Posted in New Kids, New World

Our Children are the Change We’ve been Waiting for.

but first they need our help….

Last week I held the first gathering of magical children. We met in my living room with their parents present; and we discussed all the things that brought these children here:

  • Feelings of not fitting in.
  • Sensitivity to this world (food, spells, lights, sounds, violence, etc.)
  • Strange spiritual experiences. (not strange to me, but strange to the typical human)
  • Empathy (the ability to feel and sense other people’s feelings).
  • A desire to help people around them and the world.
  • A deep feeling as if something is very wrong – very wrong with the world and many of the people living in it.
  • A profound sense that they are here for a reason and a purpose, but not finding any support in this culture for fulfilling this mission.
  • Not finding support in the current educational system (falling through the cracks).
  • And more.

My heart is with these kids because I raised two just like them and have been a source of support and guidance for many others. These are the young people who are here to build the new world after the current world is finished with its collapse.  Actually, they are not waiting until it is done; they are building the new world right this moment as we speak (and watch and hope and dream).

These are the kids who came into this world expecting it to be the world they already know in the deepest part of their Soul, only to be shocked and disappointed by the violence and separation that prevail upon this earth. This is NOT what these kids signed up for…..but it is.  Not because they were meant to be disappointed, but because they came here to build the world they already know in their hearts, and they need the special gifts and sensitivities that they possess to do the work they came here to do.  In the meantime, however, they need to be affirmed, validated and supported in naming, claiming, nurturing and cultivating these gifts so they can use them to build the new world.  And it is our job to help them.

Raising Magical Children

As one who has successfully raised (and continue to support the growth and development of) two of these magical children, I can attest that the work of raising these children begins with us. If we were gifted with a magical child or two, it is because we are magic ourselves.  But the question is, do we know our magic and are we using it?  For many, the answer sadly, is no.  We do not live in a culture that recognizes or supports us in the identification or development of these gifts.  Instead, we are told to comply with the societal norms and tribal rules that govern our patriarchal and capitalistic culture.  In order to own our magic, we have to break free.  We have to pierce through the veil of societal conditioning that tells us only that which is objectively measurable is real, that intuition and empathy are just our imagination, and that there is no communication with other worlds (for example).  My experience has shown me otherwise.

Helping our special children begins by helping ourselves. We must come to know who we are – REALLY – our gifts and talents, our personality and temperament, and all the parts of ourselves we have rejected or hidden away out of fear that to our world they would not be acceptable.  Then we have to pierce through the societal conditioning that has hindered us from being our true, magnificent and magical selves.

Then, while we are doing this work for ourselves, we can support our children in doing the same. This doesn’t mean we need to rescue them from or remove them from the existing culture (though for some this might be the answer).  I raised my children right here in the middle of small-town America within the traditional public education system.  Fortunately for my son (who only tolerates school) there was an alternative option in high school which allowed him to capitalize on his predominantly kinesthetic learning style.  Now they both attend a state university which also follows an outmoded patriarchal model.  With my help they have successfully navigated the dying institutions – taking from them that which serves and leaving behind the rest.

Knowing Ourselves/Knowing Our Children

Supporting our own self-knowledge helps us in knowing our children. When we know ourselves, we can identify and accept the unique gifts (and challenges) our children possess.  The Enneagram, for example, is one of the tools of self-knowledge that I have found helpful.  In using the Enneagram I have come to know myself – the lens through which I perceive my life experiences and the challenges and gifts inherent within this lens.  With knowledge of the Enneagram, I am also able to understand other people and their unique temperaments.  My daughter, for example is a Type 9 on the Enneagram.  This makes her devoted, loyal, steadfast and persistent.  But it also makes her slow to change.  I understand this about her and help support her through new things until she is comfortable doing it on her own. I also try to never spring something new on her out of sensitivity to her needs.  My son is the opposite.  As a Type 7, he is easily bored.  He loves new things, loves to be active and loves a challenge.  With this in mind, I make sure he has lots of activities and I honor his need to be engaged.  With the Myers-Briggs, I have come to understand that my daughter is an introvert like I am, and my son an extrovert.  This helps me to support them in getting their energy needs met (introversion vs. extroversion is all about how we get our energy).

