DIFFERENT WAYS OF KNOWING

    How do we know what is real? Many people believe that physicists are explaining the world. The more ways of knowing we use, the closer we come to understanding but the full picture may always elude us with only reasoning powers.

Multiple realities rise, recede, and eclipse our cognitive horizons. The knowing about the universe is not always cognitive. Perhaps this mystery can be entered through dance, song and story! Human birth establishes the 'relational learning mode'. School music mainly emphasizes imitation, performance perfection and memory primarily based on reasoning. But this is proving to be limiting! How can we build relationships this way? Is this even important?

Hopi elders engage multiplicity by referring to 'a mighty something'.  Wise elders instruct that we cannot stake our lives on limited human perspectives. So there is a humble acceptance of wonder for 'the thing not named' in connection with the universe and social location.

So for indigenous people, their stories speak of something unspoken. These truths must be searched out, learned and taken to heart. It is the story of the raven and other ideas that the Haida have traditionally passed on, which creates community! 

So when I walked into a class of fearful Haida youngsters, we connected in our hearts through song - we were feeling love! This built our relationships because we were 'experiencing-creating-feeling perceptions' in the music art form that gave us the 'energy-of-knowing, called ELEMENTAL MUSIC', based on human development!

    This philosophy of learning is the global Orff Schulwerk (Schoolwork).

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