Defining 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.
“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.”
Helping Your Inner Child
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.
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