There are large numbers of people in this world that are exploring realms beyond the physical world, or at least they are interested in learning about such things and are open to the possibilities. There are also large numbers that don’t believe in anything they can’t see, feel, or touch. I’m going to assume most of my readers are in the former category.
Metaphysics is a rather vague term. When I use that term I’m referring to things like Out of Body Experiences (OBE), Near Death Experiences (NDE), Remote Viewing, Psychic Abilities, Intuition, Seeing Spirits or Ghosts, Reincarnation and Past Lives, and other such non-physical abilities or experiences.
Millions of books and many TV programs and movies reach into the area of metaphysics, so I know it’s a popular topic. I’m sure many people are open to these ideas. If they weren’t, there would be no market for all the books and media.
There is a stigma associated with these things. They are rarely discussed in a public setting. People are afraid of what others will think. I’ve had some very brief conversations with people who I thought were open to such things. The conversation starts out good, and then I can almost hear their mind slam shut when I step outside of their realm of belief. Ridicule of such things has been a constant source of strife throughout the ages. Think Spanish Inquisition or Salem Witch Trials. So it’s understandable that stuff like this isn’t often discussed.
I fear the silence often continues inside the family dynamic. Sometimes husbands and wives can’t even broach such topics. I’m very lucky to have a wife that is open such things.
Given all that resistance I have been wondering how many families discuss this with their kids. From everything I’ve read, children are often more attuned or more easily able to experience things of a metaphysical or nonphysical nature. Many attribute this to the fact that they haven’t yet been exposed to a multitude of limiting beliefs. That is to say, they haven’t been taught to believe that the metaphysical is abnormal or impossible.
I think it is important to be open with kids about the possibilities of such metaphysical phenomena. Often, even when parents are open to such things they forget to include their kids in their discussions.
I’ve been talking with a friend of mine, and he’s been learning some wonderful things about his son. He and his son are on an amazing journey of discovery. The cool thing is that they are openly discussing it and are learning together.
I know many parents that quickly kibosh any discussions of this nature or attribute them to wild imaginations due to their own belief structure, so to see the two exploring it together is really inspirational.
With my own daughter we have recently been discussing dreams. I keep a dream journal where I write down all my dreams. I was sitting at the table one evening writing in this journal, and my daughter asked me what I was doing. I explained to her that I had some dreams and I was writing them down. I told her about the dream as I was writing. She told me she had some dreams too and I offered to add them to my journal. She was so excited and immediately fetched a note pad and a pen. She decided to write about her dreams too in her own journal. She just turned five, so she’s not exactly writing on her own, but she can write the words if I spell them out for her.
She proceeded to tell me about one of her recent dreams and I wrote it out in my journal. After I finished writing it, I spelled out the key words so she could enter a brief entry in her own journal. She was absolutely glowing as she talked about her dreams. It was such a great bonding experience. It was also fun because I learned her dreams were almost as crazy as my own. (I’ll have to share some of my dreams one day; I swear some of them would make a blockbuster movie.)
There are a couple of things to take out of these two little examples.
1) Sharing discussions of the metaphysical can be a great bonding experience.
2) Sharing these things will help your children feel normal, and know that these experiences are ok.
I have one more experience to share. When I was about 12 years old I had an Out of Body Experience. One night while I was sleeping I woke up on the ceiling. I looked down and saw my body lying in my bed. It startled me and I was immediately sucked back into my physical body. To me at the time however, that feeling felt like I was getting sucked right out the window. Not knowing what it was at the time I thought aliens were trying to suck me out the window with some sort of tractor beam. There weren’t many peaceful alien type movies back then so it really scared the heck out of me. I woke up and went into the living room where I figured I’d be safer.
My parents are pretty open to this sort of stuff, and we talked about some of this. I don’t remember if we ever talked about out of body experiences or if I just didn’t piece it all together at the time. I’m not sure when I finally figured out what had happened, it might have been through reading some books or it may have come in later discussions with my dad.
That example brings me to number three.
3) Sharing these things will help to alleviate and prevent fear.
The unknown is a scary place. By discussing these things, you take away some of the unknown.
One final reason that I can think of for discussing metaphysics with your kids is
4) To expand your own beliefs and experiences.
Imagine all you could learn if your child is having some experiences. It may just expand your own boundaries, and think of how special it could be to explore these things together.
There is a definite shift happening in our culture. All the different facets of the metaphysical realm are becoming more accepted as possibilities. With more and more children being told that these experiences are ok, we are helping to propel this shift.
If you have young kids, take a few minutes today and talk to them. Here are some questions to ask.
Do you remember any of your dreams?
Are they scary dreams or nice dreams?
Could you tell me about some of your dreams?
Have you had any visits from a deceased relative? (insert name as appropriate)
Do you have any (non-physical) playmates?
Do you ever see or communicate with people that Mommy and Daddy can’t see?
Do you ever see angels?
Do you remember anything from before you were born?
What is your earliest memory?
Have you ever floated away from your bed?
Do you ever leave your physical body while you are sleeping?
Do you ever walk around in your sleep?
Do you ever have strange things happen that you don’t understand or can’t explain?
I’d like some input from my readers. Do you have any experiences you’d like to share, and can you think of any more questions that would spark conversations with your kids?