(Re-posted from 28 March, 2016)
Your Inner Child is the part of you that keeps you tapped into the magic in life.
She’ll be distracted by squirrels and kittens and butterflies in the middle of a supposedly serious moment.
He connects you with the joy, enchantment and mystery at all times, and reminds you to look at life with innocence and freshness.
She’ll show you the way to play when life feels challenging and stagnant, and demonstrate that a little mischief can lighten even the darkest moods.
Your Inner Child helps you pinpoint your desires and the things that make your heart sing. He also guides you to what doesn’t feel good, because it hurts or frightens him. She teaches you to use your heart as a measure of resonance, and to Trust, with a capital T. He is the part of you that cries when he’s hurt and laughs when he’s happy, and doesn’t think about shutting down those feelings. She’s the part that loves whole-heartedly, with the purity of her big, open heart.
Your Inner Child knows how to throw himself into things without the fear and resistance that comes of being hurt or feeling jaded. Like The Fool of the tarot, she keeps on trusting, loving and exploring; expecting that life will be wonderful and offer her goodness in return.
Your Inner Child will play until he falls into a sleepy, spent heap on the floor, ready for a new adventure tomorrow. She knows she’s beautiful, never questions it for a moment, and she expresses that beauty in incredible and creative ways.
Your Inner Child wants so much to be seen, heard and acknowledged. He’ll lash out in ‘bad’ behaviour when he’s ignored; distractions and addictions are just a couple of indications of his discord. She wants you to heed her calls for fun, joy and excitement. He wants you to follow your heart despite your own fears of pain and rejection. She wants you to be in harmony with the world around you, feeling whatever arises simply as a taste of what the world has to offer.
Your Inner Child wants to Love You
Your Inner Child doesn’t want you to wallow in self-hatred, blame, shame, self-pity or victimhood. These aren’t natural states of being for a child’s heart and soul. He wants you to seek out the bliss you sense and follow the path to expansion. She wants you to walk away from people and situations that feel abusive or wrong in any way, and trust that something (so much) better is being lined up for you.
Whatever you do to hurt yourself hurts your inner child. It’s like locking him in a dark closet where he can’t express himself or offer you his wisdom. Being disconnected from you is a sense of great frustration and anguish for your Inner Child. She wants to guide you, play with you, and feel the world through you. He’ll lead you on the path to your deepest healing and most powerful connections.
All she wants is for you to acknowledge her, and integrate her fabulous wisdom into your life. He’s known all the pain you’ve known, and is still eager to forgive and enjoy life. She understands deeply that love is a gift to be given, no matter whether it’s returned to you or not. The act of giving so freely comes from his innate connection with the Source of all things, which is pure Love.
Let her connect with you. Let him teach you. Allow her to Love you. Your life will change in miraculous ways.
* I am the author of this post. You might find the original version, which was used with my permission (without attribution) on Your Earth Angel (yourearthangel.com) *
Here’s a message from my Facebook page:
(13 January, 2016) Here’s something cool from my inner child. I was chatting with her last night in the bath, and wondered if anyone had ever loved her enough to ‘die for her’ (including me). She said, ‘that’s bullshit.’
Suddenly I felt the message loud and clear: Love yourself enough to be willing to LIVE for you! Really Live, with a capital L, out loud and completely! This gift of life we’ve been given is the most incredible gift imaginable, and the idea that it’s noble or an act of love to die for someone is part of the old distortions that we’re leaving behind.
It’s not noble, and it’s not loving. It’s self-defeating because the real test is to thrive beyond the challenges and say, ‘check me out, I have overcome!’ Huge learning lies in living to the fullest of your capacity. The idea of dying for someone is tied to the old victim/martyr dynamic, and there’s no room for that in the new. Self-sacrifice is SO old paradigm. Ha ha!
The idea of ‘being of service’ is changing/has already changed; it’s not servitude in exchange for feeling beneficent or altruistic, it’s joyful expression of your truth as a service to ALL, including yourself. And you know what? Dying is easy. You get to return immediately to Source. Living is the real test. So be willing to Live for you. Your life is the example, and the legacy you leave to the world! YOWZA!