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To begin understanding our inner child, we must learn to listen and communicate in their language, which is sensory and somatic-based, Berryman says. 

In the depths of our being resides a part of us that carries the memories, emotions, and experiences of our childhood—the inner child. This delicate and vulnerable aspect of ourselves holds the key to unlocking profound healing and self-discovery. It is through inner child work that we embark on a transformative journey of reconnecting with our authentic selves, healing old wounds, and reclaiming the joy and innocence that may have been lost along the way.

In this blog post, we invite you to delve into the captivating realm of inner child work, where whispers from the past become stepping stones toward personal growth and emotional liberation. Together, we will explore the significance of the inner child, uncover the reasons why inner child healing is paramount, and discover powerful techniques that can ignite profound shifts in our lives.

Join us on this extraordinary expedition as we traverse the landscapes of our inner worlds, shining a light on the unexplored corners and nurturing the wounded child within. Prepare to be captivated by the wonders that lie within you, as we embark on a path of self-discovery, healing, and transformation.

So, take a deep breath, open your heart, and let us embark on this extraordinary adventure of embracing our inner child—the gateway to unleashing the power of healing, authenticity, and self-love.

What is the Inner child?

The inner child refers to the part of our psyche that retains the memories, emotions, and experiences from our childhood. It represents our authentic and vulnerable self, embodying our childlike innocence, curiosity, and emotional needs.

The inner child holds the imprint of past joys, traumas, and unresolved emotions that can continue to influence our thoughts, behaviors, and relationships in adulthood. Understanding and nurturing our inner child is an essential aspect of healing, personal growth, and developing a healthy relationship with ourselves.

By reconnecting with and addressing the needs of our inner child, we can gain insight, heal emotional wounds, and cultivate greater self-compassion and authenticity in our lives.

Why is inner child healing important?

Inner child healing is important for several reasons:

Emotional Healing

Our inner child carries unresolved emotions, wounds, and traumas from our past. By engaging in inner child healing, we can address and heal these emotional wounds, allowing us to experience greater emotional well-being, inner peace, and emotional resilience in our present lives.

Self-Awareness and Understanding

Exploring our inner child helps us gain a deeper understanding of ourselves. It allows us to uncover patterns, behaviors, and beliefs that originated in childhood and may no longer serve us. This self-awareness empowers us to make conscious choices and create positive changes in our lives.

Relationship Healing

Our inner child influences the way we relate to ourselves and others. By healing our inner child, we can transform and heal patterns of behavior that impact our relationships. This healing work fosters healthier and more fulfilling connections with others based on authenticity, compassion, and emotional availability.

Increased Self-Compassion

Connecting with our inner child cultivates self-compassion and self-acceptance. It allows us to offer love, understanding, and nurturing to the wounded parts within us. By extending kindness and compassion to our inner child, we can develop a more loving and supportive relationship with ourselves.

Break Free from Limiting Beliefs

Limiting beliefs and negative self-talk often stem from experiences in childhood. Inner child healing helps us identify and release these limiting beliefs, allowing us to develop a more positive and empowering mindset. This can lead to increased confidence, self-esteem, and a greater sense of personal freedom.

Integration and Wholeness

Healing our inner child contributes to the integration and wholeness of our being. It helps us reconnect with our authentic selves, bridging the gap between our past and present.

By embracing and nurturing our inner child, we can live more fully in the present moment and experience a greater sense of inner harmony and alignment.

Overall, inner child healing is essential for personal growth, emotional well-being, and developing a healthy relationship with ourselves and others.

It allows us to heal emotional wounds, increase self-awareness, cultivate self-compassion, break free from limiting beliefs, and embrace our wholeness as we embark on a journey of self-discovery and transformation.

How does inner child work contribute to personal growth and healing?

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Inner child work contributes to personal growth and healing in various ways:

Healing Emotional Wounds

Inner child work allows us to address and heal unresolved emotional wounds from childhood. By acknowledging and validating our inner child’s experiences and emotions, we can release pent-up pain, anger, sadness, or fear that may have been suppressed or ignored. This healing process leads to emotional release, increased self-awareness, and the opportunity to develop healthier emotional patterns.

Transforming Limiting Beliefs

Many of our limiting beliefs and patterns of behavior originate from childhood experiences. Inner child work helps identify and challenge these beliefs, allowing us to reframe them and create new, empowering narratives. By replacing negative self-perceptions with positive affirmations, we can foster personal growth, increased self-esteem, and a greater sense of self-worth.

Developing Self-Compassion

Inner child work cultivates self-compassion and self-acceptance. By nurturing our inner child, we learn to treat ourselves with kindness, understanding, and forgiveness. This self-compassion lays the foundation for personal growth by creating an environment of unconditional love and support within ourselves.

