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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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Joe’s book Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction is available as an ebook. You will never make a better investment…..we all should be researching with Joe’s important guidance. Since the ending is just the beginning, you can begin with the last chapter. It may just spark you into wanting to read the rest, as well as his other works to see how he got there!  http://www.springer.com/us/book/9781402082238  No time to read? Right click and "listen aloud" while multitasking. [Note: I make no money off the sales of his books; my rewards are not of this world.] MAY 22, 2018 UPDATE: I SEE THAT SPRINGER IS NOT HONORING JOE'S STATED AND PUBLISHED WISHES> THE BOOK IS SUPPOSED TO BE LESS THAN $30 SO THAT POOR STUDENTS CAN AFFORD IT...AND YET SPRINGER IS CHARGING ALMOST $40 FOR THE PDF EBOOK AND ALMOST $55 FOR THE PAPERBACK! THIS IS ABOMINABLE!! THE HIGHER UPS ARE NOT PLEASED!!! THERE ARE STUDENTS IN POVERTY WHO NEED THE KNOWLEDGE IN THIS BOOK. LOWER THE PRICE!!!!! THERE IS NO REASON TO CHARGE SO MUCH! EVEN IF PUBLISHING COSTS HAVE INCREASED, AT LEAST OFFER THE EBOOK FOR LESS THAN $30. WHAT JOE WANTS, JOE GETS. HE SAID THAT IT IS TO BE LESS THAN $30. RESPECT HIS WISHES. Oh, and HAPPY TWIN FLAME DAY!! I will have some important updates soon.

 

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

To

joe.kincheloe joe.kincheloe@mcgill.ca

Thu, Sep 25, 2008 7:03 am

finished reading Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 
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CLARIFICATION OF JOE KINCHELOE'S WORK 

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

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

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

~ ~ ~ Vanessa Jae Paradis
 

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

REFERENCES

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Copyright May 11, 2013 by Vanessa Paradis

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

 

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Are You Running on Empty? Try Walking With the Angels PLUS On Being A Stateless Agent


Yesterday, two songs were handed down to me and the two songs, juxtapositioned are interesting. I will only say that, yes, I walk with many “angels,” as do so many people in the world who find great comfort in this. I do not view these people as angels in the cutesy or religious sense. It is more like I have many master teachers and loved ones who guide and support me. Even a renowned spiritual psychologist, Doreen Virtue (and isn’t her name so appropriate?) consults people so that they, too, can alleviate their suffering through contact with angels, archangels, and even fairies with her Angel Therapy. Her work is very uplifting which is why I often provide her readings on this site. We need positive words to counteract all of the negativity in the world. Actually, Doreen’s work goes much deeper than these daily readings, but so many people find this form of Angel Therapy helpful. I wish she would come out of the closet – perhaps soon, but she seems to be getting too commercialized which places obstacles on what she can and cannot talk about. She is not a “stateless agent” like I am. She has mentioned that she channels information from an author passed over to the other side, but she has not divulged who that author is.

It’s interesting that the second song addresses the first song about “running on empty.” And honestly, these two songs were somewhat divinely handed down to me again and quite coincidentally. The first one just popped into my mind for some reason yesterday morning and I looked it up and copied the code into my blog to use for today.  The song played in my mind much of the day. Perhaps Rainbow Princess read my mind or something, because then last evening she gave me a little slip of paper with second song title written on it and she told me quite emphatically that I would REALLY LOVE this song. It’s as if she realized I needed relief from “running on empty” all day. Here are the two songs.

Jackson Browne 1977 Running on Empty


Doro feat. Tarja Turunen - Walking With The Angels (with lyrics)


Nothing much new on the “home front.” I have been studying and reading articles for my dissertation and came across an article called, “Demystifying Interdisciplinary Qualitative Research” that was by Thomas Greckhamer, et al., and was in Qualitative Inquiry, March of 2008. This is where I came up with the second part of the title for today’s blog – according to their take on how knowledge production works, I am a “stateless agent.” I have not been accepted into a disciplinary field through which my knowledge production can be sanctioned and legitimated. There is a lot to be said for the “stateless state” condition, however. On the one hand, I am totally ignored which can be a very good thing. On the other hand, I may just have a greater impact than those who belong to a well-defined “paradigmatic garden” with all of its fences that keep people like me out because I don't have to live by their rules. It is worth contemplating. One thing I know for sure, I enjoy the freedom. I do not like being censored for no reason and I feel it really plugs up knowledge like a plugged toilet full of you know what. And what did my Master Teacher have to say about it this morning? I will provide his clues out of context and assume that he wishes to get his message across through music – he gave me two songs to look up on YouTube. The clues are “bozo” and “out of state.” I will look them up right now.


Oh, wow, I loved this show when I was a kid. I had no idea how handsome Bozo the Clown was! It just goes to show how “looks can be deceiving” and so can “performances.”


“bozo”

What's My Line? - Bozo the Clown


I need major help with interpreting this next one. It’s like a language I don’t know at all. It talks a lot about money, which is funny because that was exactly the issue I took to my teacher earlier this morning. My university is playing games again and gave me money on paper but then took it away before it got in my hands -- right when I need it most. Of course, they have their rationale – it is always blamed on the feds (which this song also mentions, interestingly: “no feds” gotta get “bread” or in other words, if the feds get involved when it has to do with needing money, you might as well forget it). The song also talks about needing work – yes, I am needing SOMETHING here to bring in the dough, just like the guy in this song. The funny thing is how the song ends – talking about gotta get this paper “any way it takes” even if it means “rollin’ out of state.” I am sure they are talking about something else, but for me it means that I have to write a paper (in addition to my dissertation) that my Master Teacher has just requested, even if I am a “stateless agent.” The funny thing about that is, people will listen even though they are “not listening.” I think that was his point: Because I am a stateless agent, I am actually in a very good position to put out there what I wish to say. Now, if I just knew somebody who could help me interpret this song! Maybe the Urban Dictionary can help.


“out of state.”

Obie Trice - Out of state  Lyrics

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Whatís More Shocking than These Blogs? Answer: Awakening Each Morning to Reality on Earth PLUS We Need to Shine Our Lights!


Yes, it is true. I sometimes awaken in the morning crying because I have once again left a reality in which I which I love and am loved to reenter one that I feel is a nightmare that is not of my own creation, at least not entirely. But then it is my job, apparently, to be one of those people who break the earthlings’ rules that have been devised for no good purpose other than to harm and immobilize those of us who have little power – as well as attempt to enforce the rules that should never be broken, rules that the elite power brokers feel are their inalienable right to break. The condition of this world and the reality of billions of suffering people is a shock to my consciousness each and every morning when I awaken. But I have loving support and I am never alone -- I am thankful for that.

And so the battles rage on. While I am in my own battles, once again – having to fight for what is rightfully mine and pull out the big guns in the form of attorneys – that is mere inconvenience when I consider the suffering all over the world of billions of people starving, downtrodden, victimized, invaded, lands and hope all destroyed – mostly nonwhite peoples. Like my teacher told me last night midst all of my frustrations due to imposed obstacles that I was not getting anywhere with for the moment, there are “better things to do.” Of course, this called for a YouTube search on that clue, which brought up the following song to emphasize the point.

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings - Better things to do




I am “white.” At least that is the label attached to me and what I have been led to believe, even though we ALL have originated from Africa and we are all brothers and sisters and I believe this with all my heart. As a result of being labeled white, I have had many special privileges. It is now my privilege to say that we who are white no matter what our station in life must bring to the forefront once and for all NOT CHEAP TALK and educational jargon, but actions. We must make apologies, amends, and yes, even put our money where our mouths are – we must pay in the form of apologies and reparations to all peoples we have allowed our leaders of the white people to commit atrocious crimes and genocide upon all over the world. We need to do this with our precious “god” money and we need to get in the trenches and do the real work.

Do you know the most accurate estimate today is that more than 50,000,000 Indians were killed in the area we now call the United States? We have done nothing to apologize or compensate for this tragedy. Their lands were stolen, many tribes no longer exist at all, and their cultures have nearly been lost completely. More than 80 treaties were written to “compensate” and every single treaty has been broken, not even being worth the paper they were written on. And how about Africa? Can we even tally up the people in Africa for whom we have been responsible for killing? Try to even find the numbers. All I know is that from the time I was a very young child, shocked by viewing dying babies pictured in LIFE magazine, nothing has changed. Why has nothing changed? As long as we, as white people, sit back and do nothing we are as guilty as those rich, elite, Money Masters I have discussed in these blogs.


Education is supposed to be the answer for this? If education is the answer for this, then why have things not changed? It is because our education is devised to PREVENT things from changing.

[ Pink Floyd ] we dont need no education




Pink Floyd got it right – we don’t need education if it is going to only produce the same old status quo that would make hamburger meat out of all of us.

Our chosen leaders are culpable -- and so are we who have chosen them and allow them to continue the same killing, destruction, pillaging, stealing, fabricating wars, dividing us, poisoning us, and controlling us in ever more deceptive, scientifically ingenious, and obscure ways. And they have clever ways to keep us divided, debating, and misinformed (while informing us with selective information). Just as one little example, check out this “Pro-Life” Group that claims to provide “truth” about population control: http://www.pop.org/ I don’t question the premise that "overpopulation" is not an issue but rather a sick and contrived “problem” (inherent in the very word, overpopulation, is the idea that some of us need to go); I question the motivation of this organization for framing it the way they do and I question who is behind this organization and how they tie into the political matrix – and how much money their CEO/CFOs make. They appeal to the large group of people who ascribe to the Christian Fundamentalist Right Wing position (hook, line and sinker). Mission accomplished.

Another commentary:

The primary focus of his multi-billion dollar Gates Foundation is vaccinations, especially in Africa and other underdeveloped countries. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a founding member of the GAVI Alliance (Global Alliance for Vaccinations and Immunization) in partnership with the World Bank, WHO and the vaccine industry. The goal of GAVI is to vaccinate every newborn child in the developing world.

Now that sounds like noble philanthropic work. The problem is that the vaccine industry has been repeatedly caught dumping dangerous—meaning unsafe because untested or proven harmful—vaccines onto unwitting Third World populations when they cannot get rid of the vaccines in the West. Some organizations have suggested that the true aim of the vaccinations is to make people sicker and even more susceptible to disease and premature death.

Source: http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article17644.html


How do we get to real truth?
Joe had the right idea: if someone claims to have or know the “truth,” then run away with your wallet. Invariably, “truth” is all about money. The complexity of an issue such as whether "overpopulation" truly has viable aspects to consider or whether it is just another contrived issue to divide us is the very reason why it is necessary to take the time to view it from all different angles and from as many perspectives as possible. Everyone has an agenda. Everyone is biased. The research required is extensive, the perspectives are many, the synthesis requires dedication, and those in power literally BANK on us not doing that work.


Joe’s work is so important. He has given us the tools to, perhaps not get to the “true reality” but we can certainly gain a much greater understanding of what is really happening, who’s doing it, why, and most important, what we can do to change things -- real, viable actions that we can and must do.
And as I have been saying all along in these blogs, education has got to change. It can no longer be about money, fame, fortune, notoriety, one-upmanship. It can no longer be about “social justice” which has become a smokescreen to continue on the same old worn pathway that has gates all along the path closed tight unless you support the status quo in some form or fashion. Well, that is the very matrix that is crumbling and being replaced with a new, love-based, sincere, and very brilliant matrix as started by Joe and many other people who committed their lives to the work we really need to be doing -- work that leads to what is needed most, not obfuscated and ambiguous, "social justice," but rather pure and simple


JUSTICE

Morning Meeting With My Master Teacher
As I said at the beginning of the blog, it was rough waking up in this world to the same old problems, but at the same time I know I have to do my work here -- and I WANT to do the work here!! I had been dreaming about getting lessons on the bricolage for my dissertation and so I was disappointed to have to leave that particular dream. I was, however, able to remember in detail this time what our discussion was about and I wrote up the draft to add to my dissertation which justifies the approach I am taking with this methodology and why I am not taking another approach, so that was very beneficial.


We also talked about the global “treasure hunt.” It is wonderful to know there are many people who have worked and continue to work on this project. People who have literally dedicated their lives to work toward justice in a way that has been envisioned by many. The matrix truly is being reloaded, various old ships are sinking with new ones being built, and the old matrix continues to crumble apart more rapidly each day. Various people and organizations continue to grasp the old but their efforts are becoming increasingly futile. The new is replacing the old and confounding their strategies. I see this everyday in all of my interactions with systems and organizations built on our "religion" the free market system which has no constraints to prevent harm against people and the earth. And what is exciting is that "time" which is an illusion from our 3D earth perspective is moving faster and faster, so this is good news. It means that change will be faster and faster!

My Master Teacher also mentioned that I am too hard on myself, plus he suggested to cut down the blog (which I have, because I was about to take off on an extensive epistemological “road trip” on the Internet to track down more information). His final word was, “keep it simple.” How many times have we heard that one in education? I know he must have been joking. Nevertheless, that is the clue for the last song of the day. I will look it up right now on YouTube.

I like the second song that came to the top, too, so I included the first two songs.

“keep it simple.”
Keep It Simple - Cobra Starship

Mohamed Ali - Keep it Simple


And finally, this interesting message and a different perspective from August 29 (below), says that we all need to shine our light and share our vision.

Read Joe’s book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. In his absolute brilliance, he has lined out a vision for us all. And it will get us out of this mess!

I love this quote about ship building that I just happened to come across yesterday because this is what Joe’s book does for me:


"If you want to build a ship, don't herd people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea." ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.


Shine Your Light - Share Your Vision

a message from Ronna Herman

Sunday, 29 August, 2010 

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Beloved masters, during these times of accelerated transformation and chaotic change, two major, distinctive groups have formed among the races, religions and cultures of the world. These two factions are very distinguishable from our vantage point in the higher realms. Those who have faith in the future, and are striving in every way possible to make a better world for themselves and others have auric fields gleaming with Light, which extend outward in ever-widening circles, thereby affecting everything and everyone around them.

Many of you have become power transformers and sentinels for the influx of Divine Light that is seeking an anchoring source upon the Earth. As we have said many times, the powerful, transforming, full-spectrum Light is the Sacred Fire energy needed by the Earth and humanity to successfully transition from the dense / broad-spectrum duality of the lower dimensions into the Lightness and expanded freedom of the higher fourth and fifth dimensions.

Miraculously for you, the faithful Souls who have your eyes and hearts focused on a bright, new future, your visions and dreams are coming true more quickly than you could ever imagine. Your intuitive abilities are becoming stronger and more accurate, and you are swiftly becoming proficient at mind-to-mind communication with your guides and teachers in the higher realms. Your manifestation skills are improving, for you know that you must faithfully adhere to the universal laws of supply: first, you must have a concise, clear seed thought of what you desire to manifest (this is accomplished by using the attributes of Divine Will, the First Ray from God, the Father); second, you must solicit the assistance of your Higher Self and angelic helpers by stating, “I ask for this or something better for my greatest good and the most beneficial outcome for all. You must also add the emotional, heart-felt fuel to your seed thoughts (this activity draws upon the attributes of the Second Ray, love and wisdom from our Mother God). Third, you must take the action needed to bring your dreams to fruition (this is applying the dynamic attributes of the Third Ray), thereby taking advantage of all the qualities, attributes and virtues of God Consciousness of the Third thorough Seventh Rays.

Fear is the predominant emotion of the masses who are still stuck in the maelstrom of negativity within the mass consciousness belief structure. Fear of the future, fear of scarcity, the government, corporations, other religious beliefs, different cultures/races, and even fear of God’s wrath. There is dislike and fear of those who look, think and act differently, and most of all, there is fear of change. They fear, therefore, they criticize, judge and lash out in anger and frustration, thereby creating an even greater / stronger thought form of negativity and fear around them. These poor, disillusioned Souls are creating a stronger, ever-expanding vortex of negativity around themselves and their loved ones, thereby drawing to them those things they fear the most. They are caught in a web of self-fulfilling prophecy that reinforces their beliefs and keeps them shackled to their illusionary world of suffering, scarcity and chaos.

One day, they too will lift their eyes and hearts to the heavens, and they will answer the whisperings of Spirit as they turn inward for the comfort and guidance of their Soul Self. However, as you are aware, a grand cosmic cycle is swiftly coming to a close; and the Earth is spiraling into a new position within the solar system regardless of who is ready to ascend with it or who is not. And so, my beloved Light Bearers, this is where you come in. This is your grand opportunity to SHINE YOUR LIGHT and SHARE YOUR VISION.

Yes, we hear and understand your protests. You think you are not good enough or wise enough to teach. It frightens some of you so much that you want to withdraw and no longer make an effort to expand your awareness and claim your mastery. This message is to assure you, beloveds, that you are already a teacher for those around you. You are teaching by example. You are teaching through your words and actions. You are teaching with every word you speak and every thought form you send out into the ethers. Your auric field affects the people around you in either a positive or negative way. Are you radiating Love, faith, hope and freedom? Perhaps you are not adding to the fear and negativity; however, let us assure you, you cannot remain at a status quo or in the inertia of non-action. Universal law demands that in order to maintain a constant influx of Creator Love/Light, it must flow into you and then radiate out from you after you have taken the portion you need. This is an immutable, infallible law.

In past messages, we have explained to you how the Avatars, Ascended Masters, the Angelic Kingdom and the great Beings of Light, along with a swiftly expanding number of earthly Initiates on the Path, will be working together under the guidance of the Cosmic Council of Light to bring forth the advanced wisdom teachings for these unprecedented times of transformation and ascension. Make no mistake, all of you who are on the Path are teachers, whether in a formal manner or just by example, and what is needed most of all is your radiance.

Remember, you magnetize energy to you and you radiate energy from your Solar Power Center (front and back). As your Energetic Signature becomes more refined and is attuned to the higher frequencies of Light, you will still draw forth a portion of the half-spectrum, Primal Life Force substance as long as you are still in a third- / fourth-dimensional environment. However, it will mix and meld with the higher frequency Adamantine Particles of Light and will be automatically transformed by your loving intention into higher frequency energy as you align your free will with the Will of our Father/Mother God.

You are the ones who must be the receptacles and transformers of the Divine Light from the Supreme Creator which is filtered down to you from our Father/Mother God. Just as our beloved universal parents reduce and filter the Creator Light out into the galactic suns and it is then transduced down through the suns of your solar system, you are needed to filter the Light through yourselves. You must then activate it with your unconditional love and radiate it out into the world. The only way you can become pure receptacles of the Light is to become Self-masters, and the only way you can do that is to become "en-Lighten-ed" via the wisdom teachings you have been offered. This requires that you integrate these cosmic principles into your lives so that you may become living examples and guiding Lights.

In order to become a living tributary for the River of Life, you must prepare yourselves to allow the Essence of Life to flow into and through you. You must use what you need and then allow the remainder to flow forth, ready and available to be molded into wondrous new creations. In this way, you will become Bearers and Servers of the Light. This is the ultimate message of all the teachings we have given you over these past years. This is the goal of Self-mastery. This is the way of ascension.

Allow us to give you more thoughts to contemplate until we come together again next month:

* The enlightenment process begins when you shift your ego personality and outward-focused, left brain consciousness to incorporate your right brain, inward-focused intuitive consciousness and you begin to listen to your Soul Self.

* New pathways in the brain are opened as you begin to unlock the light packets of wisdom and your history stored in the higher-dimensional levels of your Sacred Mind. The old pathways and painful memories of your third- and fourth-dimensional past begin to fade, and you will find that it becomes more and more difficult to remember the failures and suffering of your past lives. Have we not told you that you are healing the past as you spiral into the future? You will remember who you are and your history, but only the positive, harmonious events.

* The moment of awakening is when the Kundalini fire ignites in the root chakra and moves up the spine through the chakra system, opening the Seven Seals of Higher Consciousness. The medulla oblongata or the Ascension Chakra, which is sometimes called the Mouth of God, is activated and the pineal gland begins to pulsate and function as it was originally designed to do. This in turn opens the crown chakra or the lotus of en-Lighten-ment at the top of the head, thereby connecting with the shining column of Light, which ultimately leads to your God Self or I Am Presence. Once you make this connection you are forever changed. The empowerment of Spirit begins to flow through you as you begin to reclaim your mastery of Self along with the godly gifts of your Divine heritage.

* You are returning to your natural state of Being, and you are reclaiming your cosmic consciousness as you refine and prepare to be the new prototype “Adams and Eves” of the new Golden Galaxy of the future.

* You must seek to align with the many facets of your Higher Self and always strive for the greatest good. You are no longer just an individual focused on your own welfare as you move deeper into the Oneness of Spirit. As you move into a state of harmlessness, you also move into a state of grace, and this is when the magic begins. There will be neurobiological restructuring of the brain, and you will eventually achieve an irreversible state of Cosmic Consciousness.

* Be assured that enlightenment of the masses is possible in this lifetime, and each of you has an integral part to play in this grand drama.

* The Age of the Seventh Ray and the Violet Flame is a pivotal point within the process of evolution, whereby the Threefold Flame of God Consciousness dramatically accelerates its direct influence upon the Earth and humanity. As it accelerates, it spins or spirals downward via the Seventh Ray, upward from the great, ageless Violet Fires within the Earth, and outward in frequency from within the heart centers of you, the en-Lighten-ed Light Bearers around the world. This Divine Elixir of Cosmic Fire is created by the merging into oneness of the Blue Flame of Divine Will of the Father with the Pink Flame of Divine Love of the Goddess, along with the radiant Golden Flame of Divine Wisdom. This spiraling action brings a blending of the Pink and Blue Flames with a core of Golden Fire, thus creating the Sacred Violet Flame. This creates a Divine alchemy whereby all discordant or inharmonious energies can be transmuted or transformed into positive Life Force substance. It contains all the gifts and blessings of our Father/Mother God and makes them available to you, their Solar sons and daughters or “Suns of Light,” which were born of their sacred union.

Beloveds, in the future it will be normal to live within the auric field of a master, a distinguished Being of Light, or on rare occasions, an archangel. You, the aspirants on the Path are building a bridge between the material world and the world of Spirit. The Light of the intellect and the Light of reason bring wisdom and understanding, for they supply the mental nature with the fuel that enables you to comprehend and master the world of form. Before you incarnated, you agreed to Light the path and show the way for those following behind. You must be diligent in your search for the truth, and you must have an intense desire and willingness to serve if you are to join the ranks of the masters. You are now in the process of adjusting to higher frequencies of electromagnetic Light currents. The Soul Self encourages you to become consciously aware of the universal laws so that you may take full advantage of your God-given creative abilities.

Brave hearts, we enfold you within our auric field of protection, and we radiate to you the eternal love and gratitude of the Cosmic Council of Light. We are with you always.

I AM Archangel Michael. This message was originally posted here

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

From an Air of Mystery to MAGIC! Everything Little Thing She Does


I was up so late last night working on the MATRIX RELOAD as I wrote about yesterday that I ended up sleeping in later than I ever do. It’s all ok though. My Master Teacher recommended keeping the blog today very short with an “air of mystery.”

He told me to build on whatever video comes up to the top on a YouTube search with that clue and he gave me one other clue, emanating from a sort of term of endearment -- you divine “little thing, you,” -- which was not meant to be derogatory because he jokes around a lot. I always “get” his jokes.

So now we have a major clue: “air of mystery” and a minor clue “little thing, you.” I will look these up on YouTube right now.


“air of mystery.”

Air of Mystery - part 1

That turned out to be a movie segment and there are a lot of players plus it is really difficult to see and hear, adding to the “air of mystery.” This makes the interpretation really complex. I noticed that at the beginning of the movie one of the actresses stated that she had just been selected as a board member. That caught my attention because I relate to it, having just been selected as a board member for a special organization.

Other than that, there is someone named Bo who escaped from prison, a traitor, and a rich powerful man who is a criminal, and many other players. Since I am supposed to keep the blog short today and since everyone will have their own interpretation of this little movie segment, I am going to leave it at that – just as my teacher instructed, with an “air of mystery.”

Now for the second clue, “little thing, you.” Oh, wow….we go from mystery to magic! I like this song so much that I decided I just HAD to make it a ring tone for my cell phone!


“little thing, you.”

Sting - Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic  Lyrics

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Have You Crossed the Border Yet? Or Do You Just Talk About It?


As they always say, talk is cheap and I hear a lot of people talking about crossing borders, but do they do it? And the ones who actually DO cross the border – well, have they done any good there? I don't know; I am just asking. I will do the research later.

We are reloading the matrix now and it’s exciting! Joe used the metaphor from the movie “The Matrix Reloaded” as a way to describe how we get in there and make new connections across all borders. I suspect when this matrix reloading is finished, we will view border crossing in a whole new light and realize the insanity of doing the same things over and over again, expecting new results. In fact, I suspect we will be disintegrating all borders.

For what good does it do to have borders and then cross a border for one’s own selfish purposes? We need to cross borders to see what we can learn there – and as Joe put it – to “alleviate suffering.” And he was not talking about “rescuing” people or saving the world because that is not possible if we have not first rescued ourselves so that we are more capable of reaching both inward and outward with love as our foundation. We must remember we are ALL stars.

