Monday, May 31, 2010

Many Mansions in Heaven?

My grandsons, Sidney and Jonas, spent a few hours with me on Friday while their mom was away in a meeting. When Amanda returned she told me what Sidney had said on the way to my house. It was so profound I thought it might be insightful to share it here.

Sidney told her that he knew what heaven is like. He said there are different parts of heaven that souls may live upon dying. There was a place for those who follow Jesus and a place for those who pray to Mother Mary, and yet other places for those of different belief system to find comfort when they leave the body. He says a soul can visit any part of heaven it wants. This seems to confirm that whatever belief system or mindset we have in place when we leave the body is carried over into the afterlife. I spoke about this in my book More Than Meets the Eye. It also gives credence to my thoughts that heaven or hell is whatever we create in our minds. It can be anything we want it to be.

When I shared this with my soul mate Randall Hawk, he immediately thought of the scripture where Jesus said, "In my father's house are many mansions. I go to prepare a place for thee." It also reminded me of the verse in the BIble (John 17:24) where Jesus is depicted as saying, "Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am." Is it possible that some soul groups belong to Jesus and others belong to different ascended masters? Definitely food for thought.

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Raising Intuitive Children

"In Raising Intuitive Children, authors Dr. Caron Goode and Tara Patterson, bring forth valuable insights on how intuition plays a key role in our families. Through their own personal stories, client reports and clinical research, this book provides an essential foundation and practical guidelines for nurturing our children's intuitive nature. This work is a powerful and engaging contribution to the field of intuitive study and a must have for parents!"  ~ Deb Snyder, PhD (www.heartglowparenting.com)

You may purchase this highly recommended book on Amazon. Learn more on the author's blog at http://intuitiveparenting.wordpress.com/

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Friday, May 28, 2010

Fun Thing to Do With Grandsons

My grandsons spent the afternoon with me while their mom attended a meeting. Nine-year-old Sidney, 11-month-old Jonas, my friend Oscar, and I starred in a movie. I thought you might like to watch it!

http://starwars.jibjab.com/view/1W7nC4H5xOwFbIc86sXx

You can make your own movie while you are there!

Building Self-esteem in Little Princesses

My step-granddaughter is the seven-year-old joy of my heart. Although we live 500 miles from one another, not a day passes that I don't think of her with loving intention. She is my little princess. She has been a little "royal" since she was old enough to hold her first Barbie doll and wear a plastic tiara.

Little girls come to this planet already knowing they are special and they expect to be treated kindly. Unfortunately, some of life's experiences and abusive or neglectful parenting can knock the wind out of our sails by the time we become adults. Most parents want to protect their children (both boys and girls) from these harsh realities.

One way to ensure that our kids develop a healthy self-esteem is by showing them respect while they are young. If you expect them not interrupt you while you are speaking, then set the example and don't interrupt them while they are speaking. If you want them to believe in themselves, sincerely tell them how wonderful they are and how glad you are they are in your life.

Another way to show that you value your child is by spending time doing what the child wants to do.Give them your undivided attention. Just think of all the errands they go on with you. Do you think they enjoy waiting in line at the grocery store or sitting in a chair twice too big for them while you get your hair cut? Probably not, but any time or situation can become quality time if you make it educational and fun. You just might get better cooperation from the wee ones as a result.

While Keilie is just as at home climbing her backyard fairy tree as she is playing in her doll castle, I know her heart and self-esteem are still fragile at this age. It is our responsibility as parents and grandparents to admire rather than tease our little princesses as they primp in front of the mirror or put on a beauty pageant for anyone who will sit still long enough for her to change into her next costume.

It is especially important for dads to show approval to their young daughters. In the pre-adolescent years, girls are forming their opinion of how men are supposed to behave toward women. The examples you set and attention you pay her now will go with her the rest of her life.

I am thrilled to see a new way of parenting that has emerged in the generation of parents that are the ages of my adult children. Fathering has taken a huge step forward and the absent father of my childhood is now spending quality time with their children. My daughter is the bread winner in her home as her husband stays home and cares for their baby. Scott told me last week that Liam likes to play under tents made from blankets and sheets. Hmmm . . .  I wonder how he knows that? They have a beautiful relationship that I never dreamed possible with my own dad, who hid behind his newspaper most of the time he was home.

