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Is there a place in education for a child’s inner wisdom?

Posted Aug. 10, 2010 by IONS Staff in Worldview Transformation

commented on May 11, 2013
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Is there a place in education for a child’s inner wisdom?

Writer Ben Okri asserts, “In the future, centers of learning will teach at least one thing we do not teach today: the art of self-discovery. There is nothing more fundamental in education. We turn our students from our schools knowing how to give answers, but not how to ask questions.”

How do we educate people in a way that invites them into an awareness and appreciation for their inner wisdom? And how do we actively enhance our capacity for inner listening?

What do you think?

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  • Joseph Smith May 11, 2013

    P.S. I’m no different than you. You have a choice. My choice got me where I wanted to be, I have no ambition to tell you what to do. I can only speak for myself. Take it or leave it. The authorities didn’t tell me what to do. If fact, they admitted they were mistaken. But according to the way I was taught, everything should have gone wrong for me. Everything went right.

  • Joseph Smith May 11, 2013

    A word to the wise on educating your children. When my oldest daughter was age seven, she informed me that she was psychic. It took it the same way most parents would have taken it—as nonsense. When she was age 18, my daughter was diagnosed as schizophrenic. In her twenties she was having regular discussions with Einstein. My daughter lived a sad life and died at age 52.
    Psychologist Carl Jung worked with schizophrenics and developed his synchronicity theory from them. Is that not psychic.
    Einstein was unable to scientifically prove his unified field theory. Obviously, Einstein, the great mathematician, was not psychic. The cutting edge of science has now proven the unified field theory. It connects with synchronicity theory, and Genesis 1:26. “And God said, Let us make man in our image,” knowing good and evil (Genesis 3:22). We know good and evil because we are blessed with conscience. Is that not psychic? So naturally from scientifically collected data, parapsychology has proven that we are psychic. So what else is new?
    Civilization began 6,000 years ago. People learned to write and keep records. They developed geometry, and from this great engineering feats. They also geometrized the universe. Through the zodiac, a schematic of the universe, through geometry, they determined events and personal characteristics. Astrology was good enough for kings. The Magi, Persian astrologers (the three wise men) predicted the coming of the king of Jews. They followed the Star of Bethlehem to the king of Jews birthplace. Is that not psychic? But what could be worse than believing in astrology. Give me a break!
    The Jews’ authority would have no part of it. Jesus went about calling the Jewish authority hypocrites and wolves in sheep’s clothing. He was a troublemaker. The authorities saw to it that Jesus was crucified. Christians must now ask for forgiveness to be saved. And where are the Jews today? They are close to losing their homeland. Somebody is wrong.
    The Greek Pythagoras was an astrologer. He first studied under Egyptian priests and later under the Persian sage Zoroaster, whose priests were the Magi. Jesus, the prediction of the Magi, said, “in earth as it is in heaven…But seek ye first the kingdom of God.” Jesus said the kingdom of God is in you. The religious still don’t get it.
    The truth came to me in a peculiar way. I studied the Constitution and felt that Jung’s voices—voices of the past—were speaking to me. I guess you could say I’m schizophrenic. But an astrologer told me that I was blessed with psychic energy. It may be similar to schizophrenia, but it is something normal people possess. Astrology is not the worst thing ever. It predicts the future, and a better future than the present and past.
    I cut from the herd and began my new life. All my dreams came true. No, I’m not off track. Authority is deliberately keeping our children in chains.

  • Billgreenjeans May 11, 2013

    @ Joseph Smith. Kinda lost track of the thread didn't you?

  • Joseph Smith May 10, 2013

    It is reprehensible, I now learn from Neotic Sciences, that “at worst” the field of parapsychology is lumped together with astrology.
    What is the source of psychic energy? We don’t know but we have lots of quaint ideas. And you can bet there will be an explanation, a guess, for what I’m about to reveal.
    In July 1975, an astrologer told me that my astrological chart matched those of the world’s foremost psychics. Not long after I was told this, just by coincidence, I was sailing off the coast of Palm Beach, Florida when I thought I heard voices crying out in distress. I searched the surrounding ocean with my field glasses and saw nothing. My companion said it was probably wind on the shrouds. Nevertheless, I sailed in the direction from which I thought I heard the voices. I sailed straight to three young people who had been snorkeling over a reef in front of the Breakers Hotel, about 8 miles south. They got caught in an ocean current.
    There were other inexplicable things that happened during my two years at sea, and continued thereafter. It all begin in the summer of 1975, at the very time I had my bigger than life calling. It is all revealed in by book, "In Earth as It Is in Heaven 2012: an Explanation for the underlying Mechanism of Creation."

  • Joseph Smith May 10, 2013

    Tweet of the week. Jodi Arias wished she would have killed a U.S. Ambassador or an unborn baby because then nobody would be talking about her.
    Thinking on this crock, what could have been the motivation to kidnap those three girls and keep them chained in a cellar for years simply to abuse them? What could have been the motivation to carefully and meticulously build bombs simply for the purpose of killing and maiming people? What could have been the motivation for going to a school with guns simply to see how many children you could kill? Don’t ask your government. Look within for the answer. There can be but one answer: anger over what society has done to you. The Benghazi killing was an expression of anger. Speaker Boehner, it isn’t Benghazi. Something is wrong about the way we are being educated. You and your colleagues have only succeeded in making bad matters worse. You are the problem. More at:
    http://mymiraclemessage.com

  • Billgreenjeans May 09, 2013

    I saw an old fellow on TV who stated he had been raising mules for over fifty years and that people always ask him about mules being stubborn. He replied to the idea this way “mules aren’t stubborn they're just smart. The secret is you have to be smarter than the mule.”
    Raising children and teaching them is much the same. You have to be smarter than them which nowadays is no easy task because children are very intelligent. Still for me this attitude solves a lot of problems in teaching children. Letting them use their inborn desire to learn is intelligent.

  • Joseph Smith May 09, 2013

    In 1975, my life was in ruins. This thinking was brought home by the fact that I cut from the heard in 1975 to begin a new life with nothing. Born a blank, if we were aware of a past life, we might make the same mistakes. Numerologists talk about nine steps of development, starting with the pioneer striking out alone, seeing his identity. In the book I wrote and self-published, "In Earth as It Is in Heaven 2012: an Explanation for the underlying Mechanism of Creation," I set up the nine steps and applied the events in my new life to the specific steps the various events fit. Unconsciously, I had followed my path of destiny. My life kept getting better. When you read the nine steps and my improving life, you learn something you may not have known about your own life. When if anything can go wrong it does, it means you have been wandering. You need to learn your destiny. We each have our own.

  • Joseph Smith May 09, 2013

    When I was a child, way back in the 1920s and 30s, my parents told me I asked too many questions. I guess I was born to question. At age 87, I'm still asking a lot of questions, and getting wrong answers. I do my thing and have no problem with others doing their thing. it is those who want me to do their thing that have a problem.

