HAS BEEN CREATED AND CONTINUES TO EVOLVE
In loving memory of Joe Lyons
Kincheloe (December 14, 1950 - December 19, 2008)
The Greatest Philosopher of Consciousness and Critical Theory
of the 20th-71st Centuries AND BEYOND
Joe's educational work provides inspiration and practical guidance for teachers all over the
globe and describes a beautiful, beautiful mission to alleviate human suffering. He has left
us a map with multiple pathways for accomplishing that mission -- an authentic, rigorous, impassioned,
creative, and even magical education for everyone who dares to venture on untrodden paths. His
work serves as a guiding light for educational journeys that can change not only how we view and enact the educational
process, but that can also truly change us as teachers, students, and researchers -- and
empower us to change the world. Joe loved research, teaching, writing, making music, and his students.
And his students loved
song is a very beautiful theme song for this website that chronicles my long winding journey back home. Thank you, Leigh.
To become a seeker of new knowledges and new ways of being we must be willing
to sometimes be seen as the fools of the gods. (Kincheloe,
Knowledge & Critical Pedagogy, p. 19)
As Hermes said:
What separates the critical sheep from the uncritical goats is that a critical pedagogy/epistemology also involves
exposing the cultural, epistemological, and ideological assumptions that shape the knowledge individuals produce and the oppressive
actions justified by such information.(Joe
Kincheloe, Knowledge & Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, p. 176)
Joe’s book Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction is available as an ebook. You will never
make a better investment…..we all should be researching with Joe’s important guidance. Since the ending is just
the beginning, you can begin with the last chapter. It may just spark you into wanting to read the rest, as well as his other
works to see how he got there!http://www.springer.com/us/book/9781402082238 No time to read? Right click and "listen aloud" while multitasking. [Note: I make
no money off the sales of his books; my rewards are not of this world.] MAY 22, 2018 UPDATE: I SEE THAT SPRINGER
IS NOT HONORING JOE'S STATED AND PUBLISHED WISHES> THE BOOK IS SUPPOSED TO BE LESS THAN $30 SO THAT POOR STUDENTS CAN AFFORD
IT...AND YET SPRINGER IS CHARGING ALMOST $40 FOR THE PDF EBOOK AND ALMOST $55 FOR THE PAPERBACK! THIS IS ABOMINABLE!! THE
HIGHER UPS ARE NOT PLEASED!!! THERE ARE STUDENTS IN POVERTY WHO NEED THE KNOWLEDGE IN THIS BOOK. LOWER THE PRICE!!!!! THERE
IS NO REASON TO CHARGE SO MUCH! EVEN IF PUBLISHING COSTS HAVE INCREASED, AT LEAST OFFER THE
EBOOK FOR LESS THAN $30. WHAT JOE WANTS, JOE GETS. HE SAID THAT IT IS TO BE LESS THAN $30. RESPECT HIS WISHES. Oh,
and HAPPY TWIN FLAME DAY!! I will have some important updates soon.
November 17, 2019 1:00 AM UPDATE ON
THE PRICE OF THE EBOOK: I can only conclude that either *someone* is insane or has raised the price to keep people from buying
it and having access to the knowledge in it, since Springer is now charging an outrageous price of amost $60 -- for an ebook!! I will consult with the "higher ups" for a "work-around." They always have
perfect solutions....Beloved says "Hi" :-) We will have an update soon.
November 12, 2021 They are now charging a ridiculous
$89 for a pdf of Joe's book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. Folks, there are multiple ways that the elite
keep knowledge from those of us who need it most -- one is by overcharging for it. We will continue to work on a resolution
that honors Joe's wishes (for it to cost less than $30) and his contract. I will be posting more information RIGHT
HERE sometime in the future.
"I believe that the issues addressed in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction
not only provide us with a new understanding of education but also can actually change the world—speaking of pomposity,
yikes! I understand the danger of such an assertion, but I’m glad to take my punishment if I fail to convince my readers."~
Joe Kincheloe (p. 16)
Thu, Sep 25, 2008 7:03 am
finished reading Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction
your work is truly a gift to the world, Joe it's very exciting
"The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost
parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, a greater
than Solomon is here."
*`•.❤¸King And Queen Of Hearts❤•´
JESUS: “I am the
resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth
in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” (John 11: 25-26)
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar
people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous
light;1 Peter 2:9 (KJV)
“And His books, they breathe the reason. . .and
now I want to know…"
WHAT IS BRICOLAGE?
A new process for education, research, career, problem solving, everyday living, lifelong learning,
and for taking back our world
Joe Kincheloe has developed a superbly advanced conceptualization
of critical bricolage and, as demonstrated by his work, he was an adept multidimensional critical complex bricoleur.
Critical Bricolage, as he conceived it, is a complicated (and yet a very natural) process that makes use of multiple
forms of research, analysis, investigation, and interpretation. It requires researchers to seek many divergent
perspectives, allowing new understandings and knowledge to emerge from the synthesis.
in this process increases phenomenological experiences that catalyze seeking more knowledge. This, of
course, leads to ever greater understandings of complex relationships between "research variables." An
exceptionally high level of creativity becomes unleashed, often resulting in greater interaction with the emerging
hidden dimensions of reality. Suddenly very little can be hidden anymore. Engaging rigorously in this process of research
and learning seems to take people to higher levels of consciousness in graduated steps as they become more
aware of the hidden dimensions of interrelationships and as they increasingly participate in intuitive, "fourth
critical complex epistemology and multidimensional critical complex bricolage rigorously as he has asked us to do results
in ever higher levels of experience and understanding, and in its full "employment," enactive and symbiotic
processes seem to kick in, helping individuals find the most creative solutions to even the most complicated
problems. Actively working within multiple dimensions using his fourth dimension research, results in amazing and profound
solutions. In my own experience, I often find that problems are solved before I even knew the problem would
be manifesting. In addition, I have had some amazing experiences that science simply cannot explain yet. This
is highlighted in my dissertation in some highly unusual ways, which is only the tip of the iceberg. Kincheloe's critical bricolage may
very well be the process required to "unleash creativity" for solving even the most complicated,
power-based problems we face -- all in service of "the alleviation of human suffering," the often-stated
primary purpose of his work.
researching this process since 2008 (and discovering that I had been using the foundational aspects of the process many
years before) I am beginning to see how autopoiesis, enaction, synchronicity, all work together symbiotically to reveal
hidden dimensions and relationships that make my life so much happier and joyful, even if I have many problems hanging
over my head (that "blues aesthetic" Joe so often described). No matter how complicated the problems,
with bricolage, they become solvable and/or perspectives of the problems change.
Simultaneously, those power dimensions
that force those of us who are oppressed to stay stuck at our "stations in life" also emerge, but there
is such a difference to how I deal with these
than in the past. Once the controlling factors are revealed, solutions also emerge in a sort of "unfoldment"
process that reveal ways to counteract them and change things.
There is great power "behind the curtain" that can be leveraged
by those of us who are typically "disenfranchised." I will go into much more detail at a later time, and
as Joe always did so well, I will put them into context (there are many great experiences to share of both kinds of emergences
- the love-based, almost magical ones, and the power-and-control-based ones for which insight, and often solutions
also emerge) but suffice it to say, I am blazing multiple trails through the underbrush which will hopefully make navigating
easier for people who come along and experience the same types of violence I have due to being poor and "low
Just as Joe was a "hillbilly" and he was never able
to shake the label, I am a "country hick." True reality could not be more profoundly different -- for
an Eros and Psyche. :)
The good news is that the use of bricolage is increasing
rapidly around the globe as more researchers in all disciplines are beginning to see the promise it offers to
construct new knowledge, lead to social empowerment, and reveal positive changes and amazingly creative opportunities.
More researchers will soon be investigating and trying out this more advanced and powerful approach, which will
lead to what Joe referred to as a "perpetual revolution." More teachers will also come to realize the value bricolage has in the classroom
and the young students will pick it up naturally. The revolution has just begun. We can change the world! Join in
today and apply the process in your own research, learning, teaching, and everyday life and see what a
difference it can make. You can never go wrong getting more knowledge.
