February 5, 2008 8:03pm CST
Hi folks, Just a passing thought here about the resilience of little kiddies in the face of adversity... It's amazing how children can have violent accidents, bounce off concrete, fall through plate glass windows, get mauled by tigers, etc etc, and (beyond the immediate screaming and drawn-out tear sessions) seemingly get over it and just carry on as though nothing happened. Remarkable capacity for recovery from physical damage, to say the least, while they're still in the mood for growing. The thing that brought this into focus for me lately was a documentary on TV in which a little girl (about 2 years old) had constant seizures, so the surgeons decided to cut half her brain out to fix it. Problem solved. The seizures stopped, and what was left of the little girl's brain picked up the baton and took over what the missing piece would have done, so the girl is no different to any other little girl in physical or intellectual development. It might be different if they cut half an adult's brain out, but it still seems to me that the world would be a far less scary place if adults were able to get past seemingly catastrophic circumstances in the same way as the children so often seem to do.
12 Feb 08
I do agree with you... kids seem to be able to recovery from any adversity better that any adult... maybe this is how God created them to be... to be stronger yet more fragile... to be innocent yet smarter... to be small yet stronger... than any adult we know... Kids are kids no matter what we do... and they can get away with anything with their cuteness...
14 Feb 08
Hi aseretdd, I like your observation on the paradoxical aspects of the child's world. I believe you've opened some insight into a wider, deeper reality which we lose touch with as we become ever more entrenched in the quagmire of this material dimension with all its demands and limitations. I'm quite sure kiddies can see things that we can't - just like other creatures that haven't been indoctrinated into a self-encapsulating objective paradigm. It's a little along the lines of another invisible dimensional demarcation between realities which I've slowly awakened to in my lengthening years - the two complementary but separate realities occupied by the two human genders. Which is perhaps why cute kiddies might encounter more resistance from male authority figures than their maternal counterparts.
12 Feb 08
Hi again... When I dropped by to share in some chats on your site the way you do mine I noticed this one and was surprised that it had zero responses. Maybe the header was misleading...but I am sure glad you drew attention to it. It is fascinating to me as well. Kids really do have an amazing 'bounce-back' resiliency that I envy as well. Yes, for some adults the world can be a scary place...and in the end I guess it is all about how much emotional safety. Raia
12 Feb 08
Hi Perspectives, Thanks for taking the time to contribute your thoughts here. I think emotional health is very relevant to trauma remediation, possibly more so for adults than children, owing to the all-round resilience of the kiddies. What's more, children often have support systems in place that adults can't count on, and adults have other burdens not experienced by children. And to add insult to injury (literally), adults appear to have lost (much of) the physical capacity for regeneration so prevalent in growing children. I say "appear to have lost", because the organic capability possessed by kiddies is still available to adults with a little (herbal) assistance. But how to nurture the emotional state necessary to underpin recovery from disaster? I'd suppose one "support system" used by adults is embodied in their spiritual beliefs.
14 Feb 08
Hi Perspectives, One thing that's always in my mind is that we each grew ourselves from scratch, purely by an act of will, and so there's really no reason why we can't continue to regenerate and renew ourselves - unless the will is lacking. I recall reading many years ago of a case in Brazil where a little child's finger was amputated when a car door was closed on it - and the child's finger grew back. There are other documented cases of adults whose amputated digits have grown back in their entirety - knuckles and nails included. Those cases had a bit of herbal help, but that doesn't discount the salient fact that it's quite possible to do. It's not a great leap of faith to go further than that simple example of regeneration, but in any case all healing is fundamentally an act of regeneration - repairing damage and rebuilding what was there before. I appreciate your strategy of addressing wellness from the core - very logical, and essential in my view. It's the core essence of a person that needs protection and nurturing, and everything surrounding that serves as a vessel for the person's experience of the world. I also like your use of the word "miracle" to describe what resilient people do - even if not intended, it points not only to what people are capable of when they believe in themselves, but also to the true nature of the way the world works and why it responds as it does. Metaphysically, "as a man thinketh, so is he (or she)". No-one should ever feel alone, because no-one ever really is. In the most isolated situation, there's always Me, Myself and I.
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2 Mar 08
Wow...I love your additional comments to this. I am so behind in dropping by to thanks friends for their best response and that is why I came back..even if I am three weeks late. I do appreciate it. I also value the way you look at the possibilities of regeneration. To me that is they key to life extension for all of us. Perhaps the main thing we need to do is break away from a conditioned belief that our lifespan is only 'three score and ten' but actually more what we choose it to be. The idea that people 'check out' for some deeper reason that others may not understand intrigues me because of the 'free will' aspect of our soul path. I am sure we could discus our viewpoints at length...but for now our exchanges here work well too. I like what Robin Williams said in the movie What Dreams May Come...a miracle is just something people haven't seen yet. Yes...the hope of things not yet seen. Best regards, Raia
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29 Feb 08
I think a big part of that is the fact that kids bones are not hard like ours, they are more like fresh tree branches that bend rather than breaking! Plus, they may have less fear and therefore less panic, helping them survive better. The kids also do not have firmly held, preconceived notions that they will not heal, and that this or that has no choice but to happen. I mean that they do not think that they will not heal, and the mind has amazing abilities that we are just now discovering!
2 Mar 08
Hi olivemai, I think you're right about the kiddies having softer bones - sometimes when you see a child fall down, they seem to "bounce" as if they're made of rubber. I guess part of it is they have less distance to fall, and less weight when they hit the ground, in most cases. I like your observation about the preconceived notions that may inhibit adult healing but doesn't bother children. No-one has told them that they can't recover, so they do! It might be that some of the herbal cures that people use are helping their bodies to remember what they should already know - how to heal and regenerate themselves.