Pamala Vincent @ Wisdom Pills – What Matters Most In Education: Human Relationships – 11-7-15

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Pamala Vincent @ Wisdom Pills   –   What Matters Most In Education: Human Relationships  –   11-7-15

By Pamala Vincent, Wisdom Pills, November 6, 2015

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When I began teaching in the 70’s, things were a lot different. Reading, writing and arithmetic used to be the name of the game.

Students showed up to school prepared to learn. They came from intact families (divorced parents were rare), well fed, and walked with friends a short distance to a school within their community. I placed parent helpers on a rotating schedule to accommodate all of their volunteering, and birthdays and holidays were celebrated with a buffet of home-baked treats brought in by the parents. My classroom had 18 students, and personal relationships were natural. When I sent homework home, it was always completed and returned on time.

Fast forward to 2015: divorce has skyrocketed, students are bussed across town, and often, their most substantial meals are served at school. Classrooms run anywhere from 36+ students to 90, and they straggle in late, often looking like they haven’t slept well. Both parents work to survive, making it nearly impossible for them to be involved in the classroom. In fact, I’m lucky if I see parents more than once a year at orientation or parent-teacher conferences. The opportunity to build relationships is at an all-time low. The world is a different place. People are stressed, busy, and distracted. The result? We’ve lost touch with the one thing that truly makes all the difference in education: human connection.

The Caring Quotient

Theodore Roosevelt once said: “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Never before has this statement been truer. In a world that runs Mach II with our hair on fire, we all want to feel like we matter and that we’re connected. When I asked my now grown students, “How did you know your teacher cared about you?” these were the most common responses:

  • She let me know, or somehow otherwise made me feel important.
  • She was willing to be transparent. 
  • She corrected me without robbing my dignity. 
  • When I was having a tough time, she would notice and always ask me how I was doing. 
  • I could email her for advice, even when it wasn’t an assignment. 
  • I could tell that when I was speaking, she was really listening to me.

Working As A Team  

According to a recent study of more than 10,000 students, parents and teachers conducted by North Carolina State University, Brigham Young University, and the University of California, Irvine, “the role of family involvement is crucial when it comes to academic success.”

When students, parents, and teachers work together like a three-legged stool, academics increase dramatically. When one leg of the stool drops off, the stool ceases to function suitably. Most parents want to help, but find themselves at a loss as of what to do. Here’s where building relationships with parents will turn them into advocates. It becomes a partnership on the student’s behalf.

When positive relationships are built, studies show that:

  • Students earn higher grades and test scores improve dramatically
  • Increased number of students enroll in higher education 
  • There is less absenteeism 
  • Social skills improve 
  • Behavioral issues decrease
  • Graduation rates increase 
  • Violent crime rates among teens drop

When We Fail

The National Institute of Justice Journal indicates that parental disengagement in regards to their children’s academics is a major cause of youth violence:

“I doubt that there is an influence on the development of antisocial behavior among young people that is stronger than that of the family. A fifth pathway linking family problems with adolescent violence is through the impact of negative parenting on youngsters’ academic performance. There is now some very good research indicating that involvement in aggressive and antisocial behavior during adolescence is frequently preceded by school problems of one sort or another, including academic failure and conduct problems. Children who have problems in school often gravitate toward peer groups of other troubled children, and these peer groups frequently become involved in antisocial behavior. Engagement in school is a strong protective factor against antisocial behavior, and positive family relationships are predictive of school engagement.” 

Obstacles To Building Trust

When students and parents feel decisions are made without their inputor that their concerns aren’t heard, dissension toward administration can tear down interaction and involvement. Poor communication, frequent teacher turnover and weak ethical leadership all contribute to parents and students feeling vulnerable. Ultimately, these obstacles can end up creating an ‘us-against-them’ mentality, and academic success suffers.

Building Relationships Begins With Trust

When students and parents know they can trust teachers, they’re more likely to build a relationship that benefits everyone. Here are some clear points that, in my experience, almost always work towards achieving these ends. Though it is important to encourage this behaviour from students, it can’t always be expected. If the adults in the relationship, however — the teachers and parents — manage to practice these tenets consistently, the chances that the student will come on board, due to the developing trust in the relationship, increase greatly.