    We are leaving the Age of Pisces and entering the Age of Aquarius. Pisceans are easily impressed by external factors. Aquarians are very stubborn in their beliefs. The symbol for Pisces is two attached fish swimming in opposite directions. The symbol for Aquarius is the water-bearer.

    In Luke 21:25, Jesus talked about the sun, moon and stars, and the distress of nations, and that the kingdom of God would be there for us. My Christian teaching was more centered on the disobedience of Adam and Eve. It turns out that what astrologers said about me came true. By looking within for my answers, as Jesus advised, I've been rewarded. I and others are right. We've lost our way.I didn't learn from my early life. I learned the hard way. Our children are going to have to do the same.

  • Jeanine Broderick Jan 24, 2013

    @ IAMONESORU

    I agree with pretty much all your premises except one (also agree with your screen name)

    When you say it is too much to expect parents to have the patience to deal with these children 24/7 that is old paradigm. What I mean is that you are thinking that attempting to control them the way the old paradigm thinks they should--enforcing the structure of the old paradigm on to children who were born not to follow a path but to pave new ones. I agree they are often born with answers to problems we are seeking but then we force them into the traditional mold and make them spend 12 or more years learning things that are often of little interest when--if we allowed them to pursue their own interests and passions--they would surprise and delight us with not only the new ideas and solutions to age old problems--but with their passion and focus when they are allowed to pursue their passions instead of learning what someone else thought was important.

    Why do you think the children of my children's generation could program the VCR when I was clueless? Why are the little ones now able to program smart phones when they are 3 years old? They come forth with great knowledge, wisdom, and awareness of things from mass consciousness up to the point they are born.

    They come with great purpose and we thwart them at every turn. Attempting to push them into old molds. We do not need more of histories greats--their work has been accomplished. We need the greats of tomorrow and most of us cannot even imagine what they might look like and what they might accomplish.

    We need to honor their inner wisdom and their innate guidance. We need to allow them to pursue their passions where they will do the most possible good for society and themselves. We need to allow their enthusiasm to flourish and help them find (using their own guidance system) the area of their greatest interest. We need to allow them to be self--determining as far as what they are interested in learning about. They will want to learn, to experiment, to seek out new ideas, to create new ideas and new ways of doing things, new ways of Being in the world. They will surprise and delight us if we give them this freedom and they will not try our patience because they will not be rebelling against the tight bonds of traditional structure.
    ♡ Jeanine

  • Jeanine Broderick Jan 24, 2013

    If we just do not train children away from their emotional guidance but reinforce its value and their understanding of it we will have a world far better than most can imagine in a generation or two.

    I wish I could post links to my blog here because I have several that go into much greater detail - including one that speaks of this as the basics that are required and far more important than the three R's.

    This link is to research and the site is not commercial (it is also not mine - it is the researchers) so I hope posting to it is acceptable - it is the science behind the sensory feedback system whose output we call emotions. It is the missing link -- the instruction manual that many of us sometimes wish came with life -- it did come but we were trained away from it. The research is here: www.emotionalsentience.com It is a hard read with 10 pages of citations. I have, with the authors permission put the parts I am most excited about in blog form on my site in more layman's language.

    I also have a white paper I am happy to share that describes the link between many things and our emotional state but one of the most important is behavior. Socially undesired behaviors--violent acts, for example--would be greatly reduced if we truly understood the impact of emotions and adjusted the way society responds using the knowledge. Many of our current socially acceptable responses are counter productive to our end goals of a harmonious and loving society.

    If we understand the impact of emotions and help our children to follow their guidance the world would be nirvana compared to what it now is.
    ♡ Jeanine

  • telephoenician Sep 20, 2012

    I would also like to suggest the idea "to understand is to invent". We are beings who share a need to create. I think too often, I thought "what's the bother, everythings been done". But when we learn to understand things for ourselves, our minds- and more importantly, our spirit goes through the same process and transformation as the person 'credited' with the discovery.

    It can be so rewarding and it gives children (and adults) the sense that they too can create.

    Our culture encourages the idea that we are not the 'expert'. That we have to resort to some outside source for guidance -which is absolute rubbish in my opinion.

  • telephoenician Sep 20, 2012

    I think Abhishek has the right idea. Life is our classroom. I don't think there needs to be a new or different paradigm. The word education itself suggests that the student is <i>brought</i> to education. On its own the word seems quite innoquous. We must be careful about the words we use, because they are imbued with their meanings, regardless of what we THINK they mean. We must first be precise in our language and be careful about what we are actually saying.

    Herbybell makes many excellent suggestions for curricula.

    I think too we ought to encourage our children to express themselves and not to let them get mired up in grammar and spelling rules. I think too often English is an obstacle to expression and understanding, at least in the manner it's presented in the classroom.

    "We don't need no education..."

  • purna Sep 01, 2012

    Yes, it's a good idea. The inner wisdom should be taught from childhood. Karaananda has rightly commented about educational process through out the life, even before birth. It is a fact that when a child starts develop inside the uterus of its mother, starts learning according to the atomospheric social conditions of his mother, which is experimented by some world class gynologists. Thus, child education on the subject of inner wisdom starts from parents, family and etc. As such we should make ourselves aware about inner wisdom to faciitate our next generation on the issue.

    But, what is inner wisdom? - it should not mean, cleaverly managed on certain problems or solutions
    should be universally accepted thoughts or philosopies.

    how it develops within the beings? - If a being will stay freely without any desire of his/its own, then only inner wisdom will develop.

    How is it possible? - There are some day to day life processes, on practising the processes the desire of own will be vanished in course of time.

    what are the processes? - parents to think.

    do you? - (it is life before birth, means a state of situation of minds of the parents at the time of enjoying each other. )

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    tropicbum Aug 08, 2012

    All of these people have made fine statements about this subject and yet? have we been able to deviate from the destructive way society conditions the young?? no! not as far as i can see?? its ingrained so heavily and why is that so??? my theory keeps bringing me back to?THE JOB/ THE JOB/ THE JOB/ do we not consistently fear not having a job?/ the school system is in the mode of training us to be prepared for acceptance for a JOB/ when we became specialized citizens of a larger and larger group that became mega cities and complex societies and lost our independence as inhabitants of the earth/ so our children no longer learned life from the parents and grandparents and tribe/ after 22 years of school they still are not proficient with life skills and need more schools and more degrees and more training??? huh? and they still do not know who they are/ what they really want to do/where food comes from/ why they are here and what their purpose is/ THE JOB should be their purpose and come from their greatest potential to contribute to life on earth and service to the whole in a positive way/ but we are all slaves to the JOB and to paying bills that hit us every month and taxes and feeding the beast we created/ so for most people all this lovely idealism is somewhat out of reach unless we change our system of survival to be far more flexible/

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    dustproduction May 27, 2012

    As economist John Maynard Keynes wrote, “The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones, which ramify… into every corner of our minds.”

