March 30, 2009

“The Autistic Revolution”

This is the title of a DVD by Abraham-Hicks.  The subtitle is Children in the Time of Awakening.

A Twitter friend, @AffirmingSpirit, told me about this video by way of a DM (direct message).  I’ve enclosed it at the end of this post for your own viewing.

After watching this excerpt, I became immediately interested in seeing the whole video, so I bought it.

I’ve shed a few tears, I’ve heard some amazing quotes, but most importantly, I’ve learned a lot in the short time I’ve been watching it.  I actually stopped the DVD so I could write this post.

If you’ve been following this blog, you already know where I stand, today, on my views about autism.  One of the things I’ve only recently come to understand, with every fiber of my being, is that my son is truly here to teach me something.

Some would say that we are in the midst of an epidemic where autism is concerned.  I say that there’s more to it than that.

Why now?  And why so many?

You’ve probably heard folks talk about the year 2012.

While some people are trembling in fear of it, preparing for the “end of the world”, others are waiting with delight.  After all, we will be entering a new world age.  Something that happens every 5,125 years.

Here’s an excerpt from Gregg Braden’s book Fractal Time which speaks of this change.

From the epic poems of India’s Mahabharata to the oral traditions of indigenous Americans and the biblical story of Revelation, those who have come before us knew that the end of time was coming. They knew, because it always does. Every 5,125 years, the earth and our solar system reach a place in their journey through the heavens that marks the end of precisely such a cycle. With that end, a new world age begins.  Apparently it’s always been this way.

For at least four such cycles (or five, according to the Mesoamerican traditions of the Aztec and the Maya peoples), our ancestors endured the changes in global magnetic fields, climate, diminishing resources, and rising sea levels that come with the end of time. They did so without satellites and the Internet or computer models to help them prepare for such a radical shift.

The fact that they lived to tell the story stands as a powerful testament to an undeniable truth: it tells us beyond any reasonable doubt that the inhabitants of our planet have survived the end of world ages in the past. Beyond simply surviving, our ancestors learned from the difficulties that can accompany the change. In the words of their day, they did their best to tell us what it means to live such a rare moment in history. It’s a good thing they did, because such events are few and far between. Only five generations in the last 26,000 years have experienced the shift of world ages. We will be the sixth.

So, what’s all this have to do with autism?

Think about it for a minute.  I know I’m asking you to jump WAY outside your comfort zone, but just think about it.

Just as we’re nearing the end of our current world age, we hear or read about more and more children being diagnosed with autism.

Is there a lesson in this for all us?  I believe there is for we are now living with a larger group of people who do not communicate or socialize like we do.  Y’know like “normal” people.

Having been guilty of this myself, I do wonder why we spend so much time trying to get our children to act more like everyone else instead of allowing them to just… be?

Let me ask you something…

Did you, as a child, dislike it whenever your parents said you had to act or be a certain way?  I know I did.

I had no understanding of what it was like to be anything other than “me”.  I didn’t understand why I had to be “different”.  And because of those “teachings”, I’ve spent most of my life trying to be like other people.

Now, I spend a lot of time learning how to be “me”… the lost me of days gone by.

I have often said that my son is the most loving, the most joyful, the most beautiful person I know.  It’s a shame I don’t often see the same in myself, but I’m working on it though.

Is my son here to teach me how to truly love myself, thereby, making me more loving to others?

Is he here to teach me how to communicate more effectively, both physically & verbally, by teaching me how to just “be” and “go with the flow” instead of always going against the current?

Is he here to teach me how to “play with others” in a way that is more fun for all involved?

Is that why he’s here?

He wakes up smiling, and he goes to sleep smiling.  The time in between is always joyful for him.

I ask you… what’s so wrong with that?  Why does he have to communicate or socialize or “be” like everyone else?

What ever happened to being “unique”? And when did being “unique” become bad?

There was a time when none of this mattered to me.  I was so wrapped up in my own little world that I never thought about his purpose on this earth.

It has taken lots of self-help books, CDs, DVDs… praying… to get me to really see him.

I now have to give pause whenever my son is having a “bad day”.  I have to think about what is it in his environment that has disrupted his good mood.

Was it my mood?  The weather?  Are we somewhere that is too loud or too quiet?  Too bright?  Too fragrant?

Too toxic… for him?

All of these factors play an intricate part in how he interacts with the world.

I know this post probably sounds loopy to you, but riddle me this….

Has your mood ever been altered (good or bad) by the mood of another or by a situation?

If you answered “yes”, then you just might understand what I’m talking about.

We are in the midst of a “new paradigm”; a change in consciousness; a change in how things “are”.  We are moving towards a deeper sense of wanting to know why we’re here, and what we can do while we’re here to live richer, more fulfilling lives.

Perhaps, it is for these reasons that these children have chosen to come forth in such great numbers.



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