HAS BEEN CREATED AND CONTINUES TO EVOLVE
In loving memory of Joe Lyons
Kincheloe (December 14, 1950 - December 19, 2008)
Philosopher of Consciousness and Critical Theory of the 20th-71st Centuries AND BEYOND
Joe's educational work provides inspiration and practical guidance for teachers all over the
globe and describes a beautiful, beautiful mission to alleviate human suffering. He has left
us a map with multiple pathways for accomplishing that mission -- an authentic, rigorous, impassioned,
creative, and even magical education for everyone who dares to venture on untrodden paths. His
work serves as a guiding light for educational journeys that can change not only how we view and enact the educational
process, but that can also truly change us as teachers, students, and researchers -- and
empower us to change the world. Joe loved research, teaching, writing, making music, and his students.
And his students loved
song is a very beautiful theme song for this website that chronicles my long winding journey back home. Thank you, Leigh.
To become a seeker of new knowledges and new ways of being we must be willing
to sometimes be seen as the fools of the gods. (Kincheloe, Knowledge
& Critical Pedagogy, p. 19)
What separates the critical sheep from the uncritical goats is that a critical pedagogy/epistemology
also involves exposing the cultural, epistemological, and ideological assumptions that shape the knowledge individuals produce
and the oppressive actions justified by such information.(Joe Kincheloe, Knowledge
& Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, p. 176)
book Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction is available as an ebook. You will never make a better investment…..we
all should be researching with Joe’s important guidance. Since the ending is just the beginning, you can begin with
the last chapter. It may just spark you into wanting to read the rest, as well as his other works to see how he got there!http://www.springer.com/us/book/9781402082238 No time to read? Right click and "listen aloud" while multitasking. [Note: I make
no money off the sales of his books; my rewards are not of this world.] MAY 22, 2018 UPDATE: I SEE THAT SPRINGER
IS NOT HONORING JOE'S STATED AND PUBLISHED WISHES> THE BOOK IS SUPPOSED TO BE LESS THAN $30 SO THAT POOR STUDENTS CAN AFFORD
IT...AND YET SPRINGER IS CHARGING ALMOST $40 FOR THE PDF EBOOK AND ALMOST $55 FOR THE PAPERBACK! THIS IS ABOMINABLE!! THE
HIGHER UPS ARE NOT PLEASED!!! THERE ARE STUDENTS IN POVERTY WHO NEED THE KNOWLEDGE IN THIS BOOK. LOWER THE PRICE!!!!! THERE
IS NO REASON TO CHARGE SO MUCH! EVEN IF PUBLISHING COSTS HAVE INCREASED, AT LEAST OFFER THE EBOOK FOR LESS THAN $30. WHAT
JOE WANTS, JOE GETS. HE SAID THAT IT IS TO BE LESS THAN $30. RESPECT HIS WISHES. Oh, and HAPPY TWIN FLAME DAY!! I
will have some important updates soon.
November 17, 2019 1:00 AM UPDATE ON THE PRICE OF THE
EBOOK: I can only conclude that either *someone* is insane or has raised the price to keep people from buying it and having
access to the knowledge in it, since Springer is now charging an outrageous price of amost $60 -- for
an ebook!! I will consult with the "higher ups" for a "work-around." They always have perfect solutions....Beloved
says "Hi" :-) We will have an update soon.
"I believe that the issues addressed in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction
not only provide us with a new understanding of education but also can actually change the world—speaking of pomposity,
yikes! I understand the danger of such an assertion, but I’m glad to take my punishment if I fail to convince my readers."~
Joe Kincheloe (p. 16)
Sep 25, 2008 7:03 am
finished reading Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction
work is truly a gift to the world, Joe it's very exciting
queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost
parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, a greater
than Solomon is here."
*`•.❤¸King And Queen Of Hearts❤•´
JESUS: “I am the
resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth
in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” (John 11: 25-26)
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar
people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous
light;1 Peter 2:9 (KJV)
“And His books, they breathe the reason. . .and
now I want to know…"
WHAT IS BRICOLAGE?
