Friday, January 28, 2011

Celebrating the 100th Day of School

Being the intuitive and curious child that he is, my grandson McKevlin heard about my post this week regarding his sister's awards day. So, today brings some fun news about him and the t-shirt he and his mom made to celebrate the 100th day of school for the 2010-2011 school year. The assignment was to glue 100 things on a t-shirt and wear it to school on the 100th day. Forty of those items were gold dots. McKevlin placed everything where he wanted it and his mom hot-glued it down. 

He's so adorable. It makes me want to go to South Carolina to squeeze and kiss him. He probably wouldn't like the kisses (he's so grown up now), but if I brought some pages of animals that he could color, he might tolerate a few hugs.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Mommy, Who is That Lady Standing Over There?

Most psychics and mediums I interviewed for my book, Kids Who See Ghosts, agreed that ghosts are the spirits of persons who have passed out of a body, but have not yet moved on to higher planes of consciousness. Those who see apparitions say ghosts present themselves in human form. Nature spirits (also called fairies, gnomes, elves, and leprechauns) are energy beings that children see and interact with, especially in their preschool years. Those who see them describe them as tiny creatures with seemingly translucent wings or a blinking little light with wings.

When a child sees an apparition she may ask something like, "Mommy, who is that lady standing over there?" or “What is that man doing in our house?"

Of course when adults try to see who the child is talking about they see no one, yet the child insists someone is there. They may also report seeing ghosts in their dreams, hearing things go bump in the night, having monsters under their bed, ghosts in the closet, or someone peeking in their window. This can be scary for adults as well as children. As a counselor, I know the worries parents have over helping their children feel safe in their own environment.

Don’t ignore your child's fears. It is important to her emotional development for you as a parent to eliminate such things as ghosts, monsters, and weird noises. Criticizing her about monsters or saying "there is no such things as ghosts” does not help her overcome fear. She will simply stop telling you about her experience, which may cause her even more stress.

One thing that will help reduce your child's fear is to show how calm you are about such things. Children take their cues from adults—especially their parents—and if we are upset about ghosts and strange noises, then our children will learn to fear those things too. Try to offer a logical explanation that the child can understand.

Regardless of whether or not you believe in ghosts, you can take charge of the situation. Smudge your house with sage to banish entities, do battle with the monster under the bed, or have a good, firm talk with the invisible man who keeps tapping at your child’s bedroom window. It might also help to turn on a night light in the child’s room, let her take a flashlight to bed, or play some soft music at night so she can’t hear ghostly activity.

Since science cannot prove nor disprove the existence of spirit beings, parents can’t honestly tell a child that ghosts or other spirit beings don't exist. Perhaps we should listen to our children and simply accept what they say they see.

© 2010 by Dr. Caron Goode, the award winning author of Raising Intuitive Children and the international best-seller, Kids Who See Ghosts, guide them through their fear. Dr. Goode is the founder of the Academy for Coaching Parents ( that trains and certifies professional parenting coaches. Reach Dr. Goode for speaking or training at caron30 @

For more information, you might enjoy reading More Than Meets the Eye True Stories about Death, Dying, and Afterlife.
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Awards Celebration

One thing I love about being a grandmother is getting to brag about  my grandkids' accomplishments. Keilie, McKevlin, and Lochlan live in South Carolina. I only get to see them a few times each year. I miss them, but thankfully I get to keep up with them via phone and email.

Keilie is in the third grade this year. Here is a photo taken at her awards ceremony this week. The homeroom teachers wrote comments about each student selected from their class. As the student's name was called, a teacher read the comment as the child received the award from the principal.

Keilie's teacher commented: "Keilie is a thoughtful, caring student and a friend to everyone in the class. Her caring, positive attitude is contagious in 3E (her class)."

Way to go, Keilie! Von-Von loves you!

