My children are (very) often unsolicited recipients of all my life learning.

The material that I would call ‘hard-fought wisdom’.

The stuff that you discover after you go into trenches and give your blood, sweat and tears to get out.

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I know that my living example is the greatest teacher to them. But because I am so passionate about the impact and ease created by these concepts, I just love to share them. Early and often.

My youngest, who’s eight, is almost always receptive and on the same page with what I share. My fourteen year-old heeds my guidance more and more. And lately- when he is really in a quandary as to how to approach something – even solicits reinforcements of the these truths.

But my middle child – my eleven year-old daughter – rarely gives me a tumble.

Okay, that’s an exaggeration. But recently, I have noticed resistance.

She ignores me or just says, “Stooooop!”, as I am in mid-sentence.

Catherine is my warrior spirit. She came here to break down the old, broken and outdated systems, to make way for the new. And, to call us out on the beliefs that limit us and the perspectives that keep us confined to a box.

She is – like many of the children here now – not going to be silenced. Catherine is a voice for the voiceless. A systems buster.

So, parenting her is a unique challenge for me. I walk a fine line of creating boundaries and allowing for consequences, while giving her the space to be the voice of freedom that she embodies.

Let’s just say that “no” is not her favorite word.

But a few nights ago, Catherine was having trouble sleeping. And she asked me to come in her room and just chat with her. She said that it would distract her and she could then fall asleep.

And so we were talking…about what exactly, I can’t remember. But this was the highlight for me.

Catherine: Mom, I really love to be challenged.

Me: Yes, I know that, honey…that’s why you insisted on changing your own diapers when you were a baby.

Giggle…giggle.

Catherine: That’s funny…(more chatter that I can’t remember because it was midnight and I could hardly keep my eyes open)…..and that’s why I decided to jump into this body (that woke me up!)…I really wanted a challenge.

Did she just say what I thought she said?

Me: What?!

Catherine: Yep, you see I do listen to you!

And that was just enough for me to know that I am making a difference in her life.

Beyond the complaints of ‘you are so weird, mom’ – she is listening, watching and learning as I do my best to be a living example of what I teach.

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I share ideas such as, ‘you are a soul in a body having a physical experience on earth’ and ‘everything, absolutely everything you need is inside of you’, because I want my children to experience the empowerment and joy I have discovered.

The field is the sole governing agency of matter. Albert Einstein

We are souls in a physical body (actually the body is contained within our soul, but that’s a topic for another post) creating a virtual reality experience through our thoughts, emotions, and beliefs. How we choose to perceive is what reality becomes. Science is creating new fields of study – ala Fractal Mathematics, Quantum Physics, and Electro Chemistry – to expand its focus beyond the purely material (particles) to incorporate the energetic (waves).

Imagination – We are a nation of magicians weaving webs of energy into matter.

I remind myself of this every day. Because for me this is the path of freedom.

What if that’s not just my truth? What if the clues and wisdom from the ancients, and this recent shift in scientific focus, are actually providing us with the secrets to life itself?

Forget your lust, for the rich man’s gold.  All that you need is in your soul.  Lynyrd Skynyrd

What if all of your power, freedom and joy is actually inside of you? What if the material and physical is just the window dressing and the toys that we play with on this journey, but not the point in and of itself? How would it change the way that you live each moment?

What if it’s really all we need?

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