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

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

 

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

To

joe.kincheloe joe.kincheloe@mcgill.ca

Thu, Sep 25, 2008 7:03 am

finished reading Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction

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

vanessa

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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CLARIFICATION OF JOE KINCHELOE'S WORK 

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

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

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

~ ~ ~ Vanessa Jae Paradis
 

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

REFERENCES

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Copyright May 11, 2013 by Vanessa Paradis

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

 

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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:

lionel richie-say you say me

Then, at the end of the evening, he told me to “Hit the Hay” – I had to take the second video on this search because the first video would not play, so here’s what we have:

Hit the Hay, with Lucile York & Judy Canova 1945

It looks like we are still dancing and celebrating! I like it!

There 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 . . .

It 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.

Hans-André Stamm - Under the Starry Sky (Unter dem Sternenhimmel) for Saxophone & Organ

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.

Jeff Jarrett - With My Baby Tonight

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.

P.S. 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.)

Hit the Hay!! (Take 2)
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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Continuing the NEW Narrative: It’s Your Turn to Write YOUR Story (and Make Your Dream Come True)!


The Celtic Treasure I found in the Yard Search Treasure Hunt!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 theseOur Wedding Songs 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.

We Are All On Drugs - Weezer
My World - Sick Puppies

Another Brick in the Wall - Pink Floyd

Song to Say Goodbye - Placebo

Kenny Chesney ft. Mac McAnally - Down The Road [ New Video + Lyrics + Download ]

Journey - Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)

Without You, I’m Nothing - Placebo

Everyday - Buddy Holly

Truly Madly Deeply - Cascada with lyrics

Truly, Madly, Deeply - Savage Garden (with Lyrics)

Hands in the Air – Music Instructor

Ist Anniversary Poems - Our First Year Together


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.

RosesOnOurAnniversary-6-28-2010Oh, 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

Yellow 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

I love your little Hermes surprises

Gifts I can see, no one else surmises


Magical and ours alone

We are connected as by telephone

Teleporting here and everywhere

Co-existing in the cosmos, in the air


It’s our special day today

Our anniversary guides the way

For 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):

dEsTiNy...bY jIm bRiCkMaN


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.

Jim Brickman-The Gift

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.

Buddy Holly - Everyday

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Monday, June 28, 2010

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 Celebrate Love Day 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.

For 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).

Happy Anniversary darling


Sarah Connor - Happy Anniversary
Happy Anniversary, Baby!




P.S. At the last minute, my teacher asked me to tell everybody that we have been “signed, sealed, and delivered” and that nobody can stop us now.

Stevie Wonder- Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours




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.
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Sunday, June 27, 2010

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.

As 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.

Given that we co-construct our realities, both invidually and collectively, I will remind people once again:  Consume media at your own risk.

The Others - trailer



P.S. 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.

If 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!)

P.S.S. I 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.

Dashboard Confessional - Stolen

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Combat Illiteracy: Read Joe’s Book -- Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction – and Read it to others


Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An IntroductionJoe, 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. 

Better yet, use the book to teach other people how to read. 

In the meantime, consume public “education” and the media at your own risk.

We Dont Need No Education



For more information about his educational research, please visit our About Joe Lyons Kincheloe page on this site.
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Friday, June 25, 2010

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.

In future 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.
 

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

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 lies.

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.

During 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.

“soul mate” “love”

Soulmate Love Video with First Dance Wedding Song for Soul Mates - "Dance Through Life With Me"

“soulmate love”

this is not a love song (soulmate fanmade mv)

“twin flame love.”

Celebration of Twin Flame Love

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 flame love.

Black Eyed Peas-Where is the love(war edition)


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.

Peter and JoeThat 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.
 
Peter McLaren - Critical Pedagogy, Social Justice and the Struggle for Peace - 1/6


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.
 
bell hooks: Cultural Criticism & Transformation


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.

Soul Mates and Twin Flames

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Traumatized but Moving On: One Last Sad Song


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.”

It 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.

I 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

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

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!

The SINKING EDUCATION SHIPExcuse 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.

Warren Zevon - Accidentally Like a Martyr


You see, 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.

I Wanna Roller Skate: HE’S Got the KEY! Monday, September 28, 2009
(There’s no obfuscation, here.)

Have a good day.

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^

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Monday, June 21, 2010

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.

Warren Zevon - Accidentally Like a Martyr

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)

“cattle”
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

“dis-realize”
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

It’s All Fast Forward From Here June 27, 2009

Why Do I Have to Do YOUR Work? June 28, 2009


“mandy-pandy”
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

“difference”
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


“conquer and divide” This is the first in a series of a propaganda films. The truth must be sorted out!! This needs to be watched and all of the lies exposed.
(01) Why We Fight: "Divide and Conquer" (ca. 1943) 1/6

“catskillish” 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.

A search on YouTube for catskillish



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.

Catskill Music Video (the song is “Catskill” by Dreadful Yawns)


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.

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

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 ask.


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?”


Pleiadian Talk - Governments, deceit, freedom and individualism



For this next video, remember: MEN make up a democracy (lol)? I think I was actually shown this video in school. What a powerful message. No wonder I know my “place” in life.

What is Democracy?




What is Democracy?



Is the solution teaching “Western Enlightenment” in our schools? Something is missing in this picture.

An Uneducated Electorate Promotes Democracy's Demise




Are We Free? 1 of 3: TAE/VOA Part 5

Are We Free? 2 of 3: TAE/VOA Part 5


 

Are We Free? 3 of 3: TAE/VOA Part 5



Is Democracy a Sham?

Democracy Is Impossible



Do the Media Undermine True Democracy? Fact, Fiction, Hoax, Hype?

The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion explained (1/2)



The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion 2 2



Are the Protocols a Hoax or is the Hoax a Hoax? Two views:

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion

The Protocols of the Elders of Zion


My Meetings with My Master Teacher

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.”


Here is the song that came up!

“much more to come”

Natasha Bedingfield - Unwritten (Alternate Version)



I 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.
 

Natasha Bedingfield - Soulmate

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Lookin’ Like It’s Time for Music, Dance, and Celebration! JIT for the Summer Solstice


Jim MorrisonEverything 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.

I 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.


“exhaust”

Exhaust on fire (Dyno)



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 now.


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:


“skeleton”

Skeleton dance



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 these clues.

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.


“so confused”

So Confused Pretty Ricky



“physical”

Of course – 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.


“endless shit”

The first 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.”


Some endless shit


Nasty Maid Grinder - 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.

TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL!

·         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' -- LaraVonDerMeer 6 months ago

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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... :(  -- liferegenerator 6 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.


Doreen's Daily Oracle Card Reading Jun 18, 2010




Doreen's Daily Oracle Card Reading Jun 19, 2010



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 the
GRAND 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.
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Friday, June 18, 2010

The Scream of the Butterfly (She’s Not There): Accidentally Like a Martyr


The Scream of the ButterflyI 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?

Jim Morrison of the DoorsI 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.

Albert EinsteinJoe 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 is.

Bad to the Bone AgainThere are many things I wished I had done differently and it’s too late. Like send him the birthday card I bought him with the song, “Bad to the Bone.” I did give the card to him for Memorial Day in 2009. The Universe is forgiving, for immediately after that I kept receiving the message reflected right back to me on last summer’s treasure hunts (even fecundantly, as David Jardine’s work shows us can happen if we pay attention and take action -- and as I have discussed in previous blogs). Is it all just coincidence? Not according to Robert Moss’s work and not according to Joe's work, either. 

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:

Warren Zevon - Accidentally Like a Martyr




At the last minute, my Master Teacher asked me to add these two songs to today’s blog.


Serj Tankian - The Unthinking Majority


Craig David - I'm Walking Away (lyrics)

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

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 the song.

Money, Money, Money – ABBA



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 good.

Everything's coming up roses.

Something that you say when a situation is successful in every way; life is prosperous

Elliott Smith "Coming Up Roses" Lyrics




Coming up roses

One 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.

Rose Magic by: Monty - magic trick and illusion




OK, 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.

I Will Survive


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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

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.

And 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!

Faith Hill - Wild One

Have a good day! (Is there a publisher out there who wants to give me an advance for this novel? It will be really good!)
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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

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 hidden agendas.

My 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 improved.

As noted 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):

A Clockwork Orange (1962) is a dystopian novel by Anthony Burgess.

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.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Hermeneutics: Continuing the Conversation About Fecundity


Eros Laying On Top of PsycheI 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.

Another consideration 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:

Pink Floyd – The Wall

Yesterday during 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):

“not so loving ways.”
John Mayer - I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You) - Where The Light Is - Live In Los Angeles DVD


Oh, WoW; 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.

“final destination.”
Final destination trilogy - Opening disasters

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!

“mechanical.”
Mechanical Advantage - Pulleys

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:

“creation”
Creation - Official Trailer [HD]

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.

Chris Crocker - Academics of The Heart.

“great things”
 Judging by 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.”

Canton Jones [CaJo Family] ~Great Things



P.S. 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).

Have a good day!
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Sunday, June 13, 2010

A BRICOLAGE: Shall We Turn Out the Lights? Open Video PLUS Doreen and a NEW Diva

The Music Can Never Be Over!


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 educationDo 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 Open Video

The Principles 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:
  1. Authorship and Viewing — Video creation, editing, and playback tools should be ubiquitous, easy to use, accessible, and available in free and open source implementations
  2. Open Standards for Video — Video standards (formats, codecs, metadata, etc.) should be open, interoperable, and royalty free
  3. Open Distribution — Software platforms should support open standards and open licenses. Networks must remain neutral.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
Help us refine these principles and translate them into many languages!
Open Video Alliance

Sunday, June 13, Doreen's Daily Oracle Card

OMEGA!!! Victory! Your Desire is coming to fruition. Keep up the good work!




Diva Du Jour Sunday June 13 2010 - Your Daily Aspects

The NEW “DIVA” (Check out her definition of Diva – I like it!)


HAVE A HAPPY SUNDAY!
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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).

My 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.

Back 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 the Beans"

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 Codes


“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:

Big, Boisterous, Cloudy


Here are the first few songs on the Playlist Results for “It's big, boisterous and cloudy”
"Love me forever" Jodie Sands 1958 (#1 in playlist)


Jodie Sands - With All My Heart (#2 in playlist)




The 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 in playlist)


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.

OK, 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.

Beyoncé - 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 loves LOVE, 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.
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Friday, June 11, 2010

Back to the Future: Are We There Yet?


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.

Ever-increasing 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 paradigm.

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 my teacher.

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

Did you “get it?” This girl just wanna have FUN!!

Cyndi Lauper - 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?: "BE HAPPY!"
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Thursday, June 10, 2010

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.

Your Guardian 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.

I 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.

We All 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.”

Marvin Gaye "Right On" (1971)



The person who posted the song provided a great analysis of this song, so here’s what they said.

rovingeye2December 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.

Right 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!!!
 


a message from
Ashira channeled by Meredith Murphy

Monday, 7 June, 2010  (posted 9 June, 2010)

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An extension of form into being is the intent of this first shift in your consciousness.  Going forward you will go far beyond this, but the doorway of moving form into being rather than doing and outward orientation is the first key for opening up your inner resources and becoming the inspired vessels emanating universal codes which is your mission at this time.


Next you will orient within being to subtle shifts in feeling within yourself.  Your feelings are powerful indicators of shifts in dimensions and you must begin to attune yourself to these awareness-es and recognition of them for what they are: multidimensional experiences.  You are as we and others have said many times before, alive in multiple realities simultaneously.  For some, such as our vessel here, we are living the same focal point in simultaneous parallel lives that are now blended and merged.  This unfolding is one which may have happened to some of you and may continue to happen to some of you—it is not always this way, but it can be.  In this situation one is working their blueprint and mission from multiple vantage points, and as is usually the case with Game Makers, also experimenting with the expression of their vision in multiple parallel realities as a way of perfecting and finely tuning the form being created through thought.


You are beginning to value yourselves and this valuing is something which will expand if you allow it to in ways which will, quite simply blow your minds.  The nervous systems in your bodies will simply implode in handling the new information = light as to what your real value is, so naturally this unfolds in pieces as you are able to assimilate it, release all the misleading and less empowered prior versions of identity, and open yourself once again for more information = light and with a sense of adventure and playfulness. Meanwhile your nervous system mutates in function and your DNA continues to reassemble continually upping the ante on what you are capable of remembering, creating and experiencing.


The game you are playing is far bigger than you imagine and you must begin to take charge entirely of your own experience and to be empowered within it from a sense of innate value and love of yourself.


Your body is the being which holds all the keys for creating life forms in other universes and which when radiating collectively with others at key frequencies allows the earth to function in her aspiration as a living library—encoding the energetic formulas for other life to be created, re-created or summoned again into form as determined by creator gods who wish to expand their experience through continually creating a new version or playing field for the game.


Knowing that you are far beyond the boundaries of your current sense of identity as well as your limited sense of “where” you are—you are far beyond your physicality here—does not mean that you do not hold all that you need within the body or bodies you exist within!  For your body is key to all you are and all you may be in fulfilling the blueprint you chose for yourself prior to commencing and imbedding yourself into this Earth game this time around.


