I recently read an article wherein it stated that anxiety is the leading mental health issue among today’s youth, and that statistic is continually rising.
How can it be that an 8, 9 or 10-year old child experiences anxiety and panic attacks? In a sense, doesn’t that baffle you? How can it be that in such a short-lived time, a child experiences such overwhelm?
Are you willing to entertain something new to ponder? I hope so…
In my past blogs I have spoken of “the past” or “the voices of the past.” Those voices are always speaking to us convincingly as to what the meaning of any unwanted moment is.
That so-called past is really what we could call a certain level of consciousness. It is fear-based. When a child enters this world, it enters into that fear-based level of consciousness. That consciousness is a collective one, meaning, we all live from it.
The collective level of fear and anxiety in that consciousness is what every child “adopts” when they enter the world. The level of fear and anxiety rises and rises over time because of a certain underlying principle that many don’t understand. If there isn’t a reconciliation taking place in the moment (as there is intended to be), then the default principle of the past is there to command the moment for the proliferation of itself.
As such, there is a significant need to teach our children as early as possible how to observe thoughts and not serve them. Thoughts that aren’t observed are automatically identified with (believed by the person). The more thoughts are identified with, the more anxious and fearful a child (or anyone) becomes because thought is fear based. It’s just a spiritual law that fulfills itself when one isn’t attending to themselves.
The bottom line is that all identified thought has to be reconciled or it will just continue to come around again and again, faster and stronger. It is the law of karma, not a law of punishment, but a law of Love. The Will of Heaven is always working to marry the Will of Earth.
This information is so hidden in this world. It took 49 years to find me, and honestly, when I first came upon this information, I couldn’t understand it because I wasn’t able to observe my thoughts at that time. It was my belief that I was the thinker and that the thoughts were mine as well. Nothing was ever questioned about that process.
We are not the thinker nor are we the thoughts. The thinker and the thoughts are one and the same thing, a level of consciousness that we have unknowingly taken to be the whole truth of ourselves.
Thoughts are of the past and are brought up in our minds because there is a need for the past to be reconciled. The importance of learning to observe our minds is so that we can see these thoughts as they are being presented to us.
Instead of giving them our attention by agreeing to do or say what they want us to do or say (which is what we have only known to do), we can choose to wait instead and consciously suffer them so that the past doesn’t continue to create the future. That agreement to wait is the same as agreeing to be guided by something new – the present moment.
What has helped me along the way in this journey is the understanding that every time a thought is identified with, it increases not only our pain, but the collective pain of this world as well. Identification is pain. We go about our days unknowingly allowing pain to proliferate itself because we aren’t present to observe that very process that is taking place.
That alone should be an incentive to work with our children and ourselves, not later but now.
Exercise for the Week: Challenge your child to see if they can observe a thought. Have them write it down. Share the thoughts that were caught at the dinner table. Remember as well, there’s no such thing as a “bad” thought. Thoughts are powerless and can only do harm when identified with.
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