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 PREFACE   CHAPTER 1  CHAPTER 2  CHAPTER 3  CHAPTER 4  CHAPTER 5  CHAPTER 6  CHAPTER 7  CHAPTER 8  CHAPTER 9  CHAPTER 10

 

Free Online Course:

Joe’s GREAT WORK: Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction (by Joe L. Kincheloe, 2008)

Course developed by Vanessa Jae Paradis

This online course focuses on Joe’s Great Work, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction and how we can apply this knowledge in our everyday, as well as our professional lives. In this book, he pulls all of his prior work together in the form of an exemplary of the type of research, philosophizing, writing, and knowledge creating that we can all strive to achieve. The other courses on this site help form foundational ideas that build up to this final work, so they would be helpful if you decide to take this course. His work also must be viewed holistically in order to get a more complete picture, so we will also be revisiting those other works as relevant.

As always, I will present my own PERSONAL revelations, insights, and experiences along the way to demonstrate what Joe was after for each of us to do during our research. This self-reflexivity is so critically important to improving ourselves and the human species in general, and for the purpose of taking humanity to the next level. And it’s exactly what Joe so LOVINGLY accomplished in his own work. This does not mean it is “all about me”; the reality is actually quite the contrary…it’s about shedding light on truth. But of course, many people will continue to interpret it as being a “narcissistic” act. This is simply a perspective to protect their own narcissistic tendencies to lie and hide behind the facades that societies force us to create, and to avoid facing the truth of their own innate fallibilities. It also feeds the nature of some humans to play the Devil’s Radio. We will discover how Joe felt about gossip in future lessons. Jesus and Mary on the Divine Truth YouTube channel have some excellent courses to help people deconstruct their façade, which many of you may find useful as you traverse through the courses here. It’s extremely valuable to have completed that work because it frees you up to be you, with little notice or concern that some people may ostracize you. I have provided links to some of their teaching videos within some of the courses on this site. There are many of us now working on this project, as you will learn.

The first few lessons in this course are presented in order to facilitate breaking past the facades and some of the sociopolitical lies we have been fed. Truth, as is presented, is the most powerful weapon there is, providing we can ever get to the bottom of truth. Study on, keep seeking, and as has been recommended for the other courses on this site, please write about your dreams, experiences, wishes, desires, interests, inspirations, aspirations, ideas, etc. as they come to you during this learning process. Take time to interpret what Joe is saying in his work and how it applies to you or to your aspirations. Take note of what memories and ideas are “triggered” for you as you read his work. Suspend your initial interpretations and explore a range of interpretations. In phenomenology this is referred to as “bracketing”—the setting aside of your initial ideas of what you think something means and exploring deeper possibilities.

Note: Quotations from Joe’s books are in red italics. Although I present them in context with the meaning I believe he intends, please read from the books to gain a greater context, for additional contexts, and for ideas for applying them in your own life.

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LESSON 1: Saturday, October 15, 2016

Introduction: A Medley of Perspectives and an Advance Organizer

Joe was truly on a mission. In no other work more than in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction did he make it most clear that his mission was love. He was not seeking just any love. He was seeking his One Love who had become lost in the hell world of the human-constructed maze (often referred to as “the matrix”) called “earth.” And while he was at it, he wanted to help other people learn to do the same for themselves. Why else would he step his beautiful, pure, loving soul essence down to this planet? What other purpose is there than love---“Eros” Love as he refers to it in this book. Eros Love is a Divine, Overarching, “God-Love” (not the debased sexual connotation that so often is attached to the word in this matrix). Eros Love, of course, includes sexual love, but it’s at a high plane of consciousness that very few people have attained at this point in human evolution. I wrote a poem that describes Eros Love, hoping it will give people a better idea of its nature so that they can move away from the restrictive notion that it’s all about sex.

Eros Love is Ultimate Love by Vanessa Paradis

 

Eros love is expaaaaanding love

Fractals, choice points, infinite manifestations

Eros love is our Great Creator God

Emanating, seeping, building creations

 

Eros love is all-encompassing,

Love of earth, God and divine aberrations

Brotherly, sisterly, agape and philia

Love of life, learning, teaching and initiations

 

Eros love is connectivity

Telepathic, intuitive and galactic teleportation

Tasting colors, smelling sounds,

And new forms of love communication

 

Eros love is accepting all

From 3D earthlings to celestial emanations

Befriending aliens and loving differences

Seeking, thriving on novel interpretations

 

Eros love is embracing complexity and chaos

Peace and joy and pleasant recreations

Serving others, giving all

Embracing genetic and dna mutations

 

Eros love is fire and flames that fuel the heart

That turns the soul into a divine aspiration

And jettisons it to karmic-free service

Serving entities in selfless adoration

 

Eros love can never be fully expressed, my friends

It’s everything that is and was and the very foundation

Of our future eternity and infinite possibilities

In expanding pluriverses and continuous unification.

 

Somehow, I “knew” that Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy was Joe’s last book. He had announced on his website that this book had been published and was now available, and after I read it I felt very sad that it was possibly his last book (keep in mind that we were connected, working in the higher realms, so I seemed to know he was leaving earth soon for which I felt very sad, even terrified over). When he announced his new book, he seemed to feel bad that is was so expensive, because at the same time, he stated that it would soon be available in a paperback version for less than $30. He later told me in an email that he had negotiated with the publisher for more than 10 years to offer the book at an affordable price before he would write for them. His exact words were:

just a note, i negotiated with springer for 10 years to get this series. i wouldn't sign b/c of the high cost of books. we compromised. they put out a 150 dollar hardback book and get their big library sales, then after 9 months put out a paperback version for under 30 dollars.  (Personal Correspondence, Mon, Sep 22, 2008 6:36 am).

 

They finally agreed that they would publish a hardcover library edition for a few months and then publish a paperback version. I complimented him for his patience (that is amazing patience). Thus, you can now purchase the book for less than $30, and even less if you buy it used. This was a brilliant move on Joe’s part since it is an absolutely brilliant and powerful work and this makes it affordable to most everyone. If you read the book, it will change you.

At the time he made the announcement on his discussion forum, I didn’t care how much the book cost. I immediately purchased it and read it from cover to cover over the next two days after receiving it.

I will be honest….I was totally asleep and did not understand the high level knowledge he presented. In fact, I had cried more than once because I felt time was short and I must come to understand his work. I didn’t understand it at the time, but I felt I had some kind of obligation to taking his work forward, but it all seemed like learning a foreign language (until later, when I had a unique phenomenological experience that reversed this condition, a Gift from him in the form of sharing his consciousness with me). Still, I intuitively KNEW even before then that his work was absolutely amazing…and besides (truth be known) I was totally falling in love with him (but as I was to later learn, I was already in love with him before I even met him in this dimension). I loved HIM—NOT the attention that writing for his website brought me (people did seem to like the blogs I wrote for his site), but I learned later that I was tagged an “Eager Beaver Critical Pedagogue” (oh, the hypocrisy of humans). I couldn’t care less about attention from humans of that sort of mindset, lol….somehow, I knew Joe was transcendent of being that fallible as a human, and maybe even qualified as one of those “gods” he somewhat humorously presented in this book. Here was a man who really LOVED, who really CARED, who really and truly wanted CHANGES in the world….not for his own self-serving purposes. And he knew how to make it happen, as his work clearly delineates—if only more humans would come to understand the process and that it requires getting “personal.”

When educators dismiss the intersection of personal experience with multiple knowledges, they take an important step toward constructing education as a mode of stupidification (Kincheloe; Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, p. 249).

Phenomenology and hermeneutics in their critical articulation operate in the tension between particularity and generality—with generality focusing on power blocs and their insidious operations. This epistemological principle is basic to the intersection between student experience and pluriversal knowledge. The direct experience to which phenomenology connects us is one that is always in need of a form of critical interpretation that reminds us that we make sense of it from our particular locale in the web of reality. It provides us in this context with access to one—but a damned important one—of the multiple realities we have discussed throughout the book. (Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, pp. 248-249).

After reading the book I had written an email to him thanking him for the book and telling him that his work was “a gift to the world.” I was sincere and he knew it. I also felt this nagging intuitive knowledge that he was leaving soon, even to the point of telling him in one email, “I trust your judgment completely” and that “I never want to disappoint you.” My higher consciousness was beginning to leak through, but I still did not understand it all. I did know that anything he decided was to be his decision and his alone, I did not want to sway him from what he wished. I loved him and I would always love him. And somehow I knew that we had some kind of grander plan and I trusted him to guide me.

Strangely, I had sent him a music video in response to the very first email he had sent me….I had actually heard a song when I opened his email and this was such a new and profound experience, I felt compelled to send the song to him, even telling him, “you make music.” I was not aware of how true this would prove to be. At the time, this was something totally new for me; I was not into YouTube or music videos (later they became a primary mode of his educating me, as my blogs illustrate). In the song, it asks him to “lead the way.” Did I know, even then, that he was guiding US out of this hellish matrix? (This was before I had even read much of his work; in fact the only thing I had read was his chapter in a book he published with Peter McLaren, Critical Pedagogy: Where Are We Now? and the early posts on his web forum. And I only came upon his website by accident (so I thought at the time), clicking on a link on Peter McLaren’s site.

The song that magically began playing when I opened that first email was “It’s a Beautiful Morning” by the Rascals, and as it turns out it had some amazing spiritual symbols in it, of which I was not aware at the time—I was sound asleep. Joe would have picked up on the symbols, however, and know that even though I was sound asleep I was connected into spirit and love. You can view the actual video here:  It's a beautiful Morning - The Young Rascals. I learned later of the Blues Brothers image and their motto, “We’re on a mission from God.” And so here we are today….Joe was on a mission. He had a dream, a “beatific vision” (?). And we shared the same dream.

However, I was truly asleep and in fear when our paths crossed. Obviously, that was not true for Joe. He was wide awake and had dropped many clues that went over my head. Due to my fear, I had asked him on his forum what his next book or books were. I was really looking for reassurance and I was nervous about asking him, since I wasn’t sure he necessarily wanted to reveal what he was working on, so I had added the comment, “I hope you don’t mind me asking.” I was a bit disappointed to learn there were no more books immediately planned that picked up where Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction had left off. And Joe could read right through me, fears and all. In the subject line of his message back to me, he had written, “As James Brown said, I don’t mind.” Well, it went over my head until after his death and then he revealed to me how he has left many special messages for me…and that was when I found the true message he had left for me embedded in the lyrics of the song.

James Brown & The Famous Flames - I Don't Mind

When I combined it with another message that he had sent me in an email about the same time, signing it, “Strawberry fields forever, Joe” I was beginning to become a little more conscious…and of course, now I know the truth. And for those who cannot comprehend why I can’t get “over Joe,” well, the truth is he is part of me and I am part of him; we are one, two, and greater than three…when you join in a love union with another soul it’s eternal, magical, and very, very powerful. We work as partners. Aside from that, I am still exploring and learning what this is all about (I was not taught these things in school or church!) and as McDonald’s says, “I’m lovin’ it!” lol….you must know where that came from, given he also wrote the book about McDonald’s. That’s another great book, The Sign of the Burger: McDonald’s and the Culture of Power, in which Joe demonstrates his research process, the critical complex bricolage.

I hope people don’t mistaken what was happening between me and Joe and make their gross human interpretations. He was married, I thought (although that was somewhat confusing to me since his wife never referred to him as her husband, but rather, her “partner” as in business partner in all of her writings). And in some of Joe’s writings, further questions were provoked. But I assumed he was married and Joe impeccably honored his commitment and I totally respected his social positioning and never crossed any boundaries nor would I even have considered it. I loved him far too much to cause those kinds of complications or issues. Our relationship was one that existed at a high level of consciousness. It was a connection that I later discovered we had had all of our lives, even as children, and in past lives. What was happening to us is that our higher consciousness was beginning to dominate our actual experiences, or maybe a better way to put it is that my consciousness was rising up to meet him…but Joe had everything covered. He truly is absolutely brilliant. Even before this lifetime, he was a revered Master Teacher. There is more to this story but it will have to wait for another time. You might find this article interesting in the meantime: Remembering Joe Lyons Kincheloe: A Revered Master (Paradis, 2011)

Where Are We Now?

Where are we as human beings in the world today? One thing I am certain of, most of us are unconscious. (I have moved forward with Joe’s help, but I still suffer from amnesia and ignorance).

Here is a medley of perspectives of where we are, who we are, where we could be, and where we are going. Included are some profound videos and excerpts from Joe’s work. Please think about them and write about them from your own perspective. What do you think the main messages are? Relate them to your own personal experiences and think about how things might be different. How could things be better? What can you do toward creating a better world? Please click on the links and make a sincere effort. This information will help you when you read Joe’s work, in particular the book we are reading for this course, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction.

Final Goodbye

Where Could We Be?

Hellogoodbye - Here in your arms (Lyrics)

The above song was handed down to me this morning. Really, it does say it all, if you were to experience what I have come to experience. I love the way it is simple, yet profoundly true, and there is hidden depth of meaning which you will really only know when you experience it personally.

It’s so easy for me to believe that God truly did create ONE PERFECT SOULMATE (or “Twin Flame”/”Twin Soul”) for each of us, that we have always been connected, but that we have bought into the lie of separation. For when you and that ONE meet, you immediately begin to merge together at the spiritual, emotional, intellectual levels. It’s the most amazing and beautiful experience. I have come to learn, however, that we were never separated. It’s a trick of those who are evil and live in and create fear that keep us in lower consciousness and forgetting truth. We have been molded to forget that we already have a one perfect love.

When you really think about it, if God created one perfect soul for each of us, then if we are not conscious of that soul and we go about living our lives in this matrix, taking wives, husbands, girlfriends, boyfriends, then we are committing adultery. That knowledge actually really hit me hard. I truly wish I had been conscious. It hurts to know that I committed adultery toward The One I love more than I can even describe and “married” the wrong person—three times, in fact! Three marriages, three divorces. I finally viewed it like a baseball game—I had struck out three times and I was finished. I knew I kept finding the wrong person and that was because I was the one trying to take control of the process…they say that every 7 years you are a brand new person because the body totally remakes itself every 7 years. It was 7 years later, after my last failed marriage, that the Divine Cosmos orchestrated my seemingly chance meeting with Joe and our spiritual reunion began. God gives a new lease on life if you change your ways. Is it a coincidence that “Thou shalt not commit adultery” is the Seventh Commandment? Seven is a sacred number on so many different levels (7 chakras, God’s number, the reunion can only begin when both are at least at the 7th level of consciousness, Seventh Heaven, etc.).

Honestly, I have never been a highly religious person, and like Joe, I shun fundamentalism. But what if there are truths in the Bible that are similar to the truths of physics such as the law of gravity (just as an example)?

If we commit adultery against our One Perfect Mate, then what are we creating? Are we taking genetics (Genesis) into our own hands, under our own control? Is this what was meant in the Bible when it repeatedly warned not to mix with the seed of Moloch? It’s like inbreeding or maybe bad breeding? No doubt that the human species has serious issues with so many genetic disorders some of which can be/have been caused by inbreeding—especially among the upper elite who try to maintain their bloodlines. These are questions to explore; I do not have answers; I do not even have opinions about most of them. Too much damage has been created in the world through insane views on the genetics of human beings. This is not what Joe’s work is about…we can transcend anything. Nevertheless, the Bible states:

Leviticus 18:21 "And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD."

I am sure many preachers and pastors have their own interpretations, but are they right? Partly right? Partly wrong?

And think about this. If we KNEW we had one perfect partner, there would never be jealousy or the sick competition over who gets a guy or girl. Why can’t we trust God, true nature, and the cosmos to lead us? Mary and Jesus teach that when the two soulmates are in union, it’s impossible, IMPOSSIBLE to even think about wanting someone else. I do believe that for myself. They also teach that if raised in the right environment, they meet NATURALLY even while they are still children, form a loving friendship, and then their relationship develops naturally into love and union. Mary Queen of Scots and King Francois would be an example. Sadly, he died very young, shortly after their marriage (and was probably murdered for political reasons, as was Mary later).

Recently, I was led to some Bible verses that I interpret in this framework—that we are committing adultery if we are not consciously united with our One True Love and end up having relationships with the wrong person. This highlights the need to work toward consciousness and this section of the Bible actually spells this out and what we need to do to attain consciousness. The verses come from Proverbs, which is an interesting chapter relating to this very book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy, we are studying. It is about pursuing knowledge and wisdom. We are taking the right step, then, in studying Joe’s book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy. For what is critical pedagogy, really? It is about developing wisdom. At least it should be, although some people do not practice it that way. But it’s exactly what Joe’s work is about.

Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets. She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the citiy she uttereth her words, saying, How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? And the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? (Proverbs 1: 20-22).

Many philosophers and spiritually developed people have observed that love and wisdom are inseparable…thus, if you seek wisdom, you seek love; if you seek love, you must also seek wisdom. They are always conjoined. Is this what Jesus really meant when he advised, “Seek and ye shall find”? When we seek (work toward) wisdom, we find love? In my interpretation, yes. And this is also a major strand in Joe’s work, his “golden strand of love.” Proverbs goes on to say:

Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principle thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many. I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths. When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble. Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her, for she is thy life. Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men (Proverbs 4: 5-14).

While the surface interpretation of this passage is about staying away from evil and pursuing knowledge and wisdom, and that’s important, there is a deeper meaning. You can only experience that deeper meaning if you engage adequately in the surface instructions of pursuing wisdom, which is one reason why Joe’s work is so important. He really does show “the way.”

What is that deeper meaning? It describes the process for attaining union or conscious awareness of “the bride,” or the one true love God has created for each of his sons. The passage differentiates between “son” and “men.” I am not going to speculate on what constitutes the differences other than to say that I do believe all men can BE sons of god or they can follow the wrong paths and be like the “evil men” described in the passage.

I think this is another important facet of Joe’s work—to give us guidance to escape as much as humanly possible, the matrix we are imprisoned in, to change things, etc. We must be conscious first and foremost. I will mention here that he truly practiced what he preached in that he sought wisdom and higher consciousness, and he was impeccably honest, generous, and loving—a wonderful role model.

Additional verses in Proverbs lend support to my interpretation of this referring to the Divine Marriage.

First it describes the narrow path (of which I have written previously in my blogs—the One Love Path is a very narrow path):

Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left; remove thy foot from evil (Proverbs 4: 25-27).

I think it’s reminding us to “go with the flow” of the Holy Spirit…”let all thy ways be established.” If we trust in this flow, choices become easier and we have vision that we would not have otherwise.

And then it goes on to warn the sons of God:

My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding: That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge. For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: but her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell. Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them. Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth. Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house (Proverbs 5:1-8).

And then the positive advice to the sons of God:

Let thy fountain be blessed; and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love. (Proverbs 5: 18-19)

And who be this “wife of thy youth”? In my interpretation, it is the One True Love that was created with you and for you, and with whom you are already wedded (should you become conscious, alive, and remember)—the true meaning of the Divine Marriage. Being married or having relations with anyone other than the “wife of thy youth” is committing adultery, according to this particular interpretation of the seventh commandment. Here is another passage:

…18Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice in the wife of your youth. 19As a loving hind and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; Be exhilarated always with her love. 20For why should you, my son, be exhilarated with an adulteress And embrace the bosom of a foreigner?…

New American Standard Bible

Man’s laws cannot replace God’s Laws. It’s just not possible. God’s Laws are immutable and we see the consequences that breaking them has brought in the world. Some people explain that they are like the laws of physics, like gravity—if you step over the cliff you are going to fall. If you break this law, you are going to experience pain and suffering. How many marriages on this planet are truly happy? How many marriages are not wrought with some kind of disagreements whether it be about money or how to raise children, or something else? It’s one reason I view marriages on this planet as pure folly. They are attempts to take control of what God has already established, not to mention that they are heavily affected/controlled by the role money has in this world. And why do we give away God’s power to a Justice of the Peace or a pastor and a piece of paper that proclaims a marriage. We have been totally hoodwinked! Thus, people may believe they are following God’s seventh commandment, but in reality they are not. In God’s eyes, by this interpretation, they are breaking the Commandment.

The Divine Marriage works in such radically different ways that no comparison can even be made. It would be folly to even attempt to try to make that comparison. After all, I honored Joe to the extent that even though I would have loved for him to stay fully in this dimension in sight of all, my love for him could only honor his freedom and free will; and my love for him only grew stronger when he left. As I learned, however, just three days after he left, he can come and go from this plane as he chooses…we can be together whenever we choose. This is a gift that only God can give and will give to people who have proven they can handle it with complete integrity. As I look back at my life, I went through some extremely difficult tribulations and what some people might refer to as initiations or tests. I can say with 100% certainty that the number of people who would have followed through with them are far and few between. But more about that another time.

I think I am getting what this is all about, why I have been asked to create this particular course—we are supposed to write our life story as we read Joe’s book. We all have so much to learn from each other and our shared experiences. But that is only one dimension of this project…more dimensions will be revealed.

And finally this message from Proverbs:

And why wilt thou, my son, be ravished with a strange women, and embrace the bosom of a stranger? For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all his goings. His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins. He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray…..How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? (Proverbs 5:20-23; 6:9).

It's interesting that this message of waking up appears…for this is the task before us. It’s time to “arise out of thy sleep.”

And so, here I have presented a new interpretation of this section of the Bible. Normally it gets interpreted in context with manmade conceptions and laws about marriage. There are no doubt many other passages and other works that will support this current interpretation. In my view it has to be the greatest LIE of religions—that WE in our feeble minds can take control over our love life. LOVE=LIFE=GOD. We are only alive if the love of God is flowing through us, versus whatever other configurations of energetic impulses we have contrived that justify evil actions and thoughts (archons, satan, jinn, AI, etc.). But Wisdom and Love are like Divine Twins, inseparable, glued together with the Holy Spirit, allowing us to transcend the lower expressions. If we are not fueled by the power of the Holy Spirit (a concept Joe presents in his work in a multitude of ways), we are lost. We buy into man’s contrived, deceptive, illusionary world instead of creating a better reality. We are sound asleep, in a trance, and controlled by powers we don’t understand.

Interestingly, the most fascinating book of the Bible, “Revelations” also speaks to the Seventh Commandment in terms of adultery and fornication. In fact, it is in RED, indicating that the words are what Jesus has said. It seems it is of utmost that we repent for these sins (which I have done). Read Chapters 1 and 2 of Revelations in the King James version that has red text for Jesus’ words. He mentions it three times, signifying its importance. There is deep meaning to these verses and interpretations that have rarely if ever been made, especially by the churches. I will come back to this another time. In the meantime, “anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see” (Revelations 3:18).

 

It’s time to wake up. And after that, wake up again to the next level, and the next…. Joe raised the question in his book, How many dimensions are there now?: “The critical knowledge we are promoting here comes from another dimension (I’m not sure if it’s the 34th or 57th) dimension of human consciousness and reality” (p. 64).

