We are created in God’s image.
As image-bearers, we have intrinsic resources that cannot be damaged by life experiences. Rather than developing something we lack, our focus is on releasing constraints to what is already there. We release constraints to these resources as we develop relationships between the leader of the inner family and the family members. The leader of the family (you!) has resources that reflect God’s image. The IFS model identifies eight “C’s” (curiosity, calm, compassion, connection, clarity, confidence, courage, and creativity) and five P’s (patience, persistence, presence, playfulness, and perspective) as key resources. We also have qualities representing the Spirit’s presence, such as love, joy, and gentleness.
Restoring relationships with inner family members who have lacked access to the leader of the family releases these resources, transforming fear and pain, opening space for love and grace.