WEBSITE HAS BEEN CREATED AND CONTINUES TO EVOLVE
In loving memory of Joe Lyons
Kincheloe (December 14, 1950 - December 19, 2008)
The Greatest Philosopher of Consciousness and Critical
Theory of the 20th-71st Centuries AND BEYOND TRULY EROS OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
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.
Eros after "The
First Kiss": Emboldened
Psyche after "The First Kiss": Smitten
THE TRIUMPH OF EROS!!
The Vintage Heart Plate and
the Mystery of the Name of the Rose Treasure Hunt has begun! (I think Eros has an encoded message relating to the Mystery
of the Name of the Rose in his song (you have to click on the image to hear his song). He absolutely LOVES to shower Psyche
with Red Roses--but what's with the white ones?).
Most important to this
current story is how our everyday lives are influenced by Eros. I show how a simple everyday experience (unexpectedly finding
a lovely vintage ceramic heart-shaped plate on Etsy) morphs into a grand treasure hunt and profound knowledge. So enjoy this
first part, a “teaser” and learn a little truth about Eros. Next I was presented with the challenge of solving
the Mystery of the Name of the Rose. Somehow, it's interrelated with the vintage plate treasure hunt.There will be much more
to learn in the future, no doubt.
Love Celebrations: April 1-7, 2023 -- EXTENDED to April 9! WOW!!!! It's been an AMAZING Celebration. In Honor of
Our High Priest, We Extended it for Two Additional Days! Below are the GIFTS which are some special writings, one for each
day of celebration. There are a few more celebrations and preparations to do as we move toward the exciting BURNING RING OF
FIRE celebration, We are in it now -- the Era of the Burning Ring of Fire.....
Begin Preparing N.O.W. for the jubilant Burning Ring of Fire celebrations for October 14, 2023 (But Do Be Careful!);
(Photo courtesy of Shutterstock)
MAY 1, 2023 IN HONOR OF BELOVED EROS: HAPPY
ANNIVERSARY, MY DARLING!
I just have to take a moment to wish Beloved HAPPY ANNIVERSARY.
Our marriage long, long ago in the Salley Gardens in Ireland is very special to him and
was very special and he reminded me of how beautiful, sweet, and innocent we were when we married.
We do have many anniversaries, being eternal, but
there are just a few that we celebrate each year,
with May 1 being an especially sacred one. For our special day, I dedicate this sculpture
to him. It tells our true story.
Eros Has Raised the Bar for Higher Education AND “Radical Love.”
Nothing Less Will Do.
Quotes from his Book of Love:
The nature of the knower and known, you ask. They’re cousins, identical cousins connected at the
spine (p. 229).
The knower and the known
are conjoined twins connected at the point of perception. To delve into dangerous territory, naïve
realism and rationalism, as previously referenced, both exclude the reality not to mention the usefulness of different levels
of human consciousness. (p. 83)
understandings generated outside a radical loving commitment to building larger and larger communities of connectedness around
the planet will never change the world. (p. 178-179)
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. (p.
Thus, a critical complex epistemology infused by radical
love, enactivism, critical ontology and subjugated knowledges contributes to the emergence of a new world. I’m
not speaking here only in the academic realm (although it is a very important contested site), but a libidinally-enriched,
erotic, exciting, curious, transgressive world where monotony becomes an enemy of the state. Education in such a society studies
ways of making connections between self and other, becoming more adept at radical love, and acting in concrete, courageous,
down-and-dirty ways to end human suffering (p. 180-181)
In this sculpture, Eros holds the Golden Chalice
(aka The Holy Grail) up high.
It depicts our mission
as decribed in his Book of Love and in my dissertation.
We like to call it our cosmic dance (for which we have
won awards and high accolades). We give
much credit to his father, Hermes, who truly deserves our honor for patiently teaching us
where he describes this and sets the whole world straight, pulling
people out of their hypnotic "postmodern condition" states of
lack of consciousness.
But you would have to actually READ the book. In fact, you must read deeply into it.
He used some of his father's hermeneutical obfuscation techniques (lol; I do find it
quite hilarious, actually). Many people were tricked,
but it was their own fault. You must fully understand the context in which he was writing
the importance of context, but do people listen?) and you must get past your ideologies and presuppositions.
As one of my favorite teachers today puts it, most people "can't
see past their eyeballs."
At any rate, I have provided
some analyses, will do more, and will make them available soon.
Yes, BELOVED DID, INDEED, discover the Golden Chalice! No one else on this lowly planet has, even
people have speculated about it (but made wrong speculations), and many knights in shining armor have tried.
Each and every one of them
one person who came the closest was Parzival.....but alas, in the end, he also
failed. You might
want to read that book (A Romance of the Middle Ages) to see how he failed. It's good to know what mistakes we should
however, did not give up until he had succeeded! And now we both are very, very blessed.
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish
of the sea,
and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth,
and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in
the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue
and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air,
and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. (Genesis 1)
And I shall remind
22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of
my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. (Genesis 2)
A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband (Proverbs 12:4) [meaning
his one true woman]. I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. (2 Corinthians
Although these verses are only the tip of the iceberg in terms
of the significance to how we were created (there are many more verses and you have to put the pieces of knowledge together),
I remind people of this for several reasons.
First, it explains my total devotion to Beloved. Yes,
he is "just a teacher," as someone close to him once told me in objection to how I "elevate" him,
but he is my husband and I obey God in that regard, and no other person
could ever take his place. His work is for God and it's my duty to take his work
further out into the world. It's why I love the statue of Eros and Psyche above so much. It shows how Eros reaches up
very high (to higher consciousness) for knowledge
and streams it down for Psyche to take out into the lower world.
Our work derives from the deepest love and commitment to each other, "love to the highest degree."
Secondly, the reality
is that God created one and only one wife for every man. We are not taught this here: We are not supposed
to marry in this lowly dimension! That is
what the commandment,
"Thou shalt not commit adultery" really means. Jesus was teaching this when he said, "Whosoever putteth away
his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth
adultery." (Luke 16:18). He also said "it is easier for heaven and earth to pass than for one tittle of the law
to fail." (verse 17). So there you have it.
We are already created WITH a spouse. We forget. We think we are smarter
than God. And all we do is create suffering. Imagine if you had this knowledge.
The ridiculous games of
dating and "matchmaking" would end. When you reach a higher level of knowledge and consciousness:
NO ONE BUT YOUR ONE TRUE BELOVED EVEN ATTRACTS YOU.
how that changes everything. Thankfully,
God is a gracious and forgiving God, if we change our ways. And he will "dry every tear." Well, I will save further explanations for future writings. I
just wanted to express clearly that the sons of God do not want your worship, but they adore the worship from their one true Beloved wife. They are in a
holy symbiotic relationship. People have mistakenly worshiped sons of God throughout history and it's been a big mistake. They are people too, and as Beloved
has written, with human fallibilities.
And the truth is that there is ONE GOD to worship. Even King Akhenaten
taught that to his people, for which he was killed and his city destroyed.
And lastly, as I
am covering in ongoing postings and writings, we are approaching some critical times up ahead. Do you have oil in your lamp?
Do you have your wedding garment? I have been writing about this for a long time in the "Updates." We are heading
for days of jubilant celebration. Everyone is invited; few will choose.
Most people on this planet will never believe these
truths, but it's their choice to continue to choose to suffer.
done my duty to put this knowledge out here. As far as Beloved being "just a teacher," he has worked very hard and
has dedicated himself to being the best teacher he can be, and for that reason,
he should be honored (just as he has advised we honor Hermes), which is why I wrote the article:A_Revered_Master.pdf (joekincheloe.us)Jesus has said we would do even
greater things than he and Beloved has proven that, and believe it or not, he will continue to prove it, as will others, all
with God's most powerful blessings and assistance. Study his work. It is needed more today than any other time in history.
And what did Beloved say about changing the world in his red book, his Book of Love?
There is much more, but you will have to exert yourself and READ to learn
are children of God and we have inherited the earth! Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10)
HAPPY JUNETEENTH-Important Message About THE
Juneteenth) I asked Beloved why I can’t understand and see what the war is all about….he said he wants me to
stay sweet and innocent and to know that I am protected. That made me cry. He is so sweet and protective of me! All the magic
he’s done in my life with roses and gifts and knowledge—I fully realize how hard he has worked to heal me from
the atrocious things and various challenges I’ve had in this hell world. (I cover this in more detail in my book HOLY
ROSES HOLY LOVE: A TRUE Twin Flame Love Story, available soon). Long ago he had shown me in a vision how spacecraft would
intervene in this war and told me not to be afraid because they would be doing self-defense maneuvers. They are the “good
guys.” A spacecraft knocked an enemy aircraft out of the sky and into the ground. There is nothing to fear. These spacecrafts
have been around for a very long time. Technology is far advanced. We do not know a fraction of the truth. The enemies who
are trying to destroy humanity do not know a fraction of the truth, nor is their technology a match for the power and technology
of the good guys. Beloved is a warrior standing for God, Truth, Wisdom, and Love. Nothing is more powerful
always taught in his writings that our greatest weapon against the enemy is divine God-infused, unconditional, and celebratory
LOVE……which we call “Eros Love.” The enemies hate that kind of love. They hate for us to CELEBRATE.
And so, as Beloved’s wife, I will continue to support him and the mission with the greatest love. We shall celebrate
and honor those we cannot see and those we can see who are warriors for Love.
One of the very last messages that Jesus had given us is in the
Book of Revelation. There is a powerful message that speaks to what we need to do during these tumultuous times but which
very few people pay attention to. He is speaking to people who already love and serve Him, but still have not honored His
most critical instructions. They risk losing out on eternal love and life for not obeying. It is time to take heed; it is
what Beloved’s entire Book of Love helps guide us toward achieving: Jesus: "thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from
whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick
out of his place, except thou repent."(Revelation 2:4-5).
We are to return to our one true love as we were created by God. And what are the “first works?”
As stated above, 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it:
and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and
over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. (Genesis 1)
We are to use all the gifts of God’s blessings to produce GOOD FRUIT (all that is worthy to exist in
God’s Kingdom), multiply, and replenish the earth. As God’s children, we have always had authority and dominion
over the earth, but if we turn away from God and from our “first love,” we do not have POWER to exercise our authority.
With our return to our “first love,” we are unstoppable. We have God’s infinite and everlasting blessings
that come upon us. Read Deuteronomy 28 which provides a list of blessings – as well as curses should you choose not
I are “first loves,” sometimes called “twin flames” because we carry the fiery Spirit of God’s
Love. He is working behind the scenes as a highly honored King in God’s Kingdom. He keeps me informed to a degree, but
when I asked him why I can’t know more, as I opened this discussion with, he let me know it’s important for me
to stay innocent as much as is possible. The whole purpose of the enemy is to destroy innocence and keep people’s minds
warped so that they have a hard time returning to their first loves.
Below is an example of how people who call themselves “Christians” and worshipers of Jesus actually
are working for the enemies….they go out of their way to present the dark, wicked side, but as they fail to present
the Truth of God’s beautiful plan for us to return to our first love, they are – in fact – working FOR the
enemy. All they discuss is the evil ones’ wicked ways, but they fail to show how they have totally hijacked, twisted,
and blasphemed God’s plans for our return to our “first love.” But the problem here is they offer no solution
and they don’t explain God’s true plan. They simply present this as some kind of truth when the entire thing is
a pack of lies and deception. Dwelling on this kind of shit (Joe’s word, lol) keeps the mind warped and prevents purification
and innocence, thus preventing people from knowing the pure love of their first love. WE – Beloved and I – exist
to present the Divine Truth about LOVE (offsetting Thanatos with Eros, as he describes in his Book of Love) that
counters the evil, diabolical, false narratives such as this:
(Take a test: How pure is your mind:
See Update for June 19, 2023).
are so far off-base with what they understand that they have written themselves out of the Book of Life. There are far too
many of these “teachers” out there who only produce what the masses are infatuated with, which is the DARK SIDE.
These teachers who only teach the dark side and leave out God’s perfect plan have been warned many times, but they do
not change their ways. And so they miss the LOVE BOAT. This is no small matter. They are going to have to explain themselves
to God, or even worse: if they continue to CHOOSE the same direction after many warnings, they may end up getting burned—or
even find themselves living in the lake of fire. I have already seen this happening.
The level of deception, propaganda, and diabolical evilness is hard to witness.
“Take heed that
no man deceive you.” Matthew 24:4.
Follow Jesus right now if you are not doing so already.
Interestingly, He has far more than 10 Commandments. This is another failure of many of the Christian religions: They only
teach 10 Commandments and that you really don’t even have to follow them. God has a whole very long list of things we
are supposed to be doing using our gifts. The more we follow His instructions, the more gifts we are showered with. His resources
are abundant and infinite. I am working on a list of His instructions: HOW TO FOLLOW JESUS AND BE BLESSED (Coming Soon). Or
you can just open up a Bible and begin studying His instructions now.
Another Test and an Opportunity
Just had a meeting with Beloved and he wanted me to remind people of his FIDUROD PUZZLE – it’s a test, actually, to see if you can move up to the next level. Honestly, I could not solve it and he finally
told me the solution. That’s just one benefit of being his wife and student at the same time. �� There is a reason he encoded stuff, which he has explained to
me. In fact, there are multiple reasons, but one main reason for “times such as these.” You will come to understand
very soon. It’s time for those with the eyes to see and ears to hear to decode FIDUROD. You will be miles ahead of the
enemy if you are able to do so. As for the OPPORTUNITY, see the new section on this site, J.O.E. Journal.
These are exciting times!!
IN THE SKY: Just as a brief, but important summary, the first total eclipse of
a series of three eclipses (God often gives us three signs) happened back on August 21, 2017. God presented His “promise
ring.” (Look up “August 21, 2017 diamond ring effect.” People talk about God’s “covenant” changing. It has not changed. His promises stay the same just
as He presented in Deuteronomy 28. The Book of Revelation is important for the reaffirmation of His promises and for understanding
what’s going on around us. We can accept His proposal, or not. Thus, we can accept His blessings, or we will be subject
to the consequences as He has clearly illustrated all throughout the Bible and presented as “curses” in Deuteronomy
28. The “curses” simply imply consequences. It’s all built into the fabric of the cosmos.
The Burning Ring of Fire eclipse coming up on October
14, 2023 is the second eclipse and is His golden wedding ring given to those who have accepted his promises and are doing
what they need to be doing. It baffles me how so many “Christian” teachers claim that we do not need to do anything.
That’s ridiculous and will keep you out of the Kingdom. God did not put together His instructions for us to sit back
and do nothing. Everyone has work to do although it will look very different for different people. This burning ring of fire
eclipse is also a signifier of His powerful love, His “all-consuming fire.” This is a magical fire in that it
empowers, cleanses, and protects those who have accepted His love. You do not want to be on the wrong side of this fire, though.
This eclipse is ample warning. Things are likely to get very hot after this sign in the sky, although not as hot as after
the third eclipse if people do not change their ways.
Third Eclipse – Another Total Eclipse of the Sun. This, as I have written
previously is a very special love celebration (April 1-7, with the Grand Finale eclipse on April 8, 2024). However, it may
be like a final warning for those who have not yet chosen to obey God. After this eclipse, if He so chooses, He may employ
His wrath upon the earth. He has done so in the past when behavior got totally out of line. It’s definitely approaching
His limits (“as in the days of Noah”). Some people think this is the Great Tribulation; that may or may not be
true. What happens depends upon our choices and actions and what God decides to do about it. Those of us on The Path are celebrating
each of these milestones because God will be bestowing many miracles and blessings upon His children.
IT’S GOING TO BE A WILD RIDE…..MEET US ON THE OTHER
Continue preparing for the Burning Ring of Fire
and the following future events. Don't miss out!
PREPARE for the Universal Love Celebrations: April 1-7, 2024;
and for The
Grand Finale, The Sealing of God’s Everlasting Covenant on April 8, 2024.
The colors are Red, White, Purple, and Gold.
are Crystal, Agate, Alexandrite, Garnet, Ruby, and Diamonds
The flowers are roses.
The mystery is What is The
Name of the Rose?-
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.
As Hermes said:
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)
Joe’s book Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction is available as an ebook. You will never
make a better investment…..we all should be researching with Joe’s important guidance. Since the ending is just
the beginning, you can begin with the last chapter. It may just spark you into wanting to read the rest, as well as his other
works to see how he got there!http://www.springer.com/us/book/9781402082238 No time to read? Right click and "listen aloud" while multitasking. [Note: I make
no money off the sales of his books; my rewards are not of this world.] MAY 22, 2018 UPDATE: I SEE THAT SPRINGER
IS NOT HONORING JOE'S STATED AND PUBLISHED WISHES> THE BOOK IS SUPPOSED TO BE LESS THAN $30 SO THAT POOR STUDENTS CAN AFFORD
IT...AND YET SPRINGER IS CHARGING ALMOST $40 FOR THE PDF EBOOK AND ALMOST $55 FOR THE PAPERBACK! THIS IS ABOMINABLE!! THE
HIGHER UPS ARE NOT PLEASED!!! THERE ARE STUDENTS IN POVERTY WHO NEED THE KNOWLEDGE IN THIS BOOK. LOWER THE PRICE!!!!! THERE
IS NO REASON TO CHARGE SO MUCH! EVEN IF PUBLISHING COSTS HAVE INCREASED, AT LEAST OFFER THE
EBOOK FOR LESS THAN $30. WHAT JOE WANTS, JOE GETS. HE SAID THAT IT IS TO BE LESS THAN $30. RESPECT HIS WISHES. Oh,
and HAPPY TWIN FLAME DAY!! I will have some important updates soon.
