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.