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Creative Source Therapy: Pathways for Healing the Inner Child – Errol D. Schubot (Is.7)

by Errol D. Schubot, Ph.D.

The Creative Source is the inner wisdom and guidance that is most often accessed in spiritual, creative, or deep trance states. In a previous article in The Journal of Regression Therapy (Schubot, 1987), I demonstrated how Creative Source Therapy can be a very effective pathway to uncover and heal past-life experiences. This article further elaborates the procedures for using the Creative Source and demonstrates its effectiveness in healing the Inner Child.

Creative Source Therapy uses the methods of Behavioral Kinesiology (Diamond, 1979; Callahan, 1985). It is a procedure that gives instant feedback of the body’s response to a stimulus through muscle testing. The client holds his arm out to the side with his palm facing down, while the therapist places the palm of this hand over the wrist of the extended arm and the other palm over the client’s opposite shoulder. About fifteen pounds of pressure is applied until the therapist determines whether the arm stays strong or becomes weakened. For most clients the contrast between strong and weak responses is very noticeable, although for some the difference can be quite small. The arm stays strong or weak depending on what stimulus the client is encountering in that moment, either from the environment or internally. For example, when the client is focusing on a favorite vacation place in which he is enjoying himself, his arm will test strong. However, when the client is focusing on a conflict in his life in which he has unresolved and unexpressed feelings, his arm will test weak. This same contrast exists when the client is telling a truth or an untruth. For example, if when testing Bill says, “My name is Bill,” his arm will test strong. When Bill says, “My name is Robert,” his arm will test weak.

In the fall of 1986, I began to use this approach to ask questions of the client’s Creative Source. I assumed the client’s highest wisdom was available and could communicate directly to us through the arm testing. I have found that this source of information is a powerful, reliable, and compassionate guide in all aspects of the healing process.

In Creative Source Therapy, I emphasize a cooperative approach between the client, the Creative Source, and the therapist. In the practice of healing, there are many alternatives for therapeutic direction and technique. These choices are created both by the client and the therapist as they attempt to channel the wisdom of the Creative Source. Many of these choices are muscle tested to determine which are strong and which are weak. The responses that test strong are evaluated by the therapist and the client for therapeutic relevance. Thus, there is a continuous feedback loop being maintained between the client’s conscious mind, the therapist, and the Creative Source. This integrated communication is a healthy model for living as it emphasizes a cooperative and practical relationship with the Creative Source, the valuing of the client’s identification with his own conscious processes, and the benefit of collaboration in relationships.

I also use meridian testing (Diamond, 1979) in which the imbalances in any of the twelve meridians (patterns of energy flowing) and their associated psychological meanings are revealed. For example, when the client holds his finger on a test point about two inches below the navel, and it tests weak, this reflects a small intestine imbalance whose psychological meaning, according to Diamond, is “being full of tears or conflict between parts.” The test points for the large intestine meridian are approximately two inches right and left of the navel and have the psychological meaning of “guilt, self-rejection, and feeling unworthy of the positive.” Meridian testing is often a useful door opener to venture into the past for the source of the imbalance.

 Another advantage of using Behavioral Kinesiology in healing is that I receive immediate feedback from the client’s body when the client is switched. Being “switched” typically means that either there is a part of the client that is objecting to some aspect of the therapeutic process or the client is not grounded. I ask the client if he is aware of any part of himself that objects to the current exploration and assure him that I will value that part’s objection. If there are no objections, I attempt to ground the client through either a bioenergetic process of breathing while bending over slowly and allowing the energy to vibrate through the body or a visualization process, such as imagining being a tree with roots that go deep into the ground. Being “switched” is determined by placing one hand, palm up, on top of the head and muscle testing. If the testing arm remains strong, then the client is switched. Also, if I begin the muscle testing and no matter what questions are asked, the arm remains strong, the client is switched.

