Life is about balance and harmony; put simply it’s about fulfilling our duty of care to ourselves and to others. If we aspire to be a spiritual person, someone who tries to live out their highest beliefs in a practical down to earth way, while dealing with the rigors of everyday life, we should also take time out from our meditation sessions, our crystals, Reiki and the self-development workshops to be silly. If spirituality is one point of balance then childlike ‘silliness’ is the other. The word ‘silly’ carries with it some negative connotations but if we look closely we see that the word also denotes being: ‘carefree and lacking in serious purpose’. But what greater purpose can there be than a carefree approach to our physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing?
This need and desire is not childish, irresponsible, immature or foolish. It fulfils a childlike sense of wonder and sees the miracles in the mundane, it has a maturity that comes from the wisdom of innocence, and it recognises without judging how silly and self important we can sometimes be without realising it. It accepts responsibility and duty of care for our own health and happiness, it realises that you can’t have one without the other for one is the counter balance to the other. It isn’t afraid to laugh at itself, and recognises the wisdom of the fool.
There is a time for all things, being silly in a childlike way is just as important as understanding the language of prayer or the finer points of spirituality, each has its time and place and neither one stands higher than the other before God. A child sees the wonder in all things through eyes that haven’t yet been clouded by ignorance and fear; for a child time stands still as it holds court with ‘imaginary’ friends as they discuss a magic kingdom we can no longer see. They see treasure in precious stones when all we see are pebbles; a puddle provides the opportunity to sail to distant shores and battle pirates and mythical monsters. We look into the same puddle and see the potential for dirty footprints on a kitchen floor.
There is a time to be grown up and do the things that grownups do; a time to face the challenges of everyday life, but there is also a time to allow the child within us to rediscover the magic kingdom that we once knew. There is a time for our physical and spiritual journey, but there is also a time to rest and play, a time to remember where we hid those golden shafts of sunlight that filtered through the trees on warm summer days; we instinctively knew they were precious and contained magical powers. Now is the time to rest for a short while, to play and rediscover those treasures you buried so long ago; you stand before the door to that lost kingdom, and silliness is the key.
Article by Phillip Hawkins
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A Reiki practitioner since 1999, Phillip started teaching Reiki in 2000 and using those skills and abilities he has spent the majority of the last seventeen years working with a wide range of social and educational needs including Autism and ADHD. Working with addicts dependent on alcohol and drugs, people whose lives were extremely violent and abusive, and others who had to deal with severe mental health issues. This has enabled him to work extensively in the private sector, schools, colleges, education and care in the community, the prison service and psychiatric units.
In 2016, Phillip decided to semi-retire from full-time employment to concentrate on developing his career as a published author and the setting up of his Reiki personal development programme at the Chilton Community College.