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Musings for Healing

Panjoyah's Sharings
Love, Family, & Other Things
Children Expressing Emotions

There is very little in the world that brings a parent's triggers to the surface as quickly as the tears or loud, angry expressions of their child. Consider that much of what is seen to be your child's emotional expression may not be theirs at all. It may be yours, the parent's, refracted through the "lens" of your child's emotional body.

When I was young my father was convinced that I was doing or saying certain things or expressing in certain ways deliberately, just to upset him. I never was, but whatever it was at those moments that I was expressing or enacting never failed to trigger him with pinpoint accuracy, as if I was doing it intentionally. None of this was conscious for me, because I was always shocked when he reacted that way. I was "just being a kid"; in other words, acting instinctively and impulsively most of the time. A certain dynamic was apparent; I was either acting out or expressing the very feelings he wanted to avoid.

Children are little emotional sponges, exponentially more so than the most sensitive adult empath. Because of genetic and karmic linkups with the parents, they absorb, act out and reflect the very feelings we as parents have literally shoved out of ourselves, whether consciously or not, or recently or not. Imagine these denied feelings as splinters energetically entering the auric field of a psychically open child. Like physical splinters, these feelings must work their way out again, so that their rightful owners can experience and take responsibility for them in one way or another. Unfortunately it does not always work that way, as children are often controlled out of these natural expulsions and forced to continue to try to hold these feelings.

When emotions rightfully belong to the child, it is somewhat simpler. It still behooves the parents to teach appropriate expression of feelings, such as helping children re-member the difference between acting out and expressing safely in sound and body movements without hurting themselves or anything/anybody else (I say "remember" because children as babies and toddlers were naturally appropriate expressors before societal and subtle pressures caused their pure expression to warp into act-out behaviours). In these cases, if there aren't generalized parental rules against expression, then compassion, guidance and allowance can enter and the child can offload safely and effectively. A parent can easily tell the difference as to whose emotions the child is expressing/acting out by whether s/he is triggered by their child's display of them.

Several keys for parents who are triggered by their child's actions and expressions were outlined in the previous section. The more completely a parent can take responsibility for the feelings that come up for them in response to their child's feelings, especially if the parent can express these feelings him or herself shortly following the trigger, the more dramatically the child's behaviour can shift. I watched this happen often with my own son when he triggered me and I was able to express my response fully in my own emotional body, he would either no longer trigger me that way with similar future behaviour or would simply cease that behaviour. Pretty magical, yet simple and effective (over time) when the dynamic is accepted and applied.

I am currently working on expanding these articles into a book, which I would prefer to self-publish for many reasons. If the material resonates for you and you would like to support its birthing process by making a donation to help cover publishing expenses, ask questions, make a comment or simply get on the mailing list, please contact me at Donations can be made to that address via StormPay, or to IntGold ID 12022. Thanks for reading!

Peter Cloud Panjoyah, British Columbia, May 2004

All material copyright 1997-2004 Panjoyah

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