Updated: Sep 14, 2021
When we are hurt from the pain of our past, often our emotions stay there with the little us, left behind, forgotten, never to be remembered because it hurts too much.
So that's where they stay. They get left behind buried within and unhealed, until they resurface again. Perhaps something happens in our life that triggers us (even subconsciously) into remembering the trauma(s) we experienced, big or small, and the waves of emotions come flooding in.
It doesn't have to stay this way. We have the choice to move through these heavy emotions and to heal the wounds of our past. Maybe you're thinking that you don't have a choice, that it just hurts too much — and that's okay. The option is there for when you are ready to take a step forward on your path of healing in a safe and supported environment.
But I want you to remember something: whether you are ready or not, whatever you went through when you were a child, you were just that — a child. You did nothing wrong.
It is our caregivers' job to protect us. However, sometimes because of their own childhood wounds they are unable to do so, and we are left to fend for ourselves. Whatever you went through, it was and is not your fault.
Inner child healing is deep work and some of you may not be ready to dive in. And if you're not, know this: you deserve to be listened to. You deserve to heal and you are worthy just because you exist. And, when you're ready, find someone who you feel safe with to guide and support you on this path as you reconnect with your inner child.
For those of you who are ready — spend some time in reflection and call in your inner child. You can start here:
"Dear mind, heart body and soul of my inner child: I love you, I honour you, I deeply respect and appreciate you. I'm sorry I have not been here for you but I am now and I'm not going anywhere."