Ah innocence . . . the stuff of babies, kittens, puppies, and dragons. Dragons? Aren’t dragons mythical fire breathing beasts bent to burn down entire towns for fun? Okay, so perhaps dragons and innocence aren’t exactly complimentary. Unless we’re talking about Puff the Magic Dragon . . . The point is: we often relate to innocence as naiveté. As the princess in the woods who is attacked by the goblins because of her lack of experience with traveling in the forest.
Let’s consider for a moment, how innocence is more like the Buddhist’s idea of the “beginner’s mind.” The ability to see the world and its inhabitants through the lens of a childlike state. To notice the way an arugula seed pod holds the seeds like a tiny space ship with each seed secured in its own seat until ready to launch into the world.
In experiencing life with the childlike essence of innocence, we invite the quality of an open mind and a curious heart.
Then, we can step into a new situation with a new group of people or an old situation with people we think we know without having judgements, insecurities, or expectations. We simply walk into the room, and notice who is magnetized to us by engaging us or who catches our attention and inspires us to meet them. To simply be who we are. Now that takes the courage and wisdom of innocence.
Innocence allows intuition to guide us toward profound life experiences.
Why does living from innocence work?
The courage of innocence allows fear to take a back seat. If we are capable of seeing and experiencing familiar situations with a beginner’s mind and childlike curiosity, then fear no longer has such a tight grip. Familiar fears keeping us from meeting the love of our lives or landing the business opportunity we’ve desired for years. Instead, we can allow innocence to open creative doors where we become empowered to act in new ways.
The fool is someone who is okay with “not knowing” all the answers, and can traverse the unknown until the next steps reveal themselves. Ooh scary! In this information age where knowledge is viewed as power, we’ve become accustomed to figuring out everything. And if there’s something we don’t know, by god we better figure it out! To be the fool in a room full of people we assume know everything feels like a death sentence or at the very least like an embarrassing situation we’d soon not get involved in. It’s better to “look” smart even if we’re feeling lost in a discussion or if we don’t have a plan ready at hand. We’ve been taught that having the answers and a rock solid plan is better than asking stupid questions. This false belief only leads to more suffering, and often times bigger problems.
The power of “not knowing,” even if we think we know, gives us the ability to listen to new solutions to old problems.
By being the wise fool, we are open for solutions to arrive in creative ways from previously unknown sources.
Innocence is the state of mastery granting us access to spiritual prowess.
How can we access innocence?
Innocence was the foremost essence leading my mystical experiences in Scotland, one year ago. By having an open mind and a curious heart, Spirit and the Christ energy were accessible in tangible and ecstatic ways. Amazing! To read a story about my Mystical Scotland experience, click here.
Three Aspects to Experiencing Innocence:
1. Patience is required when accessing innocence. When we let go of our agendas and expectations about a situation, person, or group of people, we’re more likely to experience the excitement, joy, and wisdom waiting for us. We must be patient in sitting a bit longer than feels comfortable to listen to a person talk about her life to glean the wisdom that may be applicable to a problem that has haunted us for quite some time. With the quality of being present with another person, the wisdom simply arrives. Not because we we’re pushing for it, but because we’re open to it.
2. Openness is necessary for allowing a freshness to enter an experience. To release judgements around what we think might happen or what we think someone will say or what we think has happened before. Being open, in each moment ,as often as possible for something new to happen. Something different to show itself. Or simply being more present than before. Relaxing into the spaciousness of the moment rejuvenates our life experiences.
3. Curiosity is the childlike inquisitiveness of joyful relating that opens to wonder. By being curious, we become more available to experiencing our family, our environment, and our work situation with our whole selves, present and timeless. We surrender to the possibility that there’s more to life than we thought. Allowing Spirit to bubble up from within like a wellspring replenishing our tired souls, inviting us to drink once again, revitalizing our lives from the love within and the love all around us.
Innocence is paramount to opening to Spirit’s stream, and to experiencing the mystical side of life. Besides, isn’t being a wise fool more fun than being a disgruntled know-it-all? Why not give it a go, at least once. See what it’s like to walk into a room full of people you think you know with the open mind and curious heart of innocence. You may surprise yourself, and everyone else.