CREATIVE VISUALIZATIONS FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT
April 23, 2011 by ravenstarshealingroom
“Guided imagery is, I must tell you, a near-perfect-vehicle for psychic development. It’s a kind of deliberate, directed day-dreaming, a purposeful use of the imagination that automatically alters our consciousness as we use it and drops us down into the clear, receptive state that is so necessary for picking up subtle, intuitive signals at will.” Belleruth Naparstek, “YOUR SIXTH SENSE”
When I sometimes sit down to write an article I have no idea how I am going to write it. At first my mind sees a jumble of words….how to shuffle them around, organize and make sense of them? Time passes and I still can’t make sense of the words and their rhythm. This is when I relax, close my eyes and allow myself to daydream (visualize) about the next paragraphs. It’s quite remarkable how the article all seems to come together and usually not the way it was planned at all.
Closing the eyes relaxes the body. Daydreaming relaxes the mind. With the relaxed mind holding imaginative thoughts our brain waves slow and the right side, the creative side of our brain is activated. This is our intuitive network, our guidance system reaching out and grasping the creative flow of words and images from a different source.
“When intuition comes, the brain releases endorphins and neuropeptides to all the nerves, the blood vessels, the heart, the lungs, the gastrointestinal trace and all the other organs. And a systematic organization of specific emotions and memories in the brain is being transferred to specific organs in the body….An intuition network is in place inside every one of us” Mona Lisa Schulz
If you’re new to creative imagery, you may want to read through the ones you’d like to try a couple of times to get a feel for them or to ‘see’ them in the mind. Just start where you are and do what you can. If you can only meditate for a minute, then meditate for a minute. During that minute your mind may constantly wander, don’t worry about it just keep bringing it back, gently and firmly….similar to the discipline and love you’d give a child or puppy.
“It can be difficult for some people to hold a mental image for any length of time. As soon as the concentration falters, the pictures fade, and/or are replaced by an incongruous image from the mundane world. If this occurs, bring your determination and strength of will to bear. Clear the mind and build the scene again, from the place where it disintegrated or better still, re-build it from the beginning.” Patricia Crowther
Make your images as real as possible. Allow them to form in your mind and bring them into sharp focus. Notice details. Enliven them with color. If you can’t visually see the pictures, sense them, feel them, put emotions to them. Get right inside the image and experience it as if it were actually happening—feel the excitement—bring them to life. Your body is a mirror of the mind—let every cell express what you think and feel—your body will change according to those thoughts and emotions. To be more specific, it will open and expand the nurturing energies of your heart.
Creative imagery re-ignites our hopes, our ideals and passions—there is a future and that future is coming. That in itself is a very empowering realization. It’s the place where magic happens. It happens because we are focusing our senses, our awareness, our power on the object of our desire. Our hearts and mind yearn for it and when we truly yearn for something we can make it happen.
“Meditation is a technique of calming the mind to access energy and insight, utilized by traditions from Zen to Judaism. In this receptive, nonanalytic state, you’re using more of your intuitive equipment, particularly those sensors that let you detect your higher power. Mediation has been proven to relieve pain and stress, and to boost our immune system. It also yields quick results. In just minutes, meditators have shown increased alpha activity—the relaxed brain waves—plus less anxiety and depression. Not to worry. You don’t require an hour twisted in the lotus position to feel energized (though feel free to meditate as long as you like). A little quality time can revive you.” Judith Orloff
LET”S GET COMFORTABLE
This is an example of using the breath to relax and release any tension or stress before beginning a meditation/visualization. If you have a favorite way of relaxing, that works for you, by all means use it.
Before starting any time of meditation/visualization, find a comfortable place, a place where it is quiet and you won’t be disturbed. It may be a chair, a bed or even the floor. Make sure that you are comfortable, your clothing is loose, your arms and legs are uncrossed and you are in a comfortable position. Allow yourself to become calm and focused. Empty your mind of all thoughts and start concentrating on the breath. Just focus on the breath and breathe deeply in through the nose and exhale from the mouth. As you become totally aware of your breathing, allow it to become slow and rhythmic, like waves rolling in from the ocean. With each inhalation, breathe in the wonderful sensation of peacefulness and calm. Then as you exhale, slowly breathe out any tension or concerns. Let your attention remain on your breathing as you sink deeper and deeper into the feeling of relaxation, breathing in peacefulness and calm, savoring the feeling of relaxation, and breathing out any tensions or concerns.
