Celebrate your child as a gift to the universe!
Take Hold of Heaven offers children of planet Earth the opportunity to become aware of their innate gift of divine potential.
Parents are their children's first and best teachers, the founders and architects of their lives. Take Hold of Heaven, with thirteen spiritual truths, will inspire parents and children to create a harmonious, spirit-filled life with reverence for all.
"Take Hold of Heaven is a valuable introduction for parents, teachers, and children of all ages. We need to understand who and what we are in order to establish the connection with our grand and glorious universe."
-Virginia Essene, spiritual author and educator
"Take Hold of Heaven synthesizes the author's experience as teacher, parent, and minister. She offers uplifting ideas and information to guide children of the new millennium. The quiet nurturing she is known to embody comes through the hopeful truths, inspiring poems, and practical lessons. With humanity re-awakening to ideals of fellowship and global stewardship, Take Hold of Heaven comes at just the right time."
-Lynn Rogers, MA, author and educator
"Every conscientious parent must read Take Hold of Heaven. It offers keys to the cosmos, to your child's being, and shows ways you can develop an uplifting, quality parent/child relationship."
-Rebecca A. Field, MA, author and cosmologist
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Take Hold of Heaven
Thirteen Spiritual Truths for Parents and Children
By Alice Theriault, Emily La Scola
Balboa PressCopyright © 2014 Alice Theriault
All rights reserved.
Truth 1: We Are Spirit
As we talk about the first truth, we will see ourselves in a brand-new way. We are not only a body but also a spirit or divine presence. Everything on earth is alive with the same presence. How can that be?
Think of this: You are, as is everyone else, a spirit enjoying life in a physical body. This body is indeed miraculous. The miracle of this is often forgotten as we tend to accept our bodies as made simply of flesh or skin. However, each of us has the very breath of God within us. It is our inner spark, inner light, and greatness of being. Let us think of spirit as the ocean we live in and our soul is a mighty drop of it.
As the wind blows through the trees, so does the spirit move through and bless all of life on our planet. Our soul or spirit came forth from God when we were born and gave life to our body. This life and energy moves through the entire body, including the tiniest parts called atoms, molecules, and electrons. The parts of us that we can see, touch, and feel make up the physical body, while the spirit is within the soul. We are the energy of spirit or God expressed in form.
Through us, God expresses the five senses of our bodies: sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. These senses help us to know and understand the world. We could say that we eat of spirit and this wonderful world through our five senses.
This is such a miracle that a spark of God our Creator lives within our body form. There is no one else just like you. Each of us is unique and filled with the wonder and power of the entire universe. Even our fingerprints are special—no one else has the same pattern as you do on your fingertips. Do you see how wonderful we are? Give yourself a hug every day!
Dearest children, lift your eyes
To find your special star,
Awaken now that you might know,
How dear to God you are.
For you were sent from Heaven's joy,
To come to Earth and share,
Your glowing inner light with all,
To bring God's loving care.
So unfold wide your wings of love,
Embrace and raise Earth high,
Spread your light-filled presence here,
Soar with God and FLY!
Truth 2: Our Thoughts Create
Spirit has no beginning and has no end. It goes on forever and fills your miraculous brain with electrical sparks called thoughts. These sparks help your body move and think. Your brain is like a computer or a message center, and you create as you think.
Since our thoughts actually create our life, they can help us to enjoy a happy life. Good thoughts create goodness in your life, body, and mind. We not only create with our thoughts, but we also attract or bring to us what we think about. When you think these good and happy thoughts, you are like a magnet that pulls those things into your life. Deepak Chopra, a wonderful teacher, says, "If you have happy thoughts, then you make happy molecules!" (Chopra) Molecules are some of the smallest parts of our bodies, and they are like building blocks. Remember that you are part of God and that God is expressing and living through you. Remember that you are a miracle.
Do you know that anything you can think of can be made or created? Your imagination is a great gift. It has no limits, and it can take you anywhere. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, an English poet, wrote, "My eyes make pictures when they are shut." (Coleridge p.313) Whatever you can imagine, you can create. Think of that. There are many possibilities in your life because you are filled with God's sparks. You are a magnet for the goodness of all of the Creator's creation and the universe, and all things that are part of the universe. Remember to keep your mind on love, peace, happiness, and contentment. That joy is heaven on earth!
Child of Light
Think upon this, Child of Light;
Create things happy and bright,
Think upon that, Child of Light,
To make our planet a beautiful sight!
Truth 3: Everything Is Energy and Vibration
All of the Creator's creation, the universe, has no end. Our planet is within this universe in a very large group of stars and planets called the Milky Way galaxy. A galaxy is made of many stars and planets. Earth is so beautiful to see as it hangs there in space, that we can call it the jewel of our galaxy. Earth is surrounded by space filled with many stars and planets. If you look up at the sky on a clear night, you will see a band of light that looks something like a cloud. That is the galaxy we live within upon the planet earth.
Everything is alive and moving with the creative energy of God and Spirit. That is called vibration. Have you ever seen an orchestra or a band of musicians play music together? Well, the universe is like that. It is one big beautiful song, and we are all a part of it. People, animals, plants, trees, flowers, rocks, and minerals are all alive with God's energy and vibration.
Let's do a little experiment. Strike a dinner fork upon the edge of a sturdy table. It will vibrate. Place it between your teeth so you can feel the movement. You see, we and everything upon the earth are vibrating or moving. We don't feel it, but it is a fact that we are. Of course, you do feel movement when you walk, jump, or move your body. However, the vibration we are speaking of is a part of the movement of our universe. It is like the music of an orchestra when all the instruments play together.
When you ring a bell, the movement of the inner part, called the clapper, strikes the sides of the bell and creates sound from the vibration. Speaking and singing make certain parts of our throats vibrate, which makes the sound of our voice. Sound is all around us and is part of our life here on earth.
Scientists say this vibration of our universe makes a sound like a hum. It may be called the sound of ommmm. Place your hand upon your throat and say om. Hold the m sound for a while. You will feel vibration in your throat, mouth, and maybe even your head.
We are moving right this minute upon our own spaceship earth! Isn't that amazing?
Here is a chant about the movement of the universe. A chant is repetitive, which means we can say it over and over again.
Wiggle, Wiggle Wiggle
Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle,
Jiggle, Jiggle, Jiggle,
We just cannot be still,
Because everything moves,
Everything grooves ...
A Vibrational Symphony!
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Table of Contents
Note for Parents, 4,
Note for Children, 9,
Truth #1—-We Are Spirit, 10,
Truth #2—-Our Thoughts Create, 12,
Truth #3—-Everything Is Energy and Vibration, 14,
Truth #4—-We Are Made of the Elements of the Universe, 16,
Truth #5—-We Are One Creation, 18,
Truth #6—-We Are One Creation With Many Expressions, 20,
Truth #7—-We Have Four Bodies, 22,
Truth #8—-Prayer and Meditation Connect Us to Our Creator, 24,
Truth #9—-God, Creator, Source, Is Alive In Everything, 26,
Truth #10—-God Lives and Loves Through Us, 28,
Truth #11—-There Is A Reason and Purpose For Being Here, 30,
Truth #12—-Our Heart Is God's Home, 33,
Truth #13—We Are the Power and Presence of God, The I AM, 35,
To the Children, 38,