When we know our children, we are able to support them in knowing themselves – their gifts, their talents along with the shadow. In doing this, we are able to love them without condition, accepting them for who they are instead of trying to make them fit into some pre-determined societal mold. THIS more than anything is what our children need – to be seen and accepted for who they are and to be empowered in their gifts.

Authentic Freedom Academy knows that our children are here to build the new world and they need our help! Find support for yourself in raising these children, along with tools through which you can help them along the way. If you are one of these magical children ( or young adults), you might like these tools yourself! 

 

 

 

Posted in New Kids, non-violence, Spiritual Direction, world changes

School Walkouts – Our Children Have Spoken

Yesterday, thousands of students across this great nation participated in school walkouts to honor the seventeen students and teachers killed in the Parkland school shooting and to protest gun violence.  Included in the walkout were the public schools of Oshkosh, WI where I live and which my children have attended and still attend.  At Oshkosh North High School, where my daughter graduated and where my son is currently a senior, hundreds of students lined the sidewalk in peaceful protest and solidarity.  Our children have spoken. They have lived in a culture defined by war and violence and they are asking for us to make a change….and if not us, then they will do something about it by voting in the upcoming elections.  I tip my hat to this great generation of visionaries who have grown weary of a nasty and violent world and who have made themselves known as a voice for non-violent social change.  Thank you!

Please watch the following interview with Brock Doemel a senior at Oshkosh North High School:  https://www.thenorthwestern.com/videos/news/2018/03/14/brock-doemel-discusses-oshkosh-north-walkout-protest/3292646

To participate as an agent of non-violent social change, please check out our Love Warriors community.  Learn more HERE. 

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Posted in Authentic Freedom, Authentic Freedom Academy, Being Human, End of the World Prophecies, Mystics, New Kids, New World, world changes

Our Children Need Our Help!

Yesterday I fielded a slew of phone calls, text messages and Facebook notifications from parents concerned for their children. An “unconfirmed threat” (News story HERE) was leveled against the local high schools and the school district responded by closing the schools, insuring our children’s safety while the proper authorities researched the threat and resolved the issue (which they eventually did).

Was the threat real? Were our children in danger?  Perhaps.  But more concerning is the fact that this happened in the first place.  These kinds of situations are symptoms of larger issues, coming out sideways.  Our children are smack dab in the middle of it, living and trying to survive in a world that doesn’t feel safe.

Our children need our help!

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I have spoken at length about the societal issues that are causing our children distress. (HERE.)  Now I want to speak about our children themselves and what it is about them that make them especially vulnerable to anxiety, depression, anger, and all of symptoms of a world gone awry.

Our children were born into this world as kind, sensitive, loving, beings who came here with a mission. They are here for the purpose of building a new world – a world built on love, compassion, appreciation of diversity, peace, collaboration and harmony. This is the world that they KNOW in their hearts and the world they hoped would welcome them.  Instead, they found themselves waking up to a world at war, where fear rules, where those in power rule through fear, where diversity is not honored, where differences are demonized, where hatred reigns and where people are afraid.

To our sensitive and loving children, this world does not feel safe (it shouldn’t feel safe to us either….if it does, perhaps we should take another look). Not only do they feel unsafe in this world, the world they know in their hearts has made them ill-equipped for survival on this planet.  As such, many of our children struggle with sensitivities – food, environmental toxins, certain scents, textures of certain foods, the air itself, fabric, anything synthetic, the environments in which they find themselves (school, daycare, work, etc.).  Many are sensitive to light and sound, even temperature and weather.

Beyond the obvious material sensitivities, our children are also empaths. Empaths are human beings who are sensitive to the emotions of the people around them, the environment in which they find themselves, and for some, the world.  Not only are they experiencing their own anxiety in the face of a world that does not feel safe, they are feeling EVERYONE ELSE’s anxiety.  Without proper guidance and support in how to manage these feelings, that aren’t even their own, our children feel overwhelmed and many shut down.

