Welcome to the Inner Council community forums. A place to engage with others who are working towards a mature trust relationship with the deep and luminous realms of the Inner Self. Integrating the past to fully enjoy the present moment. The forum is for sharing the creative methods you have developed with your Inner Child and learning from others. There are no rules, only to respect your own and other’s authenticity and to have fun.
What is Authentic Play?
How do we know what an ideal childhood would have been like and how do we now as adults for our Inner Children step into a space to play with safe boundaries?
There have been incredible studies on social similarities around the world of nature based tribes (Africa, Asia, Australia, or South America) where we can begin to understand a little about the pressures that children can endure in our modern societies. Also we are given some interesting ideas around social-play in adult groups where creation, imagination and fantasy bring life into our daily activities in aspects of our working and home situations which can enhance our sense of contact with our Inner Child. Some of these concepts can be understood to incorporate into your Inner Child work, making sure at each stage we consult with our Inner Child. This can be from a simple thumbs up!
I invite you to read the article by Peter Gray, a Developmental / Evolutionary psychologist with specialisms in aspects of play and to let us know what you thought or how this improved your relationship to your Inner Child.
The author offers the thesis that hunter-gatherers promoted, through cultural means, the playful side of their human nature and this made possible their egalitarian, non autocratic, intensely cooperative ways of living. Hunter-gatherer bands, with their fluid membership, are likened to social-play groups, which people could freely join or leave. Freedom to leave the band sets the stage for the individual autonomy, sharing, and consensual decision making within the band. Hunter-gatherers used humor, deliberately, to maintain equality and stop quarrels. Their means of sharing had game-like qualities. Their religious beliefs and ceremonies were playful, founded on assumptions of equality, humor, and capriciousness among the deities. They maintained playful attitudes in their hunting, gathering, and other sustenance activities, partly by allowing each person to choose when, how, and how much they would engage in such activities. Children were free to play and explore, and through these activities, they acquired the skills, knowledge, and values of their culture.
Play as a Foundation for Hunter-Gatherer Social Existence by Peter Gray.