Saturday, April 03, 2010

My Sacred Temple

While in a comfortable position, close your eyes
and center your attention upon your feelings.

Sense the particular feelings that you have when I say the following words:
peace
contentment
freedom
safety.

Now, with those feelings in your consciousness,
imagine a special place of retreat made just for you.
This is your private, sacred temple.
Imagine this place that is characterized by peace, contentment, freedom, and safety.
Whatever place comes into your consciousness, stay there in your mind.

Do not let other places or thoughts intrude.
If they do, keep returning to that place of peace,
contentment,
freedom,
and safety.

Become completely absorbed in this place.
Imagine the soothing feelings that permeate your entire body.
Imagine the relaxing sounds that you hear in this place of peace.

Try to sense the soothing aromas that are present in this place.
Examine what is around you.
Examine what is below you.
Examine what is above you.
Examine what you see in the distance.
Examine what is close to you.

Examine everything that is contributing to your peace,
contentment,
freedom,
and safety.

This is your special place.
This place belongs completely to you,
and you may come here whenever you want to come.

Whenever you are anxious, you may close your eyes and go to this place of peace,
contentment,
freedom,
and safety.
This is your perfect place.

Once again, examine this place with all of your senses:
the sights,
the sounds,
the aromas.

You are about to leave this place.
But you may return whenever you wish.
All you need to do is just close your eyes and travel in your imagination.
For now, say goodbye to the soothing aromas.
For now, say goodbye to all the pleasant sights.
For now, say goodbye to the peace,
contentment,
freedom,
and safety.

Whenever you are ready,
knowing you can always return,
slowly open your eyes.

*This imagery illustrates how we all have a hidden internal sacred space that is with us wherever we go. This truth can be comforting to the terminally ill as well as the bereaved. Please read background on Guided Imagery before using this with a client.

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