Community Spirit ezine June 2019

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We leap into June to celebrate MEN this month!! Awaken the God Within by Kamila, Aura 'Spotlight' Experience with Belinda M. Clarke, the Midlife Mentor in Ibiza, 8 Steps to being a Conscious Gentleman Nordic Energy - Customer review , Let's Celebrate men for a Change!, The Importance of Being a Man! Panasonic Toughbook review, Top 10 camper vans review and the Story of Mari Montessori. Written articles and videos. International free monthly eMazine for English speaking people interested in living healthy lives, supporting people in the community to thrive. It is best read relaxing with a coffee or tea and reading it on a Tablet, Laptop or Desktop.

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AWAKEN THE GOD WITHIN

Kamila Lukasik returns to inspire our

male readers to awaken the God within

as we celebrate men in this issue.

Kamila looks at a number of different

areas that affect the way men behave

and how we can take back our power.

AURA 'SPOTLIGHT'

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WITH THE MIDLIFE MENTOR

The Midlife Mentor, Belinda M. Clarke,

who I recently visited in Ibiza, helps

women to be empowered and create

positive midlife changes. During the

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we had this enlightening discussion

about being your authentic self.

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Contents

Being Conscious

8 Steps to being a conscious Gentleman

5G: Do We really Need It?

Awakening the God Within

The importance of Being a Man

An Aura 'Spotlight' Experience

with Belinda M. Clarke

Community Focus

Customer review of Nordic Energy

Discover Hidden Gems: Ubik

Next Generation Matters: Montesorri

Being Healthy

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1. Be Present

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5. Uplift Your Friends and Appreciate them for

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Let's Slow Down

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a b o u t W i r e l e s s 5 G . I n A p r i l 2 0 1 9 , i t w a s r e p o r t e d t h a t B r u s s e l s h a s

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h i g h - s p e e d 5 G w i r e l e s s i n t e r n e t . T h e d e c i s i o n w a s m a d e d u e t o f e a r s f o r

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T h e m a j o r i s s u e i s t h a t t h e t e c h n o l o g y t h a t i s b e i n g i n s t a l l e d a l l o v e r t h e

w o r l d h a s n o t b e e n f u l l y t e s t e d r e g a r d i n g t h e h e a l t h r i s k s o n h u m a n i t y .

5 G c a n b e h a r d w i r e d , i n t o y o u r h o m e a n d c a n o f f e r 1 0 0 t i m e s f a s t e r

d o w n l o a d s . H a r d w i r i n g i s s a f e b u t n o t c o n v e n i e n t . B u t t h e m a i n i s s u e i s

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AWAKENING THE

GOD WITHIN

W R I T T E N B Y K A M I L A L U K A S I K

Modern standards kill men

“Be a man” – what does this mean in the 21st century? It is a tough question to answer,

since we are now living in a world that is bombarding us with trends and images at a rate we

haven’t seen before. This overload of data being shared daily, leads to creating confused

individuals. And surely, the more confused we get, the more desperately we try to control

the world around us. Grasping onto the next most attractive idea, we need to withstand the

never-ending pressure for expansion. And all this is just the external stimuli. Let’s not forget

about our interior environment that pushes us forward, yet sometimes can also make us go

in circles. Those internal forces, such as waves of emotions, hormonal changes, past

memories and visions of the future make up our very own reality.


Statistics clearly show that this high pressure

takes a big toll on men. Our male population

suffer more often than women from stressrelated

issues, such as cardiovascular disease

or diabetes. Erectile dysfunctions are also

linked to emotional state of an individual.

Suicide which is a dramatic result of emotional

and psychological turmoil of a person, also rate

higher amongst men. Clearly, standards by

which our society creates men, is not serving

them. It quite literally kills them, slowly but

surely. So what is it exactly that drives the men

into illness and misery? And more importantly,

how can we turn the tide?

Cool man vs. warm man

Searching the web for some inspiration

regarding the manhood in our modern world, I

came across an article from the creators of The

Academy of Life. They came up with the term

“warm man” as opposed to the “cool man”

model that I had just described. What a “cool

man” represents, is an unattainable ideal of a

person who, bluntly speaking, doesn’t give a

damn about anything. Be it stresses of work,

relationship issues or day to day conflicts with

random people, the “cool man” remains

unaffected. Kind of like a statue carved out of

stone. Is this really the man we want? Don’t

we, actually, complain about men’s lack of

understanding and empathy when it comes to

our own emotions? Male to male relationships

are no better. For example, more man than one

would think have quite serious conflicts with

their father.

