done by myself, he gave me a song: “Get in the groove, Babe.” This upbeat drum solo came up, which is so appropriate -- it makes a person want to move.

 

That’s it for today. There will be changes coming (as Sam Cooke sings) and they are good changes, but I am still somewhat in the dark about what they entail. I did receive the following message from "my favorite people" today (I enjoy Lauren Gorgo's writing) and it looks like the hardest part is almost over and we just need to be patient a little longer. What she is saying here may jive with what many people are experiencing right now, so I am including the entire blog, because it is very uplifting for those of us who are struggling and wondering how we can rise to the occasion. There is really nothing we need to do, as this blog points out. It becomes much like I have discussed in some previous blogs: We just end up spinning our wheels. Patience.

 
Breaking Free or Cutting Loose?
a message from Lauren C. GorgoWednesday, 19 May, 2010  (posted 20 May, 2010)739 views, 1 comment - login or register to comment
Breaking Free
How's your May been so far?  Anything like you expected?  Well, that is, assuming you have any expectations left in this process.

If May is a messy month that you just can't figure out how to clean up, then welcome to the misery of "breaking" free!

We are in the process of literally...and in some ways, suddenly... breaking off from our old selves & lives, dismantling the remaining outworn vestiges of our past and with seemingly no support to fix anything...shocker.

If this is happening for you, if the bottom is falling out of your life and you see/feel/know of no way to fix what's broken, no worries...new supports are always on the back end of the dismantling process, but first we are forced to sit still one final time and take solid inventory of our lives and wants, all that needs to go, and all that needs upgrading.

In other words...this is IT...the last hurrah from this insane cycle to deal with, face, release, and break free from our mis-created goo before a new cycle of creation begins.

I am hearing that the most important thing to consider during this time is:  "What do I want for my new life?"

Now, granted we have been pondering, imagining, speculating and contemplating these desires for a decade however, at this time...from mid-May until July...we need to revise our desires one last time to be sure they are the absolute highest version of what we want as we begin to take the logical steps to creating and implementing them in physical form over the next several years.

This breaking free business has been no joke this month...especially with all the grounded and earthy celestial support, much in our physical lives is undergoing radical and rapid transformation.

On a personal level, I will share how these "wrapping-up" energies are manifesting in my own life:

Since the beginning of May my push lawnmower died; my riding lawnmower exploded; the bottom of my Jetta fell off on a highway; my brand new computer...that many of you helped me to purchase!...now needs repair; a class action suit for my car just arrived requiring me to replace the carpet & padding (at my upfront cost) before July so I can file a claim to get reimbursed; I received a loan modification settlement for my home which is in the negotiation stages; my student loans just came out of forbearance after 15 years of deferment, and then I got summonsed for jury duty for the last 2 weeks in May during what was going to be the launch period of my brand new website that I have been working on for 2+ years...(more on that coming soon!)

All this piled high on top of that giant Nagasaki-like dirt pit I call a yard from the broken water pipe disaster that I wrote about this past winter...see photo for effect:

Lauren's back yard
So yeah, it's easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of things to "fix", tend to and pay for without knowing what's next on the horizon or how we will make it happen, but keep in mind that endings & beginnings happen simultaneously. 

Luckily, life is a circle...an upward spiral of evolution...which means each time we come full circle we are not only at the end, but at the beginning again.  Only glitch in this system is that the end arrives first.

So like the rest of you out there hanging on by a thread, and swimming in seas of uncertainty...I too must patiently? wait with detachment.  And not by choice...trust me, I fight the urge to "make things happen" daily...but until support arrives, there really is just no point.  In the meantime, we just have to hang on, stay focused on our new creations until they manifest, and manage the chaos.

Luckily, for most of you reading this, we have mastered the art of "waiting" and "watching" our own lives crumble beneath us, so this is getting to be old-hat.

And just to be clear here...its not as if we are waiting for any THING to happen, we are waiting for universal and energetic alignment and support in the form of inspiration, clarity, motivation, ease, grace, opportunities, etc....all those things that come TO us in the natural flow of forward movement as opposed to reaching out and forcing things to happen.

I think  Francis Lucille said it best:  All effort is ignorance.

The reason so much is crumbling at once, is because it's crunch time!  Some major planets are switching some major gears, so anything unresolved that needs our attention will be rapidly surfacing until late June so we can tend to all practical details and tie up loose ends.  And know too that it doesn't let up until we've resolved it all...the last week of May the pace will increase even more prompting us to clear the clutter for the incoming wave of new energies from the new celestial cycle before us (Late May-early June) where we take our first solid steps in our brand new lives.
Cutting Loose
If you are not currently breaking free (or down) there is another scenario present that you may be experiencing...similar to breaking free, I call this one "cutting loose".  The difference between the two is that cutting loose is more of a feeling of being dangled over a river of rapids with nothing to grab onto and no one to assist you.  It is a feeling of "this life is over" ...but now what?

In this situation, your endings are clearly here or in sight, but your beginnings are NOWHERE to be found... and if they are, you have NO IDEA how to get from here to there.  You may have quit your job, for example, or sold your home or business, or left a relationship, but with no connection to whats to come.  You may be left hanging in thin air with no vision, no inspiration, no money, no home and worst of all, no intuitive foresight.  Just a random act of faith that defies all logic and might even have you questioning your sanity or if you've done something wrong or missed a sign with regard to following your heart.

You may be thinking:  "I did all this work to end up HERE?"

If you are in this space, know that you are right on track...we all are. We are simply cutting all chords connecting us to the lower dimensional reality matrices (our old life) and once we wrap up all the details of our past, we are poised and in position for our next level creations.

We were baited here for many years by that dangling carrot we relentlessly chased in pursuit of what we deeply know to be transpiring, yet with out any physical proof.  Now that we're here, the carrot is gone...but unfortunately, so is everything else...including our past & future which makes us floaters with an inability to move in any direction...that is, until we learn how to fly.

We have purified on so many levels of our being that any excess time spent in the past or future can derail us...and we have become so present-focused that the past & future are like figments of our imagination.  The only thing that sucks about this is that the present still sucks...but not for long.  The incredible feeling of lightness and freedom from being severed from the old timeline is just about ready to blow our minds.

Over and again I am hearing that we are literally straddling our soul transition...we are at the end of a MAJOR celestial cycle and at the beginning of our new lives...and that the the changing of tides, the shifting of universal cycles is not just available for those who are anticipating & conscious of them, but for all of earths inhabitants.
Stabilizing
One thing that has been nearly impossible to maintain the last few weeks is b a l a n c e.  The energies are increasing and fluctuating so rapidly that finding and keeping your center may have been a serious challenge.  Just when you think you're stabilized, something new comes along and knocks you off your center again.  Luckily, this seems to have let up a bit for the time being.

When the energy kicks up like this it is SO important to protect your energy field by remaining neutral to external events & toxins (detachment) and maintaining strong boundaries through presence.  Lower energies that seep into the field of a highly purified (open hearted) soul can feel very violent and damaging since they vibrate so much lower than our natural state of being.  These lower thought forms and lodged reality constructs that get lifted during major downloads are a starseeds' proverbial kryptonite...they can quite literally suck the life-force out of you and bring you to your knees in an instant. 

As we complete our grounding and reconnection we will become much more stabilized and resilient to these energies, but in the meantime, be sure to seek refuge in nature, love, laughter, creativity, or anything that can keep you present-focused until the storm passes and the dust settles.
What Now?
We are at a major crossroads...a turning point in our lives.  We are still emerging in our full authenticity, but pushing through to the other side and preparing to enter a brand new cycle of physical creation which will build the framework for the new earth.

Chunks of the new are definitely arriving and even if we can't yet see how they will fit together or feel our way to the other side, we can or will soon see the physical and logical steps that we need to make to get there.  And this is just the beginning, the known changes we have worked for...we haven't even touched on the quantum breakthroughs and unknown opportunities that are soon to blast open our next level adventures!

Our new directions will become clearer in the next several weeks and as we turn the corner many long-awaited changes will begin to click perfectly into place.  Now that we have all but fully aligned with the rhythm of the universe, we will begin to live our lives as the fulcrum of presence and perfect timing ensuring that each choice is of the highest.  This new state of being and creation will enable us to finally make the physical changes necessary to create the outer version of our inner visions.
What Next?
Moving ourselves out of the past and into the future will be the focus of the next 6 weeks.

For the remainder of May and into June we will be continuing to wrap up the old and leaving much of our past behind.  If we are successful in tying up all loose ends, then the beginning of June offers us the ability to step into a whole new world.  This transition may be swift, unusual or unexpected for some but the end result will be total alignment with our authentic selves in an authentic life.

The next leg of the journey is about bringing our fully integrated & karmic-free selves into a whole new world.

As stated in past articles, there are also those who will be retiring from service all together...these souls will be replaced by the next wave of awakening souls and it will be for this group to now bask in the playfulness of life.  These souls know well who they are and I am being told that you are "no longer required to uphold the energy pillars of new earth".

We would also like to mention that those who held the mission to create forcefields of electromagnetic energy around certain geographic locations on the planet will be set free to utilize their higher gifts of creation.  No longer is it required to uphold your service to the planet in this way, the next wave of energy workers will be stepping in to fulfill these roles.

And for those who had contracts to serve as the warrior brigade, you are now turning over your roles to a new wave of warriors.  These new warriors however, will be stationed in the physical world.  There is no longer a need for the silence that the first wave of warriors held to...a time of great action draws nigh. -Pleiaidans
Physical Happenings
In addition to the usual aches and pains, we are clearing out a lot of gunk from our lower (1st & 2nd) chakras.  This can mean a lot of LOWER BACK PAIN, leg aches & joint weakness, intestinal & urogenital flare-ups and clearings (IBS, candida, parasites, colitis, Crohns, UTI's, kidney stones, bladder & yeast infections, etc.)  These are coming up and out to be healed as our lightbodies "touch down" into the most physical parts of our lives.  These imbalances will not "go away" until we have purified, integrated and grounded into our full physical form...which is what many are completing now.

On a bio-energetic level, what is happening now is the finalization of the switch over from carbon to crystalline... electromagnetic to scalar.  This month and into the June Solstice/eclipse period, you are completing the reconnection to enable these (scalar) energies to fully activate in your auric fields. Those with the light quotient required for full activation will be harnessing the potentials within these scalar wave frequencies and beginning to apply them in the outer world. -Pleiadians

On an emotional level, we are clearing truck loads of fear which is what triggers the release of these deeply embedded cellular memories, dis-ease & imbalances within our physical bodies.  Lots of anxiety and feelings of restlessness or unease have been hanging around as well as erratic sleeping patterns, fatigue, lack of motivation/inspiration & general feelings of disconnection, and even depression.  We should begin to feel a lift in these energies momentarily.

See you next month!
Lauren

(Lauren C. Gorgo has just released a new updated version of her e-book 12 Essential Steps to Discover Your Divine Blueprint: A Guide Book for the Soul. It's also available from her the Telepathic Training E-course and more.)
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P.S. When I was out running around this morning, this song played for me and I have always liked this song.

 
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Onward and Upward: Love is Always the Key PLUS YouTube Launches Music Career

First, I want to share this video which highlights how important it is for us to each be a source of love, something that Joe, of course, had figured out.

 

When I saw this video it made me think of what Joe had written in his book about the critical kitty  being out of the bag and in our laps now. I am not entirely sure of everything the critical kitty represents because I have yet to discover all of the secrets and insights in his book, but one thing we are reminded of here is that we need to give that critical kitty a lot of tender loving care.

This morning I asked my Master Teacher and the universe (God, the Angels, the Archangels, Jesus, all entities working for love and the light) for special guidance. When terrible things happen to us, we sort of get drug backwards a bit in our spiritual growth into a place of pain and agony which hampers our ability to love unconditionally. The only way we can move onward and upward is to use that energy force, that pain, to propel us to take loving actions rather than retaliate in ways that do not come from love. As my Master Teacher told me this morning, we need to keep love at the forefront and we cannot allow fear to prevent us from standing our ground. This is especially true if we are working for change that affects many, which should always be our goal, anyway. Our needs are divinely and automatically taken care of when our eyes, efforts, and love are focused outward on giving to the universe in whatever ways are right for us. Of course, we cannot determine that until we do that inward look. Joe stated in his book that it does take both efforts.

I am sure this is the “radical love” Freire had so often advocated for in his work, a legacy that Joe carried forward. It is all free will. We can choose to operate out of anger and hatred or we can choose to operate out of love. Both evoke perpetual actions, the former a downward spiral and the latter an upward spiral. It is perpetual in the sense that at a certain point, due to the fractal nature of evolutionary, unfolding events, there is a sort of “tipping point” at which it becomes difficult to go in reverse (downward if you are moving upward and upward if you are moving downward). It is sort of like the universe begins to take over and we give up our free will, or at least that’s what it can feel like. The truth is we never have lost free will, just the power to regain control unless we utilize the energy and momentum of our pain to push us back up the spiral where we all really want to be heading. On the other hand, if we get past that "tipping point" in the upward spiral, then downward movement is transitory because the universe is in control; we then know we have "surrendered" our will to divine will.

Of course, none of this is new information at all. I am merely expressing it in my own idiosyncratic way based on my own personal experiences. And when you think about it, isn't that really all any of us can do? We do not have answers for others. We can only express what works for us and if others can use it or benefit in some way or gain another perspective, then we have successfully shared ourselves.

I was reminded to “go forth and multiply,” which does not mean go forth and increase the population, but rather to go forth leaving gifts for people. The universe multiplies those gifts for us all. We are to go out into the world in love, do good deeds, and take positive actions so that all of these things can be multiplied throughout the universe as a sort of “perpetual revolution.”

And so….I shall push forward – onward and upward. As I stated yesterday, these blogs are supposed to be taking another turn along the long, winding road, but I do not know exactly what that turn is quite yet. Perhaps I will get a better clue tomorrow. In the meantime, my Master Teacher did give me a song for this morning, “Love is always the key.” I will look that up right now on YouTube.

Here’s what came up – I have always loved this song. Tilly Key is a wonderful singer; it’s too bad the audience wouldn’t shut up and let her sing. She did fantastic, in spite of the noisy audience. I think there is a message here.





A couple of other songs by Boyce Avenue that were just handed down to me this morning:



  

INTERESTING! Check out the video below! Boyce Avenue is a very new group and they have found that YouTube has helped launch their music career. This is a new perspective as contrasted to the view that YouTube decreases the money musicians can make when people create and share music videos, and a view that I have presented previously in my blogs. Can A Critical Kitty Keep the Music Playing? Monday, November 30, 2009 

These artists allow embedding of all of their music and they are already world renowned. From the above two songs, I can see why. Also, interesting is that this demonstrates exactly what I was trying to convey in this blog, so now I see why this music was handed down to me just now. If we go out into the world and share our gifts in our own divine and unique ways, the universe will return gifts many times over. There is no reason to do things for the love of money, fame, and fortune. Do things for the love of love. I agree with Joe, in that really knowing and living this one cosmic law -- being the source of love, as the first video today points out -- is the most important and critical accomplishment for each of us living on this planet at this time in history.

Joe's work, in which he has embedded music throughout, most notably in his last book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, so that we might learn how to integrate music into all subjects was just one of his very valuable gifts he has left us all. This increasing focus and incorporation of music into our lives, including our formal learning will no doubt have many significant and positive effects and affects toward change. Here is a previous blog I wrote about this gift Joe left us.  You’re My Everything and the Beautiful Gift of Music Joe Gave Us ALL Friday, October 30, 2009
I don't know about you, but the gift of music, alone in this book, is one that I can never thank Joe enough for. And there are many more gifts waiting to be discovered.