Who says men can't change diapers and make formula just as well as a woman? Why shouldn't women make as much (or more) money than men? Why shouldn't boys take ballet lessons? What's wrong with girls playing soldier? This is a healthy shift in consciousness that I feel certain will bring about an empowered new generation.

Any little girl who wants to play dress up in my closet is welcome. Catherine loves to wear my boots! I'll even help her with her hair and makeup before we sit down to tea with the teddys. Or maybe, we'll go outside and make mud pies with fresh earth worms!

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Goodwill Store

My auto mechanic son Zeb brought his family over this weekend when he came to repair the air conditioning in my son-in-law's car. Zeb and Amanda have two boys.  Jonas is the third of the four grandsons born into our family in 2009. Their oldest son Sidney (the inspiration behind the Sid Series) decided he wanted to stay for a few days. This being a spur-of-the-moment decision, he did not have a change of clothes with him. No problem. Von-Von would take him shopping the next day.

I really didn't have the extra money to spend on clothes, so I took him to the Goodwill Store not far from me. Before arriving he asked me about our choice of clothing stores.

"Isn't this place for the homeless or poor people to get clothes for free?" he asked.

"Nah," I said, "this is the place where anyone can get alot of good used stuff for a little bit of money. Think of it as a huge garage sale."

He was fine with that explanation and after picking out four shirts and three pairs of jeans we headed to the cashier where our total came to $17. Walking to the car with my receipt in hand, I said, "Sidney, can you believe we got all this for less than $20? Goodwill Store is the place where smart people shop!"

We had a great time together while he was here. Slip-n-slide, movies, video games, computer, drawing, talking, shopping, and going to Cracker Barrel for pancakes at mid-day. For me, the most profound thing was when he came into my office where I was blogging on We Are One in Spirit. He saw the title of a post I was working on: "Empathy From a Ghost." I asked him if he wanted to read my ghost story and he said yes so I read it aloud to him. Afterward he was quiet, but the phone rang and his dad was giving me instruction of where to meet him to pick Sid up. I think it is important to be real with kids. I know Sidney saw spirits when he was much younger--he even talked to me about it then, but now that he is nine years old, he doesn't mention it any more. On the drive to meet Zeb, Sid asked me if my ghost story was true. I told him it was. Again he was quiet. I'm not sure what he was thinking about, but he was sure taking it all in.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Kids Who See Ghosts at a Blog Near You!

Check out the tour schedule for Kids Who See Ghosts by Dr. Caron Goode. Feel free to follow these bloggers on Twitter as well.


May 25 Don’t miss this podcast interview how parents can help kids who see ghosts @spiritusshelagh @shelagh http://bit.ly/agCIYM.

May 26 How is one inspired to write about children who see ghosts? Don’t miss this interview by @Margo_L_Dill http://bit.ly/BIZ6l.

May 27 How intuition helped guide in writing about children who see ghosts-Dr. Goode tells all http://bit.ly/aVvUko .

May 28th How can spiritual authors learn from ‘Kids Who See Ghosts’? http://bit.ly/cZsqhZ @SpiritAuthors talks with the author.

May 29th Why do children see ghosts that adults can’t? This and more on developing brains with @loveguruglenn http://bit.ly/aHKCb0 .

May 30 Can Kids Who See Ghosts help parents with terrified children? @writerinthesky asks this and more http://bit.ly/byGSlW.

May 31 Visit Ellen Braun on her blog www.raisingsmallsouls.com to learn how parents can help kids through fears.

June 1 How can parents help children thru fear of ghosts? @luannschindler finds some answers http://bit.ly/dmyYIl.

June 2 How can creative, exceptional thinking & humor help kids not be afraid? @drrflower helps guide parents http://bit.ly/d1ac1V.

June 3 Why are ghosts such an unspoken topic? @phluphee Heather Woodward provides some answers at .

June 4 Can parents help children understand their dreams? @ellenbraun asks Author Dr. Caron Goode http://bit.ly/aOeX2z.

June 5 Imagination and creativity CAN help make kids better students. @parent_coach explains how http://bit.ly/cONXjl

June 6 Don’t miss author of the Sid Series @writerinthesky interviewing Dr, Goode about children and ghosts http://bit.ly/db7Oh3.

June 7 Want to learn how to write about a hot topic? Join @CathStucker at http://bit.ly/bVZrJg for an insightful how-to.

June 8th Help kids move through fear of seeing ghost. New book http://kidswhoseeghosts.com guides parents.Available w/FREE Bonuses!