We cannot fully understand that which

we have not experienced ourselves.

We can get an intellectual

understanding of it, but we cannot

embody the qualities that an

experience carries along. unless we

have lived it or sometimes perhaps

witnessed it closely. How can we then

expect a “cool man” to feel us, if

feeling is precisely what they were

programmed to avoid? The solution

comes with creating a new standard,

which the authors of the article call

“warm man”. It is a man who is aware

of his own anxiety, a man that can

admit he was wrong, a man, that can

is not afraid to cry when he feels hurt.

Unfortunately, we cannot fit both

these models into one person to

express them at the same time. So it

is a matter of choice – cool vs. warm.

What do you choose?

Men only

My healing practice is dedicated to

emotional detox and sex health. It is

open for both men and women.

However, statistically about 90% of

my clients are male. Having heard

hundreds of stories from men who

have been sexually and/ or

emotionally abused, who feel

confused and depressed, unwell and

in need of compassionate help, has

given me an unusual insight into the

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men’s world. Most of them suffer from various

symptoms, ranging from depression, emotional

shutdown, erectile dysfunctions, to sexual

inhibition, perversion and addictions. Some of my

clients are quite healthy, yet decide to see me

because they want to grow as individuals, as

lovers, partners and fathers. What still puzzles

me, is the fact that those men often chose not to

talk about their problems with their partner. For

different reasons, but basically, they believe “she

wouldn’t understand”.

I deliberately chose the ‘Men only’ sub heading as

an allusion to a British soft-core pornographic

magazine. In case you were wondering, it is not a

gay magazine. Isn’t it intriguing, that men who are

unable to share their worries with their wives,

choose to confide in me, also a woman? They

share with me their most intimate desires, fears,

failures and dreams. What does that mean for me

as a therapist, and what that does tell me about

the society?

First of all, I openly share my point of view with

my clients. Any kind of problem solving is more

effective when there is team work. I explain to my

clients that it is best for them to include their

partner in the team. And believe me, she will

understand provided you come from a place of

your personal truth, more like a ‘warm man’ brave

enough to show his weaknesses. As a

professional, I definitely feel privileged to have

this opportunity to be admitted into the “men only”

zone. I am becoming more sensitive to their

problems, as they gradually take off the mask

of a ‘real man’.

Science vs. spirituality

At the core of natural sciences is the

assumption that we are made of matter

that is operated by a surge of life.

Scientists still argue as to what this

which we call ‘life’ really is. To my own

contentment, and I believe to that of

many who believe that there is more to

life than our five senses can perceive,

every now and then a leak from the

laboratory provides as sensation, such

as the discovery of the so called “God

molecule” which is a promise of a

scientific proff of the existence of Spirit.

The term ‘epigenetics’ is still fairly

unknown, even though it entered the

English dictionary in 1942. Epigenetics is

a stark contrast to the prevailing belief

that genes control life, since its main

assumption is that it is the environment

that influences the genes.

One of my favourite modern scientists,

Dr Bruce Lipton, the author of ‘The

Biology of Belief’ has dedicated his life to

the investigation in the field of

epigenetics. This ‘new science’ allows

the possibility that we are more than

biological machines, as previously

described by the Newtonian physics. We

are waves that are in constant interaction

with anything that is around us. Dr Lipton

explains that the field should be at the

center of attention for all those people

who are interested in

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improving their health (the electromagnetic field which

moves as waves and connects everything to

everything else). Dr Lipton argues, that it is the mind

that can determine, whether we are going to be

healthy or whether we will fall ill, since the mind send

the signal to the field (not the genes determining our

fate). In this sense, we are the creators of our own

reality. In our own hands lies the power to build happy

relationships, healthy family, functional societies and a

heaven on Earth, paradise lost. It must be noted, that

our destructive power is just as effective.

Awakening the God within

I decided to leave the Catholic relative early because

its dogma never made sense to me. How can we be

created in God’s image, and at the same have to pray

in order to get into ‘Father’s’ good books? How come

we are still paying the debt of the original sin, if Jesus

died for our sins over two thousand years ago? My

life-long quest for the truth has led me to discovering

eastern philosophies which, although deemed pagan

or savage by the church, and unscientific enough for

an average westerner to take them seriously, seem to

be more respectful towards life in general. They are

also way more empowering from a perspective of an

individual than any of the monotheistic religions.

