I am absolutely thrilled to share a post from my dear friend Lauren Luquin. Her insight and experience with Animal Spirit Guides is something I am in awe of. She has posted so much on her own blog about her connections with her own Spirit Guides and I do hope you take a minute to check out some of her posts. Lauren’s post today is very eye-opening, something we as parents should take some time to digest. Enjoy.
When we think of Spirit Guides we may imagine an angel, a vision of someone or something from another realm, in human form, or not… Perhaps we feel more connected to the term “totem”, “nature spirit”, “power animal”, or “saint”… There are many ways we communicate about how our consciousness tunes in with the many connections we have within the complex matrix of this universe. We are all connected to Universal Intelligence that is felt and understood through the center of the mind into the heart center… Children are no different in this regard.
One of the most natural ways for us to learn about our self is from observing animals. Whether we realize it or not, as children we all learned a great deal about the world from our encounters with, not only the people in our life, but the animals and natural world around us.
Instead of trying to interfere with your child’s ideas of what things mean, allow them to explore the meaning that comes to them, and encourage them to trust what they feel. It is not your job to make them agree with you. Listen to them.
What we call that process of awareness of this constant energy flow, is our INTUITION. We are all intuitive beings, however because of our life and past-life experiences, we have accumulated varying levels of fear, which stagnates and blocks our ability and desire to tune into our core truth, our true self, our spiritual self- which can sense and awaken to raw truth in situations about our self and life- Because depending on how we perceive our life we may or may not feel safe to enter into higher states of consciousness, out of fear that others will judge us, or that we will be misunderstood for standing out, or for having experiences that are unlike those we are involved with… (For example with a partner, family, friends, and/or people we work with.)
For some people, the thought of speaking their truth is difficult, but for many others it is even more difficult to even accept in their own mind that they feel or sense, or know something. Many people develop a sheep-like mentality from the social programming we are bombarded with, and they feel like they need “permission” to be who they really are, or to do things they may want to do. They cast aside signs and symbols or spirit guidance as nonsense, or “child’s play”. So be it. It is what it is…
Children are able to tune in to their intuition easily, but over time they are vulnerable to social situations and repeated encounters with adults who instill shame, fear, or disrespect into their innocent child’s mind… So sometimes these children begin to dim their light to fit into their living situation. Humans adapt as they need to. For some children, their feelings and knowing is so strong that they must act out to express the frustration they feel that others are not understanding. Unfortunately these gifted children are often labeled as Hyper Sensitive, Hyper Active, or said to have Attention Deficit Disorder, for example.
Allow children to dream, to imagine, and create… Let them dance and laugh and have outlets to express themselves. Offer them a sacred space in the home to create a personal altar to honor their “spirit guides” and bring nature inside with them.
These days there are so many toxins in our environment, and many people choose to feed their children (and themselves) foods that are lacking in nutrients and contain many chemicals that affect the way our bodies function. Children are exposed to so much stimulation from technology and the rush of being at school on time and whatever, that they often miss out on the benefits of rest, play, and meditation. They also miss out on being able to experience oneness with nature… to simply sit and observe in a peaceful state in the quiet of the natural world…
But regardless of whether a child is in an ideal living situation with highly awakened parents or guardians, that nurture with loving support and open communication and acceptance, trapped in a hostile living situation with constant fear, stress, frustration, illness, and violence, or somewhere in between- every single person can tune into universal intelligence at any given moment. We can direct our awareness to the flow of energy that is always present…
To tune in to the present moment and also be aware of some type of “guidance” from the Spirit realm is the basic outline of what having a spirit guide is because our soul is always creating experiences that bring us into greater awareness, for healing and to bring us closer to our soul’s PURPOSE… Animal *Spirit Guides come from within and manifest outside of us in various ways. It is safe to say that since we are all connected that perhaps there are other beings that live parallel to us, that are affected by our thoughts and actions, that show up in ways that are so brilliant and timely that we think it must be a coincidence… What it is, is awareness of life. Life is an interconnected web of energy and consciousness.
Sometimes, we feel a breeze give us a powerful sensation, we hear a whisper when we walk down the quiet hallway, we are tickled by something when we walk under a tree, we dream of people we feel so comfortable with, we receive messages from the observation of an animal or insect… or we see a light before us that brings warmth to the entire room.
We are never alone. We all have “spirit guides”… How we perceive them is up to us… but to deny them, means to deny our potential. And some of us don’t feel like we choose our guides. We claim to be so surprised when we receive a message from the outside world. But, in actuality we just needed that reminder to confirm that truth and awareness within. We knew it all along. We are all honing our telepathic skills as we move through this shift in the universe… What a trip!
We have powerful minds. Our thoughts create our reality. We are not disconnected in any way to everything else in this universe, so to try and make a child believe that they can only feel or appreciate what is told to them from behind a desk, or through a television screen, or in a textbook, is like trying to tell a flower not to bloom. There is no stopping it. But people who live in fear spend lifetimes trying to slow the process of their own awakening and that of those they are in close relationships with, because to have to transform their way of thinking to adjust to the changes around them would be a complete loss of their identity. They have spent so much time and effort building up a false image of who they thought they were, when in reality they were simply hiding out to survive in this world, because it can be a harsh place for many to live.
For those struggling with ego-related issues, and who are constantly seeking attention to feel alive, the best thing is to offer them compassion and continue on your path in an awakened state… Light attracts light. Be the change.
So the best way to help a child connect with their “spirit guide” is to give them respect and give yourself respect as a divine being blessed to be alive right now on this earth, moving through space and time breathing and thinking about what it means to connect with our truth.
We must let go of our own fears and walk a path of integrity, paving the way for our children to do the same…
We all connect in so many beautiful ways. There is no right way or wrong way to do things. There is only the truth of the matter… What we do to others we do to our self… and what we do to ourselves, we pass on to the universe in vibrations… We manifest that which we dwell upon… We are drawn to the medicine we need, and the guidance is always there, and we will “see it”, or hear the messages from “them” if we are open to it… to the possibility of perhaps us not being just this body and soul… because the soul is more strongly connected to divinity than to a body… our body is a part of this human experience, we are able to use our bodies to explore earth in so many beautiful and painful ways… but to connect with our intuition and the synchronicities of our soul’s life path as a thread of this magnificent weaving of life, is what our youth need to be comfortable with… because this is the way we evolve and it is the reason why we are here.
Bless your path, and bless all children and all beings conceived and developing as life as a human soul. We all are equally amazing and unique. And Animal Spirit Guidance and all spirit guidanace is ALWAYS for the good and betterment of us all. As above, so below… May you know your power and give thanks for the opportunity to share our waking life with others now as we ALL are here to be our unique self, to express our self in whatever way we feel helps us attain lasting joy and inner peace. With an imaginative spirit guide friend, or in the face of a cloud figure or in the voice of thunder. We are provided for. Love wins. Love your life, and let others live the life they love.
I have written more about the concept of Spirit Guides (in a more detailed and easy-to-read approach) and all of my writing can be translated into awareness for all, any age- we are all children of the earth. Enjoy…
Are you feeling challenged to dig deeper into your truth and want to connect with Nature and pave the way for your children to do the same…? Be sure to read this article I wrote about “Spiritual Self Image“… Much love to you! Always, and in all ways.
Each ONE Teach ONE