NURTURING CHILDREN'S CREATIVITY

Children and youth benefit immensely from art projects. In some homes and schools, Art is perceived as either an
impractical waste of  time  or a place to put  kids who have trouble with standard subjects__  to  "keep them busy".
Often, however,  children who haven't done well in regular classes
can succeed at art;  a dominant right brain may
be their one true gift.  Nobody "fails" doing art work, because whatever is produced __  unless an outright copy__
is an honest expression of a unique personality. It enhances communication skills and fosters expectations of suc-
cess in other fields.

But how can we instill creative habits in the minds of growing children? One way is by paying attention to children's
daily interests and participating in those interests with them.  If we want our child to play fair,  share and be a good
loser or winner,  rather than preach about it,  we play
with them,  setting the example by lovingly encouraging good
social habits in group creative activities. Both creative adults and children spend much of their time linked with the
Force while engaged in artistic projects.

Expose the child to Nature, as often as possible
.  Encourage and reinforce their sense of wonder and imagination.
Listen  fully to their stories,  no matter how  strange,  and accept what they say  without  judgement. Honor and re-
spect that old,  old spirit residing within that dear young body.  Share dreams.  Meditate or use therapy techniques
to reveal suppressed feelings.

Regularly meet with  small groups of children,  providing  safe spaces for  unusual  self-revelations;  spaces where
failures are never penalized, and "trying", as well as successes are positively reinforced
.  Try brainstorming. Main-
taining  regular  sacred  rituals at home,  perhaps  candle-lighting,  spiritually-oriented  meditations, food  blessing,
evening prayers,  inspirational  music and poetry.  These methods need to be  meaningful  expressions of our own
spirituality, offering a heightened awareness of the transcendence surrounding all things.

Introduce youths to a  variety of cultures , including the  indigenous,  whether through  actual trips, computers, Vid-
eos, DVDs and TV,  or visits from  foreign travelers.  Regularly expose them to  uplifting fantasy,  science fiction or
writings which  portray the  possibilities of other realities.  Openly reveal and discuss  peak experiences  including
Near-Death and  Out-Of-Body  Experiences (
Chapter 4),  or encounters with  altered states of consciousness and
seldom-seen beings such as angels, fairies or elves. Many New Children also regularly communicate with animals
and  invisible friends. Above all, encourage the activities of individual and group sports,  healthy computer techno-
logy and the practice of creative arts and crafts.

Children who've had music or art training, excel at learning language and social skills. They cooperate with teach-
ers and are friendlier with  classmates.  We have to  listen to  each other when we're  singing or  playing  music to-
gether, working on a  class mural or  decorating for a  celebration.  Competition  gives way to  Cooperation  when
creating as a group.

Music lessons teach children to translate coded images  (musical notes) into physical actions (playing instruments
or singing); the brain's neural pathways related to intellectual growth are thereby encouraged to connect and deve-
lop.  Certain inherent patterns in the brain are jump-started by musical training.  They facilitate communication with
brain areas responsible for spatial-temporal reasoning. Computer games, although encouraging faster neural con-
nections between images, seldom require the child to imagine or visualize solutions that are uniquely their own.

Simply listening to certain types of music can raise our intelligence, at least temporarily. CDs of Mozart's work aid
children and adults to raise their IQ.  In an experiment at the  
University of California, Irvine, college students lis-
tened to a  tape of  Mozart's
"Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major",  then  underwent  standard  psychological  tests.
Their IQ rose by an average of 8 points and the music particularly increased their math skills.
(6)

Recent  research on the  creative  potentials of  children and  youth  revealed  that  art usually happens  if we are
already smart
. At the Universities of Wisconsin and  California, three and four-year-olds who had  piano less-
ons for six months, actually out-performed on  IQ tests by 34%  when compared with another group their age who
had computer lessons instead. (6) We are not downgrading computers__ they're wonderful  learning and comuni-
cation tools__ but there is another side to intelligence, to . It is the ability to find new ways to resolve never-before-
encountered  challenges or  difficulties,  and this comes directly from our  connection with the  Inspirational  Mode
of the Creative Process.

Artists are often psychically gifted
.  In 1988, a group of  Juilliard School of Music  students were  gathered to ex-
plore the correlation of artistic ability with psychic performance.  The result was one of the  highest ESP "hits" ever
reported: 50% accuracy. Six out of the eight music students (75%) were most successful, correctly identifying their
targets. It may be that such exceptional psychic accuracy in creatively-minded persons is due to their ability to rec-
ognize patterns and an openness to explore  unfamiliar images or symbols. They may be better able to rise above
their logical mind's  input of  information and be more  varied in their thinking__  a factor  known to be  exhibited by
those with very curious, intuitive or inspirationally receptive brains.
(6)

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(6) Wakefield, Dan: "
Creating From the Spirit: Living Each Day as a Creative Act". 1996. Ballantine Books, Ran-
dom House, N.Y., NY
"Creating with Multi-Dimensional Technologies"
                
By Marilyn La Croix