The New Earth by SriMati
Are you ready for the new earth /Stand up get ready to shine /being is the place to be /let it happen in you /feel the cool breeze /kiss the sun/ a tree in warm embrace/ know that you/ exist in everyone /every laugh/ every scream /every cry /every joy /and beyond it all/ pure bliss /pure bliss /pure bliss are you ready for the new earth/ stand up get ready shine /breathe it all in /just let go /it all happens in the now/ it’s happening now /it’s happening now…
We’ve started an educational revolution! Jai Seed Community is born!
Rich Roll and I launched our homeschool community last Saturday. It’s a grassroots homeschool model calling familes to come together around educating our children. We are looking for twelve local families to create a new paradigm in education. This community will connect via an online platform to families all over the world.
Why JAI SEED? "JAI" is an exclamation of victorious praise in the ancient language of Sanskrit and "Seed" is the potential of a perfected life form, containing all it needs inherently within. All that is needed is the nurturing and care of this seed so that it may sprout and grow into it's divine design.
I have the deep satisfaction of a proud and caring mother holding her newborn baby. The vision or conception, years of creation, toil, physical labor and maternal dreams of her future have all fruited her manifestation in this world. She has arrived! Its only the beginning, and we have her whole life ahead of us to nuture, and server her , to watch her grow, evolve and to teach us a new way of education. I say “us” because she is not mine alone, she belongs to a community that she will draw around her.
We sat in our living room in front of 35 prospective parents, and mentors. My husband, Rich Roll, shared his journey in becoming a homeschool parent, his early resistance and immense fear about what would happen to his girls by opting out of a system that he knew well having been educated at Stanford and then attending law school at Cornell. He shared his heartbreak at seeing his girls unhappy at school. And his courage to trust me to let them run into uncharted waters and see where they would take us. And finally the immense relief and satisfaction of his girls, happy, connected, inspired and finding their passions. His own children 7 years later, are living examples that a better way exists in the fields free from standardized education.
He introduced me in his loving way honoring my journey and my courage. I stood to share my wisdom and heart about homeschooling. And then it all hit me. And the emotion of my journey came flooding into the moment. For seven years I had held this vision for a new community that celebrated children for their original design. The seeds of unlimited potential and the wayshowers of our future. My tests of faith and courage had led me to the cliff's edge for seven long years. I could feel the community truth in my cells and yet there was no external evidence to support my vision. Was I crazy? Many many nights up in the wee hours, sitting in this very room with only the stars twinkling in the night sky, as my community. And yet, they held the space of possibility for me. That this community would become. And so I did the only thing I knew I could do at the time, I laid my body out spread eagle on the floor and poured all the energy of my heart into the foundation, the land and this dream.
Now, standing in front of the crowd, I couldn’t say one word. The camera’s were on me and I was gripped by the emotion. Tears streaming down my face, I climbed into the emotion of the moment and allowed it to be. I had no choice, it had enveloped me. I took a deep breath and started to try to speak through the emotion. I was shaky at first , but soon I recovered and was able to share what I have known deep in my heart for so many years. It was surely an authentic, raw, and vulnerable moment that expanded into my ability to express my vision. I was received in grace and beauty by my community sitting right in front of me. Many who had seen my journey first hand and watched my struggle and my commitment. They cried with me. It was a deep, sweet and beautiful birth.
There is so much fear existing in parents today about turning away from the standardized educational system. So much value has been placed in education that we have become hypnotized to ideas that are long obsolete and no longer serve the benefit of our children. We don’t really even know why we are still dropping them off to these institutions. But we are so afraid that our children will be left out of society, and miss their opportunity. How could we feel otherwise? We are all trying to do the best we can for our children and nobly serve our roles as their guardians and fulfill our job as their parents. Most of the decisions we make for our children stem from the very fact that we love them so much. Education is most certainly important. But the process of education has become an institution that is serving someone and something else and in most cases, likely not your child. The institution does not take into account the indivduality of the child. The unique gifts she brings. It has no interest in finding out what is right for the individual child or in listening to the messages that he brings containing solutions to our dire challenges on this planet.
In my experience, left to their own devices, its often my children who are educating me, and not the other way around. Sure I live as,an example and I share what I think may benefit them. But overall , it's my unconditional love and celebration of them that is my biggest contribution. They are light years ahead of me in most other areas.