As I wrote yesterday and previously, we are all Master Teachers. Yes, we have knowledge to share and that’s fine. But we have much more knowledge to gain from other people – all of the other Master Teachers in the world, each and every one of them and borders serve no useful purpose in this regard. Joe knew this so well. For example, in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction he stated:
 

Over my 35 years of being teacher, professor, speaker, cultural worker, and researcher, I’ve been asked many times: “where did you come up with the perspective on schools or media that you used in your article or speech – I’ve never heard such a point of view before?” Oftentimes my answer involves telling the inquisitor that I simply listened to people who have been deemed failures by the larger society or by the schools they attended. Such individuals, I have learned over the years often possess some of the most compelling insights into what is actually happening. (p. vii).


So, as you can see, Joe listened to the people for which education matters. That IS education. Listening, sharing, and most importantly, loving. It is very simple, but it happens rarely and I find this so painful to observe and be a part of that I am just not sure, even with a PhD, that I want to step into the cesspool of educators who know all of the answers about fixing the world when all they do is listen to each other. Few take time to listen to the people they are subjecting their “brilliant” solutions to. The system is devised to reward this continuing dysfunctional process, which Joe discusses in great detail from almost every perspective one can imagine in his book.

There is bright spot in all of this. The old systems are crumbling even as people desperately cling to the old ways of doing things. The matrix we are grasping is crumbling right out of our hands. We are being forced to find new ways and in my way of thinking, this is a great blessing, a great relief, a breath of fresh air, and a drink from waters that allow for the release of the imagination for creating a reality that is amenable to eternal life. Yes, if earth were a beautiful, peaceful, joyful place to be, who would not want to live forever?

Get Ready: The Matrix is Being Reloaded! What does that mean for you? I really MUST watch that movie! As I have said, I am just not much of a movie or TV person, but I do realize that there are times when they are highly useful for making certain points and Joe was very good at that. He has hidden what I call “MOVIE Easter Eggs” along with lots of “MUSIC Easter Eggs” throughout his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. Joe used so many interesting techniques in his books. He made the most brilliant use of polysemy and hermeneutics that I have ever encountered. And he did something different from what other "educators" have ever done: He wrote about knowledge.

Meetings With My Master Teacher
My meetings have been especially special. Very divinely special, but I cannot get into much detail at this time. Watch for the “spectacle” at some point in the future. This is a joke, of course, because for the last couple of days I have discussed how television is no longer about real life, but rather everything has to be made into a spectacle. Joe talked about this in great detail in his book. So, look for me on TV soon! (God, I hope not! I am only kidding -- I hate spotlights).

Anyway, my teacher gave me three songs which I will have to take out of context since this is not the time or place to discuss our conversation or what my learning has consisted of during our last two meetings (most people are not ready for it). Last night he gave me the clues, “pay dirt” and “fool” and then this morning he gave me the clue “one.” That was it. I can say that the word “fool” was in context of some advice he gave me to avoid looking like a fool. So, I’ll look these up on YouTube according to our agreed-upon policy (taking the first song or video that comes to the top): 

“pay dirt” Well, this clue was given to me in a rather unique context which, as I said, I cannot discuss at this time. The song has several meaning for me. First, “pay dirt” is an idiom that has several meanings:

pay dirt–noun

1. soil, gravel, or ore that can be mined profitably.

2. Informal . any source of success or wealth; a fortunate discovery or profitable venture: After months of experimentation, the scientists finally hit pay dirt.

3. Football . end zone ( def. 1 ) .


Origin:
1855–60,
Americanism  Source: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/pay+dirt

k.d. lang & The Reclines - Pay Dirt (1986)  LYRICS



With the multiple meanings to the idiom, pay dirt, there are multiple interpretations for this song, which is also about love….oh, I know what it means for me (and you will have an entirely different meaning). It relates to the discussions I have been having with my teacher. First, I do NOT want to go to work, not really – except for the gigantic project we are working on. This makes money very difficult right now, but what he is telling me with this song is that I don’t need to worry. I don’t have to go out and get a job that would take up all of my time and where I would be unhappy being forced to do things in ways I know are wrong (such as the way I would forced to “teach” little children) and be paid very little for it. I had a job like that and it was upsetting to me to watch other teachers label children (and gossip about the labels) and then assume that these very brilliant children were not capable of learning much. It was SO WRONG! I knew they were brilliant children because I would take them out of the "psychologically debilitating" (Joe's term) classroom to the library where they demonstrated their brilliance. These were high school students and the teacher was following a script and teaching them “how to read” as if they were kindergartners and I kid you not….and these students already knew how to read! She would force them all to pronounce the simplest words, making them feel like idiots: “Say ‘b’” and the students would have to all in unison say the b sound. Then she would say, “Say ‘a’” and they would all have to say the ‘a’ sound. Then she would say, “Say ‘t’” and they would all have say the t sound. Then she would say, “Say b-a-t” and they would all have to repeat after her. Then she would say “Say ‘bat’” – and this went on day after day. My  GOD, she was teaching juniors and seniors in high school, most of whom I found could read just fine but were bored out of their minds and could not force themselves to do the work – it was way too easy for them and humiliating and degrading.

So that was my personal experience and an example of exactly what Joe refers to in his books as “scripted teaching” and an example of a teacher who had no clue and no understanding of differentiated teaching. She bought into the positivistic research that “proved” this system works magic in helping learners improve their reading skills. In case someone wants to know what this crazy program was, it is called “Language!” It is totally scripted and from my observation it was harming many children. There were only one or two children in the entire class who were truly struggling with reading. The others were just bored with what they had to read and the endless worksheets and assessments.

That is such a bad/sad memory for me. What did we do at the library? The kids would rush through filling out their worksheets which were so elementary that they could do so in a matter of moments in a more democratic setting and then they would read the assignments so that they could pass the stupid tests, and basically, I LISTENED to them and their concerns, their hopes and their dreams. I hope that they all came out of the situation with their diplomas and are able to rise above the false labels they had been assigned.

My Celtic Treasure Found in the Yard Search Treasure HuntSorry, I got off track. Back to the song meaning. My teacher is telling me that I do NOT have to go back to that sort of scene because we have hit “pay dirt” in the sense of funding for this huge project we will be working on that is going to make an enormous difference. I think I’m dreaming (so don't take me too seriously; remember this is a narrative as well as performance text based on multiple perspectives). . . At the end, we will all come together and have a grand celebration in honor of a new and brighter beginning. I also think this song has something to do with treasure hunting because it talks about digging in the ground. I still have not found the treasury notes that were buried behind a barn in Kings Valley on last summer's Kings Valley Treasure Hunt (you would have to go back and read those blogs). And I am wondering if digging in the ground means I will be sent on some more treasure hunts that require me to use the metal detector to look for something. The previous Yard Search Treasure Hunt, which was the very first one, led to my finding the sacred Yin Yang disk shown in the picture (when I was supposed to be searching for a diamond ring), but then the diamond ring was delivered to my door. So in that sense, I have already hit pay dirt for that treasure hunt….I don’t know what’s going to happen. Oh, the song also talks about going to the river and sifting in the sand! It had been hinted to me previously that there is “Gold up in them thar hills” which was part of the Kings Valley Treasure Hunt, and I have yet to go panning for gold to try and find it. There’s a stream I am supposed to take my metal detector to which can be used in the water to find gold, and I have not done that yet….I wonder if I am being prepared for more treasure hunting. The song ends with the hint that along with love, there is a LOT of money – that I really have hit “pay dirt!” Thus, the song seems to be saying whatever I am instructed to do, it’s going to be very big. That’s exciting!

“fool” Now for the next song. Oops it is not a song – it's funny! Talk about being a fool. I guess I don’t need to worry, lol. Bush would have done better as a comedian….this is SO FUNNY!! No one ever has to feel foolish again!! Not even me!
President Bush -- Fool me Once

Here, my Master Teacher is telling me that I do not need to self-censor myself as much as I do. No one can look more foolish than the former President Bush in this video….I thank my teacher for the great laughs for today. I hope President Bush has a good sense of humor, too.

And now for the next song or video….I hope it’s a love song because I love to end up with love songs! Here goes, looking up “one.”


“one.”
It’s not a love song – it is about crossing real borders the very topic of this blog, and reaching out in love:

ONE


That’s it for today. It looks like the long and winding road is going to become quite exciting!

The Corrs - The Long and Winding Road

 

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Friday, August 27, 2010

On the Verge of Debt Disaster? Plus Channeled Movie Stars, Taco Pizza, and Staying on the Right Spiritual Path


This is interesting. I took a quiz to see how great a risk my financial situation is (of course, I fudged a little on the answers to the questions primarily to see the response). Check this out:
Congratulations

That’s funny. Congratulations? For being on the edge of financial disaster? Forget the car repair they’re talking about. It won’t happen and I’ll travel by foot. And right: the National Foundation for Credit Counseling is going to do something about those Money Masters and the free market system that I have been discussing in my blogs lately.

Heck no, all they will do is make sure the consumer owns up to a lot of guilt for being in financial hell through no fault of their own. It’s that “blame the victims” raising its ugly head again. And it is amazing how they even use us peons to condemn each other. Truly, no one would be in debt if they were responsible little slave workers, we unwittingly tell each other. Talk about hegemony – the consequence of not being able to conceive of perspectives other than our own – which is something Joe’s theory if applied can remedy quite easily.

Go back out there and slave away and be sure you avoid those new speed traps on your way to work, where if you are distracted by your money worries or job stress, you will inadvertently end up with a $200 speeding ticket to add to your troubles. And stay off the cell phones when you are driving. I hear that the cops are going to be passing out tickets for that now with no provocation (other than to be able to steal more money from you). They do need to keep their jobs. Yes, like I concluded yesterday, the free market economy is our new religion. “In money we trust.”

Here’s what the National Foundation for Credit Counseling says about themselves:

Founded in 1951, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC), Inc., promotes the national agenda for financially responsible behavior and builds capacity for its Members to deliver the highest quality financial education and counseling services. The NFCC is the nations largest and longest serving national nonprofit credit counseling network, with more than 100 Member agencies and nearly 850 offices in communities throughout the country. Each year, NFCC Members assist 4 million consumers, helping many to drive down their debt and take control of their finances.

It is amazing how PROUD of themselves they are, considering the state of the economy and how it has disintegrated for most of us since 1951. Of course, after all of the research I have done in previous blogs about the real national agenda as controlled by the Money Masters, it makes good sense why we are where we are today. Quite frankly, this organization is trying to educate the wrong people! (But it is part of the hegemonic plan.)They really need to go after the big Money Masters and teach them a thing or two. They also need to educate their top dogs about how unfair it is to be making so much money (most likely millions per year) while at the very same time they are scamming money from those who are struggling along below the poverty line. What a deal. Treat us as dummies -- and we really are dummies if we fall for the scam.

Whoever is on the board of this agency is well-hidden, there does not seem to be link…well, with a little more research here is the Chief Executive Officer. With her background in banking she is no doubt a master of money. She is also with AIB-- scroll down and check out their tax evasion issue. I don't know why it continues to surprise me that the elite members of this world insist on following different rules than are enforced upon the rest of us. And here is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Do you think they have volunteered for these positions? I wonder how much we, down at the bottom who seek their help are ripped off to pay for these people and this web site that fails to address the REAL issue: all of the money is at the top and we at the bottom continue to be scammed!

Well, no matter how you look at this service, it is a total scam. Here we have rich people at the top of this organization telling you to go to rich people at the top of similar organizations for “education.” They tell you to look closely at the board members of those secondary organizations and ensure they are trained, certified, and recommended by them, yet they make their own members and employees hard to find and research.

The whole idea is a scam. By the time people are in the position of needing debt services, it is NOT counseling or education they need – it is MONEY. Most people who seek out such services are in debt due to lack of employment or underemployment, as well as the consequence of being ripped off from every direction -- not because they mismanaged their money. THEY DO NOT NEED EDUCATION!!! They do not need recalculated payments. They need OUT. They need the Money Masters who control the jobs and the flow of money all put in prison and the money redistributed. End of story.

Meetings With My Master Teacher
I was really upset yesterday due to some bad vibrations I was feeling and I had to call my teacher in the middle of the day, which I rarely do because I know he is busy teaching other people and attending meetings. But he always gives me reassurance and makes me feel that everything is going to turn out just fine and I really needed that just then. Fortunately, he was not busy this time. He explained that there are many people who always want to think the worst of other people even though there is no evidence whatsoever. He told me not to worry, that everything is going to be just fine; it will all go according to divine plans, it always does.

Thank God for the loving support and advice I have, not only from my Master Teacher, but from many other people, many other Master Teachers who work with me each day. (As I learned yesterday, everyone is a Master Teacher; or at least that is how we should view the people who come into our lives in order to maximize learning, even if we think we don’t like them. So, we should be thankful for them all and I am.) As Christians like to say, The “Lord” works in mysterious ways. While I do not believe the doctrine of Christianity -- I only believe what I experience for myself -- but I have seen how the “Lord” or however you wish to define God or the flow of the universe, does, in fact, work in mysterious and divine ways. It can even be really tricky sometimes and you just have to keep the faith and follow along. When things don’t go the way you think you want them to, that’s when you really get practice “letting go” like Joe talked about in his book that is so important.

Letting go is really hard, but I have seen the rewards when I have been able to accomplish it. They can be instantaneous. For example, I was really stressing out about money just a couple of days ago and I was trying to decide which action I should take to try and get some money. Finally, I said to heck with it. Nothing I had been trying was working, so I decided I would just quit trying, it was pointless. Lo AND behold the telephone rang just a few minutes later. And what do you think it was? You guessed it! It was money that I was not even expecting, had not asked for and it just fell right into my lap. So, you see, I know that “letting go” really does work. I just wish I was better at it. Practice makes perfect.

My teacher gave me two songs to relieve my stress, evidently, since that is why I contacted him – I was feeling stressed and begged him for some stress relief and a better perspective on some important things that will be happening soon and which have me feeling a bit overwhelmed. The clues he gave me are “something going on” and “the ladies.” So here we go; I will look them up right now.

This first song could be interpreted multiple ways as can all of the songs that come up with the clues my teacher provides. What’s great is that we can interpret these things in ways that are best for ourselves, personally. I have recently discussed this – we can choose our interpretations to create the reality we wish. I leave all options open for these things because I may interpret something one way one day and another way the next day. So this song can refer to a relationship thing but it also could apply to something on a grander scale, or maybe it could refer to something else entirely. I love hermeneutics and polysemy because they are tools that Joe has shown in his books can help alleviate human suffering just by the way things are interpreted. Of course, there is a lot to be said for interpretations that cause pain to release pain. I have experienced much pain as a result of those types of interpretations as discussed in previous blogs, but as my teachers have explained, the way past the pain is "through the pain." This process is supposed to help prevent old pain from intruding in new situations, and by my experience, it does. However, there are many cases, if one interpretation causes pain, then it can be turned around: Interpreting it another way may provide greater understanding and alleviate suffering. We choose the way we perceive and interpret our realities. Einstein taught us that a long time ago, which Joe also talks about and explains really well in his books, especially Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. Sadly, most people seem stuck on interpreting things one way and it is usually in a way that is most harmful for all parties. I agree with Joe’s view that we need to move away from the contention that there is “one true reality” and realize that there are multiple perspectives which we can uncover by using tools of interpretation such as hermeneutics and polysemy. We all win in that scenario. But this country, sadly, is not based on us all winning, is it? The irrational mentality continues on: Someone wins; someone loses. That is not my reality, thankfully. I truly believe we can all win, but on the other hand, we cannot control what other people choose to do and so the “winning and losing” continues for just a bit longer. I do believe things are changing rapidly in the cracks and crevices of the matrix (as Joe put it, we are reloading the matrix). Anyway, here is the song that came up with the clue:

“something going on”
FRIDA (ABBA) - 'I Know There's Something Going On" [promo]

 

I am going to have to talk to my teacher. This next video does NOT cheer me up! It treats women like objects to critique. And how hegemonic for a woman to be participating in this disgusting act of critiquing other women like they are spectacles. This is totally disgusting and it comes from “Clevver TV” no less. Clevver TV chooses to make a spectacle of these people (I wrote about that very thing in yesterday’s blog – “spectacle TV” – you would have to go back and read it because Joe had something important to say about that). I have to admit that mention of Jennifer Stone “channeling” a super star caught my attention. What will they come up with next to create a spectacle? At any rate, it was a good thing my teacher had actually used “ladies” in context when he gave me the clue and that it was a good context. He suggested pizza for dinner for “the ladies” so, that was exactly what we did last night! We (the ladies) had our favorite delicious Taco Pizza! Fortunately, there was enough money in my checking account to pay for it. I am so well taken care of.

“the ladies.”
Ladies Fashion Report From The Creative Arts Emmys

I really like Doreen’s message today. Today’s date, 8-27, is significant, as she points out: 8 has to do with abundance, 2 means keep the faith, and 7 means you are on the right path. Thus, stay on the path, keep the faith, and you will experience abundance. And then with the card she draws, Archangel Michael brings up the topic of fear and worry again – we are not to fear or be worried, something my teachers constantly remind me of, thankfully. I hope other people find this message inspirational as well. No worries, no fears: we are all meant to stay on our proper divine and spiritual paths as determined by our soul contracts which we designed and signed in consultation with our Master Teachers in advance of our earth education (just another perspective from which to view our life journeys). 

Doreen's Daily Oracle Card Reading Aug 27, 2010

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Neo-Liberalism and the Free Market, Final Installment PLUS Whatcha Say?

I just realized I have not answered my question about the definition of Neo-Liberal and whether it is a philosophy, ideology, or a monetary system, which was one of the questions that had taken me on the long winding "epistemological road trip" on the Montreal Philosophy web site. It has come to my awareness that we can choose what we want the term to mean. Joe defined it in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction as “both an orientation to economic policy and philosophy” (p. 24).

I think I will take it even further than this. Neo-liberalism and the free market economy have literally turned into a religion that has permeated every corner of our society, including religious institutions and organizations. Money HAS replaced God. In relation to media, specifically television and how it no longer depicts life as it is, but has to create sensation and spectacle, Joe writes, “This spectacle-dimension of hyperreality’s new ecology of knowledge takes us back to the previously mentioned infotainment and its ideological importance in garnering support for the neo-liberal, market-as-deity dimensions of contemporary life” (p. 202). I will leave it at that. Readers can decide for themselves whether money has indeed become god, thus, Neo-Liberalism a form of religious worship.

My meetings with my Master Teacher consisted of many instructions for my global project which is classified at this time, so there is not much to share. He did pick up on my wanting a song from him at the very end of this morning’s meeting and so he very sweetly gave me a clue at the last minute: “What you say?” It’s funny because it was not a contextual statement at all – it is simply a clue for a song, so I will look it up right now.

My teacher is so nice! This is a sweet love song that addresses some issues we have had the past few days that we have been discussing back and forth. It was a personal discussion, so I won’t get into the details here. I like this song!

This is a great love song for many people to share with each other. There are times for forgiving and what better way than using a song to express your feelings.

“What you say?”
Jason Derulo - Whatcha Say (Video)
Jason Derulo

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Neo-Liberalism and the Free Market: A Deeper Analysis Part 7


Back to the painting the author of the web site, Montreal Philosophy, chose for the background.

Painting: (original here) To the left you see a Jewish widow, Judith, standing tall and beautiful with the forest in the background, strong and proud after having returned from her mission. She had gone to an Assyrian camp where she seduced and slayed their leader, Holofernes, and decapitated the head which she now holds. Notice how her lavish dress — soft, transparent and adorned with gold — seems ruffled, with her left breast exposed. The head of Holofernes is partially hidden, making her return the focus of our attention. You can read the whole story here and the painting is by Gustav Klimt.


I am not going to pretend to understand why this author chose the painting and its accompanying story. It makes a powerful statement, and at the same time, looking at the specific artists’ work makes additional very powerful spiritual statements as was indicated in one of my earlier blogs on this topic.

Yes, I am back to discussing the neo-liberalism and the free market; you will have to backtrack to see the previous blogs which have been interspersed with blogs on other topics. I was on a journey of the web site, Montreal Philosophy as well as some outside sites, a sort of “epistemological road trip” as Joe referred to them in his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. I wanted to see how it might enlighten me as to what the following seemingly obfuscated article was trying to tell me:

The Original Article I am trying to understand: Neoliberalism: The Misunderstood Ideology (Assuming it exists)

Another important aspect is that the artist was a very impoverished Austrian. This was worth researching some more and led to some interesting interrelationships with the topic we are considering here, free market economics.

Frankly, I am a bit bored with this analysis now, and I am going to leave off some of the information I discovered along with a few questions. I have already reached my conclusion that the obfuscated article that led to all of this research is not helpful in moving forward an understanding of the free market economy and, indeed the author of this web site made the following confession on the About page, thus, it is logical to conclude this author (like all of us) is in the PROCESS of learning.

I find that by writing about something, I develop my understanding of it and, hopefully, I will be able to share both this process and its fruits.

Therefore, I believe that the article was inadvertently obfuscated perhaps due to a lack of research on the part of the author. At the very least, the statements made in the article should have been supported with evidence and they were not. I can only conclude that the author needs to expand his/her thoughts via a little more research and then the article can be taken out of its obfuscated state. The conclusion here is that, while those in power obfuscate for devious reasons, we also obfuscate when we do not have enough information. Thus, it behooves us to learn research skills and use them.

Here is the additional information I turned up. The questions I have which I will come back to another time (and keep in mind as I continue my research) are the following:

What is Austrian economics?
What role did it play in the free market system?
Why does credit for the free market system seem to sway according to whether it is judged good or bad and between the Austrian economists and Milton Friedman?
Who was REALLY the major contributor to the adoption of free market economics in the U.S. and Chile?
How does the free market economy play out in other countries in comparsion with the U.S. and Chile?
Do publishers/the media restrict negative commentary about Milton Friedman or was Joe just playing around when he wrote about Milton Friedman on page 666 of his book, Getting Beyond the Facts, second edition? (He had such a great sense of humor and it shows up from time to time in his books.) Of course, even though most people think 666 is a bad number, it really is not.

Here are some sources to get you started with your own research if you find this topic as interesting as I have:

http://mises.org/etexts/austrian.aspKeynesian

Keynesian economics:
A school of thought (inspired by John Maynard
Keynes) that prescribes government budget deficits as a way to
lift the economy out of recession and restore full employment.

Austrian economics: A school of thought (inspired by Carl Menger and

others who happened to be Austrian) that blames recessions on

government interference with the economy, and recommends

tax and spending cuts to help the economy during a recession.

Reference: Lessons for the Young Economist

The two phenomena—a rising stock of money
2 and a general rise in

prices—typically go hand in hand. In fact, after documenting the very tight

historical correlations—across the centuries and across the world—the

economist Milton Friedman famously summarized his research by declaring,

“Inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon.”

What Friedman was saying is that whenever and wherever he had found

long-term and rapid price rises in his research, he also found a rapidly

increasing stock of money. People often blame price inflation on greedy

companies, aggressive labor unions, or a government running up its debt.

But what Friedman had established was that historically, lasting price inflation

could only happen if the amount of money in the economy grew as

well. (p. 326). Note: This has been shown to be incorrect.

THE FACTS as taught in Lessons for the Young Economist:
Lesson Recap
•••
• The business cycle is the regular pattern in market economies

where there are a few years of a “boom” characterized by

low unemployment, rising wages and corporate earnings, and

the expansion of many businesses. After the boom there is

a “bust” or recession, characterized by high unemployment,

stagnant or even falling wages and corporate earnings, and

the liquidation of many businesses.
• The government, acting through the central bank, causes

the boom-bust cycle by interfering with the market interest

rate. When the central bank creates new money and releases

it into the credit markets, this artificially lowers the interest

rate, giving a false signal to entrepreneurs to expand their

operations and invest in long-term projects. People feel richer

during the boom, but the prosperity is an illusion, because it

is not based on genuine saving but instead on inflation. The

inevitable crash is actually the market’s desirable readjustment

to the underlying realities.
• During an unsustainable boom (generated by inflation in

the credit markets), many workers and other resources are

channeled into the wrong industries. After the recession sets

in, the market must reallocate them to their proper niches.

This shuffling of workers can take time, and appears as high

rates of unemployment. Government efforts to “help”—such

as sending checks to people without a job—prolong the

period of high unemployment. (p.374).

http://mises.org/resources/5706/Lessons-for-the-Young-Economist-Beta

This is all from the Ludwig von Mises Institute which supports “Austrian Economics” site: http://mises.org/literature.aspx

The Austrian Case for the Free Market Process: Knowledge Products (Great Economic Thinkers) (Library Edition) [Audio CD]

Dr. William Peterson (Author), Louis Rukeyser (Reader)

Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) and Friedrich Hayek (1899-1992) were perhaps the foremost defenders of the free market and limited government during the mid-twentieth century ascendancy of Keynesian economics.

