In this section, I offer
you some imageries of mine that might be helpful
or soothing. Currently, these visualizations
are in written text, but I hope to someday put
them into audio files so you can listen to them.
We'll see. -
visualization was inspired by a real rainbow
experience I had while remembering my dear senior
friend Eve. Eve had always promised certain
friends that, if it were possible, she would
send them a sign from the beyond. One of her
favorite symbols was the rainbow.
yourself for an experience of peace and tranquility.
Sit or lie down in a comfortable position and
take a nice deep breath through your nose and
hold it for a few seconds
and let it out
through your mouth with a sigh. Again, inhale
though your nose and let go of the breath with
a relaxing sigh. Do this a few times, and each
time, let the relaxation that you are beginning
to feel grow a little deeper.
Now, begin to imagine a changeable spring day,
the kind where the weather can't seem to make
up its mind. The sky vacillates between dark
clouds with brief showers and warm bright sun
peeking out from spots of bright blue sky. Sometimes
both things are happening at the same time.
There is a sharp clean smell in the air from
the negative ions after a good rain. It has
brought out the early scents of spring.
You are traveling down a familiar road to meet
some friends and have been looking forward to
the occasion. As you travel, your mood is pensive
as you recall a dearly loved one who has passed
away, This might be Ella or it may be someone
else who has meant a lot to you. Spend a few
moments bringing up some happy memories of time
spent with that special person. After the first
memory, move onto another and then another.
Become aware of how these memories warm your
heart center. They also may or may not bring
tears of strong emotion, and if that happens,
know that this is okay. These tears are the
"feel good" kind.
Now shift your focus back to your driving as
another shower squall comes up and demands your
attention. As the rain lessens to a misty drizzle,
notice again the smell of fresh rain cleansing
the air. Notice also that ahead there is a rainbow
forming. It starts off as a left arc, then fills
out to a full arc that deepens into the most
glorious rainbow you have ever seen. Each band
of color vibrates with intensity. It is so beautifully
distracting that you pull over to soak in its
beauty as a second full arc rainbow forms itself
as a multicolored shadow of the first. Spend
a few moments watching these rainbows intensify
and then fade away.
As the clouds move swiftly by and your scene
returns to your travels, continue on with a
full heart and a smile. A little further down
the road you see another rainbow forming, and
this time, you become aware of how nearby the
rainbow seems. It appears that it comes right
down into the area and might come to the ground
within a few blocks.
You have always heard that there is a "pot
of gold" at the end of the rainbow and
your curiosity grows as you wonder where this
rainbow really ends. Since you have extra time
before you are to meet your friends, allow yourself
to indulge your curiosity and find where this
rainbow does truly end. As it looms closer and
closer, follow your instinct in turning here
and there until you finally turn into a street
which ends on a California hillside, sparsely
spotted with small oak groves and occasional
Ahead of you, the rainbow's end hides behind
one of these groves. Park your car and walk
around the grove as the end of the rainbow comes
Pause in wonder as you realize that the end
of the rainbow does indeed come down to ground,
completely surrounding a large white cross (feel
free to choose another image that represents
your belief system). As you take this in, the
rainbow once again brightens and adds a second
"shadow" rainbow behind it. Allow
your heart to again fill with love and direct
this love out towards those you care about.
When you are ready, head back to your car, intending
to share this vision with the friends you are
about to meet.
Now, as you allow
yourself to return to present day reality, take
along with you the warm glow that you have experienced
in this visualization. Periodically, allow that
warm feeling to well up within you again and
send that love towards Ella where ever she is,
towards Shannon and Tom, and towards anyone
dear to you. Thank you.