Enhancing Relationships

Healing our inner child has a positive impact on our relationships. As we heal our own wounds, we become more aware of our triggers and patterns in relationships. Inner child work helps us develop healthier communication, establish boundaries, and foster deeper connections with others based on empathy, vulnerability, and authenticity.

Increased Self-Awareness

Engaging in inner child work deepens our self-awareness. By exploring our inner child’s needs, desires, and fears, we gain insights into our core beliefs and motivations. This self-awareness enables us to make conscious choices, break free from conditioned responses, and create positive changes in our lives.

Integration and Wholeness

Inner child work facilitates the integration and wholeness of our being. It helps us reconnect with our authentic selves and embrace all aspects of our personality.

By integrating our inner child with our adult self, we experience a sense of inner harmony, alignment, and a more holistic approach to personal growth and healing.

By engaging in inner child work, we embark on a transformative journey that promotes personal growth, emotional healing, and a deeper connection with ourselves and others.

It allows us to embrace our inner child with love and compassion, paving the way for a more fulfilling and authentic life.

What are some signs or symptoms that indicate inner child wounds or trauma?

There are various signs and symptoms that may indicate the presence of inner child wounds or trauma. It’s important to note that these signs are not exclusive to inner child wounds and trauma, and professional guidance should be sought for an accurate assessment. Here are some common indicators:

It is important to approach these signs and symptoms with compassion and seek support from qualified professionals, such as therapists or counselors experienced in inner child healing, to guide you through the healing process. They can provide the necessary tools and techniques to address and heal inner child wounds effectively.

Your Inner Child Wounds

This method is most effective if you believe you have your own battles that you struggle with as an adult but don’t know where they come from or you have no idea why you do the things you do.

It could be the littlest things such as picking your nose or laughing at things that others may not feel is funny, or perhaps if you have kids and you truly enjoy doing kid-like things to the fullest when those moments arise, but if no kids were around you would never ever show that side of you otherwise.  

If you remember what it’s like to play as a child, you would recall the weird things you used to do that nobody would dare to call you out on. Because it is the normal kid-like thing to do.

Things such as having a vision of being whatever is that you wanted to be whether being a doctor, a lawyer, a firefighter, a police officer, or construction worker, or even a superhero with the best superpowers in the world. Or perhaps you would do or say things to people without even thinking twice because that was the normal thing to do.

You had a sense of urgency to do things without thinking or acting. Mainly because most children do not have the capacity to overthink things and overanalyze the consequences as we adults do.

They just did things. Their dreams are gigantic, their creativity and sense of urgency are at an all-time high, and their magnificent ways of being were the truest and most authentic selves. And no one could convince you otherwise. Don’t you miss those days? 

What are effective techniques or exercises for inner child healing?

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There are several effective techniques and exercises for inner child healing. Here are some commonly used approaches:

Inner Child Visualization

Close your eyes, relax, and visualize yourself as a child. Connect with your inner child, imagining their appearance, emotions, and needs. Engage in a dialogue with your inner child, offering love, comfort, and reassurance. This visualization allows for connection, understanding, and healing with your inner child.

Inner Child Letter Writing

Write a letter to your inner child, expressing love, compassion, and support. Acknowledge their experiences, validate their emotions, and offer reassurance. Write as if you are the nurturing adult guiding and comforting your inner child. This exercise fosters self-compassion and promotes healing dialogue between your present self and inner child.

Inner Child Journaling

Set aside dedicated time for journaling with your inner child. Write freely, allowing your inner child to express their thoughts, feelings, and desires. Explore memories, emotions, and experiences from your childhood. This process encourages self-reflection, understanding, and healing insights.

Reparenting Exercises

Reparenting involves providing the care, love, and support your inner child may have lacked. Engage in self-nurturing activities, such as taking soothing baths, engaging in creative play, or engaging in activities that bring joy and comfort. Treat yourself with kindness and compassion, as you would a child in need of care.

Inner Child Dialogue

Engage in a dialogue between your present self and your inner child. Sit in a quiet space and ask your inner child questions, allowing their responses to come intuitively. Listen to their needs, fears, and desires, offering understanding and support. This dialogue helps foster connection, healing, and integration between your adult self and inner child.

Artistic Expression

Explore creative forms of expression, such as painting, drawing, writing, or dancing, to connect with your inner child. Allow your inner child to guide your creative process, expressing emotions and experiences through art. This creative outlet promotes emotional release, self-discovery, and healing.