Now, let me offer a little metaphor that might help us to better understand our children:

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Imagine, just for a moment, that our children are not from here. Imagine that their origin is a beautiful planet where there is only love. Where people have learned to live in harmony with one another, where diversity is honored as sacred, where each person is acknowledged and honored for their unique gifts and what they bring to the whole.  Theirs is a world where people work together for the common good, and where all decisions are made on behalf of the all.  Nature is honored as beautiful and sacred as it is the Divine breathing into them through the grasses, trees, the flowers are the face of the Divine and the air is the Divine’s embrace.  In this world, everything is as the Divine made it and nothing has been tampered with by man’s selfish designs.  The air is clean and pure.  All water is safe to drink.  The soil is rich with minerals and nutrients. Medicine comes from the earth.  The elders are the guides of the community.  Children are the promise of generations to come.  They live in harmony with their planet and everything that dwells on it.  They receive what they need to survive and to thrive because everyone works together and knows now to share.  Nothing is wasted and everything that isn’t used is given back to the earth. 

Then imagine that the air they breathe on their home and the gravity there differs from this planet. On their planet, things are lighter and when they walk, it feels as if they are walking on air. 

Finally, imagine that they were sent here without their moon suits. They cannot breathe properly.  They are not being protected from the harsh environment that is so unlike their own. Because of the gravitational difference, which makes walking on this planet feel as if they are walking through lead, they are left feeling worn out, exhausted and tired.  Our children have had to slowly learn how to acclimate to this planet without the proper supports. Some have been successful.  Many have not.  🙁

There is, however, a happy ending for those children, if we allow it. This world NEEDS these children, their unique sensitivities and their unique gifts so that we can come back from the hole we have dug for ourselves.  They are indeed here to help us build the new world.  They already know what it looks and feels like.  We just need to get out of their way and support them while they are doing it.

In the meantime, as parents, it is our job to see our children for who they are. To ask them what they are feeling and what they need to navigate this strange world they were born into.  It is our job to seek out support when we have exhausted our own efforts, or rather, before we have.  And most importantly, we need to do the same for ourselves – because the children who came here to change our world, were born from parents who came here to do the same.  Let’s get on with it, shall we?

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Authentic Freedom Academy offers services and support for those who are here to help build the new world and who are called to provide hospice to the old world as it is dying.  Our mission is to turn our world from fear into love.  Check out our online classes and consider a private session with Lauri Ann Lumby for individualized, one-on-one support.  Family services are also available. Email Lauri Lumby at lauri@authenticfreedomacademy.com or call (920) 230-1313 for more information.

 

Posted in End of the World Prophecies, New Kids, New World, world changes

Millennials and Generation Z – Lying in Wait

As part of his recent address to youth in honor of World Youth Day, Pope Francis “issued a rousing and impassioned call to action… saying our unsettled times require them to get off the couch and ‘set out on new and uncharted paths.’( National Catholic Reporter, July 30, 2016)” Whereas the Pope’s address went on to praise the unique gifts of the millennial and Z generations and the ways in which we need them as a world to bring forth positive change (https://www.ncronline.org/news/vatican/francis-makes-rousing-call-millennials-get-couch-and-fix-world), I found myself insulted (on behalf of all millennials and Generation Z’s) when the Pope accused them of being “couch potatoes” and “confusing happiness with the sofa.”

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This “couch potato” accusation is often leveled against millennials and Gen Z’s, I believe unjustly. In my experience “couch potato” could not be farther from the truth.  Instead, the millennials (and the Gen Z’s who are following suit) are one of the hardest working generations that I have ever encountered (at my ripe young age of 51).  The problem is that many choose to view these children and young adults through the lens of their own generations’ values and how they defined work and productivity.  It is completely unfair to view millennials and Gen Z’s through this lens as they have been born into a completely different time with a whole new set of societal problems and ways to meet those problems.  In fact, the millennials are here for the sole purpose of cleaning up the mess created by the generations before them and the Gen Z’s are here to build the world anew.  How would you like to be saddled with this mission?  Think about that next time you are tempted to call the millennials and Gen Z’s lazy!

Who exactly are the millennials? According to Pew Research, the millennials are those who came into adulthood around the year 2000.  Generation Z are those born after 1996/97.  The millennials are already out there working on their mission.  The Generation Z’s are lying in wait as the world around them is dying so that after it has all crumbled around them, they can step into the missions they came here to complete.

