The Sphere of Education

Click on any of the following sphere names to read more about that sphere: Arts, Economics, Education, Environment, Governance, Health, Infrastructure, Justice, Media, Relations, Science, Spirituality.
EDUCATION: The realm of intentional learning - the gathering of knowledge and understanding

This sphere includes all forms of education; all ages, species and cross-species; formal and informal; awareness of cultural memes and assumptions; perceptual filters; scientific studies; the brain while learning; the psychology of learning; learning to learn, etc.

Some of the main principles and educational approaches that a Oneness educational approach can draw upon include: holistic education, developmental models of growth and learning, the human potential movement, multiple intelligences, creative student-driven learning, learning over the entire span of a lifetime, experiential inquiry-based learning, ethical and community-based learning that values service, embodied teaching, participatory curriculum development, and constructivism. Examples of such progressive pedagogies are Montessori education, Steiner schools, unschooling/homeschooling, transformative education, and Reggio-Emilio schools.

This approach is both effective and elegant as it is not restricted to any of these. It can combine the best of each to more fully serve a person’s needs and learning style. For example, the firmer guidance, attention given to systemic boundaries, and the clearer directional/correctional approach offered by a Montessori school can be supplemented by the imaginative, creative and aesthetic learning space offered by a Steiner school.

Oneness is about Being in the world. And as such, education from this perspective is about creating positive change that reaches from the personal to the planetary in scope and content. Learning programs promote the ability to hold multiple perspectives that develop more efficient and fruitful problem solving, leadership, and community building. They evoke artistic, creative, intellectual and spiritual faculties, as well as multiple (intuitive, contemplative, and interpersonal skills) intelligences. This learning can take place in the great outdoors as well as or in the classroom, in community and the self, in the interweaving of mastery and mystery. 

An important aspect of this approach to education is that the teacher embodies and enacts the principles that these approaches lay out and aspire to. The teacher has the ability to bring authentic engagement into the learning space; has expertise in and passion for their area of teaching; educates the whole human being (body, mind, heart and soul); helps the student to bridge from classroom to life-out-there by considering the practical applicability of their subject matter; encourages the emergence of greater levels of complexity; holds the awareness of and appreciation for the interconnectedness of multiple subject areas and perspectives, as well as the meta-level of the learning/teaching dynamic, and a personal commitment to transformation and ongoing learning and inquiry.

In this approach the focus of education is on co-creation and the function that of drawing a circle of relevance around the raw data and systems that support life. 

In this Sphere, knowledge about the outer world through the five senses is infused with Self Knowledge and Love that is gained by the continuous practice of connecting to one's Divine Essence and inner wisdom throughout one’s life journey so that one can grow in the Real understanding of Life.

As the full Creative Potential of Oneness Consciousness makes students the Masters of their life, they spontaneously command circumstances and situations. They have a natural ability to fulfill their own interest without jeopardizing the interest of others, with their behavior being nourishing to themselves and those around them. Such enlightened individuals are the result of Oneness Consciousness-Based Education.
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