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The WHOLE News - May 2017

Women of Influence Gather to Bust Writer's Block!

Dr Ari Diskin is a well-known chiropractor in Melbourne. He launched The Champion Series for me several years ago and is very active in creating a community for his clients. Some of those women requested a Women's group, which Ari promptly set up. (I gather he's the only male... ;) Ari's wife Roselyn, Organiser Par Excellence, has invited me to speak to the women about writing on Tuesday April 12th, and we'd love you to come along also.

  • Liliane VivaDo you wonder if you’re ‘good enough’, whether it’s writing or some other form of expression?
  • Do you sit down to write and find yourself staring at a blank screen/page?
  • Do you love to write but haven’t taken that interest seriously?

It seems that there is more writing to do than ever, and ever more forms to master!

Whether you’re faced with writing fiction or non-fiction – emails, texts, blogs, journals, letters, reports, presentations, articles, marketing or web content – come and learn the tips and tools that will banish stuckness forever and enrich your life in completely unexpected ways.

To book in, visit https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/win-women-of-influence-network-with-liliane-grace-tickets-22994844198.

This is a free event! The location is Fitzroy and the time is 7-9 pm. Please bring...

Community Service Announcement: Film Screening - Future Dreaming

The film, 'Future Dreaming', is a profound call to awaken and work with nature rather than against it. The film calls us to recognise our individual magnificence and our connection with the universe. Striking images of nature are woven throughout a conversation with renowned thinker, futurist and economist, Dr David Martin

The event is Wednesday 13th April and will begin with a meditation and a short introduction from the Director of the film, Kaya Finlayson, who will also feature on the Q&A panel. You can watch the trailer here and book in for the event at www.suburbansandcastles.com. More info about the film and Dr Martin here

These Suburban Sandcastle events are always thought-provoking and worthwhile. The opportunity to interact with panel and audience makes for a much richer experience than watching the film (alone) at home. See you there!

What Came Out Of The Cocoon...

If you read my blog of a few weeks ago (‘Watch a human being emerge from a cocoon’) you’ll know that I was in the process of rethinking my life! Well, I’ve scratched a hole in the chrysalis and I’m peering out. Here’s what I discovered in the process of being ‘liquified’…

I've emerged from my cocoon with the realisation that my core area of mastery is writing and teaching writing. Duh, right? 

I’ve always so easily seen big visions for The Mastery Club® - eg. Mastery Clubs around the world, Mastery Club schools, international conventions, etc. - that I felt that was what I was being called to do, but during my cocooning process I acknowledged something to myself that shifted the whole thing for me.

To read the rest of the blog and respond, click here.

Could Your 12 Year Old Command A Battleship? Today, Adulthood Doesn’t Kick in Till Age 30…

battleship

John Taylor Gatto was twice New York Teacher of the Year and is the author of The Underground History of American Education. As a teacher dealing with bored students, he began to research the origins of American education, and discovered that it had its roots in Prussian militarism, and an actual plan to make the populace 'mediocre and manageable’. He says, in an article called, ‘Against School':

"First, though, we must wake up to what our schools really are: laboratories of experimentation on young minds, drill centers for the habits and attitudes that corporate society demands. Mandatory education serves children only incidentally; its real purpose is to turn them into servants. Don't let your own have their childhoods extended, not even for a day. If David Farragut could take command of a captured British warship as a preteen, if Thomas Edison could publish a broadsheet at the age of twelve, if Ben Franklin could apprentice himself to a printer at the same age (then put himself through a course of study that would choke a Yale senior today), there's no telling what your own kids could do. After a long life, and thirty years in the public school trenches, I've concluded that genius is as common as dirt. We suppress our genius only because we haven't yet figured out how to manage a population of educated men and women. The solution, I think, is simple and glorious. Let them manage themselves."

The rest of the article is here: http://www.wesjones.com/gatto1.htm

I find this perspective riveting and important. It’s true that much of traditional schooling promotes boredom and mediocrity. The whole system is unwieldy. The insistence on homogeneity is dangerous. 

My ‘cocooning experience’ (see blog below) is giving rise to the conclusion that I’d rather focus on making my Mastery Club program available as a coaching program to conscious families rather than bang heads with the system in an attempt to have it accepted there. I believe strongly that mindset and life skills should be prioritised above all subject matter. As Nina says, when you know how to think, you can apply that to anything. 

