Four Way Fold: Exploring Tools for a more Holistic Education
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The structure of what follows is based upon the structure of the book The Four Fold Way. There are four core sections, each centered around one of the four archetypes: The Warrior, The Healer, The Visionary, and The Teacher. These sections are the workthe process-of my SIP. Each of these sections has two parts to it; the first is a series of reflections on the content of the chapter, the concepts, symbols, and stories of resonance that pop out of it for me. The second part is where the questions in the back of each section are listed, and my current responses to them follow. In order to avoid unnecessary repetition, I cite the source of the questions here. In the book the numbers for these questions start with 1 in each of the four sections, but to enhance the presentation of this as a holistic work, rve decided to keep the numbers running through the sections to perhaps clarify that these archetypes are not so compartmentalized as they seem. After these four sections there is a final reflection on the process as a whole. Then we have the Appendices, which include supplementary materials that enhance the reading of this work, ranging from diagrams out of the book that inspired it to my own art work This work is messy: it addresses wounds, recalls memory, challenges habits and identity, and the questions and sections bleed into one another. There are some stories or points that might be repeated-and this is not only OK, but significant. There are a variety of different writing styles employed in order to best approach different sections of the work. Some passages are more clearly written and communicated than others; some of them say what I want and mean to say, and others are just barely getting there. This is also significant. In short, this is not a neat and tidy easy to follow thesis paper or narrative. While it might be more difficult to define an outcome to such work as this using the scholarly tools we are accustomed to, it is my hope that by seeing an example of someone going through this process on paper will demonstrate that such work is equally as significant and important to the education and growth of a human being as the more common scholarly disciplines.