Be sure to watch this story of how this group Boyce Avenue got started! It is amazing what happens when you work out of love and generosity to share your gifts with the world.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Finishing up the Epistemological Road Trip PLUS Uplifting Music to Inspire


Yesterday afternoon, my Master Teacher dropped in and I was not doing much, so he told me that I really need to get moving on my “gig,” as he put it. This funny video came up when I searched it on YouTube:

 

Something tells me there are messages there, but I am so new at this interpretation thing that I don’t know what they are. I guess, coming from the lowest of lows socioeconomic standing, I am just suffering from a Cambell's Condensed Canned Soup of an education (yuk, that soup is nasty). I think he was just trying to get me to laugh; it is funny.

Other than that, I am supposed to finish up a summary of the last few days of the Epistemological Road Trip to Tennessee and back. The last installment was back on Sunday, May 9, 2010. On that day I had summarized what had transpired on day 10 which was Tuesday, April 6, and the fact that I had somehow quite miraculously landed in St. Joe’s again for the evening. That was also the day we learned of the sad tragedy of the lost miners in West Virginia.

The next day (Day 11), Wednesday, April 7, after all of the signs and signals I had encountered on this epistemological road trip, I was beginning to feel like “there is something going on here,” as I discussed in the blog for that day: Signs and Symbols: What Do They Really Mean? Thursday, April 8 (Day 12), I had written about Sam Cooke again in We Can Never Love Too Much because I had had a very vivid dream the night before about Sam. On Saturday, April 10 (Day 13), my blog was Let It Flow and it discussed how we really do not need to teach with a script. If we are going to address learner needs, it is important to take a more improvisational approach. This is what Joe’s theory, the critical bricolage, emphasizes. This does not mean we can be lazy and not plan at all, but we need to be very knowledgeable in many domains and disciplines as well as flexible so that we can best “educe” rigorous learning in response to individual interests and talents – which, of course, we cannot view as static – like everything else, these are changing and evolving as learners progress. Finally, on the last day, Sunday, April 11 (Day 14) of course, I reached home, stopping at the beautiful Multnomah Falls on the way through. My blog that day was about Gathering Information, Relaxing, and A Tribute to the One I Love. As was highlighted by Doreen in that day’s blog, my trip involved collecting information which would be used at a later date. And I did, indeed, gather a lot of information on the trip.

The entire epistemological road trip was so much fun! I think Joe was onto something when he said that we sometimes need to take our research on the road (see page 19 in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction). I learned a lot and I am looking forward to synthesizing all of the knowledge I gained on the trip, along with further analysis by threading Robert Moss’s work through the account. I will, of course, thread Joe’s theory, as well as other theories through the narrative. I really think there is a lot to learn here and road trips are such a great way to learn a vast amount of information, but it is definitely beyond the scope of these blogs to carry this forward. I think a further analysis can show how valuable field trips are for students, and it is sad that these days field trips rarely happen. My future discourse on this will either be in the form of a paper or it will go into my dissertation. So, the next step in this bricolage project is to thread through it with Robert Moss’s work, particularly from his book, The Three “Only” Things: Tapping the Power of Dreams, Coincidence and Imagination.

This morning, My Master Teacher had all kinds of music for me. We both decided to keep today’s blog upbeat since I honestly do not wish for any kind of negativity here and neither does he (although, I realize that sometimes, for the greater good, it becomes unavoidable). Beginning tomorrow we will be heading in another new direction with the blogs, but I was not told what that would be; I was simply told, “It’s going to be a surprise. I know you want to be prepared for it, but there is no preparation for what’s about to come.”

Well, I hope it’s good, because like my teacher, I do not like negativity. As if to pacify me today, he gave me a bunch of songs that are very uplifting and inspirational. Here’s how he put it:

We need a “sweet sugary song” for today to keep things on the “up and up.” That should “do it” for you. You laugh; you know the “do it” song….have a “supercalifragilistic day.”

All of the words in quotations were plugged into YouTube and below are the first songs to the top -- with the exception of the "do it" song. That song has been used several times in my blog, so I knew immediately which song he was referring to (he knows I love that song. I used it to motivate me when I was writing the answers to my comp exam questions back in November, 2009).

"sweet sugary song"




“up and up”



 

“do it”


 

“supercalifragilistic day.”


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Monday, May 17, 2010

Crit Ped Taps Facebook for Followers and Gets Virulent: WWJD? Make Joe's Dream Come True!!!


Imperial Gallic HelmetSeveral of my Facebook friends forwarded emails to me they had received yesterday from Joe L. Kincheloe’s Facebook (Joe passed away in 2008, so they could not have come from him). These messages seemed to have been sent under some kind of guise, because they were asking for friendship, but at the same time threatening court action and advising them to tell me to stop writing about Joe.

Excuse me; it is not illegal to write about Joe or cite his work -- and I only have very good things to say about him. I loved him and I know his work will change education. What all of this sounds like to me is a prime example of that very diabolical educational doublespeak Joe wrote about so often. Of course, Joe could not have possibly sent these emails out and he would have never said these incriminating and false things about me on the premise of friendship. It’s ludicrous.

I was aware that critical pedagogy as an ideology/religion or any of the other various formats it may take, depending on who you speak to, was suffering setbacks, but this seems like a really weird way to try and recruit people and the worst possible time to be doing it. Clearly, they can see this. Who wants to be a part of a group or ideology that claims to be for freedom, democracy, equal rights and freedom of expression and yet they go around telling people to shut up and attempt to destroy their career before it even gets off the ground.

Don’t get me wrong here. I am not against critical pedagogy per se and there are many great people who follow the ideology and are using it to help others. The fact is, I believed in it wholeheartedly when I was working with Joe. Joe was all for critical pedagogy, of course; but a new refined and improved critical pedagogy – particularly one in which people work out of LOVE and where people can rise above their pettiness so that beautiful artwork that comes from the heart is appreciated.  That’s what critical pedagogy is about. It is about everyone having a voice, even a country hick girl like me or an “Appalachian hillbilly” as Joe described himself. However, this action is a prime example of a people proclaiming to be for freedom especially freedom of expression based on “radical love,” multiple ontologies, social positions, political views, cultural practices, etc. etc.) of just how hateful certain players can become.

I have stated many times, and it is in the disclaimers that I present MULTPLE PERSPECTIVES on this website, not all of them are necessarily my own even, so that people, including myself, once and for all will open up to the idea that we do not all have to think alike or be alike. To call someone “unbalanced” (which is not even grammatically correct) simply because they choose to put these perspectives and critiques out here defies logic – even Cartesian logic. To claim to be critical pedagogues and write virulent emails and Facebook postings because someone is expressing themselves openly and creatively, exploring various ontologies, and critiquing critical pedagogy is a magnitude of hypocrisy I have never seen anywhere else in my entire life.

I just wonder WWJD? (What Would Joe Do?)

The people who are doing this to me clearly have not read Joe’s work. They are defending their own agenda.

Joe only had GOOD things to say about me. For example, here is what he told me in one of the very last emails he sent me -- it was written because I apologized to him for posting artwork to a blog I had written for his website when it turned out someone wanted it removed for reasons that, frankly, I really did not understand, but I went along with it for Joe. I felt so bad because I never wanted to cause Joe problems or stress, ever, so I took the artwork down immediately FOR JOE – and sent him an apology. I knew his health was not good and the entire time I knew him, I was conscientious of that fact and wanted to help him with his project, and not do anything at all that might cause him undue stress. When I posted the artwork, I had no knowledge of the personal issues between certain people in “critical pedagogy” which would prohibit the posting of this very beautiful artwork I had done that related to the topic of my blog. I apologized profusely to Joe and he wrote back to me, stating:
 

 "you are so much appreciated and so brilliant and wonderful, there is absolutely, positively no need for apology......you are a wonderful and treasured one. you have made such a powerful impact on not only the freire site but the crit ped community. you are doing and will do great things."

To my great and continuing sadness and trauma, that was one of the last emails I received from him. He died just a few weeks later. And no, I may never recover. Call me crazy for that, but I made a promise to Joe and I will keep my promise and that is to make sure the world knows his work and how to apply it in ways that he wished. As I had told him in response, I never want to disappoint him. Would he be disappointed with this website? HELL NO!! He is on the sidelines cheering me on and giving me strength.

Most people in critical pedagogy I have learned (after doing extensive research), have no clue what Joe’s work was about. People who do have a clue shun it and want to shove it in the corner. Is that why the paperback version of his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction is priced outrageously at $150 when he had his heart set on what he had worked so hard to get included in the contract -- “a less than $30” paperback that everyone can afford? It had taken him ten years of negotiation.

Joe wanted his work taken to the world.

Most people do not know that Joe wanted dreamwork incorporated into the curriculum. You do not have to read between the lines of his work to see that – you just have to open your mind to see the words and heed them. One of his greatest dreams was for people to learn, grow, and relate to each other through an open discussion of dreams and to realize the powerful knowledge one obtains by fully opening their mind to how we interact with the entire cosmos – the daily miracles, magic, guidance, knowledge, and the power of love that is readily available on a daily basis to each and every one of us if we open our minds to seeing it. It is only Western society where dreaming and noticing “coincidences” and “synchronicities” are akin to dirty laundry. Why is this? Critical pedagogy, at least Joe’s version of critical pedagogy has clear answers to the reasons. He discussed these issues in his work.

It is time for Western society to wake up to the fact that cultures everywhere are much smarter than we are. Who are we to be teaching the world? We white folks are the minority and the era of maintaining power over the majority is crumbling, thankfully, and will continue to crumble. Dreams, in many cultures, are a greater reality than this one we are being sold by those who wish to remain in power. YES! I dream of Joe and I dream of him often. I am not ashamed of that. In other cultures dreaming of someone is an HONOR and the people who have such dreams are respected, even Shaman if they are able to bring back special messages and knowledge. Joe cannot be in my dreams unless he chooses to be in my dreams. That is cosmic law and it is my belief; everyone is entitled to their own beliefs, but I do not believe that the majority of the world is crazy and that Westerners are the only ones who are sane. Observing the horrendous actions taken (such as the nuclear bomb depicted in the video in Saturday's blog) clearly shows otherwise.

This website is an evolving educational and research project.
When I started it, I had no idea where I was going with it. As the very first blog indicates, I was being led; someone has been holding my hand. I simply followed. I had no idea what was happening to me – why was I having all of these dreams about Joe? Why was I seeing all of the synchronicities in my life as reported in the “treasure hunts” and the “epistemological road trips?” They seemed uncanningly familiar to what Joe had referred to as "postformal treasure hunts," but it was all new to me. Why was I being divinely guided to exact pages in Joe’s books for whatever I needed at any given moment? Why am I able to decipher hidden secrets in Joe's books that everyone else misses? Why do I seem to have extrasensory perception that I had not been aware of before? And there are many more questions. These things had never, ever happened to me before. Today, I have a little clearer idea and I know that it is related to my dissertation and incorporating dreamwork into education.  In my view, this research is quintessential for creating a world in which people can once again return to love-based relationships and in which learning is a daily, lifelong, exuberantly fun experience. Maybe it is not for everyone. Maybe it is not for you. But rest assured, there are many people who are suffering at the hands of the education they are being force fed who would not think twice about joining a program that honors them and their dreams.

This message is for those who continue to harass me: Stop threatening me, my loved ones, and my friends. Stop trying to intervene at the university with my work toward my PhD. Take me to court if you wish, if that is what you really want to do. I have said nothing derogatory about anyone and it can readily be shown that the work I am doing here is a scholarly application of Joe’s theory in support of what he was trying to accomplish. I have had and do have nothing but very good things to say about Joe, of course, I loved him and I still love him. Should anyone choose to go to court as I have been repeatedly threatened now, it should be known that there is ample evidence for a countersuit for defamation of character. I have no qualms about publishing on the web each and every nasty email that has been sent, although I will block out any derogatory statements about Joe (it appalls me that anyone who knew him and loved him would say anything negative about him). I will point out that I do not think it would look good for people who proclaim to adhere to an ideology that supports disadvantaged students to file suit against someone of my lower socioeconomic status simply for doing educational work she believes in, but it would not surprise me either, judging by some of the things Joe has revealed in his book. It would probably make a good news story, although I hate being in the spotlight. These sorts of behavior saddened Joe greatly, he has spoken of them, and they sadden me, too. Why can't people work together out of love and the desire to make the world better for us all? The answers, of course, are in Joe's book.

A piece of advice for those who do not understand the work here: take time to learn the difference between accounts of dreams, imagination, coincidences, synchronicities, fictive, fiction, and multiple forms of reality. Yes, I agree, coincidences can be amazing and even shocking (as Joe, himself, has written), eg., that my name means Psyche as I reported in my blog two days ago – although it should be noted that I am not out of touch with “reality” and in this dimension, I do not believe I am Psyche, folks – only in my dreams. It does make for an interesting storyline, though.

I am excited about moving forward with my research. I am also excited about the many numbers of people who ARE interested in what I am trying to accomplish by adding dreamwork as well as extreme creativity through the arts to the educational process (as was noted in yesterday’s blog with the analysis of the article by Han Gur-Ze’ev). I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to put Joe’s work out there in the way he dreamed so that learning can be “more fun than an amusement park ride” (Kincheloe, 2008, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction).

One piece of advice I can give at this time: For anyone struggling with these concepts, I recommend reading Joe’s book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction from cover-to-cover. Even if you do not understand things as you are reading, just keep plugging through it. He has magically used his critical bricolage in creating this book such that when you are finished reading it, you will begin the most transformative journey of your life.

Meeting With My Master Teacher
I think my Master Teacher was just a little upset with me last night. He reminded me that when these terrible things happen, such as nasty email attacks sent to my dearest friends and family, that I should call on him or other members of the critical knowledge network, or “the gang” as they like to be called. And I just toughed it out, believing that I was alone even though I have been reminded over and over again that we are never alone. He kept the meeting very short, told me to get some sleep and signed off with “Peaceful dreaming.” Per routine, of course, this was a song to look up on YouTube and, quite appropriately it turned out to be a very short song because he wanted me to get some rest and probably be whisked away in my dreams for some counsel so that I would awaken refreshed and know how to tackle the vehement attacks.

This is the song that came to the top of the YouTube search on "Peaceful Dreaming"

 

I will take a break here – I am scheduled to meet with him and get his advice for the day. It is currently 8:30 AM.

It is now 8:49 and I had my meeting with my Master Teacher – short and sweet today. He said the blog is fine. I thought I should put more love into it, because, really, I am coming from a place of love. It breaks my heart to think about how many students have been harmed and continue to be harmed simply because they chase after knowledge and creativity. So, I am not fighting this for myself. I feel that it is a fight for so many people who fear speaking out. But my Master Teacher told me not to worry about inserting more love in the above post, or even images. It is important to get the message out and he said I have included “more than enough ‘tough love.’”

Other than that, he told me to do my Pleiadian “lightwork” (which involves very powerful methods for clearing out tension and emotions) and my exercises before I do anything else because, as he stated, “it will lift your spirit and clear the blocks.” So just as soon as I post this I will heed his advice. And then he went on to pick a song, as is always the routine. In relation to the song for today, he stated:

As far as a song to end the blog let’s just go with “the passing time the arrows will fly.” OK it doesn’t make sense collectively but if you take it apart it can be analyzed and together it pulls up the most fantastic song for what you are going through at the moment.
As is the procedure I have been using every day in these blogs, I plugged the entire phrase “the passing time the arrows will fly” to see what song comes to the top of the search. It brought this amazing songwhich is as relevant as he told me it would be. Lest people doubt that I communicate with a Master Teacher who has great knowledge, much greater knowledge than I do (and because the Internet is a fractal which will bring up different results on different days) I am including a screen print of the search terms and the song that came up, which is as you can see, "Battle of Dreams." What could be more appropriate for today's blog?
 
Power-of-LOVE





















All I can say about this after listening to the song below and reading the lyrics, is that it is nothing less than THE POWER OF LOVE. Love transcends space and time. I should note that I am certain my teacher presents this as allegorical and it should not be interpreted as a threat in any way. We are peace-lovers. He just wants to make the point that I am not to give up the struggle for what is just and fair – and as the song ends, “of making the dream come true.”