If I am working with a client and the arm begins to test weak no matter what the focus is, then the client’s energy field has “blown.” The psychological meaning I usually apply to this phenomenon is that the current experience is too much for the client to handle energetically. Being “blown” for many clients immediately relates to experiences in their everyday lives when they feel weak, confused, and have lost the ability to function effectively. When a client is “blown,” I will offer ways of using energy healing to renew and strengthen the energy field, such as surrounding the client with a soothing color, making contact with his image of the Creative Source for emotional support, imaging a light from the center of the universe entering the crown chakra at the top of the head and filling the body with light. Whatever practice works during the therapeutic process is often effective in daily life. I also assure the client that we will move into the emotional area very carefully, using the Creative Source to determine the best way to proceed. My experience has indicated that, if I attempt to work with a client when he is switched or his energy is “blown,” he will be resistant or his mind will wander.

 Healing The Inner Child

 The Creative Source approach helps guide every aspect of the therapeutic process. One of its most useful applications is to help the client discover different aspects of his or her personality, in particular the disclosure of the Inner Child. Everyone, regardless of age, retains one or more personality components which perceive reality from a pre-adult viewpoint. Whether or not one is aware of their presence, these child-like aspects continue to react at whatever age they stopped growing emotionally. Taken together they make up the Inner Child and as such often exert a powerful, often hidden influence over present-day feelings and behavior.

Frequently while a client is describing a current personal conflict or recurrent dysfunctional patterns, such as chronic anger at authority or unfounded fears, the Creative Source will reveal that the therapeutic work should focus on something from the client’s past rather than his or her present-day problem. The same is true for clients experiencing meridian imbalance, feelings of unworthiness, or having difficulty in a relationship. Using the methods described earlier to contact the client’s Creative Source during therapy often provides access to the Inner Child part which is still reacting to forgotten or repressed events that occurred long before the current problem or conflict developed. Once discovered and acknowledged, the true healing process can begin.

If the Creative Source guides the client to look back into the past I repeat the muscle testing with an additional series of statements. While testing the arm, I have the client say sentences such as, “The source of my problem (issue, anger, etc.) was before I was thirty; before I was twenty; before I was fifteen; before I was ten; before I was five; etc.” When the arm becomes weak I know I have localized the source of the problem. While I do not hold the position that muscle testing is an absolute validation of previous realities, I do trust that the material that emerges is relevant to the client’s therapy.

Thus, for example, if the client’s arm is weak when he says, “Before I was three,” I make the assumption that the source of the problem originated at the age of three. I then have the client say, “The problem began when I was three years old,” while I continue the muscle testing. If the arm stays strong when pressed down by my hand, I have a clear signal from the Creative Source to explore what happened to the client at age three. I either ask him to remember what took place at three or I continue to use the Creative Source to uncover the disturbing event. In this way, the Creative Source pinpoints precise moments in the client’s history that require healing.

Often the client will recall an incident or experience that occurred at the suspected age, e.g., “That’s when we moved.” “That’s when I was molested by my uncle.” “That’s when my brother was born.” The Inner Child, which is still reacting to what happened, can then be contacted and the healing process begun.

If the client does not have any associations, I continue muscle testing using other statements: “The past experience is a specific event.” “The past experience is a general ongoing pattern.” “The past event is related to another person(s)” (When this tests positive I continue until the person is identified). “The event happened at…(specific location).” In this very direct way, the Creative Source brings the client to relevant psychological experiences or issues. There are some instances in which the client and I do not understand the emerging guidance but this is relatively rare.

Creative Source Therapy has taught me the importance of generating a variety of choices in the healing process and determining which is the most appropriate for the client in that moment. I am often surprised by the choice of the Creative Source, but with amazing consistency I have been impressed by the therapeutic efficacy of the selection. The Creative Source has shown to me that every client is unique and will develop an approach that is creative and personal to his own needs. There are, however, certain basic patterns that are selected with regularity in my work with the Creative Source and the Inner Child. The following is an endeavor to specify nine of these processes:

 Bonding

One of the first requests I make to a client when he meets his Inner Child for the first time is to determine if the Inner Child recognizes who he is. There are many instances in which the Inner Child does not know the adult self or lacks trust in him. I will then use the Creative Source to find out how the client may bond with his Inner Child. The client is guided to remain in the presence of the Inner Child and interact in a loving way (playing, cuddling, bathing, singing, walking in nature, etc.) until a comfortable relationship develops. Another approach is to experience an energy of light and love moving between the hearts of the adult self and the Inner Child. The bonding is a prerequisite to effective healing work with the Inner Child.

