How to Connect with the Wisdom of a Child

In honour of the United Nations Universal Children’s Day, I asked my beautiful friend Dr. Emma Farr Rawlings if she would be willing to share some of the amazing findings she has been unveiling in her inspired work with children. Emma’s book The Divine Child is a luminous and heart-filled exploration of the wisdom inherent in children and how we can learn from them. It is so gracious of her to offer you a free copy! To get your copy, follow these simple steps:

  • Please go to www.thedivinechild.org.
  • Click FREE in the navigation at the top.
  • Enter the password freebook and click Go.
  • Click the “Free eBook — Click Here” graphic in the center of the following page for your own PDF copy.

I often say that most disputes would be resolved if we could only remember the wisdom of kindergarten logic – if I break your toy, I fix it; if you break mine, you fix it. In a world of ego strutting, lawsuits and elbowing to get ahead, we can easily forget the simplicity of our interconnection and common-sense ethical values that make the world a happier place. No matter how acclaimed, influential, educated or socially prominent we may be, we have not yet graduated from kindergarten if we don’t possess basic kindness and respect.

We each are guardians of our inner child. We are called to take care of, listen to and honour the one within our heart and soul who knows exactly what she needs to follow her joy. That inner child is the one who sings effortlessly from her heart and shares that joyful light with the world. As we let that child sing through us, we are inevitably in a state of respect to all living things, because we honour and respect ourselves, and we are connected to all.

As you read Emma’s words below, let your heart open to the wisdom of your inner child and cherish the presence and wisdom of the children among us.

The Divine Child’s Golden Key

By Dr. Emma Farr Rawlings

Children understand very well that in each woman, in each man, in each child,
there is capacity of waking up, of understanding, and of loving.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

Emma Farr Rawlings with one of her interview subjects

Emma Farr Rawlings with one of her interview subjects

What is the magic and wonderment of our Divine Child and of childhood? The magic comes when we are children because we are in the moment. We have access to wisdom, because we are present. Here lies the Golden Key for all of us, for everyone. The Golden Key is Pure Love and Pure Presence.

The Children of the Earth are calling us to wake up and be present, so that we might serve our planet and help all of those in need.

I am so happy that I was asked to share my book, The Divine Child: Your Soul’s Inner Voice, with you during Universal Children’s Day. My book is all about peace being possible if we are able to help children connect to their innate wisdom and having adults reconnect to their inner child’s innate wisdom. To get your free copy, please go to www.thedivinechild.org/, click FREE, and enter the password freebook.

I interviewed my first child when I was 12. The child, Brett, was my neighbor, and he was four years old. He was the brother of one of my best girlfriends growing up who lived across the street. My girlfriend was staying with us the day Brett was born. I recall my mom taking us to see Brett in the hospital just hours later. We were looking in through the glass at little babies and suddenly a nurse brought this adorable, red, mushed-up face with mounds of wet, black hair up close to the window. I felt such love for this little creature that had just arrived on earth. I was a little jealous he was not my baby brother, but I was happy for my girlfriend.

My mom and I both recall to this day that Brett would cry a great deal but when I was with him, he calmed down. It became noted that Brett and I had a unique relationship and indeed we did. Even his mom would come to me when nothing would calm him down and put him in my lap and suddenly he was relaxed. Also, when playing over at my girlfriend’s house, Brett would seek me out to be with me.

One day when Brett was old enough to really talk, he told me that he recalled me from the spirit house in the sky. Brett’s interview, unbeknownst to me at the time when I was just 12 years old, would be the first of many interviews I conducted with children as part of my research and work over the last four decades. I have always believed that children have innate wisdom. And I believe it’s because of this knowing and the respect I have for them that when meeting and interviewing children, they open up and truly show how creative, intelligent, magical, and wise they are.

In The Divine Child, Brett’s interview, along with other interviews from children around the world, really shows how in sync we all were at that age to our inner voice, to our inner knowing.