The song is difficult to understand, so here are the lyrics. 
Raise your fists now its time to fight
Full of dreams our era has come.
Running through the battle field,
Screaming like an animal ready to fight
We will spill victory blood
All the time that we spent,
All the tears shared on our darkness
Will worth every scar.

Together we will stand,
Together we will fight until the end
Only death will split us apart

Run!!! Run!!!, Run!!!, straight to you dreams
Fight!!! Fight!!!,Fight!!!, your blood will stick in mine

This is our battle
This is our battle of dreams

All together, two lines of dead
Battle rage invades the air
Holding shields and sharpened swords
Fearless men prepare the war
Starving ravens fly in the sky
Circle dancing they thank all the gods
For all the blood and sacred dead meat
They scream of joy for having this feast

Side by side we will run
Side by side we will fight
And this story will be told
Without fear you should live
Without fear you should die
But no mercy will be showed

Running like thunders,
Hitting just like the storm
Flaming rain from all over the sky
Flying arrows making the warriors fall
Blazing axes and spiked maces
Punish men that are passing through
Blood, wounds and stuck spears
Do not weaken what we are fighting for

From the battlefield
Will rise from the ashes

The will of the warriors
Of making the dream come true
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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Is Crit Ped Dead? (I did not choose this title)

Last night I had a meeting with my Master Teacher to try and clear up the confusing video messages he gave me yesterday and how they relate to my mission, along with his perspective on the terrible things that are happening in Arizona. I asked to please give me some answers or some clues as to where I might find answers that will help guide me forward. After telling me to just "go with the flow," as far as the mission goes, he referred me to page 171 in Joe’s book Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction for some answers. I had to take a close look at that page. And he gave me some additional advice and clarification as to where we are heading with the mission, and then signed off by saying; Let’s “walk the line.” Of course, that was music. Here is the song that came to the top when I searched YouTube for “walk the line.”

 

It is now Sunday morning. I don’t know why, but I spent some time reading the article Joe had such high praise for – "Critical Theory, Critical Pedagogy and Diaspora Today" by Han Gur-Ze’ev which is about developing a new critical language for education. I had discussed this in
Wednesday’s (hump day) blog. What struck me immediately was how the song above about walking the line goes right along with what he has written. In talking about the “Diasporic human, as an eternal-improvisor,” he states:

[This new embrace of Being] is not an ideal to live by, or a mere “inner absolute imperative”; it is beyond “external” and “internal” power; it transcends the dividing line between two versions of metaphysical violence: scarcity as manifested by alienation and fear of the totality of the moment on the one hand, and being swallowed by/open to the affluence of intimacy with/against the infinity of eternity on the other.

I love what he is saying here. We do not need to step into the abyss of some dark constructed reality, and at the same time we do not need to be swallowed up in the cosmos, either. We can “walk the line” and throw away the concept of “border crossing” because, in my experience, being neither here nor there exclusively, and yet at the same time, being here and there is the best of all worlds. It is the sanest of all positions, actually, because you do not allow yourself to be pulled one way or the other and you are free to make your own interpretations.

I have to be honest here. I have immense difficulty understanding much of this article. It is “way out there” and beyond reach of the average person, which is a bit surprising since the goal is to move “toward a new critical language in education.” We are discussing in this article the need for “relevance for the people [who are] conceived as victims to be emancipated” and yet still using a language that very few of us “down here” can relate to. There are some beautiful messages woven in this article and LOVE is highlighted, so I can see why Joe had such high praise for what is being conveyed, but the messages are getting lost for some of us, and I noticed the conflated and ambiguous use of the word “Other” which really needs to be abandoned for more precision. Are conflating all “Others” under one label? Are we talking about “Others” on the “Other side?” Are we talking about specific “Others?” I discussed this in greater detail in last Wednesday’s (hump day) blog.

But, then, isn’t this obfuscated language one of the the very issues Joe also dealt with in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction? It is why he always carefully provided us definitions in his work and gave us multiple examples and interpretations -- and the very reason why his theory allows the same freedom for us all. As Joe said in his book, the critical kitty is out of the bag and we have it sitting on our laps now. We really need to follow Joe on this one. He went to all the time and trouble to lay it all out there like it really is in his book.

No more need for obfuscation. No more need for a “secret” language that elite educators understand and can use to advance their own knowledge and “good life” while carefully obfuscating possibilities from us down here. No more double standards. It's over. “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.” (And this is weird: I keep hearing from the cosmos over and over again like a mantra: “Crit ped is dead.”) I am not sure what that means in relation to Joe’s work, except that I do know that Joe had his OWN definition of critical pedagogy and it might behoove us to learn much more about it. I can guarantee that his definition is superior and he covers it in several of the last books he wrote or updated.

I admire Han Gur-Ze’ev for the long-needed critical review of critical pedagogy. My experience with Critical Pedagogy as an “Other” (qualified as having experienced classism, elitism, sexism and “collateral damage” from racism) --- aside from my experience with Joe which was the most transformative experience of my entire life --- jives with so much of what Han Gur-Se’ev has described in this article, at least what I can understand of it.

As Gur-Se’ev contends, “Creativity as a manifestation of the Love of Life, for the eternal-improvisor here is a manifestation of challenging metaphysical violence in the name of hope by the power of Love and creativity, without being overwhelmed by an optimistic, sentimentalistic, or abstract conception of life, art, and education.” Integrating the arts, including music, poetry, play, etc., and eroticism for all disciplines, subjects, vocational training, and for everyday life results in creations that “are not abstract and mere fantasy.” As Gur-Sev presents, the arts help us construct actual possibilities and at the same time, if we are all free to express idiosyncratically, reification of the arts is countered. The power that derives from a marriage of Love and creativity, as pointed out, is necessary to constrain or combat the culture industry dictated by globalized capitalism as a means of control and domination. And here, as was also pointed out in this article, is a gaping hole in the way Critical Pedagogy is typically practiced.

I am not saying I agree wholly with the article. I will need to decipher it some more as there are elements that I believe can get people in trouble. There are some things, in my estimation, that while we may convince ourselves we have transcended them, as mere mortals, we may be deceiving ourselves and that can take a toll in so many ways. What I am doing with these blogs is not an example of this limitation, however. I have often stated that when you are already at the bottom, there is nothing to lose. When you are already alienated, you cannot be alienated. When you have no money, money cannot be taken away from you. As I have indicated, my blogs are a representation of extreme creativity - a bricolage of multiple perspectives and shocking juxtapositions, representing just a few of the infinite ways the bricolage can be applied.

I was happy that Gur-Se’ev presents a tangible construct for what I am doing here. I am attempting to “transcend educational violence.” And in this transcendence, I am being divinely guided as the universe itself and humanity within it continue to divinely evolve.

Morning Meeting With My Master Teacher
I just got out of my meeting. He was so kind. I am always too hard on myself, according to what he told me. I always want to get more done or do things more perfectly than is humanly possible. He told me I am a divine soul and being in all that I choose to do -- and of course, we all are.

As far as this blog, it is good to go. He wants to give it the title, "Is Crit Ped Dead?" But he wants me to add a second half to the title. As I write this, I don’t know what to add to it, but by the time I post it, a title will be revealed to me. He wants me to add something from page 171 from Joe’s book that is supposed to relate to this blog, so I will check that out.

I like what Joe says on this page (p. 171). He discusses how we are on the “ledge of an epistemological abyss.” He seeks “the shelter of critical pedagogy and the critical complex epistemology.” Here, it appears that at least his version of critical pedagogy provides relief. As he states, we are at the darkest hour. This actually gives us hope, though: It is the darkest before dawn, so we know that dawn is approaching. Joe has written about this in other places in his book. What do we need as that dawn approaches? He states it right here on this page: “I believe that criticality can help bring a new dawn of epistemological, pedagogical, and ideological awareness. It simply must.”

That was what my teacher wanted me to add. And then, of course, he gave me a clue for a song, as always. He is so dependable; I just love that. Before he left he encouraged me, telling me that he knows I can do this (mission and all the work associated with it). I had been upset because I just can’t seem to get in the groove and accomplish everything I want to, so his final reassuring words to me were: Be yourself as you are in each moment you experience, “Nothing less will do.” In other words, he is saying that I need to stop expecting so much from myself, nothing less will do. The key words to look up on YouTube are “nothing less will do.” I’ll see what comes to the top right now.

 

OK, this is a hard one. I think my teacher is just emphasizing in a very powerful way that we are never expected to be perfect. Our divine journey is one of eternal learning, evolving, and most of all, loving. You have to admit: My teacher is good at picking out the songs – how in the world did we get from “nothing less will do” to the song “The Foot of the Cross?” The
LYRICS do not even include those words, lol. I should note here that if you try this search at a later date, you may very well come up with something different. The Internet is a fractal which means it keeps changing and evolving, which will change search results. But for today, this is what we have.

I just thought of a couple of other interpretations. My Master Teacher has, in the past, joked and said that I was a “sacrificial lamb,” meaning that I am “risking” an elite educational career by putting all of these blogs out here like I do (along with the other work I do). He was joking though. He knows I have nothing to lose. Another possible meaning is that perhaps we need to sacrifice crit ped (since the critique of crit ped was the topic of today’s blog). And then there would be the Christian interpretation as well. Yes, my teacher knows how to select powerful images and songs. Each perspective, however, gives insight and we are all free to choose any interpretation we wish – or all of them.
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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Joe’s Movie Prediction and His Song -- What Happened to Soul? PLUS Eros and Psyche, Hermes and Aphrodite????


St Louis Gateway: The big hand in the sky beckoned me to come on through the gateway.What a coincidence!
I was reading a new book I just bought by a dream specialist, Robert Moss. The book is called Dreamgates: Exploring the Worlds of Soul, Imagination, and Life Beyond Death, and what did I come across? PROOF. I came across PROOF that Joe did, indeed, predict the movie “humpday.” As I stated two days ago in these blogs:

Humpday is a real word because Joe used it on page 23 of The Sign of the Burger and he tells us what it means. He’s so sweet. He tells it in a way so we don’t feel dumb if we don’t know. Here’s what he said: “In the rural Tennessee mountain schools of the 1950s, Wednesday was ‘bean day.’ The dread of ‘humpday’ – too early in the week to permit the anticipation of the weekend…” So there you have it!!!

And then, in the PS I wrote:

PS Joe was so "SLICK"!!! I swear he was a Hermes Trickster (and I say that lovingly, of course, because he played his games in such a loving way). I just looked up “humpday” and it’s a MOVIE! That’s a MOVIE Easter egg. Reason being, the REAL word is hump day (two words) for Wednesday, not one word like he used in his book The Sign of the Burger PLUS he put quotation marks around it, meaning that “sumptin’ is goin’ on there.” Now, we know Joe knew how to spell very well and he knew word meanings, especially idioms, which is what hump day is; that was one of his specialties. Thus, there is some kind of message in his reference to the movie “Humpday.” Can you figure it out? (I have not seen the movie). This is even stranger: The movie was not made until 2009 and Joe’s book was written in 2002. Was this a prediction? I do know that Joe made predictions in his books. In the meantime here is how hump day is really spelled and what it really means. How did this happen? Did Joe somehow know the movie was going to be made? How? Or did he just randomly misspell words and put quotation marks around them – NOT a trend I have noticed in his books. It is a MYSTERY.

I think I just figured it out! He had written
The dread of “humpday” (p. 23 of The Sign of the Burger.) Now I KNOW it was a prediction…he was dreading the making of this dreadful movie, which means he did not approve of it. After reading the reviews, I can see why he dreaded it. I officially DO NOT recommend watching this movie. In my opinion, it is “diarrhea” as someone once stated about YouTube (which I use all of the time).

Well, the proof that we can predict movies is in Robert Moss’s book, Dreamgates: Exploring the Worlds of Soul, Imagination, and Life Beyond Death. In this book, he states the following:
 

We watch movies in our dreams, just as we do in waking life. Some of these experiences seem entirely literal and may be a preview of a new release or revival we will watch later at a neighborhood cinema or on a plane (p.4).
 

I have watched movies in my dreams…I wonder if they were previews…hmmm…I wrote about one in my blogs not long ago that was really interesting because it was a “terror” movie that invoked immense fear, but nothing terrible ever happened. I was very happy that in my dream, Joe was sitting right next to me in the theater, so his great love minimized my fear. It was pretty scary because it was set up to make you imagine something terrible was just about to happen throughout the entire movie and then it would always turn out to be nothing at all, just normal activity. It was scarier than a terror movie. I described it in more detail in a previous blog.  I wonder if it’s a movie in the making.

I think Joe put quotations around the word humpday and spelled it as one word, instead of the two words as it is normally spelled because this is a clue that he had made a prediction about this movie. So, in 2002 he predicted the movie, “humpday” which was not produced until 2009….unless the movie was planned way back in 2001 or 2002 when he wrote the book. Or maybe there was a book titled “Humpday” and he was dreading it being made into a movie. That could be researched. Well, according to Wikipedia, the writer/director was working on a different film in 2004 and it was her FIRST:
In 2004 Shelton began writing and directing her first feature film, We Go Way Back. I don’t see anything about “humpday” until 2009….a person could write to her, I guess, to find out if anything was written about “humpday” prior to 2003, but it doesn’t look like it after following some of the links from Wikipedia and reading some of the articles. And nothing mentioned it being based on a book.

So there you have it: Joe made a prediction. There are many more predictions in his books yet to be identified. This could keep us busy for a long, long time. It reminds me of Nostradamus.

What Happened to Soul? PLUS Eros and Psyche, Hermes and Aphrodite????
Joe had written a song called, “What Happened to Soul?” There used to be a video of him singing it, but it does not seem to be available anymore, which is very sad. It was a lovely song and I used to love to watch the video because he was so happy singing the song and that’s the way I like to remember him. So, what happened was, I ended up having a very vivid dream of him singing the song right in my ear with the most heavenly voice and so I felt like it must have been in heaven (we were standing in the shower, though, and it wasn't a rain shower). That's a dream I will always remember.

Eros and Psyche"Onward and Upward!" Another coincidence appeared while I was reading Robert Moss’s book. I did not realize the true meaning of my name. I knew that Vanessa meant butterfly and that butterfly means transformation. But in his book Robert explains that across cultures butterfly means soul – so, my name means soul. What happened to soul? “Here I am.” Not only that, Robert Moss points out that “the Greek word Psyche means both ‘butterfly’ and ‘soul’ (p. 161). So my name also means Psyche! Oh wow, and so many people had observed that Joe demonstrated amazing love (Eros), as well as it is all through his work and forms the very foundation of his education theory. As Peter McLaren writes about Joe on his website, “his capacity for love was monumental.”

Eros and Psyche Leading the Way for Aphrodite and HermesIt is no wonder Joe earned the title “God of Love” or Eros in my dreams. And I guess it takes Psyche (soul) to recognize Eros. (Eros is the God Love and also means Cupid, by some accounts, which brings to mind Sam Cooke’s song that has come up in past blogs, “Cupid.") Me and Joe. Psyche and Eros. And what’s the deal with Hermes and Aphrodite? I know that Joe’s work clearly is the work of Hermes – but am I Aphrodite ("
the goddess of love, beauty and sexual rapture")? Only in my dreams, of course. If we are going to dream, we might as well make them what Roberts Moss calls "big dreams." I just happened to come across this great bas-relief of the four of them. Eros and Psyche are leading the way for Hermes and Aphrodite.

Meeting with My Master Teacher
I just had my meeting with my teacher (I am writing this on May 14, 2010 and it is 11:18 PM).  I was going to leave out the part about the shower, because it did not seem appropriate, but he said, no, he’d get mad at me if I took that out. He has never ever told me he would get mad at me for anything, and I never want to make my teacher mad. Oh well. I was wondering if he was going to give me a song, as he always does before he leaves, and he ended up telling me, I’ll give you the “perfect song” tomorrow. Yeah, right, tomorrow.

