Sabian Symbols: Mary and her white lamb
This universal idea is best expressed through planets in
Virgo 24 (23° - 24°)
THE SPIRITUAL PRACTICE OF INNOCENCE
The more we progress in spiritual maturity the more we radiate childlike qualities and purity of spirit
Despite having a nobility of demeanour and powerful will the more advanced seeker is able to radiate innocence and purity, holding on to a childlike simplicity of being. This protects us from attachment to pride and also softens all the situations we encounter adding a spontaneity and lightness of being to life.
MARY AND HER LITTLE LAMB
Mary and her white lamb
A positive, expectant approach to life generally promotes stability
Each of us is entirely responsible for making sense of all of our outer experiences on the inner, subjective level. It is a measure of our self-adequacy whether or not we are able to do this well enough to take care of our wants and needs, and indeed to sponsor happiness. Naivety can be the impractical failure to face up to the hard facts of reality, or it can be beautiful innocence. To learn which of these two interpretations is more accurate for us, a lot depends upon whether, and how well, we are coping with life. Can we take care of ourselves so that we feel secure and happy?
The potential exists for us to find something that makes worthwhile every involvement and each relationship. It is evidence of a true ingenious creativity that we manage to do so. A young child usually finds something to play with and enjoy, so that each moment is valid in itself; adults so often lose this ability, so when we find one who can hold on to such youthful beauty, perhaps we should celebrate them. There’s enough cynicism in the world – so a bit of childish fun is welcome surely, especially if present within a competent individual?
The image of a little girl, artlessly playing with an innocent baby animal, is a clue to this facility within us. This is a stabilising facility, and is what promotes a positive, expectant approach to people and to life generally.
As adults, we are conscientious, even industrious, about optimising the full expression of our capacities, striving and struggling to do this against external forces and personal insufficiency. Yet the child’s wide-eyed expectation of the free-flow of goodness, truth and purity is not a lesser wisdom.
The opposite is the case; we all need such clear optimism. Holding awareness of such a childlike anticipation is a remedy for confusion, cynicism and an inner dividedness of focus.
And yet we must not allow such naivety to degenerate into witless fancy – where the loss of true spirit and the absence of mature understanding will give rise to nothing more than empty-headedness.
This is not the wisdom of escapism – because there is no wisdom in escapism; it is the wisdom of trust – a totally different quality.