To See the World through the Eyes of a Child
What does it mean to see the world through the eyes of a child? Consider that little children are quite at ease with the world and they have a fantastic capacity to believe in anything. They don’t rush around worrying and fretting over all manner of things and, to them, all things are possible.
Small children are living life in their natural state. They only know this moment; right here and now, which is all there really is. So, through the eyes of a child, if there is nothing happening in the moment to hurt them, scare them or upset them, they are comfortable and at ease. They focus 100% of their attention on what they’re doing at the moment because their minds don’t have other thoughts to distract them. As they grow older, however, they are told they must learn to think ahead and anticipate possible future events and consequences. As they get better and better at this behavior, they spend more and more time living in the future trying to figure out what will happen next…and this is the root cause of worry.
In addition to their state of ease, children also have a strong trust that anything they want to do is possible and, not only that, simple to accomplish. At this stage, they have not been weighed down by a barrage of limitations and impossibilities. Ask an adult if he or she can become a millionaire by next year and your answer will probably be no. Ask a child the same question and you might hear, “Why would it take a whole year?”
When Jesus spoke of having the eyes of a child, He referred to this implicit trust in The Source of all things. This attitude means we can’t rely on rational thought or external circumstances to bring about success. Instead, faith that the answer has been provided before the question was even asked must take precedence.
To the adult, rational mind, a leap of faith such as this is often far too great to take and yet it is the very thing that separates The Masters from “ordinary” men and women. To break free from the ordinary, one must be extraordinary, even if it may seem irrational. The simple truth is, you don’t know what lies in store for you 1 second from now. Just because you don’t see the solution to your problem at this moment does not mean it can’t or won’t present itself in the next.
Joyful anticipation that each moment of your life can bring you the answer to your prayers is the state of being Jesus and other Masters such as Buddha and Krishna existed within…and that was the very crux of the message they strove to deliver to us. They were not better than we are; they were trying to get us to understand that they represented the pinnacle of human potential and encouraged us to realize this within ourselves. After all, Jesus told us, “Anything I can do you can do also and even greater things thereof.”
To dare to see the world through the eyes of a child is to awaken to a completely new world. Are you up to the challenge?
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