Preserving Innocence in a Changing World

There is nothing like an innocent child looking at the world with wonder and delight. Of the many ‘rights of passage’ as we pass from the innocence of childhood into the responsibilities of adulthood, going away to overnight camp was one of my favorites.

I remember my Mom taking me to the bus and feeling excited and scared all at the same time. As the bus pulled away the excitement quickly took over and I was ready for an adventure into the unknown. How many of us remember the feeling of leaving home for the first time to parts unknown? In many ways this is not so far from the feelings we get now as we enter into a new relationship, business venture or something seemingly as simple as moving. Our lives will be forever changed yet at that moment we don’t know how.

Through the challenges of life we lose a bit of our innocence and no longer see the world through rose-colored glasses yet every time we have a major life change or are about to start a new adventure the innocence, excitement and fear returns. Of course we have the knowledge behind us (hopefully) and will use it but what if we could harness the wide-eyed wonder of a child and not leave it behind? What would happen if life was filled with hope like it was when we were children? The world is indeed changing but maybe it’s time we try to preserve a little of our own innocence for our children. They grow up all too fast these days.

Today I was delighted to receive pictures of my niece from the first day of her (first) trip to overnight camp. Now I’m pretty sure this wasn’t how camp was when I went! No one was taking pictures and video day in and day out to post on a private website for parents so they can see their little munchkins enjoying themselves. I’m not sure if I agree with it or not because it’s reminiscent of reality TV but it is a great way to keep the parents in the know about their kids. (I also don’t remember a salad bar option or zip lining, but I digress.) Maybe it’s also a small way of preserving the innocence and bringing us back to our own joy through the eyes of a child if only for a moment.

While looking at the photos I saw breaking news about a shooting at Texas A & M. Here I sat looking at pictures of a shining, happy 10-year-old and remembering how fun it was to be at camp with no responsibilities other than those of having fun and making s’mores around a campfire. I was quickly reminded of a world where a select few think it’s ok to shoot and kill another human being. What happened to the innocence and joy they were born with? Anger and hate begets anger and hate. Fighting for peace is simply an oxymoron and there are too many with an angry agenda. There are people in this world who have been through horrific experiences yet they find peace within themselves and go on to do amazing, loving and peaceful acts. After their trials and tribulations they somehow find a way to reconnect with the beauty of life. They inspire us and honor themselves and us by living a loving life.

The world around us is changing so rapidly it’s hard to keep up and its time we put out into the world the change we’d like to see. Not through fighting, politics and debate based on lies and untruths but through the thing we know more intimately than anything else in the world; Our own energy vibration. Think about how you spend your day and take a hard look at the vibration you are emitting into the universe. Is it positive? Negative? Happy? Sad? You may be in for an awakening if you listen to the words you speak and how you react to things around you.

Maybe it’s time to bring back a little innocence and simple joy to our lives. When was the last time you sat around a campfire making s’mores and singing Kumbaya (see video below) or laying in the grass looking at the clouds as they form castles in the sky? When was the last time you looked at the mountains or trees and simply breathed in their beauty? Maybe it’s time to reconnect with the joy and innocence that is still a part of you….Imagine what the world would be like if we all did this every once an a while.~Shine Your Light Debbie

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Twinkle, twinkle little star, you light the darkness from afar…

In this vast universe of many galaxies, we are but a small  blip on the radar. We are merely a pinpoint of light in our own galaxy yet there are times when our personal world feels larger than life, unmanageable and out of control. It is those dark, out of control times when it’s time to our realign yourself and find a star to light your way.

Everything that happens in life happens for a reason even if you don’t see what it is at first. It might take years before you put together the pieces of the puzzle but when you are finally able to fit those pieces together you find clarity and understanding. Clarity and understanding is only the beginning. Just like everything else understanding why  is a process of clearing which leads to self forgiveness and healing.

When you are ready to heal you see a twinkling star in the darkness and experience the world as a bright magical place. When you are ready to heal you forgive yourself and call back your energy and power. When you are ready to heal you allow inspiration to guide you and end identifying with yourself as a victim. When you are ready to heal you free yourself from the past and take a stand in the present. When you are ready to heal you reconnect with your childlike spirit who at one time, looked up and wondered what the beautiful twinkling light is in the sky….Inside of you is that innocent child who sees the world with wonder and finds magic in a simple flower along the path. Is it time to heal your inner child and have a play date or two? Is it time to let go of a past full of memories that no longer serve your highest good? Only you can answer the question; Are you ready to heal?

The twinkling star in the sky lights your way and is there to remind you that you are not alone in the world. A twinkling star reminds you that there is a beautiful spark of light inside you. There is inspiration and light all around you when you are ready to see it. While it is true all your answers lie within, every now and again we need to look up, give our inner child a hug and point out the twinkling lights.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light, Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.

Then the traveller in the dark,
Thanks you for your tiny spark,
He could not see which way to go,
If you did not twinkle so.

In the dark blue sky you keep,
And often through my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye, Till the sun is in the sky.

As your bright and tiny spark,
Lights the traveller in the dark.
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star.
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star.
How I wonder what you are. How I wonder what you are.”
~Jane Taylor 1806 (English Poet)

Did you know there are 7 verses to that song? 🙂  Full of wonder, full of light, full of passion in full sight. You once saw the world through innocent eyes full of hope. You can have that back when you are ready to heal. Connect with your inner child. See how they are doing and give them a hug. Find the star that lights your way and….~Shine Your Light~Debbie

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