'Innocence' Chapter


We start teaching children early that they can do bad things, that they can fail, and that when they fail they have to fix it, make it better. What is left of life when we live with these ideas? Telling a child to wake up is natural, and appropriate, directing their attention to what they should notice and pay attention to is useful, but after a time adults grow strong in whatever way they were raised. The thing is, like a tree, that strength can turn into something other than an asset.

What is difficult is that innocence is hard to think about, because you actually can’t think about it. It’s what happens in those brief moments when you aren’t caught up in your own thinking, like meditation, or going for a casual stroll.

“The silence often of pure innocence persuades when speaking fails.” William Shakespeare

“Innocence dwells with wisdom, but never with ignorance” William Blake

What is Innocence?

First a couple of questions. What is innocence? A connection to our inner self. Purity. The second being, who is innocent? I think everyone is innocent from one perspective. I am totally innocent of all the above and all of… Seek More

Seeing the World as Children

How do we see the world as children? An adventure. I never did see the world. I simply lived in and with it. Ah, indeed. Children see the world as a friend. Other things in it as potential friends, something… Seek More

Natural Sense of Well-being

Children go through a stage authorities call individuation. We have an instinct that tells us that we should be free to connect with new things as well as familiar things. Well, for myself, that individuation stage was my entire early… Seek More

Accepting the Necessary

We went on an expedition to find an old temple, lost in jungle and bushes, etc. I was disabled, unable to move as fast as the rest. The leader, kumu, did not let the class go any faster than I… Seek More

Matter of Life or Death: Hawaiian Legend

There is a [Hawaiian] legend about a teacher. So powerful she had power over life and death of her students. Her helper was a lizard. Both could change shapes and sizes. A lesson of that legend is what you teach… Seek More

Shrug Off the Burden of Guilt

How do we shrug off the burden of guilt?  This is the binding that warps and twists our spiritual trees. The people of India have an ancient saying, “The slayer who thinks he slays is slain.” Some cultures have this burden… Seek More

Stop Wanting to Fix Things

How much do most people do just because they like or love it? If they only like doing it, why don’t they love it? Because some things to do are more likeable than others? Oh, indeed. I like to do… Seek More

No One Has Done Anything

I am innocent, I tell ya. Innocent. I didn’t do it. Actually, that’s an interesting point. What if I said that no one has ever done anything? What would that mean? We’re all innocent. Everything that everyone has ever done… Seek More