In a time of my life when I found my Soul, it was the kiss of a small child that gave the experience a human Touch……but let me share with you some context first.
Many years ago I was involved in a year-long volunteer program in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where I worked with a refugee resettlement agency while living in community with a small group of good-hearted and idealistic young volunteers. My work with the refugee agency involved many things, but mostly helping the newly arrived refugees move into their new homes – finding furniture, clothes, donations of all kinds to fill a house for people who had nothing upon arriving to a strange new land. These refugees had fled their war-torn countries, as they were in danger of being persecuted or killed. These were families, couples, and individuals, some formerly rich, some poor since birth, and others just normal people with their loves and talents, and their issues. They came from many places – Vietnam, Cuba, Bosnia, Somalia, and other countries – and all had their own needs and expectations of their new life. Some expected more than we could provide, some were grateful for every little thing….most were grateful. I felt it an honor to be these refugees’ first friend in their new home, and happy to do my best to help them understand our way of life here. It was an experience that built an awareness of our true unity as humans – for we are not so different as it may seem.
At this time, in the midst of all of this, I was exploring my own deeper spirituality and awakening, and found myself all of a sudden with The Awakening – that Supreme Moment when the Soul bursts open wide – saturating, permeating, vibrating, caressing, enveloping my mind, heart, body, cells, spirit, and entire Being in the sense of Oneness With All, with Absolute Bliss, Love, an overwhelming Peace and Silence that overtook everything else and left me with nothing but tears of Joy, tears of Gratitude, tears of Transformation. Yes, even the cells of my body were vibrating to their core with this Experience (and they still are – even more so). Like a molten flood of fluid Bliss-Light flowing through all one’s limbs and radiating out of one’s pores, I felt this permeating Glow-Force within and everywhere else around me at the same time. All was One Body, One Being, One Infinite Life. After this, everything changed in how I experienced every detailed sense and moment of the world around me – for all was a part of me, all was the Divine, all Connected with All. There is a wonderful saying by Sri Aurobindo Ghose, who said “The Divine is in All, and All is in the Divine.” I began (yes, only began) living these words on this day. One can no longer live the same way after a Moment like this….and that Moment continued, and grew, and grew……and still grows now……but I digress!
In the wake of this experience, one day I was coming out of the refugee resettlement office, feeling quite alive and joyful already, and then noticed one Somali woman and her three-year-old son walking my way. I had helped them recently to move into their new home – a family of 7 or 8 children (if I recall!) who needed a whole lot of help. As we came together, I smiled and said hello to the mother and then looked down at the small little boy who immediately stuck out his hand to me. His mother and I smiled at this, me thinking he wanted to shake my hand, and so I put out my hand to the little boy and he quickly grabbed my hand with both of his, pulled my hand towards him and gave the top of my hand a sweet little kiss! Then he let go quickly threw his hands up into the air and gave me the biggest smile ever! My friends, I melted….. We barely knew each other and yet this little boy showed his pure and absolute Love in that one little moment. My Heart burst wide even more than before, tears in my eyes, Bliss and Love vibrating within me, my Soul intimately connected with this young boy as One. This kiss of innocence was part of this expanding Soul awakening in my life…..it brought an intimate human side to the experience, which can often become, for many, too ‘etheric’ and ‘high’, too ‘ungrounded’ and above the Earth. No, this experience for me was meant to bridge the great Depths and Heights with the Earth and Humanity, with the smallest of the small in life, humans and nature, our cells and bodies, and especially the child-Souls that are everywhere around us – whether they are actually children or adults. This experience needed to be grounded in the ‘real’ and in the ‘personal,’ for it means nothing if we sit upon our spiritual heights and look down upon the world, which changes nothing for the Earth and humanity. To be touched on all levels, transformed on all levels, wherever one may be, in whatever work on is doing, is the Spiritual Truth of today’s age. Even a simple, tender kiss of innocence from a little Somalian boy can vibrate the Love and Beauty that will eventually change our world.
May I wish you all a Kiss of Innocence…….