I created the following visualization as a tool to identify and let go of worries and limiting beliefs, but it could be adapted for other spiritual and emotional needs. I suggest you read it several times before trying it. It would also be a good idea to record it or have someone read it to you. If you do, remember to leave some pauses, to allow time to visualise the images. Have paper and pen handy to write ideas and reflections after you have done the visualisation. You may choose to identify the worries/attitudes/beliefs before starting the visualisation or open up to what your unconscious may show.
Find a quite place where you can be undisturbed for at least 15 minutes. You may want to have a light blanket with you, as the body can turn a bit cold during visualisations. Sit or lie down in a comfortable position. Make sure that your back is straight and, if seating, that your feet are firmly planted on the floor. Close your eyes. Breathe in deeply, bringing the air all the way to your stomach, until it pops out a bit. As you exhale, press the abdomen muscles a bit, to make sure all the air goes out. When inhaling, focus on the top of your head. When exhaling, focus on your abdomen. Breathe deeply like this nine times.
In your imagination see yourself on a beach. It is a sunny, blue day. Listen to the waves and the wind. Smell the salt. Feel the sun over you, the breeze moving your hair, the sand under your feet. See all the different colours: blue, green, brown, white.
Again, using the power of your imagination, see yourself from the back. You are standing where the water meets the sand. You are bent by the weight of the heavy cloak over you. So bent in fact that you need a staff to keep your balance. Now see this cloak carefully. Imprinted on it, drawn as in a heavy tapestry, is an image that represents one of your current worries, something out of your control that doesn't seem to leave your mind, no matter where you are or what you are doing. It may also be and old feeling, a fear, a resentment, a memory or belief
that somehow is stopping you from being the person you know you can and desire to be.
The cloak is very heavy, but using your strength and will power you shake off you. See it fall into the water and dissolve. Hear the hiss sound as it turns into salt, foam, nothing. You feel a bit lighter and stand up a bit straighter, There are six more cloaks to go: six thoughts, memories, attitudes, beliefs or feelings that are limiting your potential. One by one, see them as a tapestry, shake them off and see them dissolve to nothing. By the time you are finish, you are standing straight, naked or dressed in a very light tunic, enjoying the sense of lightness.
Walk now into the ocean. Float freely there. See the blue sky over you. Feel the water supporting you. Breathe in deeply and just enjoy the sensation. Thanks the sea for purifying all those worries and beliefs, for holding you, for the sensation of lightness and freedom that is providing. Leave the water and sit comfortably on the sand. Feel the sun over your head. Feel its light entering you, going down from the top of your head; down your neck, shoulders, arms torso. As the light touches the different parts of your body, feel a revitalizing, healing energy. The lights keeps on travelling within you. Down your abdomen, hips, buttocks, legs. Down. Your knees, ankles, feet, toes. Your whole self is covered in light, within and without.
Look around you. You are going to see seven very light veils, each depicting a hope, an idea, a positive alternative to what was shown on the cloaks. Put them over you one by one and see them become part of the light that cocoons you and them penetrate your body. Know that they are part of you now; that you explore and use any time. They are there to inspire and support you in your process of self-knowledge and growth.
When you are ready, wiggle your toes and fingers. Breathe in deeply three times. Feel the chair or floor under you. Open your eyes. Give thanks for all the insights. And write down any idea or inspiration that may have come to you.
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