The Innocent

Isabella and the pot of Basil, G.H.G. Manton

Isabella and the pot of Basil, G.H.G. Manton










“There is an innocence in admiration: it occurs in one who has not yet realized that they might one day be admired.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Archetype V: The Innocent
Though we are born innocent, part of us continues to look for Utopian possibilities, despite all the contrary ‘reality’ we come across. We can return to this place, Pearson says, but only after we have taken our own heroic journeys. The sense of trust in the universe that we had as infants can be regained by reawakening the Innocent.

While the Warrior learns that ‘life is all up to me’, the Innocent lives on a cushion of faith and belief in the essential abundance of the universe. The Warrior believes that life is a race against time, in competition with others for limited resources, but the Innocent believes that synchronicity will provide whatever is needed.


Your InnerHero: On Carol Pearson’s Archetypes