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.
- It is important to understand that autistic persons are not empaths.
- 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.