All of the information on this website is absolutely free. It is here
for anyone who wants a better life and would like to make a difference in the world.
For the struggle for justice to win on the local level, it must be fought in the
global, the national, and the local arenas. [Kincheloe,
2001, Getting Beyond the Facts, p. 741]
OTHER FREE ONLINE COURSES
THAT CENTER ON JOE KINCHELOE'S WORKS:
is a nonprofit educational web site dedicated to the clarification of Kincheloe’s critical complex
epistemology and multidimensional critical complex bricolage. My research has shown that, while the process
he has delineated is complex, it is perfectly suited for social and educational research, and it is also within everyone's
reach. It is especially suited for new qualitative researchers who have not subscribed to traditional and reductionistic
forms of research.
On this site I will focus on the academic and scholarly application
of his work. I hope that by presenting clarifications based on my in-depth study of his work that perhaps his
bricolage will be used by more people and with the level of rigor he had intended. Kincheloe has ingeniously left wide open many
paths that honor diversity and he embraced an evolving complexity while maintaining a strong, impenetrable philosophical and
theoretical foundation for his conceptions. He has demonstrated in his work how this research process can be applied in all
venues and in every area of our lives and even children can be involved in research, thus his bricolage is also a pedagogical
approach. His work is truly a break-through for research that is long overdue. Using the full power of his bricolage highlights
actions that change the world as it also changes who we are.
I may write a blog again on this site, but it
will be a different sort of blog than the creative, exploratory blogs I've written in the past. Primarily, I will be continuing
my research and presenting my findings so that upcoming bricoleurs will have a resource for the most powerful form of bricolage
research that's ever been developed.
~ ~ ~ Vanessa Jae Paradis
CORRECTING SOME COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS SURROUNDING JOE KINCHELOE’S BRICOLAGE AND CRITICAL
Bricolage, as a qualitative form of research, entails
incorporating many different perspectives, and in particular, with Kincheloe's process it is necessary to include global subjugated
and indigenous knowledges. However, after gathering all of these perspectives and making various interpretations and syntheses,
there are criteria for determining which perspectives to include in the final bricolage. As he explains, "Bricoleurs
accept the responsibility that comes with the interpretive process. Knowledge production always involves multiple acts
of selection, and these choices of methods, theoretical frameworks, and interpretative strategies must be defended"
(2004e, p. 100). He has provided selection criteria that incorporate the social justice mission to alleviate suffering
and that advance knowledge (see Kincheloe, 2004e, pp. 100-102). Bricoleurs are not restricted to these criteria but I have
found them to be well-thought-out and thorough -- and they mitigate for unintended consequences. You can view the criteria
here: Criteria to Guide the Research Process.
What I cover next are common misconceptions and important
aspects surrounding Kincheloe’s multidimensional critical complex bricolage. I hope by putting these on the Home page
of this website, researchers will consider them and research them more deeply. They are covered in greater depth in my dissertation
and I’ll also be posting articles that extend what I’ve touched on in the dissertation.
1) Kincheloe did not throw out "positivistic"
or empirical sciences. To conclude this is to exhibit a gross misunderstanding of his work. A close reading of his work can
easily confirm that he sees science and bricolage as synergistic. And how many times has he stated that he did not throw out
the baby with the bathwater? As most people know, he contextualizes everything. In his last book, Knowledge and Critical
Pedagogy: An Introduction he presents his position through a metaphor which he refers to as FIDUROD, and by which he clarifies the issues with the way science is and has been used. FIDUROD is an acronym representing the attributes of the form of knowledge production he argues against: Formal, Intractable, Decontextualized, Universalistic,
Reductionistic, One Dimensional. (See Kincheloe, 2008, pp. 21-24).
2) His work is not based on some indefinable “ludic” postmodernism – It is based on a highly developed
and evolving holistic philosophy. This philosophy is comprised of 12 major points which he describes in his book Critical
Constructivism. The 12 points coalesce together to form his multidimensional critical complex world view. It’s
a new, evolving worldview. We might refer to it as Kincheloe’s multidimensional critical complex unified world view. It forms the foundation of his unique formulation of critical theory, epistemology, ontology, critical psychology
of complexity, the multidimensional critical complex bricolage, etc., -- and his proposed critical science of complexity
– another indication that he did not abandon the sciences. To grasp his conceptualizations, it’s imperative
that new bricoleurs study his unified world view by reading and then writing about how they subjectively relate to it and
to other philosophies. Kincheloe stresses this upfront philosophical work is critical in order to ground any study that uses
bricolage as a process for research. Rigor is impossible without developing a "philosophy of consciousness"
(Kincheloe, 2004a, p. 8).
3) The multidimensional critical complex bricolage is a process for qualitative research that is composed of multiple,
intertwining and overlapping processes. It is not a method, nor does it use “tools” as tools imply precise means
and carries a mechanistic ontology, which does not adequately represent the actual processes that bricoleurs engage in as
they conduct, or a better word would be, “enact” their research. Even the concept of "tools" changes. Kincheloe's
conceptualization of bricolage is grounded with his critical complex philosophical world view (item 2,
above) and a theoretical foundation of evolving criticality (his version of critical theory).
4) The multidimensional critical complex bricolage as a process
involves analytic discourse, intertwined with improvisational actions for change, which moves it away from the constrictive
“quilt” metaphor. Please see my dissertation for a deeper analysis of bricolage including a thorough etymological
exploration and intertextual interpretations of Kincheloe’s definitions of bricolage and bricoleur in relation to what
evolved from my research. New metaphors that take it beyond the one-dimensional “quilt” metaphor, and additional
ways that Berry’s (2004a) concept, the Point of Entry Text (POET) can be applied are also presented. The holistic,
intertwining, dialogical, interconnecting nature of the final bricolage renders the parts inseparable from the whole, and
the bricolage inseparable from greater reality. Thus, the popular metaphoric quilt, montage, crystal, etc., are not suitable
metaphors for this more complex form of bricolage.
5) Kincheloe’s bricolage does not distinguish between “types
of bricoleurs” or “types of bricolage” as denoted by Denzin and Lincoln (2011). While it’s fine to
examine these ideas, Kincheloe’s form of bricolage uses all of them in intertwining, overlapping processes. Thus, the
multidimensional critical complex bricoleur uses all of the dimensions that Kincheloe has spelled out in his 2005 "On
to the Next Level" bricolage article--in one study--and the processes become blurred as the research unfolds. See
6) Kincheloe’s bricolage refers to the use of different processes as dimensions of research. The bricoleur uses
them all as many times as practical to get a thick description of the phenomenon/a. As the research unfolds, “enactment”
keeps the research jettisoning forward and the researcher must make decisions where to begin and stop various aspects of the
research, including the final bricolage. Thus, the following dimensions are
used, as provided by Kincheloe (2005a) and in no particular order using an iterative, improvisational process weaving
through the discourse: (1) methodological bricolage; (2) theoretical bricolage; (3) interpretive bricolage; (4) political
bricolage; (5) narrative bricolage; (6) philosophical research (constructivism, historicity, epistemological insight); (7)
critical hermeneutics; (8) identification of what is absent; (9) fourth dimension of research in which the bricoleur is future
oriented, discovering “a kinetic epistemology of the possible. In the process, the sophistication of knowledge work
moves to a new cognitive level; the notion of rigor transmigrates to a new dimension. As in a 1950s sci-fi movie, bricoleurs
enter the 4-D—the fourth dimension of research.” (Kincheloe, 2005, p. 346). Thus, bricoleurs weave in and out,
around and through, back and forth through the various dimensions with each pass through informing the next, often using multiple
dimensions of analysis simultaneously.
7) Note again – the philosophical dimension
must form the foundation of the study in order to ensure rigor. [He wanted me to include this again.] "There is no dividing
line between the empirical and the philosophical" (Kincheloe, 2004a, p. 10).
