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Of course, they will help someone in physical trouble if it is for their highest good. Guardian angels will answer the wishes of your heart. If you are in despair your angel will come to you to enfold and comfort you. They will try to lift your spirits and help you find happiness. They are constantly looking for ways of bringing you love, if you are ready for it. They will ease your life by helping you find parking places, perfect presents or the right direction.
You can also communicate with someone by asking your angel to talk to his or her angel and this can resolve many problems, which your personality may find difficult. Your guardian angel holds the divine blueprint for your life and whispers in your ear. It constantly reminds you of better choices you can make, though you have free will to ignore such promptings. Many people have heard angels singing for they will sing over you to comfort you or raise your vibrations, often while you are asleep. A few days later the son of another friend told him all about auras and added that he had always seen them.
The doctor was astonished! That night he found my website and watched the TV clips, from which he learnt that everyone has a Guardian angel, who will help you if you ask and it is easy to connect with it. So he lay on his bed and asked for an angel to come to him. Immediately a deep blue light started to appear above him. Soon gold started to swirl in it. He watched with interest.
Then 43 The Wonder of Unicorns the colours formed a vortex and began spinning down into his third eye. It felt extraordinary and he was sure it was an angelic presence. He asked the angels one question and it was unexpectedly answered that weekend. He stayed with a different friend and heard wonderful cathedral music during the night. In the morning he asked his friend which CD she had played after he had gone to bed.
Of course, she had been fast asleep and there was no music playing! Puzzled, he went into a bookshop and picked up my first angel book, A Little Light on Angels. It opened at the chapter Angels Singing! He told me that the following day a baby stopped screaming the moment she was placed in his arms. She gazed into his eyes and he felt as if they were making a soul-to-soul connection, something he had never before experienced.
That was only a beginning. From the day of the angelic intervention his patients, especially babies and children have all responded to him in a completely different way. He has become a spiritual healer and at the time of writing the unicorns are now waiting to work with him. Guidance and protection Whenever I go on a car journey I thank the angels and unicorns for protecting and guiding my trip. I am often aware of several unicorns in front of the car, leading the way. The horses of light are always two or three feet above the ground. I cannot tell you what a wonderful feeling it gives me to have them guiding me.
This does not always stop me from getting lost! Ask either the unicorn or angel kingdom for protection, guidance and direction in life. The more you talk to them and connect with them, the closer you will become to their energies and their wondrous qualities. Healing Both unicorns and angels give healing, for all Beings of the seventh dimension can do so. Either can touch your chakras or spiritual energy centres, passing light into you. Or they can pour healing energy over you. She had a painful leg and I suggested we call in the unicorns to point healing energy at her sore spot.
We both had a sense of a beautiful unicorn coming in and she could feel something shifting in her leg. The pain disappeared completely. They literally pour high frequency light out of their horns and this dissolves the blockage or karma, which creates the pain. Saving you from death or danger When does a unicorn save you and when an angel?
If it is not your time to die or your karma to suffer it is the role of your Guardian angel to step in and save you. However, your unicorn may also assist you. Just like angels a unicorn will sometimes respond to a call for help out of pure compassion. At others the person may have a close though unconscious connection with his unicorn. A man once told me that when he thought he was drowning, he was held up by a white horse until help arrived. So I was interested to learn that the white foam on the sea is called white horses because sailors of old saw unicorns holding above the waves the heads of their mates who would otherwise have drowned When Kathy Crosswell and I were looking at hundreds of photographs containing Orbs for our books, Enlightenment Through Orbs and Ascension Through Orbs, we were presented with several series of pictures taken at one-minute intervals or less.
In one of these unicorn and fairy Orbs were travelling together, in a violent storm, on the ocean in order to help people on boats and sea creatures. Because the power of a storm can sometimes impel certain individuals to throw themselves into the waters, the unicorns were also patrolling to save anyone with such a compulsion. Blessings You can ask both unicorns and angels to bless people, places and situations through you.
The information is in the chapter on Unicorn Blessings. These may include a good job, romantic relationship, success at a task, even a new car. Some of these may include open hearted service, creative, artistic or musical expression, deep meditation, being in nature, even to have a child, if that is your soul longing.
Visualisation 1. Focus on your toes on the outbreath and feel them relax. Then continue through your body, relaxing your feet, ankles, calves, knees, thighs, abdomen, lower back, spine, back of your neck, chest, arms, hands, shoulders, face and scalp. You may be able to smell the moist grass and flowers, hear the trickle of a stream or feel the soft sun on your face.
With it is a magnificent pure white unicorn. They are coming right up to you. Listen for a reply. Again you may be aware of the sensation as more of your soul energy is brought into you. A unicorn cake Margi had moved into her new house on a complex in Johannesburg. The builder was big and burly, the most unlikely person to know about unicorns or so she thought.
One day he said he wanted to show Margi something, which was in the house next door. It was surrounded with unicorns and he had little unicorns made in sugar for each child at the party. On Monday morning she saw him and asked how the party went. She absolutely adored it and the children all loved their sugar unicorns.
It was unbelievably successful! Their spirits gather in a small group of six or seven for instruction in the inner planes. Occasionally they teach a large class. The unicorns have always connected pre-birth with those who have a special mission to further the progress of humanity in some way. They implant a star in their aura so that when the individual enters the cloudy negativity of Earth their light can be pinpointed. The angels and unicorns make a special effort to locate and assist these children. They place five pointed stars in the auras of those souls who are striving to perfect themselves so that they can, through their own growth, help others.
They place six pointed ones in the auras of those with a vision to bring heaven to Earth. A few, who have been specially trained, are distinguished with a seven pointed star, so that they can lead an ascension team. Another reason for the close pre-birth supervision and education of the enlightened children from Orion is that so many of them cannot cope with the heavy vibrations of Earth.
On occasions part of their soul withdraws resulting in what doctors call autism or autistic tendencies. Unicorn energy can help them stay grounded in our reality. Riding horses I know a little girl who lives on the edge. She is excitable, sometimes withdrawn and can be quite challenging to handle. The little girl explained that while she loved the Angelina Ballerina stories and reading about ballet she did not want to do it. So her mother tried swimming lessons. No, she was not interested. Gymnastics was boring.
Then her mother offered the child a horse riding lesson and she was enthusiastic. Apparently, at the first lesson the little girl sat on the horse for half an hour while the trainer led the animal round. She went into a state of blissful trance and did not want to dismount. The mood lasted long after they had gone home. And each week it was the same. Just being in contact with the horse took her into another space where she found peace and stillness.
I believe this special child was able to make connection with unicorn energy while she was on the horse and this enabled her to feel safe and belonging. It was her time of spiritual connection. I give talks to groups and often people bring their children along. Then we ride on their backs and they take us to the unicorn kingdom. At first we rode together on one huge unicorn then gradually they started to ride their own little unicorns.
Once in the seventh heaven they play with the great creatures and receive pure energy, healing and tuition. I believe that at some level their spirits are with me and it feels like a gift of love to take them with me. Exercise Light a candle each morning and ask unicorns to go to specific children. You do not necessarily need to know them but your active thoughts create a bridge of light which makes it easier for the unicorns to connect with some of them.
They have a highly evolved sense of smell. Like humans they love the perfume of happiness and are repelled by the stench of anger. Hearing As higher frequency creatures unicorns can hear notes and tones that are out of our auditory range. Often they listen to the music beyond the sounds we hear. They can pick out much higher frequencies and hundreds of notes that we simply miss. Your aura too plays musical notes, the quality of which depends on the state of your consciousness. Your unicorn can hear it all. Like all highly evolved Beings, the unicorns love beautiful harmony. Human voice has always had the power to heal and uplift.
For example if someone has a singing voice so glorious that it can raise the consciousness of those who listen, the unicorns will be at the concert watching the energies and adding their own light. Or if the timbre of your voice is on an angelic or healing vibration, they will work with you.
They listen to the music of the spheres, the melody of running water, the sigh of the wind and the angels singing. For example, a beautiful garden, full of flowers and an emerald lawn, with a fountain, emanates wonderful musical notes. To a unicorn it sounds like an orchestra playing a beautiful symphony. They also love wild gardens where elementals play. A neglected garden with a stagnant pond or piles of rubbish sounds to them like heavy metal!
