By Sandrine Denier – April 17, 2016
A Lilaloka activity offered to Deepanam School by Sandrine
The creative radio sessions took place this year in August-September 2015 at Deepanam School with the class of 11/12 year old students. Bhakti, their teacher, initiated this project about self-esteem and emotions, using a poem titled “I’m” to be completed freely by the students.
First, we used this written creation for the children to get used to the microphone, learn about themselves, their voice, how to record and rehearse, as many time as they felt needed to be satisfied and confident .During this poetic self-portrait, some emotions came up .Thanks to the recorder, they could get an immediate feedback of their inner state, observe and evaluate themselves immediately and also give feedback to their friends.
Then, we used the joyful model of the Chinese portrait which allows defining oneself by analogy in a creative and playful way. Each question starts by “If you were”. It became a two by two game in dynamic interview.
Finally, to go one step further, we added some more open questions like “If you could create a new world”, “if you were president”?
It was a wonderful experience to listen to their ideal and dreams. In short: They want to save the planet, they want to save the people, and they want kindness and Love to save the world!
In the process, each student was free to record as many times as possible (according to the schedule) and at his own rhythm. Some became autonomous in the use of the recorder Zoom H2 and worked by themselves, others wanted to record also other projects that they created. They became freer and inspired by this media.
The final product is a set of 10 individual self-portraits, each one unique and very personal, which they can keep as a “sound photography” of themselves in their path of evolution and inner growth, and a reminder of their own higher goal.
“When one is very young […] there is always, in the dreams of the child, a kind of aspiration, which for the child’s consciousness is a sort of ambition, for something which would be beauty without ugliness, justice without injustice, goodness without limits, and a conscious, constant success, a perpetual miracle. Children should be taught, […] this is what should guide your life, organize it, make you develop in the direction of the true reality which the ordinary world calls illusion.” The Mother