"Inner healing" is intended to help people find freedom from the emotional aftermath of harmful or traumatic experiences. Many people carry wounds from their past into their present without realizing it. It is good to seek God for healing of our entire beings, including our "inner selves." However, it is important to understand that "inner healing" is not always as innocent as it may at first seem. Before seeking any sort of help with "inner healing," make sure that the process, focus, and goals are rooted in God's Word. Some practitioners of so-called Christian inner healing use techniques that are rooted in mysticism and New Age methods.
Using techniques that are rooted in mysticism carries some inherent potential dangers including the creation of God into our own image over who He is revealed to be in the Bible and the potential of opening our minds to demonic influence. We need to be certain that our focus is on God as He truly is. We can use the Bible as a measure of God's true character.
Other inner healing techniques involve excessive focus on past painful experiences. It is important to recognize and address our issues, but dwelling on them to excess can cause further mental and emotional harm rather than lead to healing. God does not emphasize our past—He emphasizes our present and the coming future He has for us (Romans 6:4). He helps us to heal from our pasts so that we can move forward in freedom in Him.
Some inner healing techniques promote visualization. God can provide visual representations of things or experiences that help to clarify a situation. In the Bible, He gave people visions (Acts 10:9–16) and dreams (Matthew 1:20–25) that brought spiritual revelation, instruction, and glimpses of what was to come. But dreams and visions from God are not common experiences and not every dream or vision is actually from God. Especially when prompted to imagine or visualize something on our own, we must be careful to not equate our imaginations with truth. Any image we think of or think we have received from God must be vetted by His Word.
Inner healing requires being honest with yourself about your feelings and personal experiences and then taking those things to God, seeking His answers and healing. Sometimes we can arrive at this place of inner healing and freedom on our own through studying God's Word and listening to His voice. Other times it is beneficial and necessary to seek additional professional help, such as through a Christian counselor that specializes in inner healing.
Seek God and ask Him for wisdom and discernment to know the best course of action you should take in your inner healing journey (James 1:5; 1 Kings 3:9; Hebrews 4:12). Remember that if you are in Christ you have already been made free: "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed" (John 8:36). He will give you the wisdom and strategy you need to walk it out.