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    iamonesoru May 25, 2012

    It may not make me popular to say this, however, I have noticed that we teach our children to be dysfunctional by forcing them to conform to our worldview or paradigm. We teach them what we were taught to believe, not necessarily what is true. We teach them our beliefs about what is right and what is wrong and these beliefs more often than not are dysfunctional. We don't teach our children what works and what does not work to produce a world full of healthy, happy, functional people because we have not learned this ourselves.

    Our social agreements that we call right and wrong or morality are not really agreements because, more often than not, we don't agree upon them. They are basically social disagreements passed on to us by our ancestors who agreed upon them long ago, but do they work in today's environment? Shouldn't social agreements evolve along with everything else? Rather than teach our children to conform to our ancestors agreements, we need to learn to see ourselves, our world, and our children in a new way.

    We tend to see ourselves as the owners of our children rather than the guides and stewards we should strive to learn to become. It takes a community to properly raise a child, and not just any community, but community of common unity in which the adults all see themselves as guides and stewards whose job is to guide the children to become functional members of the community, and teach children to ask questions and imagine or find their own answers rather than memorize the answers of others.

    What if the children being born today, whose reality is the soul, not the body, bring with them knowledge learned from past lives, maybe even specialized knowledge that our world is in dire need of, and then we mentally, emotionally, physically, and chemically abuse them in order to force them to conform to our current worldview?

    It is no wonder they can't sit still in schools where they are taught to conform, and memorize facts and figures that for the most part are false, and they know it. When they refuse to conform we diagnose them with A.D.D., A.D.H.D., or bi-polar disorders and chemically abuse them in order to take away their free will right not to conform, and this is mind control pure and simple, the abomination of desolation we have been warned about.

    It is simply too much to expect of parents or single parents to have the patience to deal with these high energy children 24 hours a day 7 days a week without a lot of support from the community, but this is what we need to provide for these children rather than mind numbing drugs and government agencies who judge parents by their ability or inability to do the impossible, and then take the children away from the parents and make them even more dysfunctional.

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    dustproduction May 15, 2012

    One can hope that Ben Okri is right but I have my reservations. The real issue might be that we have entrusted schools, a relatively new institution in society, to educate our children. What will parent be teaching their children in the future?
    http://comment.rsablogs.org.uk/2010/10/14/rsa-animate-changing-education-paradigms/
    Even before a child is born learning occurs.
    http://www.ted.com/talks/annie_murphy_paul_what_we_learn_before_we_re_born.html

    Schools and education have come to embody many if not all of the same flaws as organized religion. "Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education -- the best teachers and schools don't exist where they're needed most. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching." http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/sugata_mitra_the_child_driven_education.html
    And there are many others, Charles Leadbeater, Sir Ken Robinson, Dan Meyer.....

    http://comment.rsablogs.org.uk/2010/10/14/rsa-animate-changing-education-paradigms/

    Inner wisdom & listening are abstract terms. This is just acknowledging that children are not blank slates, but might also run the risk of supplanting one assumption for another. What is being referred to is the natural development of a child that optimizes learning.
    If we remain in a paradigm that dictates to us that a child needs to be educated, instead of accepting that a child learns, and that the best we can do is to foster learning, nothing will change.


  • parker Mar 29, 2012

    frequencytuner -
    The left and right sides of a temporal physical brain are merely limited reflections of two perspectives out of innumerable possible perspectives.

    The omni-intelligence within us has provided us with these two very limited perspectives to enable us to glimpse the totality of of itself.

    I am not so bold as to suggest a better functionality of how I have been created. I have the naturally inherent ability to perceive the totality of the intelligence within me, from both my left and my right brained perspective, yet by doing so, I am made cognizant that what little perception this capability allows, is merely an image and a shadow of what potentially exists.

    The totality of this omni-intelligence is such that we are barely yet capable of comprehending the two limited perspectives of it, that we have been so far blessed with. Having revealed to us that all will be revealed in good time, then it is truly a marvelous thing that we look forward to.

  • frequencytuner Mar 28, 2012

    This leads directly into right and left brain thinking.Pineal Gland education and training for children would revolutionize humanity.

  • parker Mar 28, 2012

    The inner wisdom of a child cannot be different than the inner wisdom of an adult, save perhaps the child may hold an innocence enabling a more potent ability to accept and commune with that inner wisdom. It is this very ability to commune with one's inner wisdom, that the child is born with, which the traditional education syllabus diligently attempts to stifle, regardless of how noble their efforts to dissuade otherwise may be.

    Thus an adult with any residual, or recovered ability to commune with his or her own inner wisdom, will not subject that beloved child to the destructive workings of this traditional education system, where the most consistent and probable result will be the artificial internal dividing of that child; a "division and conquering" if you will, separating his "scientific", or rational thinking ability, from that of his naturally inherent ability to commune with his inner wisdom.

    The higher the degree of traditional education, the lesser the ability of the graduate to commune with his inner wisdom and the greater the graduate's dependance upon the material sciences will be. Such that the child must then typically spend the greater portion of it's post-educational life, re-establishing it's ability to commune with it's inner wisdom.

    These facts are clearly demonstrated within the very pages of these discussions. Virtually all threads emanate from the expressed desires to learn more; either to learn of, or to learn from the "inner wisdom". If it had not been lost to you through your education, your search would have never begun, and your discussions about it would reflect your knowing it, and your desire to share that knowing.

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    Sylvyrwyng Nov 28, 2011

    There is always a place for learning self-discovery and inner wisdom. We are born with it and trained to ignore it from the time we are born. Now, we are struggling to learn something that should come naturally. So many of the indigenous tribes around the world are struggling with the same thing we are. How do we keep the knowledge of connectedness with the universe while still integrating with the modern technology and lifestyles? The path to self-discovery is similar to the spirit quests of the ancient tribes. Once started, there is no going back to the ignorance and self-doubt that we are taught by societal differences and fears. It is when we transcend the fear of the unknown and begin to allow ourselfves and our children to learn of inner wisdom that we will be able to come up with the ability to create a sustainable future for this planet. There is a place in education when we make sure to allow the inherent knowledge to come forth, rather than to be suppressed by sociial insecurities.

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    eloetic Aug 18, 2011

    I encourage my children to learn from their children.
    Abraham Maslow's writing on self actualizing and peak experiences says a lot on this. I had some wonderful
    revelations on my own especially in childhood because
    of difficult circumstances that I realize now was a gift.
    My strong will and resilliance helped me cope and succeed in the world or so I thought. Now as my introduction to Noetics helps me balance and not work so hard, enjoying life in the now.

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    Franzen Aug 18, 2011

    I believe that it is essential for our continual existence to ensure that our children understand that within themselves lies the existence of greatness. Children who are coming into this world today have a knowing and we as adults must also accept and acknowledge what these children know to be true. If we parents and other adults don't accept our greatness its a hard sell for children to stay in tune its not what we say its what demonstrate.

  • capt_infinity Aug 09, 2011

    Interesting topic. I don't think the question is, is there a place because children's inner wisdom is happening whether we find a place for it or not. I wish we could collect more DNA from children because I think we are going to find a huge number of genetic changes in today's children.

