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Understand Facilitated Communcations and Understand the Soul
By Yechiel Sitzman and the J Mag staff
Facilitated communication is a method of communication with those
autistic and other brain restricted individuals that is gaining
popularity. Autistic children, who are frequently diagnosed as
retarded due to their inability to communicate and function in
the conventional manner. There, however, is a difference between
autistic children and retarded children. Mentally retarded children
will often show much desire to communicate with those around them,
however, they do not possess sharp intellectual skills. Autistic
children, on the other hand, show little overt desire to communicate
with those around them, yet they may be highly intelligent individuals.
Caution must be taken in applying these general rules as specific
and exacting definitions.
Until recently, the autistic child was grouped as mentally retarded.
Approximately 20 years ago research began to realize that there
was a difference between the two types of children. A pioneer
in this field was Rosemary Crossely who began using a method of
communication which involved using a flat alphabet chart. By holding
her hand on the autistic child's hand and enabling the child to
point to letters on the chart, the child was able to communicate
to her. This method became known as facilitated communication.
What became interesting to note was that beside the fact that
children who until now were not able to communicate even to their
parents, became able to express their thoughts and desires. Although
they had previously been considered mentally incompetent, due
to this new method of communication, they now were able to answer
clearly questions placed to them. Many children exhibited high
intelligence and knowledge in many facets of worldly knowledge
that were unexplainable. How could children who, due to their
condition, had received little education, yet know so much about
the world around them?
Many autistic children have even been able to predict future events,
events that they could not possibly have known about. Many researchers
have been amazed at the ability of autistic children to to know
things that these children simply had no logical way of knowing.
In order to solve this problem, it is necessary to understand
how the brain functions and it's relationship to the soul.
In the normal, person the ideas which come from with out the person
are assimilated into the mind of the person. The soul has very
little influence on the person, other than providing it's vitality
and animation. In an autistic child, there seems to be a split
between the body and its desires and the brain and its desires.
The body and the brain seem to be opposed in their desires. The
body seems to prevent the brain from using the body for means
of expressing itself. The mind can not seem to get the body to
do its will. In a normal person, conflict between the mind and
the body is normal; but it does not interrupt the person to carry
out life. In the autistic child, the split between the mind and
body have crippled the ability of the person to function.
Aldous Huxley , the famed philosopher and author wrote in his
book The Doors of Perception:
"Reflecting on my experience, I find myself agreeing with
the eminent Cambridge philosopher, Dr. C. D. Broad, 'that we should
do well to consider much more seriously than we have hitherto
been inclined to do the type of theory which Bergson put forward
in connection with memory and sense perception. The suggestion
is that the function of the brain and nervous system and sense
organs is in the main eliminative and not productive. Each person
is at each moment capable of remembering all that has ever happened
to him and of perceiving everything that is happening everywhere
in the universe. The function of the brain and nervous system
is to protect us from being overwhelmed and confused by this mass
of largely useless and irrelevant knowledge, by shutting out most
of what we should otherwise perceive or remember at any moment,
and leaving only that very small and special selection which is
likely to be practically useful' According to such a theory, each
one of us is potentially Mind at Large. But in so far as we are
animals, our business is at all costs to survive. To make biological
survival possible, Mind at Large has to be funneled through the
reducing valve of the brain and nervous system. What comes out
at the other end is a measly trickle of the kind of consciousness
which will help us to stay alive on the surface of this particular
Hence, a prime function of the brain in a healthy individual,
is not just to do the thinking, but to filter out thoughts and
ideas that would impair the functional ability of the individual.
In this manner, we are not bothered by extraneous thoughts and
ideas that would disturb our daily functioning.
In the autistic child, the brain does not perform it's function
of filtering out superfluous thoughts and ideas. Not only does
it not filter out the thought from with in the person but it allows
in, thoughts from with out the person; thoughts that are constantly
being borne and transverse the universe. Our minds certainly do
not pick up these ideas, because our minds are healthy and shield
us from such extraneous information.
The autistic child's mind however does not work in this manner.
His mind is open to all that abounds in the universe. He may be
aware of many things that we do not know of, yet since he can
not communicate, he can not inform us of these events and ideas.
Only because of the trained facilitator can he communicate with
Since our soul is a part of G-d, we have a direct link to G-d.
Only a truly righteous man can really activate that connection.
For the average man, the soul only provides him with his life
force. In the autistic child, the mind can accept what the soul
knows since the body can not act upon this information.
It must be noted here that there is a fine line between an autistic
child receiving information from the G-dly side of it's soul,
and from it receiving information from the side of evil and darkness
which have been given powers to wreak havoc in our lives. In order
to keep balance in the world, G-d gives two sources of spiritual
information, one is from the side of holiness, and the other is
from the side of impurity. The purpose of this is to permit free
choice at all levels, even on the level of prophecy. Therefore
it is imperative that the facilitator be aware of this.
New hope is now available for those parents who have children
in such situations.
from theJanuary1999Edition of the Jewish Magazine
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