“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” William Butler Yeats
The world is changing into a global community and new opportunities for creativity and innovation are presenting themselves. Our values and expectations of the education system are moving toward inclusion of wholeness and altruism. While priority has been given to labour market trends, there remains a growing need for inclusion of other modalities to ensure self esteem, life skills and quality contribution to community at large. We have seen obvious shifts away from absolute respect for authority to autonomy. Keeping up with the exponential growth of technology is a concern, yet as north Americans, we are still steeped in stress and social ills.
Canadian labour market and lifestyle trends demonstrate shifting values in lifestyle and family value priorities creating a demand for flexibility in work and individual wholeness needs. Long gone are the days of life time commitments in employer/employee loyalty and for the most part, we tend to consider ourselves and family situations first.
Lifelong learning, individual growth and economic sustainability are facts of life in a rapidly changing world. As a parent or grand parent, we have seen phenomenal changes in public education systems, yet as a society one only has to follow current events to know that we have a long way to go in order to grow healthy fulfilled and contributing adults. To answer the probing questions of how now best to instil basic knowledge in our children, in order to produce good citizens, while providing all of the other social, emotional and spiritual needs, many are turning away from public education systems and shopping for private school alternatives.
Teachers of the future, who are able to literally translate information in new and meaningful ways, may be required to begin their specialities sooner, with significant awareness of diverse cultures. Creativity and innovation is an absolute must, with versatility in cultural applications for flexibility in global marketplaces. Exponential changes in technology must be balanced with social-emotional wellbeing.
Paradigm Education Academy of Creative Enlightenment (PEACE) is the vision of Director, Susan Terry. With Susan’s expertise in Montessori, a touch of Waldorf in hand, and the added stateside creative methodology brain child of Creative Educational Systems, PEACE school will soon open it’s doors. Visionary and Associate Director, Robert Young, teachers and staff operate within arts-in-education principles that evolve around man’s symbiotic relation with nature.Drawing on their particularareas of expertise and experience, they act as guides and role models to ensure nurturing a vision of growing creative, joyful and highly evolved young citizens.
For more information contact Susan Terry, Director, B.A., B.Ed, directly: Paradigm Education Academy of Creative Enlightenment, P.O. Box 146, Callander, Ontario, Canada, P0H 1H0, http://peace-school.org, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reviewed by; Jan Porter, www.inspiredsoulworks.com
Grail Lady Faire 2011 ~ A particle in a wave of global transformation!
While recently attending the “Grail Lady Faire for women who care about the planet”, hosted by founder Madeline Marentette, I was taken by her own sacred journey. Held at the Grail Springs Spa and Resort in Bancroft, Ontario Canada, this gathering suggested to Madeline “an Enlightened Woodstock for Women” celebrating a new earth consciousness. Her book, ‘Grail Springs, Holistic Detox for Body, Mind, & Spirit, give candid recollections that indicate a soulful coming of age in self-mastery and global community awareness. With her own globe trotting to many distinctive cultural and spiritual environs she joins thousands of way-showers around the world, often quietly transforming our future. Two fundamental philosophies vibrate through her vision: ‘Iche Diene’ is an ancient Grail code meaning ‘I serve’ and ‘Maat’ an ancient Egyptian text that translates as ‘Goddess of Truth and Justice.’ These concepts are considered to be as old as the Joseph of Arimathea, 6 a.c.e. In essence, for Madeline, “to be good, to be true, and to be happy,” is to uphold the highest ideals of the Round Table. Humbling as always, I find myself amidst an eclectic entourage of powerful and inspiring women from across the United States, Canada, Peru, United Kingdom, Brazil and more. Blessed to be a particle in a wave of transformation in this International Women’s Year 2011; it is a call for conscious humanitarianism and environmentalism. Madeline, like so many globally are actively bringing together notable thought leaders, authors, wisdom keepers, musicians, recording artists, living spiritual and healing masters, alternative business entrepreneurs and visionaries.
Nestled amongst the Cambrian landscape on the shoreline of Chalice Lake Ontario, a lone swimmer dips under a sparkling surface lake water. Ancient Granite deposits of magnetite, marble, granite, solidities and quartz crystal underground, draw many from around the globe to the Bancroft area. Fine gems and minerals emanate magnetic charges reputed for powerful healing capabilities.
