There’s been a lot of talk about children and saving them, so here I go with a message about children. Like everything else Jungian, this is going to be about looking at yourself with regard to children’s well-being. The world just won’t change so long as projection and division is occurring on a mass level, we can sit here and discuss our anger about child trafficking and child abuse and it’s going to get us nowhere, except further away from our soul. We need to work towards our soul, each and every one of us has to do the inner work, rather than project onto others. How are we taking action towards the wellness and safety of children? Are we watching our behaviors and expressions in front of children and preserving nature and animals for the children of the future? Are we ourselves fostering or nurturing children that need it and connecting to our own children on an intimate and magical level? Are we connecting to the innocence and wonder in ourselves? Or are we using children to continue our one sided politics? In the amazing book Brothers Karamazov, Father Zossima on his death bed shares some life changing wisdom, and particularly this paragraph with regard to children:

“Love children especially, for they too are sinless like the angels; they live to soften and purify our hearts and as it were to guide us. Woe to him who offends a child! ….Every day and every hour, every minute, walk around yourself and watch yourself, and see that your image is a seemly one. You pass by a little child, you pass by spiteful, with ugly words, with wrathful heart; you may not have noticed the child, but he has seen you, and your image, unseemingly and ignoble, may remain in his defenseless heart. You don’t know it, but you may have sown an evil seed in him and it may grow, and all because you were not careful before the child, because you did not foster in yourself a careful, actively benevolent love. Brothers, love is a teacher; but one must know how to acquire it, for it is hard to acquire, it is dearly bought, it is won slowly by long labour. For we must love not only occasionally, for a moment, but for ever. Every one can love occasionally, even the wicked can!” 💚