Web Radio Today, the Faith and Fitness Podcast, Episode 30 –GUIDED IMAGERY – NEW BEGINNINGS
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TRANSCRIPT WEB RADIO TODAY EPISODE 30
Skip Orem: (00:16)
Hey, everybody. I’m Skip Orem, and welcome to the Web Radio Today podcast. This entire episode today is going to be a guided positive imagery session. To experience this guided imagery session, you should be alone and in a comfortable space, lying down or sitting in a chair. You’ll need to be prepared to spend the next 30 minutes alone with your thoughts. Now, if you’re not ready to do this right now, you can just hit the pause button, then once you have everything in order, some time set aside and you’re ready to begin, just simply push that play button and enjoy this special Web Radio Today guided imagery session.
Skip Orem: (01:13)
Close your eyes and begin to relax. Then as you start to let yourself relax, begin to take in some deep breaths and then let them out. Deep breaths in, sending the breath deep into your body, then exhale. As you do this, let out any tension and bad thoughts and memories from the past, especially maybe this past year, exhale them away as you breathe out. Deep breaths in, and then out. Try to clear everything out of your mind as you breathe in and then let everything out. The difficulties, the events of this past year, send them away. And for a brief time here, clear your mind, think only of good things, good thoughts.
Skip Orem: (02:37)
As you continue to breathe in and out, you are choosing right now to clear your mind of bad memories, worry, and tension. So now for a few minutes, your mind is, well, it’s becoming clear and empty. And perhaps for just a few minutes, you will allow yourself to have this special time of complete and total stillness, deep breaths in, tension, bad thoughts, and worry, breathe them out. Send them away with your exhale.
Skip Orem: (03:32)
Think for a second about something that the Apostle Paul wrote so very long ago, and honor Paul’s words and clear your mind and prepare for your meditation. This comes from second Corinthians, chapter five, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he or she is a new creation, the old is passed away. The new has come.” Whisper these words to yourself as you hear them, David’s wonderful prayer to God, “The Lord is my shepherd. I lack for nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside the quiet and still waters. He refreshes my soul. He leads me along the right paths. And even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me. Your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Surely, goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Skip Orem: (05:28)
Try to visualize that now. God’s goodness. God’s love following you all the days of your life. Think only about these things now as you begin to clear your mind of everything else, slowly breathing in, and then sending your breath to all the parts of your body where there may be soreness or tension, that all new, clear, warm air cleansing your body of soreness and tension and worry, then sending them away with the breath out. Whisper with me now David’s words as you hear them, and as we go deeper into our meditation. “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, Lord. You are my rock and my Redeemer.”
Skip Orem: (06:53)
Feel God now helping your body begin to relax your mind, clearing of worry and bad thoughts. And I want you to cherish taking this time away for yourself. Enjoy actively participating in clearing and refocusing your mind. Choosing to focus on thoughts and images that will refresh, energize and revitalize you in a way that will allow you to enjoy and truly celebrate all that is good in your life. Imagine now that you are totally comfortable, those bad thoughts, unreal expectations, tensions, put aside for now. And you’re discovering that just by imagining this, just by imagining your tension and your worry leave your body, you are actually becoming relaxed. Think about how nice it is that just for a few minutes, you’re free of thoughts about last year, free of unreal expectations. And you’re free of worry about what awaits you in this coming year.
Skip Orem: (08:49)
Know that by spending these minutes with your mind clear, you will actually gain new energy and that new, brand new clear mind energy will allow you to look forward to all that’s ahead in your life, and know that by clearing your mind and welcoming in this new energy, that it will enhance your ability to enjoy all the new memories that will be created in this coming year. Deep breaths in and then out. And yes, congratulate yourself for choosing to become actively involved in relaxing your mind so that you can fully experience the wonders of this new beginning, and congratulate yourself for making the decision to enjoy the start of this new year free of bad worries, memories and tension.
Skip Orem: (10:11)
By actively choosing to take this time right now, to relax and clear your mind, to let go of your stress you are in fact, enhancing your health and your physical wellbeing. Deep breaths in, and then out. You’re sending this message to the tension and worry that you might be feeling right now as you begin this new year. This will be my year, my new beginning, worry, tension, bad thoughts and memories, it’s time for you to go, and you will be removed from my mind.
Skip Orem: (11:08)
As you are starting to feel more and more relaxed I want you now to think about a place either real or it can be imaginary, if you want. A place that you used to go or somewhere where you have always wanted to be. A place that makes you feel good and safe and at peace. Deep breaths in, sending the breath deep into your body, and then exhale. Imagine this place becoming more real to you in every way.
Skip Orem: (12:03)
Look around your magical place, enjoy what you see. Take in the entire scene of this place, this wonderful place that, well, it seems so peaceful to you. It makes you feel so peaceful and so worry free. Now begin to experience and feel what it is that you’re lying on or sitting against, perhaps it’s at a beach in the sand or maybe the summer grass. And as you continue to imagine this place, you begin to hear its sounds, the waves rolling in, the sounds of baby birds in the air, your favorite music or sounds of children playing nearby. A soothing song being sung by a parent, a grandparent, a loved one.
