It's about the future!
Newsletter Issue 231
February 25th 2011
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Editors Corner

In this issue of The Master's Connection 2020, we are proud to feature The Phoenix Rising School. In our interview with the founders of the new school, you will learn about what makes it so special, its vision and how you can be a part of its mission.

We are pleased to announce that Phoenix Rising School will have a regular column in The Master's Connection 2020 Newsletters. It will be fun and inspiring to connect with these beloved children and their teachers throughout the year. Be sure to read the students' answers to our question of the week. Also in this issue, at your request, we are starting a Community Calendar Section.

Our new newsletter format will be built around a theme for each issue. One topic we are working on for the near future will be "Exploring Hypnosis as a Tool in the Great Work".

We are also diving into the subject of making preparations so that we can all flourish now and in the future. We would like to call on members of our community to share what they have learned in preparing to live without electricity. Specifically we will devote an entire newsletter to each of the following subjects: water, heating solutions, food and cooking and safeguarding the preparations you have made. If you would like to write about your experiences or contribute to any of these topics, just let us know. You can contact us at

By the on the new website is progressing. Stay tuned for the unveiling.

Feature Story
The Phoenix Rising School

“I am 1,000 percent behind this school.” - Ramtha

Breaking New Ground
Interview with Phoenix Rising School Founder James Capezio
By Heidi Smith

By any standard, the Phoenix Rising School is having a remarkable year. Since opening its doors in September, 2010, the school has enrolled forty-seven students, implemented several signature programs, created a vision team, and moved full speed ahead in the development of a unique and autonomous school model. "I've been part of start-ups before," says co-founder James Capezio, "but I've never been part of one that continually makes quantum leaps."

Inspired by Daniel Pink's book Drive, James and his wife Rebecca set out to create a place where children could develop intrinsic motivation and pursue their own passions rather than being led by external rewards and mandated lessons, while still maintaining rigor as a core value. As Pink points out, such an education develops children who are self-directed, self-confident and engaged in their own learning. The C.R.E.A.T.E. program (see interview below), which allows the staff to integrate disciplines from Ramtha's School of Enlightenment into the curriculum, is also a key component. "We're truly a leading edge progressive school," says Capezio. "Take what science knows about human motivation, and here we are. On top of that, we're a consciousness-based school, which is very rare but also in keeping with what scientists are saying about the benefits of meditation and focus."

Led by the Capezios, ten board members and nine staff are currently developing the school model, creating and fulfilling organizational goals, and looking to the future. Capezio shared his perspective on the journey so far and the long-term vision for Phoenix Rising.

Read full interview...
Conscious Learning
Interview with Phoenix Rising School C.R.E.A.T.E. ™ Director Sonya El Debssi
By Heidi Smith

Question: if you could send your child to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, made famous in the Harry Potter series, would you do it? Granted, none of the children at the Phoenix Rising School have wands and the only broomsticks in sight are for cleaning up mud and leaves tracked in by boisterous feet, but nevertheless the students are armed with a formidable set of tools that create magical results.

Through the C.R.E.A.T.E. ™ program (Consciously Realizing Every Attitude and Thought into Experience ™) students are taught to be aware of their thoughts and how to change them, if necessary. They are trained in strengthening their focus and concentration and how to direct their attention towards a task or goal purposefully, in order to absolutely accomplish what they set their mind to. Teachers and staff integrate disciplines from Ramtha's School of Enlightenment into the daily curriculum, and candle focus, the Neighborhood Walk ®, Fieldwork ®, remote views and Analogical Archery ™ are seamlessly woven together with math, reading, writing and social studies. Currently, PRS is the only school in the world licensed to teach them.

Regardless of whether a student has ever attended RSE, they are trained in the purpose and application of the disciplines. As C.R.E.A.T.E. Director Sonya El Debssi puts it, "Anyone can learn how to focus." She talked with the Masters Connection about how the program works and the small miracles she sees on a regular basis.

Read full interview...

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Ramtha quote copyright 2011 JZ Knight. Used with permission.
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M.C.: Stay tuned. We have a similar idea which will begin with the launching of the new MastersConnection website.

Reader: Let's have our own "Personal Connections", too meet, greet, post social announcements & invitations, to name a few options we don't currently have readily available...IF some of us what to go to Dinner & Dancing, Fishing or Hunting, seeking a Companion of similar interest & taste, seeking a RSE fellow-student to help us immigrate or adjust in America or other Countries, Perhaps a traveling companion or group, find that Soul-Mate that could be anywhere in our "RSE-World-Family";

M.C.: We have had this request from several people. We will look in to this as a possibility.

Reader: How about a community calendar section?

M.C.: We have started that today.

Reader: Thank you for keeping MC alive and well, it is an important part of the school! I would like to see more on getting prepared and how to keep safe in the days to come. I really like your new 'question of the week' addition! I will watch for students imput this week as I have no idea how to keep our electronics "safe", it really made me think!

