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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
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8 S T E P S T O B E I N G
1. Be Present
Then you are always fully aware of what is
happening around you.
2. Be Empathic
When you can fully understand someone else's
situation, then they will take time to understand you.
3. Be the Awesome Love you want to see in the
4. Be in Alignment
Speak what you think, do what you say!
5. Uplift Your Friends and Appreciate them for
being in your life!
6. Be grateful for 3 new things everyday!
7. Be Aware that we co-create our reality, so
spend your time wisely!
8. Opening doors for people is more than just good
5 G I S S U P P O S E D T O M A K E T H I N G S F A S T E R B U T M A Y B E
W H A T W E A C T U A L L Y N E E D I S T O G O S L O W E R A N D T A K E A
F E W M O R E B A B Y S T E P S F I R S T !
Let's Slow Down
I n t h e O c t o b e r 2 0 1 8 i s s u e o f C o m m u n i t y S p i r i t , I w r o t e m y f i r s t a r t i c l e
a b o u t t h e d a n g e r s o f 5 G f o r h u m a n i t y a n d i n t e r v i e w e d C a l W a s h i n g t o n ,
C E O o f t h e I N P O W E R M O V E M E N T . S i n c e t h e n p e o p l e a r e s l o w l y s t a r t i n g t o
w a k e u p t o t h e m a j o r h e a l t h c o n c e r n s w h i c h a r e b e i n g r a i s e d e a c h m o n t h
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
d e c i d e d t o n o t f o l l o w t h r o u g h w i t h i n i t i a l p l a n s f o r a p r o j e c t o f p r o v i d i n g
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
t h e h e a l t h o f c i t i z e n s . A n d n o w i n M a y 2 0 1 9 A n t o n i o H o d g e r s , t h e h e a d o f
G e n e v a ’ s e x e c u t i v e , a n n o u n c e d a b a n o n t h e e r e c t i o n o f f u r t h e r 5 G
m o b i l e a n t e n n a s i n t h e c a n t o n , a c c o r d i n g t o a n i n t e r v i e w o n R T S .
S o w h a t i s g o i n g o n ? A n d d o w e r e a l l y n e e d 5 G ?
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
t h a t w e a r e a l l s p e n d i n g f a r t o m u c h t i m e o n o u r m o b i l e s w h e n w e
s h o u l d a c t u a l l y b e s p e n d i n g m o r e t i m e e n j o y i n g t h e r e a l i t y i n w h i c h w e
l i v e . W e n e e d t o b e c o m e m o r e p r e s e n t t o o u r s u r r o u n d i n g s a n d s t a r t
s p e n d i n g m o r e t i m e o f f - l i n e c o n n e c t i n g w i t h e a c h o t h e r . T h i s i s
e s p e c i a l l y t r u e f o r o u r c h i l d r e n a n d s p e n d i n g v a l u a b l e t i m e w i t h o u r
f r i e n d s a n d f a m i l y . H o w o f t e n d o y o u g o i n t o a r e s t a u e r e n t a n d s e e
p e o p l e s i t t i n g a t t h e t a b l e , e v e r y o n e o n t h e i r s m a r t p h o n e s , i g n o r i n g
e a c h o t h e r !
5 G w i r e l e s s u s e s a n e w m i l l i m e t e r w a v e b a n d t h a t d o e s n ' t g o t h r o u g h
w a l l s , s o i t m e a n s t h a t a n t e n n a s n e e d t o b e b l a n k e t i n s t a l l e d b y t h e
t h o u s a n d s a n d m i l l i o n s i n t o w n s a n d c i t i e s i n o r d e r f o r p e o p l e t o g e t a
g o o d r e c e p t i o n a n d t h a t m e a n s t h a t E M F r a d i a t i o n f r o m t h e s e a n t e n n a s
w i l l d r a m a t i c a l l y i n c r e a s e . T h i s i s w h a t h e a l t h c a r e a n d c o n s c i o u s - m i n d e d
g o v e r n m e n t o f f i c i a l s a r e c o n c e r n e d a b o u t . W h y a r e n ' t y o u ?
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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
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?
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
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
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
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.
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"I love it; this independence and courage men have had in all time to
become whatever they dream of being.."
There is a reason why we women look up
to men. We compare ourselves a lot to
what men have achieved through history
and beyond in science as well as progress
in society. We want to be like all the cool
features men are great at. Like being
naturally confident, strong, fearless,
fighters, independent and just being our
self without defining our self as mother
or daughter or sister to anyone. Just
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
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
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,
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
COMPARED TO THE MOTHERS.
IT IS JUST SOMETHING THAT
WOMEN CAN'T DO."
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
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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 .
Written by Karen Tate
DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS
ACTUALLY A DAY DEDICATED TO
a CBT therapist, Occupational Therapist and Mindfulness teacher, who has significant experience of working with people with
variety of physical and mental health conditions. She is English speaking and lives in Valencia city. She has over 17 years
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she works with include, depression, generalised anxiety, panic disorder, social anxiety, body dysmorphic disorder, selfesteem
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
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).
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
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
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
Fostering positive gender
Making the world a safer place
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.
“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
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.
So lets start celebrating our men. Encourage
them to talk, share emotions and develop new
identities not solely defined by male
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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