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What Is the Inner Child

Updated on February 22, 2013

What Is the Inner Child

The inner child is the part of emotional selves that carries the purest essence of ourselves. It is the part within us that has not forgotten how to wonder, imagine and find happiness and joy in day to day moments.

The inner child is also who we were before we were conditioned by society.However due to the pressures of every day life, we have had to suppress this part of us.

For many people being vulnerable and innocent can lead to hurt feelings. So many of us over developed our outer persona as a form of protection.

But stifling aspects of ourselves does not solve problems. In fact these feelings and reactions become even bigger problems during our adult years. As they say, "what resists persists."

So acknowledging our original selves can help with healing many unresolved issues of the past.

Beautiful Child By Fleetwood Mac

Feelings Buried Alive Never Die

Working with your inner child is not really about having super visualization skills, although this can be helpful.

The real key is to tap into buried feelings. Without this acknowledgement they can creep up when we least expect and sabotage our lives.

Instead, our objective is to transmute them into positive forces.

If you still feel that working with your inner child is too abstract, here is a good starting point.

There is a book by the title, "Feelings Buried Alive Never Die." This is a very important concept to remember on journey towards wholeness.

Although we think we are all grown up, there are emotions within ourselves which continue to exist in our childhood past. And they continue to be triggered by people and situations in our current lives.

If you are interested in reading "Feelings Buried Alive Never Die," the Amazon link is posted below.

Again, it is more important to remember the message of the title.

Feelings Buried Alive Never Die

Image Courtesy of Pixie Stitches


What Inner Child Work is NOT

  • Working with the inner child is not about pretending and trying to believe in fluffy reality
  • Inner child work is not about dealing with a metaphor.
  • Inner child work is not about regressing. Nor does it require you to indulge in toys.

Keep in mind that what children want most is to feel understood.

Therefore, inner child is about creating a trusting, loving and cooperative relationship between your conscious mind and subconscious self (your emotions) which was fully embodied when you were a young child.

Inner Child Quotes

  • A grownup is a child with layers on- Woody Harrelson
  • The great man is he who does not lose his child's heart- Mencius
  • Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up- Pablo Picasso
  • So, like a forgotten fire, a childhood can always flare up again within us - Gaston Bachelard
  • Adults are obsolete children - Dr. Seuss
  • The end of childhood is when things cease to astonish us. When the world seems familiar, when one has got used to existence, one has become an adult- Eugene Ionesco


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