A Return to Innocence (Embracing the Unknown Beyond Conceptual Reality)



“To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour”
– Auguries of Innocence (William Blake)

I finally understood why William Blake’s poem was entitled Auguries of Innocence. Innocence is the original nature of creation before it was distorted through the eyes of men. It is the freedom from judgement and conceptual reality. To see through the eyes of God is to look with innocence into the unalloyed essence of creation.

There is a superficial level of perceiving the world through the mind by way of conceptual understanding. Concepts, framed by words, serve to dichotomise a world that was created in unity. By using the concept of ‘I‘ and ‘you’, we naturally draw boundaries between each other and define ourselves as separate entities. These concepts are created by the mind which holds on to the illusion of control and knowing. In truth, the mind is incapable of comprehending the deeper nature of reality beyond mere concepts. By perceiving the world through concepts, we remain trapped in the illusion of Maya which conceals the deeper spiritual truths. Concepts do serve a purpose if applied in the right way, for they help us to define what we are not. Self-realisation is then a process of unlearning these concepts.

Beyond concepts, the truth can only be perceived if we first give up our superficial knowledge of the world and acknowledge that we know nothing about the absolute nature of reality. We then delve into the unknown that exists beyond the comprehension of the mind. The unknown is intimidating to the mind which clings on to the illusion of knowing, yet emancipating for the soul. Beyond the mind, there is a deeper level of knowing that transcends language and concepts. This can be felt and experienced directly with the soul when the mind is silenced.

From that place beyond the judgmental mind, perhaps we can learn to perceive the world in its fullness again. As Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3 NIV) Without the veil of judgement, perhaps we can directly experience what William Blake meant when he said “If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything will appear to man as it is: infinite.” We will begin to see God in everything if we learn to perceive the world with innocence again.

© nightdawnday
p.s. Leave a comment if this resonated with you. I love to hear your stories!

9 Comments Add yours

  1. I love the sentence “To see through the eyes of God is to look with innocence into the unalloyed essence of creation.” I’d never thought about looking at the whole of creation in this way. We think of ourselves as being made perfect in Christ but I’d never really thought of looking at everything NOW through the eyes of innocence – one without human concepts and judgment. Thanks for the post!

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  2. What a beautiful post – completely resonates with me and I love your writing!
    Thank-you and have a beautiful day!

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  3. Enjoyed reading this very much! The thing is, we CAN cleanse the doors of perception. That’s what spiritual practice is for. To bring us back into harmony and unity with both our inner and outer world. Much of what you write of concerning the mind is the egoic mind, the intellectual mind, which thinks it knows so much, but understands so little!

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  4. philipmach1 says:

    Beautifully written and very thought provoking

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  5. Wic says:

    Enjoyed this and so agree that it is with the soul we truly understand and that the mind is distraction from true knowledge. With spiritual practice there is so much knowledge to be had.

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  6. Joshuto ∞ says:

    Your writing skill is worth appreciations. It is difficult to explain this matter. “

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  7. Beautifully said. The innocence of seeing through the eyes of a child. You may want to check out this source of inspiration.

    https://drthomasmaples.com/2020/01/09/inspiration-through-the-eyes-of-a-child/

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  8. drjackie1 says:

    A very powerful observation: “Beyond the mind, there is a deeper level of knowing that transcends language and concepts. This can be felt and experienced directly with the soul when the mind is silenced”
    Listening to intuition, to the dialogue of the higher self with oneself is the true source of wisdom, of guidance on the path of the evolution of spirit.Thank you for the depth of your expression.

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  9. lovebug1323 says:

    I love your writing, you put so much meaning behind your words.

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