The Inner Child: A Spiritual Perspective

07/21/2014 12:52

The following explanation of the "Inner Child" is from Wikipedia. Once we can swim our way through all the technical jargon we can begin to comprehend the significance of the inner child in professional sectors. From that comprehension, more clarification comes through the spiritual fruit that flows from the divinity of our soul. Here's the definition of the "Inner Child" from Wikipedia: "In popular psychology and analytical psychology, inner child is our childlike aspect. It includes all that we learned and experienced as children, before puberty. The inner child denotes a semi-independent entity subordinate to the waking conscious mind. The term has manifold therapeutic applications in counseling and holistic health settings primarily. A U.S. educator, and self-help movement leader, famously used "inner child" to point to unresolved childhood experiences and the lingering dysfunctional effects of childhood dysfunction. In this way "inner child" refers to all of the sum of mental-emotional memories stored in the sub-conscious from conception thru pre-puberty. A popular recovery movement considers healing the inner child to be one of the essential stages in recovery from addiction, abuse, trauma, or post-traumatic stress disorder. In the 1970s, the inner child concept emerged alongside the clinical concept of codependency (first called Adult Children of Alcoholics Syndrome.). These topics remain very active today. The spiritual perspective aligns very well with the definition given us through Wikipedia. The spiritual qualities of a child is meekness, gentleness, which requires peacefulness to mature functionally. From here, we will continue this article "The Inner Child: A Spiritual Perspective."  

The inner child is born of the divine presence living in our soul. Another way of saying that is the inner child is subordinate to the divinity of our inner being. The only way the child in us can exist is by accepting that divinity as the parent. That divinity gives life to the infant of the soul through the soft tenderness of spiritual fruitfulness. The babe thrives in a comfortable environment of tranquility where there is honor for the sanctity of life through the spirit of love. With that serenity, the deity of the universe matures the inner child in the light of the babes' divine worth. From there, the babe flowers with positive energy in words and behaviors. In contrast, rejection of the divine presence of the soul as the parent of the inner child results in negative consequences. The child in us becomes neglected as the the babe is left barren abd starving. The neglect turns into further abuse as harsh and domineering attitudes manifest through physical hostilities. Instead of love, the child is exposed to attitudes hostile to life, which incites deadly incidents to the meek and gentle. When the inward divinity is rejected as the parent of the child, then soft and tender qualities are ridiculed and treated as worthless. In that case, the environment of our inner life, as well as the environment surrounding us, becomes full of negative energy towards the humble peacefulness of the child living within.    

The life of the inner child is functional by the development of the spiritual fruit. The spiritual fruit consist of the soft, tender, and moist qualities which also comprise the nature of the inner child. When the fruit of the spirit blossom in us, then the inward babe is alive and well. In contrast, when the fruit of the spirit is desolate, then the inner child is "still born." Anybody with a civil attitude agrees that the spirit of love, with goodwill, and deeds of kindness are necessary to care for babes. Likewise, the child in us is alive through those same divine fruit. In the cradle of compassionate arms, children feel peaceful from our gentle and meek affections. The serenity within our own soul is also the cradle for our inward child. From that tranquil life, we feel faith for the maturity of the infant, joy blossoms in the home, and there is the spirit of goodness in the process of caring for the babe. That same optimism living within is where the child in us thrives. In that optimism is patience during simple tasks of feeding the babe, self-control when the needs of the infant seems insatiable, and perseverance in compassionate care. Who would want to envision a world desolate of the spiritual fruit where the inner child is desolated? A world where the child suffers. Instead of compassion, cruelty. Instead of tranquility, turmoil. Instead of love for life, senseless deaths. Instead of reverence to our divine worth, severe dominance. Instead of optimism, despair.

OUR HEALTH
The inner child guides us into healthy ways. Those healthy ways include attitudes that are soft, moist, meek, and gentle towards the body, which comprise the guidance coming from the child in us. In essence, the soft gentleness of the inner child soothes our mind, provides pleasant emotions, and inspires peaceful behaviors. With that physical health, the babe of our inner being solicits consumption that is easy on our physical body. That inner child guides us to put soothing and nutritious food and drink into the body, not harsh and unhealthy substances. The babe wants us to sleep peacefully, breathe smoothly, and be comfortable through sanitary conditions. To nurture the inner child we need patience, self-control, and perseverance when we feel unhealthy tantrums and binges surfacing from within. We need to keep ourselves open to the reserves of the child in us to enable the blossoms of healthy desires.

