February 26, 2017

How to Heal our Traumatized Inner Child.

“Acknowledge your inner child. Even though we have found the light in ourselves today, we sometimes forget to heal old wounds of our past. Your inner child still needs to be loved in order to heal the complete self.” ~ Karen A. Baquiran


Once, we were all kids.

We were naive and helpless, small and frightened in the big, authoritative world. As such, we feel discomfort and helplessness when we are in situations we consider to be dangerous.

The child in us is hurt, hidden in a dark corner of the room, and he is afraid to come out into the light. He’s been sitting and waiting for someone to save him from that darkness for years. The only person who can save him is himself—now as an older, mature person. Otherwise, he will never heal his wounds and recover from the trauma of the past.

We have neglected our inner child, just as we may have been neglected as children. We took on the negative beliefs and patterns of those who treated us badly. They convinced us that we deserved it, that hate is the only way, that people are bad, and we should not trust anybody. And these beliefs from childhood have played a huge role in our present life.

That’s why we’ve wandered aimlessly, and without meaning, for so long. We’ve looked for love in the wrong people, and for happiness in material things. We’ve always felt unhappy, unloved, and misunderstood. And that’s how our inner child feels all the time. When we neglect ourselves, we are neglecting our inner child and we repress his suffering.

We need to reconnect with the injured parts of ourselves and heal them once and for all. To stop blaming ourselves for things we didn’t do, and the mistakes we did make. Whenever we feel fear, sadness, shame, or anger, the child within us is screaming to be heard—but we don’t hear him above the noise in our minds.

We don’t even know he exists. And now is the time to make amends.

We need to love our inner child, to accept and forgive him, thereby forgiving ourselves.

As a child, I felt guilty each time my parents had a quarrel. I was made to feel worthless by children who made fun of me in school. I felt lonely without any friends. As a result, I became distrustful, depressive, withdrawn. Things might have been different if I had fostered communication with myself, if I had loved myself back then.

Years later, I have now overcome depression. I stopped the blaming and I forgave myself. Now, I nurture myself emotionally and spiritually. The child in me has healed.

The first thing I did was tell my inner child “I love you. Don’t be afraid, I’m here.” I felt strange, speaking to myself. But then I looked in the mirror and saw the sadness in my eyes. A part of me still suffered and wanted to be loved.

After some practice, I felt calmer and more self-confident. This was the beginning of healing the wounds of my past.

After that, I did a guided meditation for the child within me. I felt a great connection with the child that I had been, and I cried for her and all of the feelings I had repressed. This was the second phase of healing.

In the next, the third in a row, I wrote from my inner child, to my current self, telling myself how I felt. And then I wrote a second letter from myself to my inner child. I felt a great relief as my emotions discharged on a paper.

I felt the hurt return for the last time, and then it stopped. I promised my inner child that from now on, I would take care of her, that I’d devote more attention to her, by listening to my inner voice, my intuition, and following my feelings. I promised I would love her and not allow anyone to hurt her anymore.

One last method was looking at a picture of myself as a child. I journeyed back to my childhood, finding my memories and feelings, re-living my experiences. Something about this method is so deep and powerful. Looking into the eyes of the child we were, we get a perspective of how and why we felt that way. We understand and learn the lessons from our past.

We must remember that if we don’t cherish ourselves and provide unconditional love, no one will.


Author: Jana Tosic

Image: Micah H./Unsplash

Editor: Catherine Monkman

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Karen A. Baquiran Oct 20, 2017 2:09am

I love this article so much. Healing my inner child has been such a journey and I always encourage people to go in there and love them too. I appreciate your words and am also so humbled that you shared my quote at the beginning of the article. So glad that you were able to express it further. ❤️❤️❤️

Zeal Dedania Sep 11, 2017 5:49pm

Very helpful article. I have only one question. How does this apply over a long period of time? In addition to meditation..

Ben Runciman Apr 28, 2017 9:23am

Jana Tosic Let us know if you are ever near Tauraga NZ. Cup of tea? =]

Jana Tosic Apr 28, 2017 9:17am

Thanks, Ben, for your kind words. I am honoured to hear that. I wish you all the best in your future work and look forward to connecting with you!

Ben Runciman Apr 24, 2017 4:05am

Jana, This is beautifly writen and is dripping with truth and sinserity. Thank you for witing this!! My wife and I walk people hand in hand through the process you have decribed in the same way that we have found rest for our inner kids=]. Benandjess.org is our website. Thanks again! I so appiciate your candid clarity and openness! Warm regards Ben

Prasanna Swamy Mar 28, 2017 12:03pm

Hi Jana! Thank you so much for that precious article. It gives me hope, more than anything else. I feel like you've already started a process of healing for me. Can you send me some of your resources too? I can't wait to get started with this. I can't wait to lift this heavy, fearsome, depressive weight from my shoulders. Looking forward to your response. And looking forward to freedom! Thanks again. My email address: [email protected]

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Jana Tosic

Jana Tosic is a freelance writer interested in mental health, self-improvement and personal development topics. She’s on the road of life changes and she takes her past experiences as her greatest knowledge about herself, life and others. She enjoys being in nature, having a great time with her family and writing.