Emotional Release

Many times a traumatic experience in the past involves repressed emotions that have never been fully expressed by the Inner Child. The adult self in an imagery experience may encourage the Inner Child to share those feelings by providing a supportive atmosphere. Another possibility is that the client may regress into becoming the child of the past and experience an emotional catharsis directly. Woolger (1987) in his writing on past lives strongly believes that “…such release at a somatic level as well as emotional level is absolutely crucial to the full healing process…By regressing a patient to a particular age when a violent or emotionally disturbing event took place and having him or her relive it, most if not all of the painful symptoms associated with the event can be removed.” The Creative Source effectively discriminates which clients require an intense emotional release with full bodily expression such as pounding on a pillow and shouting, and those who can experience healing within the context of a trance experience in which a powerful transformation can take place while the client may appear to remain relatively at ease.

Rescripting

Many times the past experience can be healed through reliving what actually occurred with the appropriate emotional release, but another alternative is to use the imagery process to change history in imagination. Rescripting takes the point of view that the past is an actual existing reality within our unconscious minds and that we have the power to change creatively that internal reality. I consult the Creative Source to determine whether this choice can be effective. In the next section on healing experiences, rescripting is demonstrated as an effective therapeutic choice. In rescripting many possibilities exist, such as taking allies from the present into the past, teaching the Inner Child new skills and abilities, supporting the child in leaving a painful situation, and in encouraging the Inner Child to stand up for himself.

Completing Relationships

Many of our relationships in the past are incomplete especially those with our parents. An effective choice in healing within an imagery experience is to allow the Inner Child to communicate honest feelings with the important people in his past. Sometimes this will result in a working out of the relationship and a sense of a healing connection with that person.

The Creative Source has even guided some clients to bring their inner children to the spirit of a person who has died. Many times the child of the past has unexpressed grief for someone who died or left and needs a supportive relationship in which to say good bye. In other instances, the significant other may refuse to listen or cooperate and the completion of the relationship involves coming to terms with the inability ever to communicate the client’s honest feelings. One client attempted to tell her father that she was angry that he was leaving, but he remained closed and withdrawn. This led to the experience of accepting him with his inability to communicate or show affection. Many times completing relationships will eventually involve forgiving others for their limitations or abuses.

Transforming Patterns, Beliefs, and Decisions

 Childhood is the time in which patterns of behavior, beliefs and attitudes, and important life decisions are developed in the interactions with others and through the environment. Many healers have carefully specified these important determinants for life choices (Goulding and Goulding, 1978; Missildine, 1963; Steiner, 1974; Whitfield, 1987). The Creative Source can help pinpoint which of these factors are operating and how they were established. The case of Susan is instructive. Susan was the eldest of five children who were raised by a severely depressed mother and an alcoholic father. She became responsible for the care taking and nurturing of the other children and decided at seven that her own needs were unimportant and that she only existed to take care of other people. This is a pattern she continued into her adult life. The Creative Source guided Susan to transform that choice and begin to teach her Inner Child to recognize her own personal needs and wants.

 Creating Positive Experiences

 Susan is a good illustration of the importance of creating positive experiences as part of the healing process and not focusing exclusively on the painful experiences of the past. Susan’s Inner Child needed permission from her adult self to enjoy life and be playful, to take time off for healing and relaxing without feeling guilty, to delight in her sexual experiences, and to risk developing close and loving friendships. Inner imagery experiences of taking walks in nature, playing on the beach, being nurtured and cared for are useful in creating more positive life choices. Positive affirmations that reinforce the permission to enjoy life can be repeated each day. This phase of healing is especially important for clients with co-dependency patterns who have lost the sense of being able to take care of their own personal needs (Whitefield, 1987).

 Healing Relationships with Other Members of the Inner Family

The Inner Child lives among other parts of the client’s inner family. An essential aspect of the therapeutic process is to clarify these relationships and to establish ways of communicating, negotiating, and aligning all parts to work together toward the healing. Many healers (C. F. James and Jongeward, 1971; Shapiro with Elliot, 1976; Stone and Winkleman, 1985; and Vargiu, 1974) provide alternative ways of approaching these relationships. The most crucial inner relationship is with the Inner Child and the critical parent. I find it helpful to ask the Creative Source (using muscle testing) to identify whether the judgmental parent is an introjection from a person in the past or the client himself.

