The Child Within Us Lives!
by William Samuel pp. 404 - 408
THE ROLE OF THE
CHILD WITHIN US
We are watching television, and an unexpected scene brings
a tear to the eye. The emotion we feel is the Child stirring within. Subtly, unnoticed
thoughts inward toward the Child and outward to the scene at hand combine in stillness
to elicit a movement of the Child within-and we feel it. What hasn't been common
knowledge is that the Child lies at the seat of simple, honest emotions that have
to do with the tender things, the true things, the good things of the human condition.
We see the enthusiasm of a puppy whose whole body wiggles in tail-wagging
excitement, its head nuzzling the hands and feet of a friend. The response we
feel from the center of us is the Child within confirming that the joy outside
IS the joy within, one joy. What hasn't been common knowledge is that our empathy
comes from the Original Child of us, the Good of us, eager to prove It is ever
here as the Real.
We see something as we round a turn of the pathway and
are tinged with some distant nostalgia, a statement within reminding us of a pleasant
time in our affairs or a happy place we know. What hasn't been common knowledge
is that the seat of feeling within us is the Child's domain and that our response
to the unfolding view, in fact or in memory, is the Child's reminder that we are
that Child, not merely the body that walks the pathway or thunders hell-bent and
unthinking through a human experience.
We see the sight of dolphins and
porpoises playing alongside the ship of life. Suddenly we feel their joy and freedom,
their uninhibited playfulness, and we are relieved. What hasn't been common knowledge
is that their joy and zest is our joy and zest. If we had not learned what joy
is, we would not recognize it in the world-and it is the Child of us that responds,
feeling the same joy and zest. Our body is renewed. What hasn't been common knowledge
until now is that it is the living Identity of us, the immortal Child who is stirring
within, telling us It is willing to be up and out and into our affairs, bringing
us up and out of the old nature to take us home to the Real again.
two old folks walking slowly, hand in hand, for their evening stroll. Suddenly
something within us responds-goodness knows what we feel, but it is very good.
It is warm. It is refreshing and delightful. It is in response to the Child's
lessons learned somewhere along our old man's line of life. But the Child is the
responder to the scene at hand, telling us that we are not the unfeeling, dispassionate
aging person we thought we were. Rather, we are the Child within that doesn't
grow old. We live and we know we live. We are coming back to our senses again.
What hasn't been common knowledge before is that we are not the old person looking
on the scene at hand, but we are the Child, the Awareness of God, looking at the
subjectivity of Godhead.
Sometimes it is the Child that dreams our dreams
for us-dreams to be thought about a little. It seems to me that some of my dreams
do not come from the inmost Child of Me but out of my old worldly imbalances,
hinting at something for me to unbind in the world I am. Something to forgive
and forget. But on the mornings when I awaken to freshness and eagerness, I can
be sure the Child has been at Its work during sleep, being instructed by the Father
Now, ever so slowly, line upon line, in these days at hand we
are becoming aware that the Child within is the REAL of us, the IDENTITY that
walks hand in hand with God, and we are beginning to let that trustworthy Child
lead us. The Child I am speaks to me and writes these words. Nothing I can write
of myself will be worthy of that Inner One made in the Image of God, but with
the Child's help I try. The response one feels to these thoughts and ideas comes
certainly from the Heart, the Child, not at all from the dying nature of the unreal
man who ridicules and laughs at the idea of an eternal ongoingness of Life. The
Child laughs, too-oh, how he laughs and claps his hands!-but not in derision or
hurtfulness. The Child laughs in honest confirmation that the Heart of us lives
and is eternally about the Father's business.
And I shall write my law
in their inward parts and write it in their heart; and will be their God, and
they shall be my people. They shall teach no more every man his neighbor and every
man his brother, saying "Know the Lord" for they shall all know me from the least
of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord, and I will remember their sin
no more. (Jeremiah)
The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and
the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the young lion and the fatling together;
and a little child shall lead them. (Isaiah)
Verily I say unto you,
Except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into
the kingdom of heaven. (Jesus)
While ye have light, believe in the
light, that ye may be the children of light. (Jesus)
Ye are all
the children of light and the children of day. (Paul)
children to come unto me… for such is the kingdom of God.(Jesus)
is the Child that sees the primordial secret in Nature and it is the child of
ourself we return to. The child within us is simple and daring enough to live
the Secret. (Chungtse)
For where the beginning is, there shall be
the end. (Jesus)
The children of the promise are counted for the
We are the children of the promise. (Paul) I have no
greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. (John)
is that Child, my friend, if it isn't the one buried beneath the adulthood of
yourself? We look for the Child and the Child stirs to tell us It lives. We reach
for the Child and the Child comes running into our gut to respond and say, "I
am come!" We begin to see small wonders again, the way we saw them as children.
