HAS BEEN CREATED AND CONTINUES TO EVOLVE
In loving memory of Joe Lyons
Kincheloe (December 14, 1950 - December 19, 2008)
Philosopher of Consciousness and Critical Theory of the 20th-71st Centuries AND BEYOND
Joe's educational work provides inspiration and practical guidance for teachers all over the
globe and describes a beautiful, beautiful mission to alleviate human suffering. He has left
us a map with multiple pathways for accomplishing that mission -- an authentic, rigorous, impassioned,
creative, and even magical education for everyone who dares to venture on untrodden paths. His
work serves as a guiding light for educational journeys that can change not only how we view and enact the educational
process, but that can also truly change us as teachers, students, and researchers -- and
empower us to change the world. Joe loved research, teaching, writing, making music, and his students.
And his students loved
song is a very beautiful theme song for this website that chronicles my long winding journey back home. Thank you, Leigh.
To become a seeker of new knowledges and new ways of being we must be willing
to sometimes be seen as the fools of the gods. (Kincheloe, Knowledge
& Critical Pedagogy, p. 19)
What separates the critical sheep from the uncritical goats is that a critical pedagogy/epistemology
also involves exposing the cultural, epistemological, and ideological assumptions that shape the knowledge individuals produce
and the oppressive actions justified by such information.(Joe Kincheloe, Knowledge
& Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, p. 176)
book Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction is available as an ebook. You will never make a better investment…..we
all should be researching with Joe’s important guidance. Since the ending is just the beginning, you can begin with
the last chapter. It may just spark you into wanting to read the rest, as well as his other works to see how he got there!http://www.springer.com/us/book/9781402082238 No time to read? Right click and "listen aloud" while multitasking. [Note: I make
no money off the sales of his books; my rewards are not of this world.] MAY 22, 2018 UPDATE: I SEE THAT SPRINGER
IS NOT HONORING JOE'S STATED AND PUBLISHED WISHES> THE BOOK IS SUPPOSED TO BE LESS THAN $30 SO THAT POOR STUDENTS CAN AFFORD
IT...AND YET SPRINGER IS CHARGING ALMOST $40 FOR THE PDF EBOOK AND ALMOST $55 FOR THE PAPERBACK! THIS IS ABOMINABLE!! THE
HIGHER UPS ARE NOT PLEASED!!! THERE ARE STUDENTS IN POVERTY WHO NEED THE KNOWLEDGE IN THIS BOOK. LOWER THE PRICE!!!!! THERE
IS NO REASON TO CHARGE SO MUCH! EVEN IF PUBLISHING COSTS HAVE INCREASED, AT LEAST OFFER THE EBOOK FOR LESS THAN $30. WHAT
JOE WANTS, JOE GETS. HE SAID THAT IT IS TO BE LESS THAN $30. RESPECT HIS WISHES. Oh, and HAPPY TWIN FLAME DAY!! I
will have some important updates soon.
November 17, 2019 1:00 AM UPDATE ON THE PRICE OF THE
EBOOK: I can only conclude that either *someone* is insane or has raised the price to keep people from buying it and having
access to the knowledge in it, since Springer is now charging an outrageous price of amost $60 -- for
an ebook!! I will consult with the "higher ups" for a "work-around." They always have perfect solutions....Beloved
says "Hi" :-) We will have an update soon.
November 12, 2021 They are now charging a ridiculous $89
for a pdf of Joe's book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. Folks, there are multiple ways that the elite keep
knowledge from those of us who need it most -- one is by overcharging for it. We will continue to work on a resolution that
honors Joe's wishes (for it to cost less than $30) and his contract. I will be posting more information RIGHT
HERE sometime in the future.
"I believe that the issues addressed in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction
not only provide us with a new understanding of education but also can actually change the world—speaking of pomposity,
yikes! I understand the danger of such an assertion, but I’m glad to take my punishment if I fail to convince my readers."~
Joe Kincheloe (p. 16)
Sep 25, 2008 7:03 am
finished reading Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction
work is truly a gift to the world, Joe it's very exciting
queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost
parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, a greater
than Solomon is here."
*`•.❤¸King And Queen Of Hearts❤•´
JESUS: “I am the
resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth
in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” (John 11: 25-26)
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar
people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous
light;1 Peter 2:9 (KJV)
“And His books, they breathe the reason. . .and
now I want to know…"
WHAT IS BRICOLAGE?
A new process for education, research, career, problem solving, everyday living, lifelong learning,
and for taking back our world
Joe Kincheloe has developed a superbly advanced conceptualization
of critical bricolage and, as demonstrated by his work, he was an adept multidimensional critical complex bricoleur.
Critical Bricolage, as he conceived it, is a complicated (and yet a very natural) process that makes use of multiple
forms of research, analysis, investigation, and interpretation. It requires researchers to seek many divergent
perspectives, allowing new understandings and knowledge to emerge from the synthesis.
in this process increases phenomenological experiences that catalyze seeking more knowledge. This, of
course, leads to ever greater understandings of complex relationships between "research variables." An
exceptionally high level of creativity becomes unleashed, often resulting in greater interaction with the emerging
hidden dimensions of reality. Suddenly very little can be hidden anymore. Engaging rigorously in this process of research
and learning seems to take people to higher levels of consciousness in graduated steps as they become more
aware of the hidden dimensions of interrelationships and as they increasingly participate in intuitive, "fourth
critical complex epistemology and multidimensional critical complex bricolage rigorously as he has asked us to do results
in ever higher levels of experience and understanding, and in its full "employment," enactive and symbiotic
processes seem to kick in, helping individuals find the most creative solutions to even the most complicated
problems. Actively working within multiple dimensions using his fourth dimension research, results in amazing and profound
solutions. In my own experience, I often find that problems are solved before I even knew the problem would
be manifesting. In addition, I have had some amazing experiences that science simply cannot explain yet. This
is highlighted in my dissertation in some highly unusual ways, which is only the tip of the iceberg. Kincheloe's critical bricolage may
very well be the process required to "unleash creativity" for solving even the most complicated,
power-based problems we face -- all in service of "the alleviation of human suffering," the often-stated
primary purpose of his work.
researching this process since 2008 (and discovering that I had been using the foundational aspects of the process many
years before) I am beginning to see how autopoiesis, enaction, synchronicity, all work together symbiotically to reveal
hidden dimensions and relationships that make my life so much happier and joyful, even if I have many problems hanging
over my head (that "blues aesthetic" Joe so often described). No matter how complicated the problems,
with bricolage, they become solvable and/or perspectives of the problems change.
Simultaneously, those power dimensions
that force those of us who are oppressed to stay stuck at our "stations in life" also emerge, but there
is such a difference to how I deal with these
than in the past. Once the controlling factors are revealed, solutions also emerge in a sort of "unfoldment"
process that reveal ways to counteract them and change things.
There is great power "behind the curtain" that can be leveraged
by those of us who are typically "disenfranchised." I will go into much more detail at a later time, and
as Joe always did so well, I will put them into context (there are many great experiences to share of both kinds of emergences
- the love-based, almost magical ones, and the power-and-control-based ones for which insight, and often solutions
also emerge) but suffice it to say, I am blazing multiple trails through the underbrush which will hopefully make navigating
easier for people who come along and experience the same types of violence I have due to being poor and "low
Just as Joe was a "hillbilly" and he was never able
to shake the label, I am a "country hick." True reality could not be more profoundly different -- for
an Eros and Psyche. :)
The good news is that the use of bricolage is increasing
rapidly around the globe as more researchers in all disciplines are beginning to see the promise it offers to
construct new knowledge, lead to social empowerment, and reveal positive changes and amazingly creative opportunities.
More researchers will soon be investigating and trying out this more advanced and powerful approach, which will
lead to what Joe referred to as a "perpetual revolution." More teachers will also come to realize the value bricolage has in the classroom
and the young students will pick it up naturally. The revolution has just begun. We can change the world! Join in
today and apply the process in your own research, learning, teaching, and everyday life and see what a
difference it can make. You can never go wrong getting more knowledge.
All of the information on this website is absolutely free. It is here
for anyone who wants a better life and would like to make a difference in the world.
For the struggle for justice to win on the local level, it must be fought in the
global, the national, and the local arenas. [Kincheloe,
2001, Getting Beyond the Facts, p. 741]
OTHER FREE ONLINE COURSES
THAT CENTER ON JOE KINCHELOE'S WORKS:
is a nonprofit educational web site dedicated to the clarification of Kincheloe’s critical complex
epistemology and multidimensional critical complex bricolage. My research has shown that, while the process
he has delineated is complex, it is perfectly suited for social and educational research, and it is also within everyone's
reach. It is especially suited for new qualitative researchers who have not subscribed to traditional and reductionistic
forms of research.
