Enlightenment doesn’t occur from sitting around visualizing images of light, but from integrating the darker aspects of the Self into the conscious personality.
This is a guided visualization on becoming. It involves healing different parts of who you are, dark and light, into one integrated whole.
Sit comfortably, with your feet firmly grounded, face relaxed and softened gaze. Become as still as you can. Focus just on your breath. As it moves in and out, feel its cleansing energy. Breathe in with love. Breathe out with relief. Count your breath in and then out to stay focused. As you begin, count to 5 on the in breath and 7 on the out breath.
After you have breathed in and out for several moments, take one long in-breath to the count of 8. Then let it out with the full force of your being. Don’t be afraid to make sound, feel it deeply. You have just engaged in a powerful act of healing.
Now imagine a spacious room in your mind which has two chairs facing each other. You sit in one chair; the four legs of the chair are steady, the seat is comfortable. You feel safe in the chair. Your feet are firmly planted on the ground. You are grounded and aware.
Now from your chair you are watching yourself as a five year old walk through the door and sit in the chair opposite you. What do you notice? Maybe you see a child who is playful and innocent, spontaneous and creative, eyes on the lookout for an adventure
Or else maybe you see a child who is shy and fearful- vulnerable, mistrustful, eyes on the lookout for danger.
Greet the 5 year old you and have a conversation with this young child. If you feel inspired by what you see, almost envious of the free spirited enthusiasm for life, then invite the child to become more prominent in your life. It’s still you after all, the you that you were many years ago. The playful child is still within you, maybe waiting to be invited out to play. Give your inner free spirit permission to come out and play more often.
If you see a fearful young child, then give the child reassurance. Let her know that it’s ok. You have overcome so many things that felt overwhelming or intimidating as a five year old- school, your first job, your first relationship etc. You have lived many years since then and most, if not all, of the fears turned out to be unfounded. Yet the fearful 5 year old is still holding you back, expecting danger. Thank the 5 year old for its care, but let him know that it’s ok. It’s time to let go of the fear. Without the fear, the 5 year old is free to play and be free like 5 year olds should be free. You are also free to play and be spontaneous. The five year old can help you.
Sit for a few minutes in the company of the 5 year old you, taking in all the incredible potential, the energy and connection. Then stand and hug. Visualize both your bodies becoming one. Walk into each other and blend into one being. There might be a sudden release of powerful energy. That’s ok. You are doing a powerful piece of healing- you are becoming an integrated whole.
Now together with the 5 year old, sit back in your seat. (read on to integrate the you of 5 years ago, and the future you)
Next to come into the room is the you of 5 years ago. She sits in the seat opposite. Have a conversation. Bond over your shared experience of the things that felt challenging five years ago. Do a little reminiscing. Describe to the you of 5 years ago how you have overcome many of those old challenges. Some of them just changed and went away with time. Acknowledge the things that still feel challenging to you, and enjoy the empathy of being with someone who knows exactly what you are talking about. Reassure the you of 5 yrs ago. Feel the compassion. Enjoy the growth.
Sit for a few minutes in the company of the you of five years ago, taking in all the incredible potential, the energy and connection. Then stand up and hug. Visualize both your bodies becoming one. Walk into each other and blend into one being. Again there might be a sudden release of powerful energy. That’s ok. You are doing a powerful piece of healing- you are becoming an integrated whole.
Now you see someone else enter the room and sit in the seat opposite. Look closely. It’s you five years from now. It’s the you that you are striving to become; confident, peaceful, passionate, healthy, fit. Have a conversation with future you. Ask her anything. The future you looks at you with compassion, knowing exactly what challenges you are dealing with now, but she also looks at you reassuringly because they are challenges the future you has long overcome.
Sit for a few minutes in the company of the future you, taking in all of your incredible potential, the energy and connection. Then stand up and hug. Visualize both your bodies becoming one. Walk into each other and blend into one being. Again there might be a sudden release of powerful energy. That’s ok. You are doing a powerful piece of healing- you are becoming an integrated whole.
Sit back down, united with 5 year old you, the you of 5 yrs ago and future you.
Do you feel peaceful and calm? Most importantly, do you feel the oneness? You are more than just a static being moving forward through time. You are an integrated being, constantly becoming, always growing and learning. You exist beyond time in your constant becoming, but you choose to focus your consciousness on a particular time in order to experience it as fully as possible.
All the troubles and challenges of life feel lighter from this perspective. You feel calmed by a feeling of expansiveness and peace. Your new perception causes your present-reality problems to shrink, which makes them far easier to resolve, sometimes almost trivially easy. Love and wholeness to all.