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.
November 12, 2021 They are now charging a ridiculous
$89 for a pdf of Joe's book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. Folks, there are multiple ways that the elite
keep knowledge from those of us who need it most -- one is by overcharging for it. We will continue to work on a resolution
that honors Joe's wishes (for it to cost less than $30) and his contract. I will be posting more information RIGHT
HERE sometime in the future.
"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)
Thu, Sep 25, 2008 7:03 am
finished reading Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction
your work is truly a gift to the world, Joe it's very exciting
"The 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
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4. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
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Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. ix–xii). New York: Open University Press.
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Introduction: the power of the bricolage: Expanding research methods. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry, Rigour and Complexity
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in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 50–81). New York: Open University Press.
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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
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We will choose another
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I will consult with Beloved and post our new song soon. Happy Twin Flame Day!!
LOVE Music for Another Day of Celebration! The Narrative Continues.
Today's blog seems to be mostly about
music. Last night my teacher talked about how much he enjoyed celebrating our anniversary and asked me in his own unique,
idiosyncratic way, “What say you?” Of course, that was a song, and what a lovely one. Here’s what came to
the top of the YouTube search:
was one final song he gave me last night. The clue is “your eternal raging inferno.” Do I dare see what this brings
up? Here we go . . .
is NOT a Love Song. It seems to be a message for those who do not choose to follow the path of love. In these
blogs I have been encouraging everyone to choose from the basis of love at this very critical choice point in our history. Many
American Indians and indigenous peoples all over the world have prophecies concerning this era, which we should pay attention
to: We can choose the "green path" or the "scorched path" is how some of them describe our choices. I
guess my teacher is trying to reinforce that point with this song. A Gruesome Find The Fire That Burns In Hell
I really don’t
like to go to bed on such a negative note, so I asked him for one more “sweet goodnight song.”
He is so funny; here’s what he said: “Your
wish is my command. How about ‘sweet divinity rests under the starry nights eloquently.”
Now what do you suppose a
clue like that will bring up? Well, here it is – a beautiful goodnight song and my TWO MOST FAVORITE
INSTRUMENTS (He knows what I love). I "rested easy" after listening to this gorgeous music.
All of that was last
night, of course. I have yet to meet with my teacher today. Perhaps, I should do so right now to see if he wants to add anything
to today’s blog. I am not sure the direction he is wishing to take with these blogs; I assume he wants them to stay
focused on continuing with this NEW educational journey of love and improving education. I will see what he has to say.
Morning Meeting with
My Master Teacher Wow,
this is a first. My teacher is so busy this morning that he was not a lot of help. It seems that something unexpected has
come up and he’s off taking care of that, attending some meetings and having conversations to resolve some issue. It
must be classified because he did not share it with me. He only had a few minutes to talk to me and basically just told me
that the blogs on this site will continue to be educational with a love twist. He told me that he had hoped we would have
a four-day anniversary celebration, but it has been briefly interrupted with this issue he is working on. He apologized several
times and said he would make up for it tonight. He did leave with a different goodbye message, which indicates that it is
probably another song. He would do that – slip in one more sweet song. What he said was, “I’m off, Babe.
Tonight!!” (In other words, he had to go, but he will make up for it tonight.) I will see what that brings to the
top on a YouTube search.
That’s a sweet song.
It’s funny because he was so distracted during our meeting this morning he could not communicate in his typically very eloquent
style and this song conveys how distracted he is. It was clear that he really wished he had the day off, but it was not meant
to be. In the meantime, he asked me to work on my dissertation, so that’s all I have for today’s blog. We are
still wishing for at least one more night of celebration, even if we are apart for the day – although every
day is a divine celebration in some way, even if something happens to go wrong. I always look for the divine gifts throughout
the day. There are many.
I tried again to play the first video that came up for “Hit the Hay,” and it’s working today. It’s
funny!! I definitely have days like this sometimes, as we all do, but it’s better just to take it all in stride, pick
yourself up and keep on going forward, like the guy in this video. (Maybe he was distracted, too, thinking about being
with his baby tonight.)
Continuing the NEW Narrative: It’s Your Turn to Write YOUR Story (and Make Your Dream Come True)!
Wow, yesterday was GREAT! At least it was great once I got past the emotional part. It seems that I have a lot of pain to
work out. This is pain from centuries of living with, loving and repeatedly losing my divine soul mate. It is weird how all
of that comes up to the surface. It is real pain, so it’s difficult to keep the perspective that this NEW narrative
is imaginary. We usually think our pain is only from this lifetime (and I have had more than my fair share in this lifetime),
but as it turns out, we have been with our twin flames and other soul mates many times and the pain accumulates and is stored
up until you get together for eternity and can work together in unity to release it. Anyway, I worked through a lot of it
last night, with my teacher’s help and some great Celtic music. He is always there to help me with the emotional part.
It seems that one of the most tragic experiences that keeps coming back on me happened around the year 1000, to the best of
my recollection. We were Scottish-Gaelic peoples who were trying to establish peace in our country. My soul mate, who was
my husband was quite royal and highly respected (I was a “mere Gaelic,” but he loved me totally, anyway). He would
always go out on these Peace missions, trying to establish agreements between kings and other royalty and I never knew when he was coming home and
I was always fearful that he would not return. My fears manifested when he didn’t return for nearly two years and then
his brother came by my house to tell me the bad news. He had been “accidentally” run over by a munitions chariot,
only we knew it had not been an accident, but rather a political move to avoid having to make a compromise or concessions.
I ended up marrying his brother (that was customary during those times – a brother would often take on this responsibiity),
but I always felt very torn about it and the memories all still make me cry even today and so I am still releasing this pain
which, unexpectedly came to the surface during our anniversary celebration last night, to my dismay. I had actually written
about this particular narrative in a previous blog, in which I went into more details. And so, we listened to the song again last night, Peace
of the Spirit, You can also hear it here and buy the Celtic Spa CD here along with a romantic candle – all of the music on the CD is exquisitely beautiful and soulful.
I recommend it for soul mate lovers everywhere.
That was the only sad thing about yesterday and it comes with the territory according to what my teacher says.
I was given tons of music and I am not sure what I am supposed to do with it all. I believe this is music that is being considered
for future Universal Love Celebrations, so I will just list the songs here and come back to the list, perhaps next year when
we celebrate our second anniversary.
OH!! I think I get it! We are supposed
to put the songs in chronological order. I tried to do that a little bit as I listed the songs, but I don’t think I
have them right. So, put them in order to create a new narrative about finding your own soul mate! You
can use all of the songs or some of the songs and even add some of your own favorite songs -- whatever works for the
story you want to write that would represent your dream come true.
Oh, and my cos, Ralph, bless his sweet heart, helped me write another poem! I wanted to do something special for my teacher,
so I made him an anniversary card with yellow roses (I don’t know why I keep coming back to yellow roses – perhaps
it is the significance of what they mean: joy, wisdom, and spiritual power). Here’s the poem (and the picture is of
the yellow roses blooming in my yard right now. They have been blooming like crazy this year!).
Our First Anniversary Poem
roses for my king
Only happiness I wish to bring
In exchange for
your divine love
And stardust sprinkled from above
Our love is blessed and it is true
It’s magical, powerful because of you
love your little Hermes surprises
Gifts I can see, no one else surmises
Magical and ours alone
We are connected as by telephone
Co-existing in the cosmos, in the air
It’s our special day today
Our anniversary guides the way
other soul mates and like-minded folk
To experience bliss, escape the yoke
So that’s the poem and then I magically came across this
song, so perfect for twin flames renewing their vows of commitment (the High Council is considering adding this for one of
the Love Day Celebrations):
So, that was my yesterday. My teacher
and I renewed our vows and we are working in a very united effort toward making the world a better place. His gift to me was
his divine love, of course, which is the most special gift of all. And he also helped me write a letter that will go far in
furthering our mission, which I am to send out today. We are truly on our way to creating our dreams come true. I always think
of this song relative to his great love -- at the end of the video are the words, “Dreams do come true.”
I have no doubt.
After listening to some of the songs that
had been given to me yesterday, I decided that this next song must be meant for today because it is about how much faster
everything is happening, including the reuniting of soul mates. It’s a great song to listen to in order to help people
attract their divine twin flame soul mates, whether in "real" life, across the astral, or through the flame of another
soul mate. Next year, there will be many more connected soul mates, looking to celebrate their love! Be sure to do the activity
above and put the songs in the order of what you want your dream soul mate story to be! It will help you manifest what you
want more quickly.
First Anniversary Celebration of a NEW Narrative: Signed, Sealed, and Delivered
Today is a special one year anniversary for me and my teacher. I wrote briefly about it a year ago, but there is much to the story I have not written about and which will be revealed in the future when
more people are ready, perhaps in the form of a fictive novel (with the names changed to protect the innocent) which most
humans, given their one dimensional consciousnesses, will find more “socially acceptable.”
For now, we want to announce that today is another new Universal
day of celebration of love, soul mates, and divine relationships. The reason we want to make our own special anniversary a
special universal holiday is because from this day forward, due to this unique time in history, the numbers of people matching
up with their soul mates and their twin flames will be increasing in numbers and it is the High Councils’ wishes to
increase greatly the numbers of love celebrations to honor these events. We already have the weeklong Love celebration, April
1-7, as well as the CelebrateLoveDay on July 10. I will be continuing to add to these various “universal” celebrations as I am instructed to do. There are a
number of new celebrations being discussed, as well as new songs and anthems to go with the holidays. Visit the Celebrations
and Universal Anthems page on this site to keep up-to-date on these very special dates. Much thought, divine intervention,
and the collaboration of many entities in the cosmos go into the creation of these special days, so I do hope at least some
people will begin to celebrate them.
people who are interested in learning about this phenomenon of love and special connection between soul mates, they need only
do some Internet research on soul mates and twin flames, search YouTube for explanatory videos, and search Amazon.com or other
bookstores for books to read about the topic. This information is readily available and there are many interesting perspectives.
The beauty of reading different views on the topic is that you can construct your own view that works for you – your
very own personal narrative. In fact, you can write your own fairy tale and make it come true during this very rare time in
history. Just a couple of days ago I had discussed that in these blogs I will be creating new narratives which include the concept of soul mates and twin flame soul mates, but it is not my intent to rehash
that today. The intent here, and this comes from all members of the Universal High Council (except the reptilians, who got
thrown off the council, as I indicated a few days ago) is to set this day in history as a very special universal love celebration.
And so, I am off to celebrate for the day! (And pardon me for
being so late on this, my most significant anniversary date ever; I've been busy.)
My teacher gave me this very beautiful love song that came to the top of the YouTube
search when I plugged in his clue, “Happy Anniversary, Darling.” He has given me this song, Unchained
Melody before, but not by the Righteous Brothers or as this particular video with the sweet words added. It is one of the
most beautiful songs I know and the special images and words in this video make it really special. The second song is the
one I picked out for him in return. I love the ending of it (and we both think it’s funny).
I am already getting
tons of music sent to me today! He and all of my other loved ones LOVE to send me messages through music. I will catch up
on them tomorrow. I gotta go! We have a great unplanned day ahead.
The Other Version of Other: A Reminder to Consume Media at Your Own Risk PLUS An Angel Investor!
Yesterday, I mentioned that public education
and mass media should be “consumed at your own risk.” I had the most interesting and educational day ever yesterday
because my Master Teacher actually worked with me ALL DAY. (After this experience, I truly wonder why we need any sort of
public “education.”) The reason he did this is because we are coming up to a very special celebratory day (June
28) which I will go into more detail about in the future. It’s a first (the celebration and learning from
my Master Teacher all day) and it was so much fun and I learned a ton.
He even led me to an Angel Investor with
just two words for the clue, and the search on YouTube brought up a perfect investor for me. I couldn’t believe it!
What a special surprise that was! I had been asking him for an Angel Invester and VOILA! He connected me just like that
to someone I did not know through the random two-word clue he gave me. I think this investor and I have some very common interests
and missions, so we will see what comes from it.
Related to consuming public education and media at your own risk, my teacher also gave me a clue that
confirms once again that the media such as movies are full of deception and devise their messages to create
discord. In other words, the media cause many problems between the people and purposely scare people away from their divine
loved ones who are here to protect, support, guide, love, and instruct us.
A while back, on Mother’s Day to be exact, I had written a blog about how I do not care for the way some educators used the word “Other” to
refer to people who are disadvantaged, different, or whatever from themselves or from others – they use this
label, but they never define it. When I researched the meaning and usage, there was no clarification whatsoever. [For other uses of "other" see other other. There are also Others. And yet another.]
In my blog on Mother’s Day, I had proposed abandoning the use of the word because it is just another label and it obfuscates whether the writer is talking
about people on the “other side” – you know, “Others” on the “other side” of the
curtain or bridge or in heaven or in another dimension -- or however one wishes to put it. Some of us have excellent communication
with some of those people (they are our closest loved ones) and I don’t think any of us approve of educators using the
word “Other” in this highly obfuscated manner or it would not have been brought to my attention. We also have
questions as to why people follow practices like sheep without even questioning whether it is logical or correct. There may
be "correct" uses of the term, but if there are the only place I have seen them is in Joe's work.
I will note, since this is a web site that’s
focused on Joe’s work, that he did not use the word “other” in this obfuscated manner of which I am speaking,
and the way in which he used this word was often a commentary on how other people use the word, so he often enclosed
the word in quotation marks. I recommend reading his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction and paying
close attention to how he uses the word "other." It is not offensive and it will give other educators some
guidance on proper usage.
if to confirm my feelings on this highly obfuscated and often demeaning use of the word “Other” -- midst the numerous
research treks my Master Teacher sent me on yesterday (which I have recorded and will share another time since the things
I was led to are so amazing), he also sent me on one that brought up the media’s version of “Other.”
I had thanked him for working with me all day and he reminded me that I never need to feel like I'm alone; there are many
"others" who would love to work with me and who want to have fun.
I decided that
for today’s blog, I will present the movie trailer that came up when I searched on his clue "others" because
it is a perfect example of WHY we should not use this word in our academic writing. I would like to point out that the “Others”
I know from the “Other side” are not like the people in this movie at all. My “others” are loving,
supportive, fun, and like to help me learn things that move society forward and spread love in the world, thus, this movie
is a gross misrepresentation.
that we co-construct our realities, both invidually and collectively, I will remind people once again: Consume
media at your own risk.
I will give you the clue to the Angel Investor. Maybe he will help you, too. First, the context for the clue
was that my teacher had me looking for something specific in a couple of books. I had to bricolage the two entries together
to figure out what he was trying to get me to learn and after I wrote what I thought the significance was, I asked him if
I was missing something yet because I felt like I was. Well, he told me that I was “onto it”
and the rest will be revealed on June 28.
you follow my blogs, you will know that “onto it” is a clue to look up on YouTube and take the
first song (or video) to the top, which is what I did yesterday. “onto it” will lead you to the
Angel investor I found and some very interesting and fun information if you follow up and learn more.
So, have fun!!! (You will begin to see why my day yesterday was so much fun, and this is only a small part of
it.) Oh, I need to mention here – the Internet is a fractal which means it is continuously evolving
and changing. What a clue brings up one day may not be the same the next day. So – good luck!!! (You may have to search
down the list, but then, maybe you won’t; maybe it will stay right at the top!)
just HAVE to put this love song on here (as I said, I want these blogs to emanate love). My teacher told me I had "stolen"
something from someone else (but he was joking because, in reality, he had given it to me because he wants me to
do a special assignment). When I looked "stolen" up on YouTube, this beautiful love song came to
the top....I guess sometimes love is just "in the cards" so to speak.
Combat Illiteracy: Read Joe’s Book -- Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction – and Read it to others
Joe, who grew up as a “hillbilly” in the Appalachain Mountains, deeply empathized with all of us who struggle
in our daily lives.
The last book he wrote, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction was
written to be understood by everyone.
He wrote it in a multi-level format so that when people read it they will
get the message for them specifically.
The way Joe put this book together using his creative imagination and
artistic license is incredibly brilliant. This book should win every book award on the planet.
However, the problem is we have a growing illiterate
society as well as too many people who do not find time to read anymore. People want “word bytes.” After all,
we get our messages from television, the news, and even our education in bits and pieces that don’t even fit together.
We want Everything for Dummies and what’s happening? We are all becoming dummies. Is that surprising?
If you know how to read, you
can read Joe’s book. While it may seem like you do not understand parts of it, believe me, you will understand what’s
relevant to you and what is critical for you to know in order to thrive during our turbulent times.
Take time to read it. You will be given a gift
that keeps on giving. While you are at it, read it to someone who does not know how to read.
use the book to teach other people how to read.
In the meantime, consume public “education”
and the media at your own risk.
Coming Up the Pike Treasure Hunt: Creating New Narratives
As I had stated on Tuesday, June 22, I will be heavily involved in a new task, a part of my “mission”
assignment and a part of the NEW Journey Treasure Hunt. My teacher calls it the “Coming up the Pike Treasure Hunt.”
Again, last Wednesday, June 23, I mentioned that I would be starting this new treasure hunt. In my blog that day I had stated:
In the meantime, we are off on “The Coming Up the Pike Treasure Hunt.” In relation to what
I have learned the past couple of days, I now know that this refers to the ability to imagine what might be and I do like
to dream up what “could be.” It seems that employing the bricolage gives us this power somehow. It is just one
of the many benefits of applying Joe’s great research methodology, but I will need to research it more to figure out
how this works. It seems to be very powerful and it needs to be if people who are being oppressed are to creatively imagine
their way out of their oppression.
