‘Through our own recovered innocence, we discern the innocence of our neighbours.’
Henry David Thoreau
Derick died as he lived – unaware of his inner-world of Possibility.
His mother was an alcoholic, depressed, angry and saw herself as a victim.
His father worked hard, smoked pot during the week and wiped himself out with alcohol on weekends.
Fights, injuries and visits to the hospital emergency were common for the parents.
Physically and mentally, Derick and his siblings received abuse from both their mother and father.
Periodically the children were fostered out. This intervention happened when the violence and acrimony spilled onto the street, a neighbour called the police, or the children’s teachers saw evidence of physical abuse.
However, the children returned home as soon as a semblance of normality resumed within their household.
It was a vicious cycle.
Delinquency, detention and banishment were rife during Derick’s school years.
He then left school when he was fourteen, ran away from home and lived rough – very rough.
Prostitution and petty crime were his means of feeding his growing drug habit.
Lost in the mire of self-destruction, Derick’s health deteriorated, along with any skerrick of inner peace.
Barely out of his teens, Derick bashed a punter to death in a public toilet over a payment dispute.
Derick died of self-inflicted injuries while in detention, awaiting trial.
Is this ‘story’ uncommon?
DERICK WAS BOTH GUILTY AND INNOCENT
Was he responsible for his actions? Of course, he was! Each of us is.
But try putting yourself in his life – into his short, tormented, lost life.
Derick was guilty on all counts. And he remained innocent*.
Innocent in the fact that he didn’t see beyond his conditioned and increasingly addicted thinking.
IS MY CLAIM OF DERICK’S INNOCENCE A WHITEWASH?
This piece is not an excuse for what he did. Nor is it my intention to say that those responsible for violent acts are not guilty of their crimes.
And, Dear Reader, I’m not implying that you and I are not guilty of our acts against others – the petty, rude or unkind behaviours we commit ourselves. We are!
The point here is to explain why we do what we do – for good or ill.
And the more profound point is how we can transform ourselves – each of us – from being a victim of our conditioning, transcending our past, and becoming our true selves—a self where kindness, understanding, wisdom and common sense pervades our life.
THE WAY FORWARD – FOR YOU, FOR ME, FOR HUMANITY
The instant we encounter our inner world of Possibility, we understand where evil, cruelty, hatred, unkindness – even our simple lack of civility – emanates.
The Realm of Possibility is the source of our innate kindness, deeper understanding, true wisdom and uncommon common sense.
It is our core state – our true self.
In that state, we see to the heart of the matter – how we create our reality – for better or worse.
Experiencing The Realm of Possibility is the elixir for what ails humanity.
Seeing Possibility is the answer to getting a fresh start – for the millions like Derick and like you and me with our form of impossibility thinking.
The moment we see through the veil of impossibility, we see our core innocence and experience our transformation – from seeing life through the illusion of our now non-existent past to seeing what is.
In those moments of enlightenment, we see that same innate potential for transformation existing within our fellow humans – within all humanity – with no exceptions. We see that we are all equally innocent.
While dying on the cross, Jesus is to have said: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do”. Luke 23:34.
Consider that quote in the light of reading this piece and seeing each other’s innocence.
In our moments of awakening, we start our life afresh, influenced by Possibility rather than our conditioned mind, that is, our state of impossibility.
In waking up, we understand this: we all act according to our present state of awareness. We are experiencing our life at any moment from some point on the continuum between Possibility and impossibility. That point determines our current state of awareness – whether we are conscious or unconscious at that time.
We have come to understand that our state of Possibility or impossibility influences our behaviour in each moment.
Understanding how we create our reality, detailed through the chapters of Possibility … a state of mind, has been the catalyst for transforming individuals from all walks of life and stratum of society.
The bottom line is that we are all doing the best we see to do when lost in our conditioned thinking. There are no exceptions to this.
WHY ARE WE INNOCENT, EVEN WHEN WE TRANSGRESS?
The answer is as simple as it is profound.
If we could have seen a better option when committing an unloving act, antisocial behaviour, or even an act of evil, we would have taken it.
If our thinking had been healthier – if we were aware of how we create our reality at that moment – we would have acted in accord with that more conscious thinking.
If we had had the prior experience of seeing Possibility and woken up to our inner world of kindness, understanding, wisdom and common sense, we would not have done whatever we did in that poorer – or worse – psychologically sick state of mind.
But only by a shift in our awareness to seeing how we create our reality in each moment will we understand the way forward for ourselves as individuals and humanity as a collective.
Seeing Possibility is the shift in understanding that humanity desperately needs; it is the point and purpose of The Realm of Possibility Project.
In awakening to the cause within each of us to act in healthy or unhealthy ways, we help fosters a world of health and healing.
We can then facilitate a world that draws upon the power of Possibility rather than our unconscious conditioned mind – our state of impossibility.
We see life from a mind influenced by having seen Possibility rather than blinded by the illusion of impossibility thinking.
And when enough of us see what is at the cause – the invisible-till-it-becomes-visible source of our reality, our thinking – we will see a world transformed.
When we open ourselves to The Realm of Possibility, kindness, understanding, wisdom and common sense flow through us to guide our daily lives in healthier ways.
That opening occurs when we see and understand that we think our moment-to-moment reality into existence.
The answer we seek is as simple and as elusive as that.
Yes, even individuals such as terrorists, wife beaters, serial killers, paedophiles, psychopaths and sociopaths are not without their core innocence.
And we – fast approaching 8 billion – do the best we can at any time. This claim may sound outrageous when considering the hatred expressed and fuelled by so many in the world today.
The behaviours of these people are abhorrent! But their innocence is explainable.
Waking up to how we create our reality – for or against ourselves and the common good – enables us to do much better ourselves.
It’s sometimes called ‘seeing the light’.
In doing so, we become an expression of kindness, understanding, wisdom and common sense.
Many of us are opening our eyes as if for the first time. This awakening enables us to become part of the way forward for humanity – turning away from violence and hatred in all its forms.
Those that make that transition see heaven on Earth.
Warmly … John
*At our core, each of us is ‘innocent’.
You may react to the term ‘innocence’ in connection with Derick. Your reaction may be intense when expressed in the context of evil acts.
However, let’s consider some less dramatic examples:
- Perhaps a workmate that undermines you with your boss.
- Your mother-in-law is saying and doing things that you deem mean-spirited and interfering.
- A child, grandchild, sibling or parent behaving ungratefully or demandingly.
- Someone is commenting unkindly on one of your posts on social media.
How could you see your workmate, mother-in-law, relative or this random person as innocent?
The claim that everyone is innocent – from one end of the spectrum of simply behaving in antisocial or annoying ways – to the other end, behaving in evil ways – flies in the face of what we have grown up to believe.
You and I will and can only act in accord with our thinking and feelings in each moment. Until we wake up, our reality reflects our prior conditioning, life experiences, cultural upbringing, and education.
All our experiences contribute to our conditioning and, as a result, the way we think, feel and act. It’s the way we see or see the world.
And our conditioning – how we see the world – can be turned upside down the moment we see into The Realm of Possibility. At that moment, we transform – we become a new person – it’s as if we are reborn.
Our conditioned mind is our reality – the only reality we can see – until we wake up and see another.
In our moment of awakening, we see into The Realm of Possibility.
That waking up becomes our new reality until the moment we wake up again and see another, and if we stay open, yet another.
Dear Reader – that is why we are, in this sense, innocent.