One of my peculiarities is that I can remember things from very early in life – not just events, but how I felt about those events, and what I knew to be true about life in general. I soon was trained out of this innate wisdom, and it has taken many years to relearn it. The basic principles at the heart of most spiritual, metaphysical, and healing seminars and books are things I knew before I had reached the age of three.
In my earliest memory, I was watching my brother (two years my senior) swinging on a swing in our backyard. I probably was only a few months old at the time; from my angle of view, I must have been lying on my mother's lap. (I later learned that the swing set was taken down before I was a year old.) I knew no words, but was aware of a strong desire to be big like my brother was, so I could do what he was doing. The principle here is that the nature of consciousness is growth and movement.
Other basic principles I knew when I was very young are as follows:
Everything has consciousness. As a child, I believed that every object had consciousness and some level of awareness. I would feel compassion for objects that were damaged or treated carelessly. I felt especially sorry for things that had been discarded and were unloved. When I saw trash on the side of the road, it upset me because I thought those objects were having unhappy lives.
All is one, and all is love. Among the things I loved the most were my mother, our family cat, and my blanket. I was aware that not only did I love these things, they were love – and they all were the same thing. I would save bits of lint from my disintegrating blanket because I knew that each bit was a "morsel" of love, and that each bit was the same as the entire blanket (the holographic principle). I also was aware that it was the same stuff my mother and the cat were made of. I remember the first time I questioned this idea, wondering how such dissimilar manifestations could actually be the same thing, when they bore no apparent resemblance to one another.
We are safe, no matter what. As a small child I loved thunderstorms, and was elated when my aunt placed me on a high limb of a tree. Just after I turned two, a situation arose in which it was widely feared that there would be a global nuclear conflict. The adults and older children were afraid; I thought the situation was fun and exciting.
All experience has value, regardless of whether it is comfortable. I felt proud of having been hurt or ill, just as I was pleased with getting a new toy or visiting a new place.
We are abundant, and we always have enough to share. As a toddler I liked to walk around in the backyard of our house, which did not yet have a full lawn. In the bare spots were many anthills, and it occurred to me that the ants might not have enough to eat. I would bring out my little box of animal cookies and drop pieces of them near the anthills so ensure that the ants would not go hungry.
Time moves at different rates at different moments. While I understood that there were clocks that adults thought were important, I believed that the time they measured moved at different rates, depending on whom you were with and what you were doing. I remember people laughing at me when I pointed out this fact.
The outcome of a question is not determined until the outcome is observed. Yes, I was aware of Heisenberg's uncertainty principle when I was a toddler! I knew that if, for instance, you wanted a pair of shoes in a particular size and color, it was not determined whether the shoe store had that item until you actually went to the store and checked. Until then, all potentials were possible.
I doubt that I knew any more as a small child than anyone else does at that age. The difference is that I remember it.
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