The methods of working with the inner family include talking separately to each part, creating dialogues between the parts, and using imagery experiences to work out their differences. A helpful strategy is to separate the underlying intention of a part (what that part is attempting to accomplish) from the impact of the part (what that part actually does accomplish) (Bandler and Grinder, 1982). Thus, the critical parent may be intending to encourage the Inner Child to do everything correctly and be strong, whereas the impact is to make the Inner Child feel guilty, not okay, and weak.

Establishing an Ongoing Relationship with the Inner Child

 For many clients, it is important to develop an ongoing, loving relationship with the Inner Child, rather than using the healing processes as a way of eliminating the need to think about the part of our selves that has continuous needs, wants, feelings, and reactions. Many healers (Briggs, 1977; Kirsten and Robertiello, 1975; Knox, 1978; Missildine, 1963; and Ollard, 1987) emphasize the importance of daily listening, dialoguing, and caring for the Inner Child as a natural aspect of daily life. One process often selected by the Creative Source is to guide the client in an imagery process to bring the Inner Child of the past to the present. This may include packing his favorite toys, saying good-bye to the parents, experiencing the ride from the past to the present, showing him his new place to live, and introducing him to people in his adult world. A client often reports being more aware of his Inner Child after bringing him to the present. Missildine (1963) says, “By becoming a conscious, active parent to your “inner child of the past,” kindly but firmly limiting when necessary, you can do something no one can do for you: create a new and satisfying life for yourself—and a new way of thinking about yourself and those close to you.”

 Connecting to the Highest

 The underlying principle of Creative Source therapy is that everyone has access to a higher guidance that can provide love, wisdom, and healing. Muscle testing is a way to communicate with this guidance, but at some time in the healing process it is very important to make a direct connection with the Source (Gawain, 1986; Vargiu, 1974). Edith Stauffer (1987) says, “A problem is never solved on the level where it is created; it has to be taken to a higher level to be solved or healed.” Stauffer believes the client must make direct contact with the Creative Source through visualization or meditation.

The Creative Source takes a unique form for each client, ranging from spiritual figures, such as Christ or a guru, to the client’s own higher self, to a glowing light or being, to spirit guides, or the essence of love in the center of the heart. Many clients report that the journey with the Inner Child to experience this presence is very moving and transforming. One client saw the Creative Source as looking very much like herself now. She observed herself as a child polishing a white temple made of marble. She says, “A white horse appeared and nuzzled me. A speck of light appeared above the horse and child and a dove fluttered above. The Creative Source, looking very much like myself, was dressed in a white flowery robe and stood at the threshold of the temple looking toward the child, horse and dove. The Creative Source said to open the door to the temple on a regular basis, to trust this process and to be still.”

There are many complexities in unraveling the patterns that bind us to the limitations of our past programming and experiences. However, with the guidance of the Creative Source and the understanding that all healing occurs in the context of loving relationships, the journey of healing itself can become a vital, joyful, and exciting adventure.

Healing Experiences

 The Snarling Cat

Jim is a forty-four year old man whose presenting problem was a fear of moving out into the world, expressing himself, reaching out to people, and taking risks. He said that he is aware of his habit of running away when situations become emotionally loaded, He said, “I flee into numbness. Me and my awareness and feelings split. I want to reverse that habit. I want to go for it without the clenched teeth and absent aware ego.” There was an immediate imbalance in the Spleen meridian, confirming an underlying basis of fear that clouded Jim’s actions.

Using muscle testing, the Creative Source determined that this problem began when Jim was four years old. Jim recounted that his mother got divorced when he was six months. For approximately four years he lived an idyllic life with his grandparents. At four and a half his mother remarried and he was forced to leave his grandparent’s home to live with his mother and stepfather, a family of strangers.