On this site I will focus on the academic and scholarly application
of his work. I hope that by presenting clarifications based on my in-depth study of his work that perhaps his
bricolage will be used by more people and with the level of rigor he had intended. Kincheloe has ingeniously left wide open many
paths that honor diversity and he embraced an evolving complexity while maintaining a strong, impenetrable philosophical and
theoretical foundation for his conceptions. He has demonstrated in his work how this research process can be applied in all
venues and in every area of our lives and even children can be involved in research, thus his bricolage is also a pedagogical
approach. His work is truly a break-through for research that is long overdue. Using the full power of his bricolage highlights
actions that change the world as it also changes who we are.
I may write a blog again on this site, but it
will be a different sort of blog than the creative, exploratory blogs I've written in the past. Primarily, I will be continuing
my research and presenting my findings so that upcoming bricoleurs will have a resource for the most powerful form of bricolage
research that's ever been developed.
~ ~ ~ Vanessa Jae Paradis
CORRECTING SOME COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS SURROUNDING JOE KINCHELOE’S BRICOLAGE AND CRITICAL
Bricolage, as a qualitative form of research, entails
incorporating many different perspectives, and in particular, with Kincheloe's process it is necessary to include global subjugated
and indigenous knowledges. However, after gathering all of these perspectives and making various interpretations and syntheses,
there are criteria for determining which perspectives to include in the final bricolage. As he explains, "Bricoleurs
accept the responsibility that comes with the interpretive process. Knowledge production always involves multiple acts
of selection, and these choices of methods, theoretical frameworks, and interpretative strategies must be defended"
(2004e, p. 100). He has provided selection criteria that incorporate the social justice mission to alleviate suffering
and that advance knowledge (see Kincheloe, 2004e, pp. 100-102). Bricoleurs are not restricted to these criteria but I have
found them to be well-thought-out and thorough -- and they mitigate for unintended consequences. You can view the criteria
here: Criteria to Guide the Research Process.
What I cover next are common misconceptions and important
aspects surrounding Kincheloe’s multidimensional critical complex bricolage. I hope by putting these on the Home page
of this website, researchers will consider them and research them more deeply. They are covered in greater depth in my dissertation
and I’ll also be posting articles that extend what I’ve touched on in the dissertation.
1) Kincheloe did not throw out "positivistic"
or empirical sciences. To conclude this is to exhibit a gross misunderstanding of his work. A close reading of his work can
easily confirm that he sees science and bricolage as synergistic. And how many times has he stated that he did not throw out
the baby with the bathwater? As most people know, he contextualizes everything. In his last book, Knowledge and Critical
Pedagogy: An Introduction he presents his position through a metaphor which he refers to as FIDUROD, and by which he clarifies the issues with the way science is and has been used. FIDUROD is an acronym representing the attributes of the form of knowledge production he argues against: Formal, Intractable, Decontextualized, Universalistic,
Reductionistic, One Dimensional. (See Kincheloe, 2008, pp. 21-24).
2) His work is not based on some indefinable “ludic” postmodernism – It is based on a highly developed
and evolving holistic philosophy. This philosophy is comprised of 12 major points which he describes in his book Critical
Constructivism. The 12 points coalesce together to form his multidimensional critical complex world view. It’s
a new, evolving worldview. We might refer to it as Kincheloe’s multidimensional critical complex unified world view. It forms the foundation of his unique formulation of critical theory, epistemology, ontology, critical psychology
of complexity, the multidimensional critical complex bricolage, etc., -- and his proposed critical science of complexity
– another indication that he did not abandon the sciences. To grasp his conceptualizations, it’s imperative
that new bricoleurs study his unified world view by reading and then writing about how they subjectively relate to it and
to other philosophies. Kincheloe stresses this upfront philosophical work is critical in order to ground any study that uses
bricolage as a process for research. Rigor is impossible without developing a "philosophy of consciousness"
(Kincheloe, 2004a, p. 8).
3) The multidimensional critical complex bricolage is a process for qualitative research that is composed of multiple,
intertwining and overlapping processes. It is not a method, nor does it use “tools” as tools imply precise means
and carries a mechanistic ontology, which does not adequately represent the actual processes that bricoleurs engage in as
they conduct, or a better word would be, “enact” their research. Even the concept of "tools" changes. Kincheloe's
conceptualization of bricolage is grounded with his critical complex philosophical world view (item 2,
above) and a theoretical foundation of evolving criticality (his version of critical theory).
4) The multidimensional critical complex bricolage as a process
involves analytic discourse, intertwined with improvisational actions for change, which moves it away from the constrictive
“quilt” metaphor. Please see my dissertation for a deeper analysis of bricolage including a thorough etymological
exploration and intertextual interpretations of Kincheloe’s definitions of bricolage and bricoleur in relation to what
evolved from my research. New metaphors that take it beyond the one-dimensional “quilt” metaphor, and additional
ways that Berry’s (2004a) concept, the Point of Entry Text (POET) can be applied are also presented. The holistic,
intertwining, dialogical, interconnecting nature of the final bricolage renders the parts inseparable from the whole, and
the bricolage inseparable from greater reality. Thus, the popular metaphoric quilt, montage, crystal, etc., are not suitable
metaphors for this more complex form of bricolage.
5) Kincheloe’s bricolage does not distinguish between “types
of bricoleurs” or “types of bricolage” as denoted by Denzin and Lincoln (2011). While it’s fine to
examine these ideas, Kincheloe’s form of bricolage uses all of them in intertwining, overlapping processes. Thus, the
multidimensional critical complex bricoleur uses all of the dimensions that Kincheloe has spelled out in his 2005 "On
to the Next Level" bricolage article--in one study--and the processes become blurred as the research unfolds. See
6) Kincheloe’s bricolage refers to the use of different processes as dimensions of research. The bricoleur uses
them all as many times as practical to get a thick description of the phenomenon/a. As the research unfolds, “enactment”
keeps the research jettisoning forward and the researcher must make decisions where to begin and stop various aspects of the
research, including the final bricolage. Thus, the following dimensions are
used, as provided by Kincheloe (2005a) and in no particular order using an iterative, improvisational process weaving
through the discourse: (1) methodological bricolage; (2) theoretical bricolage; (3) interpretive bricolage; (4) political
bricolage; (5) narrative bricolage; (6) philosophical research (constructivism, historicity, epistemological insight); (7)
critical hermeneutics; (8) identification of what is absent; (9) fourth dimension of research in which the bricoleur is future
oriented, discovering “a kinetic epistemology of the possible. In the process, the sophistication of knowledge work
moves to a new cognitive level; the notion of rigor transmigrates to a new dimension. As in a 1950s sci-fi movie, bricoleurs
enter the 4-D—the fourth dimension of research.” (Kincheloe, 2005, p. 346). Thus, bricoleurs weave in and out,
around and through, back and forth through the various dimensions with each pass through informing the next, often using multiple
dimensions of analysis simultaneously.
7) Note again – the philosophical dimension
must form the foundation of the study in order to ensure rigor. [He wanted me to include this again.] "There is no dividing
line between the empirical and the philosophical" (Kincheloe, 2004a, p. 10).
8) Kincheloe’s multidimensional critical complex bricolage
embraces a “fourth dimension” research (more information is covered in my dissertation). This fourth dimension
aspect to the research incorporates an intuitional, creative element that forces the researcher to confront implicate and
explicate orders of reality. There are reasons for this. Combining a sound philosophical, intellectual component of research that
also incorporates intuitional and emotional, empathic aspects -- along with deep semiotic and hermeneutic analyses
synergistically creates something new from the interactions. Enaction during the research process leads to the emergence of
something new and often profound. This is where the power of the bricolage comes into play. It’s the exposure to relationships,
as Kincheloe explains in his conceptualization of symbiotic hermeneutics, that jettisons bricoleurs to seeing and understanding
“anew” and to recreating themselves. Because knowledge is socially constructed new creations, ideas,
concepts, as well as new relationships also perpetually emerge – and are created -- from these interactions.
This all takes place naturally when confronting complexity, difference, and chaos, as Humberto Mautarana and
Francisco Varela posited with their Santiago Theory of Enactivism (see Kincheloe's (2008) Knowledge and Critical
Pedagogy: An Introduction, page 147). It is quite amazing.
9) While bricoleurs do not contend they’ve
discovered the “one true answer” or single truth, at the same time, as Kincheloe contends, they generate knowledge
“that is not as 'badly off the mark'” (Kincheloe, 2008, p. 43). They have better (more complete) and
yet evolving explanations of phenomena. This is quite a different perspective than a nihilistic postmodern “attitude.”
