We've already used visualizations in several of the other gifts I've offered. I'll say again here that I know that visualizations don't work for everyone. If you're one of those people who does not have the gift of sight, that's totally ok. I'm sure one (or more) of your other senses is off the charts! Don't worry about it right now. Just skip today.
For those of you who love visualizations or have never experienced them, today is for you. Visualizations are just like everything else we've discussed. There are a ton of variations that you can use. I'm going to cover the ones that I've experienced and love. If you have one that you've used that I don't cover, please feel free to share it here or on Facebook!
Visualizations for the Moment
Ok, so you're in a conversation with Uncle Fred at your family Christmas party, and you find yourself getting anxious or tense. Check out of the conversation for a second and check in with yourself. Maybe even tell Uncle Fred that you're having a reaction and that you need a minute to yourself. He can stay there, but you're not going to talk for a minute. Know that you are not alone in this and Uncle Fred will probably understand. If he doesn't, that's his stuff, not yours. So, once you get your minute alone, take a breath. There's the tried and true method that a lot of public speakers use of visualizing the crowd naked, but do we really want to do that with Uncle Fred?? Not me! Let's put more clothes on him. Maybe even a costume? Maybe even imagine him dancing a little Irish jig in an elf costume. He won't mind. He has no idea you're doing it, and if it makes you laugh, all the better! You can also use a grounding visualization in this moment. See the Second Day of Holiday Peace if you missed this one. Another one that I love is visualizing light shining out of your heart and the heart of the person you're talking to. Imagine that light getting brighter until it completely fills the space around both of you until you are cocooned in this beautiful light and it helps you both feel safe and at peace. Once you're feeling better, re-engage in the conversation or excuse yourself and find someone else you love to talk with!
Visualizations for Talking with your Guides
This is one of my absolute favorites. It's a great way to get answers to questions that might be brewing. Close your eyes. See yourself climbing a staircase up, up, up. You marvel at how easy it is to climb the stairs. You're not even out of breath after so many steps. You continue up through the tops of the trees and up into the sky. You keep going through the clouds, through the edge of Earth's atmosphere and out into the stars. Eventually, the stairs flatten out into what appears to be a field. Take a look around. The field is lined with trees and there is a group of people standing at the opposite end of the field. As you walk out to the middle of the field, one of the people walks toward you. As they get closer, you may recognize their face or you may not. They may not even have a face. It may not even be a person. Whatever form you see is totally appropriate. Take your time greeting them, because you truly feel that they are an old friend. They have been with you for a long time! Once you finish greeting them, ask them whatever questions you have for them and then listen to their responses. Take your time with them. Know that any information they share with you is being stored in your subconscious and that you don't need to remember it. It will be there when you need it.
Once you finish your conversation with them, thank them in whatever way feels appropriate and watch as they walk back over to the crowd of people on the other edge of the field. They wave before they become one with the crowd, and you turn back toward the stairs. They may still be stairs or they may have turned into a slide that loops around and around before returning you back to the earth. Either way, you travel down through the stars, through the edge of the Earth's atmosphere, down through the clouds, through the top of the trees and back down to the place where you started. As you arrive back on the earth, you feel your feet connect firmly with the ground and maybe even begin to grow roots down into the center of the earth. Welcome back!
Visualizations for Peace
Another one I love! This one is about seeing yourself in a place that you know brings you peace. For me, it's on a beach, watching the movement of the water, listening to the sound of the waves crashing on the sand, feeling the warmth of the sun shining down on my skin, smelling the sea air, and tasting the salt from the water on my lips. For you, it may be in a forest, on top of a mountain, it could be anywhere that you know you feel peace. Take your time there to experience all of your senses and really soak in the ease that you feel there. Allow that peace and ease to saturate every cell in your body. Allow yourself to feel safe and loved here and know that that is with you all the time. That peace and ease that you feel here is already within you and can be accessed anytime you need it.
Thank you for joining me on this adventure, and I’m so grateful that I can share these tools with you that I’ve learned. I hope they help you as much as they’ve helped me in my lifetime!
I bless you with the peace and ease you need in this holiday season.