The truth is that I was right there with everyone else. My two older boys did very well in academic private school. I was a fashion designer with my own women’s apparel company. I had a lot of stuff to do. I never imagined that I would be championing a community around homeschool education
But, the birth of my third child brought an entirely new playing field. It was extremely challenging to find the right school for her. In fact, as it turned out, it just didn't exist. So I had to throw out my trusty bag of parenting tools and tricks. And begin with a blank canvass. I had a child who was like a wave, and I had to surf her fresh with each moment. It took an immense amount of energy to show up for her in each moment. I like to say that she grinded me into a fine gem, after years of chisel. In the end, it has been my blessing.
If you have one like mine, then they will force your courage. And you will rise to support them just like I did. Because that is what parents do. I’m no more amazing then any other parent. I just love my children. And I will do everything and anything I can muster to support them. Our children are crying for us to wake up and have the courage to create a new way for them. And we will rise to change.
I have been trying to find the most powerful way in which to present this homeschool opportunity to the parents. And as a result I am currently writing a book on the subject. It is very difficult to find a solution as parents are stretched to their limits, and there is no support anymore in our extended families or in our communities. But like it or not. If your child is not happy in the system or if they don’t fit in. They are going to force you to make a change, search for a better way. The children will bring the families into this understanding and into community around education. Bless them.
Embed "New Earth"
When I wrote this song, I looked up at Rich and said, “Fuck, I think I’m a folk singer.” Not that I have anything against “folk” as a genre. It’s just that if you had asked me, “Julie” the personality that exists in this body, just what kind of voice she would like to possess and what style of music she would like to create, it would have been more of a girly-version of radio head, or Jeff Buckley. I know. Me and every other singer songwriter on the planet. But I made a vow to the universe not to edit or judge the expression that runs through me, so I just went with it adding some three part folky harmonies. Later, we started singing this song with the children in my homeschool. It’s true that I don’t like certain types of folk. But then again, there’s Joan Baez, and Joni Mitchell, and Bob Dylan who are among the most amazing revolutionary agents of change through their songs. I love their music.
I felt this song to be a sort of hommage to Ekhart Tolle, who wrote the amazing tome, “The Power of Now” and It’s follow-up “ The New Earth”, I slipped him a demo of the song a few years back when I went to dissolve into space in his presence as he giggled, staring inside himself as the entire universe, with his alien gaze.
Joan Baez used to stand at the bus stop playing her guitar and singing in her pure clear voice, pleading with drafted young men, to protest the war. She would get arrested repeatedly. Often she was held in jail for a week. And, upon her release, she would go home, take a shower, eat a meal, and go back and do it all over again. It's incredible to imagine what level of courage was her divine design, her immense dedication to a cause. Likely she could not do otherwise.
We are at a similar crossroads in our world today. Great change in many areas is needed for our survival. We have to change our course in order to survive.
And so I guess in my own small way, I fit a similar mold. I am also an agent of change, and I feel deeply for our children. I really feel that the answers to our dire planetary issues are coming in the messages of the children. I am holding the space in my own way, to catalyze a lasting change and to create conscious community around educating our children. I do it because I cannot do otherwise. Not because my personality fancied it.
The number one question we need to ask ourselves in community is.
“What am I bringing?” What would your contribution be? What are your gifts and talents to share? What are your dreams of community?
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. But it takes courage of heart and a determination to make the commitment over and over again. It’s a fluid process and fear will rise up and try to grip you. But we must not let it render us into resignation and instead press onward.
Every one of you to rise up and be the change if not in homeschooling, then in any and every other area of your life.
I hope you enjoy my song, The New Earth. It’s a perfect “horse and buggy” tempo, harking to a future community dance, bon fire blazing and twirling your girls, be she 82, 52, 22 or 2. It’s an anthem of community gathering closer together and supporting each other in harmony and in the power of NOW. There is something universal about it.
It is my joy to feature my Father, Larry “Trapper” Mathis on harmonica. He played this for me a few months back. He’ll be 91 this October. Happy we had this experience together Dad! As always, thanks to my boys, Tyler and Trapper for their amazing performances, co-production and arrangement, and to Brad Swanson for engineering and co production. I love you boys!
Photo credit: Stacie Isabella Turk,
My father Trapper playing harmonica to his grandson, Trapper … “ Trapper and Trapper “
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