Acclaimed by Oprah and written by Shefali Tsabary, PhD, with a Preface by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, The Conscious Parent received advance acclaim from authors such as Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Wiliamson, Marci Shimoff, Laura Berman Fortgang, along with other leaders in the field of parenting. Parents unwittingly pass on their own psychological pain and emotional shallowness. To handle the dysfunctional behavior that results from this, traditional books on parenting abound with clever techniques and quick fixes. In contrast, in Dr. Tsabary’s conscious approach to parenting, children serve as mirrors of their parents’ forgotten self. The Conscious Parent recognizes a child’s potential to spark deep soul-searching, leading to a transformation of the parents. Instead of being merely the receiver of their family’s psychological and spiritual legacy, children function as a catalyst so their parents can complete the growing up that was left unfinished from their own childhood. Once parents begin learning alongside their children, power, control, and dominance become an archaic language. Instead, mutual kinship and spiritual partnership are the focus of the parent-child journey. By finding their way back to their essence, parents become able enter into true communion with their children. The parental ego crumbles as parent awaken to the ability of their children to transport them into a state of presence.
“When you parent, it’s crucial you realize you aren’t raising a “mini me,” but a spirit throbbing with its own signature. For this reason, it’s important to separate who you are from who each of your children is. Children aren’t ours to possess or own in any way. When we know this in the depths of our soul, we tailor our raising of them to their needs, rather than molding them to fit our needs.”
― Shefali Tsabary, The Conscious Parent