Dragonflies flutter and dance around a lone woman who is immersed within the Labyrinth, while a small group of women lounge on a birch tree shoreline wondering if the mud massage is sans clothing. Warm summer breezes send goose bumps on one pregnant woman’s arms as her robe is pulled in tightly. Two women meander through the hot tub garden area amidst tingling wind chime and lush garden. One woman comments of luscious fresh odours in the air intermingling lake water, flowers and a vegan lunch in preparation. A calming ensues from city strife as the day progresses. Overheard is another wondering if the good feeling is atmosphere is because of the fresh crystalline waters flowing nutrients and minerals from deep in the earth and thus infusing a heightened sense of aliveness and conductivity throughout the Grail Faire. While another openly ponders ancestral ghostly interventions, who must have come to assist the higher vision inspired by legends of the Holy Grail. Another feminine sisterhood evolves under the tutelage of a variety of renowned guest speakers.
“To know thyself, to trust thyself and to love thyself” was this years theme. One can sense and visualize a multitude of ancestral women, saints and sages also gathering in the spirit of the vision. Women gather, dispensing with the traditional female competitive daily grind in search of nature’s natural healing ambiance, soul connection and sisterhood. This is more than a fad, search for authentic soul connection and connection to the divine and camaraderie with like mind and soul is growing into commonality in today’s culture. The five day summer event, intent on growth and celebration with like minded souls from all walks of life.
“The world will be saved by the western woman.” ~ Dalai Lama
With the back drop of northern Ontario’s wilderness, token male presence of Horse Whisperer ‘Richard Capener’ who lovingly tends to his charges intermittently tending to camera and visually capturing the talents of guests and participants. Among a multitude of talents, this former school teacher now Art Gallery of Bancroft visionary and owner operator of Richard Capener Productions offers promotion and marketing services. (photo courtesy of John Parson)
New attendees are treated to transition times with the magical angelic melodies of Pam Gerrand; singer, songwriter and sound healer. Soothing sounds that vibrate the soul, Pam offers alignment with ones soul to the divine, sisterhood and the all that is. Leading this afternoon’s magical nature walk is Madeline.
Tending to the higher spiritual well being of the events and holding higher vision, is none other than the Condor’s Vera Lopez who among many things, plans, organize and leads spiritual journeys to Peru, Brazil and Sedona Arisona, is the founder of the 'Spirits of the Earth' a spiritual adventure travel company, a Reiki Master, Spiritual Counselor and Modern Shaman Practitioner. Spiritual Master John of God awaits on deck to move souls into light and well being.
Among a wide variety of notable guest speakers is the regions own gracious Eva Dametto offering her unique and powerful talents of 'Breathe True Yoga'.
Mystical Wilderness serenity naturally dissipates the hectic daily lives of those attending. Felt at the Grail Faire is the growing trend toward a non-secular connection with nature spirituality and each other, a sort of pane theism which strives toward a oneness concept where God or a divine creative force not only exists but is within and interconnects with every aspect of nature and beyond. All guided and operated under a series of universal laws. A simple yet intricate concept of interconnectedness that all of our ancestors understood and lived within. A universal belief where humans and other animated and non-animated life forms are simply individuated while at one connected with the all that is.
The common symbolism in many aboriginal cultures that demonstrates this notion is the spiral, found in the sacred dance of the Grouse, the curves of the nautilus shell and more cosmically in the spiral arms of galaxies. Spiral imagery reflects evolution of the soul and spirits progression and personal mastery within the mass conscious mind and the all that is. The Grail Lady Faire Festival is among many modern movements is a wave of evolution upon us that is growing.
“If there is to be a future, it will wear the crown of feminine design.” ~ Indian Mystic Aurobindo
Ancestral interconnectedness vibrates from hand made drums as sisterhoods find nature, bringing the magic of discovering a natural authentic unfolding of the wondrousness of who they really are. In accepting and honouring self and others, like mind and soul inevitably attracts like mind and soul, exponentially bringing more joy and discovery.
In part and parcel with this progression of authentic and interconnectedness is a growing trend of altruistic business philosophy. Out with the old competitive and hoarding mentality, more and more are seeking the accompanying philosophies and practices such as; Café Gratitude. Madeline makes reference in her book to the Round Table unanimous decision making practice where all options are discussed explored. The Round Table philosophy alludes to a pre-concept of approaching all affairs and aspects of life with a pure mind and heart in alignment with a higher vision at all times.
