Daily Spiritual Insight from the Story of The Little Prince
So many of are working on ourselves and working at improving our life. We want things to work out a particular way.
But if things aren’t really working for you, are you ready to quit trying to work your life out and instead simply become present in your day?
There are two fundamentally opposite ways to approach everything in life. One is a struggle, the other a flow of fulfillment.
One yields limited success intermingled with a lot of disappointment, the other more satisfaction than we could have hoped for.
When the Little Prince asked the crashed pilot for a drawing of a sheep, the pilot worked hard to get it right. After several failures, he simply dashed off a sheep spontaneously, crated and ready to go-and hit the bull’s-eye.
These two different approaches to life are symbolized by two trees in the mythic Garden of Eden in the second Genesis creation story. One is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the other the tree of life.
We can approach life by trying to figure out the best way to do things-the right way versus the wrong way. Or we can approach life in a state of flow, in which everything unfolds naturally and spontaneously.
The route of thinking our way through issues, weighing pros against cons, is how most of the world operates. Do you see why our world is such a mess?
If on the other hand we come from the flow of consciousness, each moment informs us of what we need to do next. It’s a vitally alive way of experiencing life instead of conceptual.
When the airman draws a crate with the sheep in it-something he does without thinking and without trying-the Little Prince realizes that the box in which the sheep is asleep can double as a house for the sheep at night. (See chapter 3 of The Little Prince.)
People tell me all the time that they want to approach their life in a conscious manner, so that they are truly present in whatever they are experiencing, yet they find it difficult. That’s because they are thinking about consciousness and presence, instead of just being.
Everywhere I turn, spiritual teachers and coaches talk about the power of thought to change a person’s life. Really?
With all the new thought going on, if that were true we’d be living in a very different world. Just look at how many people have read The Secret for example-and how undifferent most of their lives seem to be even after years of “working” this kind of approach.
That’s because this stuff doesn’t work. It can only ever deliver limited success because it’s based on the approach represented by the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. True, you achieve some good with this tree, but a whole heap of failure too!
Presence is nothing to do with thought.
The more present we become-the more consciously we go about our day-the less and less do we find ourselves thinking, until essentially only awareness thrives, absent all thought.
Awareness is fundamentally different from thought. Thought is like clouds that obstruct the light of the Sun. Consciousness is blocked by thought.
As the Little Prince surveys the pilot’s crashed plane, he comments that the pilot can’t have come very far on such a contraption. How in contrast this is to the Little Prince, who has descended from the heavens.
Our own efforts and the things we devise to advance us spiritually can never carry us very far. They are all part of the tree of the knowledge of good and bad, the right way versus the wrong way, thought versus being.
Stop tinkering with life and just allow it to be-and you’ll be surprised how many things get taken care of as you flow with presence, things you didn’t even consider.
Adult Education and E-Learning – Why 2009 Should Result in Fewer Prefixes and More Knowledge
At a time when UK university places are seeing record demand and applications submitted by older students are increasing, it seems likely that over the next few years a typical campus will be made up of an even more diverse mix of ages than it has seen in the past. Recent UCAS data highlights just how many older people are applying, with an 18 percent rise of applicants aged 25 and over – this has bumped the overall number of extra students competing to get into UK institutions by another 50,000 compared to last year.
Although this sudden influx of students is no doubt set to strain our recession-hit universities even further, as well as making the application process even tougher for those who a few years ago would haves secured a place with ease, I see this as a very good thing for education as a whole – and a good opportunity for the UK’s HE institutions to adapt to the needs of a wider variety of students and developing technologies.
When we discuss e-Learning, adult education or distance courses – if we are not describing its successes we are usually talking about issues that people come across when embarking on such an endeavour. Steve Wheeler (from his blog: ) is aware of this and decided to ask his Twitter followers what they thought the primary issues with, specifically, e-Learning were. What inspired this particular article is the response from one follower in Liverpool who argued ‘that integrating e-learning into the mainstream (and perhaps losing the ‘e’ that distinguishes it)’ was important. A notion that got me thinking.
Surely then, 2009 and 2010 may well be the year that we really begin to see this happen. E-Learning is ear-marked for further funding in light of the 40th anniversary of the Open University, and additionally, the greater reach of online lessons where physical class space and accommodation doesn’t have to be considered will no doubt become more important for institutions and students alike.
At the same time, I can’t help but imagine that the notion of ‘adult education’ as opposed to just ‘education’ is on its way out also – and it is e-Learning technology which is having a hand in that too. Online education is changing the way in which the individual student interacts with the college in two ways, the first: by offering a flexible, individually fitted, means to accessing information and the second: by providing open content (i.e. texts created by institutions but that are available to all). Consequently, once e-Learning does become “mainstream” I envisage a learning environment that has absolutely nothing to do with the age of the student, and everything to do with that innocuous vowel – though I’m sure we will have forgotten all about it.
Why Attend Continuing Education Seminars?
One of the best ways for people who are interested in improving their skills in any area of interest is attending continuing education events. If you are a dentist,doctor or a chiropractor you are used to regularly attending c.e. events to update your skills which update you and your professional educational education. Some of them visit to keep their professional licensing intact, and some because they are in exotic warm places in the dead of winter.