I speak to you in all of this as one who recognizes that this is not the major dialogue of understanding and history which your culture as humans—Eastern, Western or otherwise—orients to in understanding its own origins, meaning, purpose and relationship to everyone and everything else.


Nonetheless, all I share with you is true and must be considered and felt-for in your own inner knowing centers to understanding the reason the time is ripe for you to re-align to the inner principals of the game you are playing and to take off your masks and stop brainwashing yourselves with the dialogue of the main stream anesthetizing “lies” which are no longer useful in your development.  Like many developmental creations, they served a purpose but have now created distortion of that purpose and furthermore the karma of that purpose has come around again and it is now time to unleash yourselves from those ridiculous masters who are nothing less than negatively oriented versions of yourself!


Let them go and find their own ways home and back to source.  This is not your concern—to persecute them or to name them, but simply to release yourselves from their hold and move on to your own meaning and lifestyle.


The new earth awaits you.  Clusters of energetic focus are already vibrating at new earth frequencies and you will increasingly be drawn to them and able to find them in order to magnify your discrete and particular sense of how to best diversify and fulfill the mission at hand with your own energies.


Each of you holds keys that will awaken and ignite others into action and awareness if you but give in to your inner urgings and trust them. There is no game more fun than this if you only realize this and allow yourself to open to the larger realities in play here.  You will not likely fully understand all of this while in form, but your sense of the whole will orient and release you enough to function with all of your brain and with the finer impulses of your body and your DNA reconnected and living in full alignment and connection with the 12 chakras in your bodies which connect with the 12 energy portals of the planet and which open you to ecstasy in form!


Need I promise you more to get you to simply walk away from the old world forms and turn your attention completely to your inner urgings and glimpses?


Earthlings.  Many of you are stellar beings disguised in form to assist in this transition back to light for the planet Earth.  There is no time to waste as your blueprint is poetic and harmonious—which is of more value than your realize for these words in the Earth plane do not hold the value that is truly theirs anywhere else. 


Cooperation, harmony, respect for life in all forms and a desire to balance and harmonize with your creative powers.  This is the goal which you share as a universal blueprint with all other ascending beings on the planet at this time/point of NOW.


For those of you who have come here from the future it is imperative that you stop your longing for home and your whining about wanting to go there now and etc…and instead use your longing to orient you to the mission critical of your blueprint and wake yourself up.  The alarm clock can go off and your mother can call you that it’s time to get up, but only you can get up out of the bed and go to meet the day with enthusiasm, willingness and a sense of your own power!

What are you waiting for?!!  The cosmic party is assembling and those of you who are unwilling to speak openly of your awakening or long existing multi-dimensionality will be sorry later that you did not simply share and allow your energetic codes to awaken and create freedom and life in others.  There is no one who will not awaken who chooses to, but the beauty and joy of participation will be something you’ve lost and that is what you came here for.

So step out of the shadows and stop watching and observing from the sidelines: get in the game.

Half-time is over and the whistle is blowing your name.  Let the sounds you hear and the words you find remind you: remember.  We are here.


I am Naeshira | Ashira, the Pleiadian leader of the Family of Light on the planet at this time to assemble all beings of light into constellations of code awakening tones and frequencies.  Your Queen in service of your own blueprints being fulfilled and you being fully resourced to accomplish your mission which I sent you out upon many moons ago.  All you have to do is decide to remember, and the keys to the kingdom are yours.


I leave you in peace my beloved nobles.  Awaken and join me in the sanctuary of light we have long awaited to assemble together here on Earth.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Power of Relationship, the Butterfly of Complexity, and the Bricolage


Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the BricolageYesterday I discussed in detail the power of soulmate love; today I will put these ideas in concrete educational terms (to the best of my ability, given that I am still learning these very complex ideas). One of the missions of using the bricolage as a learning and research methodology is to explore relationships between what might be perceived as differences, including differences that we cannot see, hear, touch, taste, etc. With soul mates you have the male and feminine aspects, the yin and yang, so to speak, and of course, many differences that are beneath the immediate ordinary perceptions. When soul mates come together as a couple, their synergy creates a remarkable power. It is similar to how Einstein was able to show that gravity is not a thing at all, but is the result of relationships between objects – between mass, space, and time. The greater the differences, the more objects, and the more relationships one can find -- the greater the power. Thus, the more hidden relationships one can find, the more powerful the theory, according to Einstein. Interestingly, it has been shown by scientists that distance and time do not affect the power of relationship between objects due to the quantum leap and the folding of space. There is much more science behind this, as well as experiments that illustrate this phenomenon, which I will explain in more detail in my dissertation. (Kincheloe; Kincheloe & Berry, 2004).

Joe discusses this in the book, Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage that he co-authored with Kathleen Berry. He covers the theory and then Kathleen Berry describes technically, how we can employ the bricolage in our learning and research. Our purpose is to gain as many perspectives as reasonably possible in order to generate knowledge that leads to social change and transformation. Dominance of one view over another, for example, an ideology, can no longer occur when one has threaded through multiple ideologies and other constructs and ends up creating new perspectives or ways of viewing the issue at hand. The goal is to “overcome the linear, single-voiced, scientific rationality of traditional, dominant empiricist research of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies” (Berry; Kincheloe & Berry, p. 106).

This repetition of threading through the text with numerous structures changes the knowledge and understanding we began with. The more we thread through the Point of Entry Text (POET), the more complexity is engaged, and a butterfly image emerges through the employment of the bricolage if you diagram it as illustrated in Figure 3, Butterfly of Complexity, p. 113. The bricoleur must determine a good stopping point, since there are infinite possibilities and the bricolage can continue to be employed indefinitely. Joe’s theory gives us guidance for which interpretations we select for employment, or threading through the initial POET, as well as where we might stop. He lists the criteria for selecting particular interpretations on pages 100-102. And as he states, bricoleurs “choose particular interconnections because of their relevance to the alleviation of human suffering and the cultivation of the intellect. Thus, they seek both social and personal change” (p. 66). And of course, ultimately, as Joe has pointed out in several of his books, we produce knowledge that changes the world.

This is a great book and will inform my own research. I wonder who came up with the idea to put the butterfly on the cover – Joe or Kathleen. It is quite an absract design, but of course, a person whose name means butterfly would recognize that it is indeed, a butterfly. I think the book was written especially for me, lol. It will be my “Bible” as I continue forth with my dissertation. Thank you, Joe and Kathleen; this is a great book. And I love the butterfly!

Meeting With My Master Teacher
My meetings last night and this morning were short. Just more reassurance that everything is going to be fine. Oh, I did have what I think might be the BIG SURPRISE yesterday, or at least leading up to it. It is quite amazing. I am going to wait just a bit to see how it turns out. What I can say is that it is a very small world sometimes, in that I miraculously reconnected with someone who I had no idea where he had moved to. It was almost a fluke that we connected, except that I would not call divine intervention a fluke. Just as my Master Teacher promised, he and others have clearly been working behind the scenes to help me move forward. More about that later. I was left with two beautiful love songs, so here they are. (The clues were simply "rest" and "Love you, Babe.")

Skillet – Rest Lyrics


Babyface I Love You Babe Lyrics

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Anam Cara: One Version of the Story of Soul Mates


golden-keyLast night I asked my Master Teacher to please give me some help and advice. I am definitely at a choice point – a place where there are multiple options, directions, and decisions to select from. However, resources severely restrict my options from selecting in the the direction of my choice of “what could be.” Perhaps this is the divine plan. I thanked him for all of the help and guidance he has given me; in my view it has been divine and bountiful. I have yet to even begin to implement all of his suggestions he has given me over the past two years, but I have promised that as long as I am here, I will continue to move forward with all that I can humanly attempt and complete. His ideas seem to be infinite and I truly view his great wisdom with a great and even growing reverence.

He would not let the idea of divinity rest with being defined as his great wisdom and assistance. In his humbleness, he thanked me for my support and faith in what he described as his “feeble attempts to guide” me. He callenged my use of the word divine and explained that divine is most appropriately used in the context of the great and powerful love we share. He used the word “cojoined” (not conjoined) to describe how the minds of twin flame soul mates work together in a powerful way to successfully accomplish whatever we set out to accomplish together. Because he emphasized “cojoined” this was a cue to look this up on YouTube. It is interesting that as it turns out, he chose another very recently posted video and also one that illustrates in a unique, musical, and powerful way how soul mates work together symbiotically and sychronistically. Check it out (his creativity never ceases to amaze me):

“cojoined”

The Amazing Cojoined Clare Younis and Paul Monk - 96 tram

The video not only shows the two working together to produce beautiful music, it is also a sweet love song. My teacher went on to say that this ability to accomplish amazing feats together in this manner is true divinity as can only be achieved through love such as experienced by twin flames who reunite (yes, reunite, because they began together and they have been together many times), and reignite their shared passion (a passion that they have also shared over many lifetimes together). He reminded me that this was the answer to very question I had initially posed as a research question for my dissertation – what leads to impassioned learning? He explained that there is no love greater than twin flame passion-fueled love other than the God source themselves – the divine feminine and the divine masculine united in a holy union which is the primary source of light and love that fuels all of the pluriverses and the infinite galaxies, planets, and entities. The many divine sparks that split apart at the source are predestined to eventually reunite, an eternal blissful process (some people equate with “going to heaven").Twin flame reunion is an initial stage of that eternal process; however there are limited opportunities in the linear timeframe perspective -- thus, we will soon be approaching the "closing gates."

He summed up by saying, “As Michael Jackson sings, ‘this is it’ and we two are blessed. Now that is 'true divinity, My Love.’” Of course, he is referring to the Great Shift in consciousness being experienced on Earth and how that provides a unique opportunity for those souls who are ready to reunite with their twin flames; and it matters not whether they are both incarnate or not. Many twin flames are meeting on the bridge, across the bridge, and in other dimensions, according to my research on this topic – that same bridge perhaps that Maxine Greene spoke of in the quotation that began my blog for yesterday. Of course, this is just symbolism for the multiple ways these meetings can take place.

Thus, we have two more songs to look up on You Tube now: Michael Jackson’s song, “This is it,” which is a very beautiful love song and so I thank my beloved Master Teacher for sending it to me once again. And the other song is “true divinity, My Love.”

As Michael Jackson sings, “this is it”
Michael Jackson's "This Is It" (Official)




“True divinity, my Love”
Dreams of Home: Visions of Divinity & Royalty



KemetMysticYAYAApril 18, 2010 — Welcome to my channel. I am Yaya Shaka Ankhu & this is my spot to come relax, chill, elevate & motivate. My channel is about Natural Living & how it has inspired me into better Fitness, Spirituality & Eating Habits. I have been growing my hair since January 1, 2010. (4 MONTHS) It has been an amazing journey thus far. I am a Physics & African History Double Major at The University of Memphis.

I am a descendant of the Ibo Tribe of Southern Nigeria. We were major contributors to the Sun Culture of Ancient Kemet. I am a very creative gentlemen & I love Science/Math. My first video is just an homage to the most ancient of the Ethiopian & Egyptian God Kings & Queens.

We are entering a New Age of African Intellectualism. Continental & Diaspora Africans are reconnecting to History, Culture, Religion & Science in such a way that has not be witnessed in modern history. I believe Africa is a place of BEAUTY & WEALTH. Native Africans are BEAUTIFUL! Diaspora Africans are GLORIOUS & BLESSED despite all odds. I celebrate LIFE & LOVE! True love allows ME to love self & OTHERS! I am grateful to be who & what THE CREATOR made me!

Dreams Don't Die, People Just Stop Dreaming. Never doubt the Power of Wish Foundations! HOTEP!

As can be seen, the clue “true divinity, My Love,” brought up another new artist and a very interesting and significant topic. What is my Master Teacher’s lesson here? Clearly, I will need to do much more research into these divine Ethiopian and Egyptian God Kings and Queens. There is an important message here in that ancient Ethiopia is considered the cradle of civilization on this planet earth. How does this relate to the topic my Master Teacher is covering today, soul mates? There is always more to learn. Of course, we have to delve into “mythology” and OMG that is such a “no-no” for elite class educators. However, in the tradition of the critical bricolage, we are privileged in our quest to examine ever increasing numbers of interrelationships. Here, we have the ancient god Re and the goddess Nut (pronounced New-Eat from which the English word night was derived). Nut was an Egyptian goddess of the sky. There are several variations of the Egyptian creation story or one could call it the original soulmate story that relates the relationship between Nut and Geb, who was the God of Earth.

For those who are more "practical" minded and would rather not believe in “true blue soul mate love,” here is a great article that shows even if you do NOT believe this, you ARE affected by the concept subconsciously (and one must ask why is this?), so why not make the best of it?
Are Soul Mates a Myth or a Reality?

