Over the years I have heard about Inner child work . However, it wasn’t until recently that I was reminded of its importance.
Inner child work isn’t always sunshine and sparkles , it’s heavy lifting work so to speak. It’s raw, it can be messy, it’s completely feeling all those emotions that have been suppressed. These suppressed emotions will be different for every individual, as we all have our own individual struggles and traumas that we have faced through our lives.
The child within us all requires kindness, patience, reassurance and above all else…it needs love.
I centre myself(which can be tricky if your in a state of being triggered) and imagine myself as a small child. I lean into what ever uncomfortable and sometimes painful feeling that has arisen and I speak out loud(this activates the throat chakra and helps take a step to full embodiment). I ask what can I give myself in this now moment. For me it usually involves holding myself and telling the child version of me that I won’t abandon them. That no matter what anyone else says or thinks, I see them, they are validated, it is safe to fully feel and express these big uncomfortable emotions. I am a very sensitive person so being able to hold space for myself and give myself the love I need is very important and helps to heal wounds. This isn’t always a pretty process, for me it usually involves sitting on the floor curled up and breaking down sobbing. It doesn’t always take this form though, it could be dancing around your home singing at the top of your lungs, or even going on a swing(I do this too when I walk past the children’s park) anything to honour the child within and help to express myself unapologetically to the fullest version.
For anyone who has never sat with their inner child, it may appear very strange why anyone would want to prioritise this. However, it is one of the kindest and most empowering gifts you can give yourself and the child within.