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Truth Tuesday: Live As a Child, with Enthusiasm and an Open Heart

Fantastic Reading from Doreen Virtue for this week. She drew from the Mary Queen of Angels deck, and that’s the one I happen to have.  Here are the three that she drew today:

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3 Possible Meanings of the Children Card

  1. Focus on your children or the potential of children.
  2. Life Purpose — Something for Children (or volunteering/charitable work/prayer for children).
  3. Your own inner child needs some playtime!

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Be enthusiastic in your work.  Be enthusiastic for your dream!  Emotion fuels manifestation, so keep your energy up as high as possible.  The angels say that they are trying to help us!  They are answering our prayers.  Open up your arms to receive, and aid them by keeping your energy up.  Take care of yourself, particularly your physical self.  Get fresh air and sunshine, avoid chemicals, keep active, and consider your diet.

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Doreen says: “The more you open your heart to love, the more you’re a portal for God’s love, the more you’re on your life purpose, and all of your needs are met.”  And she emphasizes the importance of gratitude for opening the heart.  Be grateful for every little thing, and watch for the miracles!

I’ve actually listened to this particular recording 3 times because it resonated so much with me this week.  It’s a fresh week this week!  Make it a good one!

Much love, many blessings. ❤

A Book Look: Ruby the Copycat & Penny and Her Marble

Image courtesy of AKARAKINGDOMS / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of AKARAKINGDOMS / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Why should an adult read a children’s book?

Well, first of all it’s FUN.  They can bring back childhood memories.  And lately I’m realizing that there are some great lessons in there for us, too.

Take Ruby the Copycat, for instance.  I chose this book for one of my tutoring students because it was recommended for practicing the ISAT Reading Extended Response, with a focus on theme.  The book is about a new girl, Ruby, who wants to fit in.  She immediately starts copying things that her new friend has and does.  It takes a broken friendship and a nudge from her teacher for Ruby to finally appreciate her own talents and start being herself.

This sounds like your typical children’s lesson, but then I thought: “Hey!  This applies to me, too!”   My intuitive health analysis said that I desire to align my vibration with others — expecting others to bring me up — when I actually need to hold my own vibration strong enough to lift others.  So, I am Ruby.  We both have come to recognize our own gifts and are learning to be ourselves.

Penny and her Marble comes from my tutoring student, and she summarized it as follows: Penny finds a marble outside her neighbor’s house and keeps it.  As time passes she begins to dwell on it, worrying that her neighbor is upset that it’s missing.  Her worries cause her to lose her appetite and have nightmares, so Penny finally brings it back to her neighbor, only to discover that her neighbor had left the marble there on purpose, hoping somebody would find it and enjoy it.

For my tutoring student the lesson was “Don’t take things that don’t belong to you.”  But it’s about more than that.  This is a story about the importance of communication.  How often do we dwell, worrying about something we did or said to another person, only to find out later that they hadn’t given it a second thought?  (Way guilty here!)  If Penny had confronted her neighbor immediately, she would have saved herself an upset stomach and a sleepless night.  How many of us have experienced the same?

So, don’t be afraid to pick up a children’s book.  They’re for grownups, too!

Have you reread a childhood favorite recently?  See if it applies to you today!  (And please share. :-))

Dreams

 "Poppies By The Sea" courtesy of Evgeni Dinev/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

“Poppies By The Sea” courtesy of Evgeni Dinev/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I don’t exactly remember the order, but this is what I remember:

I was exploring the coast along Lake Michigan, but it was rocky, and my friend was exploring down below, closer to the water.  Two creatures had washed up on a boulder below.  They were transparent like crystal, and one resembled a crawfish.  I don’t remember the other.  I pointed them out to my friend and asked her if she had noticed.  She said that she had.