8) Kincheloe’s multidimensional critical complex bricolage
embraces a “fourth dimension” research (more information is covered in my dissertation). This fourth dimension
aspect to the research incorporates an intuitional, creative element that forces the researcher to confront implicate and
explicate orders of reality. There are reasons for this. Combining a sound philosophical, intellectual component of research that
also incorporates intuitional and emotional, empathic aspects -- along with deep semiotic and hermeneutic analyses
synergistically creates something new from the interactions. Enaction during the research process leads to the emergence of
something new and often profound. This is where the power of the bricolage comes into play. It’s the exposure to relationships,
as Kincheloe explains in his conceptualization of symbiotic hermeneutics, that jettisons bricoleurs to seeing and understanding
“anew” and to recreating themselves. Because knowledge is socially constructed new creations, ideas,
concepts, as well as new relationships also perpetually emerge – and are created -- from these interactions.
This all takes place naturally when confronting complexity, difference, and chaos, as Humberto Mautarana and
Francisco Varela posited with their Santiago Theory of Enactivism (see Kincheloe's (2008) Knowledge and Critical
Pedagogy: An Introduction, page 147). It is quite amazing.
9) While bricoleurs do not contend they’ve
discovered the “one true answer” or single truth, at the same time, as Kincheloe contends, they generate knowledge
“that is not as 'badly off the mark'” (Kincheloe, 2008, p. 43). They have better (more complete) and
yet evolving explanations of phenomena. This is quite a different perspective than a nihilistic postmodern “attitude.”
10) I have lined out in my dissertation in much greater detail a flexible iterative process that also explains some of
the key sub-processes that are important to the multidimensional critical complex bricolage. It will get new bricoleurs started
from which they can then proceed to carve out their own unique paths. Each bricolage study will be different even for the
same researcher. The more one acknowledges the fourth dimension aspect of the research (which may only begin with what seem
to be insignificant intuitive and synchronous events), the more they will begin to appear and the more profound and numerous
are the actions and creations that emerge.
11) And finally, as I discussed in my blog, The Heart of the Multidimensional Critical Complex Bricolage, there is the dimension of empathic connection with people. In fact, in his book,
Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, Kincheloe discusses – and includes – a golden strand
of love throughout his work, Eros Love. And since I’m mentioning this book here, it’s a great book to
read in the early stages of learning about his bricolage. It’s much like a “deprogramming” manual because
it uncovers how our consciousnesses have been influenced by outside forces and provides us more information as we embark on
the bricolage quest and begin to take power of constructing our own consciousness.
Berry, K. L. (2004a). Structures of bricolage and complexity. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry (2004)
Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 103–127). New York: Open
Berry, K. L. (2004b). Feedback looping for increasing complexity. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry (2004)
Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 128–146). New York: Open
Berry, K. L. (2004c). Bricolage is many a new thing understood. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry (2004)
Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 147–169). New York: Open
Denzin, N. & Lincoln, Y. (Eds.) (2011). The Sage handbook of qualitative research, Edition
4. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Kincheloe, J. L. (2004a). Preface. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry, Rigour and Complexity in Educational
Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. ix–xii). New York: Open University Press.
Kincheloe, J. L. (2004b).
Introduction: the power of the bricolage: Expanding research methods. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry, Rigour and Complexity
in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 1–22). New York: Open University Press.
Kincheloe, J.L. (2004c).
Redefining rigor and complexity in research. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry, Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research:
Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 23–49). New York: Open University Press.
Kincheloe, J.L. (2004d).
Questions of disciplinarity/interdisciplinarity in a changing world. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry, Rigour and Complexity
in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 50–81). New York: Open University Press.
Kincheloe, J. L. (2004e).
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L. (2005a). On to the next level: Continuing the conceptualization of the bricolage. Qualitative Inquiry, 11(3),
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May 11, 2013 by Vanessa Paradis
Please cite as:
Paradis, V. J. (2013). Correcting some common misconceptions surrounding
Joe Kincheloe’s bricolage and critical complex theories. May 11, 2013. Retrieved from www.joekincheloe.us
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There is this thing called “radical love.” Paulo Freire had said the most important thing of
all in life is radical love as Joe had mentioned in an interview and they both wrote about radical love frequently in their
works. Almost everyone who knew Joe knew that he was the quintessence of radical love. And of course, there are many other
people who live or have lived their lives from this same type of radical love: Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Jr., Albert
Einstein, Wilhelm Reich, Nikola Tesla, Dalai Lama, and so many, many others even who have not received recognition they have
earned. Myself, I am still, well, in my imaginary at least, just a baby in these matters:Joe has put it
as having to “take me from kindergarten to the doctoral level and he doesn’t have 18 years to do it” (that
is to learn about all of these spiritual matters). He was being humorous, of course. In another place and time, he was my
Master Teacher and he did literally take me from kindergarten to doctoral level in 18 years, but you know how it is: Forgive
me, I am imagining all of that. It has simply been created out of my holotropic mind, I guess. No wait, it was all just a dream; I remember now.
At any rate, back to the topic at
hand: I do not believe that radically loving means we have to be as humble as Joe was, which is a good
thing because I am not sure there are many -- if any of us -- who could live up to that on this Earth plane given the conditions
we must live within, and that is just my own feeling, although this idea has been confirmed by Masters I work with. I believe
there are times when people cause us immense pain, especially when we are radically loving, because they want to put our consciousnesses
(the topic of my last two blogs) into a constrictive steel container and bolt the lid down tight. I think these are the people
we have to just leave behind and that this is what is really meant when the Bible or various religions talk about people being
“left behind.” It just means that we have to move on, even if it means leaving our own family members behind because
it is the only way we can escape the pain and make greater progress toward love (some of us can eventually circle back, but
this is not often within our control). Indeed, the grander purpose of all of this is that we will then be able to find
our one true soulmate, a very important endeavor at this particular point in history -- which is a very complex, deep
and mathematically-focused science topic for another time and something I am still learning about.
we do not leave behind these people who are dragging us down with them then our own progress to reach that blissful balance
between our hylotropic and holotropic consciousness becomes severely hampered and our abilities to devote our love, time and
effort toward the alleviation of human suffering in the world comes to a standstill. I have experienced a small sample of
that sort of pain and the devastating consequences in my own life and I have had to leave people behind, but nothing I have
done in sharing love and working toward the dream (our mission) could begin to compare to the magnitude
with which Joe shared his love and energy, given how he freely he handed these out to everyone who crossed his path. I truly
believe that Joe was quite the miracle man. He still is.
As I said, for some reason
(and it is not really such a strange reason at all now that I have received more of the right kind of education these past
six months) I have been drawn to all of these spiritual, cosmological, metaphysical, philosophical, scientific, mathematical,
and very, very fascinating topics. These are subjects I have never, ever studied in the past, (and for those who have read
my previous blogs at another time and place, which have now evaporated, apparently, will know that these topics are
out of the ordinary for me) but I continue to receive prompts from whence I do not know to delve deeply into these somewhat
esoteric matters and not only dig deeply into them, but to share the topics here on these blogs. These are topics for which
I am getting great assistance from both here on earth and from somewhere beyond. I am also being directed by higher authorities
that this is indeed a task I need to carry out. And of importance today is something that was recently brought to my attention
as a highly urgent matter and that is the subject of radical love.
love, as I have just recently learned, is a code word and the sad thing about it is that very few people
really know the code. When we speak of radical love, what we are really referring to is spiritual love.
Just as I did not know what radical love was, I also did not know even what spiritual love was until very recently. Spiritual
love extends far past the consciousness-constricting ethnocentric influences of the 3D earth plane and outward into all other
planes of existence and realities. Some of you out there will not be able to comprehend this and I cannot say that I fully
understand it quite yet either (I have much more training to go through). This is just the information I am currently receiving.
Hopefully, you do know that there are many dimensions. This is a big thing in physics now. Many scientists have identified
the dimensions and have mathematically and verbally described them, even as we are being forced ever more strongly backwards
into the ancient Newtonian-Cartesian paradigm that denies such things. We should have shaken off this limitation many, many
But since few people “get it,” as far as what radical love really entails,
the proposal here is to just call it like it is. Radical love is spiritual love that transcends materialism, space
and time. If we can grasp that idea, it will be so much easier to live out our radical spiritual love-filled
lives here on earth in this current “reality” and we can actually begin to worry more about taking care of our
suffering and struggling brothers and sisters today than narcissistically worrying about what great things tomorrow may bring
us personally. This was the true mission Joe was on in which we work to change education up to focus on the alleviation of
human suffering. Of course there are many other people working on this very mission in a number of highly critical ways and
it is all very symbiotic and it will all soon come together. The education mission is the mission I continue to work on --
along with many other people -- here and there -- transcending the bounds of materialism, place, space, and time. My brothers
and sisters know . . . and they are working on this, too. And so we are all very, very blessed.
