Saturday, September 10, 2016
Guided Imagery Meditation
One night after I went to bed, I just randomly picked up a book to look at while I waited to see if sleepiness would come. I often do this... select a book at random and just open it anywhere, or thumb through it until something catches my eye. And something did. Dr. Weil wrote about his wife who was pregnant with her fourth child and she always had painful backaches in her last two months of pregnancy. She was asked if she would like to "talk" to her unborn baby. The woman, I believe her name was Sally, helped Mrs. Weil thru relaxing exercises and guided imagery to a light form of hypnosis. She her led to a "safe" place in her subconscious. And then Sally invited her to go to the spot in her body where the baby was. What did she want to ask her? Would the baby come on time, so that the baby's father could be present as he was leaving to go out of the country just a few days after her due date. She also asked the baby to please make the labor short and the delivery quick. Sally asked her, 'what did the baby say?' Mrs. Weil was startled and said, "she said she would". 8 weeks later, a baby girl was born right on her due date and the birth only took two hours. Coincidence? Maybe, but I don't think so.
After the conversation with her baby, Sally asked Mrs. Weil if she was ready to work on her back pain now. This is when I really got interested. Sally instructed her to visit the part of her body where her pain was. What did she see, Sally asked her? Mrs. Weil said, 'there is a large black spot'. Sally told her to talk to the spot. What do you need? A voice/feeling/intuition told her... "warm moist towels". "Will you go away?" The pain answered yes. Mrs. Weil was amazed... she said she always used cold packs on her back. She promised she would use the warm towels and suddenly her pain disappeared, and didn't return for the rest of her pregnancy.
I knew I had to try to this out for myself. I've had this kind of meditation many times, in hypnosis sessions and in my guided meditation class. I've been doing meditation long enough that I can trance myself to alpha pretty quickly. So I did, and I immediately went to my lower back pain. I asked it, what do you want me to do? Without missing a beat, it said "write". This makes sense since my back pain is in the sacral 2nd chakra center of my body, which deals with emotions. Writing has been my favorite form of therapy since my daughter died. I guess it meant I was to do more of it (and actually finish something I've started). After promising that I would, I asked the pain if it would leave, and I immediately sensed that it would. And then it was gone... and it was gone all day!!
The only other time I've had that was when I received my reiki attunement, my back pain was gone for three days. I suddenly had a huge understanding of what was happening. As humans, our essence is soul/spirit/memories... these stay with us forever, even if we die, and reincarnate, even thousands of times. But our bodies only last one lifetime, and a relatively short time. Most people believe that their body is a part of them, when in reality it is only a vehicle they reside in, in order to have the human experience. But our bodies are really an entity all it's own... it has an ancestral memory (our biological DNA) and is alive all on it's own... even if we didn't inhabit the body we have, another soul would. But the body would still have that genetic code from it's parents and grandparents all the way back to time.
Unfortunately, we don't acknowledge this and tend to abuse our bodies in so many ways. One of the worst is not listening to it when it is trying to tell us something. Our body does want us to communicate with it. It wants to be acknowledged and understood and respected. This doesn't mean deprivation, but it does mean giving it what it wants and needs, which is different for each of us.
How do you tune into your body and hear what it is trying to tell you? With a very simple technique. If you already meditate, this will be pretty easy for you to do. If you are new to meditation, it will take a little practice. But don't give up. The more you do it, the more you connect with your body's communication center. At the very least, it will know that you are trying.
Relaxation: Lie on your back on a bed or floor. Make sure you are wearing loose clothing or are covered with a blanket. Start with your feet and work your way up...
Relax your feet, toes, ankles. Visualize the color black which is the color of grounding. Spend about 3 minutes on each area.
Relax your legs, knees, thighs and hips. Visualize the color brown for direction.
Relax your lower torso, this is your base chakra. Visualize the color red for your foundation. This is where you will go if you have problems with the spine, bladder infections, reproductive organs, sexual problems, depression..
Relax your abdomen area which is the sacral chakra. Visualize the color orange for your vital force. This is where you will go if you have problems with grief, anxiety problems, low self-esteem, anger problems or obsession with sex...
