Help me bring my fairytale to life 

trinity college dublin, ireland 2019

During the summer before my fifteenth birthday, I checked out a book on Irish mythology from my public library. Little did I know then that this simple act of curiosity would grow into a loving fascination for Irish culture and history that would follow me far beyond my youth. As those of you who know me are aware, my passion for all things Irish spills out over everything I do, from simple conversations with my friends to the subjects of Irish mythology and folklore in my artwork.

It was at the early age of sixteen that I began teaching myself to read and speak in Gaeilge (the official Irish language) during the breaks between my high school classes and dreaming of one day attending university in Ireland.  Now, at the age of 23, I have the opportunity to finally pursue my dream at Ireland’s highest-ranked university, Trinity College Dublin.

But I need some help! I will be leaving for Ireland by August 23, 2019, and paying for university is difficult. Rather than asking for charity, I would like to offer some very special packages for my goods and services at this time in exchange for a donation amount of your choice. I will also be offering a $10 discount on all Astrology readings and Intuitive Astrology Portraits through my website (see the purple banner at the bottom of your screen for the code and more info)!

If you would like to contribute to my cause, you will receive a bundle of prizes such as Yoga Nidra downloads, original artwork and prints, Astrology readings, handmade jewelry, and graphic design services! See below for the specific donation bundle details.

Thank you for your love and support,

JoEl

 

Help me bring my fairytale to life 

trinity college dublin, ireland 2019

During the summer before my fifteenth birthday, I checked out a book on Irish mythology from my public library. Little did I know then that this simple act of curiosity would grow into a loving fascination for Irish culture and history that would follow me far beyond my youth. As those of you who know me are aware, my passion for all things Irish spills out over everything I do, from simple conversations with my friends to the subjects of Irish mythology and folklore in my artwork.

It was at the early age of sixteen that I began teaching myself to read and speak in Gaeilge (the official Irish language) during the breaks between my high school classes and dreaming of one day attending university in Ireland.  Now, at the age of 23, I have the opportunity to finally pursue my dream at Ireland’s highest-ranked university, Trinity College Dublin.

But I need some help! I will be leaving for Ireland by August 23, 2019, and paying for university is difficult. Rather than asking for charity, I would like to offer some very special packages for my goods and services at this time in exchange for a donation amount of your choice. I will also be offering a $10 discount on all Astrology readings and Intuitive Astrology Portraits through my website (see the purple banner at the bottom of your screen for the code and more info)!

If you would like to contribute to my cause, you will receive a bundle of prizes such as Yoga Nidra downloads, original artwork and prints, Astrology readings, handmade jewelry, and graphic design services! See below for the specific donation bundle details.

Thank you for your love and support,

JoEl

 

Why Your Donation Matters

MY DREAM AS A STUDENT OF PHILOSOPHY

There is a subtle force which drives all of humankind through existence. It is inevitable, profound, and quietly pushes us forward. It neglects no soul, nourishing and feeding us without recognition or praise. Whether we seek it or blind ourselves to its presence, it is still our destiny in every moment. This invisible force – this inescapable fate – is knowledge. As humans, knowledge is available to us from the moment of our birth. From the second we enter our world we are bound to growth – constantly observing, processing, and interacting for the sole purpose of attaining our natural right: to learn.

Philosophy, the “love of wisdom”, is a privilege and a choice we are offered when we realize that this growth is our true purpose. It would be inauthentic for me to describe myself without it, as it is what has nurtured and shaped me into who I am today. Philosophy is not simply a class or course for me to take; it is my fate as a human being who has realized that her passion for learning is what gives her life meaning.

I have learned much in my life, but I do not claim to be wise. I will always be a student, whether I am learning from another or from my own self when what I am presented with is not enough to satisfy my curiosity. My youth was saturated in those quiet moments alone with stories and books that opened doors my public education in the United States could never unlock for me. In middle school I felt unproductive if I was not reading during those fifteen minutes between classes, so I immersed myself in subjects of Irish folklore, history, and culture. Outside of my foreign language classes in ninth grade, I taught myself how to speak and write in Gaeilge. During the summer of my tenth-grade year I began reading about metaphysics, epistemology, and phenomenology. I discovered theories of out-of-body-experiences and past-life regression, and I began teaching myself western astrology at the age of seventeen. When I graduated from high school, I moved to Florida to study Asian religious philosophy and yoga at an ashram from the sole disciple of a world-renowned swami.

