Once you set upon a path of a personal and spiritual growth, you will start uncovering so many things about yourself. Many sides of you, some which you might have not even known existed before, start coming up to the surface. This can be quite emotional, especially the process of transforming it, but at the same time, it can be extremely healing and liberating.
I’ve personally been on this journey, full-time, for over a decade and I find that the more work I do, the more things come out of the shadows. Some of them are easier to work through then others, but even when the work gets hard, I fully understand now, that the work is required, to help me align more and more to the truth of who I really am, and to help me learn the lessons I came here to learn.
One of the practices I find extremely helpful, and I recommend to my students and clients, is writing a letter to their inner child. Writing a letter to the innocent child you once were can be very therapeutic. I’ve done this myself, quite a few times now, and I found the whole process very moving and liberating. Yes, it brought so many emotions up the surface and I cried a lot. I’ve been reminded, once again, of some painful stories, but at the same time, it was a process full of so much love, compassion and acceptance. It helped me release a lot of suppressed emotions, resentments and it also helped understand myself more.
Writing a letter to your inner child is a very personal process, so I’m not going to share my letter with you here. However, I will give you some tips how you can write one. A letter to your inner child is a very powerful exercise, so do this when you feel ready to go deep.
A few tips before you begin:
- Get a piece of paper and set aside a few minutes and a place where you are not going to be disturbed
- Take a few deep breaths to get centred and grounded
- When you are ready, start writing
- Tell your inner child that you honour their journey
- Tell them that you feel their pain for everything they’ve been through
- Comfort them, because they’ve been through a lot (you can use specific examples)
- Express your love and compassion
- Acknowledge them for doing their best at any given moment
- Tell them that being sensitive is okay
- Tell them that being vulnerable is a sign of strength
- Tell them that you are always here for them and you will protect them
- Tell them that you will always love them unconditionally
There is no right or wrong way to write a letter to your inner child. Get a blank sheet of paper and just write, whatever comes to your mind. I found this process extremely therapeutic and comforting. It definitely helped me to look inward and honour my journey even more. If you feel called, give it a go.