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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

OMG! My Kid Sees Ghosts!

Ghosts are a hot topic, as evidenced by the average ten million viewers of the television show Ghost Whisperer. Current media interest on this topic of ghosts will continue and expand because the public is fascinated by what we once called the “paranormal.” I am thinking the term “normal” is now more appropriate because more television shows on paranormal topics are airing and books on topics like vampires and fairies of this fantasy genre grow in popularity.

When children see ghosts, what’s a parent to do? Moms and dads ask themselves, “Does my child possess unique gifts, or is my kid possessed? Will this be a one-time, ‘weird’ event, or is my child destined to be haunted for life? Does my child need psychological help or some kind of meds? Should I believe what my child reports even if I don’t believe in ghosts?”

Learn more in this article on Spiritus Blog.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

The Goode Doctor is Coming to This Blog!

I first learned of Dr. Caron Goode when I wrote some articles for her parenting blog when my business was quite young. It was divinely appointed for us to meet a second time when we were both guest panelists on Spirit Author's Grand Opening Week.

Shortly thereafter, she asked me to endorse her book, Kids Who See Ghosts, Guide Them Through Their Fear, which is being launched June 8 on Amazon.com. In return for her sending me a copy of her book, I sent her a copy of my book, The Sid Series ~ A Collection of Holistic Stories for Children. She loved it so much she gave it a wonderful review on Amazon and asked for my book on death and afterlife.

Caron and I were again joined in a launch for Patrick Ryan's book Awakened Wisdom and Vrinda Pendred's book Check Mates: A Collection of Fiction, Poetry and Artwork About Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, by People with OCD. There is no doubt that Spirit intends for us to network together, so when she asked me if I would like to host her on her blog tour for her book launch, it was a no-brainer. I whole-heartily agreed to have her on this blog and my writing services blog. Dr. Goode will be stopping by this blog on June 6.

Caron and I have also decided to start a Facebook "Like" page to combine our information about children and spiritual topics. Information about that venture will be forthcoming.


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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

How Children React to Natural Disasters

My grandson's elementary school was severely damaged during the flood in Nashville May 1 and 2. He's out for the rest of this year. Everyone has pulled together in his community to help the victims whose homes and businesses were torn apart by the 13+ inches of rain we received that weekend. Here's a photo of the flooded school.


Sidney doesn't seem to be bothered by the situation, which is good since he is so energy sensitive, but I wonder how those children who lost their homes are fairing in the aftermath. I've heard that some kids were helping with the clean up. While this is noteworthy and admirable, I have to wonder how safe it is. The water was not just from the nearby lakes, river, and streams; the runoff of the downpour also filled the sewer system and flooded the area with filth.

What are your thoughts on this? Should children be encouraged to participate in clean up as a way of dealing with a natural disaster in a positive manner, or should they be protected emotionally and physically whenever possible?

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Mother's Day with the Family

Mother's Day 2010 was marvelous. I spent time with both of my adult children and their lovely families.

My son, his wife, and their two boys came over for lunch and we had fun hanging out on the back porch and playing with the boys in the living room floor. Ten-month-old Jonas had his first teething biscuit and was allowed to make a total mess of his face, clothes, high chair, and bib. He also learned to drive as you can see in the photo to the right.

Sid is nine years old and not very impressed with a baby biscuit. Instead, he got to have guacamole dip and chips. I know, it's a strange treat, but he loves it and wanted something quick and easy so he could get back to playing games on the computer.Oh, and he learned to climb a tree in my backyard.

Then, at 4 p.m. I got to see my daughter and her husband and baby. Liam and I picked up with our playtime and true to course I continued my work on spoiling him. He got to blow bubbles in Von-Von's club soda. It was his first time to drink from a real glass and he loved it. After that, he got his own plastic cup to make silly noises in.

I think my reason for spoiling the boys is because I am secretly trying to make up for the harsh parenting I imposed upon my own kids. I wish I could go back in time and be more loving and gentle, more patient and understanding, more like my kids are with their kids now. Yes, I would be the kind of mother my daughters are. If only . . .

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Leaving Baby With Someone for the First Time

Recently, I had the privilege of watching my 10-month-old grandson, Liam, while his parents went on a mini-vacation. It was the first time they had left him with anyone overnight.

