The Innocent archetype represents the state of humankind before the ‘fall’. You live in a perfect Utopian world, full of truth and beauty.
You are always optimistic, and enjoy a honoured ‘untouchable’ position in the universe. Your faith means that you rise above the worries and fears of the masses, and prefer to take life at a slower pace. You enjoy the simple things, and find childlike happiness in life’s small pleasures.
But your outlook is not always realistic, and experiencing life’s ‘falls’ is inevitable. Your challenge is to experience difficulties, while maintaining faith and trust. Through this you can grow from childlike innocence, to a place of wisdom and compassion.
The Innocent is both the beginning and end of the heroes journey. You represent the state of perfection before the fall, and also the Paradise at the end.
The heroes journey is a challenging one, and so the Innocent may be tempted not to make the journey at all. But this denial of the world imperfections and can lead to negative patterns. If you are unable to see the bad behaviours of others, then your suffering will also increase.
Eventually the Innocent must acknowledge the harsh truths of life. Take responsibility for their journey, and journey to a new paradise.
Your Innocent Gifts
Optimism: You are the archetypal optimist. You see the world as a perfect Utopian playground where you are supported and loved at all times. Even when the going gets tough, you are able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. People look to you for your unshakeable faith.
Resilience: Because of your ability to trust and surrender, others come to you in times of crisis. They admire your natural resilience, and seek you out as a refuge from the storm.
Simplicity: You find simple solutions to complex situations. Which lends a childlike joy to the world around you. You have a direct line into the simple pulse and beauty of life. Allowing you to stop and savour the moment, without getting weighed down by the details. Your inner Innocent knows that all be well.
Charisma: You are very charismatic, and people love to be around you. You give out a magnetism of warmth, and have a genuine love of connecting with people who love you in return.
Faith in Goodness: You are resilient, strong willed, and have an unshakeable belief in the goodness of people. Which acts like a light to those around you.
Trusting: You are trusting, honest, and you wear your heart on your sleeve. People know that what they see is what they get, which makes you a wonderful friend and confident.
Your Innocent Shadow
Denial: You tend to deny the negative behaviours of others. You may stay in abusive relationships, refusing to change the situation. This denial saves you from taking responsibility for your life. And yet it also prevents you from finding the real love and happiness you so richly deserve.
Internalising & Projecting: You will likely internalise any negatives you see in others. Rather than seeing your intimidating parent, partner, or boss as the problem; you paint yourself as inadequate and strive to be better. This results in low self esteem, guilt and shame. At the opposite end you may also project your imperfections onto others. Accepting your own faults may feel overwhelming. So you tend to blame others when things go wrong. Which means you are unable to learn and grow from your mistakes.
Absolutism: You are absolute in your outlook, which gives you a black and white approach to life. People are either good or they’re bad. There is nothing between. Not only does this effect your relationships, but it also makes you overly hard on yourself. If you’re not perfect then your ‘no good’. And this kind of thinking can be catastrophic to your delicate self esteem.
Childishness & Naivety: You live your life through ideals. And if the reality doesn’t match up to your expectations then this can be a big blow. You may vacillate between tantrums, and trying to manipulate others to get what you want.
You are trusting to a fault, which can leave you feeling hurt and betrayed when people take advantage of you. Your naivety may also makes you rely on others to rescue you when things go wrong.
Your Innocent Journey
Pre-Fall: The world of the Innocent is absolute. People are either good, or they’re bad. You are either perfect, or you’re nothing. There is no room for the full spectrum of life. Everything that falls short of the ideal is denied or rejected. Because of this you have impossibly high expectations of yourself and others. And when you (or they) fall short of the mark, it can be catastrophic to your self and world view.
You tend to accept everything at face value, and have yet to learn the art of discernment. If someone tells you that your no good, you take it as truth. Without questioning what the persons own shadows and wounds could be. Because of this you may internalise some pretty nasty (and false) beliefs about yourself.