10) I have lined out in my dissertation in much greater detail a flexible iterative process that also explains some of
the key sub-processes that are important to the multidimensional critical complex bricolage. It will get new bricoleurs started
from which they can then proceed to carve out their own unique paths. Each bricolage study will be different even for the
same researcher. The more one acknowledges the fourth dimension aspect of the research (which may only begin with what seem
to be insignificant intuitive and synchronous events), the more they will begin to appear and the more profound and numerous
are the actions and creations that emerge.
11) And finally, as I discussed in my blog, The Heart of the Multidimensional Critical Complex Bricolage, there is the dimension of empathic connection with people. In fact, in his book,
Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, Kincheloe discusses – and includes – a golden strand
of love throughout his work, Eros Love. And since I’m mentioning this book here, it’s a great book to
read in the early stages of learning about his bricolage. It’s much like a “deprogramming” manual because
it uncovers how our consciousnesses have been influenced by outside forces and provides us more information as we embark on
the bricolage quest and begin to take power of constructing our own consciousness.
Berry, K. L. (2004a). Structures of bricolage and complexity. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry (2004)
Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 103–127). New York: Open
Berry, K. L. (2004b). Feedback looping for increasing complexity. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry (2004)
Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 128–146). New York: Open
Berry, K. L. (2004c). Bricolage is many a new thing understood. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry (2004)
Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 147–169). New York: Open
Denzin, N. & Lincoln, Y. (Eds.) (2011). The Sage handbook of qualitative research, Edition
4. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Kincheloe, J. L. (2004a). Preface. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry, Rigour and Complexity in Educational
Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. ix–xii). New York: Open University Press.
Kincheloe, J. L. (2004b).
Introduction: the power of the bricolage: Expanding research methods. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry, Rigour and Complexity
in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 1–22). New York: Open University Press.
Kincheloe, J.L. (2004c).
Redefining rigor and complexity in research. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry, Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research:
Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 23–49). New York: Open University Press.
Kincheloe, J.L. (2004d).
Questions of disciplinarity/interdisciplinarity in a changing world. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry, Rigour and Complexity
in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 50–81). New York: Open University Press.
Kincheloe, J. L. (2004e).
Redefining and interpreting the object of study. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry, Rigour and Complexity in Educational
Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 82–102). New York: Open University Press.
L. (2005a). On to the next level: Continuing the conceptualization of the bricolage. Qualitative Inquiry, 11(3),
Kincheloe, J. L. (2005b). Critical constructivism.
New York: Peter Lang.
Kincheloe, J. L. (2008). Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: And Introduction. Amsterdam: Springer.
May 11, 2013 by Vanessa Paradis
Please cite as:
Paradis, V. J. (2013). Correcting some common misconceptions surrounding
Joe Kincheloe’s bricolage and critical complex theories. May 11, 2013. Retrieved from www.joekincheloe.us
NOW YOU CAN SEARCH THIS SITE FOR TOPICS OF INTEREST. I HAVE COVERED A HUGE ARRAY OF TOPICS AND THERE
IS A LOT OF INFORMATION HERE TO HELP LAUNCH RESEARCH PROJECTS OR JUST TO LEARN SOMETHING NEW.
to Venus & Sanat-Eros-Enki Kumara's ONE LOVE PATH
and the Great Global Golden TreasureHunt
(Scroll down to read the blogs)
Enjoy our Celtic Wedding (07-17-2014) theme song while you read and look for hidden treasures.
Composer & Producer
- Peter Gundry
MAY 22, 2018 UPDATE. Looks like Peter has chosen the dark side.
We will choose another
song for our wedding celebration.
I will consult with Beloved and post our new song soon. Happy Twin Flame Day!!
Fight or Flight: First of the Last (A Song from Sanat Kumara)
As I had communicated two blogs back, Sanat Kumara and I, Venus, are completed with our “earth work” at this time. I continue to tarry (totally
connected to Sanat and with his assistance, a blessing for which I remain in immense gratitude), to wrap up loose ends and
to engage in some creative activities, as this lower dimensional reality will allow. It can be difficult for all of us, including
goddesses, to do the work of our choosing in this volatile, negative, insanely competitive, and money-worshipping world.
I had actually written a blog a couple
of days ago based on my observations and research, but have not posted it. It’s rather negative, although it does present
truth, such as in relation to the numbers of Satan-worshippers and supporters of Satan-worshippers (directly and indirectly)
on this planet and the history and recently exposed information implicating universities such as McGill University in Canada
that have or continue to support unethical mind control experimentation and other crimes against humanity. And for those who
don’t know, McGill was where Joe was last employed and had either put in his resignation or was planning to right after
his vacation in Jamaica—where he passed away from a heart attack. He would not work for a university that was involved
in the crimes that are being exposed today. He was about positive change, and the things coming out today go completely
against the very purpose of his work (although exposing these crimes ARE the purpose of his work). Canada, as a nation, is
implicated in horrific crimes against the indigenous peoples there, and in fact, some very high-level individuals have been
found guilty of these crimes in common law court. If you don’t know what these crimes are or how various universities
are implicated and want to learn truth, you can do the research. I have provided much guidance on this site and Joe’s
critical complex bricolage provides all the guidance you need to find out truth for yourself. Warning: It will change your
path; that is, if you are an empathic, passionate person.
At any rate, I decided not to post the blog because people reading this website are either
on the good path already and will have this knowledge or they are in complete denial and nothing at this moment
will change that (or worse, they are on the "Satanic" path).
When I didn’t post the blog, I was
lovingly prompted by Sanat with some music which he quite magically had “handed down” to me, but even with that,
I chose not to post the blog. I am never under orders from "above" and I go with the flow of the moment. I may present
the blog in some future writing, but, in the meantime, to give homage and to demonstrate my immense love for Sanat and in
acknowledgment of his effort, love, and patience—and to provide a “flavor” of the content of what I had
written, here’s the song he sent to me.
As a part of my “wrapping up” loose ends
on earth, it is my wish, as this low dimension of reality will allow it, to continue to update this website with more information
about how to apply Joe’s work in different contexts. I will, as I had stated in the last blog where I touched on critical complex entrepreneurship, post revision dates at the top of the Home Page (as I have done today) with the date of the revision and which pages the revisions can be found
on. There are no tricks or surprises here…our wishes are to provide real, usable information for those who are serious
about applying Joe’s work to improve their own learning as well as to apply to their teaching.
Wishing you the best as you continue your own personal
Kumara (aka “Psyche,” “Sōferia,”
“Vanessa” et al.)
P.S. As you do your research, remember that nearly all isms are the same:
There are no hierarchies, even though I speak of the “Higher Ups” (I endearingly use that term because of my
love and reverence for them). We are all equal and in Oneness with one another. All you have to do is walk through the star
gates to consciousness and develop conscious relationships. As Joe put it so well in his chapters in Complexity and Rigor
in Educational Research:
“Relationships by their nature position objects in the same space. We are together in this relationship—we occupy
it together” (p. 64). . . . and “In symbiotic hermeneutics the process of interpretation and meaning-making is
directly tied to the exposure of relationships. In no way are bricoleurs looking for a ‘correct relationship’.
There are always multiple relationships, and as time passes new relationships will be discerned that were occluded in a different
episteme or Zeitgeist” (p. 62). The problem is that most of us are unconscious in our relationships, even though we
may believe otherwise.
While we are not looking for ‘correct relationships’ as Joe points out (for we may never be able to escape
‘what is’ or ‘what has been’) studying Joe’s work seriously and rigorously will help keep us
on the very narrow path that leads to/creates/makes us aware of the kinds of relationships that are truly productive toward
greater insight and positive change--relationships, should we follow his advice, that are based on the most profound love.
He has ingeniously provided the knowledge and processes we need in order to more thoroughly evaluate our options and narrow
down to those that reduce our compliance with the status quo as it exists on this planet today. As long as we are on this
planet, in this dimension, unfortunately, we all do contribute to the “Satanism” here. But there are ways we can—and
should—reduce our complicity. And we should all be working toward justice for the damages and injuries committed, including
removing from power and incarcerating those who are directly responsible.
It has come down to me from the Higher Ups that they want a new section on this site about entrepreneurial bricolage. In fact, this morning I received a message to open up one of Joe’s books, titled, How Do We Tell the Workers?
I am always guided to just the right information that way…and what did I open up to? Well, a couple of things. First,
this is a great book about vocational education and provides a wonderful historical overview. Anyone who owns a business should
read it so they know how to treat their employees and discover ways they can encourage them to continue a lifetime endeavor
of learning. Beyond that, it is speaking to those upcoming new entrepreneurs who want to creatively transcend the way things
are done today. There’s a wealth of guidance for them as they expand their entrepreneurial efforts and begin to work
with other people.
page I opened up to in the book and the line that immediately caught my attention was: “Bad work, like an ex-lover will
not simply go away” (p. 73).
