The Foundations School

We provide a space where children of the earth, of the universe, can explore and walk barefoot in body, mind and spirit to experience their sacred home. We believe through that sacred relationship a child will naturally work and become reliable to himself or herself because that is the nature of the earth and of life. We believe that this work is a foundation for a more joyful experience of life and humanity and that there is no greater priority than this. We believe that there is an optimal and necessary set of circumstances that must be in place in order to promote this sacred relationship and our goal as a school is to provide the opportunity for the child to access this sacred space and do this work.

We, as the responsible guides and caregivers, commit to being open to the process of providing this opportunity. Specifically, we acknowledge that fear, objectification and violence are aspects we  all share as part of our human experience and that we must face and overcome these aspects so as not to prevent or misdirect children from being able to access the sacred space.

At the Foundations School we treat the children and ourselves as causing agents in the world and respect the cause and effect relationship as one of life’s most effective teachers. We think our greatest responsibility as parents and guides is to provide a model of compassion, love and courage in finding and facing life’s lessons. We recognize that failure is a wonderful teacher and we seek ways to encourage failure through compassionate challenge, reaching children at their very personal and preciously unique levels so they can experience and build resourcefulness and self-esteem.

We require a commitment from you, the parent. We ask you to look at your children as a reflection of yourself and be open to the wonder, potency and necessity of using this reflection to create and nurture the sacred space. We do not seek to interview or select children, there is no need to *adapt to them and in fact it is vital that they are given the opportunity to adapt to whatever they are immersed in. Instead we seek parents who are committed to learning through and with their child, parents who seek the rewards of challenging their own foundations, you must be willing to challenge your own foundations. This is the commitment we ask of all who come to the Foundations School.

We recognize that our current cultural and societal priorities are not overtly friendly and sometimes are unfriendly to nurturing this sacred space. We recognize there may be conflicts with the comfort of traditional economic, social, religious, and philosophical mores and beliefs. And we believe that many of our current social and cultural constructs are  having a negative impact on our children and ourselves. We seek to build community around these recognitions and beliefs by identifying and supporting all people who share these values with us. We do not think it is an easy road but that does not deter us in the least, in fact we think this conflict is necessary to create a more solid foundation for our children and ourselves. It’s time to break through old models and find new roads and we will do this with courage, strength, compassion and kindness, we hope that you join us.

*because of this we are open to any child, from any background, no matter what. This does not mean that we will be able to accept this child, but it means we will evaluate how we can best encourage the individual childs’ sacred space so they can experience their own foundation of resourcefulness, self-esteem and joy. We will not know what this will mean from a resource perspective until we do interact with the child and the parents and we reserve the right to accept or deny any family for any reason we deem fit. Because of our unique approach we believe we are well equipped to take on children that may have been labeled or experience limitations that have, until this point, been considered negative.

 

 

What is Justice?

Yes.
I have been thinking about this.

It’s what we tell you
it’s what I say
it’s what the guns say
it’s what the laws say
it’s what the loudest say
it’s what the mobs say.

It’s what I tell you.

And I quake
and shake
and quiver…
my finger, I can feel it,
my eyes fill with red
and roll back
from the gut
I can feel it
It’s coming
hot and hard
and with the rise
comes the pointing
my finger
my safety
my understanding

I raise my hand
finger out
eyes rolling back
small spittle motivated

It’s You!

Orgasm.

It’s You!
It’s You!
It’s You!

But I don’t understand…

Ahhhh…but that is not true.

Futility

Under seige
under water
but I hear that I deserve it

And so it fits
my guilt, it sits
Eager for the brunt of it

But there is a glimmer
brighter than before
but still small,
and fragile like a flower.

There is a world
and I feel assaulted
from all sides
and from those I love

I’ve been practicing
to find myself
since I learned
of my true fate

And I wish I could do better
in the face of all the hate
but I’m grateful that I see it
especially in me
I’m grateful,
though not free of it
it’s not how I want to be.

And my single minded focus
will make it lonely in the end
So I listen to the Dalai Lama
and become my own best friend.

I’m told that I’m controlling
I’m told I am the key
to other people’s freedom
I’m told that without me
Their life, they would be free.