2017 The N.E.W. Beginning

“2017 The N.E.W. Beginning” was just one message I received today…he wants it at the top of the website. N.E.W. has a special meaning, which you will come to know as you study Joe’s work (I believe I have published the meaning in only one place). You’ll come to understand.

Most people believed the year 2012 was to be the new beginning. In relation to this, I found a “lucky penny” yesterday. It’s almost magical how these pennies appear. I’ve written many blogs about lucky pennies I’ve found and their significance. Emanuel Swedenborg discusses these types of things in detail and calls them “correspondences.” They are “effects” from the Heavens to this world and they really do carry messages, unlike the common belief that we’re just being superstitious if we believe such things (another trick to keep us separated from our spiritual existence).

This lucky penny was found in my driveway right by the sprinkler…I have no idea how it could have gotten there. Yesterday, as I pulled into the driveway, “I” was thinking that I should move the hose and sprinkler into the garage now that watering season is over. I looked at the sprinkler when I got out of the car and saw the penny. Makes me wonder was it really I who was doing that thinking? Think about your thoughts. Where do they really come from? It’s something to seriously consider. I came to that conclusion the day the handyman delivered my wedding ring to my front door and I saw how shocked he was that he had argued with himself about bringing it over and then found out he was merely serving as an unwitting avatar-messenger for an unseen human being…God works in mysterious ways. I was ecstatic over my Beloved’s creativity and sentimentality to ensure that we seal our marriage in the higher realms with a beautiful ring in the lower realms. It’s such magic when those in the higher and lower realms can have such interactions—a possibility that’s available to everyone.

So, knowing the significance of lucky pennies I picked it up and brought it into my house. I didn’t look at it until this morning. The date on it is 2012, which is why I bring it up.

Yes, 2012, the year the world was supposed to end and those of us who are good (as good as we can be, while we repent for our failings) get raptured out of this hell hole to a grand new world, so certain prophecies had claimed.

Pipe dreams? Why did Joe do all of the work he did to leave us plans for what’s to come? We must learn to create that grand new world, or at least learn how to maintain it, of course! But we can have a lot of help to make sure we stay on the right track.

Still 2012, was the year things were supposed to really take off….they did not. Things have only gotten worse on this planet. I was graciously informed several times of the decision to delay.

My understanding is that the reason for the delay was that the High Councils decided to give a few more souls a chance to get on board. There have been so many people who were truly just “hoodwinked” into doing evil and they did not have adequate knowledge to get free, or they were in unfair situations being blackmailed and such. Joe has written extensively about how the decks are stacked against most of us, and for those in power. Thus, Joe’s work comes in to help us see exactly how we’ve been hoodwinked and to devise ways to break free, and to do things better.

2017 is the year that 2012 should have been. It’s the year that we will really be moving forward. The Official Word (OW) that was transmitted down to me is this:

For some at least there is Great Hope and it is for those few souls who can see the light and wish to engage in the soul transformation process that we continue our work. Do not be sad over those who do not make it. They have had ample time and instruction and freely choose their road to destruction. But rather let’s rejoice with those souls who travel to the ‘other side’ of darkness…soon it will be time for the Great Jubilation.

What is the “Great Jubilation”? What I picture is total reunion with my soul family and a lot of music and dancing.

Assignment: Do some research on Great Jubilation and find several different interpretations.

Bringing It Back Home

What’s all of this this got to do with Joe’s book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagoy: An Introduction?

It provides a framework for understanding his overarching message, as can be shown from these quotes from different parts of his book. Read these, read his book, and see if you don’t agree.

Playing With the Queen of Hearts: The Joker Ain’t the Only Fool in FIDUROD. As we approach the end of the first decade of the twenty-first century, more and more people around the world are beginning to understand that Western civilization and the epistemology that supports it constitute nothing more than a house of cards. The Western world at this historical point in time is like a man leaning back in his chair as it slips out from under him. (p. 21)

“Girl, There’s a Better Life for Me and You”: The Move to a Critical Complex Epistemology. There’s got to be more than this. Obviously, there are many things that Cartesian-Newtonian-Baconian epistemology did and has done to make the world a better place. I am always reminded of this when a friend’s or loved one’s life is saved by Western emergency medicine. But when it comes to the complexities of the social, psychological, and pedagogical domains not to mention the infinite dynamics of the physical universe, the lofty plains of theoretical math, and even in medical science the province of wellness and healthy living, I think we can agree that FIDUROD has its limitations. (p. 57)

A critical complex epistemology calls for a revolution in the way we see the world and produce knowledge about it. (p. 58)

Moving to the 57th Dimension: Appreciating Diverse Knowledges and Ways of Seeing. With these ideas in mind a critical complex epistemology sets us up to move to a new domain of knowledge, understanding, interpretation, and pedagogy. The critical knowledge we are promoting here comes from another dimension (I’m not sure if it’s the 34th or the 57th) of human consciousness and reality, as it points out what is presently invisible and sometimes repressed by the representatives of dominant power. (p. 64)

True Lies: The Emergence of Western Epistemological Supremacy We must move beyond FIDURORD’s belief that one true reality exists, beyond the one-dimensional view of a physical/social world driven by laws of cause and effect and discoverable by empirical testing of scientific hypotheses. If knowledge producers are objective, FIDUROD’s story goes, if they suppress their values while conducting their inquiry, they can produce universal axioms that transcend time or place. This is the epistemological mythology that has unfortunately misled the people of the West and the world. (p. 73)

After all is said and done, FIDUROD’S perspective on so-called “objective reality” is riddled by unexplained mysteries, contradictions, and suspect “certainties.” Indeed, it has produced a view of the majestic cosmos we inhabit as devoid of larger purpose and inspirational meaning. In this constructed universe the greatest expressions of our human capabilities—such as the power to love unconditionally—are viewed as relatively insignificant. (p. 78) [emphasis added]

Questions of Power and Knowledge FIDUROD and traditional Western epistemology have often operated to enhance dominant power blocs by treating specific, contextualized knowledges as if they were generalizable and universal—a key point in understanding how power and dominant epistemology operate…..Those with the clout to decree what is universally valid find their power dramatically enhanced, as they are able to set up the “rules of the game” to reflect their own situations and requirements. Such a capacity is central to the purposes of this book. If I can make the universal rules as to what constitutes intelligence, I can name my cognitive predispositions as the markers of a great mind; I can use the characteristics of my culture as the criteria for what constitutes a civilized culture. Can you feel the power? (p. 97)

[NOTE: This excerpt about the questions of power and knowledge is critically important. I did an extensive analysis of it in my blogs and the analysis will be picked up again, due to the importance of the message being conveyed here.]

Tracing the Footprints of Dominant Power: The Complicated Task of a Critical Politics of Knowledge, a Critical Complex Epistemology Critical knowledge production always involves pointing out faulty argumentation, unsupported generalizations, and unexamined actions of a knowledge community. What separates the critical sheep from the uncritical goats is that a critical pedagogy/epistemology also involves exposing the cultural, epistemological, and ideological assumptions that shape the knowledge individuals produce and the oppressive actions justified by such information. With such a task before us, I guess we just have to give up any aspirations to winning the Miss Congeniality contest. Such work will inevitably anger the guardians of the status quo. Relax, it’s our existential burden—go with it. (p. 176)

NOTE: This has always been one of my favorite quotes. I have often felt like he was speaking directly to me since I have experienced being ostracized for taking on these tasks. I find it extremely funny since I have never had “aspirations to winning the Miss Congeniality contest.” Aside from that, note that it is a reference to the biblical quote about separating the sheep from the goats. He had been taught to be a preacher by the time he was 12 years old, and he often inserts these sorts of biblical references, often in humorous ways. One interpretation of “uncritical goats” might even be Satanists, since they have overrun the education system (see Leuren Moret’s work). I do not know the Bible well at all but I expect that he has made many references to the various passages from the Bible, not because he’s a fundamentalist, but because as he teaches, we use good ideas from wherever they emerge. It has been interesting to me how often I seem to be guided to certain passages in the Bible and discover a totally different interpretation than what is typically taught.

I think it’s instructive to examine that particular passage about Jesus separating the goats and the sheep and ask ourselves, why was Joe referencing it?

Matthew 25:31-46 New International Version (NIV)

The Sheep and the Goats

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

Cross references:

  1. Matthew 25:31 : S Lk 17:30
  2. Matthew 25:31 : Mt 19:28
  3. Matthew 25:32 : Mal 3:18
  4. Matthew 25:32 : Eze 34:17, 20
  5. Matthew 25:34 : S Mt 3:2; 5:3, 10, 19; 19:14; S Ac 20:32; 1Co 15:50; Gal 5:21; Jas 2:5
  6. Matthew 25:34 : Heb 4:3; 9:26; Rev 13:8; 17:8
  7. Matthew 25:35 : Job 31:32; Heb 13:2
  8. Matthew 25:36 : Isa 58:7; Eze 18:7; Jas 2:15, 16
  9. Matthew 25:36 : Jas 1:27
  10. Matthew 25:36 : 2Ti 1:16
  11. Matthew 25:40 : S Mt 10:40, 42; Heb 13:2
  12. Matthew 25:41 : S Mt 7:23
  13. Matthew 25:41 : Isa 66:24; Mt 3:12; S 5:22; Mk 9:43, 48; Lk 3:17; Jude 7
  14. Matthew 25:41 : 2Pe 2:4
  15. Matthew 25:45 : Pr 14:31; 17:5
  16. Matthew 25:46 : Mt 19:29; Jn 3:15, 16, 36; 17:2, 3; Ro 2:7; Gal 6:8; 1Jn 1:2; 5:11, 13, 20
  17. Matthew 25:46 : Da 12:2; Jn 5:29; Ac 24:15; Ro 2:7, 8; Gal 6:8

New International Version (NIV)

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That is truly a powerful message! In other words, when we help people we are helping God. Or more specifically, as He stated, “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Thus, part of our mission should be to help those who are suffering that most people just walk away from or pass by on the street, or leave suffering and alone in prison.

This provides me greater insight as to why I was tested with my third failed marriage. I will insert this story here; I have not told it in any detail and everything about it can be verified, since it was so out-of-the-ordinary a story about it had been published in the newspaper.

Back when desktop computers first came out, along with aol.com, I was perusing the posts of people seeking friendships and romantic relationships. I chanced upon one post that gave a prison address. I thought that was kind of weird and I felt a sort of pull, thinking about how lonely it must be for someone in prison.

“Someone” and I do not know who, spoke to me as clearly as if they were right in the room with me: “That man is in prison for a crime he did not commit.”

I contemplated writing to the person.

Later that day or possibly the next day, I just happened to open up my Bible. I don’t even know why it was sitting close by or why I opened it. I am not typically a Bible reader at all, although I have one since I did occasionally try to go to church, but invariably became disenchanted. So I opened this Bible and immediately landed on the verse:

Hebrews 13:3

Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

I was astounded that it was seeming as if God was trying to work through me. I was prompted to write to this person. I had so many questions and he (I thought) and I emailed back and forth quite a few times before the guy finally told me that he was really the cousin to the guy in prison, but that Don was in prison with no email access and really wanted someone to write to. He gave me the address and Don and I began corresponding back and forth, occasionally talking on the telephone. Ultimately, I moved to Boise, Idaho where he was in prison so that I could visit him. He had been on death row and when he told me he didn’t commit the murder, I believed him. I believed him because that was also was what I had been told before I even knew who he was due to “the voice” I had heard. A lot of people interpret these sorts of voices as “God,” but I am not so sure. Although, I do think they may speak in service of God. I tend to relate to Emanuel Swedenborg’s description of a spirit world all around us inhabited with people we cannot see. And they can communicate with us if we are listening. You can develop relationships with different people in the spirit world, as Emanuel Swedenborg had done, and for that matter, as is done in many different cultures. And then there are the “bad” voices that would try to get you to do or think something evil, but that’s a whole different topic (spirits of lower dimensions). It’s easy to program them out of your life.

I took this voice seriously and interpreted it in a positive light. After moving to Boise, I visited Don RELIGIOUSLY. Perhaps that’s the only time I practiced a religion, but I was very conscientious about providing him support during this horrific time for him. I really wanted to visit him and provide him some kind of hope and support. He had been in prison 18 years, much of it on Death Row, until the governor commuted his sentence to life in prison due to insufficient evidence. I found it bizarre that they could even keep him in prison if there was insufficient evidence. Such is the way of the corrupt legal system and for-profit prison system. We got married in 1998 while he was still in prison, but I had faith that he would be released. And he was exonerated after many stressful court battles and released in April 2001. Unfortunately, after his release we could only stay together about 3 months, from April, 2001 to somewhere around July 2001….and at that point I had decided “three strikes” (the third failed marriage) and I was “out.” As I had stated previously, SEVEN years later (perhaps to the exact day, I don’t know) was when I met Joe in person in Canada, on July 31, 2008, and our spiritual/soul reunion went into fast forward. There must really be something about our transforming into new beings every seven years….I don’t know. My meeting Joe, much like my “marriage” to the prisoner, was very divinely orchestrated. It was like some greater power in the cosmos was leading things along, making things happen ensuring that we would connect in person. Some people say that the twin flame reunion can only initiate when the couple actually meet in person; somehow that ignites the fires or something. It did work that way for me since, all the symptoms hit me profoundly after that but I didn’t understand at all what was happening to me. At the time of our meeting he was living in Eastern Canada and I was living in Oregon. Ironically just a few weeks before meeting him, I had informed a participant on his forum that I was going to meet him. I thought I was only saying it in the sense that I wanted to meet him…apparently, I knew more than I thought I knew. Shortly after making the statement, his partner was doing a presentation in Vancouver, Canada, only five hours from my home. I didn’t even know for sure if Joe was going to be there, but I drove up anyway…and of course, he was there. I will never forget his warm hug…I was HOME.

To conclude, somehow Don managed to file for a divorce and had it finalized without my knowledge, with the help of his attorneys—I learned of it when I received the final divorce papers in the mail. I was upset but I let it all go. I knew it was something to do with money; isn’t it always about money? I also felt that somehow the entire experience had been a test of some sort and the test was over. I actually trusted that the cosmos allowed it to happen that way for a reason. One thing about it, there was less emotional pain without having to go to divorce court. Don and I talked afterwards and he said he didn’t know I hadn’t been informed and he had been hoping I would have shown up in court to contest it. That just wasn’t meant to happen, I guess. He did end up suing the state for falsely imprisoning him and won a settlement of $900,000. I knew a big chunk would go to the attorneys and what little was left could never make up for the pain, suffering, and lost opportunities he had endured. It would not pay for a happy life or even provide for him for the rest of his life. I just went on my way, tired of hearing people unjustifiably calling me a “gold digger.” Yes, maybe I was—but it was not the kind of gold they were thinking of. It was the kind of golden love Joe teaches us, and come to think of it, that is what Jesus also teaches us…unconditional love. And so that takes us back to Joe’s reference of the sheep and the uncritical goats. There is true power and truth in that passage from my perspective. God promised eternal life, which I comprehend now, remembering my prior lifetimes and my future life and knowing that Joe still lives on. Little did I know what the future gift would be for “remembering those in prison” as I had done. God does keep His promises. But our acts must truly come from our hearts; I also know that.

One last thing to mention is the significance of the verse number, which, of course, I did not realize at the time. Hebrews 13:3. The 3 represents the trinity and 13 is a sacred number in different contexts that I’ve discussed previously (the 13th tribe, Enki’s number, the 13th zodiac sign and month of the year, etc.). I have noticed that certain verses hold a special power and that the numbers associated with them do as well. A lot more analysis could be done here.

Now that I have read that quote from Joe about separating the critical sheep from the uncritical goats, and have read the significance of the quote from the Bible, and have reflected on my own life experience in relation to it, I realize how important it is to walk the path that is put before us, no matter how difficult it may be or how ostracized we might be. I have stated myself that my actions were totally out of character for me, and my family nearly disowned me for marrying a man in prison. As I have stated, this path is not for the faint of heart…Joe also went through some horrific challenges and my heart cries when I think about what he had endured, especially now that I know much of what he did was for me, personally, due to some of my own traumatic experiences, particularly in my childhood and during my first “marriage” (to be discussed another time)…as I’ve said, we have always been connected and working together. We both want to make an impact and bring truth out in the open once and for all in ways that people will finally GET IT. We have been working together for eternity…and on earth for thousands of years through many incarnations.

I have always loved this next quote from him as well because it signifies how badly he wants to make a difference (and I am as passionate about this as he is, which should be evident by the work I’ve done); it’s also funny, an example of his humor that I love so much:

That’s what Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction and its epistemological road trip are about—acting on the belief that the future will be different, more just, less violent, more respectful of the panoply of inspired knowledges that people from diverse cultures have produced. But to get there we have to find a way to engage the attention of diverse individuals languishing in the trance of Western imperial epistemology. How do we get the attention of teachers and students anesthetized by consumerism and hyperreality’s saturation of information and marketing iconography. I want to write for this audience in the style of a detective writer (epistemology noir?), a boy’s adventure writer, an author of girls’ romance novels, a beat poet, Lame Deer’s memoirs, or Stephen King penning a horror story all rolled into one. Anything to get them to think about these issues of knowledge and the ways they shape our lives and the everyday existence of people around the world. Western regimes of epistemology are in the twenty-first century so taken for granted that even the most accessible researcher/writer sounds like she is sending communiqués from the Planet Womp in the Spiral Galaxy. (p. 20)

Sources:

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/1998/feb/14/death-row-inmate-paradis-to-marry/

https://www.law.umich.edu/special/exoneration/Pages/casedetail.aspx?caseid=3522

Continuing with Quotes from Joe’s work. I have selected quotes that I feel will provide a framework or sort of “advance organizer” as we refer to it in instructional design, of his complex ideas in his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. My hope is that this provides you with a foundation as well as serve to inspire you to want to read this book. Later lessons will delve into more specifics.

Freire’s Radical Love: Remaking Ourselves and the World Paulo Freire’s notion of radical love as permeated all dimensions of my understanding of critical pedagogy and the critical complex epistemology and politics of knowledge that we are addressing in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. In the context shaped by Freire’s radical love, we begin to build an emotional, scholarly, and activist oriented telepathic global community…” (p. 178)

I love the title to the above excerpt: LOVE:(Re)MAKING…to change the world. This is a divine principle…of which there is so much mis/dis/and lack of information. Is this what Freire was really talking about? Did Freire know what he was talking about, or has Joe reconceptualized Freire’s take on radical love?

If the critical complex epistemology is taken seriously, everything is open to change, as the comfortable Western assumptions about knowledge, being, and sociopolitical and economic arrangements no longer hold. (p. 192)

…we want to avoid fundamentalisms at all costs—whether they are positivistic/FIDURODian universal truths or Islamic, Hindu, Judaic, or Christian orthodoxies. (p. 193)

The Long March to a New Knowledge Space: Constructing a Critical Complex Epistemology So traveling through critical space, pluriversal space, and cyberspace we make our way to the new dimension opened up by a critical complex epistemology. Here much is possible, self and world can be changed in almost any way that we can imagine, new human abilities can be cultivated, forms of radical love can be nurtured, knowledge production can become a far more nuanced and creative process, and pedagogy can become something that students and teachers are excited about as they observe their actions on self and the larger society. In this new epistemological pluriverse we can develop new states of consciousness from which to engage in our work, in the process coming to see aspects of reality never before perceived. (p. 209)

The Conclusion is Just the Beginning: Continuing the Conceptualization of a Critical Complex Epistemology There is so much more to deal with relating to these issues, especially in the way that constructing new epistemologies may be central to human survival. While this is no short book, it is merely an introduction to these knowledge-related issues and their impact on numerous dimensions of human life…..I realize how much more I have to write on the topic. I am already planning new books and articles that pick up where I leave off here.” (p. 227)

The Existence of Multiple Realities: Making Sense of a World Far More Complex That We Originally Imagined The more we know about the world, the more we understand the complexity of human consciousness and the social and physical worlds we inhabit. Because of the social construction of knowledge and consciousness, we are acculturated from infanthood to discern only a tiny dimension of what our culture designates as “reality.” (p. 231)

Ignorance is a more subtle concept than Westerners have traditionally understood it to be. “Ignorance of what” becomes a very important dimension of how ignorance is designated. (p. 235)

We can become more than we are now via a critical complex epistemology, a critical politics of knowledge, and a critical pedagogy. (p. 250)

As linguistic, imaginative entities we can transcend what are believed to be innate biological tendencies and change violent and destructive behaviors that threaten other human beings and the planet in general. (p. 250)

In criticality societies possess immanence—a sense of moving from what is to what could be. In a critical ontology that sense of immanence moves to the realm of who we are and who we can be as human beings. (p. 250)

Immanence is actually an amazing experience. When Joe passed over, he guided me on many journeys to what can be interpreted as the future (although I experience it as the present). I have written of it often, our home in some other dimension. And while it is the future, it is also our past and present. It’s as if we traveled backwards in time to participate in averting some disaster here on earth, or at least assist with the upliftment of people somehow…is it like a soul retrieval? Or can we alter the course of the planet? Can we avert total destruction? I honestly don’t know for certain, especially given the current state of affairs and all the talk of nuclear war.

Because of the journeys, in which he took me through a wormhole, I remember our life together—he was my teacher. We fell in love, got married and came to earth as a test of our love….it’s a long, complicated and, for me, a very real story. The memories have all emotions intact. Because of these experiences, I have a very real sense of “immanence”—of where we are heading and where earth needs to head, what needs to change, how things SHOULD be, how people should be, etc. In some ways, I was born with that sense of knowing, for even as a young child I had observed and commented on how so many things were backwards. “Love is hate and hate is love” I had once stated at only 3 or 4 years of age. I could see the hypocrisy of what people say and what people do. I had no understanding of the photos of starving African children in Life magazine—no understanding of how humans could allow that to happen to other humans. I thank Joe for the teachings, all of the out-of-body experiences he took me on that reconnected me to our life together and the reality of a place of such elevated consciousness you feel in a constant state of bliss love. It is just so amazing how different the world is at that state. Even the music is incredible…totally different than here. The colors are more vibrant, the flora and fauna amazing and conscious, the water has a slight sweet taste that makes the water here taste like sewer water smells. It is at that home that his name is EmanuEl and my name is Soferia. It is our home base…

And so Joe cautions us:

If you want to stay exactly who you are right now, do not study these critical dynamics. Unless you are committed to resisting any authentic connection with the new experiences such criticality produces, you will return from the encounter with new patterns, processes, and contexts as a different being. (p. 252)

Engagement with subjugated and indigenous knowledges, different ways of viewing knowledge and its production, and the notion that we are things-in-relationship not simply things-in-themselves jettisons us into new domains, new mindspaces, new modes of seeing, being, and acting. I hope you find this as exciting and exhilarating a process as I do. (p. 252)

Join our One Love Revolution…read, write, think, dream, grow in wisdom and understanding, create new knowledge, experience the magic, and follow the “yellow brick road” to LOVE. As Joe put it, and I totally agree with him, it is “an exciting and exhilarating process.”