Where we have been:

Whereas the past 150 years have been exceptional in what we have accomplished by way of industrial and technological advancements, serious and perhaps irreversible damage has been done to our world, our cultures, the air we breathe, the soil from which we harvest our nourishment, our environment, our water, our people and all other species for the sake of “advancement.” The damage that we have done to the world and to one another has reached a critical level and if we do not do something soon to reverse it, we will destroy ourselves.  The structures we have created to support these systems are in the midst of imploding upon themselves (government, education, healthcare, food production and distribution, energy production, institutional religion, manufacturing, corporations, banking, monetary systems, etc.).  We need only look at the farce the US Presidential election has become to see evidence of this impending collapse.  None of these systems will be able to sustain themselves if they continue along the path they have been traveling, and at this point, it is far too late to do anything to reverse their course…the avalanche is now out of control and on a course towards its own destruction.

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This is where the millennials and Gen Z’s come in.

If we would take the time to get to know the millennials and Gen Z’s, we would see the profound gifts they have brought into the world and how they have been lying in wait, itching to do the work they came here to do. For one thing, the millennials and Gen Z’s came into the world with a profoundly different perspective than those before them.  For the majority of this population, there is NO perception of separation – all human beings are valued as equal – male, female, gay, straight, black, white, Christian, atheist, American, Syrian, etc.  While they find their “tribe,” they do not discriminate against those with different interests, beliefs, etc.  They allow and are comfortable with diversity in a way that drastically differs from those before them.  With this lack of separation, they are global thinkers….thinking globally rather than locally, while also privileging local when it comes to their purchasing power.

Secondly, millennials came into the world KNOWING the world they were supposed to be living in. Unfortunately, they quickly learned that THIS world is NOT the world they know in their hearts – the world that feels like home to them.  THIS world does not feel like home, so they find worlds that do feel like home – worlds where there is magic, comradery, cooperation and harmony.  While the world that feels like home does include “conflict,” the conflict is there for the sake of growth, not so as to harm the world or to harm another.  All the time we might be tempted to believe they are just lying around, they are in fact, surrounding themselves with what feels like home.  I believe that this is exactly what millennials and (especially) Gen Z’s are supposed to be doing right now.  It is through these activities that they are preparing for their ultimate mission and purpose.

As I see it, the millennials and Gen Z’s are here for two purposes: the oldest among them are here to be hospice to the dying world, the youngest are here to build something new.

Instead of hurling accusations upon the millennials and Generation Z’s as being couch potatoes, let us welcome them for their profound gifts – gifts they are busy cultivating while others are busy judging. While many are tempted to believe the millennials and Gen Z’s are just lying around playing video games, Snapchatting their friends, watching TV, playing Pokemon-Go, they are in truth, lying in wait – visioning, dreaming, researching and planning how and what they will be doing to build the new world –  once we get our asses (and our judgment) out of the way!

(c) copyright 2016 Lauri Ann Lumby, Authentic Freedom Academy. www.authenticfreedomacademy.com.

 

 

 

 

Posted in End of the World Prophecies, Inspiration, New Kids, New World, world changes

Our Kids Are Not Alright!

This week, another one of my daughter’s classmates committed suicide. This young woman is the fifth in a graduating class of 200-some students to commit suicide.  Something here is wrong.  Very wrong.

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I want to begin by presenting what is NOT wrong. The problem is not the school(s).  Oshkosh schools are some of the best in the nation and while our governor keeps whittling away at our budget and other resources that support quality education, our schools have risen above the chaos and are providing the best possible education with the few resources that are left.  In addition, Oshkosh North, the school my children attend, offers a wide range of programs and services to help support their diverse population, many of which have been funded through grants and private donations. The community, teachers, staff and administration have advocated for our students beyond what the budgets would normally provide.

As a subparagraph of the problem not being the school – the problem is not bullying, neither is it a lack of support or counseling services for troubled students. The local schools have an extremely stringent anti-bullying policy and all ranges of diversity are not only honored, but advocated for.  Every school has counselors and social workers on staff who are there to support and advocate on students’ behalf.  The problem is not lack of support.

The problem is not a lack of suicide or mental illness awareness or support. While this may have been somewhat the case with the first two suicides, since that time, efforts, resources, advocacy has been RAMPED UP to educate parents, students, and the community on the challenges of mental illness and the signs of a child or adult in distress.  In addition, there are trained professionals in the community who work specifically to educate the public and to support families on suicide and to support families with a child or adult who is at-risk and to support families who have experienced a death due to suicide.

