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Imagination and Our Children

Imaginative vision is quite different from mere perception of an object, for it has no limits. Not only can imagination travel through infinite space, but also through infinite time; we can go backwards through the epochs, and have the vision of the earth as it was, with the creatures that inhabited it. To make it clear whether or not a child has understood, we should see whether he can form a vision of it within his mind, whether he has gone beyond the level of mere understanding... The secret of good teaching is to regard the child's intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination. Our aim therefore is not merely to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his inmost core.

~Maria Montessori

The Moso Bamboo

The Magic of The Moso Bamboo
The Moso is a bamboo plant that grows in China and the Far East. After the Moso is planted, there is no visible sign of growth for up to five years - even under ideal conditions!

5 years later, as if by magic, the Moso suddenly begins to grow. It grows at a rate of nearly 2 1/2 feet per day, reaching a full height of 90 feet within 6 weeks.

It's not magic! The Moso's rapid growth is due to the miles of roots it develops during the first five years of getting ready.

Remember, even if there is no visible change as you prepare for whatever it is in life, your roots are still growing and developing beneath the surface, deep within, getting you ready to move forward.

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Bring Back Play After Sexual Abuse & Trauma

Bring Back Play After Sexual Abuse and Trauma
Anyone who has experienced a trauma is considered a victim in that they have actually experienced victimization.

The word victimization means to "treat unfairly for punishment or ill treatment." Or, to "slay as or like a sacrificial victim." I'm not talking about the victims that are complaining about a loss of a job, or because they got into a fender bender, or the one's whining that dad swore at them one time in their lives or didn't get what they wanted. I think you understand the differences. There is an importance to understand the differences because the word victimization has been used very lightly in the spiritual and religious groups.

1.) The victim stage refers to the period of time when a person is experiencing post-traumatic symptoms such as depression, shock or anxiety. There may also be symptoms of PTSD such as flashbacks and nightmares.

For me, this stage lasted for many years. The nigh…