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Evolutionary Parenting

Paperback Book
Fairhaven Spiral Press
October, 2016
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$19.95 CAD
Publisher’s Description: 

Four visionaries described evolutionary parenting a hundred years ago: Aurobindo Ghose, Maria Montessori, Rudolf Steiner, and Inayat Khan. In his new book, Evolutionary Parenting, David Marshak describes the common vision of these four visionaries and explains how parents today can nurture and invite the unfoldment of their children to their fullest potentials.

The book is an exploration of the ways in which "conscious parenting" results in the evolution of consciousness in adolescents and emerging adults. Interviews with parents who have engaged in "conscious parenting" and with their late adolescent and emerging adult children who are centered in more evolved consciousness as they enter adulthood. Profound insights about the child's will and expression and the relationship between will and the unfoldment of the child's and teen's consciousness. Practical advice from parents about how to parent with awareness and integrity in today's world.


I have five insights to share with you. These derive from the common vision of these four sages—and from the insights of developmental psychologists, philosophers, social psychologists, and spiritual teachers.


1) You already know the first insight. Every conception and birth of a human being is a wedding of flesh and soul.


2) The second insight follows from the first. Since the soul in its fullness is present from before birth, your child’s soul is expressing its knowing through the vehicle of the physical body from the beginning of life. Yes, the soul is constrained by the infant’s physical, emotional, and mental limitations—but the will of the infant is manifest from the first day of life outside the womb (and sometimes before). And the will of the child at every age and stage is the expression of the soul’s intent.


3) The third insight follows from the second. To work at giving your child freedom with safety, you will inevitably have to grow yourself—emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually.


4) The fourth insight is that there is information available to you now about the trajectory through which human beings unfold and grow in childhood and youth. Yes, each child is unique in the most literal sense of that word. In concert with that uniqueness, the vast majority of children and youth unfold and grow through similar patterns of unfoldment, through similar trajectories of growth. But each individual grows in his or her own way, at his or her own rate.


5) The fifth insight is that the very best parenting that you can provide for your children will also make a significant contribution to the evolution of human consciousness.


Judith Blackstone explained: “Basically we are each the vessel and the vehicle of the essential motion of evolution.” Each human being literally embodies the evolutionary potential of the species. So every parent who knows this knows that her or his parenting can make a contribution to the evolution of humanity.


Evolutionary Parenting explains and explores each insight in detail and offers rich and engaging interviews with ten parents and their late teen and young adult children who have lived the values of this common vision. You’ll hear directly from these parents about their lives, their challenges and struggles and their accomplishments and satisfactions, their hardships and their joys. You’ll also hear from a number of their young adult children who have been nurtured by the inspiration of evolutionary parenting.


Evolutionary parenting opens the door so children and teens, guided by their inner teachers and nurtured by their parents, can unfold toward the fullness of their potential. The young adults you’ll meet in this book all have accessed post-modern consciousness in their teens, and several have already moved on into integral consciousness.


Close your eyes now, still your body, and bring this phrase—evolutionary parenting—into your awareness. Let yourself sit with these words for a bit and see what comes up into your awareness.

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