AS A LITTLE CHILD
J. Bruce Evans
I consider repression/projection to be the major psychic procedure by which we adapt our natural selves to fit in with social circumstances. As such, these mental tricks may be invaluable aids in every childs learning to get along with others; butand this is the main reason for this exploration: it is performed, I conclude, at great personal cost insofar as individual well being is concerned. In fact, I consider it to be at the heart of sin (in Natural Theology).
Unfortunately, what may serve society well, undermines, I think, the natural creativity inherent in every child. When we do a good job of repressing we may impress our mothers first, and then the social world where we exist outside the home; but unwittingly we split ourselves at the same time, losing not only our natural innocence, but also conscious contact with powers essential for personal wholeness in this present world.
Until we become again "as a little child"that is, unrepressed, we cannot, I conclude, re-enter the kingdom of heaven which is potentially here.
In these essays I explore this common psychic phenomenon, some aspects of reversing the process, and what I imagine being conscious might actually be like.
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