Storytelling. An art long gone…

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“Knowing how to tell a clear and coherent story is an important skill for helping young children to develop strong reading skills, which, in turn, can help them to be successful across a number of different subjects in school,” said FPG advanced research scientist Nicole Gardner-Neblett. “Prior research suggests that historical and cultural factors foster strong storytelling skills among African American children, which has implications for their development as readers”.

Two years ago, Gardner-Neblett’s own research was the first to demonstrate the connection between African American preschoolers’ storytelling abilities and their early reading skills in kindergarten. That study found a link between storytelling and reading only for the African American children, from households across income levels, but not for any other demographic group. (1)

We have lost the art of storytelling.

Now we just believe the “Facts”.

It is the most “primitive” ones who will ultimately save our heritage as human beings. Soon enough, when the forest is empty, when the river stays silent, we will remember. That there is magic in the world. And that this magic only exists if you believe in it. The river does not make any sound. You are the one making the tree leaves thawing. By just sitting down and closing your eyes. Start analyzing them and you will see that the sound is gone. We are the vessel which receives the cosmos and gives it shapes and sounds.

Too much listening has made us deaf.

Too much seeing has made us blind.

We must into the forest again.

And find a clearing.

No, not in the forest.

In our heart.

Shhhh…

Freud. Imagination. Dead Polar Star…

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Freud discovered that the mere act of thinking (wishing and fantasizing) is itself gratifying. In fact, what therapists and psychoanalysts commonly observe is that the fantasy is more mentally and physically stimulating fulfilling than the actual, real life action the fantasy is organized around. Is it any wonder that reality doesn’t measure up to the intense, vivid fantasy? Freud’s observation that humans attempt to fantasize things into reality is today fully accepted by neuroscientists as the basis for imagination. (1)

Modern world has rejected imagination as something “weird/ interesting but totally unscientific”. Modern world sees the child with vivid imagination as something cute, but then rushes to teach that kid what “reality” is.

Once upon a time people with clear mind and turbulent souls looked upon the Polar Star and discovered new worlds. We now “know” the Polar Star is just a medium-sized star among thousand others.

Once upon a time we created life every time we closed our eyes.

Now we keep our eyes open and we have killed even ourselves…

But the polar star is there. Knowing…

We will never be alone.

Look up. It may be dark.

But a star is still shining.

Which is, as a famous mystic once said…

winking hideously like an insane watching eye which strives to convey some strange message, yet recalls nothing save that it once had a message to convey

Imagining. Performing. Dreaming of being God. Being one.

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Imagine standing on a basketball court, throwing the basketball and watching it arc into the net, followed by a soft swoosh sound.

Chances are you’ll make that shot without a problem if you’ve been practicing on the court regularly (along with imagining yourself doing it), according to research by Phillip Post, associate professor in the Kinesiology and Dance Department in the College of Education at New Mexico State University. Post is studying the link between imagery and how it impacts motor learning and sport performance. Recently, Post presented his research at an international conference at Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua. (1)

Imagine being not alone.

Imagine being with other people.

Imagine being one being of the many.

Imagine existing beyond the One.

You see it happening every day. Alone we all “are”, parts of the One which is the only Being. And yet we see “other” people, we “see” many where only the “monad” exists.

You are in the dark.

Alone. Strong. Happy.

Reality. Imagination. Opposite directions…

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As real as that daydream may seem, its path through your brain runs opposite reality.

Aiming to discern discrete neural circuits, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have tracked electrical activity in the brains of people who alternately imagined scenes or watched videos.

During imagination, the researchers found an increase in the flow of information from the parietal lobe of the brain to the occipital lobe — from a higher-order region that combines inputs from several of the senses out to a lower-order region. In contrast, visual information taken in by the eyes tends to flow from the occipital lobe — which makes up much of the brain’s visual cortex — “up” to the parietal lobe. (1)

Start walking backwards.
Start seeing with your eyes closed.
Who said the opposite is better anyway? Your eyes?

Seek the weird.
Distrust your eyes.
Distrust your imagination.
Seek the nothingness between those two.

Whatever you choose will blind you.
Choose nothing.
So as to see everything…

Handwriting. Creativity. Children. The lost wisdom…

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Does handwriting matter?

Not very much, according to many educators. The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in most states, call for teaching legible writing, but only in kindergarten and first grade. After that, the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard.

But psychologists and neuroscientists say it is far too soon to declare handwriting a relic of the past. Even as the emphasis shifts to the keyboard, experts say that learning to write by hand improves motor skills, memory and creativity. (1)

We used to be silent.
We used to talk.
We used to write.
Now we just type.

We used to be Gods.
We used to be wise.
We used to be clever.
Now we just type.