As business people it is this same idea of going to continuing education that can do wonders for us. In internet marketing this education is a valuable constructive activity. You have two great benefits. You will learn new methods of marketing, how,when and what technology to use and strategies that will grow your business. Above all you will be in the company of other successful people that have travelled the same route as you, have similar goals and can share their successes and failures with you. You will begin to not feel so isolated and perhaps develop mastermind partners and friends.
Coming out from behind the keyboard is valuable as you can grow your list of friends who share a similar philosophy, and meet others who you can then share ideas with after you leave the conference or seminar. You will also be able to make contacts to do business or perhaps a Joint Venture. But what if you are tight for time, cannot get the travel time due to work or have family obligations. You can still be there in spirit by purchasing the videos or recordings and seminar materials from the organisers of the event who often provide recordings accompanied by video and PDF workbooks.
As I write this I am attending the Online Revenue Workshop in Las Vegas. This event featured 4 well known marketers and EzineArticle expert authors. Dr Jeanette Cates, Lisa Suttora, Suzann Schmitt and Connie Ragen Green who were discussing technology, marketing, product development and entrepreneurial mindset. I have picked up many new ideas and made several new friends and contacts. If you have interest in Article Marketing Connie taught a segment on it, as I write this I know she knows about the subject because she has 1285 articles written with more than 425,439 views.
So I know that the academic part of seminars is very useful and I think you will find that the social can be just as valuable, even in Vegas.
Easy Steps For Social Work Continuing Education
You may be most interested in saving a little bit of money when you seek you certificate this time around. There are so many companies out there that want to help you save time and money. It is necessary for you to save time when looking to enroll in social work continuing education courses. You are busy and need to keep your attention focused on your practice. Yet, cutting corners isn’t an option either so it’s necessary that saving time does not get in the way of enrolling in a quality continuing education course.
When you begin looking for online course work, you need to find a company that has a trustworthy reputation and is staffed by people that you believe to be qualified. The person teaching the course should also have notable credentials and be a well known name in your field. You also want to recognize the people that sit on the board of the institution. These should definitely be recognizable names that are associated with the most cutting edge research.
You will also want to check the credentials of the particular site or institution that is offering the class you are interested in enrolling in. Look for specific national and state board approvals. Also, you will want to check for national membership organization approvals. For a company or institution to be approved to offer social work continuing education certificates, they have to meet strict criteria set out by these organizations.
Once you have researched the institution and its staff, you can learn about your options with the course work you select. You have a few different options for course work found within a website. There are a few different types to choose one and having a good feel for how much time you have to offer is wise. You will also need to be fairly aware of the style of learning you do best and where you plan to tackle the class.
There is audio, reading and video course work. If you interested in doing an audiotaped class, you will just need to fill out your application with the company so they can send you a tape. Some firms have begun to send mp3s as well. This audio recording will be a taped lecture or discussion. You will merely need to listen to the recording, take any notes or outlines and then pass a brief quiz. The telephone based course is similar. You’ll patched into a telephone conversation to listen live.
If you would like to read the material, then enrolling in a strictly online class will be a good fit. For this class, you will be sent the reading and course work through your email account. Any materials necessary to pass the quiz will be online for you to read at your leisure. Once you have completed the reading, all you’ll need to do is pass the quiz to receive your social work continuing education certificate.
Online Continuing Education Courses – Advantages Over Classroom Courses
There has been an upward trend in online education for the last six to eight years. The stigma of online education started to disappear when large, accredited schools starting offering online degrees. Many adults returning to school take online classes. A typical online student works full time and has a family. They cannot attend classes on a weekly basis but, still need additional education to advance their career. Online classes have a lot to offer students. First and foremost, they are more flexible than classroom courses. Many programs are asynchronous, meaning you do not have to be online at a specific time for an online chat or lecture. Most classes consist of case studies, discussion board postings, and quizzes. Second, you can complete the online courses from anywhere in the world with internet access. You can do your assignments from your home, office or even automobile! This feature is very beneficial because you are able to save money on gas, not worry about parking and complete your homework no matter where you are located. Finally, for most Universities you are learning the same information online as you would if you were sitting in a classroom. Meaning, you are not getting any type of discounted degree. This feature is probably the most important. Many professors actually teach both online and classroom courses making sure the content of the courses are the same. This is also important because you will be receiving the same degree and diploma as a student who did all of their coursework on campus.
Expense is another factor to consider when looking into online courses. Many times colleges and Universities will drop their tuition rate for online classes. Since there is no real overhead they are able to offer the same degree programs at a lower cost. Students really appreciate this and take advantage of it all the time. They receive the same education and degree at a discounted price. As long as the school is accredited any employer should accept the degree. It should not matter if the program was done online or on campus. Regional accreditation will allow a student to transfer classes from one school to another or pursue higher education; such as a master’s degree or PhD. This is very important since you never know where life could take you in the future. Don’t waste your time and money completing a degree from a school that is not regionally accredited!