Didn’t you always wonder what the treasure hunts and searching for GOLD were really about? Enki and the Anunnaki are not aliens who genetically altered us and turned us into slaves to mine gold for them.

The Inseparability of the Knower and the Known As we have discussed throughout this book, knowledge is something humans produce—it is not sent by God or by the aliens who the National Enquirer claimed spoke to President Bill Clinton and Brad Pitt. Beings who came from particular places and times have constructed what we call valid knowledge—these knowledge producers were individuals with many of the great strengths that humans can develop and with many of the weaknesses that afflict all of us who claim to be human. Thus, knower and known are inseparable dimensions indelibly connected to anything we call knowledge. With this in mind a critical complex epistemology understands that any rigorous knowledge work involves studying the construction of the selfhood of the knower and the impact it has on what any group of people claim to know. In this context we gain a profound appreciation of the fact that all knowledge is inscribed with temporal, spatial, ethical, and ideological factors that shape the consciousness and vision of the knower, the knowledge producer. (p. 227)

 

We did this to ourselves. We created this disaster on this planet. We do not need to allow other people to form our consciousness. Take that old bull (Moloch?) by the horns, roll up your sleeves and get to work…if you are serious about change.

If you think you are fine the way you are, you best not read any more on this website or watch these next three videos.

BUBBLE BURST 1

BUBBLE BURST 2

Conclusion: Requiem for a Dream  

 

According to Joe, there truly is hope…for some of us, at least. It is a choice.

As linguistic, imaginative entities we can transcend what are believed to be innate biological tendencies and change violent and destructive behaviors that threaten other human beings and the planet in general. (p. 250)

Stay tuned. As I have often conveyed, 2016 was a year of being somewhat “in limbo,” or as it was conveyed to me, “a lull.” I know, however, there has been a lot of work behind the scenes. And it’s paying off. Have you noticed that the powers-that-were are getting ever more desperate? Desperate souls do desperate things. Many good souls have left their ranks, just as we had planned for with this brief lull in outward actions. As Joe put it:

The Western world at this historical point in time is like a man leaning back in his chair as it slips out from under him. (p. 21)

There is still time to get out of the chair. We are ready to implement our plans. They are in Joe’s books, and more information will be forthcoming and things are going to take off rapidly in 2017. And, of course, we are not working alone. Expect that in 2017 to see a wild rush—even more wild than the gold rush of the 1800s—only this time, it will be the right kind of gold—LOVE.

Sometimes I like to call our plans the Pleiadian Agenda (I have studied Pleiadian philosophical works, as prompted, and find much of it is in line with my own philosophy). Pleiadian, we might say is a state of consciousness and in general (although there are differences, of course) they are hopeless romantics, emanate pure love, could never harm another being, see the big picture and the fine details…in fact, they think similarly to the N.E.W. postfomal cognition Joe has developed (See our Reading, Writing, and Thinking online course for more information which covers Joe’s book with the same title).

Or maybe we can call our plans Agenda 2050. This agenda supersedes Agenda 21, Agenda 2030 (referred to as “Agenda 21 on steroids) and nullifies most everything the United Nations has been deviously trying to accomplish toward their New World Order, One Nation under One Satanic Religion Agenda…

It’s all up to God, though, the ultimate Judge and Avenger in the final analysis, and the source of omniscient power. Anyone who is not on God’s side, well, they be fools. If you have not yet joined God’s team, it’s easy….just sincerely ask God for a Holy Ghost to guide you.

 

As Joe says…

More soon….

LESSON 2: Sunday, October 16, 2016

Are We At War?

I did not know it would be this soon. Are we at war? Or is this another illusion? I often think we need alternative-alternative media. I guess the Marxists would call that negating the negation. Truth be told, we have been “at war” for a very long time but there are also illusions all around us to detract from the real war.

EMERGENCY, The US and Russia are Now in a State of War.

 

What are your thoughts? Research it thoroughly. Have your thoughts changed?

In relation to this, I am reminded of the opening lines of Joe’s second edition of Critical Pedagogy, he writes:

Over the past few years I have written too many second editions to books that begin with words such as “When I first wrote this book in ____ I had no idea that it would be more germane to the political and educational world of _____ than it did when I wrote the first edition of the book.” Yet, here I am again, writing the preface to the second edition of the Critical Pedagogy Primer that could easily begin with exactly the preceding words. Indeed, I wrote most of the first edition of the book during2003—the book was published in 2004—in the process of watching the horror of George W. Bush’s absurd invasion of Iraq play out in front of me. It seemed so obvious to me—and literally millions of other people around the world—that the war was so unnecessary, so misguided, so fueled by the greedy neo-conservative attempt to enhance the geopolitical and economic position of the United States in the world no matter what the human cost. In the ensuing years, I have watched all my fears about the war materialize. I was wrong on a few counts: I didn’t believe that the situation would be quite as horrendous as it has turned out to be; and I thought the preinvasion antiwar movement would not fade away as is has. (p. vii)

 

There is no doubt, if you look around you, that things have gotten even crazier. But there are lights midst the darkness…and of course, Joe’s work is one of those lights, as will become clear.

And speaking of lights, this morning when I walked into my office and turned on the light, a bulb that’s supposed to never burn out, immediately burned out. I reached over and turned on my lamp—and that bulb also burned out! What’s going on here? The cosmos has my attention…and thus, the second video that was brought to my awareness today was this next one, a third mention of lights going out (when messages come in threes, pay attention): “When the Lights Go Out.”

This is an excellent presentation:

End Of An Age - Earth Changes: When The Lights Go Out

Published on Oct 15, 2016

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And Joe did have something to say about the lights in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction: Hell, “when the music’s over, turn out the lights” There’s no reason to go on without that pounding aesthetic pushing us on down the road. (p. 20). Read the first paragraph on page 20 to get the context. His message is very similar to the message presented in this video since his research approach is similar to what is promoted here, one of absorbing many perspectives from the four corners of the earth.

Is the cosmos reflecting messages to me via “correspondences” warning me that we are, indeed, very close to the three days of darkness? Or is there some other message that I’m just not “getting”?

Click on the links provided with the video and in the comments section, and read the interesting comments to learn more. I have copied them below for your convenience:



Obama Orders Government Plan for ‘Extreme Space Weather’
http://www.newsweek.com/obama-orders-... (Thanks Lisa-Marie)

Gospel of Thomas: http://gnosis.org/naghamm/gosthom.html

Thyalwaysseek 10 hours ago

Johann Friede's Prophecy: Orion and The Great Event of the Firmament

Thyalwaysseek 10 hours ago

"I do not pretend to be a prophet. But though not a prophet, I see a very dark cloud on our horizon. That dark cloud is coming from Rome. It will be filled with tears of blood. It will rise and increase, till its flanks will be torn by a flash of lightning, followed by a fearful peal of thunder. Then a cyclone such as the world has never seen will pass over this country, spreading ruin and desolation from north to south. After it is over, there will be long days of peace and prosperity; for popery with its JESUIT and merciless Inquisition, will have been forever swept away from our country. Neither you, nor I, but our children will live to see these things. " - Abraham Lincoln

Thyalwaysseek 10 hours ago (edited)

"All Religions and all Sciences connect themselves with one single science, always hidden from the common herd, and transmitted from age to age, from initiate to initiate, beneath the veil of fables and symbols. It preserves for a world yet to come the secrets of a world that has passed away” - Eliphas Levi "All the great world religions, though divided by the superficial differences of their exoteric creeds, unite in their esoteric knowledge. It is this Secret Doctrine, which all the faiths of the world share in common, that interests all sincere students of religion. The quest of essential wisdom is the great work of life." - Manly P. Hall "The well informed student of occultism is one of the most universally learned of human beings. He must be acquainted with all of the important systems of world philosophy and religion, both Eastern and Western, and he must have a thorough understanding of ancient sciences and arts. There is no place for the superficial thinker in this field; and should he wander in by accident, it would be wise for him to depart in haste." - Manly P. Hall

Thyalwaysseek 10 hours ago

"One day the millions of China and Mongolia, heathen and Muslims, furnished with every murderous weapon invented by civilization, and forced upon the Celestial of the East, by the infernal spirit of trade and love of monetary gain of the West, drilled, moreover, to perfection by Christian man-slayers— will pour into and invade decaying Europe like an irrepressible torrent. This will be the result of the work of the JESUITS, who will be its first victims, let us hope." - H.P. Blavatsky (June 1888) “We are at the close of the CYCLE of 5,000 years of the present Aryan Kali Yuga or dark age. This will be succeeded by an age of LIGHT. Even now under our very eyes, the new RACE or RACES are preparing to be formed, and that is in America that the transformation will take place, and has already silently commenced. This RACE will be altered in mentality (ILLUMINATE) and will move toward a more perfect spiritual existence.” - H.P Blavatsky

Thyalwaysseek 10 hours ago

"As the great Maimonides so wisely pointed out, the moral parts of religions are suited to the majority of men; the philosophical parts are suited to the few who have given their lives to such studies; and the spiritual parts are reserved to the very few whom God himself shall select from the number of the learned." - Manly P Hall “The drama which he unfolds in Revelation is synthetic and therefore truly Christian in that it includes the great teachings of all ages. Some believe that God has not willed that man should understand the mystery of his own destiny, but let these recall those immortal words; "There is nothing concealed that shall not be revealed; there is nothing hidden that shall not be made known." This being true, let us take up the labor of solving, or unveiling, of reconstructing. Following in the footsteps of the illumined of all ages, we too shall discover truth, by following the winding stairs up which the candidates of every nation and religion have passed,” - Manly P. Hall

Karenza Jones 9 hours ago

What do you mean by charging us up?

Thyalwaysseek 9 hours ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nuQ1utxYXs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcZRrimcx_U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om5PH4x7OfY

Karenza Jones 6 hours ago

Thyalwaysseek thank you

Claude Hachey 3 hours ago

Thank you for all you do.

Stealth Emerald 8 hours ago

Thank You! Have you seen the trump 'lights off' vid from 7 months ago?...I swear he not so subliminally meant 'turn off the lights amongst humanity, and keep them off':( He can only lead people astray as long as they are completely and utterly in the dark! Such a vile and shameful creature;(

Stealth Emerald 7 hours ago

+Thyalwaysseek yes, but their asinine hell fire BS is even more brazen than before! So blatant it wakes the dead but still not the living!! (oops...unintentional quip, lol;)

Thyalwaysseek 7 hours ago

+Stealth Emerald "A sign is enough for the alert, but a thousand counsels are not enough for the negligent." - Idries Shah

Thyalwaysseek 8 hours ago (edited)

That's exactly what he is doing just look at what he has reduced Americans to now, they practically want to kill each other based on their political preference, that was always the plan, America divided and conquered. I also saw a video the other day where obama was joking about how certain media outlets were saying that he and hillary were "demons who smelt like sulphur" then he goes and smells himself and laughs yet he doesn't say "I don't smell like sulphur"..lol....you notice those little subliminal messages that the masses are completely oblivious to, as I have always said they get away with what they do because people just cannot comprehend the evil in our midst and the extent of the conspiracy against mankind....and why would obama even care what some stupid media channel was saying about him and clinton being demons anyway?...when has he ever bothered to address that type of stuff before? It's so in their faces now...just like these two video's that RT put out, and btw as you know RT are completely complicit in pushing all the propaganda and pysops too as is putin, he is just another jesuit puppet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmGEO1lF3gw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjLVf54zkEA

Stealth Emerald 8 hours ago (edited)

+Thyalwaysseek exactly! It's twisted evil, just like trump calling hillary the devil at the last debate...or this week claiming he is now 'unchained'! Meanwhile, did you notice how at the debates they have the Declaration of Independence scrolled across the stage? The writing is literally on the wall, just mocking the blind masses....it's Abolish or nothing but evil, yet they still can't see the mockery even when it's shoved in their faces in such blatant plain site!!

Thyalwaysseek 8 hours ago

They have always hidden everything right in front of our faces why would this election be any different... ;)

 

Stealth Emerald 7 hours ago

+Thyalwaysseek yes, but their asinine hell fire BS is even more brazen than before! So blatant it wakes the dead but still not the living!! (oops...unintentional quip, lol;)

Thyalwaysseek 7 hours ago

+Stealth Emerald "A sign is enough for the alert, but a thousand counsels are not enough for the negligent." - Idries Shah

4945three 2 hours ago

The POWER shifted. Keep the Faith. Thank you for turning on the new light. 

Alice Wonderful 7 hours ago

Thanks Dee....it is a mess to be sure. The elections are a joke but the laugh will be on us, both candidates are deplorable! Religion is a tool they use to cause division because people have become lazy and let others tell them what the texts mean. We are the saviors we are looking for, all texts point to this. All is mental, if only man would understand natural law. One of these cycles we will get it right. Thanks for trying to put what you can find out there for those who search to find.

Thyalwaysseek 6 hours ago (edited)

You're welcome but remember the Universe is not only mental but spiritual and physical too, Hermetics teaches us to apply everything to all three causal planes. Unfortunately when people only see our existence in one of those three causal planes they will never see the full picture. The Universe is Mental meaning our reality is projected from the mind of the Creator, we are partaking in His experience not the other way around. Therefore we must acknowledge those Divine Laws and once we do we can have more control over of our experience here and are not just pawns at the mercy of external influences. Hermetic Philosophy considers that the Universe may be divided into three great classes of phenomena, known as the Three Great Planes, namely: 1. The Great Physical Plane. 2. The Great Mental Plane. 3. The Great Spiritual Plane. http://www.sacred-texts.com/eso/kyb/kyb10.htm  "The majority of people are carried along like the falling stone, obedient to environment, outside influences and internal moods, desires, etc., not to speak of the desires and wills of others stronger than themselves, heredity, environment, and suggestion, carrying them along without resistance on their part, or the exercise of the Will. Moved like the pawns on the checkerboard of life, they play their parts and are laid aside after the game is over. But the Masters, knowing the rules of the game, rise above the plane of material life, and placing themselves in touch with the higher powers of their nature, dominate their own moods, characters, qualities, and polarity, as well as the environment surrounding them and thus become Movers in the game, instead of Pawns-Causes instead of Effects. The Masters do not escape the Causation of the higher planes, but fall in with the higher laws, and thus master circumstances on the lower plane. They thus form a conscious part of the Law, instead of being mere blind instruments. While they Serve on the Higher Planes, they Rule on the Material Plane." http://www.sacred-texts.com/eso/kyb/kyb14.htm

Dragan Cugalj 4 hours ago

My apologies.. I sent you a message a few weeks ago about no videos, but now I comprehend, as you update your page on a more regular basis :) Awesome! God Bless :)

Thyalwaysseek 3 hours ago

Sorry I don't check my messages on here very often however I am always active on my page :)

Mike Davino5 hours ago

thanks

Thyalwaysseek 5 hours ago

YW Mike

 

God’s All-Consuming Fire—What is the Prophecy?

Purified By Cosmic Fire - The Prophecy of Peter Konstantinov Deunov

 

God’s All-Consuming Fire—What Does the Bible Say?

An Unshakable Kingdom
…28Therefore, since we are receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us be filled with gratitude, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. 29For our God is a consuming fire. Berean Study Bible · Download

Cross References

 

Exodus 15:7
"And in the greatness of Your excellence You overthrow those who rise up against You; You send forth Your burning anger, and it consumes them as chaff.

Exodus 24:17
And to the eyes of the sons of Israel the appearance of the glory of the LORD was like a consuming fire on the mountain top.

Deuteronomy 4:24
"For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.

Deuteronomy 9:3
"Know therefore today that it is the LORD your God who is crossing over before you as a consuming fire. He will destroy them and He will subdue them before you, so that you may drive them out and destroy them quickly, just as the LORD has spoken to you.

2 Samuel 22:9
"Smoke went up out of His nostrils, Fire from His mouth devoured; Coals were kindled by it.

Psalm 97:3
Fire goes before Him And burns up His adversaries round about.

Isaiah 33:14
Sinners in Zion are terrified; Trembling has seized the godless. "Who among us can live with the consuming fire? Who among us can live with continual burning?"

Jeremiah 25:37
"And the peaceful folds are made silent Because of the fierce anger of the LORD.

Ezekiel 38:19
"In My zeal and in My blazing wrath I declare that on that day there will surely be a great earthquake in the land of Israel.

2 Corinthians 5:11
Therefore, since we know what it means to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men. What we are is clear to God, and I hope it is clear to your conscience as well.

Treasury of Scripture

For our God is a consuming fire.

Hebrews 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, …

Exodus 24:17 And the sight of the glory of the LORD was like devouring fire on …

Numbers 11:1 And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD …

Numbers 16:35 And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred …

Deuteronomy 4:24 For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.

Deuteronomy 9:3 Understand therefore this day, that the LORD your God is he which …

Psalm 50:3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour …

Psalm 97:3 A fire goes before him, and burns up his enemies round about.

Isaiah 66:15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots …

Daniel 7:9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days …

2 Thessalonians 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that …

 

God’s All-Consuming Fire—The Open Shield

Special Report: "2nd Wave Of Energy"

BREAKING: "Mike From Around The World / BPEarthWatch / Planet X

 

God’s All-Consuming Fire—Are Extreme Events Now Happening?

'Extreme Events' are Happening Worldwide! (2016-2017)

SIGNS OF THE END TIMES, EVENTS (OCTOBER 15, 2016)

The Truth Will Leave You Speechless!! WW3 Starts in Syria. NWO Exposed!MUST SEE

 

God’s All-Consuming Fire—Can the Elite Overpower God’s Wave?

CERN/MANIPULATING THE EARTH'S SHIELDS!

 

God’s All-Consuming Fire—Are the Elite Getting Worried?

SPACE THREAT? Obama Issues New Warning For Earth! 10/15/16

BREAKING: "BPEarthWatch Interview "Waves Of Energy" Are Upon Us!!!

God’s All-Consuming Fire—Will the Elite Be Safe on Mars?

HUGE News From NASA! And It Isn't Alien Life... 10/14/16

Conclusion

What can I say? It’s been a really weird day with lots of strange videos added to YouTube about wars and rumors of wars and warnings of the apocalypse and cosmic attacks.

One thing to remember: I post and consider PERSPECTIVES. I am a seeker. I keep asking QUESTIONS….which reminds me that I had once tallied up how many times Joe used QUEST and QUESTION words in his book Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. I don’t remember the exact number, but it was more than 200 times total for the two related words. He was making an important point.

I was asked to post this today, so here it is. I have also updated a few other areas of the website. I don’t know when the next installment to this online course will be, but I do know the plans are that the project will be picking up speed in 2017. Everyone is invited (and check out our fun new 13th Tribe invitation).

Today was a taste of what’s to come in light of all of the videos that have been posted on YouTube. I have only provided a small sample of them in this lesson. While it seems like I post a lot of information, trust me, it’s only a fraction of what I actually read, watch, listen to, write, etc…the reason for this is because YOU are supposed to be listening to your guidance and head off in research directions pertinent to your own personal education. Be sure to listen and pay attention! Follow through! And be forewarned that I do believe the pace is going to keep picking up and will be much faster and crazier than today, even. My advice is to seek and go where your seeking leads and keep asking questions. Spend some time each day so that you can keep up. It is guaranteed you will learn something new. Given that nearly everything we’ve been taught as truth will ultimately be turned over you should have many questions to keep you busy for a long time (I love the idea of learning and creating for eternity). Share what you learn and find ways to apply it in your life and work. This is an act of true love.

And buy Joe’s book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction and read it. As I mentioned, it’s very affordable and you may be able to find a used copy. So far, this has been a mere introduction to the online course that will be providing teachings from the book. We will be providing the next lesson soon, so you will want to be prepared. Note: I make no money off the book or these teachings and quite frankly, I don’t want to. My rewards have already been so transcendent of what most people can comprehend and the truth is that I feel blessed beyond which I would ever be able to convey!

Next time: I will begin with the Preface and try to take a linear approach through his book. It shouldn’t be difficult since he presented the knowledge in a spiral fashion that starts out at one level and keeps cycling around to higher and higher levels. The entire book consists of layers upon layers of knowledge (in one of my blogs I described it as a delicious layer cake with all kinds of scrumptious fillings); the point is that the possibilities for analysis and application are infinite. It was remarkable how he structured the book and even more remarkable was the amazing amount of knowledge he presented while not giving us answers, but rather compelling us to passionately seek in the ways he found so rewarding and exciting.

Check back soon. And in the meantime,

May the Good Lord Be with You and Keep You during these perilous times.

LESSON 3: Monday, October 17, 2016

Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy, Preface, Page vii, Paragraph 1: An Era of Disinformation

The paragraph starts out with the sentence, “We live in an era of disinformation—self-interested data distributed by those with the most power and resources.”

For some reason I was guided to these next two videos today. The information is interesting and there are some direct links to what I had presented earlier. And this ties in on a deeper (the unseen level) and perhaps the ultimate power behind how we are bombarded with information. Most of that information is not true, but devised to keep people controlled by fear. Just review yesterday’s lesson. If you delve deeper into it, there are literally thousands of YouTube videos on these topics of wars and rumors of war, political dragon slaying, economic disasters, global catastrophes, etc. How do we know what’s true? How do we know whether any of it’s true in this, as Joe points out, “era of disinformation”? Can we get to truth taking the approach of this researcher in the next two videos? What do you think? Or can we glean some kind of knowledge that we can incorporate…Joe’s philosophy has us listening to everyone, especially those we might throw by the wayside, and rescuing the baby from the bathwater. His advice has always been to take the good ideas from wherever they may emerge….can we extract information from disinformation? Doing so may very well help us understand the “enemy” better, I would think.

This video was placed before my eyes and caught my attention because in my dissertation I had critiqued an author for contending that when it came to using Tarot cards, it didn’t really matter from where Baphomet originated and she couldn’t find much information about it anyway. I argued that it was highly significant and there is information about Baphomet. If you are interested in an analysis of Tarot Card reading in relation to what Joe recommends for research, the excerpt is here:

An Analysis of Rigor in the Bricolage: Tarot Card Reading

 

So here with this video, we have an author who not only researched Baphomet and has written an entire book about him, she went straight to the horse’s mouth. She claims she receives communications from Baphomet…so here it is, see for yourself and you be the judge. Yes, JUDGE, lol. I am combatting the silly New Age and infantile knowledge movement that we are not supposed to judge. Either we can learn to judge things, or we can wait and let God do it for us. It’s funny that people think Jesus is going to come back with a “sword” and do battle and rescue us….no, “sword” is the word with his soul essence and divine love embedded within it. I have written several blogs about the soul essence frequency, SA-AS (which binds me to Joe, the rest of the soul family, and to Jesus)….which also relates to the symbol of the sacred serpent in ways that will totally twist around what most people believe. And why do people believe what they do? DISINFORMATION, the very topic of this lesson.