  • Begin first by demonstrating personal integrity– say what you mean and mean what you say. 
  • Finding ways for communication will build opportunities to share information. Perhaps that means being more accessible through texting, emails, and letters sent home. 
  • Being supportive of dissenting opinions will help facilitate engagement. 
  • Asking for others’ ideas and opinions. 
  • Ask for help but be specific. ‘Can you volunteer for our fundraiser?’ sounds like an overwhelming task, but asking if they could create the fundraiser sign-ups or call parent helpers relaxes the pressure a little. If they know the task, they may be more likely to say yes. Also, getting to know their unique talents and sending those projects their way will up your chances of engaging their help. 
  • Recognition on, and concern for, each other’s best interests and working to protect them
  • Being able to count on others to follow through
  • Believing the other party had the competence to perform the required tasks
  • Situations are being represented fairly 
  • Demonstrating authenticity and openness
  • Guarding confidentiality 

When the Hoy and Tschannedn-Moran Trust Scales were given in hundreds of schools, the results showed that when students, parents, and teachers built a higher level of trust, there was a strong degree of collaboration and cooperation.

Relationships at the elementary level: 

Accurately assessing your child in the early stages of learning is vital to setting a strong foundation for them. Often a learning challenge, caught early, can be corrected before it causes significant struggles. However, a teacher cannot always fully assess a child without parent input.  A parent may have significant information that can change the direction a teacher will develop for a student. Understanding trauma, for instance, can drastically affect a child’s ability to learn. Learning styles, if understood by the parent and the teacher, will greatly affect the ways information is shared with a student in the formative years, when it matters most.

For example, a young student that experienced several serious bouts of ear infections may not have learned to isolate sounds. This inability needs to be addressed to teach decoding phonetics in reading. A simple tool like using a mirror with both the child and the parent or teacher modeling the shape of the mouth with the sound can rebuild speech and hearing deficiencies. If a relationship isn’t established, this information might be lost, and a more severe diagnosis of the problem may be established.

Relationships at the secondary level: (6th-12th grade) 

Students in the pre-teen and teen years have already taken their personal inventory and find themselves lacking. It goes with the age. It may not be true, but it is their perception of themselves that will dictate their learning. Because teens tend to short-change their worth, they build masks that give them a false sense of protection. These masks show up in the form of belligerence, non-compliance, poor clothing choices, identifying with different groups of peers (the good and the bad), hair color, attitudes, addictions or shutting down. When a teacher can build a relationship with the parents, it gives them a wealth of insight into their students’ lives, and parents need to develop a relationship with their students’ teachers and administration for several reasons. Consider the following:

  • Teachers have an insight into your child’s life that you don’t. Remember they spend 25-40 hours a week with them and see your teen in peer situations as well as a variety of authoritative scenarios. As a parent, you need that input to sculpt them into adulthood.
  • Parents have a history that teachers need to better understand the student and help direct them toward college and careers.
  • Parents need teachers to help understand credits, college requirements, the value of internships and volunteering, and scholarships. In an ever-changing world of increasing information, teachers are your first line of defense. 

The Heart of the Matter

All humans, no matter our age, want to feel that we belong and that we matter. When we allow our relationships with those most important in our lives — this includes our childrens’ teachers —  to drop in the list of priorities, we open the window for developmental problems to begin taking hold with our children. I’m reminded of the students who contemplated ending their lives when another student, teacher or parent stepped in to engage with them. Those relationships saved their lives.

School shootings make our hearts ache, and we wonder if we could have done more to prevent them.  Perhaps a proper relationship with the perpetrator might have made the difference. By saving one, many others may be saved.

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Found at:  http://cultureofawareness.com/2015/11/07/what-matters-most-in-education-human-relationships/

Steve Beckow – Experience, Express, Learn – 7-3-15

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I’ve uncovered a fascinating pattern in my behavior that I call “Experience, Express, Learn.”

I seem to go through life experiencing things half my time, and then spending the rest of my time expressing myself as a result of each experience.

Expressing myself is like catch-up. I seem to need to communicate and reflect on my experiences.

The experiencing part is the actor. The expressing part is the observer.

Another way of putting that is that I move back and forth between the actor and the observer standpoints in my life in regular succession, endlessly. Like two legs walking, I experience and express, experience and express. This may be the earliest and the most persistent pattern that I’m aware of.

That suggests an underlying design feature of life to me – that sentient beings are designed as perpetual students, learning machines. We learn our way back to Source in the Mother’s school of experience, according to my understanding.

That’s certainly what’s happening for me as I go through this experience/express cycle. I’m learning, learning, learning.

Experiencing, expressing, learning. Experiencing, expressing, learning. Why don’t I just drop the pretense and settle into the way of life that I’m aleady doing? That I’ve already chosen?

MARQUITA HERALD – Why It’s So Hard to Learn From Our Mistakes – 6-23-15

hiding from mistakesBy Marquita Herald, Emotionally Resilient Living, June 22, 2015

Found at: http://cultureofawareness.com/2015/06/23/marquita-herald-why-its-so-hard-to-learn-from-our-mistakes/

Want to become more courageous, confident, creative and successful? Make more mistakes!

