the inner child. Then, it also starts making sense why Jesus in the Bible so often refer to children and the power of child-like faith.
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
In your story, which children were you?
As, in many stories and fairy tales, you have both an
inner brother and an inner sister, like Hansel and Gretel. You may even have recall
of dreaming of a non-existent brother or sister or you
may have had dreams where you are your own twin.
The one would be stronger than the other and would often
be taking care of the other.
The inner child eventually becomes the Hero of this quest!
The best known child archetype is the Orphan. You do not have to have been a true orphan. Orphan archetypes often feel as though they were born into the wrong family.
The Orphan Child will experience any kind of separation as abandonment and any kind of disapproval as the result of being a misfit. The Orphan Child often finds himself or herself having to go it alone, without the support of family and friends. Independence is a theme for the Orphan and becoming self-reliant is one of the many lessons associated with the Orphan. The Orphan is typically strong, able to bear tremendous burdens alone and they are models of endurance and resilience. The Orphan finds great comfort in his or her own abilities and would prefer to rely only on oneself for it seems others are always letting the Orphan Child down.
The Orphan child often dream of finding a soul mate and of being rescued by another.
The Positive Orphan Child exhibits natural leadership skills, a strong work ethic and a sense of purpose for their lives. They are typically strong, stoic and dedicated to causes they may find themselves associated with.
Then there is the Wounded child archetype.
No matter how perfect the childhood or kind and loving the parents, a Wounded Child will feel wounded, by either a bully at school, a sibling that mistreats him/her, a deep loss at an early age such as the loss of a parent, grandparent or even a childhood illness or disease. These experiences will be perceived as abuse/trauma. Wounded Children are exceptionally forgiving until they become overly identified with their own wounds.
On the other side, the Wounded Child is a deeply loving, tender and compassionate person most notably at a young age. He or she may exhibit extreme sensitivity to others’ pain or perhaps cry at others' suffering. This awareness of pain develops a highly tuned perception of what is hidden beneath the surface. The Wounded Child will be confronted with issues of forgiveness and will find this need arising repeatedly throughout his or her life. Forgiveness is an essential part of the Wounded Child archetype and it often becomes the catalyst for a calling in life, such as alternative/allopathic medicine, psychiatry, counseling, therapeutic massage, life coaching or even the clergy.
Next we will look at the Magical Child, the Eternal Child and the Divine Child archetypes.