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Kabbalah “Secrets” Point Toward Source of Wisdom and Joy

It is said that Kabbalah is not as secret teaching, but the teaching of a secret.

Through Kabbalah, life’s most central secrets are revealed. Interestingly, some things don’t seem like a secret until you start thinking about them more deeply.

For example, an important element of Kabbalah is the recognition that life is constructed of opposites on many levels. Where there is light, there is dark. The opposite of cold is warmth. Dominance is opposed to passivity.

This may seem abstract at first. When you look more deeply, however, a secret presents itself. And if we can unravel that secret meaning, we can expand our consciousness, and realize a greater harmony with the Creator.

Let’s take a practical example:

In many relationships, you will find direct opposites at play. One partner may be incredibly dominant, making all the important decision, deciding what the couple should do, handling all the money, even controlling all aspects of the sexual relationship. The other partner, then, will be the passive one, allowing the other to make all the decisions.

While some couples may prefer this situation, looking at it through the lens of Kabbalah centre shows a situation that may be out of balance. This in turns causes strife and unhappiness in the relationship. Note that this unhappiness can be on both sides.

Always being the dominant “decider” may seem nice, but it comes with a lot of pressure to be the one with all the responsibility, and therefore the one to blame for all negative consequences.

On the other hand, the passive person with no control can feel more like a slave in such a relationship than contributing partner. It might seem nice to never have to make the big “tough decisions, but it also renders one powerless and feeling frustrated.

It’s a better idea for the relationship to come into greater balance where decision and responsibilities are shared more equally – with a more balanced distribution of power – including passivity.

Such relationships tend to flow more harmoniously, reducing strife and promoting happiness for both.

Balance and harmony in all aspects of life is a central “secret” teaching of the Kabbalah, but once the secret is revealed and understood, it unleashes harmony and joy.

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Class Dojo is Better Than Status Quo!

Teaching is a stressful job, and certainly is only a calling for those who have the patience, ambition, and sincere love for working with children. Occasionally, there is a teacher who is put into this line of work by some higher power. I am one of those teachers. Although a certified teacher, relocation and life have currently positioned me as a guest teacher (nee “substitute” moniker of yesteryear).

Guest teaching is a harrowing experience for most and therefore the few of us masochists who actually enjoy the ongoing and endless changing of grades, students, schools, rules, etc. have also learned of a new community building software app that is also very beneficial for the guest teacher(s). That app is known as “ClassDojo.”

Having first experienced this new software app on a second grade teacher’s smartboard, I was a bit perplexed at first and more than just a little curious. Hence, a little online investigation of the app pleasantly taught me that not only does it provide a quick and easy communication platform for the entire class, it also provides a “lifeline” to the students’ parents, thereby creating a perfect little triangle of community that does indeed enhance the educational process. Parents can also be made aware of their children’s kudos and demerits online whenever they occur if they are signed up for the service.

The app also provides the ability for a student or teacher to take photos or video of the project they are currently creating and the visual is parlayed directly to the parent. Students love this attribute!

ClassDojo’s creators and founders, Liam Don and Sam Chaudhary, created the app with the mission statement that change in schools is a ground-up process which largely begins with the classroom teachers. The founders’ theory is that a classroom culture changed for the better in turn can lead to improvement for the entire school, then to the community, and ultimately will improve all of academia’s conditions with infinite measures.

Imagine my surprise when I learned that the entire app can be downloaded at will but with obvious approval by the teacher’s school administration. There are the obvious and typical pundits who decry it as a violation of privacy policies; however, ClassDojo has been successfully used in as many as two out of three public schools since its surfacing in 2011.

Academia cannot flourish with an attitude of status quo, so let’s ClassDojo!

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