Following up with Brett over 50 years later, as I needed to contact him regarding using his name in this book, I asked him a few questions as I was curious if anything from the interview still rang true to him. Did he even recall me and did he remember us talking? Brett’s interview at age four and his replies to my questions via text are a clear demonstration that children know and have wisdom deep within their souls at a very young age, and often retain this knowing into adulthood.

I have also included a collection of some of my own childhood experiences, some traumatic and some magical, along with the children’s interviews to show the innate wisdom we all possess at that age.
It is my hope that you will learn from my personal experience and from reading the children’s interviews from around the world that children are bright, creative, spiritual beings from birth, and have a knowing about the world. They are open spiritually and carry the magic of wonder from a very young age.

What I find particularly fascinating is the consistency in children’s answers from interviews conducted over five decades ago to interviews conducted in the present day. I hope that this book will raise awareness about the innate knowing that children possess so that we as a civilization might begin to care, honor, and cherish our dear children on this Earth in ways that they deserve.

I know if we give children love and let them know we respect their true nature, they will grow up respecting themselves, and thus will be better stewards of Earth, as the Divine Child knows we are one with nature. If we can reconnect to our Divine Child and help foster this in all children, peace on earth can finally take root and grow exponentially.

May you also begin to see the divine wisdom inside yourself and find solutions and guidance by reconnecting with your soul’s inner voice — the child within. So please take the Golden Key and unlock your door to be fully present so that we all might truly have a servant’s heart.

Let yourself be in the enchanted garden of a servant’s heart where anything is possible — especially the miracles that happen when we take positive actions to serve the world.

What if world peace is possible?

What if we can help planet earth and all living creatures not just survive, but actually thrive?

Please take the Golden Key I am giving you and pause, be still, go within your heart, and feel our one heart beating. We are one with earth, ourselves, and everything. It’s okay to wake up and live differently than you did the day before. It’s okay to remember why we are here and take actions every day that help every living creature.

When a human is born, they’re already filled with an intuitive knowledge of centuries and centuries of people beforehand. A child has wisdom. Their cells have wisdom.
— Bruce Lipton

Emma Farr Rawlings has a master’s degree in clinical psychology, a master’s degree in cultural anthropology, and a PhD in behavioral sciences from International College, West Los Angeles, and Ryokan College. Emma was an adjunct professor at JFK University and taught Presence in Coaching. She became an ICF Master Certified Coach in 2007.

She has been a consultant, coach, and trusted advisor for over 35 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as internationally, serving the technology and media/music industries, spiritual leaders, eco-leaders, and VIPs in many fields. She retired from her Transpersonal Psychotherapy practice of four decades in 2014.

She is currently in the midst of a project that aims to transform life for the betterment of all on this planet. Emma loves to hike with her family and her dog.

The print copy of Emma’s book, The Divine Child: Your Soul’s Inner Voice will be released on November 20, Universal Children’s Day.

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Thank you for sharing such a beautiful gift!

What a lovely gift! Thank you Parvati.

I have already downloaded the book and can’t wait to read it. I can tell already it’s a beautiful, important book. Thank you very much!

Such sweetness ❤️

I am also an ICF certified coach and I have seen the remarkable transformations that can happen for others when I’m fully present with them. I’m intrigued by the insights that Dr. Rawlings’ has gained as a result of being fully present while interviewing children. I also appreciate the that we may experience more of our own human potential when we allow ourselves to be fully present with ourselves.

Thank you for the free download. I can’t wait to read this! It’s fascinating…. 🙂 The children really are our future!

I’m super excited to read this book! Thank you. This is perfect for my work with children.

Interesting stuff! Will have a look. Thx for this.

Bless Your Beautiful Heart. I know about some of this and it’s not been appreciated much so far but its good and real. Now is the time.

