We’ve been following the Dharma trail of the victim for these recent talks, the victims of the mass shooter, and tonight we’re talking about our Inner Child that my 78 year-old teddy bear holds for me metaphorically. My teddy is a Metaphor Bear because it hold two opposite ideas: it is not a real bear; it is a real bear (teddy). Objectively, it is just a stuffed bear, just cloth and buttons: subjectively it is my inner child who loves this bear with all his heart. A child’s teddy is the child’s heart divided into the child and the bear so the heart has something to hold, something to touch and hug.
But the gist of this talk goes towards finding a way to realize our inner child from its nap in our heart. We bury our inner child—which is our joy, creativity, play, passion, and peace—in a coffin of pain, a pain-body that is our story of being a victim. Our inner child, which is our living potential energy, is put in a lock box and sealed by our story of ME. The child has no Story of ME, because it hasn’t written it yet.
The Dharma Path is discovering how to release our inner child, our potential energy from its locked box, our hurt locker. We release our inner child by not opening up the attachments of our story that are the coffin in which we bury our child. Don’t open the attachments. Just let the feeling of pain, our child’s pain free as pain without attachments. It’s not easy. There has to be the heartfelt intention to open up the basement and let our child come out.