Free the Children, a story based on events between the author, his young son, and the unusual people they meet traveling from Taos, New Mexico, to California, can help the adult reader unravel learned cultural adult beliefs to rediscover the adult heart. The story illuminates the possibilities of trusting the children to show the way. To free the children requires freeing ourselves from beliefs not our own.
This is a true adventure love story, intended to bring the adult mind into the adult heart, to soften, to slow down, allowing room for mutual honesty, respect, and authentic hearing of the children in our lives. The events and people within this story may bring you home inside, encountering in surprising ways what “we” ourselves might have asked for as children if we’d been truly heard, acknowledged, and “seen” by the adults in our lives.
There is no blame in this story. It is not a how-to book on parenting. It is about relationship and what is possible now, in the midst of a rapidly changing world. There are no artificial boundaries of religion, nation, race, culture, gender, or age. The only boundary is how your body rests with what you hear and feel inside yourself as you read.
“Bruce Scott breathes fresh air into our understanding of children. He has written a profoundly personal, practical, and dreamlike book with a global message. Stop the tendency to only contain, categorize, and grade children. Instead, relate through the magic of the dreaming process. Leave your agendas behind. That’s how to free children, yourself, and the world.”
—Arnold Mindell, author of The Shaman’s Body and Deep Democracy of Open Forums