What is innocence?
Innocence is childhood. Purity in forms intangible, but always perceived and shown through smiling eyes and dancing feet. Innocence is running and jumping just for the pure exhilaration, without caution, just to feel the air rushing through your lungs, your life force pumping rapidly, and your muscles tingling.
Innocence is seeing everyone, everything without meaning, attachments, past notions, beliefs, pre-designed dreams. We sleep in a state not unlike this, and upon waking, we shift to the mechanical thoughts that endlessly grind as we walk, drive, talk to and meet people.
Innocence is imagination. No limits. Literally imagining anything as possible and truly believing that it can be real beyond a doubt.
Innocence is discovery. The pure exhilaration of finding something previously unknown, and looking at it with a gleam in the eye, and figuring it out or just appreciating it with a slow touch. We rush too much today.
Innocence is nature. Nature does not judge. Nature does not act according to others. Nature lives in its own purity. Nature just is. Innocence is being fully aware inside of nature. Keeping close, physically, and mentally the eternal bond.
Innocence is happiness. True happiness. A state where we feel no burden, no sadness, no guilt, no anger. Peace. Innocence is peace. To be still and feel the peace within is to capture innocence.
Innocence is Love. Love in its purest form. A soul connection in pure bliss and light.
Innocence is strength. Confidence. To be true to oneself, wholly, in integrity, according to the universal laws, and your own.
We are all born with purity. A crystal clear glass of water. How does our water become muddy? Thick with discernment and scrutiny? Why do many seem to lose their innocence not long after childhood? Why do we completely forget about it, let it slip through our fingers, our hearts?
Is it due to selfishness? We want all the physical pleasures this world can offer, and once freed from parental ties that were tight for many years, society seems to give the green light for freedom of any action, no matter the consequences- because in those minds, there are none.
Physical pleasures are false freedom. You are not truly free or gaining anything. They are ways to avoid reality, the innocence that’s always inside. It is when you reach a point of alignment between your heart, spirit, and mind that you can truly be free. We do not need any outside stimulation to become who we already are. We wouldn’t deprive ourselves of that natural, sustaining lifeforce that flows around us always in us if we were aligned.
Sometimes, when certain words are spoken to us at a young age, we create harsh self-judgments, and judgments about the world that we don’t let go of until much later in life. It is freeing to let go of those words from the past, as they are only words- literal sounds from your body with meaning that was created by a human mind.
The universe is our guide. Part of us. Our very being is made up of the same matter that the planets, stars, and sun are made out of. How thrilling it is to be alive! To experience our time here on our tiny planet we call home. We’re all here to figure it out. To coexist and learn. We are here to learn what we may have not learnt in a previous life. What we accomplish here, we carry forward after death. We were put here, born here for a reason. We all have our own unique skills which were designed to entwine with others in order to make life enjoyable. If we choose to not work closely with others, then why not spend time in adoration of life itself? The very fact that we can breathe, and see, and speak? Even if we cannot. There are other senses to explore. Our subconscious already has the answers to any question that may arise.
Let us not question too deeply, as we will be sucked into the quicksand called debate. Let us not go so fast that we do not take time to sit and experience. And let us not be idle for too long, as our sedentariness could be desensitizing. There is always a balance to be had. In life. In mind. In body, and in spirit. Find the balance within. Do not wrestle inner wisdom. Let it well up and overflow. Do not doubt, cause yourself unnecessary stress. Do not give the body what it doesn’t want, what your mind thinks it wants.
We are our own destruction. Inviting sickness and disease with our clouded thoughts. Nothing has to be hard. What we think, we create. Return to innocence. Meditate on the feeling of purity. Remember a time when you felt completely carefree, happy, childlike. Really relive the experience. Become that person again. Filled with wonder, and awe.
Here is a favorite quote of mine, beautifully spoken at the end of a brilliant, musical masterpiece of an album called, “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” by Nightwish:
“We are going to die. And that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die, because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place, but who will never in fact never see the light of day, outnumber the sand grains of the Sahara. Those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton. We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds, it is you and I in our ordinariness that are here. We privileged few who won the lottery of birth against all odds…how dare we whine at our inevitable return to that prior state…from which the vast majority have never stirred.”