My five-year-old niece Samantha "Sammy" is a self professed healer.
She also has conversations with people no one else can see, provides detailed accounts of the unseen things she observes and shares numerous bits of information that are just 'off' enough to make my sister wonder "is she making this stuff up or does it really exist?"
Never one to discount anyone with a gift, I recently got on the phone with Sammy and asked her about it. Our conversation went something like this:
Gary: Hi Sammy. Mommy told me that you can make people feel better, that you know how to make them feel better.
Samantha: I can heal.
Gary: (thinking 'duh' don't talk down to her. Use the right word: heal.) Right, that you can heal people. How do you do that?
Samantha: I focus my energy and concentrate and touch them or go above them.
Gary: What do you mean go above them?
Samantha: Over them.
Gary: Oh. Well, do you have to be with them? Can you heal them by thinking about them?
Samantha: Oh, I don't know about that.
She said that last bit with a genuine puzzlement that seemed so in contrast to her age. I could have been having this conversation with a 42-year-old woman rather than a five-year-old. What impressed me was that during our conversation she remained confident in her abilities (which I believe in as well) and unashamed by the possibility that this could be considered odd.
I have heard of other 'magical' children who learn to edit themselves and squelch their otherworldly perceptive gifts. I hope that Sammy holds onto hers. After all, it is not a bad thing to have a healer in the family.
There are quite a number of stories about the things she has seen - like the "bad man" in the house that scared her so much when she was two that she cried hysterically while climbing up my sister like Speedy Gonzalez or when she was four coming into the kitchen and asking my sister why she kept whispering her name...but my sister wasn't and no one else was home - and these stories do freak me out a bit. I think of The Amityville Horror or other scary ghost tales. But Sammy seems okay with it and I have decided to take my sister's advice and just go with it. I want to know more.
If there is anything I have learned this summer it is that the universe is full of unseen forces. It is up to us to learn to tap into the positive energy in order for healing of all kinds to begin. Healing of the body, mind and spirit yes, but also healing of this world mankind seems so eager to destroy.
So when I hear a child say "I can heal" I pay attention and hope it is not too late.