Given that yesterday’s
blog was all about creating new narratives, then I have a pretty good clue as to what I will be doing.Today, I have learned
more about what this task entails and it involves leaving everything behind that involves one-dimensional, unilateral, archaic,
literal, one true reality, sequential, Cartesian, linear, hierarchical and all like concepts and forms of lower dimensional
thinking. It is close for many of us to make that quantum leap, so to speak and divorce ourselves from everything that is
limiting so that we can more fully enjoy our lives as we were put on this earth to do. The reason this is happening is because
we are midst a major transforming fractal and the only way we can come through it properly is to sever ourselves
from everything old and conceive of everything within a more real (to some of us) multidimensional construct. It
is called co-creation and there are many of us who only wish to create what’s good, divine, peaceful, and loving. There
are some very greedy people who have misinformed people as to what this really entails, referring to it as a debased form
of "manifestation” (which is not a wrong word, but rather too often improperly defined) and falsely leading people
to believing that the goal is to manifest material goods. Of course, this comes in all varieties of forms. Manifesting material
goods or ego-based experiences is not what we were assigned to earth for. Our mission is to utilize the natural laws of creation,
in which fractals play a significant role, to co-create a better world.
I will recommend a book for those who
do not connect with what I am saying about fractals and how they relate to the creation of our experiences. It is Fractal
Time by Gregg Braden and it can help some of you who are still somewhat stuck in linear constructs to make sense of what’s
going on until such time you more fully understand and embrace multidimensionality and the power it provides us for co-creating
a divine reality.
blogs, I will cover some of what’s going on at a lower level that can be handled by those people who are trapped in
what Joe referred to as “fidurodian” mindsets, but the major part of my work will be done elsewhere and will only
be available to those people who have made the leap in consciousness that will allow them to understand these very complex
concepts involving advanced conceptualizations of quantum physics. Other than that, I will be working on my dissertation,
which I will not discuss here; it is so revolutionary that I have been asked to keep it top secret. Even my university is
going to have to aid in keeping this confidential until such time it is ready to be released. In other words, the work I am
doing now and into the future is highly classified and will only be available to a select few until I am told to release it
which will be upon publication.
This is not to be misconstrued as a “hierarchical” practice. It is
related to evolution of consciousness. Some people are not ready. Even at that, much of my work will not be available for
quite some time into the future when I am assured many people are ready and open to these advanced ideas that Joe had formulated
and which I have been and will continue to decode for practical application.
It is interesting that Doreen's
reading for today reiterated my topic about soul mates yesterday. I wish everyone the best in connecting with their soul mates as
well as the illumination that there is no need to "look for" your soul mate. You twin flame is always
connected to you by divine love and providence; you need only allow yourself to be open to that awareness. Some of us never
meet ours on the physical plane. Some of us are highly blessed and do meet, if only for a brief, but very precious moment.
Where is the LOVE?: Creating NEW Narratives for the NEW Educational Journey
Some educators talk about how we need to get rid of the “old narratives.”
Coming from Hicksville where I received minimal education, I’m not sure exactly what they mean, but I think they mean
replacing the old lies with new lies. For us at the bottom, it means we had better be replacing
the old narratives with new truths (our own narratives) before they get a chance to infiltrate with their
Well, today, I decided this is a good time to replace the old narrative about love with a new one and talk
a little about how that might help us out of this horrible mess the world is in. Note that “narrative” is simply
a “story.” So, I will warn people ahead of time, my new narrative will not be appreciated by some people, but
for most of us it is the divine answer we are looking for. I just look at it this way: We need to stop taking
life SO SERIOUSLY and try to have at least a little fun while we are trying to escape the quagmire we have created until such
time that we have the opportunity to “reload the matrix,” as Joe said we need to do.
When Joe talked about the deck
being stacked against us (or the matrix loaded against us) – those of us who reside at the bottom of the hierarchy –
he was not kidding. As I get further into my research, it is clear that the entrenchment is nearly insurmountable. I just
hope it reaches the point that was depicted in a video I presented in my blogs a while back that showed that even those who
loaded the matrix become so entangled in the convoluted mess that they can't even take another step forward without falling
over, thus becoming entrapped themselves.Then VOILA! They are forced to awaken and all of a sudden we will all be free to
reload the matrix in a new and divine way.
The ONLY thing that gets me by right now is The Power of Love.
If I can just stay focused on that, I can get through the depressing educational research to finish writing the literature
review for my dissertation (the most boring part because I have to include other people’s boring work when I would rather
just discuss Joe’s brilliant work). Of course, in academia you must discuss ALL of the relevant literature, whether
it really contributes anything or not. In a way, that’s good because it is easy to justify throwing out from consideration
those ideas that are like left-over corned beef hash.
This morning my Master Teacher picked up on how important the LOVE
aspect is for me – how it fuels my passion and can help me get past all of the depressing tasks so that I can get glimpses
of hope for the future. In fact, this morning’s lesson covered the very aspect of the bricolage that can actually SOLVE
this horrible educational problem we have whereby only a select few get through the elite doors to “contribute”
to the solutions; only they find out they can only offer limited contributions because they are condemned to supporting and
reflecting the elite and powerful members which, unfortunately, ends up supporting the status quo -- all of
this just so that they can maintain their hopeful positions where they can at least do what they can -- and in the meantime,
things keep getting worse. It’s sad because there are so many people who really want to do good things and either they
are not allowed in the doors, or they are only allowed through certain doors -- or they are blinded to the fact that
as long as they stay a part of the elite groups, they are supporting the status quo and making things even worse for those
who reside at the bottom of the ladder. Joe explains it all in his books and, in fact, he has presented us extremely insightful
ways to delineate solutions. Can you work within the system to change the system? I have serious doubts.
my morning meeting with my teacher, because love is so important to me and helps me get through the tough times, I was asked
to differentiate between “soul mate”“love” and “soulmate
love” or “twin flame love.” Well, one would think they are all the same. Those
are all clues I will need to look up on YouTube, in the tradition I have been doing all along in these blogs, taking the first
song to the top.
As you can see by the above videos, twin flame soul mates do not have an agenda
other than love and their love fuels a divine mission. We have many soul mates, but just one twin flame -- and our relationships
with soul mates are entangled with many things in our society (past, present, and future). As the first two videos clearly
indicate, the common “hidden” agenda is success and money. Soul mates still have karma to work out together or
separately, and it can be an ugly picture because their relationships can be very rocky. They may start out as depicted
in the first video, but these relationships that are not of the twin flame variety will deteriorate into what is depicted
by the second video due to unfinished karmic work. Twin flames, on the other hand have worked out all or at least
most of their karma. They support each other in clearing remaining bits of karma and their emotional pain through
their immense love for each other. They are committed wholely to love and they share some higher purpose that they
work on together 24/7. Their love fuels their work and their work fuels their love. It is this divine form of love
that gives them the power to continue their divine work, no matter what the odds, obstacles, curtains or bridges. Tfhe difference
between the two forms of soul mates can easily be represented by rocky relationships in which there are some karmic
issues complicating things and the type of relationship where the person totally dedicated to her soul mate
even though he is not with her, and yet she is committed to the path they are on together, even though she
is not even certain where that path is leading.
Last night I was handed down the following music video. This is how
the world ends up with when so many of us are living out a faux soul mate “love” vs. twin
We need to turn this around. There are
people working on this, of course. Yesterday, I just happened to run across videos of two people who I believe
have tried very hard and have accomplished a lot. Peter is as kind and nice as Joe was and he does lots of good work around
the world, plus he and Joe are soul mate brothers, hopefully working together in that Nepantla space he and Nathalia Jaramillo wrote
about. Also, Peter believes in free expression and bringing the arts and music back into education.
That reminds me of this really cool graphic image I did of Peter and Joe back in 2008. I made this before I even knew what
Nepantla really meant. Nepantla means sorta like in between heaven and earth (although, that is a misrepresentation,
actually) and at the time I made this, of course, Joe was still with us and I simply thought Nepantla was like
those closed door places where you can say what you want and make jokes and laugh and stuff like that. So, when I made
this, it was of Peter and Joe telling jokes and laughing together "behind closed doors." (This is an example of
a "mash up" so I do believe it's legal to use here.) Now, of course, this image has a whole different
interpretation - or multiple interpretations for me and I find it really bizarre that I had even made the image, not knowing
what it meant -- not having the advantage of an elite education (and people either loved this image or they hated it
and so I had to remove it from my blog at the time I had created it). And how do I know all this stuff now - what
it means and such -- even though my formal education still omits and obfuscates? Joe's book, Knowledge and Critical
Pedagogy: An Introduction, critical complex epistemology, hermeneutics, the bricolage and, of course, Nepantla. I like
the video below because it shows how Peter is working "for peace." It should be the goal we all strive
for. Freedom and peace. I was thinking about that. First we need love so we can have freedom and with those two ingredients,
peace would be the outcome. Thus, Love+Freedom=Peace.
Onward! And I loved bell hooks’ book, Teaching to Transgress:
Education as the Practice of Freedom. It perfectly describes the NEW Educational Journey that I practice right
here on this web site. I like the fact that she includes spirituality AND dancing in her teaching. She even believes in dancing
with her students, like Joe did. She also believes in free and artistic expression and is very creative herself. Her
philosophy has greatly influenced my own. A major difference, however, is that I advocate for creating our OWN personal
narratives and stop letting the media do our thinking for us.
I wonder if Peter and bell hooks have found their twin flame soul mates – that would give them
even more power! Of course, the same is true for us all. We would all have more power if we did things from the foundation
of the kind of love soul mates share -- that unconditional love. The trick to fiding your twin flame soul mate, however, is
to not even be looking for them. Do what you love and your soul mate will follow (There was book called Do
What You Love and the Money Will Follow, but I like replacing money with soul mate because money is what will get
us into trouble every time.)
There are MANY explanations of twin flame soul mate love, but in general, there are
many commonalities between the explanations. Most religions and cultures have versions of this story or "narrative"
as educators like to call them. Of course, educators tend to privilege their own narratives, but we are free to change
that up. In fact, that is exactly what the bricolage encourages us to do -- take in many views and construct something
new. Below is just ONE PERSPECTIVE of the difference between soul mates and twin flames from the many various perspectives
out there. Don't ever just take one perspective and believe it or disbelieve it -- get many perspectives (just
do a YouTube search and you will find many videos!). And remember, we can all write our very own personal narratives! That
is true freedom.
The cosmos can throw some powerful stuff at us sometimes. I was very traumatized
by the jolts my consciousness took these last few blogs on account of the song Joe left in his work as well as the shocking
discovery my teacher led me to -- and it’s like something got into me and all of a sudden I
became hyper-radical. (There’s radical, and then there’s “hyper-radical.”) I am not sure
why the universe chose me to find this stuff and I don’t understand why Joe left the song. It hurts beyond words to
think he may have been hurt. He was such a good person and I hate thinking anyone could have been cruel to him in any way,
which is what the song had me thinking. He was literally the nicest person – as well as the most brilliant person --
I have ever known, so I can only imagine people being very good to him and loving him the way he loved everybody; and of course,
the majority of people did love him and returned his kindness. Well, as his theory outlines, and as is the purpose here –
there are always multiple interpretations – so I can hope there is a better interpretation or explanation.
Maybe it was a joke. He also had a great sense of humor, although the song did not make me laugh; I could only cry.
I was told by my teacher that I
have the key to the gold. I am not sure what that means. I interpret it to mean that over the next who-knows-how-long
while I work on my dissertation, I will be handed down “epiphanies.” I have read about looking for them when writing
a dissertation but I have always wondered what they were. I wonder . . . is this the bricolage in action? I will have to consider
this more deeply as I proceed forth with my research for my dissertation. I pray that there are no more sad songs.
In the meantime,
we are off on “The Coming Up the Pike Treasure Hunt.” In relation to what I have learned the past couple of days,
I now know that this refers to the ability to imagine what might be and I do like to dream up what “could be.”
It seems that employing the bricolage gives us this power somehow. It is just one of the many benefits of applying Joe’s
great research methodology, but I will need to research it more to figure out how this works. It seems to be very powerful
and it needs to be if people who are being oppressed are to creatively imagine their way out of their oppression.
I find this research methodology
very exciting and it really does stir up passion, a point I have made many times in these blogs. I think the observation that
knowledge and passion go hand-in-hand came from Gramsci – he said something about how true intellectuals must work from
a position of passion or, quite simply, they cannot “know.” In other words, true knowing or true knowledge will
not occur without passion. I am sure Gramsci is not the only one or first one who made this observation, which is why it’s
important to bring in other worldviews, as specified by Joe’s theory. Joe was very passionate about what he was doing,
and his work helps us find new ways to solve problems that have been with us for eons. I really think the only reason that
social problems have gotten worse instead of better over these past decades even though we have more people than ever trying
to fix things is because most people are taking the wrong approach, and of course, they have lost the passion. Their sparks
have been extinguished. And they are trying to fix things with the same minds that created the problems. I think Einstein
said that you cannot solve a problem with the same mind that created the problem. The bricolage and critical complex epistemology
frees us from the matrix that locks up our passions and minds. We learn to think in more cognitively advanced ways when we
synthesize many perspectives, according to Joe’s work, thus, in a sense, we can remake our minds. This moves us forward
so that we then have a chance of solving all of the problems confronting us today. I hope more people will read Joe’s
books about this miracle methodology that can be applied in everyday life, as well as for rigorous academic research. There
will be hope for a better world once again if more people are engaging in the techniques he describes. We can escape the circular
reasoning so many people become trapped in. We no longer need to rehash the same old stories in a different time zone or,
as Joe framed it, “Zeitgeist.”
is shocking to me how long this social justice work has been going on and all we have to show for it is greater injustices
than ever before, enormous ecological destruction, and a collapsing global economy -- and all we seem to be able to do is
talk about how bad things are, just spinning our wheels and never moving out of the circle toward viable solutions. I don’t
understand why people don’t “get” the fact that what’s been done as far as intervention is clearly
not working. Why do we just get a rehash and reworking of the same solutions that have always failed in the past? Insanity
(again, according to Einstein) is doing the same things and expecting different results.
With Joe’s bricolage, we can get out of this rut and move on
down the road – with the music playing. There are very good reasons Joe included so much music in his work.
As he stated in his book, Getting Beyond the Facts (2001), “Logic can be enhanced with unique and often unexpressed
emotional dimensions of human beings” (p. 234). Music is a great way to evoke those unexpressed emotional dimensions
– especially the passion that so many of us seem to be missing -- and, thus, enhance logic. I believe it can be very
effective, which is one reason why I include music in my blogs. There is also the interpretive dimension which can be useful
for gaining a greater understanding of complex interrelationships. Read Joe’s work and put it into practice. Then you
will see that we can change the world.
hope I really do have the key to unlock the great knowledges in Joe’s books. Now that would be a dream come true.
Meeting with MyMaster
Teacher My teacher kept
sending me the words “sad song.” Quite honestly, I don’t want any more sad songs.
Below is what came up when I searched YouTube for
“sad song.” This song speaks to what we, as a society, have been doing – cheating, lying – throwing
it all away, never asking why. The song is also making a statement against using drugs through its image of the guy reading
a book about cocaine. I like the last image in the video – the woman in the background has LOVE in bold letters on her
t-shirt. Thus, we have been throwing love away and not even asking why and not even considering the fact that nothing ever
changes (for the better) on account of our actions. This all relates back to how we have taken passion out of learning and
so people look to the wrong things to fill the void. If Freire and Gramsci and Joe are all correct, this goes a long way in
explaining why education in America is “AT RISK” as well as what we need to do to change things. Of course, we
see the devastating consequences all around. When is this going to stop? I can’t help but always return to Joe’s
work. His theory has love and passion so enmeshed within it that when we apply it, there is no chance of throwing love away. oasis - sad song
Tired of the Lies, Tired of the Negativity, Tired of the Fabricated Divisions, and Tired of the SHIT! The Coming Up the Pike
Treasure Hunt Begins!
Excuse my language. We are talking about education, here. If you have read my blogs for the last few days, it seems that the
word “shit” has come up a few times. Well, we will get past that today, but I did want to point out that I am
sick of the shit. Yes, Joe used the word on occasion in his books to make a point. He was tired of it, too. If you have read
my blogs, you know that he even left messages in his work to people that, once decoded, really put these people in their places
and, in so doing, he has let the whole world know just how damn sick of it he was. Was he angry? Some people seem to think
so from some of the things I have read that these other people have written, but Joe was fueled by LOVE, not anger
and I do want to emphasize that point. Joe operated out of passion. His spark was not only lit, it was a beautiful, raging
inferno – a true and pure example of THE POWER OF LOVE.
And this brings me back
to the whole point of this blog today. Sometimes we have to expose the bad things, such as Joe did in his work, so that we
can move forward with love. But we DO need to move forward and stop spinning in circles and staying stuck on lies, negativity,
and fabricated divisions between the races, sexes, classes, etc. Getting stuck like some of these people
who claim to be working for social justice only causes greater and deeper harm. We do not need to get STUCK on differences
with no solutions. Of course, Joe’s theory has many ways we can get UNstuck. I have often pointed out in these blogs
that the greatest difference of all is between the divine feminine and divine masculine as in the form of twin flame soul
mates and how bringing them together creates the most powerful love there is. This, too, is in Joe’s work.
