This beautiful story is a powerful example of a group reminding an individual that they hold a special place in the world. It is in so many ways the essence of the Life and Friendship seminars. Any belief that we are not good enough should be sung, danced, painted, meditated, laughed or played out of us until we believe again in our own perfection.
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There is a tribe in Africa where the birth of a child is not counted from when they’ve been born, nor from when they are conceived, but from the day that the child was a thought in the mother’s mind.
And when a woman decides she will have a child, she goes off and sits under a tree by herself, and she listens until she can hear the song of the child that wants to come. And after she’s heard the song, she comes back to the man who will be the child’s father, and teaches it to him. And then, when they make love and physically conceive the child, some of that time they sing the song of the child, as a way to invite it.
And then when the mother is pregnant, she teaches that child’s song to the midwives and the old women of…
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