Unschooling Monday Moon-Day Mayhem: Getting Angry and Loving It!

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Those chocolates are a combo of raw organic coconut oil, raw cacao powder, sea salt, raw honey, and fresh raw almond meal! we blended, molded and froze for about an hour. Great Moon Fudge ❤

The Moon influences the way we feel. Think about it. Notice when your emotions are high or low, when you feel more-so reflective, dreamy or passionate, and then take a look at the shape of the moon.  Or find out what sign it is flowing through at the time.

Of course, astrology being the first science, there is a great deal of information about how the stars above inspire the way we think, feel and act. The Moon tends to have a more noticeable effect on us Earthlings because it is so close. (I’m aware of many theories about how and why the moon was created including the idea that our current moon is a hologram. But, I decided to make this post short). Read more

HomeSchooling Co Op Online

468609_10152862816445198_2036192250_oHomeSchool, UnSchool, OldSchool, and Just plain Conscious Families out there…. Dougie and I are looking for more adventure!

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Raising Psychic Children

20120314-080909.jpg The other day, my son went up to a young woman and asked her about the baby in her tummy. One that she had yet to publicly reveal. At home on our couch, he went on to tell me that she’s having a girl with light brown hair. He does this often. A few months ago on the train he dragged me up to a woman who he had to speak to. He asked her about her son “Bern, ” the “chef” who lived in another state. The woman, taken aback, began talking about how much she missed her son, but that she was so proud of him for living his dream and having just officially completed culinary school.

Now, he’s channeling dietary advice to friends on Skype. He’ll text message things like “eat salmon and fish and chicken broth” during conversations. What’s significant about this for me is that I often get my “messages” in terms of food. I’ll just know what someone can eat to help them. Now he’s doing it alone and right on point with what I would advice. He’s also very serious about the way life was when he was on Mars. He can give details about the soil. The truth is that all children and humans are psychic. Our kids are way better at it than we are, and if you are reading this you absolutely have a psychic child. The advice given here can increase anyone’s psychic ability and enhance our physical health as well…. Our intuitive abilities are imprinted in our DNA. We were born to instinctively understand how to protect ourselves, grow and connect with nature. A very easy example of your psychic ability is to remember how it feels when you “know” to get away from another person or situation. The Fight or Flight response is something most of us can agree that we have. When we follow the instinct, or  natural survival response, we open channels for more psychic (vibrational information to come through).

We are sensitive to subtle energy because we are built from subtle energy. We take in loads of information all day long — media, facts, interactions with people, meals, you name it. And this information is filtered and will be stored correctly without much thought given to it. However, we have been conditioned to completely ignore the fact that each and every ounce of information we take in also has a vibratory frequency that is detected by our energy body, and deciphered through our pineal gland. “The seat of the soul” according to De Cartes. Our pineal glands are the functional, measurable, psychic part of us. This pineal gland, also known as our third eye, has been cherished throughout history in ancient cultures.

Artwork from Sumeria, to the Mayans and even Egyptian pyramids glorified this magickal gland. We call it “pineal” which derives from “pinecone” and that’s exactly how it looks in the center of our brains. In fact, this gland has all of the inner components of your seeing eyes and may very well be responsible for the visions you have while dreaming. It is filled with fluid, and the balance or imbalance of this fluid is used to detect brain tumors on brain scans. The Hindu Bindi is a decorative gem worn over the third eye, and we still see this all the time in our current society.

For those who celebrate the Hindu religion, this pineal gland, or 6th chakra, represents the manifestation of stored energy or Kundalini energy. It’s hidden sacred knowledge. Knowledge from within that culminates when the connection is made through all of the lower chakras. This makes me think of an activated pineal gland as a gift of inner-sight that is rewarded to those who make those connections. We know it’s something desired by many today. Just look at the American dollar bill and you’ll see the third eye symbolism atop a depiction of a pyramid. The Pope carries a pine cone atop his staff. And his house, the Vatican, is chock-full of pine cone symbolism and god/goddess relics that one would assume would be hard to find in a Christian haven.