As Jim reflected on this time, he experienced the phenomena of having his energy field “blown.” He said that this was a familiar feeling in which he cannot experience his aliveness. I had Jim close his eyes and go to a healing and grounding environment. Jim immediately went to a beautiful lake in Canada. Very soon his energy field became strong and vibrant.

Jim expressed resistance to taking time to focus on his four year old Inner Child. He said that he wanted to get on with his life. The Creative Source emphasized the importance of establishing a loving and supportive relationship with this part of himself. That message was effective in changing Jim’s attitude. Muscle testing confirmed that Jim was now ready to make the decision to establish a caring relationship with his Inner Child.

At this choice point Jim and I channeled several possibilities. The Creative Source indicated that the optimum choice was to go back into the past, find his Inner Child, and take him to the lake in Canada. Jim went back to find his Inner Child with his grandmother. They played awhile before his Inner Child was ready to leave. The Inner Child then said good-bye to his grandmother with love and appreciation for her caring. Then Jim took his four year old to the lake in Canada he had imagined when he was grounding his energy. While they were playing at the lake, I asked Jim to allow his Creative Source to show him what needed to be healed. What emerged in Jim’s mind was the vision of a snarling tiger cat. Jim said that the tiger cat was awesome, but did not make any sense.

Using the muscle testing again, we asked the Creative Source to reveal the meaning of this symbol. After testing several possibilities, it became clear that the snarling tiger cat represented his Inner Child’s pent up anger and power that needed to be restrained in his mother and stepfather’s household. His new family was repressed and guarded. There was no acceptance of any emotional expression. Jim was excited and said that he felt the snarling tiger cat represented a lost part of himself.

We asked the Creative Source to guide us in the next step of the healing. We considered several possibilities, and were instructed to go back once again into the past to get in touch with the tiger cat. Jim went inside and soon began to breathe intensely and to roar like the snarling tiger cat. His hands began to claw in the air aggressively. Afterwards Jim said that he felt as though he was in the body of a cat and he felt completely capable. He felt the power of the cat, that there was nothing that could get in his way. We muscle tested, while Jim imagined being in the work situation that had weakened him. This time Jim imagined being full of his snarling tiger cat’s energy. As he began to snarl and roar his energy field was totally balanced and strong.

Jim wrote in his journal that week, “The cat energy is a place to stand, strength, a voice, clarity, any choice of options, focus. I love having the feeling of being valuable, viable, valid, anywhere or anytime. I have a place, a voice, meaning, significance. I have lived for 44 years without them. I like it—it cuts through the body like the Japanese shouting, “Banzai!”

I am the snarling cat.

My teeth are gnashing, my eyes are flashing.

My claws are slashing, my paws are crashing.

I am the snarling cat!

The Creative Source advised Jim that he needed to take time to establish a loving and trusting relationship with his Inner Child. He also needed to go back into the past and heal the relationships with his mother and stepfather. He could count on the discovery of the snarling cat to be a bond that would reconnect him with the aliveness and strength of his Inner Child. Jim told his Inner Child that he was now important to him and he wanted them to roar together.

Annie Gets Her Courage

Ann said she needed to improve her self-confidence. She had been delaying the completion of a project on her family tree for months. She was planning a trip to show the finished book to her family, but she was finding every excuse to avoid working on her compilation of notes. Ann said that she sensed there was an underlying fear of criticism.

The Creative Source brought Ann back to her five year old Inner Child as the basis of this problem. Ann began to cry and shared with me that when she was four years old she was considered so very intelligent that her aunt got her to start kindergarten early. As a result she entered first grade when she was five where she felt inferior to the six year old children who could read all the letters of the alphabet. She began to feel insecure and frightened of judgment. The Creative Source affirmed that her self criticism began at that time as she felt that she should be able to do better. Ann realized that at age five, little Annie was too emotionally immature to cope with life in the first grade.

The Creative Source encouraged Ann to get to know her Inner Child before beginning any direct healing of the past trauma. Ann took her Inner Child to the playground next to the school. They played together on the swings and in the sand box. The little girl refused to go back to the classroom. During the next week, Ann returned to be with her Inner Child and they played, laughed, and talked together.

At the next session, the Creative Source indicated they were ready to focus on healing the past. Ann and I channeled a variety of choices of what would be the next step. As often happens when allowing ideas to flow spontaneously, a new possibility emerged (and tested strong) that I had never used before with a client.