And I see how I’m the teller
of all the tales and stories
How I’m the holder of the keys
and the definer of all glories
I see how I’m not different
than what I claim to hate
I see how without me changing
I’ve stamped and sealed my fate.



Smoke and Mirrors For You

I am the center of it all
like the earth
in stories of old,
you all revolve around me.

I do not care what has been proven
because what I know
is that
you
revolve
around
me

And so I will take my
righteous place
at the center
and point outwards
at the ills
shooting at them
like skeet.

Are you telling me
that you are right?
And what if I agree
and you no longer
have the resistance
to define yourself?

What then.

Have you killed
the ills
and settled your soul
and now can feel peace
and now are safe
and justified

No?

I take my place at the center
and point out at the world
sure
I am sure
that is my gift
to myself
I had pain
and I turned away
the truth came to my door
I’d be searching for so long
and there it was knocking
and I turned away
and went back to my anger
and because I turned my back
there was nothing left
but to stoke the anger
glimmers of hate
growing stronger
and blue green
I stoke
and point my fingers outward
from my central place
in the middle of all things
I am the king
you are a bother

And it’s ok to continue as you are.
It’s ok.

But if you want to show yourself
beyond the smoke
it’s possible,
you just have to want
to face the mirror.

Smoke and Mirrors

There is something coming.
There is always
something coming.

But I am light

And you are light

And what’s coming
is light

You cannot be afraid
of light and live.

This is the test of all time
the one every hero
every sage
every god
has faced
and come through.

We are not meant
for what we think.

What we think is shrouded
in fear
the darkness in front
of the mirror
the smoke

And we can’t see
our reflection
because of it.

Is your life
the smoke
or the mirror.

You Love To Hate

I can make you hate.
I mean…if that’s what you want
I mean…if you want to know
where the hate lives
and where it drives you.

Like you say you do.

I can make you hate
if it’s important for you to know
if you have work to do
and you understand
the nature of that work.

Like you say you do.

I can make you hate
but I don’t think you want to
you’d loose too much
if you gave up that
poisonous present.

Your own personal present.

It’s the one you love to hate
it’s where you draw the line
it’s where you’ve had enough
it’s where the lie you tell yourself
begins.

It’s what you love to hate.

It’s the thing that helps you feel strong
It’s the thing that helps you get along
It’s the thing that distracts from certain death
It’s the thing you mutter under your breath
The one thing you won’t let go.

You love to hate it, it’s what you know.

So go on and tell yourself another yarn
about how you’ve gone far enough
and even gone beyond
how you struggle and how you hurt
and how your love is at the start.

I’ll believe it, if you hate enough
you’ll have me thinking
that hate is love
as long as you’ve got your finger pointing out
and as long as there really is no doubt
and as long as what you’re pointing at
looks like a monster, then that’s that
and you’ve done the trick
the ultimate switch
Love to hate…

Turns out you’re the witch.

Who Are You Voting For?

The other day I watched a three year old take a toy from his 18th month old brother on the playground. As soon as it happened the younger one immediately began to scream and started after his older brother. After two steps the youngster was yanked up by his arm and lifted out of the sandbox by dad and told “NO!” as the older brother sat there with the toy, playing.

So simple. So complete. So devastating to the idea of Justice, fairness, expression and motivation. This 18 month old child who had a built in sense of justice that was expressed in the purest form, crying, screaming and going after the one who took his toy, now has been taught that when something is taken from him, his expression, his purity of action, is wrong and will be met with disapproval from the person he is closest to. The Master Teacher (all parents) has begun the reprogramming of natural justice and foundational motivation and, in this example, punished the child for expressing his most pure desire and taught him that it’s wrong.

On the other side, the older boy has been taught he can take things with impunity. Even if he is spoken to after, told to return the toy or whatever, actions are what matter and he sees that the original violation is not addressed as his younger brother is punished for the action that he took.

Is it any wonder we have the world we have today? Who are you voting for?

