Open to Awe

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“I am youth. I am joy. I am freedom!” said Peter Pan. – J.M. Barrie


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Matthew 11:25

Jesus said in reply, “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.”


I once had a very meaningful dream in which I came upon a very happy baby lying in a cradle on the floor of a room.

I was drawn to this smiling little girl, and knelt down beside her to simply be with her and bask in her innocent joy and curiosity.

Suddenly the baby’s entire head was covered by a hood and there was a small gem in the forehead area.

Just as quickly, the hood disappeared.

Then, telepathically, the baby told me her name was “Free”.

The gem’s position was in the place of what is known as the “third eye chakra” in the Hindu/Yoga tradition.

That energy center is said to be connected to wisdom, intuition, spiritual perception, and universal connection.

At the time, I knew nothing of that.

After much reflection and research, what I have taken from this dream is the following.

When I live from the place of childlike wonder and curiosity, I am open to the spiritual realm in the here and now, as well as the Oneness of all in God.

This is the state of being in which wisdom flows.

It is the state of being in which I am truly free.

I am free from the tyranny of my mind’s addictive thoughts, constant commentaries and closed positions.

I think Jesus’ teachings were heavily influenced by Eastern philosophy but were often completely missed due to the Western preoccupation with beliefs and rules.

We disconnected from our universal connection with creation.

We lost our childlike openness to the sacredness of all things.

One day when I was on retreat at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, I was walking on an early spring morning in the parking area, just soaking in the cool air, listening to the birds and looking about with no expectations.

I was just being present.

I was looking at everything with openness and curiosity.

As I was about to pass my own car, I noticed something on the front hood.

I approached and discovered it was a praying mantis.

The large green insect’s front half was arched upward toward the sky, and its front arms appeared raised as though in an act of praise.

It was directly facing the sun which appeared as a large, orange ball of fire just to the right on the horizon.

The praying mantis remained in this position for quite some time.

I found myself in awe and wonder of this moment of sacred connection with creation.

Jesus’ words come back to me now: “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.”


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About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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