There’s just one little problem, a disclaimer if you will, that is often glossed over in the sea of advice and rarely included in inspirational quotations praising the opportunities inherent with making mistakes … you must actually learn something from your misstep for it to be of value.

It’s not like we don’t have plenty of material to work with, after all we all make mistakes, but failure and mistakes rarely feel like a great learning opportunity at when they happen. And therein lies the rub, because most of us are far too busy denying or trying to distance ourselves from our mistakes to take the time to actually learn anything from them.

Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way … unless it’s a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from. ~Al Franken

The Benefits of Learning From Your Mistakes

Following are just a few examples of the benefits to be derived from taking the time to learn from your mistakes.

  • You become more aware of your thoughts and behaviors.
  • You deepen your understanding of who you really are.
  • You learn to live without regrets.
  • You are better able to overcome fears, especially the fear of making mistakes.
  • You gain perspective on the things and people that matter most.
  • You learn to take responsibility.
  • You learn the value of compassion and forgiveness.

Accepting the importance of learning from our mistakes is one thing, but doing the actual work is another because it involves such things as facing our ego, taking responsibility and admitting vulnerability. But since the process is precisely where we often benefit the most, we’re going to focus on understanding the primary reasons we avoid accepting and learning from our mistakes.

The Biggest Stumbling Blocks

We Rationalize

Rationalization is the process of coming up with apparently sensible explanations for our behavior. For example if you’re like many people, you enjoy chocolate and eat it at every opportunity. You might tell yourself that chocolate has antioxidants and it boosts your mood, or that you’ve had a rough day and you deserve to treat yourself. Even though all of this may be true, it is not the real reason why you eat chocolate, it’s just a line of reasoning you use to feel better about eating something high in fat and sugar.

People often rationalize in this way by telling themselves stories to justify their mistakes, for example if they had had the right tools or information then they wouldn’t have … or, if so-and-so had done his job, then they wouldn’t have …, etc.

Rationalization is also used in conjunction with buyer’s remorse. Deep down we may know full well we’re making a mistake but we find ways to justify the decision. For example how buying the treadmill is going to help you get fit – never mind that it’s now gathering dust in your spare bedroom – it was on sale and you saved a ton of money, besides it was a bargain compared to a gym membership.

This line of reasoning comes to us naturally because we don’t want to feel bad or guilty so instead we get defensive and grasp for any possible reason for our actions that gets us off the hook.

We Convince Ourselves it Was Simply a Fluke

Often when we make a mistake we convince ourselves it was an aberration, a onetime event that happened because of bad luck, the stars aligned against us, or whatever. But the bottom line is we choose to put the experience behind us and move on as quickly as possible without trying to learn anything about the dynamics of the mistake because we assume it will never happen again.

This type of thinking is very common and includes behaviors like repeatedly putting off assignments to the last minute, repeatedly agreeing to avoid conflict, failing to listen fully, and dating the same oh-so-wrong-for-you type of people again and again.

Unfortunately, the effects of all these choices and tiny missteps can accumulate over time and morph into a full blown life crisis. Every person who was ever abused, cheated on or lied to can look back at the first time and realize that at that moment they crossed a line – they had a choice to stand up for themselves or ignore the implications, and hope for the best.

Sometimes mistakes happen even when we make all the right choices, but other times they are a signal that our internal self is trying to tell us there is something far more serious going on. The only way to get off the merry-go-round is to take the time to understand and learn from our choices and behaviors.

We Don’t Take Time to Understand What Went Wrong

Sometimes we recognize and take responsibility for the mistake, but never bother to understand why it happened. Mistakes are a reality check. Taking responsibility for the consequences of our mistakes is just the first step, but it puts us in a better position to do the work to understand what’s working–and what isn’t. If we choose to deny or move on for the sake of putting the event behind us we miss out on a powerful opportunity to learn about our behaviors, the things we say, do and think, particularly if it’s a recurring pattern.

Ironically we may not even fully appreciate some of the most important lessons we learn from our mistakes until later, sometimes much later.

If you can turn your mistakes into stepping stones, and your fears into courage, then anything you want in life is achievable. ~Author Unknown

I still vividly remember a mistake I made while working at a manufacturing company many years ago. As the office manager one of my responsibilities was the weekly payroll, and the company had just switched to a new automated system with our bank. I made a single digit coding error and triggered an entire payroll for hundreds of people off schedule! I could have blamed it on the new system, or the fact I’d just pulled an all nighter studying for a college exam, but the truth is none of that even occurred to me. I rushed into the owner’s office in a 3-alarm anxiety attack and blurted out that I had just massively screwed up. He could have reacted in any number of ways, including firing me, but instead he ushered me to a chair and handed me a glass of water as he attempted to calm my nerves and assure me there are in reality very few mistakes in life that aren’t fixable or qualify as true emergencies.