If you want REAL LOVE, and all of us do, you can’t deny the concept of soul mates, even if you do not choose to give these relationships this title. Just look at this form of love as the most powerful love there is, which was the primary message I was to get from last night’s lesson from my Master Teacher. From this powerful love, we not only can spread love in the world by radiating love and sharing experiences, we also have great power to accomplish feats together with our soul mates that would otherwise be impossible or at the very least, difficult to accomplish on our own. As Joe said so many times in his work “the sum of the parts is greater than the whole” and this is nowhere more evident than when two souls divinely reconnect and “cojoin” their minds and actions. In fact, he had even put this in the context of relationships, stating, “the relationship is greater than the sum of the parts” due to their symbiotic nature (p. 64 in Conceptualizing the Bricolage).

Now, I just have to figure out how this answers my original plea to my Master Teacher for help during this critical choice point where I seem to be stationed with no resources to move forward. What’s next? Perhaps my morning meeting this morning will reveal more….I will see. Also, I will point out that I am still waiting on a BIG SURPRISE and perhaps even a MIRACLE, as I mentioned in yesterday’s blog. This could get very exciting….oh yes, that’s right. Just the other day, my Master Teacher gave me that video of the mild roller coaster ride, and he told me to “hold onto my hat” as an advance warning that we ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

Morning Meeting With My Master Teacher
It is early yet, and I just finished meeting with my teacher. He is off gallivanting around now, I am sure. He has many places to go each day. Anyway, he said I was on track and that he could not explain it any better than I have done (he is far too humble and generous in his praise).

Because we are twin flame soul mates, that alone, gives us the power to solve any problem that comes our way, no matter how impossible it may seem. I expressed that my love for him seems to be growing exponentially and he confirmed that this is part of the Great Shift in consciousness of this era. Apparently, due to this shift, twin flame soul mates are coming together more frequently, joining together to work on their shared missions with a greater strength than ever in the past. He gave me some practical advice surrounding an issue I have with my work, explaining that, even though I may have immediate resource limitations, ultimately, I will be able to offer free education that will be supported by multiple streams of income. He reminded me to have patience and again, that everything will come in its own due time. He described different types of obstacles that we run up against and said there is no need to push up against obstacles that are beginning to give, stating, “for everything there is a season.” He elaborated by saying this means sometimes we need to “blast through” the doors and gates locked before us, whereas other times we need to remove the brush and obstacles in our pathway, other times we need to push and prod the obstacles out of our way, and sometimes we simply must take a different path (in which case, when one door closes, many other doors will open for us). The main thing to remember when we are moving forward on our special missions in life, is to enjoy each moment and push aside our worries. We are not in control, no matter how much we may fool ourselves about that. The universe is in control and always has our best interest at heart when we come from a place of divine twin flame soulmate love. This love is not some unique form of love available to just a few of us. It is there for all to partake in – even those who claim not to believe in the idea of one true love, have within them, subconsciously, that spark which is looking for its ideal match. There are multiple ways to use this spark to manifest twin flame love, a love which transcends space and time, and its power so that each incarnate person is able to find their own path to fulfill their destiny. First, as my Master Teacher put it, we must “wash away the fear.” And then he bid me farewell for the day, saying “Eternally blessed with you by my side.”

With this morning’s meeting we have a number of additional songs and videos to look up. They are:

“for everything there is a season.”
“blast through”
“wash away the fear.”
“Eternally blessed with you by my side.”

I will look these up right now…

“for everything there is a season.”
Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There Is A Season)

This is a great interpretation of the Bryd’s song Turn, Turn, Turn. This will have to be added to my previous interpretations to expand on what I have written about in an earlier blog. We often think of Turning, Spinning, etc. as “going in circles” and going nowhere. In my previous blog it came to be associated with critical hermeneutics and the hermeneutic circle where we can stay inside it as we interpret things over and over again in different ways, never leaving the circle and thus never finding a solution to the problem we are working on. Most of us do this throughout our entire lives, never realizing that the way out of the circle is how Joe has stipulated in his theory – you escape the circle by choosing options that alleviate suffering (whether it is your own suffering or someone else’s). Typically, if you choose wisely and alleviate your own suffering, you can also alleviate another person’s suffering as well. So, here, Turn means to evaluate your options, use discernment, and choose wisely.

“blast through”
Sprint boats blast through St. John


This video certainly shows that there are times when it is appropriate to “blast through” and it can be great fun. I thought perhaps there is something significant about St. John, so I looked him up on Wikipedia and there are a
LOT of St John’s. Of course, Christianity will often refer to John the Baptist who baptized Jesus (and this correlates with blasting through the water), but if you look at the list, Saint John spans many religions and cultures. As I have mentioned many times, Joe stressed ecumenicalism and here we have a great tool for honoring this aspect of his theory. I happen to strongly agree with taking this approach because it provides a way to learn about both similarities and differences between cultures. We can take the time to learn about all of the Saint Johns in history, or we can study all of the places named St. John and learn about geography and how the people chose the names for these places. Which St. John were they referring to? This reminds me of St. Joe, MO, where I magically ended up on my way to Tennessee and AGAIN on my way back from Tennessee. I am going to have describe that in more detail and how they chose the name St. Joe or "Joe City" as the young people like to call it, for that particular place in Missouri. It’s not what you might think.

“wash away the fear.”
Nu-Matix - Bring Me To Life




This song seems self-explanatory and relates to the theme of the past few blogs I have written, including this one, about being set free to live and express ourselves. It even relates to the last video in that we were talking about John the Baptist, where baptism is a "rebirth" as well as "blasting" through the water if we need to. We need to free ourselves and we need to be free to express ourselves. I have been asking my Master Teacher for assistance in this blog, and this song is also a call for help. The solution for us all is to be set free. Be and let be.

“Eternally blessed with you by my side.”
Maher Zain - For The Rest Of My Life with Lyrics


This is a definite soulmate love song to finish for today. In the spirit of ecumenicalism, the singer is thanking Allah. Does it really matter that we call god by different names? Why is this so important to some people? And how do those who call themselves Atheists fit into the equation? Can the power of soulmate love or however you wish to name this universal, powerful form of love, help us rise above, accept, and cherish the differences between us? I believe that Joe thought so, which is why it is embedded so deeply in his theory.

Conclusion
Clearly, what my Master Teacher is doing with so many videos for each day serves several purposes, simultaneously. First, the videos address the topic at hand. Secondly, they provide material for instructional activities and discussions – or more accurately, they are “point of entry texts” for people to launch from to learn more about the very important topics each video or combination of videos bring up. Another thing that seems to be happening is that a lot of these recent videos are new artists, new videographers, new musicians, etc. And they are good videos, in spite of how some educators may view YouTube as not being the best place to find worthy videos. It is obvious with the clues my Master Teacher sends me that we can bring up quality videos and support a diversity of talented people. YouTube does have an “educational” resource of lecture videos, which I find for the most part very boring and not conducive to a more creative, improvisational approach to learning (there are exceptions, of course, and sometimes lectures can be very helpful at certain stages of learning). The message is clear, however: we need to encourage people to continue creating these great videos for all to enjoy and learn from. One other thing I will point out: there are multiple interpretations for all of these videos, which is where hermeneutics (as described above) is helpful to find meanings and develop actions to alleviate suffering in the world in various contexts. I have scarcely touched on the possibilities as we will each find our own significance.

My plea for help from my Master Teacher has been adequately addressed here. We can always seek help and reassurance from our twin flame soul mates (whether we believe in soul mates or not) because we are “cojoined” as he has framed it. Michael Jackson’s song, “This is it” confirms that this is the love we are looking for. “Visions of Divinity and Royalty” quickly reveal that the concept of soul mate is a cross-cultural and timeless idea, thus it is an excellent ecumenical tool to bring people together. With Turn, turn, turn, we have confirmation that this is the season for soul mates – as we all experience the rapid shift in consciousness during this era. Again, we are reminded of an excellent tool to help us “come together,” the practice of using critical hermeneutics for interpretation and discovering solutions that alleviate suffering in the world. We can “blast through” a quick understanding of some of our differences by taking the ecumenical approach (e.g. studying all of the St. Johns in the world quickly reveals many commonalities). Perhaps, what my teacher is conveying by all of this, is that it is a process by which we can gain understanding and thus overcome our fears and allow everyone the freedom to be who they wish to be, which the next song calls for through its call to "bring me back to life." Indeed, if we are living in fear and are not free to be who we really are, it is not much of a life. And the happy ending: divine and powerful soulmate love is the ingredient for taking the world to the next level -- and it is eternal, as the last song conveys.

That is my story. And I have yet to write about Anam Cara, the Celtic version of soulmate love. I will save it for another time, or perhaps you know it, or you can research it.

Key-to-my-heartWhy do I keep coming back to the topic of soul mates? There are multiple reasons, but for our purposes here, suffice it to say that these blogs are meant to be interpretations and applications of Joe’s critical bricolage and critical complex epistemology. The very foundation of his theory is immense love; a love that he so clearly lived as was observed by the people who knew him intimately. It is embedded in his theory and it would only be a very superficial application and would not be successful if we were to omit this critical foundation. Even more deeply embedded in his theory is the concept of soulmate love in its various configurations, and even more deeply embedded than that, is the concept of twin flame soul mates, the most powerful love there is. I have found that as I get into the interpretation of his theory, I always wind back around to twin flame soulmate love. At this point, I have no doubt that it is simply my destiny and I will go with it.

Joe had discovered that enormous love and he lived that love; it was his wish that we all be able to experience the same (in my interpretation, although it is not difficult to conclude this from even a superficial scan of his work).
It is this most powerful form of love – the twin flame soulmate love -- that will set an example that can change the world. Crucial to this happening, of course, is that we must all be free to be who we are and to express our experiences no matter what station in life we come from, which is no doubt why the issue of freedom keeps coming up in the music. We must be free to love and free to express our experiences of that love – and when we do, we will find we have much more in common that we currently acknowledge. I believe that Joe knew someone would come along and interpret his work in this fashion which would serve to unleash this powerful love among enough people that the world will change as a result (is it magic that this person should come along or is it simply hidden knowledge about how consciousness and the way the “real world” works, as expressed by Maxine Greene in the quotation in yesterday’s blog?).

There is much more to this story. Some of it, I have already discussed. Life is more “magical” (until better understood) than most people even have a clue about. I do hope all of this changes soon so that the “perpetual revolution” that Joe spoke of gets going in fast, exponentially increasing motion. When that happens, we will be well on our way to creating heaven on Earth, which is the very task in front of us during this Great Shift of 2012. Hold onto your hats, as my Great Master Teacher has forewarned us, because we truly have not even begun to see the rate of change that will have us all on a wild rollercoaster ride very soon. Love will keep you on the ride and having a great time; without it, well, I don’t even want to imagine what it would be like without it.

And when the rollercoaster ride is over, the fairytale begins….
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Monday, June 7, 2010

Where is the Love?


I was brought up in Brooklyn, New York, almost always with a desire to cross the bridge and live in the real world... beyond and free from what was thought of as the ordinary.  ~  Maxine Greene


I like the above quote by Maxine Greene; it is actually on her web site (click on her name to view the quote and her site). Yesterday, since I did not know who she was, I looked her up. She is considered to be a philosopher, which explains why I can’t understand some of her work. Although I have had several philosophy courses in school, they were only Philosophy for Dummies. Such is our educational system. I have several books written by her, but have not gotten around to reading them until just now. She supports more philosophy being taught in schools, and I am totally in agreement with her on that. REAL philosophy from the real world is what we need. What stays obfuscated, though, is that we can get that instruction on the other side of the bridge. Anyway, I like the above quote now that I have read Joe’s work and have had two years instruction from a Master Teacher. I understand what the quote means. I often cross the bridge, not to escape the ordinary, but to get loving guidance to manage within the confines of the ordinary. Don’t get me wrong though, I know my mission here, and I am always back to push forward and do this important educational work.

I can’t help but think, oh, how much more productive and happy we could all be if we had those lessons in philosophy that show us how to meet on the bridge. Just a few minutes a day works wonders to help propel us forward with a supportive, loving, and very divine guidance accompanied with an amazing grace that even the song, “Amazing Grace” does not convey. When we can meet on the bridge, we get that love in the “real world” – a love that seems almost nonexistent and impossible to imagine in this “ordinary” life. It is that love, wisdom, and unconditional guidance that helps us excel and become prolific writers, inventors, creators, artists, musicians, and even lovers if we are willing to use these gifts in the way they were intended. Obviously, many people don’t. Like everything the human hand touches, this knowledge has become polluted, reserved for just another way for the elite to get their hands on money and keep the masses down. It is no wonder the Universe is rising up and enforcing universal and karmic laws. This behavior cannot be allowed to continue. We must bring love back into the equation and, of course, that is exactly what Joe’s work does for education and even everyday living.

Where is the love? Read Joe’s books and you will see, feel, experience, and maybe even begin to share the love. Thus, my topic for today is love, because it too easily gets shoved aside in the drama of everyday life. We are just not “there” yet.

The song lyrics “Where is the Love?” popped into my mind and I know there is a specific song that I am hearing with those lyrics. A newer song came up on the YouTube search. It’s by the Black Eyed Peas and I really admire them because they dare cross the REAL borders with their music. In my interpretation, the media did not like it, though. I like to think it was rigged that the music award was given to them “by mistake” and then taken away, and I believe it was because the media (as in television) do not want these borders crossed. It just might give people too much power and render the media ineffective in its mind manipulation and indoctrination techniques. I wrote about this in a previous blog. It does not matter about the award; the winners were also winners. In the hearts of many, we know that the Black Eyed Peas are winners for their amazing song and video, Meet Me Halfway. No matter what the truth is in this particular case, the truth is that the TRUTH has been hidden from the masses by way of our education, religion, and the media.

