Weston Schmier is not your ordinary seventeen year old American teenager. Diagnosed by the medical profession at an early age with autistic traits and severe developmental disabilities, and seemingly destined for a life of institutionalization – Waiting for Weston follows the trials and tribulations of his mother, Marilu as she learns to differentiate between ‘fixing Weston’ and ‘being the guardian of a Master’.
Better yet – we follow a healthy skepticism as one-by-one, Weston’s miraculous abilities are intriguingly revealed and his spiritual gifts opened to humanity.
Weston is one of the ‘Children of Now’, whose white light and pure wisdom has been esteemed and sought after for millennia.
I was fortunate indeed to interview Weston’s mother, Marilu Schmier, on his method of communication. Weston does not speak verbally, yet his knowledge and intelligence is astounding. I will let Marilu explain:
1. Does Weston ever speak verbally or does he only communicate telepathically?
Weston only speaks telepathically, though he does communicate nonverbally. Even though no one in his immediate family can hear him, he does get his wants and needs known by either pointing, taking a family member to the item he wants, or shaking his head yes or no. I think it must be frustrating for him at times; however, he has never indicated that it was. This is what made taking him to speech therapy so frustrating for me! He never seemed that motivated to speak verbally.
2. Can you describe briefly how he communicates with the whiteboard and what the whiteboard looks like?
The whiteboard is actually a white dry erase board. It is 24 x 36 inches. In the past, I actually used to write his lessons on it with a dry erase marker. After a while, I discovered that he really could just learn straight from a book and did not require me to re-write the steps for a particular school lesson. For example, if he was to learn about sine and cosine during his trigonometry studies, I discovered it was not necessary for me to write out on the whiteboard each step of the process. He could just read the description in his book and then know it! (Still can’t figure out how he does that!).
I do not typically use the dry erase board to talk to Weston about everyday things (i.e., what do you want for breakfast, are you going to bed, do you want to go outside, etc?). In these cases, he will simply shake his head” yes” or” no” or act independently and do the item for himself.
When I use the whiteboard with Weston to discuss, for example, if he wants me to contact a healer, then I will use it more as a place holder. Let me explain. Before speaking to Weston I will have already written up a few names on separate pieces of paper and perhaps also some other clarifying information with regards to the person (i.e., their last name, state they live in, etc.). I will then ask Weston a series of questions…
Weston, do you need to see a new healer mom heard about? (yes or no question).
If he hits the “yes” response, then I will proceed.
Weston, is the person a man or woman (choice of man or woman).
Weston, what is their name (will have written down three to four names that he can chose from by touching the name with his index finger).
Weston, what is Linda (for example) last name? (again, I will have already written up a few last names to choose from).
Weston, what state does Linda live in? (same as above).
After doing all of this, I feel confident that Weston and I are talking about the same person, and that is when I usually formally contact them though many times he has already done so telepathically.
3. Does Weston write (numbers, letters or words)?
Not well. When he does, it is always hand-over-hand. I like the new technology for the iPad, and I have heard that many nonverbal people are having success using this device. We are planning on purchasing Weston one to see if this will help facilitate his ability to communicate. In the past I have used different augmentative communication devices with little success; however, I am hopeful that this latest technology will be more “immediate” for him and less clumsy.
4. How do you test Weston (e.g., math, chemistry, biology, foreign languages)?
I have found that most subjects can be put into a multiple choice format. So, when Weston is learning a foreign language, for example, I will give him the lesson to look at. This typically looks like him sitting on the floor with me in front of the whiteboard and me holding the Spanish book. I will show him a page and sometimes have to remind him to slow down and look at the information (This is a little strange because for a while I have suspected that he really does not even need to look at the page, but I stick to my old habits probably just so that I feel like I have some control over the matter!).
After he looks at the page for a nanosecond he will nod his head to indicate to me that he is finished with that page, and then I will turn the page and we repeat the process.
After he has glanced at all the pages of a lesson, there are typically multiple choice questions that are either predetermined or that I can devise, which helps me to know he has absorbed the information he has just glanced at for a total of about 20 seconds! Amazingly, he always, always gets at least 90% accuracy. When he does miss a question, it is usually because the answer was the “a” choice in a multiple choice format. He seems to have some difficulty looking to his furthest left when he is in a hurry.
5. What kind of body language does Weston use and what does it mean?
Hah, that is a good one as sometimes I have no idea! I know that when I find him intensely staring out the window or in his room, it usually means he is literally somewhere else or busy working in another plane of existence or who knows what else. When this goes on for a while, I usually contact my sister or someone else who can connect with Weston easily to have them speak to him and tell me what is going on.
There are times when he gets stressed and will react in a typical autistic fashion and might start pulling at things or making noises. I find this is when he is around people who have intense energies around them.
6. Is Weston aversive to being photographed (have only seen a few pictures of him)?
Hah! No he is not aversive to being photographed, but he is not the easiest person to get to sit still! I love the front cover of the book and it was a wonder that Valerie Tabor Smith was able to capture that moment. You can read more about what she experienced during that photoshoot in the book.
Ted, I loved writing the book, though it did bring up some painful memories and emotions sometimes. In particular, I hope my readers will enjoy reading about our experience at the healing mass. I also loved the chapter that I wrote about the first time I realized that Weston was able to see people who most people could not and that he had no “veils” and as a result could see into other planes of existence. I also loved the chapter at the fountain store!
Ted Ollikkala, Singapore (14 July 2012)
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