I tried to keep the baby on the mommy-approved schedule and follow the five pages of typed notes my daughter sent with a carload of equipment, but the truth is I cheated a little . . . okay, a lot! I let him stay up past his bedtime because he kept playing peek-a-boo through the bars of his crib; I never let him cry a whimper without picking him up. He didn't stay in one of those fortified diapers (guaranteed to hold a gallon of pee) for more than a couple of hours. He ate table food that I pureed in the blender. I either walked around with him attached to my hip or else I sat in the floor and played with him or rocked him almost all day everyday they were gone. I had him 95 percent spoiled rotten in less than three days.

Did Liam miss them? I'm sure in his own way, he did, but he was totally at peace in the loving care of his Von-Von and didn't seem all that impressed when his parents came back for him. My daughter was more than a little disappointed to see him reach for me while she was holding him, but she was also thankful that he did so well in being separated from her and his daddy. In fact, Liam did better than they did with separation anxiety.


The parents were supposed to be away from Friday until Wednesday, but they missed the little guy so much they ended up coming back to get him on Monday afternoon. They had a stay-cation at home with baby the rest of the week to catch up on all the hugs and kisses they missed. I understand how they felt being away from him. I moped about the house the rest of the week because I missed him so much.

In the photo, Liam says, "You're back already? You were supposed to stay until Wednesday."

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Parenting and Working from Home

Single parents who are trying to work from home may find encouragement in this interview with Writers in the Sky editor Sarah Moore as she is interviewed on The Nadia Sahari Show. In the audio linked below, she discusses how her interest in writing developed, how she balances her responsibilities as a single mom and full-time writer/editor, and what she sees unfolding in her career over the next five or ten years.

Click here to listen to the radio interview with Sarah: http://www.blogtalkradio.com


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Monday, May 10, 2010

Bringing a Voice to Children and Adults Who Suffer with OCD

When Vrinda Pendred was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome at age 7, the doctor failed to notice she had obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) as well, despite these symptoms being a huge part of why her parents brought her to the doctor in the first place. Even when she was finally diagnosed with OCD at almost 14, Vrinda had no comprehension of how complex and wide-ranging the disorder was, even within herself. Only as an adult did she finally start to understand just how deeply OCD affected her life, mentally, physically, emotionally and socially.

Vrinda’s story is not at all unique. In fact, if there is anything rare about it, it’s that she was diagnosed as young as age 13. Some people don’t discover there’s a name for their intrusive thoughts and compulsive behaviour until mid-life. Others are never diagnosed throughout their entire lives, their quirkiness remaining a mystery both to themselves and to the people in their lives. We can only imagine the suffering they’ve experienced, struggling through homelife, school and work, feeling misunderstood by teachers, parents, friends and colleagues.

And it’s not just the people who have OCD who are suffering. Think of the frustration and heartache felt by millions of teachers and parents around the world, who watch their students or children struggling with OCD (often undiagnosed), but cannot understand what is happening because these children are too young to express what is going on inside their heads. The sense of helplessness, and even guilt, can be enormous, as they simply do not know what to do to help an OCD child, and are at a total loss as to how to manage or respond to the unusual behaviour and destructive anxieties.

And what is most poignant is the thought that all of this could be avoided–and even treated–if there were more education about the many facets that make up OCD.

And that is what Vrinda Pendred has set out to do. Now 27 years old, and a mother herself, she has merged her two most passionate callings in life: writing and educating the world about neurological conditions, such as OCD. Vrinda has created a unique publishing company called Conditional Publications, whose primary aim is to help push forward this education, by devoting its catalogue to publishing the works of writers with neurological conditions, thus giving a voice to the real experts on these mysterious disorders.

Their first book, Check Mates: A Collection of Fiction, Poetry and Artwork about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, by People with OCD, is coming to Amazon Tuesday, May 11. Put together by 20 writers and artists from around the world, all who have OCD, Check Mates showcases a range of emotions, from love to hate, joy to rage, fear and sorrow to hope and optimism. There’s even a little bit of humour. What it doesn’t do is shy away from the truth. Every angle is covered, no matter how painful, which makes for a startling and moving read.

Whether you’re a parent or teacher of a child dealing with OCD, a therapist or coach of OCD clients, or you have OCD yourself, everyone will find something in this book that speaks to them.

And if you don’t think you know anyone with OCD, have a look around. I think you’ll be surprised (if not shocked) at how many people have it, but are hiding in silence and isolation. This book will open up your eyes, your mind and your heart, and will bring a long overdue healing for many.