LOL. It did not come from me, personally. Honestly. I know not whence it came, but it does
sound like whoever sent it is pretty damn adamant that people take heed. I think I had better do some of that homework, myself, because I do want to stay on the good side of things. It is just SO WORTH IT! How can it not be? I mean think about
it: If you commit yourself to the mission, your life is totally dedicated to the service of others and the alleviation of
their suffering – not to yourselves, not even to your families. And why? Because you know in your heart that it is the
right thing to do. It is just totally the right thing to do. And by doing the right thing, EVERYTHING else falls
in place. Your every need is provided for (including for your family and loved ones!) and then some. Honestly, when you do
get in this cycle, (which I have accomplished, even if I do not totally yet understand the hylotropic and holotropic concepts and will need to spend more time, study and work on that), you really begin to wonder, why in the world did I not do
this sooner? I do know that Joe wanted us to do some heavy work on our consciousnesses. That is what his last book, Knowledge
and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction was all about and he stated, “I still want my critical pedagogy to help
shape self-conscious students who gain the capacity to imagine modes of consciousness that earthlings have never before imagined”
(2008, p. 220).
me give an example of how we can be rewarded if we jump out of the Newtonian-Cartesian thought paradigm. WOW, what example
do I even give? I literally have thousands of them. I want to keep it simple for now
though just to make a point. I will save the extreme complexity for later down the line and I can hardly wait to get to that,
either – it is SO AMAZING. But for now, for one simple example, I was informed that if I finished up the treasure hunt
yard search, even though it was just a training mission, I would be richly rewarded. As if the diamond ring and the cool yin-yang silver piece were not ample rewards in themselves. But next thing, out comes the NEW Treasure Huntin which I made so many rewarding discoveries, and honestly, I know I have more work there and I will no doubt discover
many more rich and rewarding treasures when I start exploring the other clues and their interrelationships in more depth.
Then came the announcement of the Universal sanction of our imaginary marriage (I am really into happy fairy tales). So yesterday,
which was the big special day, I was told to go shopping for myself….I found clothes on sale half price so that made
me happy; it is always good to find bargains. I picked out quite a few new items, got up to the cash register and the cash
register only charged 25% of the total price instead of 50% (and you know how it goes with Newtonian-Cartesian minds:
the clerk just knew the computer had to be right). Imagine that! Now you can just explain it rationally, but for me
it is total magic because it is just one example of how the Universe takes care of us! My money quadrupled in value just like
that; which is something that often happens with money (which is just a form of energy) and I have learned I do not need nearly
as much of it as I used to think I did. This is a small example, but it happens all of the time for me. And money comes in
from places I do not even expect. All because I don’t expect it and just keep the faith and trust that God has many
Angels who look after us, and perhaps even more important is to remember to always be grateful for even the smallest
of signs. Even pennies are important if it turns out they are from Heaven. You will be richly blessed if you
notice the smallest of signs and thank God and whomever you feel was responsible for providing the special blessings for you.
People who attend church really should get this. But most of them don’t. They can be just as competitive and self-serving
as the next guy. One of Joe’s clues (my imagination again) for the NEW Treasure Hunt exemplifies this: “It is well read, but most people never remember what it says” which is the Bible, of course
-- and it can be any equivalent, such as the Koran, or whatever is read in any given religion. We really need to also believe
what we are told about God taking care of us. We really need to fully engage in reciprocity. Then, we can see magic and the more we observe the magic and are thankful for it,
the more that is sent our way. It
is so simple (but very complex below the surface).
And so, I am spending my energy (and it all really does come down to energy) on teaching all of my sweet
and brilliant students most of whom are so far below the poverty level that reaching the cutoff point for poverty looks good
to them (believe me, I have been there!), working with some absolutely adorable children in a very poor neighborhood to give
them a “Joe” Treasure Hunting summer they will remember for a lifetime (and not charging any money for it), totally
dedicated to getting Joe’s brilliant work out on this website and elsewhere, again without charging anything for my
time or service, and what are my rewards? Literally DAILY miracles, signs, signals, magic, and so, so much love that emanates
from every direction. I could not be happier. And so I wonder why didn’t I get this figured out sooner? I have
really been missing out until now. And my purpose in sharing this is because I want as many people as possible to experience
this joy, this “jouissance” as Joe has so often framed it. It is delightful, delectable, and delicious.
The message I am getting today
is that we need to shut off the devil’s radio and leave it off. We all need to get with the real program. Otherwise,
you are only creating more misery for yourself and everyone around you. When your consciousness focuses on negativity, limited
realities, violence, hatred, wars, destruction, evil, etc. --- by God, that is what you will create! Don’t you all get
it? Focus on love, happiness, sharing, generosity, knowledge and knowing that the Universe loves you and will take the best
of care of you if only you release your mind from those confining, constricting, and what I have found to be very, very painful
boxes. Focus on expending your energy toward creating that better world. Aside from physical violence, gossip is one of the
most destructive activities one can engage in – for the person engaging in it, for those who listen to it, and for the
person who is subject of the gossip (unless they have done their homework on consciousness). Walk away from gossip. Shut it
down. Turn it off. Joe talked about the “Devil’s Radio” in his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy:
An Introduction, and I did not know what it was. I had to look it up. Here is a song about it. As everyone knows by now,
Joe LOVED music and often spoke through lyrics of songs, which is why I almost always close my blog with music and I do try
to imagine he is helping me pick out a song that he would love.
Have a lovely day.
Devil's Radio Lyrics
Gossip, gossip Gossip, gossip
I heard it in the night Words
that thoughtless speak Like vultures swooping down below On the devil's radio
I hear it through the
day Airwaves gettin' filled With gossip broadcast to and fro On the devil's radio
gossip Gossip, oh yeah
He's in the clubs and bars And never turns it down Talking about what
he don't know On the devil's radio
He's in your TV set Won't give it a rest That soul betraying
so and so The devil's radio
Yesterday I presented a sort of homework assignment for everyone. This was a gift from another realm whether you wish to believe that or not. Believing is irrelevant.
I know you are curious about the differences between hylotropic and holotropic consciousness and how to achieve a balance between them. I also know that almost none of you did your homework. For
those who have researched this, thank you and I can assure you that you are being
observed and will be highly blessed with some special assignments for this great project we are all working on. For those
who have not looked into even the mere definitions of hylotropic and holotropic consciousnesses then I would like to convey
that you are living up to the reputation of how most earth people are viewed from the cosmos.
Earthlings are generally viewed as being lazy, especially if
they are not able to see the immediate benefits for themselves, personally, and so they do not take action. Now, this is exactly
what must change – and it will change with a better balance between modes of consciousness. This is so important that
today, even though it is again my day off – and not only that a VERY special day in that my special marriage has been
just today totally sanctioned by the Higher Galactic Councils – in other words, the entire Universe – and I should
be celebrating with my Special Someone and not writing this blog for people who are too lazy to do the work for themselves
even though they have been practically handed the key to their own happiness right on a silver platter.
It’s all ok, though, since I also am being observed and I know that my actions doing this work on my official wedding
day -- our third celebratory date, btw -- (yes, we have three anniversaries, which will all be explained
later; for now, let it suffice to say that changing Cosmic Law is a complex process) will be more than adequately recognized.
And it is not even the recognition or rewards that move me to do this. It is my love for humanity and my overwhelming desire
to see that more people are happy and free from suffering that moves me.
