Fostering a Healthy Imagination in Pagan Children
~ Part Two ~

Following on from my previous article on Dreams and goals I was thinking about how we as humans strive for our goalsand how best to encourage our children to reach for their dreams,

It has recently come to my attention through my daughter and her experience that it isn't just about remaining true to your dreams it is also about remaining committed enough to put in the energy required to persue the dreams we are holding on to.

The other little side issue is that while we hold our dreams tight in our hands we are not actually taking any risks, We have to trust inour instincts and our teaching and just bite the proverbvial bullet. Sometimes we are scared that if we release the dream a little we may fail but we need to be reassured that our dreams never die.

On the playlist I have been embedding into my article the last few months you will find a few songs that are empowering in this process. “Hold On” by Wislon Phillips, “Reach” and “Bring it all Back” by Sclub 7 all speak about reaching for the stars and holding on to your dreams no matter what life may throw at you.


In the last month there has been some footage taken from Britain's most talented television show that shows a not so young lady named Susan Boyle. This spinster lives alone with her cat and has always wanted to sing. When asked why she had never done anything about it she stated that the opportunity had never presented itself. The audience sniggered at her appearance and cringed at her humour and laughed at her dream yet she stood firm, undetered by anyone least of all the judges. Then she sang... and a stunned silence spread across the room, the judges jaws dropped and then thunderous applause broke out whenever she hit a totally perfect note. It was beautiful and moving.

The video can not be embeded any further so I provide here the link via my youtube channel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lp0IWv8QZY

I took this as a lesson for my kids especially my step son and my daughter. I told them that it showed how you should never give up on your dreams, never lose sight of yourself stay firm to your resolve to achieve your goals, never quit and always reach for the stars, take every opportunity that presents itself as long as it doesnt require selling out and just do it! You must never ever allow anyone to steal your dreams.

Now in terms of achieving this as a goal the other most important factor is to actually do the work. Nothing comes that easily if it is worthwhile and long lasting. That in itself is the hardest lesson of all. When we get knocked down or back we have to remember to pick ourselves up, and keep right on going. The best lesson we can provide here for our children is to actually live by this creed ourselves.

We as parents must set ourselves goals, strive to achieve them, pick ourselves up when we get knocked down and remain true to ouselves.

We must always keep in mind too that we are not living our children's lives they are and what they want to achieve may seem unreasonable to us or even unattainable however they are living in the brave new world where everything happens at high speed. Look at the advances in technology in the last 15 years alone. These children of ours have grown up in the time in human history that the fastest advanes happened. Youtube, Social networks like facebook and the massive amount of media coverage about allow for relative unknowns to become mega huge stars just by placing themselves in the public eye. This means that our children need to be empowered to show their best face and always be respectful of themselves and others in all their endeavours but to go ut an d try the things they wish to attempt.

The rules of the game though that must be enforced by them in their interactions with other people are a) they are important b) they are worthwhile c) they deserve cudos for trying d) listen to the advice of mentors when it is given wisely e) never give up f) never lose faith.

Ambition can be a nasty thing too though and so they need to learn balance and perspective. They can achieve their dreams but it can not be at the cost of everything else in their lives. I am a great proponent of the “Nine Intelligences”. Howard Gardner's “Theory of Multiple Intelligences” is an interesting parenitng tool as far as I am concerned. It not only shows how children can be intelligent without book smarts but it also shows how to address the issue of balance in a child's life.

Visual/Spatial Intelligence is seeing and imagining
Verbal /Linguistic Intelligence is working with spoken and written word
Naturalist Intelligence is working with classifications, categories and hierarchies
Rythmic Intelligence is sound and patterning
Logicl Intelligence works with reasoning and problem solving
Intrapersonal Intelligence is feelings, values and attitudes
Interpersonal Intelligence is when we interact with others
Kinesthetic Intelligence is interaction with the environment
Existential Intelligence is when we connect to larger understandings

In a more specific scenario you may have a child that is very talented at sport and may want to play Australian Rules Football. They would be said to have Kinesthetic Intelligence however all nine need to work within conjunction to each other as they overlap and work together to make our lives make sense. A Game of fottball requires physical prowess but also the use of mathematical, verbal and interpersonal intelligences.

“VISUAL/SPATIAL - learning visually and organizing ideas spatially. Seeing concepts in action in order to understand them. The ability to "see" things in one's mind in planning to create a product or solve a problem.
VERBAL/LINGUISTIC - learning through the spoken and written word. This intelligence was always valued in the traditional classroom and in traditional assessments of intelligence and achievement.
MATHEMATICAL/LOGICAL - learning through reasoning and problem solving. Also highly valued in the traditional classroom, where students were asked to adapt to logically sequenced delivery of instruction.
BODILY/KINESTHETIC - learning through interaction with one's environment. This intelligence is not the domain of "overly active" learners. It promotes understanding through concrete experience.
MUSICAL/RHYTHMIC - learning through patterns, rhythms and music. This includes not only auditory learning, but the identification of patterns through all the senses.
INTRAPERSONAL - learning through feelings, values and attitudes. This is a decidedly affective component of learning through which students place value on what they learn and take ownership for their learning.
INTERPERSONAL - learning through interaction with others. Not the domain of children who are simply "talkative" or "overly social." This intelligence promotes collaboration and working cooperatively with others.
NATURALIST - learning through classification, categories and hierarchies. The naturalist intelligence picks up on subtle differences in meaning. It is not simply the study of nature; it can be used in all areas of study..
EXISTENTIAL - learning by seeing the "big picture": "Why are we here?" "What is my role in the world?" "What is my place in my family, school and community?" This intelligence seeks connections to real world understandings and applications of new learning”


~ taken from http://surfaquarium.com/Mi/overview.htm

If we take this at it's core value this means that every person has all nine intelligences in varying levels. Therefore with proper training and support we actually can do anything we set our minds to. We have to have the commitment, dedication and drive to stick to it though. We have evidence of great and courageous deeds every day in the newspapers, on TV and on the Internet. A paraplegic sailed around the world, a blind man climbed Moutn Everest and a man with Asperger's is one of the richest men in the world.

Putting it in perspective though, you don't need a disability to have ambition, You don't need to have hurdles to overcome. Just think what would happen if those children less challenged by life could have the drive and ambition to succeed where would they be?

To recap though, it is most important to keep your feet firmly planted n the ground even though your head is in the clouds, never lose sight of your dream and even if life sets you back continue to go for it!

Our job as a parent is to allow our children to be free to choose what they do with their lives however this can not be to the detriment of their welfare in any way, We need to ensure we are the safety nets for them should their plans fail for some reason and we need to ensure they are always welcome and loved as this provides the best security for our children from failing.

We need to encourage them to reach for the stars and follow their dreams and to believe they can achieve it if they are ambitious and hardworking then nothing can stop them from achieving their goals. But in all things they must remain true to themselves and never sellout or sell themselves short. The only true success is when you have tried your hardest despite all obstacles and you have treated yourself and others with respect and at the end of the game you are still standing, still dreaming and still trying.

So Dream, Fly and teach your children how to by your own example.

Cosmic Blessings

Dragonfly

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