are the most powerful forces in a child's universe. The thoughts
children think each day influence every aspect of their lives. Their
attitudes, choices, personality, and who they ultimately become
as individuals, are all products of their thinking.
We all want
our children to have positive attitudes, make wise choices and feel
good about themselves. This is obvious. What is not so obvious is
how to achieve this. Courses in thinking have never been part of
the regular school curriculum. How to think with purpose and clarity
is a skill that needs to be taught at home. It falls upon us as
parents to instill good thinking habits in our children.
little was known or understood about the science of mind power.
Fortunately this is no longer true. Now, at the beginning of the
21st century, mind power is a well-respected practice used daily
by millions. Contemporary media, whether it be mass circulation
magazines, TV documentaries or scholarly publications such as The
New England Journal of Medicine, abound in material extolling the
virtues of training the mind. Sports icons such as Tiger Woods and
Michael Jordan share how mental training complements their physical
workouts, with noticeable results. Entertainment celebrities like
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Carrey speak glowingly of the results
they've achieved by using mind power. It has become almost common
knowledge that mind power techniques such as visualization and affirmations,
practiced regularly, increase performance.
with all this attention, the practice of mind power has been overlooked
by perhaps the most influential segment of our society - parents.
For whatever reason, it seems to have eluded parents and teachers
that what has worked so successfully with adults could be adapted
and taught to children. Everyone assumed that mind power was an
adult practice, that young children would be unable to understand
or use these methods. Fortunately, this is not the case. Children
not only take easily to mind power, but thrive using the techniques.
have spent the last ten years teaching the unique Mind Power program
presented in the book Mind Power for Children to thousands of children
of all ages. The results have been spectacular and lasting. Children's
potential was explored and expanded in ways we had not even envisioned
when we began our first program. Our hope is that by sharing these
stories and experiences, you will feel inspired to follow this path
with the children in your life.
Thoughts as Energy
Mind power is based upon the scientific discovery that everything
at its purest and deepest essence is energy. The walls in your home,
the clothes you are wearing, the book in your hands, all are at
the most basic level vibrating energy. Our thoughts too consist
of this same energy, and are powerful forces in and of themselves.
Thought is forever attempting to find form, is always looking for
an outlet, always trying to manifest itself into its physical equivalent.
Our thoughts can be compared to sparks from a fire. Though they
contain the essence and potential power of the flame, they manifest
as a flash and then dissipate quickly. They last only a few seconds.
Because of this, a single unaided thought may not seem to have much
power in and of itself. However, through repetition, our thoughts
can become concentrated and directed, and their force is magnified
many times. The
more a thought is repeated, the more energy and power it generates,
resonating within us and attracting from the outer reality the circumstances
that match the images we hold within. Our experiences in life, and
the thoughts we think, are directly related to one another. Understanding
this, we encourage our children to work creatively with their thoughts
in a fun and systematic way.
child psychologists have long known that self-esteem, self-image
and personality characteristics are formed early in a child's development.
What has not been fully appreciated is how dramatically mind power
practices, taught early, can encourage positive qualities in a child's
life, enhancing their ability to function in their environment with
confidence and assurance.
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