Great topic and one I have worked on with my therapist. We did this exercise using imagery.
The inner child of the past, present and future: When we talk about the inner child, we’re referring to an image of your child self. This image may be one that you access by looking at a photograph of yourself as a child, or simply by closing your eyes and picturing yourself as a child. The child can be of any age, however it is useful to be able to visualize yourself at different ages in order to access different memories and emotions.
In therapy we started with my first memories and moved through my childhood.
The inner child of the past: This is an image of yourself that matches with a certain time in your own past. This child can help you find and access memories and feelings that will help with your healing. She or He may appear sad, lonely, lost, afraid or deeply hurt.
The inner child of the present: While the inner child of the past helps you with your healing, the inner child of the present helps you with your self-care on a current and ongoing basis. In order to get clear readings from the present child, the child of the past must have some degree of healing already accomplished.
The inner child of the future: Some of the images of your inner child can be a kind of earmark for you, indicating future possibilities for your development and self-expression.
The magical child: This image of the child (which can be a great one for your future child image), suggests a wellspring of energy. From this wellspring emerge your humor, play, spontaneity, creativity, joy and capacity for unconditional love. The magical child also provides a doorway to wisdom and undeveloped powers.
There are basically two ways to heal, nurture and care for your inner child--visualization and affirmation.
So what can you expect from doing inner child work ? You will learn to love yourself, take better care of yourself ~ body, mind and spirit, and become a more focused, powerful, strong and loving adult.
Never, ever give up on yourself. You can do this, because you're a good person with a good heart.
Gentle Hugs to all of the children.
~~Kitt~~Moderator: Anxiety/Panic, Osteoarthritis, GERD/Heartburn and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease. www.healingwell.com"If you can't change the world, change your world"
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