Convention would say that a playground is a place of games, a place of delightful little children running gleefully about without a care in the world. Although there may be some truth to this, in essence, the playground is a place of dramatic energy exchange, the undertones of which are often not-so-playful. Much of the time, the playful nature of a child is a vehicle for grand expression and joyful expansion through the senses. This is where Creatorship begins, through play and experimentation.
The consciousness of a child is a compilation of unseen structures that emerge into physical reality that now must be filtered through this thing we refer to as the mind. What ensues is a set of responses or reactions to a given set of circumstances that feed or reinforce the mindset of the child. Beliefs and ideas concerning reality are innate within the being from birth. The conditions surrounding a child from birth forward reflect and honor what the soul has chosen to govern it’s experience.
These early beginnings orient the child to the light or the shadows depending on the external structures in place. Children are often in “feeling mode”, sensing the energies around them and feeding off of them. This can intensify behavior in either a positive or negative direction.
The astute caregiver recognizes how the structure within which a child operates affects the child’s behavior and opportunities for growth. Creating an environment conducive to play that supports the needs of the soul of the child is a high art. Full expression is allowed, not so much as a free-for-all, as currently is the case on playgrounds everywhere, but from within the safe space that allows for a truthful expression couched within a teaching experience. There is time to act out a current dilemma but with the guidance and supervision of an attending caregiver. The optimal result would be to facilitate the feelings and awareness of the child to emerge from a centered place deep within the being rather than from the mind alone.
The environments children often live in are mentally and emotionally demanding as well as overstimulating to their developing senses. Children are on overload much of the time which diminishes their opportunity to self-regulate and find their balance. If you could measure the mental energy racing about within a child’s environment, you would find that it is off the Richter Scale. You would see the dilemma at hand, and you would wonder how on earth anyone could survive under this kind of pressure, let alone children with their delicate sensibilities.
So, now you see there can and should be a shift into creating a softer, safer, more nurturing setting for children, one that honors the child’s current expression in a highly conscious, compassionate and practiced way. This setting might set the standard for allowing the feelings to come first, permitting them to come to the forefront so that they might be facilitated into a balanced and pure expression.
Raising a child of worth means we must recognize and honor the feelings of a child without condoning aggression and hostility. Leaving a child unattended to express rage against others, even through what might on the surface appear as innocent play, continually weaves the internal energies of anger and pain with the external experiences of life, leading to a continued cycle of abuse.
Time and space should be allotted each day to address the inner being. This can be done in a myriad of creative ways with children – through play-acting, guided breathing, drawing, painting, puppetry, singing or writing. Using the various art forms as a vehicle to express the experience of the inner being, especially when applied immediately and in-the-moment, is a profound method to keep a child balanced, focused and attuned to the constructive energies within self.
Again, creating an environment that supports the soul-level needs of a child is a high art. The journey of the conscious caregiver is all about constructing an environs that allows for the full expression of the child, supporting the feeling senses to be experienced in their fullness, within a safe space that establishes proper conditions for trust to unfold and guidance to be given, as every step towards resolution and integration of energies emerges.