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How to Do Inner Work and Begin to Heal

Updated: Nov 8, 2023

You may have heard the term “inner work” before, but what does it actually mean and how can we harness its benefits on our path to spiritual awakening? Read on to learn more about inner work and how it may help us begin to heal.

What is Inner Work?

Inner work refers to the process of self-exploration, self-awareness, and personal growth that individuals must engage in to truly understand and address their emotions, beliefs, thought patterns, and behaviors. In order to change yourself, you need to have a level of self-awareness in everything you do. Inner work starts with a deep dive into your psyche to uncover past issues, traumas, and unresolved emotions that may be influencing your thoughts, feelings, and actions. Without this understanding, you will never be able to shape your future in a positive direction.

In order to unlock your full potential and heal past wounds, inner work is essential. In recent channelings with St. Germain and Jeshua, it’s been suggested that inner work is about working with and embracing one’s wounded inner child. Many people suffer from core wounds from childhood. This is especially true of lightworkers.

Your outer experience always reflects your inner state, and so inner work is a continuous and lifelong process, as individuals strive to become more balanced and emotionally resilient. It often involves confronting discomfort and facing challenging aspects of oneself, but the rewards can include improved mental and emotional well-being, healthier relationships, and a greater sense of purpose and fulfillment.

How Do You Know When You Need Inner Work?

You are triggered emotionally by what other people say and do. These things and behaviors are a mirror for us about something unresolved or unhealed in ourselves. Otherwise, these things would not register with us at all. Often the things that bother us about other people are a shadow or disowned aspect of ourselves that we do not see and choose to deny and disown.

Every situation or person is placed on your path with a soul purpose. It may be to strengthen you, offer you an opportunity, to resolve or forgive the past, release old patterns, or for enjoyment.

You know you have a block if you are not getting what you want in some or any of the big areas of life such as:

  • Money

  • Career

  • Success

  • Relationships

  • Health

  • Creativity

Different Ways to Perform Inner Work

The process of inner work may be daunting, so here are some practices to help get you started.

1. Self-Reflection and Self-Compassion: It’s important to take the time to look within and examine your thoughts and feelings in order to gain insight into your motivations and triggers. Energy will match whatever your thoughts, feelings and beliefs are. If you want to change your life, you’ve got to become conscious of what you want and then choose the thoughts, feelings and beliefs that support what you want. You have to reprogram yourself. You have to reparent your inner child.

We want to redirect the limiting beliefs from this lifetime and past lifetimes. All of that is in our energy field. All energy needs direction and redirection.

Perhaps most importantly, you need to develop a kind and loving relationship with yourself. Treat yourself with the same empathy and understanding that you would offer to others. Inner work starts with the desire to be better. Being better to yourself is invaluable to this process, so be sure to cultivate a nurturing environment for exploration.

2. Creative Expression: Processing complex emotions can be difficult. Sometimes engaging in creative activities such as art, writing, music, or dance can provide an outlet for those difficult feelings. Consider keeping a journal to record your thoughts and feelings so you can better process your emotions, identify behavior patterns, and gain clarity. In each area of concern in your life, journal about….

  • What did my mom teach me about that?

  • What did my dad teach me about that?

  • What did my grandparents teach me about that?

  • What did my church teach me about that?

  • What did I watch being modeled in front of me growing up?

Write it down. Write down everything you were verbally taught about each topic or that was modeled in front of you. And you will see where you got the limitations from. You will see the walls you are hitting.

3. Personal Development Workshops and Retreats: Reflecting upon your relationships is critical for inner work to be successful. To help with this, you can observe what type of friends you attract because we attract our own likeness. Look around at your friends to know how you are being and where you are focusing because this is what you attract. Are your friends giving and generous? Do they reach out to others in need? Do you feel a connection between you and your friends? If so, it shows you too are heart-centered. Or are they self-focused, gossiping and complaining? Do they see themselves as a body with no awareness of their true Self? Those who remain in your life are those who resonate with your frequency. Take note because you can see if any change is necessary.

Gathering together with other like-minded individuals similarly committed to self-growth would be beneficial for your development. Participating in workshops and retreats focused on personal growth and self-discovery can provide immersive experiences for inner work. When you note the like minds, be grateful for the mirrors they provide. For those who are not heart-centered, feel gratitude for the mirrors they provide because this is a God-given opportunity to shift any low vibration out of yourself.

4. Spiritual Practices and Spiritual Counseling: Engage in practices that connect you with your spiritual beliefs and values, such as prayer, contemplation, or rituals. A trained spiritual counselor can help with this important work as you explore and address deeper issues.

I have heard a statistic that 90 percent of how we behave comes from our subconscious minds. So how do you work on things you are not conscious of? As you do your inner work and address the emotions that are present, without judgment but instead with unconditional love and acceptance, you process and release these emotions and more is revealed to you (in the conscious mind) to be transmuted and healed -like layers of an onion. This is how we raise our consciousness. This is what spiritual awakening is -we release what is not real and does not serve us, to discover who we really are as divine beings and powerful creators and aspects of Source/Creator/God. This is what is meant by spiritual enlightenment – you lighten up -you release the dense layers of energy, fear and illusions that have imprisoned you.

The Transformative Power of Inner Work

In a world often dominated by outside forces and societal expectations, delving into the realm of your inner thoughts and emotions can become crucial in becoming your more authentic self. Engaging in inner work is essential in the battle against negative self-talk and the cultivation of deeper self-awareness. By deliberately exploring thought patterns and identifying behavior patterns, you can gain the power to challenge and reframe these destructive narratives. This can ultimately pave the way for emotional resilience and a more harmonious relationship with the world. Inner work becomes a compass guiding us to a place of self-acceptance, growth, and the realization of our fullest potential.

For more information about the transformative power of inner work, please visit the resources below. To gain even greater insight and for help facilitating your healing, be sure to contact spiritual counselor Sandra Chaloux for a personal consult.

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