Children and Spirituality

Updated: Apr 16



What is spirituality?

Everyone is born understanding and knowing the different dimensions of spirituality. But what is spirituality? Pediatrician Dr. Mya Spencer puts it best: “Spirituality involves the recognition of a feeling or sense or belief that there is something greater than myself, something more to being human than sensory experience, and that the greater whole of which we are part is cosmic or divine in nature.” Other scholars agree. For example, as American writer and researcher Louis Delgran tells us, “People may describe a spiritual experience as sacred or transcendent or simply a deep sense of aliveness and interconnectedness.”


What are the benefits of spirituality?

A professor of Psychology and Education at Columbus University, Lisa Miller, has done extensive research into the link between scientific knowledge and the power of spirituality and how spirituality can affect the health and life of a child. Spirituality links the brain, mind and body.” Based on this assessment, we see it is vital that children with intuitive abilities continue to grow spiritually. If children develop an interconnected relationship with God and they experience trauma or difficulties in their lives, they will turn to God for guidance. This spiritual relationship will deter them from turning to drugs or alcohol to stop the pain they may be feeling. Spirituality is an anchor in these children’s lives.


How is science linked to spirituality?

Dr. Lisa Miller and her colleagues completed a longitudinal research study to determine if adults who displayed strong religious or spiritual beliefs had thicker cortices in their brain than adults who did not have religious or spiritual beliefs and how belief systems affect a family’s health. With the use of brain imaging technology, the research concluded that if people live a spiritual lifestyle, their cerebral cortex will benefit in positive ways and they will be able to deal with life crises. If someone is depressed, however, the region of the cortex will not be as healthy, and will appear thinner. Thus, to have a healthy adult brain, one must start with a healthy brain in childhood.


How do we nurture our child’s spirituality?

All children are born to develop their own spiritual pathway, and parents of intuitive children should consider their child’s spiritual health—for intuitive children going through adolescence who do not have a strong personal relationship with the Divine may turn to darker energies, or may even join a cult. Overall, spirituality is a human experience that can teach us we are connected to something greater than ourselves. Everyone has their unique encounters with the distinct elements of spirituality.



Read Michelle Henderson's book, Spiritual Nurturing for Intuitive Children, for more information on how to support a child’s spirituality. Launching 1/18/22.

 

Resources/Further Information

Spiritual Nurturing for Intuitive Children

Maya Spencer, “What Is Spirituality? A Personal Exploration on,” Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2012.

Lois Delgran, “What Is Spirituality?” Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing, Accessed September 26, 2021.

Miller, Lisa. The Spiritual Child: The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving, 25. New York: Picador/St. Martin’s Press, 2016.

 

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