A New Perspective: Raising spiritual children in Eagle County
Eagle County CO, Colorado
“Grown men can learn from very little children, for the hearts of little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss.”
” Black Elk
Our children deserve the best we can give them. They deserve to get the best education. They deserve to enhance their true gifts and feel good about who they are. They deserve to find their voice. No two children are the same, even within the same family. When we try to fit all children into a mold, we are not honoring their specialness.
When we sit our children in front of the television for long periods of time for their entertainment and when we use it as a babysitter, we are doing a disservice to them. Not only are we allowing mechanized entertainment to teach them about life, but they are not getting the best of us. Children need us to help them find their gifts and to teach them how to hold onto their connection to Spirit as they grow. We need to bring spirituality into everyday life, not just on Sunday.
Spirituality is based on the idea that something exists ” a state of mind, a being, a place ” that is outside our five senses. It is a religion or it is an independent, self-directed path. It is being conscious of how we treat ourselves and others. It is learning right from wrong and developing compassion and respect for others. We must demonstrate these basic ideas in order for our children to learn them.
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The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.
Raising spiritual children is a huge responsibility. It is also a necessity for the consciousness of the planet. Our world needs children who will grow up to be conscious adults. Conscious children learn how to handle conflict, for example, with loving action instead of violence. They learn how to express themselves without the threat of being told to be quiet or made to feel they are not important.
Children are so close to spirit, so in touch with energy, so aware of their connection to something bigger than them. Then adults come into the picture with judgments, fear, and life experience of pain or suffering and begin telling children what is possible and what isn’t. The children learn, just as the adults did, to deny their connection to spirit and the ways of their parents’ pain.
We, the adults/parents/guardians, are not to blame; we can only raise our children in the ways we know how. On any given day though, we can begin to do our own spiritual work and share that with our children ” they will love it. We can share with them that we are trying to live this life in a new, loving way. We can share with them that we don’t really know how to do it, but we’re going to try. Children identify readily with conversation and tools to connect to spirit; it will seem natural to them.
Our humanness cannot be educated out of us. We will make mistakes. We will continue to learn through trial and error. Learning through love instead of fear means that you find the lesson in every situation and honor it. It means that we understand that we don’t always have to fix everything and that we don’t know everything.
All of us can start at any moment to re-connect with spirit. As we experience the unfamiliar, we can share our questions and knowledge with our children. The more real we are with them, the more real they will be, not only with us, but with themselves. As they grow up, they will be conscious, aware and enlightened human beings.
Catherine Zeeb holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Metaphysics. She has a private therapy practice in Edwards. You can visit her Web site at http://www.healing-spirits.net.