"There is no coming to consciousness without pain"-Carl Jung
~Reality in Consciousness
I do understand how strange and "touchy" it might sound or be when a topic such as healing an inner-child is brought up during discussion when a person has reached a full-grown stage in their adulthood. People might think critically about you, question your identity, and consciously assume that you should just get over these things as time progresses, and you know what, they may be right. But what are the tools for you to use so that past childhood experiences no longer hold you back in life?
Connecting your inner-child to whom you are today is pertinent in the succession of life. When you learn how to hear and understand the wounded child that is always communicating or observing the naturally optimistic one, you are made aware of your heart’s desires. Having discernment of the scarred child or reconnecting with your natural enthusiasm should be recognizable to you.
Even if you are 55+years or more in years, there were experiences in your childhood that landed you into the emotional, mental, physical, and Spiritual spaces of today. If you are in disarray right now because of a “faulty” childhood, always remember that it was an experience to get you to the next vehicle in life. What route you take to get to the next destination is completely up to you.
The inner-child is one of those concepts that is being used regularly today. Other ways to describe the same meaning are the wounded child, the child within, or child-like behavior. The wounded child exists as the child-like aspect within your unconscious mind. It indicates the child you once were, in both positive and negative facets.
~Constantly criticizing yourself
~Zero sense of a strong identity
~Clingy relationships even when toxic
~Unforgiving to yourself
~more… Inner child healing: 5 surprisingly powerful exercises
~You are not smart or good enough
~You are worthless
~Sex is bad
~more…Inner child healing: 5 surprisingly powerful exercises
»Begin with a list of things that brought you joy when you were young. It’s encouraged to begin daydreaming and revisiting the memories as if they were still happening today. If you are more visual, then create a vision board to enhance this experience and sit with it every day.
»You can write a letter to your wounded-child. Address recurring anxieties and emotional pain, and why you want to heal them. Also, In the letter to your wounded child, word it in a way that you are no longer vulnerable from the experiences in the past and can now stand-up for yourself today.
Your inner-child is sensitive and vulnerable. This is why it’s important to pay attention to your inner child’s fears and insecurities, just as well as the joys and feelings of curiosity that often show up within you. Connect with both aspects of your childhood to recant childhood wounds. It can be the slightest detail that did help carry you to a natural sense of enthusiasm when you were a vulnerable youngster. Bring light to those delightful moments instead, but only do so after you recognize your wounded child, and begin to repair your relationship with him/her first.
Shaw Nee Janelle