Mises highlighted the problem of economic calculation in non-market economics. He saw the price system as the basis of economic calculation, and emphasized the importance of sound money for it to work properly. Mises created an all-encompassing theory of economics as a system of human action. Hayek emphasized the role of knowledge in economics, asserting that man “cannot acquire the full knowledge that would make mastery of events possible.” He insisted that capitalism has improved the living conditions of workers. Hayek received the Nobel Prize in 1974.

The fading of Friedman

Paul Ormerod

16th December 2006  —  Issue 129

Milton Friedman was a highly original economic thinker. But even in the one area he was proved correct, his work is likely to be outshone by that of another economist

Milton Friedman, John Maynard Keynes and Friedrich Hayek: the three great famous economists from the middle decades of the 20th century. What were the similarities and differences between them, and how do they stand in the discipline of economics as it develops in the 21st century?

http://www.uwex.edu/disted/design.cfm

Hayek and Friedman: Head to Head

Roger W. Garrison

A Friedman-Hayek alliance would seem to be in order especially in the

context of the 1920s, when the story to be told could not be convincingly told in

terms of the Keynesian aggregates.

Auburn University http://www.auburn.edu/~garriro/hayek%20and%20friedman.pdf

This article is a good one about NeoLiberalism:

http://www.cadtm.org/From-Friedman-and-Hayek-to

Series: A Glance in the Rear View Mirror to Understand the Present

From Friedman and Hayek to Greenspan  passing through the duo World Bank-IMF: Neo-liberal dogmas

30 September 2009 by Eric Toussaint


So much for free market economy for now. I think we have run it into the GROUND (in more ways than one, lol – only it’s not funny if you are suffering from lack of income, job, home, or food).

I think the most interesting thing about this research on the free market economy, particularly the study of the article in question, is how when it appears we are getting off track, for example by examining the artist of the painting, it can get us right back on track in some most interesting ways. We learned that there were other perhaps lesser, perhaps greater contributors to the free market economy – Austrian economists. This supports the contention that teachers should refrain from directing student research. All knowledge is interconnected and we need to trust the process. Research is critically important, no doubt about that. And it leads to more questions and more research. Oftentimes, the learners can determine for themselves whether they have gone far enough and it should always be considered a process that they can come back and touch on another time, taking the research further.

Meetings with my Master Teacher
Yesterday I was so bumbed out and feeling a bit overwhelmed. As he always does, my teacher made sure I knew that I am especially super special to him. That helped a lot because he is so super special to me, too. I think we are on equal ground. He fills in my missing pieces and I hope I am not disillusioned in believing that I also have something to offer him – it’s that reciprocity in action, although I still on my own accord feel deficient and undeserving of the great love he offers me. It just makes me feel sad sometimes and I hope to overcome this with time. He helps me a lot with this, though. Then this morning, he commented on my feeling better, giving me the clue, “re-charged” which is no doubt a song.

This morning’s meeting was exciting because we are moving forward on the Global Treasure Hunt and subsequent project. I am excited! He left, telling me to have “a great and lovely day.” That has to another song. I will look these two up on YouTube right now!

This is an interesting and re-charging piece of music. I was not able to find the lyrics. Also, Aphrodite (as in the goddess) has shown up in these blogs before – can you find where?

“re-charged”
Aphrodite - Music' s Hypnotising (Re- Charged)



“a great and lovely day.” OOOH – this song means my teacher has something very special planned for today. We shall see. I will report back tomorrow. Uh-oh, check out the lyrics. The song is also about a ship going down. If you have been reading these blogs that has been a consistent theme throughout – the education ship is sinking, along with other ships. In fact, it just surfaced (pardon the pun) again last Sunday with the blog, May Day! May Day! In the Swampy Highlands, LOL. Well, as has often been pointed out, there are always multiple interpretations for these things. I will choose the best one for myself – can’t wait to see what my surprise is for today! (You did know you get to CHOOSE interpretations, right? That we create the reality we want, right? This is where you can choose between suffering or alleviating suffering. To be on a sinking ship would amount to suffering, so I won't go there. I choose the special surprise!).

Lizabeth Webb This Is My Lovely Day 1947  Lyrics

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A Brief Reprieve from Free Market Economics: The Global Treasure Hunt Begins

Yesterday, I left the blog hanging with four videos that my Master Teacher had given me and which I did not interpret. For one thing, I knew there would be more to the story and there is. Btw, I just read something that I thought was very interesting. EVERYONE is a Master Teacher; therefore, everyone you encounter is your Master Teacher. At least, that’s what the article was attempting to convey. It seems to match Joe’s philosophy in that we can all learn from each other and if we take the view that everyone is a Master Teacher we might just learn even more.

This next video which was brought up by the clue, “right or wrong,” which is being added to the growing list from yesterday, and is another clue he gave me at our meeting Monday night. It is interesting because it relates to my frustration over trying to get people to contribute to a very worthy cause. It always amazes me how many people claim to be Christian and believe in the Bible yet they forget that what they give to others returns to them “tenfold” like this song says. Yet, instead they look for every reason not to contribute, causing themselves a form of cognitive dissonance. I know that what you give comes back to you many times over is true because I think I have given a lot during my lifetime without expecting anything back and today my life is blessed beyond tenfold. But the key is that you have to see money for what it is – merely a form of energy. In other words, at the moment I may not have much money in the form so many people value it, but I have immeasurable amounts of energy and power in the form of love and spiritual power and insight. It is somewhat similar to the power discussed by Archie Fire Lame Deer in his book, “Gift of Power,” which I have just started reading. I am not saying I am a “medicine man” by any means. That is a different sort of power and it is very special to be able to heal people. I do not know how to heal people, but I do know how and when to consult with those who do in order to cure some of my own health issues. We all have spiritual power that we use to varying degrees, some of us just use it more than others – and that, I believe is my gift – being able to tap into spiritual power.

And so, now I am just beginning a new, divinely handed down global treasure hunt that is almost like a puzzle with pieces scattered far and wide. That was how I interpreted my task – to find the missing pieces and put them together. I had asked my Master Teacher if I was on the right track yesterday which is when he said “you are ‘hot’” which was a clue to look up a song on YouTube, bringing up the Avril Levigne song. Thus, we are back to all of these songs and trying to analyze them.

Yesterday I received a message that helped me believe I am on the right track with my new treasure hunt – and I just love to find little gifts and indications from the universe. They provide comfort and reassurance. I had to go out and send a fax as a part of my mission task and as I walked out of the store, I looked down to see a puzzle piece lying on the ground – the “missing puzzle piece.” I picked it up to keep since it was a special gift from the universe telling me that I had, indeed, just taken care of one of the missing puzzle pieces – and it was also a reminder that I have many more pieces to find!!! The puzzle piece just completed was only one small piece of a very large puzzle. I will busy for a long time, but it is a divine and spiritually blessed busyness that emanates from reciprocally giving and receiving from the powerful, infinite universe. The universe does not acknowledge scarcity – that is a human constructed false reality, much like fear is.

Finally, this morning, my Master Teacher gave me some final clues, “the score” and “false energy appearing real”

"The Score (2001)" Theatrical TrailerDMX Right or Wrong  LYRICS


COUNTDOWN SPECIAL COMMENT ON BUSH FEAR 2-14-08


I love the title of this next song, “Fear is the thief of dreams.” It is so correct. The only time I have “bad” dreams is if I allow false reality to appear real – if I convince myself that it is real. Fortunately, that seldom happens anymore so most of my dreams are good dreams and I learn a lot from them. Often I am in class, in meetings, with various Master Teachers, etc., and my dreams have become learning experiences that provide me with knowledge I can apply in my everyday life and for doing my part to make the world better.

Experience Self / Strength ~ fear is the thief of dreams



As I look back at all of these seemingly random videos, I see that they do, indeed, tell a story. The story is in Joe’s book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction as well as in some of his other works. First, you must place love above all else. Joe wrote repeatedly about how love was the most important thing. That is love for other people as well as yourself. It has to be an all-out, no holds barred form of love just like Avril Livigne sings in the first song yesterday, “Hot.”

It takes that kind of love to get to the second stage, which the Beatles sing about with their song, “Come Together.” Joe tried hard to bring everyone together, but the problem was not enough people had learned to love. We can’t come together if we do not love each other.

The third video yesterday was the Batfink cartoon, “The Short Circuit Case.” Here, we have a mad scientist who has caused a major short circuit that has interrupted power to the entire city. Batfink tries to find him to put a stop to his madness, but the Mad Scientist has him trapped by a powerful magnet as he goes on to create chaos in the world. Batfink and his friend Karate use special powers to escape the various traps and they succeed in capturing the Mad Scientist, thus winning the key to the city. I like to think we can win the key to the “kingdom” if we use our special powers to escape the mad scientists on earth. Joe talks all about FIDUROD and its positivistic science that is literally crazy. He shows us how to identify the madness and find ways to escape – and if we make use of special powers we are in an even better place to find solutions for escaping the madness. (That’s just my own personal interpretation.)

The last video for yesterday is helpful for delineating between rational and irrational people (yes, I know, it was talking about numbers, but if you apply the discussion to people it is insightful. For example, irrational numbers, such a pi, goes on endlessly never repeating the same pattern, so basically, you never know what to expect. It reminds me of the Urban Dictionary’s definition of catorce that is used to describe certain people (I will let you look that up). And yes, Joe wrote about this type of behavior in his book.

How do we get beyond the mad scientists and irrationality? Again, the answer is love so that we can all come together. This is almost kindergarten stuff, so have one has to wonder why have we not figured it out yet. FIDUROD is powerful, but if we use our own special powers, we are more powerful.

That was yesterday’s videos. Now for an analysis of today’s videos and how they might expand the understanding. And what did Joe say?

First, we have "Right or Wrong" by DMX. The lyrics are very special to this song. . . makes me sad because it reminds me of Joe. He never judged people or tried to make them do things certain ways. "Right or wrong, whichever way they choose." Anyway, this song talks about how God, if you believe in God -- or the Great Spirit -- or the universe knows us inside out. We can only fool ourselves if we justify making wrong choices...and yet we all do it. The song returns to a point I have brought out many times -- we have grace for when we make mistakes. But of course, that does not mean we are not accountable. As the song states at the end:

They know they gonna owe.
Their soul to the road they choose.
It don't matter if you win or lose.
You still gotta pay them dues.


The last two videos highlight the reason why we make wrong choices and it all goes back to FEAR, false energy appearing real. The Bush administration successfully fueled so many of us on fear. That can only work for so long though and the truth does come out. This particular video shows that his tactics (as a puppet -- actually, the tactics of those who pulled his strings) were winding down. The truth was coming out. And the last video is a song about how fear steals our dreams. There are mutliple interpretations, as is always the case with anything you interpret. However, I have found that when fear seeps in, I can have a bad dream. When I keep fears reigned in, I have the sweetest dreams. We can learn a lot from and during our dreams. Joe was right about that. And we must stop being afraid to love.

8:08 pm | link 

Monday, August 23, 2010

Neo-Liberalism and the Free Market: A Deeper Analysis Part 6 PLUS a New Treasure Hunt that Spans the Globe!


Am I ever late today getting the blog out today once again. But I have found some missing pieces to the treasure, so it is very good.

Finally! Back to neo-liberalism and the free market. I was on a journey of the web site, Montreal Philosophy as well as some outside sites, a sort of “epistemological road trip” as Joe referred to them in his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. I wanted to see how it might enlighten me as to what the following seemingly obfuscated article was trying to tell me:

The Original Article I am trying to understand: Neoliberalism: The Misunderstood Ideology (Assuming it exists)

Next, in my research about this website to determine whether the article was worth pursuing, I was drawn to learn more about this painting, which I actually found quite shocking for such a prominent position on the site. Of course, with it being stated as a Jewish woman, it made my immediate perception (before all of the other analyses) that these blogs were written by a Jewish person and perhaps supported Milton Friedman’s free market ideas. It was a tentative conclusion, however, and I was very curious about this painting and the story that goes with it. Click on the links of this excerpt from the web site to learn more.

Painting: (original here) To the left you see a Jewish widow, Judith, standing tall and beautiful with the forest in the background, strong and proud after having returned from her mission. She had gone to an Assyrian camp where she seduced and slayed their leader, Holofernes, and decapitated the head which she now holds. Notice how her lavish dress — soft, transparent and adorned with gold — seems ruffled, with her left breast exposed. The head of Holofernes is partially hidden, making her return the focus of our attention. You can read the whole story here and the painting is by Gustav Klimt.

It turns out that
The Story, as described above is from the Bible, but is left out of many versions of the Bible, according to Wikipedia:

The Book of Judith is a deuterocanonical book, included in the Septuagint, and in the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Christian Old Testament of the Bible, but excluded by Pharisaic-Rabbinical Jews and Protestants. It has been said that the book contains numerous historical anachronisms, which is why many scholars now accept it as non-historical; it has been considered a parable or perhaps the first historical novel.

Why has this author selected this particular story to represent the web site. Is the author female? Is she after the enemy? This is difficult to surmise and at this point I am not sure how this entry helps me – and yet it is highly significant. I will need to get some more advice before I continue forward with this analysis. It is curious to me why the Book of Judith was taken out of the Bible just because it is considered to be a parable or historical novel. There is much more in the Bible that should be taken out, then. Even more interesting is that Hermeneutics, the methodology for interpretation was initially developed around interpreting the Bible because it needed interpretation. Why would that be, if the Bible is so literal it needs no interpretation? It is actually frightening to me when I hear so many people say that they interpret the entire Bible literally.

Well, with this investigation, I have more questions than answers and I expect if this research continues for much longer, I will need to come back to this. For now, I am going to let it rest and tomorrow I will get into more discussion of the artist who painted this picture.

Meetings With My Master Teacher
I have been super busy trying to get things better organized, something I have not done since moving to my new house. I hope that this will help my research by allowing me to find things more easily. I have been feeling discouraged because my mission work is not as productive as I would like, but my teacher said that there are still a lot of greedy people in the world at this time and not to expect to change people. He reminded me of the many people who are doing their part out of love.

Then this morning, it dawned on me that I am on the beginning throes of yet another treasure hunt in which I must move past some obstacles before things progress. Once I do get past them, progress will be very fast. Most likely I will be taking some more epistemological road trips. This treasure hunt will even be going global. I wonder what the treasure hunt should be named; I have not been provided a name for it. I think it is a treasure hunt that’s still under wraps. When it comes out in the open it will have a name. When I described to my Master Teacher what I understand so far about this treasure hunt and how it involves putting together pieces of puzzles, he said that I was “hot,” meaning very close to having it figured out. And he said it would all “come together,” which is a song that keeps coming up. And finally, his last clue was “short circuit,” so will have to see what these clues all bring up today. And last night he had given me the clue “irrational rationality” and so I will see what videos all of these clues bring up and try to make semblance out of them.

Here are all of the videos. They totally relate to each other if you know the story they are telling. Well, think about it and I will discuss them more tomorrow.

This sounds like a song from a woman to her man.
Avril Lavigne - Hot




This song comes up a lot and is very significant. Last time Michael Jackson came to the top of the search; today it is the Beatles.
The Beatles - Come Together (Custom Music Video)



Cool! A cartoon! There is a reason my Teacher picks out the videos he does! This one is about trying to reach the Mad Scientist.
Batfink - The Short Circuit Case

This video was given to me last night and it seems relevant, especially to the mad scientist video.
Rational and Irrational Numbers

5:19 pm | link 

Sunday, August 22, 2010

May Day! May Day! In the Swampy Highlands, LOL

Yesterday’s clue for music was so funny. I had asked my Master Teacher for an “off the wall” clue since he hadn’t given me even one song for the blog and I always love it when he gives me those off the wall clues that bring up music that is relevant to the topic being discussed. So, the clue he gave me was “It is May Day in the swampy highlands.” It brought up such a perfect and appropriate song since the topic of spirituality had come up during yesterday’s discussion of Neo-Liberalism and the free market economy (see yesterday’s blog along with the discussion under “Meeting With My Master Teacher” and the song, “Falling in the Black” by Skillet).

I gave my teacher an A++ for that one (yes, I get to grade him, too. It’s only fair.).

The clue itself is very meaningful. Yes, it is May Day in the swampy highlands! I am thinking of those people at the swampy top of the hierarchy who want it ALL and soon their ship will be sinking.

As an example of how they put us between that rock and hard place and cause pain and suffering, I am currently unemployed and I was looking for online teaching jobs. I found that I can either work for Knowledge Learning Corporation for $12 an hour or for Educate Online for $10 an hour – that is what the going rate is for droidful online “teachers” who watch over K12 students being programmed with automated, “stupidifying” (as Joe would say), canned information. Or I can work for minimum wage, providing I can adhere to behaving as an automaton to eves drop and police teachers to make sure they are following procedures (and turn them in if they deviate from the policies and rote processes). I just cannot bring myself to contributing to this sad state of affairs that will only serve to create suffering among everyone involved other than those at the top getting filthy rich over everyone else’s pain caused by this scheme.
It truly is May Day in the swampy highlands!

Of course, there is also THIS defintion of the highlands, and I really need to look into this some more (What is it all about?):

Highland [ˈhaɪlənd]
n
1. (Placename) a council area in N Scotland, formed in 1975 (as Highland Region) from Caithness, Sutherland, Nairnshire, most of Inverness-shire, and Ross and Cromarty except for the Outer Hebrides. Administrative centre: Inverness. Pop.: 208 914 (2001). Area: 25 149 sq. km (9710 sq. miles)
2. (Placename) (modifier) of, relating to, or denoting the Highlands of Scotland

Reference: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/highland


My Morning Meeting With My Master Teacher
He talked about all of the trials and tribulations so many of us are experiencing right now and assured me that things will be changing soon. As he explained, there are still too many people who have this “It’s all about me” attitude. Of course, that is a song to look up on YouTube, so here it is (and we all really need to get past this attitude!):

Its All About Me- By Chelsea Staub



Interestingly, last night, my teacher had given me a clue that relates to all of this (I just now realized this). He told me "Beddy Bye Time" and when I looked up the clue on YouTube, it brought up the following video. In the video, if you look closely, he has given us a good clue for what we need to do. Can you find it? (Hint: Think about a sinking ship, since it is "May Day, May Day," afterall. You do have to watch closely so as not to miss the clue.

Let's Play Legend of Dragoon (Co-Op) pt30: Awww, It's Past ProGamer's Beddy-Bye Time


Tomorrow: Back to the discussion about the free market economy -- the very culprit that has caused this May Day in the swampy highlands.

8:18 am | link 

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Neo-Liberalism and the Free Market: A Deeper Analysis Part 5

Back to neo-liberalism and the free market. I was on a journey of the web site,
Montreal Philosophy as well as some outside sites, a sort of “epistemological road trip” as Joe referred to them in his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. I wanted to see how it might enlighten me as to what the following seemingly obfuscated article was trying to tell me:

The Original Article I am trying to understand: Neoliberalism: The Misunderstood Ideology (Assuming it exists)

My next “trip” on this web site, in trying to figure out where the author is coming from so that I might better interpret the article about Milton Friedman, who was Jewish, btw and so my curiosity about this Montreal Philosophy website is aroused even more. What is the author of this website trying to convey with all of the Jewish topics, innuendos, symbols and other references to Jewish people and culture. It does not seem to be a negative presentation (“anti-semetic”) and yet it is persistent on this website. Is the author Jewish? Is the author attempting a neutral presentation to make a point? How does this impact the interpretation of the article above?

My purpose in this analysis is, again, to make an attempt to determine why the article above seems confused and obfuscated and whether it is useful in my study of Neo-liberalism and the free market or whether it should be tossed out as not providing anything new or interesting. I will present my conclusions at the end of this analysis. I have made my conclusions, but I am walking readers through the steps I went through to reach them, thus, I will carry on with presenting those steps – the “epistemological road trip.”

I was a bit shocked by the painting that forms the template background of this website, Montreal Philosophy when I researched it further and found what it really is and what it represents. But then, much like using the bricolage, it is the juxtapositioning of shocking elements that shakes us up and opens our consciousness, perhaps even motivates us into exploring and learning more – which is what I did. Perhaps, this is the very reason Dussault used this painting as a background – to get us to thinking. Here’s what the author had to say about this painting, which I may have covered in an earlier blog, but will repeat here to maintain better coherency:

Painting: (original here) To the left you see a Jewish widow, Judith, standing tall and beautiful with the forest in the background, strong and proud after having returned from her mission. She had gone to an Assyrian camp where she seduced and slayed their leader, Holofernes, and decapitated the head which she now holds. Notice how her lavish dress — soft, transparent and adorned with gold — seems ruffled, with her left breast exposed. The head of Holofernes is partially hidden, making her return the focus of our attention. You can read the whole story here and the painting is by Gustav Klimt.

If you click on the “here” link, the story that this painting is illustrated can be read.

In fact, in a previous blog I posted many links to paintings by this artist, which present another perspective or point that is relevant to understanding this web site. I will get back to this painter in a future blog because he is relevant. Because this author, Dussault provides a blog in which there is a thorough analysis of artwork (see An Analysis of William Wordsworth’s “Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections Of Early Childhood”), it seems safe to assume that this particular painting and this artist were selected with some sort of purpose or intention in mind. In addition, there is a spiritual theme running through this website based on the selection of artwork and other interspersed comments from the author. This might also shed some light on the perspective of this blog writer.

My next step is trying to understand this story depicted by the painting that takes a prominent position on this site, especially given that the author included a link to the story.

Now that I have gotten this far in the analysis, I am realizing how important differences are and the problem we as a society create when we do not allow people the FREEDOM to be who they are – even if it means wearing “swastikas,” for as has been shown previously, swastika meanings are as diverse as cultures and they are very important symbols for so many of us. I am sensing that the author may be making a statement about this in some subtle ways.

Being Scottish-Irish, I noticed that that the swastika is also a Celtic symbol, now quashed in some countries at least, such as the U.S. because we as a society go along like sheep and have taken that "one true reality" perspective that Joe cautioned us against in his work – that there is only ONE meaning of all symbols that resemble the swastika. Can we not see how this one symbol serves to keep us all divided and that our compliance with viewing it as having just one true meaning plays right into the hands of those who hold power – those who want to keep us divided in any way possible? Here is what another web site, "Reclaim the Swastika" has to say:

It is ironic, yet tremendously significant, that the swastika - this ancient spiritual symbol that
symbolises spiritual victory and attainment of the goal of human existence - was appropriated by a force that used it for exactly the opposite reasons - to enslave and brutalise human beings. Source: Reclaim the Swastika

Check this out! This site has some beautiful photographs of the rich use of this positive symbol:
Reclaim the Swastika

And here is the spiritual meaning of the Swastika (one perspective, and again I will point out there are other perspectives):
The swastika has been seen as a symbol for good luck by people in both ancient and modern times. A closer look at the etymology of this Sanskrit word, however, reveals a deeper meaning. When the Sanskrit scholar and spiritual teacher, P.R. Sarkar visited Germany in 1979 he gave the following interpretation of the word:
·         su - means "good"
·         asti - means "to be, to exist"
·         ik - means "what is in existence, and will continue to exist"
·         a - denotes feminine gender

So "Swastika" means a 'good existence' that is not to be destroyed and that remains in a good condition. He went on to say that its deeper meaning is
permanent victory.

In the context of the cultural origins of the swastika, this means the victory of
dharma - the fundamental spiritual nature of humanity.

Source:
Reclaim the Swastika
What is the NEXT Step? Read, research, and learn!

Some swastika resources on the Web:
·         Positive Swastikas - Photo group on Flickr
·         Religious Symbolism [audio] - Beyond Belief BBC Radio 4, 26/09/05 [RealPlayer / Real Alternative]
·         Swastika on Wikipedia
·         Pictorial Atlas of the Swastika
·         Save the Swastika - by ManWoman
·         Constructing The Swastika - Thesis on political iconography
·         Different Meanings of the Swastika - by Theosophy Northwest
·         The Swastika - on MySpace
·         Save Swastikas - Discussion group on LiveJournal.com

I would like to have the SPIRITUAL SYMBOL BACK! It has such a beautiful and powerful meaning.

And it is also a Celtic symbol! (Relevant to my cultural heritage)

Could this have been what the Montreal Philosopher was really implying with his or her little blurb about the inverted swastika – the spiritual meaning? Note that the spiritual swastika IS inverted, with the directions pointing opposite of the Nazi swastika, although uses by various cultures will depict it either way. Wikipedia states the following:

The swastika symbol was popular as a good luck or religious/spiritual symbol in the United States prior to its association with Nazi Germany, and was the divisional insignia of the 45th Infantry Division until the late 1930s. The symbol remains visible on numerous historic buildings, including sites that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

When reading the following entry and synthesizing the ideas, one could easily make the interpretation that this author is merely in a somewhat subtle way trying to make a point about the spiritual interpretation of the swastika, but you can decide for yourself:

Have no doubts that your soul is one of the most beautiful and interesting ones that a person can meet. This will be true as long as you allow the full manifestation of the traits that define your individuality — the traits that give you a beauty that cannot be compared.-Dussault  Source: A Brief Letter on Facial Beauty

Next time: More about the painting and story.