    No question trying to force square pegs into round holes is going to result in all kinds of problems and I think we are seeing that in schools all over the world.

    There isn't enough Ritalin in the world to offset the changes we are seeing in our species. Of course the problem is dicey because there are children with real behavioral problems intermingled with children who seem to know things they shouldn't or we don't want them to know as parents with our own stylized belief systems.

    This isn't a new phenomena but the frequency has increased exponentially in the last 30 years. Thomas Edison wouldn't pay attention in class. I hope his teacher lived long enough to have to live with his own words.

    I do not think the problem is educating today's kids, the problem is educating their parents. Anyone care to tackle that one?

    The beauty is we now have unbelievable access to information anytime anywhere and all we have to do is let children find what sparks their curiosity and let them follow it. The poorest of classrooms can find computers and internet connections.

    The paradigm is changing so fast most people out there have a hard time keeping up. It is groups like the Noetic Institute that have to take the lead as the world evolves around us.

  • Leigh Aug 01, 2011

    When my daughter was in first grade, she received a pink slip for her honesty. An event transpired during class, which her teacher observed and later asked my daughter about.

    "Jenny's and my angel's had an argument," she told Mrs. Williams.

    As my daughter shared the story, it was clear that her vision was clearer, perhaps deeper, more ethereal than other's. All ended well between these six-foot, male-type angels, and though Jenny and my daughter weren't any closer as friends, there was an understanding.

    For a child to be honored for spiritual honesty in Colorado Springs District 12 is a blessing. Not only are there programs for children being gifted and talented, but inner wisdom is honored.

  • amybyrne Jul 24, 2011

    Our mission is not to entertain the children, but to call them out. To be always entertained is to be dwarfed and dependent. To be "called out" is to follow the harmonious law of the soul's unfoldment."- Myrtle Fillmore

    I love this quote, and it is my "YES!" answer to the posed question. I believe when we start calling out children's inner wisdom within our education framework, then we will truly fast track humanities evolving consciousness, and I dearly hope I am here to both be a part of it and to witness it.

  • E. R. Jun 10, 2011

    There is a place, as many private and relilgous schools have integrated this into their early childhood curriculum, but we still have yet to convince America's Dept. of Education and narrow-minded schoolteachers of this.

  • heidigustafson Apr 02, 2011

    We are working on a research pilot study with children (ages 5-10) that is focused precisely on addressing this question! The project is called Children's Think Tank (earlyfutures.com/thinktank). At the Think Tank, we work with very young children to help them do their own research on the deeper issues that aren't touched on in school. We've found this promotes questions (their own!), but also promotes in the children a sense of shared ownership and agency in our futures - which is integral for self-discovery. Not surprisingly, when children are given a choice to decide on topics to discuss, their questions and research themes are almost exclusively noetics oriented: "What are the stages of the human spirit?" "What is astral projection" "What is the afterlife like?" "What is at the edge of the universe?" "How are the universe and the human body related?" "How are gods born?"

    Children need to be treated as collaborators in our creative process (as opposed to 'recipients of'..), and co-creators of futures in education, before we try to define education, that is at least clear by what all our comments are saying! We hope by becoming more attentive to what children's future dreams are, what their questions are and what their processes for answering them are, that we can find a newer process for educating ourselves and opening more directions for malleable systems of learning and sharing. What is depth psychology according to children? What do they think the process of self-discovery is? What is an ideal education to them?

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    goldenwings Mar 28, 2011

    yes, yes and yes!

  • frequencytuner Mar 16, 2011

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  • TheOracle Mar 16, 2011

    “The foolish novice, even if he or she spends a whole life with wise people, will never see truth.
    How can a spoon recognize a taste?
    However, a wise novice will know the Truth immediately, even if it is only seen for a moment.”

    I was raised in Southern California, yet never really felt like I fit in with my material-minded classmates. I had many insightful and inspiring teachers, and when I was in High School I began a mentor list, a mental list of the teachers that I felt inspired me the most. It started at 5 then added another 5 from 2 years of University in England, and the list is grows along with my education and is now written down. I have long felt that philosophy should be taught at a younger age, and not be taught in a History or English fashion, but in a way to inspire youth to feel comfortable with their own thoughts... a class where children are not bombarded with external stimuli that is trying to sway/preach how they should live, act, think, do... and how to not-live, not-act, not-think, and not-do; a class where the teachers learn from the children, while posing questions and discussions about the world thus creating an appreciation for this thing we humans life.

    I am a philosopher of life, yet Philosophy alone is not my field. To get away from my material-minded classmates, I went to school in Canterbury, England for Biochemistry. After two years of attempting to adapt to the UK education style, I realized that I was not learning in a way that was conducive to my pursuit of knowledge. Some of the Doctors and Professors had this air about them, "You are here to learn from me." This made me miss the air of my California teachers, that of, "I am here to make learning easier for you."
    I am 23 in community college in California, and my interests have now shifted toward Human Evolutionary Biology. I have been searching for a new way to reach my full academic and spiritual potential, and have been considering creating a new field relating to Evolution. I look forward to adding my theories on life to the realm of academia, for we truly live in amazing times and we are each part of it... if we choose to be.

    Much Love “Live to learn, learn to live.”

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    Kerian Mar 13, 2011

    There is a big discrepancy between the dreams of a minority of spiritually enlightened people and the harsh daily reality. Education in reality stands in the sign of selecting and preparing the youth for the economical process in which they will participate on a later basis. Children go to class after the bell rings, factories have sirenes and time punching machines. Education is a mere social drill.
    It is the task of organisations such as the noetic institute to value up the conservation of intuition and instinct in education. The best way forward for this task is by proving that it is more lucrative than conventional methods.
    PS: The question contains a 'contradictio in terminis': children do not have an inner wisdom. Wisdom as in wise or as in the German "Wissen" (to know) is gathered along the road. Older people have acquired wisdom, but children have instinctive and intuitive powers. I figure that we are talking about these powers when we talk about inner wisdom.

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    Faith Mar 08, 2011

    Most definitely there is room for this in our near education and I think we will be seeing this soon. We cannot be blind for long with quantum mechanics and what this entails.

  • Ayriana_C Feb 13, 2011

    Education should never have been about memorizing facts, instilling ideology, etc., rather about helping children "remember" the purpose which brought them into this life, as well as the gifts/skills they already possess in order to achieve that purpose/experience. So the idea of "self-discovery" is more of a function of 'self-expression' -- and YES, should be the prime objective of all education while social/cultural history, mathematical understanding, scientific curiosity, all acts of reasoning and intuition are means to that same end. What any individual child needs to 'learn' is known only to the child. Parents, teachers or other guardians, and the community as a whole serves only to help guide a child's inner contribution / purpose into safe integration with the existing whole of the growing consciousness. -- Just my humble view.

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    ethanhay Feb 04, 2011

    Part of the answer is in the question, "the art of self-discovery."

