Purpose: To increase awareness of inner wisdom and connection to
This is an imagery exercise where you should think of a pressing problem or
concern to present (to the Wise person) for assistance or advice.
You may wish to precede this exercise by eliciting the relaxation response
through meditation, Relaxation Response, Mini-Relaxation Response, yoga,
stretching, breath or mental focusing for 3 – 10 minutes before beginning.
Imagine walking along a mountain path on a journey that you have long
awaited, for at the end of this path is a wise and compassionate person. You
have likely heard of this person’s keen insights and loving nature and had hoped
that one day you would meet. Today is the day.
Over the next few minutes allow yourself to experience the splendor of
anticipation as you climb in mindfulness, focusing your attention on your
experience of senses. Within you imagination, it is likely your favorite season
and your favorite time of the day and as you progress, gently notice the sights
around you, right now . . . . . . . .
Notice the fragrances . . . . . . Notice the tastes that unique to this
place . . . . . . And allow yourself to focus on the sounds surrounding you in
this peaceful place . . . . . . Now gently bring your awareness on your sense of
touch, perhaps you’ve found a mountain stream for your refreshment . . . . . .
Over the next few moments continue along your path, focusing your attention in
this way on ay or all of your senses.
In a few moments your path will end and you will likely see a cottage
or dwelling of some kind with a welcome sign. Upon entering the dwelling you are
greeted by this most wise and compassionate person. You notice the warmth and
kindness in the eyes and in the tone of the voice. Allow yourself to become
familiar with them in any way that feels comfortable. Begin to describe your
concerns and problems. Listen to their guidance and engage in a dialogue to aid
In the next few moments say goodbye in any way that feels right; you
may choose to arrange another time to meet in the near future. And when you feel
ready, begin your journey back down the mountain – reflecting upon the
significance of your experience.
Note: This is often a powerful imagery exercise offering
participants much self awareness and insight. Participants should be encouraged
to visit this Wise Person whenever they are troubled. Discussion involving who
represented this Wise Person is another means of self-awareness. Generally, if
the person is real, they represent characteristics that the imager values and
thus needs to nurture and develop in themselves. If the Wise Person is purely
imaginary, the characteristics of that person or image may be equally