There were several things I learned from that mistake, but the most valuable lesson was the way the owner had calmly acknowledged my feelings, and assured me that life on this planet as we know it would not end because of my error. At the time the relief I felt helped to ease the guilt a little, but the truth was that experience changed me in ways I wouldn’t understand until years later.

In fact that experience had shifted my whole perspective on the value of forgiveness, as well as the importance of accepting ourselves as imperfect and yet worthy. Over the years I’ve often thought of that man and wondered what he would think if he knew how often I’ve repeated his words to soothe the frayed nerves others who have made mistakes.

Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules, leave the world more interesting for your being here. ~Neil Gaiman

Mistakes Don’t Define You – But They Can Free You

It’s not easy to own our actions and decisions, especially if you believe they make you look foolish to others, but you’ll never be able to learn from your mistakes until you do. Many people, especially after they’ve experienced a big mistake, will pull back and do whatever it takes to keep from repeating the experience.

This is such a terrible waste of your skills and talents, worse yet it robs you of the opportunity to achieve your full potential. You can’t grow if you don’t allow yourself to make mistakes. The best part about it is that when you muster the courage to risk, even if you don’t get the exact results you want, at least you tried – which is a lot more than most people. And best of all you won’t end up living a life of ‘What if?’ regrets. What if I’d tried, what if I’d said, what if only …

Let today be the day you give up who you’ve been for who you can become.

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WES ANNAC – Releasing Resistance – Learning from Life – 6-20-15

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By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

http://cultureofawareness.com/2015/06/20/releasing-resistance-and-learning-from-life/

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When was the last time you had to go through something stressful or frustrating, only to realize by the end of it that you learned a valuable lesson? If you’ve experienced this, then you aren’t alone. We all go through difficult, stressful and painful things, and most people don’t realize that these experiences are actually teaching them.

If you want to take it even further, you could say that everything we experience is a lesson. Every moment – from the joyful to the sad or stressful – has some kind of teaching for us, and we just need to open up to find the lesson. Openness will help us understand that our difficult experiences are teaching us, and our knowledge will skyrocket pretty quickly when we open up to these constant teachings.

Depending on how you think, you could say there are higher forces that intervene in our lives whenever possible. You could say these forces have been tasked with guiding us through this often difficult life, and they constantly send us messages we can decode, lessons we can learn and experiences that are meant not only to challenge us, but liberate us. You could say these higher forces are passionate about helping us expand our consciousness, and if we could only open up to them, we’d receive a lot more direct assistance and learn our lessons more easily.

These forces want to help us, but we have to be sufficiently open and clear in mind before we can consciously receive their assistance.

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The best way to increase our openness and finally start learning from life is to release our resistance. Resistance can keep us from having new, challenging experiences that help us learn, grow and elevate our consciousness, and we won’t learn anything significant if we resist every lesson that comes our way. As soon as we stop resisting, everything will seem to change.

Things might actually get easier, and not only will we learn more – we’ll be able to let life be instead of trying to control it. The moment we try to control life is usually the moment things get harder, and if we think about it, we can see how these two things are related.

It’s safe to say that most people don’t want life to be so hard, and the ironic thing is that their need to control their life is usually what makes it so hard in the first place. If we can do away with this unnecessary tendency, we could create the kind of life we want and learn valuable lessons along the way that help us grow.

We won’t stop being challenged when we release our resistance, but our perspective on it will change entirely. We’ll understand that challenges aren’t meant to keep us from making progress, and their actual purpose is to help us reach the next stage. Think of it like a video game. We can’t go to the next level until we learn how to solve our current level’s puzzles, and similarly, we can’t advance to the next stage in our growth until we learn the lessons life is giving us right here, right now.

As long as we leave the overactive ego behind and learn to live from the heart, these puzzles will get a lot easier and more fun.

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Ego-centeredness usually causes us to resist life’s countless lessons, and it’s one of the biggest inhibitors on the spiritual path. The ego’s helpful in some ways, but it can severely prevent progress if we let it influence us too much. We can use it without listening to its every command, and it all comes down to the understanding that in our true, silent, empty form, we exist far outside of the mind, the ego, and the physical body. Spirit is our true form, and the word ‘spirit’ doesn’t even do justice to its description.

We can’t learn from life or discover who we truly are if the ego’s still at the wheel, and leaving the ego goes hand-in-hand with releasing our resistance and opening up to life. The two are really one and the same since resistance comes from the ego, and releasing the ego will allow us to release all resistance.