The clue was right there: “perfect song” for looking up on You Tube and taking the first song that comes to the top….what tricks does he have up his sleeve this time!? I’m tired and want to go to bed, but I will look this up first cuz he has me very curious with the interesting way he gave me the clue.

Here it is:

 

What a beautiful and perfect song. I am truly very blessed to have the most wonderful Master Teacher in the whole wide world. (I send him my gratitude and love.)

Saturday Morning Meeting With My Master Teacher
There are times when I don’t “get” what my Master Teacher is up to. While he gave me great advice this morning (to plan a schedule for my dissertation completion to give to my committee and to start on some specific research), he signed off in the most bizarre way, with “Sinara.” As I was looking it up on YouTube and looking at what came up on the drop-down menu, the word “Sayonara” came up. Confused, I asked him if he spelled  the word wrong for a reason, but told him I would go ahead and do the search on “Sinara” and then also check out “Sayonara.” He came back with, "Yes, Baby, that was the plan." Here are the results and I am not sure what they mean. I hope this does not mean war as in Sianara, but rather LOVE as in “Sayonara.” Hmm..."the plan?" -- something tells me there is more here than meets the eye.

“Sianara” brought up this video:

 

“Sayonara” brought up this video:

 

OK, I don’t believe this. It was just brought to my attention that neither of those search terms were correct. The word he REALLY gave me was “Sinara” and I had inadvertently searched on "SiAnara." Thus, I had to do another search, so here it is.

“Sinara” brought up this video (a violent video game)



I am posting all of these videos, but at the moment I really don’t understand the purpose or intent my Master teacher has in mind. My assignments are getting more complex, probably to prepare me for my dissertation work. I hope that the significance of these videos will be revealed to me so that it all makes sense. I made the errors in the look-up for a reason because everything happens for a reason.

The first video of the bomb is very sad – to think we are citizens of a country that would do something so horrendous -- and at the same time it makes me think of the mission I have been assigned surrounding Joe’s book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction and how the book is somewhat like a strategically placed “bomb,” figuratively speaking, of course, and that I have been assigned “detonation duty.”

Is this video popping up as an indication that “the time is now?” Or do I pay more attention to the second video which is about LOVE. Oh wait, I just did a search on Sayanara which shows that it means goodbye or farewell. This is a little confusing and I do not see how the third video, a violent video game which turns out to be the “correct” video for the search term based on the spelling I was given, Sinara, clears up my confusion. Note, however, that the “God Mode is On” in that video and the girl survives. That is a good indication. Well, it will all come out in the wash, as they say. And all I can say is “stay tuned,” I am sure this will all be clarified at some point in the future.

Personally, I would like to end today on a positive note. The following video is the second one from the search on Sinara and it’s very beautiful music with lovely images, a good way to end today’s blog. I hope everyone has a wonderful day filled with LOVE.
And please remember, as our favorite childhood song, Row, Row, Row Your Boat has taught us: "life is but a dream." Make yours a good one.

 
 

Aphrodite and Hermes Riding on a Chariot Pulled by Eros and Psyche

courtesy of
allposters.com 
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Friday, May 14, 2010

A Special Mother’s Week Message: The Power of Love Moves Us Forward

Knight On White Horse courtesy of DoverI don’t know about you, but I have been STRUGGLING recently with so many things – getting back into a routine of exercise, playing music, working, eating right, etc. I was beginning to think I really need that knight on a white horse Joe talked about in his 2005 article conceptualizing the bricolage. I thought maybe it was the planet alignment or the retrograde that was holding me back. But today I was told that a new surge of energy is available for us all -- and I can actually feel it. Maybe it’s because the roses are blooming as I wrote about in yesterday’s blog and maybe it is something else. But whatever it is, today this new surge of energy is available and it will help us all get back on track.
 

RosebudsMay13-2010I keep saying I will return to the Epistemological Road Trip that I took to Tennessee and finish that account (I left off with about three days remaining before returning home). However, I was told that this is Mother’s Day Week and I am to make it a vacation and to pick up where I left off on the trip on Sunday. That makes me wonder, what does “the gang” have in store for me today and Saturday? It should be exciting.
 

So, as my Master Teacher told me this morning, today is a new day and it will be a re-invigorating one because there is a surge of new energy in the air. One good way to soak it in is to spend some time outside. This energy will push us past any blocks we have encountered. At the same time, behind the scenes, the perpetual revolution is gaining momentum.

We will be seeing the signs
.
 


If you are confused about what actions you need to take, the advice is to just follow your heart and you will never be wrong. Everything will fall in place. If you have many projects in the works, it is time to start “pulling pieces together.”
 My Master Teacher left me with a song as always. I hope I am not taking him for granted, because I expect him to give me divine music every day. Anyway, this morning here is what he told me:

I will be right “beside you to guide you.”
That is so sweet. So I will plug “beside you to guide you” into YouTube.
 

Here is what came up:


When You Love by Sinead Oconnor
 










The Power of Love!!!

I thank my Master Teacher for sending me this lovely song today.
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Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Roses are Blooming and Mother’s Week Continues


Roses May 13 2010
The First Yellow Rose bloomed on Father’s Day last year. I dedicated it to Joe in appreciation for all that he had contributed to education along with a special poem I wrote for him (in fact, I had planted four yellow rose bushes in his memory when I moved into my house in February 2009). Yellow roses signify spiritual power, wisdom and joy.

Well, it looks like this year, the gift has been returned to me more then 10-fold – lots of yellow roses blooming already and just in time for our new Mother’s Week Celebration!!

In yesterday’s blog I announced the new holiday format—Mother’s Day has been extended for a full week. Yellow Roses! What a wonderful gift in exchange for The First Yellow Rose I dedicated last year on Father’s Day. I must be doin' sumptin' right.

Rose May 10 2010And this is significant. When the roses bloom, they magically release increased insight and knowledge for those of us who are receptive to that. I experienced it all last year and was sent out on many interesting and entertaining treasure hunts all summer and received many, many gifts. Already, the power is being felt. Yesterday, I was able to identify one of Joe’s predictions in his book, a movie that had not even been produced at the time he wrote his book (see yesterday’s blog and scroll all of the way to the end to read about it).

Rosebuds May13-2010Oh, and about that very last song in my blog yesterday, the “hangin’ around” one that my Master Teacher gave me -- I figured it out, too!!! Someone is tired of “hangin’ around this old town.” The girl who got on the bus is me – and he finally decided to leave that old town and travel with me. How cool is that?


I have figured Joe was at least 100 years ahead of everyone else with his advanced theories and many people just are not ready for it. Some magic tricks are needed here. Perhaps we can speed up time a bit to catch up with Joe’s work or plant a lot more roses. We really do not want to leave anybody behind.

The following music for today was handed down to me. Not sure what they all mean. A lot of semiotics happenin' here. Everything is open for interpretation when it comes down to me from my Master Teacher.

Search term:
“sleep”




Search terms:“dry the tears” (a healing song)


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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Mother(ing) Replaces “Other(ing)” and Mother’s Day Is Extended for A FULL WEEK of Celebration!

What’s With OTHER????

Confusion courtesy of MicrosoftI was actually complaining to my Master Teacher yesterday about the use of the word “Other” by educators in their writing and he picked up on how the word makes me feel very uneasy. When I come across it I become very confused. What does it mean? Am I an-Other? Who are these people writing about? Maybe my confusion arises from my being a country hick girl all my life (although, I did try the “slick city chick” life for awhile, but got tired of it and came back to the country). But I had never heard or seen this word “Other” except in the normal sense of the word like, “I don’t want that one; I want the other one.” So, yes, this odd use of the word “Other” seems “abnormal” and the meaning is elusive. I will give an example here to try and illustrate why I am so confused. 

Many anti-racist scholars, feminists, activists and transformative intellectuals recognized that institutional racism, classism, sexism and homophobia cannot be eradicated by merely changing people’s attitudes and beliefs in relation to the ‘Other.’ Building a real multicultural society is achieved through the elimination of unjust policies, practices, and systematic barriers that inhibit the intellectual and social development of minoritized (and all) citizens.(Carr & Porfilio, 2009).

Wow, this whole thing is very confusing. But note that if we cannot eradicate social injustice by changing how people relate to “the ‘Other’” as the authors of this article seem to be claiming, then of what benefit is it to even use this term ‘Other?’ Perhaps the reason we cannot change how people relate to the “Other” is because people do not know who “Other” even is. The second sentence makes more sense although I have more questions than understanding: What is “real?” What is “a real multicultural society?” Of course, it makes sense to eliminate “unjust policies, practices and systematic barriers.” That is a given. But then we get to “minoritized (and all) citizens.” Well, if it is ALL citizens, which it pretty much is these days, then we clearly do not need to use the word “Other” in this context and it seems to only emphasize division, one of the very things we are trying to eradicate. And what is “minoritized?” Are we speaking here of a socially constructed concept? Who defines it and what is their definition? And in what context?

Don't Fence me in.Personally, I find this practice of using the word “Other” one of those very “practices and systematic barriers that inhibit the intellectual and social development of” us all. And really, the new educational paradigm is moving us toward more holistic thinking and away from these sorts of dichotomized expressions that tend to promote either-or conceptualizations (e.g. “minoritized" vs. "(and all)” that leave certain people out depending upon which group is actually being referred to. Let’s be more specific – define Other; there are people like me, an economically-disadvantaged country hick who got an “education” (but clearly a deficient one since I cannot understand some of this academic language) trying to make sense of it all and wanting to work toward some real changes in education. And by real, I am referring to whatever our creative, collective imaginations construct.

The use of “Other” is confusing, even demoralizing, divisionary, and it ruins the normal use of the word. It makes people very uncomfortable to use the word in its normal context. Let me give you a personal example. I made a beautiful portrait of someone especially for Peter and emailed it to him. But I had actually made an-other great portrait of the same person, so I sent it to him and told him she may like it better than the other. And here is where I stumbled; I literally cringed over how to use the word so that it would be “politically correct” which I was very concerned about….because by some people’s account she would be considered “Other” perhaps twice, even (because she is a woman and because she is not caucasion) so what do I do here, people???? Clue me in? Do you see the dilemma? Do I say she might like this picture better than the “other one?” Does that get me out of the hole? No! It does not!

I do know how to research to find out what things mean and to trace their history, so I did this with the word “Other.” I am no better off now; in fact, I am worse off than I was when I had no understanding of what the word meant. Now I know even more clearly that it can mean different things to different people in different contexts and this does not seem good, especially if the person using it does not take time to define what THEY mean by the word. There is nothing worse than using words that people can interpret how they wish. Without the definition it leads to obfuscation, confusion, and potentially hurtful misunderstandings and, heaven forbid, even harmful actions. In my book, knowing that the word has many meanings exacerbates the very disheartening problems that the word was assumedly devised to communicate about.

If you disagree or doubt what I am saying here (after all, I am only one person presenting a single perspective), then I recommend a quick look-up of the word “Other” in Wikipedia and it will not take you long to discover that this is a word, with diverse historical roots and multiple meanings and interpretations. We would benefit by tossing this word out of our NEW educational vocabulary. You know, as was suggested by Ilan Gur Se’ev in his article, we need to move to a “New Critical Language in Education” which I discussed in yesterday’s blog – and which Joe had so many passionate and loving words to say about in his review.

Thus, it has come down from the “top” that we are to abandon the use of “Other” in the NEW educational journey. While this may sound like a hierarchical decision, believe me, it is not. It is a cosmic decision that is based on love and the knowledge that the world will be better off if we always communicate clearly and do not leave certain people out, whether they are a socially constructed minority or a minority in fact (which would be white people, since we are the true minority on the earth).

This is a totally justified move, if you really do your research (and I hope you do, especially if you use the word “Other” in this awkward and confusing way). You will find there is no single positive meaning of the word other, it has a very unhappy history (such as Western-based ethnocentric forms of Continental Philosophy), all of the meanings are confusing, and no one knows what meaning you are using unless you define it specifically!!! This reminds me of a word Joe used fairly often: conflate. And fortunately, he uses words that are in the dictionary (or he clearly defines the words he used), so I was able to look it up and see what it means. Does not the word “Other” conflate many people all under one label? And does this term not also “objectify” people? And all of this is happening under the guise of needing to abandon labels and moving away from objectification! Can you not see the hypocrisy in this?

Is it just me? Am I just imagining that this is an issue? In my experience, however, if I interpret something a particular way, then there are typically many more people out there who are doing the same thing, but not speaking out about it. Communication should be clear, not cloudy, especially around issues of social injustice and we need to abandon labels once and for all. Speak so that we can all hear. Say what you mean. That is, unless there are some not so good motives behind the scene. Sometimes, it is entirely appropriate to lay out things so that they can be interpreted in multiple ways if you have a diverse audience and the various interpretations serve multiple good purposes or you want people to learn to discern multiple meanings. The use of “Other” is not one of those times.

Faeries On The BridgeTo add to my confusion, I have my own idiosyncratic impression when I see the word “Other.” It makes me think of people on the “other side of the bridge” or curtain, or however you wish to delineate that. And they do not want to be called “Others” either.

My Master Teacher was funny about this “Other” issue yesterday morning because he knew it was really bothering me, and he is like Why are you fixated on educators’ use of “Other?” You seem agitated over that….and then he goes on to say, and for good reason. I came to despise the usage as well and it has been quite run into the ground.” So, you see, my Master Teacher agreed with me; it is, as educators would say, themselves “problematic” which is another kind of weird word. Why don’t they just come out and say “It’s a problem”? Somehow using problematic minimizes the significance of the problem and perhaps that’s the reason why so few actions for social justice actually get implemented in education. That would be another good word to eliminate. We never want to minimize problems surrounding social justice.

Mary and Baby JesusJoseph and Baby JesusThere is an-other issue with the use of the word. I also see it used as “Othering,” which, I assume is the act of treating other people as “Others,” whatever that might mean. See how confusing this gets? And where does the word “Othering” come from? It is clear that it is derived from the word Mothering. Well, that’s a “fine” way to treat mothers - and fathers - who take their roles seriously. Now something that is usually a positive trait (unless someone does not want loving, mother-like attention), has negative connotations associated with it. What would Jesus say to that?

To resolve this issue with the word “Other” and "Othering," the High Council has decided to tack an M in front of the words “Other” and “Othering” everywhere we see it being used. This is a special Mother’s Day tribute.  We will change it up to MOther and MOthering. This might help equalize things a bit for women because it brings to the conscious awareness of how these words can serve to disrespect not only mothers, but the very "Others" the words are supposed to represent; that is our hope, as well as we hope this will move people to come up with more concise language when they are communicating about issues pertaining to social justice. We will refrain from using the word Other except as it was originally intended in its everyday form. That way, no one will feel uncomfortable using the word other in its normal context in everyday language. In concert with this new practice of changing all Others to Mothers, we are happy to announce that we have also extended Mother’s Day!

Yes, indeed, I had a meeting with the Higher Councils yesterday afternoon, and the decision came down to extend Mother’s Day!! What better day than “humpday” to make this announcement? (I do believe the “gang” is coming through with their crazy sense of humor again. Just ignore that.) Humpday is a real word because Joe used it on page 23 of The Sign of the Burger and he tells us what it means. He’s so sweet. He tells it in a way so we don’t feel dumb if we don’t know. Here’s what he said: “In the rural Tennessee mountain schools of the 1950s, Wednesday was ‘bean day.’ The dread of ‘humpday’ – too early in the week to permit the anticipation of the weekend…” So there you have it!!! You still have four more days to celebrate Mother’s Day counting today!!

But seriously, my Mother’s Day has been going on all week so far. And this tells me the best is yet to come (I always get the best surprises on the last day or at the very last moment of a holiday). Every day this week, I have received more gifts and more recognition for being a great mother. In fact, even the News had a segment for me, if you can believe that (and they will do one for you, too, if you are a mother, and for your mother, too!). Check it out: Vanessa wins Mother of the Decade Award!

