As I sit in front of the casement window, the warmth of the coffee cup between my hands, I smile as I watch a family of birds flit across each branch on the beautiful tree standing stately before me, their cheeps and chirps like mesmerising chuckles and peals of laughter carried along with the wind. The gentle rustle of leaves so sedately heard as each branch bounces back to grasp the air and each blossom petal flirts with the soft grass below as it silently floats and teases the ground. My eye catches a glimpse of the landscape beyond as the hills beckon me into a land of wonder.
As I breathe deeply, aware of each breath, a sense of calm washes over me, and an inner smile gently finds its way to my face. I imagine and feel the soft grass under my feet as the endless pathways open up in front of me, each offering to take me forward towards a new adventure, not all maybe exciting, but all filling my heart with quiet suspense.
Where will I be if I take the path to the hillside so high into the clouds that I cannot quite see? The cool air so refreshing as I venture upwards wondering what I will encounter today. As the fauna changes and with my mind chatter falling I picture the quiet and peaceful and tranquil view. The whole world opens up into a glorious carpet below and I seek simply just to know, but where to next, can I reach the top? The path continues forward in a narrowing spiral with an essence of wisdom that tingles within my heart and I seek to touch the clouds in the distance so white and gentle and wonder if they will complete my journey or if I shall carry on forward for that is where I may find the answers I seek to know.
Where will I be if I take the path to the river, beckoning me so beautifully? The sound of the water so gentle and free as it bubbles along with unfurling venture, and crosses the stones and pebbles that lie in its wake with ease and adventure. Flowing and feeling and finding its way. Gathering momentum as its freedom allows until it reaches a rock, a boulder that looms high from the water and shadows its path and all in its wake. Much like as life and all we encounter, it slows and allows the river so bold to see and admire the beauty surrounding that it just may have missed had it hurried along. All the while growing still big and so strong and able to find its way round the rock that looms, carrying on forward strengthened in stature and ready for all its journey encounters as it moves and flows to the vast open sea.
Where will I be if I move onward to the woodland so wonderfully dark and majestic and filled with mystical discovery? The sound of the wildlife scuttling away as they all hear my footsteps treading slowly and cautiously through the dry bracken and crumbling soil of the earth. The light twinkles gently through the treetops above and the sun whispers to me words full of love. Will I stop and wait, and listen with contentment, and bask in the calm of the loving bestowed? Or today will I carry on walking and feeling my way, venturing into the realms unknown, seeking to partake in all its possibilities and glory?
Where will I be if the path suddenly stops and I find myself stuck with nowhere to go, feeling lost and alone as if I’ve trod the wrong route? Should I go back and return to the comfort of the walkway so familiar and still visible in the distance behind me? Do I look back to the past, or just sit and wait, and embrace and enjoy the new view before me, and think of the glorious day of wandering that I’ve had?
As I open my eyes and say, “Thank you, I am grateful,” for I’m now back in my chair with my feet firmly grounded and the images my mind holds and my thoughts calmed and emblazoned fills my heart full of joy. My life’s mine for the making wherever I go and whatever I choose to be and to see.
Reflecting now, I’m a traveler from within, with pathways of love and wonder before me that flow from my heart to help and to guide me, to love and to nurture and answer with personal and resonating fervour. For when I remember how creative my travels have been, I so to remember the message they send and the answers they bring into my life, and I am forever grateful.
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An Introductory Video of this Guided Imagery is available here Where Will I Be Video This video focuses on one aspect of this guided imagery, namely the first pathway.
A Where Will I Be Workbook is available which includes all 4 Guided Imagery Visualsations and Note Pages for you to save thoughts and ideas as you work through each visualsation.
© Elaine W Shaw 2014