If we take a moment to think about our childhoods, most of us likely experienced some trauma – big or small.
Such traumas could range from having your favorite toy tossed in the garbage, to watching your best childhood friend move away, to being mentally or physically abused by an adult in your life.
Many of us who are walking the healing path tend to think in the present or get into past life territory, but the truth is inner child work is as vital a component of soul work as anything else. When we heal our inner child, we reconnect the wounded parts of ourselves. With this work, we learn about the causes of our fears, insecurities, phobias, and sabotaging habits. And when we know about all of those elements of ourselves, deep healing begins.
When you start to heal your inner child, you’ll likely be surprised by some of your findings. In this kind of soul work, you’re not healing the symptoms; you’re going straight to the source of your pain. It is at the source that you’ll reveal how a fear, phobia, or habitual pattern developed.
In this article, we’ll expand on how you can reconnect with your inner child and heal him or her. Before we do that, however, it’s important to discuss the different types of childhood trauma that people face. Types of trauma your inner child may be facing could include physical, sexual, emotional, and mental trauma.
Keep in mind that in these moments of trauma, it’s possible that you experienced soul loss. When this happens, you may benefit from a shamanic healing technique known as “soul retrieval.”
Though you may have experienced soul loss as a result of a childhood trauma, the good thing is that not every occasion leads to soul loss. Each of those moments results in a wounded psyche. When this happens, we experience things such as depression, low self-esteem, self-sabotaging behavior, anxiety, and sometimes chronic illnesses.
Moments of trauma that could have impacted your inner child may be:
- Car accidents
- Being hit or smacked
- Being molested
- Being the child of divorced parents
- Feeling abandoned
- Emotional neglect
- Destruction of personal items
This is by no means a complete list of traumatic events that could have impacted you, but it may help shed some light on things you haven’t thought about in a long time, which now brings us to the definition of inner child work:
When we engage in inner child work, we undergo the process of getting in touch with, embracing, understanding, and healing our inner child. Because your inner child is the first version of yourself that entered this world, he or she holds your ability to experience innocence, playfulness, sensitivity, and joy.
Because we live in a society that encourages us to grow up quickly and forces us to repress our inner child, we tend to leave things behind and not completely heal afterward. Though most of us adults physically grow up, some of us may never fully reach mental or emotional adulthood. Since many of us may be walking around with anger, fear, and pain that sticks to our unconscious mind, it’s important that we do the work necessary for releasing them so we can fully heal.
Here are some things you can do to start healing your inner child:
- Speak to your inner child – tell him or her that you see/hear/love him/her.
- Look at pictures of yourself as a child – having a clear image of your childhood self will help you conduct the rest of your healing work.
- Do what you loved to do as a child – these activities will help you reconnect with your inner child.
- Go on a journey – a meditative journey, that is. Spend time connecting with your childhood self during your meditation, and you’ll be able to connect and heal him/her.
- Work with a spiritual healer – search TribeFinder for an energy worker who can help you heal your past traumas. It’s important that you find someone you can vibe with and trust so you can completely heal.