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Postby Light in the Forest » Thu Mar 07, 2002 11:46 pm

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Hi Claire :D
I have three little ones and one of my goals to raise my childern to respect and love our Mother Earth. And one way I have found to help inspire them is through wildlife documentries, most of the time that's is what our TV is on. I started when my oldest was very young. Now she is starting to grasp the whole circle of life. She knows even the "scarey" animals has a place and reason for being. And she has also learned the importance of not littering and keeping our lands and waters clean.
I think those shows can be a spring board for childern to have understanding and conpassion!
I'm hoping at least one of my kids will follow in my foot steps with my passion of Mother Nature.

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Postby Claire » Fri Mar 08, 2002 5:41 pm

I'd like to raise my daughter in a spiritual way - not with any allegience to one particular religion but rather to appreciate the natural world around her, people and life for what it is. She's just 12 months but it's something I'm already thinking about. Can anyone recommend any reading about this sort of thing?

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Postby whispering breeze » Fri Mar 08, 2002 5:56 pm

Hi Claire,
It's nice to see you here :D .
I think it's great the way you are bringing your daughter up in this world today.
I too think about this and so try to get my children to see the wonders of nature and life.
I think just teaching your child to respect life in all form's and helping to keep this earth clean and tidy. Also teaching children how to respect other people.
I can't recommend a book, but i'd be interested in it... if someone else can.
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Postby rathe » Fri Mar 08, 2002 6:31 pm

Hi Claire, Great to see you here, and I hope you enjoy it here as much as I do.
I am resonably new to the parenting thing as well, 3 years ago I was flying solo, now I have a Lovley wife a 2 great children. whilst on my own , I was looking around at all there was to offer with crystals and aromatheraphy and lots of different cultures and thier beliefs, Hey if Only I had found NT4U back then hey LOL. I guess thou , I was all self centered. I am now finding myself thinking a bit like your self. How can we try to involve the children and teach them new ways that can help bring this world back together. I am a big fan of "Dan millman" he has written a series of books based on "the peacefull warrior". I have read them over and over and I love the and each time i read thro, I usualy pick up bits a pieces that help me survive from day to day. Dan, also has published 2 books for you to read with children. I have looked around for these (the would be avlib on the internet some where) and have found them in one of my fav insprational book shops. I will be grabing them shortley and reading them to my boy. He is showing a bit of intrest and I would like to fuel that if I can. I can get you the title's and publishers if you like..

Perhaps others may have some usefull bokks for us as well.
I also used to do some work with "Greening Australia" , going out and collecting seeds and planting native trees along roadsides etc, Sam also would like to do things like that, so thats something else perhaps we can get the kids involved with.

One our forum's members "littlemy" from Finland wrote a artical on the main Click here site about Waldorf School - Alternative Education. I found this was all very new to me, but I think it sounds great. (I hope this link works to the article) Click here . It could be a good read for you as well.

Take care and I hope we see you posting again soon

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Postby Rippling Brook » Sat Mar 09, 2002 2:30 pm

Hi Claire,

I believe that Spiritual understanding comes form the manner in which you approach life every day. It is the silly little things that you give to your children in each day or do with them that helps them to become aware of themselves and all life and the universe has to offer.

My children enjoy learning about the elves and the fairies plus how to heal themselves. My five year old asks me every night to give magical powers (reiki) to his friends (stuffed teddies) so that they can look after him and protect him in the night. He also asks for me to put a Reiki bubble around the house so that the thunderstorms and lightning can not halm him.

When he hurts himself or is not feeling well, he comes to me or my mum and asks for reiki...he is happy to give us reiki too in return when we are ill. He will explain to anyone who is interested that he doesn't need to touch you to give you reiki and that you could be a zillion miles away. He understands the concept of the universal energy and loves nothing more than to use it to heal and comfort himself and others. Plus having his gauges refilled (this is when I give him reiki so that he can use it on himself!) He relates his level of energy to a fuel tank in the car and when he is feeling low he requests a top up!

When my young daughter (19 Months old) hurts herself she, she comes to me or my mother and puts the hurt arm, leg or what ever it is that is in pain, next to our cheek. Then she starts to say the sound mmmmmmmmmmm. When she does this we also start to say the sound MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM as the vibration from the mmmmmmmmmmmm sounds helps to sooth and heal the pain. Within a few minutes she is happy and goes on her way to play. I do not give my children band aids to fix their problems, yet I try to teach them alternative methods of dealing with their discomfort and pain.

The introduction of nature and all it has to offer is another way to bring your children in touch with the world around them, So is the use of colours in their every day activities. Around my house I constantly burn incense sticks or coils, these give the house a wonderful aroma as well as set a mood. I generally burn Lavender and rose as these two fragrances help to sooth and calm my children, husband and myself.

If you take the children outside and teach them to close their eyes and listen to the wind, smell the roses and feel the air around them, they will begin to learn how to understand things other than what they see. Sight is just one of our wonderful senses, but the fact that we are taught not to trust something that we can not see is rediculous, because some of the greatest things in life are the things that we feel (like love), think and smell. It is not the sight of something that usually takes us back to a place or time that we have once been, but rather a thought, smell or feeling.

