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The WingMaker

Have you ever been too tired or depressed or broke or hopeless to find value in trying? Do you have a family member that is physically or mentally or emotionally challenged and you see no point in asking them to reach for more because that seems too hard? Probably at least one of those statements fits, right? In fact something in those two lines fits all of us. That is why I spend a lot of time, money and resources trying to reach people and lift them up: Because lifting them up lifts me up and we all get to have lives filled with joy and success.

I have seen many miracles in my life and for this I am blessed.

I often want to write these ‘Miracle’ (http://www.amazon.com/MIRACLES-ARE-MADE-Real-Life-Autism/dp/193475949X) stories I observe and occasionally I do manage to put fingers to keyboards but usually I am too busy helping to tell about it. This story though… (http://www.amazon.com/Wingmaker-Lynette-Louise/dp/1628650567/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386191318&sr=1-1&keywords=the+wingmaker) this one haunted me. I knew I had to write it and share it and uplift via telling it but I was just too busy.

Then a mom, speaking of her child, said, “I just prefer to think of her as too retarded because then I don’t ask much of her and that means I don’t get frustrated and that makes me nicer.”

In that moment the need to write the miraculous story of The WingMaker (http://www.amazon.com/Wingmaker-Lynette-Louise/dp/1628650567/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386191318&sr=1-1&keywords=the+wingmaker) about a beautiful – very similar -girl I played with became paramount. In that moment I knew that the parents of the world needed to hear her story.

I looked at this mom knowing I could help her, knowing I had the therapy and the play approach to make an enormous difference in her life and decided to write The WingMaker (http://www.amazon.com/Wingmaker-Lynette-Louise/dp/1628650567/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386191318&sr=1-1&keywords=the+wingmaker) I wrote because I knew that a story was one way to get her to listen, and try, something new.

That something new was attitude and biofeedback. When I discovered biofeedback it was something I had heard of many times before but, despite searching to help my five challenged children, I had never thought of it as having any relevance in my life. That all changed the day I read an article that described the science behind the concept. This science matched my already successful existing attitudinal approach using positive rewards to teach challenged children, mine included.

Today many years later having seen many children healed into lives of independence I find myself fully dedicated to creating unique ways to shout the possibilities created by biofeedback mingle with happy attitudes. Why? Because people like that mom, can’t always hear what is said without knowing that someone else has lived it before.

Fact is, in my field amazing stories happen, often. But in order to be scientifically viable we are constrained from sharing these stories in the fear that we will never be more than anecdotal. Meanwhile constraints of this type create lies of omission. My solution is to bring creative works into the world that reach the heart and open otherwise closed doors. And yes I shared the story with that mom. And yes it has already uplifted and inspired her to help her child in a new yet beautiful way. The cascading effect is: everybody heals.

On Friday Dec 5th, my new book The WingMaker (http://www.amazon.com/Wingmaker-Lynette-Louise/dp/1628650567/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1386191318&sr=1-1&keywords=the+wingmaker) will be launched. It’s based on a true story about a young girl with CP. It’s an amazing story. And buried subtly within … just enough to tickle a person’s curiosity… biofeedback shares the credit. This story is great for any family and can go where our science documents cannot. Please help me share it.  Buy one for yourself, one for your loved ones and an anonymous one for someone you barely know.