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The Conscious Parent

Transforming Ourselves - Empowering Our Children
Paperback Book
September, 2010
$29.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Our children can be raised as conscious adults only when we as parents allow ourselves to be raised into a higher state of consciousness. Turning the traditional notion of parenting on its head, Shefali Tsabary shifts the epicenter of the parent-child relationship away from the traditional parent-to-child “know it all” approach, to a mutual parent-with-child relationship in which the parent learns alongside the child.

This innovative parenting style recognizes the child’s potential to spark a deep soul-searching leading to transformation in parents. Instead of being merely the receiver of the parents’ psychological and spiritual legacy, children function as ushers of the parents’ development. Once parents are learning alongside their children, power, control, and dominance become an archaic language. Instead, mutual kinship and spiritual partnership are the focus of the parent-child journey.

Because parents unwittingly pass on an inheritance of psychological pain and emotional shallowness, traditional books on parenting abound with clever techniques for control, together with quick fixes for dysfunctionality. In contrast, in Tsabary’s conscious approach to parenting, children serve as mirrors of the parent’s forgotten self. Once a parent finds their way back to their essence, they enter into communion with their children. Parent and child awaken to the ability to relate in a state of presence.

“Shefali Tsabary’s invaluable book shows how the challenges of parenting can become a great opportunity for spiritual awakening. Becoming a fully conscious parent is the greatest gift you can give to your child.” —Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now

The Conscious Parent offers a detailed map to guide us through the complex emotional and spiritual terrain we will traverse on the parenting voyage—both inner and outer. In my thirty-three years as a parent and professional marriage and child therapist, I have not found a more profound book on parenting.” —Estelle Frankel, author of Sacred Therapy

Publisher’s Description: 

Its a tremendous privilege to raise children, though for a quite different reason than most of us who are parents imagine.

While we think its our responsibility to mold and shape our childrens future, the essential premise of Dr. Shefali Tsabarys A Call to Conscious Parenting is that our children are born to us to create deep internal transformation within us.

Our children have the power to unleash our egoic behavior unlike anyone else, triggering all of our emotional reactivity. As, through our intimate relationship with them, we are exposed to our immaturity, they become our most accurate mirror of our own lack of emotional development. In other words, by inviting us to confront who we are in our relationship with them, our children raise us to be the parents they long for us to become.

Despite our best intentions to raise our children well, in our unconsciousness we pass on emotional legacies to our children that have deep and lasting repercussions. Bequeathing to them our unresolved needs, unmet expectations, and frustrated dreams, we shackle them in unconscious patterns that shut them down to their own unique being.

To do justice to parenthood, a parent needs to become conscious. Only to the degree we are willing to transform our own emotional present do we succeed in positively influencing our childrens future.

Dr. Tsabary asks us to set aside traditional parenting strategies that major in controlling our children and instead find true kinship with their spirits by tuning into who each child is in its own unique essence. Surrendering to the oneness of the parent-child relationship in this way lifts parenting out of the physical and into the realm of the sacred.

Peppered with practical, hands-on examples from Dr. Tsabarys real-life experiences with the countless families she has helped journey consciously together, A Call to Conscious Parenting is a manual for giving our children the opportunity to shine and dazzle with their natural state of being.

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