As a long time teacher, I often feel that I learn more from my students than they do from me! This was certainly the case recently with a set of 12 year old twins. These two girls are absolutely adorable and so identical it is very difficult to tell them apart! One does have a face that is a tiny bit fuller but that doesn’t help me too much. I still get them mixed up! The only way to really tell them apart is that one twin has a small birthmark on her hand.
Rabbi David and I are preparing the girls for their B'not Mitzvah service and see them for weekly lessons. As any Bar or Bat Mitzvah student can attest to, learning to chant the Torah portion definitely requires diligence to master!
To make this process easier we incorporate meditative focusing exercises (1) into the lessons. The twins are always delighted that the weekly lesson becomes easier and that it has helped with schoolwork too!
So here is the “far out part.” The exercises also enable the twins to see and read blindfolded. I know, sounds crazy! But we only use a fraction of our brain power. As children, no one ever taught us that we have this ability to use our Inner Light Vision rather than our physical eyes to see and read.
As in regular reading children progress at different rates with blindfold reading. One twin has advanced to reading sentences blindfolded while the other is at the level of seeing colors and shapes and occasionally words.
During this one particular lesson Rabbi David believed he was working with the twin who could read sentences so he certainly wasn’t surprised that she was able to do so again. But halfway through the lesson he saw the birthmark and realized he had the other twin!
He immediately understood it was his consciousness that enabled this twin to read on the level of her sister! With his belief that he had the other twin, he had certain expectations of how she would perform!
Since these techniques require working with energy and different mind states, we are both certainly aware that our consciousness is a vital factor. In the past we have even seen that certain children are not able to continue reading blindfolded when a parent walks into the room The parent’s belief system is energetically affecting the child.
But Rabbi David's experience providing such a concrete example has had a profound impact on both of us! It has certainly brought us to an even deeper level of awareness as to how we as teachers and parents are affecting our children.
During the next lesson, Rabbi David told me to send him a twin but to not let him know which one I was sending!
And so it is….
(1) Meditative Focusing Exercises are from our program, the Infinite Child Institute
(2) Video Examples of Blindfold Reading & Seeing
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