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“I’m looking for the face I had before the world was made.”
—William Butler Yeats

A playful child lives within every one of us. There is a smile that comes to our lips now and then, the same smile that blossomed on the face of the infant we used to be. That smile says the child’s still in there!

Our inner child may be hiding, wait until he or she feels safe enough to whisper their secrets in our ear, to come out in the open, to put that smile back on our face.

It’s our job, our duty and pleasure now, to make room in the body and in our life for this little one. We can provide the feeling of safety they need to make an appearance. We can keep the company of safe people, creating hallowed places where the child will not be shamed, shunned, or shut down. When this child knows its welcome, it will emerge.