 

I did return to the world of public education when I attended a university as an undergraduate student of Philosophy at the age of nineteen. Despite my status as a freshman, I took upper-division courses in ethics, existentialism, and Asian religious philosophy, alongside my honors introductory philosophy course. This felt as natural as breathing for me, and I quickly joined my school’s philosophy honors society to engage myself further outside of my classes. During one of my philosophy club meetings I asked my professors a question: “Is there anything that I can learn here that I cannot learn on my own?” Their answer prompted me to reflect on those many years self-teaching, and I made the decision to withdraw at the end of my first year.

Occasionally, those who have learned seek also to teach and share the joy of learning with others. When I left university, I left an opportunity to follow this path. I may have spent my entire life teaching myself, but I had forgotten how many times I sought to teach others. At the age of six I held classes for my stuffed animals after school, at age eight I taught my neighbor how to read, at age eighteen I began an educational blog about how to learn western astrology, and at the age of twenty-one I taught my first meditation class, with many to follow. I have been a teacher for as long as I have known that I am also a student.

I do not regret my decisions, but I recognize my will to improve upon them and to make ones that bring me closer to my own truths. At this time in my life I realize my truth is my desire to complete my degree in Ireland – the country I have imagined myself living in since middle school – and to become a professor of philosophy. This is a promise to myself and the world that I am committed to my love of wisdom, the invisible force that guides us all.

Why Your Donation Matters

MY DREAM AS A STUDENT OF PHILOSOPHY

There is a subtle force which drives all of humankind through existence. It is inevitable, profound, and quietly pushes us forward. It neglects no soul, nourishing and feeding us without recognition or praise. Whether we seek it or blind ourselves to its presence, it is still our destiny in every moment. This invisible force – this inescapable fate – is knowledge. As humans, knowledge is available to us from the moment of our birth. From the second we enter our world we are bound to growth – constantly observing, processing, and interacting for the sole purpose of attaining our natural right: to learn.

Philosophy, the “love of wisdom”, is a privilege and a choice we are offered when we realize that this growth is our true purpose. It would be inauthentic for me to describe myself without it, as it is what has nurtured and shaped me into who I am today. Philosophy is not simply a class or course for me to take; it is my fate as a human being who has realized that her passion for learning is what gives her life meaning.

I have learned much in my life, but I do not claim to be wise. I will always be a student, whether I am learning from another or from my own self when what I am presented with is not enough to satisfy my curiosity. My youth was saturated in those quiet moments alone with stories and books that opened doors my public education in the United States could never unlock for me. In middle school I felt unproductive if I was not reading during those fifteen minutes between classes, so I immersed myself in subjects of Irish folklore, history, and culture. Outside of my foreign language classes in ninth grade, I taught myself how to speak and write in Gaeilge. During the summer of my tenth-grade year I began reading about metaphysics, epistemology, and phenomenology. I discovered theories of out-of-body-experiences and past-life regression, and I began teaching myself western astrology at the age of seventeen. When I graduated from high school, I moved to Florida to study Asian religious philosophy and yoga at an ashram from the sole disciple of a world-renowned swami.

 

I did return to the world of public education when I attended a university as an undergraduate student of Philosophy at the age of nineteen. Despite my status as a freshman, I took upper-division courses in ethics, existentialism, and Asian religious philosophy, alongside my honors introductory philosophy course. This felt as natural as breathing for me, and I quickly joined my school’s philosophy honors society to engage myself further outside of my classes. During one of my philosophy club meetings I asked my professors a question: “Is there anything that I can learn here that I cannot learn on my own?” Their answer prompted me to reflect on those many years self-teaching, and I made the decision to withdraw at the end of my first year.

Occasionally, those who have learned seek also to teach and share the joy of learning with others. When I left university, I left an opportunity to follow this path. I may have spent my entire life teaching myself, but I had forgotten how many times I sought to teach others. At the age of six I held classes for my stuffed animals after school, at age eight I taught my neighbor how to read, at age eighteen I began an educational blog about how to learn western astrology, and at the age of twenty-one I taught my first meditation class, with many to follow. I have been a teacher for as long as I have known that I am also a student.

I do not regret my decisions, but I recognize my will to improve upon them and to make ones that bring me closer to my own truths. At this time in my life I realize my truth is my desire to complete my degree in Ireland – the country I have imagined myself living in since middle school – and to become a professor of philosophy. This is a promise to myself and the world that I am committed to my love of wisdom, the invisible force that guides us all.

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Photographs of Ireland and Trinity College Dublin: Tamara James, Lawrence James, Dean Cloer