How to take care of your inner child, even when you don’t know what they need.
Earlier this month I signed up for an online Reiki Summit, where I listened to recordings with guest speakers about a variety of topics centred on the use of reiki healing energy for self-care and good health. Some of the speakers offered short meditations during their talks, and I tried a few of them.
One meditation I did was led by Ashwita Goel, who works with people to release childhood trauma and heal the inner child. It was a short meditation, but it made quite an impact on me. Ashwita guided me (us) to think about a situation that stayed with me from childhood; a small incident that had a lasting impact on my life. I couldn’t think of one straight away, so I sat with the question: what traumatic event from childhood do I need to heal? Then Ashwita asked us what age we were at that event. I was 4 years old and I was at preschool. I may have wet myself but I’m not sure. It might have been the day that I fell into the water tray and got sent home in spare clothes that were too big for me. My mum never tires of telling that story!
In this memory, I felt humiliated and I hated the way everyone patronised me. Being of short stature, I was always small for my age, and as a child I hated it when adults talked down to me, and especially when my peers tried to do the same. On this day, at that time, I know the adults were just trying to be kind, but I didn’t like it. Ashwita guided us to heal that child; to allow her acknowledgment for what happened. I sent distance reiki healing to her and affirmed that I will no longer allow embarrassment to control my feelings. I can accept help when it is offered, and I need not worry about how I am judged for it.
When the meditation ended, I felt compelled to chant SHK, a Japanese Reiki healing kotodama. It connects to the heart and higher self, creating a harmonious balance within and without. I felt calm and content, and suddenly very cold! I had to put the fire on. Such is the nature of energy work, and especially working with Reiki. I have a collection of capes and warm slippers specifically for these situations. Have you worked with your inner child recently? What did they say?
Catherine is the author of the adult paranormal romance series The Redcliffe Novels and also The Darkness of Love, She has short stories published in YA anthologies, freelance articles on various industry websites, and contributes to her personal blog, and her author blog .