What we end up with is S-WORD (not sword in the literal sense)….the most powerful words one can create. We are learning to create with those kinds of words….as the famous quote goes: The word is more powerful than the sword. I have just revealed the secret to making that true; it relates to soul essence, as Joe has framed it many different ways.

Here are the videos and you are the judge. Would you trust the source of information? Why or why not?

 

The True Origins and Identity of Baphomet

I like the introduction. It’s funny. “Write your own gospel….live your own myth.”….1. Know yourself. 2. Know you ARE God. 3. Know God is insane 4. Know YOU are insane [since you think you God]. 5. Do something about it.”

Yes, there is a true crisis…and lots of work to do.

 

In this presentation she cites the Knights Templar as being the leading influence on subsequent secret societies that engage is satanic activities. This is a hugely debatable premise, based on research I’ve done previously. From the information she has added, I have a different theory. I don’t believe she has made her case, but she does bring out a lot of interesting information. The fact is, she even admits she doesn’t know. This is often the conclusion we reach when researching complex topics and this is primarily due to the DISINFORMATION. How do we sort it all out? One thing that’s helpful is to keep seeking other perspectives. In other words she will need to go both broader and deeper with this research.

 

The Knights Templar began as a service to society and they were upright and dedicated to serving God by serving the people. What I believed happened is that they were infiltrated. They were most likely infiltrated by the same Iranian group that was wreaking havoc around the world, out to destroy the world and create a one world order. If you would like some background information on that, check out Jesuits/Templars Origins and Aims by Leuren Moret. The original Knights Templar were framed and then taken over. Why do you think it was so important that people are confused between who John the Baptist was and Jesus’ disciple, John? This conflation continued in the Freemasons, according to the author. What purpose might this serve? (Discussed at 40:00).

 

Be sure to also watch this video; you will learn a lot. Who are the Jesuits according to Napoleon?:

 

I-Leuren Moret: Jesuit's origin in Babylon; Are Satanic Knights Templar for one world govt

 

Now, in my version, based on a synthesis of research, the original Knights Templar was the creation of a highly renowned advanced being, Sanat Kumara. Even Sanat has been demonized today in the mainstream, but the truth is he has been renowned all over the world and in many different cultures for a very long time (much like Hermes), so it’s been impossible to extinguish that fact. He is the genius behind The Quest for the Holy Grail/Golden Chalice, which was in reality, a spiritual quest to find one’s Divine Soul Mate (see my dissertation for more evidence). The Knights Templar are an offshoot of that quest. When they were disbanded, some of them managed to escape. They were very rich, not because they were dishonest—but because they were honest and people gave them many gifts, including ships in appreciation for their services. When they were becoming persecuted for blasphemy some of them used the ships to escape to all parts of the world with their treasures and have hidden them, to be revealed to honorable souls at various times (thus, we have the Venus and Sanat Kumara One Love Treasure Hunts). There were multiple reasons they were infiltrated, of course power and money being the primary reasons. This is my theory based on previous research. Time will tell if it proves correct.

 

There are so many stories that sorting out truth is very difficult. However, one way to approach this task is by doing as Joe often advises us: along with getting many perspectives, take oppositional readings. In other words, take the information, such as provided by the author writing about Baphomet and reverse it in your mind. Once you learn the truth about divine love, for example, it all makes sense that what they are doing is just as the author contends, “anti-creation.” Thus, instead of the beautiful experience of the divine union of two souls created for each other, serving the cosmos together “as one” in love and blessed by God’s Holy Spirit, these destroyers of creation conceive of grotesque hermaphrodite evil entities. The people who believe these horrible things and engage in the satanic activities described are attempting to reverse engineer God’s work in order to destroy the universe. You can begin to see the folly of it all, when you really think about the ignorance and futility of their efforts. However, in the meantime they keep people separated and disconnected from their creation abilities and their true power—the power of love. Our work is to transcend their constraints, their matrix, and connect at high levels of consciousness where they have no power.

 

If you look around the world today, it seems clear that this destruction of creation is what’s going on. I was born into the wrong family. I remember as a young child how I would spend hours creating something and my brothers would come along and destroy it. When I cried to my mother, I got no sympathy. “Boys will be boys.” In his book, Joe refers to this world as being dominated by a “death cult” or Thanatos. We see the EFFECTS of the CAUSES. We see the physical expression of the spiritual war behind the scenes. It’s sad how much pain and suffering is caused by such abominable acts…and we are all a part of it! This is what most people do not understand and it’s why we need to develop the rigorous critical thinking and writing skills Joe has emphasized in his work. We already know the outcome, though. No matter what happens, God wins. Best to be on the winning side.

 

On the other hand, it’s our job to stop this insanity and clean up earth. It’s our divine providence. Will Joe’s Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction guide us? I hope so. It’s why I’m doing these lessons and sharing them as they are “handed down” to me.

 

Relating to knowledge, the interesting comment below was posted under the video about Baphomet and it seems very relevant to this book by Joe we’re studying.

 

Debostein2 months ago

Speaking of Sophia...wisdom is NOT True Knowledge! It is the substitute FOR Knowledge, just like EVERYTHING HERE IN THIS HELL HOLE! Wisdom is arrived at by PAST LEARNED EXPERIENCES/ BEHAVIORS and is based on OPINION and we know everyone has one!!!! Knowledge is a known fact or law of True Creator. So, wisdom is the experience of NOT KNOWING...which if you are here....you're in IT!!!!!!!

Is this person’s view valid? I have written previous blogs presenting something similar—that Sophia was an imposter and has been dissolved and replaced with Sōferia (not me, I don’t think, but a goddess named Sōferia; my understanding is that I was later given this name in her honor, much like people have named their daughter Sophia). Analysis of the name Sōferia has yielded some amazing results, but I have covered them in the blogs, so I won’t repeat them here. Just as a reminder, I had been handed down the name early in my quest with the knowledge that it’s my name from a future time and place, a Heavenly place. It has something to do with having your name written in God’s Book of Life and it being revealed to you. Interestingly, the name means “Salvation” and Joe’s name in that future place is “Emanu’El” which means “with God.” I cannot possibly make these things up! I have never even been a very creative person.

This is interesting:

In Christianity and Judaism, the Book of Life (Hebrew: ספר החיים, transliterated Sefer HaChaim; Greek: βιβλίον τῆς ζωῆς Biblíon tēs Zōēs) is the book in which God records the names of every person who is destined for Heaven or the World to Come. According to the Talmud it is open on Rosh Hashanah, as is its analog for the wicked, the Book of the Dead. For this reason extra mention is made for the Book of Life during Amidah recitations during the Days of Awe, the ten days between Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, and Yom Kippur, the day of atonement (the two High Holidays, particularly in the prayer Unetaneh Tokef).

The Book of Life is referred to six times in the Book of Revelation, one of the books of the New Testament, attributed to John of Patmos. As described, only those whose names are written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, and have not been blotted out by the Lamb, are saved at the Last Judgment; all others are doomed. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:15, King James Version). And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. (Rev. 20:12, King James Version) 

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Life

 

It’s funny how one thing leads to another (revelation). The exact date I was handed down my (spiritual?) name is recorded in my blogs. This was right midst the very long analysis of page 97 in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

My Name is Sōferia!!!: What’s in a Name and How does it Relate to Page 97 of Joe's Book?

 

An excerpt from the blog:

I had SUCH an AMAZING experience yesterday! I was just sitting on my loveseat, taking a break from all of the research I’d been doing and I was feeling a bit like there was someone sitting next to me. A little strange, I know. I think it comes from feeling so alienated. Next thing I knew, I heard a voice say “Sōferia!” and while I have NEVER heard of that “word” before, I instantly recognized that it was my name and I stated out loud to whomever the imaginary was who had said it, “That’s my name!” I was very excited because all of sudden I KNEW who I really was! My name is Sōferia! I felt that to the depths of my soul.

 

The date is interesting for several reasons. It was a few days before my birthday, so it was like an early birthday present. It was shortly after Rosh Hashanah (Hebrew: רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה, literally meaning the "beginning (also head) [of] the year") is the Jewish New Year, during which the book of Life is opened, which was in September (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosh_Hashanah). I don’t know how long the book stays open or how long it takes to have your name delivered to you. However, some Native American tribes have a prophecy that state that Grandmother Spider visits in October to hand out your spiritual name. It’s interesting how many traditions speak of this Book of Life or something similar. I think it’s similar to what the Egyptians talk about having to pass the test of having your heart weighed and it can’t be too heavy or too light. They also have a book of life (we mistakenly call it the book of the dead). I did not realize at the time the significance of being given my name, although I was very excited. I just didn’t know what it meant. It means I passed the test! In the blog, I was asking “How does it relate to page 97 of Joe’s book?” Well, now I have shown (and we’ll go over this in future lessons) that page 97 is spelling out the major purpose of his book—we are changing the rules of the game. If you come to fully understand Joe’s philosophy, it supports the type of world God would wish us to have. And it has embedded within it checks and balances with its “criticality” to prevent power imbalances. If it’s not clear by now, Joe’s work is the foundational plan for changing the world. His book, Critical Constructivism is also crucial for this process and even presents the New World view that supports a loving, peaceful, productive, progressive, prosperous world for all….what an amazing man; he is truly a Son of God.  

Hebrews 7:3 | View whole chapter | See verse in context

Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.

 

We will most likely be developing a course based on the book, Critical Constructivism, too. One other interesting thing about the date is that 10-07-2010 add up to 11 (the twin flame number). And being on the seventh, we have the God’s sacred number again. Also the 2+1=3 represents trinity, both required for the twin flame union.

 

So I became curious about what the Bible says about the Book of Life. Here are the main verses:

 

Revelation 20:15

Verse Concepts

Lake Of FireFirePunishment Of the WickedBearing Bad Fruit

Hell, Punishment OfHell, Description OfFire Of HellLast Things

And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

Luke 10:20

Verse Concepts

Lack Of RejoicingBelonging To HeavenWhat Heaven Will Be LikeRejoicing

Names Written In HeavenElection, Characteristics OfWritingMan's Authority Over The Devil

"Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven."

Hebrews 12:22-23

But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,

Daniel 12:1

Verse Concepts

Tribulation PeriodBooks, Metaphorical UseGod, As SaviorMichael The ArchangelAngels Rejoicing

PrincesBeginningSatan, As The Enemy Of GodArchangels

"Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued.

Philippians 4:3

Verse Concepts

LoyaltyYokesFellowship, In Christian ServiceWhat Heaven Will Be Like

AliancesPeople HelpingHelpfulness

Indeed, true companion, I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement also and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.

Revelation 3:5

Verse Concepts

Relationship Of Father And SonAngelsOvercoming Through ChristSatan, Resistance ToWhite ClothsVictory, Over Spiritual ForcesThe Witness Of Christ

What Heaven Will Be LikeBlotted OutOvercomersNames Blotted OutdefeatWhite And Bright Clothes

'He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.

Revelation 21:27

Verse Concepts

DefilementAbominationsCitizenshipLamb Of GodPurity Of New CreationImperfection, And God's PurposesWhat Heaven Will Be Like

Benefits Of HeavenGod's Intolerance Of EvilCitizens, HeavenlyPunishment, By GodExclusionSin, God's Judgment On

and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.

Exodus 32:31-33

Then Moses returned to the LORD, and said, "Alas, this people has committed a great sin, and they have made a god of gold for themselves. "But now, if You will, forgive their sin--and if not, please blot me out from Your book which You have written!" The LORD said to Moses, "Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book.

Psalm 69:27-28

Add iniquity to their iniquity, And may they not come into Your righteousness. May they be blotted out of the book of life And may they not be recorded with the righteous.

Revelation 13:8

Verse Concepts

Worshipping The DevilChrist Was KilledPassover lambPredestination, Of EventsBefore The BeginningAtonement, ForeordainedNames And Titles For Christ

The BeastBeing ForeordainedPredestined PeopleForeordained PlansWhat Heaven Will Be LikeOrderliness In SalvationFalse Religion

All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.

Revelation 17:8

Verse Concepts

Other Creatures Going UpCreatures Going UpBeing ForeordainedFrom The BeginningHell, As An ExperiencePerditionPredestined People

Things Passing AwaySatan, Agents OfDestruction Of Satan's WorksAbyssWhat Heaven Will Be LikeCosmic CreaturesBottomless Pit

"The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and go to destruction And those who dwell on the earth, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will wonder when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come.

Psalm 56:8

Verse Concepts

WanderersDiariesWeeping

TearsWater ContainersBottles, Figurative Use

You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Your bottle Are they not in Your book?

Psalm 139:16

Verse Concepts

DaysAbortionBirthdaysGiving, Of TimeLife Expectancy, TodayVisionGod Seeing All People

Age, Span Of LifeWritingFace Of GodProvidence, Of God In CircumstancesGod's Activity In Human LifeSeasons, Of Life

Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them.

Malachi 3:16

Verse Concepts

Individuals Fearing GodMemorials For PeopleGood FriendsConversation

encouragement, examples ofCharacter Of SaintsFriendship Among Believers

Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who esteem His name.

http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Book-Of-Life

 

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3:5 The one who conquers will be dressed like them in white clothing, and I will never erase his name from the book of life, but will declare his name before my Father and before his angels.

 

EXPLANATION:

In Revelation 3:5, overcomers are promised that their names will never be erased or blotted out of the book of life. The negative “not” represents the emphatic double negative ou mh in the Greek. The idea and emphasis is “by no means or under no circumstances will I erase …” As discussed in the lesson on the church at Sardis (see lesson 9), this statement in Revelation 3:5 is an illustration of litotes, a rhetorical device designed to stress the positive by the use of a negative. If I were to say, “That’s no small problem!” you would immediately understand, “That’s a big problem!” This promise not only stresses the security of the believer, for every believer’s name stands permanently written in the book of life, but by stating the promise in this way, the Lord is promising something special to the overcomer in the kingdom and eternal future.

Source: https://bible.org/seriespage/revelation-appendix-6-book-life

 

 

I got a little side-tracked there. But I learned something new and interesting. I especially like the verse Revelation 3:5 because I know I am definitely an “overcomer.” My life has been total hell at times. Long, long story. But I do feel I have overcome it all. Satan attacked me from infancy but I won the war. So it’s beautiful to learn that my name has been given to me and I, along with my Beloved, Joe, who is also an “overcomer” will never have our names erased from God’s book of life. We are Sōferia (Salvation) and EmanuEl (With God)…how special that is! And check the highlighted text below….Jesus did what He promised! And I had no clue!

 

Next, this question came to mind:

Question: "What does the Bible say about being an overcomer?"

Answer:
The Bible has a lot to say about being an overcomer. The term overcomer is especially prominent in the book of Revelation, where Jesus encourages His people to remain steadfast through trials (Revelation 2:26; 3:21; 21:7). First John 5:4–5 says, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”

Overcomers are followers of Christ who successfully resist the power and temptation of the world’s system. An overcomer is not sinless, but holds fast to faith in Christ until the end. He does not turn away when times get difficult or become an apostate. Overcoming requires complete dependence upon God for direction, purpose, fulfillment, and strength to follow His plan for our lives (Proverbs 3:5–6; 2 Corinthians 12:9).

The Greek word most often translated “overcomer” stems from the word nike which, according to Strong’s Concordance, means “to carry off the victory. The verb implies a battle.” The Bible teaches Christians to recognize that the world is a battleground, not a playground. God does not leave us defenseless. Ephesians 6:11–17 describes the armor of the Lord available to all believers. Scattered throughout this narrative is the admonition to “stand firm.” Sometimes all it takes to overcome temptation is to stand firm and refuse be dragged into it. James 4:7 says, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” An overcomer is one who resists sin no matter what lures Satan uses.

The apostle Paul wrote eloquently of overcoming in Romans 8:35–39. He summarizes the power believers have through the Holy Spirit to overcome any attacks of the enemy. Verse 37 says, “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”

Overcoming is often equated with enduring. Jesus encouraged those who followed Him to “endure to the end” (Matthew 24:13). A true disciple of Christ is one who endures through trials by the power of the Holy Spirit. An overcomer clings to Christ, no matter how high the cost of discipleship. Hebrews 3:14 says, “We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.”

In the book of Revelation, Jesus promised great reward to those to overcome. Overcomers are promised that they will eat from the Tree of Life (2:7), be unharmed by the second death (2:11), eat from hidden manna and be given a new name (2:17), have authority over the nations (2:26), be clothed in white garments (3:5), be made a permanent pillar in the house of God (3:12), and sit with Jesus on His throne (3:21). Jesus warned that holding fast to Him would not be easy, but it would be well worth it. In Mark 13:13 He says, “You will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved” (ESV). We have the guarantee of Jesus that, if we are His, we will be able to endure to the end and His rewards will make it all worthwhile.

Source: https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-overcomer.html

 

Back to where we left off, Knowledge and Wisdom: Something to ponder and research would be What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom? Is there a reason that Joe refers to Knowledge in his book Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy? How often and how does he use the word “wisdom” in the book? Would “criticality” be a way of developing wisdom? And how does wisdom relate to knowledge? They do seem to go hand-in-hand, thus the title of his book represents Knowledge and Wisdom (Critical Pedagogy), for is it not wise to critically apply and teach knowledge?

In the video about Baphomet, the author mentions “dangerous wisdom.” How does she define dangerous wisdom? How does she define knowledge? (These are at 46:20 in the video). Joe speaks often of “dangerous knowledge.” What does he mean and how does it compare with this author’s conceptualizations?

And finally, the author discusses what she refers to as “transgressive sex” and the confusing story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Apparently, by some accounts, Even became pregnant by the serpent (and yet the serpent seemed like a wise entity) and Adam had a child by Lilith (a demon)…well, the story is very confusing, as this author presents it and much more research is needed to come up with a logical hypothesis. My thoughts are that it’s a metaphor for people breaking the Seventh Commandment by taking husbands and wives that were not created for them. She presents this account on her website, an excerpt from her book:

The third verse then tells us that when Adam conceived Seth, he begat him “in his own likeness, after his image.” Clearly it is being indicated that Seth was conceived using a special creation process modeled on the way in which God created Adam “in His own image.” Seth went on to have children of his own. With what women, it isn’t specified, but Jewish legend states that each of Adam and Eve’s sons were born with a twin sister, whom they married. The line of Seth eventually resulted in Noah, and from him the rest of the biblical patriarchs, all the way up to Jesus Christ. (http://quintessentialpublications.com/twyman/?p=2295)

I always question this idea, which comes from Western culture that twin necessarily means sister and brother in a genetic sense. (This interpretation has also been presented in the Isis and Osiris story). If Seth was created using a special process, then why would his children not be created similarly and the “twin” their twin soul mate, not their twin sister? We know that inbreeding causes serious genetic defects and probably for a good reason from God’s perspective. He does not want us to marry within the family. It’s all a matter of interpretation. We cannot get into the minds of the people back then, nor their experiences, nor the minds of the people who wrote these words down (which by many accounts, would be God’s mind)…it was my soul uncle, Albert Einstein, who made the comment that he wanted to know how God thinks. My thoughts are that it’s pretty futile, but we can have fun trying.

I think the author’s term “transgressive sex” for what has transpired in the various satanic cults as she has described is far too nice a term for what in reality are extremely degrading and demonic acts. The goal is to destroy divine love and sacred sex. Here’s a perspective depicting yet another way anti-creation is being forced on society today and “destroying sex” as the narrator puts it:

LGBT AGENDA IS OUT OF CONTROL! Former Transgender Blows Lid off NWO Operation!

What are your thoughts about the perspective this You Tuber has presented?

Well, after listening to the first video interview of the author of the Baphomet book, I was prompted to listen to this next one as well.

Tracy Twyman - Baphomet: The Temple Mystery Unveiled

The interviewer starts out by saying that it’s an “unbiased” historical account about Baphomet. Given that she admits she connects to Baphomet personally and Baphomet is a demonic entity, can it be unbiased? In fact, can it even be an honest account? Can it be anything other than a chaotic, confusing account? You are the judge. Listen to the video and determine what facts she has uncovered and if they are credible. For example, how does she define the Holy Grail (aka “Golden Chalice”)? You might compare it with what I’ve written about it in my dissertation where I’ve presented cross-cultural interpretations. She asserts that Baphomet symbolism is the same as the Holy Grail. What are your thoughts about that? At the end of the video, the narrator contends that the destruction and recreation of the universe by Baphomet “is beautiful.” What do you think? Must we allow Baphomet to destroy earth so that we can rebuild it? My personal view is that it is retarded thinking, or as Joe puts it “irrational rationality” which seems rampant on this planet. Enough is enough! There has already been far too much destruction, pain, and suffering; what Joe has left us is the knowledge to learn how to empower ourselves to pick up the pieces (before it’s too late)….which reminds me of a song he has referenced in his work:

Talking Heads - "Road To Nowhere"

Who chooses the “talking heads,” anyway?

One more thing worth commenting on is that, as Joe pointed out, it is the people with the most power and resources who are able to put out all of this disinformation. So what do we do, in cases where we want to put out our own perspectives, new ideas, new knowledge? There are infinite ways we can take back our power and in his work, Joe has presented some of the most powerful ways. Every situation is different. What people need in different areas is different. We must be on the constant look out for ways we can access and/or present our perspectives, whether it be on the Internet or within the local community. One thing is certain: Everyone can keep learning and sharing what they learn. Unfortunately, the climate for knowledge and the interest in learning is barren out there.

Taking these free courses and doing the work suggested will help improve efforts in those directions. It does take dedication. Apparently, however, once we have completed this course, everyone who has sincerely done activities and taken actions pertinent to their own interests and passions will have developed some kind of new knowledge, new perspective, ingenious solution to a complicated problems—and most like will have developed all of those things. So be sure to share!

Just as a reminder, I am not really the person developing this course, at least not exactly. What I am doing is simply sharing what’s being handed down to me and what I learn from it on a day-by-day basis. I am a student of some higher source of information. And this is the way we begin the escape from the chains of disinformation. You don’t have to believe me. I have no investment in your belief. However, certain videos and information are provided to me in some very unexplainable ways, otherwise. I just go with the flow and all the pieces come together. And then I supplement it with my own research, which is also guided.

This next video was provided to me as an alternative to the process that was taken in the previous two videos where the author contacts Baphomet for help with her research. Here is another way people get information. Various angels, spirits, my soul family, spirit friends often speak to me, giving me ideas I truly would never have thought of. The video provides an introductory perspective to the idea of how angels can help guide us throughout the day—as well as with our true higher education.