Religions, which, whether you want to admit it or not,

are the foundation of the modern society.

If we were created in the image of God, then we must

be more than just average… We must be special! Just

to give a few examples of the eastern thought:

Tantrism, originated in the northern region of today’s

India, sees the human as an expression of the divine.

The woman as a representation of the Divine

Feminine, and the man as a representation of the

divine masculine. India is also the birth place of

Diksha, also called Oneness blessing. It is a simple

ritual where a trained adept channels divine energy

onto another person in order to heal them. (and I can

be just an ordinary person like you or me, no in-born

special powers are required).

Oneness blessing is becoming more and

more popular, and many people report to

have been cured by it, countless others

attribute major life changes to receiving

the Diksha blessing. Shinto, the religion

of Japan, teaches us that gods can be

found literally anywhere – in a rock, in a

plant and in a person. It is thanks to this

thought that we can use the healing

power called Reiki, which, similarly to

Diksha, is freely available to all of us. So

dear men, how much longer do you want

to be a stone statue - hard on the outside

and empty on the inside? Why not try a

different approach and become a true

image of God, with god-like powers to

heal yourself and others?

It’s time to celebrate - back to the

roots

Shamanism is a universal natural

science that has been known for almost

as long as we humans ourselves. In

anthropology, shamanism is believed to

be the foundation of all spiritual or

religious movement. Shamanic cultures,

like Tantrism and Shinto, teach us that

we are more than flesh and bones. And

that we are connected to all life through

the spirit (think of it in terms of new

science, and replace the word ‘spirit’ for

field. Our modern world, with its

exaggerated expectations of men cause

most men to put sacrifice their emotional

and spiritual development, in order to

provide material safety and status first.


As a result, most men spend first half, or two quarters of their life in a

spiritual desert, only to wake up around 40 or 50 years of age and realize, that

there must be ‘more to life than this’.

When focusing on healing men’s issues, I put equal importance on the physical

expression of their problem and on the emotions that are hidden behind it. I also

bring in the spirit, or the field, which can be found both inside and outside a person.

Our fields remain in communication with each other all the time, where it is me

sending good, compassionate and caring vibes to a person who willingly agrees to

receive this kind of gift.

But what’s perhaps even more important in healing, is the prevention. And this I

believe is best done by education. There is no better gift that you can give

someone you care about than the truth – an opportunity to hear, to feel and to

express truth. So let’s celebrate men by giving them free access to the emotional

world and the spiritual world. Let’s liberate them from the haunting ideal of a ‘cool

man’ and let them be who they really are.

Contact details:

www.detoxemocional.info

Sources:

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e/how-to-be-a-man/

https://www.brucelipton.com/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Men_Only

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Higgs_boson

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinto

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being our self; like men could in most of

the history of men… To have the freedom

to develop our self (like a man) into

whatever we dream of, that means

success for us.

I love it, this independence and courage

men have had in all time to become

whatever they dream of being, that we

nowadays can achieve the sameness in

self development.

Today women (at least in Norway) can

almost choose to do all those cool things

that was a typical man thingy to do.

Which is great, that we have reached so

far in equality thanks to feminism in the

past…

Thank you, all men and women, for

making this dream possible for everyone

regardless of gender and sexes.

Besides living our dreams (like men did),

there are certain things men have always

done and still are doing for the world,

Just being a good father for their

children. Of course, women can be great

mothers and can do a great job there

raising their children, but they can truly

never replace what it means to be a

father for their sons and daughters.


Being inspirational, showing what

it means to be gentlemen for men

and women, how to show values

in action …these are things a

father does for his family and his

children. And that is something I

find worth celebrating men for

(and all the inspirational dreams

they have showed that are

possible to achieve).

To all the men that had the

courage to raise children, or to be

like a father figure for children who

didn't have a biological father,

thank you.

Fathers love their children

differently compared to the

mothers. It is just something that

women can't do.

The lack of father love may cause a

lot of damage for the world in my

opinion. For example, research

shows that there are more

sociopaths in America that were

raised by a single mum. More crimes

happens in America in general

because the men are raised by just

a mum. And many women and men

who don't have self-respect when it

comes to sex and love, just

happens to lack a father figure.