The Creative Source affirmed that Ann was to create a ceremony with little Annie in which she would transfer all her adult knowledge, wisdom, and maturity to the child. At first this seemed like a strange plan to me, but Ann was enthusiastic about the process. In a trance, Ann played with Annie in the sand. Then she asked Annie to come and sit on her lap. She told Annie that she had something to give her. Annie asked whether she could eat it. Ann said, “No it’s not food. I have a special gift for you from me. I see you are afraid of the first grade room and I see why. I’m giving you now all the wisdom and knowledge that my mind has to offer and all the love and courage I have inside of me.” Ann looked lovingly into Annie’s eyes. She felt her heart melt with love and her forehead become alive with sensation as an invisible energy began to flow to her Inner Child. Ann told Annie that this gift would stay with her the rest of her life and she would never have to fear that she was not as smart as anyone else. After this ceremony, Annie gave Ann a big hug, and went back into the classroom. She was grinning. When the teacher presented the class with an assignment, she picked up her paper, sat up straight, smiled a confident smile, and set about completing it. There was no loneliness or pressure to please everyone all the time.

In the next week, Ann was able to complete her family genealogy project. She reported that it was effortless and fun for the first time in her life. She and Annie are now working together. Once again, I valued the Creative Source for encouraging an innovative and novel approach to healing.

Bringing Little Ruth Home

During her first session, Ruth reported that she has been working on her blocks to complete enjoyment of her sexuality for a long time. A previous hypnotic experience revealed that she might have had two sexual encounters with her father, during her first and fifth years. She had no conscious memories of these events.

We asked the Creative Source if it was appropriate to examine these events. Muscle testing confirmed that these encounters had occurred and that it was appropriate to work toward their healing. (I do not believe that muscle testing absolutely validates previous realities, although I trust that the material that emerges is relevant to the client’s therapy).

The Creative Source guided Ruth to return to her five year old Inner Child. She saw her father in bed with little Ruth, during the time in which her mother was in the hospital having her brother. She could not see what was specifically happening and wondered what to do next. We explored several possibilities, and the Creative Source directed her to ask little Ruth what she needed. When Ruth returned to the bedroom, her Inner Child asked her to tell her father to leave. After he left, she comforted little Ruth, held her, rocked her, and loved her.

After this experience felt completed, the Creative Source confirmed that she needed to confront her father. Ruth brought him back into the room and while holding her Inner Child, she told him it was not okay to touch her like that. She said, “I know it is lonely while mother is in the hospital and I know you did not mean to hurt us, but we need you to care for us, love us, and protect us.” The confrontation with the father seemed more compassionate than other sexual abuse situations that I have encountered. Ruth did not have the rage that is typical for such a traumatic event. In exploring this reaction at a later time, the Creative Source revealed that Ruth had several positive past lives with her father in which they were lovers.

At this point in the session, we tested several possibilities again. The Creative Source suggested that she invite her Inner Child to come home with her. Ruth explained that she would not let anything happen to her and that she would set the appropriate limits in all sexual encounters. In the trance state, Ruth brought her Inner Child to her front room of her home where she showed her many of things she treasured as an adult. Then she cuddled with her in bed and talked about enjoying life.

The Creative Source indicated that there was another step in this session’s healing. Ruth was guided once again to go inside so that she might visit her 90 year old father in a nursing home and send him love, forgiveness, and peace. As she did this with little Ruth on her lap, she felt very peaceful. Ruth wondered whether this process would also release him.

Summary

I selected these healing experiences, because each one represents the unique way the Creative Source directs the therapeutic process. Often when my background would indicate a particular approach is necessary, such as the reliving of a past experience in an intensely cathartic way, the Creative Source guides the client and me on a surprisingly different journey. As I follow the lead of the Creative Source, I am often in awe of how immediately compatible and natural to the client the choices seem to be, and how effective they are. My experience is that the healing power of the Creative Source does not come just from the processes that emerge, but also from the experience of entering into the creative and intuitive process with the client. The Creative Source has become an expert, friend, and ally in every aspect of the healing process.

 

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