In Times of Crisis, Return to Innocence

Have you ever watched children building sandcastles on the beach? They are a delight to watch, totally absorbed in what they are doing. They run around filling their buckets and make their castle higher and higher. When it finally stands in all its glory, they wait in excitement for the tide to come in and pull it down. Then they happily start again, building another castle.

Do you think that before they started building, they thought, Oh no, we shouldn’t build here – the tide is going to come in and destroy it! No, that’s not how they think. When the waves come, is there anguish? No. Just the excitement of the next project, a new moment, as they intuitively embrace creation and destruction as natural parts of life.

We were all children once. We all once embraced the unexpected tide rushing in, accepting the destruction of what has come before, remaining open to the unknown magic that awaited us around every corner. As adults, on the other hand, most of us seek to preserve the walls of our sandcastles at all costs, in a vain attempt to protect our achievements and possessions from the unpredictability of the world.

In times of crisis, we are all reminded of the uncertainty of the world. Yet if we embrace this uncertainty, and learn to flow with the changes that we are presented with, we can find joy and inner confidence in the most unexpected situations.

Embrace simplicity and spontaneity, and let go of the questions, controls, and opinions of the intellect. If you can rekindle the lost innocence of childhood while at the same time maintaining the maturity and sense of responsibility you have gained from adulthood, you will transform your life in ways you can’t imagine.

Ultimately, peace, love and joy are the most important things in life, not acquiring and possessing. When we realize this, we can use situations that seem negative to develop inner happiness. The way these circumstances affect us does not depend on the situation itself, but on whether or not we choose to use it as an opportunity to grow.

When we expand an internal experience of love-consciousness, we find an inner security that can never be questioned or threatened by anything external.

Adapted from: Why Walk When You Can Fly, by Isha (New World Library, 2008).

Isha Judd is an internationally renowned spiritual teacher and author; her latest book and movie, Why Walk When You Can Fly? explain her system for self-love and the expansion of consciousness. Learn more at


Tanik Tri R
Tanik Tr8 years ago

Another great post, Isha.. Thanks..

Teresa T.
Teresa T8 years ago

Timely for me also, we recently had a family crisis. As big as they come.
Dixon it might be wise to keep religious council to yourself. Not everyone believes as you do, and even some of those who do may find your words insulting. "thanks for the situation"? Really? My fourth granddaughter was recently born, stillborn. It has been devastating to our family, my youngest daughter (her mother) and myself especially. It has shattered every expectation I ever had of life. Thanks for the situation???

Gershon M.


Raymond A.
Past Member 8 years ago

Good analogy... Can't help but think about when I was a kid growing up on the beach of the Pacific Ocean building castles. I grew tired of seeing them destroyed, and embraced the challenge of building some that would survive the tide, completely surrounded by water. I succeeded only to have some jerk in a jeep come flying down the beach and run over it. So I built it again, but this time I put concrete blocks inside the walls...

Achala Isha
Alexia F8 years ago

I experienced rejection since newborn and subsequently became attached to external security as a desperate way to avoid fear and disapproval. On September 8, 2003, in one of the most confusing moments in my life in which my internal convictions where falling apart, I met a person that with a glance shook up my entire existence: Isha. Since then I began to experience inner changes that pushed me deeper to an inner peace I didn"t imagine could ever feel. Two months ago a medical test showed a possible cancer in my body. I felt my life hanging by a thread. It was not rejection, my deepest fear, knocking at my door. It was cancer. All of a sudden I was not being exposed to disapproval as usual, I was thrown to chose between life and death. In an instant I pushed myself to go implacably fast and deep in the process I committed to since I began practicing the Isha System in September 2003. In this hurricane of emotions and belief systems blowing away something emerged from chaos: my inner peace. A peace so strong and powerful that steadily and kindly destroys the need of staying on the surface searching for external approval. Later in the last medical assessment appears there's practically no possibility of cancer. Suddenly, without a prior notice, everything gets in its place and I"m aware that Unconditional Love to myself crosses my human experience and its fragrance permeates everything, absolutely everything.

Wini A.
Wini A8 years ago

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Daren Dacanay
Daren D8 years ago

Really great. Thanks.

Dixon Murrah
Past Member 8 years ago

Another way to say it --- Let the situation change you rather than trying to change the situation.
Everytime that we run into a difficulty, that is God ringing your phone. He wants to hear two things when you answer it. 1st, thanks for the situation and 2nd, what would you have me learn/change as aresult of this situation? Then listen carefulloy for His answer.

Carol H.
Past Member 8 years ago

To return to the innocence is so hard to do because you really know what life is all about and it isn't what you thought it would be but the indea of it so much fun.
I would want to relive my life before we had to move to the United States after we moved here it was horrible.
We were Americans but America didn't want us because we weren't Cuban and we were in their way.

Kim R.
Kim Rodgers8 years ago

Timely for me -- a door was knocked in and my 2-month-old lawnmower was stolen yesterday. Something to think about. Thanks.