Perception is truth is true. What you believe is true makes it so for you. Hearts know our personal truth, and as we are engaged in the fellowship of the heart, we can grow in learning, refining, and extending that truth, a journey which we should be traveling. Otherwise, you never even know what that truth is at a most rudimentary level; oh, it’s there whether you know or acknowledge it.
If we are not in fellowship with our hearts, we can expect misperceptions which propagate mistruths, many times in relationship to some of the social and historical issues I’ve mentioned in the last few days.
Our educational experience plays a distinctive role in our perceptions — one of the reasons I am so passionate about that institution. Especially as a former teacher and considering that this is National Teacher Appreciation Week! Actually, I’m not passionate about the institution; I’m passionate about the organic process of education and learning. It would happen quite nicely without the institution, but formal education can be of great benefit in accelerating knowledge of self and self in relationship to Spirit and Universe.
However, that benefit does not currently accrue to students. The institution needs to be de-institutionalized. I believe that will only occur through redefinition. Reform? Really? A hundred years of it? Stupid.
Why? I think of it like this: Reform attempts to reshape the way things are done, to fix things. It’s rather like someone wanting to fix a mistake in a furniture order. An oak table shows up at the house when an upholstered designer sofa was ordered. How stupid would it be to try to cobble together an upholstered sofa from an oak table? Stupid.
How does it apply? Well, if we have ordered a nation full of young people who wait to be told exactly what to do, how to think, how to conform, and how to perceive, then why fix it? We have what we ordered. If, though, we expect free-thinking, innovative, creative, and motivated learners who will move forward in the knowledge of their hearts and their OWN truth, then you can’t get that in the present system of cramming the same information into students in the same way on the same day. So much more than that attends that little scenario that is wrong.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Education means to draw out — draw out of people their hearts, their truths, and their life purpose, and then educators, while helping students do that, also supply the skills, concepts, and frameworks that will help them achieve their goals, their curriculum. Yes, it can be that way.
What is the present system? Inducation? Can’t reshape the present system into the opposite of what it is designed to do. Of course, maybe there are some who want things exactly as they are. Maybe some want the perception to be that this nation has been faultless, at least in practicality because things just couldn’t have worked any other way — or could they? Yes, certainly they could have. Maybe it’s an informal, subconscious conspiracy.
Maybe Native Americans should have had the primary say in the way this land is administered. Maybe a lot of things should be different, and maybe we should not consider that a threat. I know we didn’t learn from the shameful treatment of Native Americans, African Americans, women, Japanese Americans, … .
Now, we face issues like immigration and other ethnic and religious minorities and their place in society. Why aren’t there other questions about how to help all realize “unalienable rights” of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness?” Maybe we revere a brutal, ego-driven soul like Andrew Jackson. God help us if we do.
If you are not familiar with the expansive soul of R. Buckminster Fuller, his biography could be enriching. He had the following experience, which I think was a distinct communication from his own heart: “You think the truth. You do not have the right to eliminate yourself. You do not belong to you. You belong to Universe…you may assume that you are fulfilling your role if you apply yourself to converting your experiences to the highest advantage of others.”
That was his truth, and it was profound — for him. Each of ours can be for us. Do you know your own heart and truth? It’s there for you.
Questions to consider:
How many times have you asked yourself or simply thought about the following questions?
Who am I, really?
What is my truth?
How do my actions reveal what I really feel and believe?
What would I do with my life if I could do anything?
What is my passion?
Why am I here?
How can I discover answers to any of these questions?
If you have considered any of these questions, I hope that my experiences and writing will give you some guidance. Please read my blog and comment and share your thoughts. I would love to hear from you!