So today I am just going to say
I am not going to take any more SHIT off anyone, I don’t care who you are, and I am going to operate out of TOTAL TRUTH
AND HONESTY with NO OBFUSCATION. This means I will expose the shit for what it is, no matter who is flinging it. And furthermore,
I am doing this out of LOVE. It is a love for Joe and a love for all of the good people out there – those vulnerable
people who Warren Zevon sings about in his song, “Accidentally Like a Martyr” which Joe had dropped off as a message
in one of his books. I was very pleased that he had dropped off this song in such a prominent and siginificant place; it is
a gift for people who sincerely want to take his work forward and a deterrent for those who would attempt to use his
work in ways he had not intended. Joe was thinking ahead, that's for sure! There will be no obfuscation about that fact.
sometimes we think we are doing something good or perhaps protecting someone by hiding things and obfuscating. Or we think
we are following “social norms” that dictate the “right” and “wrong” ways to communicate.
As Joe has so often said, “what is normal is absolutely a social construction” and this frees us up to RECONSTRUCT
it! Obfuscation harms, whether it is deliberate obfuscation or it results from following what has been defined for us as “normal.”
And let me point out here, as Joe had so often brought to the forefront, what is considered “normal” by society
is often psychologically depraved, an indication of our psycho-social mental illness. Another point that needs to be made
is that the truth always comes out eventually, so it will always have to be dealt with. But importantly, when people obfuscate
– such as what is happening in a MAJOR way in education today – it turns out to be the biggest and most harmful
form of deception of all, and the most loving people in the world who would harm nobody and only want to do what’s right
and good for all people of the world are the ones who get harmed the most -- people like Joe. Thankfully, Joe was so far ahead
of the game, he has left remedies and open gateways for those of us who are following along behind him.
Maybe a few evil people, greedy people,
heartless people, organizations, and schemes harmed him, but BY GOD, he made sure that, through his work, they would
all be exposed directly so that they can be prevented from continuing to harm others – once all of his embedded codes
are deciphered. And believe me, no one will decipher them until the time is perfect – exactly when they are meant to
be deciphered -- when they will have the most powerful effect. When they ARE decoded, there will be no question as to the
interpretation. Joe knew exactly what was going on and has exposed it all in his books; and of course, as I have already shown,
he could predict the future so he knew what would be “coming up the pike.” (Oh, that was a treasure hunt that
never got started! Maybe it is just about to begin.) For this treasure hunt, Joe’s work is the treasure chest and there
is only one key that will unlock the mysteries of those hidden messages. Guess who who has been given the key. I actually
wrote a blog about that quite some time ago, if you have been reading them.
P.S. I also want to mention that when we come to
the full realization that we have nothing whatsoever to hide, that is exactly when we are totally free. We are free to
be ourselves -- that is what true freedom is. Love rules and there is nothing to fear. The kids know. Freedom ain't free ^kids in America movie^
Just In Time (JIT) Spirtitual Aid Coming to My Rescue
Just as my Master Teacher promised me yesterday – he had something to show me. As a result,
it is NOT a very happy day, but it looks like down the road a bit, it could get worse. It appears that I am in a war that
I did not ask to be in. Some people are vindictive forever even when there is no reason to be. Thankfully, Joe must have looked
ahead and planned for all of this because he had very presciently and ingeniously hidden secret messages throughout his work
that will come to my aid at just the right moment. I do not know where they all are by any means, but I have already found
some, which I have written about in these blogs, and I have been totally and 100% assured by my teacher that all is going
to be absolutely fine. I am to continue on my path, blazing a new trail for education. I have faith that when something is
needed, it will magically be provided, just as has happened many times in the past. SOMEONE is looking out for me. Actually,
I have lots of angels, guides, teachers, spiritual guides, and even faries. Some people might say that I have a very vivid
imagination. That’s ok; it’s their loss if they do not believe in these things.
This “something special” by Master Teacher told me about
yesterday popped up for me on the Internet. I just accidentally clicked on what I thought was a wrong link, but Lo AND Behold,
it was exactly what my teacher wanted me to see. It all relates to a blog I wrote a few days ago in which I uncovered a song
embedded in one of Joe’s books that has a message he left for people who used him for their own personal gain or greed;
and I assume there must have been a few who did -- granted, not everyone, of course. It appears that the song was revealed
to me at the right moment, just before this “prime example” appeared when I clicked on a wrong link. What my teacher
showed me is an example of EXACTLY what this song is all about. I would rather not discuss it in detail here because perhaps
people have a very good reason for doing what they do – or at least think they do, and who am I to judge? I have enough
people not understanding what I’m doing and harshly judging me and I know how I don’t like that; so I am not going
to judge them. Although, I don’t think my teacher showed this to me for nothing. Time will tell. Here is the song once
again that came up in Joe’s book that relates to all of this.
I cried when I first discovered
this song a couple of days ago because Joe was too nice to have been treated as portrayed in the song. And yet, something
compelled him to embed this song in his work in such a way that one could not deny this was the song he was referring to,
because he specified both the musician and the lyrics and the song was being dedicated. For privacy reasons,
I have not and will not identify where this song is hidden at this time.
My teacher discussed many things during our meetings today that I cannot really
go into detail over right now, but he left me the following clues for songs for today, so, once again, I will take them out
of context of our conversation because evidently they have some sort of meaning in some other context. So here are the clues
that I will need to plug into YouTube for the first song to the top: “ascension time,” “cattle,” “dis-realize,” “mandy-pandy,” “difference,” “conquer and divide,” “catskillish.”
“ascension time” This seems to represent how ascension (consciousness
raising) is going to be happening “100 times faster” than what has been happening the past few months. This must
be the rollercoaster ride my teacher has been hinting at for a week or so now. NetHack Tourist Ascension (Time Lapse)
This is a call for us to
all become vegetarians. Believe me, as the ascension kicks in full speed, you will not be able to handle eating meat-- and especially the meat talked about in this video. Besides, as our consciousness raises we will become more cognizant
of the fact that we need to be considerate of all life.I guess we can either quit eating cattle and ascend
as planet earth ascends or stay in this god awful 3D earth plane and BE cattle, perhaps even among the culled herd(?) The Cost of Corn-Fed Cattle
Will the REAL #1 RAPPER please
stand up? Geesh….what people argue about. How have we gotten here? Think about it. Whoever put us here has us all right
where they want us. Do some research and find out who REALLY controls the rappers and the hip hop culture. (Clue: The same
people who control the media.) Thank God, the ascension is supposed to lift us out of this mire – but you have to do
your “homework.” Melle Mel Response to Joe Buddens Vibe Dis
YES!!! Take time to dance;
that has been the MESSAGE for the past couple of days, which I have conveyed in my blogs. But PLLLLLEEEASSEEE people, STOP
THINKING EVERYTHING IS ABOUT SEX WITHOUT LOVE. That can be SO inappropriate. What do you think mandy pandy means, anyway? Some of the comments posted to this music video are written by dummies. Get a grip. mandy pandy dancin
This is a beautiful love
song from my teacher (he always has to slip in at least one love song in almost every lesson). My whole life has changed on
account of him, too, my life feels complete, and I feel very blessed -- just like the song says. Who would have thought the
word “difference” would bring up this song? But it makes sense. What is the greatest difference of all?
Male and Female. Yin and Yang. Eros and Psyche. That reminds me; that’s exactly something Joe wrote about pertaining
to the bricolage….I will need to remember this song! Differences - Ginuwine
Now this is a FIRST.
When I typed this word into YouTube, absolutely NOTHING was found. Honestly, I have NEVER had this happen before.
I wonder what my teacher is trying to say with this clue. Amazing. I guess the word “catskillish” has no meaning
whatsoever. I will have to research this later. For now here’s the proof: It means NOTHING.
See what I mean? Totally blank. I did take time to look up just the
word “catskill” and this very sweet and mellow music video came up. The Catskills are low-lying hills in the Appalachian
Mountains. Here’s the song. I like it.
That’s it for today. I am just trying to recover from
the SHOCK of what my teacher showed me yesterday. I am sure this will come up again at a later date. When
it does, I will link back to this blog and explain what it’s all about. For now, I am just being patient because I understand
how difficult and confusing everything is right now during this era of major and rapid transformation.
What is Democracy? A Father’s Day Inquiry into Egalitarianism and Freedom (Can we get there from here?)
What better day than Father’s Day to talk about what freedom and
democracy means? Is democracy freedom? Can we get there from here? What a gift it would be to men everywhere to be relinquished
of their paternalistic, superior, authoritarian roles!!! (It IS Father’s Day, afterall.) And of course, the fact that
we would ALL enjoy freedom goes without saying. So let us consider democracy, how it has been historically taught, what it
could mean, and some rather disconcerting observations of how it seems to be manifesting today in ways that seem to counter
freedom. Has democracy just been a total sham? Have we been "hoodwinked" into believing democracy means freedom,
fairness, equality, and justice?
I will position myself in this. That is what you are supposed to do with the bricolage. I am a country
hick girl who had a very biased and "poor man's" (lol) education that consists of a lot of propaganda and many missing
facts about history and such. Therefore, I do not take a very positive position on this thing called “democracy.”
I need to do much more research to sort the “facts,” “fictions,” “opinions,” and assorted
“realities.” However, BECAUSE I am at the bottom of this democratic hierarchy we live in today, I am open to many,
many perspectives of the idea of democracy.And I believe that simply by VIEWING and LISTENING and READING
many different perspectives, our subconscious mind will begin to work these things out. I am posting the following videos,
somewhat randomly (but in a biased manner) that present a few different views on democracy. I watched many more than these
and I STRONGLY urge people to get outside their boxes and look up “democracy” and “what is democracy?”
on YouTube because I can guarantee you that here you will find the most diverse presentations. And as Joe modeled so well
for us, don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater – take good ideas no matter where they
come from and, by the same token, toss away the ideas that clearly are not serving the greater good of humanity no matter
where they come from and formulate your own new view of democracy.
Of course, we need to remember that with
YouTube we are restricted to the voices of people who have technology. So in that sense, we have a slanted presentation. I
will want to do much more research – How do we reach those people who do not have access to technology? This is something
I have been attempting to discover and I have found many closed gates. Why is that? It almost seems that the extremely
poor, as well as other people who do not have the access or knowledge to use technology, are being totally alienated
from the rest of society. Soon, we who are more privileged may even not know they really exist. One solution is
to go out into these communities – such as the rural Appalachian mountains where Joe had spent his early childhood,
or perhaps to nursing homes and other places where people do not have ready access to computers and the Internet -- and
interview the people.
In the tradition of the bricolage, this is by no means a complete or final presentation. The
research is never over, especially in a changing, evolving world comprised of changing, evolving people. It is meant only
to be the beginning. I will want to pick this up again later and go into much more depth about the ideas presented here. There
is much food for thought here, though, and many ideas that need futher analysis. When we use Joe's critical bricolage on this
information, we will necessarily bring in many more persepctives from outside the Western worldview. There are many cultures
of people who have this figured out much better than we, who have been indoctrinated with the "great white way" have.
So, keep in mind this is ONLY THE BEGINNING.
Personally, I do not like the word or the concept of democracy very well.
I have seen far too many people in education, where we are supposed to know what we are talking about, use the word as if
we all define it the same way and with the assumption that democracy is a good thing. Is democracy a good thing? Maybe it
can be, but we’d better take time to define it very well, because a lot of people do not seem to know what it is, how
we achieve it, that we do not live in a democracy, or even that democracy may be a total sham. Is this by design?, one might
Perhaps Egalitarianism Is Better
I like the word egalitarianism better
– but not politically CORRUPTED egalitarianism and I think we should get rid of government altogether. WE THE PEOPLE do not NEED a government. (Is that anarchy?)
What are we thinking????
Democracy: What Is It and Do We Really Want It?
I came across the following
video and I love the way “Maggador” also known as Edward Alexander presents the concept of democracy. It just
seems to me if we adhere to these very simple basic ideas, we might just have a wonderful, democratic-egalitarian world to
live in. Only thing is, his God is a "he" and I like to think of "God" as being a he AND a she, but he
may have just been trying to put his information out there in the way most people think.
In the spirit of Joe’s critical and
very complex bricolage, I am just throwing out various perspectives. I encourage people (learners, teachers, researchers which
would be all of us) to try and gain as many perspectives as possible on how people and governments define democracy as compared
to how it manifests in our world today. Is there any place in the world where there is true democracy? Or is it like one the
perspectives presented here – a total sham. And if it is a sham, what does that
mean for us – “WE THE PEOPLE?”
Last night at my meeting with my teacher, he reminded me of the
rollercoaster ride. A few blogs back, he had given me the clue “hold onto your hats,” to make me think that we
were in for a wild ride. It was funny because it brought a video of a prototype for a rollercoaster that was not wild at all.
It was Thor’s Hammer, a homemade rollercoaster that was very tame, but the message was that "we ain't seen nothin' yet." Well, evidently
things ARE going to get wild now, so he just wanted me to remind people of that and he gave me a NEW clue: “much
more to come.” So I checked that out on YouTube and here is the video that came up to the top. It appears that
my book is just beginning today since the lyrics of the song state, “Today is where your book begins; the rest in unwritten.”
So, for those people who
think these blogs are my “writing,” you are sorely mistaken. These blogs are my “play writing.” I
like to view them as “playing in the sandbox.” It looks like my master teacher is moving me up to writing a book
now. I wish I could give more details, but since I am fully immersed in the critical bricolage and a critical
complex epistemology, I do not have a clue where my teacher is leading me. It will be totally improvisational
so I will just “go with flow” and voila!!! A book will appear almost magically -- with my teacher’s help
(and he has promised to hold my hand the entire time) so I am sure it will be spectacular.
This is so great and very egalitarian:
Here it is Father’s Day and I wanted to do something very special for my teacher and what does he do?
He tells me I get the gift – writing a special book of some sort with his help. Well, maybe it’s
that symbiotic hermeneutics thing that Joe talked about in his book with Kathleen Berry, Rigour and Complexity
in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage. I wish I knew more – but in time I will! And it should
be “for the greater good of all.”
just had my morning meeting with my teacher and he gave me a ton of music to add to this already very long blog. The clues
he gave me are “there,” “here,” “hanging around,” “rules,” and “reckless
endangerment.” Since our conversation was personal, not relating at all to democracy, I will just take the
clues out of context. He just said that they would provide the grand finale for today’s blog and then he wants me to
work on my dissertation this afternoon because, as he put it, “There’s something special I want to show you.”
That has me wondering after what he said about the roller coaster ride and what I found the last time I worked on
the dissertation. I hope it’s something GOOD this time and doesn't make me cry.
Here are the clues again,
and the songs that came up to the top of a YouTube search. (I decided to just put links rather than embed them because this
blog is already way too long.) “there” A different sort of love song, but sweet. Box Car Racer - There Is “here” This is interesting. It’s a Star Trek
episode! Kirk meets Khan, a leader of the Earth’s Eugenics war. It sounds like a segment from my dreams about the Reptilians
trying to take over the world. I am sure Star Trek had to have been conceived from someone’s dream. I wrote a blog just
a few days ago about how we can write the “great American novel” if we pay attention to our dreams. Star Trek: The Original Series: Space Seed “hanging around” This is interesting. My teacher has given me this clue several
times in the past and “Hangin’ Around” by the Crows always came up to the top. But this time, we have a
new “hanging around.” This is because the Internet is a fractal that is always evolving and changing – my
teacher knows how to take advantage of that. He must have another message with this song. The Stranglers - Hanging Around (High Quality) “rules” I like this one and ties back into democracy and all of the rules
we seem to think we need to have. We have way too many rules now and they are what is keeping us locked into the matrix. Breaking
rules is one way to escape the matrix as long as no one is harmed, as is presented by this video. While people have been conditioned
to think anarchy is something bad, it really does not need to be bad at all – it can be a very good thing if people
behave in loving and kind ways. We Are Scientists - Rules Don't Stop “reckless endangerment” This one’s another video game. I really don’t care
for these, but I understand why my teacher includes them: we are a society hooked on video games and it is a way to communicate
to that group of people. The person who was playing this game and posted it to YouTube, stated in the comments: “It is easier to win my fights by magic whoring
but it's not fun fer me.” Not
being a video game player, I have no idea what he’s talking about, but it does not sound good, especially with
his YouTube screen name: ScornofLife. Reckless Endangerment Happy Father’s Day! Well,
I hope everyone has a great Father’s Day. Today’s blog kind of has something for everyone to pick and choose from
if that’s what they wish. We really need to think about these issues of democracy and freedom much more closely, and
WE the PEOPLE are the ones who will need to do this work. Clearly, we are not going to get the knowledge we need from within
a corrupt system, including a corrupt educational system. Time for me to get to work on my dissertation to see what hidden gems are pointed out to me today.I would like to end today’s blog with this final song, which came up during my research because
I want love to be the foundation of everything I put forth in these blogs, even when the topic is not a very
happy topic. We all have a special someone. I do not believe we ever need to look for that someone. When
we stop looking and we do the meaningful “work” we love, our soul mate magically appears. Who
knows, maybe critical complex epistemology can help us somehow.
Lookin’ Like It’s Time for Music, Dance, and Celebration! JIT for the Summer Solstice
Everything is looking better today. I made it through the crying spells -- the "fallout" after finding and
listening to that heartbreaking song in Joe's work yesterday. Even my teacher said he was worried about me. It’s ok if people think I’m
crazy for still crying about Joe. Love transcends space and time – and so do all emotions -- and I am sorry for people
who are incapable of understanding and experiencing that. It was a huge shock yesterday to discover
the song Joe had hidden in his work, “Accidentally a Martyr” by Warren Zevon (another tragic story) and have confirmation of what my intuition had been telling me all along. God, I hope nobody demands
to know where I found that in his work, because I can envision all kinds of “shit hitting the fan” on that one.
