As a child, Jus resisted my furniture rearranging...he would yell and push the couch back to where it had been...to the last millimeter. I literally was forced to do any of my feng shui shuffling while he was asleep. Amazingly enough, he had no issue with waking up to a new room layout, but to witness it seriously upset him.
I remember him going so far as to rearrange my legs, arms and body...to control how I, a friend or caregiver, was sitting. He would diligently insist and assertively take my foot and place it(sometimes at an awkward or uncomfortable angle) and throw me a look that said, "DO NOT MOVE THIS." He definitely has always been ultra aware of space and energy. Sizing up rooms over and over again from every angle. Sometimes he would bump an item laying on the floor and return to it immediately, and continue to adjust it over and over in tiny little incremental touches until it was EXACTLY where it was prior to his encounter with it. This from a child who was UNAWARE of his surroundings according to his diagnosis and the observations of society.
Having two children living the adventures of autism has made me ultra aware of spaces. I know they ARE paying attention. I must scan a room upon entering for placement, exits, artwork, string, people both dangerous and careless, foods not on our list, electronics (for sound assessment), liquids (j loves to pour out all liquids), unattended faucets, etc. etc. because I know my acutely aware children are doing the same...and the list constantly changes and NOTHING is a guarantee. If there is a jelly bean between a chair and a wall, under a table over twenty feet away in a dimly lit coffee shop...Jus will see it and run toward it with vigor, swiftly shove it into his mouth and smile with triumph before anyone in the room could blink twice. The trick is to prevent as many surprises as possible. This is a challenge when visiting new places, homes or even when hiking...sometimes the parental scan is too slow and these are moments that catch everyone off guard and sometimes end in a chaotic shuffle. Which brings me to a HOLIDAY TANGENT:
*People not living this dream should offer help, take direction verbatim from the parent, if, in fact the parent in that moment has the ability to engage with you at all.
*When hosting families with such challenges, be ultra attentive to parents' pleas to rid the environment of all 'at risk' distractions, foods or appliances.
*Do not assume anything, but ask the parent in advance what easy precautions, such as locking doors, replacing liquid soaps, and not serving Doritos, could be made to ensure they get to let their guard down for a moment and enjoy the social setting.
*Let other guests know in advance that you are hosting a family with such challenges so that they can be aware and less judgemental in the event of a "surprise."
*And parents living the autism adventure, try not to apologize or explain during your frenzies. Compassionate people will love you and your family when given the chance...you are not able to control many of these surprises and that is OKAY!
Bottom line...compassion, sense of humor and lack of attachment to how you prefer things to be is a must.
...Now, back to the story...
There is much to be learned from out gurus and their ultra awareness.
In fact, as a baby, Brianna would sob and stare at a family friend. He would be so uncomfortable that he would be forced to leave. This continued any time we would socialize with this family, and in particular, this man. Later, as my friend's husband's character was revealed, he was shown to be a real danger to us all and himself. Luckily there was never a moment where my children were in this person's presence, and of course there never would be due to her reaction to his dark energy. Her communication was clear...and his discomfort with her response when he was in the room was very telling. Amazing. She was paying attention while the rest of us remained unaware of this grave energy he was releasing. She could see through to the person he was, rather than the one he presented...this from a happy little baby!
Typically Bri is the ray of sunshine in every room. She bursts in with her detailed account of whatever exciting observation she has made and lifts everyone's spirits with her extreme ethusiasm for whatever life brings her.
Justin's energy awareness extended to people and the energy they emitted from deep within their public personae as well. As a small boy, jus would wander and babble and seem only interested in objects. On rare occasions he would pick out random people, insist they pick him up and he would coo, hold their faces and insist on eye contact...as I apologized profusely because many of his choices were people I only knew indirectly and he was extremely insistant. When they would comply, he seemed to have a healing affect on them. Many of his 'chosen therapy patients' would reply with, "No. It's alright. He's okay," and proceed to let Jus heal their inner wounds. Later, I would run into them and they would rave how Jus had completely altered one of the worst days they had ever had, and how they would never forget him. One person had just lost their job, another had lashed out at their own children just moments before and felt like the worst mother, and many other stories of negative energy, healed by my son's sensitivity exist.
This story could extend in so many different directions. The spark began with the moving of energy, chi. We are all made up of energy and have a preferred feng shui that we believe we operate best in. BTW...Jus now enjoys and participates in my chi moving excursions... energy is constantly changing.
My gurus remain my models for the ideal use of energy. We rearrange their chi to fit this world, but would we be wiser to rearrange our societal Feng Shui, or rules, to exist as my gurus do? Constantly awake, aware of energy, curious and acutely invested in the moment. Perhaps the lack of attachment to social norms and possessions is a gift...the gift that this season was based upon.