A new process for education, research, career, problem solving, everyday living, lifelong learning,
and for taking back our world
Joe Kincheloe has developed a superbly advanced conceptualization
of critical bricolage and, as demonstrated by his work, he was an adept multidimensional critical complex bricoleur.
Critical Bricolage, as he conceived it, is a complicated (and yet a very natural) process that makes use of multiple
forms of research, analysis, investigation, and interpretation. It requires researchers to seek many divergent
perspectives, allowing new understandings and knowledge to emerge from the synthesis.
in this process increases phenomenological experiences that catalyze seeking more knowledge. This, of
course, leads to ever greater understandings of complex relationships between "research variables." An
exceptionally high level of creativity becomes unleashed, often resulting in greater interaction with the emerging
hidden dimensions of reality. Suddenly very little can be hidden anymore. Engaging rigorously in this process of research
and learning seems to take people to higher levels of consciousness in graduated steps as they become more
aware of the hidden dimensions of interrelationships and as they increasingly participate in intuitive, "fourth
critical complex epistemology and multidimensional critical complex bricolage rigorously as he has asked us to do results
in ever higher levels of experience and understanding, and in its full "employment," enactive and symbiotic
processes seem to kick in, helping individuals find the most creative solutions to even the most complicated
problems. Actively working within multiple dimensions using his fourth dimension research, results in amazing and profound
solutions. In my own experience, I often find that problems are solved before I even knew the problem would
be manifesting. In addition, I have had some amazing experiences that science simply cannot explain yet. This
is highlighted in my dissertation in some highly unusual ways, which is only the tip of the iceberg. Kincheloe's critical bricolage may
very well be the process required to "unleash creativity" for solving even the most complicated,
power-based problems we face -- all in service of "the alleviation of human suffering," the often-stated
primary purpose of his work.
researching this process since 2008 (and discovering that I had been using the foundational aspects of the process many
years before) I am beginning to see how autopoiesis, enaction, synchronicity, all work together symbiotically to reveal
hidden dimensions and relationships that make my life so much happier and joyful, even if I have many problems hanging
over my head (that "blues aesthetic" Joe so often described). No matter how complicated the problems,
with bricolage, they become solvable and/or perspectives of the problems change.
Simultaneously, those power dimensions
that force those of us who are oppressed to stay stuck at our "stations in life" also emerge, but there
is such a difference to how I deal with these
than in the past. Once the controlling factors are revealed, solutions also emerge in a sort of "unfoldment"
process that reveal ways to counteract them and change things.
There is great power "behind the curtain" that can be leveraged
by those of us who are typically "disenfranchised." I will go into much more detail at a later time, and
as Joe always did so well, I will put them into context (there are many great experiences to share of both kinds of emergences
- the love-based, almost magical ones, and the power-and-control-based ones for which insight, and often solutions
also emerge) but suffice it to say, I am blazing multiple trails through the underbrush which will hopefully make navigating
easier for people who come along and experience the same types of violence I have due to being poor and "low
Just as Joe was a "hillbilly" and he was never able
to shake the label, I am a "country hick." True reality could not be more profoundly different -- for
an Eros and Psyche. :)
The good news is that the use of bricolage is increasing
rapidly around the globe as more researchers in all disciplines are beginning to see the promise it offers to
construct new knowledge, lead to social empowerment, and reveal positive changes and amazingly creative opportunities.
More researchers will soon be investigating and trying out this more advanced and powerful approach, which will
lead to what Joe referred to as a "perpetual revolution." More teachers will also come to realize the value bricolage has in the classroom
and the young students will pick it up naturally. The revolution has just begun. We can change the world! Join in
today and apply the process in your own research, learning, teaching, and everyday life and see what a
difference it can make. You can never go wrong getting more knowledge.
All of the information on this website is absolutely free. It is here
for anyone who wants a better life and would like to make a difference in the world.
