Guided Imagery “Future Self”

The Guided Imagery, Future Self exercise can help give you reassurance to where you will be in the near future. It can also help you receive messages and guidance from your higher self and from within.

Preparation: Make sure you have provided a safe and quiet place to conduct the session. Have a journal ready to take notes.

Before you begin, form a question about which you would really want to know the answer. Once you have the question, write it in your journal.

After the session, and before talking, journal about your experience or draw the images that you saw during the session. Take your time and be as detailed as possible.

FUTURE SELF • VISUALIZATION

Get into a comfortable position… Now allow your eyes to close and begin by focusing your awareness on your breath…Breathing in and breathing out… easily and effortlessly…

Each breath allows you to become more relaxed and comfortable…

Outside sounds only allow you to go deeper inside… reminding us of how good it is to leave the noise and stress of the outside world…

Know that you are safe and in control of yourself…

Journey into the peace and quiet of your own inner world…

As you allow yourself to go deeper into a state of relaxation, perhaps you can remember a time when you stood before a pond or lake where it was quiet and peaceful. Imagine you tossed a pebble into the center and stood noticing the ripples spreading out, watching one ripple after another, flowing outward, farther and farther away from the point where the pebble landed. The ripples slow down, becoming farther apart until the water once again is calm and peaceful. I’m going to invite you now to imagine that your body is like that body of water. As you drop a pebble into the center of your body, you can feel waves of relaxation rippling out. Allow yourself to become more relaxed as these waves flow through your body. Through your torso, into your chest and your back and through your spine, spreading out into every muscle of your back. Through your shoulders and arms, up through your neck, your jaw, face, and scalp. Feel the ripples relax you as your muscles let go and become soft and loose. Feel the ripples of relaxation flowing down the bottom of your torso. Flowing through your abdomen and your pelvis. Down through your thighs, calves, ankles, and toes. Know that each time you drop a pebble into the center of your body you can become more relaxed.

As you become more relaxed, you find yourself becoming more quiet and peaceful…

Now bring your attention to the spot between your eyes… the third eye.

Imagine a light there. Notice the color of the light between your eyes… Now imagine that light becoming a beam that extends out into space… Follow that beam as it leaves this building… as it travels above the city and continues out…

Now envision the space circling all around you… Keep gazing out, further and further into outer space… Notice the curvature of the earth.

As you keep going further and further out, you find yourself surrounded by the softness and quiet of space… Notice the blue-green ball below you with the white clouds whispering around it… Allow yourself to enjoy this perspective for a moment.

Now notice another beam of light very near you… a different color from the one you followed into outer space… Begin to follow the new beam of light back down to earth… This beam is taking you back to earth a number of years into the future… Keep following this beam down, noticing the geography stretched out below you.

As you come closer to the end of the beam, keep noticing where you are… This is where your future-self lives, you, sometime in the future…

You might get a sense of the time frame or just know that it is sometime in the future you are visiting… Come into contact with the earth and notice where you are…Notice what dwelling and nature surround you… Now move to the dwelling of your future self…Notice what it looks like… Notice what kind of landscaping there is… Notice if there are trees and flowers… Get a good sense of this place…Notice the door to this dwelling… As you become more aware of your surroundings someone comes to the door… Identify this person as your future self… they have been waiting to greet you… you return the greeting…

Your future self… Or possibly an image that represents your higher-self welcomes you into this time and place…take in this person… Notice what this image looks like and feels like… Notice how they stand… Notice what they are wearing… Get a sense of this person’s essence… Now notice the inside of this dwelling… Notice what it feels like to be in this space… Notice the colors and the energy of this place… Now move with your future self to a comfortable place for a conversation… Perhaps your future-self offers you something to eat or drink… Settle in and make yourself comfortable for a talk with your future self…

There are some questions that you want to ask your future self.

Begin by asking, “What is it that you remember most about the last few years?”

Take a moment now to really listen for the answer.

Now ask your future self, “What wisdom or message do you have for me to get me from where I am now to where you are?” … “What would be most helpful?”

Really listen to what your future-self has to tell you…

Good, now take a moment to ask your future self a few more important questions…

(Pause here for about thirty seconds)

Ask your future self one final question before you go… perhaps they have a gift for you to remember this experience by… Take time now to receive this gift… As you bring this visit with your future self to a close, thank them for being here with you today and for sharing so much wisdom and such a precious gift.

Now find your way back to the beam of light and journey back up the beam… watching this world of the future grow smaller and smaller as you move out into space… Again you notice the blue-green ball below you with the white clouds whispering around it. Notice that your beam of light has intersected with a different beam of light that will take you back to this year, this time, and this location… Slowly follow this beam of light back to the present time on earth… bringing back with you all that you experienced on your journey… able to recall it easily…

As you travel down this beam, notice the earth growing bigger and bigger… Moving further down the beam, notice the geography of this area, the skyline, and landscape… Finally, come back into this room here…Good.

In a moment, when you open your eyes, please remain silent and journal everything you can remember about your journey…

Three, coming back to the present time… Two, Stretching your body…One, eyes open, refreshed and alert… Zero.

Now take quiet time now to write in your journal. (pause recording)

When using this exercise with your client: Ask a few questions…

What does your future-self look like?

What were they wearing?

Where did your future-self live, what did the surroundings look like, what did the inside look like?

What did you remember most about the last few years?

What wisdom or message did your future-self have for you?

What gift did your future-self give you?

What was the most significant part of this experience?

Describe how you felt during the journey.

When using this exercise with your client: Ask your client if they had to choose one topic from the session to focus on, what would it be? Now focus the session around that until you come to an aha moment. Take notes.

Create an action plan: What action are you willing to take? What can you begin to do now that is in alignment with your future self? Write it down.

Close the Session: Thank your client. Acknowledge them for being so open and willing to look at these areas of their life with you. Use the 1-10 scale. Schedule a follow up session.