They move away fast. They find the hum of an electricity substation very disturbing. Quarrelling, screaming or any form of discord is distasteful and they withdraw. This also applies to those emotions, whether acting or reality, which emit from TV or radio. Hammering, drilling or a noisy engine radiate vibrations like the heat of a furnace, from which the unicorns pull away as quickly as you would if you were being singed by a fire. Emotions have a sound and a smell. Anger sounds like barking, while passive anger yaps or growls.
Even a sullen person has a growling, keep away from me aura!
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We may sense it but a unicorn hears it. Love, compassion and joy sound like beautiful melodious music, contentment gently purrs, while higher aspiration sends out thrilling clarion calls. It is so wonderful that it tunes up everything around it to a higher octave. The sounds they emit can touch people profoundly, to the very depth of their souls.
At one time all villagers would attend their local church on Sundays and as they sang hymns, they would automatically come into harmony for the highest purpose of the local com52 The Unicorn Senses munity. Those who were emotionally or mentally out of alignment would be re-tuned by the voices of their friends and by the angels who would sing with them.
In this way neighbours could live in peace. Unicorns also hear and respond to the intention and energy of sound, so where there is beautiful music, sacred chanting or choirs singing in harmony together the unicorns will add their light. The sound of a mother crooning to her baby will draw a unicorn to pour love over the two of them. And they are attracted to joyful laughter, inspirational conversation, loving words and the chatter of children playing happily.
A cat purring, a bird pouring out its heart in song, the breeze in the trees or waves lapping onto a shore is music to a unicorn. Melodious wind chimes call them in. Sight Humans are discovering that as they raise their vibrations, they can see subtle shades that they could not before. And more and more people are opening up to enlightenment and developing their psychic vision, clairvoyance and claircogniscence. Unicorns are totally enlightened, all knowing, all seeing beings, so they can see a spectrum way beyond our visual range.
They can see both with their physical eyes and their third eye. Smell Unicorns have a fine and delicate sense of smell. All your thoughts have an aroma. We talk of the smell of fear. It is sharp. Anger is acrid like burning or explosive, while passive anger is more like a bad drain. Jealousy is like ammonia. If your thoughts and emotions stink, then no matter how you justify yourself, unicorns will avoid you. On the other hand if you are full of love, contentment, peace and noble thoughts, your aura is beautifully perfumed.
Love is like a fragrant rose; compassion a lily; a warm, nourishing and open heart literally enfolds people in the smell of baking, at such a subtle level they cannot physically discern it — but the unicorns can. They love it. It helps to harmonise a group and can produce profound feelings of serenity. You will need a group of people who divide into two, three or four groups, though it is possible to do with two or three people only. This usually takes ten minutes or more.
Unicorn sound and movement exercise This is the same exercise but each group adds a flowing movement. When they join together, they harmonise the movement and the sound. Unicorn sound, colour and movement exercise The groups act as above but each chooses a colour which they visualise. Psychically the colours will be seen to swirl and merge around the people as they move and sing or tone. This really means that they open doors for those who are truly ready to receive with gratitude, joy and integrity. When a pure innocent child makes a wish from the bottom of his heart, a unicorn will draw close to the little one, to help him.
If the wish is for his highest good, the unicorn will bring it about. However, like all things on this planet it is subject to spiritual law. If a bereaved child desperately wishes for his mother to come back, the unicorn cannot make her live again. This is a soul level decision made by the mother and all concerned before incarnation and no Being of light can countermand such a commitment.
However the unicorn can bring someone with motherly energy to comfort and help the child. If asked, the unicorns can help to return the sparkle and magic to them. The Law of Manifestation says that when you focus on your vision without doubt or deviation, it must be granted. The first step is clarity. It is vitally important that you decide what you really want before you ask for it.
Indecision sends out a confused energy so that the unicorns cannot help you. When you are clear what you really want to aim for, focus on it. Imagine you already have it. Then tell the unicorns what you want. Be careful how you word this. If, for example, you say that you will do anything to help AIDS orphans, you may find your life changes dramatically and that you are overwhelmed with opportunities beyond your capacity.
Words have power. If not think again. Clarity meditation 1. Your unicorn comes to you and you tell it what you wish for. Approach a door marked with your name. Take time to experience it. Here you can change anything. How does your body feel? Do you feel light and happy? Unicorn wish meditation 1. He greets you and invites you to climb onto his back. You can see the rainbow mist swirling round your legs. The unicorn takes you through it. Hold it carefully, bless it and make your wish into it.
Listen for the splash. Catch it and hand it to the unicorn with gratitude. When you draw or trace one in a clockwise direction you bring in sacred energy to energise your wish. When the direction is anticlockwise you pull out any negative energy that has been blocking you, so that your wish can manifest. This exercise helps to open your third eye. Draw a big spiral and place a unicorn in the middle of it. This is not a test of artistic ability. You can draw the unicorn yourself or trace one, then cut it out and glue it or use a silver star to symbolise it.
Each person in turn traces their spiral with their finger and when they reach the unicorn at the centre, they make a wish. Unicorn wish spiral 2 You can if you want to mark out a spiral with chalk, pebbles, shells, twigs or anything you wish to. Then you can walk round it, making a wish when you reach the centre. Unicorn labyrinth wish The labyrinth is more complex and powerful symbol than the spiral. As you trace or walk this shape you are symbolically travelling the sacred journey of your life: going into the heart of your being, then returning out into the world again.
This exercise helps to harmonise the right and left brain as both sides of your brains are computers, which can then work together more easily. It enables your unicorn to bring about your wish more readily. Again draw or trace a unicorn or something to represent one in the centre. Tracing the labyrinth Trace the labyrinth on page 59 with your finger. Pause when you reach the unicorn in the centre and make a wish. Again trace the journey out with your finger. There are full instructions on how to draw your own labyrinth in Discover Atlantis.
Unicorn wish on a star This too is a very powerful way of manifesting wishes. You can do it with two or more people, so be careful what you wish for. Then the other participants take their turn. Making a unicorn wishing well 1. You can, of course, use your creative imagination. Thank you. In the higher planes around Lakuma are found the unicorn kingdoms. Imagine a place where it is light, beautiful and harmonious. Here in soft green-blue meadows, rich with flowers and aglow with colour the lighthearted unicorns love to gallop and frolic.
Even the trees radiate light and the ascended horses are found browsing amongst them, enjoying the beauty of nature. Here butterflies the size of small birds flutter from flower to flower or spread their wings and bask in the atmosphere. Other creatures whose home planet is Sirius visit this wonderful plane. Birds come from Sirius and some visit Lakuma for 60 The Unicorn Kingdom spiritual growth and teachings. They do not have the same colours as they do on Earth. Drab little sparrows become a cheerful orange and flocks of them twitter happily together or dare to fly near the magnificent unicorns.
Shy modest little wrens are pale pink. Peacocks are clothed in regal blues. Amongst them are pure white birds, individual or in small clusters, who have mastered their lessons and ascended to a higher frequency. Dolphins too come from Sirius. When they incarnate they hold for Earth the wisdom of all time. Their minds are like huge advanced computers, so they keep the history of all that has happened here. Twelve species of dolphins each hold a segment of information and knowledge, which is why it is a tragedy and disaster when humans decimate a variety. They telepathically impart selected information to people who are ready to understand it and this is one of the ways that our divine inheritance is being returned to us.
Dolphins and unicorns have a very close relationship, not only because they have the same planet of origin, but because they can communicate and exchange information. They can also interact through play. No being is too evolved to enjoy pure fun. All fish originate from Sirius and come to experience life in the waters of Earth. Their service work is to keep the oceans clean but some species protect the angel dolphins that hold the profound wisdom and knowledge of Atlantis.
Others have different tasks, ecological and social. Some are simply here to enjoy and learn. They all communicate with and learn from their elder brethren, the unicorns in the inner planes, just as we are privileged to do. Music In the unicorn kingdom you can hear the Seraphim singing, the music of the spheres, the grass growing and the birds singing. It is just as Earth but at a higher frequency. To a human it might sound silent, as our hearing is not attuned to such a vibration. Do unicorns maintain their horse shape when in their own kingdom?