What some people do not understand is that when people are able to love powerfully and uncondtitionally the way Joe did, it
does NOT mean they do not have feelings of their own. It is quite the contrary: they are far more sensitive than the ordinary
person, even if it appears they transcend those feelings. I know that; I have experienced it and I knew that about Joe. We
just have a way of “knowing” these things when we are of “like minds” as Joe had put it to me in an
email one time. He knew. I knew.
guess my Master Teacher wanted to lighten things up a bit after such an emotional day, so he gave me a clue for a video last
night just before I went to bed. The clue was “exhaust.” He was talking about my research and how it would be
easy to “exhaust” the literature since so little has been written about the bricolage, and he was just letting
me know that it would not take long to finish up the literature review. The video turned out even funnier in context with
my telling one of my colleagues yesterday that I was really going to get to work on my dissertation now because “my
fire has been lit.” So when “exhaust” turned up the following video, it made me
laugh. It’s pretty amazing if you watch it to the end.
Then this morning, I reviewed my notes and discovered that my teacher
had dropped another clue for a video last night that I had missed. Again, he was talking about my dissertation and he told
me to write a “skeleton” paper to start and then to fill it in with more details from additional research. It’s
kind of a form of the bricolage in that you write up what you know and that operates as a POET to weave in additional items
as you research to fill in the blanks so to speak. Of course, “skeleton” was a clue, so I will look that up right
I love this! Check it out. My teacher knows that I’m
a child at heart and this is a very old and very cute cartoon. There are many symbols in this cartoon (a subject for future
discussions and this video would be good for teaching children about symbolism), but primarily, we start out with the wise
owl and there is dancing and music all the way through (and my teacher knows I love dancing and music). Aside from trying
to cheer me up after a difficult day, I think my teacher’s message is for me to take the “skeleton” paper
and add music and dancing to it – not literally, but figuratively-speaking by creating a musical dance with words. I
love that! Here’s the video:
This morning’s clues from my teacher (taken out of context)
are “so confused,” “physical” and “endless shit.” (Yes,
he does talk that way sometimes, but I still love and respect him.) And he told me not to worry. So, here are the videos for
This is a very sexy song,
but it represents the reality for so many people today. They cannot find their “one true love.” What ends up happening
is that they do not sincerely commit to anyone and end up having multiple affairs and relationships and break ups, etc., and
everyone ends up “so confused.” It is not a happy time on earth today because people are waking up to the fact
that there is something more – and there is something more! It’s called LOVE.
– We have“Physical” by Olivia Newton John. This is a continuation of the previous video – people equate getting physical with love. No wonder so many
people are confused.
video below looks to be making a statement about “crossing the bridge” which the Maxine Greene quotation (above)
speaks to. I should also note that according to the Urban Dictionary, the word for “endless shit” is catorce,
in case anyone wonders; I have no clue how this came to be. It is strange that the last three blogs have actually been on
this topic – two days ago, with my discussion of moving the outhouse and the shock of being a two year old learning
that “shit” has two meanings, and then yesterday, with the song that Joe left embedded in one of his books that
speaks of some of the “shit” he had experienced. Maybe this video is speaking to the need to escape from the shit
in our lives? How do we escape? We play endless and brainless video games – or, like Maxine Greene suggests, we cross
the bridge. One thing about it, if we get censored, as in the second video that came up, we still have many ways to cross
the bridge. My Master Teacher does not believe in censoring; I think that’s why the second video came up for this topic.
Once you start censoring, it becomes “endless shit.”
Rather than censoring, my teacher gave me this video which
indicates – take it to the next level, Baby! I liked the quote below. We cannot allow a few people
to quell what the majority want to hear. As “liferegenerator” puts it, if we did that, we would have no
communication at all. We should all just SHUT UP and be right where “they” (the power wielders) want
us to be. I think that’s where most people already are; they have lost their voices. This will soon change. I hope.
·well Dan, hurting others is wrong. And if what YOU think is "right" hurts other people or our world, well then, it's wrong... just sayin' -- LaraVonDerMeer6 months ago
Of course, I hear you...but what do I do in the case of most of my video comments, where 98% of the comments are positive,
and 2% are negative (i.e., they are "hurt" by that particular video). What do I do then? Do I not post the video
at all? For if I followed the principle you
propose 100%, then I would have NO videos up... :(
-- liferegenerator6 months ago
I love this next video, yesterday’s oracle reading
– it’s what my Master Teacher has told me over and over again! There’s NOTHING to worry about! And the second one is for today, which tells us to celebrate and get prepared for some
real action tomorrow.
Conclusion It is interesting that today’s blog
began and ended on the same topic. We are to "light our fire" and DANCE and CELBRATE all along the way – not
wait until we “finish” some major project or task. In the adorable cartoon video my Master Teacher gave me today,
the message was to turn my dissertation into music, dancing, and celebration WHILE I am writing it. Thus, there is no need
to wait and celebrate when the task is done. Also, of course, the past couple of days have involved that inward and outward
looking in order to release emotional pain and free myself from the mire caused by being intertwined with the matrix so that
I am free to dance and celebrate.
Doreen, in today’s reading, above, has the same message from the fairies.
We are to free ourselves from the “spider webs.” We are to go out into nature and do that inward looking. And
we are to dance and celebrate throughout the day – we do not need to wait for theGRAND CELEBRATION – although we can look forward to that celebration as well. So, take time for music,
take time to dance, and take time to celebrate this weekend. This brings to mind the song,
” I Just Want to Celebrate.”DO IT!!! That’s the next step in the journey, beginning tomorrow, apparently: Some
real action. Taking it to
the next level. We shall see what’s
in store next. And just in time for Father’s Day!!! AND the summer solsitice begins tomorrow at 7:28 AM EDT!!! How
cool is that? No wonder all the messages are about music, dancing and celebration! I’m going to have a PARTY.
The Scream of the Butterfly (She’s Not There): Accidentally Like a Martyr
I am finally working on my dissertation and it is very, very painful. I did not realize how hard it would be to do this without
Joe, although I realize now that it’s why I have procrastinated getting too deeply into the research. I had looked forward
to sharing with him the pleasure and passion of researching the bricolage -- an immense pleasure we had
shared the short time we did work on it together. And yet, Joe is with me in spirit; I know he is. I am to feel the pain,
not deny it and release it, but it is so hard when you are an empath and you are able to feel someone else’s pain who
is not even walking on this planet anymore. I went through that with Sam Cooke – feeling the pain of the beating he took in a dark alley – at least they way I “imagined” his death
really took place, contrary to the way it was described in the police reports. I do know the pain was real and I felt the need to obtain medical assistance, but was advised to just
"go through it" to get past it. With Joe, the pain never seems to leave, no matter how much time, but it is emotional
pain, not physical. Considering I did not even know Sam, but I did know Joe, this is not surprising. My pain over Joe does
not center on his death, though, as was the case with Sam; I refuse to go there and I empathize with anyone who does. It was
an unexpected and tragic loss for all of us who knew him. The pain I feel for him is the emotional pain he endured while
he was here, tirelessly working, researching, and writing to get the world to see that love is what we all need and that we
need to work together -- and that every voice should be heard. While people may deny that he suffered in this manner, a song
he left embedded in his work which I discovered this morning leaves us a different message. I ask, why am I the one to discover
and speak out about these things? Is it because I loved Joe enough to notice and care enough about him and his work
to ensure that the messages he had hidden until the "time is right" are heard?
I am constantly coming across little messages he has left in his work that convey, yes, he suffered greatly in many ways and
I wonder, is it just me or do other people see these things? It is not just my imagination working overtime. I think I am
a true bricoleur at heart, always seeing what’s missing. In his article, “On to the Next Level: Continuing the
Conceptualization of the Bricolage,” in a section titled “She’s Not There: Rigor in the Absence,”
he states, “bricoleurs seek to identify what is absent in particular situations” (p. 345). It seems that what
is absent screams out at me – is that the “scream of the butterfly” that Jim Morrison sings about
in the song Joe cited in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, “When the Music’s Over?” Note, also, that “she’s not there” is yet another song embedded in his work. He did not randomly place these songs. They are messages from him and gifts
that he wanted us to find and interpret for our own personal relevant meanings and perhaps even devised to “shock”
us into higher levels of consciousness (as he had framed it in a conversation about the bricolage with me). Somehow we must
shake off the “spell” that has been placed on us by dominant power and awaken so that we are able to identify
viable actions for crawling out of the mire and “reloading the matrix” as Joe liked to express it. His critical
bricolage and critical complex epistemology are tools to help us do just that.
Finding these messages magnify the pain I feel and at the same time release
the pain, as I have been advised my Master Teacher to do. You have to feel the pain in order to release the pain. It goes
with the territory of changing within to change things without, which Joe's theory clearly delineates. My lesson
from my teacher today was a long and difficult one that I will have to save for another day. It was primarily provided for
guiding my research, allowing me a sneak preview so that I am not totally in the dark with it. It amazes me how much knowledge
is handed down to us from the cosmos if we only ask and are receptive. It truly makes “education” as we practice
it today look like a joke, only it is a sad joke, not a funny one at all.
Joe was a genius. Everyone knew that. Why was his work shoved aside? Why was he shoved aside? People may not have that same
perception; that is my perception and I own it, although there are concrete ways I can support my perception, even as I know
there is much more to learn. Yes, he was known as one of the “lions” of critical pedagogy, as I had read somewhere
on someone’s blog. But, in my observation working with him the few months I did, there was something amiss in the way
he was treated by some people, the way his work was not referenced in a reciprocal fashion, the way people went to him for
his unconditional love and help (and I include myself in this equation). I am not going to point fingers at specific people.
I do not even know who specific people are anyway as I did not work with the people he worked with; my perceptions are very
general, not specific. And as the saying goes, if you point your finger at someone, there are three fingers pointing back
at you. Nevertheless, I often intuitively detect that something is missing before I am able to identify what that something
My work now and into the future is an attempt to make up to
Joe for what “should have been.” It is too painful to say more. Joe said it best, himself, in the encoded message in one
of his works which I deciphered this morning that speaks to us all; I will not reveal where it is; it serves
no useful purpose at this time. As he so often did in his work, he had hidden this message deeply embedded as a song.
He loved everyone and so in my interpretation, this is a song that, even though it condemns particular actions and attitudes,
the bigger message is that it conveys how he knew that people did not intend to be hateful – he understood we are all
mere fallible humans located where we are in this web of reality, often not through conscious choice, but because
of our unconsciousness.His work can change the equation; he knew that, which is why he worked
so tirelessly; he never gave up on his dream.
As he put it, via this song – He was only “Accidentally
Like a Martyr.” Many of us feel this same pain, especially if we are among the vulnerable: “the greedy just get
greedier and the vulnerable get burned.” Here is the song -- from Joe -- that hid in one of his books beneath
my perceptual awareness as a subliminal message until this morning:
A Hiatus from the Music: A Word about Roses, Freedom, and Survival
I have so much more to say about music, but it seems to be on the backburner temporarily due to
these “dream” topics the past few days as well as the struggle I have finding the path I need to take. I felt
very frustrated yesterday because, once again, everything seems to be about money, money money. I even found a song that expresses
my feelings about money and how the lack of it holds me back from accomplishing the things I care about in life. Here’s
I was sort of bummed out about it. I do not even
know how all of my bills will be paid next month and it’s all a long “same old story” of my life. Such is
the life of someone who has been in poverty from Day One. How do you escape the programming? How do you get around all of
the decks of cards that are stacked against you? As I compare my experiences earlier on with what’s happening today,
I can clearly see that there are many times more obstacles for people who want to rise up out of the ashes and create something
good in the world than ever in the past. Every direction is blocked. There are rules, laws, regulations, policies, procedures,
practices, etc., for everything you want to do to the point that your efforts to do something new and creative, something
entrepreneurial and progressive, are snuffed out before you even get started.
But this is the same story of my entire life as a country hick girl who started out in a home that did not even have running
water. My first introduction to the word “shit” which shocked me was when I was about two years old and the
guys had dug a deep hole in the ground and moved our outhouse. Yes, the outhouse had to be moved when the hole got filled
with shit. Little did I know that I would grow up to learn about another kind of “shit” – the kind Joe talks
about in his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction.
Joe did provide guidance to find pathways for some great solutions with
his critical complex epistemology, however. We don’t even need to move the outhouse to participate
in these solutions; we just need to change our frame of mind. I guess my Master Teacher really knew last night and this morning
I needed some help with this. Last night he reassured me, telling me that tomorrow (today) everything would be “coming
up roses.” I was not sure what that meant, so I looked it up. Plus, I knew it was a clue for a song, too. Here is the
definition of “coming up roses” and the song that came to the top when I searched YouTube. It’s looking
coming up roses.
Something that you say when a situation is successful in every way; life is prosperous
Person’s Interpretation: I've always heard this song as being about the beauty of death and how if you have lived a
good life your soul will come up in roses for the rest of time. Reference: SongMeanings
The interpretation is
a bit strange to me. It is sad and yet beautiful. I had planted all of these yellow rose bushes in memory of Joe and they
have the most beautiful roses on them right now. It was strange that last year the first yellow rose bloomed on Father’s Day, which I had dedicated to him. This year, there were 10x as many roses blooming on Mother’s Day.
The images in the video are very relevant to my current situation. Do I sell some stuff to feed the kids? You
would have to watch the video. It shows a guy selling his guitar at the pawn shop and then buying groceries and
soda, taking it home to give his kids. Yes, it's that desperate for me! But my teacher is telling me that it is really
not going to be that desperate, even though it may look like it for the moment. The end of the video shows them drinking the
soda (let's "drink to" everything coming up roses) and then there's an image of hand held up that you would
see at a crosswalk light indicating you need to wait, thus implying that I need to just be patient a little
longer -- the light will turn green so that I can continue the walk along the pathway of my journey. It's amazing what my
teacher packs into these videos he comes up with. I have only glossed over the possible interpretations, but they are powerful.
This morning my Master Teacher
had a long talk with me that I think will finally help me get past this stuck place I feel I am in. Last night I even had
a dream about taking a long journey – a hike around mountains and through forests, but getting sidetracked and not finding
my way back to the path so that I could finish the journey. My teacher told me that I was not lost at all. He told me that
the sun is shining and the roses will bloom full force now and to remember the “magic of the roses.” Of course,
this is a song, so I’ll look it up right now on YouTube before I write the rest of his important message.
that’s literally magic tricks using roses. I am sure there are interpretations from this. Last summer, my teacher told
me that when the roses bloom there would be special knowledge made available to me. Well, I did learn some amazing things
all last summer while the roses bloomed (it’s all in my blogs). It was very magical, in fact. He has told me the same
thing for this summer. So far, probably the most magical thing that has happened was the day I went for a walk to take pictures
of all of the flowers and roses in the neighborhood and got seven amazing images in the clouds. I am sure this is just the beginning of the magic for the summer.
Mainly my teacher’s message for today was to follow my heart.
Do the creative things I most love to do. That means being a free, creating spirit as much as possible in a constraining world.
He said that most people in the world are not ready for this free spirit living or even ready to allow other people to live
that way. They are held back by the misconception that if they allow other people the freedom to be who they are as free-spirited
fully creating individuals, they are somehow giving up some of their own power. The exact opposite is true. If they do not
allow other people freedom, they are also not allowing themselves to be free – or as he put it, “many people are
simply not ready to give up their rigid ways to participate in a creative endeavor that empowers others. They are still in
that mindset that if they give others power – or more accurately, enable the freedom for others to experience their
power, they believe that somehow they are relinquishing their own power. And so they get stuck. As long as others are not
free to be free, then neither are they.” And so he told me I am not on the wrong path or lost at all – that I
just need to keep living my life as the free, creating spirit that I am and to continue to try to create opportunities
whereby others can be free to express their creative abilities. (Like yesterday’s song, I guess, “Wild One.”).
That was my message today
and it did lift my spirits. The Universe will take care of my needs somehow, including financial. I have learned that I cannot
imagine ahead of time the amazing miracles the Universe will spring forth. I have never had to live on the streets and I and
my children have always been fed. It is just not a comfortable feeling sometimes, even though I know in my heart we will be
provided for, wondering how we will survive and yet we do always survive.
How to Write the Great American Novel: Pay Attention to Your Dreams
I had the weirdest dream last night.
Gosh, I could write a science fiction novel from THIS dream! It is a sort of continuing saga, too, from previous dreams. NOW
I know how those famous authors get their ideas – in their dreams!
Anyway, in the dream I had last night I was standing outside, very late at night (probably during
the early morning hours) with some of the members of my team (my special network of people who are all working together
to make the world better). Up in the sky there were two military fighter jets and a space ship. The fighter jets shot these
red lazer beams at the space ship, trying to knock it out of the sky, but it didn’t do a thing. Next, the spaceship
shot red lazer beams at the two fighter jets and knocked them out of the sky. They crashed and burned. Next thing we see,
are the two pilots parachuting to safety; they were not harmed.