Finally, the problem is not the parents. I know the parents of some of these children and I can tell you, beyond the shadow of a doubt, these parents have done absolutely everything they could for their children.  They loved them.  They did the best they could to keep their children safe.  They got their children help when help was needed.  They got help for themselves when they were at a loss over how to further help their child.

The problem is not the schools, peers, the lack of mental illness awareness, or the parents.

The problem, and the reason our kids are not alright is:       Our world.

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Our world is a mess. Our world is a mess for all of us – and for some of us, it is just too much to bear.  Let’s look at the facts:

  1. For as long as our children have been alive, THE WORLD HAS BEEN AT WAR.

If it’s not a conflict or a war with a name, (Desert Storm, Iraqi, Afghanistan, Israel and Palestine, etc. etc. etc.) it is “the war on terrorism.” And the worst of all the terrorist attacks have been accomplished right here on our own soil by our own U.S. citizens.  The media does not help in this regard by triggering our fears through sensationalism.  As my son said, “Hundreds of people a year are shot in Chicago and no one cares, but as soon as one guy gets shot in Oshkosh, the whole world is in a state of panic.”  (This also points to media and racial bias which is a topic for another blog another day.)

For our children – the world does not feel safe.

  1. In the U.S. success is determined by external measurements like money, status, power and fame. And some of these measurements are literal – how much money you make, how many time you are Tweeted or your Facebook post gets “liked,” if you have your own reality show or not, and do you measure up to the current standards of “beauty.” For those who do not know their true selves and who have no way of knowing themselves except in comparison to others, success feels like an impossible goal – especially when they look at the TRUTH of our economic situation – which brings me to #3
  2. Education does not mean what it used to. In the old days, a high school education was enough to prepare you for a regular job with a decent rate of pay. Then, college became the necessary gateway to a career, a paycheck and economic security. Then, a master’s degree became the gateway, then a PhD. Now….none of this really matters – and our children know this. A college degree guarantees you nothing, or as a friend of mine told her daughter, “Do what you love because there won’t be any jobs for you after college anyway.” Bleak, but true. As much as politicians are touting the economic recovery and that the “recession is over,” this is not the truth.
  3. The world as we know it is dying. Our children know this and they know that they will be the ones who will be creating the new world. For some, this is just too overwhelming a task. Imagine, for a moment, that you are a player in the Hunger Games and the entire world (as you have known it) crumbles at your feet and you are left with the task of building the new world. While the endless possibilities and the excitement of building something new is enticing for some, for others, it is overwhelming and feels impossible and they shut down under the burden of the task.
  4. And finally….this is the whoo whoo part…..our children are empaths. What this means is that not only are they feeling their own anxiety in the face of a world that is a mess, they are feeling EVERYONE ELSE’S anxiety. They feel the anxiety of their parents, their siblings, their classmates, their teachers, and the entire world around them. When there is a terrorist attack on the other side of the world, they feel it – maybe not consciously, but they feel it. When a weather system is moving through that will cause people anxiety, they know it – again, maybe not consciously, but they feel it. For those that don’t understand the gift of empathy and who don’t have tools for managing this gift, the emotions come out sideways – temper tantrums, disproportionate negative behavior, anxiety, depression – and you guessed it, suicide.

Which brings me full-circle. I don’t know what caused that young woman to jump off the bridge into a freezing and raging river to her death.  What I do know is that her death should not be in vain.  Her death should be another wake up call for us as parents, teachers, and other adults.

Our children are not alright!

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Our children need our help. While we cannot change the outside world, there are things we can do to help our children, and in helping them, find help for ourselves in a messy and broken down world:

