Innocence is a lot like freedom: you can have freedom from and you can have freedom for…
And then there is BEING Freedom, Being Free… a sacred state of being… a context, that is available at any time for people whose word and Self connect strongly. Whose word creates their beingness.
Same with innocence… there is innocence from, I bet this is what my readers have in mind, then there is innocence for…
And then there is INNOCENCE… a state of being. Having been untouched by the “stuff” that makes you dirty, discolored, jaded, altered, and prejudiced.
I live in that state of innocence 30% of my awake time. The rest of the time: I am judging, reacting, or know already… just like you.
One of my all time favorite movies is The Guru. When I am low, when I am depressed, losing faith in humanity, in my ability to make a difference, I make a point of watching it. It’s about THAT innocence: it washes me clean of all that could make be dirty if remained on me.
I have been saving it for myself… not trusting that you can get it: the main characters are porn actors… act and screw for a living.
You would think that screwing for a living makes you jaded, or dirty, or take away your innocence, but it is not necessarily so.
In fact, it isn’t the activity, it isn’t what happens in the visible that destroys your innocence: it is what happens on the inside.
Everything that comes from society, all the meanings, all the judgments, all the rules, all the “Tree of Knowledge” stuff, makes you not innocent, makes you “dirty” inside.
Just observe your reaction to the fact that in the movie “The Guru” the main characters are porn actors… If you did have a reaction, it is a clear sign that you have lost your innocence.
All loss of innocence comes from meaning.
Things are no longer “It is what it is”, they are meaningful. They are positive or negative. Good or bad. Right or wrong. Proper or improper. Nice or not. Innocence is gone with any of these meanings.
If you look, your life has hundreds of incidents, that you now have an opinion about.
You may think things positive and negative, and try to avoid what you call negative, negative words, negative people, negative anything, and pile up the positive… You are as corrupted as it comes. Maybe already too far gone to be “saved” and returned to innocence.
In life you are eating the menu, and can’t even taste the food…
Things are covered up by meanings, and you can’t see them… only the meanings.
I am not religious, and especially not a Christian, but the following words resonate with me, because I have experienced the truth myself:
He said, “…unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.”
I don’t know what the church teaches this means, and honestly I don’t much care. I’ll tell you what it actually means:
1. The only sin, the original sin, is accepting another’s interpretation,