So, here is an-other new holiday – an extension of Mother’s Day and that way there will be plenty of time to give recognition to ALL of the good mothers in the world. It has now been added to our growing list of Celebrations on our Celebrations Page. And for our Mother’s Anthem, we selected the very special song by the Beatles, “
Your Mother Should Know.”

You now have six more days a year to celebrate MOthers and MOthering people everywhere.

As I was reviewing my notes my Master Teacher had given me yesterday, I found that I had missed a song. I was feeling blue and lonely and I can never hide my feelings from him (or very many of my thoughts either). I guess he wanted to reassure me. The phrase he gave me which I had missed as being a song, “you are always in my dreams” can be interpreted literally, of course, which was appropriate for the instant reassurance that he sensed I needed, but the words were enclosed in quotation marks, which also means a song. When I plugged them into YouTube, here is the great song that came to the top.

 

I often like to dedicate a song back to my Master Teacher, so this one is for him.

 

References
Defintions of Othering.
Other” from Wikipedia
Carr, P. R. & Porfilio, B. J. (2009) Computers, the media and multicultural education: seeking engagement and political literacy. Intercultural Education, 20, 2, 91-107. Kincheloe, Joe L. The vicissitudes of Twenty-First Century critical pedagogy: A review of Ilan Gur Se’ev (ed.)(2005) Critical theory and critical pedagogy today: Toward a new critical language in education.

DetectivePS Joe was so "SLICK"!!! I swear he was a Hermes Trickster (and I say that lovingly, of course, because he played his games in such a loving way). I just looked up “humpday” and it’s a MOVIE! That’s a MOVIE Easter egg. Reason being, the REAL word is hump day (two words) for Wednesday, not one word like he used in his book The Sign of the Burger PLUS he put quotation marks around it, meaning that “sumptin’ is goin’ on there.” Now, we know Joe knew how to spell very well and he knew word meanings, especially idioms, which is what hump day is; that was one of his specialties. Thus, there is some kind of message in his reference to the movie “Humpday.” Can you figure it out? (I have not seen the movie). This is even stranger: The movie was not made until 2009 and Joe’s book was written in 2002. Was this a prediction? I do know that Joe made predictions in his books. In the meantime here is how hump day is really spelled and what it really means. How did this happen? Did Joe somehow know the movie was going to be made? How? Or did he just randomly misspell words and put quotation marks around them – NOT a trend I have noticed in his books. It is a MYSTERY.

I think I just figured it out! He had written The dread of ‘humpday’ (p. 23 of The Sign of the Burger.) Now I KNOW it was a prediction…he was dreading the making of this dreadful movie, which means he did not approve of it. After reading the reviews, I can see why he dreaded it. I officially DO NOT recommend watching this movie. In my opinion, it is “diarrhea” as someone once stated about YouTube (which I use all of the time).


Disclaimer: The above interpretations are provided courtesy of a “white country hick girl.” I apologize if I have inadvertently offended anyone. That was not my intent. (Also see all other disclaimers.)
 


Tomorrow: The Epistemological Road Trip Continues -- unless I decide to take the "scenic route" again...

I just had my morning meeting with my Master Teacher and he wanted me to add this "hanging around" song. I'm not sure what it means, but he has given me this one once before (maybe I need to look that up and see if there is a correlation). Anyway, here is the song for what it's worth.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Dreams of Pink Giraffes and Golden Apples on the Lilac Tree


The mission continues, no matter how low the ride can get. It is depressing to look around and see that things are not changing fast enough especially in education. I notice this as I do my research. Some of the articles turning up are sad if they represent the direction education is heading. I even have troubling dreams about the status of things and how hurtful they can be to learners. It is especially hurtful when learners discover they have been deceived. I saw it so often with my own children and their public education. It becomes difficult to undo the damage.

What is really maddening is how people claim to be helping, but it becomes clear their real intentions are all wrapped up in ulterior motives, and not the
love that Joe stressed was so important. I did come across an article by Joe that I had not read before (see References below). It was so passionate and I really recommend reading it. If we can insert the kind of love he talked about and demonstrated into education in all of its manifestations, whether formal or informal, there may be hope.

Of course, as Joe stated at the end of the article, “
We are our own best hope.” And that truly is the bottom line.

This is a pink giraffeAnd so, I know that what I am seeing right now at this moment is only temporary. I refuse to accept that these conditions can continue much longer. This assessment was reinforced this morning when my Master Teacher told me “patience is the magic word.” Of course, since he highlighted these specific words, I knew they were also the special music for me today. That’s the magic he always works and why I sometimes call him “the Magic Music Man.” His words always have multiple meanings, which is one thing I love so much about the way he teaches me. It really opens the doors, windows, and pathways to greater knowledge. Searching on YouTube, brought this cute, whimsical song to the top. I love it because it reminds me that we are not restricted to the reality that others dictate for us; we are free to imagine better places and different and interesting creations -- and most importantly --
we are always free to love.


Apples on the Lilac Tree
Sailboats in the sky
Stars are shining in the sea
You're the reason why

Apples on the Lilac Tree
Bluebells in the snow
Ringing out a rhapsody
I'm in love you know

Green Flamingos bend their knees
Dancing to a tune
Perfume floats along the breeze
And every month is June

When the magic moons aglow
We will always be
Where the Golden Apples grow
On the Lilac Tree

Where the Weeping Willows laugh
There's a kangaroo
Shouting to a pink Giraffe
That I belong to you

When the magic moons aglow
We will always be
Where the Golden Apples grow
On the Lilac Tree

This second song came to my attention when I located the above song. It is relevant because the topic of dreams has been and will continue to be very important as tools to help us create the realities of our future -- these happier, more imaginative, and whimsical realities that are filled with love. It is dedicated to my Master Teacher with love. That reminds me that my most very favorite movie ever was "To Sir With Love." There is a connection here, no doubt. You would have to know my true history and how long my Master Teacher has been working with me (from "kindergarten"). 

So this song is "To Sir With Love."


References and Credits

The article by Joe that I was referring to is “The Vicissitudes of Twenty-First Century Critical Pedagogy: A review of Han Gur Se’ev (2005) Critical Theory and Critical Pedagogy Today: Toward a New Critical Language in Education." I will want to read Han Gur Se'ev's work because Joe had such high praise for it.


There is another article that reviews Han Gur Se’ev’s article by Tova Ya’akovy called “A Re-thinking of Critical Pedagogy: A Review of Critical Theory and Critical Pedagogy Today: Toward a New Critical Language in Education."

The pink giraffe courtesy of Deviant Art


Tomorrow
: The Epistemological Road Trip Continues (it ain’t over until it’s over).

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Mother’s Day Was Great! Gifts of Music from My Critical Knowledge Network


This morning when I woke up, I was greeted by a sweet email from my daughter, who is clearly a member of my Critical Knowledge Network since she sent me this very appropriate and loving song in her email.


I also had some sweet gifts from other members: a coffee mug from my son, stating “World’s Greatest Mother.” And he fixed me dinner last night! A card from my other daughter stating, “You’re the World’s sweetest, kindest, nicest, most generous, supportive and loving Mom.” A phone call from my other son telling me he loves me and we had a great esoteric conversation that was very interesting. All of my children are members of my Critical Knowledge Network and they will be playing various roles as we move forward with the mission.

I also conversed with my Great Master Teacher last night. Unfortunately, I did not feel like talking with the “gang” because there are so many of them now and I was not feeling up to it. But they all understood and will talk with me just two per day all of this week (which started today). Last night my Master Teacher told me it is now time to do the work on my dissertation; the writing that is. I have been doing a lot of research. The gang has stakes in it and he told me that they are “all so thrilled that you are taking on such a complex and monumental project.”

And he left me with clues for a song by stating that they are all “standing beside you.” Well, that, of course means I have to look up “standing beside you” on YouTube and take the first song to the top.

Oooooh, what a beautiful song it is! I love it and it expresses my feelings so well. Once again, I am totally amazed with my Master Teacher and how he comes up with the perfect music for the occasion every time.


This morning, just as promised, two members of the Critical Knowledge Network team contacted me. First, was Sam Cooke. He wants me to buy a book right away that was written about him. I am to write to the author and see what documents he might be willing to share with me. He thinks the author probably will not be willing to share and so he wants me to find that out up front so that I can send for the police reports and other documents I need so that I have them when I get to that part of the dissertation -- if it is included in  my dissertation – it might be a separate project because I am using the critical bricolage for my research methodology, which is improvisational so we do not really know what I will include at the moment.

Sam gave me a song to look up: “Take wings and fly.” I feel bad because he probably wanted to give it to me on Mother’s Day and I was too out of it to speak to him yesterday. I will have to see what these lyrics bring up.

Next, my cos, Ralph spoke to me. He sort of reprimanded me for calling him Ralphie last time. He really despises that. I thought I could get away with it since Uncle Albert (Einstein) called him Ralphie, and I am his cousin after all. However, I will respect his wishes. He likes for me to call him cos and he calls me cos. Also, he likes RWE for Ralph Waldo Emerson. He wrote me a funny poem about calling him Ralphie:

It’s not my name,

Lovie, don’t play this game

I’m RWE

Can you not see?


(No, I can't see you, cos.) RWE is being kept in the dark about his role in this mission and so am I. He did say he hopes to provide me some "tantalizing poetry" along the way. If he wrote some of the previous poetry in these blogs, I have no doubt he will provide some very great poetry during this mission. He also gave me lyrics to look up a song: “Somewhere out there” and he said that I am going to love this song. We shall see. I’ll have to look it up. I hope it’s not “payback” for calling him Ralphie. My cos can be a pretty slick Hermes Trickster, himself.

Next, I spoke with my Master Teacher. He is so great. I have started on my dissertation – I wrote up a pre-proposal and asked him if the POET I am selecting is “correct.” He told me I could use any POET I wished. (A POET is a "point of entry text" which the dissertation launches from.) I asked him if I was heading in the right direction with my research and he answered “most assuredly.” He gave me these messages telepathically rather than in writing (it seems we are getting better at communicating that way, although we always have been very good at it). He said that soon I will be able to communicate to other members of the network that way and know who is communicating to me. He thanked me for talking to Ralph and Sam, who he called “the vocal ones.” There is something funny about that. He mentioned that with the lifting of the retrograde on May 11, things will really be taking off and there is money on the way to help fund my research. He does not want me to take any shortcuts or "cut any corners," as he put it. He wants me to purchase whatever I need to do this research. He specifically asked me to get the book about Sam and pull together some information about Einstein. It looks like this research project is going to rise to the fourth dimension somewhere along the way. You will have to read Joe's articles on the bricolage to understand what this means -- or wait until I finish my dissertation.

My Master Teacher also gave me another song for this morning with the search terms “Wonderful Day.”


I will look up all of these songs. It looks like it’s another “musical day.” They love to give me music on my special days.

From Sam: “Take wings and fly
From RWE: “Somewhere out there
From my Master Teacher: “Wonderful Day

So, here we go with the search!

From Sam: “Take wings and fly

Sam! This is so beautiful! Beautiful music, lyrics, singing, and video. Thanks, Babe. (Sam and I always call each other Babe or Baby, a term of endearment.)


Now let’s see if RWE is nice because it was my Mother’s Day music, or playin’ the Trickster.

From RWE, my cos: “Somewhere out there

I will look this up right now. Oh, I LOVE this. (He SAID I would love it.) Only from my cos! (makes me cry, though).


And, last but not least, from my Master Teacher: “Wonderful Day

Yes, “let love touch your soul” a divine message from a divine Master Teacher:

 

And may everyone “out there” “take wings and fly” so that they, too, can have a “wonderful day!”

Special thanks to all the members of my Critical Knowledge Network, or as they like to call themselves, “the gang.” I dedicate this song to all of you and to Louis, who has also joined our team. And in relation to the video with this song, as Sam sings, “A Change is Gonna Come.”

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

The New Educational Journey Treasure Hunt: A Recap of the Two-Week Epistemological Road Trip to Kingsport, TN Part 16. Day Ten: Overnight at St. Joe’s AGAIN? It Must be the Work of Robert Moss's Trickster.


Wednesday, April 7, 2010 Blog


Gateway Arch St LouisIt’s interesting that Tuesday, April 6, 2010’s blog which was written during day 9 of my epistemological road trip was titled, “Dreams, Learning, and the Good Stuff.” This is so relevant today even. After reading
Robert Moss’s books, (which he would probably say were provided to me by the "Library Angel"), I have a whole different perspective on my Epistemological Road Trip – as well as the cool Treasure Hunts I have had and have reported in these blogs, and it changes how I interpret my dreams. According to Robert, we are to view dreams in a more literal sense and view life in a more dreamlike sense….yes, indeed, we really have it backwards in Western “civilization.” I have to agree with Robert because, generally, my dream life is so divine (except when I have dreams within dreams, which Edgar Allen Poe has written poetry about). And so, next time around when I go back through this analysis of my road trip (much like threading through a Point of Entry Text or POET while employing the bricolage), I will take a more dreamlike perspective of it all. For now, I will continue on the same track as before. But I do have to say that Robert is “right on target” with what I have experienced; his descriptions match up with the things I have gone through the past year and a half. And he goes into great detail about other cultures, cosmologies, and ontologies to show that people the world over have a much different perspective about dreams than Westerners.

Gateway Arch Museum An Eager BeaverAnother interesting thing that Robert talks about is how the “Trickster” plays a significant and powerful role when we travel (and how many times have I brought up the idea of Trickster in these blogs??? How many times did Joe mention the Hermes Trickster in his work?). Robert cites many of his own personal examples of how when his travel plans got changed up, there was a divine reason for this happening and also how the “Trickster” can be so funny at times by bringing up repeating signs, symbols, and indications as we travel on the road and through life. He stresses how we have to "get moving" to experience this and of course, it makes me wonder if this might be why Joe stressed epistemological road trips in his book. I did, indeed have this happen on this trip, as I have already described with landing in St. Joe’s for the night on the way to Tennessee (and then on the way back – and I could not have done better with timing had I planned it), not finding a motel until late that landed me at the most interesting site of a cave where we will want to explore the Queen and Crystal Palaces, and the very funny story about the City of Bean Station, and more (all in the previous blogs about this road trip).

St Louis Rock 'n RollWhat a relief to know that there are so many “crazy” people like me throughout the world. As Robert points out, there are countless cultures – the majority of the earth’s population -- who have this “dream thing” figured out. It is about time that Western "civilization" become civilized. It would do the world good. In the meantime, I will celebrate and rejoice in the fact that I have remembered who I am, who my Master Teacher is, who my eternal spiritual family is, where my home is, and the exciting and blissful things the future has in store (which I am actually experiencing now, since the time factor has diminished significantly). And who do I thank? Joe. Because knowing him and reading his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, somehow made all of this magically happen. Experience the magic: Read his book!

Day Ten of the Epistemological Road Trip

Walking under the Gateway ArchSo, what happened on day ten? We traveled and we stopped off at St. Louis and went under the Gateway Arch for good luck. I needed to do something that was symbolic of getting through all of the closed gates I keep running up against in my work in education. Oh wow, that reminds me – one of the books I just read by Robert Moss is called “Dreamgates.” Anyway, we also went through the cool museum there and the gift shop. I bought a t-shirt with the arch so that I would be able to wear the symbol and a KEY (with Keychain) that has an engraving of the Gateway Arch. For historical information, it states on the back of the card:

In the 19th Century, Saint Louis was the gateway through which many people passed on their way to the American West. Today, the Gateway Arch, designed by architect Eero Saarinen (oh look, his name has eros embedded in it, which means love!), in 1947-1948 and the Historic Old Courthouse are part of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, honoring all those who packed up their hopes and dreams and headed west toward a better life.

