Excerpt About Nourishment
The soul is dependent and needy in childhood in many ways. In order to grow into her natural pattern she needs an adequately supportive and nourishing human environment. But this environment needs to also support her in being herself, in being true to her nature, if she is going to grow in a way that maximizes the actualization of her potential. In other words, she inherently needs an environment conducive both to her being herself and to growing in the way that is natural to her. By adequate we mean that the environment needs to be, especially in the persons of the primary caregivers, not only welcoming and loving, but also caring, appropriate, empathic, responsive, and capable. When the environment—which includes the physical environment, the primary caregivers, and the social field surrounding them—is adequate enough, the child’s soul feels held.