Pine cones are everywhere loves. From corporate logos to religious art to money money money money. And if this post was solely about our pineal glands I could go on forever about how intentional that is.

So, when Dougie senses what’s going on in another person’s  body, he is using an innate gift that we all have. Children are born more connected, aren’t they? But, this isn’t JUST because they just arrived here. In fact, Dougie’s been around longer than I have. Many of the children being born today are very old souls who have come back with remembered skills and wisdom, and they are coming to parents who can support that in them. So, if you have a noticeably psychic child, have no fear, they have chosen you for a good reason. We now understand that our pineal glands actually may calcify over time. This strongly inhibits our psychic ability. To my knowledge, this was first thought of as an inevitable part of aging. However, there’s loads of evidence that shows diet can play a huge role in calcifying and even de-calcifying our pineal glands.

A child is born into the world without already having eaten years and years of processed foods. This is another big part of what gives them the one up on us adults in the psychic department. Their communication equipment is cleaner. Aluminum is a big pineal gland destroyer. And aluminum can be found in most drinking water, vaccinations, cook-ware, deodorant, food containers and many processed foods and spices including tortillas, breads, chips, and baking powder. There have been studies linking aluminum cookware to Alzheimer’s, and for good reason. Even my son Dougie, the amazing psychic, has been tested to prove an overload of aluminum in his system. This was years ago, while he was still going through major healing from autism-related illness.

So, now you know what makes us all psychic and what makes our kids better at it. Let’s talk about how you can support your children on this Blissful path, and what your role might be.

Eat Clean You don’t need to fret over how many calories or carbs you are having, just keep your eats as free from chemicals, pesticides, and genetically modified franken-foods as possible. Organic fresh food has a higher frequency than food that’s been sitting for a day or a week. Higher frequency foods have a way of connecting us to higher frequencies… So like attracts like in this case. Enjoy many colors of foods and listen to your children’s cravings especially if they are healthy. For example, if your child really digs cucumbers and wants to eat five per day… Go with that. And commend them for choosing something so healthy. This will affirm their intuition.

Live Fluoride, Aluminum, Mercury and Toxin Free Here is a link to aluminum containing products. Get them out quickly as well as other household toxins like detergents and dryer sheets, baby powder, bleach, pasteurized milk, deodorant, unnatural perfumes, and fluorescent lights which contain mercury powder. Here is a link to how Fluoride jeopardizes the functionality of our pineal glands. That means changing our toothpastes and water. http://www.in5d.com/fluoride-free-pineal-gland.html

Work on You Record your dreams in a journal and make a positive intention to remember your dreams before you fall asleep. These dream memories may only be a sentence long at first, but they are very important to remember. When you sleep, your physical eyes and analytical mind is turned off. You are closest to the natural psychic you. Take time to do things that make you feel good. Meditate, pray, do yoga, listen to music. Not only is this good for you, but it shows your kids that they can do the same for themselves.

Listen to Wild Stories Does your son or daughter talk about when they used to be a grown up, life on other planets or their “other family”? These could be past life stories that are important to remember. Listen intently without saying much other than to support the story. Our memories can be jaded by experience and time. If you can record or write down these stories for them to have, this may be very helpful for them in the future. When Dougie talks about Mars, I ask him questions like a reporter would. Things I really want to know. Like, “so why couldn’t you plant green beans?” or “what were some of the plants you could grow?” But I will only interject my questions when he is finished talking.

The same goes for dreams. You can ask about your child’s dreams. But, my suggestion is not to be too leading. So, you might lightly ask, “what did you dream about,” first thing in the morning– and then simply listen without pressing for answers. Then you might wait a few mornings to see if he comes to you to share his dreams. I will drop whatever I’m doing to listen to one of Dougie’s stories.

Freedom at Home So many of these children have been around the moon more times than we have… And they remember it. Allow for as much freedom at home as is possible for their safety. I’m talking about allowing them to cook food, create and hang art wherever they want to, clean, organize, pick out clothes, pay at the grocery store, pick groceries, call friends and relatives who they want to speak to. This will allow them to align more quickly with what they like and who they are.

