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5 Things to Know About Your Inner Child and How It Leads to Self-Love and Compassion

5 Things to Know About Your Inner Child and How Inner Child Healing After Childhood Trauma Leads to Self-Love

***Childhood Trauma Trigger Warning

Self-care, real true self-care is not facials, and shopping sprees, it’s crying in therapy, it’s looking inward at yourself, it’s healing your deepest darkest wounds. It’s growth from within, the kind of growth deep down you know you need, but you also know, it might be painful.

Last week, we discussed EFT tapping. Often times EFT tapping can accompany other types of meditation, exercises or various forms of therapy. One of these healing methods is called inner child healing.

Inner child healing can be done several ways. When a person has an unsafe, unstable or abusive childhood, they can often lash out, react or behave as a child would, even onto their adult years. To hear a great explanation of how our inner child takes control in times of stress click HERE.

Inner child healing combines guided meditations with visualization where a person imagines they are with a younger version of themselves and they talk to them, comfort them and care for them in a multitude of ways.

This week, on the podcast we have Heather French teaching us about inner child healing and how we can love ourselves after trauma. To listen to the whole episode, click HERE.

Heather French is a Self-Love & Soul Alchemist and Alchemy Coach. Her mission is to empower heart-centered healers and empaths to break the cycle of toxic relationships, prioritize their needs and cultivate love from within so they can align with their souls true calling. She helps women show up for others while continuing to protect their energy and avoid burnout. She is a certified life coach, rapid manifestation method coach, and Reiki master.

Heather explains that our subconscious brain develops around age 7 and during that development, if we have trauma, neglect or parents who struggle with addiction, abusive relationships, mental health disorders etc. those things are engrains into our subconscious. She says that for her this looked like getting triggered and yelling, freaking out at other people, then withdrawing into her room and beating herself up about how to she “over-reacted”. Our reactions are a result of our subconscious programing so it’s really our inner child lashing out that creates this reaction.

Heather started inner child healing every morning and when she feels triggered. She starts her day, by wrapping her arms around herself, she imagines her inner child before school, she cooks her breakfast, tells her to have a great day, and tells her that she is loved, smart, and worthy of good things.

When she feels triggered she pictures her inner child and walks with her for a while, colors, plays outside and gives her time and space to express herself. Then she asks her what she needs, what she is missing and how can she help. I think, this is such a beautiful way to acknowledge our feelings.

Another way you can practice inner child healing is with a guided meditation.