Guided Inner Child Meditations

Utilize guided meditations specifically designed for inner child healing. These meditations often involve visualization and gentle guidance to connect with your inner child, nurture their needs, and facilitate healing. Follow along with the guidance provided to explore and heal your inner child’s wounds.

Remember, it’s important to approach inner child healing with patience, and self-compassion, and, when needed, seek guidance from qualified therapists or counselors experienced in inner child work. They can provide tailored techniques and exercises to meet your specific needs and support you on your journey of healing and personal growth.

How can I start working with my inner child on my own?

Working with your inner child on your own can be a powerful and transformative process. Here are some steps to help you get started:

  1. Create a Safe and Nurturing Space: Find a quiet and comfortable space where you can feel relaxed and at ease. Create an environment that promotes a sense of safety and comfort, such as using soft lighting, playing soothing music, or surrounding yourself with objects that evoke positive emotions.
  2. Cultivate Awareness and Mindfulness: Begin by bringing your attention to the present moment. Practice mindfulness techniques such as deep breathing or body scans to ground yourself and become fully present. This helps create a receptive state for connecting with your inner child.
  3. Visualization and Imagery: Close your eyes and visualize yourself as a child. Imagine what you looked like, how you felt, and the experiences you had. Engage your senses by recalling sounds, smells, textures, and emotions associated with your childhood. Allow the image of your inner child to become clear and vivid in your mind.
  4. Establish Communication: Initiate a gentle and compassionate dialogue with your inner child. You can do this silently in your mind or speak out loud if you feel comfortable. Start by introducing yourself as the adult version of yourself, expressing love, care, and support. Let your inner child know that you are here to listen and understand.
  5. Active Listening and Validation: Tune in to the responses or feelings that arise from your inner child. Listen attentively without judgment, and validate their experiences and emotions. Let your inner child know that their feelings are valid and that you are here to provide support and comfort.
  6. Respond with Compassion and Nurturing: Offer words of encouragement, comfort, and reassurance to your inner child. Use gentle and nurturing language, reminding your inner child that they are loved, worthy, and deserving of care. Provide the support and guidance that your inner child may have needed in the past.
  7. Healing Rituals and Practices: Engage in activities that promote healing and nurturing for your inner child. This may include journaling, drawing, dancing, or engaging in self-care practices. Incorporate activities that bring joy, playfulness, and self-expression into your routine to foster a deeper connection with your inner child.
  8. Consistency and Patience: Inner child work is a process that takes time and patience. Be consistent in your efforts to connect with your inner child and practice self-compassion along the way. Understand that healing is a journey, and progress may come in small steps.
  9. Seek Support if Needed: While working with your inner child on your own can be impactful, it can also be beneficial to seek support from a therapist or counselor experienced in inner child healing. They can provide guidance, tools, and a safe space for deeper exploration and healing.

Remember, everyone’s inner child healing journey is unique, so trust your intuition and adjust the process to suit your needs. By nurturing and healing your inner child, you can foster personal growth, emotional healing, and a deeper sense of self-compassion and authenticity.

Talk to yourself

The good news is, those days do not have to be completely over even though you are a busy adult with your own kids or someone else’s kids to take care of.

You can go back into your Inner Child and speak to this kid to patch things up and tell them whatever it is that you wish to tell them that will fix your present self. Some of these childhoods that you may have experienced could be playing a huge role in some of your not so happy decisions that you make on a daily basis.

It could very well be affecting your ability to handle certain situations or talk to certain people. It could also be making you feel weird when you are alone by yourself when you actually take a minute to analyze the situation. 

That is why much of reconnecting to our inner child is through engaging in activities that activate our full realm of senses.

When we can be fully here instead of thinking our way through situations, we are “tapping into a place beyond the cognitive narrative that is familiar to us,” Phillips says. In these present moments, we can create a new relationship with our inner child.

Below I have outlined a few ways to get started 

Practice breathwork and mindfulness

If you have been around our blog for a while you would know I am big into this one. It is the fundament of your success in anything that you do.

Something about extra oxygen, energy, and vibrations in tuned and aligned with your frequency is divinely perfect to connect with anything that you wish to tap into.

Connecting to our deep breaths and physical body assists us to remove the stresses of the adult world and “fight-or-flight” sympathetic arousal, so we can be curious and in line with the present.

Utilize all five senses to check in with your body. You can do this by sitting down, calmly, eyes closed, back straight, shoulders down, arms relaxed by your side.

Then start by taking five conscious deep breaths. Inhale slowly and deeply until you cannot any longer, hold for 5-10 seconds, then slowly and controlled, release all the air out of your lungs until there is no more left. Rinse and repeat.

It can help to place one hand on your belly and chest so you can feel yourself. The point is to be in the now, acknowledging your present self, and connecting your mind to your body.

