Who Determines What is Right?

Parent:
John Holt said,    “To trust children we must first learn to trust ourselves, and most of us were taught as children that we could not be trusted.”
All of the quotes you sent resonated, but this one resonated the loudest – perhaps because lately I have been struggling myself with, “Is this right? am I doing this right?”

Jen’s Response:
I see that word, “right”, and already I know it sets me up to fail….at least the way I hold that word to be true. What is right? Who determines what right looks like? Well, the individual does.  The truth is that there IS no one right way.  Each human is unique and so in our way of working with kids, we are interested in supporting them in becoming the experts on their own learning style so they become so confident with their own learning fingerprint that they can learn whatever they want to in life.  This may not look the way that “they” expect it to.  If we are constantly looking outside of ourselves for the answers, it tends to set us up for failure.  Not because we are not capable but because we are looking in the wrong place for the wise answers.  Our knowing and wisdom is inside of each of us.  We are each responsible for our thoughts, actions and feelings.  We are each responsible for directing our journeys in life.  Looking into our hearts and tuning into our center of gravity (just below our belly button) is where inner wisdom can be found shamanically.  I wonder what your inner wise one is telling you…

From:
Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom by John O’Donohue:

“There is a voice within you that no one, not even you, has ever heard.  Give yourself the opportunity of silence and begin to develop your listening in order to hear, deep within yourself, the music of your own spirit.”

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