Joe can be so damn funny while at the very same time make profound points. I, unfortunately, personally relate to
the comment. The line makes me laugh. But on the serious side of things, he was noting that the only way we can make bad work
“go away” is to just stop doing it! When we give in and work as slaves for little pay or appreciation, what does
it get us? More “bad work.”
Thus, this is where entrepreneurship comes into the picture in a very big way. We must CREATE our own work.
If we really took “schooling” seriously, we’d be helping students discover their passions, their purpose
for being on this planet, and guiding them to creative endeavors that embrace this self-knowledge. What is the purpose of
schooling?, Joe has us asking in his interview…What is the purpose of life? Should the purpose of life and the purpose of schooling be any different?
However, before we can guide students, we have
to know our own purpose. This is the heart of Joe’s multidimensional critical complex bricolage.
It helps us drill down to our purpose, our Dharma. It helps us know who we really are and that we consciously exist in multiple
dimensions. This knowledge helps us know and define our specific purposes for us on this crazy, insane planet and transcend
what Einstein referred to as “persistent illusions.”
But we can’t get there working in broken and psychopathic systems, such as the
current educational, political, social, religious, and business systems as they exist on this planet today. We can’t
get there as long as we’re willing to slave to make the rich richer and the poor poorer. When we do this, what are we
supporting? I’ll let you do the research (but think: wars, drugs, enslavement of humanity, and ultimately, living as
It is highly interesting
and extremely relevant that on the same page I opened up to, Joe states the following:
No one has to remind us of the psychic, social, economic, and educational
effects of bad work since we are confronted with them every day. Bad work produces waste, shoddy products, apathy, hostility,
alcohol and drug abuse, nihilism, reliance on “experts,” and depression. Opinion polls conducted periodically
indicate that Americans are alarmed by the poor quality of goods produced in the American workplace. A study published by
Harvard Business Review indicates that 20 percent of all consumer purchases lead to some form of purchaser dissatisfaction—and
this does not include dissatisfaction based on price. Automobile recalls are legendary. Obviously, technological advance by
itself does not ensure quality of workmanship. Indeed, we honor the label “handmade” as an indication
of high quality. It implies a sociological relationship missing in modern industries that operate on the principles
of bad work. Products that have been handmade historically emerged from cultures where producers and consumers were the same
individuals or close kin. Men made their own spears; women wove their own baskets. Even when technology advanced, material
culture grew more complex, and specialization developed, the relationship between consumer and producer remained intact. (p.
Joe wrote that in 1999 and look at us now! We are
in even worse shape when it comes to the poor quality and workmanship of the products we buy. It’s almost a rare exception
to be satisfied with our purchases, and have you followed the enormous number of automobile recalls recently?
And so today, the economy is in a tailspin, for
multiple reasons, of course, but consumer dissatisfaction, along with inadequate wages—bad work—certainly
play a part. People are tired of spending their hard-earned money on products that end up in the trash heap. “Big Box”
stores are closing down many of their stores and many consumer products industries are currently laying off thousands of employees.
Where does this leave us?
interesting thing about the above quotation is that Joe, as humble as he was, did not want to reveal that he was in fact speaking
of our people, the Irish, with his statement: “Products that have been handmade historically emerged
from cultures where producers and consumers were the same individuals or close kin. Men made their own spears; women wove
their own baskets. Even when technology advanced, material culture grew more complex, and specialization developed, the relationship
between consumer and producer remained intact.”
Of course, the first sentence does speak to many, many cultures. But the Irish indigenous peoples held onto
their extremely intricate and varied artisanship for a long period of time after industrialization. The indigenous Irish were
not only extremely spiritual, being closely connected to the cosmos in ways that are revealed in their arts, but because they
were isolated they maintained their traditional artisanship, even as technology was introduced. I wrote of this in my dissertation, Did Joe Lyons Kincheloe Discover the Golden Chalice for Knowledge Production?:
Bricolage is especially notable
in the arts and music throughout all ages. What often comes to my mind when hearing the term bricoleur, partly due to my Irish
heritage and knowing that Kincheloe’s heritage is also Irish, are bricklayers of ancient times who knew how to use the
materials at hand—stones of all shapes, types, and sizes—to build everything from sturdy fences and property markers
to cozy, sheltered stone homes complete with fireplaces. The indigenous peoples of Ireland, who built these structures and
other types of structures from what they had at hand, were highly skilled, improvisational artisans. This high level “bricoleurship”
seems to have been a special trait among many indigenous peoples because the extraordinary skills are seen in artifacts of
even very early historical periods. Their artifacts stand out in terms of the degree of intricacy, skill, creativity, and
variation of materials as well as for their useful purposes. The people of Ireland were somewhat isolated and the effects
of the Industrial Revolution reached them later than other parts of the world, so their artisanship continued to be practiced
well into the Industrial Era (Shaw-Smith, 2003).
Whether it was
stonework, textiles, woodwork, metalwork, leather, willow and straw, ceramics, artwork, or calligraphy, the Irish peoples
created intricately beautiful artifacts for everyday working, living, worshipping, and entertainment from the material they
had at hand (Shaw-Smith, 2003). The complexity of their designs is characterized by some of their commonly known symbols that
are embedded with deep philosophical, cosmological, and spiritual meanings, such as the yin yang, the swastika (a cross-cultural
symbol which, unfortunately, Hitler had denigrated), and the infinity knot, among others. Similar to the extreme intricacy
of the arts of the indigenous Irish “bricoleurs,” the multidimensional critical complex bricolage draws from this
same basic idea of improvisational creating from what’s at hand. (pp. 42-43)
The reason I highlighted the line in Joe’s quotation above,
“Indeed, we honor the label ‘handmade’ as an indication of high quality” is because,
here, Joe is providing us with wonderful advice. Entrepreneurs can offer something high-quality, made with their own hands,
based on their expert and evolving knowledge. By being creatively inspired, they can use their available resources “at
hand” to take advantage of the gaps created by the large numbers of failing industries in America--and globally. While
things may look dire from one perspective, from the perspective of the entrepreneur, it may very well be the perfect opportunity.
We are all experts at something,
or we can become expert with practice (of course, always remembering we will always have more to learn). Creating from our
passionate interests is an amazing experience and actually brings us in close contact with other entities in the cosmos and
our own divinity. Of course, I don’t expect people to understand this until they experience it for themselves…but
I, personally, do not take sole credit for everything I create. First of all, I am conscious of where ideas come from; I am
increasingly conscious of who I am having conversations with—with whom I am working in that “symbiotic”
manner both within implicate and explicate realities (Joe’s “fourth dimension” as well as the “third
dimension” realities). Therefore, even though most people do not understand this, when I create something out of “flow,”
as entrepreneurs, artists, and other artisans refer to it, I know that other great minds have played a role in helping me
with the final creation, design, writing, or whatever I happen to produce. It’s just as Joe said in his very last words
of advice for us before he left this dimension: He advised us to be a vehicle for great minds. . . I was doing that before
I read of his words. . . but I seek to improve this ability on a daily basis.
Follow your interests; avoid the easy paths that the outside world has
set up for us for purposes we may not wish to support should we investigate those purposes. I feel I am authorized to provide
this advice because I too often have made the latter mistake and I still “pay” for it in many ways. If you are
not in touch with the real you, if you’ve forgotten what you are on this planet for, simply following Joe’s research
process for whatever you are researching or learning more about will lead you right back to YOU. The future of this planet
depends on people knowing who they are as loving, creating individuals.
We are all entrepreneurs
at heart. So if the working world looks depressing to you, if it’s been unkind to you, don’t lose heart. You can
bricolage your way to a better life. . . it’s what I’m doing, so I’m not speaking just theoretically. It’s
not easy, but I can promise you this: if you learn to live without so much “stuff” and you are busy spending most
of your time doing what you love, your life will be much more joyful. It is a process, however. I’m still working toward
that myself, with the guidance of my soul family. It takes serious work and taking on the initiations that come your way.
You will be tested; there is no doubt about that. But the rewards of following through with them—well, I cannot begin
to describe them, although I’ve tried throughout all of my writing.
Thus, since entrepreneurship is going to be increasingly important as we
move further into the twenty-first century, it makes sense to add another section to this website for critical complex entrepreneurial
bricolage, just as was requested by the “Higher Ups.” I absolutely love it when they provide me guidance this
way. This could get very interesting, especially when we take it to the multidimensional level—and Joe would not want
anything less than that. When you begin accessing those higher states of consciousness by applying yourself in the ways he
recommends, you’ll discover who you really are and who you are really working with on many different levels of consciousness.
You’ll learn to listen and follow guidance because you know that you’re working on a plan together with other
real beings, symbiotically. But do not make the mistake so many people make: Altered states are not higher
states of consciousness: they are lower states no matter how they may appear. There are no shortcuts.
