Children Who Talk to AngelsWritten by Skye Thomas
What do you do when your child begins talking to some unseen entity? How do you determine if it's a psychic event, an imaginary playmate, or some sign of a mental health issue? You want to handle things in a way that is best for your child and of course in a way that isn't going to harm them in any way. You also want to make sure that you speak from a spiritual belief system that you can believe in. Your child will know if you are uncomfortable with topic or if you don't believe in what you are saying. They'll also be able to tell if you are scared or threatened by subject matter. You will want to fully research concepts and choices before saying something that you might later regret. The first response should probably be no response. After all, it may just be a fabrication to gain attention. Kids do that.
The first thing to look into is imaginary playmates. There is a lot of research and information to be found on topic. You can ask your child some questions about their little friend and find out pretty clearly if child is creating an imaginary playmate or not. The research will show you some of common reasons and scenarios that cause some children to create these friends. Study topic for yourself and make up your own mind if that's what is happening with your child.
If you determine that your child does not fit into imaginary playmate profile, then you have to decide if they're actually talking to guardian angels, spirit guides, Jesus, or some deceased relative. As I understand it, imaginary playmates are not named after spiritual entities or relatives. They have their own unique names. If your child is specifically mentioning Jesus, or great grandpa Joe who died last month, then you have to evaluate chances that they're either suffering a bit of an emotional problem or they really are talking to spirits. I would also look at your own words and see if child might be trying to win your favor by pretending to channel your favorite spiritual figure. Also, are you giving them subtle messages that maybe you want them to be magical children that talk to angels and spirits? They may be faking it in order to please you. Kids do that.
It might not hurt to find a therapist who believes that psychic events can and do happen. They would be able to give you some professional insight, guidance, and reassurances if needed. If you see a therapist who simply doesn't believe in such things, then you and your child may be deemed nuts! On other hand, there are experts who are so hungry to find real live cases of psychic children, that they may overlook signs that your child is faking it or struggling with other issues. You really need to choose therapist carefully and one with good amount of common sense as well as an open mind. They will be able to help you find out if your child is really channeling someone from other side or if they're suffering from some sort of a psychological issue that needs attention. They can also help you to learn how to speak to your child about events. If it's determined that your child is psychic, expand your research to include information about psychic children. The fact that it's Jesus or Joe that your child is talking to may be comforting, but that's not really issue. The fact that they can possibly 'hear' and 'see' a dead person means that you have three basic choices before you.
The Function of PhilosophyWritten by Peter M.K. Chan
The Function of Philosophy All rights reserved This s a self-contained section to Epilogue of my book titled The Mystery of Mind Copyrighted and published in United States. ========================================================================
In simplest of terms, human knowledge comes in two forms: description of facts, and theories about them. Description tells us what happened, theories explain how or why they happened. More importantly, they also purport to tell us what will probably happen. In other words, purpose of explaining is to make intelligible sense of occurrences that description alone is not able to provide. This is usually done by generalizing and projecting on basis of what is known. It is to guess and conceptualize as to what may exist in unknown. This explanatory procedure is true of religion as it is of science. Religion conceptualizes existence of souls and other spiritual beings such as ghosts, deities, devils, angels, if not also fairies and so on to account for experiences that are either too boring or difficult to understand. Science conceptualizes existence of ether, atoms, material forces, laws of nature, space-time, force-fields, dark-matter, anti-matter, black holes, strange attractors and so on for purpose of understanding observed workings of physical world. In very basic sense of word, to philosophize is also to explain. By light of its founding practitioners, basic business of philosophy is to determine what exist and relation between natures of such existents. These two core enterprises are traditionally known as ontology and metaphysics. Thus, as other kinds of theories, a philosophical theory must also depend on conceptualizations in order to explain. Such conceptualizations are usually erected on basis of two things: presuppositions and basic concepts or categories as they are professionally called. To believe that anything material must be cognitively inert is a fundamental presupposition of dualism. That everyone must take a soul to have a mind is another. These are in contradistinction to materialist and scientific presupposition that physical causal system is closed, and that material power and agency is all there are. Of basic concepts, these include such notions as existence (or being) and nothingness, facts and possibility, matter and mind, body and soul, act and object, substance and form, actuality and possibility, attribute and substance, accident and essence, function and structure, and so on and so forth. Between presuppositions and basic concepts, they provide various ways of mapping and relating many of diverse features of what is known as human reality. However, across span of centuries, different philosophers have found different ways of conceptualization to be intelligible, resulting in proliferation of different philosophical styles and perspectives. In this sense, it can be said that every philosophical theory is in ultimate analysis a consequence of presuppositions and categories that its owner intends to grind.
For this reason, many philosophical controversies are about differences in conceptualization rather than disagreements about facts. They are, in final analysis, controversies about explanatory efficacy of certain concepts and presuppositions upon which same set of phenomena or facts and events are to be explained. Many times, gut source of these disagreements are so ingrained that no arguments on basis of facts are able to settle. This is also why no one philosophical perspective is acceptable to all. Having said that, it must also be pointed out that even in realm of science, explanation is also a matter of degree, and major disagreements also exist. Besides, diversity and complexity of phenomena in any knowledge area that has to be tackled is simply too complicated for any one theory to satisfy on a permanent basis. For this reason, theories are often not valued in terms of being true or false. They could only be described as adequate or inadequate, probable or improbable, in light of what is already known.