Interviews with Hilke, Andreas, Erik and Martin Osika and Jos Meereboer
Many individuals with autism are highly intelligent and gifted, but some are effectively imprisoned in their bodies and unable to communicate verbally. However, developments in technology have enabled autistic people to transmit their thoughts directly. In this true account, three autistic people, two of them brothers, speak via the method of "facilitated communication," with the aid of a computer keypad. What is conveyed are not just everyday thoughts and experiences, but surprising and sometimes shattering spiritual and metaphysical perceptions. The conversations reveal remarkable clairvoyant gifts, such as the ability to read other people’s thoughts, to see past lives, and to communicate with supernatural entities.
Erik speaks of a past life during World War II, and the horrendous experience of being killed at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. As a result of this, his soul had no desire to reincarnate on earth—although he also describes encounters with Christ, and how these eventually led to his present life. Andreas speaks of his perceptions of elemental beings—nature spirits—and how we can develop more intimate contact with such entities, for example through special kinds of music. He also describes Christ’s working in nature as well as his Second Coming. Each of the interviewees discuss meditation and how it can engender vital spiritual processes and perceptions. Together, their insights provide an astonishing glimpse into the way some people with autism appear to experience the world, and how their experiences can enrich our own.
Additional interviews with educators and therapists working with people with disabilities in the autistic spectrum give a broad view of progressive and inspirational educational methods.
C O N T E N T S:
1. How and Why FC (Facilitated Communication) Works (by Hilke Osika)
2. How Can One Help Children with Autism? (by Hilke and Erik Osika)
3. An autistic Person’s Thoughts about Christ (by Hilke and Erik Osika)
4. Questions to Erik and Martin (by Wolfgang Weirauch)
5. How Can One Perceive the Elemental Beings? (by Hilka and Andreas Osika)
6. My Life in Dornach during Rudolf Steiner’s Time (by Eric Osika)
7. Threshold Experiences (by Andreas, Martin, and Eric)
8. Waiting at the threshold (interview with Jos Meereboer)
Wolfgang Weirauch was born 1953 in Flensburg and studied politics, German literature, followed by theological studies at the free university of the Christian community in Stuttgart. He publishes Flensburger Hefte, an anthroposophic journal on topical issues.
Matthew Barton is a translator, editor, teacher, and poet, and taught kindergarten for many years at the Bristol Waldorf School. His first collection of poems was Learning To Row (1999). He has won numerous prizes for his work, including an Arts Council Writer's Award and a Hawthornden Fellowship.