In the process of editing the SleepTalk® manual I came across an alarming study by Australian futurist Bernard Salt that backs up Gatto’s argument. Salt points out that in the 1930s a 12 year old was considered an adult; today adulthood often doesn’t fully 'set in' until the age of 30.

Bernard Salt graph

What is delaying the onset of maturity? 

• a school system that keeps youth dependent

• an increase in pleasures such as TV, video games and online games and chat rooms without a balancing increase in responsibility (see next point)

• an actual LAW against working before the age of 15 and 9 months. (A 12 year old cannot even legally do voluntary work in some countries because of potential liability.) 

• housing and education are so expensive that young people are forced to remain at home rather than cutting loose and developing independently.

If you would like your children to be more independent, give them more responsibility. Eg. Don’t wash and hang and fold their clothes for them! If they are 12 years old they can certainly do this for themselves. Here’s a last word from Gatto about boredom:

"Boredom is the common condition of schoolteachers, and anyone who has spent time in a teachers' lounge can vouch for the low energy, the whining, the dispirited attitudes, to be found there. When asked why they feel bored, the teachers tend to blame the kids, as you might expect. Who wouldn't get bored teaching students who are rude and interested only in grades? If even that. Of course, teachers are themselves products of the same twelve-year compulsory school programs that so thoroughly bore their students, and as school personnel they are trapped inside structures even more rigid than those imposed upon the children. Who, then, is to blame?

"We all are. My grandfather taught me that. One afternoon when I was seven I complained to him of boredom, and he batted me hard on the head. He told me that I was never to use that term in his presence again, that if I was bored it was my fault and no one else's. The obligation to amuse and instruct myself was entirely my own, and people who didn't know that were childish people, to be avoided if possible. Certainly not to be trusted. That episode cured me of boredom forever, and here and there over the years I was able to pass on the lesson to some remarkable student. For the most part, however, I found it futile to challenge the official notion that boredom and childishness were the natural state of affairs in the classroom. Often I had to defy custom, and even bend the law, to help kids break out of this trap."

For more information about Bernard Salt’s work, go to www.bernardsalt.com.au 

For more about John Taylor Gatto, www.johntaylorgatto.com.

To join the conversation about education, come along to Suburban Sandcastles’ film screening tomorrow night in Parkdale. The film, 'Most Likely to Succeed’, is all about the need for creativity and innovation in education, and how the current system is failing our children. (See more info and links below.)

Feedback from Moontime Diary author

Last November I attended Dr Demartini’s 7 day ‘Prophecy’ program, which was very intense and fascinating! We worked through a 1000 page manual during those 7 days, starting at 8 a.m. and finishing at 10 p.m. each day… I found myself sitting next to Iris Detenhoff, the creator of the Moontime Diary.

Iris and I exchanged books - The Hidden Order from me, and the Moontime Diary from her, and we've been enjoying each other's creations. Iris is going to feature my book in her 2017 diary and I'd love to share her diary with you here (see the next article). Meanwhile here are her comments about my books:

"The characters, story and wisdom in both, The Mastery Club and the Hidden Order, are delightful, relevant and indeed life changing.

"Reading about Nina, Natalie and their friends was an absolute delight. The characters are wholesome and 'normal' teenagers faced with challenges and issues we all relate to. However! They have an opportunity to become more aware of and conscious about how they create their realities.

"This book is so much more than fiction, it is real, relevant and uplifting. Learning through story is healing and gives direction at the same time. An excellent way to discover the hidden order and become aware of our creativity and reality. I hope many young and older people will come across Liliane Grace’s writings."

- Thanks, Iris!

Free samples!

If you'd like to empower young people via an entertaining story OR write your own stuff OR transform bullying at school/home/work, help yourself to one or all of these:

1. The first 4 chapters of my personal development novel, The Mastery Club.

2. A 10-page report on 'Busting the Talent Myth and Overcoming Writer’s Block'.

3. An article and strategy for 'Transforming Bullying by Drilling Communication Skills in Schools'.

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The Mastery Club Tip of the Month

"If you tell somebody stories about high achievement just before they perform some test or exercise, they will perform better than if you had not told them those stories. If you merely use the words, 'succeed', 'master', and 'achieve' in a sentence, they will do better."

- David Brooks, The Social Animal – A Story of How Success Happens

Find previous months' tips here