One night in my play therapy class my students and I were discussing our inner child fears with inner child therapy. I had just come from a very traumatic excursion with my sister in law (In my mind it was traumatic).
She had just treated me to my first and last foot pedicure. I did not like anyone touching my feet! I loved getting manicures, but had held off getting a pedicure until my 45th birthday.
Later that night I had a flashback of sorts of my infant self being hurt by someone touching my left foot. The pain was excruciating in the flashback.
I called my mom the next day and she reminded me that I had been born with a left club food. I knew that part was true. But, I what I did not know is they had to break my foot before putting setting it in a cast.
The memory was of my one year old self and the doctor who had to break my ankle (without pain killers) before putting the cast on. I had to wear the cast for over a year and still have a weak ankle that pops out every now and then.
This all made sense to me that my inner child still had fears due to someone working with my feet and the cast was a representation of “shoes”. I still hate to buy shoes though.
I have had some very positive feelings and experiences come from my own personal inner child work in inner child therapy as well.
I have reconnected with many of my childhood activities such as biking, boating, horseback riding, playing in the woods, writing, and art with inner child therapy.
As a matter of fact, all of my writings and artwork have come about only after I have reconnected with my inner child. This website and my books would never have happened if it was not for the help of my inner child therapy process.
I view this "being" as my creative force within. I could not imagine my life without this incredible force from my inner child. Sometimes I think of her as a magical little muse or fairy. I make sure I connect with her for some amount of time during the day as a part of my ongoing inner child therapy.
I have also learned that when I start to experience negative feelings that I am out of touch with my inner child in inner child therapy. I am “healthiest” wh en I have connected to my amazing inner child.
I hope you will be able to reconnect and spend some time with your amazing inner child as well and begin the process of inner child therapy.
It is worth the effort of the inner child therapy assignment in Lesson 1. Take your time and spend time with your inner child every day. Your life will be changed for the better in ways you cannot imagine if you reconnect with your incredible inner child!
See: The Inner Child Therapy Scrapbook link below for ideas on how to reconnect with your inner child.
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