The story behind the
The story behind the book
In November 2002, Carling was granted a wish from the Make a Wish
Foundation -- an organization which makes wishes possible for
children with life threatening illnesses.
"As her parent," said Diane Wilson, "I didn't feel it was respectful
for anyone to make this important decision on Carling's behalf.
Having recently taken a channeling course to better listen to our
nonverbal children, I asked the question "What would you ask for, if
you could have anything you wished for?" to Carling's spirit, and
channeled her response. Her list was long."
A hot tub to help her muscles was the formal Wish, granted by Make a
Wish and their local corporate donor, LCBO Millcroft in Burlington.
Diane and John decided to give Carling all her items on the list.
Among them was her request: "I wish to write a book and have it
printed ... you can channel it, Mom!"
"And so we began our seven months
journey of stories for the book, which were then taken into
Carling's Grade 1 class, where small groups of students were read
the stories and they drew pictures for Carling," Wilson recalled.
production and printing of the book into a busy schedule with
Carling and her two brothers took longer than the family hoped, and Carling passed away just three weeks before her book was
Nothing in the original text was changed, except for
the addition of an update on Carling.
Click here to view a sample illustration and story from the book.
"There are many
different methods and styles of tuning into quiet wisdom.
Sometimes this style of communication is called channeling. It is a
skill that can be learned, a communication tool, which involves
quieting one's own thoughts enough to hear -- with permission, the
thoughts of another. I am fortunate to have a sister who has
removed the mystique and uncertainty about channeling for me,
through her profession (see
www.inneraccess101.com). This skill allows me to interact
more deeply and more respectfully with my non-verbal
--- Diane Wilson, Carling's
Proceeds of the Book
was asked what she wanted to do with the money from the sale of her
book, she said the proceeds are to go "to things that help
people not be afraid of people in wheelchairs".
of this book will help pilot a program "Ride in My Footsteps" for
healthy youth to experience a half day in a wheelchair.
As this program develops, updates will be posted to www.rideinmyfootsteps.com
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