M.C.: We are planning a whole series on getting prepared and keeping safe. Stay posted.

Reader: I LIKE IT................I LIKE IT!!!!!!

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Wow! What a great response we received from you. Being new on the job, your encouragement means a lot to us. We received so many inspiring emails.
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Community Calendar

This issue we are launching our new Community Calendar. Our readers have sent us announcements about so many interesting events and opportunities we felt compelled to create a way to share them with you. We do love to hear from you especially about events that you think our community of readers ought to know about. So, thanks and keep the info flowing.
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February 25 - March 3: Ghetto Physics
From William Arntz, Co-Creator of “What The Bleep Do We Know?!” and E. Raymond Brown - Author of “Please Stand Up”.
GHETTOPHYSICS reveals the truth about the timeless game of power that occupied the world forever. But the game's utility and effectiveness have reached their limits, and a new world-game is needed.
Join filmmaker William Arntz for a short Q & A to follow Friday and Saturday night screenings!

February 26: Annual Native Plant Sale
Each February the District holds a native plant sale event. We provide conservation grade plants at affordable prices to the public.   This event gives customers an opportunity to purchase over 35 different native species, ranging from trees, shrubs, herbaceous varieties, and groundcovers.

February 26th: Race to Nowhere - Special one-time showing!
An exploration of the pressures faced by American schoolchildren and their teachers in a system and culture obsessed with the illusion of achievement, competition and pressure to perform. Included are emotional stories of young people across the country who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren't developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what's best for their kids. The increase of cheating in this climate is also examined, as in the increase of disengaged students who suffer from stress-related illnesses, deepression, and burnout, resulting in young people who arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.

February 26: Spiral's Soft Opening & Tamborine's 40th Birthday @ 201 Yelm Ave E. next to True Value. Doors open @ 7pm. Spiral will be opening the dance & Yoga Studio the first week in March with the cafe following later in March. Saturday is a celebration for all of us holding the long thought of creation... despite any naysayers, despite any obstacles whether they be friends, family or officials. Saturday is a night for celebration for all of us holding on to our dreams until they are realized. Come in joy performances by Steve Knopp & his beautiful dancers, Spiral's Swing & Adult Tap instructor Alice Marinella with 8 Swing dancers, Ken Brown our Tango instructor will dazzle us in his exquisite demonstration of Tango, Marcela Martinez our Jazz, youth Tap, Lyrical & Ballet instructor will showcase a demonstration with her young students and then there will be dancing for everyone. There will be tapas & drinks for a donation to support Spiral. This is a private party and this is your invitation. Come one come all, together we create the infinite Spiral.
Tamborine Borrelli
Spiral Café ~ Arts & Well Being Studio
201 E Yelm Ave 1st Floor 360 400-CAFE (2233)

March 4 & 5: Reexamining The Origins of The Human Race
Implication for Our Spiritual Empowerment.
With guest speaker Dr. Micael Ledwith.
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Question of the Week

Just as I was writing this I checked the website to find that the Critical Times Update with Q & A event for March 4th 2011 has been canceled. Even so I am still going to pose the question: if you could ask Ramtha one question, what would it be?

Although my original intent was to stimulate questions for the upcoming event, I think it is still worth asking. I have no doubt that the mind of god will provide answers. Our collective mastermind is a great resource.

To start this conversation, we asked children from the Phoenix Rising School what they would like to ask Ramtha and here is what they said:

1. When will I be a big princess? (Age 3)

2. Is the king of Austria still alive? ...Because I miss him so much. (Age 4)

3. What's beyond the void? (Age 6)

Click here to see more questions and participate. Click here to ask your question.
Readers Choice

“Drive” by Daniel Pink is our reader's choice selection. “Drive” explores the question of what motivates us, and you might be very surprised to find that many forms of reward that are traditionally viewed as motivating are in fact counterproductive. The author examines the notion that we each have intrinsic motivation and explores how to create an environment where it can flourish.

We chose “Drive” because it is one of the resources that has inspired the founders and staff of the Phoenix Rising School in the development of their autonomous learning model. It challenges conventional wisdom about the workplace, education and motivation and may significantly alter your view of all of the above. Enjoy the read!

An excerpt from “Drive”:

“In education systems tilted towards standardized tests, grades, and "if-then" rewards, students often have no idea why they're doing what they're doing. Turn that around by helping them glimpse the big picture. Whatever they're studying, be sure they can answer these questions: Why am I learning this? How is it relevant to the world I live in now? Then get out of the classroom and apply what they're studying. If they're learning Spanish, take them to an office, a store or a community center where they can actually speak the language. If they're studying geometry, have them draw up architectural plans for an addition to your school or home. If they're taking history, ask them to apply what they've learned to an event in the news. Think of it as the fourth R: reading, writing, arithmetic . . . and relevance.” -- Daniel Pink

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