Akiane Kramarik is a child of a Lithuanian mother and an American father who is a self-taught painter. She had her first vision at age 3, which is not all that unusual ( Miriam Millhauser reports that she had a spiritual vision at age 4). However, Akiane states that God has given her the visions and abilities to create her artwork, which is unusual for her family, considering both her parents were atheisst at the time (they later converted to Christianity on account of Kramarik's paintings and visions). Not clear is she herself is a Christiain or a loose non-Trinitarian monotheist. Kramarik started drawing at the age of four, advancing to painting at six, and writing poetry at seven. According to Kramarik, her art is inspired by her visions of heaven, and her personal connection with God. Kramarik's art depicts life, landscape, and people.
What is interesting is that her brother has similar abilites, as well as what appears to be special ed and medical issues. Twice in one family makes you wonder.
That children can have visions and express truths is well accepted in Kabbala and the Zohar even has a section called "Yanuka (Balak)". I believe that Mishpacha's Kolmus in June 2011, (20) 362 reviewed the topic. There are basically two approaches: these children are great souls who have a minor blemish that stained them in the previous life and they come down to complete their rectification by sharing mystical teachings with others. The other approach is that they are perfect souls sent down expressly to teach certain truths. The article discussed the Zoharic Yanuka of Parshas Balak and similar examples throughout history. I should add examples that the article missed: the case personally investigated by R. Menashe Israel and reported by him in Nishmas Yisroel and the maiden who prophesized in Maase Rav of the Vilna Gaon ( he advised that she be married off and her prophesies stopped).The topic of gilgul into non-Jews is also quite complex and I do not know Akiane's true genealogy.
Akiane Kramarik, (2006). Akiane: Her Life, Her Art, Her Poetry. Nashville: W Publishing Group. ISBN0-8499-0044-1.
Akiane Kramarik, (2006). Akiane My Dream is Bigger Than I: Memories of Tomorrow. Artakiane.llc. ISBN0-9778697-0-9.
Kid( 8 years-old, walknig home from shul): Tatty, Mommy was baking challa, and, and , she was talking to some lady on the phone and she said that there are so few Jews in the world and we should all stick together.
Father, somewhat distracted: Yea...
Kid: Are there more Jews than Goyim in Monsey?
Tatty, beginning to focus: I don't know, probably, I think so.
Kid: How about in New York.
Father: Many more goyim then Jews.
Kid:... in the world?
Father: Oh, many more than Jews, There are very few Jews in the world.
Kid: But Totty, that's not fair!
Father, thinking: Well, it's like this... How many teachers do you have in your class?
Father:...and how many children?
Kid: twenty four
Father: so, how is that fair...?
Kid: I don't know
Father: it's because you don't need so many teachers... A few teachers can teach a lot of kids.
Kid: I understand.
Father, on a roll, animated, voice rising: So, Hashem said that we should be Ohr Lagoyim, a light to the nations. We should teach them about Hashem and how to be good people, and that is why there are only this few Jews.
Father: It's like the Challah that Mommy baked. Was there are lot of yeast in it?
Kid: No, just a pinch. If there is too much, it doesn't taste good.
Father, smiling: So that's how it is. You don't need much yeast to raise and elevate the dough. The same way you need only a small number of Jews to raise and elevate humanity!
We strove to see that our children would have what we had missed. But, unfortunately, in our great enthusiasm, we forgot the ultimate goal and the wisdom of restraint. It is our own fault that a chasm opened up between us and our children.
For us, obedience to the commands of our parents was sacred. But now we find ourselves required to obey our children and submit ourselves completely to their will. In the past we were required to hold our tongues and remain silent before our parents. Now, we are to remain silent before our children. This is even harder. We listen silently, filled with joy and pride when our children tell us of their lives and their ideas. Our admiration for our children made them egotists and tyrants. The medal of western culture has an obverse side for us Russian Jews; in taking on Western European civilization no other people has given up all rememberance of its tradition so irrrevocably