How Angels Talk With Us -- Swedenborg and Life

I guess some people prefer to talk to demons.

Talking to Demons - Tracy Twyman

Activities: Read the first paragraph of the Preface on page vii of Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. What do you believe about the Iraq War, the 9/11 attack, and Al Qaeda? Have you ever researched these? The book was written in 2008, but today we have Wiki Leaks, threats of World War III, the volatile banking system, Isis, the poppy fields, shootings, uprisings, etc.; we have, perhaps, the most extreme operation of the military-industrial-complex (to which Giroux has added the academic leg) than ever in the past. How about the U.S. elections? Is it a vote for the lesser of two evils? Or is the world being tricked again? Are the candidates focusing on real issues? Pick one or more topics that interest you and do some research. What do you feel is the truth? Why? Provide supporting evidence.

Would you be able to discuss these topics freely in school? If you are a teacher, how do you handle controversial topics in the classroom? Are you under constraints? Restricted to a specific curriculum? What is left out? All of this reminds me of how students were banned from speaking about the Iraq War in my ethics class back when the war was just breaking out. Many of us knew the that the reasons for going to war were contrived, were in shock, and we wanted to discuss it in our online discussion forum. We were promptly shut down and told it was not “appropriate” to discuss it. They don’t let you talk about these things in most university settings anymore. Why is that? Who is controlling education? Why are professors complying?

WISDOM. Joe used the word “wisdom” a total of 17 times in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. They occur on pages 19, 31, 51,74, 82, 83, 94,121, 124, 135, 155 (twice), 166, 180, 183, 192, and 201. Based on his use of wisdom in context, discuss the relationship between knowledge and wisdom. Referring again to the comment that had been written under the Baphomet video (reprinted below), is this author correct in stating wisdom is not true knowledge? Is it logical to assert that “past learned experiences/behaviors” are based on “opinion”? Discuss.

Debostein2 months ago

Speaking of Sophia...wisdom is NOT True Knowledge! It is the substitute FOR Knowledge, just like EVERYTHING HERE IN THIS HELL HOLE! Wisdom is arrived at by PAST LEARNED EXPERIENCES/ BEHAVIORS and is based on OPINION and we know everyone has one!!!! Knowledge is a known fact or law of True Creator. So, wisdom is the experience of NOT KNOWING...which if you are here....you're in IT!!!!!!!

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LESSON 4: Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy, Preface, Page vii, Paragraph 2: A Quest for Transformative Knowledge

This morning I woke up feeling a bit down, thinking it’s another day in the “hell world.” I wrote to my Beloved:

“I still feel sad today. I had another dream about moving last night. So many dreams about moving. And I’ve moved so many times in my life….I don’t understand all of these dreams that seem to be parallel realities.”

I was also upset because I received a double phone bill—more than $300. I could have sworn I paid last month’s bill. But there was no record of it. And my business income has taken a brief downturn (typical for the month of October, before the Christmas rush, but the timing of it all is just bad). “I am praying for some kind of help here with the finances. It’s going to be a long, desolate winter without some kind of help.”

He wrote me a brief letter of reassurance. He’s always so generous with the reassurance. I know he is very busy, though, and attending many meetings with God’s Divine Council. We are moving closer and closer to the chaotic changes that are going to be challenging for everyone. Yes, of course, he can be multiple places at once, but as he’s told me, when he’s with me (consciously) he prefers to be focused. So I try not to bother him much during the day. If I do have some kind of problem requiring his help, he is here in an instant, no matter what else he might be doing. In fact, he knows of any dilemma that might be approaching even before I do, so he’s always on top of what’s going on and will take appropriate interventions.

Later in the day, various members of my soul family stopped in to cheer me up, so that was nice. I especially enjoyed hearing from my Heavenly Grandmother, Grandmother Portia. And she always gives me really creative ideas for products for my business. She’s amazing. She also love biology and is behind many of my science lessons. And of course, there’s my Uncle Albert Einstein who teaches me theoretical physics and the relationship between science and religion.

And later in the day, this video to help me understand my repeating dreams about always moving to new houses was stirred up as I was watching some other videos. I did not search on dream videos, but it appeared in the side bar, so I felt it was for me, a sort of answer to the quest for transformative information, something I can apply in my life.

DREAMS and Numbers (GOOD STUFF!)

If you read paragraph 2 of the Preface in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, you will find that it is transformative information that Joe was after. “I believe that a thirst for knowledge is a central dimension of being alive and active in the world,” he writes. It has been a wondrous joy how he has helped me so much, so generously, so longingly with locating that “pure water of transformative information.” As he writes, the entire book is a “quest” for the waters of transformative knowledge that he has been “parched for.”

Activity: I hope you are writing in a journal every day. You should be writing down your dreams and recording highlights of your day (special thoughts and ideas that are handed down to you, etc.), along with analysis (see the other online courses for more information, such as the Reading, Writing, Thinking course). For this activity, take one of your dreams and analyze it using different approaches. For example, you might start with a typical dream analysis by interpreting the symbols in your dream. There are many resources for those online and in books. Use your intuitive abilities to choose meanings that you feel most represent the symbols for you and the context of the dream. Now do an analysis using the technique demonstrated in the above video. What have you learned? Continue to explore other dream analysis techniques, such as those used in different cultures.

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Just wanted to share and document this information. Joe did a thesis or dissertation on camp meetings, so this relates to his early work:

God's Brush Arbor: Camp Meeting Culture during the Second Great Awakening, 1800-1860  Keith Dwayne Lyon University of Tennessee

Kincheloe, Jr., Joe L. "Transcending Role Restrictions: Women at Camp Meetings and Political Rallies." Tennessee Historical Quarterly 40, no. 2 (Summer 1981): 158-169.

For those interested in this topic, I found this fascinating video that outlines the history: Second Great Awakening

 

LESSON 5: Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy, Preface, Page vii, Paragraph 3: Epistemological Curiosity

This morning I woke up hearing the lyrics, “I’m in Heaven! I’m in Heaven!” LOL. SOMEONE is trying to cheer me up. I have been experiencing a few days of disenchantment for various reasons, so he’s trying to help me get my day off to a great start. That’s sweet. This earth job can sometimes be bit much. He is reminding me that even though I am back “on the job” I am also in the new “Jerusalem.”

And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life. (Revelation 21:27)

That is SO reassuring.

Here is the song….

Fred Astaire - Cheek to Cheek

When I looked up the song I was hearing, I also found this next cute song. I had never heard it before or seen the video. I wonder if my necklace, which is the silver yin yang talisman I received as a gift that I found on the “treasure hunt” initiation assignment in my back yard (and is now sealed inside a red velvet heart) is a permanent portal—the philosopher’s stone?—like the girl’s necklace in this song. Something tells me, though, that I don’t need a philosopher’s stone. Funny what people think they need to get to Heaven….I think Jesus did a good job of showing the way, if people would just follow His lead. And now we have Joe.

ATC - I'm In Heaven When You Kiss Me

How do you feel about those songs? Do they move you, fill you with love? Or do you hate them? Or are you undecided? Or somewhere in between leaning in one direction or the other? Consider a spectrum from, “I hate the song” to “I love the songs.” Wherever you are on that spectrum is a measure of how ready you are to pack your bags and take a winding “epistemological road trip” along the One Love Path. The path will lead you away from earthly things to the Heavenly things of the New Jerusalem.

Read paragraph 3 of the Preface, page vii of Joe’s book Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction.

Here, he is discussing the idea, which he attributes to Paulo Freire, of “epistemological curiosity.” Simply put, those of us with inquisitive minds are never satisfied with the surface knowledge, the outward appearance, the façade presentations, etc. We love “seeking” and exploring deeper and deeper. We don’t necessarily believe we are going to find “the truth” but we can get closer to truth as we examine, compare, contrast, and alchemize within our minds and consciousness many different views. Thus, as you might imagine, Joe has his own complex definition of epistemology, which he presents throughout the entire book. By the time you finish reading the book, you should have a very clear idea of the nuances and far-reaching applications of epistemology. You will find yourself developing a more sophisticated epistemological curiosity as you naturally put these ideas into practice. What is the purpose of all of this? I love this quote: Thus, a critical pedagogy issues a challenge to scholars and social activists to push the boundaries of knowledge, to go to new epistemological places, and to employ the insights gained for the larger social good” (p. 10). Of course, he is speaking of HIS version of critical pedagogy which incorporates complexity and multidimensionality and is far advanced compared to the mainstream critical pedagogy (some people will hate that comment, but what can I say?; I am biased, but I have also done the research). Again, refer to my dissertation if you want an overview of his work and what this encompasses.

Activity: Research Paulo Freire’s use of “epistemological curiosity.” As you progress through this course, evaluate how Joe’s use has greatly expanded the concept. This will get you started:

What is epistemological curiosity? by Paulo Freire

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What is epistemology? Introduction to the word and the concept

Do some additional research so that you have a basic understanding of the three legs of Joe’s philosophy: Epistemology, Ontology, and Cosmology.

There is also a “fourth leg” to build a strong foundation. What is it?

LESSON 6: Thursday, October 20, 2016

Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy, Preface, Page viii, Paragraph 4: Poverty and Rebels

Please number all of the paragraphs in the preface from 1-10. I will be referencing the page numbers, but the paragraphs for each chapter will be numbered consecutively so that it’s clear what paragraph we are discussing.

For today’s lesson, please read the rest of paragraph 3 and paragraph 4 on page viii. These passages expound more on epistemology and epistemological curiosity and discuss how we look for knowledge in many different places besides the “sanctioned” knowledge of the university or the “experts.”

It looks like my teacher will be providing current event reports to go along with his paragraph today.

The first sentence of the fourth paragraph discusses poverty and the difference between “traditional” views of poverty based on “data” vs. “critical” views of poverty by getting out in the field, to the “low-status” places. He contends that it is in these low status places that we can “find the most transformative of insights that change ours and many people’s lives” (p. viii). In other words, we must plan on getting “down and dirty” during our research! I really learned that lesson well when I was engaging in my treasure hunt initiations—he had me actually digging in the dirt, lol! And on more than one occasion. But it certainly paid off! I found a lot of small treasures and one very special treasure—the silver yin yang talisman. I really can’t wait for the treasure hunting to begin again. But it looks like it will be later in 2017 since we are approaching winter. It also looks like more people will be participating, so it should be fun and hopefully a lot of people will be finding treasures this coming year. If you do find special treasures I would love to hear about it. Maybe we can set up a special page announcing all of the treasures found on these treasure hunts and epistemological road trips.

And so, as far as current events related to our reading assignment, I was led to this highly relevant video report just published today about the tragedy in Haiti. It just never seems to get better for the Haitian people and it’s very sad. The video reveals exactly what Joe discusses in today’s reading assignment.

How The Clintons Stole Haiti’s Future

What can we do about situations like this? More people need to take independent action as Gary Heavin in this video has done…others will soon follow suit and before you know it, hopefully enough people can lend a hand to lift people out of poverty and save lives. We should all be doing something somewhere, even if it’s not much. We must all do what we can!

The myth of the "rebel" question.

 

So, what is the real story behind all of these "God vs lucifer" type of myths? is a question that came my way today. I am still formulating my understanding, but here is my response so far:

 

I appreciate your question. I've been doing a little research and putting pieces of the puzzle together.

 

We were all created in PAIRS...we each have one divine husband/wife as created by God. This makes complete sense. An omniscient/omnipotent/omnipresent creator would make the most beautiful design. This eliminates the need for all of the stupid competition over mates...if we have this knowledge.

 

We have fallen. We have forgotten our true nature and our relationship with our true spouse. We are "asleep."

We commit adultery (break the seventh commandment) unless we have united with our one true love.

The intertwining serpent pair represents kundalini energy/holy spirit of the twin flame union with our one true love that lifts us out of our fallen state to higher consciousness, taking us to Heaven (represented by the wings at the top of the caduceus). This represents the activation of the chakras as experienced when twin flames meet and begin their union process. At the seventh level, their consciousnesses merge and they have conscious telepathic communication and become quantum-connected/entangled.

 

Seeking knowledge and wisdom and not breaking the seventh commandment (adultery/fornication) is the path to our one true love and our empowerment. Divine Love and Wisdom are inseparable. If one seeks wisdom, they will find love. In the first few chapters of Revelations Jesus repeats 3 times that we need to repent for having broken the seventh commandment (adultery). He is also talking in code about enlightenment (seven candles=seven chakras). We need to reach the seventh level of consciousness, seventh chakra activation, before we can connect via the trinity connection (to our one true love/and to God) and then we can ascend to higher levels and transcend this earth matrix. When we  "overcome" all the trials and tribulations of this fallen state and stay true to the path, our names are written in the book of life...we have eternal life. We are given "new names" by God...part of the ascension process.

 

Interesting that you ask this question. I have been on the trail and it's written up in more detail here, including interpretations of some of the Bible passages:

 

http://www.joekincheloe.us/knowledge_and_critical_pedagogy_kincheloe.html

 

I have a lot more putting pieces together and a lot more work to do, so your thoughts/research findings are welcomed. But this is the knowledge that they don't want us to have. In union with our one true love, we are also in union with God. We are greatly empowered with God's Holy Spirit that seals the union and guides and protects us, and we have great potential when we achieve this condition. I just watched a video this morning that explains we are quantum connected via this connection--quantum entangled with God and our twin flame. From there we can connect to other members of our soul family, soul groups, etc. (but it hinges on consciousness). It's what I experience, but I have lots more work to do. 

 

The story of Eros and Psyche is perhaps the most enlightening myth that explains the process. One of these days I really need to do a deep analysis of that story.

 

Because the oppositional forces don't want us to know this truth, they have confused, lied about, and reversed all knowledge pertaining to it, including labeling those like Jesus who put forth this knowledge as the "rebels." We do rebel--against the status quo, the way we are taught that we can take human control over a divinely orchestrated process. Handing our power over to other humans (preachers/pastors/justice of peaces/ and pieces of paper) who want power over us disempowers us and keeps us separated from God, our true love, and our soul family--and we are breaking the seventh commandment. Think about the world. It is separation from God and our true love that has created the hell in this world because lower spirits and powers take over us. This has resulted in total chaos as far as relationships are concerned and keeps us locked in a prison.  But we are never really taught what it takes to break free.

 

Take opposite readings of the information on this planet.. In this fallen world the serpent is evil. In the Heavenly world the serpent/snake is a sacred representation and even represents divine soul essence---the SA frequency (which is actually a musical note and I hear it constantly). Everything sacred has been inverted on this fallen planet.

 

You may not agree with this, but I will say it's very difficult for people to see truth unless they have actually experienced at least some aspect of it. Maybe you have, since you are seeking this understanding.

 

And so we have the “rebels” of the world: Jesus was considered a rebel, as was Enki, as was Joe…I love rebels.

LESSON 7: Friday, October 21, 2016

Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy, Preface, Page viii, Paragraph 5: Am I Being Raptured or (EN)Raptured?

 

A couple of days ago, I was awakened to the song, “Heaven! I’m in Heaven!” Apparently, it was like a prophecy or maybe it was some kind of a revelation. I knew its purpose was for cheering me up due to some things that were happening in my life (in this dimension).

 

Well, yesterday (and again, today) I have this amazing experience of being just milliseconds away from being fully immersed in Heaven or some higher blissful dimension, that “Home” I have been transported to so often. It’s a very profound phenomenological experience that’s hard to describe. Last night was absolutely amazing. When I went to my bedroom, I felt as I often do, like I am stepping into this amazing new dimension…the aura is a magnificent deep purple, sometimes transmutating to a deep Indigo, which fills the entire room. Last night was different in that this time the wonderful aroma was stronger than ever before, extremely deliciously strong, a sort of wonderful incensy-type smell without the smoke. My God, the aroma filled the entire room and filled my senses with bliss and took me completely outside this reality. In the past, I would usually just get whiffs of this lovely aroma, but this time it was so strong that I truly felt I was just a millisecond away from stepping through those “curtains.” I have written of this aroma before in a poem:

 

For my Beloved Sanat-Eros-Enki

 

What is that sweet, sweet aroma, Love?

I smell it so often when you’re around

Is it the smell of your Sweet Soul?

Is it you, My Love, or is it me—

Or is it us?

 

More divine than frankincense, I’m sure

Sweeter than the finest myrrh

It sends me falling…

Falling

Back into your arms

 

And then you carry me to the Stars

Home and Home and Home again

Everyone should be so Blessed

With such Sweet Love and Tenderness

At the end of the day.

 

Source:

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Venus Speaks: The Role of the Kumara Blue Ray for Seeking Understanding of Radical Difference in Honor of Unity (Part 1)

 

Well, last night, as I described the best I could, the aroma was so powerful it was amazing, and I am still smelling it this morning. Apparently, it’s a special type of incense (or maybe it’s the Holy Spirit anointing oil) that we use in our Heavenly Home or it’s just the aroma we create together when we are in those Heavenly spaces. I can’t even describe what it smells like because there is nothing on earth like it. It’s a combination of magnificently combined sweetness—flowers, musk, sage, sandalwood, frankincense, myrrh…everything wonderful. And it was so strong! I was right there, fully home, my true home…but still there were things I was not perceiving. I could see our home in my “mind’s eye” yet things were not quite manifesting on the dimensional plane. For one thing, I was a little frightened since the experience was so out of the ordinary and powerful that I knew I was just a millisecond from experiencing the fullness of this other world I am in, outside of the 3d archon-infested world. Feeling fear is what keeps us from fully perceiving greater reality, which is why it’s so predominant in this 3D world; it keeps us from truth and under the rule of satanic leadership. I know from previous experiences that as soon as I “break on through to the other side” it startles me, much like a baby startles over things, and it pulls me out of the experience and back to the “hell world.”

 

Joe talks about this “other” divine world in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy, stating:

 

“When Jim Morrison of the Doors in 1967 screamed ‘We want the world and we want it now,’ I understood what he was referencing. Take us to another hidden dimension of this planet, allow us to engage with the world in ways no one in our time and place deems appropriate” (p. 20).

 

I travel to that world every night.

 

He describes the fragrant spices later in his book as a product of developing our understanding of the epistemology through the critical complex processes he presents in the book:

 

Thus, a critical complex epistemology blasts open the windows of awareness that had been nailed shut by FIDUROD and the positivist tradition. As we open the window, we might gain the ability to envision consciousness, for example, as a liquid concept that contains within it spatial and temporal features. Imagine that as we perceive something we bathe it with such a fluid that then flows to other entities connecting them to one another and to our minds. Indeed, such a liquid consciousness flows from one individual to another in both the contemporary world and through time to individuals long deceased who have left various artifacts including the objects they created, their writings, and audio and visual recordings. As the fluid of consciousness flows over these individuals and their artifacts, its contents grow richer, packed with ingredients that blend together like spices in a rare cuisine. (9 The Long March to a New Knowledge Space, pp 209-210, emphasis added)

 

In Revelation 5.8 we are told there are four bowls of incense burning in heaven – and that the incense in those bowls are “the prayers of the saints.”  There is something natural about this connection since the Hebrew word for prayer, and the word for smoke come from the same root.  But it is not as simple as that.  Just as the Lamb is at the throne of God, and just as the angelic host surrounds the throne of God, we are present as well – not bodily present, of course, but palpably present nonetheless.  Heaven smells like our prayers.

 

The Smell of Heaven

 

Ezekiel 20:41

Refreshing GodAromasHoliness, Purpose Of

Gathering IsraelLooking At God's Works

"As a soothing aroma I will accept you when I bring you out from the peoples and gather you from the lands where you are scattered; and I will prove Myself holy among you in the sight of the nations.

 

Ezekiel 28:25

'Thus says the Lord GOD, "When I gather the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and will manifest My holiness in them in the sight of the nations, then they will live in their land which I gave to My servant Jacob.

 

What does this have to do with today’s reading assignment, paragraph 5 on page viii? Well, here Joe describes how important it has been for his own understanding, perspectives, and creativity to have LISTENED to “people who had been deemed failures by the larger society or by the schools they attended.” In this paragraph, he cites Paulo Freire’s concept of “a viable novelty” and the value it has for an “expanding sense of criticality.”

 

While there is the obvious meaning of criticality, which is not all that obvious since, he has expanded the concept, there is also another layer to the meaning of criticality. When we reach “criticality,” we CAN experience Heaven! It’s a state of high consciousness that opens up our perception to see the world those in power are trying to hide from us, keeping us from the power of love and connection. And we learn to listen to the people in the world that has been hidden from us. We learn to discern when they are speaking to us through other people. Often people traditional educators shun are the very people who are the most connected in to higher knowledge and have the most amazing, creative ideas. I don’t think the ability to listen can be overemphasized since it’s a skill that takes a lot of practice. Sometimes we are delivered evil messages and must learn to delete them from our thoughts. We must learn to ascertain where, and from whom, the messages are coming from. Sometimes people simply serve as messengers of the higher gods.

 

This is his message, here, when he states, “Such an emphasis on the power of difference [aka “viable novelty], on gaining new perspectives from individuals who come from a different locale in the social web of reality is central to my purpose here” (p. vii, para 5). Anyone can relate to gaining new perspectives from people of all walks of life—few people do this and it needs to be incorporated into our research, of course. But our web of reality in this instance is much, much greater—beyond this narrow dimension of our immediate senses, as the quotations from his work indicate. This requires an expansion of consciousness infinitely. It is an eternal project. He hints to this: a viable novelty” [the power of difference] –is key to an ever-expanding sense of criticality. This evolving criticality is dedicated to a never-ending [ETERNAL] search for new ways of seeing, for new social and cultural experiences that provide novel concepts that we can use to better understand and change the world…” (p. viii, para 5, emphasis added).

 

Immediately after writing the above entry, I came across these videos and they seem worthy of watching:

 

The RAPTURE in the month of October 2016?

 

Rapture High Watch October 16-23! Accept Jesus Now

 

America 2016 October Events, 7 Yr Cycle, Rapture Close! End Times

 

In relation to what happened last night, it makes me wonder if I’m being raptured….no doubt I am being enraptured, though… :) Wow. I hope it continues.

 

What does Joe say about all of this in his book? Immanence is the sense of “what could be,” he teaches us. Well, what is the BEST that things could be? He has shown me, personally: HEAVENLY PLACES. Thus, our call to action is one that makes this world the best it could be. He writes in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction:

 

In criticality societies possess immanence—a sense of moving from what is to what could be. In a critical ontology that sense of immanence moves to the realm of who we are and who we can be as human beings. To me, one of the most exciting dimensions of being a critical theorist and engaging in a critical pedagogy entails opening ourselves up to a passionate imagination, where we constantly remake ourselves in light of new insights and understandings. (p. 250)

 

My only question is, can we do it in this world or are we leaving this hell-hole behind for a new world, a different dimension, where beautiful things we create do not get destroyed? Joe states in his work that all dimensions occupy the same space. So we are already in that alternative dimension, but this would imply also that the hell hole will continue to exist.