Play Time For children, play is their work. It helps them solve problems, hone skills and really just explore life. A child with a noticeable psychic gift is still living in a developing child’s body. Lots of playtime is important because they need to decompress, and feel like a kid. I recommend lots of outdoor play as the sunshine is good for their moods as well as Vitamin D intake and of course, the Sun regenerates us. Earth vibrations, like from being bare foot in the soil are also very grounding and calming. Keep electronic toys at a minimum as the man made vibrations can be very disruptive to their senses.

Experience, Expose and Encourage Allow each experience to unfold without expectations. Your child will lead you through stories or signals for what they desire. Generally speaking, our desires lead us to our life’s purpose. Expose them to music of many cultures, languages, colors, stories and positive people of all shapes and colors. Encourage creative outlets like singing, dancing and painting. This is how shamans often connect with their healing gifts. Our art has a way of exposing our soul. And that’s a good thing. I don’t like to make assumptions about my son’s art. instead, I will ask what he made and how he feels about it. Often it’s not what I thought at all.

Unschooling Keep in mind that public education was designed to create beings with set responses to authority. This line of thinking is what got us here having to discuss how to raise a psychic child. We are out of whack with our natural selves because we have subscribed to a system that forces us to try and be like everyone else. Funny enough, we’re not really all that different. But, we must step into our whole selves which includes embracing all of our abilities. Unschooling represents the undoing of that old paradigm. It’s in the experimenting with what we like and want that we discover who we are. As an Unschooling mama, I am pleasantly surprised with how well my son can read, write and analyze data. Unschooling is not about not learning… It’s simply about unblocking that which was holding us back from learning these hidden treasures about ourselves. If you know that regular school is best for your child, trusting that instinct is part of embracing your family’s psychic ability. My suggestion in that case is to take these Unschooling vibes into your home life and feel how that inspires you. Who knows what the future holds for our psychic children? But wouldn’t it be nice to support this ability in them so that they have even more opportunities ahead?

We are all psychic. That doesn’t mean that we are all going to become professional healers. This intuitive ability is needed in every position in the world from mothering to presidenting.

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Home School Lessons Take 1: Dougie Reads

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We live and learn in a balance between home school and un-school. We do have some set lessons and routine that helps things go smoothly– although most of the time you can find us learning math by counting the hermit crabs atop the steep hill.

Doug and I write stories for Dougie that incorporate science, religion, math, social studies, history, art, etc.–so that he learns reading comprehension while getting a juicy story.

Dougie is really into making films, and part of our “curriculum” has him making story boards and drawing characters. He LOVES it. He wants to share more with you on camera, so here we go!

This video is just the beginning! We’ll have lots more.

Check out our new online autism healing classes. We’re sharing everything that helped us get to this point!

Autism Recovery Videos: Dougie’s Autism Recovery Journey Step by Step Updated

Dougie was once diagnosed with autism, and was very sick with candida yeast infections, vaccine poison, heavy metals, viruses, parasites, bacterial infections, food allergies and more. He began regressing developmentally at age 2 or slightly before. He did display all symptoms of autism, and in fact, we were told he was severe by the Chicago Schools. Some said he would never talk. We were more worried that he was very physically ill and also that he had dangerous tendencies like lack of awareness and not being able to protect himself (walking outside, crossing street). We wanted our son to have the best chance at health possible. We completely changed our lives, diet and spirituality. As we unpeeled layers of physical illness, the autism symptoms surfaced and left. He is 7 and quite healthy now. We homeschool him and we all love it,

These are our latest videos. Dougie loves outer space and making films. He draws story boards and films himself.

Enjoy!

Xoxo
Gina

Eco -Style Touring and Family Life on the Road

I swear my hubby and I have pavement in our blood. We love the road. We love traveling. And, I for one made it my secret birthday wish YEARS ago to sleep under the stars more nights than not. And, Finally, Finally — it’s all coming into fruition.

We Got our RV Bliss Mobile, and it’s time to celebrate!

