How relevant is school for today’s kids?

energy-1-1176465-640×512 Dan Neacsu

Last week my 12-year-old taught herself how to make slime; it was green, gooey and unfortunately it made a huge mess, but we both learned an enormous amount in that exercise. She went onto make another batch but what I learned was how very irrelevant modern schooling is becoming. I’m a teacher of 20 years’ experience across a variety of subject areas and levels and I find myself in classrooms in-front of bored teenagers wondering how they will ever use anything that I teach from the curriculum in their lives or if it is even relevant for them.

As my 12-year-old illustrated, with the use of YouTube, we can learn anything. But what about academic subjects like science, history and maths, or languages I hear you ask? Well Khan Academy has that covered and there is an abundance of language programmes online for people to learn. We are at a pivotal point in education and I feel that once we have foundational literacy, numeracy and technology skills we have the capacity to learn anything, if our curiosity arouses it. Of course, prior to the internet, you could do the same by getting a book, but in a visually rich world, why would young people choose a book over a video? They don’t know a world without it.

I have seen my other daughters teach themselves how to cook various recipes and when I asked my 17-year-old what she had learned from the Internet, she said: “Have you got all day?!” But when we narrowed it down she’s taught herself about local, national and world issues and politics, how to cook, how to sew, how to draw, hair care and make-up, banking and finance, quantum physics, philosophy, housing and real estate, how to articulate, the contributions of people lost in history and feudalism, privatisation and ritual as well as watching videos in countless languages to get exposure to those languages. And that’s not even an exhaustive list. Of course she needed critical thinking skills and online discernment of what is a credible source of information.

We have so much information at our fingertips and each of us has interests, skills and talents that we are capable of growing. I home-schooled my three girls when Miss 17 was seven and it still remains one of my favourite times in parenting. Yet, here I am sending my kids to school and I see how unhappy they are with the social dramas and being force-fed a curriculum that they see no point in. I understand that I’m doing myself out of a job here, but I think we need to look at what children and more-so teenagers are capable of teaching themselves on the Internet. One of the foundations of good teaching is to create interest and enthusiasm in the students and I try so hard to do that for them but as they all have their own interests, not one of their “curriculums” will be the same, we cannot get into their heads. No external influence will drive their curiosity as much as an inner drive to learn.

Of course the problem with online learning is that you cannot prove that you can do something, or that you have knowledge of something in a world that requires certificates and certification and qualifications. Of course there are short courses that you can do online that provide certificates. Online learning doesn’t teach us how to communicate with real people, but it does teach us about compassion and kindness of people via the abundance of good there is in our world. Online learning doesn’t introduce young people to fantastic teachers who are passionate about their subjects, or be around people who share interests but they can connect with like-minded people in the social media world. If you ask them, they will say that their role models aren’t teachers, but people in their technological sphere, yes, that includes celebrities, but for Miss 17, it includes Neil Degrasse Tyson and some of the TED talk speakers.

When we allow our children to follow their dreams and passions, they become their own person much earlier. Miss 17 tells me that my parenting style of using an extensive vocabulary around them from a young age, exposing them to quality literature and teaching them to question things has helped her to be an independent learner and she says that it was about year nine that she realised her capacity to teach herself. I suppose that when I was in school, I learned typing and in Social Studies we looked at Caucasians, Negros and Asians (yes, that language was used) and both of those things are now irrelevant. Typing programmes are freely available online and most children are familiar with the qwerty keyboard and manage to type sufficiently to be able to function in society. But who knows how long we will need a keyboard for, the new speech recognition technology is moving rapidly now. And don’t get me started on how racist those anthropological lessons in Social Studies were. So how much of what we are teaching them today will be irrelevant for the future?

