Connecting with your divine inner parent
Updated: Apr 22, 2021
Sometimes life feels easy and sometimes life feels difficult. It's fair to say that for me, lately things have been at the more difficult end of the spectrum. I'm sure many of my readers can relate...
As a result of recent trials and tribulations, I've noticed my mind has been very busy. Mental chatter (unbidden, unhelpful and most unwelcome) has been my constant companion -- often in the form of imaginary conversations/arguments that go around and around on a loop in my head. A wise person suggested to me that it might help to get the words out of my mind and onto a page. I've never been big on journalling, but I was open to the idea.
There are a million ways to work with a journalling practice: rapid writing; drawing; goal setting and reflection; gratitude lists; recording thoughts and emotion; the options are endless. I started by asking myself what I most wanted to get out of journalling, and realised that it was encouragement and a sense of safety. I had been very hard on myself and needed a different perspective to that of my well-worn inner critic. In a flash of inspiration, I decided I would write myself (and my inner child) a letter from my divine inner parent. I chose the divine mother; I'm sure a letter from the divine father would work just as well -- it's all a matter of what is needed at the time for each person.
I sat down to write, and imagined my version of the divine mother was sitting beside me and directing my pen. What came through onto my page was so loving, kind, wise and reassuring, it brought tears to my eyes. For someone whose inner critic has had a history of running the show, I was surprised how compassionate I could be towards myself. An excerpt is below. It is my sincere hope that these words bring you comfort and support in your dark times, and perhaps even inspire you to try this exercise for yourself.
I am so sorry you are going through so much pain right now. I know you fear you will never feel rested, joyful or peaceful again. I am here to tell you that you will. There is no question. I see all.
I am so proud of you. In doing this work, you are honouring the little one inside you who was once so helpless, hopeless, scared and alone. Only now can you give her the voice, strength and healing that is her birthright.
You are doing so well. Keep asking for help. Keep expressing yourself. Keep doing what you know at a deep level you need to do. Never truer words than 'this too shall pass' have ever been said! And when it does (and soon!) you will attain wisdom and achievement and peace you previously could not even conceive of.
Have patience and faith. Know that a miracle is coming, and rest in that.
I love you with the light of a thousand suns. I am always here -- watching you, protecting you, whispering encouragement in your ear. Reach for me whenever you need comfort. I will never leave you.
If you're interested in giving this a try, but are not sure where to start, this article might provide some inspiration.
In the words of Lucille Ball, "Love yourself and everything else falls into line."