Waterfall guided imagery


Please close your eyes, and relax your body with a few breaths… Breathing in… breathing out… Breathing in… breathing out… Breathing in… breathing out…

Imagine the gentle, forever sound of a waterfall in the distance. Power. Peace.

Sunlit valley in front of you, with a forested mountainside left… and right.

That beautiful eucalypt scent when bright sun shines on gumtrees. Or if you wish they can be pine trees and smell THAT lovely scent.

A flat area with long grass on your right, a clear creek meanders on your left, and a cliff in front. You can see the creek on the left, and the path beside it, curve around to the right beyond the cliff.

A gentle breeze waves the grass. There are flowers: red, yellow, blue, white flowers, with butterflies visiting them. And grazing animals. You can put whatever animals you want there, because this is your valley. You might have horses, kangaroos, a deer bending his head with magnificent antlers — whatever grazers you want, there they are.

The water in the creek is so clear, you can see every grain of sand on the bottom. Graceful fish flit around under the surface.

Stroll along the path.

With each step, the sound of water hitting water, water hitting rock, grows a little louder. Then you round the bend to the right, and now see the waterfall.

Yellow sandstone cliff, with little trees and bushes clinging to it.

The creek jumps off the top, hits rock scattering spray, hits rock again, and a third time, to plunge into a round lake.

The sun behind you shines on falling water, so rainbow circles dance in front of you. Here, the sound is a roar, mighty, powerful.

The lake is blue, bluer than blue, except where the falling water raises a forever white hill that sends waves to all the shores. By the time the wave reaches the edge, it’s a mere ripple.

The path takes you to the side of the waterfall, and turns left to actually go behind it.

Walk in there.

Solid stone over your head. Solid stone under your feet. Solid stone behind your back, and the curtain of falling water in front.

Water is the universal cleaner… washes away all pain… It’s the universal solvent… solves all problems… Here, you’re safe… All that’s bad is kept out. Enjoy… Hear the eternal sound of water hitting water. Peace.

And this place is yours forever. Anytime you need it, just think, “Waterfall,” and whatever you are doing, you can also enjoy this peace and power.

I will now count slowly back from five.

Five. Feel the support for your body, and where your hands and feet are.
Four. Become aware of the sounds around, whatever you can hear.
Three. Again focus on your breathing, air in… and out.
Two. Move your arms an legs around a little.
And one: when you are ready, open your eyes.

About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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4 Responses to Waterfall guided imagery

  1. Isabella Milan says:

    Thank you for sharing this with me. I use it before my sleep story! Isabella

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  2. Joan says:

    Very calming.

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    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      Thank you Joan. I have taught it to clients in extremely stressful situations, like facing a hostile prosecutor on the witness stand. The man told me afterward, he just thought, “Waterfall,” and could respond to the hectoring with calm strength.

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