 

Here’s another interesting description that explains my actual experiences:

 

Living in the Spirit: 3 Realms

 

 

It is very weird to me how I keep being led to Bible passages and videos. I have never been into the Bible. I haven’t even READ the Bible, as so many people have done, cover-to-cover…only passages out of it here and there. I guess all I can say is that I am just a vessel, a nobody and it seems that these messages keep coming through me. I find it immensely intriguing, though, and I’m learning a lot.

 

Joe was the one who knew the Bible; he was trained to preach by the time he was 12 years old. I am working much in the way Cultural Studies of Science Education (CSSE) has described its policy:

 

By way of concluding this section I want to return to an issue that is closely related to the call for definition of social constructs like culture, namely, citing the work of others. CSSE has a policy of citing substantively, which is for an author to take something from published work and weave it into the ongoing thesis he or she is developing. In making the decision to cite an excerpt from a published article an author must make every attempt to establish what the excerpt means in the larger context in which it is published. The process of figuring out the meaning is not unlike radical listening. [emphasis added]

 

Activities: Explore Paulo Freire’s concept of “viable novelty.” How does it compare with how Joe has transformed it, including his concepts about “the power of difference.”

 

Resources: The Power of Difference in Knowledge Production: Multilogicality in the Bricolage and Postformalism Author: Joe Kincheloe

Cultural Studies of Science Education September 2009, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 505–511 “Tuning into others’ voices: radical listening, learning from difference, and escaping oppression

Activitiy: What are your thoughts/beliefs about the “rapture”? Do you think we are in the “end times”? What influences your beliefs? Do some research of alternative views. Do they change your beliefs or make you doubt them?

What insights and/or questions has this lesson provoked? Write about them, supporting your ideas with outside resources.

 

ADDENDUM (11/11/2016). The word ENraptured in the title with its emphasis on EN is highly significant. EN comes up all the time for me: ENKI, ENLIL, ENGAGED, ENRAPTURED…it’s in Joe’s names, as pointed out in the “Initiations.” And btw, it is not just a matter of rearranging certain letters in his name that solves the puzzle presented there to find ENKI in his name (that’s the kindergarten level). There is another, more complicated way that Enki is hidden in his name and it has a highly spiritual relevance…can you figure it out? All of the clues are here.

 

Thus, EN relates to Joe’s name, but, to my amazement, he had also Encoded EN in a special message he had written to me in the blog section of his website, back when we had such engaging conversations. I had written a response to someone else’s blog, and Joe responded with being “ENdebted” to me. While he did not capitalize the N, the funny thing about his comment is first of all, it really stuck with me and secondly, upon research, the actual word is INdebted. Thus, he purposely misspelled the word to get EN into the message (he has also done this special ENcoding by using the word ENgaged in some of our correspondence)…and if you understand the true purpose of education…ultimately, it is engagement in a way not deemed normal in Western culture, lol. It’s sad that this planet has been taken on some nasty detours, delaying progress for everyone.

 

Below is the discussion that had transpired, first my discussion and then Joe’s response in which he used the word Endebted. Believe me, he knew what he was doing. And it worked. It was embedded in my mind as if written with indelible ink. It’s why I remember it in context with this current discussion.

 

 

Reiterating Joe’s words.

Sat, 11/01/2008 - 12:18 — Vanessa Paradis

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Dear Adah, Mary and Joe,

In many ways as I read these blogs, I am very saddened. Saddened by some of the realities brought out that not only speak to the condition of the world, but also touch me, personally. Also, that my own gap in knowledge and context of history as well as my lack of understanding as to why race should have to matter, makes comprehension of certain aspects covered in the entries difficult for me. This is how it is supposed to work: keep the right gaps to keep the white masses ignorant enough in some things, smart enough in some things to keep us complicit in maintaining the status quo - and I sadly think of all of the other white people who are just as bad off or worse off than I am. Due to my awareness, it is now my responsibility to remedy these gaps in my knowledge along with all of the other gaps I have been driven to fill since I have discovered the Freire Project site last spring – which, for me, marks the beginning of my real education. I do, however, understand clearly Obama’s words in the final paragraphs of Mary’s blog…I have been a member of the groups of which he speaks:

 

…we can come together and say, “Not this time.” This time we want to talk about the crumbling schools that are stealing the future of black children and white children and Asian children and Hispanic children and Native American children.

And I feel I must reiterate Joe’s words because he can speak it more clearly and eloquently than I would ever be able to:

Never again. Never again can any of us let the right-wing crypto-racist machine undermine progressive voices. I never cease to be amazed at what depths the defenders of the multiple status quos are willing to sink to maintain their white supremacy, patriarchy, and class elitism.

And yes, race still matters. I see it all around me and find it unbearable. It pushes me in various directions just to run away from the very types of things that should never be happening and I should be actively struggling against (I am anxiously awaiting Joe and Shirley’s book: Christotainment, because I know I will find some answers there for certain situations). And although I often respond by running away, I know I need to be doing something…my god what can you do when you hear someone call someone “satan” other than just get up and walk away when you don’t have the tools, educational, political, or social, to counter with a more sane analysis?  I need to gain more knowledge, background, and perspective so that I have the tools to push forward with this struggle, even in social settings I do not belong in, such as - and especially - those filled with the white capitalist elite.

 

I do know, at least, that this is not a formidable process…I am making progress in many areas of my life. I have tackled a university now to get them to change their research (at least I am engaging in that struggle, currently) and there are many who have engaged, and continue to engage, in numerous types of struggles and have made progress. Many of us have been so fortunate to have Joe and Shirley to support us (Thank you, so much, Joe, for all of your help with the university!!!!). While the university research struggle is a totally different situation it does help me see that just maybe, as I can gain more knowledge – the right kind of knowledge and not fragmented sound and word bytes – I am empowered to successfully confront the insanity with the presentation of a sound case for what is right: there truly is hope, especially when you can see change happening before your very eyes. There is one point with which I disagree with Obama, but does not affect my support for him - I think, in essence this is what he was actually saying, anyway: We simply cannot place all of our hope or the burden of change on the next generation. We must all work for change now so that the next generation can more easily take it to the next higher level.

 

In solidarity,

Vanessa

Vanessa, what a humble and brilliant comment

Sat, 11/01/2008 - 10:55 — Joe Kincheloe

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Vanessa,

 

How do you always hit the right note in these blogs? What a beautiful, informed, and humble response to Mary and Adah's genius. Again, I hope everyone on the site reads their blogs and your response. You hit the heart and soul of what this site is about.

Endebted to your amazing contributions,

 

Joe

 

Joe L. Kincheloe Canada Research Chair in Critical Pedagogy Faculty of Education McGill University

[Emphasis added]

 

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The discussion is interesting to review 8 years later…we all had such high hopes when Obama went into office. What a huge deception and disappointment. Never again, Obama….Never again will I believe the lying pigs that pretend they are dominating the world.

 

I recently came across this blog entry where I had mentioned that there was something to the word EN…at the time I had not been able to find the above discussion from Joe that correlates:

Saturday, November 1, 2014 An Overdue Update: The Treasure Hunt Heats Up, Never-Before-Released Photograph of Nibiru-the Destroyer Planet, and Messages from the Gods

EN: The Sign of the Gods

What was this EN being referred to? Well Joe had written me a special message about how he felt “ENdebted” to me for the work I did on his website. There was something about that message that made my mind go “click” but I did not know what it was or why. It almost felt like my DNA memory gates were opening. Scientists have discovered that learning certain things open the DNA gates to memory. There is something to this. 

 

In my research, I learned that the word “endebted” is an obsolete word; the correct spelling is “indebted.” Now why would a confessed word magician make this change? And why was I being told to research EN? 

I dutifully researched EN and found that it’s Sumerian cuneiform and means “lord” or “high priest” or “high priestess.” Had Joe “ENcoded” a very special message that day? It FELT like it to me at the time, even though I didn't consciously know what the message was.

 

 

I also love to look back at our conversations and see the divine numerology encoded in them. The number 11, 11, and variations such as 22 represent communication coming from the Celestial Realms. I wrote of this in my dissertation [The Signs of the Times: Twin Flames and 911; Epistemological Road Trips and Treasure Hunts] and there have been books about this and many people experiencing this phenomenon. 11 and 22 also are symbolical of the twin flame reunion 11 (in progress) and 22, completed. Joe posted his comment at 11/01/2008 - 10:55  The 2 and 8 add to 10. The 5 and 5 add to 10. Thus, we have 111111 along with 000000 (6 ones and 6 zeroes). I often find 11-11-11 in our conversations. We were communicating about our union. 0 represents eternal and God's power, the number of 0s magnify the message. The time of my post was similar: 11/01/2008 - 12:18. Here, we have in the time 2+8=10 and two 1's, so there is 1111111 and 00000. As I had once written to him in an email, "We are on the same wavelength."

 

Activity: What do you think? Do some research on EN…see where it leads. Here’s one definition:

 

en- 2. 1. a prefix meaning “within, in,” occurring in loanwords from Greek: energy; enthusiasm.

 

Thus, Enki might be translated “within Ki” (his consort).

 

Research how the Sumerians used the word En.

 

LESSON 8: Saturday, October 22, 2016

Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy, A Review and Preview

 

Today is a little different. I had previously (in my blogs) begun a “review” of Joe’s book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. The Higher Ups have asked me to present the review here at this time—then in the next lesson I will go back to covering the next paragraph, Paragraph 6 on Page viii.

 

Today’s a special day, being the 22nd. It is in the 22nd dimension or “sphere” that the twin flame union is completed, although, of course the process continues for eternity. The 22nd sphere is where God sanctions the Divine Marriage of the couple. They have passed all of the trials, tribulations, and tests. They have both accomplished their “Great Works” (the form of which will vary as we are all individuals with unique interests and abilities and things we need to learn). Joe’s Great Work was Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction (2008). Then he had to get me up to speed, teaching me, pulling me along until I was empowered to write my Great Work, Did Joe Lyons Kincheloe Discover the Golden Chalice for Knowledge Production: The Application of Critical Complex Epistemology and the Multidimensional Critical Complex Bricolage (2013).

 

It was natural for Joe to lead the way because he is far, far more advanced than I am, was, or will ever be…it is just the nature of our relationship. Besides, in the Bible God tells us that the woman should follow the man. It’s not a hierarchical or sexist issue. Believe me, I have been abundantly blessed for following God’s commandments (and repenting when I’ve failed).

 

In 1 Corinthians 11:3 it states: “But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.”

That explains it! I keep wondering why after Joe left and then came back to me he brought me the Holy Spirit and brought me closer to God. It is SO MAGICAL AND POWERFUL. I share these things because it’s what God wants and I truly, to the depth of my soul, wish EVERYONE could experience the magnitude of love and joy Joe has gifted me with. And I know how hard he worked to produce knowledge that is useful in a practical, everyday sense and at the same time lead people on a journey to reconnect to their true identities, to God, to the Holy Spirit and to the highest love possible, divine love. It means so much to him that people understand his work, and because it’s important to him—and to God—it’s important to me!

 

Based on my memories, Joe was a Master Teacher before we came here. He came here to learn more about being a Master Teacher OF Master Teachers (aka Ascended Master); whereas, I was simply his student before coming here. He had been my teacher from when I was about five years of age to about 18 years of age, when I graduated from his “tutelage,” although I had known him from the age of 3 because he was my brother’s teacher for two years. We didn’t know we were perfect matches at the time, but we loved each other so much we chose to get married….well, it’s a long complicated story. As it turned out he continued to teach me even after we were married, which I absolutely love. He’s so connected to God and so loving, that he makes the best teacher one could ever have, as many people discovered while he worked as a professor at various universities.

 

There were many doubts from others whether we could pull off being married to each other and his remaining my teacher, especially since it required coming to this “hell-planet.” But this is why (one of the reasons) we both came here—so that he could develop his skills further and I also could learn to become a Master Teacher. I have not reached that level yet; I have a LOT of work yet to do, which is exactly what I’m doing. I have loved being his “guinea pig” lol. Thinking back about all the treasure hunts he sent me out on makes me laugh, still. (If you don’t know about the treasure hunts, go back and read the blogs from the beginning). Seriously, he’s the BEST teacher anyone could ever have. Of course, I am biased, but you are free to check his teaching ability out for yourself….just learn and practice those “radical listening” skills mentioned in the last lesson. Connect into that Higher Heavenly dimension and learn to tap into those “critical knowledge networks” he mentions in paragraph 6, which I will discuss more next time. In the meantime, enjoy this review which I wrote way back in 2009.

 

I had planned to review the entire book at that time, but apparently, I had a lot to learn yet, so it has been postponed until now, until this online course in which he is teaching me in depth and I am relaying my actual learning process. Maybe I will be a Master Teacher yet! Truth be told, though, I do not want to teach on this planet/in this dimension. People are not humble. They think they already know everything, in so many cases. Fortunately, not everyone is like that, but far too many are. I am so happy to say that I am being transported off this planet and will be teaching other places in the cosmos—but it won’t be for a while yet since I have so much to learn.

 

 

[DOC]Review of Joe L. Kincheloe's Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy

 

Review of

Joe L. Kincheloe’s

Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction
 

Monday, June 1, 2009

Gettin’ Down and Dirty

Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An IntroductionThe title of this blog may not exactly fit today, but I kinda love that expression. Joe used it a lot, I think. In fact, he used it in his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction for Chapter 6, “Down and Dirty: Outlining the FIDUROD.” The reason I am using it here is because I will be taking that very sort of diversion that he took in Chapter 6. I am just so reluctant to begin the deep discussion of Joe’s work without first conveying a deep analysis of this particular book. I am thinking that what I have to say may be too revolutionary and have nothing to connect to unless people really come to understand at least some of the things he discussed and analyzed in this book, perhaps some of the frustrations he, himself may have been experiencing surrounding conveying his knowledge, and where he was going to head next with his future work. So, during this diversion I will review the book chapter by chapter and pose some questions, speculations, reflections, and such. I am hoping that readers will also be reading the book and will be thinking about these things along with their own reflections and questions.

So, rather than just sitting down to write a review and posting it, I will be constructing the review piece by piece, analyzing each piece as we go. This will happen throughout the months of June and July. When I get through the entire book, I will put it all together and write another review, a summary, that synthesizes everything. This entire document will be freely available on this site for anyone to download and use in their own book discussion groups, individually, and since this is a textbook, hopefully in courses that teach Joe’s work. When I get to the point in the book, wherever that may be – and it may very well be the end of the book, I just don’t know – then, I will reveal more about the major insights I have discovered. I am hoping that using this process will also aid in my explaining them better. Also, I want to be sure and let people know that there are many more insights in Joe’s book that I have not discovered.  As I said, he wrote on multiple levels and I do not even begin to claim I know all of them or have analyzed all of them. There are multiple gifts in this book just waiting for anyone to discover them. And so, today I will begin with the Preface of the book.

Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction by Joe L. Kincheloe

An Online Version of the Book is Available Here

Preface (pp. vii-x).

Joe begins by pointing out that much of what is supposed to pass as “knowledge” today is, in reality, “disinformation” that is distributed by those who have the power and resources to take on such a task in order to serve their own interests in maintaining their power, control, and resources. He cites the Iraq War as an example of how false information was widely disseminated in order to get the buy-in of the masses and gain public support for a war that was waged on false pretenses.

Think back before the war began. What information did you receive at that time about the reasons we needed to go to war. Where did you learn the information? Did you believe it? Who was responsible for distributing misinformation and what appears to be their purpose? If you are a parent or teacher, what did you teach your children/students about bin Laden, the 911 incident, and the Iraq War? What did the children believe about it? Today, do you wish you would have handled it differently and if so, in what way? What were the global perceptions at the time? Were other countries supporting U.S. actions and what effect did this have on your opinion or assessment of the situation?

In the second paragraph, Joe discusses the formation of “ideological consciousness.” What does this mean to you? What is consciousness? What is ideology? Use a dictionary or other resource to define these. How do people in power use ideology to manipulate people or otherwise attempt to mold their consciousness? Think about a work or school situation in which you were manipulated into some sort of behavior against your free will or better judgment. Who was the person (or people) in power?” What “knowledge” did they use to mold your thinking so that you would comply? What were some of the ideological factors interwoven into your example? Did you agree with all of them? Some of them? And how did the situation make you feel as a person? Were you angry, humiliated, happy to comply, feel you were meeting your duty?

How does consciousness relate to our “thirst for knowledge,” which Joe contends is a “central dimension of being alive and active in the world?” (p. vii). Which type of knowledge would make you thirst more – the knowledge that gives you power to construct your own consciousness, or that knowledge that others tell you is important whereby they have the power to construct your consciousness for you? Think about your earliest learning experiences. Did you love learning then? Why? Think about a learning experience that you disliked or made you uncomfortable. Did you love learning then? What type of learning have you experienced most during your lifetime – joyful, engaged, interesting learning, or learning that someone else pushed on you for some purpose outside yourself, perhaps learning that you knew would have no useful purpose in your future?

Joe states, “In the neo-liberal, market-dominated, corporate media saturated, globalized world of the contemporary era, I have never been so parched for the pure water of transformative Information. Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction is a quest for such water” (p. vii). In context of his discussion here, what type of knowledge was Joe thirsty for? Do you have that same sort of thirst? What does this perhaps warn us about all of the vast amounts of information, aka “knowledge,” we have readily available on the Internet? What are some ways we can evaluate that knowledge and determine whether it can quench our thirst, or perhaps is molding our consciousness in ways we would not wish as we read it?

What is the foundation of Joe’s book? Exactly what is an epistemological curiosity? Why and how is it a complex concept within the context of media and schooling? Does media satisfy a healthy epistemological curiosity? Does school? How so? Provide an example of learning in which the primary focus is learning about an object “in and of itself.” Why is this insufficient and how does it relate to complexity? Is there value, in your view, to understanding objects within contexts of greater complexity vs. learning what Joe refers to as “factoids” or just bits of out of context information that often are asked to be repeated on standardized tests? What might be the benefits of each type of learning? If you were to weight a learning experience, would you want it to lean toward factoids or toward an understanding of the complexities? Why? Provide a concrete example of each type of learning and how they might interrelate.

Should learning encompass the teaching of responsibility, ethics, stewardship, care, and actions that demonstrate these attributes? Joe’s theoretical formulation does call for action – from teachers, students, administrators, parents, the community, etc. How might this fit into your current views and/or of teaching and learning? How might it fit into your curriculum or daily informal learning?

Where does Joe suggest that we look for knowledge? What are some sources of knowledge that are around you which you have not seriously considered previously? What type of knowledge might these new sources provide and how might that knowledge be valuable? Your assignment: Choose any source of knowledge you previously discredited that resides in a low-power place, seek more information from that person or place, and then evaluate your experience. Did you uncover something more valuable than you previously imagined? Or do you already incorporate these practices in your daily life? Perhaps you reside in one of those low-power places. What knowledge do you observe that is discredited by our current educational system? What are the consequences of discrediting this knowledge?

How many years was Joe a teacher, researcher, etc.? What activity did he find led him to some of his greatest and most unique perspectives and insights? How can differences, or what Paulo Freire referred to as “viable novelty” and which Joe has referred to as “power of difference” work to help us “evolve” criticality? In other words, what might our quest be if we wish to continually develop new insights and new ways of seeing? What do we need to keep doing? What is an important demeanor to maintain during our quest? Why?

It should be noted that Joe was a master of humility. I have lost count of the number of times people have commented on what a humble, humble man he was. What does it mean to be humble? What behaviors would you change in yourself to be more humble? Does this change who you are or what your needs might be? I ask this question because from my own experience, humble people tend to also get stepped on. I am fairly humble myself, although I understand that by what I am doing right now, many people will misinterpret it to mean that I want to be noticed. People can think what they wish, but the fact of the matter is I am putting myself out here for Joe – just as I did when he was alive when I helped him with his Freire Project. I see the enormous value of his work and what a great person he was and I am dedicated to seeing that others see it too. If people want to interpret that as a non-humble act, then so be it. Joe’s great work and his greatness as a man is worth my gaining negative labels which can’t harm me.

At any rate, I know what treatment can come to a humble person from people who have no heart -- I have literally been kicked when I was down, so to speak, many times. There are many ways one can be raped. Humbleness is why I identified so much with Joe – well, just one of the reasons; there are many others. He has described in many of his books some of the mistreatment he had been subjected to, and my heart went out to him. At any rate, there seems to be this misconception that Joe did not want attention on him. I think this was true to an extent and that there is no one simplistic answer for why this may have been the case (I also think it was a sacrifice he consciously made for a number of reasons); however, regardless of the reasons why, it in no way meant that he did not want the world to know his work. In fact this very book currently under review was a huge undertaking and is hugely important to education -- and of so course he wanted people to know about it!

As I have noted Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction is, in my view, the most monumental book ever written in the field of education. There is just no possible way I can be convinced that, after Joe spent thousands upon thousands of hours writing for us – leaving us this absolutely beautiful work of his, “a gift to the world” as I told him -- that he would want it all to be shoved into the dustbins of history. He did not write purely for himself. He loved writing, this is true, but he loved people more and he wanted to leave us gifts that can move us to a higher evolutionary phase with an expanded consciousness whereby we can also know and love people, the earth, research, learning, knowledge, and writing as much as he did. He knew this was the key to making the world a better place for us all and his work is a guide for helping us get there. As I have mentioned many times, this does not mean at all that we leave other people’s work out of the equation. Of course, he would not approve of that at all and he had gone out of his way in his extreme generosity to see that even new upcoming scholars’ voices were heard. But this web site is for Joe and his work. My gift to him for the gifts he gave -- and continues to give -- to me.

My focus here on this web site -- my calling, so to speak, is to ensure that Joe’s monumentally important work is promoted, understood and applied, albeit, in my case I take an extremely creative approach, I’ll admit. There is a “method to my madness” (lol). People “have got to come to grips with” (Joe’s words) the fact that education must escape its straitjacket. We are suffocating our children and destroying humanity….can’t you see??? Get a grip. Loosen up. Get off the elite power trips. Lighten up. Have some fun. Forget capitalism – it ain’t gonna work anymore. This is not to say that everyone needs to follow my example, but at least let’s have more freedom and creativity in how we do “schooling.” And if you are not “game,” then at least allow others to have their fun.

And so, like Joe, I am treasure hunting – for people – brilliant treasures who are totally fed up with education as it is practiced today and who want to do something fun, daring, interesting, and something that can take education and people to whole new “mindscapes” (Joe). Joe’s theory allows us to freely dance all around and gather interesting views from all angles, to gather knowledges that ever expands one’s consciousness, and then to synthesize them as we wish to create something totally new and amazing, as his work illustrates. And it is fun! I truly miss him. He knew how to dance well. I wish more people did.