    I think (and that is the key) education in the art of self-awareness is stripped from US public curricula esp. around grade four, because the "variations" caused by asking too many questions, quite bluntly, mess up the multiple-choice test scores. Multiple choice testing does not lead to inner wisdom. It deadens it.

    Education which values oral examination, essays, and the process of "replacing an empty mind with an open one" are the realm of the best, the most sought-after schools. Sadly, it is nonexistent in public schools servicing the bottom socio-economic strata. And consistently, arts and sciences are the first to go when budgets are cut. How to fix this problem? Reverse the trend.

    The arts focus on self expression and self-awareness within culture. The sciences teach students how to ask useful questions. The noetic sciences, for example, teach one how to question the knowledge of our own self-existence. In experimental science, there are no fixed answers, only hypothesis-testing, reliability and validation, which is to say, how to ask a useful question and study answers through a powerful, proven method of inquiry.

    It wasn't until I was post-graduate upon a frozen mountain-top, as a ski instructor, that I found a technique called ATM (American Teaching Method), based on a "spectrum of learning" never acknowledged (to me) before or since in academics. We learned to evaluate classroom structure along a continuum ranging from "teacher-demonstrates-students-copy" (aka "monkey-see-monkey-do," wherein 0-20 percent of instruction is retained), to "guided self-discovery" (wherein students in small groups are given a problem and left to discover a solution, wherein virtually 100 percent of instruction is retained). It amazes me to this day how many teachers are not taught how to become fluent in classroom modality. The result is that most classrooms remain at the bottom of the effectiveness scale: "do what I do and don't ask questions."

    Over several decades of corporate training, community education, and teaching arts, recreation and performances in dozens of schools, I have found that cultivating awareness of inner wisdom is not an end in itself; it is a pathway for learning through guided self-discovery. When students are given learning challenges and allowance + guidance with peer-level partners, they discover how to arrive at presentable conclusions through unforgettable experiences. In dozens of classes and with hundreds of students, I have learned to trust this process, which not only allows but requires inner wisdom to provide results that are constantly surprising, always uplifting, and measurably of very high standards. I might go so far as to say an educational system which incorporates guided self-discovery will begin to ask the right questions, and will find sustainable answers, to the biggest issues confronting us in the world today.

  • Rahasya Jan 03, 2011

    Time To Wake Up From Our Dream
    By Rahasya Poe

    As some of you know I recently wrote a book that gets into the cognitive and neurological functions behind the mental process of believing something irrational and that lacks evidence or experience. As you might imagine there’s always a few that feel attacked; why they feel this way is actually covered in my book extensively. When someone has a belief that is irrational and not backed up with a personal experience we process it through our emotional networks and tend to intensely identify with it, unlike rational and logical information that we simply store in memory and is open for discussion. When identification happens on this level and someone says something about your belief you feel attacked and take it personal. Then it becomes a matter of defense and if that doesn’t work, and seldom does, it becomes a matter of offense to rid the world of the antagonist (the person who doesn’t believe like you). This is and has been behind most every religious war and wars between national ideologies since the beginning of time, not to mention the suppression and subjugation of women.

    Does this mean that your religion or nation is wrong or evil? No, of course not, however, it does point out that you may have mentally processed the information incorrectly if you feel threatened or angry when someone questions it. I know this is a tough subject and if it weren’t for the obvious dilemma we find ourselves in globally I probably wouldn’t write about it. But I along with many others feel a need to speak out against what we see as a dangerous situation as we shrink our world down to a global village with cultures that are no longer isolated from each other. When Jesus said “Love your enemy” it wasn’t just something to do to make ourselves feel good, it may be the ultimate advice on how to transform our thinking, our hearts, and our world to have a sustainable future.

    But the focus of what I’m saying here and in my book goes much deeper than religion or politics. Publishing a magazine has made me very aware of the responsibility to fact check what we print and in the process I have found that most of the information out there is misleading at best and usually has an agenda attached to someone wanting control or money. This is where discernment comes in and learning more about how we process information and making sure we don’t process something through our emotional circuits. This is why the Dalai Lama said that the most important meditation we can do in today’s world is to “think critically and then take action.” It’s only by taking stock of our world and what’s wrong with it that we will find our place in the solution and take appropriate action, and there is no action that’s too small.

    You can read the whole article on the Lotus Guide website.

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    Nephets Dec 28, 2010

    I am an American citizen who was brought up in the American, government-run educational system, from the beginning of my concious life, till now, I have been taught the "facts" of history, math, science, and all that jive from a "free" controlled environment. And if there is one thing I have learned throughout the entire course of events, it is that if one is to become enlightened, if one is to gain an education worth having, it cannot be found in the public school citizen.

    I have learned the basics, yes, but nothing more. And in thirteen years of public education, I have come to understand a solid, undeniable fact: Self-Education is the key to true knowledge. All of the mathematics that a person ever needs to learn can be summed up in a textbook or two, and a particularly clever person can discover the answers to forumulas on their own. Most of my education comes from private investments into books written by authors long dead who you never hear about in schools, the past is where the future lies.

    In addition, schools cannot teach life lessons, schools cannot teach philosophy, there are things that MUST be discovered for yourself. And self-awareness, and inner wisdom are the only faculties that provide answers.

    There is more than enough room for inner wisdom in education, there is no room for anything but.

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    SADVIPRA Dec 17, 2010

    Would like to comment to Rainforest,
    I've developed a whole Montessori-style set of edu-eco toys. They're so simple and so cheap that any poor parent can play with their child. An easy way to ease the gap I feel. Isn't that the main skill needed for them? Isn't that every parent's desire, to come to an ability to really be with the child and foster their progress. Play is healing for problems between people. These are not only playful, but also educational.
    Let me know if you want my 15 page toy list and i'll honor your selections with descriptions on making or sent to you. Have had 3 small donations given to develop them by the International Womens Club. Now they or in 8 different countries.

    SADVIPRA

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    Sibonakalo Nov 10, 2010

    By the time children have even got to school they have been conditioned by their parents and their environment to believe in separation, the root of fear and the cause of every ill in the world. I believe that the fast track to changing this world lies in the minds of children, tomorrows guardians of the world. They should be re-taught to love themselves, everybody and everything and to dismiss fear and doubt for what it is; a conditioned thought process. Self expression of higher mind through the arts should be top of the curricula list not at the bottom and they should be taught to understand how their brains work and how thoughts shape and affect their very existence. They should know that they are not dependent on government, religion or money to live a successful life but that they are complete masters of their own destinies

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    abhishek Oct 28, 2010

    the world is about making mistakes .without making mistakes we can never grow .if we did lost our way(for sure we did)we are sure to get back to our roots ,the question is how sooner .i think that the coming generations should be taught from an early age .along with the existing science and its applications we should propogate the thought of universal brotherhood into the young and the greatness of veda ,bible,etc. should be spread in a more healthy manner which trancends all cultures or religions.