I try to teach my children that everything happens for a reason. Sometimes we do not know or understand what that reason is, but there is always something good to come out of something bad. Like they say when one door closes another door opens.

I believe that the best way to teach your children to be spiritual is to teach them through living that way yourself. Let them see you participating in meditation, yoga or reiki, answer their questions as honestly and easily as you can...let them know that life is a journey and that you too are still learning, so you therefore do not have all the answers.

Lead the way and show them how, give them the tools, knowledge and embrace their natural curiosity. When you break of a stick from your aloe vera tree to rub over their sunburn, explain to them the healing powers that this plant has. Show them how to grow and dry their own herbs, plant their own vegetables and harvest their own crop.

Spiritualism is what you make it and the adventure for your children can start at any age. Read to them books about fairies, elves, magic and the likes. I am currently reading to my five year old Harry Potter. He loves the magic spells and enjoys it very much. I also read to him books of fact. He loves to read about the colours and how to make healing potions, powders and washes. The manner and depth of your teachings to your children is your choice alone.

I remember as a child my mother would make jam... we as children used to watch the pot on the stove boil for hours, just to see the plum stones rise to the top. When they did we would celebrate and get very excited. It was our belief that the elves were hard at work in the bottom of the boiling pot and that they were responsible for the stones rising to the top.

Another time when we were naughty she told us that if we continued not to behave that we would tied to the back fence (which was a 1/4 of an acre away) in the night, and left for the pigs to nibble our feet. We believed her very much even though we did not have pigs. (and yes I do believe that pigs can fly!)

Mum told us not to throw our teddies and dolls around and to look after the as they had thoughts and feelings just as we did. I can remeber being enthralled in listening to her stories of what the dolls and teddies had got up to when we were asleep. She explained to us that just because they did not look or live like us did not mean that they did not feel ofr think like us. I guess the value in that teaching was that we learnt to respect everything even things that are very different, and leant to believe in things we could not see.

I try to teach my children that death is not final, but rather another phase ina journey. I explain to my son, just like my mother did to me, that the body is like a car that carries the soul and that when we die, the soul leaves the body, just like a person gets out of a car and moves on to bigger and better things. I try to teach him that death is nothing to be feared, but rather something to be celebrated..as we have obviously learnt what we needed to in this life and thereofre moved on to our next part of learning. This belief is a very personal one , which some people will not be able to accept. Iunderstand this and respect the fact too that every one deals with life and death is vary different ways.

Anyway, I suggest that you read fairy tales to your children, follow their lead and teach them what you can, but like I said SHOW them, through your own attitude and way of life. Just remember that not everyone will agree with what you teach your children, so they need to know that people will say that what they beilive in in not real. We are currently trying to teach my 5 year old that if people don't believe then let them be, don't discuss it, for it is them that is missing out ~ not him!

Well Claire, I am not sure if my ramblings will be of any benefit to you.... but I hope that you will have fun, for it is all a journey full of excitement, adventure and fun!!!
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Postby whispering breeze » Sat Mar 09, 2002 3:41 pm

Wow Keren!, i'm sure Claire will find this useful just as i have :P

I found this very interesting and made me wish i'd done all these thing's years ago when my eldest children were younger, i can try to set an example for them now, but it's not the same as when their really young and will take it all in.

As for my 5 year old he learns more from me about the earth, on the way to school on friday we were talking about how we must all look after the earth and do our best.
I told him how we must be kind to all living thing's and not to drop rubbish on the ground etc.
Can you believe i don't kill spider's anymore! and i'm scared of them :lol: , i let them walk by now or try to put them outside the house.

Anyway i found what you said very interesting and helpful. I'm going to put some into pratice.
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Postby Little My » Mon Mar 11, 2002 12:36 am

Hello Claire
I know some books in finnish, but I don't know their name in english. I know some anthroposiphical books, and I think you could get some ideas from those books, even if you are not otherwise interested in it.
Here's an adress where you can find more these books and even order them home: Click here
Hope this can help you out... :D
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Sorry, haven't had time to read your posts :( , but I'll get into them, when I have more time. :D
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Postby trias » Mon Mar 11, 2002 11:21 pm

My hat is off to you parents who strive for the balance of spiritual development preventing spiritual domination or starvation in your children.

And that they may choose their own path.

I too am archnophobic (sp?) Well sounds fancier than afraid of spiders hey :) I have calmed down a lot and a friend who is the spider specialist in our state museum helped. He even plays with them and they are all over his house. I always find it hard to visit :)
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Postby Light in the Forest » Wed Mar 13, 2002 5:42 pm

Hi Trias...
My hubby is scared to death of spiders. What is strange about it looking at him you wouldn't think he'd be afraid of anything as he his 6 foot 6 inches.. His most recent expirence with a spider was he made a bowl of cereal and started eating it and ended up throwing the bowl to the floor. There was a wood spider in it.Yuck! Those spiders are about 3 inches and hairy. Needless to say every spring he makes sure the house is spider free.

