How to Talk to Children about Spirituality
by guest author Chloe Trogden
Numerous studies have shown that there is a link between how spiritual people are and how happy they are. The same goes for even children. When people have a code of values and feel that there is a higher meaning to their life, they feel more fulfilled and more happy.
Of course, spirituality is not the same as religion, though it can be for many people. Instead, spirituality focuses on a sense of meaning. While it may seem intimidating to talk to children about such lofty ideas, it is important that you do so in order to help them develop their own sense of spirituality. Here are a few ideas for how you can talk to children about spirituality and spiritual growth:
Ask Kids What They Think About Spirituality
Start your conversations by asking your kids what they think about spiritual ideas. Ask them how they think the earth was created or whether they think that the family cat has a soul. Talk to them about what they think might happen after we die. Keep the conversation open, and just listen. It is important to help them think about these concepts and name their feelings – not necessarily to give them the answers. This kind of conversation will help them develop spiritually.
Make sure that you keep the conversation age appropriate. Very young kids may not yet have an understanding of death, for example.
Keep It Simple
Questions of the origin of life and the meaning behind it all are big and complex. Exploring the answers can be overwhelming even for adults. When talking with children, it’s best to keep the conversation simple. Here’s where it will help to listen to them talk and to be their guide in their spiritual development rather than jumping in with your own ideas.
Focus on simple concepts, such as fairness or togetherness. Talk about the importance of relationships as a way to instill meaning. You don’t have to tackle whether or not there is a god – and all the questions that inspires.
Talk about Connectedness
One of the principle components of spirituality is the concept of our oneness or connectedness – that all living things in the universe are connected as one, whether we understand how or not. You can explain this in terms that are age-appropriate for your child. For younger kids, you might talk about how we all have similar feelings, or how we all want to be treated well. As kids get older, you can explore more complicated concepts of togetherness, like the shared human experience or the fact that we are, literally, made of star dust.
Develop a Family Code of Values
You don’t have to believe in the Bible or any other holy book to have a moral code. You can develop your own family code of values, sharing with your child the things you believe. For example, you can say “This family believes in fairness” or “This family believes in being kind and helping others.” You can even write down this code and hang it in your home.
Read Books Together
Sometimes a good story can help to illustrate complicated concepts. Explore your local library for some age-appropriate books that explore spiritual growth and spiritual themes. Ask the librarian to give you some recommendations, and then preview each book before you take it home to read together. Reading together can help foster discussion and to explain complicated concepts.
Above all, don’t feel like you have to have all the answers – no one does. Just making the effort to have these conversations with your child can help to foster a sense of spirituality, which can help your child to develop a personal code of values as he grows.
How did you talk to your kids about spirituality and spiritual growth? Share your tips in the comments!
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Author Chloe Trogden is a seasoned financial aid writer and a major contributor at www.collegegrant.net. Her leisure activities include camping, swimming and yoga.
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“Healing yourself is connected with healing others.” – Yoko Ono
When I began the journey to develop my intuition I was very interested in healing and medical intuitive training. I took many courses with local teachers and every course offered by the Silva Method. One of my favorite spiritual healing courses, taught by Jose Silva, was a hands on faith healing course.
(I’ve written about the Silva Method before and I cannot recommend it highly enough. If you want to open your intuitive channels there is no better method out there than the one and only original Silva Method developed by Jose Silva in the 1960s.)
The first time I took this spiritual healing course I was amazed to feel the energy flowing through my hands. After the course I experimented on people, pets, plants, office equipment and even cars with ignition problems; basically anything that needed “healing.” Medical intuition work was when I first became aware of our “oneness” and the life force flowing through all things. I came to understood that “I” wasn’t responsible for the healing but merely an instrument of the spirit used for the healing.
Since then I continue to be fascinated by faith healing and have read many books on energy healing, spiritual healing and medical intuition and today I’d like to share five of my favorites with you.
You the Healer by Jose Silva. Based on the most successful mind development program in the world today, You the Healer offers a complete course in Silva Method healing techniques in a do-it-yourself, forty-day format.
Diary of a Medical Intuitive by Cristel Nani. A native New Yorker and die-hard skeptic offers a personal look at the development of her medical intuition while serving as a trauma nurse in this riveting memoir.
Medical Intuition by C. Norman Shealy, MD. This book is your primer to medical intuition. From beginning to end, you ll learn how to use your basic healing power effectively and immediately.
The Creation of Health by Carolin Myss & C. Norman Shealy, MD. A collaboration between a traditionally trained physician and a medical intuitive, The Creation of Health illuminates the deep connection between emotional dysfunction and physical illness.
Hands of Light by Barbara Brennan. With the clarity of a physicist and the compassion of a gifted healer with fifteen years of professional experience observing 5,000 clients and students, Barbara Ann Brennan presents the first in-depth study of the human energy field for people who seek happiness, health and their full potential.
