Talking to Your Future Self: A Visualization Exercise

Get into a very comfortable and relaxed position.

Focus your awareness on your breathing. Breathe in easily and effortlessly. Then breathe out. Each breath allows you to go deeper and deeper inside.

As you allow yourself to go deeper into a state of relaxation, remember a time when you stood before a pond, noticing how quiet and peaceful it was. You may have dropped a pebble into the center and noticed the ripples rippling out, one ripple after another, flowing outward farther and farther. Slowly the water returned to its original calm and peaceful way.

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 I’m going to invite you 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 ripples of relaxation rippling out throughout your body; up through your torso into your chest and your back; up through the vertebrae and spreading out into each and every muscle of your back. Through your shoulders and arms, up through your neck, your jaw, face, and scalp. Feeling those ripples just relax as your muscles let go and become soft and loose. You can now feel the ripples of relaxation flow down to 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 in the center of your body you become more and more relaxed. As you become more relaxed, you find yourself becoming more quiet and peaceful.

I want you to imagine yourself standing in a beautiful forest. Off into the distance is a log cabin. You can see smoke coming from the fireplace as you approach. Something seems very familiar about this place.

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It should. You see, the cabin belongs to your Future Self, yourself several years from now. Notice what it looks like. What smells are you picking up on? And what noises are you hearing? Get a good sense of this place.

Walk to the door and know that on the other side is your Future Self, waiting to greet you. As the door opens, what do you see? What do you hear? What do you feel? Greet your Future Self and notice the way your Future Self returns your greeting, welcoming you into this time and place several years into the future. Take in this person…your Future Self. What do they look like? Notice how they stand, what they are wearing. Get a sense of their essence. Notice how you are feeling while in their presence. Now look around at the inside of the dwelling. What kind of person lives here?

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Now move with your Future Self to a comfortable place in the cabin for a conversation. Perhaps your Future Self offers you something to drink or eat. Really settle in and make yourself comfortable. Begin your conversation by asking the following two questions to your Future Self:

1.       What do I need to pay attention to most right now in my life?

Take a moment now to hear the answer…

Now ask your Future Self the following question:

2.       Knowing what you now know, is there one piece of advice you can give me?

Listen to what your Future Self has to say.

Now take a moment and ask your Future Self your own question. Wait for the response.

Unfortunately, it’s time to bring your visit with your Future Self to a close. Thank your Future Self for being with you today and for sharing their wisdom with you. Say goodbye and head out of the cabin. As you begin to walk away, turn around and look at the cabin one more time. What was said and what will you remember most about your experience?

Homework:

Email me some of your thoughts and feelings about your experience with your Future Self and what was said. Next week I’ll post your responses along with mine. Email me at greg@greggiesen.com by Friday.

-Geese

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