Autism: Change of Plans? Yes. End of the World? No!

I wasn’t a subscriber to this fellow blogger‘s site when the following comment was made by (38) Joan:

I prayed before I ever had kids that god would give me children that have no mental or social problems. I believe that god ruined him. What if the best my child can do is work as a greeter at Wal-mart, how does one accept your child is doomed, ruined, a waste of human life? I just am begging someone to help me understand this.

My initial feelings were those of pity for the child, not the mother.  However, as the words sank in, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for her too. Read more

The Spiritual Message In Autism

The Spiritual Message In Autism

[Original publishing date: July 6, 2010 on this site.]

With so many children being diagnosed with Autism every day, it is easy for someone to feel hopeless, shame, guilt, anger, or resentment.

The lessons from our upbringings taught us that anything that wasn’t considered to be normal was somehow wrong.  So, when a parent listens to a doctor delivering the diagnosis, these feelings can come forward in a fevered rush, and oftentimes, a sense of abandonment jumps on for the ride.

But what if there was actually more to Autism than what we believe it to be?  What if these children came forth to help expand consciousness to a new level?

What if… Read more

“Find Your Own Calcutta.”

This is the response Mother Teresa once gave when someone asked her what they could do to help.

As a species, we are living in a state of being that is centered around “me”, or “I”, and we have steadily morphed into a consciousness that has become extremely self-serving. But times are pressing us to expand our way of doing things, and the pressure is at its boiling point.

We are no longer receiving a gentle nudging from the Universe to change. Paradigms are shifting at a rapid pace, and many are scrambling to keep up. The old way… can no longer be sustained if we are to shift to the next stage of our evolution. Read more

Childhood Obesity and Autism… Oh, MY!

Barring any glandular problems, solving this major “issue”, whose stats have tripled in the last 30 years, isn’t as challenging as most people think.

Back in my day, watching television was a treat. Chores had to be done, and I had to entertain myself outside before I was even permitted to plop my hindparts on the sofa and veg out on whatever was happening on the boob tube. I was also only permitted an hour or two, if that.

But times have changed…

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Label Me Not!

Autism: Label Me Not!Labels, labels, labels!

As a species, we label everything. We label people, things, and experiences. Maybe (or maybe not) that’s just how life is in a world of polarities. But, labeling people can cause pain, frustration, anger, and even, resentment.

How many times have you used the word, “retarded“, to describe something “stupid” that you, or someone you know, has done? How many times have you witnessed another driver doing something “stupid“, and immediately labeled that person with this stereotype, “I knew they were Asian because they’re all bad drivers”?

How many times have you used a label to excuse yours or someone else’s behavior? Read more