me there is a vast and lonely place,
The Isle of Ancestors
The creative benefits of guided imagery and creative visualization have been well documented. There is no need to do more than facilitate the process and help participants access the vast, vale of solitude and light that Zora Cross describes (see left).
Enjoy this collection of quirky guided imageries that are based primarily on Greek Mythology and great works of literature.
Make sure that when you come to the computer to do a guided imagery that you are comfortable, that you have some music playing or perhaps a candle burning. Before you start open Microsoft word and then minimize it, ready for when you have finished absorbing the scene.
Relax and try to visualize yourself being a part of the scene. Once you have finished reading and absorbing the scene simply begin to write. Do not try to control the outcome. Simply write.
Sometimes I will include an image for you to meditate upon but often it will only be the verse that is here so that you do not clutter your mind with preconceived ideas of mine.
A mandala is an imaginary palace that is contemplated during meditation. Carl Jung is said to have drawn and meditated upon a mandala every day. You can do this without getting too caught up in the Buddhist religion surrounding the mandala. It is all up to you. Visit the delightful Modern Gypsy and learn how to make Mandalas using Photoshop.
Personally I like to use outlines of labyrinths and have found my writing groups have been stimulated to write after colouring them.
Journey With The Muse