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I visited my 5 year old “child self” but he would not talk to me at all. I even told him about several dreams of mine and tears came to my eyes. It was a special moment but he just stared at me. Is this normal?

Before I answer your question I’d like to congratulate you on allowing your experience with your child self to be what it was. You were vulnerable with your child, you were authentic and you did experience his presence. Good for you! Everyone’s experience visiting with their “past selves” will be uniquely theirs. None are right or wrong, just different, and it’s important for everyone to let their experience be whatever it is.

And yes, what you experienced with your child self is completely normal.  For some, it will take a number of meditations or visualizations before your child begins to talk with you. It is important to remember that this is not just and “exercise”. You are communicating with a very real different aspect of yourself. And this child self doesn’t know you, and it may take him or her some time to become comfortable with talking to you.

As with any relationship, give it time and space for it to grow and deepen. Your overall goal with your child self is to provide them with more safety, love, protection and guidance than they originally had growing up. When they feel safe, loved and empowered you, the adult, will find it easier to feel safe, loved and empowered. So be gentle with your child. Let them take it at their own pace. And never miss an opportunity to let them know how much you love them.


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