Metamorphosis is wonderful for Autistic, Downs Syndrome and children and adults with special needs. Robert St John used to say that the earlier you begin to treat the child, from birth to age five, the better the progress towards stability of mind. However, the age and severity of the condition is not important, if there is an open mind and a desire to help the child to create its own stability and independence. Meta helps the parents to cope and create their own balance and in my experience they naturally become excellent catalysts. In my practice, as I treat the child and teach the parents Metamorphosis I have seen the joy they experience in observing the “moments of awakening” in the recovery of the child’s stability of mind.
It is only a block or a “hold in time” that is in the way of the child with special needs. The Autistic is the extreme of Afference (a pulling back or withdrawal pattern) which under identifies or retreats in life. The Downs Syndrome is the extreme of Efference (a pushing forward pattern) which over identifies in life. (Refer to The Principle of Metamorphosis). Meta creates the balance of Afference and Efference and in time can release the child from the “hold in time” to the awakening of life in the present “moment”. The attitude of the child changes and there is the potential of a road towards independence and creativity. The birthright of the child is to be free of the block and Metamorphosis provides that opportunity.
In my experience of introducing children with special needs and their parents to Meta over the years I have seen remarkable progress and observed the inner calm and stability in the children and parents who practice Metamorphosis. As the parent releases the fear for the future of the child, he/she can get involved in helping the child to create its independence. This attention and love creates security and balance and the gift of life in the‘moment’.
The mother of a five-year-old Downs Syndrome boy (extremely Efferently orientated) worried that her son who was diagnosed with severe Downs might never have independence in life. He began to have regular Meta treatments and was independent enough to take the bus to his special needs school by the age of nine. I treated them both regularly until the mother felt confident in becoming her son’s catalyst. Since commencing Meta the boy experienced much less physical symptoms. In the past he suffered from constant sinus and chest congestion, his appearance improved greatly as his tongue relaxed in his mouth. The awareness and sensitivity of his Afferent balance is giving him focus and creativity in music and art in his teenage years. His mother said that he is the most content of all her children and is a joy to his family and friends.
Another positive experience I have observed was when both parents of an extremely Afferently orientated girl (autistic pattern) became interested in Metamorphosis when the little girl was aged two. She was very withdrawn with no eye contact, curled in the foetal position on her mother’s lap. I introduced them to the practice and they attended with their daughter regularly for treatments, continuing the practice at home with her and all their family. I remember one day when they arrived for Meta treatment and the little girl decided to go for a walk with her dad while her mum had a treatment. This was the first time she left her mother’s side at the age of three. As we both watched them walk down the path, the mother shed a tear of joy saying, “I am going to be free”. Gradually the girl began to come out of her shell and at the age of five she started attending her local school along with her cousins. She did not speak and did not interact with the children in her class for all of the first year. However, the teacher was understanding and was pleased the girl was paying attention and learning in class.
She had the same teacher in senior infants and on the first day back in school after her summer break she told her about her holiday in Spain. It was the first time the teacher had heard her speak, and the girl’s mother observed the communication at the classroom door, with delight. She began to interact more with the children in the classroom and gradually in the playground. Her good progress continued over the years, she now gives her mother Meta head treatments and reminds the family to do the Hand Symbols when she observes any disturbance. When she celebrated her eleventh birthday, her mum asked her what she would like to do on her special day. “I would like to have a birthday treatment with Margaret”. On her birthday, I could see the wonderful progress she has made since I first met her when she was just two years old. She communicates with natural eye contact, expresses how much she enjoys maths and art at school, is independent minded in her views and has a gentle inner authority. Recently the girl arrived home from school with a cheeky grin on her face saying to her mum, “I got into trouble with my friends today in school”. She is aware of her progress and joining in the fun. That young girl is one of many children I have observed create a stability of mind with the Meta support of their families.
Robert St John’s book "Prenatal Therapy and the Retarded Child" describes a delay in progress in the child, (Retarded meaning delayed or held back) which covers many conditions from Autism, Downs Syndrome, ADD and Dyslexia etc. I recommend this early publication of Robert’s work to parents who wish to know the basics of Meta so that they can get on with the Meta practice with their children. This book can be ordered here on line www.metamorphosis-rsj.comc