Well, the word was that the people on the spaceship only fight in self defense against
the crazy reptilians who have shape-shifted on earth and who are behind all of the crazy destruction to earth. They do all
kinds of things like blowing up buildings and oil wells, causing massive earthquakes by setting off nuclear bombs into the
earth, and trying to steal all of the money and take over the entire earth, etc. The people on the spaceships are trying to
come in and help the earthlings and rescue those who are ready to escape this hellish situation. Some people want to leave
now, even though earth is going to be fine – it’s just going to be crazy for a couple of years until the reptilians
finally are conquered and sent back to their planet. They are very, very smart, but evolutionarily-speaking they are far behind,
and the universe, according to this dream, simply will not allow them to continue on the path of destruction here on earth
that they have chosen. They are WAY outnumbered, so it’s just a matter of time and they will be on their merry way,
with their tails tucked between their legs.
they do have tails. Quite some time ago, I had this other bizarre dream about the reptilians. I was taken to one of their
planets or some other planet to meet with them and the Universal High Council. You see, I and somebody were married and we
wanted it sanctioned at three levels. It had already been sanctioned at two levels (our personal level and at the planetary
level) and we were seeking Universal sanctioning because it would give us the greatest power to accomplish our part of the
good mission to rescue earth (The mission was given the title, the Code Blue Mission because of the poor health of the earth.).
The entire Universe (all entities on the High Council, who represent multitudes of planets) all approved the sanctioning of
our marriage, with the exception of the Reptilians. And why? Of course, now I know from last night’s dream and what
I was informed in the dream, it’s because it would give me and my partner far too much power and it would threaten some
of the institutions they relied on to overpower and manipulate people on earth. So they refused to agree to the sanctioning.
In my previous dreams, they
had put us through all sorts of maneuvers. My partner (or husband, to be more exact), spent months researching and putting
together a document that proved mathematically that we belonged together and therefore, our marriage should be sanctioned,
signed, and sealed for eternity. So, in my dream I had to go with him to this planet when he presented his report, in order
to testify before the High Council that it was, indeed, what I wished. He did not want me to be shocked by seeing all of these
strange entities from other planets (if you think earth has diversity – you ain’t seen nothin’ yet judging
by the various forms entities take in my dreams), so he made me wear a cover over my head and face. I snuck peeks every so
often and as we were walking through some nasty vegetation, I wondered how anyone could live on this planet (no wonder they
wanted earth!). It was very gross, slippery, and slimy, with disgusting little creepy crawlers. And then at the meeting, I
just had to sneak a peak at this reptilian who was standing up at the front of the room and was such a “big mouth”
spouting out all the reasons our marriage should not be sanctioned and he was a very weird-looking creature and extremely
arrogant. He was dark green and sort of looked like an alligator that had bigger hind legs and walked on two legs like a human,
and of course, he could speak from his very big, angular snout.
At that meeting (remember, this is my dream, of course), the Reptillians absolutely refused
to budge and they knew as long as even just one group of entities refused, then the marriage could not be sanctioned. Something
happened; the other members all disagreed with him, and then the Reptilian got crazy-acting and very belligerent during
the Council Meeting so all of the other members voted to remove him and any future Reptilian representation from the Council.
They determined that the Reptilians were not acting in good faith; in other words, they refused to consider anything that
might mean they would have to compromise in any way.That day was so funny. The Reptilian had to go out the door, and there
was not a thing he could do about it because EVERYONE voted him off the Council. And so, of course, the marriage was sanctioned
and I have not had any more dreams about those crazy Reptilians until last night when I was told they were the ones responsible
for trying to shoot down the spacecraft because they don’t want the people of Earth to be rescued or helped. They want
to continue with their destruction and go live underground or some such crazy thing and then have access to ALL of the earth’s
resources, using earthlings to do all of the work, and in this way, increase their own under-evolved population. They want
it all and they want it NOW. But, according to my dream: It ain’t gonna happen; they are out-numbered, out-witted, and
the other entities all rule by LOVE which is far more powerful than the Reptilian arrogance, greed, and hatred.
Wasn’t that a bizarre dream? Or I should
say, dreams, because there were several dreams about those arrogant creatures. I am only writing it down cuz I think when
I put ALL of my dreams together eventually, it would make a great novel, kinda like a Stephen King novel or something. Hey!
That’s what Joe said in the quote up above! He wanted to write like “Stephen King penning a horror story.”
There is much more to the dreams, many more details, so I could literally write one or more novels.
NOW I know how those great novelists write such
interesting stories. They are based on their dreams. So, if you are interested in writing a great novel, just pay attention
to your dreams! That’s my creative writing tip for today.
And what song did my Master Teacher give me for today’s blog?
Appropriately, “Wild One” by Faith Hill. I have always been a wild one – but it is all mixed up with love, so that’s a good thing!
Making Dreams Come True: Manifesting Your True Reality
What an interesting day already. It started with my amazing dreams last night, which I shared with my Master
Teacher first thing this morning. In my dream, I was confusing reality with dreams and vice versa. I awakened and thought
about it in the middle of the night, but then I “got it.” I was communicating with my teacher and I said –
“we are supposed to take our favorite dreams and live out as much of them as possible and that’s how we make them
come true.” (And in fact, many previous lessons I have had have involved recreating in my “real” life things
that have happened in my dream life.) I was correct, because my teacher gave me a gold star. He flashed me a big image of
a gold star that sparkled, glowed, and flashed. It was by far a more beautiful gold star than any I had ever received in Earth
schools. But he wanted to reinforce this lesson, apparently, in a big way. His lesson this morning was so amazing, but
beyond the scope of this blog to go into detail over. And then I read my emails that confirmed and reaffirmed it all. It always
amazes me how the Universe seems to be “downloading” enormous amounts of knowledge right now and how people have
their unique ways of interpreting and presenting this knowledge. Each perspective provides another window to look through.
This is what Joe’s critical bricolage is all about. We do not throw out any babies with the bathwater. Every perspective
offers something new and unique, even if it is not “certified” by the educational elite. That’s the whole
point Joe had tried to put across in his work. There is no “one true reality.” It is highly beneficial to gain
many perspectives because by synthesizing them, you do gain greater understanding and you do develop the ability to identify
life is so blessed and so filled with love and guidance. As many people will attest, we are never alone, and I have some especially
divine guidance, angels, teachers, and even a special fairy in my life. It was so funny – the other day I had paper
and pen in my hand and just as I was going to take some notes on an article for my dissertation – “someone”
took over and instead of writing notes, she wrote a summary for the blog that day – which ended up being added to
the blog. Evidently, she felt more was needed for my blog. It was NOT my handwriting or even my writing style, so when the
writing stopped, I asked “Who are you?” She said her name was Anesthesia and that it was pronounced Anna-thasia.
She told me that SHE kept my plants alive for three weeks without water while I was on my Tennessee trip. This is really true.
I had forgotten to water the plants just before leaving my trip and they had not been watered for at least a week. I was gone
two whole weeks and so I was worried about them not having water for three weeks, and when I got home, the plants were
absolutely fine. I couldn’t believe it and so I thanked Anesthesia. Now, I can sense when she is near, sometimes. I
wish I could see her. That would be cool. She is very sweet.
According to so many of the messages I received today, as we move forward with this ascension,
we WILL see the fairies as well as our guides, teachers, and angels – and many people already do – so I am a little
behind. (Interestingly, there are people in education who write about these things, but, again, they write about them under
the cloak of obfuscation. Heaven forbid, should the masses learn the truth.) Some of the other messages I received today were
– my teacher reminded me of the power of love and said manifestation is very powerful when you are able to combine the
divine masculine and feminine. We can dream up our greatest fairytales and fantasies and then we can live them out (which
is what my dream last night was about). He reaffirmed that our project, which we are working on from the foundation of the
great love we have for each other and humanity, is to reconfigure education and he used a somewhat humorous phrase “captured
in the enrapture” and clarified that it was not intended in the literal sense. The purpose of education is for people
to learn that they really can create and live their own dreams and they do not need to accept the hellish reality that is
forced upon them. We are all creators, but of course, education and religion, too, has us forgetting that. The most powerful
creation emanates from the union of the divine feminine and masculine – God (or the source, or however one wishes
to frame this) is both – for it is through this union that the greatest power for manifestation can occur. In my
emails, there was a discussion about how we all have so many divine skills and abilities that we have had quashed out of us.
Part of making life so much more fun, divine, and enjoyable is recapturing all of our skills – our artistic, musical,
and creative abilties as well as our great knowledge and wisdom, and, of course, love – we all have it. There is so
much more to say, but I will leave off here. There are many other sources of this information if people are interested, and
all they need to do is research it.
Education, of course, has been devised so that those who are elite members have had much of this knowledge all along
and the game is to communicate in code with each other while at the same time ensuring the rest of us are confused and kept
in the dark about the source of our own empowerment. As I have I said many times in these blogs, the rules have changed and
the table has flipped. Other people frame it with the observation that divine intervention is taking place because of how
horrible the world has become. We now have the power to read right through obfuscation, lies, and deception. Of course, we
are all at different places in experiencing these abilities. Reading Joe’s book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy:
An Introduction, which is truly – as I told him right after reading it – a gift to the world,
will help enormously in developing this skill and reminding us that we all have divine abilities. As I have been pointing
out, there are many gifts in this book and one of them is that simply by reading it, you will find you have an uncanny ability
to see through all forms of deception and obfuscation – or if you already have the ability, you will find it greatly
above, my teacher gave me a clue for a song, “captured in the enrapture.” Again, this is a rather
unusual clue, so it will be interesting to see what YouTube brings up for it. I will check right now. Oh, I just noticed –
he gave me another clue just before this one – “reality” and after this, “manifest.”
(He likes to sneak clues in.) So, I will look them all up on YouTube for the videos that come to the top.
“reality” Richard Sanderson - Reality This is amazing!
The song talks about exactly what my teacher was saying. I wish I knew how he did that! How does he always pick the
perfect song? Anyway, I totally relate to this song. With love, you CAN create your own (joint) reality. It does
take two to share dreams and make them come true. Anyway, I LOVE the song: Special thanks to my teacher.
“captured in the enrapture.” Clockwork Orange This video is about the
movie, “Clockwork Orange.” It is about trying to make someone harmless, but evidently is very twisted. I have
not seen it, of course, so if you have, maybe you can interpret why my Master Teacher is referencing it here. I will have
to watch the movie, I guess, next time through (these blogs are not meant to be complete, but are meant to be revisited and
expanded on using the bricolage – by weaving new interpretations through them). Here's what wikipedia says about it
(and note that classical conditioning has been used extensively in education, thus creating people who are conditioned not
to respond to the abuses they are subjected to):
The title is taken from an old Cockney expression, "as queer as a clockwork orange"¹, and alludes to the prevention of the main character's exercise of his free will through the use of a classical conditioning technique. With this technique, the subject’s emotional responses to violence are systematically paired
with a negative stimulation in the form of nausea caused by an emetic medicine administered just before the presentation of
films depicting "ultra-violent" situations.
“manifest” Achievement Hunter: Red
Dead Redemption - Manifest Destiny OK, this is very depressing.
We have taken a divine ability – the ability to manifest our own destiny and turned it into repeating a very bad and
despicable history of creating hell on earth through playing a virtual reality game. Sad. Why would anyone want to even play
this game? My Master Teacher does like to include history lessons, and I imagine that this depicts the total disregard and
lack of compassion and foresight of those people who came to the “New” World and killed all of the buffalo. This
is significant as far as my lesson from my Master Teacher goes, because it is very relevant to a current instructional project
I’m working on. In general, we do have choices: we can take the hell that manifests from such horrendous choices, or
we can manifest through love and work toward creating heaven on earth.
So, there you have it for today.I feel like I need something positive and
uplifting to end today’s blog. Love. I do feel such great love for my teacher and all of the other people helping me
move forward with my divine destiny. Everything is evolving as it should, much like a blossoming rose, which Doreen talked
about this morning. Perhaps, Doreen’s video is a good way to end, but I really want a special song. Music is a cure,
as I wrote about in a previous blog. And as I have discussed previously, Joe used music in this work to spread love, help
open our eyes, and heal our emotional pain. FRANK SINATRA - 'Young At Heart' - 1954 78rpm Tomorrow: The music will never be over.
Hermeneutics: Continuing the Conversation About Fecundity
I ended off two days ago discussing hermeneutics and agreeing with Jardine that “the fecundity of the individual case that comes to meet us
in the world” is the very reason for “treating education as a hermeneutic endeavor” (p. 286 in Doing
Educational Research, ed. by Tobin & Kincheloe). I failed to express my view of the relevance of this. It expresses
the experience I have had with hermeneutics: the more you notice and respond/act on the “fecundity” of experiences,
the more fecundant they become. For example, take this photograph the Universe presented me on my walk just last month. Here,
we have Eros, the God of Love, kissing Psyche. You can see the back of Eros's head and Psyche's lit up face between
the two tallest trees and Eros lies across the sky just above the houses. The white rabbit -- the very
symbol of fecundity -- is right above the couple, looking down on them.
The next thing
I know, in another photograph there is Psyche lying across the sky, kissing Eros and she is “with child.” If you
haven’t seen these images they can be seen in this blog: Lovers In the Sky. You can’t get more fecundant than that! Seven fecundant images in a few short minutes! Jardine speaks truth.
since all knowledge is interconnected and you are always learning through these multitudes of (fecundant) experiences
(which again, are both inner experiences and outer journeys – something Jardine and Joe both have expressed –
and something that I experience as well), then WHAT GOOD IS EDUCATION as we practice it today? If you have the Hermeneutical
Master of all Master Teachers who is providing individualized fecundant experiences and showing you ways to interpret the
world, dream about the world, and even create the world - and this hermeneutical learning continues daily, what else is there? What can be better than this? How can being locked up and confined behind four walls in what’s called a classroom
ever match hermeneutic education from a Master Teacher who just checks in a couple of times a day to set you on track –
yet is always available in an instant if you have a problem or question? Maybe that’s why the following song was
written and why so many of us relate to it:
my meeting with my Master Teacher I had asked for some words of wisdom. He just reminded me to keep love in the forefront,
but also acknowledged that sometimes we have to stand our ground in some “not so loving ways.”
Of course, that’s a song. This really sexy song came to the top of the YouTube search (It’s really good):
I just realized something: My Master Teacher is so clever (I knew that already), but the title of this song is really relevant.
It reminds me of our first and almost only disagreement. He wanted me to go live in Los Angeles for a personal reason -- and
I told him under no uncertain terms, that I was NOT going to go live in Los Angeles. I guess he did not trust himself
with me or something at least according to this song; oh well, that's all water under the bridge, and of course, he is trustworthy!
He ended up moving me out in the country where it's peaceful and quiet and I love it! Anyway, it's a beautiful song and I
appreciate the multiple loving messages he has provided by sending it to me.
Next, at yesterday's
meeting, he told me to just hold his hand until we get to the “final destination.” This
brought up a trailer about three movies about plane crashes. I guess that means we are in for some rough rides, but at least
he is willing to let me hold his hand so we can make it; that’s very reassuring.
Then at last night’s
meeting, he said to not lose sight of us; that some of the explanations of hermeneutics, initiations, and journeys
get overly “mechanical.” Of course, “mechanical” was a search term for YouTube and
the video that came up shows the advantage the mechanical perspective has in exerting forces. This is a very literal
interpretation (thus, makes a point.) Leave it to my teacher: He seems to be including a lot of academic videos lately. He
takes his teaching very seriously. This is actually an excellent video for learning mechanics for physics courses. Get your
science lesson for today right here!
And finally, he
reminded me that I have a lot of help with what we are working toward, which he referred to as this “creation”
thing. That’s a strange reference. I will see what comes up when I search YouTube on “creation.”
It brought up
a movie trailer about Charles Darwin and his book Origin of the Species. Another great media trap – let’s
keep people divided. Of course, I have not seen the movie. I really don’t like movies. Most of them are set up to shape
people’s consciousness without them realizing what’s even going on. I have never really understood what all of
the fuss is about when it comes to Darwin. I think most people have not really read Darwin’s book, Origin of the
Species, and just parrot each other. Really, if they read the book, they will see that everything fits together and Darwin
did not leave God out of the picture at all (he just left God out of the book so people wouldn't argue and a lot of good
that did). READ THE BOOK PEOPLE! It should be required reading for everyone (lol). I know that won’t go over so well.
Read and discuss what Darwin says, NOT what people say Darwin says. The movie is fiction, based on this trailer,
yet there will be many who believe it to be conveying truth. Here is the trailer:
That was it for
yesterday’s meetings with my teacher. I have so much to write about, I want to put it ALL out here now, but this morning
my teacher said I have some good stuff, but to just put it out slowly, so that’s what I’ll do. I almost always
follow his advice. He told me it was fine that I slept in today, but not to forget to do all of my “great things.”
He was talking about being sure to do the fun stuff like music, art, getting some sunshine, etc., along with the “academics.”
So here, we have two more search terms: “academics” and “great things.”
I will see what they bring up on YouTube.
“academics” A look-back on school and the call for following our heart, something they
just do not teach us in school -- but a great hermeneutic Master Teacher like my teacher does this naturally. There
are a lot of good points made in this video.
the song that came up on YouTube with these search terms, my teacher appreciates me as much as I appreciate him! He keeps
on doing great things for me and I do appreciate that SOOOO MUCH!!! And today’s message was a continuation of the idea
that hermeneutics IS education, it is daily, it is fecundant, it is individualized and, at the same
time, it is the source of doing and being “great things.”
Check back tomorrow: There is much more to
say. I am just beginning to understand all of the wonderful gifts for all of us – the “great things”
in Joe’s book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. He did say this book will change
the world. By God, it will! You watch! (Right here).
A BRICOLAGE: Shall We Turn Out the Lights? Open Video PLUS Doreen and a NEW Diva
Note: I was prompted to make the above poster due to the companies that use
technology to SCRUB YouTube of its videos. They too often OVER-SCRUB (e.g., "over react") and take down perfectly
legitimate videos -- and my blogs illustrate how extensive this is, with many broken video LINKS. (Never fear:
I will republish my blogs with REPLACEMENT VIDEOS. Watch for it coming to a web site near you soon.)
