Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Visualize This...


If you’re a free thinker who likes to use your imagination, today’s post was written with you in mind! 

People who meditate regularly are more easily able enter the alpha brainwave state, where your mind is open and receptive to infinite, unrealized potential. Think about it – when you go to bed every night, just before you fall off to sleep, your brain goes through the alpha state and you become relaxed and dreamy. It’s also good for reducing blood pressure and maintaining a healthy immune system.

Visualization, which is the subject of this post, is an easy way to communicate with your higher, subconscious self and/or your spirit guides. If you’re serious about starting or maintaining a good spiritual practice, set aside time – it’s well worth it! If you’re like me, with a busy career, or lots of business and family commitments, meditation is a great way to unwind and let go of the tension that builds up in your body during the day.

Starting out, there are a few things you should know about preparing for meditation. Following these guidelines will help you to have satisfying and enriching experiences:
  • Find a place where you won’t be disturbed for at least 20 minutes. Put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door knob and close the door;
  • Turn off any appliances – excess lights, phones, radios or stereo – they can disrupt the energy flow in the area where you’re working;
  • Dim the lights – eliminating unnecessary lighting will help you shut out external influences and calm your mind;
  • Wear comfortable clothing – constricting items will interfere with your ability to relax.
  • Don’t have any expectations about the outcome. There is no right or wrong when it comes to meditation – every experience is individual.
  •  Let things happen. Inner peace becomes possible when we release control and allow the universe to present us with opportunities.
  •  Read all the steps before you get started so you’ll know what to do.  Have paper and pen available as part of this exercise.  Before you begin, take a minute to clear your thoughts and set the intention to be open for a wonderful experience.
Now that it’s time to get started on your visioning meditation. You don’t need to focus on anything other than the task at hand. If you’ve never meditated before there is nothing to be concerned about. If you’ve been away from meditation for awhile, this will be like rediscovering an old friend. 

Meditation is a journey of self-discovery. Don’t worry about taking notes. Visioning is an internal, organic process which allows you to hear, feel and see what your eyes would otherwise dismiss. Your imagination provides you with tools to imagine the impossible.

A lot of people are interested in contacting their spirit guides or angels and are unsure as to how to go about it. This exercise is designed to let your imagination step in and help the process along.
Think back to when you were young – maybe you had an imaginary friend, saw ghosts or had premonitions. At the time, your gifts probably weren’t encouraged and you suppressed them. Now, years later you’re at a point in your life when you want to rediscover those long-hidden talents and how to reconnect with the universal mind.

This exercise is going to help you loosen those barriers and allow your imagination to re-train your mind. When we use visions, or creative visualization, we’re allowing our imagination to provide symbols for important messages in our lives.

Now, let’s take a few deep breaths, and inhale all the way down to your belly. Let go of any tension or stress, so you can become relaxed and centered. Exhale and force the bad air out with a "whoosh" sound. Do this several times to center yourself.

Step 1: The Pursuit of Color. Sitting calmly, let your mind find a color – the first one that comes to mind. Don’t worry about what color it is or whether it’s your favorite color. See the color as vibrantly as you can. Note the shade and/or intensity of the color and write it down. If you can’t “see” the color, what color do you “feel” or “think”. No matter how it comes, let it come into your consciousness and come alive.