For the struggle for justice to win on the local level, it must be fought in the
global, the national, and the local arenas. [Kincheloe,
2001, Getting Beyond the Facts, p. 741]
OTHER FREE ONLINE COURSES
THAT CENTER ON JOE KINCHELOE'S WORKS:
is a nonprofit educational web site dedicated to the clarification of Kincheloe’s critical complex
epistemology and multidimensional critical complex bricolage. My research has shown that, while the process
he has delineated is complex, it is perfectly suited for social and educational research, and it is also within everyone's
reach. It is especially suited for new qualitative researchers who have not subscribed to traditional and reductionistic
forms of research.
On this site I will focus on the academic and scholarly application
of his work. I hope that by presenting clarifications based on my in-depth study of his work that perhaps his
bricolage will be used by more people and with the level of rigor he had intended. Kincheloe has ingeniously left wide open many
paths that honor diversity and he embraced an evolving complexity while maintaining a strong, impenetrable philosophical and
theoretical foundation for his conceptions. He has demonstrated in his work how this research process can be applied in all
venues and in every area of our lives and even children can be involved in research, thus his bricolage is also a pedagogical
approach. His work is truly a break-through for research that is long overdue. Using the full power of his bricolage highlights
actions that change the world as it also changes who we are.
I may write a blog again on this site, but it
will be a different sort of blog than the creative, exploratory blogs I've written in the past. Primarily, I will be continuing
my research and presenting my findings so that upcoming bricoleurs will have a resource for the most powerful form of bricolage
research that's ever been developed.
~ ~ ~ Vanessa Jae Paradis
CORRECTING SOME COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS SURROUNDING JOE KINCHELOE’S BRICOLAGE AND CRITICAL
Bricolage, as a qualitative form of research, entails
incorporating many different perspectives, and in particular, with Kincheloe's process it is necessary to include global subjugated
and indigenous knowledges. However, after gathering all of these perspectives and making various interpretations and syntheses,
there are criteria for determining which perspectives to include in the final bricolage. As he explains, "Bricoleurs
accept the responsibility that comes with the interpretive process. Knowledge production always involves multiple acts
of selection, and these choices of methods, theoretical frameworks, and interpretative strategies must be defended"
(2004e, p. 100). He has provided selection criteria that incorporate the social justice mission to alleviate suffering
and that advance knowledge (see Kincheloe, 2004e, pp. 100-102). Bricoleurs are not restricted to these criteria but I have
found them to be well-thought-out and thorough -- and they mitigate for unintended consequences. You can view the criteria
here: Criteria to Guide the Research Process.
What I cover next are common misconceptions and important
aspects surrounding Kincheloe’s multidimensional critical complex bricolage. I hope by putting these on the Home page
of this website, researchers will consider them and research them more deeply. They are covered in greater depth in my dissertation
and I’ll also be posting articles that extend what I’ve touched on in the dissertation.
1) Kincheloe did not throw out "positivistic"
or empirical sciences. To conclude this is to exhibit a gross misunderstanding of his work. A close reading of his work can
easily confirm that he sees science and bricolage as synergistic. And how many times has he stated that he did not throw out
the baby with the bathwater? As most people know, he contextualizes everything. In his last book, Knowledge and Critical
Pedagogy: An Introduction he presents his position through a metaphor which he refers to as FIDUROD, and by which he clarifies the issues with the way science is and has been used. FIDUROD is an acronym representing the attributes of the form of knowledge production he argues against: Formal, Intractable, Decontextualized, Universalistic,
Reductionistic, One Dimensional. (See Kincheloe, 2008, pp. 21-24).