Meeting With My Master Teacher
I am disappointed. He did not give me a song last night or today. Last night he talked about a specific mission task that did not go as well as I would have liked, but he said not to worry – that consciousness has been raised. Today he talked about the “Gift of Power” a topic for another time, no doubt. Oh! Maybe that’s the song! I am going to look it up right now!

Here’s what came to the top of the YouTube search. It relates to what my teacher was talking about, but it has differences, thus, it presents a different perspective. My teacher was talking about the book by Archie Fire Lame Deer, so the perspective was different . . . but we learn from each perspective we come across, so here it is (it’s not a song, though).

The Gift and Power of the Holy Ghost
 


I am happy with another perspective, although there is doctrine intertwined with it that I do not agree with. For one thing, I do not like the word "sin." In my religious upbringing there is such a negative connotation attached to it and I always think back to my first Sunday experience at two years of age when it was conveyed to me that I was a sinner and my heart was black (and they showed me a black construction paper heart).

I am still disappointed -- no song today. I cannot close my blog without a song; I just can't. I am going to ask my teacher right now for an "off the wall clue" because I want to see how skilled he is in giving me a relevant song for today's blog -- so here goes; I will ask him right now! Hold on . . .

No way is the clue he just gave me going to bring a relevant song for today's blog -- no way! The clue is, if you can believe this: "It is May Day in the swampy highlands." LOL....I will see what this brings up on You Tube right now.

OMGosh I was WRONG! The song IS relevant! It's what has happened to so many of us individually, culturally, socially, collectively, and I can't help but think our most recent definition of the swastika has assisted in pushing us in the wrong direction because we have subverted the spiritual dimension of that important symbol. Whether anyone agrees with that or not is irrelevant -- many of us have totally backslid and lost ties with our true spiritual nature. Honestly, I was not a spirtual person AT ALL until I lost Joe and for some reason (much of which I will not share at this time) I have regained, and continue to regain my spirituality. Being disconnected from the spiritual world can make us all feel so alone (and we need not feel alone because we are never alone!) and it's why so many people are falling through the cracks. We will fall into the dark abyss and not find our way out again for eons if we don't restore our natural spirituality and find common ground through love. There is hope, however, because we are entering the dawn of a New Age and spirtuality is being restored to keep us from "falling in the black" (abyss) as this song conveys. We all have the "Gift of Power" -- a spiritual power based on love, but, of course, no one can lay claim for knowing the "one true pathway" to claiminng that power because it is different for everyone -- and that is wonderful!

"It is May Day in the swampy highlands."

Falling Inside the Black (with Lyrics in vid) by Skillet



I am adding this screen shot to show that the off-the-wall clue really did, in fact, bring this song to the top. I do this sometimes if the clue is bizzare as this one is. The search result states that no videos were found for it, but it did indeed bring to the top this very song and I always take what comes to the top even in this case. Only one time did I ever do a search on the clues that my Master Teacher gives me that did not bring anything at all to the top (and I assume there was a divine reason for that). You will have to read my past blogs to find that one.

skillet.jpg



Just as I finished this blog, I was handed down one last song. I am not sure what it means, although it seems to be about someone who feels he is from a different lifestyle than the person he cares about and he is waiting for her. The song was just handed to me by Rainbow Princess. I am not sure how or why she came up with it, but I like it and I was prompted to add it as the last entry for today's blog, so here it is.

Bruno Mars - The Other Side ft. Cee Lo Green & B.o.B
1:11 pm | link 

Friday, August 20, 2010

Neo-Liberalism and the Free Market: A Deeper Analysis Part 4


Back to neo-liberalism and the free market. I thought it was a good idea yesterday to lighten things up a bit and take a “side road trip” on this epistemological journey. Today, I will return to an examination of the web site,
Montreal Philosophy as well as some outside sites -- a sort of “epistemological road trip” as Joe referred to them in his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. I wanted to see how learning more about the articles on this site and a little research into them might enlighten me as to what the author of the following seemingly obfuscated article was trying to tell me:

The Original Article I am trying to understand:
Neoliberalism: The Misunderstood Ideology (Assuming it exists)


As I said yesterday, I was very curious about this writer, Dussault so I visited the “
Aboutpage and noted the following:

First, the author claims to be “liberal,” but he clarifies what he means:

Since many of my articles are political in nature, some people might wonder what my ideology is, but it should be said that political personalities have many facets and that they can not all come out within any specific essay. But, ultimately, I believe in a liberal framework for society and I am pragmatic rather than driven by any principle — though this does not stop me from experimenting with assumptions such as that we were happier when we lived a primitive life, that we should never use force except against an initiator of force, that we are rational creatures etc.

Next, I took note of the following, also on the About page:

Favicon: I’m referring to the small (16*16px) icon at the left of the web address. I had difficulty coming up with a favicon and when I did finish designing one, I was annoyed to notice that it was similar to the Nazi swastika. I have now inverted it so that the resemblance is weaker. Ironically, the design was based on a sculpture in Jerusalem, made by Andrew Rogers.

Again, the issue with the swastika is raised by this author and I am having a very difficult time interpreting his meaning. He states that his favicon inadvertently came out looking like a swastika and so he inverted it. That’s a bit ludicrous, because an inverted swastika is still a Swastika!

Perhaps, the point the author is making, however, is that what appears to be the inverted swastika was used by American Indians as well as other cultures, and it has different meanings. According to many cultures, including the Celts, the “inverted” swastika – which is really a swastika is a powerful spiritual symbol. The swastika, itself, “inverted” or not, has been used by many cultures throughout the ages with various meanings attached to it: Other meanings.

It is too bad that these symbols have been stigmatized on account of the general public’s lack of knowledge about them, and subsequently subverted. So much so that children are taken away from their parents for wearing the symbol. Is this not broad cultural subversion in one fell swoop? I believe this is the real commentary being made by this author, although as is true with most anything, there are multiple interpretations.

sculpture in JerusalemAnd I am not sure where the author supposedly has the “favicon” being spoken about here, anyway, because it does not show up in my web browser, so now we have the mystery of the nonexistent swastika this author is referring to. And to make matters even more confusing, the author claims this image of a sculpture in Jerusalem (see image on left; aparently links to links to links do not work consistently -- another clever way to PLUG knowledge on the Internet so I posted the image to make sure it's available) was “ironically” the inspiration for the favicon which turned out to look like a swastika….now how did he or she ever create a swastika from that?

Was this brief little passage written to make a point? I am not even sure! I find myself needing to research this author even more to figure out where in the heck he or she is coming from, just to figure out the nature of the obfuscation of the original article I am examining in my research about free market economics. I do know this much: we are throwing away a RICH CULTURAL HISTORY surrounding this symbol and the meanings it has that could serve as finding common ground among the differences between cultures -- all because education today places a heavy focus on one single meaning of the symbol. Why is that? It is amazing how many positive meanings the symbol really has for many, many cultures. Should we allow one incident in history so much power that it destroys the rich history of many other peoples? Yes, the history of the swastika is tragic. But are we not falling prey to the very purpose that symbol was devised and used? The author, with the very brief passage above has brought out a powerful point, whether that had been intended or not. Read and learn about the rich and diverse meanings of the “swastika” at Wikipedia.com.

To be continued . . .

Meetings With My Master Teacher

My teacher has me on a very busy mission for justice, but it is classified at the moment. He gave some great lessons in how to negotiate with people and get them to collaborate better (one of my weak points), and his advice is actually working great when I remember to follow it. One thing is certain, I am on a divine (sorry, education hates that word; oh well) mission and it is spiritually blessed, so I know things will turn out right and good, even though there have been some trials and tribulations. He did give me some clues for music: “young things,” and “without.” I have not looked these up yet, so I will do so right now!

The way I interpret this first song (which came to the top of a YouTube search on “young things”) is that this could very well be our future if we do not make some changes in education. We have people so constrained they can scarcely breathe. The swastika discussion above is a perfect example. In the United States, at least, someone is heavily questioned for having a swastika tattoo as if there is only one “true meaning” of the symbol, the meaning the Nazis gave it. As was shown, there are many meanings of the symbol and some very positive and powerful spiritual meanings. If we continue down this road much longer where we squelch human expression and squeeze down consciousness, we WILL see the rebellion that is depicted in this song from the bright young people.
marilyn manson - The Bright Young Things - The Golden Age Of   LYRICS


This next song, which came to the top with a search on “nothing” says it all – the same thing Joe has said over and over again in his books: Love is the most important thing there is and, like this song says, if we don’t love then we ain’t got nothing. This song is powerful and presents a vehement message about the need to love and be loved. It is through love that we can work together to understand and accept differences in how we view symbols such as the swastika as well as many other complex issues that have divided us.
A Nothing  LYRICS

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Before Moving On to Neo-Liberalism and the Free Market, Part 3: The Rules Are Changing (The Secret of the Expanding/Contracting Universe)


You can call me weird, but I love getting different interpretations about life and what in the heck it is we are all supposed to be doing on this planet. It really does often seem like a game that too many people take far too seriously. Of course, that is not meant to minimize what we are here for and the good work we all are doing or the reality that people are suffering and we need to take the actions necessary to "alleviate suffering" as Joe always framed it; it just gives a person a different view – looking at it from a different angle. This is the heart of the bricolage: You must be able to shift your perceptions in and out of different viewpoints. This does not mean you must ascribe to the viewpoint. As I have pointed out many times in these blogs I am only presenting what you might call “alternative” viewpoints so that we can pull ourselves out of the rut the status quo has us all so stuck in. This entails many different techniques which Joe wrote about throughout his work, as well as many different writing approaches. The music gives another dimension by providing additional perspectives and the long abandoned emotional aspect (the more this repels people, the more they probably need it). So you end up taking the bits and pieces that work for you to reconstruct your reality and you leave the rest behind (even if you only do so subconsciously).

I find some of the most interesting insights can be gained by looking through the lenses of what other might consider extremely radical views – or even “crazy” views. One thing about it, there are more “crazy” people in the world everyday who enjoy getting many different perspectives for a change and view them as a breath of fresh air. It is like Joe described in one of his books: we have been walking in the desert seeking refreshing water to quench our thirst – only he was talking about knowledge, of course. Here are just two blogs I wrote previously that explore different ways of viewing our life on earth.

Life is NOT a Dream: It’s a Virtual Reality Game! Sunday, September 27, 2009
What If Life on Earth is Nothing More than a Day Job? Saturday, October 10, 2009

And now, another interesting perspective!

Secret of the Expanding Universe

a message from The Group channeled by Steve Rother

Monday, 16 August, 2010  (posted 19 August, 2010)

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From Steve: This month the group spoke of the expanding universe.  We have recently discovered that the universe is not acting in a normal way.  If the big bang theory is correct then the stars moving away from each other should be slowing down.  It was recently discovered that they are in fact speeding up. The group addressed all of that in this channel and put into context of what they say is happening to our universe as a result of Earth’s expansion.

They also brought it down to a personal level and spoke of what we would be doing in the near future with our energetic bodies.  The next leg of our work will be about focusing on Expansion through Harmonic Resonance.   They want this out as soon as I can get it into a class so watch for an online course soon.  They gave several illustrations in the channel but basically it is what happens to many people when they leave their bodies.  They return to their native energetic form and it is huge and ever expanding as they become one with the universe.  That will happen to each of us as we learn to us use the new tools of expansion through harmonic resonance.  We will learn to walk in that energy all the time. 

The group told me two days before about the topic and I was very nervous about it as some of these concepts are very difficult to translate in to human terms.  But I think I did pretty well but the group got a little flustered when they asked me to use my hands to illustrate a fifth dimensional motion that does not fully exist in our dimension.  Even though I was talking trying to explain what they were trying to illustrate we were all laughing inside.

As always it was full of that special love from the group. 

Have a great month!

Steve

(You can watch the video of this channeling here)

Greetings from Home

Breakthrough between Dimensions

Time is moving very, very quickly, for you are starting to experience new perceptions all around you. You are starting to change your perceptions because of your heightened view. We wish to share with you this day what this view is like, and what you will be experiencing with your energetic and physical bodies as the Earth changes. First, let us speak of the Universe as a whole for there is a very interesting thing that is taking place right now. Many of you and your scientists believe the Earth began at the Big Bang. The reason it is called the Big Bang is that there was a central location point from which everything expanded in all directions. It is very easy for your scientists to measure that and to see what happened. We tell you it was not a big bang, but instead it was a breakthrough between one dimension and another that created something very magical. This happened several times throughout the history of the Universe, but in your dimension you have perceive only one of these events.

Big Bang and the Expanding Universe

We tell you this because of the events currently taking place on planet Earth.  Everything on Earth has been about ebb and flow, the breath in and the breath out. Many of you have noticed that at times it is called The Breath of God, the inhale and the exhale. In between each one of those breaths there is something called a still point, or a moment of transition. If you throw a ball in the air, it goes in an upward motion but then it hits a still point before it returns to Earth. That is typical of most of your sciences and what you call laws of physics on Earth. We tell you this because what we are about to describe to you does not follow those laws. There is a very important reason for this, because your point of perception only allows you to see a very limited range of the entire picture. This is why your sciences believe that everything actually began from a central point even though it did not. But for your purposes, tracking it through your sciences and your perception, that is what you will see. Now, here is the interesting part. As the Universe expands you would expect it to slow down, but it is not and is actually speeding up. This is only an illusion of your point of perception, for what is taking place is that the in-breath of god has begun with the same motion of the out-breath. The expansion has stopped and the Universe is now actually coming back together as one. You are not aware of it because there was no still point, no hesitation or pause between directions. What takes place in this effect is that as you evolve and as the Universe starts to expand with that same motion, it begins to contract. (At this point in the channel I attempted to illustrate a motion they were showing me that goes in and out in one continuous sweep. It’s really easy in 5D, but my hands kept hitting each other in 3D and they responded.) It is very difficult for us to make this illustration work in three dimensions. The movement creates a wave that shifts between dimensions in one motion, and the same is happening with the Universe.

Personal Expansion

Now, why is that important to even know? Because your physical bodies are reacting exactly the same way. Your physical bodies and your energetic bodies have also been expanding at an unbelievable rate. Part of the challenge is that you have managed to learn how to control your energy field and keep it in, in order for you to get along on this planet. It is very easy to see. If you go to a place where there is a lot of traffic, a lot of confusion—almost any airport or train station—you will see everybody pulling in their energy field as tightly as they can so they can get through without any problems. People are focused on where they are going and concentrating on pulling their energy field in so they do not have to interact or feel. It is how you have learned to survive energetically.

As a result of this over very long periods of time, humans have learned to contain their energy fields as part of being a human. . . it is expected. Now, as the direction begins anew, those restrictions must be lifted and your field must expand in order to let you release the body templates you have had for the duration of the Game. You have specifically had one of 500 templates that you have chosen to house your energy inside of a human body. The templates have been serving you well because they gave you a base, or a jar to put your energy in so to speak. It worked because all humans are directly traceable to one of those 500 templates.  Soon you will no longer be restricted by those templates and it will be due to this expansion.

It can work either to expand your energy field to release your template, or you can release your template to expand your energy field.  You are going to learn how to walk in your full energy field while still in the physical body. You will learn how to use your energy field in ways you never thought possible. We tell you that this has never happened throughout the Universe. There have been many games that have reached incredible levels of vibration, technical knowledge and what you would call advancement, yet none of them have gone from one level to the next consciously. That is what is now taking place. It is exciting and scary at the same time for many of you, because that glass jar that has held your energy and given you shape and form is being released. Naturally this will hit many of you as a fear or an uncomfortable situation, because you will tend to lose some of your personality or form and energy.  You will find some things that work and other things that do not work. Then, after a very short time, you will settle into a new template of your own design because you are no longer limited to only 500 templates. You can make up as many templates as you want, and can customize your own container for your energy.

Right away you are thinking of the physical body and saying, “Good. I can finally get rid of this weight and look 20 years younger.” We are not talking about physical looks here, but rather harmonics you find within your body. We are talking about energetic structures which allow you to carry more of your spirit in your physical body and consciously work with that spirit.

From Automatic to Semi-Automatic

One of the keys you will be working with we have mentioned before, but it is important to reiterate here. Many of your functions are on automatic and have been so to basically ensure your survival on this planet. But now many of those functions are switching off of automatic. Humans have very little idea what it is going to be like to be a conscious breather. You do not know what it is like to suddenly take a breath, because you automatically take a breath. If you close your eyes, your breathing starts automatically.

There will be times when you are sitting watching TV, and you will suddenly realize you are out of breath and will tell yourself to take one. Many of these things that have been on automatic will begin to go on semi-automatic and semi-consciousness, and we ask you to play with it. These are the new controls you have over your energetic structure and your new body, and the new templates that come with it. The earlier you start understanding this and playing with these concepts and ideas, the easier it will be for you to open the door and let others follow you. That is what most of you have been here working with.

There are so many changes now taking place on planet Earth to make space for empowered humans. There is so much excitement throughout the Universe to watch as you make this shift and as you change everything around you. We tell you something you have known for a long time, but it will become increasingly important in the days ahead.

Matter is floating freely throughout the Universe at every moment, but when you have an energy form matter finds its way to that energy form and creates things in your world. Everything you thought and everything that exists in your world started first as a thought form. You create energy out here, and matter will arrive and stick to it. This is no secret, for it has been known throughout the Universe for some time. However, humans are now taking the next step with this, which means that you will become conscious creators instead of unconscious creators. The first thing that will happen is that a lot of the restrictions on your own creations will be removed. Many people will move into fear over this, meaning people will try to use it and abuse it…that is typically human. Once you get past those ups and downs, you are going to find that your own thoughts create that energy form much faster than you ever thought possible. Many of your thought processes are now happening more quickly. The energy fields on planet Earth are clarifying. Because you are working to clarify much of the chatter, the innate energy that is all around you, you are learning to take control of a whole new body. You are learning how to do something differently, and to have an experience as a fully-empowered human while still in a physical body.  There are certainly challenges that come with this. Most of you will deal with ego adjustments somewhere along the path.

There are all kinds of fun little challenges you will experience on planet Earth as a result of this, and we are very confident you will find the answers to those challenges. We are simply trying to make you aware that it is coming, because it is like a freight train moving at top speed now and there is no stopping it. You have already moved into the fifth dimension, and now you are simply learning how it works. You are learning how to use it every day, learning how to create your reality and heaven on Earth right here, right now. All of this is unwritten so please, when you find something that works, share it. Do not say, “I have the answer.” but rather, “I have an answer.”

Harmonic Resonance

There is one final piece we wish to add this day because it will be an important part of everything we are going to be working with you over the next two years. That is the expanding energy field of your own. When you expand your energy field, there is something very magical that happens. Let us go back to the person in the train station who is constantly trying to close their energy field and just simply move around without disturbing anyone…without disturbing any energy fields. They feel safe when they do this. Why? Because you feel a responsibility when you walk past another person and you have an effect on them, so you have consciously learned to close down your energy field. When you expand your energy field, it means that your energy field matches with another. In fact, it is entirely impossible for energy fields to completely overlap and envelop each other, which brings us to the next key to your existence on planet Earth.

All of it is going to be about harmonics, how you form harmonies and harmonic resonance on this planet. We will share with you some very basic ideas, but we will also show you some of the intentional possibilities that you have created for yourself as this moves forward. Some of it is very simple, so learn to use it and once you understand the potentials you will see how many areas this newly perceived gift will be able to help.

We will give you an illustration: Right outside of this building on the street is a very difficult turn that the Keeper likes to take into the back parking lot when he arrives here. It is quite often a dangerous turn, because people are often too close and could easily hit the back of his car before he can turn. Now what he begins to harmonize is the energy of that situation miles before he reaches it. Then when he arrives there is always an opening for him to turn, because he harmonizes with the difficult energy before he gets there. He knows perfectly well that when he puts on the blinker to make that left turn, there will be no one behind him for he has created the space ahead in time. It is entirely possible for you to set your vibration and let matter gather around it to create a harmony with your energy in any situation. No one can match all vibrations directly, but one can through harmonics.  This will help you create your reality much faster, much quicker, more directly and on purpose than you have ever done on this planet. It is a tool that you will use for the creation of Heaven on Earth.

We have told you some of the exciting things to look for and the wonderful pieces each that every one of you is going to be. But harmonics on this planet are going to be huge for you as you expand your fields, for the simple reason that you are no longer able to leave everyone else out of your life experience. You are a part of each and every one of these people that you pass and now you will start to know that. Obviously, this is going to raise emotions in many and cause challenges at some point, but the incredible gifts that come from this are unbelievable. You have not imagined the incredible possibilities that can come from this type of expansion. Your expansion and your safety and comfort in that expansion will have to do with your ability to comfortably harmonize.

Harmonics are simple. Let us give you another illustration so you know exactly what we are talking about. Let us say that you walk into this room and nobody is here. You turn the lights on, look around so you say, “Well, I have five minutes to kill. I’ll just take a seat.” At that point you own every part of that room with your vibration, because your vibration fills no matter how big the room is. Now what happens when somebody else walks in the room? Immediately, even if you are not aware of them, you do become aware that your energy has changed in that room because as soon as they walk in, you have a disharmonic reaction going on in your field. The first thing you have to do is open your eyes, see the person, make a connection with them to form a harmony of your energetics. That is done automatically and has been that way for a long time. That is one of the elements that is coming off of automatic into consciousness right away. Your control of your energy field is no longer automatic. If you let it, if you do not consciously expand it at this point, it will shrink and you will hold that energy field only inches away from your body. What a waste that is, because there is so much love in the Universe you could be feeling.

Feeling Vulnerable and Powerful

When you start expanding your energy field, of course you will feel unsafe, but you will also learn how to harmonize different parts of your energy field. You will learn how to let disharmony and discordant energy inside your energy field without letting it affect you. To do this, it was very important for you to have your energetic boundaries in place, not only know who you are but to know who you are not. Stop trying to be everything. It is helpful for you to know your part and your place in this Universe at this point during this expansion. But the expansion of your own personal energy field and the release of your physical templates is at hand right now. We tell you also there is also much going on, for the Earth is going through a cycle. All of humanity is going through a cycle…the sun, the moon, the planetary alignments have gone through a cycle and one that you have gone through on this planet several times. Typically, it has led to difficulties and harmonics breaking apart systems that did not work. We are telling you that this time, it can be different. You do not have to have all your systems break apart in order to correct this and go to the next level. Now this is possible, especially if you own the power of your expansive energy field. If you have ever known anyone who has gone through a death experience or what you call a near death experience, almost always one of the first things they feel when they are rid of the body is this beautiful expansion of light. How huge and tremendous they really are. It is now possible to feel that without dying. It is now possible to walk in that energy every single day.

As far as the emotions, that is where you healers come in. That is where the teachers and the healers of this planet are really going to help, because any change of this magnitude is going to bring fear. It is going to bring exposure and all of those things humans typically fear because you will lose a little bit of your solidity. You will lose a little bit of your safety in that expansion. As that expands, you will learn new techniques in harmonizing, in making harmonies throughout the world. What are you doing when you harmonize? Are you actually altering yourself just to fit in? Are you going to become them and not you? Are you going to actually lose yourself? That is the reason to have healthy boundaries in place before you begin expanding. If you know who you are, if you know where your boundaries are and you know those pieces, you can expand without losing the boundaries. You can expand and use the energy instead of fighting against it.

So, it is a Game and now you are going to learn how to play the same Game from a higher perspective. We can tell you the rules are changing. but we cannot tell you exactly how you are going to do it. Dear ones, re-member you live on the planet of free choice and whatever you do, it will work. We are so excited to watch what is taking place on this planet. Not just us, but the eyes of the Universe are on planet Earth right now. This has not happened before. Congratulations! You have won the Game.

Now all we ask you to do is that as you find these new pieces, reach out and share it with the people around you. It does not have to be perfect. The paradigm of teachers has changed. You do not have to be a master to teach any more, you simply have to have the desire to want the knowledge and search for it together with your students instead of leading them along the way. Everything is starting to shift as we learn how to blend together and start removing all these illusions of separation between humans on planet Earth. This is the time of no more secrets. This is the time where we can clearly see into each other’s hearts as well as each other’s minds. This is the time for each of us to fall in love with humanity

It is with the greatest of honor that we share this information with you. It is our honor because we have been sharing it for a very long time. It is only recently that you have been able to hear it. Welcome Home, dear ones. You are creating it right now with your love on planet Earth.

It is with the greatest of honor that we leave you with three little reminders—to treat each other with the greatest respect. Nurture one another and help each other every chance you get especially when you find that harmonic. Do not forget that you are playing a beautiful game of pretending to be a human and play well together.

Espavo.

The group

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It is interesting that the author's channeled information highlighted the new paradigm for teaching. I highlighted it because it is so significant and important. It also correlates directly with Joe's theory, which suggests this more improvisational approach to teaching. In my interpretation, Joe also felt there should be no more secrets. What good are secrets, anyway? They privilege some people and they end up being misused. It is important to understand that this is one of the rule changes in the game, if you take the perspective that we are just playing  a game on earth planet. There are no more secrets. This will become increasingly evident with time.