(The vagus nerve is the major quieting nerve in the body. http://www.medicallecturenotes.com/2010/03/vagus-nerve.html This nerve runs from the medulla in the brain down to the base of the spine. It branches out to the heart, the respiratory and intestinal tracts. When we concentrate on the breath and breathe deeply, the vagus nerve goes into action. It immediately lowers our blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate and pulse rate. Our natural response when we are angry or stressed is to breathe deeply. This is how we activate the vagus nerve to quiet the body.)
The following guided meditations literally speak for themselves. Although simple, they are very powerful at regenerating and rebuilding your energy and health. They give you energy when you think you have none and sharpen your intuition and mind.
There are no guidelines or rules in doing any of these visualizations. They are a few of my favorites and very easy and simple to do. You can read them, tape them, or change them to suit your style. Once you’ve learned them you’ll be able to enjoy them anywhere, when you need to relax, heal or boost your energy.
*All visualizations can be found in The Joy of Visualization by Valerie Wells
1. POOL COOL (length 15 minutes)
Sit or lie down comfortably and close your eyes. Let all distracting thoughts fade into the background…relaxing more and more. Take a few deep cleansing breaths and relax into the center of your being.
Imagine that you’re floating on your back on a raft in a swimming pool………The pool filter gurgles softly………..You trail one hand in the cool, clear turquoise water……….A gentle breeze plays across your body……….Overhead the sky is a sea of blue.
The sun feels soothingly warm upon your body, it massages the soles of your feet………and tickles the tops of your toes.
Cozily slippered in sun, your feet relax and your toes uncurl. (pause)
Feel the magical energy of the sun on your ankles and legs……… feel the suns soothing energy on your knees and thighs…letting this healing force absorb all pain and tension, carrying it away…….
Feel the warm glow of the sun on your pelvis and hips…………feel the warm glow of the sun on your stomach…easing all tension and pain………
The Sun’s warmth penetrates your skin and is soaked up by your body………..Wherever the sun touches, it absorbs all pain and tension and carries it away………
Beams of sunlight dance on your chest……….reaching gently into your heart to lift out all physical and emotional pain………
Feeling soothed by the sun, you breathe more calmly, more fully.
Become aware of the sun massaging your shoulders, arms, and hands……….Feel them relax.
The suns/ warmth moves up your neck to your throat………Any tightness in your throat melts away……….
Feel the sun resting gently on your face, drawing tension from your temples and eyes……….Worry empties from your mind……..The sun warms the spot where your jaw hinges and your jaw relaxes, dropping slightly………..
Breathing in through your nose, you inhale the bright energy of the sun…………Feel the warmth and light of the sun fill your lungs and spread throughout your body……………Direct extra light and warmth to any area that is especially tense or painful…………Then breath out through your mouth, exhaling stress like a dark cloud that immediately evaporates……….Tension and doubt disappear in the light of the sun.
In your mind, turn over on your stomach…………Feel the warmth of the sun on the back of your head……….your neck………and your shoulders………Release tightness in these areas, allowing the sun to lift it away………….
Slowly the sun’s warmth moves down your back……..Let it rest there, like a heating pad, until all aches are gone………………………..
Feel the sun on your buttocks and the back of your thighs………..The backs of your knees and your calves receive the warmth of the sun………and any muscle strain disappears.
Feel the sun again on the soles of your feet……….Let the sun massage your feet and tickle your heels…….you are now completed relaxed from head to toe………….
Float on the raft in the clear turquoise water of the pool for as long as you want, whenever you want to relax. No matter how cloudy it may be in your physical landscape, in your mindscape it is always soothingly sunny.
2. Fountain of Health (length 20-30 minutes)
*Read this over a few times to find your own rhythm of where you’d like to pause.
It was over five hundred years ago Ponce de Leon searched for the fountain of youth. He may have been looking in all the wrong places. It’s possible that the true fountain of youth and its counterpart, the fountain of health, won’t to be found in Florida or any other place on earth, because they exist within. We have, built right inside us, the ability to repair, recreate and rejuvenate ourselves. This wonderful visualization helps you to discover your inner fountain of health.
