Voices for Peace and a Spiritual Philosopher

In today’s post we’re turning away from the negativity that’s been around this past week – the disturbing news about what our dear Secretary of State for education is doing or planning to do to the curriculum, the examination system, the teaching of reading & literacy, and so on. Here’s a prime example of someone with a head full of half-baked ideas, phoney understanding and an excessive pride in his own intellect and opinions, with a soul full of personal ambition and puffed-up vanity. He was pretty unspeakable when in opposition to the government, and now he’s in power he’s downright dangerous, and a menace to the entire school system, if not society in general.

So, with that out of the way, let’s take a look at some extremely positive thoughts. This morning I came across the latest post from Gina’s Professions for PEACE – Musings on Life, Love and Peace. [http://professionsforpeace.com/]

I must remember how important every voice is, or I lose hope. I begin to feel disheartened that little ol’ me cannot make a difference. But that is not the truth. So I shake off that falseness, and I claim my rightful place in the choir. A choir of global peace-seekers and light-workers.

Every writer sharing their truth and their journey. Every poet capturing beauty and longing for more. Every photographer looking deeply at the world and endeavoring to share their view. Every musician who captures those elusive notes from within their heart. Every artist using color, cloth, metal, ink, clay, paint and more to share the beauty bursting out from within them. Every chef who creatively combines foods and flavors, bringing out depths and heights for our taste buds and joy. Every neighbor with a smile. Every volunteering pilot. Every caring teacher. Every kind clerk. Every friendly bus-driver. Every compassionate doctor. Every loving human. We are all essential to the choir.

http://professionsforpeace.com/2012/06/23/i-am-somebody/

Gina also posted this photograph

Gina describes herself as a spiritual philosopher. “I celebrate the precious common thread woven through all the world’s great religions that encourages us to Love. My spiritual journey and goal of each day is to remember how loved I am and to share that love outwardly. It is my intention to offer thought-provoking ideas that foster joy, hope, and inspiration.”

My favourite blog writers are those who care about the state of the world and try to make a difference in any way possible, large or small. They’re individuals who remind us to remind ourselves that life is an incredible gift that we should appreciate and cherish, as is the amazing planet we inhabit. Let’s all remind ourselves of the importance of spiritual intelligence, and continue to work individually and collectively to nurture it in ourselves and in places such as our homes and our schools where the seeds of spiritual intelligence and creativity can grow strongly if properly cared for.

Gina’s post goes on to say

This post celebrates the fact that we may be only one but together we make an impact! As an anonymous writer observed, “Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together.” As someone who lives in a northern clime I have seen the spectacular beauty of tiny snowflakes drifting down, landing on backlit glass to show off their intricate designs before melting. And I have also been snowed-in by blizzards and witnessed the power of those tiny snowflakes banding together. Let us all band together. Let us all remember that every voice makes a difference. Do what you can. Sing out and add your own voice to the choir.

This sums up what we at 3Di are forever saying about the importance of children & young people finding & developing their personal ‘voice’ – which is an aspect of what we call ‘personal intelligence’ – the part of our brain that enables us to know ourselves, and our strengths, weaknesses and enthusiasms. The tragedy is that our training for teachers for the most part fails to even mention the importance of voice, creativity and self-expression, let alone trains teachers in how to prioritise and develop our personal and spiritual intelligences.

To finish this piece today, consider these aphorisms quoted by Gina –

Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve… You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest worker.      ~Helen Keller

How wonderful that no one need wait a single moment to improve the world.     ~Anne Frank

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.       ~Kahlil Gibran

Many thanks, Gina, for all these uplifting thoughts on this cool, rainy and blustery summer’s day in London.

GF

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About 3D Eye

Gary Foskett and Clare Blackhall are educationalists, writers and consultants. We work with schools and other organisations who share our vision of how schools, businesses, etc should work in the 21st Century. We also run courses and contribute to conferences - speaking about our three dimensional model of intelligences and how schools, colleges and universities can develop the full potential of all their staff and students. We also offer consultancy for businesses and public sector organisations to support staff training and organisational change and development. For more detailed information read our blog at https://3diassociates.wordpress.com/ or see our website at www.3diassociates.com.
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4 Responses to Voices for Peace and a Spiritual Philosopher

  1. Pingback: Cause and Effect « Professions for PEACE

  2. 3D Eye says:

    That’s praise indeed, Gina, and we very much appreciate your kind & thoughtful words. If we’re offering “insight and inspiration” then we’re fulfilling our aspirations, and we’ll go on trying to shine some light into areas that need thorough investigation by parents, teachers and all others who care about creating better schools, homes, businesses and communities. It’s been an interesting experience for us posting these pieces and sharing these ideas on the blog and on the website, and a very rewarding experience when we receive feedback as positive and as generous as yours. Our greatest frustration is in not being able to reach out and share our thoughts with as many positive people as we’d like – but we’ll carry on trying! We wish you luck with all your efforts too. G.

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  3. I have really enjoyed spending some time at your website, and was just now reading about your educational programs http://www.3diassociates.com/ep.htm
    I will be celebrating your work in an upcoming post. So many others who are seeking ever greater self development for themselves and all young people will find wonderful insight and inspiration at your website as well as your blog. Oh, to have emotionally rich curriculums in every school!! Keep up the great work you are doing! I look forward to learning more as I delve further into your robust website.

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  4. Dear Gary, I am almost too moved to comment but I will push through to offer my deepest gratitude to have had my writings and message so eloquently celebrated here. That my light can reach all the way from western Canada to a blustery day in London cheers me to my core. With so much love and gratitude to you and Clare and everyone working towards helping children (and educators!) to find their personal voice. Your friend and supporter always, Gina

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