His light will live in you forever. His love will shine from you forever.
A blue ribbon with a badge connected to it that states, "God Lives In Me" is hung around the child's neck. The child's name and the date can also be inscribed on the back of the badge. Everyone at the ceremony is given a candle with a drip protector to hold. One of the child's parents lights their own candle saying, "My candle represents the light of God. I will light your candle with this symbol of His light. This can be followed by a group song or cheer. The ceremony can be individualized according to the wishes of the parents. Unless an evaluator dwelt with man, he could not possibly appraise moral values and recognize spiritual meanings.
And this lover hails from the very source of infinite love; this interpreter is a part of Universal Unity; this evaluator is the child of the Center and Source of all absolute values of divine and eternal reality. Whenever possible try to incorporate music in, around, or behind sacred activities. The best instruments are ones that are fun and easy for children to use, such as: good sounding drums; egg shakers, rhythm sticks, chimes, and triangles. Go for a walk around the block or a climb a mountain. Get them out into the night to look at the stars, and point out some of the basic constellations and how the patterns are part of a whole.
Help them to fully experience their senses by accentuating the feel of a gentle breeze when it caresses their skin; the taste of nectar at the end of a honey suckle blossom; the way leaves sparkle in the sun; the joyous sound of wild birds in spring; or the deep rich earthen smell of the forest. Nature is full of magical metaphors that reflect divine patterns.
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Create a soft ambiance of reverence by dimming the lights, using good incense or essential oil, playing soft music, and lighting some candles. Provide beanbags, pillows, or mats on the floor for the children to sit on. Ask them to put their thumb and middle finger together as they rest their hands on their knees. Encourage them to sit up straight and take deep breaths. Have them close their eyes and concentrate on being inside themselves.
Briefly explain to them that chanting OM helps people to focus and relax. After taking three deep breaths, begin to chant OM and the children will soon join you. Keep it up for 3 or 4 minutes or until everyone has chanted at least 8 full OM's.
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It can take a few times before the children lose their self-consciousness. I do this regularly with a group of 50 children, ages , at the daycare care center where I work, who now ask me if they can OM. Once they are deep in a super-conscious state, lead the children through a meditative visualization. Here is an example one you can use: "You are in a room which feels too warm and closed in. So you open the door and walk out of the room into the night.
As you get outside, you notice a hill, and you know that if you walk up the hill you will have a much better view of the sky and the moon when it comes up. As you begin to walk up the hill, you take a deep breath of fresh air, and marvel at the last rays of the setting sun. Although you feel safe, you also feel alone. You remember that you have a special angel that you can call on to walk with you. At once you feel her presence beside you. You know that she has joined you because you feel lighter when she's there, and you don't feel alone anymore.
Your angel is with you. When you get to the top of the hill you can look out in every direction. To the East you see the first sliver of the huge full moon coming up over the horizon. As your eyes become used to the darkness you notice more and more stars coming out to greet you and your angel. Soon the sky is filled with a full round moon and stars everywhere you look. There are billions of stars and they seem to spiral up into infinity, like a stairway to God. Your heart swells with thankfulness for God who created this magnificent night sky that you see.
You imagine that, at this very moment, somewhere in the universe, there other people who are looking up into the night sky thanking God for its creation. You begin to feel sleepy as you try to imagine how big the universe is. So you lie down on the hill and close your eyes while your angel sings a special song just for you.
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You feel God's love cover you like a soft warm blanket. Your angel carries you back into this room and lays you very gently on the floor. She blows on your eyelids and you open your eyes and thank her for being your friend. Gather some beautiful scarves of different colors, about 4 or 5 feet long.
Try to include black satin too, as some children like dark colors. Put on some music, like Mozart for Children, and dance freestyle with them, holding the veils with both hands while running, bending, skipping, and lying down. Help the children create a drama with the colors, giving each child chance to "perform". Create a story as they move: Once upon a time the world was always dark. God made the sun to shine and then there was not only the darkness of night, but also the lightness of day.
The daylight made the flowers grow all the colors dancing and moving but it also made them hot and thirsty. They needed water enter blue so God sent water for the flowers…. Stories don't have to be about God to allow emotions to be expressed.
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Children can readily create their own living myths. Most children will respond well to warm, loving touch. Children can also be encouraged to touch each other in appropriate and loving ways through massage. Family or group can sit in a circle.
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Each places their hands on the shoulders of the one in front and kneads. The circle can be turned around with each one facing the opposite direction.
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For each pair the person massaging and the one being massaged , provide a bucket of warm soapy water, some good aromatic massage oil, and a large towel for drying. The child who will be receiving the foot massage should wash their feet in the bucket of soapy water, dry them off well with the towel, and relax in a chair. The child giving the massage will sit in front of them, pick up one of their feet, put a small amount of the aromatic oil on it, and massage it well with their hands.
Then the children can switch roles. It may be hard to get them to try it, but once they do, they greatly enjoy the experience giving and receiving loving touch. A good trick is to use really delicious smelling oil. The light of God has been given to me. It is in me. I will follow God's light and it will show me the best way to walk each day. I carry a spark of God's divinity in my heart. My body is the temple of God; I will honor the temple and take care of it. God's light is in everyone.
I can see God shining in each person I meet. I kindle the spark of God within me by talking with God as a friend in my own heart and mind. I kindle the spark of God within me by helping those around me. I kindle the spark of God within me by thanking God for life and family and friends. An altar can provide a focus for the experience of feeling the sacred in everyday life. It can and often does become an integral part of the home life. Not that a person can't be with God where ever they happen to be, to the contrary, a feeling of the sacredness in all things is desirable.
An altar is merely one way to help facilitate feelings of sacredness, reverence, and awe, by reflecting in some way common values held most dear. It can be all of the above and more. The entire family can be involved in creating the altar.