I should also mention that we’ll make the most progress when we’re centered in love, because we’ll no longer be or victims of the ego or our own self-created thought forms. We’ll no longer be susceptible to the ego’s influence when it’s under the control of the heart, and if more people understood the benefits of heart-centeredness, they could discover the key to enjoying life and getting the most out of its lessons.

In my opinion, most spiritual practices pale in comparison to opening the heart. We learn compassion when we’re centered in the heart and willing to help anyone who’s struggling, and the selfless service that can result from our heart-centeredness will teach us even more about our world and the people in it. We’ll obviously learn more about the world by getting out there and helping people than by staying home all the time, but we can help others and learn about the world even if we don’t get out.

Even if we just help our loved ones a little each day, we’ll learn a lot of new things about them, the issues they require help with, and ultimately, ourselves. Our responses to their concerns will teach us about ourselves, and they might learn a thing or two about us as well. If we have trouble finding compassion in a certain situation, for example, we (and they) will learn that we have a blockage in that area for some reason.

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So ultimately, heart-centeredness will teach us how to go with the flow and learn from life, how to help others, and how to learn new things about ourselves. For these reasons (and plenty of others), I think it’s essential to stay in the heart, but we don’t want to try so hard to be heart-centered that we bring our resistance right back up. We want to call on our love in a way that doesn’t require the mind, and like everything else, it’ll get easier with practice.

Life has an abundance of lessons to teach us, and along with rooting ourselves in the heart, releasing our resistance will spare us untold amounts of unnecessary difficulty. Nothing has to bring us down or take us out of our center anymore, and we’re responsible for how we handle life’s lessons. We can learn these lessons with joy and centeredness, or we can angrily resist them and wonder why life seems like an uphill climb.

The hill will smooth itself out as we learn to go with the flow, and the things we learn from there on out will help us more than our resistance ever did. This is reason enough to release it and let life become our teacher, and no matter what we experience each day, we can be sure there’s some kind of lesson in it. We’ll learn a lot if we embrace this mode of thinking, and with heart-centeredness, our knowledge and experience will become infinite.

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New Beginnings – Don’t turn your back…

Suzanne Bertolas

IMG_20150617_072630 Two morning doves, on my walk with Maggie today.

Sometimes, it takes getting past old worn out patterns that did work for you in order to start new and fresh in a similar but not quite the same direction.

Sometimes you just need to change your own way of thinking and stop expecting others to fill in your blanks…so to speak.

Quite often you see the end result in your mind of what you want to achieve when you work so hard on a project or relationship. Ultimately you want your heart to feel good after all of your efforts. You want happiness, success, acceptance and understanding from family and your peers.

When that actually does transpire, it makes you feel good, like you have achieved a level of status amongst your friends and family. You feel like the struggles of completing the task or helping a friend were…

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Wes Annec – The Lighted Ones via Andrew Martin – On The Concept of Failure – 8-13-14

The Lighted Ones: “On the Concept of Failure” Channeled through Andrew Martin, The Lighted Ones, August 12, 2014

Greetings Dear Ones!

Today we wish to talk to you about your concept of failure.

Before you have begun each of your Earthly lifetimes and incarnations, you have, from a soul level been completely aware of the lessons and experiences you were going to have while inhabiting each lifetime. You chose to go through what you would go through with great excitement and eagerness as you knew that the more lessons and evolution you experienced, the higher your vibrational state would become.

You also knew that in every instance you would sometimes be a teacher and that you would sometimes be a student. You knew that from your human perspective you would have a limited understanding of the arc of your soul and that you would perceive many of your experiences to be negative or to be failures.

However in your Unity state prior to each Human incarnation, you were able to perceive that your individual evolution and growth meant evolution and growth for all. In your state of connectedness to All That Is, you never questioned or labeled experiences as anything other than successful and ultimately joyful, for as the saying goes “there are many roads to the top of the mountain and all roads lead to the top of the mountain”. Each and every experience within your multiple journeys has value for the individual as well as the collective.

Consider for a moment when a child is learning to walk…they try many times to take a step without falling before they are successful. However, they do not sit and berate themselves between each fall and call themselves a miserable failure for not being able to walk on the first attempt. They understand on an energetic, soul level that there is a process to all things and each time they fall, they learn to adjust their center of gravity, their balance, inertia, hand, arm, foot and leg placement until one day they seem to magically begin to walk!

Now we are not implying that you are a baby, we only choose this example to illustrate that while they may not be able to verbally articulate their experience, they are driven by the same Divine Spark that drives all of us to evolve and grow. The primary difference is that as a child, they have not yet learned to judge or criticize themselves…they only experience each Now moment as it unfolds. We all seek out the experiences that will ultimately benefit our soul’s growth and in turn the growth of the collective. There is no way to not evolve…it is impossible not to learn from each experience.

