ERIC Number: EJ938204
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
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The Infant as Reflection of Soul: The Time before There Was a Self
Schafer, William M.
Zero to Three (J), v24 n3 p4-8 Jan 2004
The author argues that infants frequently give us hints that they are capable of fundamentally spiritual experiences. Three such experiences are presence, joy, and awareness of others' awareness. When babies begin to sense disapproval or anger in their caregivers, they begin a search for love that includes the development of a False Self and a loss of their original experience of presence. Few adults experience a baby's immediacy and openness of being fully drawn toward whatever experience is at hand. The author argues that babies can teach adults about their own capacities for presence and joy lost during childhood.
Descriptors: Caregivers, Religious Factors, Infants, Spiritual Development, Emotional Response, Interpersonal Relationship, Parent Child Relationship, Child Development
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