7 months ago, we vowed to get on the road,  show our son the world, bring healing and enlightenment to ourselves and whoever else crosses our paths — and to do it ECO – STYLE. If everything we do doesn’t reflect our love for mama earth, we don’t really wanna do it. After really discovering what it’s like to find our true selves and our purpose this time around — we also realized that our health and our Bliss was made possible by this planet and all of her beautiful gifts — the trees, the herbs, the air, the water and  of course, the people and animals.

But, what’s so eco-style about living on the road in an RV?

On-the-road touring can be one of the least earthsponsible (a word I just made up — meaning responsible to our commitment to the planet) things we can do.  Big Houses on Wheels guzzle gas, and can cost people upwards of 25K per year in fuel alone.

If you ‘ve been following this journey, you know that we were in search of a vehicle that we could run on veggie fuel. And, we searched for one for about 5 months. The ones that we found required lots of other costly repairs besides the conversion costs.

Another important factor for our search was that we were looking for an RV to sleep 3 and have room for clients and friends to sit down for great convo and tea with us — as we really want to make the place a roaming  BLISS MACHINE. But, we didn’t want our Home on Wheels to be too big and heavy. We wanted a smaller, more cozy place that was easy to drive. Oh, and I told Doug that no matter what Bliss Mobile we chose, I wanted to tear apart the inside and re-do it. So, for earth’s sake — we wanted something that needed interior gutting and one that ran like a charm.

We chose an RV older than me that runs on gasoline — but runs like a champ, was dirt cheap, and requires minimal  mechanical upgrades, and a complete interior/ cosmetic and structural  re-boot. The inside was a wretched mess when we got her. Score! We’ve always wanted the option to have a home completley designed by us.  We’re recording every inch of our remodel process, btw.

And the “Eco” Part?

The low upfront cost allows us to make interior changes that are toxin-free, recyclable, recycled and/or renewable without hesitation. If we bought an RV with brand new carpeting, I’d have a heavy heart pulling it out and dumping it despite it being dipped in some toxic combo of formeldahyde and cancer.

Here are some more eco-style choices and dreams we have for our new place

  • No/low V.O.C. interior paint
  • Chemical-free wood
  • Recycled, toxin-free insulation
  • Organic Mattresses, pillows and bedding
  • Water Saving system (this is something we are creating and will update you all when we have the plan in place)
  • Buying only whole, unpackaged food (as long as its possible)
  • Composting on the road
  • Sun Oven (we’re building it and will show you how we did it soon)
  • Kick-ass space saving genius work (loving the creative flowy work)
  • Sleeping Outdoors lots to share energy w/ mama earth
  • Growing  our own herbs
  • Re-claiming, dumpster diving and thrifting for cabinetry, sink bowl and other upgrades
  •  Planting Trees and wild greens on the way (dreams of sprinkling arugula and basil or some sort of yum-ilishous and nutritious green in each forest we visit)
  • Gathering Spring Water
  • Minimal Electronics (we’re conserving on phone, computer, internet devices as we also want to stay vibrationally vibrant and not have too much buzzing around us
  • Combining Home and Workspace
  • All Mechanical upgrades purchased at cost or inexpensively as possible and all work done by us (with a little help from some friends)
We will not be installing those “eco-friendly” light bulbs that contain mercury because we feel they are a complete  joke. We’re hoping to continue to improve our fuel efficiency  as we upgrade  and care for this beautious machine. We’re stoked that we were able to rescue her from the hands of those who hung USA flag curtains in her windows. She is  receiving Reiki daily  and we cannot wait to take her on the road and hug you in person.
More on how we plan to homeschool, see clients and Bliss Out on the road soon.  Everything’s being recorded so keep checking in.
xo
G

Oh, To Homeschool- The Genius of autism Education

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My six year old Bliss Burger is sitting next to me right now at the breakfast table yumming it up on a sweet potato. He slept so well last night. Like he does every night- sometimes between his dad and me, and sometimes in his own bed.

Waking him up for school last year, holding hands on the way to the $10,000 preschool was a dream of mine. Not his. To be honest, we sought out that school for their child-focused  learning, natural, outdoor setting, and amazing diet. The children helped raise chickens, bunnies, and plants. They cooked.  climbed. Did puppet shows. It was oh so cute, but the little man kept telling me he didn’t like it.