Today’s song was divinely handed down to me last night long before I knew what today’s topic was, before I received and read the interesting blog above, and before I wrote the blog this morning, but interestingly it correlates so well to the topic of taking on new perspectives. The title of the song suggests a “newer version” of Love which, in my view incorporates a more loving acceptance of all people as well as the idea of new special kinds of love relationships (soul mate love). In order to understand this new version of love, it becomes even more important for people to embrace the idea that other people have their own realities and stop trying to dictate to them their own agenda-filled realities. It boils down to the “live and let live” philosophy as well as developing the capability of just “letting go” which is sometimes much easier said than done. We simply must come to realize we all have our own perspectives and are perfectly capable of creating realities that work for us. If one of us is crazy for constructing reality a certain way then all of us are crazy. Viewing life from alternative viewpoints such as a virtual reality game, a “day job” or as conveyed in the guest blog, as a game involving energy that we gain greater control of for manifesting and creating, while these may not be the realities one enacts, they certainly give greater insight and allow us to enjoy life a little instead of taking everything so seriously all of the time. This broader perspective is what allows us to insert humor in our serious discussions or to become wildly creative or to add music to enhance, enlighten, and expand our perspectives even further. This song is very special.

Hellogoodbye - Oh, It Is Love? [the newer version] LYRICS

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Neo-Liberalism and the Free Market: A Deeper Analysis Part 2

Am I ever late today getting the blog out today. But I have accomplished some good things today, so it’s all good.

Finally! Back to neo-liberalism and the free market; I've lost track of how many days I have been side tracked now. I was on a journey of the web site, Montreal Philosophy as well as some outside sites, a sort of “epistemological road trip” as Joe referred to them in his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. I wanted to see how it might enlighten me as to what the following seemingly obfuscated article was trying to tell me:

The Original Article I am trying to understand: Neoliberalism: The Misunderstood Ideology (Assuming it exists)

Check out this blog article, which is on the same web site. What is his underlying message, here?
Neo-Nazi Parents and Child Abuse

Interestingly, I had just read a recent news article that related to the very same topic and this particular blog reminded me of the following news article I had just read. You can read that here (and following, are my comments relating to the article):

New Jersey's Little Adolf Hitler Won't Be Coming Home Soon

And then there are those people who use their kids’ names to make their statements. This would be a great topic to research further and discuss in the classroom. Should government dictate what people can or cannot name their children? We also need to ask WHO IS THIS GOVERNMENT that would dictate such things? The article above had surfaced in the news just a few days ago because the parents lost custody of their children initially because of their names which led to further investigation. As it turns out, the father may be abusive, if the reports are true, so stepping in, even though the U.S. Social Services is horribly inept and corrupt, perhaps was the right thing to do. PERHAPS. Cases can be twisted, a parent accused wrongly; this is an organization that makes so many mistakes it is very difficult to imagine how the mistakes are not made by intention . . . so, while in principle, I agree that children should be taken away from abusive parents, I am not convinced that these parents are not simply wanting to make a point and being falsely accused (albeit, questionable ethics, when it concerns using their own children to make their point). The father, in response to why he wore a swastika, stated that he liked artwork and showed that he also had a yin yang tattoo. He could very well be telling the truth, given how many cultures make use of the swastika with its spiritual and other meanings. But, we will only know about this case what the media want us to know and since it is in the courts, we can be assured there will be no happy resolution.

I have included the above information and perspective because it helps frame the blog entry I found on this “Montreal Philosophy” web site and how I view/interpret it. I agree with the conclusions the author of this article, Neo-Nazi Parents and Child Abuse, has made, especially the final statement:

Where should we draw the line? I’m sorry to say that I don’t know, but, as stated earlier, the burden of proof must lay on those wanting to separate child from parent.
-Dussault

One thing about it, if the child hates his or her name, they can always change it when they grow up. NOTHING says you have to keep the name your parents gave you.

Next time: More about Dussault, the author of this web site to get a clearer picture that might help inform the interpretation of the article in question about the free market.
 
I did have my morning meeting with my Master Teacher and I had history lessons this morning. It was very interesting and I will write much more about what I learned in the future. It was quite shocking and monumental and is likely to flip a few tables, but I have to save it for later. He did give me a song and I have not yet looked it up on You Tube so I will do that right now! The clue is "surrender." What's this going to bring up? I swear I will never get tired of this fun game -- especially ever since he gave me The Pink Panther Theme two days ago. That was really spectacular!!! And I know . . . he always tries to outdo himself. Not this time, I don't think. Well, I'll look it up -- the suspense is killing me.....

Cheap Trick - Surrender  Lyrics



Well, isn't that interesting. It sounds like the message is essentially that we are ALL ALRIGHT. The mother's alright, the father's alright, we're all alright. So, just surrender. This is a new perspective: maybe we need to quit using our own reality to define someone else's reality, such as in these cases about parents selecting their children's names. Maybe we need to reexamine and redefine our own reality. Maybe we just need to "let go" and let people be. There are more urgent issues in the world than what people choose to name their children.

Well, that is just ONE way to interpret the song. I will remind people that everything is open to interpretation and re-interpretation if we follow Joe's theory. Our task is to look at many different interpretations. Doing this gives us greater insight into the issue at hand.
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A Quantum Perspective of the New World Order: It's Always About Money


My instructions for today’s blog from my Master Teacher were to return to the topic of Milton Friedman and the free market economy where I had left off a while back (before I was rudely interrupted) and to “keep it short.” Of course, “keep it short” is a clue to a video, so I’ll see what comes to the top of a YouTube search. He’s going to have to work hard to beat yesterday’s "Pink Panther Theme Song" – that was so great; I just loved it. There were so many signs and symbols in that video and I will need to analyze it more closely . . . but from now on, just call me the Pink Panther!

Here’s the video for “keep it short.” I am not sure what this means. Earthbound is relevant because it seems I will be earthbound for quite some time yet to work on this educational mission (except at night when I can fly throughout the galaxies). Also, it seems that what my teacher is conveying, in addition to keeping today’s blog short, is to focus the mission on the children. It is important to keep the children in the forefront because right now they are suffering all over the world whether in school or out.

bound together 05 - Keep It Short by Beatdrop



Before I get too deeply into free market economics, perhaps it might be helpful to get a broad, overarching perspective on what we are up against (and keep in mind, this is just one perspective of something that is very complex).
New World Order - A Quantum Perspective


And What Is Harvard Up to?

(Hint: It's always about money.) More tomorrow. . .

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Monday, August 16, 2010

What We Are Not Supposed to Know about Racism PLUS Come Together RIGHT NOW!


I AM BLACK!!! But I am WHITE and PRIVILEGED!!

As I discussed in my blog two days ago, I am part German – about 25%. I am also Scottish-Irish. The Germans descended from the Moors. But in our history classes we were not taught that the Moors were Africans, lest we figure out what that means for us. Here is the video again that I had in my blog a couple of days ago. Watch this! And read the description:

The Decline of Moorish Power In Spain - Part 6

Thus, if we are German we have Black blood, and you know what those white supremacists who love to keep the conflict alive and the elite leaders -- the Money Masters -- who have controlled their own bloodlines (even marrying cousins in past history) think about having even a trace of Black blood. You can be blond haired, blue eyed and very pale skinned, but if you can be traced back to Africa, you are Black according to how those rich White elite power wielders classify us all. But they can also make the best of both worlds be taking advantage of our differences to keep us separated and divided. They DECEIVE us into believing we are different. If you LOOK like you are white, they convince us all that you are somehow privileged over Blacks and they give just a little bit more to set up conflict and division, but they know the truth; They really DO keep a Black List (and everything is under control):

The Government BLACK LIST

So what does all of this mean for me (and other people like me, which is most of us at the bottom of the ladder)?

You have heard of the “One-Drop-Rule,” haven’t you? If you have even ONE DROP of Black blood, you are Black. (And this is supposed to be bad, according to the Money Masters and the way they exert their power and control). End of Story. You can read it right here:

One Drop Rule

I have always felt like I was on a “blacklist.” NOW I KNOW I AM! And it’s a BLACK list alright! It helps explain why I have been poor all of my life.

The Government BLACK LIST

How am I privileged? Since I “look white” it means that I don’t have to live in the ghetto.

The Ghetto

Instead, I get to live in a trailer park and be called a Redneck.” Is that diabolical or what? Does THAT explain what critical pedagogues mean when they talk about “hegemony” in their cloaked and obfuscated language?

The Trailer Park

We simply MUST Come Together – Right NOW!

Incidentally, since this is a web site dedicated to Joe, I will point out that this is exactly what Joe’s work is all about: Coming Together.

Michael Jackson - Come together


I talked to my Master Teacher and he approved my blog (he helped me with it some, actually) and with my song choice this morning, “Come Together.” He also asked me to search on YouTube for the song that comes up with the clue, “theme song.” So, I’ll see what that is and add it right now.

OMG, is he ever funny! He’s calling me the “Pink Panther” probably because I am SO RADICAL. This is funny. Check out the power of music: it ties the cop all up! And notice that when the Pink Panther goes “missing” (as obfuscated for being a "wanted" person) she dances her way right out of it . . . this is hilarious. I LOVE this kind of learning. Why didn’t they teach me like this in school? (Hint: Because it’s POWERFUL (and fun)! Shhh….)

Pink Panther Theme Song


Photo Credits: Ghetto Trailer Park

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Tight-Lipped, Collaborating, and Humor (?) in Education


Top SecretYesterday’s message was about being “tight-lipped” and keeping our future mission work under wraps. This is important and I keep receiving what I like to call “nudges” that are telling me it is important to forge ahead, but not inform people whatsoever as to exactly what it is we are up to. It’s better to keep things SECRET than share with other people because they might try to trip you up, steal your ideas, or even call you crazy – anything to keep you behind and them ahead. Isn’t that how we operate? On one level, people are working “together,” but when you analyze situations more closely, collaboration is an illusion that people pretend to buy into, in other words, deception. This can have disastrous results in the end, such as when engineers pretend to work together to design and build a bridge – and the bridge collapses. Oh not everyone is like that. You are different of course. You are not among those who are so “atomized,” at this point in history, that collaboration is impossible. You are not like those people who are only out for themselves, seeking whatever is in it for them. And this “whatever” invariably is money (more than they need, of course, which is why we have such huge disparities in distribution), fame, and the most revered of all – POWER. Just as a side note, there is nothing wrong with power if it is the right kind of power. For example, love-based power to combat hate-based power is a very good thing because it brings back the needed balance. But given that most people cannot love, the power commonly sought is not a good power.

Having been victimized by that negative form of power once again, my blogs have gotten sidetracked. I hope to go back to my discussion about the free market economy which I had left off on way back on Sunday, August 8, 2010. These blogs are supposed to represent my own personal way of using Joe’s bricolage by incorporating many perspectives and extreme creativity – and sometimes I find I have to be extremely radical. There are droids in the world who just do not understand that you are serious and that you mean business until you flip out over the edge – cross the borderline of civility (into the firelands) and scream and holler, even use profanity. It is sad that those of us prefer love, peace, and harmony and really do not want to fight must sometimes resort to these things to achieve justice.

I think what I find most sad about so many people, especially in education, is that not only do they not understand and seem to be repulsed by the idea of LOVE, they don’t “get” humor and they think there is something wrong with being funny. If we have an outrageously wild sense of humor, then there must be something wrong with us. Well, in my view, if you can’t keep your sense of humor in this Earth Game, especially if you are playing in what they call “education” then it’s not ever going to be the kind of fun it was intended to be.

As came out in yesterday’s blog, my teacher wants me to stay “tight-lipped” and I will heed his advice. We are working on some “dangerous knowledge” -- but I am still trying to find out just what dangerous knowledge really is, and even after asking someone (in education), I still don’t know. My teacher is leaving me alone to figure this one out. It seems to be one of those highly obfuscated and guarded bits of information. I am sure it's in one of Joe's books somewhere; I just have not run across it yet.

The following two songs were provided to me for this blog and they fit so well because I am off and running westbound, doing good work even though I am condemned by those protective of their position and power. AND I am invincible!!! I can say this because there are people who think I’m crazy thus they expect these sorts of comments. Sometimes it’s just easier to play the role and not to fight them – and anyway, being crazy gives me great advantages that are unbeknownst to them.

Lucky Boys Confusion - Hey Driver


Invincible -Skillet [lyrics]

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

I am NOT White! Gloria Grace Has Shown Her Face PLUS Whereíd All the Good People Go?


I’M BLACK!!!
I am part GERMAN, a descendent of the MOORS who were AFRICAN! That’s EXCITING! I am BLACK! I am also SCOTTISH-IRISH. So that makes me White. What am I anyway?

I am SO HAPPY that I have a Master Teacher who I love so much and who loves me. He knows I have been feeling really bad for a special friend I have just met online who is not white and is struggling with certain things. I always feel like – what can I do? I am a white privileged person, even if I have been poorer than dirt all of my life. I am still white, so how can I help someone who is not white without feeling uncomfortable about overstepping boundaries in some way? What if I offend him? but it’s totally by accident and due to FIDUROD – that nasty programming embedded in my mind at the hands of the Western ways of seeing things that Joe talked about in his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. White people do not have the answers for other oppressed people. But then, none of us have the answers for other people anyway, even on an individual basis, so really, we are all in the same boat. How do we bridge the great divide? Well, last night my teacher gave me one answer – he showed me that I AM NOT WHITE after all!  I have been lied to. This is explained below, in my meetings with my teacher.

Last Night’s Meeting with My Master Teacher
Last night my teacher was talking about how sometimes we have to be “tight-lipped” about what our future plans are. Of course, that’s a clue to look on YouTube, so I did. You cannot be MORE tight-lipped than this guy is! Funny. Of course this ties right into his next clue.
Goodell Tight-Lipped on Vick Reinstatement



In relation to being tight-lipped, my teacher also discussed “obfuscated Knowledge” and how SOMETIMES obfuscation can be used for GOOD purposes, not BAD as it usually is. I will explain that another time, because today the topic is how obfuscation is used in a bad way. So here is what came up on the search for “obfuscated knowledge.”
The Decline of Moorish Power In Spain - Part 6

This presentation by Dr. Jose Pimienta-Bey is a fantastic account of who the Moors were, how they gained power in the Iberian Pennisula today know as Spain and Portugal and even more importantly, how they lost power. Many of us dont know that African (Moors) along with Arabs, ruled Spain from 711 A.D. 1492 A.D. They made considerable contributions to Europe who was going through the Dark Ages.

The Moors contributed to science, medicine, Art, Mathematics, Agriculture, etc. and have mostly been with totally written out of history by Europeans or their images have been obfuscated and distorted to that of Arabs or Europeans. Learn how we conquered the Iberiean Pennisula and went into Sicily, France, Ireland, etc. bringing civilization and knowledge at a time when 99% of European Christians were illiterate.

Did you know that 1 million Africans settled in France? Who did they intermingle with? What contribution did they make to France? Why havent we heard anything about them? Did you know that about 3.5 million Africans settled in Spain? What contribution did they make? Who did they intermingle with? Did you know this is how the Spanish and the Sicilians got their complexion? Did you know that some of the most famous universities in Europe such of Oxford, Naples, Bologna, etc. were started to study the Moorish Science text? Did you know that some of the 1st professors at these universities were Africans?

Dr. Jose Pimienta-Bey is one of the foremost authorities on the Moors and is a contributor to the fantastic book Golden Age of the Moors edited by Dr. Ivan Van Sertima. I strongly urge all African people to get this book. It has numerous contributors who wrote essays for the book including Runoko Rashidi, Dr. Jose Pimienta-Bey, Dr. Ivan Van Sertima, Dr. John G. Jackson, Edward Scobie, etc. This book will change the way you look at African people forever.

To reclaim what we once had, we must 1st learn what we once had. Once we learn what you use to do, we will stop doing what we have been taught to do and start doing what we use to do. The only thing stopping us from achieving greatness once again is us.

This is all VERY interesting and just as I finished the above entry, Rainbow Princess came over to my desk and handed me the following song. Of course, she did not know what I was working on, but higher powers work through her, too, and it just so happens this song fits perfectly, so here it is (I don't like the image, but it is a sad fact that Black people were beaten and whipped so cruelly as slaves and our history lessons do not teach us the truth about this):

Nas - You Can't Stop Us Now

We are all more alike than those in power would have us believe. They WANT us to believe there’s a problem. I am Black! And yet, I have allowed POWER to tell me I am white and privileged, and of course, they make sure I get just enough more than people who are less privileged so it all looks convincing and we can be set up like pawns on a chessboard. 

I wonder sometimes if they keep a list of all of us detailing our ethnic background. I am sure they do; how else did we get such good genealogical records? Where DID those records all come from? Who has maintained them? It would help explain a lot of things. For example, it would explain why they ALWAYS ask us what our ethnic background is when we fill out government forms. It’s NOT because they want to know. They already know and they have tracked us by our social security numbers. They control exactly how successful or unsuccessful any of us can be. For some of us, which is what I have experience, it does not matter how much education you have or how good you do the job, you stay relegated to the bottom of the ladder. No, they don’t ask us our about our race so that they can track us -- they ask us so that we are always thinking they don’t know who we really are and it serves a second purpose: It keeps race at the forefront of our minds. It does not get used for affirmative action like they claim, that is very clear. But we know better, and like the song above says – they can’t stop us now!

Doreen’s Daily Oracle reading was very significant again today. In fact, it is significant most days, but I usually just post the ones that are very, very relevant. So, here is today’s reading:

Doreen's Daily Oracle Card Reading Aug 14, 2010


Doreen’s message today is relevant to me for so many reasons! First, it relates to a blog I wrote just a few days ago in which I cited Joe from his book, Critical Pedagogy Primer and how we must be “letting go” if critical pedagogy is not to be evaluated as nothing more than a “sham” and the people as “inside traders of intellectual commodities.” It also relates to some advice from a close friend last night about the need for me to let go and just be free from the shackles that other people try to put me in. It is so easy to let people push us around and so easy to let FALSE ENERGY APPEARING REAL (FEAR) overtake us. Negative words can sometimes hold such great power over us and there is simply no need for it! And in another realm, we believe things that have us feeling like we are not desrving. It is time to let go of all of that. And finally, another way it relates is actually in my dream life.

Gloria GraceA while back, I had a very bad dream and it was due to false energy appearing real (F.E.A.R.) and the bottom line was that it was preventing me from “birthing” Glorious Grace in the form a beautiful female baby named Gloria Grace. Yesterday, my Master Teacher finally reminded me that all I had to do was rewind that dream and replay it the way I wanted it to be, so I did – and it worked! Last night I finally dreamed about the new Baby Gloria Grace – a representation of the Glorious Grace that is a gift to us all. And what Is her actual birthday? It is the sacred day, as I wrote about yesterday, of August 13, a day representing the divine feminine. So, of course, we will have a very special celebration every year that signifies a celebration of the birth of Gloria Grace, the gift of glorious grace, and the recognition of the divine feminine.


There is so much to the dream I had last night about all of this, such as how her father wants her to wear a special valedictorian outfit that was HIS way back when he had reached certain milestones,  but I will save that funny story for another time. I know most people are not ready to hear such stories, even if they ARE “only dreams.” We, who have and understand these experiences, have to take baby steps for others or we will forever go down in the annals of history as being “crazy.” It’s not even that I mind that: I would rather be “crazy” than crazy like the ones who tend to point the fingers. That always reminds me of what one of my master teachers had told me and is always reminding me of if I get upset over something someone says about me – that when you point your finger at someone, there are three fingers pointing back at you….oh well, we all do it and that is exactly why we need Glorious Grace as represented by this new beautiful baby girl, Gloria Grace, who was not birthed in the “old way” but rather in the “new” way. You will have to read my book to learn the difference if you do not already know. Don’t feel bad; I did not know the difference either until just a few days ago when my Master Teacher explained it to me. And even then, I did not fully understand it, so he directed me to an online article that explained it in even greater detail and then we discussed it a bit until I did come to understand it. Right now we call this new love child “Baby Grace.” Perhaps this is a representation of the baby steps we all need to take toward accepting grace and perhaps as Baby Grace grows more of us will be able to accept for ourselves the glorious grace -- a free gift for us all that emanates from the manifestation of totally unconditional love shared throughout the universe (pluriverses, actually). No one is perfect and so we really do need to learn to acknowledge and accept that gift. As love grows, grace will blossom and grow, too, and vice versa in that symbiotic relationship fashion that Joe talks about in his bricolage book (with Kathleen Berry).

Morning Meeting with My Master Teacher
Our meeting was long this morning and I have already discussed some of what my lesson was about. We did talk a bit about the bad dream I had and my teacher gave me two clues that emanate from that discussion: “mutilated” and “bad dream.” I can imagine these may not be good videos at all, but they are a reminder that if we feel F.E.A.R. (false energy appearing real), then we will manifest some very ugly things. This can be seen simply by looking at the world around us today. Most of us are controlled by fear and our world has some very ugly happenings. This simply must change -- and it can change by focusing on LOVE, just like I discussed in yesterday's blog. Here are the videos that came to the top of a YouTube search for “mutilated” and “bad dream.”

“mutilated” This is so sad. How can people do these things? I just hate this horrible image and I seriously thought about removing it but then I realized so many people LOVED movie, The Godfather, which has this same horrific scene in it, so I guess most people can handle looking at this. 

Another Mutilated Horse Found in South Florida




“bad dream” Yes, it is such a bad dream – especially for those of us who only want love and peace -- and who are “not the fighting kind." This song is kind of sad.

Keane - A Bad Dream  LYRICS



Just as I was finishing up the blog, I had a very important and divine phone call that is a prayer answered and a very special dream come true – you see, dreams REALLY CAN COME TRUE!!! This will be born out in the near future. At any rate, after the call, I had to seek advice again from my Master Teacher. I depend on him a lot. He said that the reason this is happening right now is because I released some of my fears and inhibitions – and yesterday’s blog in which the video explained instant manifestation in which we added the ingredient of divine love is what pushed things over for me. It is like turning over a new leaf, but it involves love. It always involves love. You cannot make good things happen if you do not focus solely on love. My teacher gave me one last song for today to look up on YouTube: “good people.”

This video that came to the top of the YouTube search is such a perfect song in light of my miraculous miracle today and in light of the fact that I have been wondering for a long time “where’d all the good people go?” Well! After today’s divine message, I have this sneaking suspicion that my Master Teacher is just about to show me where all of the good people are -- which will restore my happiness and hope to new high levels.

Divine Dreams and fairytales do come true if they are co-created out of LOVE.
Remember that and stay tuned -- to the "good people" channel!

Good People - Jack Johnson - With Lyrics

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Lucky 13 and Moontime: Reclaiming the Divine Feminine and the Power of Love


It’s Friday the thirteenth! I always wondered why we have been so programmed to believe that 13 is an unlucky number. Even buildings are designed not to have a 13th floor. How spooky is this?!

At the end of my blog is an interesting blog written by Dana Mrkich that may provide some insight as to why 13 has been given such negative media press. It would be worthy to extend the research on this. 13 is a very positive, powerful, and feminine number and of course, women are not supposed to be powerful in Western culture as well as many other cultures.

Well, just call me the spooky girl, because I have always loved the number 13 and believed in my heart that it is a lucky number. And I have always LOVED this song and look for reasons to include it in my blogs:

Atlanta Rhythm Section - Spooky




Well, if you think that’s a spooky relationship, here’s the music video my Master Teacher gave me last night that shows what LOVE is NOT! If you are in a relationship like this one, it is time to get out, quickly!

Jaron And The Long Road To Love - Pray For You

The next clue my Master Teacher gave to me last night was “manifestation” which is something needed at this point, given so many people are in bad relationships and suffering from lack. Here’s what came to the top of the YouTube search.

Instant Manifestation: How to Get Things Fast




Yes, we are all in such a hurry. This is an interesting method for manifesting, but there still seem to be missing ingredients. The most important and obviously missing ingredient is the LOVE that Joe always emphasized.

Today, there are so many people in the destructive relationships as depicted in the song above, “Pray for You.” And we are all in a hurry to manifest – whether it’s our soul mates, money, fame, etc. How do we do this? One way that works for some people is to reclaim their union with their one true twin flame soul mate. I refer to it as "reclaiming" because they are always and have always been united, but not consciously aware of that fact. With the love you share, you can do this “instant manifestation” as shown in the video above, but as you do it, you focus on love emanating from your heart, your soul, mind, spirit, body -- it's like you are sending out love vibrations from every cell in your body, but it begins from your heart. Twin flames together create the most powerful form of love there is and so the love is magnified and grows exponentially as you work together to manifest your hearts' desire -- which is the same for both of you  -- otherwise, you would not be twin flames.

As far as specifically WHAT you need to manifest: it is only LOVE and you need not think or worry about anything else other than believing whatever it is you need to manifest for your joint journey and mission has already manifested. It is there! It does not matter if you do not see it right now. You do not even know what it is – you do not need to. Just release all feelings of the need to know and be in control. Stop striving for specifics – that will only take you off course. Exactly what you need will magically appear at the precise moment you need it. Of course, that’s where you must surrender to total love, faith, and trust – as well as to remember your free gift of grace if you happen to waiver for a moment.


