Depending upon your school of thought, this exercise can be a remembrance of
lives past or simply an exercise in thoughtful fantasy. It is not hypnotic and it
ordinarily conjures up images that heretofore you had no conscious awareness of.
Whatever your philosophy, it surely is interesting.
Have a partner assume a relaxed, prone position on a couch or bed. Guide your
partner in some deep, rhythmic breathing (review the breathing exercises.) With his
eyes closed, have him relax his whole body from his toes to his head (review
"Exercise -- Relaxation For Improved Awareness"). Now have your partner partici-
pate in the following mind-expanding visualizations. First, have him imagine that he
is blowing up like a balloon -- larger and larger, while feeling himself getting bloated
and round. Let him feel himself getting as big as the room, as big as the house or as
big as he can imagine and let him tell you when he is at that maximum point of feeling
big by saying, "OK." Now tell your partner to reduce his size gradually down to
normal size again. Next, have your partner visualize himself getting smaller and
smaller like a shrinking man. Let him feel the shrinking process as he grows smaller
and smaller until he is as small as he can imagine. Then let him acknowledge this
maximum point by saying, "OK." Afterwards, slowly return him to normal size
Now let him imagine that he is growing tall and large like a giant -- becoming taller
and taller until he reaches the maximum height he can imagine for himself. Let him
indicate at this point by saying, "OK." Then bring him slowly back to normal size
again. Afterwards, let him visualize that he is growing squatter and squatter -- like a
great weight is pressing on his head down to his feet and squashing him like a
pancake. Guide him in this process and when he has become as squat as he can
imagine, let him indicate by saying, "OK." Now guide him back to normal size
again. Now let him imagine that he is extending himself out like an elastic man. His
head and chest are stretching in one direction and his feet and legs are stretching out
in the other direction -- further and further until he has stretched himself out as far as
he can imagine. Let him acknowledge this maximum point by saying, "OK." This
time, tell him to snap back sharply like a rubber band to normal size again.
Now let him imagine himself zooming up out of the room and above the building,
hovering there for a moment then zooming higher and higher -- way above the city
into the stratosphere. Suggest the following to him: "Hover at this point and look
around you and beneath you. Everything looks so distant. See the stars, moon and sun in the distance. See the clouds, oceans, and continents below you. Now come
back very quickly to earth with a sudden thud."
Proceed with the following queries and allow him time for any responses:
"Describe now what is at your feet. What are you wearing? Look at the rest of your
body. What kind of clothes do you have on? Look around you. Are there any
animals, plants, people or buildings nearby? Describe them. Go to where you live.
How old are you? Are you married? Do you have any children? What do you do
for a living?"
Continue with these or similar questions for a thorough description of that time
period. Then have your partner zoom back up into the stratosphere and come down
quickly in a similar fashion for as many "lifetimes" as you wish to review. You can
even suggest that he come down into a lifetime that has the most influence on his
current incarnation, and ask him what he did then that is affecting him now. After
reviewing the episode, a 'clearing' effect is often the result. To terminate this
session, have him go up into the stratosphere once again and then gently come down
into the present body and time period and slowly open his eyes.