My view of a National Curriculum varies, as a teacher, I see how comprehensive it is to give young people an excellent general knowledge to use as a platform into the world. I see its value, but young people aren’t automatons! They are all individually wonderful and diverse in 20 years of teaching I’ve only met three young people whom I could not find one redeeming quality in. I love young people and every day I see their faces, bored from a system that doesn’t value their individuality, their dreams and I see their curiosity is suppressed; they are just making their way through a system for a certificate at the end that shows that they finished it. Their passion for life is dulled to a point where they spend the next 20 years figuring out who they are and who they were before the system made it so. I want young people to feel inspired by learning. I want them to feel inspired by the difference that they can make in the world. I want them to feel inspired by learning for learning sake and not just to pass or get a certificate. And we cannot do it while the system remains fairly stagnant.

I hope that my contributions in my classrooms everyday inspire the young people in my care to be the very best that they can be, to be inspired, to be passionate and to follow their hearts and in some way, I hope that I can change the system from within.

In love,


©Alyssa Curtayne, 2017

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The Secret to Training Psychic Ability and Intuition


As a Remote Viewing trainer I help people improve their innate psychic ability and intuition, through a structured process of scientifically measurable procedures and protocols. Almost everyone has psychic abilities or intuition to some degree. Most people can relate to experiences whereby a completely unexpected thought of a friend or family member pops into their mind, only to find out later that at that particular time they were in trouble of some kind, or you suddenly decide to deviate from your normal route for no apparent reason, minutes later you hear on the radio you would have been stuck in a traffic jam, if you had taken your usual route. Of course you could speculate if this was really due to intuition or simply a coincidence. If these kind of things happen on a regular basis, to a lot of people can they still be written off as coincidence or is there something really interesting going on?

In the early 1970’s, during the Cold War, the American Intelligence Agencies found that the Russians were into “Psychic Spying”. The majority of the scientific community at that time, though this to be a ridiculous concept. In order to see if this was even a possibility they decided to set up scientific experiments that would either prove or disprove theses claims of “Psychic Spies”. Two laser-physicists by the names of Dr. Hall Puthoff and  Dr. Russell Targ started to run several experiments with people who claimed to have psychic abilities and with people who made no such claims. To the dismay of the intelligence services, they found that basically anyone could have accurate Extrasensory Perceptions. This meant that the intelligence information of the Russians using Psychics to obtain critical information shielded from ordinary means of perception would not be a mere hoax.

The Intelligence Agencies in the US became more interested in how this ability works and how it can be enhanced. Of course this research and development was done under the veil of secrecy. When the Cold War was over, some of the US Military trained “Psychic Spies” came out in public with this Top-Secret Program. Several years later, some 89.900 pages of information on these projects were released under the Freedom of Information Act. This was by no means all the research that had been done over the last 25 years, but it was a start of openly admitting to the research and development of psychic abilities for the application of obtaining information that is otherwise not readily accessible.

I came across this information on my personal quest to find (scientific) answers to my own natural psychic ability. I studied everything I could find in relation to Extrasensory Perception and Extraordinary Human (mental) Abilities. In 2008 I commenced training with Former US Military Intelligence officers involved in this Remote Viewing program. I started with TRV or Technical Remote Viewing via the Psi-Tech DVD program developed by Major Ed Dames and Joni Dourif. In late 2008 I followed training course in the US by Dr. David Morehouse, in Coordinate Remote Viewing and Extended Remote Viewing and I obtained some information from Lyn Buchanan and Paul Smith.

The difference between Remote Viewing and Psychic ability is that Remote Viewers use strict scientific procedures and protocols for measuring accuracy and thereby enhancing the learning process. Anyone can be Psychic, but not everyone is a Remote Viewer.


It has been an interesting and fascinating journey into the astonishing capabilities of the human mind.

Using my skills as a Graphic Designer and Qualified Cert. IV Trainer, I decided to develop a Remote Viewing Training package that is in line with the Australian Standard of Workplace Training and Assessment. It is my pleasure to now teach these skills to the Australian public and help further develop their skills to apply them in their line of work or personal field of interest. It is wonderful to see people develop talents and skills they never realised they had.