And, true to her principles, Vrinda will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of every copy of Check Mates to OCD charities, to encourage research and treatment for the condition.


I hope you will join me in celebrating the launch of this unique book. Check Mates is the first ever collection of fiction, poetry, and artwork about OCD.


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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Welcome Blog Joggers!

Today is a special day on this blog! Hundreds of folks will be stopping by to check us out and explore the content. I am offering a gift to those who leave a comment below any post. Simply use the contact form on my Web site to let me know which e-story you would like me to send you for free.

The stories in the Sid Series include:

Making Room for Brother ~ Dealing With Family Changes
Always Be Honest ~Learning to Tell the Truth
Old Things New ~ Learning About Recycling
My Friend's Skin ~ Accepting and Appreciating Diversity
The Pirate's Treasure ~Finding Treasure Within
A Powerful Potion ~ Using Imagination and Intention
A Stormy Adventure ~ Facing the Fear of Storms
A Ghost in My Closet ~ Communicating with Angels
Ask Your Body ~ Understanding the Body's Needs
Puppy Love ~ Dealing with the Death of a Pet
Sid's Fairy ~ Learning About Inner Guidance
You Can Be! ~ Understanding Destiny and Making Choices

The next stop on the blog jog is http://awarenessmusings.com/.


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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Come Jog Some Blogs With Me Tomorrow

Blog Jog Day is tomorrow, Sunday (May 9). If you would like to take a jog around to read a few interesting blogs with me, just come back here and click on the link in tomorrow's post to get started. Each blog will have a link to the next blog on the route.

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Children - Sleeping and Dreaming

We know it is important for children to get their sleep in order to feel well, grow and develop properly, and function academically. But, many parents may not know why their children have trouble sleeping at night. It could be their bedtime routine that is hindering a restful night's sleep.

There are 15 fascinating facts about dreams in the article from which the facts below were taken. You may read the entire article at http://www.mritechnicianschools.org. I've selected and posted those points that deal specifically with children.

1. Late-night snacks can cause nightmares: Nightmares in adults are much less common than in children, but there are some factors that can trigger scary dreams. Besides stress, medications and depression, late night munchies can interfere with your body's metabolism. Eating late will make your brain feel like it needs to stay active for your body, which can lead to crazy dreams if you fall asleep instead of use up your energy.

3. Daydreams are real: The psychology department at UC Santa Cruz explains that our bodies and brains don't necessarily require actual sleep to dream. As long as certain forces are in effect and the environment is right — when we tune out external stimuli but our brains are still active, for example — we have the potential to dream.

5. Blind people don't "see" in their dreams: For people who can see, it can be hard to imagine dreaming without lifelike imagery. But blind people dream, too, though not in the same way. According to The Accidental Mind, people who were born blind or who became blind at a very young age generally experience dreams according to their other senses.

8. Your dreaming ability matures by 5th grade: Young children do dream, but UC Santa Cruz's psych department explains that their dreams are usually more "bland." We don't realize our dreaming potential until 5th grade or so.

9. Dreams help depression: It's still debatable whether or not dreams hold any true meaning, but many scientists do believe that dreaming is therapeutic, as it lets your mind freely associate feelings and explore emotions.

11. Night terrors affect you when you sleep and when you're awake: Night terrors usually occur in children 4-12 years of age and are much more intense than nightmares. Sleepwalking may occur, and also unlike nightmares, they last even after you've woken up. Scientists believe that night terrors happen earlier in the night for kids, but at any time of the sleep cycle for adults.

12. iPads, video games, and other tech gadgets can make you have crazy dreams: Reading a book in bed is a good way to fall asleep, but not if you're reading your iPad or similarly faux-lit object. The unnatural glow from gadgets keeps your brain active, which can trigger restless sleep and even nightmares or crazy dreams.

13. Your body uses outside influences to keep you asleep: Unless you are in a very deep sleep, your body tries to use external forces — like music or other outside noises — and incorporate them into your dreams as a way of keeping you asleep.

Excerpted from "15 Fascinating Facts About Your Dreams" found on MRI Technician Schools' Web site.

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Friday, May 7, 2010

Children with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

As a child, you lack the vocabulary to express fully what is going on inside. And when something as complex as OCD is kicking around in your brain, it’s even harder to tell your parents just how much you’re suffering. Not just that, but if you’re fortunate enough to get diagnosed, you’re too young to understand what that means. All you know is you’re forgiven for the thoughts and behaviours that used to upset people around you.