OUR SAFETY
The inner child guides us into a safe and secure environment. That occurs because the child in us craves gentleness in our surroundings to provide a sense of peace. As we follow the guidance of the babe we seek safety from harm, meekness within our place of living, and stability in our tranquility. In contrast, when there is neglect or hostility to the child then physical abuses happen, there is tumult at home, and chaotic behaviors plaque daily activiites in living. The soft, moist tenderness of the inner child keeps our mind in tune for keeping primal behaviors at bay to allow peace, meekness, and gentleness to persevere.  

OUR PLACE OF BELONGING
The inner child guides us into a comforting place of belonging. A comfortable social environment for the child in us occurs when people welcome us, and approach us with soft tenderness coming from the spirit of goodwill. That's a place of belonging showing love, acceptance, intimacy, and tolerance for the child. The guidance coming from the inner child brings us to people we can bond with through a meek and peaceful spirit. In contrast, a sour attitude to the soft, moist, and tender qualities of the inner babe causes social ills. The child suffers due to hatefulness, intolerance, abuses, and exclusion as society deteriorates. We need to welcome the child in us to maintain our devotion to bringing a steady supply of love, kindness, and goodwill to foster a suitable place of belonging for the child.  

OUR WORTH
The inner child guides us by the light of our divine worth. The child in us craves mutual respect coming from a soft, meek, and tender spirit. In essence, the child would feel worthless when hard and harsh attitudes intend to ridicule, humiliate, and degrade the babes' existence. The guidance of the inner child wants to light our way into paths making us feel our divine worth through caring and compassionate qualities. That happens when the babe in us feels spiritually fruitful in their sense of worth, feels at peace with self-esteem, feels praise for their softness of life, and feels optimistic for positive energy towards their existence. The living child in us guides us in ways to ensure recognition of our divine worth, which induces mutual respect for one another.      
OUR IDENTITY
The inner child guides us into fruitful expression of our identity. That happens because the child in us desires words and behaviors that are gentle, meek, and peaceful. The guidance of the inner child induces us to use soft and tender tones as a way of defining who we are, as well as using tranquil tones in our recognition of others. In contrast, negative energy towards the child creates despair, sadness, and evilness relating to how we express ourselves. With that, there is pessimism within the effort of communicating with others. Even so, the life of the child in us guides us to stimulate happiness, joy, goodness, and faith while expresing who we are, thus conveying optimism to one another.
 
We can assess that the inner child is born of the divinity of the soul, and matures through the spiritual fruit. The diagnosis is that hostility to the inner child is opposition to the divine spirit of peace, meekness, and gentleness. Even so, we plan to honor the child by allowing soft, tender, and compassionate qualities to flow in what we say and do. We implement that plan by following the guidance of the inner child relating to our health, safety, belonging, worth, and identity. We know we are successfully living in harmony with the child as the fruit of kindmess, gentleness, joy, and peace flowers in our soul.

Some people intend to deny the existence of the inner child because the parent is the divinity of the soul, and the life of the babe is sustainable through the spiritual fruit. They utilize arguments, anger, and an uncooperative attitude to steal peace from the child. In addition, they convey pessimism, sadness, and despair to rob the child of joy. They boast that "They don't play!" as they incite fear into the playfulness of the soul. Their view of negotiating is to eradicate the inner child in exchange for negative behaviors towards soft, gentle, and tender qualities within the human spirit. Even so, acceptance of the child as a gift given from the divine presence of the soul is the only way to blossom with spiritual fruitfulness.

There are reservoirs, cultures, or populations of people who are hostile to the inner child, and that child represents the spirit of meekness, gentleness, and peace. The attitudes exiting those reservoirs are words and behaviors oppose the fruitful spirit of the child. Those attitudes transfer directly through people who intend to incite hostilities, harsh environments, and aggression by attacking the babe. Indirectly, those attitudes transfer through people who feel hazed, bullied, or harassed as they plan to retaliate at the expense of the child.

Hostile attitudes to the inner child enter us when we are made to feel worthless as a soft, gentle, and tender person of peace. Acceptance we receive by rebels, protesters, and haters come as they pat you on the back while you reject the guidance from the child within. The people susceptible to hosting unfruitful attitudes feel frustration by the bombardment of their inner child, inciting them to respond with negative behaviors towards the oppressors. We can interrupt the cycle of hostility to the inner child by realizing the babe represents all that is right in the world. The child in us represents the source of tranquility through the fruit of peace, meekness, and gentleness within the spirit. That fruitfulness comes to us as rewards for honoring the divinity of the soul, the parent of the inner child.