Relax your solar plexus area which is the solar chakra. Visualize the color yellow for ego. This is where you will go if you have problems with digestion, difficulty working with others, drug addictions...
Relax your chest area which is the heart chakra. Relax your arms, hands and fingers at the same time. This chakra has two colors, so you can visualize either green or pink. This is where you will go if you have problems with love and/or relationship problems, heart, lungs (such as asthma), immune system, bi-polar, problems with money....
Relax your throat area which is the throat chakra. Visualize the color blue. This is where you will go if you have problems with your throat (sore throats, etc), talking too much, not talking enough, communication problems of any kind, thyroid disorders, shyness...
Relax your head and face, your forehead is your third eye chakra. Visualize the color purple. This is where you will go if you have problems with spirituality, empathy, anything to do with the mind/brain, learning disorders, sleep problems.
Now this is the hard part.. to do and to understand. Your 7th chakra is your crown chakra and is about 2 inches above the top of your head. This is where your soul/spirit/aura starts and surrounds your entire body. It's the hardest chakra to open and cleanse. Don't worry if you don't totally understand it. But try to be "open-minded" for that's what an open crown chakra is.
Visualize a white light starting at the top of your head and swirling all around you from head to toe. Rest for minute or two just visualizing the rainbow of colors encased in a white bubble.
Now imagine yourself walking into a room, a room that feels so familiar and so comfortable that you feel you never want to leave. Think about what is in this room.. the colors, the furniture, the items that make you feel so at home. This is your safe place.
Then notice that the room has a set of French doors that open up to the outside. But before you go outside, notice a tall cabinet with lots of drawers and doors, all with locks. Place your concerns, fears and worries in these drawers and lock them up tight. Do this even if you plan to stay in your safe room. The Buddhists call this 'compartmentalizing'..
Visualize/imagine whatever environment makes you the most comfortable. In your safe place, what do you see? What do you hear? I hear the sound of waves rushing in and then flowing back out. What do you smell? I can smell the salty air. I can taste the salt in the air, too. What can you taste? What do you feel? Is the sandy beach like where I am? Establish your safe place. Give it a name if you like.
Ask your body the question that you need answered. Sit quietly as you continue the meditation and wait for the answer. I might not come immediately, in fact it might not come until after you've completed the meditation. Your answer may come as a sign in something you see, a line in a book or movie, or a message in a dream. Be open to the possibilities.
Now what does your intuition tell you? Use your imagination, which is actually just your intuition anyway. Remember what your intuition/imagination is telling you. Now do you remember the different chakras? Take yourself there visually, depending on what area you need to go and what you need to fix. Spend a little extra time on that area, thinking of the part that needs healing and the color of the chakra. But remember... if you don't do the things that this part of the body needs to heal, and has "told" that you need to do, your pain will return. Mentally close the doors on each chakra and leave your safe room, closing the door behind you. Slowly open your eyes and spend a minute or two coming back to the here and now.
So again, the steps of this part are...
* Acknowledge the part of the body that needs to be healed.
* Thank that part for all that it does for you.
* Ask what it needs
* Promise to make amends and take of what needs to be healed
* Ask the pain if it will leave
* Say thank you again Allow yourself to rest for a few minutes and then one by one, starting at the top of your head, close the chakras.. simply by visualizing a door closing. Your meditation is finished.
Remember your safe place will always be there just as you left it any time you need it. You can even go there in your mind without going thru the meditation process. Any time you feel scared, anxious or threatened, allow your mind to go to your safe place.
Oh, and those worries, fears and concerns? You can just leave there in that cabinet it you wish. No one will bother them and they will never get lost, and you won't have to carry them around with you.
Cindi Wafstet © 2004 Permission to share freely as long as credit is given.
The meditation is one I wrote, but it was inspired by one of Dr. Andrew Weil's books, and I'm sorry to say, I don't remember which one. I have about half dozen of his books, which are all wonderful. I also recommend Louise Hay's book "You Can Heal Your Life"... which has is also very inspiring. Oh, and also The Simple Abundance Daybook.