Spend the next several minutes jotting down whatever information you get about your color. Here are some ideas to get you started: 
  • Is it light or dark? 
  • What emotion did you feel with the color? 
  • Does the color have a scent or a smell?
Step Two: Hard Target.  Now that you have your color in mind, picture the color becoming an object. Remember, the goal is to collect the first thing that pops into your mind:
  • What is your object?
  • Is it something you already know or is it new to you?
  •  Describe the object in as much detail as possible and keep the visualization clearly in your mind for the next step.
Step Three: Look Around. At this point, step back from the object you are visualizing and add context to the scene. Look at it as if you’ve just taken a picture and you’re now viewing it in a picture frame:
  • What is going on in the picture?
  • What is the relationship of your object to the picture you’ve created?
  • What emotions do you experience when you view your picture?
Step Four: Put Yourself in the Picture. Step into the picture you’ve created and take in everything that's going on. Check out your surroundings. Soak up all the information you can:
  • Where are you?
  • Is this somewhere familiar or entirely new to you?
  • What’s going on in this scene?
  • Who else is there with you? (This could be a person, animal, a shape or maybe just a presence.)
Step Five: What’s Happening? Ask your guest(s) why they came. Pay attention to any thoughts, impressions or other clues which pop into your mind. Listen for your message(s) and feel free to ask questions if you need more information or clarification.
  • Do they have a name?
  • What are you talking about?
  • Are you given any special message(s)?
When you’ve gathered all the information you’re able, it’s time to thank your guest(s) and say your goodbyes.  It is important to be thankful for the guidance of divine wisdom and appreciate the gifts you have been offered. Soak up the scene and take in as much information as you can so you can write it down in your notes. When you’re ready, close your eyes for a few minutes and savor what you have just experience. 

When you decide you are ready, go ahead and open your eyes and finish journaling about your meditation experience. Remember, these are your notes.  There is no right and there is no wrong. Each meditation is a personal, intimate one and they cannot be compared. The messages you received are for you.

I would love to hear about your experience and get some feedback, so feel free to send me an email (IntuitiveGoddesse@gmail.com).

New Affirmation:  I AM OPEN TO RECEIVING LOVE AND LIGHT!
Remember; be open to experiencing joy and peace in your life,

Cheryl
IntuitiveGoddesse

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Mirror, Mirror...

I was looking at a news article recently on the series of photos by Annie Liebovitz. What caught my attention was the actress Olivia Wilde as the Evil Queen from Disney’s Snow White from the “Mirror, Mirror” scene. This photo set my imagination on fire and got me to thinking about how difficult it is for most of us to look in the mirror and expect to see beauty reflected back. 

How many times over the years have you looked in the mirror and been afraid of the person who’s looking back?  Be honest – it’s happened to all of us at least once in our adult lives. I know what you’re thinking:
  • This isn’t who I thought I was…
  • OMG, do I really look like that?
  • How did I get to this point... ughhh!
Maybe you’ve only briefly glanced – afraid you wouldn’t recognize the person looking back.  Whatever the rationale, stop and consider this is the person you are right here, right now in this moment.  There are a lot of life lessons to be learned from getting to know “you” and usually, it’s where you’ll find the answers to your deepest, darkest secret questions and the strength you didn’t even know you have.

This is one of the first exercises I always ask my clients to do.  Spend some time in front of a mirror. This would be especially good to do before you put on any makeup, or at the end of the day when you’re removing it for the night.  Don’t waste your time focusing on the wrinkles, sun spots, or any other real or imagined signs of aging. Your purpose is to see beyond what your eyes usually reveal. On a day-to-day basis, we see what we want to see and hear what we want to hear – it’s all about choices.

Make the choice to see your authentic beauty and gaze deep into the eyes of your soul self – go beyond the rational and start connecting on the spiritual level with the true person behind the visual fa├žade.  The first thing I want you to say (out loud) is “I Love You!” It will sound forced and your voice may quiver, but you need to do this over and over again until you are comfortable and enthusiastic.

Your soul self is crying out to hear how much you love it and it’s time for you to make a commitment to loving and cherishing the body you are living in.

If you’re like me, you’ll probably cry the first time you do it. You’ll cry because you’ve never told yourself how much you are loved. Remember, before you can love others, you have to be able to love yourself. Withholding affection is akin to a mother withholding sustenance and nurture from her child. Your mirror self is your inner child – don’t be afraid. Saying “I Love You” is a very powerful and healing declaration to you!

It’s a means of releasing critical thoughts and feelings and allowing unconditional acceptance of who you are right now. Who you want to be will come later, but right now, you need to spend some time getting to know yourself and how wonderful you are – right now!

New Affirmation:  I ACCEPT MYSELF FULLY AND COMPLETELY!
Remember, be AUTHENTICALLY who you are and live your BEST life,

Cheryl
IntuitiveGoddesse