"FATHERS LOVE THEIR

CHILDREN DIFFERENTLY

COMPARED TO THE MOTHERS.

IT IS JUST SOMETHING THAT

WOMEN CAN'T DO."

LILLI KRÜGER-ANDERSEN

Why is that?

Why is it that a mother never can

truly replace a father?

I am not sure, to be honest, but I do

see that children and people who

have had a good father figure in

general, have a better outcome in

life than most that don't (of course,

there are a lot of exceptions here,

but let's drop that for now, shall

we?)


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Community Spirit ezine / June / 2019

L E T ’ S C E L E B R A T E M E N –

O R A C H A N G E .

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Written by Karen Tate


DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS

ACTUALLY A DAY DEDICATED TO

MEN?

a CBT therapist, Occupational Therapist and Mindfulness teacher, who has significant experience of working with people with

Is

variety of physical and mental health conditions. She is English speaking and lives in Valencia city. She has over 17 years

a

of working within the NHS and more recently private practice.She works work with a range of treatment models –

experience

Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Compassion focused therapy and Mindfulness based interventions. Typical mental health

CBT,

she works with include, depression, generalised anxiety, panic disorder, social anxiety, body dysmorphic disorder, selfesteem

issues

issues, OCD, phobias, eating disorders and psychosis.

INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY…

I was rather surprised to find that whilst researching this blog, that International Men’s day is

celebrated annually on November 19th and has been since 1999. So why is so little press and social

media coverage given to our fabulous husbands, partners, boyfriends, friends, and children? We are

aware that every March there is a huge celebration of women but the amount of social media

comments referring to the existence of a day to celebrate men, highlights the lack of awareness. Every

year on International Women’s Day, comedian Richard Herring makes it his mission to educate on the

existence of International Men’s Day.

Celebrating men is a great way to take part in a global

conversation about men’s issues, masculinity, and manhood.

International Men’s Day is designed to promote positive role

models in society and develop wholesome individuals.

W H A T D O E S I T C E L E B R A T E ?

It aims to highlight some of the social issues that men and boys

face.

1. Unrealistic stereotypes and portrayals of men in the

media. Men are portrayed often as misogynistic, think

about sex, beer and football with few other redeeming

qualities. On the other hand, there is the financially

successful man, who goes to the gym, rich, handsome and

brilliant an almost impossible ideal. “Where are the

portrayals of the many men who are complex, kind,

communicative, nurturing? The men who are able to be

both warriors and poets as needed, able to love deeply and

for the long-term, with multi-dimensional abilities about a

whole host of things?” (The Good men project).

Karen's Bio


W H A T D O E S I T C E L E B R A T E ?

2. The Disposability of men and boys. Historically men have

been the “hunter-gatherers”. In caveman times they were out

getting food to feed the family. They have been the first to go

to war, build our infrastructure, the last to leave a sinking ship.

The consequences are that men die in workplaces where they

do jobs that are dangerous and are often taken for granted.

3. Men and Boys are often victims of rape and sexual assault.

They find it incredibly difficult to access the right services, feel

confident that they will be listened to and a “society-driven”

reluctance for them to come forward.

4. Parenting stereotypes still exist and women are still seen as

the one who may be more able to look after the child.

Although this is changing, the perception of a stay at home

Dad is one who may be a “slacker or weird” for wanting to take

time out to look after their child. They are there doing this

amazing thing because they want to be part of their children’s

lives. However, they aren’t supported in learning their role as

a dad the same way as women are supported to become mums.

Things are slowly getting better in the workplace ( UK ) and

there are opportunities for shared leave and paternity leave.

5. Gender and sexuality. There is still homophobia,

transphobia and assaults against the LGBT community. Does

this have something to do with the perception of what a “real

man ” is? How long will it take for all types of gender and

sexual expression to be seen as “normal?

6. The pressures of financial success. There is still a huge

amount of pressure from society and from men themselves to

provide for their families. The pressures can lead to feelings of

failure.

7. Raising Boys today. Boys have unique challenges. In the

past, the two ways of raising boys were to either dismiss bad

behaviour with “boys will be boys” or to admonish boys for

showing signs of weakness, particularly emotional weakness,

with the phrase “be a man.” Do not teach your boys to be

emotionally strong, encourage your boys to talk and if they

don’t like to sit down and talk use an activity like walking to

get them to open up.

