You are progressing like a wind-driven forest fire
November 4, 2012 by John Smallman
The strength and intensity of the divine field of Love enveloping you continues to increase as more of you set your intent to accept its embrace, meld with it, and share its benefits as widely as you can. One of the most effective ways for you to do this is to focus on remembering that another’s attacking or defensive behaviors and attitudes are in fact calls for love and acceptance, calls to which they themselves are most unlikely to be able to respond. Therefore, respond lovingly and compassionately — albeit silently if necessary — to that call for help. And then offer love to yourselves in honor of the love that you have just shared.
Your various cultures worldwide have all encouraged the dishonoring of children who do not, will not, or cannot conform to the cultural norms that are being imposed upon them. Cultural norms are very useful as a means of offering behavioral guidance so that people can interact satisfactorily and harmoniously, but too often they become rigid and inflexible rules. These crush the creative spirit that would assist your spiritual evolution by withholding love, affection, and approval from the little ones until they conform. The result is that children grow up feeling unworthy and unacceptable, and then, as adults, they are for the rest of their human lives constantly expecting to be negatively judged.
That anxious expectation drains their energy and their natural spontaneity and joy. Life should be joyful, and to prevent or restrict it by imposing inflexible rules and standards is very damaging, and causes children to grow up seeking outside approval for their very existence. The joy of life, of existence is a God-given gift to which every sentient being is divinely entitled. Within the illusion great efforts have been expended over the eons to crush that spontaneous sense of joy by offering only occasional grudging approval to children when their behavior is sufficiently servile, and at other times judging and punishing them for their God-given spontaneity. Much of the suffering that humanity has experienced can be traced back to this strange custom.
Over the last six or seven decades an awareness has been growing that there are far better ways to assist children in their journey from infancy to adulthood, and the results are now showing in the younger generations of adults all across the world. New ideas are pouring forth, leading to far more enlightened ways of addressing and dealing with the issues facing children as they make that journey. Children who are accepted rather than judged grow into compassionate adults, and a new generation is now making its presence felt and demonstrating love and compassion in action. This generation is far more easily able to open its heart to the divine energies surrounding you, it responds appropriately to them by melding with them, and then sharing the joy, the hope, the wisdom, and the enthusiasm with which they are inspired.