Arizona Family Therapy continues the journey of emotional healing and recovery from trauma, abuse, generational disease and addictions. We were honored by the attendance of Sharon W. Cruse and her husband Joe Cruse at our 2016 Reconstruction Passages Healing Program at Picture Rocks here in Tucson, Arizona. Much gratitude to Sharon for her amazing vision and creation of the Art of Reconstruction. Our clients continue to heal!
Your inner child is your first-born daughter, if you’re a woman, and son if you’re a man. Your inner child will be with you when you die. At the end of the day, you’ll want to have your integrity intact, and your arm around that child.
Through “role-reversing”-putting yourself in someone else’s skin-you learn x-ray vision. This x-ray vision will help you cultivate compassion for others and, ultimately, for yourself.
Bear in mind that the pain your parents passed on to you, most likely, was passed down to them first. Imagining their lives, their parents’ lives, going back into history-this is where compassion for your parents begins, and forgiveness.
When hurtful things happen to us or those around us as children, there was nothing we could do but go into survival mode. As adults, we can revisit what happened with wiser eyes. It takes courage to go back to dark places, but revisiting these events and rescuing that “child” is what allows us to move from understanding ourselves to knowing ourselves the path to living fully.
We treat ourselves the way we were treated as children. If we were never listened to, we don’t listen to ourselves as adults. When we can identify ways we were mistreated, we can decide if that’s how we want to continue to treat ourselves. Sometimes we have to give ourselves permission to outgrow our patterns.
Dorothy Baldwin Satten, PhD
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