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Developing Intuition To Succeed

By Sheri McConnell

Since early 2001, I have been living a dream--a vision--that surfaced from using my intuition. By tuning into my inner guidance, I was able to build a national organization for women writers in just over 4 years that currently has over 11,000 newsletter subscribers and over 2,700 members (as of 2005). When I first came up with the idea to start the National Association of Women Writers (NAWW), I was a suburban mother of three small children who had a somewhat bold dream to connect and support other women writers like myself.

Intuition can be defined as a quick and ready insight. This insight can steer you on a correct path, warn you of danger, and/or connect you to your creativity. In Shakti Gawain's book, Developing Intuition, she describes how "the most successful people are often very intuitive. Consciously or unconsciously, they follow their gut feelings. Following intuition puts us in the flow--a very alive, productive, and desirable state."

Developing your intuition allows you the ability to not have to look to others to give you strength or to teach you what they know. Using your intuition allows you the ability to look internally, find the answers and the strength to be bold and act on your inner guidance.

Accessing your intuition is like many other creative activities you might engage. As you string together words or put paint on a canvas, you must listen and pay attention to these mental insights. They allow you to keep moving forward. The more you trust these insights, the more your craft will improve. Of course, you must add liberal amounts of perseverance and some organizational skills as well, but the end results will pay off as you see your dreams and goals come to fruition.

Following are five suggestions for developing and accessing your intuition so that you may find, follow, and fulfill your dream! Continually use these techniques to make decisions and reach goals.


You must reflect to process information. In February 2000, I had just given birth to my third child and finished my MA in Organizational Management. At 30 years old, I was at a crossroad and in a position to finally pursue a career I loved. I just had to figure out what it was. For seven months I read about and researched different subjects that I was interested in, such as women's issues, writing, and business startups. I journaled a great deal during this time, reflecting on the past and looking towards the future. I came to understand through this process that I wanted to use my social work experience, my love of writing, and my organizational management skills. While intuition led me during those months to make these decisions, journaling helped me to document the insights and focus along the way.


Developing your intuition requires the absence of chaos. It is impossible to fully listen to this inner guidance with all the interruptions that occur in our lives. To tune in to your intuition, to succeed, you have to get away from the chaos. For me, I jog or walk outside at least 30 minutes each day. Nature provides me with just the right sounds and scenery for my intuitive senses to come alive. I make this activity a priority in my life because this quiet time calms my soul, supports my creativity, and gives me the mental space I need to tune into my inner yearnings. I have used my "getting back to nature" time for over five years to make crucial business decisions and to figure out many pivotal solutions to roadblocks in my personal and business lives. Nature is the perfect prescription for anything that ails you. Experiencing the solitude that nature provides is a form of meditation that calms the soul and purges the stress from your life.


Understand that most people usually act on impulses and societal cues. Those who slow down and pay attention to their own inner guidance find that they can think clearly and make difficult decisions. When my close friends and family were not supportive of my new dream, they would often say negative things. They honestly weren't trying to be mean spirited, but simply could not visualize how I could possibly succeed at building an organization from scratch with three small children to care for. Past lessons taught me I was on the right path. I had done enough research and my strengthened intuition faithfully guided me through the difficult times. Another benefit of learning to trust yourself is that you will also nurture your self-confidence and build your self-esteem in the process.


Once you begin to trust yourself, you will inevitably have to start blocking out the negativity of others. Some of this negativity will come from loved ones. It is human nature for people to negate things and events they do not understand or have no personal experience with. Change causes stress and many people subconsciously dismiss new ideas because it makes them feel more comfortable to do so. One of the most important steps you will have to take to reach any goal is to be able to block out and/or redirect negativity. You have to trust yourself to be able to do this. The time you spend in nature will help you to purge the toxic feedback from others out of your mind and out of your life. Everyone that was close to me did not understand nor share in my dream in the beginning. Only after they started to see my dream materialize did they begin to support it. That is why it is essential to block out or at least filter the negativity. Understanding the cause of these behaviors and reactions makes it easier to dismiss them and to follow your own (more in tune) thoughts instead.