I know it seems easier said than done, sometimes. But if we just remember that all we really need to do is focus on LOVE, it is not that difficult.

Friday the 13th: Reclaim the power of the 13!

a message from Dana Mrkich

Friday, 13 August, 2010 

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Today is Friday the 13th, a day that lots of people associate with 'bad luck'. But did you ever stop to think why '13' is known as an unlucky number?

We need to go back to a time when the Divine Feminine was honoured through Earth-based 'Mother Goddess' religions, a time when people followed a natural 13 moon Lunar Calendar, celebrated the changing seasons of the Earth, and followed the movements of the Cosmos.  The number 13 was also very important to the Mayans who calculated one of their many calendar cycles from the Birth of Venus on 13 August 3114 BC (ooh spooky, today is 13 August!), with 13 x 144, 000 days taking us to the end of the cycle on 21 December 2012.  22 December 2012 starts a new cycle 13: 00:00, a cycle heralded by many as The Return of the Divine Feminine, when Feminine energy will once again be respected and honoured on this planet. 

If you follow the Mayan Calendar, you'll notice a 'year' is made up of 13 x 20 days.

 In the old days women would all menstruate in sync with the new moon, entering their sacred time every 28 days, 13 times a year. To this day women who spend a lot of time together find that their menstruation moon cycles start synchronising to match each other.  Women, in the native tradition, still today call their sacred time 'moontime'. Women, instead of saying 'I have my period', how would it feel to you to say "I'm on my moon". Say it and see what it does to your cells. Instead of feeling you are experiencing something burdensome, get in touch with the specialness of it. It is the time when your intuition and creativity is heightened. It is a time to go within, to rest, to meditate and seek inner visions and guidance.

Around the time of the Roman conquest, humanity were subjected to the man-made Julian and then Gregorian calendars, which eventually took people out of sync with natural time. At the same time, Earth-based 'pagan' religions were vilified, and people who used natural herbs or healing abilities to help others were labelled 'witches' and burned at the stake.  In their pursuit of power, the Roman conquerors had to find a way to make that which threatened their power 'wrong' or 'bad'. Thus the Goddess and the Creator were replaced by an angry, Churchy mad-made version of God, healers and psychics were ridiculed or killed, and the number '13' was cast a role of 'unlucky'.  The Spanish did the same kind of thing to the Mayans, whose holy books were burned, and holy priests killed.

I read today that "Friday the 13th is traditionally a day when the ancients would take the day off to make love in honour of Freya's Day (the Norse Venus) & the 13 moons of the lunar calendar. It was the Romans who 'demonized' this day to instill duty to the state rather than one's heart.... Be radical on this day: love yourself & those around you to honour this time old tradition."

Today on Friday the 13th, reclaim the power of the 13.  Reclaim your connection to the natural cycles, to the cycles of the moon, the cycles of the earth and the cycles of the cosmos. As you reconnect to the natural cycles, you reconnect to your natural energy, to your authentic connection to your higher self and Source Energy. You reconnect to your intuition and innate inner sacred knowledge. Reclaim the power of the 13 today!

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Joe Redefined Critical Pedagogy: Itís called LOVE (You are either with us or against us)


Love is the KeySometimes, whether it is what we wish or not, we must hang our “dirty laundry” in front of the world. If it is for selfish reasons, it is understandable that people might find it repulsive. On the other hand, if people practice critical pedagogy the way Joe advocated, based on a deep unconditional love as he modeled for us, there would BE no dirty laundry, no secrets, and we would all be free to express ourselves as we truly are and with the joy of an unleashed creativity.

That is the approach I take. I have nothing to hide. This not only comes with being fully “alienated,” (and I will talk more about the “REAL” definitions of that someday) but it also comes from knowing that my actions are based on love for humanity and the wish to blaze a trail for everyone – literally everyone from all walks of life -- to understand and benefit from Joe’s work, just as he had wished. He did not work for 40 years to publish volumes of knowledge so that one person can sit on all of it and dictate to others whether or not they can take his work to the next level or for someone to go so far as to claim a trademark on his name for the sake of power and control in order to prevent people from even stating the fact that his work is the inspiration and theoretical foundation of their own work. There is no benefit of claiming a trademark on Joe’s name and it only represents the epitome of greed and selfishness. Joe was not an actor, famous musician, or president. He was a scholar who produced knowledge for other people to take forward through application – and there are infinite ways Joe’s work might be applied. He left his knowledge for us all. The consequence of taking ownership of his name would be the plugging of the flow of knowledge, permanently preventing Joe’s work from being taken to the level of application where it can be used to benefit the world and improve education. Do people REALLY believe that he went to the effort he did to produce volume after volume of his carefully researched knowledge to have it stifled from being interpreted and applied by MANY?

I knew Joe well enough to know he would have been absolutely appalled over this effort to own his name through trademark and the ongoing legal actions that continue such as I presented in yesterday’s blog. The song from yesterday – the song Joe left in one of his books to make a very strong statement -- says it all – “the greedy just get greedier, the vulnerable get burned.”

Meetings With My Master Teacher
Of course, my Master Teacher has been supporting me through this entire ordeal. This is not the time or place to reveal how much he has been helping me with all of this; it will be a great topic for a future book. I can say this much – I feel his great love and the power of the love we share and it is indescribable. Our shared mission is to move education forward from the basis of a strong foundation of love, and of course, that means sometimes we must work very hard and even experience some emotional pain if we are to clear the brush, pave the way, and protect the freedom of expression for all.

I was so upset yesterday I forgot to look up the special song he gave me to cheer me up. His clue was, “sail away with me to a better place,” which brought this song to the top of a YouTube search:

MOXY "Sail On Sail Away" 1975   LYRICS


I love that song! It is so perfect. I would love to sail away. Earth as it currently exists does not feel like much of a home right now, not the way I envision home.

He also provided me this next song last night before I went to bed. He knows how much music, especially music that conveys his love and support, soothes my soul. Here, he is reminding me that I can call on him anytime at all, which gives me great comfort and reassurance. 

Lean On Me By Bill Withers

 


It is interesting that Doreen's Reading is so relevant today. I am adding this late because I just happened to watch her daily video this afternoon (4:38 PM) and was amazed at how focused on love it is, given that  love was also my topic today. Her card reading brings up Psyche and Cupid -- or Eros, which is a recurring theme in my blogs for some reason. They just show up while I am researching -- and even in the clouds when I took a walk one afternoon to take photos of flowers. During my research on other topics, I discovered quite by accident that my name, which means butterfly and transformation also means Psyche or soul . . . just a random "factoid," as Joe would call it, but I like it.

Thursday, August 12, Doreen's Daily Oracle Card

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Accidentally Like A Martyr: I See Why Joe Left this Song In His Book PLUS Critical Pedagogy is a Sham


Once again, my important research and the current topic, the Free Market System, is interrupted by the cruel, cold reality of certain people controlling other people when it comes to researching and writing about Critical Pedagogy. I am not laying claim that I know precisely who this person or these people are because I know how it works: People serve as puppets and someone behind the scenes who we never see pulls all of the strings.

Someone seems to own Joe’s soul. Important research in education cannot possibly move forward when people put gag orders on other people in an attempt to prevent them from taking another scholar’s monumental work forward, and of course, that is precisely why this is happening. We must keep education going down the path of destruction and keep people ignorant.

MY GOD, my research centers on Joe’s theory and I am on a "gag order" not to use his name.
I HAVE TO USE HIS NAME!!!  But, it seems certain critical pedagogues claim a “Joe L. Kincheloe trademark” and if you follow their rules and kiss their asses, you MIGHT be allowed to use his name, but I doubt it very much. (Been there; done that.) If you break their rules, which, of course they do not have to follow, then you get slapped with harassment (and let me tell you about the insane harassment) along with bogus emails based on untrue information (aka LIES) and letters from fortune 100 attorneys who clearly have not taken time to confirm the information before writing their intimidating letters filled with obfuscation. Oh, the power of money. The power to control knowledge. The power to keep the slaves under control.


Critical Pedagogy is nothing but a sham.
Joe said that himself in his Critical Pedagogy Primer, the very last page, the very last sentence: “Unless such a position induces a mode of letting go that moves us to new forms of interconnection and compassion, then critical pedagogy is a sham, and we are no more than inside traders of intellectual commodities.”
Clearly, given the virulent actions taken toward me and I am sure other people as well who may not be speaking out about it, there will never be the kind of "letting go" that Joe was referring to and that leads me to only one conclusion: Critical pedagogy is a sham.
 
I totally understand why Joe left this song in one of his books. I feel his pain. (Below the song is my latest "gag order.")

warren zevon -accidentally like a martyr


Attorney Letter August 9 2010

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

When Youíre Alienated You Cannot be Further Alienated


I have commented several times in these blogs that when you are alienated, you are alienated and there is no further alienation possible. There are people who still try, however. More about that later.

I had a really weird dream last night. It was about the holocaust and it was very depressing. I, along with many other people were gathered up, taken on a train and imprisoned, not in prison cells, but inside a very large multistory building. I was assigned a room with another female prisoner; we were forced to give up our clothing for their “uniforms” which were long nightgown-like garments made of very coarse and uncomfortable fabric in an ugly neutral shade of gray. I was not Jewish; I was a Gypsy. It was a very real and vivid dream, so I think it must have been an actual experience in my most recent past life. Many people do not realize that there were other peoples who suffered during “the” holocaust because the focus has been on the Jewish people. And let’s not forget all of the holocausts all over the world, including those that have murdered untold numbers of Africans and indigenous tribes.  The Nazis had a number of groups of people they viewed as detrimental to the society they were striving to create, including the Romani. During World War II the Gypsies were among those people who were murdered, which I just learned after having this dream. I was curious as to why I had the dream that seemed so real, so I looked it up on Wikipedia. I wonder if that’s what my dream was about: my past life during the Balkan Holocaust of 1941-1945. (Dreams can take place in the past, present, or the future.)

Today’s blog is, unfortunately, again a diversion from my research about Neo-Liberalism and the Free Market economy, which is very frustrating, but it is just one of those things. I actually have most of the research completed, but My Master Teacher told me I do not need to write a blog today, and instead, just post this poem that my dear cousin Ralph handed down to me. He and Uncle Albert wanted me to know they are supporting me and loving me.

Fighting Dragons

Bumping up against Heaven’s Gate
Go, sister, go; it ain’t too late
The media spectacle laughs and shouts
The dragon watched upon, sits and pouts
It’s all just figments of their imagination
The train has long abandoned the station
You can’t get on board to travel far
Your sights are on that marvelous star
No need to create a reality untrue
Theirs is simply not befitting for you
You know who you are, Crystal Rose
You are a star too, so take your pose
Don’t listen to the media talking heads
The “aliens” are alive: None of us are dead
Keep that in the front of your mind
Talk to us and we’ll all be fine
We know the way to the golden palace
Midst torment, torture, all kinds of malice
Stephen Hawking is to be ignored
We are all “aliens” like you and meant to be adored
The light, the love, it shows the path
Go forward, look backward at the aftermath
You shall live in a palace with the king
The sorry ones will waste time looking for “The Ring.”

It seems my imagination has run wild again. It happens when people in power try to further alienate me. I cannot be any further alienated. The clue for the song for today is “At Heaven’s Gate.” I think it relates to what I was discussing with my teacher today about August 9 being the “Lion’s Gate” and how I thought it would be easy to get through and then up reared a dragon. I’ll see what this clue pulls to the top on a YouTube search.

Looks like another movie that I have not seen – I love roller skating! (and he has a brand new key.)

Heaven's Gate: Roller Skate Dance

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Monday, August 9, 2010

One of Joeís Dreams Is Coming True! PLUS He Is a STAR for the GIFTS He Has Left for Us All

Joe Is A StarI have to interrupt my neo-liberalism discussion today for this very important message relating to the fulfillment of one of Joe’s dreams. His book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction is FINALLY going to be available for less than $30, albeit, more than a year behind schedule but as they say, “better late than never.” Due out October 12, it should be available in time for my birthday – which makes it a great birthday present for myself (when I said Joe’s dream is my dream, I was not kidding). It makes me happy that the contract that Joe worked so long for is being honored – 10 years or so is how long he negotiated to get the publisher to agree to a “less than $30” paperback version of this book after they had nine months or so to sell the hardcover version, which was published in July, 14, 2008.  Now, everyone can afford it!

And that’s exactly what Joe wished for. It is truly a book that everyone can relate to because he literally has spoken to us all in this book, no matter what our station in life. He knew what it was like for so many of us growing up in poverty and not having a fair chance and he definitely had much to tell us in this book. There is great hope for the future. Thus, it is not solely written for an academic audience, although there is of course, information for them, too. It is for EVERYONE! As I have said before, Joe’s work is a gift to the world. There are so many fun things in this book and I have only touched the tip of the iceberg in these blogs! I have a feeling there’s going to be more revealing . . . the book, if read from cover-to-cover is transformative.

I have really changed since working with Joe who was such a great example of someone who practiced what he preached. Since he departed, I have become totally disillusioned over seeing so much hypocrisy in the world. I just don’t know what has gotten into me! But I’m not worried about it.

At any rate, I will keep you posted about Joe’s book that is due out October 12, 2010, and I will come up with some more of his puzzles and Easter eggs -- and provide clues to make it super fun to read this book! I will also bring back my free booklet that demonstrated how to find the hidden treasures in his book. Once you start realizing the fun stuff in this book along with his brilliant ideas for improving education and life in general, you won’t be able to put it down until you finish reading it and finding all of the treats (if that is possible). Joe was such a great, imaginative writer, very entertaining, and very, very funny. I love his one-liners that he often throws in right in the middle of serious discussions. They are so funny!

Here’s just one of my favorites: “The influence of Piaget has been so pronounced in the field of cognitive development that research into higher order thinking has been retarded for decades.”

Isn’t that hilarious? I don’t think he took too well to Piaget’s developmental stages, for good reasons. I should explain this. Piaget's cognitive theory has had the predominating influence on how we educate and it claims that the "final" developmental stage is reached between age 12 and adult. That's it; we do not develop cognitively after that. Well, Joe knew that was totally bogus. Cognitive abilities are not fixed by age -- we can continue indefinitely to improve our intellectual capabilities, as his theory, Critical Psychology of Complexity outlines for us and his other theories show us how to do just that! And so, that's why it was funny. It was true and yet the way he framed it struck me as being very funny. I understand his sense of humor -- and it is all through his work, often as just one line, which is just one more reason I love his work so much.

That particular quote about Piaget is from his book, Toward a Critical Politics of Teacher Thinking: Mapping the Postmodern, p. 140. He wrote that particular book all the way back in 1993 and there are other hidden gems in it, so he had been Mr. Hermes (the Trickster) himself, for a very long time . . . I love it! What other treats are just waiting to be discovered? There are gifts for us all in Joe’s work.

Joe will truly be a star in education; I know he will go down in history like Einstein. It is interesting that we had this very conversation on his web site about critical pedagogues not being “stars.” I hinted at the time that he was my star and how I felt that it was totally justified. He understood where I was coming from and he didn’t mind.

You may want to pre-order this new paperback version of Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: the price is guaranteed. In the meantime, we have a sort of weird scenario: I’m not sure how Amazon can be selling the current paperback version for $40 MORE than the hardcover version (see below). Be sure you get your money’s worth. I’m not sure what Amazon’s thinking is here. On top of that, someone is trying to sell a used copy for $100 MORE than the new one: What’s up with that? What people do to try and get some extra bucks.

Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction

Meetings With My Master Teacher
As always, he has been very, very supportive. Long story, very personal. He gave me three songs last night and one this morning, so for today’s blog I am just going to provide the clues for the music out of context of our discussion. The clues are “better than thou,” “look see,” “partner,” and this morning he gave me “soul master” (he was being funny with that last one). Here are the songs to the top of the YouTube search:

better than thou” This song is a “break-up” song. We have all been there, but it’s also a happy song because just like this singer, often we are so much better off after we have broken up with someone who really was not treating us right or did not appreciate us. I like this.

Every Time You Lie-- Demi Lovato -- HQ + Lyrics 
 

look see” Media indoctrination spans across cultures and religions. This next song has had well over 2 million hits! And people cannot seem to get past the “cutesy” and they are even showing the video to babies (in spite of pediatrician warnings about plopping babies and young children in front of the television). It’s sad the way it is implied in this song to young children that if they do not get up and go to the Masajid, they are LAZY (“Now, don’t be lazy!). It brings to mind my first and very traumatic experience with Christianity and how I was told I was a sinner, a bad person, and my heart was black – the teacher even held up a black heart made of construction paper for a great visual, lol. I was only two years old and I remember it like yesterday, the horror I felt to think I was bad and my heart was black, so don’t even think that these lessons do not have a powerful effect on children. Of course, I think I was turned OFF to Christianity from that point on, but it sure made me feel guilty much of my life. I feel for the child who is ill and can’t get out of bed, but believes he or she is LAZY because this song is programmed into their mind. YEP, it’s a “cute” song, all right (click through to YouTube and check out the comments). But it’s all ok, because now it is even politically correct to highlight wars against fabricated “phobias” about Islamic culture and all’s fair in love and war. When will we ever learn?


Upsy Daisy - I Look, I See 2 Yusuf Islam, Friends & Children



partner” This is interesting: It looks like my teacher is into multiculturalism today. Here, we have a video clip from a movie, apparently, showing how dance also spans cultures quite well. The movie is a “slapstick” comedy love story that is mostly about two guys and the women “have little to do.” Click here for more information. I think we have a lot of stereotyping going on in this movie and it is devised to make people laugh about it. It reminds me of "Avatar" and how people come out of the movie feeling good after viewing atrocities against another culture and massive environmental destruction. The media are very good at manipulating emotions and we are very bad at noticing the cognitive dissonance we are programmed with.

* Soni De Nakhre - partner full song *

soul master How timely; I must thank my teacher for bringing this to my attention. This is a new MMORTS (massively multiplayer online real-time strategy game). What can I say? Let’s program more people to do battle, learn from their enemies, and “DOMINATE!” Oh well, little do these people know that while they are busy playing these games, they are missing out on playing the “real” game, which is more fun and has greater rewards. I guess you could say this video shows a game within the game, kinda like having a dream within a dream (I think Edgar Allen Poe wrote about that, if you want to look it up).  I don’t have time to play a virtual game within a virtual game when I’ve got a “soul master” (my Master Teacher, lol) who already has me too busy. I happen to love this “Earth Game” just fine without being diverted to some other game that has no “real” rewards or outcomes . . . It does makes me wonder though: Who is the craziest? Those who play these MMORTS or those who take the Earth Game too seriously?

Soul Master Trailer #2
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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Neo-Liberalism and the Free Market: A Deeper Analysis Part 1


Believe this or not, I am STILL trying to decipher and analyze the information about Neo-Liberalism, Milton Friedman and the free market system that I had pulled up in my research back on Monday, August 2, 2010. If you are not up to speed on this, you might want to review; this is very important stuff my Master Teacher is handing down to me now. Last night he provided me some great tips and told me how to “shake, rattle, and roll” using Joe’s bricolage. I thought about it a bit and then I realized how juxtapositioning along with considering content in context with other content can bring a person to a “shocking awareness.” In fact, my Master Teacher, has led me through a sort of textual analysis in which one considers text in relation to other text in order to get to the meaning, or at least viable interpretations. So that’s what I will attempt over the next few days or so by trying to understand this web site, Montreal Philosophy, I came across in my research so that I can better understand the author’s article about Neo-Liberalism and Milton Friedman. I discussed the site some in yesterday’s blog, too, so you might want to review. But I will try to lead you through what my Master Teacher is leading me through – and I am beginning to understand it better. In other words I understand this web site now, whereas I was totally confused by the obfuscation. My teacher clearly has several purposes for giving me these lessons in economics. First, the only economics lessons I have had have been based on one perspective – the free market system. Secondly, the free market system has clearly not worked for me, so I am thinking maybe my teacher is going to show me other options. But the only way to get to those other options is to better understand the way our economic system works, why it doesn’t work for some of us, and in the process, we can find loopholes that just might give more options. So, as I am doing this analysis, I will keep in mind there are multiple purposes for getting multiple perspectives – much as the bricolage would have us do and achieve.

All of this began during my directed research about Milton Friedman. If you recall, I randomly opened Joe’s book, Getting Beyond the facts, to page 666, and there was a short imaginary narrative about a book written by Milton Friedman. Then back on Monday, August 2, 2010, I pulled up the following information and here’s what I stated about it at the time:

Neoliberalism: The Misunderstood Ideology (Assuming it exists)

I have seen both teachers and books describe neoliberalism as an ideology in opposition to government intervention in the economy. Its adherents tend to be vilified as zealous believers in the invisible hand and this definition of neoliberalism is then used in a straw man argument, with neoliberalism clearly shown as false due to the many examples of how the invisible hand does not always guide private interests in favor of the common good.

Any just definition of “neoliberalism” must be compatible with Milton Friedman’s ideas, since, as far as I can tell, he has been the one most widely described as a neoliberal, even though he did not identify as one (as few if any “neoliberals” do). Thus, we should probably consider what he had to say about government intervention in the economy:

I think this has to a great example of Obfuscation….I will analyze this further tomorrow; as I said I have very little time today. The link above goes to the article, but when I read just the first paragraph above, I was asking “Say WHAT?” And now I am asking WHY? Why was this article written? What are they trying to obfuscate here? I do believe that the term neoliberalism has been tossed around so much that it is not clear to many people what it means and obfuscators capitalize on this and create further confusion. I also know that Joe defined neoliberalism in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, so that we know what he meant when he used the term. I find it a huge issue when people use it without defining the way they are using it because all that does is contribute to obfuscation, which contributes to maintaining the status quo – that is; those in power stay in power.  More later . . .

Then on Wednesday, August 4, 2010, I still had not figured it out. My Master Teacher sort of had me researching in many directions, but as I have discovered now, there was a reason for it and it just goes to prove that you should “go with the flow” or as my teacher always puts it, keep the faith, surrender, and let things evolve. So, by Wednesday, the only thing I was able to conclude was that, yes, indeed, the article made use of obfuscation. I had many questions, though, as the entry indicates:

Two days ago, I started a complex research project in my blog and I am not sure where to go with it. It is still all related to Milton Friedman’s free market economy. I guess I will start with the obfuscation of “neoliberal.” It really irritates me how so many authors throw that term around, much like they do the term “postmodernism,” and they NEVER DEFINE THE TERM! If they take issue with neo-liberalism (whatever it is), then they are merely contributing to the status quo by complaining about it without defining it, so what good does it do to complain about it? One thing I love so much about Joe’s work is that he DOES define how he uses terms, especially obfuscated terms. He defines neo-liberalism on page 24 of Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. Since it is both an economic policy and a philosophy, it seems other authors need to follow Joe's lead and take more care in how they use the term.

It is clear that as long as “social justice workers” are not clear on their use of terminology, we will be fighting a losing battle. WHY? Because those in power maintain power by obfuscating and clouding the issues and when we remain cloudy, we are playing right into their hands. That is the very reason we get articles like this one:

Neoliberalism: The Misunderstood Ideology (Assuming it exists)

Now that we know the purpose of this article is to obfuscate in order to maintain power, the next task is to find out who this author is, who they are representing, and how they are obfuscating. Who is harmed? Who is helped? And what can social justice writers and workers do to combat this type of obfuscation?
More tomorrow . . .

After that entry, I had a couple of crisis situations which I wrote in the next two blogs. First, my bank was not processing my money, which put me in dire straits financially and took away my focus, although it was interesting how that situation corresponded so well with the current topic being economics. The next day it was “droidful” family expectations. Both topics seem relevant to this push my Master Teacher seems to have me on to learn all about free market economics. . . we need solutions.

Also, I need to point out that there are multiple things going on in these blogs – multiple strands, multiple interpretations. There is always the ever-presesnt and very important love aspect carried through from the very first blog, which really turns off a lot of people in the discipline of our heartless form of education, but little do they know that the LOVE is the most important aspect. That will be clear down the road and for now I am not worried that people do not “get it.” Those people who are ready will get it and can benefit from the information. Everyone can benefit from great music. There will be more information in the future about this aspect, but for now, I am going to focus on deciphering the clues emanating from the blog: Monday, August 2, 2010 and, specifically this entry from the web site I came across in my research, which I have already determined is obfuscated, but I have not determined how or why:

Neoliberalism: The Misunderstood Ideology (Assuming it exists)

Since I am still confused, I went on a bricolage sort of journey to try and find pieces to fit together for a better understanding (or as Joe called these things, "epistemological road trips") of this web site to see how it might enlighten me as to what the above article could really be saying. I was shockingly surprised! The web site is a TREASURE TROVE of clues and knowledge. More tomorrow . . . much more.