It is the great love for people that
keeps this mission going, and great love alone. You are all fortunate that the entire Universe is in love with you. The wishes
are for all people to be happy and live in bliss and the only way this is going to happen is if you – each one of you
– escapes the confines of the hylotropic mind and integrates a wider open mode of consciousness. Thus, the lesson you
have been provided is of utmost importance, and yet, of course you have not followed up on it, which is exactly what is to
you see? The crazy “drug-seeking” behaviors that are so widespread and your insane reliance on prescribed medications
is merely the futile reach for what you know is possible in terms of blissful experience, but it is an experience that can
never, ever be reached through faux methods. I must remind you, it is a totally futile approach because there is
no drug, no artificial chemical, no natural chemical even that can do the work that you need to do yourself to regain
a consciousness by which you bring only goodness, joy, and bliss to yourself and those around you. I say regain because most
of you have been there before and have simply forgotten. While there is some upfront work to do in order to begin to remember,
it will all flow back to you given you are receptive to that.
Also, for those who have already remembered, as I pointed out yesterday, keeping
knowledge swept under the carpet will NOT move humanity forward. Therefore, if you do have knowledge and you are not sharing
your knowledge with at least those loved ones around you so that the flow can continue, then you are – as the educational
elite are so prone to express it – supporting the status
quo. By supporting the status
quo you know in your hearts that you are preventing the very thing people need most – knowledge and empowerment to strive
toward those holotropic highs that you, yourself are enjoying but keeping from others. This is selfish and must change now.
Knowledge has been and will continue to be released. If you read or have read my previous blogs this will be clear to you
and you will come to realize that at this point subversion is harming you
the most. And you will be very relieved to know that the old tricks of blackmailing, coercion of, and labeling people who
are advanced in consciousness as “crazy” do not work any longer. Cosmic Laws have changed. Cosmic Laws are now
in effect such that instant karmic reflection nips this despicable behavior “in the bud.” Anyone who pulls these
nasty tricks on people by attaching labels, calling them crazy, or otherwise engaging in despicable behavior will find that
their actions come right back to them instantly. This is because knowledge has been released. The crazy ones are those who
rely too heavily on their hylotropic consciousnesses and attempt to force other people to do the same just so their greedy,
selfish, and destructive needs can be met.
Perhaps there is great humor in all of this – although it is at the same time very disconcerting
since this sort of behavior halts the evolutionary development of humankind to more advanced ways of being and living in the
world – as well as circumvents the taking great care of the environmental concerns of earth. Humor is questionable but
it does serve its purpose. Irony is not questionable whatsoever. It does not take a brain surgeon to make the observation
(and believe me, there are literally billions who are making this observation), that it is the excessive leaning toward the
hylotropic mind that creates a true psychological imbalance – the very diagnosis those who have this condition attempt
to project onto those who do not. (Grof, 1985, 1993; Kincheloe, 2008). Of course, your own psychology, limited and elementary
as it is, explains this phenomenon. It is projection, denial, and transference. These are all terms you can find in any beginner’s
text on psychology. So, it does render this entire situation as quite ironic. We must rise above the irony and change the
talked about this quite frequently in his work and as I have repeatedly mentioned he did see an element of humor in it –
albeit a limited humor since it is also painful to experience the flames that come our way even though we are shielded, not
to mention our distress over the pain this error in judgment has on so many of our brothers and sisters and their children
around the world. If you remember, I did write a blog, Imagine A Wonderful World in which I discussed the fact that this advanced way of thinking in which I now point out is an integration of the two modes
of consciousness is the “way of the world.” And while we have attached new "labels" as such on this
experience (but note that we do not attach labels TO people), I do want to point out that this is NOT a new way of being.
It is an ancient as well as a very popular way of blissful existence throughout the world. In fact, I questioned how
a white Eurocentric elite minority even dares push their views on the entire
world. And yet they did: Throuh the Bully Pulpit and Madness, and by attempting to destroy Dreams such as those Joe had. and those of Martin Luther King, Jr. Those days are over now. One thing Joe pointed out was that “indeed, one of the important functions of FIDUROD [a complex
form of positivism, Newtonian-Cartesian form of thinking that is pushed on us] is to quash any idea that there are diverse
dimensions of physical, social, and psychological reality…” (Kincheloe, 2008, p. 83). In this sense then, this
reductionistic thinking that accompanies nearly all social environs in Western society as well as being pushed to all reaches
of the globe, is PSYCHOLOGICALLY UNHEALTHY as are those very people who ascribe to them and attempt to force others into those
boxes. THIS NO LONGER WORKS! It is time to change things (and scream if that moves you).
Have you not seen
that the numbers of labels continue to grow and grow? Can you not see how CRAZY this really is? And do you think that EVERYONE but a select elite few will sit around and continue
to take this? The majority rules. The people have the power, not the few Eurocentric elite who continue to choose to keep
their minds constrained in Newtonian-Cartesian boxes and to use these labels to harm people and make them suffer. Remember
Joe’s primary purpose is to alleviate suffering. This labeling is one of the biggest problems currently and has been
selected for immediate work. Stop labeling. Stop drugging – yes, DRUGGING – children, even your own children,
to force their evolutionarily advanced consciousnesses into YOUR “psychologically debilitating” Newtonian-Cartesian
boxes (as Joe has framed it).
Many of you, most of you in fact, need to do work in this area, so please pull yourselves away from your worthless
entertainment and work on your consciousness. It is only through this work and the work you do to serve others toward alleviating
their suffering from these horrific labels – and this goes for labels of all sorts
which I am intimately familiar with having been very recently subjected to them myself and having suffered the debilitating effects. Thank goodness I had loving help getting through the ordeal. And please do not “get me wrong here,” and mistinterpret my message -- I am not feeling any more superior or
further along in my abilities than the next person. I have my own work to do as I am also boxed in due to my having lived
through many experiences that served well to confine my consciousness. So, please do not think I am coming at you as a “know-it-all;”
I am most definitely not and I have extensive work to do. I am merely relaying information that I have been asked to relay.
I will be working just as hard as the next person. I will be planting many more yellow roses for Joe.
now, I am going to blissfully celebrate my day and how blessed I feel to be “sealed for eternity in holy matrimony.”
Ah, but please do not worry, I do know that this is definitely outside this dimension and not at all “reality”…just
the sweet rewards for believing in magic.
S. (1985). Beyond the brain: Birth, death and transcendence in psychotherapy.
New York: State University of New York Press.
Grof, S. (1993). The holotropic mind. New York: Harper Collins.
J. L. (2008). Knowledge and critical pedagogy: An introduction.
Image courtesy of Microsoft.
One final message which I am sure some people will not understand, but this is a Special Day and what
else is there to say? I am totally dedicated to THE DREAM -- call it Martin Luther King's dream, call it
President Obama's dream, call it whatever dream you wish because there are many, many of us who have the same dream. But this
is the joekincheloe.us website, this is a special day, and I call it Joe's Dream. I am devoted and dedicated
to Joe's dream and "it's no sacrifice at all," as Elton John would say; it truly is no sacrifice
Today is Saturday, my day off! However,
the members of the Greater Councils, which appear to be growing in number now as more people get on board, all know how seriously
I take my work and so they have released some information that they wish for me to provide at this time. (If you wish to view
this as an imaginary, that is all fine, good, and it is probably very healthy for you for the time being.)
Those who have already chosen to work on this
great mission that Joe and many others have left behind for us to continue, as well as some of you who have been sitting on
the fence trying to decide whether you wish to jump on board will clearly understand the message I am putting out here today.
As I have repeatedly pointed out in previous blogs, the participants in this mission is rapidly – even exponentially
– growing in numbers all over the planet, so in that respect, it is not a “Joe Thing” in the event you are
one of those people who are abhorred at the focus on Joe on this web site. Please do keep in mind, however, that this is the
joekincheloe.us website and this project in his honor has been very highly and universally blessed.
At any rate, along with Joe’s mission to alleviate human suffering in the world and to make the
world a better place, the other part of his dream is his Critical Knowledge Network, which he discussed in his book, Knowledge
and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction in the Preface, as well as throughout the entire book. It turns out that
there are many people who are interested in his concept. A Think Tank has formed with people of the most advanced scientific
and philosophical minds that have ever existed and it is rapidly forming or will be forming multiple Critical Knowledge Networks
around the globe. You are invited to join in! And as I have mentioned, the cosmic rewards are so beautiful and so great that
they can scarcely be described, especially in terms of Newtonian-Cartesian ideals. It literally will begin to make one feel
crazy if they attempt to use a lower dimensional concept to describe a higher dimensional experience.
