No matter how old we grow, we carry our younger selves within us every day. Perhaps our hurt 5-year-old self shows up when our best friend doesn't answer our phone call, or our misunderstood 15-year-old self comes out when a colleague doesn't see eye to eye. Caring for this younger version of ourselves is what inner child work is all about.
Working with our inner child can help us to address issues that we haven't been able to resolve as adults and heal the attachment wounds we've developed.
The act of inner work is the process of exploring our subconscious feelings and parts of ourselves that may have been rejected or labeled as "inappropriate" or "too much" by others. By allowing ourselves time to go within, we begin peeling back our everyday coping mechanisms and are able to fully accept and integrate our subconscious into our consciousness. This process can lead to a deeper understanding of ourselves and a more fulfilling life.
Adulthood is a time when we can heal our wounded inner child and create the safe, secure inner and outer environments our younger selves always wanted.
As adults, we often carry wounds from our childhood. These wounds can be simple or complex, and can come from emotional neglect or physical abuse. Healing these wounds allows us to create the safety and security our younger selves have always needed. This in turn allows us to unlock our natural gifts, our inner curiosity, and our limitless capacity to love.
When we avoid addressing our past hurts and feelings of loneliness, they can transform into destructive behaviors. This is why inner child healing is so important – to remind ourselves that we're not wrong or bad, and to heal the shame that comes with just having feelings.
The key is honoring your inner child's perception of their own experiences, without filtering or correcting them.