2) His work is not based on some indefinable “ludic” postmodernism – It is based on a highly developed
and evolving holistic philosophy. This philosophy is comprised of 12 major points which he describes in his book Critical
Constructivism. The 12 points coalesce together to form his multidimensional critical complex world view. It’s
a new, evolving worldview. We might refer to it as Kincheloe’s multidimensional critical complex unified world view. It forms the foundation of his unique formulation of critical theory, epistemology, ontology, critical psychology
of complexity, the multidimensional critical complex bricolage, etc., -- and his proposed critical science of complexity
– another indication that he did not abandon the sciences. To grasp his conceptualizations, it’s imperative
that new bricoleurs study his unified world view by reading and then writing about how they subjectively relate to it and
to other philosophies. Kincheloe stresses this upfront philosophical work is critical in order to ground any study that uses
bricolage as a process for research. Rigor is impossible without developing a "philosophy of consciousness"
(Kincheloe, 2004a, p. 8).
3) The multidimensional critical complex bricolage is a process for qualitative research that is composed of multiple,
intertwining and overlapping processes. It is not a method, nor does it use “tools” as tools imply precise means
and carries a mechanistic ontology, which does not adequately represent the actual processes that bricoleurs engage in as
they conduct, or a better word would be, “enact” their research. Even the concept of "tools" changes. Kincheloe's
conceptualization of bricolage is grounded with his critical complex philosophical world view (item 2,
above) and a theoretical foundation of evolving criticality (his version of critical theory).
4) The multidimensional critical complex bricolage as a process
involves analytic discourse, intertwined with improvisational actions for change, which moves it away from the constrictive
“quilt” metaphor. Please see my dissertation for a deeper analysis of bricolage including a thorough etymological
exploration and intertextual interpretations of Kincheloe’s definitions of bricolage and bricoleur in relation to what
evolved from my research. New metaphors that take it beyond the one-dimensional “quilt” metaphor, and additional
ways that Berry’s (2004a) concept, the Point of Entry Text (POET) can be applied are also presented. The holistic,
intertwining, dialogical, interconnecting nature of the final bricolage renders the parts inseparable from the whole, and
the bricolage inseparable from greater reality. Thus, the popular metaphoric quilt, montage, crystal, etc., are not suitable
metaphors for this more complex form of bricolage.
5) Kincheloe’s bricolage does not distinguish between “types
of bricoleurs” or “types of bricolage” as denoted by Denzin and Lincoln (2011). While it’s fine to
examine these ideas, Kincheloe’s form of bricolage uses all of them in intertwining, overlapping processes. Thus, the
multidimensional critical complex bricoleur uses all of the dimensions that Kincheloe has spelled out in his 2005 "On
to the Next Level" bricolage article--in one study--and the processes become blurred as the research unfolds. See
6) Kincheloe’s bricolage refers to the use of different processes as dimensions of research. The bricoleur uses
them all as many times as practical to get a thick description of the phenomenon/a. As the research unfolds, “enactment”
keeps the research jettisoning forward and the researcher must make decisions where to begin and stop various aspects of the
research, including the final bricolage. Thus, the following dimensions are
used, as provided by Kincheloe (2005a) and in no particular order using an iterative, improvisational process weaving
through the discourse: (1) methodological bricolage; (2) theoretical bricolage; (3) interpretive bricolage; (4) political
bricolage; (5) narrative bricolage; (6) philosophical research (constructivism, historicity, epistemological insight); (7)
critical hermeneutics; (8) identification of what is absent; (9) fourth dimension of research in which the bricoleur is future
oriented, discovering “a kinetic epistemology of the possible. In the process, the sophistication of knowledge work
moves to a new cognitive level; the notion of rigor transmigrates to a new dimension. As in a 1950s sci-fi movie, bricoleurs
enter the 4-D—the fourth dimension of research.” (Kincheloe, 2005, p. 346). Thus, bricoleurs weave in and out,
around and through, back and forth through the various dimensions with each pass through informing the next, often using multiple
dimensions of analysis simultaneously.
7) Note again – the philosophical dimension
must form the foundation of the study in order to ensure rigor. [He wanted me to include this again.] "There is no dividing
line between the empirical and the philosophical" (Kincheloe, 2004a, p. 10).
