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September 15, 2006

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cathleen

Dearest Mother of Sammy,
Keep listening to your heart and talking with Sammy while sitting on your hundred year old hardwood floors. And trust that the conversations you've already had, and the thousand seeds of love, respect, creativity, curiosity, and faith you and Richard have planted are already beginning to bloom. I believe your conversations with Sammy, your intentionality will make a difference. That said, I am now wrestling with the deep layers of all the ways I was the 'good little girl' throughout life, squishing my essence. There is far less to undo at 5 than at 47 so keep talking! And the book "The Art Lesson" by Tommie dePaola is a must read for the artist child and parents in your family.
With much love and blessing, perseverance and clarity for you, Richard, and Sammy, and all your 4-leggeds because they also know something is stirring,
Cathleen

Sacred Art of Living

Dearest Trish,
First lots of hugs and warm, tender thoughts. I don't have children of my own, an intentional choice on our part, so I can't speak out of that experience. I do have many friends with young ones and a deep care and concern for the ways in which we can live freely and fully and creatively and what stifles us. I love how Cathleen put it, because that is my sense as well, trust that everything that you are and you surround Sammy with at home will make an enormous difference. And part of our creative expression is precisely how we learn to be ourselves and respond to the restrictions imposed on us by others.

Perhaps at some point it does mean finding another learning situation for Sammy. I have seen friends struggle deeply with finding the right schools for their bright and creative children. For now, trust that your love and care and deep honoring of the creative impulse really does make a difference in his life. Be ever so gentle with yourself

Love and blessings,
Christine

PS -- Lots of Waldorf schools in the stunning NW :-) http://www.waldorf-northwest.info/

shannon

your great. i love your passion for sammy.
i guess i come from a little different side, being a public school teacher. learning how to respect others (peers and teacher- so she doesn't go insane) is mostly what kindergarten is all about. and i think being creative is not hindered by this learning. not that i completely agree with everything the teacher is doing. (i hate proper ways).
also being an artist, i want to encourage you by saying, what made me creative was not that i was free to do whatever i pleased, but the exact opposite. because i new my boundaries i knew what to push. so keep encouraging sammy to be kind but also to push the edges
and continue to be the waldorf at home you want him to experience.

Story Midwife

Cathleen, Christine, and Shannon,

THANK YOU for your words! I am so grateful for the voice of each of you amazing, wild women in my life. And therefore, in my family.

And Christine, a life surrounded by the stunning NW scenery sounds lovely! Could happen!

Sacred Art of Living

I should warn you that visiting this amazing lush place has a tendency to seize your heart in unexpected ways. ;-)

LBP

Hello again Story Midwife! I was very touched by this post. It took me back to experiences I had when my daughters were very small. (I have 4 girls between the ages of 13 and 7)
I remember the colic, the distress and the exhaustion! I also remember my loss of all reason and kindness towards everyone. Lack of sleep and support changed me into a person I completely didn't want to be! But that time passed, I healed, my children healed and we have very close relationships now. I owe alot to the homoeopathic remedies which salvaged us all! We stumble into Motherhood so blindly and it challenges every perception we have ever formed! I am sure we don't become truly great at mothering until we are Grandmothers! (Ah the joy that is hindsight.)
I tried my eldest daughter in a village school when she was 4. It was an horrendous experience for her and I removed her quickly and never looked back into formal education. We joined a Waldorf school which in many ways was beautiful for Meiri and exactly what I envisaged a gentle introduction to schooling to be-- though I think any gathering of people is only as good as the energies and attitudes of those people involved. Unfortunately, the school had alot of disagreement with regard to ethos and very little flexibility and sense of humour, amongst the adults (both teachers and parents) and I reached a point where our family had to withdraw out of pure frustration! (Though the fees were crippling too!)
Anyway I'll stop rattling on..... I just wanted to say that I know how difficult it is to be in these situations where you see the outside world begin shaping your child's behaviour and perspectives and you feel the weight of having to make huge decisions for another soul! Every circumstance will have its good and bad aspects and I think in time you do find the right balance for yourself and your children.
LBPx

Story Midwife

LBP, thank you so much for your words here. I find such gentleness and grace wrapped within them. Today we have our first official teacher conference with Sammy's teacher. We shall see how this all unfolds.

