Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Tip#906: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 1 - Top 10 Movies

There is a scene in the film The Time Traveler’s Wife that is a mind-blowing concept. It’s near the beginning where a confused, scared child is on the side of a dark, cold road and a man immediately appears to comfort him and assure the child that everything will be okay. This man is the child’s future self back in time to help his child self.

This concept has been key in my recovery from clinical depression. As I wrote in tip#867 identifying core beliefs as a child was done in a program called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). It made a profound impact on improving my mental health. With the help of trusting facilitators going back in time in my memories helped isolate specific beliefs and negative experiences in my subconscious.

Reprogramming these core beliefs was the next critical step and soon after I discovered a Hawaiian healing practice called Self Identity through Ho-oponopono by Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len and Dr. Joe Vitale and is based on an ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness. Their book Zero Limits further helped me go deep within myself with tools and meditations I continue to practice every day.

And as I wrote in the previous post #905, my favourite band ELO just released a heartfelt music video called When I was a Boy that I felt was an empowering mirror and message that I’ve been on the right track these past 4 months since my breakthrough in the CBT program. Other messages came in reminders of favourite films that celebrated the re-energizing or re-connecting with your inner child. Here are my top 10 movies.

1. A Christmas Story (1983)
2. Big (1988)
3. Citizen Kane (1941)
4. Disney’s The Kid (2000)
5. Elf (2003)
6. Hook (1991)
7. Mr. Nobody (2009)
8. Regarding Henry (1991)
9. The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009)
10. Tomorrowland (2015)

A Christmas Story (1983)
This Christmas classic is about celebrating happy childhood memories. This film would be a gentle, enjoyable way of going back in time to remembering your childhood experiences.

Big (1988)
Though this film is about a boy who is magically given a grown up body it is also about how he re-activates the inner playful child of his co-workers and boss.

Citizen Kane (1941)
This classic, innovative film shows how a traumatic childhood experience was the cause of one man’s lifetime of unhappiness and consequences. Though the answers are only uncovered after his death it can inspire you to discover your root causes of unhappiness today.

Disney’s The Kid (2000)
This film would be my top choice to recommend because it playfully explores many positives and negatives of actually facing and living with your child-self. In doing so they help empower and heal each other so their future is much brighter.

Elf (2003)
This classic Christmas favourite really celebrates the playful, silly joys and memories of being a kid through a grown man who thinks he is an elf. His spirit also helps transform his father by reaching his inner child.

Hook (1991)
This film is about a grown up, unhappy Peter Pan now having a wife and kids who has forgotten how to play. Thankfully he has his inner-child re-ignited by returning to Neverland and his friends the Lost Boys.

Mr. Nobody (2009)
This profound, multilayered film shows what happens when a child is not able to make a life-changing choice. This thought-provoking film could challenge you with its unique narrative and that is actually a good thing.

Regarding Henry (1991)
This movie is about a ruthless lawyer experiencing a life-changing accident and brain injury causing him to behave like an innocent and open-minded child again. This is a wonderful mirror for taking steps to reconnecting with your inner child.

The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009)
As written earlier this time travel movie has an amazing opening scene of a man talking to and comforting his child self. This is another fantastic example of healing your inner child.

Tomorrowland (2015)
This film is about celebrating the wonders and unlimited imagination of a child. It is also about that same child now grownup living an unpleasant, fearful life and reconnecting with that happy, hopeful inner child again.

Other movies: Imagine That (2009), Finding Neverland (2004)

All these films can be gentle methods for accessing your core beliefs that have been causing negative experiences all your life. And if inner child healing is what you feel drawn to then I highly recommend working with mental health professionals as well as explore other types of holistic practices that feel right to you.

Realizing you’ve been stuck for years in life or work situations could be your signal to go back in time for solutions. Your inner child may be crying out for your help right now. Find the courage to revisit your childhood memories both happy and sad. Remember you are already a hero in the movie of your life’s journey. It may be time to be the hero for your inner child.

Related Tips:
Tip#906: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 1 - Top 10 Movies 
Tip#909: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 2 - The Little Prince 
Tip#917: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 3 - Joy 
Tip#928: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 4 - Hector and the Search for Happiness
Tip#1082: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 5 - The Florida Project
Tip#1083: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 6 – I, Tonya 
Tip#1084: Connecting with Your Inner Child, Part 7 - Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 

Tip#494: Keep Childlike Wonder Alive - Steve Jobs – Real Steel
Tip#422: Keep Your Playful Imagination Alive – Imagine That
Tip#867: Expand Your Mind with Time Travel Movies, Pt 3 - Terminator Genisys
Tip#568: Visualization & Your Imagination, Part 1 – 6 Movie Tips 
Tip#855: How Movies Saved My Life, Part 1 - Depression & Mental Health - Tomorrowland 
Tip#863: How Movies Saved My Life, Part 2 - Depression & Mental Health - Inside Out


Remember How Movies Can Help You: 
A) Entertain & Escape 
B) Re-energize & Release 
C) Insights, Inspiration & Epiphanies

Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Speaker & Resilience Expert
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