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1 1 The College Of Metaphysical Studies Online School (Click Left, Space Bar or Enter To Advance Each Page)

2 2 Inner Child – Come Out and Play There is an Inner Child Muse within us all. This inner child may need healing from past programming to feel ok and free to express. Your inner child needs your approval so that she or he may love herself or himself. Your inner child wants permission to come out and play. This is your Creative Soul, your inner beauty. Nurture this inner child so that love and joy of life and living can be expressed through you. Forgive past mistakes. The playful Muse of the inner child wants to laugh, sing, dance and create. Bond with this inner child. LOVE this inner child. The inner child is you.

3 3 The Inner Child Carl Jung called it the 'Divine Child'. Emmet Fox called it the 'Wonder Child'. Charles Whitfield called it the 'Child Within'. Some psychotherapists call it the 'True Self'. It is the Emotional Body. Our personalities emerge as a result of our DNA (inherited characteristics) – and the environment in which we have 'come in' to experience and grow. Childhood programming – that will last us for most of our lives – begins from the moment of birth – when the soul enters the physical body. Metaphysically speaking – we are also influenced by past and parallel lives – karma and karmic debts – as well as spiritual missions and connections to Entities in other realms. The Inner Child is a reflection of our emotional makeup

4 4 For the most part – our issues go back to childhood and what impacted on our emotional and physical bodies at that time. Sexual union between two souls often leads to reproduction – to bring in a specific soul – and nothing more. These souls were not looking to reproduce – but it happened. These parents may not want – nor be equipped emotionally, financially, and spiritual to undertake the responsibilities of raising a child. The results are obvious – the needs of the child are not met – often there is abuse – and the child suffers for the rest of its life – unless it go back to childhood issues – relives them – balances out the pain – and moves past them. The inner child remains with us all of our lives. We are all children at heart – forever searching and looking for our meaning in this experience. Connecting with our inner child helps us learn to experience from our inner selves – the intimacy – the ability to communicate and express what is on our mind. The frightened child in many of us - needs to know that it is safe and can be loved.

5 5 To heal the present one must go back and heal the past. One must first begin by becoming aware that there is an Inner Child and that it needs to be addressed. The Inner Child is the emotional self. It is where our feelings live. It can appear as another aspect of your personality – always judging, condemning, criticizing. (This is not to be confused by messages from Spirit Guides or your soul.) When we experience joy, sadness, anger, fear, or affection our Child Within is coming out. When we are being playful, spontaneous, creative, intuitive and surrendering to the spiritual self, our Genuine Authentic Self, who we know deep within us, our Real Self is being welcomed and encouraged to be present. We all have an inner child and the wounds our inner child received can and do continue to contaminate our adult lives. Our parents helped create this Inner Child part of us, society also helped with the creation. When this child self is not allowed to be heard or even acknowledged as being real, a false or co-dependent self. We begin to live our lives as victims.

6 6 Then we have situations that arise in our lives which develop into unresolved emotional traumas. The gradual accumulation of unfinished mental and emotional business can lead to and fuel chronic anxiety, fear, confusion, emptiness and unhappiness through all of our life. Besides the Inner Child/adolescent part, we have many other selves which are trying to be heard and take control, without us really hearing the voices until we make an effort to do so. Initially, it is very important to tame the Inner Critic part of us. That voice from the past often keeps beating up our Inner Child. This voice invades whatever trauma and pain there was in our childhood. The wise Nurturing Self part of us can learn to stand as a protector self for the Inner Child. It's the job of the Nurturer to be loving and self-affirming. This part of us can also teach the Inner Critic a new job of support instead of beating the Child self up, and can love the Inner Critic so that the Inner Child self can relax and not have to work so hard.

7 7 This is often where the internal battle begins. The Inner Critic has been keeping the Inner Child muffled and secluded. Often, it is a case of transforming the Inner Critic to be a good internal parent, beginning to listen to the Inner Child and to allow it to have fun and be heard. Denial of the Inner Child and the co-dependent self are particularly common among children and adults who grew up in troubled or dysfunctional families. This is where chronic physical mental illness, rigidity, frigidity or lack of nurturing is common. Yet, there is a way out. There is a way to discover and to heal our Inner Child/adolescent part and to break free of the bondage and suffering of our co-dependent or false self. Through Inner Child Work we turn our feelings inwards and connect directly with that part of us that can offer comfort and support.

