If you can imagine it, you can create it. Our lives, and the lives of our clients, are the best we’ve all been able to imagine. ImageWork offers a wonderful invitation to learn to imagine better.
During the first coronavirus lockdown in Spring 2020, I was finding it hard to focus on anything, to make any plans for the future, or even follow through with the projects I already had. I suppose we were all in shock
When I’m feeling troubled or confused, I usually turn to ImageWork exercises. ImageWork is the groundbreaking approach I’ve developed over the past 40 years to tap into the vast power of imagery in order to understand and guide our lives.
I decided to do a visioning exercise. I chose one in which you time travel to two possible futures, one happy and one unhappy and then look back and see how you got to each of them. You can then decide which you want, and make a commitment to do whatever you need to do to get to the future you want.
I hoped doing the exercise would show me not only where I needed to head in order to have a good future, but also what would lead me to the unhappy one. When I do this exercise with clients and group members, I find that people reach the unhappy future just by doing what they are already doing. I didn’t want that to happen.
I began with travelling to the unhappy future. I was flooded with painful feelings. I found myself almost unable to breathe, full of shame about how I had spent the year. What was the shame about? That I had done nothing, achieved nothing, created nothing.
Then I travelled to the positive future. Warm feelings of happiness and contentment flowed in. What was at the centre of my happiness? It was the manuscript of the book I have just launched on April 7th, 2022.
Dr. Dina Glouberman is the Co-Founder of Skyros Holistic Holidays on the Greek island of Skyros, author of the books, Life Choices, Life Changes; The Joy of Burnout, You Are What You Imagine, Into the Woods and Out Again, and her brand new, ImageWork: The Complete Guide to Working with Transformational Imagery, the founder of the Aurora Centre for ImageWork in Puglia, Italy, and an internationally known psychotherapist, coach, consultant, and pioneering specialist in burnout and in imagery.