I wrote this last year around this time and was inspired to share it again today. May it help fill you with hope and joy.
On the Rebirth of Innocence
A Christmas Meditation
things happen to them that shouldn’t happen.
Everyone carries wounds within their very cells. This being said, everyone also has things happen
to them that should happen. Everyone carries healing and purity within
their cells. Both leave imprints on the soul and the cells of the body.
slowly integrate both into your life.
What? Integrate pain? That’s crazy.
Except that every human life experiences pain—emotional, mental, and
physical. Of course, it’s good to avoid
the unnecessary manufacture of pain and to not put one’s hand on a hot
stove. However, we cannot avoid pain completely. So when it comes, learn, within reason, to
feel it, especially the emotional and mental varieties. All pain is a messenger.
I was asked
recently how often I moved towards the pain—the emotional pain. I replied that most days the pain moves
towards me. It’s safe to do that now. Once not too long ago the pain wasn’t welcome;
I treated it like a monster, an outcast, a pariah. Now it knows I will give it a place to spend
the night. I will listen to it, sit with
it, and move towards it with intent to honor and ultimately transform it
through the very act of listening and embracing it. It can be itself while knowing, its heart of
heart is love—protection—the desire to be whole.
The same is
true for healing. It is safe to flow
towards me and from me. It is welcome in
my heart, body, and soul. I am learning
to open my arms to healing, to sit with it, listen to it and transform it into
anything it needs to be. It can be
itself, even as it manifests itself as music, poetry, nature, the touch of a
friend, the smile of a child, you.
How does one
open their heart to healing? Can
innocence really be reclaimed, reborn, rediscovered? Is it ever completely lost? Does it ever completely die? Can it ever truly be stolen? And if it can be
reborn, how does one make room inside for that to happen?
Keep in mind
the roots of the word: innocence is
related to the word noxious, and thus
means not-noxious, not harmful, not poison, and not sick (online etymology
dictionary). This being the case
innocence can certainly be born again in our lives, indeed, it must be. Our very bodies are equipped with healing
cells. The same is true for the heart
and the soul. We are all born with the
white blood cells of spirit and joy.
specific, here, in a nutshell are some suggestions for allowing innocence to be
reborn within you:
embrace your sorrow and pain.
stop doing things that harm yourself and others.
forgive others and yourself.
seek forgiveness and repair anything you have broken.
Learn, with the
help and guidance of mentors, trusted friends, and therapists, to find
direction in your life.
Learn to be
in the moment—every moment.
love yourself—your body, your own unique ways of thinking and praying and being.
Learn to be open to and to integrate healing modalities such as EFT into your life.
other things as well. And while I think
the ultimate journey towards innocence involves unique moments of pain and
darkness for everyone in one way or another, everyone’s path also involves
unique moments of healing and revelation.
the worse you feel (even if you feel down and out right now), the more you are able to sit with the pain, the more
your life has been reduced to spiritual poverty, where your animal instincts
are crowding around your life, there is another part of you, a union of quiet
strength and willingness; a union of intuition and openness; a union of dreams
and passion, that is seeking your heart, your very own dingy, broken heart to
give birth to innocence. It is looking
for a “house of bread.” And it is guided
by both the star of your dreams and the light of your wounds. And when you have humbled yourself or life
humbles you, know that innocence will be born again inside you. It is seeking a place, daily, hourly, ever
more, to find a safe place to be born. And when it finds the manger of your
heart, open the doors, let the night winds swirl and dance, let those same
clumsy animals gather round for the body is beautiful, let those who shepherd innocence come near, and lo, let the Wonder Child be born anew. Let the gift of the birth of your Divine
Innocence be adored, be praised, be showered
with treasure. Let that innocence rise and celebrate who you really are—your gifts
and talents. Share them with the world,
help others, inspire others, nourish others with the Bread of Life growing within
you, and you will truly experience the rebirth of innocence–Divine innocence,
Holy innocence. And your life and the
lives of those around you will truly help save the world.
from Joseph Anthony
The Wonder Child Blog
Copyright Joseph Anthony of the Wonder Child Blog