8 8 We begin to deal with that part of us that nurtures through addictive patterns of overeating, drugs, alcohol, and abuse of others. This is called self-nurturing or re-parenting which allows us to reclaim that wounded child. We can provide for ourselves all the love and support and positive regard we never had and grow up again. It is not the past that affects us – it is our images of it. By re-parenting or reclaiming that wounded child, we uncover any conscious or unconscious mythology of ourselves and begin to re-evaluate and transform it. Linear time does not apply when we work internally and with the unconscious. It is possible to bring our present wise and loving self, to meet and help our young Inner Child and offer comfort and support and find a new joy and energy in living. Through inner child healing one comes to understand their emotional child, their sabotaging and self-esteem issues, and eventually empowers themselves into freedom of body, mind and soul. One can own their power to make choices for themselves about their beliefs and values instead of unconsciously reacting to the old paradigms.

9 9 Recovery is consciousness rising. It is en- lightenment – bringing the dysfunctional attitudes and beliefs out of the darkness of our subconscious into the Light of consciousness. When examining the Inner Child and discovering that there are dysfunctional problems that lead to depressing, sabotage, illusion of grandeur, sociopathic lying, etc – one must also address the fact that the person may have a chemical imbalance that is the root of the problems and professional help and medication must be gotten. In that case – it is the soul – as well as the Inner Child – crying out in pain – "Help Me! Guide Me! I can't go on like this!" There are professionals who deal with Inner Child Therapy. Often they use tapes, hypnosis, and other methods to get to the root of the pain.

10 10 Examples of some of the Children you might find inside yourself The Playful Child: That self that is naturally playful, creative, spontaneous and fun loving child. This self longs to play. Many of us have forgotten how to do this without guilt or anxiety that as adults we must be doing something that is worthwhile. The Spoiled Child: That part of us wants what they want and they want it now, and if they don't get what they want, they throw temper tantrums. The Neglected Child: The child self that was always left alone without much nurturing and love. They don't believe they are lovable or worthwhile. They dont know how to love. They are depressed and want to cry.

11 11 The Abandoned Child: This child self has been left in some way like divorce or adoption or just left because the parents were kept busy working. They are always fearful that they will be abandoned again and again. This part of the self is starving for extra attention and reassurance that they are safe and okay. This self is very lonely. The Fearful Child: This part has been overly criticized when they were small. Now they are anxious and are in panic much of the time. They need lost of encouragement and positive affirmations. The Un-bonded Child: This Inner Child never learns to be close to anyone. They are isolated. Intimacy feels alien and scary. Trust is a basic issue.

12 12 The Discounted Child: This is a part of the self that was ignored and treated as though they did not exist. They don't believe in themselves and need lots of love to assist and support them. The Spiritual Child: This part of the self searches for answers from higher realms. The final result of healing the Inner Child is balance within One- self and being able to give and receive LOVE.

13 13 Working With Your Inner Child Please study this image before moving to the next slide.

14 14 Inner Child Visualization Relax and take a long slow breath … breathing in through your nose … holding the breath as is comfortable for you … releasing the breath slowly through your mouth. Close your eyes. Relax your head … face muscles … neck … shoulders … back … arms … legs … Relax your mind … See before you a calendar with today's date. Watch as the pages of the calendar drift back in time to the date in which you were born. See yourself as you were as a baby. Where are you? What's going on? (Continued on next slide)

15 15 Now go forward to a day in your childhood that you wish never happened. Look at your feelings on that day. Place love and light around yourself so that you feel safe on that day. See feelings of anger and fear gently releasing. You may want to cry as you cleanse the emotions. You may see why events happened as they did. When releasing these emotions be sure you release them even on a soul level. Feel within your soul (heart) that they can never hurt you again. If these emotions are connected to a person who has passed on take an imaginary scissor and cut the 'karmic ribbons' that connect you to that soul … that you are free of these ties now and forever. Those emotions will leave you in this lifetime and in all others that are affected by your what you are doing now. You may repeat this exercise with other events in your childhood that left you feeling alone, frightened, unloved, and unworthy.

16 16 Take the Inner Child Test Check Each Answer you Prefer What's your preferred way to get around town? ___ Walking. Look how far I can walk! ___ Tricycle or Big Wheels ___ Bicycle ___ Pony ___ Pterodactyl ___ Car ___ SUV ___ Carry me! (Count your checks and continue on next slide)

17 17 What's your preferred pet? ___ Goldfish ___ Hamster ___ Kitty ___ Puppy ___ Pony ___ Cat ___ Dog ___ Dinosaur ___ Unicorn ___ Tropical fish ___ I live in a community that doesn't allow pets (Count your checks and continue on next slide)

18 18 Any hobbies? ___ Dress up ___ Pretend games ___ Reading ___ Reading about dinosaurs ___ Music ___ Movies ___ Soccer ___ Riding my pony ___ Collecting stuff ___ Boys! ___ Girls! ___ Playing with my toes ___ Collecting really expensive stuff (Count your checks and continue on next slide)

