How To Write A Guided Imagery Script
Here are some general suggestions to help you write a guided imagery script you can use with friends, or record and use yourself. In addition to these ideas, you might wish to listen to a number of guided imagery programs from different authors, to see what style of program you like best.
Consider what you would like to accomplish with your guided imagery script. Do you want to help someone (perhaps yourself) simply relax? Are you interested in trying to solve a particular problem, such as insomnia or overeating. Or do you want to help your listener work toward a certain goal, such as passing a test or winning at sports. You'll want to include any messages or suggestions about problem solving or goals toward the middle of the program, after the initial induction and deeper relaxation part of your guided imagery script.
Begin your program with some general instructions for getting comfortable, relaxing, and preparing to go on an inner journey. Suggest that the listener feel their body relax, and if you wish, take them through a head to foot body relaxation, step by step. You could use a "countdown" technique that's popular with the hypnosis folks, or you could take them through the colors in the color spectrum, suggesting that they get more and more comfortable and go deeper with each step. If your guided imagery script will take them on an inner journey to a place in nature, you might consider creatively incorporating the color steps into the journey itself. You can hear a good example of a guided imagery script that uses this technique on The Healing Waterfall.
Guided Imagery Script Suggestions
It's a good idea to include messages about becoming open to new input, new suggestions, new ideas, and being ready and willing to let go of old patterns, old behaviors, old ideas. You can intersperse these messages throughout the relaxation stage, or throughout the whole program. This will help your listener respond more fully to whatever goal you have for your program.
When you're taking the listener through the goal or problem solving part of your guided imagery script, keep your messages positive, and stay away from words or phrases that might trigger negative responses in the listener. You don't want to bring them out of the nice deep relaxation state you helped them into. Also, avoid suggesting that they "think about" things, or do anything analytical in your program. You want to help your listener bypass their normal, intellect-centered state of mind, into a deeper free flowing state of mind. Thinking brings people out of their relaxation, and back into the places where stress hangs out.
When it comes to goals and problem solving, your guided imagery script can employ the technique of helping your listener experience positive outcomes, by hearing, seeing, and feeling themselves succeed. Be sure to offer suggestions that involve all the senses. Give them time to conjure up those positive experiences without your narration getting in the way, by suggesting that they take a few minutes to see, hear, and feel the desired result.
In general it's best to try to leave your suggestions as open-ended as possible, so your listener can inwardly modify what you're saying to fit their own needs and experience. Also, the less specific you are, the less chance you'll be bumping into what might be a trigger for them that could potentially rub them the wrong way, or bring them out of their relaxed state.
End your guided imagery script with a suggestion that the listener take all the time they need to come back into full awareness, and that they can return to their deeply relaxed state whenever they wish.
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