Do you remember way back when, around PreSchool/Kindergarten age, where you dressed for success? You had on your best superhero Underoos (yes, they still make them), your power polkadot top, your favorite striped bottoms, and if feeling especially fabulous, you mix-matched your socks as to not leave any part of you undecorated. You felt FREAKIN' FANTASTIC!
You knew deep down you were beautiful, you rocked the world, even if whichever parent that had to drop you at school felt the need to apologize profusely for sending you looking like a BIG HOT MESS. But it didn’t matter, because you didn’t see it, nor did you care what other’s thought. You were innocent and carefree.
Do you still feel freakin’ fantastic? Do you still feel safe to be who you are regardless of the judgement of others?
I don’t. But I am getting there.
Carl Jung, a well-known Swiss psychotherapist, refers to this part of us, the part that was perfectly naive, the Innocent. We still have innocence within us, though it has been shadowed by FEAR - fear of judgement, fear of what other’s will think, fear of being wrong, fear of being disappointed, fear of disappointing others, and fear of being hurt.
We have drifted away from the honest version of ourselves to something that we feel will be more excepted by society. This infiltrates our career, relationships, self-confidence, and health.
Think about the last decision you made that you knew wasn’t right for you, but you were too scared to hurt another’s feelings, get hurt yourself, be seen as a flake, or risk attracting an angry crowd. How did this decision eat away at your soul?
Rediscovering your innocence (your true self) takes work. But not the kind of work that adds to your plate, the kind that simplifies.
- Slow down. When you stop re-acting to the world, you make sounder decisions that are in line with your values.
- Slow down. When you take 10 minutes each day to just breathe, and focus on nothingness, you reconnect with your inner voice that guides you.
- Slow down. When you recognize a fear-based reaction coming on, you can use Tapping, affirmations, or do some journaling to move you away from fear into clarity and confidence.
Get the idea?
In order to keep a visual reminder for myself to stay connected with my Innocent archetype, I created a Pinterest board that reminds me of simplicity, purity, clean lines, and that part of me that knows I ROCK THE WORLD regardless. Click here to see it.
What images represent your Innocent? I would love to see them!