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The Complete Business Professional – Body, Mind and Soul


So who is The Complete Business Professional?

It is all of us that are in business either as a professional (working for someone else) or owner (working for yourself) that is open to achieving and being the very best you can be in all areas of their life:

Mind, Body and Soul.

Therefore in the areas of Health, Relationships, Business, Wealth and Community.

We as human beings do not exist in specific categories or ‘boxes’ possibly why I called my business community, Out of the Box Biz however all areas of our lives influence and affect each other like a web of crossing over connections rather than a list of separate areas. When have you known someone in business and a dramatic event happens in their personal life, it affects them in business. Likewise when a change happens in our business lives there is often cross over into our personal lives. Therefore let’s acknowledge this and take care of each other in all areas of our lives. Of course this is up to your own personal discretion. I’m not suggesting to ‘spill your guts’ and confess everything happening in your personal life to all those you know in business but where is relevant or the relationship is a long term one with deep levels of trust then be open. Equally, you are doing  disservice to those you know in your private life to not share in conversation what you do professionally. This is not about a hard sell but simply to give those you know the opportunity to be better informed and if you can help them, they know how you can.

Let me explain how I got where I am – running 3 traditional businesses since 2007 (I still run 2 of them) which I love and I know transforms people’s lives – however I have recently started a new venture due to the persistence of my 9 year old son. He is definitely my son.

He was my original motivation to go into business 9 years ago and having been surrounded by business and business conversations all his life he too has caught the entrepreneurial bug. I think he has been asking me since he was 7 (he says since he was 4) So when I finally said yes we could do a business together, he consulted his business book where he brainstorms his ideas and passions, and came up with sharing essential oils.

Why? Because I have used them myself in my home my entire adult life and therefore he has been brought up in a home using essential oils for health, well being and for cleaning all his life. Plus he has a delightful nurturing soul and a genuine care for others and therefore sharing doTERRA oils is a perfect match for us.

At first I was apprehensive, thinking was this authentic to me? Then a close colleague pointed out that my very first business event I ran in my business community, Out of the Box Biz was the theme The Complete Business Professional – Body, Mind and Soul. I have also in the past 3 years had international experts Roger Hamilton and William Whitecloud encourage me to pursue assisting business professionals holistically not just in business – with all these ‘hints’ from the universe – I finally got the message have now been sharing for 2 months and my son and I have already hit a milestone rank (Elite) so therefore I now believe this is something that is authentic to me and should be nurtured and pursued. Besides it is a whole lot of fun, because everytime I diffuse oils people love them and talk about how beautiful the aroma is and how good they feel from the experience.

So please join us in our journey to support the Complete Business Professional in Body, Mind and Soul through business education, wealth creation and sharing essential oils in the home and work environment.

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lifegrid – how you will stop male suicide – FINAL

Ladies and Gentleman, how many of you want to stop male suicide?


How many of you have been affected by male suicide?


How many of you have thought about male suicide?


Come on that should be all of you reading this article, because how could you read this article without thinking about male suicide?


Did you know that according to the latest statistics from the Australian Bureau of statistics, 2,864 people died by suicide in 2014? Of those deaths 2,160 (75.4%) were male and 704 (24.6%) were female?


Suicide is the leading cause of death of men and boys aged 15-44. That’s Australia’s next generation of men!


Take a moment to think or write down why you believe men are committing suicide and then I will share my personal path towards considering suicide at the age of 14 and 24.



Keep thinking or writing……….


At the age of 2 I was thrown into a pool by my father and told to swim or drown. I drowned and had to be brought back to life by defibrillators. (those little electric zappers they use to pump your chest).

My father kidnapped me at the age of 3 and locked me in a shed.

I grew up surrounded by drugs and violence. We never had money and would consistently move from rental house to rental house.

I was the skinny tall kid with freckles and red hair (I still say it was brown!) that would get bullied at school with comments such as freckle fart from K-mart.