8. Children raised by caring fathers

have better educational outcomes,

better verbal skills, intellectual

functioning, and many other

advantages. “No matter what the

current state of manhood is, the

role of a husband and a father is

invaluable and will never be

substituted. Traditional values are

worth fighting for and deserve for

existence in order to create healthy

generations.” (Goodmenproject

2019).

6 O B J E C T I V E S O F

I N T E R N A T I O N A L

M E N ’ S D A Y

Valuing male role models

Acknowledging the contribution

of men and boys

Improving male health

Tackling discrimination and

disadvantage

Fostering positive gender

relations

Making the world a safer place

for everyone


Despite the overwhelming evidence that men and boys face a

multitude of physical, mental and social health and well being

many still promote outdated stereotypes and cliches.

“Man Up”

“Boys don’t cry”

“Men and boys don’t need help”

In England 1:8 men have a common mental health problem.

Yet men are still reluctant to seek help from friends, family

and professionals.

Male suicidal behaviours are very often linked

to a number of external factors. These can

include illness, a business failure and/or

forced retirement, thus suicide-prevention

plans often fail to address individual internal

or psychological factors such as feelings,

personal shortcomings, or relationship issues.

Research has suggested that lower suicide

rates among women are due to them being

able to manage complex emotions, as well as

having flexible coping strategies than

men. This suggests that men are socialised to

internalise their feelings and this could stop

them from reaching out for the help that they

need. (BPS.org 2019).

M A L E M E N T A L H E A L T H

H E L P - S E E K I N G

In England, men rarely seek help and account for only 36% of

referrals to Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies

(IAPT) . We know from the research that Men are also less

likely to disclose their mental health issues to family members

or friends, and more likely to use potentially harmful coping

methods such as drugs or alcohol in response to distress.

However, research does suggest that men will seek and access

help when they feel that the help being offered meets their

needs, is easy to access and meaningful.

(Mentalhealth.org 2019).

So lets start celebrating our men. Encourage

them to talk, share emotions and develop new

identities not solely defined by male

stereotypes.

Karen Tate is an English speaking Cognitive

Behavioural Therapist in Valencia who works

with a range of mental health issues.

Contact – www.outofsynctherapy.com

References – Office for National statistics,

Mental Health.org , British Psychological

society , Goodmen.com

M A L E S U I C I D E – T H E S I L E N T

In 2017 there were 5,821 suicides registered in the UK of these

male suicide accounted for 75% ( 4382 ). In the UK, suicide is the

highest cause of death among men under the age of 45. In fact,

the highest suicide rate in the UK is recorded for men aged 40–

44. These figures are alarming but statistics show that the

suicide rate has not increased since the late 1990″s. (ONS 2019).

Higher rates of suicide are mainly found in minority communities

including gay men, war veterans, men from BAME backgrounds,

and those with low incomes.

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Maria Montessori and her

Maria Montessori, born on this day in

Chiaravalle, Italy (1870). She was a

bright student, studied engineering when

she was 13, and - against her father's

wishes - she entered a technical school,

where all her classmates were boys.

After a few years, she decided to pursue

medicine, and she became the first

woman in Italy to earn a medical degree.

It was so unheard of for a woman to go

to medical school that she had to get the

approval of the pope in order to study

there.

emphasized independence, self-directed

learning, and learning from peers. Children

were encouraged to make decisions. She

was the first educator to use child-sized

tables and chairs in the classroom.

During World War II, Montessori was exiled

from Italy because she was opposed to

Mussolini's fascism and his desire to make

her a figurehead for the Italian government.

She lived and worked in India for many

years, and then in Holland. She died in

1952 at the age of 81.

philosophy

As a doctor, she worked with children

with special needs, and through her work

with them she became increasingly

interested in education. She believed

that children were not blank slates, but

that they each had inherent, individual

gifts. It was a teacher's job to help

children find these gifts, rather than

dictating what a child should know. She

She wrote many books about her

philosophy of education, including The

Montessori Method (1912), and is

considered a major innovator in education

theory and practice.


What is Montessori Education?

Montessori believed that education should prepare a person for all aspects of life.

She designed materials and techniques that would promote a natural growth of

learning in students. They are common to all Montessori classrooms. Working with

these materials and techniques forms a pattern that children carry over naturally to

reading, writing, and mathematics. Each skill is developed to interlock with another.

The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a childcentered

educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth

to adulthood. Dr. Montessori’s Method has been time tested, with over 100 years of

success in diverse cultures throughout the world.

