Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson

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There’s something about education

Howdy!

There seems to be something wrong with the way we educate our children and given the reactions to my previous post, I don’t seem to be the only one having this belief. I came across a video on YouTube which is pretty awesome in this respect. A college graduate wondering what 18 years of formal education have really brought her, followed by a lecture by Sir Ken Robinson. Have a look: http://bit.ly/zwUNb0  Nic Askew has produced something similar, equally worthwhile: http://www.nicaskew.com/2012/03/re-imagining-education/

I may have mentioned this before but the root of the word ‘to educate’ seems to be quite different from the practice in our, uhh, educational system. http://bit.ly/GAIMki It is something like ‘to guide to the outside’, rather than being told what to do. And the word ‘school’ as an interesting etymological background as well: http://bit.ly/GCqJZb  Something to do with ‘leisure’ or ‘free time’. Wow, quite interesting to think what it means in practice and in theory when we say: I have been educated at school! 🙂

The practice has become to be trained in a kind of standardised academic intelligence, therewith forgoing a huge potential of different skills, competencies and intelligences (and success and fulfillment for the individual students) I agree with Sir Ken Robinson that this old system has done a bunch of people really good. But with the changed landscape where we don’t know how the economy will look like by Tuesday next week it is weird that there seems to be no critical mass available to rethink and reshape the way we educate our children. It seems to be a long way to get to a tipping point from which point onward we will actually start to educate our children and transform the business of teaching into a sustainable practice of education. And give our children the free time to be educated, taking them as the starting point.

I see it as my mission to allow as many people as possible to connect with their personal calling, their personal destiny, higher purpose, mission, whatever label you would like to use. Living our destiny takes our individual and unique identity as the starting point. It will bring freedom and accountability as the same time. And somehow, making the transition from a life based on fitting in (somebody other’s ‘suspected expectations) yo your own life, based on your own calling requires courage. Reclaiming our inherent freedom requires courage. And probably also living examples which can be found where we least expect them: indeed, with our children.

Let me know how you think we could start changing our educational system. It’s certainly not going to be simple, I’m sure.

Love and Blessings,

Geert

www.geerthofman.com

There’s something about the word ‘Leader’

The Leader on top of other people?

Heya,

This may be a cultural thing and therefore I may be attaching too much value too it. But there’s something that strikes me about the self promoting guru’s in whatever field. They all seemingly find it incredibly important to continuously state that they work with Leaders. Not just with anybody, no they work with leaders. Never mention ordinary folks, nope it’s about leaders. I’m not so sure that they understand what they communicate with that. Of course there’s more than a fair chance that they try to say that whatever it is they want to say, is something that is appealing to leaders. Which leads to them thinking that being amongst leaders makes them a leader too. So they’re amongst like-minded people and other friends now.

As I said, attaching importance to the word ‘leader’ may be a cultural thing, especially pertaining to the US culture. But I can’t help thinking when I read about some guru claiming to bring leaders together (as if…) : what’s the shouting all about? Why do you need so speak in such a loud tone to make yourself heard? What does that tell me about your message? That there are two kinds of people on the planet? Leaders and losers? That there is a distinction between leaders and the rest, which makes the leaders better people? That it is not true that all is one? That it is not true that everything in the universe is connected? That your worldview is still that of the pyramid: one at the top telling all the others what to do (and all the others should listen to that person, fit in, adapt to the context never mind what their unique contribution may be)? Those days are gone as can be read from a previous blog: http://bit.ly/rOWtzk What does it tell me about you, the person from which the message originates? How self-confident are you? To what extent to do believe what you are preaching? To what extent are you your message? To what extent can you really identify yourself with your message?

So in as much as they’re trying to preach a message of love and unity, in actual fact they’re communicating rivalry, distinction and them being better than all the others. Exclusiveness as opposed to inclusiveness. And that makes me sad…… Of course, this too is just a mere transitory phase in the development of mankind but still…. What kind of transformation is required to move to the next phase? And what will that look like? Any thoughts on your end you want to share?

Love,

Geert

www.geerthofman.com