Skip Orem: (13:24)
Let your ears hear the sounds of this wonderful place. How peaceful and safe it is for you. Whatever sounds or smells or feelings that you remember from this special place, this magical place of yours, hear them, see them, feel them, smell them, let them surround you. Maybe you feel and smell the summer air or a gentle breeze or ball me salty air or the warmth of the sun as it warms you, the slight chill of autumn, the smell of some person who has loved you in the past. Maybe it’s the smell and crackle of a fire warming you on a winter’s night.
Skip Orem: (14:47)
As you continue to breathe in and out, notice now how you are feeling, well, so thankful for the safety, the beauty and the comfort of this place. How happy, relaxed and free of worry that you are right now, here now in your special place. As you’re beginning to feel what’s happening, some signal of some sort, a kind of, well, maybe it’s a kind of tingling in the air, even something that makes you feel somewhat excited about what’s ahead for you. Looking forward to the future, a feeling that maybe you have not had for a long time. A feeling that something wonderful, something that you want and you need so much is about to happen.
Skip Orem: (16:15)
You are so sure right now that there is magic in this place. And you know for sure that God is with you in this place. And you know that as it is written in the song, God will watch over you and protect you, love and care for you now all through this year and forever. You know that God wants you to be strong and courageous, not frightened or dismayed, not crippled by bad memories, tension and worry.
Skip Orem: (17:03)
Feel God’s love wash over you. You begin to smile as you recognize that, for a while now, you may not have had this feeling. You now know that there is certainty in God’s love and in this special place of yours, and that something amazing is about to happen. You notice that somewhere high above you a small ray of light, well, it’s shining down and brightening a small circle just in front of you, a bright and intense ray of light highlighting all the wonderful colors and beauty of this special place of yours. And, you know immediately, you know what that is. This light is God’s love. You can feel and see the area all around you being illuminated with God’s love.
Skip Orem: (19:09)
Well, as this circle of God’s love, as it begins to widen and starts to include more and more of your special place, the light is now giving everything it covers in your special place a bright, new, magical beauty, crisp and clear. This is God’s love shining down on you. It’s always been here. It will always be shining over you and protecting you. As the light warms you and gives you so much peace, it also seems to be energizing you. It might even start to make your skin tingle, especially where those areas of tension may still rest in your body.
Skip Orem: (20:19)
This light, it’s magically removing tension, stress, and tightness from all the parts of your body. This light, God’s amazing love and protection for you, is allowing you to sense this change happening within your body, within your mind. God’s everlasting love through this light is giving you strength. It’s clearing out and destroying bad memories, worry, anxiety, sadness. It’s cleansing you and taking all that away.
Skip Orem: (21:32)
This amazing light representing God’s love, well, it’s taken away any tightness or heaviness in your body. They’re gone. You can actually feel God’s love expanding your heart, like a flower opening to the sun. This now fully open heart of yours, like a flower it’s releasing its fragrance. Your heart is releasing gratitude, forgiveness, and love into the air. Praise God. What peace, what joy, what excitement. You know this, you can see it in your special place. You feel it through the warmth of a light, the light of God’s love. It’s shining on you now, and it will shine on you forever.
Skip Orem: (23:14)
As you are here in this special place of yours, covered and warmed and energized by the light of God’s love, you begin to hear these affirmations coming through the light. Perhaps you might even want to whisper them to yourself. I know that I am surrounded by the protection and the support of God’s love for me. I plan to connect more deeply to God’s love and to allow his love to guide my life. God’s love, it’ll continue to nourish my mind, my body and my spirit, not only now at the beginning of this new year, but throughout my life.
Skip Orem: (24:16)
I choose to let go of things that I can’t control and focus on God’s love for me, and sharing that love with others. I know that without fear, anxiety, and sadness, that I can live the truth of who I am. A child of God. A follower of Jesus. I know that bad thoughts, old hurts, resentments, they’re all being destroyed by the power of the light of God’s love for me. Old griefs, fears, sadness, anger, guilt, distress, and pain, well, they’re being destroyed and wiped from my body and from my mind. I absolutely know for sure that this is happening. I can feel this happening as I relax here in my special place.
Skip Orem: (25:58)
Your mind, it’s now more spacious and open. Your body is much stronger than it’s ever been. You can now sense this total shift in your mind and in your body, this new excitement knowing that you’ve got this. All is in God’s hands. He created you, and he’s smiling at you now, so proud of you and your new found strength and confidence.
Skip Orem: (26:55)
You praise God with tears in your eyes, thanking him, knowing that you’re not going to waste what he’s created for you. You always, well, you really knew that God had been with you all along. Perhaps you just hadn’t fully appreciated it. You just needed this gentle reminder, and now feeling so peaceful, knowing that God’s light is within you, and well, and that this special place it’s here for you whenever you need to visit to relax and to refocus your thoughts, whenever you want to continue the work that you’ve already done.
Skip Orem: (27:58)
And as you look around one final time at your special place, you know and feel something powerful has taken place, a major shift has occurred. You thank God for what he has done for you, and you thank him for the peace of knowing that everything is in God’s hands. Relaxed and at peace, ready to take on whatever challenges lay ahead with your renewed strength. Whenever you are ready, slowly began to open your eyes and come back into the room. Rest assured knowing that you have done important, healing work and you have, and you’re better for this.
Skip Orem: (29:43)
For the Web Radio Today podcast, I’m Skip Orem. We’ll talk with you next week. Goodbye, everybody.