As seventh dimensional beings they can assume any shape and do so if this is needed.
They would not choose to take a human form however, though an angel may do so. It gives them balance and enormous strength. A human may envy and admire a horse galloping with its mane and tail blowing in the breeze. In their own kingdom in the inner planes they can run in the same way and enjoy their essence of freedom. Their kingdom is magnificent. With our limited vision we may perceive it to be pure white but unicorns can see all the shades of the rainbow within the white and many more than we have any idea of.
We are blessed that they have once more come to Earth to help us. At the same time we can recognise that we have earned the right to their assistance. Under the spiritual Laws of Attraction thousands of people have radiated enough light to draw the unicorns to this planet again. The following are just a few of the ways people have been raising the energy of the planet. Monks and nuns chanting sacred words send out a huge light into the universe.
A hermit focussed on prayer can mitigate great clouds of karma. Individuals sitting in meditation, choirs singing hymns and people reading spiritual books, all emit light, which adds to the collective pool of higher energy. Of course everyone can add to the pool of light. Every single thought you send out is repellent or magnetic to creatures of light.
If you live in a concrete jungle, drink excessively, swear, gossip, curse others and are greedy or selfish, your aura will repel these pure beings of light. Becoming closer to the unicorn kingdom 1. These give your aura a pure clear glow, which is magnetic to people and unicorns. You can do this by making conscious choices to change your attitude. I explain how you can do this in Chapter 17 Working with Unicorn Dreams. Visualise yourself walking or riding with them. Walk or simply be in nature. When your light is bright enough, you can visit either of these during meditation or dreams.
If you are reading this book, assume you are ready and the portals of this realm will open to you. You must ask, of course, and most people do this unconsciously. Your thoughts are invitations to everything that comes into your life. If a unicorn takes you to their kingdom you may be surprised at other invitees you meet there, where their personality and ego has been stripped away. We can never judge others for those we consider unworthy may be very different at a soul level. That grumpy, disagreeable man you never liked may have a spark of pure gold in his soul and you may see him in the unicorn kingdom with a pink and purple aura, a radiant smile and eyes filled with love.
Of course there are some people you will never meet in the unicorn kingdom because their soul energy is not high enough to reach this sphere. Walk in the unicorn kingdom One evening a friend of mine called round as she wanted to work with her vision of her future. We had a great time and got clarity about her goals.
She told me to set aside a week for living with them. I was not quite sure how I was supposed to manage this in my busy schedule but decided to do what I could. Next morning I went for a walk.
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Setting off to my local woods I let the unicorns take me rather than treading my usual path. They led me off the main way through some trees to a clearing, where there was a knoll of five trees on the far side. I knew someone to whom Archangel Michael had appeared at this spot so I occasionally came here to soak in the energy. Sadly when the forest was being thinned out, very much to our shock, one of the five trees was felled. However, it is still there in its etheric form and I sometimes go there to bless it and receive blessings from it.
At the same time I was to take part of my consciousness to the unicorn kingdom. What happened was extraordinary and beautiful. A wonderful feeling of peace came over me as I sensed unicorns around me. Ordinary birds became balls of beautiful light and colour. A friendly robin glowed turquoise. To my surprise blackbirds shimmered white. The unicorns intimated that I was to look down at the trees on Earth. We see shafts of gold reaching up to the heavens as they transmit their wisdom into the etheric.
Remember trees are the keepers of wisdom of the land. Honour them. Many of them are venerable beings. Many have much more evolved understanding than humans. They have different experiences from you. They witness, absorb and learn. They feel energies. They shelter and protect. Sometimes a person can even become invisible when in the protection of a very wise tree elemental.
There was magic in the woods that day as I walked in a blissful state of contemplative awareness, spanning the dimensions. I became aware that more and more birds surrounded me.
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I felt they were acknowledging the energy of the Unicorn kingdom. Then I reached the road at the end of the forest and the wonder was over. So how can you take a unicorn walk? First make sure you are somewhere congenial to unicorns. It would be very difficult for them to reach you in the middle of a concrete jungle — not impossible, but harder. Try to find somewhere green; woods, meadows or even a park.
Be grounded, so be conscious of the earth beneath your feet and all that surrounds you in your physical third dimensional reality. It may be a fir cone, the bark of a tree, a pebble or a blade of grass. Notice the smells and perfumes around you. Then become aware of your breathing and let it be full and natural. Take your consciousness to the unicorn kingdom. You can do this by imagining you are very tall and there are unicorns moving around you at the higher levels.
Or project your mind into the land of the ascended horses and sense what is going on there. Talk to them, listen and enjoy what you are experiencing. When your walk is over make sure you are fully back in your physical body. You can do this by walking very consciously or by touching something.
Only do this walk where you are safe and never where there is traffic! Above all enjoy it. You bless them by offering them something they lack or believe they lack. If they open up to receive it, your blessing, for an instant, can bring them into divine wholeness. If someone feels they lack money, bless them with prosperity.
If their relationship is collapsing bless them in perfect love. If they are sad, lonely, angry or feel a failure, bless them with happiness, friendship, peace and success. There is a divine abundance of all these qualities. Remember that everything you send out comes back to you, enriching you beyond measure. Receiving unicorn blessings Unicorn blessings are profound and powerful. Take away the words—which is what happens when you have a silent listener—and you have the reverse of my radio experience. You have only the expres- sions. Herein will lie the cues and feedback as to how your story is being received.
Observe that feedback. How connected is the child with you and your story? Does his respiration match the pace and emotion of the tale? Am I telling too much? Am I not communicating enough? Does the story need more or less involvement of senses and emotions? What is relevant for my listener? What needs to be expanded and what needs to be deleted? Is the story too close for comfort, or too removed to be rel- evant?
What feedback does this give you about the content of the story and the way you are telling it? Be Flexible Because stories permit and nurture creativity, because they allow for adaptability, there is no right or wrong way to tell a story, just as there is no right or wrong way to play music. Once you have ac- quired the basic skills of an instrument, you can play classical, jazz, rock, rap, or folk, following a score note-by-note or improvising your own composition. When you play a tune, there are different ways to do so, some more effective and some that are less effective.
For every child your story is likely to be different and the style in which you tell it is also likely to be different, because no one child, circumstance, prob- lem, or outcome is exactly the same as another. As we discussed what might and might not be useful for this other boy, Darren would go home, test them out himself, and come back to discuss what we could discard from the story and what might be worth offering. He made it clear when he thought something would not work or whether the other boy was not ready to take that step yet. The story—and its outcome—was developed collaboratively, adapting and changing as Darren learned the skills for sleeping more comfortably in his own room.
A perfect healing story does not have to be there in your mind instantly and completely just when you may need it. It can evolve over a period of time, can be thought about between therapy sessions, and can be developed in conjunction with your client. Give them the opportunity to be an active part of the storytelling and usually they jump at the chance. Step back a little and observe how your stories evolve. Let yourself be surprised by how differ- ently you tell a story to a teenager this week or a younger child next week.
Allow yourself the op- portunity to see what works best for you and the child you are working with at that time. Keep the door open to experiment and discover. Following our analogy of learning to drive, we have moved from the basic steps to the multiple skills required by a regular commuter.
Look at adapting it to the child and how you can use it to engage that individual listener. For the storyteller, voice is the main professional tool, the primary mode of communication. Even if you are using other aids such as books, puppets, or toys these will be discussed more in Chap. I offer them merely as pointers that may enhance that process. Select Your Style of Storytelling Let me give some examples of how voice adapts to the style of the story. First, if the content of the story is a cognitive activity such as thinking through a problem, your voice may model the thought- ful, ponderous nature of the story, being slow, considered, and deliberate.
If you are telling a story of physical activity such as in running a race, your voice style may include the energy, the breathless- ness, and the activity of participating in the race. If you are telling a child a story that begins with the problem of fear, your speech may be rapid, your breathing shallower, and the tone of your voice higher; but as you model the resources of re- laxation, your speech can be slower, your respiration more comfortable, and your tone a little lower. Reaching the desired outcome, your style of speech may parallel the joy of achievement, expressed in a lighter, happier tone of voice.