The Fall: The way out of this is to allow yourself to experience life’s pain. These are the many ‘falls’ of disappointment, abandonment, betrayal, and disillusionment. By accepting these difficulties, you grow your world into a kaleidoscope of richness. You begin to root the faith you held in the universe and God, to within your own being. You learn to appreciate human frailty, and to love and accept life’s imperfections.
Paradise Regained: As a Wise Innocent you will have woken up to life’s paradoxes. You understand that though we are perfect on a soul level, you may not want to give a stranger the key to your car. You can now trust people with discernment instead of naivety. You will accept that it’s OK for yourself and others not to be perfect. Sometimes things don’t work out as you’d hoped, but it’s all part of life and growth.
Your Innocent Power & Purpose
Honour Simplicity: Your ability to see through the complexity and drama of life is powerful one. This innocence is much needed in the world right now. When you lead by example, you remind people of the truth and beauty of simplicity. This brings great healing to the world, and wakes people up from their constant striving to be more and more. You remind them that they are perfect and ‘enough’ exactly as they are.
Lift People Up: Your natural optimism means that people look to you in times of need. You are like a lighthouse at the edge of a dark ocean, and people naturally gravitate towards you. You are an instrument of Universal light and hope. When you heal yourself, you can heal the world.
Keep the Flame Burning: Hope, love, faith, joy. These all come naturally to you. You enjoy a treasured place in the universe, as a flame keeper for all the goodness and light in the world. Do not mistake your innocence for frivolity. You are needed in the world more than you may know. Keep the flame of hope burning brightly for those in need. This will give them the strength to see their own journeys through. In this way your are a midwife of other peoples’ hopes and dreams. Honour your calling, and you will be rewarded 1000 fold.
Create a Heaven on Earth: People may envy your Utopian outlook on life. And if you are struggling with your own demons, it’s because we are all working through our own collective ‘fall’. But the time for the great paradigm shift is coming. And the world needs your powers of faith and hope more than ever. When you initiate into your birthright as the Wise Innocent, you will be helping to create a heaven on Earth.
Ways to Grow your Innocent
Open up to the Spectrum: Become mindful of how you polarise your thinking into ‘this’ or ‘that’. When you see the world as black and white you restrict the richness of life’s opportunities. Allow yourself to open up to the spectrum and diversity of things as you meet with them. Try not to make passing judgements, but choose to decide each moment based upon the facts in front of you.
Rescue: Imagine your ideal rescuer. What would they look like, and what dragons would they be rescuing you from? How do they hold themselves, what do they look like and say? What journey have they been on up until this moment?.. Now imagine you as this brave and wonderful rescuer. Take on their powers. How does it make you feel?
Practice Discernment: You always try to see the best in people. But there is a difference between naivety (which comes from a lack of experience and/or denial), and discernment (which is the ability to judge with wisdom). A wise Innocent will always look for the good, but not blindly so. When you learn this simple ability, your world will change dramatically.
By learning to make your own judgements, you will save yourself from much heartache. You will begin to attract the right kind of people into your life; those that appreciate your optimism rather than contain it. You have such beautiful power, so be mindful about where you channel it. Make sure you don’t give it away to others, no matter how ‘good’ you think they are. Your power is for your journey and no one else’s.
Accept & Acknowledge: Your overall drive is to stay in safety and maintain your view of the world as perfect. However in your lifetime you will come to see that this is not always the case. When you acknowledging your problems head on, you rise above them. If you don’t do this you will continue to make the same mistakes.
Embrace Imperfections: You can be terribly hard on yourself. Nobody is perfect, and the sooner you accept that, the freer you will become. Learn to accept the imperfections of others and yourself. This is what makes each of us unique and interesting, and all should be celebrated. Try to resist the urge to compare yourself with others, or to hold yourself up to an ideal that is unobtainable. You may have made mistakes in the past, but this is how we learn and grow. Everything (even imperfection) happen for a reason, and are here to teach us something.
Forgive: You’re tendency to see things as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ can lead you to hold some terrible grudges. These can last a whole lifetime. But when you forgive, you free yourself from the weight of the pain stored within that memory. It doesn’t mean that you have to accept what happened was right; only that it did happen. You let go of trying to change the past, and in doing so you free yourself to live fully in the moment.