The last and most important suggestion I can give you for developing intuition is to be bold and to act on the inner cues that are being sent to you as mental/emotional/spiritual signals or urges. Developing intuition is a cyclical process and, like any other innate talent, you must act on it to further develop it. Often we are drawn to people, subjects, and events through our intuition. I was drawn to establish the NAWW because I like to help people as evidenced by my obtaining a bachelor degree in social work. I have always used writing as a tool to heal and express myself. And lastly, I have always been an entrepreneur--even in the first grade when I made my own address books and sold them at school for 10 cents each. When my intuitive side sent the messages of what to do to start the NAWW, I listened. I acted by researching my competition (other writing associations), by asking my customers (my women writer colleagues) what they wanted, and by building a website and starting the official weekly newsletter. I acted quickly. In less than two months from the moment I conceived the idea of the National Association of Women Writers, the website and newsletter were born. My "baby" continues to grow and mature at a healthy rate.

When you continually use these five suggestions to develop your intuition and to test your inner guidance, you will find that it will become easier to make decisions and to live peacefully with those decisions. Your life won't automatically become problem-free, but you will begin trusting in the ultimate outcome of events as working in your favor for the future. By filtering through the physical and subliminal cues inside and all around you, you will learn to develop your intuition and succeed.

Sheri McConnell is the CEO of Sheri McConnell Companies, Inc. and the president and founder of two global organizations, the Smart Women's Institute of Entrepreneurial Learning (formerly the National Assn of Women Writers-2001) and the Global Institute of Associations-GIA. You can visit Sheri, access her free article archive, and grab lots of free stuff at or Sheri lives in San Antonio, Texas with her husband, their four children, a weenie dog, and three hermit crabs.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Why Didn’t I Listen to My Intuition?

We live in a society that has taught us that our feelings and emotions make us weak. I believe right the opposite is true: our intuition makes us wiser, safer, and happier. I feel that we do ourselves and our children a huge disfavor by not allowing them to truthfully express what they are feeling. I’m not saying that I applaud children who have a meltdown in the grocery store, but within reason, a child needs to know that what he feels inside about a person or situation is accurate.

Intuition is the sense, understanding, or feeling you have about something or someone. It may be a voice or image in your head, an urging or feeling in your body, a hunch or gut instinct, or a deep knowledge about something. An idea or solution may come to you out of the blue. It is not from the logical mind, but from a higher perspective that serves us on our path to enlightenment as well as to protect us on our physical journey on Earth.

How many times have you said or thought, “If I had only listened to myself, such and such would not have happened?” Your intuition is an aspect of divine guidance—our higher consciousness or spirit talking to us. By ignoring our intuition, situations do not generally turn out as well as they could have.
A woman I know was having problems with her bowels so she called her doctor. After running a few non-invasive tests and finding nothing wrong, he dismissed the condition and called it chronic diarrhea. Not satisfied with his diagnosis, the woman listened to her body, followed her intuition, and sought a second opinion. This doctor performed a colonoscopy, which revealed polyps and a large tumor in her colon. Immediate surgery was planned and about eight inches of her colon was removed. Had she ignored her intuition, the tumor could have developed into a cancerous mass.
Intuition is not something external or someone telling you what to do. It is your own mind speaking to you from a higher perspective and assisting you in making good decisions and avoiding trouble. However, most people are so busy, they don’t take time to listen to the gentle and wise voice within. Intuition does not shout. If you are stressed out, frustrated, upset, or angry you may miss an important message that could actually ease your burden.

The best information comes from spending quiet time each day. If you have not been listening to your intuition, you can start now. Take a deep breath, and ask your inner guidance, "What do I need to know at this moment?" Then listen without trying to formulate your own answer.
Invite your child to participate in a quiet time of his own. Most kids only spend time alone or in quietness when they are in the “time out” chair for something they did that upset an adult. How nice it would be for a child to create a voluntary time out that will strengthen his intuitive voice and help him notice how his intuition is communicating with him.

