This guidebook is the transcript of the Armchair Dreamer video on how-to-build A Comfortable Place visualization. But it includes more. I changed the text a bit by expanding it and I have included a chart or two. If you have time, see both.
If you want the basics, head over to the video at YouTube. If you want a bit more explanation and a checklist of the steps, download the pdf above.
Cultivating your own set of go-to imagery gives you a clear place to start your visualization-imagination work. Whenever and wherever you are, you can go to your bookcase and pull off the imagery you want for the moment. Practicing each of your library holdings and keeping them fresh and powerful.
How to Start Your Library
I will give you some starter imagery in a series of upcoming posts. You will get a mix of imagery that:
- promotes rest and relaxation;
- activates your curiosity and creativity; or other in-built skills
- helps you in uncomfortable situations (hassles), emergencies, and during the challenges of living life.
I will give you the basic framework of what you want to do in each imagery set. You will need to fill in that structure with your own memories, experiences, poetic ideas, favorite images, and more. You will not be getting some highly canned guided imagery. Instead, you will customize everything and that process will make the imagery that much more powerful.
Start off slowly and work with one imagery structure.
You will need several sessions to collect and fully round out what you want to appear in your imagery.
After that you will need several more sessions to get comfortable with what you have.
This needs to be followed by more sessions so you can develop deep mastery of what you have developed so it will appear easily and rapidly.
Lastly, you will need to set up a system where you will remember you have these imagery in your library. The most common problem with any inner work techniques is that we forget to use them! Make a list, make a drawing, make something for each set you develop that reminds you, on a regular basis, that you have your imagery library. Better yet, practice each one at least once a week to keep it in your short-term memory.
Next: Look for the post: A Comfortable Place – Imagery Outline
This will be part of a large collection of visualizing instructional videos, guides, and checklists but here are the first 4 minutes. You will get a quick feel for why visualize and what are the major visualizing types.
I often get emails of the type of phone calls I made when I first started with imagery work. They all boil down to: “This imagery stuff is not working.”
Imagery does not work the first time we try it. Or the second time, etc. But I assure you that it does work. Maybe not to the exact results that you want, but the core of imagery works because it is running all the time whether we are aware of it or not. I will save my proof of that until a later time, right now I want to put the light on patience.
Patience defined (Oxford Dictionaries): the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset “you can find bargains if you have the patience to sift through the dross” synonyms: forbearance, tolerance, restraint.
The reason that imagery can be tough to get started is because other things have to be in place before it starts to show itself. We have to get good at those things and that takes time.
Relaxation – We can’t approach imagery with the same goal-oriented stance we might be using all day long. We need to switch to something that feels like we have plenty of time, that we aren’t in a rush to get something done or all figured out. Any number of methods can get us there but we need to use those that our favorites so the experience feels open, flexible, and inviting.
Getting Dreamy – Imagery is like dreaming with our eyes open. Dreamy is good. It blends a little bit of poetry with our thinking and our experience because soft with memories and symbols.
Letting Go and Following – Once we get even a bit dreamy we should follow its lead. That means letting go and relaxing even more. If a detail comes up, we follow it. It pulls us deeper and shows us even more dreamy content.