Notes on “Contemplation” from a Lecture with Fr. Laurence Freeman

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  1. I’d be interested in your thoughts on childhood and contemplation. One of your quotes mentions that and I had never really thought about children and contemplation.
    Thank you for your posts.

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    1. Hi Maureen. I think little children are, as Jesus taught, already in the “Kingdom.” They are present to the world and reality. For the most part, they are not thinking of the past or the future, but living in the now. They have not developed complex egos or a sense of an ashamed “self” yet, even running around naked. They tend to love all people, regardless of who they are. They are naturally open-hearted. They are authentic, real, genuine, their True Self. They let their feelings show, are transparent, and are unguarded in expressing who they are. They are pure, innocent, consciousness, so fully ALIVE to the world, living it NOW, in the simple enjoyment of their lives. It is as if they are living every moment of every day in contemplation, in the simplicity of the now, of life, of being. This is why when we enter into contemplation, and realize our unity in God, we return to a childlike state of innocence, we “become as little children,” and we see things with fresh eyes (Mosiah 3:18; Matt. 18:3). When we are redeemed from our Fall into our egoic “selves,” we become again, as Joseph revealed, “in [our] infant state, innocent before God” (D&C 93:38).

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