We acknowledge these wonders as gifts from God and, lo, they come more frequently.
We gird up our loins and dare tell others of the gentle Child within them, and
our wonders increase and grow apace. We thank God for the Child of Life by telling
our subjective selfhood of the Child they are. Imperceptibly, bit by bit, we let
the inner Child lead us to the right hand and to the left. Imperceptibly, our
reliance on external authority gives way to the Light of Life within ourselves,
and we quarrel no longer with any man. Then we see the Child in all men, even
the arrogant and scornful, even the feeble and sick. As we look for the Child
in ourselves, we see It in all men and see them coming alive as well. THIS
is to give God what is God's.
UNDERSTANDING TIME AND THE END DAYS OF
Now it is, in these late days in the ongoingness of mortal
life, that the attention of the one who survives will be turned to the Child within
himself. He will be comforted and profited in his worldly affairs, and in his
heart he will grow wealthy. As this Child-consciousness grows in the world and
as these renewing people communicate with one another around the earth, writing
and telling their own glimpses and glimmers of the Child's joy-no longer reciting
the words of others as proof of their own wisdom-there will be a remarkable synergistic
assembly of feeling within humanity beyond the grandest hope of anyone. Out of
this unexpected synergism of Light, like a plant sending up a tall stem with a
great flower on it, so the world will send up a newness of Child-people, blooming
as a flower of Renewed Life-just like a fall flower finally coming to bloom in
the late days before the frost. After nearly eleven thousand years of human time,
God's Tree of Life is coming into bloom. There will be a special Joy beyond joy
felt by those who are part of this Flower of Life, the offspring of Godhead, seed
from the Original Seed.
But listen, listen. It is the Tree that blooms,
not we ourselves. Those who are led by the Child become the Living Blossom of
Life here on earth-a new brotherhood, a new Community without leaders or temples,
subservient to naught but the Child and its Source. This flower may be shaken
by the laughter, envy and scorn of the incredulous, and assaulted by pseudo-authorities
whose power appears to be threatened. But the Child is a threat to no one. Before
us lies a brief and severe time when the flower is shaken by the wind and the
petals seem to be scattered again and when those who are not holding fast to the
inner Child's hand will wonder who the real prophets are. But from the Flower
will come the Seed that will be taken up for the reseeding and ongoingness of
tangible life. The tree will perish, but the seed will live.
How do I know
this is so? Because it has been shown to me by the Child I am-and I see confirmation
of the Divine Process and Its Equation in all nature. All one must do to know
these things are happening already, is to look and see that they are happening.
Line upon line now, but soon precept upon precept, more than a little here and
a little there, the New Community already begins to flower and be seen by Everyman,
first fruits of the Tree of Life-from out of which comes the Seed eternal.
tangibility, all Da Shan and the life teeming on its slopes, is the subjectivity
of God, not man. The Life that reads these words is the Awareness of God, not
man. The synergism we feel in the community of our families and most meaningful
groups is only a fraction of the Divine Energy and Light of Godhead's Life soon
to be felt by those who summon forth the Child within and dare to become that
Child. The downward human spiral of energy that culminates in selfness and the
reproduction of human life will turn around to spiral upward and out, bringing
with it the incomparable Energy of Life in its wholeness, joined with the Groom-and
this joy is yet to be experienced by men and women. It is reserved for the final
flowering of Life. It begins with the Child within. We get busy and find It. We
live the Equation, giving and receiving, receiving and giving to all mankind.
We write and tell of the Child's Glimpses because we are ourselves the only ones
who can tell our own Glimpses of Light-they come to us immaculately and individually
and to no one else. We are charged to give them to our others. The Glimpse contains
the pollen of Life and we give it freely. We accept it and pass it along. We live
God's Equation with joy.