THIS is from a news article released on Reuters yesterday:

"About one in 88 children in the United States has autism or a related disorder, the highest estimate to date and one that is sure to revive a national argument over how the condition is diagnosed and treated. The estimate released on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention represents an overall increase of about 25 percent since the last analysis in 2006 and a near-doubling of the rate reported in 2002. Among boys, the rate of autism spectrum disorders is one in 54, almost five times that of girls, in whom the rate is one in 252."

Here on FPL and on other blogs, I have debated with parents and medical professionals about the causes of autism before. Many took umbrage with my position that we shouldn't ignore environmental factors, including the infant-mother relationship, when trying to understand what causes the so-called "disorder." Since Bruno Bettelheim wrote his landmark book, "LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH," on the subject sixty years ago, parents and doctors have tried to figure out the cause of autism, and the theories have abounded, from genetics to toxic vaccines to leaking plastic water bottles.

Well, guilt-ridden parents (and parents in denial) take heart - there's another theory out there, and it is... out there!

This other theory asks the question simply:

"What if autism isn't a disorder at all?"

What if - take a breath - what we are mistakenly referring to as a disability is actually an evolutionary advance for humankind?

That's where the new series, "TOUCH," comes in. In the show, a young "autistic" boy, David Mazouz, the son of a bewildered single father, played by Keifer Sutherland, doesn't speak, is obsessed with numbers and doesn't want to be physically touched, typical signs of what we diagnose as autism. But the boy also has a gift - he can predict, through numbers, events that will take place in other people's lives, and in so doing, alter their course and the course of humanity for the better.

The concept of the series may be novel for network TV, but it is not unheard of. The various sources of channeled information that I often reference on FPL from time to time have frequently talked about the recent generations of human beings being born on planet Earth as coming in with fuller awareness of who they are as spiritual/extraterrestrial beings and with abilities to see beyond the veil of the 3-dimensional space-time continuum as we think of it.

Okay, for some of you, I may be too far off the rails here. Challenging the traditions, dogma and behavior of parents, doctors, teachers and politicians is one thing, but autism as a sign of otherworldly abilities?! Well, the truth is, the world of entertainment, which is mainly an expression of our imagination, is always ahead of mainstream science and conventional wisdom. Human beings were traveling to the moon in movies decades before it actually happened. Einstein himself once said: "Imagination is more important than knowledge."

So, maybe Touch is onto something. Maybe it, like many shows on TV, going back 50 years to the original Star Trek, is actually channeled information coming to us in an entertaining way to ease us into the new, expanded realities.

Anyway, does this let parents and doctors off the hook for causing autism? Well, sort of but not exactly. It just demonstrates that whatever a soul comes in to experience and accomplish, it will choose the parents who will help set up the conditions necessary for said task. You see, the beauty of the universe is that everything - everything - is material for the growth and expansion of who we are.

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