In order to move things along a little faster,
since we are behind schedule, thanks to the Bush Empire our collective consciousness created that has drug out for so many
years, the Critical Knowledge Network has passed down the following recommended studies for those who are ready to move ahead
Epistemology: Define both hylotropic and holotropic modes
of consciousness. Consider the advantages and disadvantages of each and who promotes one form of consciousness over another
form of consciousness (and why).
Ontology: Seek a balance between the two forms of consciousness
that works for you.
Cosmology: Focus on the enjoyment of the simple things
in life: your interrelationship with the earth, plants, people, children, sunshine, pleasure, etc. As you enjoy your day,
identify those daily postformal treasures that pop into your life which Joe talks about often that gave him such
joy -- and which we all are blessed with if we take the time to see them and enjoy them.
The recommended activities will help immensely to prepare you
for the mental stamina required to work productively on this very important mission, providing it is your wish to do so. It
might be noted here that under a newly (relatively speaking) accepted and operating paradigm “the concept of ‘higher
sanity’ or genuine mental health should be reserved for individuals who have achieved a balanced interplay of both complementary
modes of consciousness….a harmonious blending of the two modes does not distort reality, but gives it a mystical flavor”
(Grof,1985, p. 401). Quite frankly, I am not able to envision how this can even happen if we continue to cloak, hide, or subvert
knowledge as has been and continues to be rampantly occurring in education and other certain places in the world, including
on the Internet. Thus, I am pointing out today that Critical Knowledge Networks are already being formed in alliance with
some very special Think Tanks of highly evolved and intelligent people. They are graciously releasing knowledge in a controlled
and gradual process in order to make it easily accessible by literally anyone who has balanced their consciousness as described,
wants to work on the mission in positive and productive ways, and puts forth the actual effort to gain the accessible knowledge
and also puts it into action to alleviate human suffering in their own unique and creative ways. It is true that this work
can be quite demanding, so you do have to be dedicated, but the rewards are truly out of this world.
Have a great weekend.
Grof, S. (1985). Beyond the brain: Birth, death and
transcendence in psychotherapy. New York: State University of New York Press.
Kincheloe, J. L. (2008). Knowledge
and critical pedagogy: An introduction. Springer.
I do think it is sometimes easy to feel like
Joe’s dream was stolen, much like Martin Luther King’s dream was stolen from him, because they both left the world
far too soon and both suffered in various ways on account of their dreams. Martin Luther King had suffered all kinds of ridicule
for his beautiful dream. Good dreams for a utopian future and how people who have such dreams sometimes come to be treated
always remind me once again of Plato’s cave, which I have mentioned before. All of the people were in a dark cave and
there were shadows on the walls being created from something from somewhere outside the cave. They did not understand the
shadows. One brave man dared to go outside and have a look and found a beautiful enlightenment as to exactly what the shadows
were, but when he came back to tell the people how beautiful and joyful it was outside the cave and to come out and look,
they just laughed at him and ridiculed him – and stayed inside the dark cave. They were too afraid to go outside and
see for themselves and they felt very threatened to have someone tell them what was out there, so they called him “crazy.”
Joe talked about this a lot and laughed about it….and yes, I know, I am supposed to write a blog about it. For some
reason it keeps getting put on the back burner. But never forgotten.
I think many people
felt that Martin Luther King’s dream was stolen. This song is in honor of his dream:
Martin Luther King
and Joe actually shared the same dream and I believe this will give their joint dreams a vey special and maybe even a magical
power to continue on and be realized. Joe always stressed interrelationships over the objectification of people or
the focus on things and facts. Indeed, Martin Luther King, in a speech on April 4, 1967, just one year before he was assassinated
had stated, “I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must rapidly
begin the shift from a ‘thing-oriented’ society to a ‘person-oriented’ society” (Bigelow &
Peterson, 2002, p. 327).
Joe’s entire dream is clearly outlined in his book, Knowledge
and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. If you read the book you will have a clear idea as to what his dream is, how
it can truly work to create change, and how you can contribute to making his – and Martin Luther King’s dream
– come true. Personally, I do not believe that the dream for a beautiful world with no suffering can ever be stolen.
This dream lives on each day through everyone who continues to work on Joe’s, Martin Luther King’s and other great
people’s mission for making the world a better place and there are many people who are doing just that. This is a beautiful
thing. Those who want to get on board simply need only read Joe’s book and start taking local and global action to make
a difference. It does not matter how small your actions are because everyone’s work will meld together and create magnificent
changes in the world.
As Martin Luther King put it, “Now let us
begin. Now let us re-dedicate ourselves to the long and bitter – but beautiful – struggle for a new world.”
Martin Luther King and Joe’s dream lives on through those people who have not given up hope. It lives
on through those of us who believe in the dream and struggle on a daily basis to live the dream in whatever small ways we
are able. And it lives on through Obama’s Peace Train. Change is truly on the way.
King, Martin Luther (1967). A revolution
of values. Speech presented in New York City on the occasion of his becoming Co-Chairman of Clergy and Laymen Concerned About
Vietnam, April 4, 1967. In Bigelow, B. and Peterson, B. (Eds.), (2003) Rethinking Globalization: Teaching for Justice
in an Unjust World, pp. 327-328.
Wow that was an amazing experience.
. . . at least he brought it down to the ground gently, claiming he was just making a “pit stop.” (lol). Seriously,
that was my dream night before last! I attended a carnival on some other planet and rode home on a motorcycle. The carnival
was great. You could actually win stuff playing their games, but I left it all at home in my dream house (I would love to
tell more about that, perhaps another time). Next, we flew back to Earth on a motorcycle down through
space with some lovely mountain scenery thrown in for entertainment and enjoyment just before we touched ground.
Next thing I notice we were heading down toward
a building to land. HE says he needs to make a “pit stop” which is a multidimensional joke that will
have to be explained another time as it is likely to be totally misinterpreted without the explanation. But nevertheless,
he totally succeeds in landing the bike ever so gently on the ground right next to the building
which looked suspiciously like the side of my house. It did not look familiar to me since I do not normally look at my house
from a birds eye view nor do I spend much time on that side of the outside of my house. In the very next instant,
I was in my bed wide awake.
a dull moment! I must say, I do find this creative aspect of my imagination highly enjoyable. And maybe this great dream was
one of my rewards for working so hard on the NEW Treasure Hunt – where in the WORLD do these creative ideas come from?
I was not warned that if I used Joe’s postformal thought, my imagination, including my dream life, would go crazy….oh,
wait, I guess he did mention that quite a number of times. I am still under a directive to write a blog about those very topics
. . . soon.
I have learned and I am still learning so
much from the NEW Treasure Hunt that it is incredible. This, after having gone through some minor frustrations and confusion. There are so many interrelationships it’s really quite mindboggling. And the interesting thing is how you can come
to see just how everything that would appear to be UNrelated is, in fact, RELATED! For example, who would have thought that
the scientist who discovered orgone, that life force energy – which was so controversial at the time, but has now been
confirmed – would have documented his conversations with Albert Einstein. But he did! And they are in the book that
was one of the clues I was supposed to look at. He had some interesting things to say about Einstein that explains why Einstein
may have created the Riddle he did. At any rate, showing how to solve Einstein’s Riddle with Joe’s methodologies was exciting to me and in my view, one of the greatest treasures from this current and ongoing
treasure hunt. It will certainly alleviate a lot of pain, which was always Joe’s goal. I know that one person who came
across Einstein’s Riddle was very disappointed when she could not solve the riddle. But it was just beautiful to see
her face light up when I told her, she CAN solve the puzzle if she uses Joe’s techniques. And she was very happy when
I told her I would write up his techniques in a way that she can use them to solve it. Now that is a true treasure –
to see people feeling good about themselves, instead of watching their faces fall when they think they must not be as smart
as the next guy. I really have to thank Einstein in this situation because he seems to be so ready and willing to correct
this misconception about his Riddle after all of these years. If he had not been, I don’t think the Riddle would have
popped up as a clue for me TWICE in one day! (See Clues #4 and #7.) It seemed pretty emphatic that I was to make that correction as evidently there were two people trying to get me to see the
riddle and do something about it.