The beautiful principles of Justice and fairness and the purest forms of expression and motivation have been and continue to be desecrated, not by giant corporations, corrupt politicians or rotten media, but by parents (like me) doing things without recognizing the impact. We’re running on the programming of our parents who ran on the programming of their parents who…and on and on all the way back. What happens to the sense of Justice and fairness, to expression and motivation for that 18 month old, for the older brother, for the parent if that same pattern is run over and over and over again?

I think this is why we have Trump V. Biden. I think this is why we so willingly give up our humanity and community for “federal funds” and blind acceptance. I think this is why we find ourselves today, feeling lost, overwhelmed, confused, divided and angry. This is our journey and it’s not new. To overcome our programming is to be introduced to our true selves and it will change the trajectory of the human race. Sounds big. It is, but it’s also your birthright and mine. It’s available. It’s possible. The powers that be don’t want it to happen but if you want it to happen, nothing else matters.

Who are you voting for?

Tell Me One Thing

It’s greed of the primitive body/mind
for most,

The only mind we have.

I am true
I am also afraid
and so
I do not act

True.

When the thought
occurs to me
that reeks of
the spotlight
endless eyes
endless expectations.

All Truth.

Everything is True.

We are the same.
We are one.

The earth is our home.

It’s time to try
another way.

Another way
is a drastic way
full of new experiences
and pains
and joy.

But mostly
it’s a feeling of fear
lurking disaster
and abandonment.

And tell me one thing
and one thing
only.


Tell me one thing…

What good could ever come of that?

By Life

Everything is an analogy.
And life doesn’t care
What you make of it.

There are gifts
everywhere,
like ripened apples
fallen.
Yours to simply bend down
pick up
and enjoy.
And if not,
They will rot
and dissapear from you
gifts to the earth
and to themselves
anyway.

And so I adjust and trim my mind
to catch the wind
of life.

Life wants you to succeed.
Life wants more of itself.

And perhaps
if you have decided
-your greatest privilege-
that you will reject life,
life responds
and will take care
of the business
itself.

Because something must grow
soemething must always grow,
and if it is not you by choice
it will be you
by life.

Hammering Away

Slay away
and cut with swaths
so great
don’t wait
swing the scythe
pay the tithe
diatribe
kill your tribe
swing your scythe
with no rythym or ryhme

Feel the burning
feed the yearning
try try try
to speed up the turning
it’s all about you
and the way you feel
and your own helplessness
in the way you deal
your lack of capability
your own vulnerability
that you do refuse to see
in favor of hatred
and enmity

Great swaths of thought
like giant rocks
no distinction
no end
no diversity
no bend
just flat and endless
and all the same
and here you are
and you stake your claim
and there’s nothing new
and there’s nothing novel
except the virus
but you won’t grovel
you won’t beg
you won’t wonder
you won’t explore
you won’t surrender

And I understand
I really do
I’ve been there
locked and loaded too
and firing at everything
that’s in my way
and forgetting my life
and my love of play
and forgetting my love
my love for the day
and instead hammering
hammering away.

Where Are The Parents

Were they ever there
If not
It is insanity
to expect them.

A child who has
Never known defeat
Will be a child
Who demands
In an adult body.

A child who is taught
That defeat is an event
Will be a child
Who creates certainty
Where none exists
As an adult.

The only hope
Is the greatest hope
The un defeatable hope
That lives in you.

Yes.

In you.

Not the hope of a new world
Or a new way
Not the hope of peace or
Understanding
A much simpler
Less thoughtful hope.

The hope of humanity within you.
The hope of humanity within you.

You may be
You are
Beset on all sides
The barbarians are at the gate
And your castle will fall
As surely as the sun rises
Your castle will fall.
But your knowledge of goodness
Can Not Fall.

Your knowledge of goodness
CAN NOT FALL.

You may dismantle it
You may tear it down
It is yours and yours alone
But do not be dismayed
At the terror and lonliness
Of the world
It is not so terrible and lonely
When you have found friendship
In yourself.

And do not dismay over the coming
Destruction
Use it.
Use it.
Use it.
To further your own relationship
With the hope of goodness

Those who have forgotten or never met themselves will try everything in their power to never remember and never meet their own goodness because it is too painful for them.

Always remember the root of demands
Is pain of separation from self.

Good will never be defeated.
So do not dismay my friend,
Do not dismay.

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