So, how do you feel when you recall your childhood?

Does it bring feelings of warmth and happiness? Does it evoke feelings of sadness and pain?

Or does it lie somewhere in between, with neither an excess of happy or painful moments?

During our time in the womb and our earliest moments, the way our mother and key care givers interacted and responded to our needs can determine how we see ourselves as worthy and lovable as adults.

In order to parent “consciously” and effectively therefore, it follows that we are responsible for healing our inner child, and our wounds from childhood.  Indeed, it is quite likely that there is a wounded child still living inside you. The degree of childhood trauma varies from person to person, depending on what has been experienced and how those experiences have been internalised.

Some pointers of a wounded childhood can include:

  • Having parents that were unhappy together.
  • Growing up in an environment where fights and drama were commonplace.
  • Being an unwanted child that was born by accident.
  • Being born a girl when the parents preferred a boy and vice versa.
  • Being subject to physical abuse and violence.
  • Being subject to emotional abuse, manipulation and frequent trauma.
  • Being a victim of sexual abuse within the family.
  • Suppression and being forced to do things against the will.
  • Being forced to take on the role of parent. Parents confide in the child and get the child to take sides. The child is forced to be mature beyond his age and cannot live like a normal child.
  • Lack of love in the family and cold home environment.
  • Lack of cuddling and physical display of affection (especially for babies and younger children).
  • Basic needs of physical care and comfort not met.
  • Child abandoned or separated from parents (especially mother) at an early age.
  • Death of one or both the parents.

Healing  the  inner  child  can  be  an  intense  yet  enriching  journey  that usually happens in stages.  Once you take the initiative to heal your inner child, Reiki and the Universe will support you and guide you on further steps. For example, you may choose to read “Home Coming- Reclaiming and Championing your Inner Child” by John Bradshaw. It has fantastic information on healing the inner child.

Reiki, being an intelligent energy, knows exactly how to facilitate healing in each individual.  In the case of deeper issues though, it may direct you to the right teachers, therapists, books and other resources that can help you heal your childhood and the conflicting emotions that arise on the journey.

The first step to healing the inner child is to recognise the presence of the child in you. Many of us may not even be aware that there is a child still living in our adult bodies. You can recognise the child in you whenever you find yourself in the grip of intense emotions.
This is especially true when your emotional outbursts feel illogical or unreasonable but you can’t help feeling them anyway. This is a sign that an unhealed part of you (your inner child) is calling out for attention. For example, moments when you strongly feel you are not good enough are a definite sign of trauma to the inner child. All children naturally feel they are good enough until they are repeatedly told by well-meaning adults that they are not. They grow up believing this and re-live this misery many times over.

You can also recognise your inner child in those moments when you feel light, carefree and joyful for no reason. When you have fun, live in the moment and enjoy life, it is the work of your inner child. Playfulness and joy are emotions that your inner child loves! By making time to connect inwards on a frequent basis, you will begin to recognise your inner child in your everyday life.

When you experience emotional turmoil that does not heal despite all effort, ask your Reiki practitioner to connect with your inner child using the distance symbol and give him or her some Reiki. Or you can simply use a childhood picture of yours and send love to the picture. You can also have a teddy bear or doll represent your inner child and send Reiki and love to it. Hug and comfort the teddy bear like you would comfort a troubled child. This is a powerful act that can help you heal your inner child.

In moments of happiness, allow your inner child to surface again. Stop being a serious adult all the time! Whenever possible, play, have fun and enjoy life like a child. Have you seen children skipping around for no reason? Can you do that?

You can do it in the privacy of your own space. Let your inner child come alive.

It does not matter whether you are twenty or ninety. Age is just a number.

The child is eternally alive in each of us. If you find it impossible to be like a child, spend time with young children and connect with their energies. That will help your own inner child come alive.

Healing our childhood is crucial as this is often the root of our emotional blocks and limiting beliefs. It has been scientifically proven that the baby growing in the womb is affected by these beliefs as it is forming. So, when you begin to heal your childhood, not only are you doing yourself a favour, you are giving your baby a great gift too.

In moments of happiness, allow your inner child to surface again. Stop being a serious adult all the time! Whenever possible, play, have fun and enjoy life like a child. Have you seen children skipping around for no reason? Can you do that?

You can do it in the privacy of your own space. Let your inner child come alive.

It does not matter whether you are twenty or ninety. Age is just a number.

The child is eternally alive in each of us. If you find it impossible to be like a child, spend time with young children and connect with their energies. That will help your own inner child come alive.

Healing our childhood is crucial as this is often the root of our emotional blocks and limiting beliefs. It has been scientifically proven that the baby growing in the womb is affected by these beliefs as it is forming. So, when you begin to heal your childhood, not only are you doing yourself a favour, you are giving your baby a great gift too.

As you reclaim the natural spontaneity, innocence and magic that you so naturally had as a child, life blossoms like a beautiful flower and a new YOU that is wise, loving and powerful takes birth!

You can book in for your distant Reiki healing or for a chat about inner child work with me, Clare Ford, Reiki Master here

And you can find out more about Reiki healing and how it can benefit you Here.

Sending you love and light,
Clare xx

Post By Clare Ford, Beautiful Souls

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