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Postby Little My » Wed Mar 13, 2002 5:45 pm

Hi!
I just want to share this thought with you guys. One of the most important thing in spiritual education, is the spirits of us, the people that surround the child. Our thoughts and feelings have a huge effect to the child. If we have dark thoughts or we are afraid or sad etc. the child feels it in her/his spirit/soul. I think it even can have fysical effects. If the child is surrounded f.ex. angry thoughts, I'm sure she/he gets stomach ache or other pains.

That is one of the reasons, why I want to develope myself all the time. I try to develope my patience, my will, my sensitivity...so, I'm trying to get to be better person all the time. When I make mistakes, I try to think that next time I'll do it better. And I know that this self development takes my hole life and even then I'm not ready yet.

Loving and caring environment is the best gift we can give to the child.

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Postby Light in the Forest » Wed Mar 13, 2002 5:54 pm

Jenni..Hello.... :D
I totally agree with you! Kid's see and hear more then a parent knows. I'm glad I had figured that out.
There is two members of my family on my side that only bring pain and suffering and I try to keep that from my kids.

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Postby whispering breeze » Sat May 03, 2003 9:38 am

Mum told us not to throw our teddies and dolls around and to look after the as they had thoughts and feelings just as we did. I can remeber being enthralled in listening to her stories of what the dolls and teddies had got up to when we were asleep. She explained to us that just because they did not look or live like us did not mean that they did not feel ofr think like us. I guess the value in that teaching was that we learnt to respect everything even things that are very different, and leant to believe in things we could not see.

I try to teach my children that death is not final, but rather another phase ina journey. I explain to my son, just like my mother did to me, that the body is like a car that carries the soul and that when we die, the soul leaves the body, just like a person gets out of a car and moves on to bigger and better things. I try to teach him that death is nothing to be feared, but rather something to be celebrated..as we have obviously learnt what we needed to in this life and thereofre moved on to our next part of learning. This belief is a very personal one , which some people will not be able to accept. Iunderstand this and respect the fact too that every one deals with life and death is vary different ways.

Anyway, I suggest that you read fairy tales to your children, follow their lead and teach them what you can, but like I said SHOW them, through your own attitude and way of life. Just remember that not everyone will agree with what you teach your children, so they need to know that people will say that what they beilive in in not real. We are currently trying to teach my 5 year old that if people don't believe then let them be, don't discuss it, for it is them that is missing out ~ not him!

Hi Keren,

I teach my childen the same now, more my youngest Joe.
All of my family believe in reiki now, there was a time at first when they didn't, but they have seen the positive effects of reiki and often ask for healing. If one of our children are ill my hubby always asks me to give them reiki.
This actually suprises me as I didn't think he would ever believe.

Joe my youngest believes in reiki and crystals.
We often talk about them and each night he touches his crystal, he has a sodalite and he said when he is frightened at night he touches it and it helps him to feel safe so he is able to go back to sleep.
I have taught him how to cleanse and energise his crystal, sometimes we do it together.
I am teaching him now how to meditate, he someitmes sits with me and we meditate together.

Joe brought back a Sunflower from school that he had planted from seed, we had to look after it in the easter holidays and had to take it back.
In the holidays I sent reiki and we both white lighted the flower daily, I taught Joe how to white light.
He imagines a beautiful white light with rainbow colours bursting from it.
It grew and grew and when we had to take it back we were both sad, as we had watched this Flower grow and I felt the flower wanted to stay.
When we took it back everyone was amazed at how big and beautiful Joe's flower had grown, while his was tall with many beautiful leaves, everyone elses was small and was droopy. His teacher said to Joe "What have you been doing Joe, have you been singing to your plant?"
Joe and I just looked at each other as he knows if he says, no Miss I have been white lighting it, he'll get a strange look. He knows this is something we do and that other people wouldn't understand.
I asked his teacher if when they have finished with measuring the flower can he bring it home again. I told her we had got quite attached to it and she looked at me strangely and said yes ok, but when I asked yesterday she wasn't keen :cry: but said I could take it back next week, but I don't feel she was being honest :(
I continue to white light the flower and Joe say's he does when he is at school. I have just also realised that the school is closed for the next three days and no one is going to water it :o So I will be sending extra reiki to it.
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Postby Angel,too » Mon May 05, 2003 3:29 am

Hi Claire!

What a wonderful goal you have expressed in wanting to teach your child about spritual matters outside of organized religion. I encourage you and wish you luck.

One of the most spiritual concepts I know of is "open-mindedness". I think that, above all else, it is important that we demonstrate tolerance to those who believe differently than we do and that we try to learn from ideas that are possibly contrary to what we think we know. (Where it gets difficult is when others are not tolerent of us. Many religions are very narrow-minded.)

To be able to truly incorporate this concept into my spiritual program, I have come to believe that (this is a personal belief only) all of us have the same Higher Power in our lives, but that this Higher Power is SO wise that it knows it must show itself to each person in a way that that person will understand. Therefore, one person looking for spirituality may find Jesus, Buddah or Mohammed where others may find Universal Energy, Science or Nature. All religious and non-religious beliefs can be included and respected in this concept.

I hope you find what you are looking for. I believe you must already be a great parent just by the fact that you are considering this aspect of your child's upbringing so early on.

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