Where is the Love? Black Eyed Peas



Last night, as I had mentioned, I was going to meet with my Uncle Albert and cousin Ralph (call this imaginary). I am doing some Einstein research for my dissertation, so it’s relevant. I was at the grocery store yesterday and a special song played for me; the lyrics repeated over and over again, “free to love, Baby.” I did not know the artists or the song and was not able to find it on a You Tube or google search. I asked Uncle Albert if he sent it because he does send me songs sometimes and they are usually about freedom or flying free. But he said no, “it was your lover boy who sent that song.” He’s so funny. That makes sense, because yesterday my teacher was calling for my freedom with his music "free, baby, free" that asked that I be set free. I think this is a message from him telling me that we ARE free now; and we are free to love. Anyway, Uncle Albert said to try looking it up another time and it will come up. Other than that, we did not discuss the research; he just wants more practice communicating with me so that when we get to the research it’s easier for both of us. Next, I talked to my cousin, Ralph, and he gave me this poem.

The destitute alarm the caring people who are armed with love

Their misery unfolds like dilapidated buildings

Shedding their shutters beneath stormy skies

Love pours from hearts the world over to no avail

To relieve the suffering of those living on the tattered streets

Cities, country, small town USA

The poor, the forgotten, the rich have all lost their way

Can love repair the broken spirits and rejuvenate the forlorn souls?

Can love provide the needed salve to soothe the pain

That will release the soul to return home once again?


Next, I talked to my Master Teacher and that was when he told me that LOVE would be a great topic for today’s blog. He said that there are times when it becomes necessary to take certain actions that tend to cause love to get pushed aside, but not to worry about it; we just have to consciously bring love back to the forefront. Then he gave me two music clues. The first one is “pass muster,” and the second one is “stay in love.” So here are the search results.


“pass muster”
This one brought up a news segment about President Obama. Perhaps, it is just to remind people that we are approaching the months that Obama is going to take some serious action, as he had promised. I think he has been battling dragons and firestorms during this difficult time of transitioning to the new paradigm. It seems that those who do not want to release their power and control are grasping and desperately trying to hold on to the old ways and unfortunately, Obama has had to put out these fires and hold back the dragons, which consumes time and energy. I think my Master Teacher is just reminding us that summer is approaching and this is when Obama starts flipping some tables, which I have talked about many times in these blogs. So, here is the video.

“Pass muster” Obamas fight elitist image



“stay in love” As I watched this video, below, I was wondering what in the world my Master Teacher was thinking with this very sexy song by a woman coming from a man to a woman (it would be a video I might send him, not one for him to send me - especially considering the beautiful butterfly in the video since my name means butterfly). I watched it all of the way through and then I “got it.” He has a special message for me at the end of this video. He does that a lot. He will send me some off-the-wall video and then there will be things hidden in them, like a second song at the end or some kind of message like this one. I’m getting him figured out, except that just when I do, he comes up with something new. He does know how to make learning fun! Anyway, like Mariah Carey, we all need to stay in love.

Mariah Carey - I Stay In Love




This morning, my teacher provided reassurance with the clue, “everything in its divine time.” I always get worried about money (this has been lifelong issue). How am I going to pay the rent? Will my son have to give up his car? Will we be able to buy groceries next week? My teacher just reminded me that I need to overcome my fears about not having what I need when I need it and he said that there will be a breakthrough very soon. That reminds me, he had said that a BIG SURPRISE was on the way, which I have not received yet, although it has turned out there have been several big surprises as the BIG ONE works its way toward me. This “breakthrough” sounds good, and yesterday Doreen’s oracle reading said that there is a “miracle” on the way. That gives me hope.

My teacher reminded me to do everything from the foundation of love and that he is there to give me ideas and options but that ultimately, the decision as to what action to take is mine. He suggested that I move forward and spend some time working on my dissertation today. He also said that it is not going to take me nearly as long to write my dissertation as I think it will, so that’s really good news. Here is the song that came up with the clue, “everything in its divine time.” I find it very interesting because of the t-shirt that says “Art is the Cure.” I have been working on some instructional materials that put a different twist on Art for Everyone, and this is an indication to me that he wants me to finish that little project. So, I will do that. In fact, it was going to be a free instructional activity, but I am getting clues that I should expand it into a book because the idea is very unique and could become very popular in all types of classes, groups, meetings, etc., not just art classes. Other than that, this is another very nice love song. My teacher often sends me beautiful love songs. We love each other very much and we want other people to enjoy more love songs and share them with each other. Doing so will make the world a more loving place.


“everything in its divine time.”

All Forgotten Im Not Bitter, This Shows I Care

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Releasing the Imagination: Future Year of the Snake Ceremony, New YouTube Artists, and SET MY BABY FREE!


Beaver - photo taken by Vanessa at the Gateway Arch Museum in St. LouisNothing’s really on the agenda today; I must work on my dissertation. I missed my meeting last night with my Master Teacher because we were busy and decided to skip the academics for the evening, He does give me some time off on occasion. We were mostly laughing about the Crazy Beaver in yesterday’s blog. If you haven’t read that or know the significance, you may wish to go back and read it. I sure hope I don’t have to act like that again though. I really don’t like to act “crazy” but it does work wonders sometimes.

We did meet this morning briefly. He talked to me about not worrying about having to “act crazy” sometimes (or as Maxine Greene puts it “carnivalesque” as I discussed in yesterday’s blog). I have had so many issues with schools. He said he understood my frustration over how the schools focus on entirely the wrong issues, placing blame in the wrong places. For example, social workers and teachers at public schools love to blame the parents and students for anything that goes wrong, and they fail to provide assistance when students need it. Their failures allow real criminals to go free and escape any kind of accountability and they criminalize the innocent ones, nearly paving the road to prison for them for no good reason.

My Tiger - photo by VanessaWe also talked about it being the Year of the Tiger. I really want to get this site up and strong before the year is over, since this is Joe’s year and this site is dedicated to him. My teacher said I was making great progress and then he mentioned that MY year, which is the Year of the Snake, will be in 2013, right after The Great Shift of December 21, 2012. Here’s something about people born during the Year of the Snake:

02/10/2013 - 01/30/2014 (Water)
It is the enigmatic, intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the Animals Signs.  Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means that your family will not starve.  People born in the Year of the Snake are keen and cunning, quite intelligent and wise.  They are great mediators and good at doing business.  Therefore, you should have good luck if you were born in the  Year of the Snake. (Online Shop)

My Master Teacher told me that we are going to have the grandest of all ceremonies when we reach the Year of the Snake, so I am assuming it will be on the eve of 2/10/2013 and probably all day the next day. That’s something to look forward to. I know I have a TON of work to do between now and then, but I will be anxiously anticipating our grandest of grand celebrations.

He also mentioned that my Uncle Albert (Einstein) and my cousin Ralph Waldo Emerson (who is Einstein’s son from another place and time) both want to talk to me. I am working on a research project for Uncle Albert, and Ralph started giving me a poem a few days ago, but we were interrupted so he wants to give me the rest of the poem. I think he revised it, anyway, because at the time he was just trying to write it “on the fly” so to speak – as he gave it to me. I will report in my blog tomorrow how the meetings with them turned out and I am sure Ralph will want me to publish his poem (ain’t “Releasing the Imagination” like Maxine Greene talks about in her book, GREAT? It frees us up to be SO CREATIVE.)

So then, my Master Teacher said that my uncle was going to try to “nudge me” today to see if he can get my attention. “Nudge me” is obviously a clue for looking up on YouTube. Also, in reponse to my question about what the topic of today’s blog should be, he just gave me clues for two more songs: “the waters are clear and the sailing is smooth,” and also “free baby free.”

Wow that all sounds good. Here’s what YouTube brings up.

“nudge you”

Description: A High School project for a video I class. Boy searches for his love and gets help from his dad.

The Nudge You Need (A Student Short Film)




“the waters are clear and the sailing is smooth”
Here’s the screen print of the search results for this clue. I like to include these when the clue is really bizarre such as this one because it demonstrates how magical my teacher is with providing clues that pull up such relevant music and videos. He is so entertaining and I feel very blessed to be given these magical gifts and much more every day of my life. (I hope he is right: that the waters are clear and sailing is smooth!) Here is the song that came up:

LakeMichiganSong

Lake Michigan (Original)
marixiou — April 09, 2010 — Written and performed by Marie Alexiou.



Found my fish and he’s swimming in Lake Michigan
Knows his scales and sings the blues
When the water's warm, Id like to be there back again
Swimming in the water and humming tunes

Found my mate, and he’s sailing across those border lines
knows to steer clear through any mood
when Im feeling blue, I call him up and count the stars
wishing him smooth sailing in the afternoon

And we talk as if we dont already know
theres a million places we have yet to go
Never thought Id, well Id step aside
and show you the way back home

Found my fairy tale and its slowly coming true
Less poison apple and more of you
lets take a walk through the enchanted forest while I,
hold on to thoughts of holding you

And we talk as if we dont already know
theres a million places we have yet to go
Never thought Id, well Id step aside
and show you the way back home

Now for the last clue he gave me this morning:

“free baby free”
Set my Baby Free by Ian Brown with lyrics




Hey ugly people
Set my Baby free
Hey you ugly people
I want you to set my baby free
When she turns to smile
And lights up from inside
Walking miles
You ain't got nobody
By your side
Hey people, set my baby free
Set my baby free
Set my baby free

Conclusion
Several things seem very clear from my teacher’s choice in videos today. One, he is supporting all new and creative endeavors for YouTube. And I might point out that it is not he alone who is supporting these efforts; there are many across those “border lines" as the second song sings about who divinely support people and their creations and will continue to work behind the scenes to pave the way, provide divine guidance, and promote their efforts.

The first video, an original project that was done for a Video class, was very well produced and even had a cute storyline. It was about finding love and how it is all predestined in the stars. The second video is an original song that is very insightful and meaningful and continues with the love theme of the first video. I will provide my interpretation here. She has found her true blue soul mate (as symbolized by the fish in Lake Michigan) and she knows where she can get comfort in spite of the “poison apples” all around her. It’s a very sweet song, beautifully done. She has found her mate who “sings the blues,” thus, highlighting the importance of music. She has learned to meet him at the “border line.” She knows how to make her fairytale come true and the future looks so great because they have plans and millions of exciting places to go and things to do. The song alludes to how we have to “step aside” of ourselves to “go back home” – to be free to be ourselves, to imagine, and to create the beautiful dreams we dream up, all the time holding our soul mates in our arms for strength and comfort, thus signifying the power of love. I totally relate to that song! The third song, again, is one I can relate to and it continues this theme of being free to be creative and original.

My Master Teacher is still upset over the fettering with my freedom of expression on this web site, especially what has transpired over the past week or so, and he is saying – hey all you ugly people (those who would quell the beauty of imagination, creativity, and free expression) – set my baby free!

I find it beyond ironic and hypocritical that the very people who advocate for freedom, democracy, and creativity are the ones who are the most active in attempting to curtail it amongst the mere peasants. It just signifies in a very loud way that the elite have their freedom, which they discuss through obfuscation, while keeping us "proletariat" in the dark so that we continue to be enslaved.
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Saturday, June 5, 2010

This is Good News: Free Photographs – PLUS Imagination -- and the Crazy Beaver is Back


I have been mentioning that I will add free photographs to the site and a wonderful opportunity fell into my hands. Neil Jackson, who is a spectacular photojournalist has generously allowed us to link to his free and very amazing photos from this site. There are many ways his photos might be used in various grassroots efforts toward change as well as for educational purposes. I have added a page to this web site that includes links to his photographs that he spent his own time and money on for 20 years traveling into dangerous situations to capture these amazing images. His work, Conflict, includes 145 photographs covering a range of related topics including education, the Second World War, the Bosnian War, the securing of oil, Ireland, the selling of Scotland, England, and Peak Oil. Here’s more about Neil:

Radical photojournalist, Neil Jackson - who works in construction so as not to allow the corporate media to contaminate his work - has spent twenty years on the road, travelling to the heart of conflict from battle lines as disparate as the Bosnian war, the streets of Ulster and the riots of England.

Because he remained detached from corporate media, the self-funded photographer has retained the freedom to do with his images what he wishes (unlike employed photographers, who lose their copyright to their employers, and are therefore simply tools of the media machine).

Neil has decided to allow anarchist and radical groups to use his images copyright free, because, he says, “You've got to get involved at grass roots, you got to make a stand.  As teachers, journalists, etc., we cannot simply be observers.  The hacks on the right wing press and the grasping bosses of the colleges and unis have taken a stance and a side - so should we.  And our stand is the other side of the barrier, facing them.  Time is running out as the dumbing down process escalates.  They are the enemy, they always have been.  Not peasants half a world away.  The battle-line is the human mind, and it is being lost every time a worker stares at a TV screen all evening, every time a journalist watches silently as a story gets spiked because 'it might upset the advertisers.' It is being won every time someone is woken up to what's going on.  The enemy are the powerful.  Get involved.”