  • Gretchen Dreisbach Oct 27, 2010

    Tdrulard, there are actually quite a few young people all over this planet who do care.
    If some have lost their way due to having their lives filled more with stuff than with love, truth, and
    knowledge, then they need wise elders to step up and be role models. If you read through the posts
    there are also quite a few parents who are aware that their precious child can in fact
    "see". If you choose the unlove of cynicism this is what your young son will mirror. If
    you choose joy and hope and accountability, he will also mirror that. No, I am not telling you
    how to parent. I am just asking you to be mindful. Thoughts are matter in the astral realm.
    The magnetic field of the earth hasn't just been damaged by global warming. (FYI: people
    from all over the world also came to this website because of Dan Brown's book) only love to you

  • Tdrulard Oct 27, 2010

    How can we teach our children what we as adults strive to know?

    Of course i believe our educational system needs to incorporate some knowledge of "self awarness" but what would we teach?

    The population of these discussions are proof that we as a species have lost sight of the most important gift we have been given. The ability to question. If these discussions included topics of iphones or 3d tv's there would be hundreds if not thousands of posts. I find it disconcerning that more people aren't here taking part. I am sure there are other websites, groups, classes, etc. But lets face it, it's just not "cool" to care. I hope, for my young son's sake im wrong.

  • cameronjcw Oct 09, 2010

    I agree with you although I think being taught HOW to think is just as detrimental as being taught WHAT to think! If you teach someone HOW to think then you are still exerting some kind of outside influence which unless you are being taught HOW to think by someone who actually has any wisdom, you are still only being taught HOW to think by todays so called society which am sure you will agree only promotes more of the condradictory conformity with individuality!

  • frequencytuner Oct 08, 2010

    Speaking of self-awareness, this goes back to Romero's comment about how the educational system is a reflection of the society in which it exists. If the society is unprepared to become self-aware, it will not promote it. Currently our system is strongly promoting 2 contradictory concepts: conformity and individuality. I can see how this manifests: little Tommy wearing the same clothes, listening to the same music and doing the same things for fun as everybody else...but he has a red bike and Billy has a blue bike, so they are individuals. Now, a few years later, they have unique screen savers and apps on their iphones, and custom ringtones and believe that these things make them 'individuals' even though they both like MTV, UFC and McDonalds and want a fast sexy car and a hot girlfriend etc. They are tiny cogs in the 'consumer machine' that think they are so unique because...you get my point.

    It is sad to think that this is what has become of our society. BlossomintoBeing, I am thinking now of how different your perspective is. The single biggest factor in the educational system on every level is this: you are taught WHAT to think, not HOW to think. Knowing HOW to think is the key.

    Is society reforming? Really? If so, how? Has anybody told you - publicly, mainstream - HOW to use that lump in your skull? They ARE telling you that Deepak and Hawkins are doing something together - so it must be big - better listen to what THEY tell you. So it sounds like the teachers are reforming their identities, but the overall context has not changed.

    How can you tell? Mainstream media. That is the #1 educator of today's youth and there is NO sign of reform there. There are fads and gimmicks ad all kinds of sly tricks but the core mechanics are still the same.

    Really, what is the purpose of this thread anyway? I am sure the are many of us who could go on and on about this for months. What purpose would that serve? What would that change? Who are we helping? How does this thread make it's way onto MTV when kids are watching rap videos instead of doing their homework?

    Is there a place in education for a child's 'inner wisdom'? The answer is a resounding, blatantly obvious NO. Somebody define 'inner wisdom' now. What are we talking about anyway? This feels like one of those very traps I was just describing.

    Forget child - age means nothing. Forget 'inner' - what makes it different from outer other than perspective? All we have left with now is Wisdom. Is there are place in education for wisdom? There isn't even a place in your mouth for 'wisdom teeth' anymore let alone innate 'spiritual' wisdom.

    The place does not exist. If we want it to exist, we have to create it, plain and simple. This involves action, kinetic energy, movement and will.

  • cameronjcw Oct 08, 2010

    There should be but in the current education system I think its impossible.

    I think inner wisdom is only gained through self experiences, self realisation, self awareness and " ".

    TCx

    Carolyn

  • frequencytuner Sep 15, 2010

    To bcome aware of inner wisdom requires the lower, ego-based, logical mind to be silent.

    Similar to how one sees clearly through a clean pane of glass, this silencing - cleaning - is a skill which must be taught and mastered.

    Teaching children to identify with the lower mind creates an identity - not awareness.
    Teaching children to seek approval creates external dependence - not independence.
    Teaching children the difference between right and wrong creates a polarized mind - not unity.

  • Gretchen Dreisbach Sep 06, 2010

    WOW! Bravo to you all for your awareness! My children came up through the public schools that had
    very little funding for arts or music, in overcrowded classrooms, where chaos was the norm. I have so much respect
    for the teachers that hang in there. It is about mirroring. It is about going into the very rare moments of stillness.
    I did volunteer tutoring and classroom parenting, and found so many times that the precious child just needed to be acknowledged
    and seen, which would create a calming energy of its own. As an artist I have go into the quiet to get my information. Children
    should be encouraged to follow their own path. The beauty of Spirit is that it is free and always there to tap into! Children
    know what to do, it can't be taught, their inner wisdom can only be remembered and reactivated, and we all can create the
    environment to help that manifest........

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    Romero Sep 05, 2010

    BlossomIntoBeing, what a woderful system which I hope other schools will adopt into their curriculum. It is ironic that for all their “objectivity” scientists rarely realize that all the advances in the sciences come ultimately from intiutive sparks of inspiration. They connect with their own inner wisdom in their various subjects to get that eureka moment, which usually happens as an epiphany at a moment in which the scientist is quiet and calm.

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    BlossomIntoBeing Sep 05, 2010

    I am a recent graduate of a bachelors degree program in Art Education and a first year art teacher (7th -12th grade.) I must say, that the current art education pedagogy being taught (at least at the institution which I attended,) is making a strong attempt to foster students' inner knowledge. When designing and implementing curriculum, all lessons must be based on the "enduring idea" or the "big picture." We do as much as we can to emphasize this idea. Also, each lesson must include "essential questions." These are the questions that have students searching for their own answers to questions regarding the big picture in life. Some examples of enduring ideas are: The circle of life, Visions of Peace, Identity, Storytelling, Gender, Race, etc... All lessons meet the objectives of strengthening students' knowledge, skills, and dispositions. We do not force knowledge or dispositions upon the students, rather we guide them towards their own inner knowledge and dispositions. This is done by showing examples of creative expression, asking the right questions, and facilitating their own creative expression by providing the skills, materials, inspiration, and the essential questions. I highly recommend any of the art education materials offered through Davis Publications. They are for art curriculum, but I feel that they can be useful for any subject, if you're willing to transcend the material. The University which I attended is Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, where we have an amazing faculty of progressive educators.
    I am currently the art teacher at Steller Secondary School in Anchorage, Alaska. The school is based on experiential education. The students are responsible for making their own academic decisions. They have a commite of students who design their own curriculum. I am so happy to be in this school, because the students WANT to be there and they WANT to learn.. all because they are using their own inner knowledge. They know what they want and what is important to them, so therefor, they create the classes that best suit their needs and desires. As a new teacher, I am striving to create a nurturing environment for their inner knowledge and creativity. I plan to teach by searching for the right questions, and by providing them with inspiring information and skills.

