Sunday, January 24, 2010

How do you know when God is calling?

Oh my! I am pretty sure that my head is going to explode. I need to just go and be still tonight. I mean really still.

At church today the message was on the blessings God gives even when he says no. Our pastor went through a few examples of and one of them was that God says no because he wants you to reach the world in a way that you would not be able to with a yes answer. Did this ever get me thinking.... in my opinion a little bit too much!

Is God Calling?

Then I started thinking about ABM. I feel so convicted and led to this method, and maybe not just for Makenzie. I feel pulled like a magnet to read, watch, and listen to more. What I can find online isn't enough. I have made it through the 1st video of the workshop tonight for the second time. The thing is...I really don't know why. I have tried a lot of different approaches with Makenzie over the last 3 years but none of them have ever had me so intrigued. My stomach is upside down and my brain just won't stop.

So I thought I would leave you with some quotes from parents and professionals about the ABM method.

I am going to go be still....very still!

“There is a direct line from God, through Anat, to children."
Moshe Feldenkrais

“As much as I pour over medical science and research, and as much time as I spend acid testing Anat’s statements in my naturally skeptical mind, I have yet to find logical fault or lack of scientific foundation…. Anat Baniel’s Method is effective where other treatments have not been, and it is at times almost miraculously effective where medical science has either given up, or where, out of desperation, painful and often counterproductive measures have sadly become the standard of care.”
Dr. Christopher Ryan, M.D., Denver Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

"Anat Baniel can see potential in a disabled child that no parent would dare hope for and no medical practitioner I have yet experienced would counsel, for she has learned over these years that any learning in a child with however much brain damage is evidence for the potential for more learning and the possibility for a better life."
Neil Sharp, M.D., M.A., M.B.,Ch.B

"For over nine years, I have been leaving my other two children, my husband, and my practice six to seven times a year to bring Dougy out to California to continue working with Anat. Over these years, Dougy's progress has been steady, often bordering on the miraculous. His coordination is now like that of an average normal child his age. He never stops talking, and has a wonderful sense of humor. He is able to think and reason, read and write. Dougy is going to be Bar Mitzvahed in November and he already knows his Torah portion—he is doing unbelievably well."

"Anat's greatest gift to me is that she gave me back my son."
Dr. Cheryl Cooper, M.D., O.D

"Our daughter, Elizabeth, was born with cerebella hypoplasia, a diagnosis of a condition that would be expected to limit her brain development and her capacity to move, learn, mature and develop. At 4 months of age, her prognosis from the most prestigious pediatric neurologist in the city of Chicago was dire: the medical profession predicted that there was no recourse for this child but to become profoundly retarded, ultimately requiring institutionalization.

Though my husband and I gave birth to Elizabeth, Anat Baniel gave her life. Through her potent work, Baniel bypassed the damage in the brain to create new and healthy neural pathways, offering Elizabeth new opportunities to learn and to grow. As a testimony to Baniel's work, Elizabeth has grown up to become a beautiful, brilliant, independent and highly functioning adult. She is currently working towards her second Master's degree and is engaged to be married.

As a teacher, Anat Baniel is larger than life. A vibrant and inspirational personality with a remarkable wit and joie de vivre, she is unequalled as a teacher of her Method, as well as of life itself. As her mentor Moshe Feldenkrais has said about Anat, “There is a direct line from God, through Anat, to children.” Abigail Natenshon, MA, LCSW, GCFP


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