ALTERED STATES ARE NOT HIGHER STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS It has been brought to
my attention that there’s a huge promotion for using drugs to reach “altered states of consciousness.” This
is another enslavement technique. The push is growing louder and stronger, and it’s really sad and extremely misguided
when reputable people, those very people and “experts” the masses look up to, begin pushing this evil agenda.
And yes, it’s evil. In fact it makes up the black market and supports the evil agenda of the powers-that-wish-they-could-be.
If you read Joe’s work
closely, he has made it abundantly clear that reaching HIGHER STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS (as opposed to ALTERED STATES) requires
LIFELONG RIGOROUS AND SCHOLARLY WORK. It’s why he insists rigorous learning must be incorporated into every
aspect of our lives, including vocational work. He also has made it abundantly clear that everyone is capable of
such work in context of whatever their lifelong (and changing) passions might be, and which, of course, relates back to the
previous discussion of entrepreneurship.
If you interpret Joe’s work from the position of “unity,” (unified world view, keeping in mind this is a very real experience, not some New Age pseudo-unity) which, apparently only his Divine Consort
can do in relation to him in this dimension at this time judging by the educational literature that pings off his
work, then you will understand that he sometimes has made comments that are facetious and will know multiple ways to interpret
them. In fact, he has even admitted to using this technique on page 666 of his book, Getting Beyond the Facts. It
becomes a matter of trying to understand his thinking and realizing that he often wrote in ways to provide readers with multiple
ways for interpreting according to whatever “level” of consciousness they happen to be reading his text or according
to whomever the readers might be, including their relationship to him. While superficial interpretations can be made of his
work, doing so misses the entire point of his body of theoretical works. Thus, when we come to a comment such as he had written
in his book (with Thomas), Reading, Writing, and Thinking, “I find writing to be a powerful narcotic that sooths
me, provides me rushes of intense pleasure, and helps me live a richer life while making me a better teacher. Caution—it’s
addictive” we have to evaluate it under new lights, especially given that it is included in the chapter with his discussion
of “critical polysemy” (p. 12).
Critical polysemy is exactly that which I just described—it is the process of seeking deeper understanding,
as he describes it, “of the multidimensional aspects of words” (p. 12). Handy for those who are pushed down in
society, he states, “Oppressed peoples or their allies can use a critical polysemy to uncover repressed readings of
a text that subverts the power-inscribed meaning of a dominant interpretation” (p. 13). In other words, we must approach
Joe’s work with the idea in mind that there are multiple interpretations. There are interpretations from my own personal
experience of being able to now relate totally to what he says about research and writing and there are interpretations from
those who may understand to a lesser extent based on their experiences, and even interpretations from the perspective of his
family, since he mentioned them in this passage. I will interpret it from my own perspective.
When we passionately engage in research—learning about topics
we’re interested in, it ultimately leads us to those higher “blissful” states of consciousness. Whether
it happens as a result of being in union with another soul or whether it results in becoming in union with another soul (scientists
have never been able to answer the simple question: which came first, the chicken or the egg?). . . this may be irrelevant.
What I do know is that when one becomes “one” with another soul, the states of bliss extend ever higher and higher.
It is the union that then connects us to other souls and the realization that the work we do—the research and writing—serves
some greater purpose. I really cannot adequately explain how this affects me; I just know that I must research, learn, and
write every day—just as Joe had done. He states it better than I can (again, in Reading, Writing, and Thinking):
As Paul writes: “for some inexplicable reason, I am called
to be a writer. . . .” I have the same sense, thinking despite all the discouragement happily provided by teachers,
professors, and editors that I have something to say. Delusional, maybe, but nonetheless forty books later I continue to work
to be a good writer, always experimenting, always reading writers who challenge my writerly consciousness, always ready to
do it differently in order to make the writing better. At this point, I can’t imagine a nonliterary life—an existence
without writing, without reading connected to my efforts to write, and without daily (if possible) reading, writing, and/or
researching. Indeed, in my mid-fifties I find writing to be a powerful narcotic that sooths me, provides me rushes of intense
pleasure, and helps me live a richer life while making me a better teacher. Caution—it is addictive. After a few days
without writing—cold turkey—I’m twitching, anxious, and thinking about my next fix” (p. 2).
Thus, here we have from Joe a facetious comment that is speaking
indirectly to people’s misguided use of drugs. . . .what a waste to use drugs when we can be so much happier learning
about exciting mysteries we are most passionate about! He further explains how passionate seeking of knowledge can be so invigorating,
and I have had the very same type and level of experiences he describes later in that same book:
When I work in a postformal (“critical pedagogy of cognition”)
to better understand a social, cultural, historical, psychological, and educational phenomenon and suddenly see a set of interrelationships
and connections that I had never before perceived, I am critically intoxicated by such a small miracle. I hope the word “miracle”
is not too passionate for many readers, but for me such a process does border on the miraculous. In such circumstances I am
empowered by my recognition to do things politically and pedagogically that previously were impossible. Presto! Postformal
[multidimensional critical complex] thinking exhibits its power, as it provides us ways of reconsidering the taken for granted.
Indeed, the same alleyways of thought we had explored the night before now look different, now reveal new clues to our efforts
to make sense of the topic at hand.
Such insights are terrifically powerful. I look forward to every day that I have the opportunity to conduct research, write,
or teach about them. In these and many other ways postformalism has made my life so damned much richer and enjoyable. In this
context it makes reading, writing, and learning libidinal activities—this is why I use terms such as erotic, jouissance,
and intoxification in our discussion of reading, writing, and thinking. (p. 18)
This passage also speaks of the act of bricolage that’s required, and which
makes this form of learning so much fun. We often are “handed down” clues, even in our dreams, and as we make
our way around the hermeneutic circle of interpretation, more and more becomes revealed to us. It can be very exciting! And
my hope is that now that Joe is “on the other side” our relationship allows him to continue to experience perhaps
at even higher levels the erotic jouissance he has written about here. My seeking, which I’ve been very open about because
it’s what Joe wanted but was not in the position to do himself, reveals in explicit and concrete terms my experiences.
Thus, based on these experiences, he has, indeed reached the Higher States of Consciousness he was seeking, not that it ends
there, of course. Our journey continues and it’s not restricted to earth (as my last blog clearly conveyed), but rather
it’s an Eternal Cosmic Journey. No drugs needed! He writes:
Like generations past my conception of postformalism [multidimensional critical complex thinking] was emerging
as a Dionysian notion. Dionysius was a Greek god of wine and an orgiastic theology that rejoiced in the power and fecundity
of cosmos. [Note: Eleutherios ("the liberator"), an epithet for both Dionysus and Eros.; Dionysius identified with Eros; by some accounts he was married to Aphrodite, the mother of Eros.
Hermes, however, is Eros's father]. Dionysian ways of knowing
involved activities that liberate and inspire human beings with a divine creativity, as they connect them to the life force
of the cosmos. No wonder I was viewed as dangerous—these Dionysians were a subversive crowd to run with across the boundaries
of time. Such an unsafe transhistorical gang was transgressive but, interestingly, they were searching for the maximum intellectual
clarity humanly possible. I wanted to be part of that quest. When the critical spirit of justice was added to this mix, something
began to churn in my guts. Taking the impassioned spirit of critical theory/critical pedagogy, adding it to the innovations
in socio-cognition and this Dionysian celebration of affect and joy, I believed, could create a new way of thinking about
thinking. A critical postformalism emerged in this bricolage, a way out of the hell of hyper-rationalism/formalism of mainstream
schooling, teacher education, and the repressive political climate that was materializing before my eyes.
In a pedagogical context the sensual mélange of discourses
forming the powerful insights of postformalism demanded that libido be put to work—in the most mischievous use of the
term. (p. 19)
This is open for multiple interpretations
requiring research since there are so many stories about Dionysius, which I’ll save for another time. A brief investigation
reveals that Dionysius identified with the Eros—life force energy—form of love and liberation. Wine was not for
the purpose of “imbibing” but was a metaphor for Dionysius himself. In my interpretation, Joe was providing yet
another metaphor for how he was inspired by the Divine Holy Spirit, “libido,” “jouissance,” etc.,
and how his pedagogy
involved engaging students
in the joy and insight that come from learning about and then implementing forms of professional practice that involve becoming
an ally to people in need, to men and women who are suffering. Teaching in this context becomes a way of connecting with and
making a difference in the lives of diverse peoples, especially those who need help. Nothing helps motivate students to learn
more than a combination of erotic pedagogy with the joy that comes from understanding that the work one does makes a positive
difference in the quality of peoples’ lives. (p. 19)
His last statement, "In
a pedagogical context the sensual mélange of discourses forming the powerful insights of postformalism demanded that
libido be put to work—in the most mischievous use of the term" is clearly being demonstrated and will be clarified
for people in time.