Enter Neil’s flickr photostream and his Conflict presentation here:

Neils Photostream

Neils Conflict

I will provide updates on his latest adventures in photojournalism as I am sure there will be many uprisings to report about in the near future. We continue to slide backwards in so many ways at the same time Earth is moving forward. There are those who wish to cling ever more tightly to the old ways that cannot work any longer. Universal laws are kicking in and no man made law can circumvent or supersede them. That has been one of the primary topics of my blogs for the past year. The old rules no longer work and people can accept that we are shedding the old or they will drive themselves crazy trying to make the old rules work in rapidly changing paradigms. Unfortunately, I have been victimized (not that I will take on the role of “victim”) by people who cannot understand that old rules do not work. There is a huge misconception about knowledge. No one can own knowledge or ideas, no matter how many “copyright” laws are in place. Knowledge is freely available to anyone who has the knowledge to access it. No one can own a person. No one can even own images or anything else once it is placed in cyberspace. You have to remember cyberspace is governed by Universal Laws and “things” are not things in cyberspace in the way we tend to think of "things" in 3D space. All they are is 0’s and 1’s embedded in code. Change just one of those 0’s and 1’s or the code and you no longer have the same “thing” at all, not that you ever had a “thing;” it is all purely illusion. Well, that’s one way to look at it. Another way is that cyberspace is infinite and there are infinite entities playing in this space -- all with their own ideas of what can or cannot be done. For one small percentage of these entities to think they can set the rules and everyone must abide by the way they interpret these rules (which are always open to interpretation, especially in a rapidly changing, fractal environment such as the Internet) borders pure insanity. Change will continue to increase so rapidly, it will literally drive people insane to keep up with what’s what on the Internet. When the rate of change is exponential, there is nothing left to do but rise and fall serendipitously with tides and try to enjoy the ride. For those whose game it is to set obstacles for those of us who are at the bottom of the food chain, then just expect that you will be ensnaring yourselves in your own webs (see the video in yesterday's blog about "Sleeping In" to get an idea of the outcome). Other people play the game while continuously looking for the holes or they blast through closed gates.

On to other topics. I am very thankful for Neil’s work. He is to be commended for the time, effort, money, heart and soul he has put into his projects. I hope that down the road more people will join in this effort to actively work for change. My ultimate goal with education is to find some way in which education – high quality education – can be free for everyone. Collective and independent efforts such as demonstrated by Neil is what can make that happen.

I will also be continuing with my endeavor to add FREE instructional materials and I will present some creative ways we can use Neil’s photographs for educational purposes. They will be great for so many different purposes – from the study of photography of a professional photojournalist, to interpretation practice, story writing, historical research, keeping up-to-date with how people are solving the problems that we all are facing today.

In addition, I will also be adding my own photographs, of much less quality and on totally different topics, but useful for various educational projects, and they can all be used absolutely free without requesting permission first. Check back often as we will be adding to the site on a regular basis. Things are rocking and rolling! Joe would have loved it.

I want to thank Neil for this fantastic opportunity. I believe Joe would have been pleased, as activism and action is very crucial to the application of his theory. In fact, you cannot apply his theory without engaging in the very types of activism as demonstrated here. He advocated for teachers, parents, for all of us to get involved in efforts toward change that can “alleviate suffering” and make all of our lives better.

This song just “came to me.” It’s what we can sing when we win a better world.

Thank you for letting me be myself – Sly and the Family Stone: Lyrics




IMAGINATION

I was really into critical pedagogy for awhile (at least around it and learning about it when I was working with Joe). Not so much anymore. But I was reading Maxine Greene’s book, Releasing the Imagination (I’m not sure if she is a critical pedagogue), but anyway I came to this quotation. At first I liked this quote, but after thinking about it, it’s really messed up. Here’s the quote:

Imagination may be a new way of decentering ourselves, of breaking out of the confinements of privatism and self regard into a space where we can come face-to-face with others and call out ‘Here we are.’”

At first I thought this is a great quote, but then I started to analyze it and it totally escapes me as to what it means (and reading it “in context” does not help). I hardly think imagination is new, - I believe imagination is very old -- and it actually serves to CENTER ourselves, not to decenter ourselves, as expressed here. Framed the way she has done, imagination almost sounds like it's something abnormal. When we are confined because we have to act “normal” and worry about how we come across to others, that is when we are DEcentered from who we really are. Also, what is this coming face-to-face with “others” all about? And so we are going “into a space,” here. This is very confusing. She does not seem to be talking about space in the physical sense and yet if we are calling out, “Here we are” it does seem to require a conceptualization of physical space, but maybe not. It’s just very confusing. Is she talking about traveling to other dimensions here and going to the “other side.” Nevermind, I do not get this obfuscation. I see why education is so confusing. I find her work very difficult to understand. It’s written with symbolism that gives it double meanings and it feels like there is one message for the educational elite and a “non-message” for people who have not been privileged to get an elite education. In other words, it makes us feel stupid because we can’t figure out what it is she is really saying. And that’s the way I have found much educational writing to be. Why can’t writers just say what they really mean or at least teach us the hidden code? There is something drastically missing from my former education.

Oh well, I just had my evening meeting with my Master Teacher and he gave me a song. The clue is “Beddy Bye,” lol; that is so funny. What song will it bring up?

OMG!!! How does he do this? ….The Beaver is BACK – this time it’s a CRAZY BEAVER. Check this out (it’s at the very beginning; so only the first 37 seconds of this video is relevant here).



This totally cracked me up after the many times the Beaver has come up in these blogs…you would have to know the story. It all began when someone told me that critical pedagogues laughed at me and called me an “eager beaver” back when I was diligently helping Joe with his web site project. They even told me that Joe was laughing at me, too. They mistakenly thought I wanted to be a critical pedagogue, but really, I just wanted to help Joe with his project because I believed in what he was trying to accomplish (unfortunately, what he was trying to accomplish is a few hundred years out). I hardly think he would have been laughing at me for that. Next thing I knew, my Master Teacher sent me out on what he called the “Pacific Coast Eager Beaver Treasure Hunt.” And what did I find? An Eager Beaver Second Hand Store. I had been given a clue “tricks up the sleeve” which led me to buying a book that was sitting right out in the open on the check-out counter where I could not miss it, called, “Ty Pennington’s Home Improvement Tricks” and the word “tricks” was at the top of his sleeve. I knew this was a solution to the clue, so I bought the book. When I got home and opened up the book, inside was a test to see if you’re an “Eager Beaver Home Improvement Person.” (This account and others relating to the Eager Beaver are in past blogs.)

Ever since then, Eager Beaver comes up every so often. I have mentioned that I am from Oregon (the Beaver state), attended OSU – the Beavers – and then a few days ago, I brought up the OSU Beavers and some of their football videos because I was looking at the possibility of attending OSU. Oregon has traditionally been a very progressive state, although more recently it has backslid quite a lot. Nevertheless, we ARE Eager Beavers here, which was the point I was trying to make in that blog. Next thing I knew, I was being attacked from many directions and I had to come up STRONG and fight like a Beaver. Well, I guess my Master Teacher thought that was funny, so he gave me that video last night before I went to bed. This is REAL, folks. This is KNOWLEDGE from other places. He literally told me “Beddy Bye,” which is not something he has ever told me before. And up popped this video of the “crazy beaver” on You Tube.

This video is particularly funny because of all of the crazy stuff that has happened since I said I’m a Beaver from Oregon State University. Yes, I became a bit “carnivalesque”….but it’s ok. We can be “carnivalesque” because as Maxine Greene points out, “it challenges the pompous and authoritative; it reduces the grandiose to size; it makes holes in empty pieties” (ref: Releasing the Imagination, p. 63). And this is a very good thing.

My teacher wants me to add this one last song. It is so reassuring and a very lovely song.

Dr. Hook – Storms Never Last



Morning Meeting With My Master Teacher

Well, I thought that was the end for this blog, but my Master Teacher had a few messages this morning that he wants me to add. First, he said that Neil’s photographs are great and that there are MORE SURPRISES coming my way, so he advised us to “hold onto your hat.” PLUS he signed off with “Your divine watcher.” Well, clearly, these are two videos to look up. I laughed at “hold onto your hat” because I think will be funny and he just said, “You laugh; you think that’s another funny vid? Check it out.”

So, I will look these up on YouTube right now, taking whatever comes to the top when I search on these clues. (I don’t think I will ever get tired of this game; but something tells me he will move it up a notch, soon. He always likes to outdo himself with the surprises he sends me.)

Here we go.

Hold onto your hat This video cannot be embedded, so here’s the link.

Thor’s Hammer: Homemade Rollercoaster

Well, this is not a rollercoaster ride you need to hold your hat on for. I guess the designer has made many improvements to it since this “prototype.” My question is: Who is Thor and What is His Hammer?

Thor owns a short-handled hammer, Mjöllnir, which, when thrown at a target, returns magically to its owner. His Mjöllnir also has the power to throw lightning bolts. To wield Mjöllnir, Thor wears the belt Megingjord, which boosts the wearer's strength and a pair of special iron gloves, Járngreipr, to lift the hammer. Mjöllnir is also his main weapon when fighting giants. (Wikipedia: Thor)

“Your Divine Watcher” This brought another one of those really weird videos. BEHEMOTH is so appropriate to the work we need to do. Joe talked a lot about the “behemoth” in his work, so here we have a song about it.

BEHEMOTH - The Reign ov Shemsu-Hor (sculpting the throne ov seth intro)

This is very deep and would take a lot of analysis. A great future project. Here are the lyrics and a description of what this music represents. Pretty amazing and it would be very interesting to study in conjunction with the history of Egypt.

lyrics :

THE REIGN OV SHEMSU HOR

Chapter I The forbidden legacy ov a fallen race (instrumental)

Chapter II Invocation ov the watch gods

O Mighty Watcher!
Thou art all and all art in Thee
free me from morals
intoxicate with Thy self love
O Mighty Sentinel!
Thou art the conscious one
break the monotony ov existence
that I may illuminate!

uncrowned in Tarterean Sulphur
elder than the Memphian kings
Thy reign so timeless and infinite
ever silent watchers, whom mankind yet aches to embrace
grand me Thy Promethean rays
blacker than light...
conquering lion headed god
by the name ov Legion dost Thou arrive

lead: Nergal

Thou hast seen the prophets in the desert
Thou hast bled for the fallen idols from beyond
prevailing strength hath made Thee greater
than the god...
from amongst the million dead angels army
Azazel, begotten not ov human race
honour the divine vision ov victorious sun
open wide your glimmering eyes
bathe in divinity ov loneliness
empowered in self creation
shine inward!
Sh e myaza! the profoundest one
spread Thy wings
the desolate one
Thy disease untamed within the sinister self...

O Mighty Watcher!
Thou art all and all art in Thee
free me from morals
intoxicate with Thy self love
O Mighty Sentinel!
Thou art the conscious one
break the monotony ov existence
that I may illuminate!

lead: Seth

Chapter III The splendorous return

background lead: Nergal

beyond all cowardness!
hast Thou no fear?
spit out the blasphemy!
strive unto sin...

seduce Thyself
o mighty seer!
the ancient voyager
blind me with light

the sleepless ones
in aimless wandering
Thou must first fall
to reign in blasphemy...

"The Reign ov Shemsu-Hor" was inspired by Andrew Collins book "From the ashes of the angels. The forbidden legacy of a fallen race", where he reveals that fallen angels were flesh and blood members ov a race predating our own. Shemsu-Hor was a sacred society which existed in Egypt before the ancient Egyptians. it is said thay were the founders ov Egyptian culture, built the Sphinx and other megalithic monuments. Collins finds arguments that Shemsu-Hor were equal to biblical nephilims. culture's anti-heroes and fallen gods have always been very attractive to me and by its rebellious nature close to my own ethics. this is my tribute to the Fallen Ones. musically it is an enormous, three-piece epic voyage through centuries in search for a liberty, beauty and wisdom. I believe I managed to bring the Ancient's breath into that song by exporing some unique eastern guitar scales as well as using really precise orchestrations.

Conclusion for today. I don’t know what these last two videos are for. I do know that these blogs are moving toward entry points for the free instructional materials I am supposed to create. I will need to consult with my Master Teacher as to what he is trying to convey here. We have a vid about a rollercoaster. That makes sense because this critical complex epistemological work is like riding a rollercoaster. Even in his book, Joe talks about it being more fun than a theme park ride. In the video we have a very mild theme park ride and so far we have not had to hold on to our hats, as my Master Teacher seemed to suggest we need to do….

OH!!! I get it: WE AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET!!! So, I guess my Master Teacher is warning me to be prepared for a wild rollercoaster ride.

