Innocence is not age-related
I spent last weekend with my teacher, Silvia Nakkach, here in San Diego. One of the things she is fond of saying is "We are all innocent." I love that, but I must confess that I wasn't quite grasping it. I mean, how can we claim innocence after age....say, 21? 23? This question has led me to my "creative inquiry" (another Silvia expression.) I'll give you some of my thoughts on the subject, and I'd love to hear any you might have, because I'm not done exploring this topic. Not even close!
I think we'd all agree that we come into this life innocent. From there, we are taught by our parents - who were also innocent - how to be a "someone" in a world of "someones". That someone is defined by our culture - race, gender, nationality, region, religion, etc. These teachings become our filters, through which we see the world. As long as we continue to walk this path, we are innocent, because we have yet to explore other possibilities.
Somewhere along the way, however, we all bump up against something which can give us the opportunity to question a deeply held belief. I say "can", because we have the free will to dismiss this opportunity, and proceed just as before. However, for those of us who take that opportunity, it opens a new door. When we enter that door, we do so in innocence, not knowing what might be on the other side.
Our lives will proceed from there in a new direction -- a new path will open and we will walk that path in innocence. Until the next opportunity comes along...and the next...and the next. As long as we are open to the next creative inquiry, we will walk in innocence. (And to my way of thinking, this is the greatest anti-aging technique in the world!)
How do you see the question of innocence? I would really love to hear from you!! Would love it if you would like my FB page, give me a thumbs up or a thumbs down - any kind of response is welcome! Give me a comment on my blog, and let's walk in innocence this week.