In "Sid’s Fairy"—one of the twelve stories in The Sid Series—a three-year-old boy learns to listen to his inner guidance as his grandmother teaches him to meditate and watch for fairies in the garden. This adorable story is recorded as a downloadable MP3 file here:

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Nurturing Precognizant, Clairaudient, and Clairsentient Abilities in Children

The terminology may be different but the results are the same: healing, foreknowledge, mind reading, or discerning activity in the spirit realm. According to the Bible, Jesus demonstrated all these gifts during his earthly ministry. The phenomena some people call psychic abilities are referred to by Pentacostal Christians as the gifts of the Spirit (I Corinthians 12: 4-8). These gifts operate similarly and all come from Spirit.

Children don’t have such preconceived biases toward pleasing religious leaders or adhering to doctrine. They simply report what they experience. Here is the story of a Christian woman who obviously has precognizant, clairsentient, and clairaudient abilities.

When Iris was thirteen, her dad planned a fishing trip with the family. As much as she loved fishing, that sunny July morning was quite upsetting for her. She had not slept well the previous night and when she awoke she felt uncomfortable, nauseated, and like there was a magnetic force repelling her from going on the trip.

As the rest of the family happily approached the van, Iris begged her dad to please reschedule the trip. She told him that she felt sick and scared and that they shouldn't go. Confused by her behavior, he commanded her to get in the van.

When they arrived at the lake spread out along the banks with no more than twelve feet between them—that was the family fishing rule. Inwardly, Iris was still freaking out and disturbed but she kept quiet as she took her fishing pole and sat on a rock.

Two minutes later her little sister came to sit next to her and asked, “What’s wrong? Why didn't you want to come on the trip?”

Suddenly, Iris heard a distant, shattered voice yelling, "Help me!"

"Shhhh!” Iris said to her sister. “Listen. Did you hear that?"

Her sister didn't hear zip and looked at Iris like she was crazy.

As she kept hearing the same words, Iris noticed the voice was coming from the other side of the lake. The voice sounded like a flute, not like a human voice. Then she realized it was coming out of the water. Iris ran to her dad and told him that she heard voices from the other side of the lake.

“There is no one at the other side of the lake. It’s closed to the public. Go take a nap. You’re in my fishing spot.”

At this point Iris thought she was going crazy! But she went back to her spot and started drawing. A half hour later, she heard her family members crying and yelling, "We lost him!"

Danny, her 16-year-old cousin, decided to sneak off to catch the larger fish where the boats go. Danny had won awards for being the best swimmer and fisher, yet he drowned that day.

Iris’ dad warned her to never tell these stories to anyone because it might lead them astray from the Christian faith. Now that her dad is gone she feels free to tell her stories—and there are many.

Iris has precognizant, clairaudient, and clairsentient gifts at work in her life. The precognizant magnetic pull she felt was for the purpose of getting her attention in order to have her dad cancel the trip. Hearing the voice crying for help is a clairaudient gift. The feeling of nausea is a clairsentient ability. Many empathic healers use this gift to ascertain where in the body their patients need a healing flow of energy directed.

These gifts are just as common and useful as gifts of music, art, teaching, or other talents human possess, but it’s not typical for families to discuss paranormal experiences that do not align with their doctrine or are frowned upon by the church. It’s probably not a good idea to go to church on Sunday and admit that you see ghosts. However, had Iris’ dad listened to her that day, Danny might still be alive.

We do our intuitive children a great injustice when we invalidate their psychic abilities. But, many parents simply don't know what to do with kids who see or hear spirits or predict future events. In some cases, the "hushing" parent also has some paranormal gifts in operation that he or she is not comfortable talking about—maybe they were "hushed" by their parents and are simply passing down the advice they were given.