Globe Star’s vision of navigating one’s life journey according to the natural inclination of the heart’s capacity to love, is about utilizing our human potential for observing and reflecting upon fixed elements (universal human values) and exploring, with others, how these values directly affect our daily living and social environment, and then the subsequent quality of life (physical/social/emotional) impact and influence this creates for an individual’s experience of life.
The vision to follow the natural path of the heart and navigate ‘by nature’ was inspired by the true, navigational story of Captain Marvin Creamer.
Captain Creamer was a college geography professor who sailed around the world (1982-1984) while relying solely on primitive navigational skills, namely, practical experience, an understanding of the environment and a knowledge of the sun, moon and stars.
In 1985, Captain Creamer was awarded the Blue Water Medal for his extraordinary story and success that was recognized as a most meritorious example of seamanship. Creamer believed wholeheartedly in his dream and being able to share his vision with others.
Creamer’s remarkable story began when he was a young boy, dreaming of such a voyage and believing it was possible. Following his heart, he realized his vision and showed the possibility he dreamed of to the rest of the world, offering new perspective and valuable insight for the research of early navigation, patterns of migration and development of civilizations.
Early navigators developed a keen awareness of the natural world, along with an understanding of how they could most effectively interact with their surroundings, especially by recognizing clues about environmental activity.
Determining the patterns of the the sea, the sun’s path through the sky by day and the stars by night, sensing the nature of winds and waves, were all important factors to combine with experiential learning, with which navigators could act skillfully in staying on course.
Today there is much we can know about human nature, supported by research and social studies, and yet this knowledge doesn’t replace the primary, experiential learning and awareness of our social/emotional selves that develops through human interaction.
As we navigate the heart of service, the scope of Gentle Teaching coordinates our knowledge and guides our practice. Human processes of reflection are exercised in determining patterns and quality of present living environments of the individual. Observing patterns in relation to a framework of Gentle Teaching, supports the caregiver in skillfully developing companionship and community with individuals.
A framework of Gentle Teaching teaches safe, loved, loving and engaged, and is a model for interacting with others, based on qualities of compassion: unconditional acceptance, respect, loved and loving, gentleness, presence, protection, companionship…
Navigating the heart of Gentle Teaching is anchored by compassion’s presence, dwelling in the human capacity to give and to receive.
The ebb and flow of this giving and receiving economy, surges through our actions and interactions with others, fulfilling the sustainable nature and gesture of service.
Navigating with Gentle Teaching is about the relationship between the mentoring caregiver and the individual. This trusted relationship establishes a vertical hold for the journey.
We utilize the most “primitive” of human tools (eyes, hands, words, presence) for communicating and moving in a manner of compassion that anchors the heart of Globe Star’s vision: mentoring a spirit of gentleness. To mentor is to value, teach, protect, and nurture one’s ability to reciprocate.
Globe Star works closely with the families and communities of the individuals they serve. Guided by each one’s unique characteristics and talents, the individual’s authentic voice and expression is nurtured, becoming an elemental feature that shapes the facilitation of social/emotional awareness and growth.
A designated crew is on board to pick up on expressive movements and indicators from the individual and his/her environments. These “clues” become helpful in navigating the course of gentleness, collaborating together toward destinations of safe and loved.
Environments that define both the inner and outer worlds for an individual are of primary consideration, to ensure that learning and living spaces are accessible, meaningful and enriching for one’s daily quality of life.
Navigating individual life stories with elements of companionship and community is a sustainable social vision for our world. This revitalizing vision brings a greater understanding into view about human development, that every person holds a capacity for becoming the ‘captain’ of their heart, of their own life-journey and vessel of dreams.
Globe Star is about human relationships. Working together, with individuals, creating collaborative goals for navigating the course of each one’s unique, life voyage.