by Jenny Collins, Holistic Health Graduate Student, Online Outreach Specialist at Live Your Truth
I don’t have children. But in a way, I’ve recently become a parent.
Regardless of how we were raised, every one of us still has an inner child who longs to be loved, understood and supported (i.e. parented) true to our nature.
What did you hear as a child?
Go back to a time when you were young. Did you hear any of these labels as a child? Shy. Bossy. Rambunctious. Perfectionist. Hyper. Too sensitive. Slow. Whiny. Can’t sit still. Too serious. Rebellious. Strong-willed.
Or maybe a parent or teacher frequently said one of these to you: Calm down! Hurry up! Stop worrying! Settle down! Lighten up! You’re not the parent! Stop moving! Shhhh!
These negative labels and messages typically manifest from a misunderstanding of a child’s true nature or their unique energy blueprint. Since most adults have never had the resources or tools to recognize, it’s easy to see why these labels become so common.
And unfortunately, when you were a child, you might’ve accepted these labels, seeing a part of you as a weakness, rather than a clue to your greatest strengths and source of potential.
How negative childhood labels create wounded adults
When children are parented in such a way that runs contrary to their true nature or when who we are is suppressed rather than supported, our inner child becomes wounded.
As a result, we can grow up believing:
- It’s not OK to be me.
- I have to change who I am to be accepted and loved.
- It’s not safe to be me.
Can you see how those internal messages put you at odds with yourself and others? And how, over time, they can create pain, dis-ease or anxiety?
Healing your inner child by understanding your true nature
I’ve always been a personality profile junkie. I think I’ve taken almost every assessment tool out there, to better understand why I am the way I am (and partly an effort to convince myself it was OK to be me).
While each tool provided another layer of insight, none of them came close to the understanding—and inner healing—I’ve received from Energy Profiling. Developed by energy therapist Carol Tuttle, Energy Profiling is based on the knowledge that every person (and child) moves through life with a unique energy blueprint. Your Energy Profile, or Type, influences your gifts and talents, thoughts and feelings, and even your physical characteristics and body language.
Carol Tuttle’s Amazon bestseller, The Child Whisperer, is a practical approach to intuitive parenting that teaches you how to recognize and support the unique energy of the 4 Types of children (see descriptions online):
- Type 1 Fun-loving Child
- Type 2 Sensitive Child
- Type 3 Determined Child
- Type 4 More Serious Child
Each Type of child connects with the world in a different way. When their true nature is supported, children can grow into thriving, confident adults.
And best news is we can all become our own Child Whisperer—for ourselves, and for the children in our lives.
Once you know your true Type, you can begin to live true to your nature. As you accept and love—and parent—your own nature, you come into alignment with who you truly were designed to be. And your inner child can start to live in that freedom.
Jenny Collins is a Type 3 woman determined to help people navigate a path to true health and healing. An M.A. candidate ‘14 in the Holistic Health Studies program at St. Catherine University, she is a writer and marketing/communications specialist in St. Paul. She originally connected with Carol Tuttle through Dressing Your Truth and Energy Profiling and is now on staff with Live Your Truth.