Deeper Perception Made Practical

From a Spiritual Perspective, Why Is There Autism?

So many autistic children -- how are parents to understand?

So many autistic children — how are parents to understand?

Big thanks to our Blog-Buddy DONNA. Today she has re-opened an important conversation for “Deeper Perception Made Practical.” Coming from a spiritual perspective, why is there autism? Why are there so many autistic persons?

Here is her beautiful comment (at Skilled Empath Merge with autistic savant Stephen Wiltshire) that inspired today’s blog post:

“As you know I am the parent of an autistic child…young man now.  This [article on Wiltshire] was fascinating reading to me.

“I would like to know if you have or will share your theories on why so many souls are incarnating as autistic at this time. I have some theories too.

“I can tell you that raising a child who is autistic is tough but it is absolutely a huge shift in your experience of what life really is, what is really of significance, and for me it showed me what and who I can be.

“I truly see life so differently now.  I wish everyone could feel that divine connection as I have glimpsed since I had my son. It opened me wider if that makes any sense.  Thank you for this. It really made sense to me.”

Acknowledging You Courageous Parents of Autistic Children

And children they always will be, I gather. Children in a sense that is different from what it is like to parent a child who falls within “the normal spectrum.”

My first response, DONNA, must be acknowledgment of the kind of parent you seem to be: Awesome.

I have known quite a few parents of autistic children, and every single one of them struck me as curious, loving, generous, and growing very rapidly here at Earth School.

My admiration extends to those who acknowledge they cannot care for deeply troubled children with autism and have them placed in instutions that provide more specialized care. One of my all-time favorite clients, GLADYS, had to make that hard choice. From what I understand, it was exactly the right thing to do.

Closer to home, two of my best friends have autistic children; both the parents and children have struggled, have managed, have quietly persisted — and have been doing so well. Even knowing about what they’ve achieved uplifts me, and I’m just a spectator.

Despite this experience, I don’t really know what any of you parents have gone through. Can’t even imagine. But I sure can admire.

Theories About Why So Many Autistic Persons Are Living Now?

Since you asked, DONNA, some theories that occur to me are not directly related to Rosetree Energy Spirituality (RES) but practical. Yes, so many persons with autism are living now. Is it possible that these are factors?

  • Diagnostic methods have improved, so that compared to other times in history, autism is identifed.
  • Autistic children survive, and aren’t hidden away.
  • The internet and media make the public more aware of autism than used to happen with older technology. Hey, the internet and media are making us aware of EVERYTHING.

What Do I Know, Working in RES

Living on earth in a human body is a privilege always. We can evolve so rapidly.

And especially now. The first years of the Age of Awakening — this is an extraordinary time on earth. Unless you do Stage Three Energetic Literacy, you have no way to recognize — or fathom — the vast array of consciousness walking around in human bodies.

That includes beings who, in my opinion, have chosen to incarnate on earth and not in Enlightenment (yet), although previously they were seraphs or other expressions of consciousness that qualify as Divine Beings.

Talked with one of them just last weekend. Behind the scenes, JOE has a very powerful influence on one of America’s most important institutions. Yet who would know just to look at him? Ha, gotta love Earth School!

Advanced beings like JOE have chosen to incarnate now. Reasons are mysterious. Through my work in RES, I only know one of these reasons:

Some very highly evolved beings have incarnated now to grace this game-changing time in human history.

This is an extraordinary event, although barely recognized by our media. (Yet.)

Each of us reading this blog has lived through this huge change, which continues to gain momentum: The Shift into the Age of Aquarius, the Aquarian Age, the Age of Energy, or (as I prefer to call it) the Age of Awakening.

When Everyone Can Sense Energy, What Are We to Make of Autism?

Here is what else I know related to DONNA’s question, not as a theorist but based on my work in RES. Professionally I have read auras of people who are autistic, developmentally disabled, or diagnosed with Aspberger Syndrome.

These souls are having unusual  everyday experiences of consciousness.

What makes this worth mentioning? Because living in this new Age of Awakening, energy is everyone’s shiny new toy. Each of us can explore consciousness, or energies, or subconscious-level experiences.

However, that does not mean we have knowledge. It doesn’t mean we have skill at energetic literacy. It does not mean we have other skills, such as professional expertise in a particular specialized field.

And that knowledge gap can prove tricky, as I have written elsewhere, because we still feel what we feel and think what we think. But that counts as self-authority, rather than knowledge.

All aura reading can inform our self-authority. However great Stage One Energetic Literacy feels, it is notoriously inaccurate.