8) Kincheloe’s multidimensional critical complex bricolage
embraces a “fourth dimension” research (more information is covered in my dissertation). This fourth dimension
aspect to the research incorporates an intuitional, creative element that forces the researcher to confront implicate and
explicate orders of reality. There are reasons for this. Combining a sound philosophical, intellectual component of research that
also incorporates intuitional and emotional, empathic aspects -- along with deep semiotic and hermeneutic analyses
synergistically creates something new from the interactions. Enaction during the research process leads to the emergence of
something new and often profound. This is where the power of the bricolage comes into play. It’s the exposure to relationships,
as Kincheloe explains in his conceptualization of symbiotic hermeneutics, that jettisons bricoleurs to seeing and understanding
“anew” and to recreating themselves. Because knowledge is socially constructed new creations, ideas,
concepts, as well as new relationships also perpetually emerge – and are created -- from these interactions.
This all takes place naturally when confronting complexity, difference, and chaos, as Humberto Mautarana and
Francisco Varela posited with their Santiago Theory of Enactivism (see Kincheloe's (2008) Knowledge and Critical
Pedagogy: An Introduction, page 147). It is quite amazing.
9) While bricoleurs do not contend they’ve
discovered the “one true answer” or single truth, at the same time, as Kincheloe contends, they generate knowledge
“that is not as 'badly off the mark'” (Kincheloe, 2008, p. 43). They have better (more complete) and
yet evolving explanations of phenomena. This is quite a different perspective than a nihilistic postmodern “attitude.”
10) I have lined out in my dissertation in much greater detail a flexible iterative process that also explains some of
the key sub-processes that are important to the multidimensional critical complex bricolage. It will get new bricoleurs started
from which they can then proceed to carve out their own unique paths. Each bricolage study will be different even for the
same researcher. The more one acknowledges the fourth dimension aspect of the research (which may only begin with what seem
to be insignificant intuitive and synchronous events), the more they will begin to appear and the more profound and numerous
are the actions and creations that emerge.
11) And finally, as I discussed in my blog, The Heart of the Multidimensional Critical Complex Bricolage, there is the dimension of empathic connection with people. In fact, in his book,
Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, Kincheloe discusses – and includes – a golden strand
of love throughout his work, Eros Love. And since I’m mentioning this book here, it’s a great book to
read in the early stages of learning about his bricolage. It’s much like a “deprogramming” manual because
it uncovers how our consciousnesses have been influenced by outside forces and provides us more information as we embark on
the bricolage quest and begin to take power of constructing our own consciousness.
Berry, K. L. (2004a). Structures of bricolage and complexity. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry (2004)
Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 103–127). New York: Open
Berry, K. L. (2004b). Feedback looping for increasing complexity. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry (2004)
Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 128–146). New York: Open
Berry, K. L. (2004c). Bricolage is many a new thing understood. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry (2004)
Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 147–169). New York: Open
Denzin, N. & Lincoln, Y. (Eds.) (2011). The Sage handbook of qualitative research, Edition
4. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Kincheloe, J. L. (2004a). Preface. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry, Rigour and Complexity in Educational
Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. ix–xii). New York: Open University Press.
Kincheloe, J. L. (2004b).
Introduction: the power of the bricolage: Expanding research methods. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry, Rigour and Complexity
in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 1–22). New York: Open University Press.
Kincheloe, J.L. (2004c).
Redefining rigor and complexity in research. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry, Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research:
Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 23–49). New York: Open University Press.
Kincheloe, J.L. (2004d).
Questions of disciplinarity/interdisciplinarity in a changing world. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry, Rigour and Complexity
in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 50–81). New York: Open University Press.
Kincheloe, J. L. (2004e).
Redefining and interpreting the object of study. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry, Rigour and Complexity in Educational
Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 82–102). New York: Open University Press.
L. (2005a). On to the next level: Continuing the conceptualization of the bricolage. Qualitative Inquiry, 11(3),
Kincheloe, J. L. (2005b). Critical constructivism.
