Griet's work with children
Chronically ill children and children with a disability
" To them I am a therapist, but to me they are the spiritual teachers " Griet
Griet: Generally I get on really well with chronically ill children or children with a mental or physical disability. Whether it be children with a mental or physical disability, or reflux, asthma or eczema, epilepsy, allergies, digestive problems, metabolic disorders or hereditary ( metabolic ) diseases, a lot can be achieved through the laying on of hands. Children kind of see me as a female Harry Potter who practises a strange therapy that somehow feels good to them. In general, we find a child’s body reacts quicker and better to the energy we provide compared to adults. Their body is still growing and only needs a little push sometimes when dealing with small or bigger health problems.
Children and adolescents are not as naive as some people might assume: they are very intuitive, have the sharpest observational skills, are more honest and alert than grown ups and are very good at describing what it is they “ feel ”. Once children have felt our healing energy they surrender to it more easily.
Practical experience: When a father asked his 5-year-old, Steven, suffering from a severe eczema what the child thought of the healing session when coming home, the answer was simply: “ it does me good ” ( see link " allergies, asthma and eczema " ). Convincing a young madcap to sit still on a chair for 45 minutes, takes more than what some call “ selling hot air ”. It is because it feels good, that they remain relaxed ( parents are often surprised to see this ). We often treat children with very serious conditions or disabilities. The parents decide to combine classical medicine with laying on of hands because conventional therapies no longer induce improvement. Regular check ups at the doctor’s later sometimes confirm that our therapy has played an important role in the improvement or even reversing of the condition. For instance, parents will come and tell us the specialist diagnosed their few-month-old child with a severe form of reflux ( " and there is no other option besides surgery ", according to the specialist ) and a few months later the specialist has to admit our therapy has achieved something " extraordinary ".
Our therapy – passing on energy through the laying on of hands – can mean a lot to children of all ages ( from infants to adolescents ). In fact, the energy stimulates the developing body and helps it to perform its functions better and faster ( e.g. lazy bowels or chronic infections ). Most children with a congenital defect, developmental disorder, metabolic disorder, neuromuscular disorder or with intellectual or physical limitations benefit from our therapy. No cure, but a tremendous improvement of their quality of life. Moreover, these children do not only suffer from the defect or disease itself or the physical burden and pain it causes, but also from the string of additional complaints caused by e.g. the long-lasting use of a wheelchair, heavy medication, digestive problems or digestion failing altogether, … and last but not least the emotional stress ( insomnia, unmanageable behaviour, sorrow ) due to the struggle ( to learn ) to accept their condition.
Then there is a group of children or youngsters who have suffered brain damage after an accident and have consequently developed motor and/or other defects. When recovery is slow they can also benefit from our therapy, though the following principle always applies: the energy cannot repair that part of the brain that is dead, because it's obvious that what is dead can never function again. When the brain has only been damaged, the energy can stimulate and partially to fully revive certain motoric functions. Again the energy does not cure, nor undo damage caused, but there is a vast improvement in several areas health-wise, noticeable to the child or youngster, to his/her parents and also to their specialist. The patient’s medical file will unveil to the physician as well that our therapy realised something " unexplainable ": a result that cannot be attained and explained by classical medicine.
Practical experience: When a 4-year-old boy, Gregory, first came to us it was hard to see firsthand the damage a nanny’s abuse had caused him ( about two years prior he was bashed against a wall with his head ). The brain damage prevented him from speaking, made him almost blind and made he had never been able to walk independently. His parents told us the court case against the nanny would soon start. The first few months into his treatment Gregory’s health made such improvements we were pleasantly surprised ourselves. After about four months his mother called us all excited, after calling all her relatives, to tell everyone she had seen her son wiggle through the living room entirely on his own for the first time. And this was only the start of a positive evolution to recovery as the child’s brain reacted superbly to our energy. Our experience of many years of working with children who have a recent ( sometimes even older ) physical disability tells us with relative certainty that such early positive results often predict that our final expectations will be exceeded. Unfortunately, after a couple of weeks the treatment was suddenly stopped: no phone-call, no explanation, the parents just stopped coming to our practice. A year later we heard from an acquainted journalist ( who lived in their neighbourhood ) the parents had been told during preparation for the trial to stick with the following strategy: " the more disabilities the child had, the higher compensation could be claimed ". Afterwards we heard the parents were granted a negligible amount of money, despite the efforts of their solicitor, because the defence ( and their solicitor ) was too strong for the socially deprived parents. This type of painful experience sometimes makes you wonder as a therapist: " people’s behaviour is an even bigger mystery than the defect or disease itself ".
From infants to adolescents: physical and/or psycho-emotional problems
Infants: we often treat reflux problems ( food and stomach acid flows back into the oesophagus ), and also intestine problems ( diarrhoea or constipation ) or nutritional intolerance, allergies, eczema, excessive crying ( caused by physical or unknown factors ) or stress ( insomnia or restlessness ) and also a variety of metabolic disorders.
Young children: at our practice we daily work with children who have developmental defects ( children who do not weigh enough or do not gain any weight, reason unknown ), immune disorders ( constant infections: nose, throat,… ), asthma, eczema, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis ( JRA ), food allergies, digestive problems, failure to thrive, behavioural problems, autism, tension headaches, epilepsy, bed wetting, insomnia, drifts of anger, stress, ADHD, learning disabilities, fears, emotional problems caused by bullying or family situation, feelings of inferiority, lack of self-confidence.
## Children with congenital disorders: Parents often come to us for complementary and supporting treatment for children with physical and/or intellectual limitations. Also in order to speed up recovery after an accident young children and ( young ) adolescents come to our practice. Furthermore we daily try to diminish complaints caused by a number of inherent disorders: epilepsy, digestive problems, intestine problems, immune disorders, failure to thrive, stress caused by not accepting the disability, sorrow.