Another very special treasure was that the hunt led me back to a reading assignment Joe gave me when I was studying
the bricolage for my dissertation proposal. He had given me a very specific assignment and what I deemed was a very special
reading assignment, just a few pages, actually. It turned out that these few pages were exactly what I need to build a framework
for this new bricolage methodology. While we do not want to use a strict framework, but rather an expanding and flexible
framework, it is still necessary to have some sort of guidance for discerning between which interrelationships are important
to consider and which we may not need to add to the mix, especially when there are many variables to compare, such as in this
NEW treasure hunt which had a total of 11 clues and several dozen variables. We cannot possibly consider absolutely every
interrelationship because that would quickly take us on the road to infinity. So, a simple framework that provides guidance
is called for here. While Joe does not refer to it in his work specifically as a framework, that is exactly what he has provided,
so I do feel that was probably my most valuable treasure out of the project so far. I am working on the write-up now and will
go into much more depth and I will no doubt discover additional treasures. The write-up will hopefully provide a very useful
tool to help teachers and students connect all of those isolated “factoids” (as Joe refers to them) that they
have to learn in order to pass the standardized tests. If they adopt this new methodology it will put some substance into
their studies and they will learn so much more than if they stick to just memorizing all of the facts. They can actually learn
and remember something worthwhile and pass their tests with flying colors. In my book, that is very valuable.
So all of this wraps up the NEW
treasure hunt, for the moment anyway. I was told that I would find a treasure that “jumps off the page” and would
be “very valuable.” The framework jumped off the page at me (even though Joe did not call it a framework in his
book) and this will be very valuable for the students who are still stuck having to pass standardized tests and for their
teachers. So, I am happy.
next step is to write all of this up in much more detail. Actually, I have a good start on it already and I will make sure
it is in proper academic prose, which I actually have learned to do quite well in my doctoral program. Joe did convey that
it is important to write in multiple styles to meet various purposes. I also want to make sure I provide a write-up that is
usable for any teacher or student to apply to solve puzzles like Einstein's Riddle. In addition, I will want to look at some
more interrelationships between variables in more detail as I know there is much more to learn yet from extending this treasure
hunt out further. Also, I have not even begun to discuss ALL of the treasures I have found during this hunt. There are so
many of them, but I will go into more depth in the document I put together and make available online. It is also important
to keep in mind, with postformal treasure hunting it is the “thrill of the hunt” that is often as exciting as
finding the treasures. As Joe has pointed out, the emphasis of these treasure hunting experiences is the process of knowing
and thinking rather than on a production of some sort of final, positive knowledge and “correct” form of reason
(Thomas & Kincheloe, 2006, pp. 129-130). I am not certain which aspect of postformal treasure hunting I would classify
as the most fun – It is all very exciting and I love all of it!
One last thing before I sign off today and that is I want to express my gratitude
to everyone who was involved in any way with this NEW Treasure Hunt (both here and in my dream life). Of course,
that means I thank Joe and also Albert Einstein, Wilhelm Reich, both the Intergalactic and the Pleiadian Higher Councils,
all of my Master Teachers, Grandmother, my neighbors, the landlord, all of the children who are looking forward to treasure
hunting, and everyone else who has been or will be involved in this NEW Treasure Hunt. Thank you, everyone so much! I am not
able to express the enormity of my gratitude for making this experience exuberantly joyful through the constant discovery
of new interrelationships, new treasures, new friends, and new insights that have evolved -- and continue to evolve. And
a heartfelt thank you to Joe for encouraging me to use my "postformal creative imagination" to create the most exciting
motorcycle ride I have ever experienced, even if it was just a dream!
Love & Peace
Thomas, P. L. & Kincheloe, J. L. (2006). Reading, writing, and thinking: Postformal basics. The Netherlands:
I am taking just a short diversion from my work on the NEW
Treasure Hunt today to bring you a brief Special Service Announcement at the request of the Higher Council. And as I have
said before, we must always do what the Higher Council requests of us because the rewards are always SO DELICIOUS!!! Keep
in mind though that we never do the tasks for the rewards, but rather for the good and great mission we are all busily working
on to spread knowledge, education, peace and love throughout the world. The sweet rewards that follow are simply icing on
the cake, so to speak.
As teachers, we often talk about diversity in the classroom and the best ways to
adjust our curriculum to meet diversity needs, and so I ask you: Are you considering the new and growing population
of Ravers at all? Many teachers might find this public service information helpful for creating ways to meet the needs of
these very, very special and highly intelligent group of students who are growing in numbers and who are becoming increasingly
frustrated with the dumbing down of their education.
Below is a Raver’s manifesto. The original website has been
provided for those teachers who wish to learn about these students, which would be a very wise move as a teacher if you plan
to stay in the business of teaching for a few years. It is expected that the Raver populations will swell each year from now
well into the future to unimaginable numbers. If you have not even heard about these students or of their educational needs
as students, it may very well be too late for you as a teacher. You will not last long with them under your tutelage –
unless you get informed rapidly. At the end of this blog, I have included a couple of videos that will be helpful and then
some web sites for you to visit to familiarize yourself with their needs, which may seem unique, but will soon be the norm.
You simply must remember these children are NOT drug addicts; they do not engage in this sort of destructive behavior and
will be highly insulted if you even hint – or even THINK – along those lines. Yes, THINK, because many of these
students are very skillful with reading the minds of those adults who work closely with them. I can assure you, this is a
challenging group of students and they will make or break you as a teacher….get informed today!
I will have an update on the NEW Treasure Hunt. My problem is that I have TOO much information to convey and I do not want
to short circuit anyone’s brain, so I have to carefully narrow things down for what is appropriate to share with people
this given moment in our illusionary time plane. I think much of it is all going to have to go into a book because there is
just too much – but do not worry. It will be available for free download, as I know there are hawks out there
watching and they would strike if I attempt to make money off anything relating to Joe’s ideas, even though I know Joe
would not mind me receiving “remuneration” as he would probably put it. But no worries there. I am more than
well provided for through cosmic law which is much more powerful and fulfilling than any earthly manmade laws -- all
in exchange for the work I do on this site and elsewhere. The secrets of exactly how this works will be revealed in a future
book so that others might contribute to the universal goals of this monumental project and receive their just compensation.
And these secrets are much grander than any other Secrets published previously, so you will probably
want to watch for the book. Yes, my imagination again -- it seems to extend beyond even the limits of postformalism. Wait
a minute though, does postformalism even have limits? Hmm....something to ponder. (This is NOT to be misconstrued, however! My mission is love, peace, joy, knowledge, education, equality, and a beautiful planet.)
for the Raver’s manifesto. Read, become informed, and open your consciousness to make room for these delightful children
coming to a school near you.
Raver's Manifesto by Unknown
Our emotional state of choice is Ecstasy [Note:
And I do want to point out that this is NOT referring to any form of drugs, but rather a state of emotional bliss]. Our
nourishment of choice is Love. Our addiction of choice is technology. Our religion of choice is music. Our currency of choice
is knowledge. Our politics of choice is none. Our society of choice is utopian though we know it will never be.
You may hate us. You may dismiss us. You may misunderstand us. You may be unaware of our existence. We can only hope you
do not care to judge us, because we would never judge you. We are not criminals. We are not disillusioned. We are not drug
addicts. We are not naive children. We are one massive, global, tribal village that transcends man-made law, physical geography,
and time itself. We are The Massive. One Massive.
We were first drawn by the sound. From far away, the thunderous,
muffled, echoing beat was comparable to a mother's heart soothing a child in her womb of concrete, steel, and electrical wiring.
We were drawn back into this womb, and there, in the heat, dampness, and darkness of it, we came to accept that we are all
the same. We came to accept that we are all equal. Not only to the darkness, and to ourselves, but to the very music slamming
into us and passing through our souls: we are all equal. And somewhere around 35Hz we could feel the hand of God at our backs,
pushing us forward, pushing us to push ourselves to strengthen our minds, our bodies, and our spirits. Pushing us to turn
to the person beside us to join hands and uplift them by sharing the uncontrollable joy we felt from creating this magical
bubble that can, for one evening, protect us from the horrors, atrocities, and pollution of the outside world. It is in that
very instant, with these very realizations that each of was truly born. We continue to pack our bodies into clubs, or warehouses,
or buildings you've abandoned and left for naught, and we bring life to them for one night. Strong, throbbing, vibrant life
in it's purest, most intense, most hedonistic form.