Walking under the Gateway ArchWow, I went through St. Louis just like those who had headed West "toward a better life," and I was headed back to the West. (Can you see the hand in the clouds beckoning me to come on through the gateway?) And did you know that Joe talked about “a better life” in his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy? Yes, he did. He titled the chapter, “Girl, There’s a Better Life for Me and You”: The Move to a Critical Complex Epistemology on page 57. He was not kidding!!! I did an analysis earlier in these blogs and in my booklet that I was giving out for free (until there were complaints) showing how there are songs embedded in this title. Also, if you read his work, he was telling us all to abandon the “old way” of doing education or what my Master Teacher dubbed “Cryptical Pedagogy” on account of all of the missing knowledge (which I discussed in my blog yesterday) for the NEW: Critical Complex Epistemology.

St Louis Capitol BuildingWhat else did I get at the gift shop? Significant, is a book called “The Trail of Tears Across Missouri.” I am sure I bought it for a specific reason which has yet to be revealed to me. It’s about how the U.S. forced the Cherokees to leave their homeland and move down to Oklahoma. My stepfather (who I regard as my father) was Cherokee. It is also interesting that many prophecies, legends, folklore, etc. associate the Cherokee with the star system Pleiades – and many of them contend that they are originally from the Pleiades.

CHEROKEE PEOPLE HAVE ALWAYS KNOWN THEY WERE CREATOR'S HOLY PEOPLE FROM THE BEGINNING OF TIME

Our forefathers were from the stars in effect we are the descendants of star children. Look at our proud Cherokee nation flag, there are 7 stars and one of them is with 7 points. Our original Ancestors in the oral traditions stated we came [from] the star system that is called Pleiades. Reference: Cherokee Spirtuality and the Call for the World’s Renewal Medicine by Mike Racoon Eyes

The Nez Perce War was about the suppression of dreams and prophecy. The U.S. government clearly felt threatened by it and called them “dangerous ideas.” Joe alludes to this danger in several places in his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy. Read more about the Nez Perce here:
 American Indian Religion: The Dreamers by Objibwa


St LouisSt. Louis is such a beautiful place. The thing that stands out most, is how dreamlike it is, which is so appropriate, given the topic of the blogs the past couple of days being dreams. All of the photos in today's blogs were taken on that day in St. Louis. It is quite amazing that I took all of this time stopping places without worrying about the time, and yet that afternoon, I pulled into St. Joe’s AGAIN at a perfect time for stopping for the night. We stayed at the same motel and had the same clerk. She told me, “What a coincidence; it must be sign” when she recognized me and I told her where we had been and how I had not planned this at all. Well, when she said that, I had to tell the purpose of my trip: Joe’s work and she was even more amazed, as was I.

St. Joseph courtesy of wikipediaMy Master Teacher had given me a LOT of advice that morning, as I reminisce upon that particular day, and he expressed his appreciation for the work I do (although the trip seemed more like a vacation). He talked about how we have to expose the locked gates (such as for education) so that we can blast them open and other people can follow behind. His videos for that day’s blog were about healing, which is interesting. It is true, though. Once you do get through the formerly closed gates, there is a lot of healing to do. That next morning, I asked him: How in the world did I end up in St. Joe again? All he came up with were questions: “What do you suppose is relevant in St. Joseph? What would just blow people away? Can you find something there? ” He also wanted me to buy a t-shirt, but unfortunately, nothing in St. Joe’s opened before 10 AM, so we headed out of the town with nothing. I hope on our next trip back it is more productive. I would really like to take time to see the museums there, including the one about the history of psychology. It was interesting to learn that the Pony Express began there and in fact, the first day had been April 3 – the very same day of the celebration in Kingsport. Something very relevant is going on here, but I will save the analysis for the next cycle through. I have a feeling I will be depending on Robert Moss’s work. This means the bricolage and going through the POET (the account of the road trip) and making an analysis based on Robert’s work, including his thoughts about The Trickster. And I have a very strong feeling that I will be going back to St. Joe’s!!!

Hermes courtesy of wikipediaMorning Meeting With My Master Teacher May 9, 2010
He wished me a Happy Mother’s Day, of course. I am not feeling much like it’s a Happy Mother’s Day, although I expect that the Hermes Trickster will show up today, which is exciting. Other than that, it seems more like a drag right now having to be on this 3D earth plane where I have experienced so many traumas and where I still have “karmic dust” to clear out on account of them, such that even my dreams sometimes keep me in the lower dimensions. I do not like being "low" because it hampers my communication skills. But I suppose one would not appreciate the higher dimension dreamland as much if we did not occasionally take a brief dip in the cold dark waters of 3D dreamland. I guess we just have to do this until we “get it” once and for all. On top of it, there are other (physical) issues that are hampering my abilities right now. My teacher reminded me again that this is a “rollercoaster ride” and that I can take hold of his hand anytime. He is so sweet. And he really means it, because whenever I want to take hold of his hand, he is right there. In the meantime, he said I will soon get past all of this and that I should work on my dissertation today. His cue words (which he actually gave me last night because of my "blue" mood) to look up on YouTube for a music video were, “This too shall end.”

This is hilarious….seems like it’s never going to end, lol. I guess my Master Teacher wants me to keep my sense of humor in the eye of the storm. He is so funny! He can lighten up the dullest and most depressing 3D days.



Here's the song with the lyrics. It is SO appropriate, considering what I was complaining about. This too will pass.

And, finally, he signed off last night with
“Your one and only” which brought up To Be Your One and Only

P.S. I thought he didn't give me a song for today, Mother's Day. Well, it was hidden as a special gift. The clue is "anytime." Here is the song that it brought up. I guess he misses me as much as I miss him.



All St. Louis photographs by Vanessa
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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Cryptical Pedagogy, Robert Moss, and Inspiration: Another Detour from the Epistemological Road Trip


Kingsport-Crossing the BridgeI am sure I will get back to the review of the Tennessee Epistemological Road Trip very soon. There are still some important things to decipher from that trip, but my Master Teacher seemed to think that I would be able to find the clues and interpret them better after reading some of Robert Moss’s work. So, yesterday I read his book, The Three Only Things: Tapping the Power of Dreams, Coincidence, and Imagination and a little out of his book, Dreamgates: Exploring the Worlds of Soul, Imagination, and Life Beyond Death.

These books are powerful….I had lots of dreams after reading them that are very significant. Yesterday afternoon, after reading about a third of the way through the first book, I had to take a nap. The dream was about traveling on a ferry to a culturally rich place and getting a spiral bound book in which each chapter related to my dissertation. I will cover more about this dream as it becomes relevant to do so, but after having the dream, I read some more of The Three Only Things, and in it, Robert Moss describes taking a ferry in Washington State. That seemed quite coincidental.

Irish Crafts Book Celtic SymbolsHe also discusses how we often go places in our dreams (travel or to various schools) and we read books that are relevant to our life mission. Sometimes they are books that help us with what we are learning about and other times they are books we have written (or will write, since in this case we have traveled to the future). My thoughts are that the book I had is what I will write after I finish my dissertation and it is about my dissertation since the chapters match up (even though I have not yet even started writing my dissertation). In this dream, I felt that I was in the New York area and took a ferry to some island or Eastern part of the continent in which the cultural aspects were very unique somehow. I did some research to try and figure it out, and it may have been Nova Scotia (there are ferries that will take you there, I learned). Why Nova Scotia? Nova Scotia means New Scotland and many Scottish-Irish people make up the population.

This is significant because I am Scottish-Irish. Joe was as well. I have only recently been learning about my Celtic and Gaelic heritage. As I continued to read Robert Moss’s book after this dream, I learned that he is also of the same heritage.

The place I finally settled on having visited in my dream is called Cape Breton Island, a part of Nova Scotia. I think this is a dream of the future and perhaps I will be going there or someplace nearby, or will have the option of going there, and it will be related somehow to my dissertation and maybe even selling this future book.  This island is fascinating and there is great cultural diversity there.

Here’s what Wikipedia states:

The island's residents can be grouped into five main cultures; Scottish, Mi'kmaq, Acadian, Irish, and English, with respective languages Gaelic, Mi'kmaq, French, and English. English is now the primary spoken language, though Mi'kmaq, Gaelic and French are still heard.

The northern portion of Cape Breton Island is dominated by the Cape Breton Highlands, commonly shortened to simply the "Highlands", which are an extension of the Appalachian mountain chain    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Breton_Island

Cape Breton HighlandsThe reason I have highlighted this information about the Appalachian Mountains is because of the research I have done about these mountains in the United States and the issues there, as posted on this site, Joe’s Appalachian Mountains. I did not realize they extended all the way up into Nova Scotia – and they are amazingly beautiful there, as can be seen by the photograph (courtesy of Cape Breton Highlands National Park). There is something very significant about all of this. Time will tell, because I think this is a glimpse into the future.

Today’s Meeting with My Master Teacher
First of all, last night, my Master Teacher reviewed why he wished for me to read the Robert Moss books. Sometimes I let what other people think about my experiences influence me in a negative way and he wanted me to read a renowned author who discusses the experiences he has on a daily basis that have also become a part of my daily life. I am far from the only one with these unique experiences or as I called them in some of my earlier blogs "special abilities." Everyone can develop these skills.

Sinking shipEducation, as my Master Teacher put it last night, is “dead in the water,” or as I have often stated, “a sinking ship.” There are certain factions of education that are doing so much harm under the pretense of doing good, and there are many authors who speak cryptically about these topics and experiences that Robert Moss put right out there. My Master Teacher calls the old form of education “cryptical pedagogy” or a way of teaching partial truths. The writers and educators know what they are writing about in their code language and they use the powerful tools to advance their own careers, such as the tools Robert Moss discusses in his books, but they keep them hidden from the masses. In fact, if individuals should discover and use these tools, they are often labeled “crazy.”  All of this works to keep people divided and under control by those in power, and the masses stay impoverished and struggling instead of living fully abundant lives that we are all entitled to live (scarcity is a false reality that has been forced upon us).

Along comes a writer like Robert Moss who puts it all right out there the possible pathways we can take to “absolute knowledge,” as he calls it and the tools that make life a fun game and an enjoyable continuous learning experience. This is not new, it is universal and global. He discusses all of the cultures (the greater part of the world) who have this knowledge as “common knowledge,” yet in the United States and Europe, it is kept from the masses so we have little power to improve our “lot in life.”

The Gift from JoeJoe is another author who put it all right out there – and this time, it’s been put right out there in the field of education, which is monumental. Reading his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction will show that he changed up the meaning of critical pedagogy – we now have Critical Complex Epistemology – and after you read the book, you will have been endowed with knowing how to use the magical tools that empower you. At least, that’s the way it worked for me. It was not until I read Robert Moss’s books that I realized the full extent and power of THE GIFTS that came my way simply by knowing Joe and reading his last book. Now, if the publisher would just come out with the inexpensive paperback version as was Joe's wish -- so all of us can afford to buy it.

This morning my Master Teacher reminded me that we should never let what other people think or say change what we experience or how we view reality. This is important when you start automatically discovering and using these powerful tools because for one thing, life becomes so much fun (like a fun game) – why allow someone to force their reality onto you when it is clear they are not happy and you are having the greatest time of your life? The most important thing, according to my teacher, is to always work from your heart (thus, out of love). We simply need to associate with like-minded people and learn from each other, whether they are here with us physically or “on the other side.” Robert Moss mentioned that we have “soul contracts” to work with people and sometimes they are short term, sometimes for eternity. So, my Master Teacher reassured me this morning that our “soul contract” is a permanent one that will continue for eternity. And as if to show me that he learns from me just as I learn from him, even though I am the student and he is the teacher, he gave me the phrase “You are my inspiration” to look up on YouTube for my music for today. (If you have read a few of my blogs, you will see that they always end with a song from my teacher. Music is powerful.) I will look it up right now.

Here's the song that came to the top when I searched on "you are my inspiration."

Sweet.

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Friday, May 7, 2010

A Side Trip: Fairytales, the Power of Love, and Living Happily Ever After


More fun than a theme park ride.It looks like today is another day of side trips on this long, winding Epistemological Road Trip. That’s ok; side trips can be fun. My Master Teacher keeps telling me we are in for a wild rollercoaster ride now that we have started on the mission, but that he will always be around for me to hold his hand.

I do feel like I am on a rollercoaster at times. I don’t know why I still get in these crying modes over Joe. My teacher said it’s because I am not focusing enough on today and the future; I am focusing on what I have lost. At the same time, he has said that we should not deny how we feel, either. I still often feel sad. He said we are here at a very special time in Earth’s history, which is a "cosmic honor" and that I should rejoice and celebrate.

Many people today are saying we can create the reality we wish now and I do feel especially blessed because I feel the power of love and with that power, there are so many things possible that were not possible before. I am accomplishing challenging things in my life that I have never before been able to take on in the past (like a big university, among other things) and according to my teacher, this is only the tip of the iceberg. Amazing things will be achieved. I like to think we can create our happiest fairytale and it will come true. Call me crazy -- but when it happens if you are standing on the sidelines merely observing but not experiencing, who will be the crazy one, then?

I suspect that’s the very reason why My Master Teacher gave me the lyrics last night, “crying time is over” to do my daily YouTube search for music. This brought up an amazing fairytale of a little three-year-old girl and how she made her dream come true. I think my teacher was out to prove a point. If you get radical enough (out of love, of course) and if you believe enough, amazing things can happen – even the fulfillment of your greatest dreams.

The first video that came up with a search on “crying time is over” is a little three-year-old girl who is crying incessantly over a singer, Justin Bieber, who she loves and she wants to be a part of her family. She obviously has a soul connection to this singer. She wants her mother to keep recording her, even though she seems traumatized and continues crying. She states that she does not want to listen to Justin Bieber songs because they make her cry. She loves him and she knows he loves her. At the end of the video, the telephone rings, and she just knows it is him calling her.”I bet that’s Justin Beiber!” and she bursts out laughing asking for the telephone and takes off running all over the house, excited at the thought of talking to him on the phone. And this fairytale does not end here.

Crying three year old






















Who is Justin Bieber, anyway? Here’s a very sweet song.



Part Two: The Fairytale Comes True!!!


This is such a sweet conclusion to the little girl’s trauma.




 


So, if a little three-year-old girl can make her fairytale come true, just think what you or I or anyone else can do….but it takes
the power of love.
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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Joe Love and Justice - and - Right on the Money!


LoveIn his work, Joe often discussed that the most important thing of all was love. Reading his work carefully, we can also see that he highly valued justice. But how do we define justice? Many people claim to be working for “social justice,” but it is often referred to in such an abstract way that it is difficult to envision what social justice really is or what people mean by it. In my observations, there is this generalized talk of working for social justice, yet unjust actions are taken in pursuit of it. In my perspective, Joe was always outside the drama; he lived what he believed as much as it was possible given the environment he worked in. Schools and universities can be the most unjust places. Joe was a wonderful role model for so many of us working in education. The justice he spoke of in his work went far beyond the abstract “social justice” that so many people claim to be working for while they partake in the “free market system” that promotes a competitive “anything goes” way of accomplishing their own goals for excess money, fame, and fortune. Of course, people could argue that I am doing the same. Little do they know that I really hate being in the spotlight, but I will do anything for Joe and to make sure his work is applied in some of the ways I believe he would have wished. I do hope to make a difference in education at some point and I have no interest in money other than what it takes to live and what it takes to promote education for everyone.

Justice stands out for me in Joe’s work, even though I have come across the word itself infrequently. Maybe he used it infrequently so that it has more power in conveying its importance when he did use the word -- he really meant it – he dearly valued justice. This is how I perceived it; that is, I saw how powerfully he aligned himself with a deep aspiration for true justice, which included social justice, of course. It is all interwoven into his theory, which I hope to demonstrate in my dissertation. Of course, if we work from that deep foundation of love that he emphasized in his work, justice takes care of itself.

