Saturday, October 10, 2009

Spiritual Children

There's a child who talks to trees

and feels their energy. Lately spirits have been talking to her, and she's frightened. She asked my daughter to help get rid of them. One spirit is friendly, and when they talk to him every thing's fine. The other one is more disturbed, and when they move into her 'territory' the wind blows. My daughter says it's spooky, but she's not really scared. Her friend is, though, and we may have to talk to her parents.

In 1848 there was an event that led to the development of modern day spiritualism. Three young sisters of the Fox family in the town of Hydesville, New York, started to communicate with the spirits of the dead. People came from all over to see tables and chairs lift off the floor, hear rapping noises and other phenomena. ;

They determined the spirit causing the events was a man who'd been murdered and buried in their cellar. No body was found, but in 1904 further excavation did in fact find a body in the cellar area. Newspapers reported the story widely; and as the craze swept America, sceptics and believers argued about the truth of spiritualism. Many people did in fact try to debunk them, but were never able to prove trickery. And many people who had lost family were heartened to believe they could contact the spirits of their loved ones.

Yet for all their wealth earned by their mediumship abilities the sisters descended into alcoholism and died penniless. In 1888 the most gifted of them, Maggie Fox, crippled by stress, even claimed to have made it all up, but later recanted her confession. The fact remains that the 19th century was a remarkable time with spiritual events taking place all over the world. Madame Blavatsky and the Theosophist movement, Arthur Conan Doyle's 'Cottingley Fairies' photos (later assumed to be faked) and the inexplicable levitation feats of Daniel Dunglass Holmes:

A great deal of effort goes into trying to understand, perhaps even to rationalise these events. And my childhood was like that. I saw spirits, and sort of levitated (I jumped off a roof) and my childhood was spiritual. And I hope I can help my children to be spiritual.

But here's the thing: We're going through a tremendous time of change, and children are being affected by it. I'm concerned that parents might neither understand what's happening nor how to help them. I also am aware that there's a health factor involved. Due to environmental toxins and vaccines children are developing brain tumours that may cause hallucinations (I've treated many such children over the summer)

But: children need to learn to develop these special gifts they are born with, safely, they need to be nurtured, they need to know how to balance the spiritual realms with the material, and, they need to not be afraid of the unknown. They need a spiritual practice, be it meditation, or even esoteric training with a teacher, to keep the energies at arms length. But when balanced, these children are amazing!

I saw many gifted people lose their abilities over time or suppress them. I saw many people either medicated or turn to drugs and alcoholism. Is it a mental health issue or one of misunderstood spiritual ability and extreme emotional sensitivity?

I know only this: that there's a child who's afraid of what she sees, and hears. For her sake I will tell her parents, but hope she will also, never ever lose her very special gifts.


Anonymous said...

I pray for her too - that she may find balance and her way back to god.

charkstudios said...

Very interesting post. I do believe that as children, if we do not have adult mentors who encourage this gift and make us feel that it's normal, then it becomes a burden for some. Others make it their calling. Others still... smile inwards at themselves...and use the gift only when beckoned.

Great stuff!

Xanadu said...

A thoughtful article which makes many good points. I see quite a few children, ostensibly suffering with attention deficit syndrome (ADS), on Ritalin. Funnily enough, this was a drug I made frequent use of myself while cramming for my final exams at university. I got it on prescription. It stimulated my brain to an extraordinnary extent, enhancing my powers of concentration enormously. One hour of study on Ritalin was equal to 10 hours of study without the drug.

What effect this little white pill must have on children is not clear to me. I gave up the drug after three months of studying. I never took it again.

I think children are being systematically zombified today.

Television and computer games are destroying their minds. And sex education, especially in Britain where I live, is turning them into precocious little sex maniacs.

I see nine-year-old girl in high heels and short skirts. They have false eyelashes and wear mascara. They are dressed up (by their foolish parents) to look like little whores.

And then people wonder why the world is full of pedophiles.

These kids are asking for it. Their parents are turning them into jailbait. Shame on them.

moonkoon said...

The children need a context for their spiritual experiences (a religious tradition perhaps) and the encounters should be treated as an everyday part of life.
If they are afraid, they can be given assurances of protection (guardian angel) and referred to the example of saints etc.
One of my favourite examples in the business of dealing with the scary stuff is St. Francis who engaged with the demons and assured them he meant them no malice.
I would also encourage them not to go looking for trouble, not to be cruel to them or harass them, pointing out that the ethereals are also doing their best to make a go of it. :-)

Man From Atlan said...

Those reading the news lately about Christian pastors telling their African flock their children are possessed (and them being killed then as witches) might be an extreme example, but the fact remains that such experiences are rarely understood, by parents, by religion (which ascribes such phenomena to the Devil) and by medical science (which then prescribes medication)
It seems sometimes that I am trying to protect children from the adults.

Man From Atlan said...

Thanks for the comment, charkstudios. Hope you get to read the other posts too. I checked your site as well. Great esthetic.
I am working on a chidren's book on spirituality, so that it becomes what it is, a gift, and not, a burden.
But there's the scene at the end of the 1981 movie Resurrection, that has special resonance for me. Ellen Burstyn, playing faith healer Edna McCauley,has had great suffering because of her gift, so she keeps it inside herself now. But at the ending, a boy, a cancer patient, comes to her gas station with his parents. As he leaves, she gives him a big hug, and smiles inwards...

moonkoon said...

Yes well unfortunately many religious practitioners have a dualistic view of God and the world, I would steer clear of them, they are a hazard to shipping. :-)
Those pastors give Christianity a bad name. Witches (whatever that means) or not, they are still children of the one God.

I think we need to recognize that children are open to the the metaphysical world. I treasure my childhood spiritual experiences. To neglect this aspect of their education is setting them up and selling them short.
They need to be alerted to the connection between belief and their ability to deal with living and its ups and downs.
And power transferring dualistic beliefs don't cut it as far as I'm concerned. Fragmentation and disintegration await the acolytes of dualism.