As you settle in, note one thing you see.

One thing you smell.

One thing you hear.

One thing you taste.

One thing you feel.

Cultivate your creativity

Whether it’s drawing, cooking with a cookbook, growing your garden, sitting still on the floor, or reading graphic novels or fiction stories—doing what you enjoy centers your thoughts on what you used to love to do when you were young and takes you back to your inner child. 

This works best during the daytime when there is plenty of sunlight. Remaking the images of your childhood when you were in school, or at home. You spent most of your fun time in the day. Reconnect with this.

Collect something worth keeping

Remember how it felt like to collect things when you were a child?

How did you use to keep things and hide them? Even if it was as silly as a rock that you never saw before, or a leaf because it looked pretty, or even a feather of what we know now to be from a nasty Pidgeon.  

Collecting anything that you find on your daily walk, or on your way to the beach (whether it be sticks, rocks, shells, pebbles, or glass), is a way of reconnecting with your inner child.

This isn’t for any practical reason, but we do this for the pure experience of it.

The enjoyment because we can. If you’re not that kind of person and you struggle on knowing what you should collect?

Many of us as adults collect books or art, crystals, pictures, and trash of what is another man’s treasure. Ever heard of that saying? Another man’s trash is another man’s treasure?

The good news is, you don’t have to read them or look at them every day to find joy in having them! Try it!

Practice visualization

The process of visualization is a great way to connect to your inner child. Visualizations help us tap into our imagination and senses according to MBG. When first starting out, guided visualizations can be most helpful.

The most effective way to do this is by sitting alone in an empty quiet room. In silence. And focus on the art of thinking about what it is you wish you could say to your past child self.

Truly work hard on focusing on the details of the face of your child, the words being exchanged, and the voice it sounds.

This could be very challenging as it will alter your breathing, however, it is extremely important to regulate your breathing and keep constant as you work diligently to visualize your conversation with yourself.

Talk about the past, talk about what you wish could have been done differently, talk about how you will never leave them and that you accept them for who they are. Anything that you wish can be done through this visualization. There is no right or wrong or correct or incorrect way to do this. This is your time.


The intention of journaling is to create a safe environment for you (and in this case, your inner child) to express yourself honestly and passionately without the expectations of the outside world.

What you can do here is sit down and simply ask your inner child how they’re feeling today. The key is honoring your inner child’s perception of their own experiences without filtering or correcting them. Whatever answer your mind and soul give you is what they honestly feel.

It is your job to accept, acknowledge and cater to that what was said. Doing this daily can strengthen the energy flow of the passageway to enter the gates of where your inner child lives. It will be easier to build that relationship with yourself for self-love and restoration.

These are the basics to healing your inner child and working on you that have outgrown its body but yet, still exist within you.

Highly important to never let this part of you die. Continue to nurture it every day and you will see a drastic change in your energy, vibration, and compassion towards yourself and others.

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Final Thoughts On Inner Child Work

As we come to the end of this exploration into the profound realm of inner child work, we are reminded of the tremendous power and potential that lies within each of us.

Through our journey of reconnecting with our inner child, we have discovered that healing is not only possible but essential for our overall well-being and personal growth.

Embracing our inner child allows us to rewrite the narratives of our past, to heal the wounds that have held us back, and to reclaim the parts of ourselves that may have been lost or forgotten.

It is a journey of self-compassion, self-acceptance, and self-love—a journey that invites us to nurture the child within and become the loving parent and protector we may have longed for in our early years.

Through inner child work, we have learned that healing is not linear, but rather a process that requires patience, understanding, and perseverance.

It is a process of gently unraveling the layers of our past, honoring our emotions, and embracing our vulnerability. It is a journey that allows us to transform our wounds into wisdom, and our pain into purpose.

As we integrate our inner child with our adult self, we become more whole, more authentic, and more connected to our true essence.

We step into a life that is guided by compassion, self-awareness, and a deep understanding of our own needs and desires. By nurturing our inner child, we create a solid foundation for personal growth, healthy relationships, and a profound sense of inner peace.

So, dear reader, as you reflect upon your own journey of inner child work, may you carry with you the knowledge that you possess the power to heal, transform, and embrace the fullness of your being.

Remember to be gentle with yourself, extend compassion to your inner child, and celebrate every step taken on the path of healing.

As we bid farewell to this exploration, let us carry the wisdom gained from embracing our inner child into our daily lives.

Let us cultivate a world where the wounded child within is acknowledged, honored, and nurtured. And may we continue to grow, heal, and thrive, forever embracing our inner child as a source of strength, resilience, and unwavering love.

With gratitude and profound hope for your ongoing inner child journey,