“When you scold yourself, when you berate yourself, when you “beat yourself up,” who do you think you’re treating this way? Almost all of our programming, both negative and positive, was accepted by us by the time we were three years old. Our experiences since then are based upon what we accepted and believed about ourselves and about life at that time. The way we were treated when we were very little is usually the way we treat ourselves now. The person you are scolding is a three year old child within you.
What was done in the past is done, and it is over now. But this is present time, and you now have the opportunity to treat yourself the way you wish to be treated. A frightened child needs comforting, not scolding. Scolding yourself only makes you more frightened, and there is nowhere to turn. When the child within feels unsafe, it creates a lot of trouble. Remember how it felt to be belittled when you were young? It feels the same to the child within.
Be kind to yourself. Begin to love and approve of yourself. That’s what that little child needs in order to express itself at its highest potential.”
Louise Hay, in “You Can Heal Your Life”
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