Fortunately everyone can gain Stage Three Energetic Literacy. But, in my professional opinion, that still might need to be supplemented by accurate knowledge before the person is competent to make observations about autism that go beyond personal meaning and belief.

Meanwhile, there is a tendency for empaths, or other people who explore being energy sensitive, to notice whenever there is an unusual experience of consciousness — and then to assume that similar feelings (at Stage One Energetic Literacy) prove that everybody with something unusual is fundamentally alike.

Really, what’s alike is simply that — for whatever reason, and in whatever way — each person is having unusual everyday experiences of consciousness.

Please Avoid Equating Different Kinds of Unusual Experiences of Consciousness

Empaths are not autistic and vice-versa. Yet plenty of beginners at energetic literacy are having a field day, playing with that idea.

Empaths Have Neither Autism Nor Aspberger Syndrome — that wasn’t a frivolous article for me to write.

I hope you Blog-Buddies won’t discount the article I linked to there either, sage perspective on this topic from Dr. Elaine Aron, columnist for “Psychology Today.” Even the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual” (DSM) provided by the American Psychiatry Association (APA), clarifies the distinctive patterning of autism.

True, the APA hasn’t yet explored being an empath, nor has Dr. Aron, but when and if they do, I hope to God that they will find what is true, rather than today’s popular nonsense about energy vampire-sensitivity, etc.

Meanwhile, here is an example of an exchange I have had recently with DONNA concerning the conflict between what she understands as a motivated and talented beginner, versus what shows to a more sophisticated understanding about experiences of consciousness:

“… my son… is not only empathic but extremely intuitive and happens to be autistic as well. From what I see in him…yeah much to the dismay of those who think they know what autism is, he is empathic. He does lack theory of mind in some respects….but with empathy I don’t believe you need that, you merely feel…and he does that in aces. So, how do I help him to be more skilled….by modeling that myself, by trying to explain etc???”

Because DONNA reached out at my Empath Empowerment Skills Facebook Group, I responded briefly there, flagging some of the problems with what she had written.

I’ll include these responses below, Blog-Buddies. Not to scold DONNA (whom I admire for continuing our conversation at this blog, more appropriate than the FB group). Many of you might find it helpful to read these practical points.

What Is Appropriate, Helping Austistic Children. And What Isn’t.

Here’s a summary of my perspective — as an expert at helping empaths effectively, although not a parent like brave DONNA.

  1. It is important to understand that autistic persons are not empaths.
  2. Please do not attempt to teach your autistic child the skills of Empath Empowerment®. This will NOT be helpful for him. (Or her.)

Furthermore, folks, please don’t attempt to teach anyone the skills of Empath Empowerment®. This isn’t like showing somebody how to use a new app, or share psychological generalizations from a self-help book. You will be messing with that other person’s flow of consciousness.

Unless you know precisely what you are doing, that can inadvertently create problems. Please, don’t go there.

Which is why my resources to help empaths have been meticulously prepared. And I’ll tell you, as a teacher in mind-body-spirit who has been active for 46 years, teaching Empath Empowerment® skills is far more difficult than anything else I have taught in my career.

Note: If you attend my Empath Empowerment Workshop, Level One, you can see the fine nuances in action — how I have learned to gently clarify and tweak and prevent bad habits. (Teachers and energy healers and mental health practitioners tend to really get a kick out of how I teach this workshop.)

Back at the topic of being at home, and wishing to help somebody you love: What do I recommend, if it isn’t sharing your experience and trying to teach what you’ve learned?

If you have a copy of “Become The Most Important Person in the Room,” that’s a great place to start. Share that book, if your child is interested. Read it aloud. Then discuss.

Otherwise the best way to help a young child who’s an empath is for YOU to develop solid skills as an empath.

That would include NOT floating around, doing unskilled empath merges or prolonged empath merge with your children. Won’t help them, and it won’t help you either.

Yes, skilled empaths make better parents than unskilled empaths. That way we can enjoy our own lives more, too. 🙂

Thanks so much, DONNA, for inspiring today’s blog post. I dropped everything to respond.

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  1. 1
    Connie Marcucci says:

    This was refreshing and educational.

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    Connie Marcucci says:

    Very nice to hear all of this…thank you!!!

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    Katie says:

    Why is their more dementia – why are people forgetting …is it due to being ungrounded ..wanting to escape reality or something more?

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    KATIE, although that’s a good question I am not the one to answer it.

    Not only do I lack the needed expertise. Personally I am not a fan of explaining very different problems with ideas like “wanting to escape reality.”

    Thanks for asking, though.

  5. 5
    Kira says:

    Interesting, as always!

    I was tested by a psychologist for ADD/ADHD at one point (as an adult), and she said that I don’t have it, but that there was something odd about my results.