We are at
a crossroads when it comes to videos and music: Do we want to circumvent freedom of expression and education? Do we really? Something to think about. In the meantime, here
is a little information to start from for those who are interested in researching this issue more deeply.
What is Open Video?
As internet video matures,
we face a crossroads: will technology and public policy support a more participatory culture—one that encourages and
enables free expression and broader cultural engagement? Will video be woven into the fabric of the open web? Or will online
video become a glorified TV-on-demand service?Open
Video is a movement to promote free expression and innovation in online video through open standards, open source, and sharing.
Reference: THE OPEN VIDEO ALLIANCE
Some Principles for
for an Open Video Ecosystem are a technical road map for a more decentralized, diverse, competitive, accessible, interoperable,
and innovative future of video. We foresee more democratic, ubiquitous use of video—making it comparable to text and
images today. The Principles cover the following topics:
Authorship and Viewing
— Video creation, editing, and playback tools should be ubiquitous, easy to use, accessible, and available in free and
open source implementations
Open Standards for Video — Video standards
(formats, codecs, metadata, etc.) should be open, interoperable, and royalty free
Open Distribution — Software platforms should support open standards and open licenses. Networks must remain
A Rich, Participatory Culture — Laws governing intellectual
property must not discourage participatory culture. By default, video content must be available without technological barriers
or access constraints.
Civil Liberties and Basic Rights — People
should have the right to participate in a democratic culture, the right to privacy, freedom of expression, freedom from censorship,
non-limiting terms of service, and the right to self-distribution.
Understanding Hermeneutics for My Dissertation: Am I Getting It?
OH MY. Last night my Master Teacher gave me a ton of clues to look up on You Tube. And not only that,
I have to solve a puzzle: He wants me to figure out how Joe was able to obfuscate the truth in secret code
for the elite (in the form they like it) yet at the same time reveal the truth for common folk like me in
his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. Please understand that I am not an educated elite person.
I am a country hick girl, born and raised in the corn valleys of the western part of the United States, who took it upon herself
to get just enough knowledge to be “dangerous.” I have my own very unique interpretations of these matters; however;
I am acutely aware, from reading Joe’s work closely, there are MULTIPLE INTERPRETATIONS, and really, that’s all
we have with knowledge anyway, is interpretation. Since we are all “shaped” by our positions and standpoints in
this crazy society, it makes sense that we all interpret and communicate differently. Just go with it!
This puzzle that
my Master Teacher gave me all started with me wanting to learn more about Hermeneutics. So, in Joe’s book that he edited
along with Kevin Tobin, Doing Educational Research, I read a chapter by David W. Jardine called, “On Hermeneutics:
‘Over and Above Our Wanting and Doing.’” This was quite an odd take on hermeneutics, I thought, but in the
end, I do agree with Jardine in that we really need to use hermeneutics in school – we need to teach even the youngest
learners -- preschool even -- how to “do hermeneutics.” In fact quite some time ago, I made up a story just for
teaching children about hermeneutics. It’s in these blogs somewhere and it’s about a hermit named Herman who lived
in the forest. He had satellite internet and his specialty was learning all about tics because he kept getting tic bites.
So he learned about all kinds of tics and ticks and tick tocks, etc., all of the things children would like to learn about.
And the conclusion of the story was “Herman Knew Tics!” And how was this so? Hermeneutics. That way, children
can remember how to pronounce it – of course, adults like me who can only afford (or be allowed to take) online courses
where we do not hear the words spoken, often need this assistance as well.
Back to the subject at hand. I thought it was bizarre how Jardine took an
ordinary, dull experience of a new teacher going up to a closed classroom door of the room she was about to teach in
for the school year and made it into something significant and almost sacred. As most of us know, teaching in American classrooms
is anything but sacred or special -- a lot of teachers find it to be hell and they don't last long at it. And then it dawned
on me: this is a sort of REVERSE symbolism. Normally, the spiritual would symbolize the experience, but here, we have the
experience symbolizing the spiritual (which is very nonspiritual and the spiritual is hidden, and in that sense, from my perspective,
it feels much like deception that is easy to see through) and thus, we begin the obfuscation and two simultaneous messages:
one for the educational elite and one for country hick folk like me who do not understand the hidden code language. Jardine
defines experience as being something much more than we would typically associate an everyday experience with. On page 282,
he defines two types of experience: a sort of inner spiritual experience, and the other, a journey. He talks about
initiations and how they are phenomenological, the search for truth, etc. and we hear voices that are not our own, our topics
have their own life and are not within our control, we begin to remember what we have forgotten, we wake up, something (or
someone?) addresses us, we have a need for images, and that the “true locus of hermeneutics is this in-between”
and he discusses how Hermes (through hermeneutics) “shuttles messages between heaven and earth, between the gods and
humanity” (p. 270).
God, he's talking about everything I’ve been writing about in these blogs. I have been saying my teacher is like Hermes,
and indeed I get messages all kinds of ways – just like Jardine talks about in this chapter. First, my teacher put me
through lots of initiations – he called them “treasure hunts” in which my learning (the topics) have a “life
of their own.” He gives me lots of clues and then I have to go out and figure out what they mean. The first treasure
hunt, I thought was a trick. But he encouraged me to go and reassured me it would be fine, so I went. He is always dropping
me hints, clues through music, sending me images, speaking to me, asking me to go places (like Tennessee), even giving me
amazing images in the sky about Psyche and Eros – shuttling all of those messages from in-between spaces just like Jardine talks about in the article.
In fact it is much the way Jardine describes: In relation to aesthetic experience (that inner experience and outer journey,
as he defined earlier) as his introduction to the nature of hermeneutics, Jardine states, “these simple
things sometimes strike us, catch our fancy, address us, speak to us, call
for a response, elicit or provoke something in us, ask something of us, hit us, bowl
us over, stop us in our tracks, makes us catch our breath” (p. 270, author’s emphasis).
It is so true. I receive messages
daily – hermeneutic messages, I assume. They are so amazing and often miraculous to the point that I do have to “catch
my breath” sometimes. The cloud images are such a prime example. How in the world did "Hermes" construct all of those amazing images, even an image
of Hermes so that we would have no doubt where the messages came from -- at the perfect timing so that my camera
captured them all within a 30-minute walk, even though I just randomly pointed to the sky and took pictures? (I did not see any
of the images until I uploaded them to my computer). Amazing and breathtaking, just like Jardine describes in this article.
This hermeneutics stuff can be learned! This can be taught! I am in total agreement with Jardine, that
we should conduct classroom life through hermeneutics. Every child should have their own teacher, a hermeneutic master,
who works with them personally to help them learn to see all of the signs and signals in their daily experiences. I have been
so blessed to have this in my life and I can testify to the fact that it makes my life joyful, exciting, fun, and full of
amazing surprises. And, of course, the continuously improving communication and learning how to better interpret the signs
and signals, informs my academic research and writing. Education becomes an exciting, evolving journey with a master of hermeneutics
for your teacher.
to the clues my Master Teacher left me last night. For some reason I think this will all relate somehow, knowing how brilliant
my teacher is in devising my lessons. Minimally, I will need to interpret the songs and videos these clues bring up.
The first clue relates to DROIDS.
If you have read my last two blogs, you will know I have been having confrontations with DROIDS, when my goal is to avoid
them at all costs because of the pain they subject me to, even just being around them or having to listen to them talk on
the telephone. Well, my teacher said that they will be on the menu for awhile yet and for me not to “bite
their heads off.” He’s being funny, but that is clearly a clue to look up on You Tube, so here we go
– taking the first video to the top.
“bite their heads off” ozzy would bite his own head off...
OK, this video
is bad, but at least they are practicing MUSIC and it's NOT as bad as this next video that turned up at the same time! Ozzy Osbourne Eats A Bat
Ozzy is crazy if he thinks people believe that he thought a REAL bat was a RUBBER bat. Give me a break.
Joe had a dog named Ozzy, as I had mentioned in some previous blogs, and I wonder if his dog got the name because he
pretended to want to bite people’s heads off; maybe he was barker -- or maybe he was very mellow and needed a name to
compensate for that.
Anyway, my Master Teacher gave me some great advice. He reminded me that when I have to deal
with DROIDS, it will help if I think about our love for each other. I guess if I focus on him and the great
and passionate love I have for him, it will help me get through the DROID moments, which are becoming increasingly painful
by the day due to the fact that they are all getting crazier and I have much less (if any) tolerance and so I tend to put
them in their places. I guess we are just supposed to stay away from them as much as possible, and honestly, I would rather
be like that hermit in the forest. Oh, I just remembered, I got some great advice today about that very issue in my email,
too. Here it is: The Painbody: Endure it or Walk Away?
Next, my teacher talked
about my having read the article about hermeneutics, which I discussed above. I just read this article yesterday, and I am
not sure I understand it totally. It seems to hold a lot of that edu-jargon – words that make it sound like it’s
saying something important that I’m not quite “getting” and maybe I am not supposed to get it. My teacher
made the comment that it is pretty tricky how people talk about “education.” Yes, I agree; they seem to be talking
about REAL education for them beneath our threshold of perception, while they are talking about something entirely mundane
for us at the lower levels of society and making us feel like there's something wrong with us if we don't understand
the holy significance of the mundane. For example, in this particular article – oh wow, a teacher was walking up
to the closed door of her new classroom, getting ready to open it and claim it as hers for the school year. Very mundane,
but we at the bottom are to be convinced that there is something highly significant, even spiritual in this simple act. (And
I ask, why are we being convinced of this?) Here, my Master Teacher gave me another clue to plug into You Tube, “education.”
I wonder what You Tube has to say about that.
An Education Official Trailer
This is a trailer for a movie, but I really do not know what it’s about, since I have not seen the movie. It
is either a good movie or not, depending upon the review. It’s about how a “heroine blazes a path toward the new.” She is
stifled by her school and heading toward attending Oxford, but she seems bent on destroying it all because she’s
bored to death with her education. Joe talks about this phenomenon a lot in his books – how the way we educate is so
boring and instead of providing the excitement learning should embrace, education snuffs out the libido, and students end
up turning to destructive things such as promiscuity, drugs, alchohol, etc. As always, though, there are many interpretations.
There is more than one way to “blaze a path toward the new." One way is to change education and make it NEW
and another way is illustrated by this next clue my teacher gave me, “spilling the beans.” He
also gave me the clue “common folk” and I am getting the message that it is up to us “common
folk” to get out there and “spill the beans,” and start a NEW Educational Journey. These are more clues,
so I’ll look them up on YouTube right now.
“spilling the beans.” GTA: Vice City: Mission #51 - "Spilling
This is interesting. The guy inherited a printing business. He was going
to print newspapers and magazines to earn money, but at the advice of his partner, he checks into just printing the money,
instead of working for it honestly. He doesn’t seem to care who he harms or what he destroys in his pursuit of easy
money. Sounds like a common story that is easily observed in our unrestrained capitaist "free market" system. Of
course, hermeneutics and a real education get totally lost in this endeavor that so many people seem to be on -- money and
fame. Education and profit don't mix, in my view.
“common folk” Everything - Common Folk
This song seems to be a statement about what some of us common folk want should we be able to exert our power.
I was not able to find the lyrics to provide a more in-depth analysis, but maybe next go-around I can find them.
“hidden code” was another clue he gave me and this video shows how secret codes
can work (or not work, if you read the video responses). I am sure there is more here and it relates to the fact
that educators talk in a code language, but Joe turned that code on its end in his works. Time will show how that works. Nokia Secret
“It’s big, boisterous and cloudy” is the only clue my Master Teacher would give me to solve the puzzle for today – the task
is to figure out how Joe’s work speaks to us common folk and obfuscates for the educational elite.
My teacher gives me the
most off the wall clues sometimes. Although, this clue, interpreted literally, could easily define education today.
Oh, wow, look at this: It brought up a PLAYLIST of 122 SONGS with two LOVE SONGS right to the top! Now that’s pretty
darned emphatic -- the message is LOVE. Weird; it seems quite opposite of the clue. “Big, boisterous and cloudy,”
which sounds just like the way DROIDS act. Here’s the screen view of the Playlist that was pulled up:
first two songs are sweet love songs to emphasize the importance of love in our lives. Here, we get to the heart and soul
of this clue. With this next song, it is clear my Master Teacher wants us to research the history of rock and roll and to
understand how important this music is. This next video would make a great launching point for studying the
history of Rock and Roll and how it relates to history, social conditions, and understandings.
A History of Rock & Roll (#3
And next, in the playlist, we have “I’m not Alone” (you already figured that out, right?) And we
do share dreams . . .and I am under the impression that this is important for an education that includes hermeneutics. This
is an exquisite piece of music and performance. I'm Not Alone (Anjo de Mim) Freddy Cole (#4 in Playlist)
Next, we have some historical information about Nat King Cole and
some of his trials and tribulations, experiencing the ravages of racism. He stayed so cool through it all -- what a great
artist and role model.
Nat King Cole Part 1 (#5 in playlist)
Well, this is where I stop because I have the important videos
for now. To see the complete playlist, go to shatinterry.
The point my Master Teacher is clearly
making is the importance of the combination of LOVE and MUSIC, especially blues, jazz, and rock and roll. Of course, education
as it is practiced today is stripped of all emotion, including love and music – or anything that might touch our souls
and lift our spirits. Jardine, in the article I discussed at the beginning of this blog, details this void, this “severance”
as he framed it, from any acknowledgement of interconnections between us and the world. While he is discussing research here,
he may as well be discussing life, in general, and as he states, we are instructed that “We must stop dreaming
that the world has something to say to us” (p. 275).
Much like Robert Moss has brought to the surface with
his book, The Three “Only” Things: Tapping the Power of Dreams, Coincidence and Imagination, we are educated
to view these things as “just a dream," or “only coincidence” or “just my imagination”
when, in fact, they are powerful and signify our interrelationships with something much more expansive than we are allowed
to know -- that is if we are the "proletariat" as viewed by elite educators (see my May, 8, 2010 blog). Jardine conveys how this happens with a promulgated severance through our
current modes of learning and research by which “we must begin by systematic acts of severance aimed at retrieving the
given (the ‘isolated incident’) out of the amorphous web of interweaving meanings in which it was originally embedded
and in whose abundant embrace it first appeared” (p. 275). Jardine shows us how hermeneutics gets us out of this mess. At the same time, here,
we have a highly obfuscated presentation of just how to do this. He has taken an ordinary experience: a teacher going up to
her closed classroom door and has failed to show the interconnections with the soulful, spiritual, and “abundant embrace(s).”
All of this changes with Joe’s work, and my task, as presented to me this morning by my Master Teacher is to attempt
to begin an explanation of how Joe managed this in his work, along with greater revelation of the various forms obfuscation
by elite educators takes place.
I was asked to identify how is it that Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction communicates
to those of us who are quite disenfranchised in education and the only clue I was given, “It’s big, boisterous
and cloudy” that led to the playlist above which is all about LOVE AND SOUL AND ROCK AND ROLL. So there, you
have the answer. Joe’s book is full of LOVE, SOUL, AND ROCK AND ROLL. I have many times pointed out his MUSIC Easter
Eggs in his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. There are a lot of them and they speak to
us, not so much to the educational elite, who, as Joe had put it in his book, “loathe affect,”
and as I learned, they also loathe “Easter Eggs.” I will have to resurrect my book that shows how to find and
interpret the Easter Eggs in Joe’s work. I was wrong to succumb to power and take that free booklet off the web site.
Also, I will note once again that LOVE winds through Joe’s entire book (all of his books, for that matter, but most
particularly this book), and as I have described before, his writing is like a “flowing river of love.” Clearly,
he had that divine connection Jardine alludes to in his article in the book, Doing Educational Research. Clearly,
Joe engaged in hermeneutics throughout his work (indeed, he often mentioned hermeneutics in his work) and because he
did, we have been left with beautiful gifts that speak to us all. His gifts just speak on a much deeper level
to those of us who are at the bottom of the hierarchical ladder and are open to beautiful, soulful music and the love messages
he has embedded in his work. I am sure that’s exactly the way Joe planned it, genius that he was.
This morning, in continuing my own version of a “hermeneutical
form of education” my Master teacher reminded me of the upcoming “Great
Reveal.” I have no idea what that’s about, but he did have me write a funny blog about it
a while back, which turned out to be the “FAUX Great Reveal.” Today, he just said, it’s coming up. Also, he wants me to work on the dissertation, and told
me to get “on it.” So, here we have one last song to close out today’s long blog. (I am
going to have to talk to my teacher about giving me shorter assignments!) I will look “on it”
up on YouTube right now.
here it is; I will reserve comment at this time. There are multiple interpretations, of course. That is just a given when
you are dealing with hermeneutics, just as Jardine also pointed out in his chapter on hermeneutics, stating “the fecundity
of the individual case that comes to meet us in the world” is the very reason for “treating education as a hermeneutic
endeavor” (p. 286).
“on it” And so, here we have the first song to the top.
Time to stop playin' around with clowns and "get down with the gangstas" figuratively speaking, of course. The "gang"
as they like to call themselves who I work with to move education forward are brilliant, peaceful, and loving people.
- Check On It ft. Bun B, Slim Thug
Cut me some slack if my
interpretation is different from yours: I am just a country hick girl who never got a true education and who lovesLOVE, rock and roll, and dancing – and now that I know what hermeneutics is (sort of, anyway),I LOVE hermeneutics - and the Hermes Trickster, himself, of course! Makes
my life so magical, exciting, full of jouissance, and so divine. YES! I agree with Jardine. We
need to teach this stuff in school to everyone!