It is a view of the child as one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of

initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. It is an

approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child—

physical, social, emotional, cognitive.

Montessori education offers our children opportunities to develop their potential as

they step out into the world as engaged, competent, responsible, and respectful

citizens with an understanding and appreciation that learning is for life.


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Each child is valued as a unique individual. Montessori education

recognizes that children learn in different ways, and accommodates all

learning styles. Students are also free to learn at their own pace, each

advancing through the curriculum as he is ready, guided by the teacher

and an individualized learning plan.

Beginning at an early age, Montessori students develop order,

coordination, concentration, and independence. Classroom design,

materials, and daily routines support the individual’s emerging “selfregulation”

(ability to educate one’s self, and to think about what one is

learning), toddlers through adolescents.

Students are part of a close, caring community. The multi-age

classroom—typically spanning 3 years—re-creates a family structure.

Older students enjoy stature as mentors and role models; younger

children feel supported and gain confidence about the challenges ahead.

Teachers model respect, loving kindness, and a belief in peaceful conflict

resolution.

Montessori students enjoy freedom within limits. Working within

parameters set by their teachers, students are active participants in

deciding what their focus of learning will be. Montessorians understand

that internal satisfaction drives the child’s curiosity and interest and

results in joyous learning that is sustainable over a lifetime.

Students are supported in becoming active seekers of

knowledge. Teachers provide environments where students have the

freedom and the tools to pursue answers to their own questions.

Self-correction and self-assessment are an integral part of the

Montessori classroom approach. As they mature, students learn to look

critically at their work, and become adept at recognizing, correcting, and

learning from their errors.


Cosmic Education

Given the freedom and support to question, to probe deeply, and to

make connections, Montessori students become confident,

enthusiastic, self-directed learners. They are able to think critically,

work collaboratively, and act boldly—a skill set for the 21st century.

Cosmic Education is a cornerstone of the Montessori Philosophy. At its

core, Cosmic Education tells the story of the interconnectedness of all

things. It describes the role of education as comprehensive, holistic

and purposeful; to encompass the development of the whole person

within the context of the universe. It also introduces the possibility

that humanity might have a “cosmic task,” to better the world for

future generations.

Doctor Maria Montessori believed that Cosmic Education was vital to

early education because it provides children with a framework to

understand their world and their place within it. Children learn to

respect studies of the past, develop an understanding of ethics, and

value the contributions of others. In this way, Cosmic Education

teaches children to become aware of the interdependence of all things,

and develop a sense of gratitude that comes from that awareness.


Within the Montessori classroom, Cosmic Education forms a platform for

teaching children to understand and adapt to their environment. In the first plane

of development (0-6), Cosmic Education introduces the child to the natural world

through experiences with nature and the sensorial learning materials. These

experiences teach children to refine their senses, and thus the way they process

and understand their world. These skills aid the child’s development, and

confidence with themselves, their society, and their world as a whole.

In the second plane of development (6-12), Cosmic Education introduces the child

to the repeating natural cycles in our world, the fundamental needs that all

humans share, and the connectedness of all living things. In the elementary years,

children begin to draw connections between how each particle, substance,

species, and event has a purpose in the development of all others. These “Great

Lessons of Cosmic Education” are taught as a whole curriculum to show children

how all content areas, such as the study of history, culture, science and the

environment, are all interconnected.

Doctor Maria Montessori believed that children who received a Cosmic

Education in childhood were better prepared to enter adolescence as

independent, socially responsible, and emotionally intelligent individuals. This is

because Cosmic Education launches children into the world with a practiced

understanding of who they are as individuals, as members of the human race, and

as citizens of the universe. It also provides children with a deep understanding of

their moral responsibility to address global issues that affect humankind and the

environment. In Montessori, every moment is an opportunity to understand the

integrity of the universe.

Why is Cosmic Education important today?

Doctor Maria Montessori believed that the world was a purposeful place; and

that war, poverty and injustice, were deviations from that purpose. She believed

that Cosmic Education was a way to restore harmony and order, and thus allow

humankind to realize their true potential. In the twenty-first century, global

awareness, peaceful communication, and ethical cooperation are integral to

resolving global disputes. By providing children with a Cosmic Education,

Montessori empowers students with the knowledge to transform the world. As

Doctor Maria Montessori states: “The child is both a hope and a promise for

mankind.”


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