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WHY YOGA IN THE NIGHTCLUB

I am often asked what inspired me to bring yogic expression into the club scene. I answer easily. Yoga In the Nightclub is a natural expression of who I am as a musical artist and dedicated yogini. Yoga is not a physical practice but a way of life. It is about learning to be present in all one does, to see the divine here, now, in this moment. As such, yoga is everywhere. It is about feeling connected to something much greater than our limited ego or will. It is about being in service to life, feeling interconnected to that very life force. Yoga In The Nightclub is a celebration of life and a reminder that we can find awakened presence everywhere.

Yoga in the West is mostly known as a series of bendy physical exercises. Yet there is much more to it than fitness. Yoga’s systematic breath and body exercises, designed to clear the subtle channels in our energy system, prepare us for meditation, through which we may experience a life inspired by our interconnected, multidimensional true nature. Our body, that once was seen as “mine”, is no longer our identity, but a gift on loan from the divine. We care for it, but we are not attached to it. The practice of yoga offers us the opportunity to experience the transmutation of matter into pure light, embody the multidimensional and rest in the eternal.

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WE ARE ALL CONNECTED

Hatha yoga, the physical practice of yoga, is just one of many aspects of yoga, which range from selfless service to astrology and prayer. The Sanskrit word “yoga” most simply translates to “union”, implying that the practice of any yoga will bring together our perceived sense of separateness. As a whole, yoga is an ancient science of life. It is a practical method of shedding excess and bringing us back from the self-delusion of separation from the divine so that we may realize our inherent interconnection to and ultimate oneness with it.

As we begin to understand that yoga is everywhere, we come to see how we are all connected in vast ways far beyond the limitations of our personal will and ego. What I do affects you, and vice versa. We are one earth family. At the heart of it all, we share the same heartbeat. Breathe to be. We are one.

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AWAKENED LIVING

When we are open, life blossoms, just as a flower opens to welcome the morning sun.  We see that the sun, though it is millions of light years away, has a tender yet powerful relationship with the flower, as do the rain and the clouds. From this perspective we see that we are part of the whole. Life is a symphonic masterpiece with which, when we are open, we are completely resonant.

As we come to understand our oneness, we can revel in it with wonder and joy. We can consider in awe how immense it all is. We can let go of the idea that an illusory, isolated sense of self could possibly be in control, and open to an exquisite unfolding of life in absolute perfection. Our actions become not about “me” but about the whole. Each moment is integrated within the whole. No one decision is separate.

When we begin to see that each decision we make affects not just ourselves but everyone and everything on the planet, we act with more compassion. When we have more compassion, we realize the impact of our actions and we naturally want less and practice more kindness. As stewards of the Earth, we each are called to learn to live in harmony with ourselves, each other and our planet. We all breathe the same air and live on the same living organism, our planet. Varied in race and creed, we are all one family, children of the same mother, the planet Earth.

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THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GRACE

In each moment, there is infinite grace. By becoming more conscious as we practice yoga on the mat, at work, at play or in the nightclub, we let go of the unnecessary and develop greater internal spaciousness which blooms throughout our lives. In this space new life and possibilities arise.

As we rest our awareness on the simple purity and grace of the breath, we realize - we are alive! We let go of wanting things from the future and the past and open to what is here and now. We feel as vast as the sky and rooted in the richness of this moment.

When we “breathe to be”, we understand our interconnection. We see that we are not the doers but a part of the whole, the same energy that is in the flowers and in the stars. We know that our essence is divine - from which we have come, to which we return.

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Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gone, gone beyond. Oh what awakening!
Gone, gone beyond. Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!
I am light, in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!

Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi swaha
I am the light, liquid gold light
I am in delight! Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!
I am light, in delight!
I am light, dancing through the night!

I am the light (gate gate), liquid gold light (paragate)
I am in delight (gate gate) transforming the night (paragate)

Gone, gone beyond (gate gate)! Oh what awakening! (paragate) (I am)
Gone, gone beyond (gate gate)! Swaha!

I am light, dancing in delight
I am light, dancing through the night
I am light, in delight
I am light, dancing through the night

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I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light, I am light (paragate)
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