Even if it takes you 1,000 attempts to create your masterpiece, the other 999 attempts were absolutely neccesary as they all contained the lessons which ultimately led you to the one which you deem a success.

So understand that when you are tempted to perceive an experience as a failure or as negative, you can trust that it always helps you to learn something new, or to clarify more clearly what your desires are, or to move in a new direction that feels more aligned with the truth of who you are. You are eternal beings who are constantly, always, eternally, evolving and growing…there is no singular moment that does not contain the answers that you seek.

So try to begin to see your life as a string of connected Now moments which will always bring you to the next Now moment, which will in turn take you to the next Now moment and so on. When you accept that there is no end, that there is only transformation and evolution, you will begin to see the greater picture and can finally let yourselves off of the hook for your perception of being a failure.

In Love and Light we leave you!

Rejoice!

TLO

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Jesus – Channeller John Smallman – Your ability to understand and learn is limitless – Ascension

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September 20, 2013 by John Smallman

Jesus Through John

As humanity waits expectantly for an event of great significance – an event that the collective senses is about to happen without having any idea what it might be, or even if anything is about to happen – intensify your intent for the collective to open itself, its massive heart, to the divine field of Love that surrounds and embraces you. It is always with you, offering you infinite Love and acceptance, and all you have to do is to open your hearts and accept the offer.  Many of you have already done so and as a result the collective is feeling increasingly tempted to move fully into Love, thereby abandoning all that is not in harmony with It.

Because of the energies of darkness that still remain many of you are still experiencing doubts and anxieties about the reality of the New Age, but rest assured that it is already fully and irrevocably established; it is just up to you, all of humanity, with boundless assistance from all in the spiritual realms, to open into awareness of it.  You want it.  You are truly burned out from the constant negativity and disharmony of the illusion.  You are ready and increasingly willing to awaken.

The lives that you have all been living have been a preparation and a cleansing to lead you forwards in your spiritual evolution – an evolution that has always been divinely intended and which was instigated at the moment of your apparent separation from your divine and ever-loving Source.  You are and always have been one with your Source, and nothing can ever change that divine and harmonious relationship of the Creator with His creations.

The reason that it appears to you that you are separated from that infinite Source of Goodness is that at the moment you chose to separate yourselves from that Source you effectively shut down your awareness of It.  The separation, unreal as it was, was only momentary, but you are still experiencing it because you have chosen to be unaware of Reality.  Most of you find that concept at least paradoxical and at worst totally unacceptable, because you do not want to believe that you were capable of making such a disastrous choice.  It makes absolutely no sense to your severely limited human intellects upon which you rely far too heavily for insight and even intuition.  Intuition is of the spirit; it is divine guidance which is constantly available to you, but your egos fear it and do their best to distort the guidance that it offers so that you will disregard and discount it.

Some of you have had mystical experiences, near-death experiences, or moments of pellucidity in which it has become abundantly clear to you, without the slightest room for doubt of any kind, that you are divine and eternal beings, infinitely loved by God.  That knowing is permanent and unforgettable, and those who have experiences like that lose all fear and anxiety about physical death, and some of them attempt to explain or describe it to others so that all may benefit.  However, on the whole, people prefer to believe in the limits that their bodies seem to impose on them, fearing the unknown and unlimited possibilities that removal of those limits would encourage.

Nevertheless, over the last three or four centuries of the present human era, an ever-increasing number of you have been refusing to accept the limits that your cultures, societies, churches, or sciences have each in their own ways developed, encouraged, and then attempted to impose on their members.  During that time there has been an enormous expansion of knowledge worldwide, which initially appeared as though it would lead to complete clarification and understanding of the universe, but in the last two or three decades it has become apparent that the knowledge available is infinite, and that your ability to understand and learn is also limitless.  In fact, your physical vehicles, your bodies, were designed for limitless evolution, and the actual capacities and capabilities of your large brains have hardly been tapped at all.

The future is truly boundless, and as your knowledge base continues to grow exponentially the creative possibilities with which all are born will be far more fully recognized and encouraged to develop in the ways that are best suited to each individual’s needs.  In very recent years it has been found that children with autism have amazing gifts to offer when they are not twisted, manipulated, and forced to fit into severely restricted academic curricula that are totally at odds with their true needs.  Some enlightened ones among you have been doing amazing pioneering work in areas like these, and you are greatly honored for the Light that you are bringing to bear on what had previously seemed to be hopeless situations.