## ‘ADHD-children’ and children with autism: by treating these children we succeed in improving memory and concentration and making them feel more comfortable in their own skin. Experience has taught us that, sometimes even with serious forms of autism we can increase communication skills: children seek eye contact with their parents and/or those around them, express their desires clearly ( with speech disorders sound starts to develop more clearly ).
Adolescents: they come to us with the following complaints: lack of energy, skin problems such as eczema, muscle and joint problems, CFS ( Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ) and fybromyalgia, immune disorders, back problems, tension headaches, depression, memory and concentration loss, learning disabilities, agitation, lack of self-confidence and assertiveness, being the victim of bullying leading to physical and emotional complaints.TOP
Sorrow in children
Sick and disabled children, children who are misunderstood, socially isolated or abused are often confronted with emotional stress, and here we notice three things:
1. Children need time to process their sorrow. Young children often have difficulty understanding an adult’s world and emotions, and need more processing time than an adult.
2. Because of their ( often very strong ) emotional bond with their parents, children can copy their parents' emotional blockages in their own aura, even if their little mind does not understand. An infant can develop heartache because its mother suffers from heartache too as it is ( energetically strongly ) connected to its mother ( and some remain that way – willy-nilly – for the rest of their life ).
3. Children with physical ( and especially also intellectual ) limitations get emotional blockages in their aura when they feel their disability has not, or hardly, been accepted. Caring to the best of one's abilities for the child all its life does not suffice. A child with a disability wants to be recognized, accepted and loved by the parents, the family, the school and society at large. It is extremely important for their self-esteem that they learn to accept their disability, helped by the loving support of the parents and everyone around them.
" The happiness of a child starts in a mother's heart " ( Phil Bosmans )
New Age Children ( Aquarius Children )
Worldwide over more and more of these children are born to help increase mankind’s vibrational level with their presence and refined level of awareness. Mankind is evolving from Pisces Age to Aquarius Age. The presence of these children on Mother Earth is required to allow society, families, schools and even medicine to cope with new challenges. They are sensitive and easily make contact with nature and the invisible world. These are not “ children with mental disturbances, blockages in their aura, or children who are hypersensitive ”, as the Dutch mystic Sonia Bos correctly points out in her book “ The problems of the Aquarius Child ”, De Gouden Kroon 2004. Not every hyperactive child with learning and behaviour problems is a New Age child and not every New Age child is hyperactive and unable to concentrate. Furthermore, not every child with paranormal abilities can be considered a New Age child. Proud parents sometimes come to us and ask us what " category " their New Age child fits into: " Is it an indigo child, a star child, a rainbow child or a crystal child? " It is better not to portray them as miracle children, super children or problem children. They have, just like any other child, their own abilities, own preferences, own learning processes, ill manners and difficult periods. As any other child, New Age children are special and they have to be able to count on love, insight, patience, trust, sincerity, complete acceptance and encouragement of their parents and everyone around them.
ADHD, autism and allergies in New Age children
These "disorders " occur among children far more frequently nowadays than ever before. Still, it seems mostly New Age children are sensitive to allergies ( not being sufficiently rooted in Mother Earth or being allergic to our polluted environment ), autism ( a strong feeling of being different can lead to complete isolation ), and ADHD ( a hectic world in which they lose all sense of direction or they are confronted with pedagogical notions they cannot grasp and are useless to them ). In some children we see accelerated intellectual development, while in others this is delayed ( of course only in educational terms and not in spiritual terms ), but they usually all possess more advanced empathic abilities. These children reject anything that is not genuine, not loving, not pure, that limits their intellectual or personal freedom, even more so as they get older and become more spiritually aware. It is - of course - not easy for parents or teachers to deal with children who, constantly and usually unintentionally, confront them with the flaws and emotional obstructions in adults. In general children do not benefit from outdated rules such as “ be quiet because I say so ”. Of course New Age kids have to find their own path in life within certain limits, boundaries, and structures but they will only accept a natural authority based on wisdom and love, and not based on power. What these children have in common is strong willpower, a remarkable verbal or non-verbal alertness, and telepathic communication skills they often want to improve before they find it necessary to learn to speak. Parents who come to us notice that these children prefer organic food and notice that " alternative medication " ( homeopathy, fytotherapy, Bach remedies and also paranormal healing ) has more results. The energy we work with as therapists usually succeeds in diminishing complaints or makes them disappear entirely. These children will also start feeling more anchored and better about them selves. Their intellectual, emotional, creative and social skills will develop faster and stronger.
ADHD, too easy a label?
In a letter to the editor in " De Standaard " 26/2/09 Dirk Van Duppen, physician with " Geneeskunde voor het Volk ", comments on pediatric psychiatrist Dirk Deboutte’s statement that 10% of children suffering from some kind of psychiatric disorder demonstrates a fast growing use of psychotropic drugs ( which can affect mental health ) is ‘ not alarming ’.
Van Duppen finds the psychiatrist is " off mark " and claims:
" First and foremost, these statistics say a lot about the society we now live in. If one in ten children are considered psychiatrically disturbed, society is going crazy. Secondly it says something about the criteria maintained to label a child ‘ psychiatrically ’ disturbed. (…) High-energy children are labelled with ADHD, being unhappy equals " depression ", shyness is branded " social phobia ", not being very good at making social contacts is considered " suffering from autism spectrum disorder ", being moody before menstruation is named " premenstrual syndrome " or being overly concerned is called " generalized anxiety disorder ". Finally, we know from recent literature we have to be very careful when offering psychotropic drugs to children. (…) "