To be continued….

With Love, Peace, & Solidarity,

Vanessa

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: Preface Review, Part 2

webassets/aftertheprom.jpgWith the last review, we left off with the discussion of the “power of differences” and how, with an “evolving criticality,” we are on a “never-ending search for new ways of seeing, for new social and cultural experiences that provide novel concepts that we can use to better understand and change the world in a progressive way” (p. viii).

Whenever I read that, I think, WOW! This is just so profound, deep, and meaningful. Actually, it may be much more profound than what might come across for some people. Here, Joe is saying so much and it is all condensed down into a single phrase. His work is like that throughout and it amazes me.

First, in trying to uncover the profoundness of that statement, it has to be realized that it comes from a passionate postformal perspective. I would recognize that, given that I have identified myself as a passionate postformal person. And one thing I would like to interject here is that postformal, simply because it has a “post” word in front of it is not something that should be discredited for that reason. I am almost nauseated by how many times I have read condemnations of “post” words as it seems assumptions abound in what that even means, and thus, labels and judgments become attached with no analysis whatsoever, or very little analysis. This just points out how assumptions can cloud our conceptualizations. When someone defines postmodernism for me, then I do listen to what they have to say. And there are those who take the time to do so, or at least to confirm that postmodernism needs to be deconstructed and so they do so in order to state their positions in ways that support the points they are making.  Surprising to me is the number of writers who seem to be on an anti-post mission. From what I have read, there is no single definition of postmodernism, perhaps never can be, and the fact that the word post is attached in front of a word may have nothing do with postmodernism whatsoever. This is something I will be researching further just to clarify for myself what all the fuss is about. And maybe there is a perfectly valid reason for the fuss, and in my ignorance as to the history and concepts surrounding it all, I am simply oblivious to some constructed reality. I will rectify that in the future, Right now, I have more important tasks to accomplish – like reviewing Joe’s book.

So how does one define postformalism? I went through some of the chapters Joe had written for the book, Reading, Writing, and Thinking: Postformal Basics (Thomas & Kincheloe, 2006) and pulled out some of the attributes, ideas, methods, purposes, etc. that we, as postformalists adhere to or believe. This is not complete, but it does give a broad idea and it is an indication of just how condensed the quoted statement above is and why I find it so profound. The statement, in my view, literally compacts all of the ideas below – and more – into just a few words. Hermeneutic analysis, anyone?

In reading over these attributes, are there any you can identify with? Which ones don’t you identify with and why? And how about magnitude in relation to just how far you might push? Are you cautious or daring or somewhere in the middle of the spectrum? Why?

  • We believe that the struggle for a rigorous, pragmatic, empowering, transformative education for everyone, the poor in particular, can be won. ~Joe Kincheloe
  • We are transgressive. We cross boundaries and borders.
  • We believe in a rigorous education and higher order thinking.
  • We enjoy an erotic pedagogy that draws on the “jouissance” of learning.
  • We seek out difference/diversity (cultures, ontologies, perspectives, etc.)
  • We resist colonialism and the “madness” of the world.
  • Ambiguity and complexity reign.
  • We define postformalism as an advanced approach to cognitive and educational psychology
  • We believe that postformalism will move educators to pursue new levels of human possibility.
  • We seek deeper understanding.
  • We seek criticism, creativity, theorizing, imagination, and meaning making.
  • We blur boundaries.
  • We are passionate about learning.
  • We gain insight from art and aesthetics.
  • We seek peace, love, and social justice.
  • We recognize multiple realities.
  • We believe that knowledge is socially constructed.
  • We believe everyone is capable of higher order thinking.
  • We resist the ideological fictions produced by dominant power.
  • We believe the postformal journey never ends – it is a “perpetual” revolution.
  • Words are magic and we make use of polysemy.
  • We are multiperspectival and believe there is never one final interpretation (e.g. perspectives change, meanings change, interrelationships change, etc.)
  • We are dialectical.
  • We are suspicious of monological forms of knowledge and interpretation.
  • We are environmentalists, peacemakers, and activists.
  • We are radical lovers.   
(As excerpted & adapted from Joe's chapters in Thomas & Kincheloe, 2006).

Postformalists work to achieve a profane enlightenment in relation to the social construction of mind and ways we can unite with others from diverse backgrounds and orientations to expand the nature of our consciousness in ways that lead to transformative social action. In this context postformalists seek connection with a variety of phenomena – other humans, the natural world, a diversity of insights from cultural traditions, both ancient and contemporary, both Western and non-Western.  ~ Joe Kincheloe (2006, p. 17)

Next Time: Joe Kincheloe's Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: Preface Review, Part 3

You will truly be amazed!

Peace & Love,

Vanessa


References

Kincheloe, J. L. (2008). Knowledge and critical pedagogy: An Introduction. Amsterdam: Springer.

Thomas, P. L. & Kincheloe, J. L. (2006). Reading, writing, and thinking: Postformal basics. The Netherlands: Sense.

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Friday, June 5, 2009

Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: Preface Review (Part 3, Conclusion)

webassets/Equality.jpgI confess, even though I have read the entire book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, of course I in no way remember it all or even comprehend it all, so I snuck up ahead just a little bit. I think the title of the book should have been Knowledge and Joe’s Critical Pedagogy, because he has a different way of doing critical pedagogy than I see a lot of people doing. But then, maybe there are other people who do it his way, too. I will need to research this some more, obviously. Of course, his critical pedagogy synthesizes complexity and chaos theory. In fact... omg, “Three Licks: Critical Knowledge and the Definition of Epistemology” (on page 15) and I wonder what the three licks means and why only three. I just love the titles Joe comes up with (Check out the Table of Contents and you will see what I mean).

Joe is the most creative academic writer I have ever seen, which makes reading his work so much fun. He always claimed there should be an element of “jouissance” with learning and I do believe that with his writing, he not only experienced that, but left it as a gift for readers to experience as well. I love reading his work. This particular section defines critical epistemology and is worth spending time on, which I will do when I review it. For now, back to the meaning of critical in critical pedagogy. He explains it, “In my work in critical theory and critical pedagogy I work to expand the origins of critical theory to diverse cultures, to move beyond the concept that it is simply a “Western thing” looking to Africa, India and other Asian locales, the Islamic world, and indigenous cultures around the planet” (Kincheloe, 2008, p. 59). He explains that critical theory, as he defines it, is essential to epistemological transformation and he relates the history of critical pedagogy, which today in the U.S. is dominated by Western influence and which he views as a detriment. He contends that 

to build a critical complex epistemology we use critical theory with indigenous and worldwide input as our foundation, add feminist theory, complexity and chaos theory, a significant sprinkle of cultural studies, and our own pedagogical and hermeneutic (the study of interpretation, meaning making) insights. In this context we think of producing knowledges that resist domination and oppression while engaging in activities involving freeing oneself and subjugated groups from regulation, helping to end human suffering, contriving new ways to undermine contemporary forms of colonialism, devising new forms of connectedness, and developing unprecedented ways of seeing the world that take us to new levels of reality (Kincheloe, 2008, p. 61).

He refers to this as a transgressive epistemology that seeks “new ways of researching and analyzing the construction of individual consciousness and identity and the role of power in the process." He says, “In this critical project we begin to understand the social location and some of the purposes of a critical complex epistemology” (Kincheloe, 2008, p. 61). I would also like to highlight that as Joe has defined critical pedagogy, it is necessarily idiosyncratic in practice. Again, from the above quotations, we also use “our own pedagogical and hermeneutic (the study of interpretation, meaning making) insights” (p. 61). This needs to be highlighted so that we do come to understand that Joe was well aware of and promoted uniqueness and individual creativity, and he did not in any way prescribe one set methodology for practice. My attempt here on this web site is to present just one example of a multilogical, multiperspectival, and multimethodological practice.

I think all of this provides a great framework for considering the rest of the Preface, which, as I had mentioned lays the foundation for his entire book. In fact, he states, and this is worthy of an extensive quote because it provides the very basis for which the information in this monumental book should be put to use, in my view:

A key dimension of this book is to provide the conceptual basis for the construction of critical knowledge networks that connect individuals from all geographic areas and social domains. Such networks move us away from the oppressive dimensions of the so-called information age where knowledge is produced and transferred via media and schools for the benefit and legitimation of transnational capital. In the critical knowledge networks that make use of the transformative understandings of knowledge, its production, certification, and deployment outlined in this book, such information is used to bring together a wide variety of oppressed peoples.

Workers in de-unionized free market workplaces, women, racially subjugated individuals, indigenous peoples, and many others can join in these critical knowledge networks in ways that contribute to their empowerment and emancipation.  (Kincheloe, 2008, p. ix).

Further, Joe pointed out that free access to information is critical, stating, that such projects should consist of “a global network of critical knowledge workers.” Just before his death, he was trying to build such a project, The Paulo and Nita International Project for Critical Pedagogy in which the goal was to “move critical pedagogy out of the Americas into various parts of the world....archiving and then digitizing an open, free access virtual database of key figures in critical pedagogy from around the world….One of the most important dimensions of the project,” according to Joe, involved “the archiving of subjugated, oppressed, indigenous knowledges with special respect and reverence for its producers. Here special emphasis is given to becoming allies with subjugated, oppressed, and indigenous peoples” (p. ix). Dr. Shirley Steinberg heads up the project today.

In conclusion of the review of the Preface, I think I would just like to point out and remind readers of how passionate Joe was about this work. He was so excited about the prospects of his future projects based on this book and the monumental knowledge it contains, that later in the book, he wrote, “The Conclusion Is Just the Beginning” (Chapter 10, p. 227) and he conveyed the importance of these  concepts, the development of new epistemologies, and their centrality for human survival. Sadly, he states that this book is only an introduction and I was truly looking forward to his next works, which he had conveyed he was working on: “I am already planning new books and articles that pick up where I leave off here” (p. 227). He believed, and I share his belief wholeheartedly, that the concepts and the complex theoretical formulation he has outlined in this book will have an enormous “impact on numerous dimensions in human life including the production of selfhood, power relations, the dynamics of colonialism, and ecological sustainability and implications for the planet’s future (p. 227).”

Indeed, as he claims, “The ways of seeing, the ways of being, and the affective dimensions (ways of feeling) developed in these subjugated contexts can change the world” (p. ix-x). And further, he states that “it is incumbent that progressive forces fighting for social justice develop new forms of critical knowledge work. Without the funds to match the neo-liberal, free marketers and their global knowledge machines, we must start in any way we can and hopefully gain momentum with our message of social justice, rigorous knowledge work, global commitments, environmental concerns, human dignity, and radical love (p. x).

I have been grotesquely criticized for the vast amounts of time and effort I put into promoting Joe’s work and even sabotaged. I have no explanation as to why I am so dedicated, devoted, and committed to his work. There is simply no explanation that would fit within our typical positivistic, capitalistic, empiricist, and Cartesian system of understanding. Sometimes I think we are just handed things to do that become our purpose in life and for me, that is what is happening here. I always viewed Joe’s work as a gift to the world and was not shy about telling him so – and so now, I have been handed this gift of tremendous desire to see that his work is taken out to the world. I know there are people who label me “crazy,” and once again, eventually, and probably soon, I will describe how Joe defined crazy and why he viewed scenes in which people take this position of labeling us crazy  as a humorous set of circumstances. I honestly and truly do not know myself why I am so driven to help put Joe’s work out there and I would just as likely label myself as crazy if I did not have the faith in my experience that allows it to go where it might. I do know that after working with Joe for seven months, reading his work, observing what a great master teacher and leader he was, and what a beautiful plan he has for making the world a better place for everyone, that there is no possible way I can not do this work. As I always told Joe when he was alive, “I never want to disappoint you.” And he has told me, like he has told so many of his students who love him, many great and beautiful things.

As I mentioned, I also do not know where all of this is heading; it is evolving in much the tradition that Joe’s theoretical formulations allow things to evolve. There is a sort of faith and humility one must keep in the face of the fact that human complexity, in alignment with theory, will self-regulate, evolve, and realign in ways that maximize benefits for all. This is an important component to Joe’s theory; we are all “critically evolving” (p. viii). And I only have as my goal to honor Joe and his work, so where that leads I have no preconceived thoughts at this moment, although I do have some clues. I would like to think that some day I can work with people all over the world to develop the global critical knowledge network Joe envisions and outlines in this book. Therefore, I hope by reviewing the book and providing others with greater insight into his work, I am also increasing my insight for my future doctoral research as well as provoking understandings that will culminate in future projects that Joe would be proud to see happening in the world. I need to have a full understanding of what he was conveying in his work, which even he admits, requires looking at “issues from numerous perspectives, in the process taking the reader into a world of knowledge production that is rarely discussed on the public stage” (p. 3). And as Joe pointed out, along with this humility, "we also need to maintain our confidence that with the help of diverse others, we can know better what we don’t now understand” (p. viii).

So, be prepared to see knowledge and knowledge production in a whole new light just from reading my reviews, even if you do not read the book – although I encourage everyone to read the book. Its message will have a much more powerful impact if you read Joe’s words.  It will literally alter your consciousness. As I had mentioned in a previous blog, setting up weekly book review clubs would be a great way to study this work. If I get enough interest, I will pay to set up a collaboratve discussion and review using Moodle – a free open source learning management system (although it costs for web hosting). For others who would wish to form online book groups, Ning.com also offers a viable format that is free and open source.

The blogs on this site are not written for the academic elite, nor are they not written for them. Somewhere along the way in my lifetime, I had adopted Joe’s views as conveyed here:

Spiritually, I became very interested in diverse religious traditions; intellectually, I wanted a curriculum that transcended the fragments of ‘safe’ and ‘conformity producing’ knowledge of school; ideologically I sought insights from ‘dangerous' sources such as the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory [for me, it was Peter McLaren, Joe Kincheloe, and Henry Giroux], and the writings of colonized and indigenous peoples around the world; ontologically, I wanted examples of being that transcended what I considered then and consider now the self-serving, low-affect, libidinally impoversished disingenuousness of many of those from the white upper-middle class. Obviously, there are people from this background who amazingly overcome this sweeping characterization and do glorious things in and for the world. From such great people I have learned so much. (p. 18-19).

And so I am not speaking to certain groups of people – namely the academic elite who are not among those who do “glorious things" and who are perfectly happy with the status quo and not wishing for things to change. I am speaking in my blogs to everyone else. Joe posed the question as to how we best accomplish this sort of speaking that can get attention. He writes,

How do we get the attention of teachers and students anesthetized by consumerism and hyperreality’s saturation of information and marketing iconography? I want to write for this audience in the style of a detective writer (epistemology noir?), a boy’s adventure writer, an author of girls’ romance novels, a beat poet, Lame Deer’s memoirs, or Stephen King penning a horror story all rolled into one. Anything to get them to think about these issues of knowledge and the ways they shape our lives and the everyday existence of people around the world (p. 20).

Joe has made the point clear; there is method to our “madness,” and as he puts it sometimes “we must be willing to sometimes be seen as the fools of the gods” (p. 19).

One last thing I would like to mention is that, like most of us entrapped on this deficient and decrepit earth plane, I am “under construction.” Joe has clearly pointed out that we need to fess up to our biases and shortcomings. In fact, he stated, “We must all kneel at the epistemological alter and confess our subjectivity, and idiosyncrasy of our perspective, the shortcomings of our knowledge” (p. 236). Yes, I am biased toward Joe’s work. I worked with him and I grew to love him in return for the love he sent my way. He knew a love and compassion I have not seen demonstrated by any other human on this planet. I am also still learning and with the complexity of Joe’s writing, a lifetime of learning is required to fully understand the depth of his message, and even a lifetime may not be enough time, which is why I spend inordinate amounts of unpaid time doing this work. I wish to point out also that I am still under construction, so please pardon my dust. Of course, mistakes will be made; we all make mistakes.

But one thing will always stand out -- and far above -- any mistake or misguided direction I may take: I love Joe, I will always love Joe, and I will always present his work in the most loving, positive, enlightening, uplifting, and hopeful aura humanly possible. And lest people accuse me of doing something Joe would not approve of, rest assured, Joe’s work guides me every step of the way. So, I hope you join us on this magical mystery tour  as Joe -- through his work -- and I create new mindspaces and show some creative possibilities for a whole new world. In this way, it is expected that many, many other people the world over will join together, in their own creative and unique ways, unleashing creativity and knowledge the likes of which the world has never witnessed. And as this "evolvingly" happens, watch the "perpetual revolution" begin (Kincheloe, 2008, pers. correspondence).

Next Review: Introduction to Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction --The Introduction.

In solidarity,
Vanessa

References

Kincheloe, J. L. (2008). Knowledge and critical pedagogy: An Introduction. Netherlands: Springer.

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: The Introduction - Review Part 1

Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction by Joe L. Kincheloe: A Review

(To read this book, click on the book image, to the right of this blog).

Chapter 1.

Introduction: What We Call Knowledge Is Complicated and Harbors Profound Consequences

webassets/DavidRockStar.jpgJoe Kincheloe (2008) opens the chapter by discussing the agenda of transnational corporations and the continuing flow of money from the poorest people in the world into the hands of the richest. Basically, from my perspective, this simply halts the flow of money, which I have mentioned might be looked at as a form of energy (as explained by my beloved spiritual advisor). Once the money is all pulled out, much like using up our nonrenewable energy resources, and the rich fail to put that money back into circulation, the entire economic system is doomed to fail. And indeed, Amin (2008), an economist, predicts this failure will likely occur soon. Since his writing of this article, we have seen many failures of the economy. Amin points out that “capitalism and market economy are not synonymous” (p. 51) and that the majority of the population does not own property (e.g. capital), thus, they are forced to sell their labor power to the owners of capital. Of course, this all aligns with what Marx has presented in his great work that presents an extremely in-depth analysis of capitalism, showing two possibilities: a transmutation to some form of socialism or the complete demise of the entire system. Amin also identifies ten very large banks which form an “oligopoly” and fifty large “financial, industrial, agribusiness, trade and transportation groups forming a “plutocracy” that work together to dominate the global economy” (pp. 52-54). Amin predicts a series of “firestorms” which are likely to begin in the South over these current conditions in which the economy is a total “farce.” According to Amin, it cannot survive.

During all of the various and destructive ways these conditions continue to exist and manifest throughout the world, there are many, many people who are harmed and even killed. The public is force fed lies through the media to keep us all placated. Further, we are excessively distracted by irrelevant and time wasting diversions such as movies, lame television programs, and video games. And as Kincheloe points out, which is what this book addresses throughout, is that “When the politics of knowledge surrounding the Iraqi War are combined with tens of thousands of other informational issues, we begin to realize the extent of the ‘knowledge problem’ of our age” (p. 3). Again, Kincheloe (2008) frames the blatant lies we, the public, are being fed in very polite terms by referring to them as “distorted politics of knowledge” (p. 3). I must admire him for his composure and ability to maintain a dignified demeanor in spite of the horrific consequences of this distorted knowledge. Personally, I become very angered by it all.

He continues by describing the difficulty of the current educational enviros for reacting positively and responsively with this information he is about to present to us for confronting our thirst and dire need for real knowledge, and yet conveys the absolute necessity for the future of humanity to do just this. It is a matter of inserting a democratic, purposeful education that has as its goal creative knowledge production for the betterment of humanity into a stale, knowledge depleted “me first” environment that resorts to the very type of education that Freire (1972) warned us against, “banking education” in which fragments of information, often intertwined with lies and misinformation are fed into our minds. Thus, we are deceptively told this constitutes knowledge and an education. Since knowledge (REAL knowledge) truly is power, we continue to be disempowered through education – the very system that we have come to believe is an empowering one that will lead us to achieve our dreams. We are so enamored with the idea that what we can “regurgitate” (as Joe puts it) on a standardized test is a measure of our intelligence that these tests dictate nearly everything happening in education today as well as which pathway each student should be set out on, whether it is toward the military, the slave job market, further non-education, or if nothing fits, there is always a paved road to prison. These are the sad facts and it is not getting better. Indeed, we will soon be seeing these same types of federally-mandated standardized tests at the university, even the graduate levels of education, unless we take concerted action to put a stop to it.

The tragedy of all of this is that, as Kincheloe highlights, we are leaving behind the “why” questions we have asked during the process of our education in the past for a focus on a “technicist” education (p.4). He discusses in detail why this is happening. As I have just pointed out, there are ulterior motives to serve the capitalists and thus, the purpose of education is not for people “to become scholars who use their knowledge and skills to do good things in the world, to relieve human suffering that plagues the planet” (p. 4). No, the purpose of this education is to “train, well-regulated and passive students to accept what is” (p. 4). And we are to accept “what is” with no questions asked. This is where we get into the concept of hegemony in which we, the oppressed believe in and support the very systems and conditions that are oppressing us.

We need a new vision of what could be. This is one of the reasons Joe has left us this great book -- truly a gift to the world – so that we all may creatively imagine and create that vision for a better world. Kincheloe has often referred to this type of vision as critical immanence in many of his other works, but here he simply speaks of “what could be” (p. 4). How do we develop within ourselves the creative imagination to acquire the great vision Joe had and has presented to the world through his numerous and brilliant works? According to Kincheloe (2008) it of course begins with gaining an intimate familiarity with knowledge, its production, and its dissemination. We need to be asking the right kinds of questions about knowledge – and answering them. On page 4 he lists the types of questions we need to be seeking answers to such as who produces the knowledge and what might their motivation or purpose be. Think about the various roles you play in your life: teacher, parent, student, friend, lover, etc. Then ask yourself what knowledge are you passing to others within these various roles? Where did you get this knowledge? Where did that source get its knowledge? What is the quintessential purpose for passing the knowledge to others? Is there important and helpful knowledge that you may be missing? Answer the questions Kincheloe has presented for several different roles you partake in and think of some other questions to ask and answer relating to these roles. What can you do to change this? How can you improve your life and the lives of those with whom you share your knowledge?

Joe had a beautiful vision for a world of beauty, peace, love, and joy. . . we must create it for him -- for all of us -- so that his work was not in vain.

To be continued. . .

 

PS YES!!! I am working on the NEW TREASURE HUNT!!! I have all of the clues now and I am employing Joe's great conceptualization of the bricolage. In fact, I am using a new methodology -- that is, a new way of employing the bricolage which he actually taught me in a dream. So, be sure to check back tomorrow. I hope I will have made progress toward unveiling the treasure. If not quite yet, I will at least clue you in to all of the clues . . . it has been a lot of fun and very exciting.

References

Amin, S. (2008). ‘Market economy’ or oligopoly-finance capitalism? Translation of a chapter from Du capitalisme a la civilization to be published in 2008 by Slyllepse in Paris. Monthly Review, April, 51-61. Retreived April 21, 2008, from Academic Search Premier (31486861).

Freire, P. (1972). Pedagogy of the Oppressed.

