Healing the Wounded Inner Child: Understanding and Overcoming Trauma

We all carry within us a fragment of our childhood, a part that may have been hurt or neglected. This is what Bentinho refers to as the “wounded inner child.” It’s a crucial part of us that, if left unaddressed, can sabotage our growth and happiness.

Acknowledgment: The First Step to Healing

The first step in healing the wounded inner child, as Ben emphasizes, is acknowledgment. Recognizing and accepting that there is a part of us that needs healing is crucial. This process isn’t about constantly dwelling on the past or enrolling in endless courses for healing. Instead, it’s about finding balance – acknowledging the pain and also sometimes giving ourselves a gentle push to move forward.

Understanding Trauma and Its Effects

Trauma experienced during childhood, whether it’s neglect, abuse, or lack of attention, leaves a deep imprint on us. As children, we lack the tools to cope with these experiences. Ben points out that these traumatic memories may be suppressed and forgotten, only to resurface later in life, affecting our actions and decisions.

The Chakra System and Healing

The chakra system, as explained by Ben, offers a perspective on how we process experiences. From survival (the first chakra) to personal identity (the second chakra), and our relationship with the world (the third chakra), each level requires acknowledgment and acceptance. Healing happens when we reach the heart stage (the fourth chakra), where we start reconnecting with our higher selves.

The Role of Self-Love

Ultimately, the journey towards healing the wounded inner child is a journey of self-love. This love is not just for ourselves but extends to everything, as we are all interconnected. Self-love, as Ben teaches, can take us from the start to completion, to infinity. It’s the gateway to transforming our experiences and finding peace.

Everyday Practices for Healing

Simple practices can aid in this healing process. Relaxing into our experiences, acknowledging the perfection in imperfection, and seeing everything as a manifestation of light and love are steps towards healing.

Integrating and Transcending Trauma

Ben also stresses the importance of integrating our traumatic experiences. Instead of seeking only transcendent experiences, it’s vital to learn from everyday life and accept all aspects of ourselves, including our inner child’s wounds.

Embracing the Journey

Healing the wounded inner child is a journey that requires patience, understanding, and self-love. It’s about acknowledging our past, understanding its impact on our present, and taking steps towards healing and integration.

“Self-love is not just about feeling good. It’s about acknowledging and transforming every aspect of our being, including the wounds of our inner child.” – Bentinho Massaro

Spiritual Reference:
A fitting spiritual reference for this journey of healing and acknowledgment comes from the Bible, Psalm 147:3 – “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”