02 Ep #495 The Little Way Visualization Exercise for Your Inner Child

Are you curious? What does your inner child’s voice sound like?

This episode, perhaps more than any other I’ve ever done, has the power to change your life. Ask Little Therese for that grace.

When we protect and provide love and radical acceptance for our inner child, she glows and warms up inside. We have the inner freedom to breathe more easily and try new things. We know we can tolerate failure or mess ups. We can deal with minor amounts of guilt or shame without getting eaten up with fear. We don’t get stuck desperately needing approval from others. Our inner child needs to find safety in the world so she can come out and play and be an active part of our life. It’s the child parts that allow us to be creative and wondrous, as the psalmist says.

So let’s do it. First, we need a few guide bumpers and a grounding technique in case we encounter emotions that threaten to take over. Next, we need to breathe and relax into our inner prayer space. Then we visualize. 



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L | Listen (Receive the Word via audio or video.)


O | Observe (Connect the passage to your life and recent events.)

As you worked through the relaxation and visualization exercises, what did you notice in your mind, body, emotions, and memory? Were you surprised to realize through this show that your inner child is in distress? What do you want to say to the Holy Spirit about that?

V | Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)

Remembering that He loves you and that you are in His presence, talk to God about the particulars of your O – Observe step. You may want to write your reflections in your LOVE the Word® journal. Or, get a free journal page and guide in the right-hand margin.

E | Entrust (Rest in the Word.)

Dearest Jesus, my love, in the words of little Therese, “For me to become great is impossible.” Help me bear with myself and my many imperfections as I seek to follow her means of getting to heaven by a little way–very short and very straight, the little way. Amen +

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What We Discussed | Show Notes


Minutes 00:00-12:00 – What to do if this “little” talk is too weird; importance of healing the inner child; how to know if your inner child is in distress

Minutes 12:01-24:00 – Dorothy Day and Therese; the importance of fun and play; how to check in with your body and breathing in preparation for The Little Way Prayer

Minutes 24:01-36:00 – Grounding for panic and overwhelm; the need for patience and radical acceptance; preparing your environment for The Little Way Prayer

Minutes 36:01-48:00 – 3-2-1 Relaxation technique; The Little Way Prayer/Visualization Exercise; afterward


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