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Hands Free Parenting

Hands Free Parenting

I’m on my way back home from the Pransky Professional training. Grateful not to be snowed in at Seatac, and even though I have a sore throat and a headache I am feeling lighter and freer as I leave. My heart feels wide open.

 

I love the impact of listening to people share their personal experience of truth as a way of pointing to the Truth that is universal and can’t be named. Even though the impersonal and personal can never meet, pointing to the singular in this way has a feeling that goes along with it. It is not conceptual or intellectual. It is an experiential way of looking in the direction of the impersonal that awakens what we know to be true inside of ourselves.

 

Seeing the impact of looking to the universal is profound. It reminded me of the value of working with my clients in this way no matter what their presenting problem or circumstance. Digging into the details, and the thoughts and feelings does not help someone to gain perspective or be more open to fresh thought. Looking at what is universal and generic does. It is automatically settling because we see ourselves as normal and part of the human race. This is so reassuring. And in the relaxing and letting go into our humanity, we naturally experience a deeper connection with our true nature and get the sense that we are not limited to just our humanness. Our formless nature becomes more palpable.

 

During one part of the training, George Pransky was speaking to how he does not care about the details of his clients’ problems. Someone mistook this for a lack of empathy, and then George said he feels the same way about his kids too. There was a chuckle in the group, but George was making the point that the kindness is not in identifying with problems. This strongly resonated with me regarding my own parenting, especially with my girls as teens.

 

I used to be obsessed with the details of my daughters’ problems when they were struggling. The problems looked like they were mine to fix or that my job was to manage my daughters through structure and discipline so they would avoid having problems and getting into trouble.

 

This did not build trust or rapport in our relationship. It had them be less open and go more underground with their behavior. Angus and I had a come to Jesus moment during a family intensive with Erika Bugbee when she pointed out how we were too much in our kids business in a way that was counterproductive to the very qualities we wanted to draw out of them like self-confidence and responsibility.

 

It was then that I genuinely saw the value of not focusing on their troubling behaviors and instead, looking to the universal in them. Rather than focusing on their mistakes and shortcomings, I looked to see their innate intelligence and wisdom. I recognized their capacity to stabilize. I was able to see their insecurity and lack of confidence as passing states of mind and not something to be fixed or for me to worry about. Their weaknesses shrunk down to size as I saw them as a normal part of the human condition and part of their learning curve.

 

The irony of it is that as soon as I zoomed out and saw the resilience in them even with their struggles and frailties, they found their feet more easily. Their capacity to find their own answers came to the fore along with their ability to be in the unknown when they didn’t know.

 

Rather than seeing them as needing to live life in the bubble wrap of my protection, I saw how me letting go was good for them. They felt my confidence in them. Me not taking their problems seriously helped them to recognize their own capacity to figure things out and recognize they have the same capacity we all do to learn, grow, and have fresh ideas.

 

Taking my hands off the controls was the best way I could demonstrate this. Lip service did not work. Saying, “You got this!”, while I micromanaged did not help them wake up to the potential of their inner resources.

 

And what a relief for me. I didn’t realize it, but I had been feeling the weight of needing to do everything right so they would be okay. I felt such freedom to not be on top of them the way I had been. My feelings of warmth, compassion, and empathy naturally increased as I took the pressure off myself.

 

I am not giving a parenting prescription. If you have kids, you are their parenting expert. What I am pointing to is how it worked for me to get out of my kids business and get more interested in seeing the qualities of their true nature that were invisible to me when I was caught up in trying to manage them.

 

Rohini Ross is passionate about helping people wake up to their full potential. She is a transformative coach, leadership consultant, a regular blogger for Thrive Global, and author of the short-read Marriage (The Soul-Centered Series Book 1) available on Amazon. You can get her free ebook Relationships here. Rohini currently has an international coaching and consulting practice based in Los Angeles helping individuals, couples, and professionals embrace all of who they are so they can experience greater levels of well-being, resiliency, and success. She is also the founder of The Soul-Centered Series: Psychology, Spirituality, and the Teachings of Sydney Banks. You can follow Rohini on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and watch her Vlogs with her husband. To learn more about her work go to her website, www.rohiniross.com.

8 Comments

  • jeanne monteiro

    11.02.2019 at 02:23 Reply

    Wonderful post! I needed to hear this.

    • Rohini

      12.02.2019 at 08:48 Reply

      Thanks for letting me know Jeanne! Glad you found it helpful! Love, Rohini

  • Gayle Lindell

    11.02.2019 at 06:21 Reply

    Thanks, Rohini! This message couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. I have been involved with the Principles for 7 years yet have struggled with still having them in the “conceptual realm.” Currently my experience of “coming home” has been amazing as I definitely need a shift. I am nearly complete with reading Dicken’s & Natasha’s Coming Home, have been listening to Natasha & Joe Bailey on Amy Johnson’s “Changeable”, and now your message here. I’ve heard about my innate health during all these years, but have needed it to be deeper. I not only desire this for myself, but I have many struggling family & friends. I deal with personal & marriage issues & 2 daughters with eating issues. I know that I’ve focused for way too long on the outside issues rather than everyone’s (including my) innate wellbeing. SO ready to get past the intellectual/conceptual!!!
    Thank you for your continuing wisdom in what you share. I have been to 3 previous professional trainings with George, Linda & Barb & look forward to a future opportunity. Angus was actually my small group leader during my last visit. Love you both!

    • Rohini

      12.02.2019 at 08:50 Reply

      Hi Gayle, Thank you so much for sharing your experience here. I encourage you to look at what you have already seen beyond the intellectual and to know that your grounding in that understanding will keep revealing more to you. You are enough. What you see is what you is what is yours. Let that be your compass. Sending you love, Rohini

  • Annie Gabbert

    12.02.2019 at 16:42 Reply

    Thanks Rohini. This is a great post and came at the perfect time for me. Thank you.

    • Rohini

      12.02.2019 at 18:24 Reply

      Thanks for letting me know Annie! Glad it was helpful! Sending love!

  • Heather Daly

    13.02.2019 at 20:19 Reply

    This is wonderful Rohini! I love how you apply this principle to parenting. I have been teaching facilitation tools to educators for sometime now and teach one called “Provoking the Inner wisdom“. It’s designed to facilitate high school youth in getting in touch with their own inner guidance to support them. This is a novel idea for the educators I work with, but once they get it they really do embrace it. Thanks for your wonderful words of wisdom, they are so uplifting and supportive!

    • Rohini

      15.02.2019 at 18:28 Reply

      Hi Heather, Love the work you are doing! Funny that the idea is novel for educators. So great that you are helping them to see the potential and possibilities. Thank you for letting me know you enjoyed the post!

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