Third, have you noticed how you speak differently to your lover than to your boss, to one gen- der than to the other, to a child than to an adult? How you use different voices for the different char- acters in Goldilocks and the Three Bears? Your style of storytelling may be different if the listener is a 2-year-old or a year-old, a girl or a boy, or some- one with different cultural or religious values from your own. The bottom line here is to ensure our voice is appropriate to the context, emotion, characters, outcome, and listener of the story. Do you talk differently to an adult or child, a boy or a girl, a teenager or a young kid?
Choose Your Rate of Utterance What happens to the rate at which you observe children speak when they have something exciting to tell you? Observing and understanding those differences in others, and our- selves, is helpful information to have when adapting your rate of utterance to match the content of the story you might be telling.
This is simply a matter of adjusting the speed at which you speak to the content and emotion of your story. Once safely inside with the door bolted behind them, the rate can become more relaxed, more re- lieved. Speed it up, slow it down. Modulate Your Intonation There is a story of a professor of English who wrote a sentence on the board and asked his students to punctuate it correctly. Without her, man is nothing. Intonation refers to the emphasis and tone of voice placed on a word or letter.
Intonation distin- guishes a statement from a question. It may be used to put accent or weight on a particular word. It can, as seen in the example above, cause the same words to give two totally different meanings. This adjustment or variation of tone is perhaps more common in languages other than English. English does not have the same subtlety of intonation as languages like Chinese or Vietnamese, but, nonethe- less, we do modulate language to alter the amplitude of our speech, its frequency, or its tone, thus putting greater emphasis or meaning on an expression.
Using intonations, thoughtfully, can enhance the effectiveness of our communication. Adjust the Volume of Your Voice Voice has a volume control just like your television, home stereo system, or car radio. We turn the volume up and down depending on the circumstances and the messages we want to communicate. It is a useful exercise to observe how children use their voices spontaneously and then consider how those volume adjustments can be utilized effectively to express your story.
For adults, while there may be cultural differences, speaking in soft tones to a lover implies a message of intimacy, a bonding of two souls, and loud shouting is commonly seen as an expression of anger. Listen, too, to the way the volume of your voice communicates the message of your story. How is it affecting your child listeners? Are they craning to hear, or backing away? Is it facilitating an appropriate listening response from the child? Incorporate Affective Involvement If you have the opportunity, observe how an infant reacts to a smiling face and a frowning face, per- haps with a game of peek-a-boo.
Developmentally, children express and relate to affect long before they discriminate the sounds and meanings of words. As you lead the content of the tale into a state of tranquility it will be heard and experi- enced more by your listener if you are also experiencing and expressing it. Your story will have greater reality for the child if he or she can really feel what is happening in- stead of just hearing the words.
For a child, en- countering a big, barking dog hopefully secured behind a fence is more likely to induce fear and avoidance behavior than a parental warning to keep away from strange dogs. The feeling of achieve- ment from scoring a goal for your school at a sports event can be a more powerful encouragement to train than any parental nagging.
Children, being emotionally responsive, are quick to read any misalignment of emotions. She has heard the crash, races into the room, and sees the shattered pieces of her beloved object. Come here to Mommy. If he has any sense of self-preservation, he is probably out of the door and running. People read body language and affect long before they hear the words. In infancy, prior to the development of speech or the understanding of words from the parents, children survive by reading the overt expression of emotions. There are times to be close and times to back off.
Learning to discriminate between them is important to our early and subsequent well-being. Is the day hot or cold? Is the atmosphere tense, sad, or relaxed? While most stories are oral and have long been communicated in words, that is not the only way to relate stories, especially to children. Our ancestors made their stories come to life visually by painting them on the walls of caves and chipping them into rocks—the precursors of symbols that are our present- day books and movies.
They put on masks, decorated their bodies, and told their tales in song and dance—the beginnings of modern theater. In this chapter I outline some of the many ways by which you can present stories to heighten their auditory, visual, and kinesthetic impact, and thus engage the child in a more interactive learn- ing process. In exploring the use of books, drama, videos, toys, play, humor, experience, and collab- oration in pediatric metaphor therapy, I cover stories presented by parents, teachers, and therapists; stories written or told by others such as those from the classics ; and stories created by the child.
Of a lion who found his courage, a tin man his heart, and a scare- crow his brain? Of a wizard who was not what he appeared? And the reasons for its success can be found in its core values that address the insecurities if childhood, have a central battle between good and evil, encourage the discovery of personal resources, and empower a positive outcome—all with humor. In Table 3. Therapists, teachers, or parents who want to teach values through stories can thus read these clas- sic tales to a child, or direct the child to read the story him- or herself as a homework exercise.
The story can then be discussed if appropriate following the reading or at the next therapy session. Such a discussion may employ questions like: Which character did you like the most? What did he or she do to help resolve the problem? What did he or she do? If you were in the same position, what would you have done? What else do you think might be helpful? How do you think the main character felt when everything worked out well? Friendship Black Beauty Sewell, A. Forgiveness, perseverance Louis Braille Davidson, M. Determination, love, devotion Cinderella Perrault, C.
Optimism Harry Potter series Rowling, J. This is what he did about it. And this is what happened when he did. If you are working in a specialized capacity with kids in these areas, you may want to look out for the series that best suits the needs of your clients. To have chil- dren act out a story from either a book they have read, a story that has been read to them, or a story they create around a particular topic helps those children identify with the character, discover the means to resolution, and attain the outcome. If you are communicating through stories in a group or classroom setting, there is a good opportunity to develop various characters and perhaps even put on a play in front of the parents or the rest of the group or class.
If you are consulting on a one-on- one basis, it is still possible to act out a scenario by setting up a two-character dramatization of an out- come story. You can pretend to be the person who handles it well. It is im- portant when casting a child in a role that he or she becomes the problem solver or character who reaches the desired outcome. However, it is better to complete the story with movement toward, or attainment of, the desired outcome rather than just an understanding of the other perspective.
A second use of drama is to recommend that parents take children to live theater productions of plays that may be relevant to the therapeutic outcome, such as The Wizard of Oz or The Lion King. Such stories can then be discussed at subsequent therapy sessions in much the same way that a storybook might be discussed. Clients are requested to rent relevant videos and then talk about the topic in their next therapy session. A close relationship exists between VideoWork and a clinical use of therapeutically constructed metaphors.
Both involve surprise that disrupts habitual responses, both use rich images that re- quire a client to supply personal content in order to construct meanings that are relevant, and both involve implied directives for change. This involves knowing your client well and knowing the video you recommend for viewing. Not all have clear or unequivocal messages. In child and adolescent videotherapy, therapists need to be mindful of what they select as age- relevant videos and how they communicate with the child about them.
Since waiting a week until the next session may not be practical, using small video clips during the therapeutic session or asking parents to show the child the video the evening prior to the next appointment can lead to more im- mediacy of discussion. Follow-up questions are likely to be along the lines of: Which character did you like identify with the most? How do you see yourself as being like him or her? How would you like to be more like him or her? If they were in your place right now what do you think they would do?
How could you do what they do? This is just a brief list to give an example of the metaphoric value of certain movies. With a black top-hat, a menacing laugh, and a bit of editing, a malevolent magician could trick Grandpa George into a cardboard box and saw him in half appropriately accompanied by screams of pain before turning into a good magician who could solve the problem by putting Grandpa George back together.
Having children act out the story helps them identify with the character and the message of the tale. Tools and Techniques 35 Table 3. My grandson would literally be hopping from foot to foot with excitement as we showed the tape to other family members. One night Cath led him back to his room, picking up a jigsaw puzzle from the family room on the way through. When we put them in the right places, we can solve the problem and see it for what it is. Conversely, he had played his best game ever—not allowing a single ball to sneak passed him.
Tim talked to his coach, changed positions, began to enjoy his soccer again, and was soon sleeping well. Cath illustrated nicely how the use of aids, toys, and games, combined with one or two simple, presuppositional questions i. Similarly, teachers and therapists can use puppets, dolls, and toys to structure and communicate outcome-oriented stories.
