So many of us are walking around with a wounded inner-child who just wants to have their voice heard and to be recognized and acknowledged.
This is the part of us who may not have learned how to ask for what we need. Or the part that was conditioned to believe projections of our family of origin as our truth.
But why explore this aspect of ourselves? Isn't the past behind us? It can't be changed anyway, right?
Here's what I've learned...
This little one NEEDS to be acknowledged. They need to be loved in all the ways they didn't feel loved so long ago.
My own inner-child had been scared and angry for a very long time. She felt like she'd never really been seen or heard. She believed that people came into her life to be taken care of, but that she didn't NEED to be taken care of herself.
Understanding this about my inner-child, helped me to see the patterns in my life where I OVERDID it for others, without expecting anything in return. And where I sacrificed for others because I didn't believe that I had value unless I was a martyr-like human with no wants and needs of her own.
But with acknowledging this little child part of me, came the opportunity to re-write the stories and beliefs that I took on as a child (because I didn't know any better). And now as an adult I get to assess what is mine and what no longer (if ever) serves me.
Deepening this relationship and re-parenting my inner child has resulted in a new level of self-love and self understanding for me. I am now able to fiercely love this part of me and protect her as I would my own child.
This is a work in process!
At times this little one still throws huge temper tantrums, she is still working on trusting that she is truly supported and the fear of abandonment is still there but healing.
Yet "we're" learning together and that in and of itself is a huge shift for me.
How are you learning to form a deeper relationship with your inner-child? I'd love to hear! Share in comments below or send me a message HERE