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May 11, 2013 by Vanessa Paradis
Please cite as:
Paradis, V. J. (2013). Correcting some common misconceptions surrounding
Joe Kincheloe’s bricolage and critical complex theories. May 11, 2013. Retrieved from www.joekincheloe.us
NOW YOU CAN SEARCH THIS SITE FOR TOPICS OF INTEREST. I HAVE COVERED A HUGE ARRAY OF TOPICS AND THERE
IS A LOT OF INFORMATION HERE TO HELP LAUNCH RESEARCH PROJECTS OR JUST TO LEARN SOMETHING NEW.
to Venus & Sanat-Eros-Enki Kumara's ONE LOVE PATH
and the Great Global Golden TreasureHunt
(Scroll down to read the blogs)
Enjoy our Celtic Wedding (07-17-2014) theme song while you read and look for hidden treasures.
Composer & Producer
- Peter Gundry
MAY 22, 2018 UPDATE. Looks like Peter has chosen the dark side.
We will choose another
song for our wedding celebration.
I will consult with Beloved and post our new song soon. Happy Twin Flame Day!!
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.
There 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".
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.
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.
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
“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.
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.
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, lovemagically 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.
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.
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 theBeaver Spirit!
Memorial Day Preparations, the Research Process, and Welcome Aboard the NEW Educational Journey.
It’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.
I 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
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
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.
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
“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
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”
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.
I’m taking a TRAIN to New York!!! – the New York Treasure Hunt Rises Again PLUS BABIES and EDUCE
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.
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
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.
A Musical, Emotional Rollercoaster Ride: NOTHING is More Important than LOVE
Yesterday 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.
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
“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.
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 setbefore 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.
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 GOLDhe 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
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 work – there is nothing
more important than LOVE.
OH BOY, ANOTHER WAR: Why Don’t People Read Joe’s Books? PLUS Lottsa LOVE Songs!
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
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”
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
NONE OF THESE PHOTOS HAVE BEEN CROPPED OR ENHANCED.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 . . .
“divorced ourselves from them”
“Keep moving forward in a graceful and very beautiful evolution.”
“sleep well baby”
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.)
Mental Processes Require Exposure to Difference – PLUS Love is a Wonderful Thing
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
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.
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:
The Power of Imagination and Creativity: How to Reach The Light at the End of the Tunnel
Well, 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
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
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.
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
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:
"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.
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.
last but not least, my private message brought up the following song:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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:
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
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
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
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 tryingto
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
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).
Crit Ped Taps Facebook for Followers and Gets Virulent: WWJD? Make Joe's Dream Come True!!!
Several 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.
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
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.
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?)
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.
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.
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
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
song – which isas 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?
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
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
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.
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.
Joe’s Movie Prediction and His Song -- What Happened to Soul? PLUS Eros and Psyche, Hermes and Aphrodite????
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!!!
then, in the PS I wrote:
PSJoe 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.
"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.”
It 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.
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 spelledthe 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.
brought up this video:
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.
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.
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
A Special Mother’s Week Message: The Power of Love Moves Us Forward
I 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. I 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:
The Power of Love!!! I thank my Master Teacher for
sending me this lovely song today.
The Roses are Blooming and Mother’s Week Continues
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
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.
And 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
Oh, 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!!! Someoneis 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.
Mother(ing) Replaces “Other(ing)” and Mother’s Day Is Extended for A FULL WEEK of Celebration!
What’s With OTHER????
I 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?
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!
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.
To 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.
There 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?
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
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!
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.”
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.
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
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.
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.
And 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.
on the Lilac Tree Sailboats in the sky Stars are shining in the sea You're the reason why
on the Lilac Tree Bluebells in the snow Ringing out a rhapsody I'm in love you know
bend their knees Dancing to a tune Perfume floats along the breeze And every month is June
the magic moons aglow We will always be Where the Golden Apples grow On the Lilac Tree
Weeping Willows laugh There's a kangaroo Shouting to a pink Giraffe That I belong to you
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").
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."
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 beautifulsong
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 inmy
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