Episode 115 – Reclaiming Innocence
We are each born in innocence
We each experience its loss through:
When we grow up, we socialize and indoctrinate our own children
Indoctrination includes teaching ‘Us’ versus ‘them’ as well a normalized acts of violence toward other beings and our planet
We also indoctrinate with belief structures!
At some level, we want our innocence back, but it doesn’t fit in the ‘real world’
So we play the ‘adult game of life’ to the best of our ability
We get busy, overwhelmed, responsible and/or buried in life’s ‘problems’
Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:1, 3
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Luke 18:16-17
Children are ‘closer to God’
A baby doesn’t know where she ends and another starts
Oneness and wonder
Deserves to be protected, revered and cherished
The inner experience of our authentic Self, unconditional Love, Oneness
To fully experience this we actually have to become as little children – we have to reclaim our innocence
Actively engage our child-like nature
Becoming a child:
•Trust •Wonder/Awe •Presence •Discovery •Receptivity/Non-judgment •Unbridled Joy (no self-consciousness) •Play
When we ‘become as little children,’ we truly ‘know God’
We see through outer appearances to the innocence of another
Dialogue and Inquiry
Do you know what keeps you from reclaiming your own innocence? Is there resistance? What thought structures are in place?
How would being an adult with an integrated inner child (innocence) look in real life? Do you have an example or role model of a person who has done this work?
Can you remember your own child innocence and its loss?
Which of the expressions of innocence calls to you the most? (i.e. trust, wonder/awe, presence, discovery, receptivity/non-judgment, unbridled joy, play, etc.) Which do you resist? Do you know why?
Do you think you can experience the fullness of the Kingdom (authentic Self, unconditional Love and Oneness) without ‘becoming as a child?’
Can you identify ways we can break the pattern (in our families and society) of stripping our children of their innocence?
How do you reclaim your own innocence?
I am God’s beloved. Born in purity and innocence, I came into the world as a bundle of wonder, discovery and joy. While I have grown in wisdom and maturity, this is still a part of who I am, my authentic nature. To be whole, I reclaim my innocence and actively engage my child-like nature daily. I find ways to play, see something in a new way, and live in awe.