Maneuvering Around Negativity: a Visualization Exercise
Witches, we all deal with the stress of negativity in our lives. Whether it be criticism, bullying, hurtful opinions, or even our own toxic outlook–all of these things make up a dark sea of negativity. How do we maneuver through through the barbs and stings, and come out undamaged?
This is a technique called outcome visualization. It involves envisioning yourself achieving your goal. To do this, create a detailed mental image of the desired outcome using all of your senses. You can use this technique to help aid in you many of your goals, but for this one in particular, we are focusing on bypassing all the negativity in our lives.
1. Find a quiet place and get comfortable. I suggest laying bed to give you the sensation of floating. I have also used this visualization exercise in my bathtub. Grounding isn’t important here. Just make sure you are centered and shielded. Draw in a few deep breaths. Turn on the music.
2. Shut your eyes and say aloud:Endless sea allow me to see only joyful positivity. Repeat it. I usually chant it around 10-15 times. As you are chanting, imagine yourself being submerged underwater. Don’t be afraid. In this sacred space, you are in no danger.
3. Begin to visualize sinking deep into the depths of the water. It is first murky, then dark, turning pitch black. Every limb grows cold; muscles spasm and then freeze. There is nothing around you, except this feeling of weightlessness. This is the negativity you allow to surround you.
Then, there is a spark of faint pink light. Slowly, as if blooming over a horizon, more specks of that light grow. You can see what they are as you swim closer. Jellyfish, hundreds of them, illuminate the darkness that surround you. They are beautiful, but they are dangerous. These represent the words, opinions, criticisms, and thoughts that sting you. These creatures gracefully swim around you and every time you move, you bump into them and you can feel their paralyzing barbs.
Above you, the sun is shimmering. It’s calling you to the surface, but you know if you try to kick and swim your way to the top, you’ll never make it. All the jellyfish are in the way. You feel your lungs tighten. You become nervous.
But then you remember, as long as you don’t touch them, they can’t sting you. Much like the negativity from others, if we ignore it, it cannot harm us. If we don’t allow it inside, it cannot plant seeds of doubt and insecurity. We will wade our entire lives in shores of both negativity and positivity; it is the natural balance that is struck by the universe. The time is now to decide if you will sink or swim.
You watch the jellyfish move. They dance in the water towards one another in an endless parade of flourishes and spins, creating holes where you can slip through. You avoid their barbs. You feel the rush of maneuvering around their glowing bodies. For every foul word spoken about you or to you, you remain unaffected. You share this space with them, but pay no mind to their own goals. Among the jellyfish, you rise.
Break through the water’s surface. Take in your first deep breath. The sun greets you, the water embraces you, and below you, in those murky depths lies all the dwellers of the dark deep that don’t care to face the sun. Leave them behind and rise. The current has other plans for you.
4. Take ten calming breaths and release yourself from the visualization. You’ve now maneuvered through the negativity. You can let go, you can move on. And when you feel yourself start to slip under the water, remember that you can always find your way back to the surface.