As a young boy I couldn’t do much about my situation, but try and fix it, in a way that a young boy does and that was by fighting back. I would begin by teasing other people, as I had been teased, thinking that was the way to fit in and then I would start to physically and verbally fight the bullies. I would fight with my mother and step father, punching holes in the house walls. I felt lonely, I felt isolated and the only time I would feel in comfort was when I was with my Nan or playing sport. My nan passed away when I was 12 years old and it felt like I had lost my life support, which took me from trying to fix things, to trying to find ways to cope, which included staying out with mates to ridiculous hours of the night, playing as many sports as I could and then at the age of 14 smoking drugs, but it wasn’t enough and brought me to thinking can I really live like this?


Do I want to live like this?

How can I end living like this?

How can I kill myself so I don’t have to live like this?


I was fortunate enough that these thoughts didn’t turn into action and at the age of 15, I got selected to play for my state AFL side, which provide me a dream, a dream of making the AFL and that dream released the thoughts of suicide and released me from smoking drugs ever again.

Fast Forward to when I was 24 and I hadn’t achieved my dream of playing in the AFL, but was in a position where I had lost a long term girlfriend 12 months earlier and was running a scaffold labour hire business. The business had 20+ employees and was bringing in great money, however I was getting snowed under in bookwork, quotes, sales, supervising and doing the work, so once again I went through the process of trying to fix it and fix it through getting a book keeper and doing more hours myself. My plan to fix it didn’t work, so I then started to finding ways of coping with the pain I was in and I did that through excessively drinking alcohol, gambling and sleeping. This didn’t help my situation or the business situation and only lead me to start thing again,


Can I really live like this?

Do I want to live like this?

How can I end living like this?

How can I kill myself so I don’t have to live like this?


I remember this time thinking do I jumping off my 3rd storey balcony, do I get a gun a shoot myself, do I drive my car off a bridge or maybe I drive it into a tree and the thoughts went on and on.


Fortunately, something clicked one day and I closed the business, moved back in with my mum, start hanging around me friends, doing things a loved such as footy and researched how I could not have this happen again through going to seminars and workshops, reading books, listening to audios, searching google and whatever way I could learn.


Now 8 years on after all the research and getting a mentor, I have been able to deal with the major trauma’s in my life and have intervention strategy which stop me from getting to such a place.


One powerful strategy I have found over the years is writing letters to people such as my nan and mum, sharing with them firstly some things they may not know about me and in particular how I felt through those early years and then finishing of by sharing my appreciation for the things they did for me or what we did together, whether it be putting a roof over my head, feeding me, taking me to sporting events and so on.

The letter doesn’t have to be sent and clearly with my nan I can’t send her the letter, but it is good to get it off your chest and express.


Try doing this for a man in your life who you believe is having a tough time, but actually send it to him. He may not show it but it will do a powerful thing for him!

The vulnerability and appreciation will open up his heart and provide him comfort in knowing that someone believes he is worthy and loveable.


The majority of men are internal talkers and not external talkers, which a lot of people and campaigns try to make them be.




You will stop male suicide by researching, learning and understanding the following 3 things:


  1. Men talk Internally (not all but the majority)
  2. When men talk you need to be a good listener
  3. The way in which men work


  • Men Talk Internally (not all but the majority)

As the majority of men are internal talkers it is best that they are provided resources which can support them in fixing a problem, coping with a problem or having a purpose to live with the problem.


  • When me talk you need to be a good listener

So what is a good listener? A good listener is someone who sits there and just listens, without providing any advice. Men just need to get stuff off there chest and if the man ask for your input you simply just reply with a question such as “Michael this is your life, what do you feel is best for you right now”?


  • The way in which men work

Men generally look to fix things rather than seek help for things.

Men generally look to cope with things rather than nurturing himself or finding support networks.

Men generally need a sense of purpose rather than a sense of dependency.



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