Creating a Safe Place


I love and recommend a little book by Shakti Gawain entitled, Creative Visualization.  She is someone I read years ago as I started my journey of personal development. In particular, she teaches some powerful techniques for learning to use visualization for healing and health. Here is a passage about creating your own safe place or inner sanctuary where you can go again and again to feel safe, find your power, and create your future.

“One of the first things you can do when you start using creative visualization is to create a sanctuary within yourself where you can go anytime you want to. Your sanctuary is your ideal place of relaxation, tranquility and safety and you can create it exactly as you want it.

“Close your eyes and relax in a comfortable position. Imagine yourself in some beautiful natural environment. It can be any place that appeals to you…in a meadow, on a mountaintop, in the forest, beside the sea. It could even be under the ocean or on another planet. Wherever it is, it should feel comfortable and peaceful to you. Explore your environment, noticing the visual details, the sounds and smells, any particular feelings or impressions you get about it.

“Now do anything you would like to make the place more homelike and comfortable for you. You might want to build some type of house or shelter there, or perhaps just surround the whole area with a golden light of protection and safety, create and arrange things there for your convenience and enjoyment, or do a ritual to establish it as your special place.

“From now on this is your own personal inner sanctuary, to which you can return at any time just by closing your eyes and desiring to be there. You will always find it healing and relaxing to be there. It is also a place of special power for you, and you may wish to go there every time you do creative visualization.

“You may find that your sanctuary spontaneously changes from time to time, or that you want to make changes and additions to it. You can be very creative in your sanctuary and have a lot of fun there…just remember to retain the primary qualities of peacefulness, tranquility and a feeling of absolute safety.”

Passage from Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain, p. 68-69


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