I am amazed with how Joe was able to put forth his philosophy and theory so eloquently
even though he was under serious socio-political constraints. It appears, however, that I am the only person with the guts
to interpret his theory so that more people will be able to apply it in the multidimensional and rigorous form he was aiming
for. As a previous blog indicates, the Jewish Zohar, actually explains why this is the case: The Divine Male (Joe) brings down the messages of the
gods; the Divine Female (me) then interprets them. Of course, I was playing the role long before I was even conscious of what
my role was. Nature has a way of asserting itself. That he was under serious constraints is indicated throughout his work
in his multitude of references to “dangerous knowledge.” I still don’t know what that dangerous knowledge
consists of…but that his work does, in fact, REQUIRE interpretation as a consequence is specified here:
“. . . teachers operating in the multilogical
[multiperspectival] zone of complexity promote cognitive abilities unbowed [signification of Eros] by the mystifying power
of the given. Emerging from this playful haughtiness is the realization that postformalism [multidimensional critical complex
thinking] can promote a kind of teaching that requires interpretation and a form of thinking that seeks new experiences that
facilitate interpretation. Such interpretation exposes the forces that suppress creativity, innovation, and new forms of intelligence.
These are the very dynamics that lead us to new frontiers of human being, to what I have labeled a “critical ontology.”
The power of the multilogicality of the bricolage is manifested.
Cognitive cubism [again, looking at a topic from multiple views] produces a multidimensional form of knowledge that is always
open to new interpretations in its hermeneutical connection to larger social, cultural, political, and cognitive processes.
Such a multilogical knowledge can never be final because it cannot control the differing contexts within which it will be
encountered. In this absence of interpretive closure a postformal mode of cognition moves away from reductionism into a more
complex realm. This cognitive vis-à-vis hermeneutic dynamic reflects the power multiple ways of knowing and their ability
to help teachers and students appreciate their own imaginations, creativities and intelligence. (p. 155)
The significance of this excerpt is that I have adopted through my union with
Joe the ability to see “multilogically.” What this means, if you read my writings, is that even though I may offer
up interpretations, they are by no means the ONLY interpretations nor are they final interpretations. Seeking knowledge is
a process that continuously changes and re-informs past, present, and future understanding. When one can see that it’s
an eternal process, it’s easy to hold views tentatively and even simultaneously hold opposing views. Still, one truth
holds up through all perspectives and Joe made this clear in his work as well—and that is Love—or as he and Paulo
Freire termed it, “Radical Love.” His love saved me.
Joe was literally like a savior for me. By the time I had come across him and his work,
I was already seeing the immense complexity of even the simplest of social issues. I could see multiple interpretations simultaneously
and how we are all complicit in different ways when issues arise, yet people want to place blame and create villains and victims.
Unfortunately, those around me preferred to construct their realities a particular way (FIDURODian, as Joe would put it) that usually ended up vilifying me. I’m not playing the victim role (I refuse that role),
but just describing what was happening simply because I refused to buy into a “one truth” reality. His philosophy
explains these psychosocial issues, and he and his work to this day do serve to alleviate my own suffering. He saved me in
some other major ways as well. . . and as I have depicted throughout my writings, in some powerful and “magical”
ways. He has taught me the truth, experientially, that reality is stranger than fiction. He wants us to pursue studying
the science of his divine power. We should all have such power.
Thus, our purpose on this planet is to contribute in some way to the alleviation of
suffering and to do the work toward liberation and helping people find pathways to their own empowerment. It’s not easy
work and, back to the topic of drugs, some people think they function better and produce better through the influence of drugs,
or that they can easily reach an enlightened state of consciousness, but they are only deceiving themselves.
The use of drugs will set you back from achieving
higher levels of consciousness that will connect you to the divine higher powers, peace, and happiness—and the ability
to produce knowledge and make other creative contributions to the world. Sadly, I’ve seen this happen to some of my
closest friends. Far too many people make the mistake of believing there is some kind of magical potion that will lead to
higher consciousness. Of course, another crutch is sex and people are so vastly misinformed about such matters.
We must be mindful of the many traps and tricks
that will take us off our natural path. Believe me, I am in the same boat. It takes vigilance and work. The use of drugs,
whether they are pharmaceuticals or illegal street drugs, or legalized marijuana, seriously compounds our ability to stay
alert to what those traps and pitfalls are. Not only that, while a person may believe that what they’re experiencing
is some kind of special state, when the rubber meets the road, they will ultimately find they’ve been horribly deceived.
The Vedic sciences clearly spell this all out for us and the knowledge is available for those who wish to do the research:
the subconscious mind is very tricky. It can create many false illusions, even making us believe we are experiencing higher
consciousness, when in reality, we are being led down a path to the abyss. Those in power have programming the subconscious
mind down to nearly an exact science (although there are always “outliers” much to their consternation, I’m
sure). It is a travesty, however, when so-called ‘illumined’ and highly educated people teach and lead by pathetic
example and then make the false claim that using drugs of any kind (whether “natural” or not) is a viable path
to “enlightenment.” Clearly, they are merely justifying their own choices to use drugs, dragging their followers
into the pits of hell along with them. Another area to research is the science—not the pseudoscience or the politically-motivated-and-funded
science—of the effects of various drugs. The information is there. You just need to dig for it. Most people choose not
to for obvious reasons. ' SAY NO TO DRUGS The
difference between “altered states” and Higher Order Thinking (HOT) and Higher States of Consciousness is the
difference between HELL and HEAVEN….think about it! Why do you think Texas politicians wanted to outlaw HOT in schools?
They don’t want people thinking about how to escape their path to enslavement, is one interpretation. And if you have
succumbed to “group think” and have become a victim of collectivism, whether it be group think about smoking marijuana,
or Shamanism or Ancient Egyptian practices as “understood” from the golf-ball sized consciousness point of view
of Western “modern” uncivilized interpretations, or group think about New Age spiritual claptrap, then
do some EXTENSIVE and SERIOUS research, digging through the lies that float to the top—if you dare. Warning: It may
change your consciousness. Here’s an interesting video about rethinking how we think about ancient Egyptian culture,
a topic I’ve discussed previously in these treasure hunts: Gnosis - Pyramid Code Complete Series | Documentary. It's ironic that even though this video highlights the need to transcend the Western world view to better understand ancient
cultures, they have only partially succeeded in doing so, and in relation to some very important aspects they have failed
dramatically. We still have a lot of work to do.
DO NEOPHYTES BEGIN? My
dissertation, which the university did not get the privilege of sponsoring, is a great place
to begin if you are new to the complex processes of Joe’s form of critical pedagogy and bricolage. The reason it’s
a good place is not because I knew what I was doing—but for the very reason that I didn’t know.
It’s written completely from the perspective of a neophyte and shows how the process flowed for the research topic I
chose, which was the critical complex bricolage itself. And it provides clear guidance, based on Joe’s various works,
for a process anyone can take no matter what topic you’re researching or no matter what venue in which you wish to apply
the process. While my dissertation is posted here on this site, it’s a bit cumbersome to read through
it online, so I’ve now made it available as a free downloadable pdf file here.
NEXT? I never know where
my journey will lead to next. That is the nature of being on the path and knowing I’m on the path. I don’t even
have to worry about “what’s next.” It simply evolves from moment-to-moment and day-to-day. It’s a
wonderful way to live. I work hand-in-hand with wonderful souls who are not “of this world” and together we all
discuss options and make decisions as to whether I should communicate something specific to the people “of the world.”
Just call me a “messenger of the gods.” Or as Joe put it in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction:
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. (p. 19)
I had no idea when
I began this journey how true that statement really is! Joe is truly a most powerful God of Love.
VENUS AND SANAT KUMARA’S ONE LOVE PATH One thing my teachers have drawn my attention to recently is
the Gospel of Thomas, which was left out of the Bible and only discovered fairly recently…in that gospel,
it clarifies what Jesus was teaching about many things, including the twin soul phenomenon. See: The Lost Gospel of Thomas: The Original Mystical Teachings of Yeshua.
But of course,
this gospel requires further interpretation. The thing I’ve noticed about interpretation is that unless a person has
experienced something they can only partially explain it. In other words, we can only understand something from the perspective
(within the prison, blinders, curtains, ideologies, limitations, etc.) we are experiencing at the moment. There are always
more layers to clear, and there is always more to see, more to understand, more to experience, and more choices to make.