This is a different process from using them diagnostically to interpret the psy- chodynamic symbolism of childhood play. In metaphor therapy, the stories acted out by the puppets, dolls, or toys will a identify the problem, b communicate means for resolving the problem, c model the types of skills and resources necessary for such resolution, and d offer a potentially attainable out- come. In Chapters 14 and 15 I will explore how to structure such outcome-oriented metaphors— whether communicated verbally through books, videos, drama, puppets, toys, or other aids.
His route took him along a beach-side boardwalk where something caught his eye. When the boy completed his impressive work of art, he rested back on the sand, appearing to admire his own work. Then, suddenly, he leapt forward, jumped on the castle, smashed it down, spread it over the sand, and watched as wave after wave washed away any evidence of its existence. It was as though the castle had never existed.
The teacher was shocked. What a waste! Why should such an achievement be obliterated? Why would a creator destroy his own work? She tells me that each grain of sand is like each as- pect of humanity. Together they can form something impressive but, when we forget about our re- lationships with others and try to exist like a solitary grain of sand, something is destroyed in much the same way that I destroy a castle, or that the ocean breaks it up into millions of pieces and disperses it along the beach.
Nothing lasts forever. Like sand castles, every- thing is created and destroyed, exists and vanishes, is impermanent. When we appreciate this we can begin to enjoy the time that we have available. He says that building sand castles is a way that chil- dren intuitively come to learn and understand these important lessons of life. I just want to enjoy what I am doing and have fun.
He peeled off his socks and rolled up his trousers. Play is thus presented as essential to the process of maturation and the process of healing, serving several functions. Biologically, play provides exercise, develops physical skills, and offers release of energy. Play is one quick and effective method to modify that situation, enhancing and facilitating positive relationships between therapist and child as well as between parent and child. If children enjoy—and feel good about participating in—a playful experience, they are less likely to be resistant toward the poten- tial learning from that experience, and more likely to be absorbed in the experience of that playful interaction.
It is about pleasure, enjoyment, and joyfulness. It is an activity, involving a child in the process of doing. It incorporates exploration, experimentation, and problem- solving skills. It is a powerful process of learning and a necessary process of healthy growth. But here my aim is not to give a thorough coverage of one topic so much as to provide a smorgasbord of the various ways you can communicate, and enhance the communication of, healing stories for both children and adolescents. What humorous books are they reading? What comedy shows do they watch on television? What commercials do they see as funny?
Using humor, jokes, and funny stories can quickly engage children and teenagers, communicating a powerful ther- apeutic message in a seemingly light-hearted manner. The response to humor is there long before we develop the sense of humor. From early in our development, we do not have to understand humor to be able to laugh. Because it is a natural, built-in, feel-good emotion, employing humor and laughter in therapy not only puts nature on our side but also serves some very pragmatic functions.
We have long thought that in situations such as bereavement and trauma it is common, and ap- propriate, to experience emotions of sadness or anger. To many, laughter following the death of a loved one may seem to indicate a lack of respect, or may even be considered pathological; but a Uni- versity of California associate professor of psychology, Dacher Keltner, found from interviews with mourners that people who could laugh or smile through their periods of grief made healthier long- term adjustments than those who did not.
Laughers experienced less anxiety and depression than non-laughers two to four years after the bereavement. Tools and Techniques 39 Burns and Street say, We use humor to cope with the various situations we encounter in life, to help change our feel- ings, and to connect with other people. It can help develop group esteem and coherence, en- hance the quality of our interactions with other people, and build the basis of a good relation- ship.
For this reason you will meet such humorous characters as Mr. Grumblebum, Wally the Wacky Wizard, and a grumpy genie in Part Two, because using such characters, jokes, funny stories, and humorous metaphors provides a win-win outcome. In addition, I have heard it said that humor can be an ef- fective way to tell people what they do not want to hear in a way they want to hear it.
Metaphors need not just be in the telling of a tale but may also be in the doing. You learn to drive a car by having the expe- rience of sitting behind the steering wheel, pressing the pedals, using the blinkers, and coordinating all those necessary eye-hand skills to make the vehicle move successfully and safely.
If children want to stop biting their nails, or grow friendships, would it be helpful to set them the experiential metaphor of buying a seedling and learning what is necessary for its healthy growth and development? How do you prevent insects from eating it? What does it need to nurture it? Some of our most important learning is experiential. No one has to tell children how to walk. Parents may lend a hand, but children acquire the skill through their own experience. If there is some va- lidity in the statement that experience is our best teacher, then it follows that the more experiences we have in life the more we are capable of learning.
And one useful way of doing this is through experiential metaphors. This subject is elaborated, with much greater detail, in Nature-Guided Therapy Burns, , in which a whole chapter is devoted to the subject of experiential metaphors and their application with adult clients. The principles for setting up such therapeutic assignments are much the same for chil- dren and can easily be extrapolated for the different age groups. Setting experiential metaphor as- signments for children needs to be done with special regard to ethics and safety.
As well as being ther- apeutically relevant, the assignment needs to be age relevant and competency relevant, and may even need to be carried out under parental or therapist supervision. Parental consent and involvement is important even with adolescent clients. A bottom line for using storytelling in therapy or for any therapeutic strat- egy is that, the better you know your client, the more relevant you can make your interventions.
Communicating in the language, mind-set, and interests of the child makes your story a lot more per- sonal and a lot easier for the client to identify with. It has relevance and meaning that is quickly in- corporated, rather than requiring a child to start to search for meaning outside the level of his or her own experience. In a book simply entitled Metaphor Therapy, Richard Kopp provides a six-step plan for listening to, joining, and utilizing the metaphors that your clients generate. This approach makes life a lot easier for the therapist: The onus is not upon you to create some rich and fanciful tale.
To do this, Kopp offers six steps that I have paraphrased here, and to which I have added my own child-relevant examples. Step 1: Listen Listen to the metaphors that children bring into therapy. So often they slip by, particularly if we are trying to interpret or analyze what is being said rather than just listening. Observe carefully if a young child in play builds an enclosing wall of blocks around a doll.
Step 5: Change Assist the child to transform the metaphor into a more acceptable image. Collaboration in story- telling can be gained by some simple strategies. Did he feel different because of who he is? If the child has good verbal skills you may ask him or her to come back and tell you the completion of the story at the next session. Test them out in the story. That is the question. Do you talk with children about the story after you have told it or not? Obviously, if the child is contemplating the meaning of the story or appears reluctant to discuss it, that response needs to be respected.
Some- times it may be better to allow listeners to engage in their own search for meaning than to interrupt what might be a useful time of processing. On the other hand, there are metaphor therapists who consider that discussing the story helps make it practical and relevant for the child. I do not know that there is any hard or fast rule on this issue.
It is not about having a rule that you always follow, as suggested by Berg and Steiner, but more a matter of listening to the needs of the child. If the child wants to talk about the story, not doing so seems to devalue his or her needs. I think part of the confusion here arises out of the fact that two issues are involved and often get lumped together without being clearly differentiated.
It is important to bear in mind that there is no one necessary conclusion or outcome, and that the intent that you had in telling the story may not be the message that the child derives from it. The second consideration has to do with how the child incorporates that learning in a useful and practical manner.
Here some discussion and guidance may help the child take a valuable learning or insight and apply it usefully for the resolution of his or her problem. In this chapter I have provided stories about empowering children to make a difference, about developing positive attitudes toward life circumstances, and about learning to be self-reliant.
When Goldilocks visited, a long time ago, there were only three bears. He was a frail old bear whose coat had turned gray, whose paws shook when he tried to eat, and whose shoulders bent forward as if he was tired of standing. Little Bear loved Grandpa Bear. Grandpa Bear always listened to Little Bear when everyone else was too busy rushing off to gather honey or something. Little Bear also felt sorry for Grandpa Bear, whose paws shook so much at times that his spoon might miss his mouth and spill porridge all over his fur.
Mama Bear and Papa Bear would get annoyed with him. Apart from the fact that he was break- ing the all bowls Goldilocks had made famous in her story, they had to clean up after him. Little Bear knew Big Brother Bear was teasing her, but still it hurt and she hated him for it. She wanted to help Grandpa Bear, but what could she do? She then asked Papa Bear if he had any glue. For a moment they just looked at each other. After that Little Bear noticed they were kinder to Grandpa Bear. They talked to him more and listened to his stories, even if they had heard them before.
