The Inner Child – Part 1 – Who Is Our Inner Child?

Psychologists today are recognizing the influence our Inner Child has over our life. The Inner Child is that part of our self, which developed since birth and will always remain in our soul as part of our personality. The distorted memories of our Inner Child, stored in the subconscious mind, affect every part of our life.

The wounded Inner Child uses immature body and verbal language, throws temper tantrums, is overly sensitive, acts and feels helpless, hurt, guilt-ridden, inadequate, unlovable, and a victim. This ego state is needy, deprived, impatient, rebellious, manipulative, and has unrealistic expectations in life.

By acting in a temperamental or unreasonable manner, our wounded Inner Child may cause irritable, angry and critical reactions in others. This Inner Child is fearful and insecure about many issues in life, and does not want to integrate with our Inner Adult and Inner Parent. This part of our self is very vulnerable and needs to feel cherished and included in our daily decisions.

Some people believe that as adults we put away childish things, but Jesus said we will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven unless we become as a little child (). As doctors realize, we cannot put away and ignore our Inner Child without detriment to our self mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. The more we nurture this part of our self, the more joyful and fulfilled we will feel.

The healthy Inner Child is unrestricted, instinctive, spontaneous, creative, inventive, resourceful, imaginative, emotional, gullible, hopeful, fun-loving, tolerant of others, and wants to please everyone and to be loved. This healthy ego state will find ways to cooperate, be flexible, and prefer other people above our self.

As we spend quiet time analyzing the conversation going on in our mind, we will recognize the transactions which come from our Inner Child. We begin to understand some of the underlying issues that contribute to our present feelings, and which are currently creating unhealthy behavioral patterns in our life. Our Inner Child holds the keys to the healing of our soul.

Prayer:
Father God, as we read the Bible, converse with You, submit to Christ’s sanctifying work within us and walk in Your Holy Spirit every day, these haunting, negative issue stored in our subconscious mind will surface to our conscious mind. Then Your Spirit will speak Your truth and deliver us from the bondage to our past. Thank You for transforming our mind, replacing our negative personality traits with the fruit of Your Spirit and conforming us to the image of Christ, who abides within us by Your Spirit.

Thought for the Day:
As we submit our subconscious thoughts to the Holy Spirit, He will reveal Satan’s lies, which are holding us in bondage to these past, unresolved issues.