Healing the inner child: „It’s never too late for a happy childhood,“ said Milton Erickson, one of the world’s greatest hypnotists.
Positive and negative experiences and feelings of childhood characterize our emotions and are anchored in the brain. The unloved child lives in constant fear of being rejected.
People who have received little love and appreciation as children their self-esteem is often damaged, and they tend to have beliefs like:
- I cannot and do not make myself happy; others can do it better than me.
- Other people are responsible for my feelings, and I am responsible for their feelings.
- It’s selfish and wrong if I make myself happy.
- At the bottom of my being, I’m wrong.
- It’s good to push away needs for love and attention.
Inner child work is one of the most serious and profound forms of inner work you can do. So much of our behavior, aversions, and neuroses in the present can be solved by exploring and communicating with the inner child.
With the help of hypnotherapy, the aim is to dissolve and heal those childhood injuries. The objective is to feel whole and lovable, and thus to dissolve the feeling of guilt and shame.
In hypnosis, the inner adult will choose to accept the inner child. That will create new, helpful beliefs:
- I take responsibility for my happiness.
- I am ready to perceive and accept my feelings.
- I am open to new things and for changes in my life.
- I am strong enough to take care of myself and take responsibility for my well-being.
- I allow myself to be curious and playful, silly and spontaneous, alive, and sensitive.
- I also allow myself to be angry and sad because all feelings are important parts of me.
Only with the assumption of self-responsibility, people become independent of the opinion and the kindness of others.