To awaken will be an amazing and an exhilarating experience, and it will not be temporary because it is your destination – the point in evolution towards which you are being guided by your own inner knowing, your intuition, by information and events that occur in your daily life, and by your spiritual guides and mentors who are with you at all times to assist you in this wondrous process.  Call on them for help or guidance in any situation and they will respond.  Do meditate regularly, and when you want spiritual guidance go to your quiet inner space so that you can “hear” what is offered.  Your success is inevitable, but you can delay if you should choose to do so. Some of you may feel unready, nervous about leaving behind the familiar, however unhappy or unsatisfactory it may be, so ask for help in overcoming that sense or feeling so that your fears or anxieties fall away, allowing you to awaken.  You most certainly will never regret it!

Your loving brother, Jesus.

Jesus Through John

Motherly Advice – Happy Mother’s Day!

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https://www.facebook.com/FollowingJes… Follow Jessica on Facebook and join her in all the exciting journey’s to come! https://www.thetappingsolution.com Also, check out The Tapping Solution website for more information on Tapping. Happy Mother’s Day!

Heaven Letters – May-01-2013

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Heavenletter #4541 God Leaves Out His Answer, May 1, 2013
Gloria Wendroff
http://www.heavenletters.org/god-leav…

God said:
Where are you looking from, and what do you see? When you look out the north window, you see one view. When you look out the south window, you see another view. Can they ever be the same? Unlikely.

When you look out either window an hour later, the light is different. Something has shifted in the scene and in your purview so that what you see now is not the exact same view.

And this is the story of your evolution as well. What you view from this perspective is not quite the same as when you look out the same window on another day or another year. Your point of view in the world is always changing, even when you are resistant to change. What is the saying? You can’t step in the river at the same place?

This describes your growth very well.

What is the distance between you and the child you once were and the youth and the married man and the father and then the man with a cane? Outer differences, of course, but everybody knows that. I am speaking of more subtle changes, including the range of change of perspective within.

My children are always in a flux or shift of one kind or another in the same way the seasons are.

You change your mind. You have a change of heart. You have an insight. Something you may thought smart once upon a time may seem foolish to you now, but that’s okay. It’s okay to have been foolish. It’s okay to be wiser now. It is okay to be who you are today.

Regardless of what guise you may appear in today, you are always My child. I would call you My GRAND child, for grand is how I find you, yet you might mix up what I say and think I mean you are a different generation. You are My child, and you are Grand. I can only speak Truth. It is you who can have often times erased the Truth from entering your heart, so imbued are you with false notions such as the one that you may hold that says you cannot possibly be My first generation. Then on top of that, I cajole you to believe that you and I are One and the Same when you most likely think you can’t be the Grandness that I AM. Of course, you can. You are. You don’t quite grasp it yet. How can you when you see only so far as you can see?

On the other hand, there are some of you who take the challenge to take over, and you would do things differently. If you had the power in your hands to make a clean sweep, the first thing you might do is to abolish death, free and square. Dear ones, one thing leads to another, and soon enough, you would have made a mess of things. You would have made a mess unwittingly, simply because you can see only as far as the tip of your nose, or, maybe, on a good day, around the corner.

You know that’s true, don’t you? It’s like now when you do not see ahead or think ahead. You realize now that, for every thread you pull, there is another that gets pulled and must be taken into account. Soon enough, you would throw up your hands and say:

“God, come back. I get the lengths you go to. The job you have is not a snap.”

And then you might add:

“Yet, God, I would like to ask you one more thing:

“How do You look at life on Earth and see what occurs and keep Your belief in Yourself? Of course, I realize that You do factor in the grief we humans experience, and, yet, You still keep Your cool. You don’t cringe at death or feel guilty about it. And how do we become like that, like You, and stay out of the mud?”

Seer: Almine – Power and Ascension – Ascension User Manual (2)

Part 2

Part 3

Almine Wisdom·179 videos

What is the connection between ascending and personal power? In this second episode of the Ascension User Manual, Almine discusses the influences of death, energy, ascension and power on your road to spiritual mastery. She also talks about:

The building blocks of life. Patterns of the body. Energy and consciousness. The three main stages. Nine phases of ascension.

We hope you enjoy!

For more parts of Almine’s Ascension User Manual, see
http://spiritualjourneys.com/ascension

What Children Teach Us

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Short documentary introducing the Infant Developmental Movement Education work… How Body-Mind Centering is applied with babies from birth to walking

BenArion: Enjoying Life NOW!

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The Seasons of Your Life

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Life can be compared to the characteristics of the seasons. There are times when you are faced with cold, hard, stormy weather in your life. Then there are times when you can make a new fresh start and grow. So when you are facing tough times remember that God has deemed a time for everything under heaven. You can’t give up when in the winter of your life because you could miss the promise of your spring and the beauty of your summer.

