Saturday, February 06, 2010
This review is adapted from the writer's review at Amazon.com
Meg Losey offers a new parenting book that isn't a typical how-to parents' guide. It's a book of deep spiritual insight that challenges the reader to be open, authentic, self-accepting, and willing to break out of old patterns and limiting beliefs. It's about becoming an example of a spiritually liberated, self-actualized human being and doing the personal growth work as a vital part of being a better parent. This is a book on conscious parenting, which means it inspires parents to be self-aware so that they can be more aware and sensitive to the needs of their children.
Losey refers to the many children who are exceptionally aware and sensitive as the Children of Now. This is similar to the designations of "indigo" and "crystal" given to these children by "new age" thinkers and parents who wish to feel their kids are special. These children have much to share with the world, although Losey does over-idealize them at times. They have areas they need to develop and balance themselves in, so Losey does well in pointing out how our society can be destructive to their self-concept and stifle their potential by suppressing their self-expression rather than helping them process their feelings.
This book teaches valuable spiritual principles and offers exercises to help parents love, heal, and accept themselves and their children. It's designed to help you shift your perspective and help your child embrace the spiritual gifts and potential that lie within. I find the principles offered in this book highly congruent with what I teach in my own writings and the spiritual/holistic counseling and healing work I offer. This book is quite valuable for any parent to read, yet it's not just for parents - anyone can learn and apply the insights provided in this book.
Jed Shlackman, LMHC, C.Ht.