*Visualizations like the one that follows have been shown to create a rise in T killer lymphocytes, the main component of the body’s immune system. As well, endorphins,(the body’s natural painkillers) are released, elevating our mood and relieving tension and pain.
Lie or sit down, breathe and relax, allowing your thoughts to come and go…..going deeper and deeper to your favorite place within….
Imagine that you’re walking on a path where rocky cliffs rise against a bright blue sky. Hear the sound of your footsteps. Is the path made of dirt or crushed rock? Look down to see what kind of footgear you’re wearing. Look at your hands.
The crisp, clear day is invigorating. Rounding a bend to your right, you find yourself at the opening of a cave. Curious you take a few hesitant steps inside and find an old miner’s lantern. You dig some matches out of your jacket pocket and to your delight, the lantern catches, casting a wide circle of golden light into the darkness of the cave. You feel safe.
Drawn irresistibly deeper into the cave, making your way is easy with the aid of the lantern. You reach the back of the cave where the vaulted ceiling and the floor meet. Raising the lantern high, you discover a tunnel just a little taller and wider than you are. You enter. The light of the lantern reflects off the rough-hewn sides of the tunnel, revealing a thick vein of gold.
At the end of the tunnel are steps cut into the rock leading down. Count each step as you descend. The last step is inlaid with the numbers of your birth-date spelled out in turquoise.
Ahead stretches a hall, at the end of which is a flickering glow. As you hurry down the hall you hear a musical splashing sound that gets louder and louder, stirring greater and greater excitement with you.
Bursting through the end of the hallway you find yourself in a high-ceilinged oval chamber. In the center is your very own fountain of health. It shines and splashes merrily, the water cascading down over seven golden tiers, each round tier increasing in diameter from the spire at the top to a large pool at the bottom.
The water glows with a powerful inner luminescence that lights the entire chamber. The floor, walls and domed ceiling of the chamber are made of amethyst, rose quartz, and crystal-clear quartz. Thick veins of gold and silver run through them. The chamber hums with vibrant energy.
In the fountain, subtle colors shift and slide through the streams of water, raspberry pinks, mint greens, champagne golds. As you near the fountain the spray from the splashing water mists your face and arms. On an amethyst ledge near the fountain is a champagne glass. You pluck it off the ledge and use it to catch the water as it splashes merrily from one tier to another.
Bringing the brimming glass to your lips, you sip this liquid of life and health. As it glides across your tongue it effervescence titillates your taste buds with a flavor at once sweet, tart and mysterious. With each swallow this elixir of youth cascades down your throat and flows through your body where it is absorbed.
The water from the fountain of health cleanses every cell in your body, reminding of its right to be healthy. It melts away stress and disease. It revitalizes every part of your so that you feel your body come alive. It feels like thousands of lights blinking on within you and twinkling like stars.
You climb into the large golden pool at the bottom of the fountain. Youth juice sluices over your body from the tiers above, rinsing away tension lines and firming your skin.
Once you’ve discovered your fountain of health, you can visit it anytime you want to. Just picture the quartz chamber with the fountain of health shining and splashing in the center. Then treat yourself to a drink of youth juice and bath in the health-restoring waters.
3. WISHING WELL (10-15 minutes)
This is truly one of my favorites in defining a wish and making it real. Read this over a couple of times and find your rhythm of movement and pauses.
Take a few deep breaths, and allow your body to let go and relax.
Picture or sense yourself on a moss-covered path in a forest. Afternoon light shimmers through the branches, turning the leaves a rich green and dappling the path. The energy of aliveness and growth is all around you.
The path curves to the right then slants uphill to a grassy knoll. At the crest of the knoll is a wish well made of stone. A brass plaque is inscribed with the word Wishing Well, and above the words is your name. You smile.
Reaching into your pocket you find three gold coins. You hold them in the palm of your hand, feeling their coolness and their weight. You examine the first coin. On one side, in raised letters, is a single word that embodies the essence of one of your wishes. Whatever you wish for see the word centered on the coin. Encircling it is a garland of intertwined yeses. Turning the coin over you discover a picture of your wish with a halo of light around it.
