Perhaps those who are familiar with the story of Siddhartha Gautama, who became the Buddha, will care to pause and reflect upon his exceptional example, and how it relates to the condition of innocence and inner child wounding.
His father was the king, and legend has it that his pregnant mother had lucidly dreamed that Siddhartha would either become a great king or a great Sage – the Buddha. His mother died in childbirth, but not before telling her husband of her dream. In the hope that retaining the blissful ignorance of childhood would lead him to accept his inheritance, as a child he was protected by his father from all knowledge of suffering and death in the world outside the palace. His every whim was fulfilled; he lacked for nothing.
However, upon finally learning of the harsh realities of the world, Siddhartha left his royal life of luxury behind. Then, for the sake of wisdom, he willingly put himself through the trials of Job in order to integrate knowledge of the world’s suffering with the pristine state of Bliss he had relinquished. Perhaps Siddhartha did not originally have the need for personal healing that we do. But in his thirst for wisdom and his compassion for a suffering humanity, he was called in a way that led to a great inward journey … and finally, an achievement of Enlightenment that has inspired uncounted souls for two and a half millennia. I believe that, like Jesus, he knew in his heart that we are all One, and that the illusion and suffering of one belongs to us all.