“Inner Child” by John McCormick, edited by me
The problem is how to remain
an artist once he grows up.”
I have been on this journey for many years. This journey of following the call of my heart, of bringing forth my inner essence into the world. I have stuck to the path and been exalted by some, demonized by others. I have gained the respect of some and lost it from others.
At this point, I have come to realize that the opinions, kudos, criticisms or whatever else from others cannot really matter to me. As I’ve excavated my Inner Child and listened to where she feels safe and where she doesn’t, it’s been highly informative. Some of the relationships that I “stuck out” the longest are the very ones where the “little one” inside felt most unsafe. The people I most feared losing if I followed my heart have proven to be the least supportive and trustworthy. This is highly informative to me but shakes the core of my being a bit. I find myself questioning everything these days and trusting the feeling in my solar plexus above all else. I let that feeling of either openness or restriction in my third chakra inform me. It’s not always what people say that matters, it’s how I feel when I’m around them.
I have not only heeded the call of my Inner Child and let her out to play, but I’ve learned to listen to her voice and let it guide me through the often dark and murky waters of transformation. It takes courage, persistence and a deep belief in oneself to Live Your Truth but it’s worth it.
Note: If you haven’t been on a swing, caught some air and looked at the world upside down lately, I highly recommend it. 🙂 Also, there are some fun inner child quotes here.