By Lana M
We are lucky to have many young children in our midst.
I am blessed with two rascals (now 5 years and 8 years old) and there are many others in the field also have young ‘uns, keeping them occupied and busy.
Every child is different — with their own unique personality, quirks and abilities. They say the most outrageous things at times, and I have come to know both my children well.
I have my own ideas about them individually, but I am careful not to evaluate for them, or share any ideas I may have with them. I know that eventually they will be receiving auditing and they can enjoy the journey to discover for themselves.
I wanted to write a post that acknowledges and celebrates the incredible young beings in our midst, as we are so lucky to have so many able beings bringing happiness and fun to our lives.
I also felt it fitting to republish LRH’s words on the subject, for those who may not have read the bulletin before:
“CASE EVALUATION AND CHILDREN
“One sometimes sees children being given evaluations or invalidations about case or identity by parents or others. This should not be done.
“I’ve heard of parents speculating on a child’s identity in his previous life-time, and even telling the child “who he is” or “who he was”: “Why, I think you must have been George Smith.”
“Yes, here’s our new little baby girl. We’re just sure she’s Bob’s dear old Aunt Bessie-she has the very same beingness!”
“Sometimes this takes the form of asking the child leading questions, giving hints or making suggestive comments. It is pure evaluation and can hang the child with a wrong item.
“The same goes for speculations about what a child’s case state might be or what sort of processing he or she might have received in a past life:
‘You must have gone Clear last life.’
‘You’re such a bright and able little fellow – I’ll bet you went OT in your last life, and here you are, back again!”
“Anyone thought to be a certain person or thought to have been audited to a certain state of case should not be told so, whether they’re a baby or otherwise. Nor should they be invalidated if they say they are.
“If the child is speculative about his own identity or case state, the correct action is to allow the child to work it out for himself. The wrong action would be to hand him your own opinions or reject, invalidate, belittle or refute his originations:
“Child: ‘Daddy, last lifetime my name was Joe Thompson and I was an OT! ‘
“Daddy: (Laughing) ‘That’s very cute, son! Don’t go saying things you know you’re just making up.’
‘No, no, you’re my long-lost Uncle James.’
“A child has his own beingness and his own state of case. They are uniquely his. The same applies to persons of any age.
“The truth will emerge in processing anyway. So leave it up to the auditor.”
LRH, HCOB 4 Dec 1985, Tech Vol XIII