Guided experiences are part of what we call "working with images". This work can help us change our point of view, give our mental dynamics more agility, re-experience events and emotions, and reorganise our life projects.
Guided Experiences are short stories that include occasional silences in which the person doing the experience can introduce an appropriate mental image.
What are Guided Experiences useful for?
Guided Experiences allow the person doing them to reconcile with themselves and others, overcome frustrations and past resentments, organise present activities, and giving the future a meaning that eliminates anxieties, fears and disorientation. Guided Experiences are classified according to their objectives:
1. Reconciliation with the Past: The Child, The Animal, The Enemy, My Greatest Mistake, Nostalgia, Resentment, The Chimney Sweep.
2. Locating Oneself in the Present: The Protector of Life, The Clouds, The Costumes , The Inner Guide.
3. Proposals for the Future: The Rescue, False Hopes
4. Meaning in Life: Repetitions, The Journey, The Festival, Death.
Every Guided Experience aims to convert images and climates that arise in them through a proposal for reconciliation, or a change in the point of view about the problem.
It may be that after an experience the desired results are not immediately achieved. In this case, repeating the experience can help one achieve the goal. On the other hand, the experiences do have a "residual effect" that allows the images to continue to operate and produce changes.
The transformation achieved does not remain simply as an inner experience for each person, but is expressed in behavioural changes in everyday life. This must be based on a clear intention to change one´s situation and one´s behaviour.
The Guided Experiences give mobility to one´s images and one´s points of view. In sum, they can change one´s life in positive ways, strengthening one´s contact with oneself, and enhancing the search for meaning in life.
How are the Guided Experiences configured?
The Guided Experiences are put together according to a particular pattern. First the theme and general atmosphere are introduced; second, the "dramatic tension" is increased; third, a life problem is presented; fourth, an outcome unfolds as a solution to the problem; fifth, a decrease in overall tension; and sixth a non-abrupt exit from the experience, usually by retracing certain previous steps.
How does one practice a Guided Experience?
To carry out a Guided Experience we must let the images guide us. To make this possible, we carry out a three-part relaxation (external, internal and mental) that allows us to follow the plot of the guided experience and let it be translated into corresponding internal images. These experiences should be done according to on need, with inner kindness and sincerity.
It is important to establish relationships between what happens our own psyche and what happens in everyday life. It is also interesting to relate any difficulties we have in doing the guided experiences with the difficulties we encounter in daily life.
The most important thing here is the way our behaviour changes.
Guided experiences should be done in a quiet place with soft lighting, preferably with eyes closed. - Guided experiences allow a person to assume the role of "protagonist" in the story, filling in the scenes with their own images. That is why we speak of "models of dynamic meditation whose object is the life of the meditator, allowing the meditator access to their conflicts in order to overcome them".
The character is the observer, agent and recipient of actions and emotions.
We call the difficulties in following the representations suggested in the experience "resistances" (it can be of very useful to write them down). - Detecting such resistances is very important, and invites one to observe how they are reflected in one´s own behaviour in daily life, and to verify changes when the resistances have been overcome.
Talking about the experience after carrying it out helps participants expand and change their point of view about the experience. This interchange is oriented basically toward helping participants detect and overcome resistances, and should be limited to the experience conducted in that meeting. Some participants may mention problems with the configuration of their images that they were unable to overcome; others will explain the solutions they found. When both take place, the interchange takes on a sense of mutual support and enrichment.