Today as I decided to take a new trail run through the Wild California Foliage and admire nature in so many forms I was reminded of Innocent Perception.
Simply put innocent perception is wisdom. It is not misperceiving, it’s seeing truly. It is seeing only what really exists. With the knowing that light always overcomes darkness we can begin to embrace this concept even further.
What are some ways we can innocently perceive? Through direct experience for one. How about through meditating, dreaming, channeling, playing, thru experimentation and Kinesthetics. All of these will give us insights to know our truth.
For me being around children is a great way to remember our innocence. Listen to a child speak and you will know what I mean. They are full of innocence. Child like innocence and Mature Like Patterning go hand and hand as we grow up. Mature like patterning is like having discernment for things. To be able to make decisions with out emotional attachment for the highest good.
I also find hiking and running the trails near my home gives me an incredible sense of innocent perception. What could you do today to bring that into your experience? Admiring nature is a wonderful way to bring back our true nature.
“Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering its a feather bed.” – Terence Mckenna
It is only our minds that keep us from experiencing innocent perception. We must free them from there limited nature and allow them to explore confidence, mystery, clues, beauty and perfection.
I remember a couple summers ago I spent a few weeks up in Oregon. It was quite a wonderful experience. As I helped my friends on there farm we got to spend plenty of time in nature. In that time frame I feel apart of me was washed away and born anew. I had the chance to really connect with nature, sit under the stars, take in the moon, eat dinner with my friends, laugh and laugh until I was crying, juicing fresh vegetables and greens from the garden, and plenty of yoga and movement.
What a wonderful experience sleeping in a tent on the land every night truly brought back a sense of wonderment, beauty and innocence.
As I was researching the idea of Innocent Perception I came across this in the book A Course in Miracles. I leave you with the quote from the book below.
“When you lack confidence in what someone will do, you are attesting to your belief that he is not in his right mind. 2 This is hardly a miracle-based frame of reference. 3 It also has the disastrous effect of denying the power of the miracle. 4 The miracle perceives everything as it is. 5 If nothing but the truth exists, right-minded seeing cannot see anything but perfection. 6 I have said that only what God creates or what you create with the same Will has any real existence. 7 This, then, is all the innocent can see. 8 They do not suffer from distorted perception.”