19 19 Favorite TV show? ___ Cartoons ___ Sports ___ Anything with robots ___ Anything with a princess ___ "Elmo!" ___ The Medium ___ Ghost Whisperers ___ MTV ___ Buff ___ Star Trek ___ Nature documentaries ___ 60 Minutes (Count your checks and continue on next slide)

20 20 What would you like for dinner? ___ Milk ___ Ice cream ___ Mac and cheese ___ Burger and fries ___ Yuck! Not that ___ Yes that, and seconds, too, please. And thirds and fourths. And I'm still hungry. ___ Nothing, I'm on a diet ___ Anything, so long as it's low fat or low carb (Count your checks and continue on next slide)

21 21 Okay, now you're in trouble. What's your excuse? ___ "Gah? Goo?" ___ "I didn't do it!" ___ "She did it!" ___ "Yeah, I did it. So?" ___ "You don't trust me!" ___ "Talk to my lawyer." ___ Cry ___ Hide in your room ___ Shrug. It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission (Count your checks and continue on next slide)

22 22 Sex? ___ Huh? ___ Yuck! ___ Hmm ___ Yeah! ___ I have my fingers in my ears so I can't hear you. "La, la, la..." ___ Not as much as I used to (Count your checks and continue on next slide)

23 23 Finally, what do you want to be when you grow up? ___ Fireman ___ Princess ___ Veterinarian ___ A fireman-princess-veterinarian ___ Horse breeder ___ Artist ___ Scientist ___ Archaeologist ___ Accountant ___ I'll be happy if I manage to graduate high school ___ No idea – and I'm kind of worried about that ___ No idea – and I'm fine with that ___ Not interested in growing up ___ I already am grown up, thank you very much (Now total your checkmarks and move to the next slide)

24 24 All possible results for "How Old is Your Inner Child?" My inner child is one year old! Everything is new to me. I like watching the world go by around me, and I don't sweat the small stuff--or the large stuff, either. Just so long as I stay warm and safe and dry, life's pretty good. My inner child is six years old! Look what I can do! I can walk, I can run, I can read! I like to do stuff, and there's a whole big world out there to do it in. Just so long as I can take my blankie and my Mommy and my three best friends with me, of course. My inner child is ten years old! The adult world is pretty irrelevant to me. Whether I'm off on my bicycle (or pony) exploring, lost in a good book, or giggling with my best friend, I live in a world apart, one full of adventure and wonder and other stuff adults don't understand.

25 25 My inner child is sixteen years old! Life's not fair! It's never been fair, but while adults might just accept that, I know something's gotta change. And it's gonna change, just as soon as I become an adult and get some power of my own. My inner child is forty-five years old! I've never really liked children, not even when I was one. I want things neat, ordered, and adult--fine wine instead of French fries, pina coladas by the pool instead of beach sand between my toes. Now if only my fellow adults would stop acting like such, well, children!

26 26 Inner Child Healing Let your awareness take you into an area of your body that needs healing. Imagine or visualize yourself as a child and see-feel what that child is feeling and thinking. Then visualize yourself as the adult approaching the child and finding a way to comfort and love the little one. There should be a physical contact, hug, kiss or kindly touch. Where they have physical contact pour the energy in so that the child really feels it. Observe the transformation. Then imagine a large loving being of light that is your higher self. This light being embraces you both and sends blessings...Enjoy the rush.

27 27 We hope you have enjoyed this presentation. You can find a complete listing of our courses on our website at The College of Metaphysical Studies (CMS), located in Clearwater, Florida, has been a leader in metaphysical and spiritual education since 1986. CMS was formed after extensive evaluation of the educational needs of the Metaphysical, New Age, New Thought, Neo-Pagan and modern spiritual communities. We are authorized by the Commission for Independent Education, Independent Colleges and Universities, Florida Department of Education to operate as a private, non-secular college and to issue Associate, Bachelor, Master and Doctorate Degrees in metaphysics, religion, spiritual awareness, spiritual and holistic healing, esoteric studies, parapsychology, and the entire allied metaphysical field. CMS trains and certifies ministers, spiritual and holistic healers, teachers, pastoral counselors, mediums, intuitive practitioners, past-life regression facilitators and administrators. Certification is by the New Awareness Ministries, International (NAMI). (See the next slide for contact information)

28 28 The College of Metaphysical Studies 18514 U.S. Hwy. 19 North Suite B Clearwater, Florida 33764 Phone: 727 538-9976 Fax: 727 539-READ 800 780 META E-mail: Visit our award-winning website at: When the student is ready, the teacher will appear

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