“…Lest Ye Become As Little Children…” Photo by Toni Roberts
Although I am not a Christian, there is much wisdom and advice for us humans in the words of the man, Jesus—one of the mightiest revolutionaries known to humankind. Whether or not an historical Jesus existed—or was a hologram—is beside the point, for he left a roadmap, which if followed, can lead one to experiencing “Heaven on earth.” What do I mean by “Heaven on earth?” Certainly NOT an eternally blissful state of fun, joy, wealth and frolicking through the tulips. And how do I interpret “becoming as a child?”
It was not until I learned through many years of spiritual, emotional, psychological and physical struggle to release all delusion of control and to trust implicitly and totally in a Power greater than my human ego, that my life began to unfold in a more meaningful and effortless way. I am still very much on this journey of learning to surrender my human will and ego to Something or Someone I cannot see, touch, taste, smell or hear. I still struggle with this even after seventy-nine years on this journey of human life on planet earth. I believe that when one finally masters this process of both releasing fear and surrendering to an invisible, barely comprehensible but intelligent Creative Force, one then transcends the flesh and finds oneself in what we refer to as the world of Spirit. Clearly, I am not there yet. However, my foot is far enough in the door to have experienced the difference in my body, mind and life when I am mindful of the fact that I know nothing about nothing and cannot create that which is both worthwhile and lasting in joy and satisfaction by dint of my human mind and efforts alone.
So, to me, “becoming as a child” is that act of release to and trust in an almost parent-like Presence that loves, protects and creates the best possible life for me to live and world in which to live it. I.e., “Heaven on earth.” I am finding that the more I surrender and become childlike in my innocence and trust of this invisible and seemingly invincible Force, the more “Heaven-like” my life becomes. All the disparate pieces begin to fall beautifully into place. Things come together in a magical way, that I, at my most creative, could not even begin to imagine. Part of the difficulty, of course, in this process of learning to trust this Benevolent Intelligence, as a child would trust a parent, is that some of us were raised in a war zone and our parents were abusive and most untrustworthy. One must first work through a process of forgiving one’s flesh parents for they knew not what they did. Surely, they did not make a pack before your birth to do everything in their power and knowledge to destroy you as a human being. So, once one gets over that major hump and experiences the process of forgiving one’s human parents, one is then able to become once more: as a child; trusting and following the lead of this loving, mysterious and inwardly accessed Creative Force that then becomes manifest as the very essence of one’s life and being…as all that one is…says…and does…
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