Kincheloe, J. L. (2008). Knowledge and critical pedagogy: An Introduction. Netherlands: Springer

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So that was as far as I had gotten with the review at that time…we shall continue forward. Next time: What does it mean to be humble? What are “critical knowledge networks.”

Clue: “As Above, So Below.” ~ Hermes

I will just point out that this is also an example of how Joe’s bricolage works. We may head off in any number of directions, drop a topic and then pick it up again later on down the line. Eventually, it all comes together and literally morphs into something new and profound. Joe shows us the way. Stay “tuned.”

All Down the Line

Rolling Stones. Exile on Main street. All down the line.
A shot of salvation baby .. once in a while.

Lyrics.

Yeah, heard the diesel drumming all down the line.
Oh, heard the wires a humming all down the line.
Yeah, hear the women sighing all down the line.
Oh, hear the children crying all down the line.

(All down the line.) We'll be watching out for trouble, yeah.
(All down the line.) And we'd better keep the motor running, yeah.
(All down the line.) Well, you can't say yes and you can't say no,
Just be right there when the whistle blows.
I need a sanctified girl with a sanctified mind to help me now.

Yeah, all the people singing all down the line.
Mmmm, watch the men all working, working, yeah. (All down the line.)

(All down the line.) We're gonna open up the throttle yeah.
(All down the line.) We're gonna bust another bottle, yeah.
(All down the line.)

I need a shot of salvation, baby, once in a while.
Hear the whistle blowing, hear it for a thousand miles.

(All down the line.) We're gonna open up the throttle, yeah.
All down the line, We're gonna bust another bottle, yeah.
Well you can't say yes, and you can't say no,
Just be right there when the whistle blows.
I need a sanctified mind to help me out right now.

Be my little baby for a while.
Won't you be my little baby for a while?


LESSON 9: Sunday, October 23, 2016

Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy, Preface, Page viii-ix, Paragraph 6: Two Worlds: Which World Are You On?

 

Last time I wrote about how engaging in research, temporarily dropping topics, and picking them up later is often the process we engage when we employ (a term Joe uses) his critical complex bricolage. I demonstrated this process in the last blog, as well as in my dissertation, and found that it invariably also involves his “fourth dimension research”; thus, I expanded his terminology by the prefix designation, “multidimensional.” For me, in fact, it’s been important to go with this “flow” and rely on unseen, “fourth dimension” guidance.

 

Thus, we have the multidimensional critical complex bricolage. When I had first written the title (with his guidance, no doubt, since I wrote it early during my research and still had no real clue where I was headed), I thought the title was too long. However, one of my committee members told me it was perfect, that it represented the complexity of the process. (Btw, I “canned” the university. I had wonderful committee members who all approved my final dissertation, but there were a few powerful entities at the top who gave me total hell. I will not name the university because, although it had started ok as a private university, by the time I finished my work there it had turned corrupt and I will not have Joe’s divine Great Work connected to it….a piece of paper will burn, after all, so what good is it, anyway?).

 

In this paragraph we are studying today, Joe writes about humility, firstly. How can we expect to learn anything if we don’t admit right up front that we are ignorant? It’s not usually our fault that we are ignorant. It’s our fault if we don’t take action to move past ignorance, and this is where humility comes into play.

 

To move past this ignorance, Joe explains that we must fess up to the fact that we know little and that we need to rely on “diverse others.” This is an extension of the “viable novelty” and “power of difference” discussed in the prior paragraph. Thus, we engage in the multidimensional critical complex bricolage process of pulling together knowledges and insights from beyond all four corners of the globe, and from our previous forays and explorations, pulling the pieces together, and in this way “we can develop forms of transformative, critical knowledges that at present do not exist” (pp. viii-ix).

 

On page ix, Joe describes how the building of a “critical knowledge network” of a “wide variety of oppressed peoples” is the KEY DIMENSION of Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction.

 

Getting to this point requires a lot of upfront mind-expanding work. We must sincerely be willing to make the effort required to see how deceived we have been. I do know how much that can hurt, how remorseful we can become over our past actions. As Joe puts it:

 

We must all kneel at the epistemological alter and confess our subjectivity, the idiosyncrasy of our perspective, the shortcomings of our knowledge. Without such epistemological supplication to our students, our readers, our fellow cultural workers, critical educators will be caught in the bear trap of the vanguard intellectual, the man with the answers, the expert, the arrogant being who calls for an abstract notion of equality, but who treats those below him or her on the status ladder as the unworthy. Professing new perspectives, not truth, humble criticalists work toward social justice and the elimination of human suffering. (p. 236, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction)[Joe’s emphasis]

 

He has emphasized the word man, thus implying the fallibility of our human condition. God does forgive us for all of our sins, but we must be humble, truly be repentant, and ask for forgiveness. I don’t write these words in light-heartedness. I KNOW from my own life experience that this is natural law that moves the cosmos along in a positive direction, and that God loves, forgives and can turn your entire life around. You might be interested in the future teachings of Jesus and Mary as they will be explaining how these laws apply in people’s everyday lives. See Understanding God’s Loving Laws for an update and outlines of the forthcoming teachings they will be providing.

 

Thus, here’s a video that pertains to our “so-called information age” that Joe references in this paragraph that begins to shed some light on the extent of the deception. By understanding how our consciousness has been hijacked, we can develop ways to take back our power:

 

Psywar - Full Documentary

 

Just call this a History Lesson we did not get in school that covers some of the topics Joe has mentioned in his work so far. Don’t stop there! Pursue ever deeper understandings and follow areas that are especially interesting or pertinent to your own life and career.

 

 

What, exactly, is this knowledge network Joe discusses in this paragraph, Paragraph 6, and subsequent paragraphs in the Preface of Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction?

 

Of course, most minds would think in “surface terms” that merely skim the surface of the earth planet upon which we inhabit the upper crust (most of us, at least). The natural answers are to build an Internet network of peoples from all over the world, including those peoples who have traditionally been left out of the conversation. We are to come together to create and share knowledge. And Joe had been very successful building that type of network while he was here. But like all beautiful things that get created in this hell-hole, it has since been destroyed.

 

There is that sort of network, of course, but there is more. What if you were to learn that it’s only a simulation/surface level application of the even more powerful networks we are capable of building. And what’s so beautiful is that there is always more and more and more—and these networks cannot ever be destroyed. You will soon understand why this is true (for one thing, most people are not even aware of this powerful network, so they can’t destroy what they don’t know exists). But scientists, apparently, by some accounts are trying hard to destroy it. Check out this perspective; what do you think?

 

BREAKING: "CERN" Revealed Interviewed Anthony Patch"

 

But before we move forward with a greater understanding of these powerful networks, here are some videos to kind of give your mind some stretching exercises for the revelations ahead.

 

There is an Inhabited World Hiding in Plain Sight-The Living Creatures

 

The Living Creatures SAMPLE 1 of 3

 

Vatican Insider, Who is "The Master" ? Apex of Illuminati - Ancient Bloodlines

 

The Legend of the 7 Samurai & Release Information on the Special Edition-7 Samurai no densetsu

 

 

Which of these worlds are you on?

 

Nephilim - The Seeds of Adam & Cain - Bearth - Two Earths - 5 Species - Dr Brooks Agnew

 

Brooks Agnew Earth is Two Planets (FAIR USE: Scientific Research)

 

As we learned from the above videos, and as explained by Dr. Brooks Agnew, planet earth is made of two planets, one very high frequency, and one low frequency occupying the same space. Joe writes:

 

While deeply aware of oppressive power relations and the way they lead to human suffering, our critical epistemology and the knowledge production it generates emerge as eroticized (in a life affirming, connected, sensual sense) dynamics dedicated to engaging in informed, liberating action. Such 57th dimensional, eroticized knowledge pushes us to become epistemological adventurers who explore the edges of the cosmos, the most hidden dimensions of human ability, the resistant power of radical love. (p. 64) 

 

As we attempt to get our minds around the scope of this complexity, critical knowledge demands that we maximize variables in our studies of the world rather than engage in FIDUROD’s effort to minimize them (Knobel, 1999). The more we use the miraculous epistemological tools that human beings possess such as our imagination, intuition, and affective/emotional sensibilities (as well as our more scientifically validated reasoning capacities) the more variables, the more dimensions of the world we will discern and the more we will be empowered to do. Yet, there is great danger for knowledge producers who employ these imaginative, intuitive, and affective capacities (Thayer-Bacon, 2000). (pp. 66-67) 

 

YET AT THE SAME TIME:

 

A critical complex epistemology is not fearful of softness, subtlety, soulfulness, or sensitivity as it makes multilogical connections to diverse dimensions of the world. Indeed, a critical complex epistemology engages in dialogue with the barbarians at the gate, in the process gaining new insights that lead to wisdom and, my god, even peace (Van Manen, 1991; Giroux, 1997; Gabay, 2007). (p. 82)

 

Joe has used the word “dimensions” 135 times in this book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. This requires wisdom. He uses the word in many different contexts and, thus, it has different interpretations. As you read his work and come across the word, take a hermeneutic, phenomenological approach by bracketing your first interpretation and consider other possible meanings. The word not only needs to be interpreted in relation to other things he has stated in this book, but to get a deeper understanding, we must also do an “intertextual analysis” which is interpreting it in relation to what he has stated in his other works. And if that is not complicated enough, it’s critical, if we are following his research process, to also interpret in relation to other perspectives of the same term. Here is some specific advice he has given us in this regard:

 

The researcher’s charge is complicated by her knowledge of the existence of diverse ways of interpreting the meaning and significance of what one has examined. Those who dismiss this complexity not only produce knowledge inscribed by unconscious, unexamined assumptions but in the process tragically perpetuate an unjust status quo. No matter how much such uncritical scholars might wish it were so, the phenomenal world does not give up its meaning(s) so clearly. The Greeks who created the mythology of Hermes made this point many millennia ago. All knowledge is contextual, in process, relational, representational, and ideologically relevant. In the mainstream research grounded by the epistemology of FIDUROD, all of these complications are dismissed, swept under the dominant epistemological carpet. In this context criticalists explore the meaning of these dynamics in light of their normative dimensions—that is, in the context of “what is” in relation to “what ought to be” (Geeland & Taylor, 2000; Reason & Bradbury, 2000). Paulo Freire (1970, 1978) referred to this as a form of conscientization—or critical  consciousness raising about the nature of dominant power and oppression and the ways the virus infiltrates human affairs. (p. 175)

 

Listen to this video and discuss how Brooks Agnew defines “dimensions” and how it relates to the ways Joe has used “dimensions” and the ways I have interpreted Joe’s use of the word.

 

Consciousness and the Physics of the Soul with Brooks Agnew

 

Additional examples of Joe’s use of the word dimensions from Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction:

 

Taking advantage of these diverse standpoints, a critical complex epistemology explores what many Westerners from dominant culture would consider unthinkable levels of awareness. Viewing these diverse dimensions of the world is mind altering— beware you can never go back through the stargate once you’ve visited the multifaceted, multilogical landscape. This multilogicality, my friends and neighbors, is a one-way street and one’s perceptions change and new ways of seeing and being come into focus. (p. 186)

 How media is used to create our reality:

 

The media constantly create spectacles in the process constructing a “media reality.” Such a so-called “reality” from a variety of perspectives could be described as a parallel universe or a virtual reality in relation to other dimensions of the world. (p. 202)

 

Indeed, it is in our encounters with this new evidence that we begin to appreciate the diverse dimensions of existence, the multiple realities that continue to emerge as we study the world. The epistemological explosions that occur as we begin to integrate consciousness, body, context, and relationship are central to a critical complex epistemology. (p. 231)

 

Not only does the interaction of observer-observed create diverse realities, but currently inexplicable forces of time, space, matter, and consciousness interacting in autopoietic relationships create new dimensions of reality that we are yet unable to even name. The new ordering codes in the physical, social, psychological worlds change all the rules we thought we had identified. (p. 232)

 

FIDUROD has placed matter as the most important dimension of “true reality.” This is not surprising in an epistemology that assumes the existence of a material, mechanistic universe. What a different set of realities we encounter when we contemplate the possibility that the uni(pluri)verse consists as much of mind/ consciousness as it does of matter. If this is the case, then we return to our idea that reality exists in part because we can imagine it existing in a particular way. In this context multiple realities exist because our consciousness can conceive of them. Knowing this we can create awe-inspiring avalanches of knowledges, concepts and spectacular ways of being (Peat, 1989). Foucault (1980) understood many of these dynamics as he examined the nature of epistemes and positivites—knowledgerelated phenomena that exist on a different level of reality, an enfolded order, than our everyday encounters with information. Thus, we gain a hyperdimensional epistemological awareness—a recognition of the divergent dimensions of reality that tacitly shape human life. (p. 233)

 

In a critical complex epistemology we gain the ability to travel between different dimensions bringing the insights and concepts found in one domain to another dimension. In this way we begin to view one dimension through the logics of another. Profound advances in all domains of human endeavor can be made when we engage in this trans-dimensional travel. (p. 234)   

 

All issues are multidimensional and need to be viewed from diverse perspectives. All the dimensions that intertwined with critical pedagogy—the physical, social, political, psychological, and educational—are far more complicated that researchers had originally conjectured (Capra, 1996; Harding, 1998; L. Smith, 1999; McClure, 2000; Nowotny, 2000; Bettis & Gregson, 2001; Mignolo, 2001). It is time to get to work in rethinking our view of the world, knowledge, and how we teach about it. (p. 242)

 

Activity: Well, those are just a few of the total 135 times Joe used the word “dimensions” in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. Your challenge is to find all the ways he has used it and develop a working definition. It will be a complex definition because it will necessarily be multi-faceted.

  

One way to approach this is to begin by looking up existing definitions and the etymology of the word. Take it to the next level and find multiple explanations of dimensions. Write a summary of your findings. And to make your work easier, you can purchase the online version of Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy and do a search on the word. As you read the context of his usage, determine if it fits into any of the existing definitions but keep your mind open for potential expansive meanings. You must do some interpretation by setting aside your own personal perspective as to what the term means.

  

Taking it to the next Level. In the video above, Consciousness and the Physics of the Soul with Brooks Agnew, Dr. Agnew explains that often the word “dimension” is actually interchangeable with the word “universe.” In other words, according to his observation, often when people use the word dimension, they are referring to universe. Review your analysis and determine whether in some contexts Joe may be referring to universe.

 

Do a search in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction on the word “universe.” Are the two words interchangeable in some instances? Are there differences in the ways he has used the words? How does this change/expand the meaning of what he’s conveying in any given use of the word “dimension?”

  

In his book, Getting Beyond the Facts, Teaching Social Studies/Social Sciences in the Twenty-first Century (2001), he has used the word “universe” on page 665. He has used the magic of hermeneutics and linguistic techniques to hide a special message of hope inside this sentence that relates to dimensions/universes. Can you discover the hidden message? Clue: It relates to dimensions. Here is the sentence:

  

“Despite all appearances to the contrary, neoclassicists operate in a simple universe: a fantasyland that exists only at Disney World.” (p. 665)

 

Activity: Write a 10-page paper that analyzes the sentence and uncovers the hidden message. What questions do you need to ask to solve this mystery? As he contends, it is the type of questions that we ask that creates the reality we see.

 

Purposeful Play

 

Quite some time ago, I wrote a blog about “Purposeful Play.” The above assignment is just one example of so many ways that Joe has embedded purposeful play in his work and makes it so much fun to learn the complex ideas he is teaching us.

 

Why Treasure Hunt? The Pleiadian Paradigm of Purposeful Play and L-O-V-E LOVE 

 

What does our Great Teacher, himself, say about sometimes taking this playful approach for our learning? Keep in mind though, that elsewhere he also makes it clear that while we have fun during the learning process, we also take it very seriously and he emphasizes rigor. For me, the play facilitates rigor and makes it all so much fun! Here’s what he says:

 

One way of conceptualizing the type of social thinking promoted by an epistemology of complexity is to think of it as an infinite game. It is a game that makes fun of certainty and the fundamentalist excesses that accompany it. Whether the excesses be religious, political, pedagogical, or cognitive, they all denote a positivist epistemological arrogance that impedes self-reflection and interpersonal communication. Democratic epistemologically aware social studies teachers are fallibists who are unafraid to laugh at their own fallibility. No one wins the game, but all players benefit from the way it exposes the pseudocertainties that plague Cartesian modernism. Inclusionary and nonhierarchical, the game allows us to challenge the rules that penalize the outsiders, the players from the margins (Gergen, 1991). Like much play it makes sure everyone has a part. (Getting Beyond the Facts, Teaching Social Studies/Social Sciences in the Twenty-first Century, 2001, p. 269)

 

Here, as he did on page 97 of Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, he contends that we are changing the rules of the game.

 

Being Humble

 

I was supposed to discuss more about what being humble means, as noted in the previous lesson. I have a great example of the meaning in an email Joe wrote to me! Here's what he said:

 

RE: Critical Pedagogy Online - feel the passion

  

From

Joe L. Kincheloe, Dr. joe.kincheloe@mcgill.cahide details 

To

vanessaparadis99 vanessaparadis99@aol.com

 

Tue, Oct 7, 2008 12:12 pm

 

vanessa,

what you have is excellent. one note of caution. i know you are humble and that is a trait i treasure about you--don't ever change. but in a book prospectus, don't ever tell the publisher about your limitations, e.g., i just recently came to critical pedagogy etc.... you are the expert on online critical pedagogy--you more than anyone else so let them know that. you're the dudette with much to teach us all!! as hard as it is for such a humble person, let them know that you're the one with the expertise.


Activity: Based on what Joe says, what does being humble mean? Do you have to minimize your abilities? How does this benefit anyone if you hide your special abilities? What are the rewards of being humble? Do some additional research.

12 Truths of the Anointing

Divine Tests

 

LESSON 10: Monday, October 31, 2016

Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy, Preface, Page viii-ix, Paragraph 7: I’m Gonna Take A Sentimental Journey

 

The past few days someone keeps singing to me “I’m gonna take a sentimental journey.” Today, I finally looked the song up on YouTube.

 

A SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY - DORIS DAY

 

I love the dancing, for taking that sentimental journey is truly a dance, as Joe has highlighted throughout his work (he loved that dance). The lyrics contain hidden messages. She’s going to take the train at SEVEN. The seventh level of consciousness is where you must be to make the connection to your one true Beloved and then together you can take that sentimental journey to review the past, present, and future…in that sense, this entire website is a sentimental journey.

 

I think the reason this song keeps coming up is because one major purpose behind Joe writing Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction is because it was his personal sentimental journey. He has revealed so many important things about himself and his life—and his amazing insights—all which he has generously shared with us so that we can take our own sentimental journeys. Reading the book provokes memories of our own pasts, presents, and futures.

 

The Bible emphasizes the number seven more than any other number, apparently trying to instill within us deeply how important it is to reach that level so that we can then embark on the true journey of love and discovery. While most people interpret the book of Revelation as a global overarching event, it can also be interpreted on the personal level of “ascension” with the seven angels, seven seals, seven..seven..seven. In other words, you don’t have to wait for some collective rapture like this video describes:

 

Breaking The Seven Seals - The Coming Apocalypse

 

You can engage in the process now. Try interpreting it that way sometime—that the Armageddon (which means the final battle between good and evil, enlightenment) is, in reality, a “sentimental” journey, an “epistemological road trip” as Joe puts it, of your own life of exploration and the discovery of who you really are as a soul, spirit, and human being. You can experience Heaven now. It’s the “double consciousness” that makes life worth living, and with the magic of love added in the mix, the experience is divine. (The significance of the seventh level of consciousness is cross-cultural, spanning many different spiritualties and religions. I mentioned some of them in my dissertation, such as the Ojibwa’s prophecy about lighting the “Seventh Fire”). It is at the seventh level that we begin to receive the inflow and divine guidance of higher spirits/God’s spirit or the Holy Spirit.

 

How interesting as well, that we are on paragraph seven of the Preface for this lesson. I have not yet reviewed that paragraph specifically for this lesson and I wonder what it might add to this discussion that I have been prompted to write just now.

 

What Joe discusses are “critical knowledge networks” in this paragraph. We can establish such networks on the ground, in the physical realm, but where the real action takes place is higher up in the Divine Councils, as I’ve discussed previously. We cannot consciously participate in those Divine Councils until we are minimally at the seventh level of consciousness. Now putting numbers on something as esoteric as consciousness is contraindicative of what we are after, but view it simply as a metaphor. Our awareness fluctuates like a sine wave, but seven is a critical reference point. Seven, according to Biblical passage interpretations, is where the first Heaven begins. It is a launching point we must achieve before we can attain ever higher levels of consciousness and visit other, higher Heavenly realms. It is also the level we must reach before God will guide us to our one true love that he created just for us. At least that’s the way it seemed to work for me. As I look back, before I met Joe I was receiving more and more of the Holy Spirit. It especially turned up in my writing. I would write something, a paper for a college course, go back and read it and wondered if it was really me who had written the paper. This happens more profoundly today. My writing is channeled down from my higher self, with various contributing “authors” and just flows.

 

Humans always want to take things into their own hands, though, and shut out the divine assistance. Every system and process, every institution we’ve developed on earth is flawed as a result, and then becomes corrupt. We cannot compete with God’s perfect Way. When are we all going to learn that? It is why Joe wrote that The Paulo and Nita Freire International Project for Critical Pedagogy “attempts” to create a critical knowledge network and decenter critical pedagogy. That’s about all we can do at this juncture—is just ATTEMPT to create something beautiful. Ultimately, it gets destroyed for various reasons (usually related to money, jealousy, power, selfishness, greed). Human beings still have too many unacknowledged problems and fallibilities for something like the project Joe envisioned to be successful. Nevertheless, he had been amazingly successful with the project given the conditions and political nature of societies in the world. He had been successful but he had to walk away from the project because he had taken it as far as he could. It was to become dismantled, unfortunately. (He was leaving the project just before his untimely death).

 

What is the magic number? SEVEN (seventh level of consciousness)

How do we reach it? Take a sentimental journey (“epistemological road trip” and “treasure hunts”)

Who do we meet along the way? Our God-chosen Beloved (in God’s timing, not ours)

What is our destination? Heaven (it’s both a state of consciousness and a place)

 

A SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY - DORIS DAY

 

Surrender to the process.

 

Note: This is an over-simplified metaphor but interesting, nevertheless. We are imperfect, fallible, biased human beings who are prone to taking the path of “hard knocks” making mistakes all along the way and running into obstacles and cul-de-sacs. Worst of all, we repeat the same mistakes over and over again. We must confess to all of this, as Joe has made clear to us in his work. We try to compensate and correct as much as possible (but we can never achieve perfection) by using the processes Joe has lined out for us: critical complex epistemology, pedagogy, postformal thought, and bricolage. Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction is a sentim