Both are intuitive and they honored me by sharing their stories. At one point, the older of the two was giving my husband and I a complex explanation of her “people,” including where they reside both in her head and in ‘heaven.’ Unfortunately, with the attention shifted to her, the younger one began to pout and become withdrawn. Noticing this, her mother engaged her by saying “Hunnie, what’s wrong?” Without skipping a beat the older one said, “Momma, I’ll get Tilly (one of her people) to diagnose her.”
My jaw dropped when I saw what happened next.
A wave came over the little girl and she announced she was “Dr Tilly.” With her mannerisms and an impeccable southern accent, I swear she was channeling Mammy from Gone with the Wind! I literally did a double take. An actress couldn’t have pulled off the change in character so smoothly or so quickly.
Just as quickly has she had slipped into the personality, she shifted out of it. Back as the little girl who had been talking about her people moments before, with great articulation and sophistication she shared the diagnosis Tilly had come to… the little one was jealous. This was resolved and the conversation continued on through a lovely meal and dessert.
On our way out, I couldn’t help but ask my friend the transformation I had witnessed in her daughter. I was also grateful to hear that my husband, having seen the same thing was just as astonished. Having experienced it before, she hadn’t given it a second thought (you better believe she is now paying close attention now!!)
After seeing this and hearing other friends describe their kids as doing the same thing (one has a little New Yorker and another has a Scottish lad), it makes me wonder: “Are these transformations those of past lives or are they from the children’s guides?” And, “Are they harmful?”
Thinking about it, it probably doesn’t matter whether it’s a past life or a guide. And, it’s unlikely they are harmful. From my experience, children often find comfort, insight and support from these energies. I always urge parents to encourage it. (Check out My Kid Sees Sparkles for more on that!)
On a side note, I can’t wait to see what personalities Baby Girl channels. Who knows, maybe she’s already doing it!