Healing The Inner Child

I highly encourage you to consider what I am sharing here with you in its entirety, especially if you are a Christian treating or practicing inner child healing.

In his theory of the human psyche, Carl Jung proposed the concept of the “inner child,” which represents the emotional and unconscious parts of our personality, including our childhood memories, feelings, and thoughts.

As Jung explains, the inner child provides creativity, imagination, and spontaneity, but if trauma is present, it can be the source of negative emotions and negative behaviors if it isn’t adequately treated. For psychological growth and healing, Jung believed that the inner child needed to be recognized and addressed.

In personal growth and self-exploration, some people may search for traumas in their inner child, for instance, by engaging in activities that enhance their creativity and emotions or by exploring and resolving unsettled traumatic issues from their past.

Keep in mind, however, that the concept of the inner child is not a scientifically proven theory but rather a popularized tool for personal development.

For instance, in the New Age movement, spiritualists and self-help practitioners have adopted Jung’s concept of the inner child, proposing its exploration as a means of discovering and expressing hidden emotional traumas. Popularized as inner child wounds, unhealthy attachments, neglect, emotional pain, narcissism, etc. Essentially, these mental health illnesses can be attributed to inner child traumas.

This is why you often hear spiritualists encouraging their audiences to connect with and work with their inner child, to practice visualization, journaling, and art as its creative expression.

Additionally, I’d like to add the inner child concept is not scientifically supported and should not be used as an alternative to professional mental health care. The help of a qualified mental health professional is crucial if you are experiencing acute emotional stress or mental health problems.

And since God created the mind and its complicated processes, I highly recommend bible study, fasting, and prayer.

Wouldn’t it be interesting to explore Carl Jung’s interest in spirituality and the inner child ideology and briefly examine how these ideas arose?

I think we should explore Jungianism a bit…

The role spirituality plays in the human psyche was of great interest to Carl Jung, who viewed spirituality as an essential part of human existence. He practiced Parapsychology to heal the unconscious mind, achieve profound psychological growth, and for healing trauma. In order to achieve such deep levels of healing, he strongly encouraged people to explore their hidden psyche. This is where the idea of connecting with the inner child was essentially born.

In Carl Jung’s book, Liber Novus (also known as “The Red Book”), we’ll find the blueprint of his confrontation with the unconscious.

Let’s look closely at what Jung said about this particular guru in question…

“Philemon represented a force which was not myself. In my fantasies I held conversations with him, and he said things which I had not consciously thought. For I observed clearly that it was he who spoke, not I. He said I treated thoughts as if I generated them myself, but in his view thoughts were like animals in the forest, or people in a room, or birds in the air, and added, “If you should see people in a room, you would not think that you had made those people, or that you were responsible for them.” It was he who taught me psychic objectivity, the reality of the psyche.”

Carl Jung

What do you think of this so far? Would you mind telling me, honestly, how this sounds to you as a Christian?

You may want to give this another look. As he continues:

“I always knew that everything I was experiencing was ultimately directed at this real life of mine. I meant to meet its obligations and fulfill its meanings… In 1916 I felt an urge to give shape to something. I was compelled from within, as it were, to formulate and express what might have been said by Philemon. This was how the Septem Sermones ed Mortuos [The Seven Sermons to the Dead written by Basilides in Alexandria, the City where the East toucheth the West] with its peculiar language came into being. It began with a restlessness, but I did not know what it meant or what “they” wanted of me. There was an ominous atmosphere all around me. I had the strange feeling that the air was filled with ghostly entities. Then it was as if my house began to be haunted. The atmosphere was thick, believe me! Then I knew that something had to happen. The whole house was filled as if there were a crowd present, crammed full of spirits. They were packed deep right up to the door, and the air was so thick it was scarcely possible to breathe. As for myself, I was all a-quiver with the question: “For God’s sake, what in the world is this?” Then they cried out in chorus, “We have come back from Jerusalem where we found not what we sought.” That is the beginning of the Septem Sermones.”

Carl Jung

I especially like this account from Jung’s Memories, Dreams:

“Around five o’clock in the afternoon on Sunday the front doorbell began ringing frantically…but there was no one in sight. I was sitting near the doorbell, and not only heard it but saw it moving. We all simply stared at one another. The atmosphere was thick, believe me!”

Carl Jung

So that’s enough. I think you see the point.

Jung’s views on spirituality were influenced by his personal experiences with unclean spirits as well as his study of comparative religion and mythology. His theories are profoundly opposed to Christianity, especially this ideology of the inner child, occultism garbed in the disguise of mental health treatment. The practice originated through channeling spirits as a path to insight and healing.

According to Jung, the visions and imaginative experiences recorded in the Red Book formed the core of all his work.

Should we, as Christians, pursue the practice of these things?

In his view, the collective unconscious of all humans contained archetypes, which were universal patterns or themes. Practitioners instill a sense of meaning and purpose by exploring and interpreting dreams, symbols, and myths, which they believe can help people connect with their inner selves when in reality, an occult mindset is being thrust upon them.

Furthermore, Jung believed that God includes and embraces both good and evil, that God is somehow more than good and evil, and proposes a “Quaternity,” consisting of Father, Son, Holy Spirit, and the Devil in one substance.

Again, I ask… Should we, as Christians, embrace these ideologies?

The Christian faith teaches that human wholeness is achieved through Christ’s triumph over evil within. As per Jung’s ideologies, the act of practicing psychology involved reconciling the good with the evil within us. As a result, Christ’s death and resurrection are rendered meaningless.

Despite Jung’s considerable influence on psychology and his continuing study and debate today, I strongly believe there must be great caution when considering his views on spirituality. As tools for personal development and self-exploration, these are not scientifically proven theories, and using them for spiritual growth or psyche healing would expose us to severe spiritual threats.

Last but not least, if spiritualism has played such a significant role in Jungian Psychology, should Christians practice it for healing?

Please consider what I am sharing with you. If you practice these things and you consider yourself a Christian, there are serious risks involved in your spirituality.

I concluded by saying, as a Christian, Jungian psychology isn’t God’s will for me to pursue or practice.

The most frightening aspect of all this new-age thinking is their emphasis on practicing occult psychology, which they themselves do not comprehend.

For financial gain, promoting the spread of occult philosophies, working with the enemy to construct strongholds against the Word of God, and weakening the mindset of their victims.

In spite of those who’ve been exposed to this way of thinking and have scuffed at the Word of God, believing healing is possible without Him, we, as Christians, should be careful about what we expose our minds to. May the Word of God be our guide in all things.

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