Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The highest possible regard

My good friend Meredith in Virginia recently got her certification in ZBG, a body energy therapy. At the graduation ceremony, the founder and foremost teacher of the program reminded both the new teachers and the long-term teachers of the most important thing to keep in mind when working with clients. It wasn’t knowledge, it wasn’t experience, it wasn’t skill. It was holding the client in the highest possible regard. That opened up something in both practitioner and client for the healing to happen.

Meredith mentioned this rather in passing but I was really struck by it. What would happen in our world if we each held each other and everyone we met in the highest possible regard? What if presidents did it and corporate executives and lawyers and schoolteachers and bank tellers? What if each driver of a vehicle held all other drivers and pedestrians in the highest possible regard? What would happen then?

In the wonderful way of coincidences, I recently edited a book for a long-time special ed teacher who wanted new teachers to know what had made her successful with so many of the kids she had worked with over several decades of teaching and tutoring. It was her belief in the abilities of these kids, not their disabilities. She was far more ambitious for them than their parents and their other teachers. She wanted to focus on all they could do, not what they might never do. And in order to do that, she held them in the highest possible regard.

In the second coincidence, I’ve been reading Roland Merullo’s novel The American Savior, in which Jesus comes to earth and runs for president. Jesus’s admonition that we should love one another is the same idea, that we love the other and wish well for the other, and do good to the other. I’m intrigued by what all this can mean for my own life.

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