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    Romero Sep 05, 2010

    jjbjolicoeur, thank you for keeping this discussion lively. I would also like it if others in the community would post.

    I believe society is reforming, but slowly. People are learning the noetic basics and applying them to their most immediate priorities. Athletes are doing visualization exercises, executives are doing relaxation techniques and intuitive ways to market their products better. Medicine is applying ancient wisdoms whitin its framework. At some point a critical mass of these people will make the jump and our paradigm will shift. It takes time. We developed the atomic bomb first before harnessing that power for vessels that explore the stars. The recent tweets by Deepak Chopra commenting on an advanced copy of the upcoming book by Stephen Hawkins is a good example of ancient wisdom and modern sciences converging and giving a very similar message.

    But it starts at home. In the current context of our school systems the exploration of inner wisdom is discouraged. Sometimes by the actions of parents themselves. Imagine a teacher trying to encourage students to develop in the classroom the scientifically proven methods of remote viewing and the possible backlash that teacher could have. But if enough students, parents, and teachers are of the same mind woderful changes can be achived.

    If we expand our discussion beyond the question posed in the original post the issue suddendly becomes very complex. The Puerto Rico system of education has severe deficiencies. Truancy is rampant. We spend more on clothing than in our education system. Students and teachers are textbook models of learned helplesness. Our public education system simply does not work due to lack of security, appropriate leadership by the government, and lack of political will by both the population and our leaders to truly tackle the complex social issues that need to be addressed in order to improve the situation in a meaning ful way. This extends to many other areas of our society. It's difficult to become philosophical when you are wondering about the next school shooting and you believe that no matter how hard you try it won't make a difference in your life. At the same time I frequently hear wonderful stories of what teachers and students accomplish in the classrooms on a daily basis with minimal resources and support. And although I wish to hear more of those stories on a regular basis it gives me hope.

    So at the moment my proposal continues to be a simple one. Teach by example. Integrate inner wisdom and human centered models as much as you can within your personal life and gently and respectfully encourage others to explore these ways. Some will listen, some will not. But when people witness your personal results some will begin to wonder, and some of them will follow. And as it happens more and more a shift will take place, and humanity will change.

  • jjbjolicoeur Sep 05, 2010

    By human-centered, I mean, focusing on the development of the whole human being, paying special attention to their capacities, their talents, helping them to discover who they really are, not stifling their creativity or killing their aspirations. Values like Compassion, mutual respect, sharing, cooperation, etc, must be priorities in that system.

  • jjbjolicoeur Sep 05, 2010

    Thanks for responding. We agree on several points though we are speaking about very different realities. Most probably you had examples of schools in mind while writing the above comment. I, too, am writing about my experiences, here, in Rodrigues island, miles away from you.

    It can't be "not academic enough" here, where priority is given to content and not to context. By this, I mean that the pupils must fill their heads with books and they do not have real and quality time to learn other matters which would help them to get along in life. There are syllabuses to complete and this is what I call the rat race. Education (real) should create responsible and dependable citizens but most of the time, students leave school, frustrated and exhausted.

    To me inner wisdom means the best that we all have inside us, the great aspirations, the talents, our dreams to make this world a better place, the desire of our heart which most of the time is not understood by people around us, our creativity--yes, the best that we can give to the world. Schools cannot understand that. We are forced to get into molds made hundreds of years ago. There is no space for the creativity we just mentioned. Otherwise, we lose the race... Inner wisdom is also that faculty to give compassion and to understand what is best for us and those we meet.

    I'm glad to learn that in your country, a lot has been done. Great!

    But, how do you think we could get parents to develop that ability or that commitment to teach values to their children in our "fast-forward" societies? And how can we reform our society? I was thinking about the media but I believe that our pupils, now, should be trained to become those adults and, ultimately, that society you are talking about. But how can we empower these pupils? Could adult or parental education play a major role in that?

    I would be glad to know the experiences and ideas of other members too. Thank you!

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    Romero Sep 04, 2010

    Inner wisdom itself is a vague philosophical term. In the recent IONS post-teleconference discussion it became apparent there wasn't a consensus about what a noetic experience was within the group. Everyone had their own valid personal opinion about what a noetic experience meant. So maybe this discussion might start with a working definition of what's inner wisdom and what it means applying it to the context of a school. Also, what does it mean to focus more on inner wisdom. What does it mean to make education more human-centered? That is vague, unless an established definition can be shown. And I can assure you that there will be a respectable minority that will differ with valid points.

    My opinion is that education is not too academic. The problem is that it is not academic enough. I feel what we are struggling with is that educations systems are, like the rest of society, increasingly rigid. Context is given priority over content. Having a certification can be more important than wether the person has actual knowledge. Students on all levels many times are not taught about a discipline but how that discipline must be learned, stifling the creativity that makes all kinds of human advancement possible. Also some very basic topics (sexuality for example) are clearly taboo.

    But my earlier point was very simple. Let the schools teach history, science, arts... hopefully allowing a greater degree of creativity and diversity to manifest. And parents should teach their children their philosophy, spiritual practices, and their wisdom as they see fit. There are school systems which develop around a certain philosophy and serve as crossroads between these two worlds. And even in those significant difference can arise within that community.

    In the end I believe schools don't need a major structural reform. Society needs a philosophical reform of greater tolerance, acceptance of the fact that truth is in the eye of the beholder, mutual respect, and a collaboration that will help us refine our personal truths for the grater benefit of humankind. That will inevitably alter the way schools teach and inner wisdom, in whatever form it may take, will be cherished and encouraged. The details will be worked out by each community, by us all.

  • jjbjolicoeur Sep 04, 2010

    I would be grateful if Romero could go deeper into the matter, showing us clearly what reforms should be implemented. You are vague to me. What should be done by parents and what should be done by the school? If it is that simple, tell us what could be done. It must be clear in your mind.

    Being a teacher, I feel that lack of focusing on inner wisdom. Education is too academical, it should be human-centered, I think. But it is like a rat race where we develop selfishness.

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    Romero Sep 01, 2010

    Our school system, like the rest of our institutions are a reflection of our society at large. Children generally go to school to get instructed in a systematic manner of the basic knowledge they will need in order to be integrated into our society. Many people agree that the system needs to be reformed but also many people differ in what needs to be done to reform it.

    Changes to our schools will then ultimately reflect the changes in our society. I've seen the many opinions here at the IONS forum and don't always agree. And I wouldn't like my child to go some of the systems discussed here. Some just don'r make sense to me.