Thus, this highlights the
need to keep seeking knowledge. Unfortunately, whether it’s due to the translations or the lack of knowledge of those
who interpret the gospels, we still only get part of the true picture. But that’s ok—because the entire picture
(to my current level of understanding) is presented right here on this website! If you follow the path from the beginning
to the end (and if you click on all of the links!) you will never get lost along the path. (See my last blog for those links),
and I have named our path The Venus and Sanat Kumara One Love Path. I
will warn readers that this path has already headed in many, many new directions. . . which can only be expected
given we are two beings who exist in multidimensional spaces. . . simultaneously. . . and symbiotically joined “at the
spine” (as Joe describes it) by Divine Love in an eternally evolving cosmos. I will advise that you need not be concerned
with the multitude of directions because as you put forth a sincere and rigorous effort to embark on your own “One Love
Path” you will be divinely guided to the exact knowledge you need.
Another thing my beloved Sanat Kumara has mentioned is that we will be moving in some
more new directions, some “new” kinds of writing. I don’t yet know
what these new kinds of writing entails, so I can’t really add to that. I do know there are a number of writings
that I have yet to publish and others to finish writing and still others to write. And yet, my impression is that while I
will be doing these things in time, this is not what he’s referring to. We will continue to discuss this and make decisions
about it very soon. We are always creating; we are never bored. And we are taking multitasking to new levels.
My beloved soul family wants me to (and I want
to) continue adding knowledge to this website that further clarifies and analyzes Joe’s Great Work.
Entrepreneurship is just one of the areas I’ll be adding more information to. Since I will be adding new information
all over the website now rather than writing frequent blogs, in order to cue readers that something new has been added, the
date at the top of this website will indicate the latest update. The best way to discover what that “something new”
might be is to go “treasure hunting.”
Thus, the Venus and Sanat Kumara Global Golden Treasure Hunt
will continue on this site in a different way. You never know what you might find when you click on the links. I think Sanat
wants me to “plant” hidden treasures. . . stay tuned. (It’s his way of getting people to click on the links
to expand their knowledge, as we both know few people do).
Sanat, Love, can I have a song, please? I had no idea I was going to write another blog for this site after
that last blog I wrote, much less one this long!!
I have not written to him yet today, but yesterday he gave me the clue “bad dreams.”
We were talking about some of the dreams I had that weren’t really bad, but just bad relatively speaking from the Bliss
State of Consciousness. I’ll see what comes up on the YouTube search, since he’s always ahead of me on this path
(holding my hand and leading the way).
Just as I thought: He was ahead of me with this clue which I only just now looked up. This is an interesting
song, to say the least, and a little reminiscent of our initial confusion in a sad way . . . but he has changed
our “bad dreams” into a blissful reality and here he is saying that he “wouldn’t change a thing.”
And neither would I.
is Divine Love. . . may you also walk your One Love Path!! You will never regret it.
This message has been approved by Venus and Sanat Kumara
King Sanat Kumara’s Final Decision About the Future of Earth PLUS Fairy Tales Really Do Come True
I am no longer of “this” world….anyone
who would choose Terra over a Heavenly life is totally out of their mind; and they call those of us who choose Bliss the crazy
ones—“go figure.” ~ Venus Kumara
As I had ended my last blog, Sanat was in the process of making a final decision about whether to continue his benevolent
interventions with what’s happening on earth…and I reminded people, in the meantime, to “choose the right
path.” There are so many, many prophecies about the need at this time to choose between the right/wrong path, the “green/burnt”
road, etc., that there should be no excuse for sitting on the fence. We have long moved past the “middle” way.
On July 22, I had written a blog about Sanat Kumara and I, Venus, being
on our honeymoon and how it’s not a good thing to make him angry, especially by committing nefarious actions toward
me. One of the things that makes him angriest is when people mess with me. And, yes, he sees EVERYTHING. Yet, again, I have
been and even today, as I write this, I am still being harassed. Nevertheless, he did let things “ride” so to
speak—until now, that is—because we wanted to just enjoy our honeymoon and ignore the trivialities of the mundane,
totally insane earth issues—issues that should not even exist if it were not that everyone on the planet CONTRIBUTES
TO THE PROBLEMS. Stop serving the cabal’s MONEY GOD! It’s really that simple.
And so now, because I continue to be harassed over this illusionary invention the cabal
calls “MONEY,” and there continue to be elite trolls putting forth their evil gossip about me, Sanat is stirring,
becoming irate, even. You do not want to see him angry. In addition to FEELING his emotions (because we are consciously and
alchemically united) I can also read his emotions in the weather (yes, he is that powerful!). As I said on July 31st,
the last day of our honeymoon there were severe thunderstorms all night long due to the mounting issues on earth…and
NOW, today,…look what the sun is doing! (The SUN is NOT what people commonly believe, by the way).
The sun was
quiet because we were on our honeymoon! Sanat was relaxing and happy.
However, on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, Sanat’s wrath was ignited due to the continuing ignorance on this
planet, wars, and the fact that I was again being harassed—and subsequently sun activity increased. Is there a correlation?
I don’t know: it would require observation over time. I’m just reporting what I see and feel. You can read about
the issues here if you want to review:
And now, as you can see, sunspot activity began posing increasing threats,
even though our honeymoon did not end until July 31, 2014. Still, the threats were contained. But by July 30, the sun could
scarcely be contained:
Daily Sun: 23 Jul 14(three sunspots: 2119, 2121, 2122 “Solar activity remains low despite the emergence of two new sunspots on the eastern
And of course, our honeymoon
ended on July 31, and I have continued to receive harassment from people I won’t name lest I give them the attention
they are seeking…and sunspot activity posed increasing threats (there does appear to be a correlation):
STORM CLOUD: Yesterday, July 30th, a dark magnetic filament on the sun erupted and hurled part of itself into space. The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory tracked
a bright CME moving away from the blast site at 700 km/s: VIDEO LINK
Although the CME is not coming straight for Earth, it does have an Earth-directed
component. Computer models suggest it will deliver a glancing blow to Earth's magnetic field on August 2nd. NOAA forecasters
estimate a 30% chance of polar geomagnetic storms when the storm cloud arrives.
MINOR STORM WARNING: A CME is heading for Earth. The cloud was hurled into space on July 30th when a magnetic filament on the sun erupted, and it appears to be on course to sideswipe Earth's magnetic field.
NOAA forecasters estimate a 30% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on Aug. 2nd when the CME arrives. Aurora alerts: text, voice
RADIO BURSTS FROM THE SUN: The loudspeakers of shortwave radios are bursting with static today. The source of the noise is the
sun. "I have been picking up solar bursts on my RadioJove receiver at 20.1 MHz," reports Kevin Palivec of Hawley, Texas. This chart recording displays 10 minutes of activity:
The bursts were triggered by an M2-class explosion in the magnetic canopy of sunspot AR2127. The explosion sent shock waves rippling
through the sun's atmosphere. Those shock waves, in turn, excited plasma instabilities that emit static-y radio waves. Becase
there are a whole variety of plasma instabilites, there is a corresponding variety of radio burst types. Palivec recorded a mix of two: Type II and Type IV.
More solar radio bursts could be in the offing as sunspot AR2127 and nearby sunspot AR2130 both crackle with M-class
solar flares. Visit NASA's RadioJove website to find out how to build your own receiver--and listen up.
MINOR STORM WARNING: A CME is heading for Earth. The cloud was hurled into space on July 30th when a magnetic filament on the sun erupted, and it appears to be on course to sideswipe Earth's magnetic field.
NOAA forecasters estimate a 30% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on Aug. 2nd when the CME arrives. Aurora alerts: text, voice
That’s the update on the sun. Time will tell
what it does and why. Can it rescue humanity? Or is it a weapon that can be used against humanity? Some people believe it’s
a portal. Is it the “eye of the needle,” the stargate to Heaven? Whatever it is, when people harass me, there’s
an increase activity in the sun…and as of today, August 2, 2014, they continue to troll and harass me—do expect
to see some serious sun activity continue. Whether or not there’s a connection between Sanat and the Sun matters not—he
is totally pissed about people choosing to vilify those of us who attempt to enlighten people to truth while they prop up
their own self-annihilating wishes to remain in ignorance, even defending ignorance as if there’s something WRONG about
admitting our own ignorance. People have things so backwards!
As things look today, it seems that the greedy psychopathic cabal
is taking us all down into the dark abyss one way or another and it's going to be very rapid from this point forward.
I think we are going to be seeing some major, major catastrophes and given that most people are not prepared whatsoever, there
will be many going berserk which will only magnify the problems. This has been planned for many, many years by the evil ones,
and in spite of intervention, it's all going according to plan. Those who have attempted to intervene, to help people see
the truth of what they’ve been in total denial over, will survive. They are eternal.
