by Nick Andrea
As a spiritual educator of children and youth, I have been puzzled this year by the lack of adult willingness to teach our K-12 classes at the spiritual center at which I work.
Our youth are important. Vitally important. They will steward the planet when we pass from it. How well they do that is attributable to us – to the presence they are shown and the values they are fostered with. It is our responsibility to prioritize their spiritual education and this year I don’t see that happening.
Many of us have an inner prompting to work with the children, an intuition that as a tender flame of the heart, a little flutter guiding us forward. Yet, too many seem to be allowing our noisy brains to overpower that still, small voice, convincing ourselves we’re too busy, have too much on our plate, or have already paid our dues.
Meanwhile, there has likely never been more critical a time to take a quantum leap forward in consciousness as a species. Our climates, oceans, forests, our healthcare systems, educational institutions, governments, our food production, water availability, and waste disposal arrangements are all facing dire straights. It is human power without consciousness that has made it so – technology, science, and business done without the realization of interconnectedness. Therefore, it is time to prioritize consciousness development. It must become more important than what our children learn in school.
The collective voice of the youth is calling us forward to provide the container for its Spirit’s unfoldment. Our species is calling us to raise the next generation of conscious human leaders. Would we embrace that call and discover the energizing, joy-giving, life-orienting effect that it has on our lives?