Rub the raised surfaces of the word and the picture between your fingers. As you rub the coin, picture yourself in your wish. Happy feelings come alive within you.
When you’re feeling so glad you think you might burst, drop the coin in the well. It flips over and over as it falls, and then disappears in the depth of the well. After a few seconds you hear a muffled ‘plop’ as the coin hits the water below. Your wish has been received.
Do the same thing with the two remaining coins. If you sih you were better at generating original ideas, see the word Creative on one side, encircled with yeses, and maybe on the other side a picture of you with a light bulk shining over your head. Rub the surfaces of the coin and drop it into the well, listening for the sound of it hitting the water. Do the same with the third coin.
After you’ve made your three wishes and heard them fall into the water deep in the well, know that your wishes will come true. Believe in them! Look forward to them!
All this wishing has made you thirsty. You notice a wooden bucket tied to a rope that is wound around a winch. You grab the winch handle and turn, lowering the empty bucket. It hits the water with a satisfying splash, and you unwind it a little more to let it fill with water.
As you hoist up the bucket, it is so heavy with water that you have to grab the winch handle with both hands. Up it comes, until you can pull the bucket over to rest on the edge of the well.
You drink the clear, sweet well water, a toast to wishes coming true. The water satisfies not only your physical thirst, but your mental and emotional thirst as well. This is how clear and sweet your wishes are, and how satisfying it is to have your wishes come true. You have wished well, indeed!
4. Light Might (15-20 minutes)
Light is essential, active and powerful. It illuminates, helping us to see and be seen. It casts out old limiting beliefs and attitudes, lighting the way to new knowledge. It encourages growth both metaphorically and literally. Without sunlight there’d be little growth.
This meditation increases the quantity and quality of light in your life, attracting and magnetizing what you want in your life.
Find a comfortable position, close your eyes, relax and breathe deeply, let go of all thoughts and tensions and allowing the relaxation to deepen…….
About a yard in front of you, between your chest and your forehead, picture, or sense a small ball of light about the size of a ping-pong ball. It’s bright white and glimmers with energy. It vibrates with power. It hums with potency. Even though it’s small, it shines with such intensity that it lights up a large area around it. Why it even lights up you!
As this ball of vibrating white light floats in mid-air in front of you, bobbing slightly as if eager, you begin to feel an inner glow. It seems to tickle your sense of fun and makes you feel optimistic. You wish the ball were bigger. The instant you have that thought, the ball of light begins to expand. It grows to the size of a honeydew melon, then to the size of a dinner plate. It expands to volleyball size. You realize you can make the ball of light as big and bright as you want, just by thinking about it.
The ball of light grows bigger and brighter until it’s just slightly taller and wider than you are. The light has powerful magnetic appeal and draws you to it. You step into the light as easily as stepping into your living room, and it feels just as familiar. As soon as you enter the light, you feel simultaneously excited and peaceful. You’re sparked by the idea that anything you want to have, or do, or be is possible. Yet at the same time you feel relaxed, confident that what you want will come to you.
You both hear and feel the hum of light. Pinpoint bursts of light dance around you, tickling your fancy. You feel bubbly, like a glass of champagne. The light shines on you and through you, realigning energy, revitalizing, healing. It sparks ideas. You feel whole and healthy. Protected. Empowered.
You realize that the high energy of the light creates such a strong magnetic field that as long as you’re filled and surrounded with light, it will attract what you want. Think of something concrete you want to have—money, love, a job, a computer, a car, a home, etc.—really want it so that you beam brightly with desire, shining your light on the object of your desire and drawing it to you. The light expands to completely surround your goal. You have illuminated, attracted and protected your goal.
Step into your ball of light the first thing every day. By putting yourself in the light you can see and be seen more clearly, feel energized, attract what you want, solve problems more easily (because you see the light) and avoid or reduce mishaps.
It’s also helpful to put a ball of light around anyone or anything in your life that you want to protect or empower: loved ones, friends, employers, doctors, your car, airplanes, your home, your work site, meetings, letters, business projects, your checkbook, investments etc. There’s plenty of light to go around.
Light is powerful and empowering. When you surround and fill yourself with bright white light-might, more things go right!