Participation in this Whole Heart Connection workshop is limited to students who have already completed the Whole Heart Connection Intro (either online or in-person). For those who attended the Whole Heart Connection Intro in person, but have not attended an online event, join me first for Taking Heart at 11:00 a.m.
Inner Child, Inner Adult
The Inner Child is what the Taoist sages called the Golden Fetus, which is in the low belly. It doesn’t matter if you are male or female; everybody has an energetic womb. In that womb is the Golden Fetus, or the embryo of our authentic nature. It’s a powerful place. In Chinese medicine terms, this area is like a crossroads of the three yin meridians of the lower body: the Spleen, the Kidney, and the Liver.
The kidney holds the blueprint of who we really are. That’s no small thing. We wouldn’t want to be out of touch with that. It holds the record of our potential.
The Spleen is the foundation of our capacity to be nourished, and nourished deeply. It is our capacity to transform what life puts on our plate into nourishment. Sometimes we are served nothing but rocks and sticks. With a strong enough Spleen, we are able to gain something that is deeply mineral-rich for our bones from that meal.
This Golden Fetus or Inner Child area is also the crossroads of the Liver, which means that it is the foundation of our capacity for recovery. That is no small thing. When you put those three together, it’s like the stem cells of your soul.
The laughter that rings from those whose Inner Child is well tended–it’s beyond healing. I would say that it is a divine manifestation.
Now who and what tends that Inner Child, and who tends the tender of that child? This is where we come into the domain of what I call the Inner Adult.
Adulthood is not about knowing what to do. Adulthood is about being in touch with your larger resources, which includes the stars, which includes the ancestors, which includes dreams you don’t remember from last night–and the night before and the night before that, and the night before that.
We are built like Russian dolls. There’s me, and then there’s this little one on my lap that I’m protecting. Then there’s this much bigger lap that I am on. Together let’s explore the Inner Child and the Inner Adult: how to find it; how to be in a healing relationship with it; and how to help others find this place in themselves, and begin to trust it and bring that into the world.
If you’ve already attended a Whole Heart Connection Intro and you want a chance to re-immerse in heart-space, please join us for our monthly Taking Heart gathering.
Or, if you want a brief review of how Whole Heart Connection skills translate into an online context before signing up for other classes, join us for this short and sweet review of the basic practices. Learn more here.
Whole Heart Connection for Personal and Social Healing
These are tools for fostering equality even in the midst of social power imbalance, and for becoming effective agents of social change without courting burn-out. In fact, Whole Heart Connection will do more for your health than you would have believed possible in such difficult times.
Whole Heart Connection practices draw upon aikido, Chinese medicine, and Sufism, all of which teach us that healthy change takes place on a me-first basis. Our goal is the well-being of entire communities, and so we are committed to fostering personal health every step of the way. There is no division between being an activist and taking care of ourselves.