My aunt was visiting with my mom for a while, and my mom dropped me and my sister off at a daycare.  I was frustrated, thinking “Aren’t we old enough?”  (And we didn’t actually have anyone watching us.  We were just dropped off at the building and had to stay inside.  I remember there being multiple rooms and staircases.)  Eventually, my aunt came to pick us back up.

I was at my house, out on a balcony, I suppose, but my house opened up to a center grassy area, surrounded by houses on all other sides, and in the distance was either the ocean or the sea.  Then, military helicopters began flying in.  I didn’t know why they were there.  They dropped of children who I assumed were there for military training.  They were marching in rows, sometimes locking arms, but they were dressed normally.  They were all white with blonde hair — I remember the girls’ long blonde curls — and some looked as young as 5 years old.

I apologize for the conglomeration of notes that follow.  I feel like there’s a lot here, but I’m not ready to pinpoint and analyze it all at this point.  Needless to say, I felt absolutely wonderful waking up this morning;I know that much!

Symbols from dreammoods.com (leaving out what doesn’t relate):

Lake
To see a lake in your dream signifies your emotional state of mind. You feel restricted and that you can’t express your emotions freely. Alternatively, the lake may provide you with solace, security, and peace of mind. If the lake is clear and calm, then it symbolizes your inner peace.

Crawfish
To see a crawfish in your dream represents your tenacity.

Transparent

If something is transparent, then it represents clarity and understanding.

Rocks
To see a rock in your dream symbolizes strength, permanence, stability and integrity, as conveyed in the common phrase “as solid as a rock”. The dream may also indicate that you are making a commitment to a relationship or that you are contemplating some changes in your life that will lay the groundwork for a more solid foundation. Alternatively, a rock represents stubbornness, disharmony and unhappiness.

Coast
To see the coast in your dream suggests that you are on a spiritual quest. The coast symbolizes the meeting between your two states of mind – the rational and the irrational. Alternatively, the dream may be a metaphor of how you are “coasting”. through life. You may need to take things more seriously.�Or the dream may be telling you that “the coast is clear”. You are free to move ahead.

Daycare
To dream that you are at a daycare indicates that you want to be taken care of and not have to worry about anything else. You want to go back to a simpler time. Consider the condition of the daycare for additional significance.

Mother
To see your mother in your dream represents the nurturing aspect of your own character. Mothers offer shelter, comfort, life, guidance and protection. Some people may have problems freeing themselves from their mothers and are thus seeking their own individuality and development.

Aunt
To see your aunt in your dream represents family connection, heritage and value. The aunt may also represent aspects of yourself that you like or dislike. She can also be seen as a substitute mother.

Sister
To see your sister in your dream symbolizes some aspect of your relationship with her, whether it one of sibling rivalry, nurturance, protectiveness, etc. Your sister may draw attention to your family role.

Staircase
To see a staircase in your dream symbolizes change and transformation.

Ocean
To see an ocean in your dream represents the state of your emotions and feelings. It is indicative of spiritual refreshment, tranquility and renewal. Alternatively, the dream means that you are feeling empowered and unhindered.

Sea
To see the sea in your dream represents your subconscious and the transition between your subconscious and conscious. As with all water symbols, it also represents your emotions. The dream may also be a pun on your understanding and perception of a situation. “I see” or perhaps there is something you need to “see” more clearly. Alternatively, the dream indicates a need to reassure yourself or to offer reassurance to someone. It brings about hope, a new perspective and a positive outlook on life no matter how difficult your current problems may be.

Plane
To see a plane in your dream, may be a pun on someone or something that is “plain”. Perhaps the plane refers to a new level.

House
To see a house in your dream represents your own soul and self. Specific rooms in the house indicate a specific aspect of your psyche.

Airplanes
To see an airplane in your dream indicates that you will overcome your obstacles and rise to a new level of prominence and status. You may experience a higher consciousness, new-found freedom and greater awareness. Perhaps you need to gain a better perspective or wider view on something.