The Intuition Principle: How to Attract the Life You Dream Of. Don’t worry – I can count! I added my own book because there is an entire section in it devoted to medical intuition and intuitive healing with techniques I developed to help you find physical problems in the body, for yourself and others. I also include methods for healing yourself and others once the disease is located.
If you’re interested in energy healing and medical intuitive training you will love these books.
Have you ever had an experience with medical intuition? Share your story with us. If you have any suggestions for other books on medical intuition and faith healing please share them in the comment section too.
**Special note: The winner of the free membership to the Windbridge Institute is Joe Bill Schirtzinger. Congratulations Joe!
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”It is only by grounding our awareness in the living sensation of our bodies that the ‘I Am,’ our real presence, can awaken.” –G.I. Gurdjieff
Today I am thrilled to bring you an interview with Intuitive Body Mentor, Lisa Claudia Briggs of IntuitiveBody.com. Lisa facilitates spiritual healing via her unique therapy process to clients locked in the grips of emotional overeating.
1. Please give us some info on your background.
I have an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Connecticut College, and a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston College. I spent many years at a Harvard psychiatric teaching hospital, on both the inpatient and outpatient children’s units working with children and families. I also worked at a Women’s state prison on the Psychiatric Crisis Team. I was a licensed Clinician for almost 20 years, and became very interested in trauma and how it was ‘stored’ in the body. The last 10 years I’ve trained with healers and intuitives and spiritual thought leaders so my work is now very integrative/holistic.
”Within my body are all the sacred places of the world, and the most profound pilgrimage I can ever make is within my own body.” —Saraha
2. How did you go from being a conventional therapist to creating Intuitive Body.
There came a point when I started to see that trauma and other experiences were stored in the body and that talking alone as a healing modality wasn’t enough- people got stuck in their intellect and were disconnected from where the pain was.. in the body. There was an expression in the trauma field “The body knows”.. I was also studying with a teacher for 4 years who kept telling us to “get back in our bodies” (out of our heads/intellect). It really began to reshape the way I worked with my clients and the way I thought about healing and processing experiences. I had my own issues with my body and overeating for many years, and specialized with women with similar issues.. and as I learned what was healing for me personally, it translated into my work with women into IntuitiveBody.
”The body must be nourished, physically, emotionally and spiritually. We’re spiritually starved in this culture-not underfed but undernourished.” —Carol Hornig
3. What issues does your practice address?
Women typically come to me via the gateway of body /weight/or eating issues.. but from my perspective that struggles with these are often due to a sensitive/empathic nature.. Intuitives, empaths.. we are more likely to absorb the emotions and energy of others and this can create problems with eating and weight..This perspective and the approaches I use with clients are very different than most eating/weight “specialists”.
”The mind’s first step to self-awareness must be through the body.” —George Sheehan
4. Is there a common or primary problem or challenge that you see repeated over and over regarding body issues as related to intuition?
Yes.. definitely. The themes that show up consistently have to do with taking on too much emotionally, people-pleasing, caretaking and over-nurturing others, boundaries that don’t protect the individual well enough, perfectionism (basically feeling that nothing is good enough, things have to be perfect, procrastinating or not being able to get things done because they won’t be “perfect enough”…) and relationship themes that can come from having somewhat narcissistic mothers- where the daughters felt it wasn’t safe to shine too brightly. Also not really knowing how to find pleasure because they are pushing themselves so hard.
”There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophies.” —Friedrich Nietzche
5. What are some of the signs that someone may not be fully connected to their body?
I think the struggles with weight and eating or body hatred are all signs.. women are disconnected from their bodies and what they feel because the body wars take up a lot of space. They may be disconnected from what they feel or they may feel way too much and be incredibly vulnerable emotionally and not know how to stay grounded and balanced.. not know how to stay safe in their bodies. They may get injured a lot, or seem somewhat “clumsy”. Those are some examples.
“The physical world, including our bodies, is a response of the observer. We create our bodies as we create the experience of our world.” —Deepak Chopra
6. Can you give us some tips or an exercise for how we can reconnect to our own body?
First of all people don’t always want to reconnect.. being connected means you are going to feel things that might be painful..Which is often why there’s been disconnection to start with.
One easy and gentle way to “come into” your body is to put one hand on your heart, and one hand on your belly. Just feeling the warmth of your own hand on your heart will naturally encourage you to take a deeper breath.. always a good thing. It’s also comforting.. like a laying on of hands.. healing touch.. even though it’s your own hands. Having your hands on your heart and belly also get you to drop your attention into your body, out of your head where you may be spinning with thoughts.. and down into your core where you can just breathe for a minute or two and allow yourself to settle. This can be very quieting and grounding and very quickly sends out very different signals to your nervous system and actually changes your hormones and chemical profile.. in ways that are really good for us.