So our story has a happy ending. Big Brother Bear. Grandpa Bear was cer- tainly happier. And Little Bear was happier, too. Sometimes it is hard to see that you even have the po- tential to develop any of these abilities. How could you ever get to be a league football player when you fumble every time you try to pick up the ball? What you want to achieve may seem such a long way in the future that it feels you will never reach it. Well, I once heard an inspiring story—a true story, I believe—about a boy named Trevor. It shows there are little things kids can do that make a big difference.
One night Trevor was doing what a lot of other year-old kids would be doing: He was watching TV. On the news he saw a story about some homeless people sleeping out in the cold on the streets, in a downtown area of Philadel- phia where he lived. Trevor had never really stopped to think how fortunate he was to live in a fairly well-to-do suburb of the same city. The story of the homeless people touched his heart and he be- gan to wonder what he could do to help these people.
It might have been easy for Trevor to forget about it. There are so many sad stories that you see on TV at times.
https://inleapantati.ml This could have been just another that he ignored. Trevor also might have thought, Well, what can I do about it? So he went to his father and asked if he could take them to the people downtown who had no homes to go to for the night. I guess it is much the same as a kid thinking, It took a long time to save up my pocket money to help buy this new bike, so why should I lend it to a friend who needs to get home in a hurry? He drove Trevor downtown to hand out their few surplus blankets to some of the people on the streets. I guess when it came time to curl up and sleep that night the people were pretty happy for the added warmth of the new blankets.
Trevor was happy, too. He felt good about giving out the blankets. He felt an inner warmth, al- most like he had been wrapped up in an emotional blanket himself. The next day Trevor went to his local grocery store and other public places in his neighborhood where there were notice boards. The result was surprising. Kindness was contagious. What Trevor had started with his kindness grew and spread throughout the community. Would you believe there are now a number of special warehouses throughout Philadelphia that stock food and blankets to feed and warm the home- less?
It is a wolf that hardly ever bares its teeth and is willing to stand back to let the little ones feed. We might call this the wolf of peace, love, and kindness, for the wolf thinks that, if we all live peacefully with each other, every animal and every human will be a lot happier.
You see, it knows that without love our world of animals and humans would cease to exist. It is because a mother loves her baby that she cares for it, feeds it, clothes it, shelters it, and protects it from danger. We arrive in the world as an act of love and we grow through the love that parents show us. We long to be loved and our lives are nurtured and enriched when we love and are loved in return.
When we are kind to others they are likely—though not always—to show kindness back to us. Smile at someone and there is a good chance they will smile back. Go out of your way to be helpful and the one you help is more likely to help you when you need it. Wolves are a bit like humans and live in groups. Grant and Peter Popoff, among other faith-healers, are not members. If they were, we would have some way of knowing how much money goes into the plastic trash bags that line the wastebaskets carried about by their ushers at revival meetings, and how much is deposited by the mailman daily at all of the post office boxes and street addresses where they do their mail-order business.
Caution: Demons at Work. The churches have had to deal with the prob- lem of accommodating medieval thinking and modern science, and living with both. The two entities are quite incompatible, but both must be accepted if the religious philo- sophy is to survive. Anthropologist author Kaja Finkler looked into this strange mar- riage of opposites. Writing on the subject of faith-healing in Mexico, she said that, in her opinion,. With this have come various movements, preaching an antagonism between Reason and Feel- ing, exalting the latter at the expense of the former.
The most common symbol of pain and. That last requirement was emphasized by Reverend Don Stewart, the preacher who eventually took over the A. Allen empire in Miracle Valley, Arizona, after the scandal- ous demise of the founder. Stewart said, ex- horting the crowd waiting for A. Allen to appear.
You got to promise God, and you got to keep the promise. If you want him to lift your pain, to make you whole, to bring you joy, you got to have faith. And faith is to vow and pay. This simple faith-plus-payment formula is very appealing to many who misunder- stand the profession of medicine and the nature of the organic healing process, and who are prepared by their religious training. These observations are echoed by Dr. Professor Bloom says:. They gener- ally believe that feelings are deeper than reason and that the two are in opposi- tion— not that they develop one anoth- er, which was the old idea.
So there is a turn to religion. On the left, many young people turn to rock music. In addition, no intellec- tual effort is required to adopt them, and the pressure for adopting them is very strong. The pressure may be the strongest influence in the lives of some people. Bloom goes on to comment.
There used to be an intellectual class in. But today the. Everybody has become a talker of. The celebrity status that the TV evangelists have attained merely by purchasing air time and putting on a good show gives them the charisma that attracts the faithful moths to their deadly flames. Send in the Demons. Only one who has not looked into the state of modern religion can possibly fail to know that the Dark Ages, in many respects, are still with us. To millions upon millions of other- wise sensible people, demons, devils, imps, and various other supernatural critters are.
Evangelists such as Roberts, Robertson, Grant, Popoff, Sham- baugh, Humbard, Swaggart, and dozens more regularly perpetuate this superstition. Oral Roberts has even provided us with a de- tailed explanation of how he recognizes and casts out demons. He says that he sees demons in the eyes of the possessed. After all, he says,. The Roman Catholic Bestiary.
It is not only the fundamentalists who wish to stop the acquisition of knowledge at the point it reached in early medieval times. Such supposedly advanced people as edu- cated Roman Catholics also fear these beast- ies. In , the Reverend Montague Sum- mers translated into English the infamous Malleus Maleficarum, a book that out- lined the official Catholic view of witches, demons, and heresy and was written by two inquisitors. Basing his statements upon this year-old document, and determined to remain in the Dark Ages intellectually, Sum- mers chastised those who adopted an atti- tude about demons and devils that was more in line with modern thinking:.
Those err who say that there is no such thing as witchcraft, but that it is. For the imagination of some men is so vivid that they think they see actual figures and appearances which are but the reflection of their thoughts, and then these are believed to be the apparitions of evil spirits or even the spectres of witches. But this is con- trary to true faith, which teaches us that certain angels fell from heaven and are now devils, and we are bound to ac- knowledge that by their very nature they can do many wonderful things which we. Because infidelity in a.
Mathurin, circa , exorcising a demon. Speaking as recently as , Pope Paul VI affirmed this statement. Sin, on its part, affords a dark, aggress- ive evildoer, the Devil, an opportunity to. The local newspapers reported that the church had decided her body was being inhabited by various demons, including Lucifer, Adolf Hitler, Ju- das Iscariot, and Emperor Nero. Anneliese, an epileptic, died in the process of being ex- orcised, and the autopsy showed she suffered. Her parents and the two priests were convicted of negligent hom- icide and given suspended sentences.
Significantly, when Bishop Stangl died during the trial, his death was attributed to a stroke, not to demonic possession. Recently, a U. An astonished news commentator told his audience that the Haitians remained faithful to their voodoo heritage, believing that dis- ease, bad luck, and poor finances were brought about by various demons which can be propitiated by appropriate ceremonies and sacrifices. The newsman then described. Having assumed that the voodoo had been effective, most Haitians were then resuming their sexual lives and thus bringing a serious threat of infection to their partners.
What surprised the newsman was that these folks actually believed in the existence and effects of demonic possession. He need not have been surprised. If they deny the reality of those. It is not a matter of choice, but dogma. An Early Skeptic. Johannes Weyer, a sixteenth-century physi- cian also known as Piscinarius, was an early skeptic of the belief that ailments were su- pernatural in nature. He observed:. The uninformed and the unskilled phys- icians relegate all the incurable diseases, or all the diseases the remedy for which they overlook, to witchcraft.
When they do this, they are talking about disease like a blind man does about color.
Like many surgeons with their quackery, they cover their ignorance of our Sacred Art with the playthings of magic malefactors and they themselves are the real malefactors. Weyer was, for his day, an unusually en- lightened man who vigorously pursued vari- ous claims of magic and witchcraft, showing that they had no basis in fact. He met the claimants on their own terms and defeated them. Weyer solved that matter by determining that certain rather ro- bust convulsions entered into by these virtu- ous ladies had been brought about, not by re- ligious visions, but by visitations of neigh- borhood dandies who had favored them with their attentions and subsequently induced various raptures in the ladies by their very efforts at negotiating the walls of the con- vent.
