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Meeting your Future Self

MEETING YOUR FUTURE SELF: A Powerful Visualization to Dramatically Change the Course of Your Life

“It is in playing and only in playing that the individual child or adult is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self.”   Donald Winnicott, Playing and Reality

We all have dreams and hopes for the future but so many of us have lost our self in the daily grind.
Your future plans have gone astray and your dreams feel like a distant memory.
Your life feels blurred and undefined.
You want to connect with your dreams and are ready to commit to a path to make your dreams a reality.

Yet, you are overwhelmed with so many feelings.

Many lingering questions arise.
Where do I begin?
How do I get there?
Will I ever achieve my dreams?
How can I gain some clarity in my life?


Visualization is a profound technique that offers an opportunity to tap into and draw upon the wisdom from our deepest consciousness. By using our imagination and the joy of play, we create scenes, patterns, and dramatic processes.

  • Transpire new beginnings
  • Resolve trauma
  • Comfort a younger you
  • Provide resolution
  • Grieve endings and losses.

Many of our emotional reactivity, fears, and worries stem from unresolved issues from our history. We have the skills, strengths, and knowledge within us that can help to better navigate current challenges or obstacles.

Here is a guided visualization to Meet Your Future Self and Gain Wisdom and Clarity for Now

Settle into Relaxation

Find a comfortable place to sit.
Sit upfront, putting your feet flat on the floor and gently resting your hands on your thighs.
Relax and center yourself.
Sitting comfortably.
Closing your eyes.
Take a few long deep breaths.
Start with the in breath.
And then with the out breathe.
Let the breath release and just let go.
And again.

Welcome a Loving Light

Letting the breath settle into its natural rhythm, imagine a bright, loving light surrounding you and protecting you.
With each new breath accepting the loving light more
And more with love and relaxation.

Begin to Transport in Time

Now allow the glowing light to fill your body and lift you up out of your seat and exit the room.
Imagine yourself slowly drifting upward, high above your building, looking down all around you.
Now imagine this glowing protective white light carrying you forward in time.

Choose Your Timeframe

You may go three years,
Five years,
Ten years…
Depending on how old you are and where you are in your journey.

Meet Your Future Self

Now I invite you to encounter your future self.
Let yourself see what they look like.
And what the feeling of their presence is like.
What’s the quality of that presence?
What’s the feeling of their presence? The feeling of how they look at you.

Communicate Your Struggle

Let your future self know of something in your life that is difficult. Maybe to do with work, your health, relationships, how you are with your self.
Just ask for guidance.
Allow your self to be available and to listen with an open heart.

Gain Wisdom From Your Future Self

Before leaving, find out if there is anything else you need to know.
Is there a message your future self wants you to know, to leave you with, that will serve you well right here.
Right here, over the next few days, in the moments of your current life.

Use Your Senses to Embrace Your Newfound Wisdom

Take a moment to imagine the feeling,
The vision, the smells, the sounds, and the tastes.
And the wisdom of your future self filling you.
Filling your cells.
The spaces between your cells.
The spaces in your heart and mind.

Connect with and Embrace the Shared Wisdom

Sensing the expanded light and the warmth of your future self within you. And the possibility of remembering and connecting with this awakened heart during daily life. Sense the calming; the knowing, and the wisdom of your future evolved self.

Come Back to the Present Moment

Now take the words of wisdom and courageously bring it back to your self here and now. Allow yourself to journey back to the present, to this room, where you are right now.

And when you’re ready open your eyes.

Let yourself engage with that, going forward in time.


Write down what your future self looked like.
What messages did your future self want you to know?
What will serve you now?
What will serve you tomorrow, in a month, six months, a year?
What feelings about your self arose?
What was the essence of your future self?
What is the feeling of how your future self looks at you?
What was the main lesson or wisdom learned?

After writing about your experience with your future self, to help solidify the wisdom gather old magazines, watercolor or acrylic paints, oil pastels, markers, or pens to create a vision board of your dreams and the knowledge shared. The vision board is a powerful tool to remind yourself daily of what you need to do now. Your dreams are possible. Try this simple visualization meeting your future self and come back to the path of your dreams. Soon the daily steps will follow.

MEETING YOUR FUTURE SELF: A Powerful Visualization to Dramatically Change the Course of Your Life


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