Sometimes children seem untidy, noisy, and demanding. Some appear even empty-headed, self-centered, and constantly bickering. At the very same time many of us feel a sense of vague yearning for our own youth. There is something about being a child that pulls at our heart strings. Most likely this is to do with how in children the ‘here and now’ is main. They are said to live in the minute and have a natural energy and spontaneity about them. Do children show any signs of spiritual awakening? Do they have transcendent awareness?
William Blake and William Wordsworth in their poetry Songs of Innocence and Ode: Intimations of Immortality stimulated the awakening of a wonderful freshness of perception in addition to a natural kinship with all that is seen.
Concepts about spiritual awakening during youth
Abraham Maslow who studied ‘peak’ experiences in adults, believed that children likewise undergo an awakening of visionary experiences but usually lack the words to speak about them. Even if you take place to bear in mind having a deeply moving event numerous decades earlier, you might not remember it with total precision.
Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, popular for her books about the terminally ill, shocked medical science in the late 1970’s by exposing in her book On Children and Death, the transcendent understandings of her clients.
” It is difficult to ignore the countless stories that passing away clients – children and adults – have actually shown me. These illuminations can not be explained in scientific language.”
Hoffman’s findings about children
Clinical psychologist, Edward Hoffman gathered memories from adults relating to inspirational awakening throughout their early life. He discovered a pattern of childhood spirituality in the memories of early years detailed in his book Visions of Childhood.
These included deep meaning, appeal and terrific consistency, frequently involving the awareness of a various sort of reality. Uplifting experiences took place in normal locations, in addition to whilst experiencing nature, and throughout near death or crisis episodes.
Kept in mind are spontaneous moments of bliss, and extensive insights about life and oneself in childhood: memories having an enduring significance into adulthood.
Profound intuitions in kids
Hoffman’s respondents reported accounts of experiences when as kids they hypothesized about life and death, and took part in reflections concerning individual existence and self-transcendence.
For instance a guy reported that as a child his family had a mortuary in a town in Colorado. He grew up with a particular familiarity with death. He remembers continuously considering where dead individuals go. “Do they simply enter into a hole in the ground? What does it feel like to be dead?” When aged 9 he remembers sitting on a park bench picturing his dead grandfather being in a dark, lonesome, black area of ‘nothing and nobody’ forever and ever.
A dreadful and chilling fear came by his entire body. But then instantly it vanished. It was replaced by a warm comfy, and bright sensation – and a kind and loving existence. “I seemed to hear my grandpa stating, ‘See, it’s all right. I’m simply in a location that’s various.’ “
From that day on he keeps in mind “I never once again had a fear of death.”
One female from Connecticut reported that her older child when aged three would occasionally ask her concerns about God. One day he was standing still for a long time next to a window in their home. Just gazing and stagnating. An uncommon thing to see in somebody so young. Eventually he moved away and when asked what he was doing he responded in a matter-of-fact method “I was talking with God”. He remained suppressed and then went on playing as normal. He didn’t wish to share the experience with her and when inquired about the incident at a later point in his life obviously didn’t recall it.
How common is spiritual awakening in children?
Are deeper experiences common however remain concealed from ourselves? That would hold true if misinterpreted by the kid experiencing them. Or maybe they seem uncommon because they were never shared with others due to being so personal, tough to put into words and unique to the person. Or perhaps moms and dads and youth friends responded negatively triggering the child to clam up?
Implanting of spiritual sensations in children
One method of understanding what is going on is the idea of spiritual thinker Emanuel Swedenborg. He recommends the infant mind is especially open to what might be called the paradise of innocence.
So states of marvel and trust in life being basically great inflow into little children from a higher spiritual realm. As an outcome of this inflow the child looks with eyes of wonder, believes with a mind of creativity and feels with a heart of innocence.
Part of this state of innocence is a determination to believe one does not produce all the good things which come to one. It is acknowledging a specific deficiency.
Likewise the incredible rely on the divine truth and following sense of the ‘everlasting now’ can perhaps be seen in the baby’s lack of any sense of time.
He recommends the inflowing higher sensations about the goodness of life differ according to age.
- Kids trusting in life as good.
- In middle youth would like to know about what is excellent.
- In adolescence wanting to comprehend why it is good.
According to this view when we are young these unconscious feelings and inner awareness forms deep instincts, like seeds that remain dormant as we grow up. But later on we need to draw on them for our spiritual awakening in adulthood.
Significance of re-connecting to our youth spirituality
These memories of our early years recommend there is ‘a little forgotten kid who is our previous self’ yet who ‘still lives within each people’. Hoffman preserves that enhancing the link to our childhood is important for accomplishing higher joy. Not just connecting to both the wounded kid within but also to those moments of spiritual awakening in youth.
The notion that the innocence of youth might harbour special instinctive and spiritual level of sensitivity is shown in the words of Jesus Christ who said:
” Unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of paradise.”