  1. Lead them to resources to help them manage anxiety. Resources that have been proven to help manage anxiety include: meditation, mindfulness, regular exercise, a healthy diet, adequate and deep sleep, creativity exercises, being in nature, being with others in healthy community interactions.
  2. Support them in knowing their TRUE selves. Self-knowledge increases self-esteem, confidence, and the ability to be ok with our differences in a world of great diversity, and to weather the storm of other people’s judgements.
  3. Help them develop a different set of values. This starts with us. We need to stop valuing ourselves in terms of money, fame, status, power, and physical characteristics. What we are wearing, whose bag we are carrying and what car we are driving DOES NOT MATTER. These external measurements of “success” or “popularity” do not give us happiness. In fact, all they do is create more ANXIETY. If we want our children to be comfortable in a world that will NOT have the resources in which everyone can be a Kardashian, we have to help them find value in the internals – peace, contentment, joy, and fulfillment in knowing and exercising their gifts. We then need to give them tools for finding this inner peace which leads us back to items 1 and 2.
  4. Support them in their dreams. Our children see and know the new world. They see a world that is free from the separation with which we have defined the world. Instead of separation, they see only oneness. They do not comprehend the separation we keep placing between ourselves and others we view as different from us and they definitely do not comprehend the violence that arises out of these perceived separations. Our children do not see race, religion, sexual orientation, or even gender as barriers, they only see this as the miraculous and amazing diversity among human beings and they seek to know more and to honor these differences. Let’s get out of the way and let them do this, shall we!?
  5. Teach them what to do with Empathy.  Empaths are healers and those with this gift (all of our children) possess this gift because they are here to heal our dying world so that a healthier and happy world can emerge. Our children need to know what to do with these feelings and how to stop taking responsibility for everyone else’s pain. Interestingly, this also brings us back to items 1 and 2.

While we cannot change the world, we can change the world in which we are living and the journey starts within. Let us join together to help our children, and in helping our children, helping ourselves so that we can survive in a world in the midst of change and through our children’s dreams, help to support the birth of a new and better world. Then perhaps these children would not have died in vain.

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Posted in Beloved Partnership, End of the World Prophecies, Inspiration, New Kids, world changes

Comfort for A Dying World

Today’s blog was a response I recently offered to someone I love dearly who is FEELING the effects of our shifting world.  As I was writing, I knew I was not only responding to their question, but to the question we all carry in our hearts.  Is something going on in the world and how can we care for ourselves as the new world is trying to be born?

I wanted to elaborate more on your question yesterday.  Sorry I had to cut our call short.  The earth is going through ENORMOUS changes right now and I suspect you are feeling it.  I can’t even articulate all of what it happening because it is in astrology language which is obviously not my first language!  🙂  If I can sum it up in my own words, the old world is dying (that rules by fear, power and control) and it knows it is dying so it is clinging hard and fast to what it knows, hence the increasing violence in the world.  (If Putin cuts off oil to the Ukraine, there will likely be another war….not that we have ever stopped fighting!).

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The good news is that this is coming to an end. Because ….either we will destroy ourselves (not likely) or we will figure out how to EVOLVE.  (for more on this, read “Conscious Evolution” by Barbara Marx Hubbard.  LOVED this book!)  The even better news is that there are already millions of people in place to birth the new world.  It might be tough going for awhile as the old devolves and the new emerges….but WE GOT THIS!  We KNOW and were BIRTHED with the passion, the vision, the abilities to bring forth a world of love, harmony, collaboration and peace!  WE GOT THIS.  And if we don’t our children do.  The generations behind us are chomping at the bit for the old order to die so they can step in and create the world they were born to live in….not the one our ancestors destroyed!  We Got this.  And it’s time!  It’s time for the old to fall away so that the new can be fully born.

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Accompanying this shift is the full emergence of the Divine Feminine (completed in 2014) and the full integration of the Divine Masculine (to be completed by 2016).  What this means is the falling away of the Unholy Masculine (embodied by both men and women) which is rooted in fear and working through power and control, and the rising up of the authentic human – fully integrated in its Holy Divine Masculine/Feminine.  Men will fully embrace the Divine Masculine and own their authentic role as providers, protectors, encouragers, supporters, strong and uplifting….fully content in their own (healthy) power that they will not be threatened by the Divine Feminine.  The Divine Feminine is nurturing, receptive, allowing, courageous and strong in their own right – fully embodying their Soul’s calling.  What this will ultimately produce is an end to the co-dependent relationship dynamics we have favored and the beginning of the Self-Actualized, interdependent, co-creative couple (again see Barbara Marx Hubbard for more on this!).  And what is so cool about his is that the 20 and 30 somethings already got this too….they are already more balanced and healthy in their embodiment of the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine and they are more likely to cultivate interdependent rather than co-dependent relationships.

