Creating Joyful Families
families are what we are about! Creating them, supporting
them, clearing the blocks that get in the way to experiencing family
life as joyful. To experience the deep and powerful joy possible
in family life doesnt mean that you are always happy and smiley
and there are no conflicts. Weve never found that to be possible,
nor do we think it would be particularly healthy. Rather, joyful
- learn to work through differenceseven
- support individual strengths and needs,
- experience the underlying unity and awareness
of spiritual wholeness-- the glue that keeps a family
together and wanting to stay together and enjoying each other!
What are joyful families about?
- playing together,
- working to understand each other,
- helping to meet each others needs,
- learning to speak from ones heart
and listen deeply,
- seeing beyond how we look and act on
the outside into the deeper parts of each others beingsand,
then, appreciating and valuing these elements of Soul,
- coming to experience the sense of unity
and goodness that lies at the core of who we are together.
of these approaches have been already described and taught as ways
to build strong or healthy families. Yet, joy and the sense of unity
in a family go beyond merely learning to relate skillfully and clearly.
This direct experience of wholeness and unity can be felt as deeply
spiritualalive with Spirit!which may or may not, depending
on your family, have anything to do with organized faith. This is
the step of moving from relational skills to a new and far richer
way of seeing and experiencing the family as a living being.
Building and living these things take time
and energy, but they are what make family life worthwhile. The societies
we live in dont tend to encourage this attitude or support
us in taking the time to build joyful families. Rather, we are encouraged
to fulfill our individual desires and spend time in our own separate
lives. More often the needs of the living being that is our family
get overlooked, much to the detriment and pain and disconnectedness
of ourselves and our children.
This website is about supporting family
life to be joyful, rich, and strong, through learning and practicing
the tools that bring this about, both building the strengths and
clearing away the blocks. Here you will find information on workshops
we offer, articles weve written, links to other sites that
look toward that same goal, and other suggestions and thoughts about
how to move toward that state of joy in your life as a family.
There are two articles in the current Writings
page, one by David on how to think
about and work with the idea of family wholeness or unity. This
is the living field of consciousness created togetherlike
it or notby the family, and which can be worked with to shape
it as one wishes. We think about this as the family-being,
for it is a living, conscious energetic life-form. This is an introductory
article, and excerpt from the book that David is working on.
The second article
is by Alexandra on the parents role and responsibility in
creating the most appropriate and successful education for their
children. It draws from her twenty-some years of experience as an
educator, parent, and consultant to parents seeking the right
kind of education for their kids, including homeschooling.
This article is the re-writing of a talk she gave at our last Creating
Joyful Families workshop in Scotland.
We enjoy sharing our interests and skills
with others, both in our workshops, in our writings, and in consulting.
Both David and Alexandras consultation practices are described
in the Services