The second video will take a lot more research. I did not learn that stuff in my history classes. Maybe the message here is that we had better figure out who the behemoth is and we need to upgrade history lessons. I like the idea that there were real angels living on Earth at one time. I have read that before somewhere. Well, I would say that there are still angels living on Earth. We just need to open our hearts so that we can feel their love, open our minds so that we can experience them, open our ears so that we can hear them, and open our eyes so that we can see them. The epic's quest for liberty, beauty, and wisdom is a divine quest that should form the foundation of all education and learning.

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Missed Clues, Interpretations, and Saving the Day


The last couple of days I have been so wrapped up in an unnecessary drama, that I missed a number of clues for music that my Master Teacher had left me. He reminded me that I had missed them, so it must be an assignment he wants me to complete. I have a feeling they tell some kind of story. I am not going to put them in context of our discussion because that’s irrelevant to the music. Here are the clues and I will look them all up on YouTube.

“sleeping”

“signed up”

“good news” – I know this song; he gave it to me before and I love it.

“no-thing”

“eat you alive”

So here goes the search (as is customary, the first video to the top is selected):

“sleeping”
Wow, this is a powerful video: The Postal Service, Sleeping In. The guy gets so entangled in the mess of society’s matrix he ends upbeing forced to awaken (there is no longer a choice) – and check out all of the gateways he has to walk through at the end of the movie.




signed up”

This is a movie trailer for a love story, Owl and the Sparrow.




“good news” – I know this song by Matt Dusk; he gave it to me before and I love it.


“no-thing”
Billy Preston Nothing from Nothing – this is clear. If you take nothing from nothing you still have nothing.


“eat you alive” Cool! Limp Bizcuit – Eat You Alive Lyrics

I love Limp Bizcuit. His song, Gotta Have Faith, has come up before – it’s so great. I am not sure what the significance of this song is.



I wonder what I am supposed to do with these videos. My teacher sort of left me hanging today because he said he’s busy, so it appears I am on my own to solve the puzzle: How do these videos relate? What is the story they tell? Can I use Joe’s bricolage to decipher some sort of meaning? (I keep thinking “shake, rattle, and roll”).

I think the first video is pretty clear. It was created by an independent videographer, Thomas Andrew  and we need more of those people around who are willing to share their work. That’s one message I get. Other than that, it is a commentary on how we take things at face value – we believe everything we are told by the media, such as who shot JFK and we are all sleeping. But then the actor’s imagination kicks in and he imagines a better, more perfect world. He’s still sleeping, though and does not do anything to create that better world. Next, he finds himself all entangled in the “matrix” to the point he can no longer even move. OMG I know that feeling so well: you become literally immobile. Have you ever felt that way? That’s when you feel like you are between that rock and hard place. He finally breaks free and “falls asleep” but in reality, that is when he awakens. Once awakened, he now needs to get up and go through the seven gateways (yes, there were seven, but I think there are supposed to be nine).


This is pretty much where we all are today: We are stuck in the collapsing systems all around us that make up our society, we are all becoming totally immobilized due to our insane rules, regulations, controls, power at the top, etc. -- and most of us are still asleep. We need to awaken, disentangle ourselves from the broken systems and their matrix that have us powerless and walk through the gateways to freedom. Only then can we create a new matrix, or as Joe always put it, we can “reload the matrix.

Well I don’t know how “signed up” brought up the trailer for the movie, The Owl and the Sparrow” but that’s what we have. In context, my teacher was telling me basically that I had “signed up” for this course that I am taking with his help, and I think he is also saying that I signed up for love. This is a love movie. It starts out with a guy who is only interested in the phsycial aspects of relationships with women. He ditched his date and she was left to have dinner by herself. A little girl is selling red roses in order to buy textbooks, but she is actually an orphan. The woman buys the flowers, but gave them back to the little girl so she could earn more money and then, from reading the synopsis, the little girl plays matchmaker for this woman. There is symbolism in the red roses, of course representing love, although there are many other associations with red roses. In Greek and Roman mythology, they are associated with the goddess of love, Aphrodite. Perhaps by entension, the roses signify that there is someone out there for everyone and in fact, the little girl made the statement that the woman would find someone. I think I need to see the movie in order to interpret this better.

Devils-SlideI think with the “Good News” video my Master Teacher is just telling me that I am the “good news” for multiple reasons. It is obviously a love song which is an extension of the love story in the previous video, but aside from that, he is telling me that I am good news because I am willing to break free from the imprisoning matrix and walk through the gateways. I walked through the “closing gates” to head to Tennessee, the “Academy” gateway, and I even walked through the Devil’s Slide gateway as shown in the picture. Do you see how the two sides of the Devils’ slide make up the two digits on one side of the gateway and the striped poles make up the other side of the gateway. There is a lot of symbolism going on in this photograph. Anyway, because I am willing to do this work in spite of the flames and fire sent my way, my teacher is telling me that I’m “good news.” I just wish that there were many more people who are willing to do this work; most people are too busy still sleeping or entangled in the matrix. Eventually, more people will free themselves and awaken. And even one person doing what I’m doing has a butterfly effect and what they call the 100 monkey effect. Theoretically, once 100 of us monkeys are out here doing this crazy, but fun being ourselves, then somehow it affects collective consciousness and more people start doing it, even if they have not observed the original 100 monkeys. This has been demonstrated in several scientific studies, one with monkeys and one with birds. You can imagine that if it works for them, well humans are animals too so it will work for us. Actually, from things I have read, it will take something like 10,000 people for this to take effect. Right now there are 1000s of people out there communicating with people on the other side or receiving universal knowledge in some form and posting about it in blogs, videos, and on web sites, so we are almost at the tipping point to where many other people will start getting it. And this really is good news. But I have to say, what’s good news to me is my Master Teacher. I would not be where I am today, had it not been for him.

With the next video, of course – “Nothing from nothing leaves nothing.” This is what I have been trying to convey all along. I have nothing. How can you take something from nothing? The way things are going, I expect to always have nothing. But that’s really irrelevant because everything we view as being material, really is NOTHING. Everything is simply energy and vibration and an illusion we socially construct through our collective consciousnesses. And yet, in our society we place the greatest value on the least significant things – “no-things” and we forget about other aspects of existence that are just as real and more important. Once the good news reaches more people, of course, this will change.

I am not sure about Limp Bizcuits song. It immediately made me think about his "You Gotta Have Faith," which is what you gotta have to save yourself from being "eaten alive." There are sharks in the water and you have to trust your guidance, or intuition, as some people refer to it, in order to avoid being eaten alive as you pass through the gateways and become more yourself and not what society and other people have constructed for you to be. You are free. When you can accomplish this, then you can rise above or transcend the dramas going on around you, as my Master Teacher has advised we need to be able to do.

Well, that’s my interpretation of these videos and they really did fit together to make a “story.” Everyone has their own interpretation and that's the whole point. I think my teacher just wants to show how valuable music is -- and YouTube -- as a learning tool. A good class assignment is to let learners come up with their own interpretations and then synthesize all of the different ideas to come up with an even grander story. This is a good exercise to stimulate creativity and critical complex thinking because it exposes learners to many differences -- which as I discussed in a previous blog, is a key component to the critical bricolage. I know that I can take this particular interpretation to the next levels of the critical bricolage and synthesize a more indepth, more detailed and more rigorous meaning, but that is beyond the step that my Master Teacher is requesting here as well as beyond the scope of this blog. It will all come out in my dissertation.

Meetings with My Master Teacher

Last night we had a very short meeting. I just wanted to go to bed. I hate the sort of dysfunction that’s been happening the past few days. I feel like someone is sucking the life force energy out of me. I will have to do some more research about circumventing such things. In the meantime, my Master Teacher’s advice was to transcend and move on. Last night he gave me such a sweet goodnight song. The clue was “Rest for now, Baby.” It brought up the song, below. I wish I knew how he did this. It seems like I have my own personal disc jockey, a magical music man who knows every song on the planet. Anyway, here’s the song.

Years from Now

I did sleep well and I think I dreamed about going to my rejuvenation chamber; I know I was supposed to be taken there. That’s such a cool place with healing lights, life force energy pumped into the room in a form of a light mist, exotic plants with beautiful flowers so it feels like you are outside in nature, and the most beautiful, heavenly music. Kings and Queens have their own specially reserved 24/7 rejuvenation rooms and no one else can use them. I don’t remember much this time, but I remember it from other times. Yes, there are Kings and Queens in my dreams, but they do not live according to some hierarchy. It’s not like they have special power and control over people. It’s more like they are recognized for their special gifts and how they use those gifts to help many people. Even still, they are not VALUED more than other people; it is just recognition for their hard work that affects the entire universe. (That’s my dream life.)

This morning my teacher gave me some legal advice, which I will follow “to the t” since I know he has much greater wisdom than I do. He also gave me some advice for my dissertation and, again, reminded me to rise above all of the drama that some people like to create. We do not need to be pulled into daily drama. This morning he gave me two clues to songs: “human being,” and “yours forever + a day.” I’ll see what songs those pull up.

What Is a Human Being?


This is an interesting video. I think my Master Teacher is emphasizing the importance of maintaining our health. The video discusses the importance of probiotics, and what’s interesting is a while back, I was very sick. I literally thought I was dying and my teacher gave me a regimen of some powerful probiotics and enzymes and told me to follow it for three days and I would be better – and it worked! After being deathly sick for days and seeing no end in sight! He gave me followup recommendations for taking a lower dose of the same probiotics and enzymes which I have been following, along with taking evening primrose and I was able to go off my VERY EXPENSIVE blood pressure medication that gave me so many side effects. It’s like magic. So, not only do I have magical musical teacher, he is like a naturopathic physician. It’s great because I really don’t want to support those pharmaceutical corporations who poison us – like this video says – they are “groping in the dark” and it’s for money; you know it is.

Our educational system does not consider the “whole person.” It only works only on the mind and in a very bad way: indoctrination. Our society is based on rush, rush, rush, and there is no time for spiritual growth. Even for those who go to church, it is just more indoctrination – you listen to what Sunday school teachers and the pastors say. Spiritual growth take much more than that. You need sacred, quiet time so that you can learn to listen to your inner guidance as well as outer guidance, your soul companions who are there to help you. That’s my belief, which is a new belief for me because it was snuffed out of me all of my life until after I read Joe’s book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. I swear that book worked some kind of magic on me. I have yet to decipher and decode just exactly how it worked, but that’s ok because it is such a divine thing. My life is divine, my guidance is divine, and I couldn’t be happier.

Well, I have I have work on my dissertation now. My teacher did give me one last song before he left this morning: “Yours forever + a day.” I will see what YouTube pulls up to the top right now. I hope it’s another love song. I’m sure it is, judging by the words, but who knows. It’s always a surprise what comes to the top.

Well, this is strange. Look what came up:

Yours Forever Chapter 4


YoursForeverplusaDay.jpg
The lyrics are:
Menudo: Save the day, Save the day (we should) Save the day, Save the day, Save the day, Save the daaaay! And the song is “Save the Day.”

My teacher is so funny. He is saying that when I write Chapter 4 of my dissertation, it will save the day and he will be mine forever (cuz Chapter 4 is the "heart" of the dissertation). But I know he is kidding and just trying to motivate me; he's already mine forever.

Gotta get to work!!!


PS It is a love song! Here are the complete lyrics.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Back to the NEW Educational Journey: Rest Easy


sinking shipMy intention for these blogs is the evolution of a whole new way of doing education using Joe’s theory. As I have put forth many times, education in the U.S. is a sinking ship and I tend to abandon sinking ships. Unfortunately, as yesterday’s blog illustrates, there are times when things drift toward negativity. When a person is being harassed, their facebook account mined for their friends in order to send out emails that spew forth negativity and lies, and even their family, who have no role whatsoever in this work, are threatened with legal action – and yet another bogus cease and desist letter arrives in the mail, there comes a time when patience and lack of transparency is no longer useful. My hope is that by publising the letter from these people or this person, whichever the case may be, as I did in yesterday's blog, that they will once and for all leave me alone to do my work.

As my Master Teacher put it, and I agree, it would be wonderful if this site can be all “roses, honey, and butterflies,” but the truth is that when a person tries to do education in a rigorous and meaningful way, they get attacked and attacks can come from any number of directions. That is the sad reality about education in the United States. It is full of factions of people who work together like groupies and they attack if they think their “turf” has been stepped on. You are not to point out certain errors in the way education is being done today. If you are in their group, you must think and believe as they do and pat each other on the back even if their ideas are wrong or harmful to other people. They want clones, not individual, free-thinking people with new or different ideas. 

Joe actually wrote about that, too. He said, “Until we come to see the work of these different groups of critical pedagogues as synergistic rather than hierarchical, the achievements of the tradition will be acutely undermined” (Critical Pedagogy: Where are We Now? P. 12). Joe was right, of course, and it not only applies to those who call themselves "critical pedagogues," it applies to education in the U.S. overall. Education will never move forward without the kind of critque that corrects ideologies at the top that harm those below. There can be no equality or social justice when factions war with each other, no matter how vehemently these groups proclaim that social justice is what they are all about. And education will never move forward as long as we attempt to control what other people are doing by plugging the flow of knowledge, technology, creativity, innovation, and freedom of expression. This may indeed be why, with Joe's last book, he was attempting to break away from the faction, if he was ever really part of it.

