There is nothing more holy than reclaiming lost parts of yourself. This is why the words whole and holy derive from the same root. The reclamation process appears as both an emotional and spiritual process, although they are actually the same because God is Love and we come back to Him through the emotions.
We cannot be fully authentic and whole unless we have reintegrated with those parts we temporarily disassociated with. Often a child who has undergone some type of traumatic experience such as sexual or physical abuse, or even a child who did not feel loved by his or her parents, will dissociate in order to survive. The guilt, shame, anger, fear, grief, etc cannot be safely felt and expressed at that time and that five year old or eight year old or thirteen year old is "left behind."
When that person is an adult, the child with unresolved emotional issues is calling greatly for attention and love, and you often see their uncontrolled anger, grief, etc coming to the surface sideways like boiling water spilling over the top of a pot. That person is frozen emotionally at a younger age. This child is looking to reintegrate and become whole through proper expression of these original emotions and through the adult self coming back to nurture and love him or her.
Similarly, we have disassociated with spiritual aspects of ourselves. Because we believe we have sinned against God, we have unsuccessfully tried to shield ourselves from feeling the guilt and the fear that God will punish us. We are here at this time to work through these false beliefs, and we primarily do that through our relationships with others, as they act as mirrors for us.
The amazing thing is that as we work on our emotional reintegration, we are also working on our spiritual reintegration --- there is only one becoming whole. And the "adult self" that nurtures the left behind child is God.
These posts are similar to the over 2100 contained on The Divine Speaks website (www.thedivinespeaks.com) where God gives YOU the one that you need to hear at that time. Lawrence traveled a long road of recovery from sexual abuse and is the author of three books on emotional and spiritual healing, including "Thirteen Steps To Move From Victim Consciousness To God Consciousness: Healing Traumatic Experiences Including Sexual, Physical, Emotional, And Mental Abuse."