Inner Child Meditation and Worksheet

 

Why Inner Child Work?

“Children aren’t searching for serenity and wholeness; they already are serene and whole.

–Rokelle Lerner

 

Inner child work is not new. This concept and the work that ensued has been around for over hundreds of years. Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist Carl Jung (1875-1961) referred to this aspect of our being "The Divine Child," Emmet Fox (1886-1951) dubbed it "The Wonder Child." Alice Miller, and Donald Winnicott (1896 -1971) referenced this work as "The True Self."

Professionally and personally, I have seen nothing work as quickly and thoroughly as inner child work. Inner child work helps us to have compassion for ourselves, to develop new skills, integrate lost feelings that may show up as compulsions, fears, self-sabotage, or destructive behaviors.

Inner child work truly helps to liberate you from your old way of behaving so that you can move forward in life. The most exciting part of this work is that you are in charge. This work will help you to be more dependent on yourself and your inner guidance, and to awaken the childlike wonder in the adult self. 

Writing Exercise:

  • After listening to the meditation, simply write for the next 15 minutes about the first memory that comes to mind when you think of yourself at the age of the number you have chosen.

 

  • Write quickly!  Don’t think about it. Ask your inner child what he or she needs. Write down the answer. Ask what you can do for your child.

 

  • When you finished writing, read your work out loud.  

 

  • Write down at least one way you can satisfy your child's wishes. If your inner-child asked you to be more loving to yourself, use your voice more, or to stop working so hard, honor that by  taking one action step that toward your goal.