Teachers and Learners, An Alchemical Pairing

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I love being a Teacher, as I have taught now for 37 years, from 2 years tutoring and then teaching developmental English for inner city Buffalo students in New York to teaching for 13 years for Phoenix area community colleges and Arizona State University, to 22 years since 1993 as a professor at the University of Colorado—Colorado Springs. And, I love being a Student, as I have been from the very start and will always continue to be!

We learn through teaching and teach through learning, and those we teach are also our own teachers, too! So here I want to celebrate the Learners who teach their teachers how better to connect, to stay informed and current with contemporary issues, and above all, to better LISTEN to their learners’ needs and their hopes and dreams.  For being a Learner can be a daunting, brave act, especially when the student steps forth to ASK their pertinent questions and to personalize their QUEST for gaining grounds toward deepening their topical interests and toward fulfilling their individual life goals.

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Never settle for less than what is stated in the previous sentence.  As a Learner, you have the right and in fact the obligation to not just attend classes and complete assignments but to question, to expand your reading beyond that given, to critique perspectives presented and to elaborate and develop your unique viewpoint, sensibility and expertise.  There has never been in the entire history of creation another YOU (true for All), and your specificity of experience, feelings and outlook truly make of you a very special Learner—and Teacher, too.

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Learning takes many forms. It could be in a formal classroom setting but it does not need to be, and even when it is, it doesn’t really begin or end in a classroom. Nature might be your Classroom, or your Family might be the soil in which you are planted to gather and to share nourishment and understanding and love.

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Learning is the process of manifesting Better Endings, with any endeavor. We learn to drive a car, and this brings greater personal freedom along with greater responsibility and awareness. We read a novel, and whole worlds unfold before our imagination; worlds we never knew before but that are now realms we can return to forever.

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As you learn, you gain invaluable lessons of experience; not just head knowledge but compassion and passion for serving others and for attaining the capacity to embrace and live your Dream! 

 

 

Life Is… Heeding the Call—Reclaiming Your Life Dream

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We are proceeding month by month with this blog to combine positive Life Metaphors with a universal set of Archetypal character figures that are part of each of our total identities–though to differing proportions consciously and unconsciously for different people and at different times.  For June our Life Metaphor is Life Is…Heeding the Call—Reclaiming Your Life Dream, and we will bring the COMMUNICATOR Archetype into conjunction with this theme.

When you were a child, how did you answer the question: “When I Grow Up, I Want to Be______ ?” And then later when you were in your teenage years, what IDEAL careers or experiences did you ardently desire to bring about  in your future?  Were your Goals back then the same or similar, or very different from the life you are living as an adult and the future goals you have today? Do you in fact still have a LIFE GOAL (or, Dream) that you yet hope to attain, or have you “given up on dreams” or “settled” for the everyday life you have established as an adult?

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I have found that the way people answer that question, “When I Grow Up, I Want To Be ___”, whether from a child’s perspective or as an adult, can be very revealing of the dominant archetypal orientations of the individual. If as a child you wanted to be a Superhero, for instance, this may express your IDEALIST or WARRIOR nature, depending on which Superhero you were identifying with. If you wanted to be a veterinarian, this may reflect your HEALER or NOURISHER archetypal makeup. Often the more “adult” way we answer the same question today still reflects these same archetypal yearnings, even if the form expressed –e.g. now maybe much more practical sounding—may not seem so “childish”.

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Listen to your Inner Child self as It answers this question today. Putting all practicality aside for the time being: What DO you want to be when you GROW UP?” Now then, what Part of Self does that express in you? Is there a part of you still longing to fulfill Its Strengths and dreams and ideals? Let this part of yourself SPEAK, communicate Its needs and wishes, which are part of the larger Self you aim to Realize.

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So let’s see, how might I answer that question today?

When I GROW UP, I want to be:

…giving back to the Whole of life, to others, in ways that utilize my deepest strengths and insights from the first 60 years of this life (at least).

What archetypal potentials does that yearning reflect?

COMMUNICATOR, MYSTIC, IDEALIST, HEALER, TEACHER.

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Interestingly, four of the five archetypal potentials indicated above (Teacher, Communicator, Healer and Mystic) are “Dissolving”  stage archetypes: those involved with RESOLUTION and INTEGRATION of the 3 process stages of Origination, Maintaining, and Dissolving archetype expressions. Dissolving archetype character traits bring processes and lessons to a stage of understanding, usefulness, and resolution. So it certainly makes sense that as I approach a “Giving Back” cycle of life after 60, these archetypes are stepping forth to guide the reins.

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I invite YOU to answer these questions and to LISTEN to these energies from within your own greater Self! What are they calling you to BE/ KNOW/ DO, Now?

I invite and welcome your comments and stories.