Some of you know me, most of you do not, so I will start out with my own disclosures as an introduction, a model, an example, there-by truly being "URU", or in this case, Me Being Me (which really is what it's all about: the you, the me, the we.)
For those of you who do know me, you already understand that just my presence on-line is a giant step for this womankind in and of itself, and the further exposure by unveiling my thoughts and beliefs, and telling my story to the world is a making-myself walk-my-talk exercise in authenticity and in practicing what I preach.
In fact I have many stories to tell and they intertwine and weave in and out through time. Teaching in a cyclical oceanianic fashion, as opposed to linear, has been both a source of delight and enlightenment to my students of all ages.
One young man, a very enlightened teenager in my classroom many years ago, described this to his peers who were new to this then-unique (for them) approach and still-unusual subject matter (even for me at times), by saying "don't worry, she takes us around and around and out there, and she will bring us back to the point where it all makes sense and expands our way of thinking".
My way of thinking was expanded in that moment as I had not been cognizant of the fact that I was doing anything out of the ordinary! As I am describing this revalationary moment that just now spontaneously popped up from the past and I glance back to my notes for the story and subject I planned to write today (remembering the tile above!), I am aware that the theme of 'not being aware of being other than ordinary' is one that traverses my life from an early age to the present, and I'm sure beyond!
Looking back now, I can see that I always was a bit different and that I certainly felt different, like I didn't really belong; my insides did not match the outside world that I lived in. And as a child (or an adult!) when we feel like that we suffer.
In my capacity as an Education Specialist and Educational Consultant, when working with parents I remind them that when children feel this way they usually think that they are the ones who are wrong! "What's wrong with me?" "Why don't I fit in?", they ask themselves, usually silently, keeping their confusion and pain to themselves.
Through conversation and using tools specific to their needs, self-discovery and recovery begins. This is true with clients of any age, as I often work with adults too, helping them to heal from spiritual and psychic wounds left over from the past. The self-awareness and self-concept of the person begins to be realigned with who they really are, and their gifts and perception of themselves is redefined. They begin to re-claim their sense of self-worth and self-esteem, and to truly honor what they uniquely bring to this world.
Now, back to the story. The story of the bizarre and normal and normal bizarre began in the classroom, the same classroom in fact where "Spiritual Diversity in Education" was born (but that's another story for another time).