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Then there are our amazing Star Children.  They are here to help us remember LOVE – to remember where we came from and to help us create a kinder, gentler world….because THIS is what they remember of home and this is what they know the world is supposed to be.  When the world is not reflective of what they remember and know…..they react….first with confusion, then distress.  The more WE remember our true nature as children of light, the more we help them find a way to survive in this world until the shift is complete.  Yes….it sucks for them right now……AND they are critical to our evolution because they shine the mirror on all those things rooted in fear and all the things that are not supportive of our greatest wellbeing.  THEY ARE OUR TEACHERS!  Reiki.  Homeopathy.  Lightwork.  Natural foods.  Natural fabrics.  A calm and nurturing environment help them to feel safe through the transition.  Along with teaching them about their gifts of empathy and what to do with those gifts and how to protect themselves from all the negativity that is still floating around in the world (which until they know better, they think they have to “fix” or at least pick up and carry along with them.  This is NOT their job…..they are simply God’s eyes, seeing where love is needed and asking God to send love to that pain.).

 

So to answer your question….YES there is a lot going on in the world.  Take care of yourself.  Honor what your intuition is telling you about the world.  Be in love.  Be in peace.  Don’t get drawn into the fear.  And by all means…..embrace, honor, cultivate your own amazing gifts because the world needs your gifts and we need them now!

Love,

Lauri

 

Posted in New Kids, world changes

The Kids Are Alright – Ministering to the New Grown Ups

In yesterday’s blog, I identified an audience of young adults, who I refer to as the New Grown Ups, whose needs are not being met.   (To learn more about the New Grown Ups….and to find out if you are one or know someone who is, click HERE.)  In short, the New Grown Ups are our future and they are here to change the world!  The problem is that few of them have been supported in their unique giftedness and even fewer have been taught how to understand, manage and best utilize these gifts. 

Born with a Knowing

One of the things that sets the New Grown Ups apart is that they were born with a knowing of what the world is supposed to be like.  To them, this world that they know in their SOUL is a “no duh,” and they don’t understand why the world isn’t this way.  Within them is an assumption of harmony, peace, love, unity and a world in which the environment is well cared for, energy is free and sustainable, farming methods are sustainable and organic, the world can exist without war, diversity of race, sexual and gender orientation, religion, etc. are not only tolerated but honored, and the needs of the poor, disenfranchised, etc. are tended to.  Education is grounded in creativity and innovation, medicine is holistic and corporations are working for and serving the good of the all. Sounds like a terrific world, right!?  EXACTLY.  Now you understand why the New Grown Ups are so pissed off.  The world that exists outside of them is NOTHING like the world they know in their heart.  And their greatest fear is that they are powerless to do anything about it.  Hence the despair, depression and apathy that often clouds the vision and call of the New Grown Ups.

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Here to Change the World

There can be no doubt about this – the New Grown Ups are here to heal and change the world!  Why else would they be born with such a deep knowing of a kinder and gentler world?  And….they have been given special gifts to help bring this new world into fruition.  Unfortunately, no one has taught them how to understand or use these special gifts, leaving them the victims instead of the harnessers of these gifts.

 

EMPATHY!

One of the most profound gifts given to the New Grown Ups is the gift of empathy.  Empathy, from this perspective, is a kind of intuitive gift.  The gift of empathy is most obviously recognized in the ability to FEEL the energy of another individual, a space, an experience or an event.  Empathy is most often experienced in a physical felt-sense of emotions that are not our own.  For example, a New Grown Up who has been gifted with empathy, can walk into a room and feel how everyone in that room is feeling.  They pick up the feelings and emotions of others.  Until they know they possess the gift of empathy and what to do with it, the New Grown Ups often act like a sponge or a Swiffer, picking up and taking with them the negative emotions of the people and space around them.  When used unconsciously and without intention and proper guidance, the New Grown Up is left feeling like crap – and not knowing why. The good news is that there is another way for the New Grown Up to use the gift of empathy – in a way that fulfills it’s purpose, which is to heal, but without doing damage to the New Grown Ups sharing that gift. I teach New Grown Ups the other way of using this gift.

