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A return to Innocence.... and a new beginning

There seems to be an accidental theme running through recent posts here -- simplicity.

It's quite funny really, but this realisation came to me this morning just as the dawn broke, stood b*llock naked looking out through the kitchen window at the bare trees and fallen leaves, whilst the kettle boiled for our morning tea.  At this time of year nature appears to strip back everything to the bare essentials, it's core nature, in preparation for a new beginning come spring.

I also think this stripping-away happens through the course of our lives, though perhaps unnoticed.  As time goes by we come to learn what we really want, and let go of all the rest, and life itself seems to help us do this.  We go about our lives making millions of choices, but all the while there appears to be this guiding hand through every circumstances and supposed chance encounter that brings us, as gently as we allow it, into this realisation of our core nature, our true being....... the Self that never changes through all the seasons of our lives and through all physical manifestations of these body forms.

Put simply, it's a return to innocence.... and when we do return then everything changes because this essence of Love is, quite literally, what makes the world go 'round.  By returning we recognise ourselves as cause;  and reclaim our power to create, moment by moment, what we really want.  So in truth there is nothing to do... just an undoing.

There's a paradox that I've understood but never really took onboard before; -- that when we try and analyse or grasp this 'essence' of life it vanishes like fairy dust before our eyes.  I think the cartoon at the head of this post says it all.  When I started this blog it was intended as an exploration of this idea that had me hooked, but now I realise the idea needs no exploration and no assistance.... it just Is.

Looking back, it was both arrogant and foolish of me to ever think it could be captured.... but we live and learn.  I know now it's only in embracing the emptiness of not-knowing, that anything is really known.  It seems that it's only when we stand back from our intellectual curiosity and welcome not-knowing anything, that the heart of this 'un-knowing-ness' becomes apparent.  And then it seems to take on a life of it's own and we see this essence at play everywhere, dancing in everything we touch and infusing everything we look upon.

More and more I see this dance of life - this return to the essential nature of things, just happening.  I see it in the most mundane and trivial events, I see it working through the lives of my friends and children and I see it's principle at work in your lives and the things you write about too.  Who knows?... maybe it's true that when we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change.  All I know is that suddenly I'm finding myself  (...sqqquirmmmmm...)  falling in love with everything.  All a bit messy and undignified really...... and very un-British.

So this week I'm probably going to change the intro. and description of this blog to reflect this new direction -- a move towards an appreciation and celebration of what appears to be a fait accompli anyway.... this peeling away of the non-essential and return to first principles.  And this, I think, is all any of us  can  do to help - just delight in what Is.  If  (to take a dose of my own medicine)  'whatever we feed with our attention can only grow stronger', then what better or happier way than to simply celebrate this 'return to innocence' wherever it appears to us.

But the strangest thing I've noticed is this:  This change of direction is really a return to the practical and everyday stuff -- the chopping sticks and fetching water.  For some time now I've been drawn to people and blogs that have no problem sticking up an index finger at current thinking, but are basically grounded in the practical.  Blogs like  Making Ripples  with it's earthy mix of post-corporate philosophy and community life;  Management Craft  with it's no-bull but caring and insightful perspective on everyday management issues;  Anne 2.0's  Zen-like distillation of 'what works' in the new order of work life, networked community and bleeding edge tech.;  and  HorsePigCow  pushing forward the ideas of enlightened marketing that everyone's talking about, but then actually applying them in the field.  But now I know what it is that I find so endearing about blogs like these. 

It's in the ordinary and everyday, in the stuff that's happening in our lives right in front of us, that we must look if we want to know Truth.  Where else could it be except here and now.... how could there be anywhere else!  As I said in my  last post -- it's all spiritual.... and it's in  seeking  the 'spiritual' that we often fail to see this.  Evelyn Rodriguez  says it best with this quote from Corinthians 15:46 -

But that which is spiritual was not first, but that which is natural, then that which is spiritual."

So I'll probably be writing more about the 'extraordinary within the ordinary', and how we can apply this stuff in our everyday lives much more than the esoteric.  Unless of course, the men in white coats come and carry me away in the mean time, hehe.  ;-)


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Enigma - The Return to Innocence

Thats not the beginning of the end
Thats the return to yourself
The return to innocence.
Love - devotion
Feeling - emotion

Love - devotion
Feeling - emotion

Dont be afraid to be weak
Dont be too proud to be strong
Just look into your heart my friend
That will be the return to yourself
The return to innocence

If you want, then start to laugh
If you must, then start to cry
Be yourself dont hide
Just believe in destiny

Dont care what people say
Just follow your own way
Dont give up and use the chance
To return to innocence

Thats not the beginning of the end
Thats the return to yourself
The return to innocence

Dont care what people say
Follow just your own way
Follow just your own way
Dont give up, dont give up
To return, to return to innocence.
If you want then laugh
If you must then cry
Be yourself dont hide
Just believe in destiny.

Credit:  Cartoon from  Michael Leunig

[1] Could anyone tell me how to post videos that display and play within feed readers?  Thanks.


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  • ..this blog stems from a recognition that our true nature is far more creative, loving and unlimited than we could possibly imagine... and it transforms everything... a practical, generic solution to all our problems.

    These are just my lesson notes as I try to  be true to that recognition... and  learn to fly.  So it's quite possible that everything here may be wrong.

    Thank you for visiting.  Email (to Nick Smith) is always welcome.

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