Updated: Dec 24, 2020
Everyone has a light inside of them. Sometimes you really feel it, shining through and moving you. Children feel this in the most potent way, as light can be seen in their eyes. Ask them, “What does your light look like?” Some struggle to find an answer, and some are so enthusiastic about their light they are bursting with description! If a little one isn't quite sure how to answer, a little guidance may sound like "Close your eyes and put your hand over your heart. Do you feel your light? Can you see it?" Some focusing questions may be "Does it have a color? What size is it? How heavy is it? What shape is it?"... and so on.
Some responses in the past have been blue, happy, rainbow, and shiny. The most interesting response of all, though, really had me thinking. One boy went on for about a minute with wide eyes and large hand movements describing the path of his light. “It is all different colors, red, yellow, orange, blue… it’s coming out of my stomach, my chest, my throat, my ears!” It seemed to me that he was describing the energy centers of his body, or as some may call them: chakras.
Children often “see” things that we don’t see. They have a less conditioned mind, less filters to view the world through. Over time, adults lose touch with magic, and other stimuli becomes more important. What is being experienced by a child, however, is simply the charge of life itself. Sometimes little ones' imaginations run wild, but sometimes they do sense and see things beyond our perception. When a child sees something of the energetic realm, especially if they speak it out loud, it is vital to open dialogue. Ask them questions, be curious, and do not shut it down. You may be helping them cultivate a gift. Even if it is just in their imagination, talking about it lets them know that their creativity is valued and encourages them to continue thinking in new and creative ways.
In this project, children craft their own stars to decorate the home or classroom. It can be a reflective project that opens discussion of how children view themselves and what they see in subtle realms, or a simple project focusing on process and product (cutting, coloring, painting). Each step of the project can either be done by the child or by an adult, making it adjustable for any stage of development. For example, it may be best to use pre-cut stars for younger children.
Adult prompts child, "What does your light look like?"
Color/paint star... allow to dry
Write descriptive words on star
Namaste - the light in me recognizes the light in you.
Hold paper and begin to cut with scissors
Using scissors with purpose
Describing own personal characteristics
Responding to others questions
Using different art mediums to color (paint/crayons/markers)