Time to Heal the Inner Fawn

World-renowned psychologist Carl Jung originated the “Divine Child” archetype, while Art therapist Lucia Capacchione initiated the movement toward  “reparenting” our inner-child in the 1970s.

Is it time to heal the fawn?

Healing your inner child can feel a lot like self-care. The general idea is that we all have a childlike aspect within our unconscious mind. The inner child can be seen as a ‘subpersonality’, a side of your character that can take over when you are faced with a challenge. The inner child reflects the child we once were in both his or her ‘negative’ and ‘positive’ aspects.

How to Connect to Your Inner-Child

    • Do a body-scan – tune into your physical sensations. Connecting to your inner child requires that you go inward, rather than seeking distraction in times of emotional intensity.
    • Close your eyes and visualize “little you”, form a dialogue. Ask questions like “what are you feeling, what do you need right now?”
    • Draw a picture, paint, or make art that reflects your inner-child.
    • Write a letter to your inner-child.
    • Use mantras like “you’re safe”, and “I am here to take care of you”.
    • Practice setting boundaries and building healthy routines.
    • Practice self-care and take care of yourself as if you are your own parent.
    • Take time to feel your feelings, and then take action when you are calm, grounded and stable.

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