The ladies had turned heavy romance into religious exultation. For his labors, Weyer was castigated by. Complained one well-known physician of the time:. Oh, if only such a man had never been born, or at least had not written any- thing! Instead of which, he gives many people through his books the opportun- ity to sin and to enhance the Kingdom of Satan. Johannes Weyer. Fear of the truth has often led such people to pronounce dreadful death sentences upon those who dared to deny supernatural claims.
It happened often enough during the Inquisition. Weyer, however, managed to survive to the then-surprising age of 73, and was accorded a proper Christian church burial. To many modern historians of medi- cine, he is looked upon as one of the founders of modern psychiatry; he is cer- tainly one of the first philosophers to record a rational view of various human mental ab- errations, many of which are believed even today, by the uneducated, to be caused by demons, witches, and other fanciful inven- tions.
Weyer knew better and had the good common sense, intelligence, and fortitude to say so. Anointing by the Anointed. One of the minor results of the Vatican II conference was that a Roman Catholic cere- mony formerly known as Extreme Unction became officially known as the Special Sacra- ment of the Anointing. Its name was changed, but not its purpose.
In a Catholic publication titled Anoint- ing of the Sick and Elderly , author Sister Marie Roccapriore outlines the official aim of the rite, and gives the official point of view concerning suffering:. Two particular states of life which are difficult to face are sickness and old age. Especially in our nuclear society, the sick and the aged seem to disrupt the normal pattern of everyday living. Too often the burdensome responsibilities of those who must care for them are. A lack of sensitiv- ity to the basic needs of the sick and the elderly who yearn for companionship and loving attention, frequently leads to setting them apart from the normal gatherings of family, local functions of community or other forms of involve- ment in society.
In this statement— to this point at least— 1. Then she. But faith-filled people are able to sustain themselves in the face of such painful experiences. Healthy, rational, and informed skepticism is not an enemy. The Catholic church has leapt aboard the fast-moving— though rickety-faith-healing bandwagon by officially endorsing certain priests as healers. I will discuss this in detail in Chapter Grant dis- agrees with the official Roman Catholic view. He denies that the faithful are expected to suffer endlessly in submis- sion to divine will.
He preaches that suffer- ing is not prescribed by the Bible, and that God must fulfill His scriptural promise to grant any asked-for favor, including the right to receive divine healing, and Grant can quote scripture by the hour to prove it. He points out what a great friend he is to have brought this contractual obligation of the deity to the attention of the ailing who seek him out.
Grant is fond of the idea of anointing and has turned it into a commercial gimmick. We learned, through former. Peter Popoff, being more imaginative, was sending to his correspondents common olive oil scen- ted with Old Spice Shaving Lotion. I have several vials of pink-tinted oil that managed to find their way out of the Popoff stronghold in Upland, California. A Lutheran Point of View. In , the U. They summarized their findings:. I believe this is an excellent brief summary of my own findings. Provide no gold, silver, or copper to fill your purse.
Matthew The faith-healers are very much concerned with money. It is as large a concern to them as the healing process they are involved in. Allen used to tell his audiences that, in many cases, poverty itself was a disease caused by specific demons. Needless to say, the preacher had discovered a solution to this demon. It consisted of giving money to Allen, in large quantities and by whatever means could be managed.
This also cured any vestigial poverty that Allen himself might have been suffering from, though that was not an obvious ailment with him, even to very astute observers. The amounts of money asked for and re- ceived by religious figures are enormous. Moreover, it is banked tax-free.
June Smallwood, an IRS exemptions officer, revealed that by IRS rules, churches do not even have to apply for recognition of their exemption. A church need not even file an annual information re- turn, though some churches do so on a vol- untary basis. And, she added, there is no surveillance of organizations that claim religious tax exemption. It all boils. God as Terrorist. The accumulation of wealth by the faith- healers— and evangelists in general— would.
But, as with any such inconvenient scriptural directive, the inventive preachers have found ways to circumvent criticism on this point. None has been so much in need of this rationalization as evangelist Oral Roberts, who recently made yet another dramatic ap- peal for funds that managed to get him rather wide attention. Roberts is very preoc- cupied with his own demise. And I apologize for that. Ewing, a man who has designed many such ideas for himself and other preachers. A nonfalsifiable situation is thus generated, with some few donors getting lucky and attributing it to God.
The seed-faith system is currently popu- lar among the TV gurus for extracting funds from the faithful. Even the lan- guage used by Brother Roberts to describe the process is invented to order. Contribut- ors are told:. Still, the operation flourished and grew fat. Inevitably, such success was noticed by less fortunate evangelists, and as a result Roberts inadvertently created his own competition.
Eyes brimming with tears, Reverend Roberts announced on January 4, , to. Why he would need such a relat- ively small sum, in view of the immense wealth of his organization, we will never know. He easily could have raised most of that sum just by selling any of his homes in Beverly Hills, Tulsa, or Palm Springs, or by putting his Angus cattle up for auction. His son Robert might have held back on his pur- chase of the 7,square-foot mansion he was just then moving into. There were so many ways.
Others rebroad- cast old Roberts videotapes rather than air- ing the outrageous appeal, and many warned him to cease his continual high-powered begging via their facilities. One brother evan- gelist, Pat Robertson, opined that God was not the sort to hold a person hostage against donations. The parallel was not lost on the public, and might even have inspired Roberts— subconsciously— in the first place.
This was hardly the first time Roberts had used this extortion ploy, though the me- dia seemed to think it was. Eighteen months previously, he had sent out a mailing that told the faithful:. For many days, God has been speaking to me. This time it means life or death for me. Italics in original. My life depends on what you. Either God forgot about His threat, or He gave Oral an additional eight months to get up the cash before He would vaporize him with His celestial wrath. Bets were placed on whether he would live to see April 1.
Odds were highly in favor of his survival. But the Reverend Roberts had yet anoth- er dramatic episode with which to regale the media, hard on the heels of this latest death wish. He told his TV audience breathlessly pun intended how he had been awakened one night by Satan not just any demon, but the top demon himself sitting on his chest strangling him with both clawed hands.
Said Oral:. One night, the Devil came in my room— just a few nights ago— and I felt those hands on my throat, choking— trying to. And I began to breathe, I came out of that bed and— strong in the Lord. What had actually happened to Oral Roberts to produce this unlikely tale? Indi- gestion?
Maybe his fears of impending death brought on a nightmare. Or perhaps the rev- erend gentleman was just testing— again— to see how big a whopper his audience would swallow. Besides, Oral had declared back in. In sixteen and one-half years of lay-. The faithful are prepared, by the literature issued from the ministry, to accept these Munch- hausenian yarns. In The Miracles of Christ, a book that serves as a primer on accepting the incredible, Roberts demotes reason and makes blind faith a Godly virtue:.
It requires faith to believe God can [per-. It takes faith because. Saved from the Unthinkable. At least for the time being, the world could relax, no longer faced with the dreadful possibility of having to do without Oral Roberts. Recognizing a winning hand, he next announced that God. What happens to those millions that are poured into the Oral Roberts ministry is still a mystery.
Gold Bars and Cut Diamonds. Concerning the fortunes brought in by the Peter Popoff ministry of Upland, California, no such mystery need trouble us. Popoff was never shy about such matters with his close friends, delighting in showing off his wealth at every opportunity. Said former Popoff controller Ira McCorriston:.
There were three main sources for the Popoff income. As with all these operations, the mail contributions were by far the major source. This money came in from appeals made via the 55 TV stations and radio stations on which Popoff appeared weekly. Then there was the Inner Circle Club money, a method of continuing to extract money.
The in-person crusade money was sub- stantial, too, and was far more maneuverable because much of it was in cash. Clarke witnessed an event in Atlanta, Geor- gia, on Christmas Eve that showed him just how enormous the profit was from these shows. It is something that he cannot forget. Another employee had to help him.
Cash was strewn about the floor, and they were picking it up like so much litter. A Very Private Matter. Controller McCorriston averred that he nev- er saw or counted any of the Popoff crusade proceeds. At the end of the service, Liz would emerge with a large locked suitcase which went directly to the limousine and thence home with the Popoffs. Peter would take the money home.