Support for the New Grow Ups

The New Grown Ups are our future and they are here to change the world.  It is for this reason that I am offering support for the New Grown Ups – guidance that will help them identify, cultivate and harness their gifts, manage the anxiety of living in the tension between the world that currently is and the one they were born to bring forth, and find support in a community of other Grown Ups who share a common vision and similar challenges.  To learn more about how this support is being made available, click HERE. 

 

 

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The Kids Are Alright! Honoring the New Kids (Grown Ups)

Switching gears all together – though interestingly, the discussion about Emergent Church falls short unless we are talking about the subject of today’s blog – the New Grownups.  The purpose of today’s blog is to learn who the New Growups are and how we can best support them in meeting their need to find meaning, purpose and connection in a world where they often feel out of place and unwelcome. 

 

The Kids are Alright!

 

The New Grown Ups are our future.  They are here to heal and change the world!

 

The New Kids (Grown Ups) are some of my most favorite peeps!  As one of them, I understand their nature, their drive, their passion and most importantly, their struggles.  Some have turned to labeling these amazing new humans respectively: Indigo Children, Crystal, Rainbow and any other variety of colorful names.   I was at first tempted to call them “the New Kids,” but after consulting several professionals on the topic, we agreed that these folks are anything but kids – in fact, they were born grownups, knowing what the world is supposed to be like and how to act in that world.  It is for this reason, that I am choose to call them the “New Grownups,” and I want everyone to understand that these grown ups are alright!

Below I will identify the New Grown Ups through some common characteristics, though perhaps the easiest way to communicate this is through a song that I believe might just be their anthem:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0gtzHJphVg

Who Are the New Grown Ups?

While there is no exhaustive list of characteristics which describe the New Grown Ups, and these characteristics may vary among them, there are some general trends worth noting.  In general, the New Grown Ups are:

  • Born with a deep sense that they are here for a reason, that there is something they are here to do.
  • Born with a profound inner knowing of what the world is supposed to be like and dramatically and negatively affected when they witness or experience a world other than what they know is supposed to be.
  • Dumbfounded that others don’t understand and expect the world to be as they know it should be and that no one seems to be doing anything about it.
  • Questioning themselves because of the contrast between what they know and what others seem to know and believe.  This questioning creates in them a great deal of anxiety, stress and they often lose sleep over this.
  • Experiencing a great amount of angst—over the state of the world, the environment, politics, and all of the above mentioned, and often feel helpless (even hopeless) about it.
  • Restlessly discontent over all of the above – a discontent that is not satisfied until they are working toward the creation of the world they know in their hearts, their minds and their beings.
  • Growing cynical over all of the above while maintaining their own idealism.
  • Extremely sensitive to their environment, picking up the feelings and emotions of others, feeling like it is their job to fix things.  Also sensitive to world events – weather, natural disasters, human disasters, war, etc.
  • Struggling with anxiety, depression, panic attack, sleeplessness, insomnia.
  • Creatively driven with an active mind.
  • Frequently labeled as ADD or ADHD, EBD, ODD, etc.
  • Struggling with authority—feeling it has to be earned, not assumed.
  • Fiercely independent, don’t fit in with old systems of education, government, religion, etc., knowing a better way to do these things.
  • Often drawn to nature. Feel more grounded and whole after spending time in nature.
  • Not interested in the current Western paradigm of materialism and consumerism.
  • Struggling or did struggle in school. May have had trouble getting and holding a job.
  • Drawn to recreational drugs, may have struggled with addictions.

And finally, the New Grown ups are PISSED OFF!  You would be too if you were born into a world that, for the most part, does not understand you and which certainly does not appreciate your gifts.  In the driving, striving, achieving, accumulating, destructive, wasteful Western world, the New Grown Ups look like apathetic slackers.  But, I can tell you that there is no one on the planet who has worked harder to survive than the New Grown Ups.  Simply staying alive in a world that is trying to destroy them has been their lifelong mission – and sadly, for many, they died trying.

Wake Up New Grown Ups, We Need You!

The time for dying, however, has come to an end.  The world is finally ready for their gifts, (albeit kicking and screaming). The New Grow Ups are waking up,  and I, for one, am ecstatic!  Thank you New Grown Ups for being born in this place and in this time. We desperately need you, your gifts, and the vision of a new world that you were sent to create.

Starting Monday, July 7, 2014, I will be offering a support group for New Grown Ups as they are waking up and discerning their mission. 

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