Creative Visualization is used in meditation. Visualization is helpful in relaxing and becoming calm. Breathing awareness is part of the process of imaginative visualization. Creative visualization is also called guided meditation and guided imagery. The meditative process aids in knowing oneself and in knowing the Sacred.

Preparation. Either lie or sit in a comfortable position. Be in quiet surroundings where you won’t be interrupted. Bring your awareness to your breathing, monitoring the movements of your breath in and out, and where you feel your breath.

Relaxing. Locate yourself in a comfortable position and tend to your breathing. When you are ready, imagine yourself resting in a hammock. The temperature is comfortable and you have the shade and sun light that is just right for you. As you rest, you hear the sounds of the breeze through the leaves. You feel your body relaxing and letting go all tension.

Calming. Locate yourself in a comfortable position and tend to your breathing. When you are ready, you imagine a river and you hear and see its flow. Listen and allow the river to carry away your worries. Listen.

Coping. Locate yourself in a comfortable position, and attend to your breathing. Visualize yourself in the Fall walking in the woods. You listen and notice the Fall colors. Leaves are different colors and shapes. Some trees are green near their trunk and turned colors on the outside. You kick the leaves on the ground. You listen to their sounds. There are lessons here for you, what are they?

Healing. Tend to your preparation, settling into a comfortable position, and being with your breathing. Healing takes many forms. It may be change in attitude. It may involve healing of emotions or healing in relationships. You walk into a peaceful and quiet garden. You sense the Presence of the Sacred. You sit quietly, just being aware and resting.

Discovery. Settle into a comfortable position and mind your breathing. Imagine that you are walking along a path and come to a clearing. In the clearing stands a two story cabin. There is a sign on the door that reads, “Please come in and make yourself at home.” This is very intriguing. You feel comfortable in approaching and entering. There are rooms with open doors and rooms with closed doors. On a table there is a notepad with some writing on it. “You are welcome here. Stay as long as you wish. You will find something about yourself in every room.”