I don’t believe in indulging children’s anxieties, OCD or not, but obsessions do carry an extra weight to them that means it’s not good to be too strict with them. I think this could upset the child even more. I really don’t agree with medication, particularly at young ages, because it can permanently alter the brain chemistry as the child grows. But there are therapies out there, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy, even for young kids, and I do think helping your child learn the skills to overcome each obsession as it comes, as early in life as possible, is a powerful thing. Equally, read every book you can on the subject so that if anyone makes a comment, you’ve always got the answers; and educate your child as best you can, to meet their age level, so that they can stand up for themselves if bullied.

Make sure they know they’re not bad for the thoughts they have, and that while OCD can be crippling at times, if you work very hard and get proper therapy, it is possible to tap into the more analytical thoughtful side of OCD and apply it in personal activities. Conditions like OCD also frequently come with high intelligence and / or creative ability, so tap into your child’s special talents and make sure they know that the obsessions really aren’t all they are.


Vrinda Pendred
Editor and Founder of Conditional Publications
http://conditionalpublications

Join Vrinda in celebrating the release of her book Check Mates—the first and ONLY original collection of fiction and poetry written about obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) by the people who know best—those who have obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Split between realism and stories of the beyond, there is a diverse range of styles and genres, and a mix of rage, frustration, tears, violence, pain, heartache, subversion, love, strength, metaphysics, philosophy, friendship, hope, and even a bit of humour. And maybe, just maybe, it will knock away a few stereotypes.

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Helping Kids Understand and Use Psychic Gifts

The author of The Sid Series ~ A Collection of Holistic Stories for Children, Yvonne Perry, was the Blog Talk Radio guest of Lynn Serafinn on The Garden of the Soul. Learn how Yvonne repressed her spiritual gifts all her life until her grandson, Sidney, started manifesting spiritual gifts similar to hers.

Click here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lynn-serafinn to hear a discussion about Yvonne's two near-death experiences, how she started seeing ghosts, and accepted the psychic gifts she had been given. The Sid Series came into being when she acknowledged her true self.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Why I Wrote The Sid Series

I began writing The Sid Series as I did things with my grandson when he was very small. It was mainly for me to remember some of the cute things he said, but he was also manifesting some spiritual intellect and I was learning from this little boy who called himself an “old soul.”

Sid was able to communicate with me telepathically from the time he was born. He exhibited the gift of premonition at about age nine months, he channeled his higher self at age three, related his ability to see spirits and used a magic potion to heal a crippled dog at age four. When he would spend the night at my house, he would wake up with nightmares. From the descriptions he gave me, and from what my inner guidance was telling me, I was aware that his astral spirit was traveling to dark realms. Rather than discourage him from his astral travel, we created a mantra that we repeated before he went to bed: “Thank you, angels and guides for letting my spirit visit only the realms of highest light and love and travel only to safe places filled with loving beings.”

Sidney is still very much in touch with his inner guidance. He receives most of his messages through dreams now that he is in third grade. He related one of his dreams to me when I interviewed him on my podcast.

I knew I had a special child on my hands and I wanted to do everything I could to help him develop his spiritual gifts—the same gifts I was accustomed to that had been strangely unappreciated by the churches I had attended. Sid’s spiritually-enlightened mother has been very encouraging to me and together we have taught Sidney how to use his gifts as a tool to help himself and others. I realize this is not the norm and that most psychically gifted children do not have this type of adult influence. In fact, many adults are afraid of the supernatural. That is my main reason for writing The Sid Series ~ A Collection of Holistic Stories for Children.

I wrote the stories as much for parents as for the kids because a the time when most kids are at the peak of displaying their spiritual experiences, they are too young to read. Even though I used a lot of illustrations in The Sid Series, I wrote the text on a level that would require an adult to read the stories to their toddlers. The message would stir interest and help guide the adult, and the stories and illustrations would entertain the children. The Sid Series is my gift to the kids and parents of this special generation.

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Yvonne Perry is a freelance writer and editor, award-winning Amazon.com bestselling author, podcast host, blogger extraordinaire, newsletter publisher, Internet marketing guru, and an outstanding keynote speaker. She is a graduate of American Institute of Holistic Theology where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Metaphysics.


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