When you think back to your childhood, which memories come to mind? Maybe playing games on the playground at school, riding your bike around your neighborhood, or celebrating your birthday with your family. Regardless of what you choose, the point of the exercise is to bring yourself back to that state of being, and examine the difference in your perspective.
What were you like as a child? Did you worry about making money? Did you obsess over trivial things like gas prices and what the men in suits were saying on TV? Probably not. My guess is that you lived a much simpler life, and did whatever made you happy. A bucket of blocks, Legos, or action figures was all that I needed to keep my young mind occupied.
So what happened to us? Why did we change so drastically as we became adults? Why did we lose focus on what’s really important? Of course, we still play with toys and have tea parties, albeit more mature versions of these activities, but what happened to our carefree spirits? Did we grow out of using our imaginations, or were we taught to think that being creative was no longer acceptable and important?
After numerous years of indoctrination into a systematic, compartmentalized, linear way of thinking, we became out of touch with our abstract, spontaneous nature. We lost that spark that made us so alive as children, only to become superficial robots as adults. Why did we let this happen? Why did we allow our benevolent souls to be crushed and distorted into such aberrations?
It’s pointless to blame ourselves for the faults that we’ve encountered in the past. What’s done is done, and all that we can do is make better decisions now and in the future. When you allow your intuition to guide you, anything is possible, and expressing your inner child is the key to setting yourself free.