Science & Theory behind the Tapping World Summit – Bruce Lipton

A field approach to science does not negate the importance of discovering the various mechanism of function that are found in biology. However, a mechanical approach alone limits the scope of discovery while a field approach expands it. More info:

http://www.vinenbranches.com/The-Living-Matrix.html

You Are Worth the Time

Do You Have These 11 Traits Of Highly Creative People?   by

Highly creative people:

  1. Have the COURAGE to try new things and risk failure. Every big breakthrough starts as a harebrained idea. This doesn’t mean you should constantly go off the deep end, just that you should balance your routine portfolio of solutions with an investment in the new and untried. Over time, the risk is usually worth the reward.
  2. Use INTUITION as well as logic to make decisions and produce ideas. When Matt Drudge designed his Web site, he listened to his gut instead of the Internet gurus. He kept it simple, small, fast, and some would say ugly and primitive. But it works for him, making The Drudge Report one of the most recognizable and popular sites in the world.
  3. Like to PLAY, since humor and fun are the ultimate creative act. Which is to say you just have to lighten up. We all have goals, and quotas, and deadlines, but it’s not life and death. When you enjoy yourself, your brain relaxes and is able to produce more and better ideas. One of those ideas may be just what you’re looking for.
  4. Are EXPRESSIVE and willing to share what they feel and think, to be themselves. Blogging is the ideal arena for injecting your personality into your work. People are emotional creatures and respond better to people who appear real, honest, and open. Not only is it more interesting, it can also be more persuasive.
  5. Can FIND ORDER in confusion and discover hidden meaning in information. Research and critical thinking are key tools for the creative person. Information is to the brain what food is to the stomach. So-called “writer’s block” or creative burnout almost always results from a lack of fresh information and having nothing meaningful to say.
  6. Are MOTIVATED BY A TASK rather than by external rewards. You must like the challenge of writing, explaining, teaching, and persuading. Sure, you can make money along the way, but if you’re in it just for the money, you’re not going to be a fountain of new ideas.
  7. Have a need to FIND SOLUTIONS to challenging problems. Even the most creative writers won’t have a solution for everything. If they claim to, they’ve stopped thinking. Highly creative people are those whose eyes light up at a question they can’t answer. That’s the opportunity to learn something new and produce remarkably creative content.
  8. Will CHALLENGE ASSUMPTIONS and ask hard questions to discover what is real. Writing, blogging, or business rules aren’t really rules, only rules of thumb. If you want to wield true creative power, you will always take what others advise with a grain of salt. (That includes all of us gurus who love to don our pointy wizard hats and pontificate on the secrets of success.) If you don’t know something from personal knowledge or experience, you don’t know it at all.
  9. Can MAKE CONNECTIONS between old ideas to produce new insights. Combine the little doodles you make on a white board with online video and you get CommonCraft, a new approach to explaining things to people in a way they can easily understand. Sometimes the best solutions are simply two old ideas jammed together.
  10. Will PUSH THE ENVELOPE in order to expand the boundaries of what is possible. There was a time when no one thought you could make money on the Internet. Now it’s a huge, multi-national business platform. Instead of dividing the world into the possible and impossible, it’s better to merely divide it into the tried and the untried. What have you not tried yet?
  11. Are willing to TEST new ideas and compete with others based on results. Isn’t that what they mean by the “market of ideas”? Isn’t that what business competition is about? If you’re afraid of being wrong or losing, your creativity will suffer.
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Random Subconscious Beliefs vs. Altruistic Detachment (SDA Vlog #3)

CAUTION:  these videos are meant to shake you up a bit.  Try not to judge or take anything personally.

Please explore the wisdom and awareness challenges  on Reese Leysen’s  Channel.

Everything You Know is Wrong (SDA Vlog #1)

From Reactive to Pro-active: Short-Term Memory Management (SDA Vlog #2)

Athene’s Theory of Everything

Life In A Day

Life In A Day

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Director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) and producer Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator) team up to offer this candid snapshot of a single day on planet Earth. Compiled from over 80,000 YouTube submissions by contributors in 192 countries, Life in a Day presents a microcosmic view of our daily experiences as a global society. From the mundane to the profound, everything has its place as we spend 90 minutes gaining greater insight into the lives of people who may be more like us than we ever suspected, despite the fact that we’re separated by incredible distances.

 

 

THRIVE Theme Song

Introduction to “The Code” – Foster Gamble

Alex Collier 1994 Video Lecture w/Rick Keefe – Human Civilizations Across Galaxies