Meetings With My Master Teacher

Last night during my meeting with my teacher, I garnered two songs. He had observed that I was growing distant from him, which is true. This sort of research has that effect on me quite often. It takes me to the depths of FIDUROD (that positivistic, one reality fits all persepctive). He called it researching the “down and dirty” actions of the droids. Of course “down and dirty” is a clue to look up on YouTube. Here’s the first song to the top . . . something about “lay me down.” I think it was because I was tired and my teacher was telling me to get to bed.

down and dirty
The Dirty Heads Featuring Rome Performs "Lay Me Down"    LYRICS


Next, he was talking about the world being in its “final act” but he was using this in a metaphorical sense – as we know, the end is only the beginning. We are always ending cycles and beginning new cycles, and of course, our mission is to end the cycle of violence and oppression.

Well . . . I really don’t understand this next song, it's not in English, lol. There must be something about the title, doesn’t luna mean moon? Oh wait, it means goddess of the moon. It must mean more dancing in the moonlight by the sea – tonight as the final act (well, last night, actually, since the song was given to me then). Cool. This actually matches the lyrics of the previous song, where we end up on the beach with the rising sun!

final act
Luna sea Final act - Tonight


This morning, I did not remember any dreams, but according to my Master Teacher, there was moonlight dancing. I’ll take him on his word. He was very romantic this morning, describing a lot of symbolism within our relationship, which I won’t get into at this time because it is very personal. He stressed how love should be lived as an example that demonstrates  the power it has to make positive changes in the world, and he reminded me that the earth work is but a small part of our work together, so not to feel bad if I at times feel distant from him (even though, he does not want it to happen regularly or for extended periods of time, and neither do I). In the big picture, it is not that significant if it happens from time to time, because we are permanently (eternally) connected in many ways. He also told me not to worry about what to write in the blog today, because, as he put it, the blog will “take care of itself.” So, here, we have one last song to look up on YouTube for today (and he was right!).

Some of the words are not right in the lyrics. There are two songs here and the first one is referring to the huge mess the world is in; a mess we are trying to remedy together from the basis of love. The second song just has two lines: Tomorrow will take care of this/it or itself; It's time to learn to cope again. Thus, the implication is not that we should rely on time alone to resolve the issues; we need to learn to cope, but in my interpretation, that also means making changes both within and outside ourselves -- just as Joe calls for in his work. In fact, we cannot make changes within without effecting change outside of ourselves.

“take care of itself.”
Grand Archives - Witchy Park/Tomorrow Will (Take Care Of Itself)   Lyrics

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Back to Neo-Liberalism: Philosophy, Economic Policy or Ideology?

I am returning today, per my Master Teacher’s instructions last Wednesday to handle these topics relating to free market economics, “strand by strand.” Is Neo-Liberalism a philosophy, an economic policy or an ideology? Honestly, I have been very “hung up” on the distinction between these things. Is there always a distinction? Perhaps my education has me confined to placing definitions into artificial boxes.

Joe has defined Neo-Liberalism in his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction as “both an orientation to economic policy and a philosophy that has become widespread in the U.S. and other Western societies over the last three decades” (p. 24). Thus, it is intertwined with Milton Friedman’s free market economy and, as Joe has framed it in his definition, along with the workings of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization to make the rich richer and the poor poorer. More research of these organizations are warranted, thus adding more “strands” to discuss this mess our economy and the world is experiencing.

Generally, I view philosophy as a sort of guide or navigator to life and for developing our worldviews and subsequent theories, although philosophy is not fixed. I found it interesting in my doctoral studies how many people viewed their philosophy is FIXED and that it is a virtue to live by that fixed philosophy and yet, most of us really do not know what philosophy is and even more have highly questionable philosophies Yikes! (As Joe would have said.) We were no better off when it came to defining and using theories, something many of my colleagues shunned in their educational work.

In his work, Joe defined theories as explanations (as we understand them at any given point) of our relation to nature, not as an explanation of nature itself. This makes sense to me because we are running on perceptions of reality and our agreements (or disagreements) as to what constitutes a socially-constructed reality, not reality itself. I do not view any of these concepts – philosophy, worldview, theory, or ideology as fixed, discrete, and assignable to specific boxes. They all interact with each other, thus requiring a special methodology for analysis and understanding due to the complexity of their interactions, thus, the bricolage as conceptualized by Joe was developed for the very purpose of understanding chaos and complexity.

As an example of the difficulty of putting things in boxes, critical theory is a prime example of the futility in attempting to do so, in that it, while it is labeled as a theory, it has been put into the philosophy box AND then in a later edition of his book, the ideology box by the same author, who contended it was difficult to assign it to one or the other, which amplifies the confusion (See Gutek’s, 2004 edition of Philosophical and Ideological Voices in Education). Here’s what Joe said about theory in Getting Beyond the Facts, Second Edition:

Theory involves the conceptual matrix analysts use to make sense of the world. Theory, whether it is held consciously or unconsciously, works as a filter through which researchers approach information, designate facts, identify problems, and devise solutions to their problems. Theoretical frameworks, therefore, privilege different ways of seeing the world in general or the purposes of science education in particular . . . The problem that has undermined the traditional critical project of understanding and changing the inequality plaguing modernist societies has involved the production of a theory that was too totalizing (all encompassing) and rigid to grasp the complexity described here (p. 506).

The challenge becomes keeping theory broad enough so that it does not shut out, or in other ways, marginalize, perfectly valid interpretations and perspectives, and yet defined well enough so that we do not abandon theoretical frameworks altogether and then fail to present any rational explanations for complex phenomenon and the differences in the ways they are perceived.

For now I will return to this article I happened to come across that seems to obfuscate things more by referring the Neo-Liberalism as a misunderstood ideology with author’s slick move of questioning whether it actually exists. It may very well not exist in an ideological sense if it has been adopted as a philosophy or if it is practiced as Joe conveyed -- an orientation to economic policy (is that an ideology?). How do we define ideology? Of course, there is always blurring between these terms, but at the same time, the author of this web site appears to be capitalizing on blurring something that is not so blurred in real practice and even making a joke by referring to it as being misunderstood as an ideology. One must ask some questions here: If it is viewed primarily as an ideology and not a philosophy or economic practice, who stands to benefit? Who loses? In his Getting Beyond the Facts book, Joe explains that “The term ‘ideology’ involves the way power defines reality, the way things work, in a way that helps maintain existing power structures” (p. 124). Does this mean defining Neo-liberalism as an ideology rather than highlighting it as economic practice that has been greatly influenced by Milton Friedman and his free market economic system harm those at the bottom of the hierarchy while helping those at the top? I do not have the answer, but I do know that obfuscating the term and how it’s being used can have this very effect, which I touched on briefly three days ago in these blogs. Nevertheless, all of this is very confusing to someone who has been fed a diet of obfuscated “truths” about the world. Oh well, it will all come out in the wash. Here is the link to the article in question again:

Neoliberalism: The Misunderstood Ideology (Assuming it exists)


This blog is written by someone named Dussault and here is the description of the painting that makes up the background template for the web site -- which is a somewhat shocking image in context with the description (click on the links):

Painting: (original here) To the left you see a Jewish widow, Judith, standing tall and beautiful with the forest in the background, strong and proud after having returned from her mission. She had gone to an Assyrian camp where she seduced and slayed their leader, Holofernes, and decapitated the head which she now holds. Notice how her lavish dress — soft, transparent and adorned with gold — seems ruffled, with her left breast exposed. The head of Holofernes is partially hidden, making her return the focus of our attention. You can read the whole story here and the painting is by Gustav Klimt.

The painting that forms the background of this web site is by an interesting Austrian painter,
Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), who had grown up in poverty. His work is exceptional in both skill and creating impact, perhaps statements of social conditions. I have not been able to learn who this author of the web site really is, but after reading some of the blogs, it is clear they emanate from the desire to promote consciousness-raising. Gustav Klimt was an excellent portrait painter, but he clearly had greater interests judging by his other works. Here are a few examples:

The Hostile Powers Doesn’t this remind you of a bunch of nasty snakes? It reminds me of my dreams as I discussed in some earlier blogs about “reptilians” and their evil ways.

Medicine: The Final State Here, it looks like we get to abandon all of those pharmaceutical companies who are trying to kill us by curing us, lol. And the snakes are under control!

Philosophy: The Final State Yes! Idealism wins the day, to the dismay of those who are left “below.”

And it looks like Music and Love come out winning, too.

The Virgin, The Kiss, and The Baby . . . I LOVE this painter! He has some important messages in his divinely-inspired works.

Tomorrow, I will discuss the actual article which is the topic of this blog, 

Neoliberalism: The Misunderstood Ideology (Assuming it exists) in more detail (if I can). I need to get some dreamtime instruction. Have you tried that yet? It is amazing how well that works, especially in combination with your own personal Master Teacher!

Meetings With My Master Teacher
The meetings last night and this morning have been relatively short. Interestingly, on top of all of my other work, he wants me to write a specific article for a specific journal. I guess there is no rush, but I have already started it and will continue forward because it is relevant to the research I am doing. It is time consuming, and I had to take a nap today for some more advice for the article (which is why today’s blog is so late). And yes, I did awaken with some wonderful advice as far as what issues I need to extrapolate on and some very creative ways to write them up. I have decided that if the chosen journal will not publish my article, I will just go somewhere else. My Master Teacher has promised to help me with the article, so that is going to be very interesting, indeed, combined with my dream help.

Oh, and last night I had the weirdest dream. I was given codes again, but instead of long strings of codes I received a while back and mentioned in these blogs (which I found out later were just codes to deprogram me from the crap I have experienced living on earth), this time the codes were sentences that are supposed to be scattered in Joe’s books. Somehow they all come together and tell where there is some kind of secret treasure. Did Joe hide treasure? Does anyone know? That’s all I know. I have had that same indication before – that there is some kind of secret treasure relating to Joe’s books, but what do I know? It’s all just dreams. I do remember something about a wooden box, though, with a special key in it. That just came back to me now, I had put it on the back burner. I asked my Master Teacher about the codes, and he just recommended that I keep my eyes open as I study Joe’s work in the process of writing up my dissertation. I’ll see what comes of it. One thing a tragic life does for a person is that it gives them endless patience, even if it appears to the outside world we might be "crazy." Joe even had an explanation for that!

The music was sparse today, for some reason; I am sure my teacher will make up for it (and just as I am writing this blog, Rainbow Princess said she has three songs for me, lol. They will be in tomorrow's blog). For today's blog the only clues he gave me were “dream” and “Joe Kincheloe.” Of course, with dream, he was referring to the clues in my dream I had asked him for advice about. And “Joe Kincheloe” is the author whose books are where the clues are supposed to be hidden (and whose work I highlight on this web site). So, let’s see what comes up to the top of a YouTube search, which is always my general procedure for looking up the clues my teacher provides. There is always something to learn from these clues! That could be my theory: When music is handed down to me, wherever it may come from and whatever the clues might be, there is a relevant message in the first song or video to the top of a YouTube search.

dream
52nd Grammy Awards: 52nd Grammy Awards - Justin Bieber/The-Dream


OK, WHAT are they talking about? I had to search up the song, "Baby," that they were discussing in the above video. Here it is:
Justin Bieber - Baby ft. Ludacris


Joe Kincheloe
Interesting. This clue brought up Henry Giroux with Joe interviewing him. I don’t know if it’s my computer or what, but the volume is so low, I cannot hear it, even when I turn the volume full blast on my computer, so I have no comments on the content of this video at this time. Joe is sweet as he always was when he interviewed people.

Henry Giroux: Figures in Critical Pedagogy

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Friday, August 6, 2010

Droidful Family Expectations: Why Canít They Just Let People Be Free?

I get SO tired of people trying to define for me what should be the reality that I should be living, and there are plenty of people who try to do so. Of course, as Joe always pointed out, knowledge and how we view reality is a social construction which is always in process, but that does not mean we must allow the droids of society to enforce their “droidful expectations” upon us. And have you ever noticed how being a member of a family seems to give them a license to abuse you? – or maybe you are one of those who believe that it is your right to abuse members of your own family. I have found it to be more hurtful than people outside the family laughing or making fun of me for whatever reasons. In fact, family abuse – whether it’s physical or emotional is the most painful of experiences and one I regard as highly dysfunctional.

If your own family members cannot accept you as you are and abusively attempt to force you to change (or you have those expectations of them), then where can a person find love? It seems that families in this society have become the clearest example of CONDITIONAL love there could possibly be when what we need to be striving for is UNCONDITIONAL love. And if we do choose to love our family unconditionally, even if they are abusive toward us, it does NOT mean we need to continually subject ourselves to that abuse. Perhaps in some situations the more loving thing to do is to leave that family, or in some other way detach yourself from the abuse, and be an example of choosing to be the person you really are - which means you do not tolerate, condone, or enable abuse.

Due to some abusive arrows flying at me, I have shut myself down some. Yesterday, on account of some droidful expectations from family members, I was feeling very distant from my Master Teacher who I love with all my heart, and now I realize that whenever that happens that’s exactly when he gives Rainbow Princess a song to hand over to me. She had written the following song title on a piece of paper and handed it to me yesterday afternoon, and it cheered me up and reminded me that my Teacher – and other loved ones who love unconditionally – are always around looking over my shoulders. I just love this song and reminder; my teacher always knows what I need when I need it! (And there is a message in it for an “Uncle Peter” too.)

Phil Collins - You'll be in my heart [Lyrics]



At my meeting last night, my Master Teacher did not have too much to say, except that he was “calling you” (me). This is the song that came up to the top of a YouTube search, and it is more unconditional loving reassurance and a reminder that he will always be checking in on me to make sure I'm ok. It’s a very lovely and meaningful song!

Blue October - Calling You

At our meeting this morning, my Teacher discussed in greater detail this situation with families and how so many people seem to think they can be abusive and controlling, and he gave me some special advice. He also said that this is one of the very things we are working on to change – people must be free to be themselves. If it can’t happen within families, where can it happen? In his conversation, the following words were clues to songs: “to be”, “be and let be,” “weird,” and “different.” I will see what messages we get from these songs. In his discussion, he was simply saying we need to be free “to be” and we need to “be and let be,” but so many people think you are “weird” if you are yourself, even though we are all “different” and should be allowed to express our differences. He said eventually more people will come to realize that the fruits of labor are tremendous when you are free "to be" and to create -- and that more people will begin to seek more of that freedom for themselves, which is a good thing! So, here are the YouTube songs to the top with these clues.

to be” This is interesting because it represents the extremes people go to because they “just want to be loved.” This guy never gives up, never gives in….well, if none of us ever give up or give in – we get the world we have created today: one of power, selfishness, greed, and true craziness. Yet, at the same time, we really can't give up on love.

Papa Roach - ...To Be Loved  LYRICS


be and let be OK, my teacher is being funny. You can ignore this one. This guy is definitely different, but the message is to me: My teacher has been trying to get me to eat right for months now…he’s not trying to change me though. He loves me no matter what; I think he just wanted to give me these great recipes to help out.

Alton Brown - Live & Let Diet III


weird” I’m not sure how this guy came up to the top for a search on the word, “weird,” but he did! It just goes to show how misused the word weird is! This guy ain’t weird at all! He is pretty magical. Check him out:  Old Spice

different.” This next song highlights the acceptance of difference. So, go for it! Be different! Be yourself and feel the freedom. Tomorrow, I will get back on topic: neo-liberalism and the free market. I think my teacher just felt I needed this little emotional boost on account of some things happening in my life. It’s really OK to go "off topic" sometimes to deal with the emotional things in life. A TRUE Master Teacher knows this and will guide you into dealing with issues outside of academic issues, like health, diet, how to deal with family, etc., etc., whatever comes up -- because learning is about and involves the WHOLE person, not the fragmented bits that ignore the learner’s emotions and all other aspects of “being.” And, btw, absolutely NO ONE is required to believe MY reality....you can't anyway for several reasons: first, we all have our veryf own reality. Secondly, realities are always changing. And third, the realities I present in these blogs may or may not be my own: I love to EXPLORE. That is true freedom!

Acceptance - Different  LYRICS

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Warding off an August (BANK) Rush PLUS Dancing in the Moonlight Under the Grand Cardinal Cross

Economic ResetWhat is an economic reset?
That’s where we zero out all of the moguls’ bank accounts like the banks, credit card companies, oil companies, insurance companies, hospitals – you know: everyone who has been stealing from us for all of these years since Milton Friedman came out with his FREE MARKET Crapola....like I said yesterday, he didn’t end up on page 666 of Joe’s book for nothing. Joe knew what was going on. And so, we have this measure that has already been signed and all President Obama needs to do is announce it and we are “Home Free.” Our debts will be gone plus we will be given lots of extra spending money – a payback from all of those people who have been using the free market economy as a “free for all.” It’s that neo-liberalism philosophy that Joe defined in his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, on page 24: The bottom line was to “make the rich richer and poor poorer” with no ethical or humane considerations, as Joe has stated it. An instant economic reset – NESARA -- is the only fair thing to do considering how much has been stolen from us all. Yesterday, it came to my attention just how crucial this economic reset is for us peons and I think I am beginning to understand my Master Teacher’s warning last Friday.

He had provided a video about Damage Control in Chile after the earthquake that U.S. media had minimized and, thus, appropriate assistance was not forthcoming to the people of Chile. I thought my teacher was implying we would be having an earthquake here, but if you follow the blogs since last Friday, the real topic is economics, so we are talking about an economic shake-up. In reviewing the blogs since last Friday (and even before), there was information about how Milton Friedman’s free market economy destroyed Chile’s economy and there are videos about students and homeowners protesting. The students are angry because they cannot get a quality education with the voucher system and other shenanigans. The homeowners had been evicted because they could not pay their mortgages and were living alongside a river and they are demanding an economic reset of their own -- free homes instead of free market...now I am thinking my Master Teacher was actually sending me a warning about the dire straits our economy is in and that we are likely to be suffering what Chile has been suffering; at least those of us who have not yet lost our homes: More of us will be losing our homes – the earthquake represented a financial collapse and shakeup. And we cannot expect the Chilean people to come to our aid since it was OUR country that ruined their country.

And so it happens yet again!! My Master Teacher gets me writing about a topic – and then the next thing I know it MANIFESTS.

Well, this economic situation has hit me personally and I wish I had paid more attention to my teacher’s warning – I would have taken more cash out of the bank Monday instead of depositing my money. A very bizarre thing happened yesterday preventing me from paying my mortgage this month and it’s all on account of the bank. Here I am, nearly destitute, it’s time to pay all of my bills, and what has to happen? My bank shutdowns for more than a day with no warning! It affected all of my income for the month and prevented me from having access to it. Can the economy survive a bank shutdown? How is this going to affect the other banks and the rest of the economy?

Here’s what happened: On Tuesday I deposited a check from the U.S. government into my bank account so that I could pay my mortgage and lot rent, and what happens? It is NOT CREDITED to my account and I have this message when I log into my bank account: 

Important Notice About Transactions Processed August 3, 2010.

Last evening we experienced a power issue at one of our U.S. Bank Operations Centers. This resulted in a delay in processing of transactions to your accounts from yesterday.These transactions are being processed now. We anticipate that your account will be fully updated later today. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.You can access your cash through our ATMs and you can continue to use your debit and credit cards for purchases. However, you may be temporarily unable to access Retail Internet Banking and Bill Pay. If this occurs, please try again later this morning.If we can be of further assistance please call our 24-Hour U.S. Bankers on 1-800 USBANKS (1-800-872-2657).

OK, so I thought perhaps they meant they lost power to their computers and that's terrible planning. As important as banks are, you would think their main headquarters would have back up power. There is something fishy here. I think they may be referring to something much bigger and more ominous since it still is not fixed after many hours. This “power issue” began on August 3, 2010.

AND to make matters, worse, my weekly unemployment compensation ALSO has not posted to my “ReliaCard.” These moguls really know how to choose the names, don’t they? Always opposite of what they claim: How reliable is a ReliaCard if the money does not get posted to it all because of a power issue at a bank?

And the AMAZING thing is that the Employment Office tells a different story than US Bank does. Here’s the excuse I get from them:

 *      Due to a banking system failure last night, no electronic deposits to direct deposit or ReliaCard were posted to accounts as scheduled. Treasury is working to resolve this issue today, Wednesday, August 4. 

WHAT IS THE REAL DEAL HERE???? What is the REAL Story? Is it merely a “power issue” at a US Bank Operations Center – or is it the more disastrous-sounding “banking system failure” requiring intervention from the US Department of Treasury?

Here’s the message on the Oregon Employment Department web site: 

Unemployment Insurance Benefits Delayed
Due to a power outage last night, no electronic deposits to direct deposit or ReliaCard were posted to accounts as scheduled. We expect this to be resolved between noon and 5:00 PM today.

However, when I tried to log in my there is a different story:

Banking System Failure

Here’s a News Story about the Situation (Surprisingly, there is no media hype)
Story Published: Aug 4, 2010 at 10:26 AM PDT Comments (1) ST. PAUL, MN --

US Bank customers had a rude surprise waiting for them at the ATM and on-line. They could get small amounts of cash but not check their balance. A Tuesday power outage in Minnesota knocked out service to some bank operations.

Spokesperson Steve Dale tells KVAL News some customers were not able to withdraw large amounts of money, check a real-time balance or use on-line banking. Dale says all services have been restored and all money is safe. The interruption lasted less than 24-hours.

According to the company's website, account information will be updated by the end of the day.

If you have any other questions, call 1-800 USBANKS (1-800-872-2657). Reference: KVAL News

What is the truth?
Is it a “power issue” as the bank states (which does not necessarily mean electrical power, you know, or a “banking system failure” requiring the Treasury Department’s intervention as is implied on the Oregon State Employment Department’s web pag? It does make one wonder – if it’s a power outage, what can the Treasury Department do to fix that?

Of course, the US Department of the Treasury has nothing at all to say about it on their web site. According to them, everything is “coming up roses” and we are on an economic upswing. For some reason, I do not feel like I am a part of that upswing. 

Here’s their take: Welcome to the Recovery.
Some more interesting articles from our Treasury Department: Treasury

Have we suffered a total and complete economic collapse at the hands of Milton Friedman’s FREE MARKET ECONOMICS???
Have they done it? Have they stolen ALL of the money now? ARE WE TOTALLY IN THE RED, HERE?

Or is this just a sort of advanced “warning” that is a demonstration of their power should the Administration go against FREE MARKET wishes, such as Obama’s bailout for people losing their homes and the proposal to end the tax cut for the rich and extend the tax cut for the poor, something that seems to be hotly debated right now. And WHY are bailouts for the moguls, such as the banks, supported, but bailing out the people who are merely victims of the banks so controversial? (It must be that neo-liberalism at work again).
U.S. Treasury Department
International Monetary Fund
The World BankThe World Trade Organization 

Some people seem to think we need not be concerned, but when the media does NOT HYPE SOMETHING UP, it's time to be suspicious. Besides, it’s not a comfortable feeling to know that you can write a check to pay your house payment, but you don’t know if it’s going to be any good  – through no fault of your own. We shall see if this gets resolved by the time they state: the end of August 4, 2010. In the meantime, you might be interested to learn that more than 100 banks have been shut down since the beginning of 2010.
 
How Many Banks Will The FDIC Shut Down?
Are We in DEEP Trouble? (Read the Comments). (Could this be happening today?)
The Ebook the FEDs Don’t Want You to Read (Give me a break! Why are these people writing this?) 

According to Joe’s definition of neo-liberalism, the “market solutions” that are imposed on us and countries around the world that make these decisions to help the rich and harm the poor come from the International Monetary fund, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization (p. 24).
 

UPDATE: August 4, 2010 7:07 PM Is this the Beginning of an AUGUST RUSH?
According to the Oregon State Department of Employment, they have now resolved their burden and supposedly this issue is resolved....oh sure, they posted the NUMBERS, kind of the way money is manifested as numbers out of thin air and they really do not benefit anyone....and so they have POSTED the the unemployment compensation for the week – but the message about the banks and the Treasury Department are still posted on the site and the bank has NOT credited my account for the money I deposited yesterday, the money for my Reliacard Money, which is also with US bank -- OR my student loan money.... 

I am seriously considering withdrawing all of my money (once it gets in the bank) and burying it somewhere where only I can find it ---- that is, after I convert it all to GOLD!!!
 

How Many Banks Are Closing?
wtf-please   3 minutes ago (8:55 PM) 4 Fans

Whew! Only 5 Banks closed last Friday.. Time to trust Wall Street..

The FDIC closed five banks last Friday bringing the total for the month of July to 22 and 108 for the year. The July failures drained the FDIC Deposit Insurance fund by $1.3 billion bringing the year-to-date total to $18.9 billion, well above the $15.33 billion prepaid assessments for all of 2010. I estimate that the Depositors Insurance Fund is now in arrears by $33 billion.
Reference: HuffingtonPost
 

Coincidently, and thankfully I was led to watching the movie, August Rush yesterday. What a sweet movie; I really like it. “The music is all around us . . .all you have to do is listen.” It was a great diversion from the financial issues.

August Rush - August's Rhapsody ( SoundTrack )


I hear music too, and when I don’t hear music, I make music. The really funny thing about that is it all started with the very first email from Joe! This is the truth. I never heard music before that or was that much into music. In the very first email he wrote me, he sent a song (which I wrote about before: It was “It’s a Beautiful Morning” by the Rascals) and I have been hearing music ever since. “Call me crazy.” Joe said that to me one time, too, and it’s straight out of the movie! He must have known something I didn’t know. Of course there are also songs with that title. Anyway, now that I am into music like never before in my life, the way my Master Teacher uses music to teach me is so perfect. It stirs up the passion and makes learning fun.

