Tapping into your inner child

Yellow – solar plexus chakra – fire element – opinion and personal power – intuition, authenticity, self-image, willpower – the shadow.

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What did you dream of becoming as a child?

While shuffling this card poked itself out on a right angle, it was strange. I stopped shuffling, intuitively asked if it was the card, received an affirmative response and turned it over.

I was pleasantly surprised to see this card, as when I was shuffling, I was asking for the best card for everyone at this time. This card can be viewed in a number of ways, firstly, you can look at childhood and the effect your childhood had on your current path today, or you could look at dreaming. Dreaming could imply daydreaming, night dreams or goals or visions that you had/have for the future, either then or now.

I remember reading once that what a five-year-old wants to do is what they end up doing, or a job or career in a similar field. For example, they may want to be an architect, but end up working in graphic design, or a creative design field. That is where this card originates from. It taps into our inner child’s hopes and dreams and what we saw for ourselves before the reality of the world, our choices and our destiny – if there is such a thing – directed us.

This article here shows what kids in 2015 want to be when they grow up and as you can see many of those jobs – firefighter, doctor, teacher, veterinarian – are all helping jobs, they want to help others – whether it’s people or animals is irrelevant, those kids want to be of service.

A study by Trice and Knapp[1] looked at the relationship between children’s career goals and what their parents did. If you reflect on what your parents did for careers, is there a relationship between what they did and what you now do. I’m a teacher, my sister is and my Dad was. I imagine that at least one of my children will go into the helping professions simply because they’ve seen me role model it.

What we are exposed to as children definitely have an impact on our career choices. If we are exposed to quality art, literature or music or in the case of the study in Forbes, video games, our career choices naturally tend towards what we have been exposed. Another study by Trice and McClellan[2] found a direct correlation between what a child wanted to do and their achievement in gifted children. Gender roles also play a role in career choices.

For ourselves, I remember wanting to be two things; a mum and an author like Enid Blyton to create fantastical worlds for little imaginations to exist inside. My career choice was built on my early exposure to books and reading. Yet as I grew older, my parents introduced us to sport and my career turned to physical education and only now at 42 am I teaching English and writing my first novel.

As the solar plexus chakra, this question is ultimately asking us what ignites our inner fire, what gets us excited and how we can ensure that we don’t lose that passion, whether it’s for helping, science and technology, creativity, entrepreneurship.

Whether we like it or not our childhood directly impacts our adult choices and similarly as a parent we have a huge responsibility to ensure that our children have the opportunities to follow their dreams as best that we can offer them. They are not us and their passions will be influenced by us, but not directed by us.

Further questions to reflect on for this card include:

Am I doing what I wanted to do?

Am I happy in my current career?

How can I introduce more of that childhood passion into where I am now?

How was my childhood?

How did my parents support my passions? Did they put them down?

What impact did our childhood dreams have on our lives then? Now?

This is not about abandoning your current career and following this childhood passion, but seeing how you can integrate that same passion into where you are now, and that’s only if you want to create a change.

We would love to hear from people who knew just exactly what they wanted, or who have returned to that space or have never even thought about it. We encourage you to leave your answers below and we will hold space for you and offer a space of healing.

In love,

Alyssa @Chakra Cards

©Alyssa Curtayne, 2017

 

 

 

[1] Ashton D. Trice & Linda Knapp, 1992, Relationship of Children’s Career Aspirations to Parents’ Occupations, The Journal of Genetic Psychology Vol. 153 , Issue. 3.
[2] Ashton D. Trice, Nancy McClellan, 2016, Do Children’s Career Aspirations Predict Adult Occupations? An Answer from a Secondary Analysis of a Longitudinal Study, Psychological Reports, Vol 72, Issue 2, pp. 368 – 370, 10.2466/pr0.1993.72.2.368

 

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