Working with Pain Release Visualization
Someone posed a question about visual imagery and releasing pain during meditation. Visual imagery during meditation is so important. If a visual suggestion or image doesn't sit right, doesn't flow, my mind will obsess on that one image.
The question posed was about how to be comfortable sending toxic energy out into the universe. The visualization of energy release is so important as the transformation of energy is what Yoga and Meditation are all about. Energy isn't inherently good or bad, its just energy. But we perceive energy as good and bad, some energy we like and some we don't, its our minds that make interpret it as good or bad energy.
When we hold on to energy in the form of thoughts, cling to them, obsess over them, those thoughts become energy that is toxic to us because of the sheer volume and intensity of that energy. Hoarding thoughts is a build up of energy that can fester and become energetic wounds in our bodies and minds.
Physical pain from stress, tension, or medical issues, can also be seen as an excess of energy. Energy locked into a small space, the space of one human being, the small space of a hip... Physical and emotional pain can be visualized as an over abundance of energy in the body.
Rather than visualizing bad or toxic energy out into the universe, try visualizing setting the pain free. Allow the trapped energy that becomes pain to be set free from your body, mind, and nervous system. Imagine it like releasing a wild animal, a flock of birds, a rush of water flowing outward smoothly and easily. It's eager to get out into the universe, set it free. If colors work well for you imagine pain as a dark, heavy, unhappy color that becomes a lighter, brighter, happier color as it is released from the body and mind.
Focus your mind on the sensation of joy that is created by setting the energy free.
What we focus our minds on is extremely important. In transformation it's important to not just get rid of what's not working but to create something new. If we focus too much on pain, pain is what we will feel. In releasing pain we are working on feeling better so we need to replace the sensation of pain with the sensation of joy, peace, contentment, happiness... and get the mind working on creating new sensation in the body and mind.
Practice, practice, practice. Transformation is not a one step process. Keep at it. Some days your visualization will feel amazing and others it will not, it's just what is, stay focused on what you wish to create.
Releasing pain, stress, and tension is an important part of wellbeing, for you, your family, your business, the planet. If yoga and meditation aren't your thing, talk to a therapist, friend, a minister, a crisis hotline, anyone who will help you let it out in a constructive manner.