The Wisdom of Little Children by John Cali and Spirit

Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944), “The Little Prince,” 1943

kids-on-a-sofaKids On a Sofa by Anarres

In our last blog post, How To Tell If You Are a Wise Old Soul–16 Ways, one of Spirit’s “ways” was “You acknowledge you are your own highest and best authority.”

That is not a truth most of us were taught as little children. I certainly was not–just the opposite. We were instructed to place our trust everywhere except ourselves–our parents, churches, teachers, governments, etc. etc.

In the Tuning In movie my spirit guides said the wisest we have ever been (in our current lifetimes) was when we were little children.

Most of us have been “talked out of” the profound wisdom we had as those little children.


Someone once asked your popular advice columnist, Abigail van Buren, who determines what is right and wrong in her life. Her answer was as simple as it was profound: “I do.”

That is a truth you knew as little children. The rules and restrictions of grown-ups were nothing more than minor (or major) nuisances to you. You knew what was right and wrong for you–no one had to tell you.

You and your spirit were so intimately intertwined because you still carried all the memories of what “the other side” was like.

Eventually you forgot all that, mostly because your parents and the other adults in your lives told you it was all nonsense. Or, more likely, they said it was “just your imagination.”

And so you became used to “reality” as defined by the “authority” figures around you.

But that little child within lives still. You get glimpses of him/her in your quiet moments, in your dreams, in your fantasies.

We encourage you to become reacquainted with that wise child within–and with the joy and carefree ways you once knew.

That little child is the real you, your true self. In reconnecting you will once again remember who you are and why you are here.

Life was never meant to be a struggle. Your little child knows that. Now it’s time for you to know it also.

Copyright © 2014 by John Cali


I love this short video, Don’t Ask Why–The Wisdom of Children, with Abraham, channelled by Esther Hicks. You will too.


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10 Responses

  1. Margaret

    One lesson I have learnt from children that comes to mind is to enjoy washing up! They LOVE water play, enjoying the magic of the bubbles and especially water as it runs out of the tap.
    Adults think it is a chore because there are so many other things you would rather be doing. Washing up is a great way to be in the now and actually, for me, when I get my ‘me time’.


    • John Cali

      Thanks very much, Margaret. I still remember how much fun washing up was when I was a kid.

  2. Sarah D

    Hi John,
    As you probably know, children are very close to my own heart, especially my own son. This article really made me think about my own childhood. About how exciting everything seemed, how new and invigorating and magical! If I could bottle that magic and sell it I would be a multimillionaire!!!!
    My son has learning disabilities but he knows his own mind and refuses to conform to rules and regulations if they don’t seem reasonable to him. He’s very spirited and I just love to bask in his uninhibited joy.
    I hate to see children who are so downtrodden and controlled. I hate to see their spirits quashed. Their innate joy dampened.
    I do think children need some gentle guidance eg to keep them safe and show them loving and gentle ways.
    Hope all is well, John and blessings to you.

    • John Cali

      Hi Sarah,

      Yes, I do know that — and I remember the experiences you’ve been through, and are going through, with Milo. I’m sure you’re a great inspiration and role model to other parents with children needing special care.

      All is well here, thanks. Many blessings to you and Milo!

  3. Dan Beck

    Between old soul and young soul – I think it’s just time to stop asking why. Thanks for sharing these two articles back to back. On the surface they seem like opposites – but really it’s as simple as our connection to joy. Old soul in a young body?, young soul in an old body? – who cares? – be happy and choose love… now.

    Thanks, John and Spirit – I always have a smile after reading your articles… and you can take that braid out of your hair anytime you want.

    • John Cali

      Thanks very much, Dan. You got it — all we need to do is be happy and choose love.

  4. Susan

    Hi! I am sharing with you Mooji’s quote of the day because I love it!

    What are you supposed to do with all this Love?
    Drown in it like I did. ~
    20th of November, 2014

    May we all be so blessed!

    Love and blessings,

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