Meetings With My Master Teacher: Preventing an August Rush
All of my money FINALLY came through this morning. Last night, at 11:00 pm it had still not hit the bank, but before I went to bed my Master Teacher had told me not to worry. He said it is true that the banks are scamming to get every last penny they can and that the system is close to collapsing, but it is being prevented from happening. There are going to be people rushing out (the August Rush) to pull their money out of the banks, convert it to gold, stock up on food supplies, etc., but that is not necessary -- and it is even a mistake.

According to what my teacher thinks (and as I told him, I trust his judgment), those of us who do not buy into this August Rush will be better off than those who do. He said things will calm down soon. I thanked him for his advice.
It’s interesting, because he gave me that advice last night very late when I was upset that the bank had still not posted my money to my account. Then, first thing this morning, I came across an article predicting that there will be Deflation for the next ten years.

Gary Shilling (of A. Gary Shilling and Company): The US is On the Cusp of Deflation

Someone with a name like Shilling who deals in money should know, I would think (lol). (Have you ever really analyzed the MEANINGS of the names of the people in your life? I learn a lot that way – I think it’s part of the game: you can get tips from name meanings which will give you an advantage in this earth game, lol).

Anyway, a deflation explains and jives with what my teacher had said – those of us who do not buy into an “August Rush” where we stock up on things in an attempt to survive a market crash and all of the bad things that happen during a depression will be better off than those who do. He said there is no reason to follow the flock.

Tomorrow:
Continuing the economic analysis, neo-liberalism, and all of the other stuff that started back on Sunday, along with Joe’s Zeitgeist (can’t wait for that one). I will carry it forward, strand by strand, just like my teacher suggested.

For now, I am going to just enjoy dancing in the moonlight under the cardinal grand cross (more about that later)! This song is also from the movie, August Rush.

Moon Dance – Van Morrison
Dancing In The Moonlight






















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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

RAP Music, Obfuscated Neo-Liberalism, Milton Friedmanís Free Market, Fighting Cancer, and Freedom to Fly


Clocktower-MicrosoftWhat a morning, already. I slept in too late for comfort when I have SO MUCH to do. But, I am making great progress: I worked on my dissertation all night in my dreams. SOMEBODY was telling me things I need to add and what I need to edit, so once I get back on that today, it should go quite smoothingly well.

My morning meeting has been interesting: My Master Teacher gave me a little procedural advice for submitting my diss proposal. Apparently too many new scholars give their mentor a very rough draft, thinking that’s fine since it’s just a draft, but according to my Master Teacher, the profs really don’t care to see what he refers to as sloppy work. I can understand that; it would be hard for them to take you seriously if you sleazed off with your very first submission. But I am already past the sloppy work point according to his assessment, so I really don’t need to worry about it. When he left this morning, he told me to “Stay tough, stay smart, and stay outta trouble.” This is a song screaming at me . . . the video below is what came to the top with a YouTube search and this is so interesting! My teacher has been on a Rap Music “kick.” It started last Sunday with lessons in RAP Music from Joe’s book, Getting Beyond the Facts, and it seems to be associated with this DEPRESSING research on Milton Friedman’s free market economy that is destroying Chile and the U.S., and I am sure other countries as well. When Milton Friedman ends up on page 666 of Joe’s book, you know there is a serious problem.

So, here is the first song to the top of the search on “Stay tough, stay smart, and stay outta trouble.” The second song also came up and, for obvious reasons, it caught my attention. Both of the songs are very positive and upbeat, just what we need when studying the depressing free market system. If you click through on these videos, you will find the lyrics. The first one is interesting in that the video was made first then the song and lyrics were made to go with the video, which is backwards from the way most people create their videos. The second one has a very positive message, just what I need to hear.

Rise Up Rap - Stage 1




JoePro - "Rise Up" - Original Rap Song


Two days ago, I started a complex research project in my blog and I am not sure where to go with it. It is still all related to Milton Friedman’s free market economy. I guess I will start with the obfuscation of “neoliberal.” It really irritates me how so many authors throw that term around, much like they do the term “postmodernism,” and they NEVER DEFINE THE TERM! If they take issue with neo-liberalism (whatever it is), then they are merely contributing to the status quo by complaining about it without defining it, so what good does it do to complain about it? One thing I love so much about Joe’s work is that he DOES define how he uses terms, especially obfuscated terms. He defines neo-liberalism on page 24 of Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. Since it is both an economic policy and a philosophy, it seems other authors need to follow Joe's lead and take more care in how they use the term.

It is clear that as long as “social justice workers” are not clear on their use of terminology, we will be fighting a losing battle. WHY? Because those in power maintain power by obfuscating and clouding the issues and when we remain cloudy, we are playing right into their hands. That is the very reason we get articles like this one:

Neoliberalism: The Misunderstood Ideology (Assuming it exists)

Now that we know the purpose of this article is to obfuscate in order to maintain power, the next task is to find out who this author is, who they are representing, and how they are obfuscating. Who is harmed? Who is helped? And what can social justice writers and workers do to combat this type of obfuscation?

More tomorrow . . .

My teacher did give me another song this morning and I have yet to look it up. The clue is “one strand at a time.” He was answering my question about these blogs. I feel a bit overwhelmed what with working on my dissertation and getting involved in a deeper analysis within these blogs as has been requested (the continuation of the topics from two days ago, as I mentioned above). It just seems really complex and I asked him if he wants me to carry it forward and I told him that I feel a bit lost with the blogs. And that was his answer: Just carry it forward, “one strand at a time.” So this is definitely a clue to look up on YouTube; let’s see what comes to the top with this one!

Fighting Cancer, One Strand at a Time

This is the second video about cancer in two days. It seems my Master Teacher has us on depressing topics, but at least he’s keeping the RAP Music going. I think what I found most interesting about this video is when the narrator describes that contributing to cancer research in Canada even if we are not from Canada will benefit us all, and yet the arrows on map do not point to certain continents – Africa,  South America, and Australia – and it even seems to bypass the Middle East, upon looking at the arrows. Let’s just hope it’s a fluke in the way they did the graphic, and that, really people everywhere will be helped with this cancer research money. Here’s the image with the arrows. It does not look to me like the arrows are including all people, but I will let you be the judge:

Cancer Fight

Well, that’s all for today. My time is limited; I must get back to work on my dissertation. OH WAIT!! One last song. My Master Teacher gave me this one last night before I went to bed. The clue was to look up “truly, madly, deeply” again. I have used that song before, but this time a different video came to the top. It is interesting because, here, the guy – superman—has TWO women. One who is like stuck in the 3-D earth plane and another one (or version) who flies with him and they do amazing things together. It reminds me of how I feel so fenced in on Earth during the day, but at night I am totally free to travel all reaches of the pluriverses. We should be free to fly! Just like today’s RAP music was about:

(from the first song):
Gotta Rise Up, Wake up, shake up and try
Gotta Rise Up, Get Up and figure out why
Gotta Rise Up, Shake Up, I don't wanna die
Gotta Rise Up, Stay Up and learn how to fly

(from the second song):
And now as my dream comes to life
I give a little light to those who struggle with strife
And if you only try, try, and don't give up
Then you can live up to your dreams, and rise up

It takes LOVE to make it happen!
Clark&Lois&Lana - Truly madly deeply
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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Economic Blues PLUS Our Great Mission: FOREVER FREE


Code Blue ProjectI woke up this morning feeling blue; lack of money does that to me. There are so many things outside of our control these days. I am dependent on every penny that comes my way and my university sits on my financial aid check for WEEKS now and there is no good reason for that. What happened to the “good old days” when financial aid was distributed the FIRST DAY OF CLASS, so that people could buy their books? Who is making interest off all of these BILLIONS of DOLLARS (fabricated out of thin air, I am sure) in financial aid. There are so many students who cannot buy the books and supplies they need until mid-quarter/semester or later and as a university teacher, I have seen students forced to drop out or fail their first courses because of this, and then they have to repeat the courses (and pay for them again). What a sad start for students who are already at a disadvantage, being poor.
 
My Master Teacher this morning was on top of where I am at, as always. He is so understanding and so good to me. He told me I was on a “downturn” as far as the level of my vibrational energy. When you’re down, your energy level is down, too. He encouraged me by saying my money will be here very soon and to continue with the schedule of tasks we had devised together – Our Great Mission Schedule. He did say it is going to become easier to accomplish more over the next couple of years, which is a relief because I have a LOT to accomplish with writing my dissertation and all.

In our discussion, “downturn” is a clue, of course, to look up on YouTube. It is interesting that when I looked this up, it turned up a video about economics – the very topic I have been discussing in these blogs the past few days. I have been on the topic of Milton Friedman and his crazy economic theory, FREE MARKET capitalism. This video is a little more positive and gets us out of feeling that, given this system, things are hopeless. There are ways out – Joe’s bricolage is supposed to help us identify those ways out and give us more options – and hope for the future. Here’s the video and note that they are recommending getting rid of your television and ignoring media hype, which is something I’ve saying all along in these blogs. I just need to heed my own (and my Master Teacher’s) advice.

“downturn”
Economic Downturn



It’s nice that my teacher gave me a more upbeat perspective. We cannot lose sight of the fact that, even though things look really bad, the old system is beginning to crumble away and this is leaving more and more holes in their matrix for us to reload it. I just loved the way Joe talked about reloading the matrix in his books and interview. I actually watched the Matrix movie – the first one. Now I need to watch the other two. He also talked about Zeitgeists and that’s a movie, too. In fact, there are two movies about it and from what I have learned, the solutions in the second movie may be bogus – but then you never know who is telling the truth. What usually ends up happening is that you can find a middle ground. All perspectives have some elements of truth or what one might consider viable actions for positive change. It just all needs to be sorted out, and what better way than using Joe’s bricolage....only problem is I am still learning how to use it.

Tomorrow, I will get into more analysis of the interesting information I discovered and wrote about in yesterday’s blog, and I would like to research the Zeitgeist issues a little more. For today, I am going to finish up edits on Chapter One of my dissertation. It’s coming along very well. In the meantime, my Master Teacher told me that even when he is not with me we are together and for me to never ever give up on the mission and the manifestation of the dreams we share. He said to me: “We are forever.” That was so sweet, he knows what I love to hear, and I am sure it will a great song when I look it up on YouTube. I am going to look that one up right now and see what comes to the top.

“We are forever.” #1
NEW Metro Station - Seventeen Forever HAWAIIAN STYLE


This is interesting; he is back to giving me hints and clues about Hawaii....he does not want me to forget that we have a future and very important event planned that will take place in Hawaii. I have no idea what it is, but he has given me many songs relating to Hawaii in the past. I will pull all of those previous blogs that have those songs together soon and see if I can decipher his message.

Sometimes, there is a reason to take more than one song in these searches and today is one of those days. Here is the second song that came to the top of the search; I knew the clue was very special.

“We are forever.” #2
MUSE - Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever) [OFFICIAL VIDEO]



And this is the THIRD song to the top -- I dedicate this one to him for all of his love, hard work, brilliance, and patience – as we work together for freedom.

“We are forever.” #3
FOREVER FREE MUSIC PROJECT 2010: CLAIRE LOMAX & DAVID CAKES CANCER CHARITY FUND RAISER
8:30 am | link 

Monday, August 2, 2010

DREAM GAMES, Obfuscation PLUS Long Beautiful Hair


Our weddingI had the most interesting and fun dream last night! In my dream Joe was my husband (something I often dream about, for some reason). Anyway there was a popular game that everyone LOVED to play. I wish I could remember the title of the game, but it was a really fun and very educational game. In my dream, it was sort of like I was watching a video (a dream within a dream?). Joe and I were in the video together talking about this game. We were standing next to each other, facing each other, and the game title was in a big colorful box up above and behind us. We were planning on separating and we were having this long argument about who would get to keep the game. We went on like that for awhile with neither of us wanting to give up the game, until I couldn’t handle it anymore and I broke down crying and threw my arms around him and begged him not to leave me. This is so funny – the game kept us from leaving each other, only I awakened from the dream crying, begging him not to leave me, and that part wasn’t funny – until I remembered that what we had been doing in the dream was just acting. There was a contest for making a video about this game, and that was our entry in the contest – and we won!!! He told me that I was a “damned good actress.” I guess so; I convinced myself so well, I woke up crying. Thank god, it was just a video.

Well, today I have to keep the blog short. I have many things on the agenda. My Master Teacher this morning requested the topic, obfuscation. We need to get to the bottom of it because in my research yesterday I came across  the following, and I pray to understand what this writer is talking about (it makes no sense to me). This is the introduction and first paragraph to this article, which comes across as gibberish. I truly do not understand what this guy is saying:

Neoliberalism: The Misunderstood Ideology (Assuming it exists)

I have seen both teachers and books describe neoliberalism as an ideology in opposition to government intervention in the economy. Its adherents tend to be vilified as zealous believers in the invisible hand and this definition of neoliberalism is then used in a straw man argument, with neoliberalism clearly shown as false due to the many examples of how the invisible hand does not always guide private interests in favor of the common good.

Any just definition of “neoliberalism” must be compatible with Milton Friedman’s ideas, since, as far as I can tell, he has been the one most widely described as a neoliberal, even though he did not identify as one (as few if any “neoliberals” do). Thus, we should probably consider what he had to say about government intervention in the economy:

I think this has to a great example of Obfuscation….I will analyze this further tomorrow; as I said I have very little time today. The link above goes to the article, but when I read just the first paragraph above, I was asking “Say WHAT?” And now I am asking WHY? Why was this article written? What are they trying to obfuscate here? I do believe that the term neoliberalism has been tossed around so much that it is not clear to many people what it means and obfuscators capitalize on this and create further confusion. I also know that Joe defined neoliberalism in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, so that we know what he meant when he used the term. I find it a huge issue when people use it without defining the way they are using it because all that does is contribute to obfuscation, which contributes to maintaining the status quo – that is; those in power stay in power.  More later . . .

My Master Teacher almost ran off without giving me music this morning, but he knew better. He gave me a special clue for a song for me (which sounds sweet, but I have not looked it up yet, and you never know what surprises he has in store): “You my darlin’ are the true light of the world.” It’s just a SONG CLUE, folks. My reaction to his clue was Oh, no, this is so egotistical and inflated sounding….So then he said to me, “I know that sounds ego centric [to post in a blog], but how about ‘truth is truth’? First one’s for you, the second one’s for ‘them.’

So here now have THREE song clues with the first one being for me, and the second song (“truth is truth”) being for them, whoever “them” turns out to be when I do the search on YouTube.

So here I go, I will search them up right now, taking the first song to the top of a YouTube search, holding my breath and hoping this turns out good.

"You my darlin’ are the true light of the world.”
Jewel - My One True Friend




“truth is truth”
truth is truth 1



“them”
THEM!
 

Discussion of these Videos
I was happy with the first video that toned down the clue that took me to it. The song merely represents the mutual feelings between me and my Master Teacher – we view each other as “jewels” and close friends. There is something about the lyrics to the song “My One True Friend.” It mentions Chicago and so I immediately thought of those Chicago economists under Milton Friedman who wreaked havoc in Chile, now the U.S., and so many other places in the world.  The first two lines of the song seem to say something about “shining the light” on what was happening in Chicago….and my Master Teacher is saying you never know where we will be heading tomorrow. That’s the nature of Joe’s bricolage, btw – it is improvisational.

The lights are bright tonight in Chicago
Where I'll be by morning, I don't know

There is more in those lyrics which I will have to take up another time. I do know that today we are on the topic of Obfuscation and such, and it sure seems like Milton Friedman has been hidden from many of us.

The second video is interesting, and again, I would like to do more research on this. It talks about the importance of hair being like receptors of information – I have never heard this before! I want to learn more about it. And then at the end of the video it mentions Amon Ra. Who is Amon Ra? I think the sun god….anyway the video presents a new perspective about why people should not cut their hair or destroy it with chemicals….interesting. What’s weird is that, for whatever reason, I quit cutting my hair many months ago now.

Amon is an Egyptian deity representing air and breath. It can also mean “amen.”
Ra is an ancient Egyptian sun god.

There has been a repeating call by many people from all walks of life emphasizing the need to get back to nature and to get sunshine.

About Hair as Receptors – They did NOT teach me this in my science class! This needs to be studied in more detail in relation to the second video and additional research. In the meantime, don’t cut, perm, or color your hair!

The last video is just hilariously funny and it is a great and humorous representation of our topic for today: obfuscation. We still do not know who “THEM” are! But we are afraid: very afraid.

OK, my Master Teacher is being very funny by obfuscating who "them" are and yet dedicating a video about hair to them . . . this needs to be sorted out.


Tomorrow: Sorting out this obfuscated mess: How do we do it?

For now, I am going to add my OWN musical selection (because I always like to end with a song!).

Long, Beautiful Hair

10:48 am | link 

Sunday, August 1, 2010

New York! New York! (Is the Treasure Hunt Back?) PLUS Do Some People Think Milton Friedman Was Satan?, RAP, and It Ainít Over 'til Itís Over

Today’s blog is mostly music! My Master Teacher has given me a few songs. It started out yesterday with this song he gave to Rainbow Princess and she handed it to me. I knew something important was about to be revealed and this song got my undivided attention. It's so funny how the pig on the dinner table comes to life in this video! Joe talked about (greedy) pigs in his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction! (Can you find where? He had some funny things to say about pigs.)
Goldfinger - "Open Your Eyes"

Next, I found some more links about Milton Friedman. I wanted to find out if there were people who thought he was Satan, since he coincidently ended up on page 666 of Joe’s Social Studies book (second edition). Sure, enough. There are people out there who regarded Milton Friedman as the devil himself for all of his destructive economic recommendations that so many leaders all over the world took to --- including Chile, which is why Chile now has so many terrible social problems and their educational system, which followed Friedman’s advice about vouchers, is just crap. Of course, if you have money, you can afford the expensive private schools. But if you don’t you are stuck with the cheap schools that only serve to roll out droids and robots to be slaves for the corporate masters (Money Masters), like the new Chilean President today – multi-billionaire Piñera who was discussed in yesterday’s blog. Here are the links I found and I am sure you can find more. Do your homework! And be sure to research education in Chile! I posted a link yesterday about protests that might be a good place to start.

Children of Satan
Pinochet Worked Economic Magic (Not so fast revisionist historians)
Milton Friedman and Chicago School Economics

So much for that. Be sure to do your homework (and I will note here that we are ALL student-researchers and I will also do more work on this, too!).
Read all of the last few blogs about the Money Masters, Chile as an example of a path we may not wish to take, and the Milton Friedman articles. And don’t stop there, please! Joe always emphasized getting as many perspectives as possible. Everyone views things differently and you have the right to get the whole “truth” and nothing but the “truth.” The only problem is, only YOU know what the truth is for you, but you will have a much more informed idea of truth if you take time to research and read. 

Joe said something interesting about truth in his Social Studies book (second edition): 
 

“As feeling, empathy, the body, are injected into the research process, as the distinction between knower and known is blurred, as truth is viewed as a process of construction in which knowers play an active role, passion is injected into inquiry. Critical researchers see themselves as passionate scholars who connect themselves emotionally to that which they are seeking to know and understand” (p. 504).
 

Back to the music!!!

Last night at my meeting with my Master Teacher, while he was referring to some correspondence I was writing that has nothing at all to do with Milton Friedman, he reassured me that I did not come across as if I had all of “the answers” in this letter, which is a good thing. I do not feel that I have all of the answers to anything at all. So, here we have “the answers” to look up on YouTube, which I have not done yet, so I will do that right now. (My Master Teacher seems to just love to communicate to me in music and I love it too!) Let’s see what his special message is today – and remember we started out today’s blog with the song “Open Your Eyes.” That’s kind of a “heads up” warning to really pay attention. I know how my teacher works.

“the answers”
Allen Iverson - The Answer  Song: Nas - New York State of Mind
LYRICS




This is a very powerful rap song about this singer’s perspective of the "New York State of Mind." It’s interesting because a couple of things very related to New York happened to me just last night and this morning. For some reason, this morning New York was on my mind. I was thinking back about this couple – a very rich New York attorney and his wife who were visiting me in my lowly manufactured home a few years back. It’s a LONG STORY (I may write about that someday) as to why they came to my house. Anyway, SHE, especially, had this superior attitude; she just reeked with it. I found it very uncomfortable and was glad when they left. I had served them tea and she just seemed very repulsed by having to deal with the tea bag. Maybe she was accustomed to having a slave who removes the tea bag from her tea for her. Me? I just leave the blasted thing in the cup and ignore it, lol. Another really interesting thing related to New York and specifically to this video is that JUST LAST NIGHT, I was just reading in Joe’s social studies book where he talks about rap music. What a coincidence! Here’s what he said:

“Too often, I talk to social studies teachers and teacher educators who dismiss rap and its cultural/pedagogical importance. Such educators are often the ones who possess little visceral identification with the pain and hopelessness experienced by many of their Black students (p. 643).

The positive sites of rap are full of energy, and sometimes rage, but are always concerned with injustice” (p. 643).

Joe was very concerned about justice, and he pointed out that rap music can be an excellent addition to the curriculum. Here’s another very different version of a “New York State of Mind” that would make for an interesting comparison:

A New York State of Mind – Billy Joel  Lyrics

What song is next? As I said when I started writing this blog, today’s messages seem to center on music. This morning, my teacher reminded me to focus on the dissertation. We really need to get that out the door, so his clue was “diss focus.” (He abbreviates quite often). So, let’s see what kinda song comes up with that weird clue.

Lil Mama Disses Nicki Minaj! "I Focus On Young Girls Respecting Their Bodies"

How Interesting and Coincidental! We are still on rap music – even though the clue was in relation to my dissertation! My Master Teacher is so amazing! Truly a MASTER of Master Teachers. Anyway, what is so fascinating here, is that, again, I am reminded of the two pages in Joe’s social studies book in which he discussed rap music. Interestingly, I had just picked up the book and randomly opened it to these two pages last night. Evidently, my teacher feels I need lessons in rap music. I am sometimes like those social studies teachers he talked about who might tend to dismiss rap music, but primarily because I don't understand a lot of it -- I definitely need lessons. And so, my teacher is trying to make a point.

And what, exactly, did Joe say in his social studies book about this type of rap music? If you notice, Lil Mama talks about focusing on young girls respecting their bodies. And here’s what Joe had to say in his Social Studies book:

“Always contradictory, rap’s sometimes violent misogyny and homophobia cannot be excused. As we listen to or interpret rap, social studies educators must not fall into an all-or-nothing glorification or romanticization” (p. 642).

“Within the rap cosmos, there are works devoted to the rights of Black women, opposed to child abuse and rape, dedicated to teaching an Afrocentric curriculum, critical of police officers who don’t respect the rights of individuals, etc. Indeed, rap is a form of social education” (p. 643).

avril lavigne-girlfriend remix ft lil mama(official video)   LYRICS
 

This is a cool lesson today! My Master Teacher is on the same page as Joe!

And finally, one last song. This has been such a great lesson today! This morning at our meeting, my teacher reminded me to still be expecting quite a roller coaster ride as we continue on this amazing journey. Not too much longer, according to him, as far as the trials and tribulations – just nine more days, but as he put it “It ain’t over til it’s over.” Thus, this is the final song for today and I will see what comes to the top of a YouTube search on this clue. Here’s what came to the top:

Lenny Kravitz, :"It Ain't Over Till It's Over"
LENNY KRAVITZ


















What a SWEET SONG!
My Master Teacher often ends my daily lessons with sweet love music. We are in love, which is taboo, I know….but we both like to break rules and it’s ok, we’ve known each other and have loved each other for centuries upon centuries. And besides, we have passed all of the tests now and have triple sanctioning.

How can I possibly leave off here? I feel such gratitude for having a teacher who not only makes my learning SO MUCH FUN (I love learning throuh music) PLUS we share so much love. I want to find a special song for him because what we always say is that it's really never over. We are together for eternity. Yes, the bad, painful stuff WILL be over, but then it's just the beginning! So I will look up a song to dedicate to him. Here's what came to the top when I searched on "It's just the beginning":
GSP Highlights "It's Just The Beginning"
The songs in this video are:
Aerosmith - Dream On;
Rev Theory - Light It Up;
Capone 'n Noreaga - Invincible (Instrumental)


My favorite lines (at the end of the video):
“It’s over! The FUTURE has become the PRESENT. It’s Just the Beginning! It’s not finished; it’s just the beginning!”

10:23 am | link 


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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 Next Leg of the Journey

 

The Heart of the Multidimensional Critical Complex Bricolage

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

   

Joe’s Radical Love: Freedom and Justice for All

   

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

   

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

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

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

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

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

Dear Scholars, Students, Researchers, Teachers, ALL:

Offsetting Thanatos with Eros Love

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

 

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

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

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

New Alternatives for Education: How About Lifelong Learning?

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

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

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