P.S. According to my Master
Teacher, this is not the whole story. We never run out of things to learn, especially those of us who have only been provided
a watered down education from the narrow Western perspective, as I have been -- until reading Joe's work. Stay Tuned.
Well, here I am again in this three dimensional earth plane (where we have "bombs bursting in air"
per our US National anthem). I have been sleeping a lot the past couple of days just because I have to escape from having
to deal with DROIDS as well as having to recuperate from their abuse. I can do this earth work! That’s not a problem
at all; I love what I’m doing here – especially playing in the sandbox on this web site where my creativity can
run wild. But whenever a little issue comes up, like the little fender bender the other day (which was not even a fender bender,
but rather a few scratches) when DROIDS are involved, a little problem suddenly becomes a monumental crisis. It is amazing
how they can take little problems and literally turn them into hell for everyone.
Who wins in these sorts of situations? Well,
DROIDS almost always win because they set the rules and they made sure all of the rules are in their favor. Take the insurance
company, for example. Here, you have DROIDS training people to be DROIDS who actually believe the lies they spew forth. It’s
not their fault because they have been totally indoctrinated to parrot their lines to make everything sound good, but if you
not are not a DROID and are able to see beneath the lines, it is infuriorating because all of a sudden you have a clear vision
of how insurance companies make money off other people’s tragedies. They totally rip people off every single month by
forcing them to pay outrageous amounts of insurance, even if they have never had an accident in years and years. Then, when
they do have a minor incident such as just happened to me, they lie right to your face about how they are there to “help.”
The reality is much different. They take the least expensive route, even if that means blaming you for the accident even when
there were two culpable people because they don’t want to spend any more time or money on the dispute and they know
that way they can increase your premiums and increase their profits.
The story for big business under an unrestrained capitalist
system is EVER-INCREASING profit. Not just profit, but EVER INCREASING profit. This is why we continue to pay more and more
for everything and we get less and less. I have lost track of how many times I have purchased something only to find it was
pure trash, totally unusable or unworkable, or it only worked for a very short time. It literally had to be trashed. This
is such a waste of our resources and a blatant disrespect for our mother earth, not to mention that it maintains the status
quo by stealing from the poor who can only afford “low end” goods that are the ones that turn out to be trash.
profits has contributed to systems and services that have degraded so much that they are in the disintegration stage –
a part of the crumbling infrastructure of our society that must be replaced with viable, socially just, and loving systems
and services. Behind the scenes, fortunately, there are many people working on those very things and soon we will see them
rising up out of the ashes like the Great Phoenix. As one system fails, another shall rise up under a whole new and more loving
That’s the perspective from someone (me) at the very bottom of the hierarchical ladder. But as the elite
educators like to tell me – “at least you are white.” They write about it a lot in their books – how
white people, even if they have been dirt poor all of their lives, have special privileges. So, somehow, I have special privileges
because I am white and I do, I suppose, but they are hard to see sometimes. I think I lose sight of them “in translation,”
somehow. And sometimes I think these sorts of statements are just another artificial way to keep people divided and from working
together to make a better world for us all.
My Morning Meeting with My Master Teacher I was so bad. I just slept
through class time again last night. I don’t know why I let DROIDS get me down so much that I end up just sleeping to
avoid having to think about them and then I miss my sacred time with my teacher. I apologize to him. I know
he understands, though. He understands everything. I made up for it by meeting with him early this morning and apologized.
He just said it makes him feel sad to see me down and told me it is not going to be that bad – it’s only a minor
“bump in the road,” is how he put it. That’s a song for me to look up on YouTube that most
likely will cheer me up, so I’ll look it up right now and take whatever comes to the top.
“bump in the road,” Erik Hassle - Bump In The Road (Unofficial video with lyrics)
What’d I tell you? My teacher is so sweet. He does know how
to find music that cheers me up! I liked the Yin Yang symbol in the video (did you see that?) Very significant for me and
Anyway, at our meeting this morning, he reminded me of what he had taught me yesterday about DROIDS. While
our perceptions swing back and forth through multiple interpretations of complex situations and we attempt
to find balance and solutions in which no one is a loser, DROIDS, on the other hand, only have the capability of seeing in
black and white and will only consider the solution that has them coming out the winner and everyone else the loser. As my
Master Teacher put it, they can only see one perspective – “what’s in it for them,”
and they cannot wrap their minds around any ideas different than that.
Well, here, my Master Teacher has provided
another song to look up on You Tube, “what’s in it for them,” so I will see what that brings
to the top.
What Them Girls Like - Ludacris
“get it?” This girl just wanna have FUN!!
- Girls Just Want To Have Fun (Official Video)
THERE IS HOPE! My Master Teacher ended our session today telling me that it won’t be too much longer. We will not have
to deal with party poopers (my words) much longer and we will meet like-minded people and have lots of celebrations. That’s
why the High Council, which includes entities from the entire Universe, has asked us to get rid of the US National Anthem
and select multiple Universal Anthems. We need to have lots of music for our future celebrations. It’s just part of
the shifting paradigm….I look forward to the future - which I have already had many “sneak previews” of.
It will be Heaven!
And what were my teacher's last words, before he went out the door this morning?:
DROIDS, High School Graduation, and a Fender Bender: The Comfort of Angels and the Critical Kitty by Your Side
OMG, I could NOT believe what my son’s high school did to those poor students – and the parents, families and
friends who TRIED to attend the graduation ceremony. Yes, my son graduated from a public high school, as painful and difficult
as it was for all of us. Being poor leaves few options and he liked being with his friends at school, and so he suffered through
the indoctrination to get his diploma, often taking those PLATO canned computer courses just to get the credits (in fact,
he completed three of those courses in three weeks, so that gives a clue as to how much learning goes on there – but
it’s ok, he got credits for the three classes and that’s what counts in Droidsville.) That piece of paper is so
important in this society, so they say – or maybe it’s more like, so they pretend. He seems to be having
a hell of a time finding a job. He decided he wants to take a break from the indoctrination -- work for a while and be subjected
to a different form of indoctrination.
The graduation ceremony was held outdoors at the football stadium, if you can believe that. The bleachers were so
far away from where the graduating class was seated, there was no possibility of identifying your child in the sea of faces
going through the ceremony. And there were 4 times the number of people attending than could fit in the space they provided.
Everyone was standing in front of each other, not moving, as if some magical curtain would be lifted and we would be able
to see what was going on. There were no more places to stand, and still they were letting people in the gates.
To add insult to injury, they played Star Spangled
Banner. I do not know of a song I hate worse than Star Spangled Banner. This is one of those traditions, apparently, that
people just do not even think about. Is it appropriate, however, when our children are going out into the world, an exciting,
hopeful, and promising time for them – to play this war song? Are we indoctrinating them for war? What are people thinking
who make these decisions? Why don’t they choose more upbeat songs that relay a positive message? Clearly, the people
making these decisions are simply DROIDS living in DROIDSVILLE. They are not thinking at all. Or maybe they are thinking
and just letting these hopeful graduating students know that probably their best option is to join the military (and indeed,
there was a military presence at the graduation ceremony).
I will write a letter to the prinicipal of the school and complain about these things
and point out that we have several new and very beautiful Universal Anthems now to choose from (they are right here on this web site on our celebrations page) and if they want to propose another
one, that’s fine, too. I think Return to Innocence by Enigma would be an ideal song for a high school graduation. But
under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should they be playing a WAR SONG about “bombs bursting in air” and conveying the importance
of our flag still being there (as if a striped and starred piece of fabric represents something good and positive) at a high
school graduation ceremony. This is a very sick thing to do and is representative of the mental illness by which our society
seems to operate, with everyone condoning the preparation of our young to go off and do battle.
Another thing I will point out is that if there are
so many graduating seniors that there is not enough room to hold a ceremony inside the school such as in the gymnasium where
these ceremonies are typically presented, then there is something drastically wrong with this picture. What I see as the issue
is that they have crammed far too many students into this small school building. This is not conducive to teaching, learning,
or celebrating. This needs to be remedied quickly. They will need to build a new school – maybe two, and stop busing
these students from multiple communities far away to be crammed like sardines in a can. Whatever has happened to common sense?
As if all of that was
not enough, I had to have a minor fender bender with a living, walking, talking, rich, white, male DROID. OMG, was that
ever an experience. I am not quite certain exactly what happened, but there was a witness who testified that it did not happen
the way the DROID perceived it. Apparently, the DROID was speeding by me and we both were too close to the line and we did
a little side swipe. My car was fine, but his car, OMG, has scratches along the side on his doors. Of course, when he got
out of the car, he immediately made sure I knew I was totally to blame. I could tell instantly he was a RICH DROID, just by
his attitude -- and knowing my station in life, I took all of the blame and stayed in my place at the bottom of the ladder.
He was a patriarch and he took his position seriously. If I tried to talk, he would shut me up and tell me HE was talking.
He insisted that we both go down to the police station and fill out an accident report. I did not want to, but the police
refused to come and investigate because it was so minor, and when he started exerting his power by making some sort
of random threat about reporting something about me (not that there was anything to report), I acquiesced. A true
DROID, he was, who said he just wanted to make sure everything was done "right" and we all know what that means:
in the best interest of white, male DROIDS. As it turned out I did not have to file a report at all, and neither does he,
unless he can find one of his rich friends to write an estimate that claims painting the scratches will cost more than $1500.
I am quite confident he will manage that, along with placing total blame on me. It's still an elite white man's world.
After all of that, I
did not feel like meeting with my Master Teacher, so I “cut class.” OMG he is so sweet though. It just dawned
on me, after cutting class last night, that whenever I do that, that’s exactly when he stops by and leaves some music
for me with Rainbow Princess. I just went to bed last night after all the trauma of being around so many DROIDS and having
to deal with a sexist, rich DROID who insisted that things be handled HIS way, and when I awakened, Rainbow Princess gave
me the song my teacher had dropped off: “Your Guardian Angel” by the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.
This sounds interesting. I do not know the song, so I’ll look it up right now on YouTube.
Angel Lyrics - The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Wow, what a sweet song. I guess my teacher’s not mad at me (he never gets mad at me) and, instead just wants
me to know that he is always there for me and especially when I go through tough times. In fact, he gets very emphatic about it
in this song, which makes me feel good. Very sweet. Now I feel guilty about missing our meeting, but I’m glad he’s
so nice about it.
did meet with him this morning and even then he had to nudge me. For some reason, when I am going through trials and tribulations,
I just want to cut class, but it seems that he wants me to know that at times like this, it is even more important NOT to
miss class because he wants to support me and help me when I am having difficulties. He gave me a lot of advice about dealing
with DROIDs. He said the trick is to know that, first of all, we can never change them. Attempting to change them will just
create conflict. So what we should do is just go along with their drama, let them live it out, but not be pulled into it,
and even let them believe that we are agreeing even if we do not. (We would not be able to convince them our disagreement
is valid, anyway.) That doesn’t mean we lie, but as an example, sometimes we can find their antics so funny. For example,
even when they make fun of someone else and are laughing, we may laugh along with them but they do not realize we are laughing
AT THEM, not at what they think is funny. There is no point in correcting their perception, because they
are not capable of changing their perception, and anyway, what they are doing is justifying within themselves their own inadequacies
and ineffectiveness; we must respect that and allow it (we can’t change it). His suggestion was to just keep on moving
on with my own mission and not worry about the DROIDS that cannot be changed. When they are ready, they will come forward,
and the important thing is to have the things in place they’ll need when they are ready.
That’s why we see a lot people around the world
who ARE ready, who really “get it” and have BEEN ready, so they are rebuilding new ways of doing just about everything
you can think of. All of our systems and structures are crumbling and fortunately, there are people who know this, care about
it, and are preparing the way for others coming up from behind. There will be – and there is already happening –
a paradigm shift and so the infrastructure has to be built now in order to accommodate those people who move along with the
shift, or as my teacher put it, we will have something there “waiting for them.” Of course, that’s
a song, so I’ll look it up on YouTube right now and see what comes up to the top. It may hold an important message.
Turn Back To Dust - From First To Last
The message I get from this song, believe it or not, is that we create our own reality based on our dreams –
as represented by the lyrics.
Little soul, Your dreams are waiting, Grab them up, Hold them closely, Never let
go, Never let go.
While the title of the song alludes to returning to dust, it is actually conveying that who we are and what we are
is more than a point of view. We can dream up our dreams – and then live out our dreams. Most people do not understand
this, least of all, DROIDS. Thus, we can choose to live in freedom to be who we wish – if we can imagine “chains”
that bind us, we can also imagine – and create freedom (no chains). This relates to the fact that there are people who
“get it” as I just mentioned and they are preparing the infrastructure for other people who come to realize we
can live in freedom and create our dreams come true.
If you will it, there is no chain.
Who we are, What we all are, Is something
more, The point of view, (Who we are) Is something more, The point of view.
That is how I interpret the song; there are always
multiple interpretations since we are all different.
After the pep talk, my Master Teacher actually projected events for me for the next five years – the things
that I will be accomplishing. He told me that I was “right on” with the direction of my dissertation and that
the mistake too many people make is by not delving deeply enough into history. He said we must bring to light those contributors
whose work has been swept under the rug if we are to create a more just society. He described it as finding the missing “puzzle
pieces” because I perceive writing my dissertation using the bricolage as putting together a sort of puzzle; but not
the traditional form of puzzle at all.
Here, we have two more songs to look up on YouTube: “right on” and “puzzle
pieces.” I’ll see what comes to the top with these clues. Here is “right on.”
Gaye "Right On" (1971)
The person who posted the song provided a great analysis
of this song, so here’s what they said.
rovingeye2 — December 09, 2008 — "Right On" is a 1971
song written by Earl DeRouen and Marvin Gaye and produced by Marvin, who issued the song on his landmark album, What's Going
On. The song, which talked about the differences between the rich and poor, good and evil and other divisions, was built in
a different musical texture than previous singles bringing in a Latin soul percussive style including maracas and a flute
and fluent jazz-styled piano playing from Gaye. The song changed into abstract melodies and harmonies from Marvin with the
first half in a settled mood, the second half a little more hasty as Marvin's lyrical content went from social to political
and the third which was a more modest close in which Marvin preached how "love can conquer hate anytime" and telling
someone close to him to come "to live where love is King" before ending in the song's first half musical production.
The song then climaxes with Marvin segueing into "Wholy Holy". The title was also referenced in "What's Going
On" so prominently and was so heralded that Marvin formed a production company titled Right On Productions soon afterwards.
I think this song “says
it all.” It’s very beautiful – here are the lyrics. I think my Master Teacher is telling me to try and love the DROIDS no matter what and he is expressing his
love; he will be taking me to a place to live where love is King. There is more to this story, but I will leave it here. Also,
in reading the interpretation above, it is interesting how the song evolved for Marvin Gaye into his own production company
called Right On Productions. We never know sometimes where our creativity will lead us. The lyrics are so beautiful, with
their focus on love, I have included them below.
On by Earl DeRouen/Marvin Gaye
Hey baby That's alright people I know that's alright Oh, when we
love each other I know that's alright Oh feel it, feel it Oh everybody feel it God know that's alright,
yes Some of us were born With money to spend Some of us were born For races to win Some of us are
aware That it's good for us to care Some of us feel the icy wind Of poverty blowing in the air For those
of us who simply like to socialize For those of us who tend the sick Ah, and heed the people's cries Let me
say to you Right on Right on, feel it Yea, oh, oh, Oh Lord, Lord, people And I say, Right on Honey
right on For those of us who live Where peace is craved For those of us who live, uh-huh Where hatred
is enslaved, alright For those of us who live a life Yea, surrounded by good fortune and wealth Talk about
it Those of us who live a life Hey, hey, hey enjoying ourselves For those of us who got drowned In the
sea of happiness For the soul that takes pride in his God And himself and everything else Love That's
all it is We need love That's all it is Oh, oh Love, love Love's the thing Love, love, love,
love Sweet love, love Wonderful love Ah, true love, love Love for your brother Love, for God Pure
love Love can conquer hate everytime Give out some love and you'll find Peace sublime And my darling,
one more thing If you let me, I will take you To live where love is King Ah, ah baby, baby Ah, ah, ah,
baby People, people People who love and care That's alright Alright Ah....
Did you listen to that and follow the lyrics?
Wow - that's REAL music. It seems like its from heaven it is so beautiful. I am just waiting for my Master Teacher
to take me to that place where love is king (or the king is love, however that works).
And now “puzzle
pieces.” This one is funny. My teacher often has to add a little humor and he knows I love that.Here, we have a 14,000 piece puzzle (OMG) that represents putting together my dissertation. Once it’s together,
people will try to take it apart, but it’s ok, because as Joe had stated in his book, Knowledge and Critical
Pedagogy: An Introduction he has taken the critical kitty out of the bag. This is too funny (in my view). So, that’s it for today – gotta get to work, putting together a puzzle
(and I get to decide what the final picture is).
14,000 Piece Puzzle
P.S. Do You Ever Feel Like You Are from a Different Planet, maybe even from the Future?
I do, and I received the message, below, yesterday,
which gave me such great reassurance. I kid you not. I feel like I want to go back home when things get crazy, but the message
here is to do the work I came here to do and that there is great hope. As the message states -- halftime is over and“the keys to the kingdom are yours.” Not only that, there is the Cosmic Party and I really
don't want to miss out on that, so I'm staying in the game. From what I understand this party will be so grand. And you don't
have to go to a football stadium to attend it, like I had to for my son's graduation. In fact, you don't have to go anywhere
at all -- it will be cosmic, which means it will be everywhere, even right where you are right now. Don't miss it!!!