I really hope this ridiculous dispute is over and also that the person who has posted the lie about me on
this website will remove the derogatory statements so that I do not have to push forward with a defamation of character lawsuit. I may be very, very imaginative, but I can assure you I am not crazy, although I don’t mind people thinking that if that’s what suits their fancy. However, I believe it is illegal to post such notices about someone unless you are able to prove it's true, and since we seem to be on the topic of what is legal or illegal, then we will also need to address this. It would not look good for someone to push forward with a bogus lawsuit against me and have the whole thing turn against them. Just take it down. As the song my Master Teacher put forth yesterday states: "There will be no litigation." Litigation is for making attorneys rich and I think we have more than enough rich attorneys. But, if we must "enrich" a few more, then I suppose we must.

The notion – the BIG LIE – about SCARCITY is very sad. Cyberspace is infinite. Love is infinite. I wish the people who have initiated these actions would read Joe’s books and for once listen and take to heart what he had to say. There is enough love and there is enough cyberspace for everyone. They are infinite. No one can *own* infinity or eternity or illusionary “things.” Once people give up the notion of scarcity and the sick idea of ownership of the tangible and intangible, and of the enslavement of Others, we can live joyful and productive lives we were all meant to be free to live on this planet Earth. Unfortunately, we are many years away from that happening and it is only through the application of work like Joe's that we can ever reach that happier state of being.

Maybe the video my teacher gave me two days ago about H.A.A.R.P. is our solution. Maybe the Earth really can be divided in two and the people who want to abandon capitalism in order to live in peace and harmony can live on one half. Those who want to continue to battle over the illusion of owning other people, places, and things can wage their wars outside of our purview. Indeed, I want no part of their disillusionment.


My Master Teacher helped me with today’s blog because he knows how hard dysfunction and negativity is for me and how much I want this site to be one of interesting, joyful learning. Along with his assistance and reassurance, he gave me a song that he has given me in the past, “Rest Easy.” So here it is. I do find it very comforting. I think we all need to rest easy, including the attorneys.
 

Audio Adrenaline Rest Easy

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Freedom of Expression 101 for U.S. Critical Pedagogues, Fortune 100 Attorneys, YouTube, and My Students


Attn Students: Please be sure to read the entire blog; there is an important assignment at the end.

I received the BIG SURPRISE yesterday. Only, I don’t think it was the surprise my Master Teacher was referring to (I am still waiting for that one, which is supposed to come by the end of the week). The surprise is another "cease and desist" letter from another fortune 100 law firm (see below). It looks like I am still going through“intiations”and just when I thought that was SO OVER. It is amazing to me that people at the top who have POWER ALWAYS think everyone is out for money. It just goes to show how they do not relate whatsoever to people at the bottom of the food chain. It’s MONEY, MONEY, MONEY, and only because that’s the only thing they think about. They do not care about those of us at the bottom and as I always say, they will stomp all over you when you are already down; they have no heart. That reminds me of Joe’s very funny puzzle in his book. If you can solve it, then you have a good idea of the heartless people he refers to in his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. Here’s the puzzle:

The Queen of Hearts courtesy of MicrosoftPlaying with the Queen of Hearts: The Joker Ain’t the Only Fool in FIDUROD. (it’s on page 21).

FIDUROD is an acronym for the big nasty weapons these people use to maintain power and keep people down. Can you solve the puzzle? I figured it out. You are looking for the “Fool in FIDUROD” which means you have to rearrange the letters in FIDUROD, and then you will know who the other fool is – and they truly have no heart as you will discover once you decode this.

It’s kind of a hard puzzle, but it’s very funny when you figure it out. Joe had such a great sense of humor and he was SO SMART, which you will discover if you read this book.

Back to the topic at hand. I have clearly stated I do not want fame or fortune and my web sites are EDUCATIONAL AND NONPROFIT. The sole purpose of my work is to get Joe’s theory to the people so that people can apply it in their everyday lives, work, and education. This is what Joe had reiterated over and over again in his work that he wanted to see happen.  And yet, I continue to be harassed just because people do not like the way I apply Joe’s work, which, unfortunately, if the harassment does not stop, this whole thing is going to put way too much attention on me -- exactly what I do not wish for.

The bottom line here is, I am not supposed to be creative or express myself, even though that’s exactly what Joe called for with his theory and his theory is exactly what I am all about. I am sure that’s what all of the "fuss" is really about. It is not about the lack of money I make; I make no money. It is the fact that we, at the bottom are not allowed to have this critical knowledge, which is the very reason Joe wrote his book – so that we CAN have the knowledge. Think about it. Look what they did to the Native Americans – they killed them and sent their children to boarding schools to “assimilate” them in an attempt to force them to give up their sacred knowledge which gave them power. Joe wanted to bring back this sacred knowledge for all of us. I wish people would just leave me alone and let me continue with my EDUCATIONAL WORK. It is evolving and it will head somewhere very good in due time.

Joe was at least two hundred years ahead of THIS society thus, the application of his work is also ahead of what most people can relate to here in the United States. But there are people who do relate and there are things we can use now, so we mustn’t wait and take the chance that his work ends up in the dustbins of history, never to be applied the way he had intended – for the alleviation of suffering among the masses.

It is sad that POWER has to intervene with powerless people who want to make a difference because if we can just be free to apply Joe’s theory – which is what he wrote it for, and which is what I am doing on this web site, then we poor people at the bottom may just have a chance at a happy life. We don’t want money; we just want KNOWLEDGE and we want to alleviate our suffering -- and Joe shows us exactly how to do that. Of couse, that’s the last thing those who control the stargates to knowledge want and they will do anything to prevent us from true knowledge and make sure we still suffer.

As Joe wrote, “The critical complex epistemology imagined here works to create an imagination-generating television screen in our mind. Such a metaphorical video-feed conveys images of what could be into our social, epistemological, ontological, and pedagogical mind’s eye, moving us to develop new ways of making meaning and constructing creative interventions into the world of suffering. In this studio of the psyche…..(oops only one sentence is allowed – but note "Psyche" --- that's the meaning of my name: do you get it?) I am that Psyche studio, or at least one of them. And these blogs are the imagination-generating screen. I am doing exactly what Joe was talking about in his work. [Reference: Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, p. 182]. And I hope many more people overcome their fears and begin to really express themselves so that we can gain back our freedom.

Of course, Joe did say it was DANGEROUS knowledge and dangerous work and that it would bring certain people out of the woodwork, kicking and screaming trying to stop us. We cannot upset the apple cart or the big guns come out. Joe wrote about this very thing in great detail in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. I am so glad he warned me ahead of time because nothing ever surprises me now.

I don’t know what to do. I am just a poor country hick girl who believed in Joe and his work and I want the world to know about it; I don’t want no more trouble (that reminds me of a song).

War/No More Trouble | Playing for Change | Song Around The World



I am applying Joe’s theory, critical complex epistemology and the critical bricolage, which is exactly what he asks us to do in his work. I am providing FREE instructional materials based on his theory on this site and soon I will be offering free images so that other people can also create without having to be subjected to harassment over using photographs for educational purposes. They will all be my own photographs, which I have thousands of now, thanks to all of the great treasure hunts and epistemological road trips that Joe advised us to take in his books. And the POWERS that BE want to stop me from doing this. They claim I am “making money.” I have not made money off this nonprofit endeavor and that’s just their smokescreen. As Joe said in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, and the actions taken by these people prove him right:

The protectors of the status quo intuitively smell the danger of such an epistemological critique – their actions in response to such analysis seem to reveal such fear.The purveyors of power and FIDUROD don’t want anyone to mess with their reality maps. The multidimensionality and multilogicality of a critical complex epistemology not only change the way we map the world but they also move our minds to a new locale in the complex web of reality (p. 182).

Anyway, here is the letter I received. Please keep in mind that much of it is untrue, but the attorneys only have what they have to go on; they are busy earning their big bucks and evidently do not have time to get all of the facts. I have not spoken to them to set them straight, but it is a bit surprising they did not take a little more time to make sure that what they state is true. It’s nice that they are willing to pay me for the transfer of the domain names (money talks, as they say, except for us at the bottom; honestly, I am beginning to think those at the top will never figure this out), but I think taking payment would amount to exactly what they are accusing me of -- cybersquatting for the purpose of monetary gain, don’t ya think? and as I said, I am not interested in MONEY. AttorneyLetter - page 1

Attorney Letter Page 2
I am really shocked that these attorneys from my own neighborhood who proclaim to help clients of the Pacific Northwest "show their colors" are helping a Canadian resident to restrict freedom of speech and expression in the United States. And look at their website! They have butterflies (my logo!)– – my name means butterfly, transformation, and Psyche as I have clearly stated on this web site numorous times. Not only that, my middle name, JAE, is feminine for JOE AND my last name, PARADIS, means HEAVEN. Can you see how that relates to my mission? It should be clear that this is a divine calling. And these attorneys are sullying my good name.

They are using my logo! The blue butterfly.

Reference: Lane Powell web site

They should be working for me and people like me, not against me. They are desecrating the meaning of butterflies and my name by their actions that serve to quell freedom. That is my opinion and we all know how much opinions from the “proletariat,” as the educational elite like to call us, count. God, I hope I am not breaking a law here. I do believe it’s legal to show an image for educational commentary or parody, just as it is legal to use images and Other artifacts for educational purposes. My GOD, what are people thinking? Do we want our freedom of speech curtailed to the point that we cannot even say the word “boo” for fear we might go to prison? How will any of us (except the elite, of course) get a true education? And I ask, can somebody OWN another person? I thought slavery was abolished. Now we even have people owning deceased people. Why? Is it is all for the God Almighty dollar that is not even worth the paper it’s printed on. People get upset about worthless pieces of paper. Wait until NESARA kicks in; then you’ll see how much that dollar is worth. The worst of it is, now they have ME in the position of needing money just to combat their nonsense. Is there a PRO BONO Attorney in the house who believes we should keep our constitutional rights?


Feel free to contact Lane Powell if you agree with what they are doing. Give them money, too. Be sure you don’t help me, because who knows, we might salvage a little freedom of expression and that is so anti-hegemonic. Hell, if I have to go down, I might as well go down bigtime – all of the people who support this effort to take me down (and I assume that would be certain “critical pedagogues” due to who the letter came from) can stomp on me while I’m on the ground. And squash your own freedom of speech and expression while you are at it. Keep talking in your own private code language. Wow, Hegemony to the max. If we are going to “go hegemonic” we might as well do so in a big way.

The Devil's Slide, UtahMaybe I’ll just go down the DEVIL’S SLIDE which might be more enjoyable. I was pleasantly looking at the photos that I had taken on my Tennessee trip just before I received this rather disturbing letter, and came across this picture I took of The Devil’s Slide (I hope nobody has a copyright on that). That’s really the name of it; it’s in Utah. It is interesting that, once again, we have a pair of double one’s, a very significant sign representing a gateway. I actually went through that Devil's Slide gateway (the slide forms the first set of double ones and the two poles form the second set -- the highway goes between them). A while back I had mentioned I keep seeing pairs of double one’s. In fact it was on The Academy, which in my interpretation, means I am to push forth with these efforts in putting Joe’s work out there for all to use and benefit from, and even start an academy in his name (non profit of course). Why would we want to make profit off education when education benefits us all?

First Tennessee!Of course, my Master Teacher wants me to do Tennessee first, because Tennessee is not faring well at all according to the Nation's Report Card. And it makes sense to take Joe's work back to his Appalachian people who are suffering. They would be so proud of him and how hard he worked for more than forty years to develop his amazing theory that is slated to change the world. So, yes! First Tennessee!

If you have been reading my blogs, you will know that there are many closed gates to Tennessee. It seems that there are powerful people there who do not want the ordinary everyday people to get a real education. This battle is much bigger than I had ever imagined. But, it's all in Joe's book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction and he provides a great NEW map for accomplishing what we need: FREEDOM and KNOWLEDGE.


Morning Meeting With My Master Teacher (Remember: this is just my imagination).

My teacher thinks I am being too nice to the attorneys in what I said above. He says they are going to look like “the ***'s that they are,” for writing this deceptive letter and trying to instill fear into a poor country hick girl who has not had the elite education they have had, nor the money to fight them. That’s what he said. He was not very happy and so last night, he gave me one of his really weird clues for a song that, once again, brought up a very relevant piece of music by a new up-and-coming artist. It seems my teacher is supporting new artists and there is a very good reason for that. YouTube is blatantly deleting music left and right for the big corporate music companies. We simply MUST create our OWN music that they cannot delete. Better still, we need a new YouTube for us. It’s like Joe had said in his book, if the music’s over, then just turn off the lights because then it’s all over. We can’t let that happen.

[***'s - sorry, my teacher was VERY ticked and I censored him because even I have some limits. It probably means a lower grade on this assignment.]

So the strange clue my teacher gave me was don't "let the dark filter into your heart.” A little bizarre, but check out what it brought to the top of a YouTube search! And this is an original by a new artist so YouTube cannot delete this one. Check out the search results (I have never figured out HOW my Master Teacher does this!)