Here’s the thing. I was seeking a  school that would help nurture the values we have at home, allow Dougie to socialize, and um — give me a break from being his only caregiver, teacher, mommy and medicine woman. I felt  he  needed to explore. And boy was I right. But, the truth is that  even in their open-mindendness, that school we chose was way too rigid for Dougie.

His teacher didn’t really understand him, and always had issues with what he was saying (like when he would talk about Buzz Lightyear). She falsely “accused” us of owning a TV (oh no!). As if that mattered! Our boy was talking and trying to make friends. We were ecstatic.  If he’d had an awesome teacher, we may still be at that school. So, I’m stoked it  worked out this way.

Ask Dougie now how much he loves his Toy Story School (which he named our at-home un-learning), and he probably won’t be able to stop talking. In fact, he’s reading this now and tells me that he wants me to invite you to join him here.

I grew up in a world that said school was necessary. I learned that education is what is necessary. I grew up in a world that said “choose a career.” I learned to choose a journey and experience many careers. I was molded by a system that said we can’t teach our kids at home, lest they turn into hermit weirdos who wear corduroy in summer. And, I learned to say,  “Whatevha!”

Unschooling is peeling away at what the system has taught us for centuries. And, now is the time for re-awakening anyway. The old systems are no longer working.

But,  I gotta admit, regardless of how well I know my purpose here to help others and blah blah blah –the decision to  home school my son was all about him. I worried about the socialization thing first, as he was once diagnosed with autism, and well — the system tells me to worry about socialization. Then, I worried he would resent me, or he wouldn’t have enough challenge, fun, activities, friends– all that. I spent weeks and months considering this and researching my buns off.

This is what Dougie wants and needs now, and this is what’s best for him now. We all have our purposes, and those of us with children who require unschooling or home schooling have the balls and the guts to do it. Worried about socialization? Your kids will lead you. Worried about teaching subjects that you don’t know too well? Goodness, you will be surprised at how amazing new brains are. Dougie is typing, writing, spelling and reading. He can count money, pay for things at the store, make scrambled eggs, and pretty much run the place if we need him to.

We’ve been bitten by the adventure bug again, and are taking this Unschooling organic life of ours on the road. We can’t wait to spread the bliss with all of you. Take a gander at this blog for more info on our upcoming tour de love.

Gina

UnSchool of Life: Undoing the Mundane Routine

As a kid, I refused to wear jeans. From the ages of 9-13, stretchy pants were IT for me. It was a comfort thing, mostly.  I’m ultra sensitive to the touch of scratchy fabric. Still. But,  I also  needed to express my differences. I spent most of my days just on the outskirts of the “in” crowd, and was totally okay with it.  My husband grew up expressing his differences in the ways lots of boys do. I’m not at liberty to spill exactly what that means. But,  somewhere in our charts de destiny — we have been dreamily aligned to raise a “different” child. But, believe me — we didn’t set out to do anything outside the “norm” when it came to starting our family. We did the doctor appointments, the pampers, the birthing classes. Soon enough, that fizzled though. And, even before my little Dougie’s health began to decline — he was showing us that he was destined for something more. When it came to schooling, at first we opted to have him evaluated  for special services through the Chicago Public School system. It took them over a year to complete their evaluation, and by the time we had our  first IEP meeting — his label of “severely autistic” was obviously invalid. He was healing through Body Ecology, Raw Foods, and the energy healing and sensory work that we do at home.  Still,  we took the label in hopes of getting him more education. Dealing with  the red tape, “autism specialists,” and trudging through the snow to get my child to one hour of speech therapy and occupational therapy each week was draining on him.  After one year of speech therapy, he never talked for his teachers. And, just preparing him for the trip was hell on us. He tantrummed and begged not to go. When I observed Dougie in class, I noticed all of the distractions present in the public school. Bells ringing, intercom going on and off, other teachers walking in, teachers stopping to discipline other kids and more. We tried private school and absolutely loved their routine and core belief structure. But, then there was the price and the fact that Dougie still wasn’t THRIVING. By this time, we took lots more care to teach him at home. Teachers were telling me that I should be worried that he wasn’t talking. I thought, “how could he talk when his gut is a mess?” He was healing, and all of the “teachers” and “authority figures” around him were trying to put information into him, and make him do things. But, Dougie needs to express things, let go of things, be absorbed in positivity, live out loud. Dougie needs to be free. He knew from the start that only I understood that, and I think that’s why he chose me. I remember being reminded over and over how important it is for children. “especially those on the spectrum” (ugh “the spectrum”… sheesh!) to have a  strict routine. Yeah, I see how that can help settle an overactive mind. We all crave structure for balance. But, that sure doesn’t mean commanding your children to do certain things or be a certain way. Our Daily Structure is Important to Us My goal is to get out of Dougie’s way so that he can thrive without having to depend on me forever. I don’t want him fully dependent on a specific routine. Much of my own success comes from being able to handle change. It’s all I know. So, it’s how we roll here. I know many children whose stories are similar to Dougie’s, and if  one of these children calls you mama or dad — just know that they chose you for a reason. If the homeschool or unschool bus is honking its horn at you — you can jump on.  Remember, I was told to worry because it’s well known that our  kids crave even more structure than the “norm.” Worrying has never done me any good. Ever. The Routine of No Routine Unschooling is reteaching my family how to live and be  with each other in deeper love and more productive ways. We feel we lost a lot of time worrying and working hard to do what was normal for our child. Here’s a glimpse into our day. maybe it will help you to:

  • Make and eat breakfast together (Dougie helps cut veggies, scramble eggs, pour smoothies, push blender buttons and choose what he wants. He also helps clean up).
  • Get dressed and spend some outdoor time at beach or park. We often bring toys or books and “work” outside.
  • Go to the store or market (Dougie fills his own cart, asks for what he wants and orders at the juice bar or deli. He also pays the cashier and talks to the workers at our local store. We often eat lunch outside.
  • Come home, light cleaning all together and play time for Dougie (he plays puppet show, Toy Story toys, paints, this is his alone time).
  • Nap time
  • More outdoor time, outside class like yoga or music, park or playdate.
  • Reading, art, music, math through games, puppet show or whatever we feel like — so long as it’s fun and creative.

We sign Dougie up for a few low-key activities where he can get time away and explore. He loves his yoga class. We also try to help him forge relationships with other children. He has his favorite friends and loves to play with his cousins. We take trips all over the city, show Dougie how to use the bus and read the signs, allow him to experience the different cultures we have here, and visit beautiful places. We walk, we climb, we never stop enjoying. Dougie is kindergarten age, and has learned all of this kindergarten lessons through play and fun. What a life! xoxo Gina

Autism Healing: Our Kids Want to Know

we are moving all of our blogs over from Heal Artfully in order to solidify our mission in one place. This was originally published in January 2011.

Dougie began  conversing with us when he was four. Before that, he really only used scripted or repetitive language.  I used to wonder if he was getting it.. if he was absorbing the true meaning of the words we said to him. Of course, as mothers we learn to read the signals in their energy and body language — and we certainly often feel that they “get it.” But, who doesn’t want proof? Our proof began to  appear when we got Dougie some dolls and stuffed animals and observed how he played with them. We’d see him cuddling, feeding, changing diapers, putting them to sleep — in his own way. So we played off this and began staging puppet shows and made up stories that re-iterated what we thought were important lessons. When Dougie started talking, he was so excited and proud of himself (and still is) that he rarely stops talking. He has so much to say, and every day he shows us that he is fully aware. He even brings up moments from the past. So, if you ever have doubt that your child understands you — keep talking and playing with them. Keep parenting at your best. Keep telling them that you know they get it and you understand them. Teach them everything you would teach a child who gave you clear signals of their understanding. They not only get it.. but they will use it. These minds are gorgeous minds and love knowledge. Fill them up with all the stories in your head, mamas and dads. One day, you will be in awe as those very stories are relayed back to you in complete awareness. Rock On! You can do this! Gina