A couple months back, my family held an intimate prayer gathering, a practice that use to be a monthly routine with very close relatives. As the family is tied up in the practices more akin to the Vaisnava dualist perspective, I still enjoy the love of certain entities to help invigorate my heart space. Nonetheless, my head is tied up in Advaita nondualist ideologies and practices, where foregoing external prayer to go into a state of awareness/nonawareness seems to be my main goal. However, I will concede that I still have a lot to work on with regards to my heart, and I absolutely love our pantheons.
One of my realizations was the fact that the majority Eastern practitioners have never, and may never find the nondualist perspective, which I believe would enhance the dualist worship practice. It would be using the loved ones of our pantheons to create a better direct connection with the highest expression possible. Invoke the deity, allow him/her to direct you where to go, which should always be higher. Such theories plagued my mind as I was attempting to get into the Krishna worship, where my world has been mainly Shiva-Awareness and Shakti-Witness. The main purpose of the intimate prayer was mainly something to pass onto the children, to carry on the lineage tradition, to instill a particular idea of Dharma.
Far from being an astrologer, I've read a damn few books on astrology, both Vedic and Western. I've even crafted very basic (really summaries of certain websites) natal charts. One of the interesting things that I've found from doing quick charts for newborn family members, as well as, as expressed from astrologers, is that kids today are born with a unique aspect, something to do with Uranus. Basically, these kids are esoteric, even if they have very little "spirituality" in their charts. You have to give them the deeper information, instead of dogmatic tradition. That makes sense given that all sorts of genres are given to the following generations, such as indigio, crystal, rainbow, etc.
The very next day, a few of the same relatives got together to film another teacher, one more influenced by the American Indigenous traditions. His story was a stark contrast from the prior intimate gathering, where he spoke of children being more "spiritual" than we think, having come more directly from the other realm void of earthly propaganda. I'm not sure if I'm the only one that picked up on it, but that was in direct conflict with the prior event meant to instill children with a sort of "spirituality". No doubt, such ideas place all sorts of conflict within my head, for example, "if these kids are star-beings, then is it really necessary for them to worship a celestial-being?".
I don't have the answers for that, and really, I think it's up to us as individuals to decide such interpretation. Nonetheless, every traditions honors the greatness of children. Even in practicing the law of attraction, where it's really your vibration, your thoughts-emotions and the way you feel that activate nature, I'm discovering the greatness of children. If you have conversations with adults, they tend to be based on "catching up", in other words, discussing the past, or talking about business or politics, in other words, discussing the future. However, one will quickly notice the energetics of the law of attraction in playing with children. These little humans tend to not just live in the Eckhart Tolle "Now", but attempt to invoke their highest expression, or basically, the highest excitement and joy. Literally, playing with kids is a constant shift of, "ok, what should we play now, what's even more fun that we can do?". We as adults don't really do that. We focus on, "ok, I need to bring in some money, so I'm stuck here for a few hours". I mean think about it, there's a reason why most kids don't have to turn to alcohol/drugs.
To step it up a notch spiritually, there's a reason why the great masters recognized the greatness of children. To be in that energy field of the child version of you, one that is particularly the happiest, is one of the greatest energetic sensations that you can linger within. I can still remember and feel my four (4) year old self, where so long as my favorite stuffed animal was by my side, the world was my playground. As an adult, I'm getting my butt kicked here and there, and end up being exhausted as opposed to being an energetic child. Hence, to linger in the idea of the happiest child version of yourself, is to active the law of attraction, which will help you love with an innocence again. That form of love is necessary to open the heart chakra, especially in a world where people may be focused more on the third-eye.
Moreover, from my experience in approaching all of my friends within our pantheons, my guides and ascended masters, I attempt to bring up that four (4) year old version of myself, which makes the experience so much more wholesome. To say the mantra of your divinity, your prayer, your oblations,from the perspective of a child who would rather rest with the Divine's arms as opposed to raising an entity on a pedestal or get lost in philosophy, has been a practice that has brought me so much psychologically and emotionally closer to my chosen entity. In other words, it seemed that when I removed the pedestal of oblations, but simply recognized that we're all related regardless of hierarchy and looked up to these beings as helpful relatives ready and willing with open arms as if I'm their child, I was finally accepted.
and said, "Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. -Matthew 18:3 (NASB)
Therefore, to "be like kids" may seem like a "hippie" statement that one of the greatest "love and peace"masters taught. I mean, using my imagination I can only conjure a heaven of childlike energy where Barney would rule in attempting to visualize such concepts. Nonetheless, when approaching the divinity with the adventurously loving heart of a child and exploring the universe in utter virginal awe, we have some techniques that seem to step-us-up a notion, well so it seems for me. So with that said, be like kids!
Overly educated and continuously exploring and revealing more behind the veil.
"It cannot be too highly emphasized that the mystic swims in the same waters in which the psychotic drowns."
-James Wasserman, The Mystery Traditions