Child of My Heart.

 Child of My Heart.

 by:  Aria E. Appleford ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it )

The pain of raising children can be one of the most excruciating experiences in life. It is a roller coaster of emotions, highs and lows, successes and failures. Perhaps nothing forces us to face our own frailties more than when we consider our own limits in regards to raising a child. We hold them in our arms as infants and consider all the possibilities life holds. We watch them grow and develop their own personalities, with their own strengths and weaknesses, and we are keenly aware of what they might one day do.

I am so grateful for the visualization techniques I have learned with Silva.  They have helped me in so many ways with raising my children, I cannot imagine how I would cope without them.

Life requires us to march our children to the door each day and send them out to do battle in a world filled with chaos and unkindnesses. As we wave from the door-step we worry about their tender hearts and fragile beginnings, wanting only for them a fair chance to be who they were sent here to be.

 So as they begin to develop coping mechanisms to deal with life, and choose those actions that lead them down a path of self-denial and possibly even self-destruction we are forced to face one of the most difficult truths of being human. Loving someone is not enough to keep them safe, to heal the open wounds, or to bless them with all that is good. Each person must make their own journey - complete with their own hard earned lessons of what life is about. Loved ones can only watch from the side-lines.  It is in those moments that parents wait, holding close to their hearts a sacred package - the understanding of their child - who they really are and what they can become. While the child makes their journey - perhaps over perilous mountains, and through raging rivers, far far away from any knowledge of themselves - the parent holds on tight. While the world argues with us and threatens to destroy or disregard our child completely - we stand our vigil. We keep that understanding safe, for a time when the child is ready .... ready to accept themselves... finally able to see and know who they are...  It is a never-ending love affair. We begin the process of letting go of our children from the moment they are born and yet, once placed in our hearts, they are always with us. 
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