I would like to recommend the books of Alice Miller, a German psychotherapist, which opened my eyes to a deeper level of understanding than I had received in training as a child psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic, London. By opening up to her childhood feelings, Alice was able to identify 'the true origin of the vein of ferocity which runs through human relationships everywhere'. The methods recommended by paediatricians to impose obedience and firm discipline on young babies up until recently, are revealed as cruel and damaging to helpless infants. Darcia Narvaez, in her book, Neurobiology and the development of Morality, has shown in detail how the true needs of the child, when not met by parents or carers, eg when a baby is left to cry themselves to sleep, a very common practice, can damage the development of the child and produce anxiety and depression later in life.
This conference is an inquiry into the transformation of human consciousness through re-visioning how we birth and care for our children.
Our earliest experiences as infants set the tone for how we later respond to the world around us. Our capacity to love ourselves, others and the Earth is either enabled or suppressed as we come into being. We are all born and have a story to tell.
Facing the challenges of climate change, can we think in life-affirming ways about this critical period of human bonding? From conception through to early childhood, a consciously supported beginning to life is crucial to the future of civilisation and the Earth.