Another thing you can do when you feel overwhelmed and disconnected or in a spin emotionally (another sign of disconnect) is to come into “present time” in a really simple way.. Gently press the soles of your feet into the floor, rub the palms of your hands together.. look around and name what you see.. “there is my window, there is my chair, I see a tree outside, I feel the softness of my sweater”.. all of this coming into the moment, through your senses is a simple way to reconnect.
“Think with your whole body.” —Taisen Deshimaru
7. What different services/products do you offer?
I love to offer an initial complimentary consult if somebody thinks they might be interested in working with me. I offer intensive individual mentoring for women that want a different and powerful approach to end the body wars.. That have tried it all and want to go deeper and really get it done, find peace, learn the techniques that work with a mentor that is devoted and really gets it. I also have a home study digital ebook called “Recovering Beauty” that people love and always write to me saying they feel like it was written just for them.
”If you want to find the answers to the Big Questions about your soul, you’d best begin with the Little Answers about your body.”
8. How can readers get in touch with you?
I’m easy to reach via either my website contact http://www.IntuitiveBody.com, email me at Lisa at IntuitiveBody dot com, I have a Facebook page www.Facebook/IntuitiveBody and I am @IntuitiveBody on Twitter. I have lots of information and articles on my blog and people can also start just by signing up for my complimentary ebook ” The Energy of Weight Loss: 7 Essential Secrets”.
“There is deep wisdom within our very flesh, if we can only come to our senses and feel it.”
Elizabeth A. Behnke
Do you have questions for Lisa? Are you comfortable in your body? Could body issues could be holding you back in your life?
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Lisa Claudia Briggs, MSW and founder of the website and blog Intuitive Body is a veritable treasure trove of healing wisdom. She’s a Harvard-trained psychotherapist, eating disorder specialist and sacred streetfighter for gifted, sensitive & empathetic women. With her medical-meets-mystical approach, she guides women through highly-individual rites of passage — over the coals of their own personal firewalks. Lisa also wrote “Recovering Beauty: Sacred Rituals For Clearing Emotional Weight” with a foreword by Hay House author, Denise Linn. Lisa and IntuitiveBody shows women struggling with weight and body-related issues simple sacred solutions for living beautifully in their bodies
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Why Meditation is the Spiritual Gateway to Growth
By Jennifer Hudson.
Meditation is one of the greatest gateways to spiritual growth. It is the catalyst towards freedom and helps to cleanse the soul of the blocks that keep us bound. Though many people feel that they understand meditation, they often do not. For those wanting a spiritual awakening and an understanding that goes beyond their current paradigm, meditation must be studied and practiced.
How to Practice Meditation Wisely
Meditation seems to come more naturally for some more than others. Not everyone can sit down for their first session and experience true meditation. For many, it takes time and practice to find the right atmosphere, state of mind, and visualization to see true results. It helps to start out by meditating at two different intervals during the day. Morning and night are often good choices. Take about twenty minutes for each session. During this time it is important to focus on a chosen mantra, so that random thoughts do not interfere with the clearing of the mind.
Meditation has Many Benefits
Meditation helps to take us closer to our chosen higher power. When our selves are pushed back for this time, we allow ourselves to come into true and proper focus with that power. Our spirits are then open for communication to receive those messages that we often either intentionally or unintentionally overlook. Meditation also helps in the relationships in our lives. Once we are connected to the spiritual world around us, we are able to embrace the people in our lives in a much more profound way.
Along with the relationship benefits, there are also many health benefits of meditating. The health benefits include a calmer state of mind and improved function in both brain pattern and focus ability. Many people have also found that it helps them cope with pain and illness. Meditation can be used for a variety of issues in our lives from emotional to physical.
Why People Choose Meditation
Often, people turn to meditation when traditional modern medicine and ways of thinking do not help them with their situations. Meditation provides an enlightenment that transfers into every aspect of our lives. We become more aware of everything around us and every emotion. We are happier and more at peace. By changing our inside understanding, we are able to change our outside understanding. We become less concerned about self, but in reality, end up finding a higher self-fulfillment.
No matter where the journey begins, it must be taken a step at a time. Experiencing spiritual growth does not happen immediately, for most. It is a journey that is experienced through the awakening of the mind. It starts with the understanding that we are all a part of something much larger and by finding our place in this much larger space, we are able to find contentment and true happiness.
If one is looking to begin this journey, it will truly begin to change them from the core. It may take time to develop the best practice that brings true results, but once that niche has been found, change is boundless. Meditation is a vital part of any spiritual journey and must take place to find our true intended paths.
Do you a meditate? What works for you? Do you prefer self-directed meditation or guided meditations like the Re-Awakening or Intuition Principle Guided Meditations?
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Jennifer Hudson is a writer who enjoys writing on many different topics of interest that engage the reader in deeper thoughts. She is a contributor for Degreejungle.com and enjoys helping others find peace through her studies and writings on many helpful subjects.
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