At this time, almost every avenue to
being self-sustaining independently is blocked in some way and those avenues that aren't blocked very soon will be. We are
all occupied fully just to survive while the cabal sucks most of what we create and earn to enrich their own pockets
and to drag us down further. Those in power are completely aided by "we the people." The few of
us who see what is happening and calling it out are totally vilified in defense of keeping people ignorant or protecting their
fragile little egos. What is more compassionate? Telling people the truth so that they MIGHT be able to get together and DO
something or keep going along like blind, divided sheep, ignoring the writing on the wall? Unfortunately the majority have
chosen to stay blind and attack those of us who see and speak truth. It's over for humanity. That's honestly the way
I feel and I am not alone:
Ah, yes, “resurrection.” What a great
close to a great speech. That said, I do not feel I belong on this planet...I have been promised by my twin flame that he
will hold my hand through "the eye of the needle" so to speak. I have been through the eye of the needle, I AM through
the eye of the needle; I KNOW what IS. Not many people will, unfortunately. As the Bible puts it, it's a very narrow
path and very few people will get through. I hope my work helps a few more people see reality and make the right choices—and
yes, there are right and wrong choices, no matter how many times you might tell yourself there is “no right and no wrong.”
DIVINE MARRIAGE: THE “ONE LOVE” PATH TO HEAVEN
As far as Sanat and I, Venus, . . . .WE have eternity, so as earth and humanity self-destruct, so be it; we will be unscathed.
At this time, we withdraw all assistance and we will be taking our treasure hunts out to the pluriverse. We left our marks,
our “Great Works,” and we both suffered immeasurable abuse and in spite of that we completed
our missions and, most importantly, our love held up through it all—as signified by the Celestial sanctioning of our
marriage—now an eternal union held together by God…“Therefore what God has joined together, let no man put asunder” (Matthew
19:6b). We are creators
and will create something glorious on earth next time around and it will be possible because no longer must we contend with
the evil ones who are annihilating themselves along with everyone who ignorantly serves them. There will be no more fettering,
destroying, or killing. We shall create a world of love and peace that does not allow fear or greed to overrule intelligence
and the passionate desire to know and contend with truth, no matter how “dark” that truth might be. We do not
promote weakness, fragile egos, or denial of truth. In spite of what the cabal would have people believe, coddling in that
way is NOT love.
In the meantime, there
are millions of planets much more important than earth where people have risen above their self-destructive pride and want
assistance NOW. We have all of the tools and processes in place. It’s a whole new game now. Sanat Kumara, Jesus (“Lord
Ra-El”) and the other Kumaras have written the “rules of the game” according to God’s Will and Divine
Celestial Laws. In the meantime, earth will probably be destroyed to the point at which little life remains, but earth itself
can never be destroyed. A very small population will survive the coming apocalypse. We will return. . .sometime in the future;
we know this because we already have returned and we have seen what remains of earth. We will wait, however, for that day
to come around. We are realistic. We are patient. We are eternal. We are LOVE.
I reread the message from Sanat (aka Emanu’El/Eros) that I received this morning. His messages never really
“sink in” until I read them again later. He has informed me that the Kumaras have made the final decision to withdraw
all assistance they've been providing earth. It's completely in God's hands and we all know what Einstein said about
God and rolling dice. . .
Sanat and I are returning
permanently to our planet “where life is good” in the Pleiades, a planet named after him, Eros, which he has already
taken me to many times. He explained to me that after “mulling” things over, there is nothing more that can be
done for earth at this time. The only assistance that will be provided is for “those special ones who are pulling their
weight” so that they may enter the Kingdom of God (aka Heaven). The earthlings, who believe they’re “divine
beings” without having to do the necessary work, are seriously mistaken. They, along with those who continue to support
the agenda of the “Elite” in their attempt to have a “good life” (which they can never achieve that
way) are the very ones who are pulling earth into the abyss.
Is an Organized Dialogical Resistance In the Works? Or Music and Dancing? Still Waiting to Hear from Sanat Kumara
I am no longer of “this” world….anyone who would choose Terra over a Heavenly life is
totally out of their mind; and they call those of us who choose Bliss the crazy ones—“go figure.” ~ Venus Kumara
Well, this is really rare….Sanat couldn’t
talk to me this morning because he’s in an important meeting and said he would get back to me very soon with “the
announcement.” I’m not saying this has never ever happened before—because actually, it has. But it’s
just very rare because normally he can multitask unless he’s really focused on something important, which, apparently,
I guess I’ll just use this blog to express how extremely disappointed I am in the state of the world.
It’s not easy for me to dip down each day from my Heavenly Home to see that the chaos has increased. I’m sure
Sanat and the other Greats are not at all pleased about the situation in Gaza and Israel after they worked hard
to arrange a ceasefire, not to even mention all of the other wars all over the world--and now ebola in Africa, heading for
the United States.
And the situation with education, the very building block of culture and what it means to be and grow as HUMANS
is simply despicable. There is just no other word for it. If you are working in or partaking of education as it stands on
this planet today, you are a very big part of the problem. One of the debates Sanat and I have been engaged in is the question:
Is earth education salvageable? We are leaning toward the complete dismantling of education and rebuilding anew, beginning
within local communities and reaching outward. Joe discussed the serious issues in his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy:
An Introduction and summarized it by stating:
This Just in: Capital Holds Knowledge Captive
As capital employs technology to redesign itself so that it can better penetrate every aspect
of contemporary life, it exacerbates the power of dominant power. With this thought we again brush up against one of the most
important themes of this book: an evolving critical theory/critical pedagogy vis-à-vis a critical complex epistemology
must organize an effective resistance to such a concentrated and thanocentric power. Obviously, it would be wonderful if education
could play this role—but it is being held captive by the empire’s logic of capital. In such a state of seizure
it serves as a form of labor control in its corporate-directed job training (see Kincheloe, 1995, 1999 for an expansion of
this theme) and a disseminator of knowledge that serves the ideological needs of concentrated capital.(p.
After his writing of
that, things have become many times worse. The solution rests, of course with organizing that “effective resistance,”
and as he further states:
In such a context Western criticalists listen carefully to what their brothers and sisters from Africa, Latin
America, Asia, and indigenous cultures have to say. They learn from the insights such individuals bring to the discussion
and rethink criticality in the process of these conversations. Critical theory has much to offer the people of the world—but only in dialogical relationto the unique insights such individuals bring to the transformative discourse. Obviously, this dialogical, evolving notion
of criticality—as previously referenced in Chapter 2—is central to every point made in this book.(pp. 109-110)
It is important that
people understand the difference between dialectical and dialogical. Dialectics can be useful, but here he is emphasizing
dialogical relationships. Wikipedia highlights the difference:
In a dialectic process describing the interaction and resolution between multiple paradigms or ideologies, one putative solution establishes primacy over the others. The goal of a dialectic process is to
merge point and counterpoint (thesis and antithesis) into a compromise or other state of agreement via conflict and
tension (synthesis). "Synthesis that evolves from the opposition between thesis and antithesis." Examples of dialectic process can be found in Plato's Republic.
a dialogic process, various approaches coexist and are comparatively existential and relativistic in their interaction. Here, each ideology can hold more salience in particular
circumstances. Changes can be made within these ideologies if a strategy does not have the desired effect. An example
of the dialogic process can be found in Nozick's, Anarchy, State, and Utopia.
Sociologist Richard Sennett has stated that the distinction between dialogic and dialectic is fundamental
to understanding human communication. Sennett says that dialectic deals with the explicit meaning of statements, and tends
to lead to closure and resolution. Whereas dialogic processes, especially those involved with regular spoken conversation,
involve a type of listening that attends to the implicit intentions behind the speakers actual words. Unlike a dialectic process,
dialogics often do not lead to closure and remain unresolved. Compared to dialectics, a dialogic exchange can be less competitive,
and more suitable for facilitating cooperation.
Vinnie Angel (The Orange Thief) directs this animated short based on Medeski, Martin & Wood's hit children's
song "Where's the Music."
Last, but not least, he wants everyone who enjoyed those last messages to watch
this, which “popped up” right at the beginning of the YouTube treasure hunt he just had me engage in, CLUE-ing
me in as to its importance:
There you have it, a wonderful message from
Sanat Kumara even though he’s tied up in an important meeting right now…we can all have fun, multidimensional
camaraderie, humor, love, music, dancing…and all the while, obeying Universal Law which Manly P. Hall describes
astutely as a highly “Pleasant Experience.” I will mention that now we also have Cosmic and Celestial Law which
only serve to increase the intensity of the "Pleasant Experience."
Well, we will see what Sanat Kumara has to say later. Will he have that important announcement
today that he mentioned yesterday?
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
“As a child I wanted so
desperately for magic to be real. I would work for hours collecting what I hoped were just the right combination of ingredients
to make some type of magic potion that would provide me with special powers….I found such magic in words viewed in
a postformal matrix and I observe and practice that magic everyday.” (Kincheloe, 2006, Reading, Writing, Thinking,
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