We all have an Inner Child; she is that person who holds all of our childhood memories! Whether you look back with fond memories of childhood or negative experiences, your Inner Child is responsible for each memory.
I'm not what happened to me, I'm what I choose to become. ~ Carl Jung
From the time we are brought home from the hospital as an infant, everything we learn is based on what our caregivers taught us. Because of this, we must remember that our caregivers also had an Inner Child with memories of their own.
Everything we believe to be true is based on what someone else taught us, and as children, we don't often question what is being taught. What you learned about religion, money, politics, sex, relationships, how to face the world, and even who you are as a person, you learned from your caregivers, parents, environment, teachers, peers and the media.
Everything we believe to be true is taught to us so gradually, we have no reason to consider where our beliefs come from!
And yet, every single choice we make is based on our beliefs!
If we believe we are intelligent, gifted, talented and have the power to accomplish anything we want in this lifetime, we will be able to manifest anything we desire into our lives because that is what we were taught to believe!
On the other hand, if we have low self-esteem, negative beliefs around money, and limiting beliefs around our abilities, every choice we make will be made to confirm this belief. We will choose careers, relationships, financial choices, and can even allow our beliefs to affect our health based on our beliefs.
So how do we connect with this Inner Child to verify which beliefs are real and which beliefs were created during childhood; meant to help us make sense of our life at that time? How does our adult self connect with our Inner Child to give ourselves permission to let go of beliefs that no longer serve our adult self?
As a child, I lived in a house where I experienced mental, verbal, and physical abuse that escalated to sexual abuse by the age of 12. Growing up, my two constant companions were fear and anxiety. My fear came from the constant anger that led to abuse from my parents and my anxiety came from trying very hard not to do something that would cause them to take that anger out on me!
My "child self" learned beliefs and habits that kept me safe in my environment. And my Inner Child held tight to those beliefs and habits as I grew into adulthood. As a child I was told that I was worthless and would never amount to anything. I was told this so often, that my "child self" believed this to be true. If you believe that you are worthless and will never amount to anything, you will never try to apply yourself to anything that will cause you to step outside of that belief. School was challenging for me, what was the use of applying myself if I meant nothing to no one and would never amount to anything?
These beliefs were carried with me into adulthood until I learned the tools and techniques to have my adult self understand my Inner Child and finally grasp where my limiting beliefs were coming from. That is when I learned the importance of Healing The Child Within!
Our beliefs become our habits and our habits (choices) are based on what we BELIEVE to be true! Once you understand why your Inner Child believes what she does and give yourself permission to ask, "Is this true, or is this what I BELIEVE to be true?" you will then be able to let go of any and all beliefs that no longer serve you as your adult self.
Once you let go of these limiting beliefs, you become the empowered women you were meant to be!
I encourage every women to giver herself permission to know her Inner Child, after all, every choice you make is based on what she believes to be true!
Nancy Mueller ~ Life Sensei for Women
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