Military
To see the military in your dream signifies rigid authority and emotional repression. Perhaps you need to be more disciplined.

Blonde
To see a blond person in your dream suggests that you need to enjoy life and live it up. Be a little glamorous.  

Children
To see children in your dream signify an aspect of yourself and your childlike qualities. You may be retreating back to a childlike state and longing for the past. You are trying to still satisfy repressed desires and unfulfilled hopes. Perhaps there is something that you need to see grow and nurture. Take some time off and cater to the inner child within. Alternatively, the dream may be highlighting your innocence, purity, simplicity, and carefree attitude.

To dream that you are watching children but they do not know you are there is a metaphor for some hidden knowledge or some latent talent which you have failed to recognize.

Why My Students Are Not, and Will Never Be, My Children

Someone once told me at a workshop, or in some other sort of “Rah! Rah! Be a great teacher!” situation, that you have to treat your students as if they were your own children. I think this is a ridiculous suggestion. I will never be able to do that. This is why:

1. I will never be her real parents, and I would never presume to take that position away from her parents.

2. I can’t tell her that she had better not talk to an adult or other student in a disrespectful way or (insert other problem behavior here)  or she will lose her favorite privileges, such as time with friends, time at the movies, etc.

3. I can’t read to her every night before bed and read with her by my side — me in my big rocker, and her in her mini-rocker.

4. I can’t make sure her homework is done, that she’s reading and studying a bit every night.

5. I can’t show her how much I love to read and write (I don’t want it to  look like I’m slacking off at work!)

6. I can’t keep an eye on what she does at night and make sure I know her friends and where she goes in the evening.

7. I can’t make sure the TV stays turned off and the videogame system is hidden (or doesn’t exist!).

8. I can’t take her for a bike ride or a walk with the dog.  I can’t play board games and card games with her every night.

9. I can’t take her to parks, museums, shows, or take her with me on vacations and traveling.

10. I can’t talk about her day during dinner and rub her back when it’s been a bad one.

11. . I can’t show her the importance of recycling.  (Only paper is recycled at the school.)

12. I can’t make sure she lives in an environment that is limited in chemicals, using natural cleaners and limiting plastics.

13. I can’t make sure she has a healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner and forbid her to eat school lunch or breakfast. I can’t make sure she takes her daily vitamins and gets daily fresh air and exercise. I can’t discourage her from drinking milk (lactose and antibiotics, and RBGH!) and juice (synthetic sugars, such as sucralose) – the only two beverages offered by the school, unless she buys water.

14. I will not be able to encourage her not to say the pledge of allegiance and tell her why. I can’t encourage her to pursue her own interests during the day, at her own pace, at her own schedule. I wouldn’t feel comfortable telling her not to trust the government and corporations because they are interconnected and shouldn’t be. I can’t share my political feelings at all.

15. She will never know and adore my cats and dog, nor my boyfriend, my sister, my mom, my dad, and my grandparents.

16. She will never see me cry, will never see me at my very worst, nor see me at my very best.

17. I can’t talk about how I live with my partner.

18. I can’t talk about sex, what it is, what it can mean to a person, when to have it, and how to safe.

19. I will never be able to tell her that I am perfectly fine with her being gay and that it doesn’t matter what religion she chooses or whether she picks a religion at all, because really, all religions and spirituality are leading to the same place.

20. I will never be able to be affectionate in the way that I would want to be with my own children. In this day of “don’t touch” and “leave the door open” and “never be alone with a child”, can you imagine me, a teacher, making up a student’s hair? Giving a student a great big hug and kiss any chance I got (let alone once), holding the student against me and telling her that she is wonderful and the best thing that has ever happened to me and that I love her more than all the world, no matter what could possibly happen?

21. I will never be able to tell my student that she is perfect, just the way she is, and that it doesn’t matter what grades she gets, what she gets on state tests, and whether or not she goes to college, as long as she is happy and at peace with herself and the world.

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