Living in the Joy
January 19, 2010
Just finished a phone call with my friend Karina in Melbourne. She was telling me about her Masters Thesis on Autism. Tomorrow she plans to visit the parents of an autistic child and ask their permission for their daughter to be used as her case study. I helped Karina find the words that she might say to them. The right approach is always energetic – never intellectual. So we looked at the reasons why she is doing her thesis. It comes from passion and a desire that people be more conscious of the nature and gift of autism. That parents can understand their autistic children and deeply love them for who they are and what they exemplify of life.
So, I said to her, come at this from a place of enthusiastically wanting to explore the significance of what autism is, of feeling how it represents a level of communication that is deeply exciting and inspiring in its own right.
To engage with autistic children is an adventure, in which you navigate the fun and joy of their world of hyper-speed multi-level activity. By being open to them and willing to dance in their field of expansive energy, you can communicate with them more quickly and effectively than trying to understand what’s going on.
“Yes,” she said, realising that she can really communicate the power of what she feels without the drag of trying to explain it. “I don’t need to control what’s happening – the secret is living in the joy of every moment of every single day.”
Further information available at http://visionarynetworkaustralia.weebly.com/autism-as-potential.html and Karen’s website http://projectautism.weebly.com/ (links open in a new window).
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