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childlike openness / Noah's Ark


I've been reading a book that references the cynicism of adulthood in comparison to the open-mindedness of childhood, and it got me thinking...

Children know the right way to live -- with wide-open eyes, taking everything seriously, believing unreservedly, following what their hearts tell them. We as adults train ourselves out of that because we are afraid of being vulnerable. We were not taught that we were of infinite value, or that we deserve love -- we were wounded in our delicate, open youth and so we have learned that to be open is to be hurt. But that is the only way to truly live, to experience the depth of joy in life. There's a part of the Bible that tells of how these little children wanted to be near Jesus, and the disciples tried to send them away because "We're having grown-up talk right now, very important, and we have no time for you." Jesus scolded them and told them that unless they become as vulnerable and open as a child they would never be able to truly connect with divinity. Then he joyfully blessed the children. ((Mark 10 -- 13 And they kept bringing young children to Him that He might touch them, and the disciples were reproving them for it. 14 But when Jesus saw it, He was indignant and pained and said to them, "Allow the children to come to Me--do not forbid or prevent or hinder them--for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15 Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive and accept and welcome the kingdom of God like a little child does, positively shall not enter it at all." 16 And He took the children up one by one in His arms and fervently invoked a blessing, placing His hands upon them. (amplified Bible)))

Our world is fucked up and if we are open, we WILL be hurt. But also, being open and willing to give and receive without reservation is the only way we will ever heal our world. So we have to accept the pain and decide that it is worth it... only then will we be able to truly connect with each other and with God/dess (whatever we perceive her/him to be). Also, we need to recognize that children have the same worth as adults, and we need open minds and hearts to learn from them. We are all on the same journey, regardless of age.

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please watch the whole thing, it is so worth it
That video made me cry and cry with sheer joy that there are people who live so lovingly.
When Hannah comes to visit this time, she and I and lil sis are going to visit ♥

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woah_the_kettle ══╣╠══
It sometimes hurts, but I really wouldn't know how to live if I didn't think everything was beautiful and precious and unique and worth loving.

Some days I think its a flaw, but other days I see how people don't see what I see when I'm finding cool looking rocks or playing with caterpillars, and I'm grateful for my ability to infinitely see with my childmind.
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acid_burns ══╣charlize theron / life is beautiful╠══
It sometimes hurts, but I really wouldn't know how to live if I didn't think everything was beautiful and precious and unique and worth loving.




So much agreement ♥
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kevloid2007 ══╣╠══
what's an amplified bible?
garrulous
belenen ══╣garrulous╠══
another version, one which includes all possible meanings of the greek/hebrew, rather than choosing the one that 'best fits' like the King James version and the New International version. so it's more wordy, but gives a more complete picture.
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earthy_goddess ══╣looking up╠══
I think one of the biggest mistakes families make is to tell children to hide their pain. The only way to let go is to feel, reflect, and move beyond. Early on, children usually haven't completely learned to conceal their emotions or to not be sure of what they are thinking. Children are so pure, unless they have been shaped in a negative way.

The last two sentences you wrote stood out to me. Children certainly have the same worth as adults and we have so much to learn from them. We are all on the same journey. I believe in ageless friendships because we can grow and learn from having all ages in our lives. We can never dispute another's experience.

Thanks for the link to the video. I would love to visit there sometime too. I always knew pet therapy was great with children but seeing this opened my eyes much more. The sanctuary that exists there with the children, animals, and adults is amazing. I love the way the children and the animals connect as we are meant to.
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earthy_goddess ══╣looking up╠══
In the second paragraph, I meant to put the last two sentences you wrote before the video cut.

The video made me shiver with seeing the love that exists there. I am so happy you might be able to visit with your lil sis and Hannah. I think that would be magical for each of you.
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shioneh ══╣child soul╠══
Thankyou such a lot for posting this ♥ I agree with you so strongly that children have the same worth as adults. We need open minds and hearts to learn from them. Yes! I wish this attitude was at the centre of all education systems for children. I think that though young people often know less information than older people (they have been alive less long and so have had less time to absorb information) and so need guidance/help they are definitely not less intelligent and so should never be talked down to, patronised. I believe that a large reason I am wounded today was the result of people not seeing children as having the same worth as adults. I believed I had the same worth and I perceived being treated as an inferior as abuse. Your entry touched me so much it made me cry ♥

I am so totally excited at the fact I am going to get to visit Noah's Ark! What an amazing gift! That place looks so full of love, it gives me hope to see a such a large group of compassionate people.
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belenen ══╣heart in my throat╠══
awww I am happy that it made you cry, it made me cry too, watching the video absolutely ripped my heart to SHREDS with it's incredible, intense beauty. I felt like my heart was going to explode ♥ ♥ ♥ just... wow. and I'm so proud that it happened here, in my heartland ♥ in Georgia. and Jama, wow, tiny amazing child -- at five years old, knowing her calling, and following it through and believing in it! brave beautiful spirit! ♥
AIA / [Prior] Threshold of revelation
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blossoming
belenen ══╣blossoming╠══
♥!
forgottenhowtofly
talkingpotato ══╣forgottenhowtofly╠══
*hugs* completely inspirational
What a wonderful post to read in the midst of my workday. Lately I've been having a lot of thoughts about being afraid of experiencing pain or being hurt, but your post made me see the wisdom in having that childlike trust. Children experience the joys of life at a much greater intensity than most adults simply because like you said, adults learn to slowly close themselves off both to joys and pain.
The middle ground is safe, but one would miss out on so much living that way.
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belenen ══╣beautiful╠══
Re: *hugs* completely inspirational
The middle ground is safe, but one would miss out on so much living that way.

all living, I believe! the middle ground is mere survival, it is not living.

♥ I'm so glad it inspired you!
darkpool ══╣╠══
One of the reasons I believe very strongly in never lying to my children about anything! Not about Santa, not telling them the boogie man will get them if they're bad, not anything. And not letting anyone else do it either. Children should be able to believe what they're told. At least when they're little, obviously as the get older and learn that truth is not objective they need to learn discernement.
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belenen ══╣gamine╠══
YES, yes yes, never lying! I totally agree! Children should be able to trust, and lies break that trust.
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juansrx ══╣lem1╠══
You are rigth...there`s this book series: "A Seies of unfortunate events" about the adventures and misadventures of the three Baudelaire Siblings, th book almost say this "adults don`t pay attention to children, because they always think they are rigth and need proofs to see beyond their nose", another possible conclusion is: Baudelaires only have each other, and they must open adults mind".

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belenen ══╣openness╠══
exactly!
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