Café Gratitude is more than a business practice; it is a school of transformative sacred commerce whose philosophies hint at basic wholeness approach to business, staff, partners etc. A positive fundamental vision is practiced in effort to help one another in all facets of life; financially, personal growth, occasionally addiction recovery, healing from disease to car repairs or even replacing stolen items. They strive to support one another’s artistic performances, housing, and transportation needs. In harnessing the power of community, caring for each other, they come to know the reciprocity of support while working in an environment where, the innate value of each is honoured and respected.
“We are all naked in unity. All is one and one is all--you me and the bumblebee!!!” ~ Daniel O’Neil
*By; Jan Porter, Editor of Mystical Voices magazine, published author and freelance writer. www.inspiredsoulworks.com
Summer Vacation Bliss!
Wow, what a breath of fresh air and life!
Time magically slows down to a timely country pace circa 1910 in Mousseau’s latest masterpiece, “Sky Flyers’. A snapshot of rural northern Ontario life where a group of children rapture in warm summer days of amazing kite flying on the northern Georgian Bay shoreline. Ironically perhaps, this reviewer had the fortitude of curling up on dock lounge chair to read, adding to ambiance of story. Wide open shoreline sky lines expansive open farm land where two homemade kite’s dance and unwittingly set the stage for a life time of adventure, competition and camaraderie. A number of ingenuous attributes built into a variety of kites at the hands of children that would make a ghostly Leonardo Da Vinci proud.
Da Vinci’s inspiration in hand with childhood resourcefulness, Mousseau’s lovely slow pace style is reminiscent of Samuel Clemens a.k.a Mark Twain’s Huckeyberry Finn and the adventures of Tom Sawyer. Readers are taken on a wonderful journey as Mousseau carves new roads of wit and era culturalisms that set precedence for distinctive Canadian Literature. This fine novel comfortably stands in finer categories such as, Stephen Leacock’s ‘Sunshine Sketches Of A Small Town’.
Mousseau’s own rural northern Ontario life experience and boyhood giftedly shines through this wide range appeal page turner. A small rural northern Ontario multi-cultural community is ethno-demographic harmony in action via childhood summertime adventures. One life defining summer far from conscious thoughts children are free of class distinction, racism, poverty and other adult worldly dramas sets precedence for youth and adulthood.
From old hound dogs, to catching frogs, to tom boy girls and growing into youth and adulthood of war and post war, this novel and its characters live on long after its first reading. A measure of a true timeless classic in the making, Mousseau’s eloquent, brilliant, and witty this novel is simply a joy to read! For readers caught up in the high fever of box store trends, this masterpiece is a welcome change.
Every once in awhile, a shinning star writer shines and shares a gift for the written word and Sky Flyers is among memorable other works, such as; ‘Leave Me To Cry’, ‘Life Raft’, ‘Mr Cheeks Too Soft’, ‘On With The Show’, ‘Three Plays By Me’, ‘An Oak Rocking Chair’, ‘Ed’s Daily Quotes’, ‘Ed’s Daily Inspirations’, ‘Farm Facts From Dung Hill Farms’, ‘Herman The Hermits Poems Of Life’, ‘Just The Cook’s Trail-Side Gormet Cooking’, ‘Memories of 1896 The Adventures of Mr. Cheeks Too Soft and Kin’, ‘Pioneer Poetry of Mr. Cheeks Too Soft’, ‘Roosevelt Street’, ‘Steeltown’, ‘Steeltown Blues’, ‘Stories From My Time’, ‘Weathered Boards’, and more . As a seasoned and prolific writer, editor and publisher in his own right, Richard Mousseau demonstrates his expertise with numerous other works, such as; novels, story poetry, play writing and in particular, Northern Ontario adventures. A man of many hats, Mousseau also hails as a farmer a raising menagerie of domestic animals in rural Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario, Canada.
Congratulations Richard Mousseau!
ISBN 978-1-894650-87-8 Novel, ISBN 978-1-894650-88-5 E-Book
Reviewer: Jan Porter, www.inspiredsoulworks.com, www.mysticalvoices.com