The term “inner child healing” may set off gales of laughter among certain people. Many take the term far too seriously, while others make light of it. T-shirts mock the concept. Therapists discuss it seriously, perhaps too seriously. On the other hand, there are also inner child cards.
Books examine the process and offer their own take. For example, Robert Burney in The Dance of Wounded Souls states: "We need to rescue and nurture and Love our inner children - and STOP them from controlling our lives. STOP them from driving the bus! Children are not supposed to drive, they are not supposed to be in control.”
Such sentiments abound among those who seek to find and heal their inner child. They seek to be a caring parent to their inner child. Some are urged to play with their inner child. Yet, what is the inner child?
The inner child is the being within, created during the years from age four to seven – the so-called formative years. If, during this time, a traumatic event occurs with frequency, we may bury the event within us. As a result, it may not resurface as part of the conscious. It will remain, however, buried within and ready to appear in glimpses in reaction to certain events or situations.
According to some psychologists and lay people, the trauma inflicted upon a child may influence unknowingly the behavior of the adult. This results in poor relationships and such things as co-dependency. These can harm the overall quality of life of an individual. The only way to disrupt the pattern of behavior is to locate and heal the child within.
Over the decades, professionals and lay people have developed different means of locating and helping the inner child. These include:
Yet, one of the most efficient techniques used to help with the finding and then healing of the inner child is meditation.
Meditation is a common method for helping us locate and heal our inner child. This may involve finding, then calling upon, the healing power of forgiveness as I do in my spiritual healing practice.
Guided meditation can be a specific tool for inner child healing.
Meditation may use specific imagery to help us get in touch with our inner child. It allows us to dredge deep into ourselves. We can then meet the child within and help remove the pain and any obstacles that are affecting our current lives. Through meditation, we can come into contact, talk to and address any issues affecting our inner child.
Whether we're seriously interested in inner child healing or simply want to discover the inner self, meditation is a positive method of exploration. It acts as a means of uncovering what we may be hiding. Beneath our surface actions lies our past. In turning to meditation, we discover another health benefit – healing our present being by calling upon our past.
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