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    Kira says:

    She said if she had to guess, it was similar to Asperger’s Syndrome, but it was not a professional opinion.

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    Kira says:

    In hindsight, I wonder if the testing revealed some empath traits and she thought of Asperger’s because she’s more familiar with it.

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    Donna says:

    Boy does that last part hit home, I see that I need so much to develop better skills an an empath to help ME!

    i think it is very possible that I am doing unskilled empath merges with my son….

  9. 9
    Donna says:

    this is not good for me. It doesn’t leave me at peace…

    and if I am not at peace with those feelings I am picking up I can not be of help to him in the way I wish to.

  10. 10
    Donna says:

    Also, I am infringing on his path. And it it his choice, his souls choice to experience earth school in the way he is. Wow…

  11. 11
    Donna says:

    ok I need to do this, finally, I need to use this gift of empathy with skills. I’m on it…

    thank you Rose for this eye opener. It truly makes sense to me now.

  12. 12
    Donna says:

    Also, yes I think the increase in individuals with autism is multifactored.

    It is better awareness, it is the fact that we do not lock up everyone who is with disabilities, mental health problems etc nearly as much as in the past, and then there are the other kind of undefined reasons…

  13. 13
    Donna says:

    maybe theses souls need to be here now for reasons we don’t completely understand from our limited point of view as other souls walking our individual path.

  14. 14
    Donna says:

    I can say as before….it has opened me more…to understanding that there are things I may never know the answer too here in earth school, but I can try to grow from these experiences.

    See things from different perspectives…open…not shut down…open, but open with skills.

    My new project….learning empath empowerment is one the top skills I hope to pursue!


  15. 15
    Lilian says:

    Donna, lovely comments. 🙂 especially 9 and 10.

  16. 16
    Lilian says:

    Just to also add appreciation to the comment:

    “And especially now. The first years of the Age of Awakening — this is an extraordinary time on earth. Unless you do Stage Three Energetic Literacy, you have no way to recognize — or fathom — the vast array of consciousness walking around in human bodies.”

  17. 17
    Lilian says:

    I do feel that this new age will be the perfect time for all kinds of souls to come to earth. And they will have specific challenges, and also specific gifts to offer. It’s kind of exciting!

  18. 18

    Agreed,LILIAN. So exciting!

  19. 19
    Primmie says:

    The latest figures published about Autism in the US (a parent study) are that 1 in 45 children have it.

  20. 20
    Primmie says:

    I don’t know why the rates are so high, although as I have a son with Autism, I am more interested in and educated about this issue than I used to be.

  21. 21
    Primmie says:

    If I was learning quickly in this world before my twins were born, I’m now learning about life at a vastly increased rate.

    There is no choice!

  22. 22
    Primmie says:

    I don’t think my son incarnated as a soul so I could learn a lot (I have no beliefs like that) but having twins where one in Neuro Typical and one is Autistic has been and continues to be the most extraordinary, wondrous, challenging experience I’ve ever had.

    It’s not an easy path should you find yourself on it, but it is very precious.

  23. 23
    Primmie says:

    I don’t have much to say about being an Empath and/or being Autistic.

    Sensory Processing Disorder is such a huge part of Autism, so I know many people with Autism are hugely sensitive to their environments.

    The sensitivities can lead to all sorts of issues with people but I don’t think that’s the same thing as being an Empath.

  24. 24
    Primmie says:

    I do know my son feels empathy though and understands feeling, which is wonderful and far removed from the stereotype of ASD.

    If my son hurts his twin sister, which does happen as he’s not aware of how strong he is, he is able to understand what she feels and say sorry (quite remarkable as he’s non verbal and uses an iPad to communicate).

  25. 25
    Primmie says:

    Thank you for this post Rose, it’s very interesting and helpful for me to think about these things.

  26. 26

    PRIMMIE, thank you so much for all these comments.

    The part that jumps out at me is how you (rightly) made a distinction between your son having empathy versus being an empath.

    So many people are still confusing the terms “empath” and “empathy.” This adds to confusion. Thank you for subtracting from confusion. 😉

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    Blog-Buddies, if you find this distinction confusing, this blog post can help:

    How We Empaths Can Become More Empathic. (Surprisingly, Most of Us Aren’t.)

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    Jennifer says:

    Thank you Rose for this interesting and informative post! I have great respect for the people who have incarnated here with neurodivergent brains. All very brave!

    I also found this a really interesting read about the origin of a lot of diseases, including Asbergers:
    I kind of hope this is right, tbh…but in any case, thanks again Rose for another awesome post!

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