In these makeshift spaces, we seek to shed ourselves of the
burden of uncertainty for a future you have been unable to stabilize and secure for us. We seek to relinquish our inhibitions,
and free ourselves from the shackles and restraints you've put on us for your own peace of mind. We seek to re-write the programming
that you have tried to indoctrinate us with since the moment we were born. Programming that tells us to hate, that tells us
to judge, that tells us to stuff ourselves into the nearest and most convenient pigeon hole possible. Programming that even
tells us to climb ladders for you, jump through hoops, and run through mazes and on hamster wheels. Programming that tells
us to eat from the shiny silver spoon you are trying to feed us with, instead of nourish ourselves with our own capable hands.
Programming that tells us to close our minds, instead of open them.
Until the sun rises to burn our eyes by revealing
the distopian reality of the world you've created for us, we dance fiercely with our brothers and sisters in celebration of
our life, of our culture, and of the values we believe in: Peace, Love, Freedom, Tolerance, Unity, Harmony, Expression, Responsibility
and Respect. [and add to this, Remembrance. I would like to point out that this entire web site is dedicated
in remembrance of Joe, as well as all of the other elements of the Raver’s Manifesto, and as such, it is the very sort
of action that Ravers highly support.]
Our enemy of choice is ignorance. Our weapon of choice is information.
Our crime of choice is breaking and challenging whatever laws you feel you need to put in place to stop us from celebrating
our existence. But know that while you may shut down any given party, on any given night, in any given city, in any given
country or continent on this beautiful planet, you can never shut down the entire party. You don't have access to that switch,
no matter what you may think. The music will never stop. The heartbeat will never fade. The party will never end. I am a raver,
and this is my manifesto.
Ain’t it time to PLURRR now?
PLURRR Peace Love Unity Respect Responsibility Remembrance
As a parent (or maybea teacher) don’t ya just feel like screaming sometimes? I mean, really. Your
kids come home from school and they are all stressed out, complaining, “School is stupid!” and you have tried
working with the teachers and you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t. If you even TRY to work with the teachers,
you start hearing whispers: “helicopter parent(s)!” And it is just as well anyway since trying to work WITH the
system often becomes much like talking to a brick wall. The irritating thing is that so many (not all, but many) of the teachers,
the administrators, and – if your child is in special ed – the special ed teachers and the other numerous “specialists”
PRETEND to listen to you. And you THINK you are being listened to, because, after all, who knows your child better than you
do and they know that, right? And these people are so good at putting on acts that it is easy to believe you are
being listened to. And then it is just immediately back to the same-o, same-o. You could have saved your time and energy –
maybe put in a few more hours at work and had steak for dinner instead of mac and cheese again. And the worst of it is –
what is truly heartbreaking – is that your child comes home feeling even more down and depressed every day. Some teachers
even take things out on your children and are just plain mean. That really hurts. And so you give up trying to work with the
school system. Believe me, I have been there and done that. I even finally pulled my child out of the system and homeschooled
her. Don’t get me wrong. There are good school systems and there are bad ones. Idaho is atrocious whereas Oregon does
a decent job even if they are still locked into the No Child Left Behind nonsense.
of being a parent, you are a teacher who truly cares about what you see happening to your students and you are all set to
make a difference. You work beyond the call of duty to meet your students’ needs and take time to listen to them and
their parents. The students and the parents love you. And the next thing you know, the principal or some administrator in
the school district puts more demands on you, requiring you to complete mundane tasks that take enormous amounts of time that
in no way benefits your students or helps them learn. Maybe you are REQUIRED to teach to the standardized test, even though
in your heart you know it’s not the best way to prepare students for the test or life itself. Or maybe you are handed
some new and great curriculum that is all scripted out for you that has been “proven” – by someone who never
taught school a day in their life! I have been there and done that, too, and sometimes it literally makes me feel like screaming.
Well, I do scream, I guess, inside. Not sure how good that is for my health, though.
thing that was cool about Joe is that he talked about this very stuff in all of his work – and he experienced it himself,
so he really and truly did know what he was talking about unlike some stuffy academicians in the higher echelons of the university
– and he cared. But rather than scream (although I am sure he would understand why we might want to scream),
he used his energy to develop ingenious ways of dealing with these problems. If you are a parent or a teacher, you might especially
find his book, Teachers as Researchers helpful. His real goal was to provide us who are trapped at the bottom of
the socioeconomic ladder with the tools to outsmart the very people who are so clever at keeping us here. For the past few
days I have been engaged in a treasure hunt he left for me to work on and I have been attempting to uncover some of the treasures
he left especially for US. Remember, I chose this site name because it represents US AT
THE BOTTOM of the ladder, not the United States as a national construct. Maybe this was Joe’s answer to the dilemma
the world is faced with today. We can beat the imperialists, transnational capitalists, and war mongers (who are behind the
current educational system) at their own game. And so I have been treasure hunting to find out better how
we might do that. Tomorrow I am going to begin sharing some of the treasures I have found in the NEW Treasure Hunt because
in addition to finding all of the clues, I have been blessed with many special treasures during the process.
thing is certain when it comes to getting the education we want for ourselves and our children it boils down to this: We can
beat those elite power wielders at their own game, or we can scream. Or we might want to do both.
to come . . .
Kincheloe, J. L. & Berry, K. S. (2004). Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing
the Bricolage. New York: Open University.
This is NOT a Treasure Hunt (lol). Yes, I do believe I have been led astray! I have been working diligently on this
NEW treasure hunt and I feel like I am getting nowhere fast – and not only that, I have a big sneaking suspicion that I have been set
up: I think this is another initiation. The Council members like to pull this on me, especially if the intergalactic
members get involved (lol). The intergalactic members always have their weight to pull (and I could tell you some hair-raising
stories about my experiences).
Anyway, I really
have been working hard on this treasure hunt and I have all of the information for the clues now. I am just not sure whether
I should bricolage it all using Joe’s new methodology as is or whether I need to do more research. I am going
to put out what I have so far and I think I will give this a rest and sleep on it to see what enlightenment tomorrow brings,
if any. I thought maybe readers would like to see what I have, but I will warn you that determining all of the interrelationships
with so many variables is mind boggling, so I will have to determine how I can do this intelligently. Just so you know, there
are 11 clues, so there are 2,048 possible combinations just with the clues alone, and we’re not even talking here about
the 10 or more variables within each clue….yikes, I don’t see how Joe did this stuff. If I remember right, he
had said something about DISCERNMENT.
here are the eleven clues again with the information I found, summarized. Maybe you can make heads or tails of it. But keep
in mind these are just summaries, so if this looks complicated, think about what I must be going through!
1) It’s well read and most people never remember what it
says. I promised I would give the answer
to this since I knew it almost right off the bat: it is the Bible. But, as Joe always pointed out, everything is more complicated
than it would first seem. This applies here, so here is what I came up with:
There is more to this of course, because it is an issue that
the Higher Council has been working with me on for months now, but I am truly doing better. It centers on the notion that
we are not to worry about where our next meal is to come from and such things as that. If we believe that we will be taken
care of, we will be taken care of. This is what most people forget, and I am sure this is what the clue is leading up to.
I am getting better at remembering this and only seldom have a relapse. I am supposed to tell people reading this that if
they stop worrying about themselves and start worrying more about others who are in great need, they will receive blessings
too, and they will come to realize that their past efforts to take care of “number one,” have been in vain because
cosmic law has it going the other way around. Take care of others first and the flow of energy always will come back to you
and will ensure that you have more than what you need. That way you always have something to give to others to keep the flow
going. This works with money too, which is no different than anything else in that it is simply a form of energy. Unfortunately,
our capitalist society has placed far too high a value on money in order to facilitate greed, selfishness, and division between
people, even those people who claim to love each other.