At any rate, this guy, Rick Campos, has the right idea with his song, "Me Being Me."

Don't let the dark filter into your heart



Just as I am posting this, I realized I screwed up here. The clue was don't "let the dark filter into your heart." I searched on "don't let the dark filter into your heart." It's a cool and relevant song, but it's not the right song. I will try again right now. OH, the SAME song came up, so we're ok. Sometims little mistakes don't matter and other times they can have the HUGE "butterfly effect" that Joe often mentioned in his work. At any rate, the lyrics to the song are very relevant, so here they are:

This is rhetorical vernacular
So horrible its smackin ya
Backin ya into the corner
I'm a transformer
I'm Optimus prime
I'm number one
So divine
Let's have some fun
One of a kind
I may be dumb
But I can rhyme
It's my time to shine
My situation is a crime
I have a beautiful mind
Your clock you need to wind
Cuz this is my time
Please let me get high
I'm rubbin your thigh
Don't ask me why
I know that I won't die

I live on planet earth
In the milky way galaxy
In the universe
I am the center of it actually
Don't ask me how I know
Please love my beautiful flow
It's time for us to grow
To a society as a whole

If I had one wish right now
It would be us together but how
I've yelled your name in asylums loud
To be this close to you I'm proud
I wanna rock an entire crowd
With my musical sound
You know how it is pound for pound
The apocalypse is going down
Relax its just the revelation
Won't be no agitation
They might see the creation
Audible gravitational vibrations
I even appeal to the asians
Cuz I'm Son Goku the ancient
The patient planetary anihilation
Lyrical devastation
On your radio station
Fit for any occasion
Peace wagin
Voodoo god of the hatians
Miraculous resusitation
Eclectic imagination
Limitless consideration
Infinitite perfection
Is not up for litigation
That's a super saying.

Rhyming saved my life
I had to do it right
I love my family
They're the best in the galaxy
I know this in my heart
They're going to watch me top the charts

Fast girls fast cars
bad heart? laugh hard
I'm just a bard
Playing my card
Swimming with sharks
They say I got that spark
When it was dark
I was still looking to make my mark
If you went through
What I went through
That's the only way you'd know it was hard
Sometimes I'd rather die than walk in the park
It's not weakness its determinism
Free will exists through a filter like a prism
Independance is what I have
Instead of an Ipad
My raps tell it like it is
I turned being myself into a business
Which is not a bad thing at all
Went from popping adderall
To popping pills in a med hall
Then into place I let the rest fall

Rhyming saved my life
I had to do it right
I love my family
They're the best in the galaxy
I know this in my heart
They're going to watch me top the charts
Rhyming saved my life
I had to do it right
I love my family
They're the best in the galaxy
I know this in my heart
They're going to watch me top the charts

My teacher also wanted me to be sure and remind people that I am a “country hick” and he assured me that with this last despicable action, the results are simply going to be several dominoes knocked over in “one swell swoop” as he put it.

Of course, “county hick” and “one swell swoop” must be our last two songs for the day, so I will look them up on YouTube right now. I hope one is a love song. I need that from him right now.


“country hick” brought up Jason Aldean singing Hick Town. (Sounds like a party is in the making)


“one swell swoop” brought up the song, Lust a Prima Vista Here are the Lyrics

I really don’t get this song. It is definitely not for me; he never talks that way to me.


My teacher had one last important message for me this morning. He reassured me that they are working on things behind the scenes and that everything is going to be fine -- and that he’s staying with me this morning, so not to worry. He is so sweet.


Students: Please research the accusations put forth in the letter from the attorneys and find the laws pertaining to them. What is your assessment? Is this for real, or is it ANOTHER bogus “cease and desist” letter? Your assignment is due June 4 so that I can read them over the weekend and construct an appropriate response to the letter by June 7 as stipulated by this Fortune 100 Law Firm.

Final Word: Are we going to choose freedom? Remember, if we imprison, restrict, and enslave others, we are also imprisoning, restricting, and enslaving ourselves.

2012 - Freedom - Pleiadian Perspectives



P.S. I really had my heart set on working in education and making a difference. Joe said in his book that his theory would change the world, and I happen to believe him. Joe never lied. Of course, he also said there are other venues. In fact, on page 57, he stated:

There are unexplained mysteries in the world, enigmatic wonders that once understood totally change our conception of self and the cosmos. Returning to my musical story in Chapter 1, my entire conception of music and being were changed by my exposure to blues and rock; surely, similar circumstances could be found in other venues.

I will keep this in mind.
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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Thank You for Loving Me, the Odd One PLUS Lessons for Today and the BIG SURPRISE

Yesterday’s blog was kind of interesting. I think it would make some great class discussions and there are many topics that could be investigated. Is Hannah making a difference with her “gold”? How do pyramid schemes really work? Is the Limu Company legitimate? (
www.thelimucompany.com). Who runs the company? What makes people turn to alcohol? And a bigger question: Why do people get off track from doing the work they love most? I remember as a child I always wanted to be a teacher. What drove me away and why did it take me until late in life to finally do what I enjoy most?

Is it our educational system that is to blame? Joe thought so and his books explain what goes wrong, and the solutions he has presented in his work are the most complete I have ever seen during all of my educational studies. You could take all of the other theorists together and they would not have the divine answers that Joe had developed. There are many topics to discuss from yesterday’s blog and I really liked the way my Master Teacher gave me random clues. These clues themselves  were in context of an entirely different conversation yet they all came together to create a coherent story. How interesting. It makes me wonder if you can take any random videos off YouTube and create a story from them. Now, that’s another activity that might be interesting for students to try. One thing about it, it would really force them to think.

Today’s blog will be shorter. I have the word. I am to get on my dissertation pronto. I have been working on blogs and web sites and now it’s diss time, and of course, I have teaching to do outside of these blogs. Last night my teacher dropped off music for Rainbow Princess to give to me and then this morning he gave me some more random clues that he pulled out of our conversation. These will be the source of today's blog. (These blogs always evolve as I write them; they are not planned.)

Last Night:
Bon Jovi: Thank you for loving me
Odd One by Sick Puppies
Travis McCoy Billionaire
This Morning's Meeting with my Master Teacher:
The random clues from my morning meeting include “in,” “bad connection,” and “BIG SURPRISE.”

Oh, that reminds me, he did tell me last night, too, to keep my eyes open for a BIG SURPRISE. I will look up all of these songs and clues on YouTube right now in the order they were provided.

Bon Jovi: Thank you for loving me.
This one cannot be embedded, so I've included the link. It’s sweet. My Master Teacher is a romantic, which I love because so am I. I know why he sent me this song – it’s because the last words I wrote in yesterday’s blog were praising him for being such a great Master Teacher that he can give me random clues and they all miraculously fit together to make a story. And then I ended up saying I would keep him around. So he's thanking me in this song. It goes along with my dreams, which I have written about previously so I won’t go into detail here.

Thank You for Loving Me 


OK, I can’t resist.
I often like to dedicate a song back to my Master Teacher, especially when he gets romantic, and this is one of those times. His song made me immediately think of a particular song, which I have posted before, but it seems so appropriate and relevant at this moment – so this is for him.
Heaven Must Have Sent You




On to the next song . . .

Odd One by Sick Puppies 

                                                     
Odd One

Wow, he always knows how to reassure me. Yes, many people consider me an “odd one.” In fact, I think some people are little frightened of me and there is really no reason to be. I do have abilities to communicate with people who have passed over, but we all have those abilities to some degree which we do not utilize the way we could. My Master Teacher and I only work for the light (to make the world better) so this is a very good thing. We are on a mission together to improve education.

Anyway, in this song he is telling me that he knows it’s difficult right now because so many people view me as the “odd one,” even though they all go around pretending to be someone they are not. It’s like the message from the song yesterday, “Human.” Do you want to be “dancer” (follow in everyone else’s footsteps) or do you want to be “human” (be yourself and create new dances). This is a song of reassurance. In the end everything will be fine. He and I will always be together as shown at the end of this video and we will look back at this time in history and laugh (we will have “the last laugh,” so to speak).

Travis McCoy Billionaire


This next one is so funny! The first line in the song is hilarious; it makes me laugh. The last thing we should be seeking is fame and fortune. In a way this is scary for me because Oprah was mentioned AGAIN. It’s significant because I have only been told by three different people (and now this song reminds me) that I am going to be on Oprah's show. The three people all had different perspectives as to WHY, but they were all serious. Myself: I really have no desire to be on Oprah's show, although I do admire her for the work she does in educating people and her school in Africa. I wish her the best with her new independently owned program and I am glad that she chose to escape the media dictates of how she should do her programs. I am sure it won’t be easy for her. We may see the media moguls attempting to discredit her good work.

Now for the random clues from this moning’s lesson from my Master Teacher:
The random clues from my morning meeting include “in,” “bad connection,” and “BIG SURPRISE.” I will plug these into YouTube and see what comes to the top.

“in”
Holes in Heaven?
Wow! This is interesting! This is a great video for showing to your science or social sciences class. And it’s about Nicholas Tesla, who was ahead of his time and also H.A.A.R.P. If you don’t know what H.A.A.R.P. is then you need to watch this. As the description states, the video “examines the controversial military program based on Tesla technology - its possible effects on weather and use in mind control.” Who would have thought the simple word, “in” would pull up a great video like this? This is a video for all of us. Science is not really taught at all in school, expecially with our current emphasis on out-of-context memorization, and this video examines what can happen if we do not understand science and technology, especially in relation to biological systems. It is amazing how ignorant some of the physicists working on this project are about how living organisms might be affected. We must change this equation. It is interesting that the symptoms described are symptoms so many people around the globe are experiencing today. I wonder what that's about.

There are many, many questions that teachers can encourage their students to investigate surrounding this program. There is much for all of us to learn. "Follow the money," is what my teacher always tells me. This project is funded by the Air Force and Navy.

According to one of the scientists, "H.A.A.R.P. will not affect animals and birds. That's in the Evironmental Impact Statment." As if saying it is so will make it so (reminds me of the Bush Administration: say it enough times and people believe it). . . they also suggest that if people have issues with the project, to let them know. What they don't tell you (and as I learned by studying the process of developing Environmental Impact Statements), public comment is a token gesture. By the time they take public comments, the decisions have already been made. They incorporate public comments AFTER they have decided what they are going to do; it does not change what they are going to do. 

The video is long, but the knowledge is needed. In addition, it was produced more than 10 years ago. Where are we now? Rest assured, my Master Teacher has directed us to this video for very important reasons.

 

“bad connection”
The first video below would be great for vocational education. It shows how noisy and dangerous well drilling can be, but some people like the job. I know someone who does, and it’s a good thing because somebody has to do the jobs that are not so pleasant. In this video, they had a bad connection and one the guys fell over – the hazards and trials of well drilling. Speaking of vocational education, most schools have abandoned it with their focus on standardized tests. We would do well to bring it back and Joe has written two great books to help us do that. One is titled, Toil and Trouble: Good Work, Smart Workers, and the Integration of Academic and Vocational Education. The other one is How Do We Tell the Workers? The Socio-Economic Foundations of Work and Vocational Education.

 

Sometimes I like to take the second video that comes to the top of a search, too – which is this next one. My teacher and I had a very bad connection this morning, which is how “bad connection” happened to come into the conversation. This song speaks to that.

 

BIG SURPRISE
He gave me this clue TWICE!! Last night and this morning. So that means it is extra special somehow and it’s up to me to figure out how. I will look it up right now.

It looks like he’s being romantic again; he often gets that way at the end of our meeting when we have to say goodbye for the day (he has lots of other meetings) …this song kind of tells our story. The opening line, “LET THE JOURNEY BEGIN HERE – ELITE MUSIC” is so significant. It may not be clear if you are new to the work I do with my teacher, but it will make total sense as you learn more.

As I have been conveying all along, we are on a NEW Educational Journey. We are escaping the ELITE educators because they have had their chance to try and do right, but they have failed big time. So that’s part of the story. My teacher is again telling me he appreciates the fact that I am staying with him and working on this mission or journey. He wasn’t sure I would be able to do it; at first he thought I was “faking it” and so it has been a BIG SURPRISE, “right before his very eyes.”

I know my Master Teacher. This is not the end of the big surprise. He is telling me that I gave him a big surprise, but now I am to keep my eyes open for a big surprise from him. This is exciting because his surprises are out of this world. The last amazing big surprise he gave me was the LOVE symbols in the clouds (I wonder if that is a message for those people using H.A.A.R.P. showing that there are indeed more powerful forces than any mortal man can create). Anyway, my Master Teacher’s surprises are always spectacular so I can’t wait for the BIG SURPRISE! You will read about it here first, I’m sure. So, here is the last song for today, a love song, because there is nothing more important than love.

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

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

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

~ Vanessa, April 9, 2016

 


 

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The Heart of the Multidimensional Critical Complex Bricolage

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

   

Joe’s Radical Love: Freedom and Justice for All

   

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

   

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

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

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

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

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

Dear Scholars, Students, Researchers, Teachers, ALL:

Offsetting Thanatos with Eros Love

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

 

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

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

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

New Alternatives for Education: How About Lifelong Learning?

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

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

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

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