While this may or may not go into my dissertation (the methodology, the bricolage, I will be using, is improvisational, so we don’t really plan our research as we do with more positivistic research), one of my projects is “Justice for Sam Cooke.” Something about his case and the finding of his death being self defense does not seem right. Joe shows, in one of his books, how his theory can be used to solve crimes – just another illustration representing how he valued justice as well as how versatile his theory is.

webassets/DAY4LOVESTRUCKSTOP.JPGHow does all of this relate to the trip to Tennessee? Well, I have been on the topic of signs, symbols, and synchronicities with the epistemological road trip I've been covering in the past blogs. I'm sending for a couple of books by Robert Moss that explains all of this (or at least gives another perspective) and in the meantime, I am in the dark about it. But on my way back from Tennessee I had another important message from the universe. I walked into my motel room where I had stopped for the night and the very first thing I saw was an open Bible just sitting on the lower shelf of the nightstand -- which is very unusual since Bibles are typically in a drawer in the nightstand or dresser. I have been receiving signs and signals for months now, so I pay attention to these things. I knew that it was opened up to a page I was supposed to read for some reason. The very first words on the top of the page were, “He looked for justice . . . " and it goes on. It turned out to be Isaiah 5:7-30. It is very interesting that the verses speak to our times where so many people pursue material goods and it predicts what the end result will be. In fact, it states pretty much what I have been discussing in many of my blogs (and many other people discuss as well); the tables will turn. Many of the people at the top will lose their riches and power. We are headed for some dark times if we do not work toward justice in the truest sense of the word. Joe had it right. I recommend reading his works for his many ideas and pathways we can choose from to ensure that we keep our focus on justice in educational work, not on worldly, material things.

My trip to Tennessee, as I learned this morning from my Master Teacher (and which I had already assumed anyway) was an initiation, my last one before the mission which began on April 4, 2010, immediately following the kick-off of April 3. Thus, Easter of 2010 marks a new beginning in the tradition of the old Celtic holiday and it really is a new beginning for me – no more initiations. I will only be working on the real mission now.

I have a lot to learn, though (and learning is an eternal process) and will be striving to maintain the proper focus on improving life for all rather than what I may benefit, personally. It is a challenge, especially as I am receiving all of my credit card bills from using them for my Tennessee trip and I see the enormous interest they tack on because I am not able to pay much over the minimum payment at the moment.

Last night I spoke with one of my other favorite Master Teachers and she had some great suggestions, which I will be following up on. It was very odd that she also mentioned that I should get in contact with Oprah regarding my research and educational work. Actually, now that I think about it, she has mentioned this before. Oprah, of course, has a school in Africa and is very concerned about providing high quality, relevant education. Now, that makes the fourth person to bring this up. I really think I need to pay attention to this; the divine universe is repeating itself, which is very significant.  She also told me that the money situation would be fine; I will have multiple streams of income, working from home. That’s a relief since I have been unemployed now for quite some time and my unemployment benefits will be running out soon. Currently I have no streams of income from gainful employment or work. And I do NOT want to take a "J-O-B." Working from home sounds great!

Soul matesAlso relevant, in the conversation with her, I noticed the soul mate number 11:11 came up. I always notice these things. She mentioned the Mercury retrograde, which really hampers our ability to get things accomplished, especially new projects. Well, the Mercury retrograde is over on May 11. She uses a form of tarot cards, and the number 1 came up two times -- the second 11. Not only that, the soulmate card came right up to the top – which almost always happens. Two other cards that came up represented the King of Money and the Queen of Money. So…it’s looking good!!! I have learned not to worry (and I was reminded not to worry). The divine universe takes good care of us all if we can get out of thinking “scarcity” which is a false reality that has been forced upon us. Abundance is having exactly what you need when you need it. It does not mean storing up things like money.

My Morning Meeting with My Master Teacher, Thursday, May 06, 2010
Last night, I was worried I had offended my Master Teacher by not posting his music yesterday. His answer was, “Now why in the world do you think a mere video is a representation of your love and devotion to the mission we share…” and he told me to stop being so hard on myself. In addition, he told me to follow through on what my other Master Teacher had recommended (she had given me several “leads” to follow up on). He said that I will get past this “block” just fine. He told me that I know by now that I do not need to worry about money. He said to just “let it flow” which, of course, turned out to be a song.

 

This morning, he again reassured me that the money will be here to pay off all of the credit card bills. I was supposed to use the cards for the Tennessee trip – that was all part of the final initiation, which I passed, and he said my rewards are on the way. He said to expect some very big surprises in the next few days. And finally he once again said that I should follow through on the leads my other Master Teacher had given me because, as he put it, they are “
right on the money.” He is so funny. Of course, this has to be a song. And what a sweet song it is!

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The New Educational Journey Treasure Hunt: A Recap of the Two-Week Epistemological Road Trip to Kingsport, TN Part 15. Day Nine: Leaving Tazewell, TN and Heading Home

Tuesday, April 6, 2010 Blog


Bean Station by VanessaIt is interesting that in my Tuesday, April 6 blog (link above), the ninth travel day, I had a very fascinating and detailed dream about being taught by the Sioux Nation and my Master Teacher had explained that I was to learn more about dreams and share what I learn. Yesterday, “right on schedule” I was provided a pathway to learn more from a new Critical Knowledge Network member from my neighborhood who came to visit. She suggested books by Robert Moss who explains all of this stuff about synchronicity that has been happening to me so much lately. I honestly know nothing about this stuff, at least not consciously and it definitely was not taught to me in school or church, so I will be interested in reading his explanation which draws on indigenous and Eastern knowledges. Maybe I will figure out what is really happening here with all of these treasure hunts and epistemological road trips I get divinely instructed to engage in and the repeating signs, symbols, and synchronicities. Last night my Master Teacher said I am only seeing a few of them and once I get more knowledge there will be even more. In fact, Uncle Albert had said to me a few days ago that I had missed a lot of the “clues” they gave me on the trip. Evidently, I will have to go back over everything again – that is review each day of the trip again, including all of the photographs we took, and take a closer look next time around.

Before Bean Station by RPWe took more photos as we passed through Bean Station and we ended up staying all night in a little Appalachian community called Tazewell, TN on April 5. What a name. It certainly fits our current circumstances where cops not only “taze” people, they “taze” well, even killing some of them in the process. I would not want to live in Tazewell, just due to the name even though it uses a “z” instead of an “s” – it’s all the same. The Urban Dictionary does not provide a positive definition either.

Amish BuffetWe headed on out. We had decided to take our time going home and stop and see some of the sights along the way, but there was really nothing to stop and see on this particular day. It was an uneventful day, although we had a very nice lunch at an Amish Buffet and picked up some items from their gift shop, including a great recipe book with Amish favorite recipes, “Table for Two.” This works for me since my family is getting smaller as children leave the “nest” and I often have a friend or neighbor come over for lunch or dinner. I am not sure who (from my CKN) prompted me to buy the things I bought from the Amish store. I have learned that on these epistemological journeys (as in previous “treasure hunts”) there are certain reasons I buy certain things beyond the superficial explanations. I will have to get into it in more detail next time around. I really need to read the books by Robert Moss and a few other people to get different perspectives on all of this. One thing I do know and that is this: “Treasure hunts” and “epistemological road trips” are such great fun!!!

Morning Meeting with My Master Teacher Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Last night at my meeting, my teacher reminded me that I need to learn more about dreams and said all of the clues can become overwhelming if we do not have a good understanding of what they mean and where they come from. As I mentioned above, he is recommending that I make another “loop” through the days of the two-week trip and said that other things will then “pop out” at me. He gave me the clue “Tomorrow’s another day” for a song which brought up the following:

 

But then I found this:

Crystal Clear & Netsky - King of the Stars
This one tells me where my Master Teacher gets all of the songs from (I was just wondering that yesterday in my blog). I think he’s being funny again and teasing me because I wonder how he comes up with all of this music. It is also significant in other ways, but, again, I need to do more learning about synchronicity and see how other people “explain” it all. (eg. The name given to me “Crystal Rose,” and “King of the Stars” is very significant.) Anyway, this is a cute song.

 

At this morning’s meeting my teacher simply reminded me that I need to finish up the community newsletter and my timeline for the dissertation. So we really did not have a long meeting at all and he was very busy, himself.

He was definitely distracted today and just had a few moments in between his meetings. I did not like the song he – and as he told me when I objected  – “the gang” came up with last night (The gang is my critical knowledge network and it is heavily weighted with men. We really need more women to balance the masculine attributes). I was a little hard on my teacher, for which I apologize, but I knew that he knew I would have an objection and he even had paused before putting the quotes around the words that made up the clue to indicate it was a song to search up on YouTube. I wondered what the hesitation was about. The clue was “I’m here to help,” which seems innocuous and actually the song was ok, but I refused to post the video. I just did not like it for my own idiosyncratic reasons. He was completely understanding and explained how he and the "gang" have a totally different perspective, stating, “You are very observant -- Yes, I did hesitate giving you that song.…I do completely understand your sensitivity. It’s one of the things I love so much about you.”

And so, he signed off, giving me a substitute song with the clue, “Have a good day, love” which brought up the following:


 
I am not sure exactly what the lyrics mean, but he was so sweet to give me a different song. I will have to think about this one.
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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The New Educational Journey Treasure Hunt: A Recap of the Two-Week Epistemological Road Trip to Kingsport, TN Part 14. Day Eight: Back through the City of Bean Station

Monday, April 5, 2010 Blog

BeanStation mountaintop-coal-miningAs I mentioned in the blog that covered our
first day through the City of Bean Station, there are some sad sights there. I noticed the chopped off mountain, the victim of moutaintop removal coal mining, no doubt, and probably a reminder of jobs that used to be. This area may have coal miners, although I will need to investigate that more.

If you have read the previous blog I wrote back on Monday, April 5, 2010 Blog, you know I was having some difficulties. What happened was, first I was taken on the “wrong” path to get to Charleston. But that night my Master Teacher told me that it was intended for me to take the wrong road and the long path because he wanted me to go through Bristol, TN, which, apparently is a sort of “south side” of what is referred to as the “Tri-Cities” in TN (Kingsport, Johnson City, and Bristol). I am supposed to do more research about Bristol for some reason. I did take a few pictures. In addition to that I had a very difficult time getting out of Charleston, NC, when we were ready to head back north and head home, but it all worked out in the end and my teacher had reminded me to take time to enjoy things. His song that day, “Enjoy Yourself” was a great reminder. And so, I remember mostly the good things about visiting the beach in Charleston, and coming back over the bridge when the sun was setting as shown in the photograph in yesterday’s blog.

Bean Station Trailer ParkThere is something very significant about this little town of Bean Station, TN, but my Master Teacher is leaving it to me to figure it out. This makes it fun, kind of like a game in which I get to make up all of the strategies, moves, and rules. I did learn that Bean Station is not named after beans, but it is named after the founders of the city. I think I like the association with beans better; it was funnier. But we do not want to overlook the great, long history of this little town or the fact that it appears there is still a great divide among the people between the rich and poor, thus there is suffering there needing “alleviation” as Joe put it in his work. We will just have to see where this all evolves, I guess, and if it is possible to alleviate human suffering in that particular town. Perhaps, it is not as much “in lockdown” as I found Kingsport, TN to be.

QuestionWhere am I headed with all of this? I know many people, especially the educational elite who hold the secret knowledge in lock down, prefer to disregard what I am doing in these blogs, but I will contend that even though I don’t know where this is all heading exactly, I am divinely guided and following the mission plan. What that means is it will go somewhere and it is likely to be profound. I am not saying this with “pomposity” and neither was Joe when he stated that his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, would change the world (p. 16). I said it here for the record. In fact, much of what I write in these blogs is merely “for the record.” It only represents a fraction of the Great Mission, so I can understand why people might be skeptical. Eventually all will be revealed – oh that reminds me of “The Great Reveal” that my Master Teacher had joked about in a past blog. When the REAL Great Reveal happens, it is not going to be a joke, though. It will be monumental, beautiful, amazing, and very profound, according to the messages I have received. It will be as surprising to me as it will be for everyone, because I am being kept in the dark as far as what it entails.

Favorite Albert Einstein Quotes

Albert EinsteinThe gift of fantasy meant more to me than my talent or absorbing positive knowledge.

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?

The greatest scientists are always artists as well.

Teaching should be such that what is offered is a valuable gift and not as hard duty.

Human beings can attain a worthy and harmonious life only if they are able to rid themselves, within the limits of human nature, of the striving for the wish fulfillment of material kinds. The goal is to raise the spiritual values of society.

Just thought it would be good to start out today with some great Einstein quotes. Joe and Einstein were of “like minds,” as Joe would have put it. He once told me if we knew what we were researching, it wouldn’t be research. I often feel I am also “like-minded,” (and Joe actually said that to me one time, a memory which I will always treasure), although that does not mean I consider myself a genius by any means, as Einstein and Joe both were. Besides, my past IQ tests would indicate otherwise (lol). I do know that Joe thought it was humorous that so many people who knew him, asked him, “Who IS she?” because I popped in on his website and I was an “unknown” entity, I guess, and yet I had important things to say. Joe knew who I was and that was all that counted.

My Meeting with My Master Teacher, May 4, 2010
DetectiveLast night at our meeting my Master Teacher went into great detail about a horror story going on in my life at this very moment, which I was hoping was over. Many of my family members think it’s over, but as he pointed out to me, it is not nearly over. You may hear more about it later, especially if it hits the news, God forbid. Oh wait; it already HAS hit the news. But he reassured me that it will not involve me personally and it’s not going to be as bad as I think, so I have faith in that. His advice was simply not to be too pulled into the dysfunctional nature of it all. There are ways to help others through their trials and tribulations without losing ground spiritually. Besides, he reminded me that he would help me all the way through when he gave me the lyrics last night, “just hold my hand.” When I looked them up on YouTube this divine song came right to the top. He always knows exactly what to say.

 

This morning my teacher assisted me with writing out the “problem” in preparation for writing the “problem statement” for my dissertation. My advisor had recommended that I do this and I will send it to her along with my “schedule” or proposed timeline for completing my dissertation. It is time to get on top of all of this and I really appreciate my Master Teacher’s help first thing in the morning.

In addition, he talked about certain aspects of my mission work and he said I am right “on track.” This must be another song, so I will look it up right now on YouTube.

This is a cute “Wake Up” song! I love it! He knows how much I love to dance. I still have not figured out how he knows so many songs and can always find the perfect one for me, whatever the occasion, and so often with the most “off the wall” clues. Oh well; it is so much fun. Here are the LYRICS. They remind me of what a FUN Hermes Trickster my Master Teacher can be.

 

Time to get to work.
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Monday, May 3, 2010

The New Educational Journey Treasure Hunt: A Recap of the Two-Week Epistemological Road Trip to Kingsport, TN Part 13. Day Seven: A Trip to the Charleston, NC Beach

Sunday, April 4, 2010 Easter Blog


Easter EggsAs I had pointed out in the blog for this actual Easter day, Easter is a Celtic holiday that was stolen (well, adapted, would be a better word) by the Christians. Really, what the holiday represents is new beginnings. When I learned that on Sunday morning while I was writing that particular blog (click the link above), I suddenly understood why the celebration at the Allendale Mansion involved only a few very special people. It was meant to be and there is a very divine purpose for that, which will become clear as we move forward in this new beginning. So, I was not unhappy at all and I did not “cry at my party.”

LOVEThe celebration has multiple meanings which will be explained another time when the world is ready to hear it. For now, the actual new holiday is a week of celebrating Love and it runs from April 1-7. It is listed in our Special Celebrations. So mark that on your calendar for next year and I will explain in greater detail what it is all about. As I have conveyed already, April 3, 2010 marks the “kick-off” for this Great Mission that my Master Teacher and I have been talking about and it also marks another very important sanctioned date. So, now we are to move full speed ahead, so to speak, with this Great Mission. If you follow these blogs, you will see what I am talking about; however, what you see here is barely the tip of the iceberg, so keep that in mind so that down the road a bit you are not suddenly blindsided.