    Some like to make the distinction that children go to school to be instructed and are actually educated at home. A lot of what I am reading in the above are philosophies, something that school systems try (not always succeding) to be very careful about due to the recognition that a given school population might have a wide range of philosophical inclinations within it and favoring one (like the development of inner wisdom) might be to the detriment of the others.

    So, it comes back to the caregivers of a child to take responsibility to improve themselves and teach that to their children. One o fthe modern day problems is parents relying more and more in others to do their job for them. There are several reasons for that which probably won't change for a while,

    If people want their school system to change there is a very simple thing they can do: get involved in theh development of your child and get involved in their activities, including their school. No need for complicated solutions here. And if our society changes to the development of greater awareness so will eventually those changes filter through to our school systems.

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    hassan Aug 30, 2010

    even if there is no place in contemporary education, we can groom our children by experimenting.i need to share my personal eperience.i am hassan from pakistan where native language is urdu. my son is 5 year old and doesnot know english.one day i asked him that you need to come up with a scientific invention through which human beings can travel through the universe. he gave me few ideas and when i asked him:what should be the name of this thing: he said"LIBERTY". HE EVEN DONT KNOW THE MEANINGS OF LIBERTY. if i have to develop such thing no better name comes to my mind even. point is we need to contineously invest time with our children to help them explore their real wisdom.

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    swatiphoenix Aug 30, 2010

    Yes, I think there is a 'place'. The place is called 'powers of imagination'. In playtime there is the time to be in that place. We here in Germany are very keen to protect this playtime in kindergarden. But when it comes to schooltime the normal path of 'getting real' starts. It makes me sad that the media in particular and much of the modern toys often destroys the powers of imagination.
    Art lessons are not enough to nurture imaginations.

    LOVE

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    ladeyj Aug 27, 2010

    I do not see much of a place in our educational systems for our children's wisdom. Sadly, we seem to go about getting rid of it over nurturing it. A pity, we need to do better.

  • rainforest Aug 17, 2010

    Ditto Samary. Barcelona, the land of my ancestors. I live in Tucson, Arizona. Gracias por tus bellas palabras.

    I am interested in bridging visionaries and activism, in creating some venue where struggling parents in inner cities or elsewhere can be empowered in a way that invites them into an awareness and appreciation of their inner wisdom. Enhancing our capacity for inner listening together while sharing the tools of the trade is something I would like to work towards. IONS has the outreach capacity with all the community networks available and the large pool of volunteers in the different communities.

    I would like to help implement a wholistic reclaimed version of the Back to Basics program, which asists at-risk neighborhoods with infrastructure needs, drainage, sidewalks, street repairs, etc. I have this vision of Back to Basics being back to our connection with our essence, the source. The infrastructure needs part relates to our inner infrastructure, our inner blue print, our point of connection to the web of life.

    I am almost certain that the current administration in this country (Michelle Obama in particular) would support a pilot program in marginal areas where is needed the most if is volunteer-based. Something like Habitat for Humanity, dealing with restoring our inner temple, rather than the physical one. As above so below, if we restore the inner temple, the outter one becomes a reflection of the inner one.

    Does this idea resonate to anyone out there? Do you or anyone out there know of any program like this in your area/country? And if you do, what are they doing?

    Much love and blessings to all

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    samary Aug 16, 2010

    I agree Mariel: there are many parents who don't take their inner wisdom seriously to pass it into their children. But there is hope. I live near Barcelona, Spain, and I have felt the consciousness awareness around me, in Europe as well as in with my family in the States.
    What can we do? We can be the light in our home, in our families, in our city, in the people who's lives we have the blessing to touch. Each of us can make a difference. It only takes one person to start and the ladder spreads.
    To bring consciousness is to be present with our self and circle of family members, friends or persons we just come across even if for just a brief time.
    Each of us can make a difference.
    We hold the lamp in our hand. Let's have the light of our soul reach beyond our comfort zone.
    All of you are visionaries.
    I love you all for your light.
    When we love, shields come down.
    Love is the most powerful word and req

  • rainforest Aug 15, 2010

    I agree with charter schooling using Montessori and Waldorf school models, applaud parents who decide to engage in home schooling and who are aware of education being a life-long process and sincerely admire conscious parents.

    Then, I look elsewhere and see millions of children who do not have these sensitive and wise role models and who are being raised by television and computer games. Children who long for a conscious parent. Many children have parents who rely completely on underpaid teachers working in over-crowded public classrooms to raise their children. In this picture I see the product of lack of equity in our social/education system.

    How can we inspire those absent parents to discover themselves and take an acting role in parenting? How can we compassionately and lovingly assist those parents who are very disconnected and do not support the sacred inner wisdom of their children so that they understand the relevance of supporting it? How do we assist those parents who interrupt the life-long process of education so that they understand the importance of life-long education? In most cases, these parents had the same experiences as children and perpetuate the cycle of abuse and neglect. They deserve our compassion. Do we live our lives to the fullest and hope that our compassion is contagious? Do we assist in breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect? Do we look deeply and see the pain and suffering in the world and recognize our deep desire to make relevant changes? Do we recognize that bringing joy to others is the greatest joy we may ever experience? Do we recognize that there is a place in education for a child's inner wisdom? And if we do recognize this, how do we approach these parents in a compassionate manner that invites them into an awareness and appreciation of their inner wisdom? And how do we actively enhance our capacity for inner listening while doing this? Thich Nhat Hanh, in the Art of Power, states that for a father to affirm, "I am really here for you, is the most meaningful declaration of love." How do we declare our love to those who need it the most, so they can turn around and declare their love to children? Is this possible?

  • karaananda Aug 15, 2010

    Supporting our children to keep their inner wisdom intact begins before birth. Children resonate with the energetic fields of their parents, and as their parents trust their inner wisdom and intuition it creates a field of resonance for the child. Preventing birth trauma through supporting conscious birthing practices allows the child to be born with their inner light whole. Conscious childcare and education are part of the continuum of conscious parenting. There are charter schools in the Montessori and Waldorf models that support inner wisdom and homeschooling is an excellent choice for highly sensitive and aware children. In the traditional education model, parent involvement makes a huge difference. Education should not be only at school, it is a life-long process. I consider myself to be a life-long learner and am teaching my child to be one too.

  • Gretchen Dreisbach Aug 14, 2010

    I believe that it is more about not taking away this inner wisdom and then nurturing it.
    Children are born knowing how to love. They know how to "see". They often know how to remember where their souls were prior to
    their present journey. The inner wisdom would not need to be acquired if it was never lost in the first place!

  • herbybell Aug 12, 2010

    I think our species has lost its way and until we incorporate Big History and The Story of the Universe into our early educational curricula, fully integrated kids will continue to be happenstance. If we do not know where we are and what universe we emerged from, we cannot know fully who we are. As kids are taught about their ancient heritage and vast interconnectedness, they cannot help but enhance the capacity for inner listening and self discovery. When kids learn that science and spirituality are two sides of the same coin - metaphors for one another, we'll start educating multiple intelligences to tap into a new, deeper way of "human being."

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