I'd like to learn more about homeopathics. I have dabbled in herbal remedies and make my Boys (son and husband) and myself an herbal cocktail each morning. Today I was thinking I'd like to try some remedies for emotional distress, etc. From what little I know about homeopathics and flower essences, I think they are more geared toward the emotional/spiritual realm. Thoughts on this???

And let me just say...
Four daughters in six years! Holy cow, woman! You're aMAZing! Bless you all!

P.S. How do you pronounce Meiri? Lovely.

Fancy Dirt

I find your gentle spirit refreshing. A long missed breeze from the 1960's and 70's, when I was an innocent, loving, flower child and young mother. I love my children beyond reason, but life would have sad stories for all of us that I could never have imagined back then.

How lucky these people are that you care about, to have a friend like you. I carry my spirituality inside myself and see all as one, here and now, despite the battles I've been through, and the times I've just wanted to give up.

I live in the south now, and too many people I meet here seem to have a religious? mental tally going on in their heads: hell, heaven, hell, hell, heaven, hell, sorting out who they are going to let in or kick out of their cartoon of an afterlife. Making note of whether you pepper your conversations with the required Christian cult-speak.

I like your place. I'll be back.

LBP

Hello! Meiri is pronounced with (the Germanic) long "I" sound.

I have always used homoeopathic remedies and flower essences with for our family-- and certainly now, with more frequency and confidence because I am a student homoeopath!

In answer to your question, yes indeed the remedies have a very deep and subtle influence on the etheric and emotional realms, especially when used in high potency. Though as you come lower in potency, (closer to the material from which it was made) the action of a remedy becomes more physical.

This is not to say that a low potency remedy is ONLY physical, or that a high potency is ONLY spiritual.
For example: If you walk into the corner of a counter and bruise your hip, you would take Arnica 6C or 30C
If you were in an accident where you had sustained bruising as well as feeling shock from the occurrence, you would opt for a higher potency of Arnica (maybe 200C) which would likely be more effective for healing both the physical and the emotional injury.

LBPx

LBP

Hello! Meiri is pronounced with (the Germanic) long "I" sound.

I have always used homoeopathic remedies and flower essences with for our family-- and certainly now, with more frequency and confidence because I am a student homoeopath!

In answer to your question, yes indeed the remedies have a very deep and subtle influence on the etheric and emotional realms, especially when used in high potency. Though as you come lower in potency, (closer to the material from which it was made) the action of a remedy becomes more physical.

This is not to say that a low potency remedy is ONLY physical, or that a high potency is ONLY spiritual.
For example: If you walk into the corner of a counter and bruise your hip, you would take Arnica 6C or 30C
If you were in an accident where you had sustained bruising as well as feeling shock from the occurrence, you would opt for a higher potency of Arnica (maybe 200C) which would likely be more effective for healing both the physical and the emotional injury.

LBPx

LBP

Apologies! I don't know why that posted twice!

Story Midwife

Hello Fancy Dirt. Welcome here!

Wow - so much you've written in this reply! Lots of layers.

You're right, I AM lucky to have this lovely circle of internet- and heart-connected women. They're something else.

Yes, we never know what is next unfolding in our lives. What are some of your favorite memories of life with your children at this "innocent, flower child" time in your life?

Bless you, Fancy Dirt. Bless the younger you that dreamed of all the possibilities life might dance her way. And bless the you that is here today, wise and seasoned and still learning.
May lightness dance in your heart.

I hope you'll visit again soon!

Deep bows of kindness to you,
SM

Story Midwife

Hello LBP! I'm so happy to see you again! Thanks for the homeopathic / flower essences scoop. I must do some reading. Any good websites, blogs, books, articles you can point me to?

Okay, another name question: what's the x behind LBP represent?

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