The Mail Operation. But after the fateful Carson show, the two full bags of mail they received daily dropped to a quarter of a bag. Expenses at the Popoff organization were rather substantial. There were 50 to 60 em- ployees, varying according to how much mail had to be opened. Interestingly enough, Peter Popoff also owned Upland Management. Postage alone amounted to. A neighbor of the Popoffs told me:. There were always. Then we found out who he really was. The Reverend and Mrs. Popoff were ac- customed to living well. But the champagne was, after all, the very best that their money could buy.
Living High on the Hog. The Popoffs were great party folks. Valet parking was supplied for guests at the Popoff mansion. Rod Sherrill and Volmer Thrane, two easy- going buddies of the Popoffs, were there fre- quently. As controller of the Peter Popoff Evangelical Association, McCorriston was shocked at the way money was wasted on these affairs.
Popoff established this lavish style early in his career. Only six months after he star- ted the TV operation, at Christmastime in Atlanta, he suddenly announced one night. The Popoffs have abandoned their Uplands home and are now renting in Anaheim. Religion, Texas-style. Grant is not far behind Popoff in finan- cial excess. That corporation is not re- gistered in Kentucky. The Grants had their own front-row re- served seats at the exclusive Columbia Auc- tion Gallery in Cincinnati. They outbid everyone, Palmer says. Later that same month, Peggy came upon the Grants at the Cincinnati Con- vention Center, where they were buying gold jewelry in large quantities.
In fact, said Peggy, the Grants were conspicuous wherever they went for the amount of gold they wore. Revelations of a Decorator. He described to me his impressions of the Grant house:. There was a lot of old furniture in the house, a very lavish home with lots of. One time, [Shirley Grant]. I had to move 60 pairs. And jew-.
There was more on their dresser top than in a jewelry store! And she had three closets of clothes for her fat, intermediate and skinny stages. More Real Estate. Those prices are circa Mitchky was called in to do the interior work on this new residence. He told me:. There was going to be an installation of about 60 rolls of [wall]paper. They chose really expensive wall coverings for their homes. It could have been any- where from eight to nine thousand dol- lars just for the cost of the paper. They bought all new bedroom and dining room fur- niture, and lots of other stuff. High Living in Texas, Too.
Recently, Grant moved the whole operation to Texas. His scale of living did not suffer from the move. One night shortly after Grant moved in- to the estate, during a discussion of the new stereo equipment he had just had installed, he noticed that it did not include a cassette player. At that point in his ca- reer, W. But that was his single biggest mar- ket. The Los Angeles bill represented about 10 percent of his annual air time budget.
Grant does not even show up in the top ten of the 87 syndicated U. He claims there are some 1, television preachers operating today, though this es- timate may be inflated and surely covers every watt local station. The pharaohs of ancient Egypt would have envied some of their excesses. An air-condi- tioned doghouse, a foot-long clothes closet with three cut-glass chandeliers hanging in it, and a breathtaking selection of.
Bakker even built himself a new studio dressing room enhanced by a sauna and an array of gold-plated fixtures. The gold plating alone cost his contributors. A Bold Admission. He defended them vigorously by explaining how he handles his funds:. At least Leroy tells it like it is: The evan- gelists take the money and spend it. It appears that the easy, foolproof way to get rich in America is to learn about twenty quotations from the Bible, dress in an ex- pensive suit with lots of gaudy jewelry, and rent an auditorium.
Tell all the lies you want. Exaggerate your history or invent it entirely. Beg for money,. I almost forgot. Ordain yourself as an Anointed Minister of God. Then watch the money roll in. I Have a Little List. It would be well to understand something about the mailing list business. The selling of names and addresses is a well-established and legitimate pursuit. Those in the mail or- der, service, and specialty businesses need selected lists for their mail campaigns.
From various polls, surveys, and other sources,. This information is then sor- ted and coded into various categories. Reli- gion, race, age group, gender, income, real estate holdings, hobbies, and dozens of other variables are recorded. Customers can pur- chase lists limited to, for example, males owning one or more automobiles— in order to sell them specific products or services.
A swimming-pool maintenance firm can limit its list to those who own pools and have a certain minimum income, factors that would make them likely to purchase that service. It is a carefully culled selection of names and addresses of those who have. Those names can return small fortunes to the purchaser several times a year, year after year, for only the investment of a begging let- ter and perhaps a cheap wooden or plastic souvenir every few months.
A list is usually sold to a mailer along with the legal, limiting provision that it can be used only a specified number of times for the price paid. Should the list be used improperly, mail sent to those false addresses will come to the at- tention of the list vendor, and action can be taken. Substantial sums have been awarded in court for improper use of these lists.
Until automated, computer-personalized mailing systems came into use, the biggest mail operation in the evangelist business was run by A. Allen from his Miracle Valley, Arizona, headquarters. Allen employed people there, sending out as many as 55 mil- lion pieces of literature annually. That was before ; but when modern technology brought swift, economical, highly efficient electronics to the business of mail solicita- tion, the Allen effort began to pale in comparison. Evangelist Peter Popoff had four high-speed printing presses, along with binding equip- ment and other machinery, at his extensive headquarters in Upland, California, with.
Popoff works his mailing list very well. One of the Popoff mailings in January contained a tiny packet of pink crystals and a nickel-sized round wafer sealed in. The letter that came with it ad- dressed to one of my pseudonyms said:. So, God asks you to. Then put your prayer slip in- side the enclosed envelope.
Act today! James, after this prayer blessed wine and bread have. Eat the bread, eat the. You will actually see the water become unfermented wine;. When you place. Contrast this with a rather less ambitious mailing by Oral Roberts in He sent out a few wafers to his followers, saying:.
Now, Partner, I have enclosed this pack- et containing the bread, the symbolic. If Roberts had had the imagination, he too would have included a few crystals of artificially cherry-flavored Kool-Aid. In addition, before every major public meeting, Popoff would have his office em- ployees telephone selected individuals in the geographical area of each crusade, via the mailing list, and remind them to attend.
And because only the Popoffs ever handled or counted this money, most of it in cash, according to McCorriston,. One of W. It looked like a post office. It had these big tables with states labeled at the head of each one, where the mail was coming in from and going out to. Most of the workers were wo-. I never knew how to act around. Even the women in the mail room! The way. Oral Roberts sends out more than 27 million letters and publications annually. The opera- tion is so large that his mailing room has its very own zip code, As an example of the high-powered rhet- oric that Roberts sends out, consider the let- ter in Appendix IV.
The signature is in blue ink, appearing to be handwritten. There are a number of subtleties here that I should point out. This letter was not just entered into a computer to keep in touch with the faithful. It was carefully designed by a master hand,. The elderly have always been the major targets of the evangelists, and this letter is also worded to appeal to them. The recipi- ent is also invited to correspond with Roberts on a personal level.
This could not happen, in view of the tens of thousands of responses Roberts could expect. The letters begging for money followed soon after this one was received. Copying a Good Idea. This is usually used to designate an airmail letter, and at one time, before U. To many, particularly to older folks, these envel- opes still stand out, and this gimmick must be effective, because it is used by prominent mailing houses. Evangelist Rex Humbard has carried this idea a bit further.
Box , Jerusalem. Postage paid. Rex Humbard Foundation. On the face of the envel- ope, apparently scrawled there in blue, it says:. Please open immediately! In this letter. The land of the.
The gift was not from Jerusalem, and it was not made in Jerus- alem. It was the usual junk come-on. The let- ter included with this stunning gift appeared to be on Hotel Inter-Continental stationery. It gave, scribbled across the top apparently by hand in the same blue pen, further assur- ance that:. This beautiful Bible bookmark is a Gift. Just for you! The letter began:. Dear Precious Partner,. And further on, it said:. Enclosed also is an envelope that seems to have been hand addressed again scrawled in blue pen as an offering envel- ope.
There is no question about it. This mail- ing is false, misleading, and mendacious. It is another cheap trick designed to part the faithful from their money. Faulty Computer Programming. Faith-healer W. Grant uses the system of dropped-in names and personalized data in his computerized letter campaigns. Each re- cipient believes his letter was specifically prepared for him.