Charleston NC Easter 2010 Me on the Beach by Rainbow PrincessOf course, I am not happy with what some people continue to choose to do. They are not understanding love (not that I claim to have a full understanding), but from what I have been told, there are going to be a few people who are not capable at this moment in history of understanding love or the power of love, such as certain people in power in Kingsport who keep the gates closed and locked, as I discussed in the blog yesterday. I talked to my Master Teacher about it on April 4, 2010 at our morning meeting. But he reminded me that the celebration was for US and our future work together, our misssion, not for the people of Kingsport. He explained that there are just going to be people who “miss the boat.” I guess they are choosing to stay on that sinking ship. He said that Kingsport is a prime example of what’s wrong in many places in the world. There will be much more about this later. So, he encouraged me to take the trip down to Charleston and have a good time on the beach, so that’s what we did on this 2010 Easter Day. It was such a beautiful, warm, sunny day there.

Crossing the Bridge in Charleston. by RPAnd as we left the beach and were crossing the bridge to head back north, I was reminded that this experience in Kingsport is merely a representation of the dusk of the old and the impending dawn of a brand new and wonderful day.
 

Morning Meeting With My Master Teacher: Monday, May 3, 2010
During my meeting last night, my teacher once again reminded me that the schedule of tasks we worked out together is a flexible one, not meant to be followed exactly. It is a guide and as he put it, “It is not devised to set you up for failure.” I think so often we set ourselves up for failure when we too narrowly define what we have to do and the time frames for doing them. Flexibility allows the universe and divine intervention with it serendipitous, symbiotic, and synchronistic elements to influence our actions for the purpose of unfolding and evolving what is meant to be. On the other hand, he instructed me to get some sleep so that I could “hit it tomorrow running.” Of course that must be a song, so here is the first video to the top on YouTube.

 

There are a lot of messages in this crazy video and it even ends up with our THEME SONG, “Eye of the Tiger!” This is significant right now since the mission has just launched into high gear! Also, as I have noted, this is the Year of the Tiger. I will not take time to interpret everything in this video – but there is a lot there that is highly significant, I can clearly see that. I will need to come back to this when I have more time and check out all of the clues.

PleiadesAt our meeting this morning first I talked to my Grandmother. She says we are Pleiadian, which I "knew," but it was good to get confirmation. Pleiadians are respected throughout the universe. I recently learned who the Pleiadians are and have read about their agenda and if I am from another planet, which I figure I must be since I have never fit in anywhere or with anyone on this planet, I would definitely choose to be from one in the Pleiades Star System where all of the LOVE Planets are, such as Eros. Pleiadians are so well known for their enormous capacity to love. I have more to do, though, in that regard, which is probably one reason I am still on Earth. It is very difficult to love some people here on account of some of the mean things they do, but if you can master that kind of love then that is true unconditional love. Anyway, my Grandmother talked some about what our REAL life is like there (which is in the future, but the future is now) and told me my Earth work is nearing completion (relatively speaking), although I know that the mission looms out ahead for quite some time and will require a lot of work. I am up to doing this work, and she commended me for that. She said that not many people from the Pleiades choose to immerse themselves in earth life, which is “hell” in the very way that earthlings define hell in many of their religions. Little do they know.
 

My Master Teacher was on a "comedic roll" this morning. He was very funny, although I cannot discuss it all right now due to time and space. He did tell me that I have “nothing to fear about nothing.” I thought that was great comment and very funny. We only need to fear what we create to be afraid of. And even if we do create it, it is still NOTHING, so how can you be afraid of nothing? This goes hand-in-hand with what my other Master Teacher always tells me: FEAR = False Energy Appearing Real. 

My teacher confirmed this morning that I have a bit of a journey yet on Earth, but that “It’s only going to be a fun rollercoaster ride now” and that “Big Daddy” will be right next to me for the entire trip. That made me laugh and then, of course, I was supposed to look up “Big Daddy” on YouTube which turned out to be a movie segment. I do not recall seeing this movie, so I don't know how it ends. I have rarely watched movies and I do not own a television, but it might be fun to watch the rest of this movie. Anyway, this video has a lot of messages and clues again – and it’s so funny! It even plays another one of our theme songs and favorite pasttimes: "Dancin' in the Moonlight!"



P.S. I just now got back from running around doing shopping and other fun stuff, and while I was out, My Teacher sent me this song to end today’s blog.

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

The New Educational Journey Treasure Hunt: A Recap of the Two-Week Epistemological Road Trip to Kingsport, TN Part 12. Day Six: Déjà Vu at the Allendale Mansion, the Old Ends, and the New Begins


Saturday, April 3, 2010 Blog

GATE CITYThis turned out to be quite an odd day. It was supposed to be a celebration, but all I came across were huge obstacles. Kingsport, I learned both while I was there and during some strange interactions with people in power after I left, has many closed gates. I will be discussing this in great detail in the very near future. It is informative as to what is going on in cities and towns all across America when a few big corporate conglomerations control the media, whether it is radio, television, the “local” newspaper, or the Internet. There are many gates to Kingsport, and they are closed, locked, and guarded, thus reaching the everyday people there is restricted. I found that the people who guard the gates are two types: the DROIDS who cannot think for themselves and do everything rotely just as trained, or the exact kind of people Joe talked about in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. Joe had decided he did not want to be fundamentalist Protestant, and here’s what he had to say about living in Kingsport:

“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 middle class values I found so empty, unchallenging, oppressive and, to be frank, boring” (pp.16-17).

ALLENDALE MANSIONS photo by VanessaI can vouch for the fact that things have not changed in Kingsport since Joe lived there; in fact, things have gotten worse and power has more power than ever before. Well, I did not let that ruin my great celebration at the Allendale Mansion. I had a wonderful time and the staff there was fantastic. I learned a lot about the history of Kingsport, such as how two neighboring slave owners took a totally different approach. One was very cruel to his slaves and so they would run away from him to the site where the Allendale Mansion now sits and this second slave owner, being a part of the Underground Railroad, helped slaves escape slavery. That was interesting and I am sure the dynamics operating today in that town are offshoots of those two types of slave owners. There are the self-righteous, intolerant rich people living in mansions on hilltops and there are the poor living below them in dilapidated trailer houses. There are the rich pastors of churches with their expensive and elaborate churches on the hilltops (and Tennessee hills are so beautiful and green in the spring) who do whatever it takes to maintain their churches and status and money. Kingsport has way too many churches! And then you have the schools maintaining the status quo with the administrators who do not let you contact those below them. Do not rock any of those boats or you just might be banned from the city (as I learned, lol). Ain't gonna stop me, though.

SECRET DOORSCALEDNevertheless, it was a fantastic experience to walk through the “house of my dreams.” It really WAS the house of my dreams. I had a dream about this very mansion before I knew it existed in Kingsport and then one day I just happened look up Kingsport when I was researching some more about the Appalachians and the issues there and since that was where Joe grew up, and I was totally surprised to see the very same mansion that was in my dreams. I wrote about it in a previous blog. So, I guess one could say that I made the trip to see if I could experience déjà vu at will, so to speak. And yes, it worked! It was really strange walking all through the house, already knowing the layout and even where the kitchen is in my dreamhouse compared to the 3D house, and where in my dreamhouse the bookscases slide to open up to a secret alcove. Even the gardens were in the exact same place, except that we now have a children's fantasy play area close to the house and our gardens and pathway extend all the way down to the beach.

MASTER ROOMThe Master Room has the identical layout shown, even the furniture, with some minor differences. For example, no fireplace is needed, so instead there are windows all across that look out to the Grecian pool (which this mansion did not build. Oddly, there were plans for one though). Hanging from the chandelier in my dreamhouse is the large crystal heart which I mentioned in a previous blog that was a gift, and it can spin really fast, making rainbow sparkles spin around the room. There are three paintings above the bed in my dream mansion -- A painting of Eros and Psyche and either side of that, Pinkie and Blue Boy. In my first dream about the mansion, Joe had been showing it to me (the outside, at the time) and all of the furniture was sitting outside as if having a yard sale. I asked him why was all of the furniture outside and he said that they were remodeling it and buying new furniture and that the other furniture was being given away. So, when I walked through the Allendale Mansion the layout was exactly the same, with the exception of the remodeling that had been done in my “dreamhouse,” which by this time, I knew well because I have now had many dreams about being in this dreamhouse. The kitchen, for example, is on the opposite side from the 3D mansion, and the side that had the kitchen was turned into a very large library and office where I spend a lot of time learning. Walking through this house in Kingsport was an amazing dose of déjà vu!!! I wonder if such an experience could be testable, scientifically.

And so, that was the “kick-off” for the Great Mission. I did not understand why it met with so many obstacles until I learned the next day that the kick-off was the last day of the “old” and Easter Sunday was the first day of the “new.” You can read more about it in my Easter blog. So then, it all made sense to me. The “old” is discovering all of the “gates” and the “new” is tearing them all down or jumping off those fences we’ve been sitting around on much too long as the song Desperado tells us. And as my blog for
April 3, 2010, points out, it is the YEAR OF THE TIGER!

My Morning Meeting With My Master Teacher (Sunday, May 2, 2010).
This morning’s meeting was short and sweet. We have picked up many new Critical Knowledge Network Members on both sides of the bridge and it is quite amazing how fast this mission is taking off now. None of us is quite certain exactly where things are headed, but that doesn’t matter. We just put forth the effort where each of us is divinely guided. It’s exciting to watch. Interestingly, I picked up five assistants on April 4, 2010 even while I was out of town. We had a great celebration last night. It will all come together soon.

My teacher reminded me to get cracking on my dissertation; he wants me to work out a plan (not a blueprint) to give me some target dates so that I can then send this on to my committee members. I am supposed to research some of the new critical knowledge network members for a specific purpose as a part of my dissertation, get these blogs posted, and write a newsletter – plus meet with some other members of our mission. That was really it. As far a song for today, his message about leaving me to “your own devices” as he put it is a clue for the song, so I will look that up right now.

Oh Wow, look at this! Two came up again! Here is the song and LYRICS.

 



But then, I noticed that the second one is really relevant, too. Wilhelm Reich, who scientifically discovered orgone energy and was ostracized and put in prison is one of the members of our mission.  This looks to be a great science activity!

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

The New Educational Journey Treasure Hunt: A Recap of the Two-Week Epistemological Road Trip to Kingsport, TN Part 11. Day Five: Day Five Continues and We Pull Into Kingsport

Friday, April 2, 2010 Blog (cont.)
Kingsport-Crossing the Bridge - Photo by Rainbow PrincessMy interesting experiences at Bean Station did not end with my observations of all of the signs and signals of the last blog about this epistemological road trip (Part 10, a couple of days ago). I had a traumatic experience at their antiquated gas pump. The automatic “off” function on the handle did not work properly and I ended up with a big pool of gasoline on the ground. Someone kindly instructed me not to light a cigarette (I don’t smoke, thankfully). I carefully started my car and moved the heck out of there and informed the attendant of the problem. I was kinda glad to leave Bean Station and finish the drive to Kingsport. There is more to the story, but I will save the details.

Kingsport PavillionI forgot to mention, before we left Marengo Cave, we drove up to the gift shop and checked it all out. The tours were a little longer than we wanted to take time for, but I hope when I return on the next trip we can go through the Crystal Palace Cave. My Master Teacher wants us to and he asked me to learn about all of the formations and chemistry and how these caves were formed before we go back. That will make it more interesting, I’m sure. I did find something blue and beautiful at the gift shop.

We ended up getting to Kingsport in time to do a little shopping before “hitting the hay” to rest up for the big day of celebration up ahead.

Morning Meeting With My Master Teacher (Saturday, May 1, 2010).
Our morning meeting was short this morning, although last night he reminded me that what we “know” in our hearts is what is true when I mentioned to him how confusing when one considers all of the different “takes” on life. He reminded me of our past history and that my memory is correct about that. He went into great detail, but I will share that another time.

He ended last night's meeting on a light note reminding me that “trip the lights fantastic” was a song he had given me a few days ago, and indeed he had and I did not follow through on it at that time. I did not know what “trip the lights fantastic” meant, so I looked it up and it means to dance, especially in an imaginative or “fantastic” manner. I looked it up on You Tube and here is the song that came to the top and its
LYRICS.

 

As far as this morning’s meeting, he just thanked me for being so willing to work on the mission and he reminded me that he, alone, is not “all powerful” or “all knowing” but that it is the power of love that is amazing and he said, “Yes, we can move mountains.” I knew this was my cue to look those words up on YouTube and two songs came to the top.



LOVE can move mountains.
So, time to lighten up and have some fun!! The couple in the next video is having a good time and they know that if you think you have everything because you have money, the fancy house, fame and fortune, and they have nothing, you are SO WRONG. LOVE IS EVERYTHING. Here is the second song that came up on the YouTube search:

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The above are links to my blogs. I did not know at the time of writing them, especially when I first began, that I was recording my Spiritual Journey of Ascension with Joe, who is my Twin Flame (which I also did not know when I began this journey, but I have provided undeniable evidence in my dissertation and much more evidence since writing it). All I knew when I began this journey after Joe’s death (by which I had been extremely traumatized) was that I was compelled to write the blogs, every day at first, and I seemed to have been getting instructions from Joe and from “Above.” I did not understand how the Celestial Spirits were guiding us along our journey nor the Power they have due to their Love connection to God (as Joe tells us over and over again in his work, there is nothing more powerful than love). My connection to Joe connected me powerfully to his love and to God’s Love, through the Holy Spirit. My experiences as recorded in the blogs proves what Joe has taught us about the power of love—over and over again (I’m a slow learner, for which I feel sad. I was totally asleep when I met Joe and did not even believe in soulmates. I hope you will not be as slow a learner as I have been). Nevertheless, what an amazing, beautiful journey it has been! It’s full of adventure, mystery, learning about the world, learning about our past, present and future, and engaging in super fun and sometime hilarious treasure hunts.

If you want to follow the path and connect to God’s amazing Love, begin reading at the first link 2009.05.03 and move forward. You will learn a lot!! I did. And there are millions of Celestial Spirits just waiting to serve as your personal teachers and guides. They want to take you treasure hunting (they do know where the treasures are) and guide you along your own personal path just like they did for me. I will not be writing any more blogs here because now I will be teaching Joe’s material “up above” and continuing along yet another amazing path. You can follow along the next leg of our journey by clicking on the links to the various courses, treasure hunt quests, etc.  We are creating multiple paths now in multiple directions. Are you ready?

There is something for everyone! All you need to do is engage sincerely with seeking knowledge and spreading love in the world, and then God’s magic will appear in your life too…no more suffering…only love, bliss, joy, passionate engagement with learning—for everyone, infinitely and eternally. God is Good!! Check it out! 20160227-1330 Rewards Of Developing My Will To Love

~ Vanessa, April 9, 2016

 


 

Blogs

 

The Next Leg of the Journey

 

The Heart of the Multidimensional Critical Complex Bricolage

 

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

 

Writing a Multidimensional Critical Complex Bricolage Research Proposal Is Like Trying to Fit a Round Peg into a Square Hole

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

   

Joe’s Radical Love: Freedom and Justice for All

   

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

   

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

Signs, Symbols, and Semiotics: Appreciate the Little Things PLUS the Keys to Dangerous Knowledge, Keys #1 and #2

Continuing the Discussion of the Keys to Dangerous Knowledge: DNA and The Word (Still on Key #2, moving toward Key #3)

Why Do We Need Joe's Critical Complex Epistemology and Multidimensional Critical Complex Bricolage? 

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

Dear Scholars, Students, Researchers, Teachers, ALL:

Offsetting Thanatos with Eros Love

The Scams All Around You and Why It’s So Important That You Do Your Own Research

 

THE WORD has Come Down: An Update about the Bricolage Quick-Start Guides

BRICOLAGE QUICK-START D.I.Y. GUIDE: The Secrets to A+ Papers

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

New Alternatives for Education: How About Lifelong Learning?

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

An Exciting Message from the Cosmos, Music, Remedial Physics, and Why Joe was a Greater Genius than Michio Kaku

From Classical Physics to Theoretical Physics vis-à-vis the Multidimensional Critical Complex Bricolage

 Treasure Hunt Blogs

JOE Journal of Epistemology-It's FREE!!

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