Imagine Being Surrounded By "Loving GuardianS" While You Sleep
I have several of these self hypnosis apps and use them daily. This particular self hypnosis/guided meditation track/app is one of the almost 20 I have that I simply cannot do. I listened through the first 11 minutes and it was standard until she began the guided imagery. At that point, she suggested imagining "loving guardians treading on soft feet" closing curtains, smiling at you with caring eyes, touching your brow with their hand, arranging the covers just so, an animal near your hand, and the like. She continued with the idea of being surrounded by loving guardianS. That's when it was too much for me. For some, it might be comforting to imagine being surrounded by, say, angels and maybe imagining a pet you lost being there with you. I tried that myself and think I could have imagined a guardian angel, but she kept referring to "they" and "them", which ultimately countered any beneficial effect; as to the animal, the only way I could imagine an animal was to think of my dog who passed and that was also "counter productive" insofar as meditation is concerned. That particular guided imagery was unusual to me because it involved imagining other beings around me rather than taking me deeper within myself. I don't understand why she suggests imagining "loving guardianS" who are closing curtains, extinguishing light and noise, creating a safe space, and arranging covers "just so" *after* going through the initial relaxation of all the muscles . . . it seems backwards. If that were in the beginning when she talks about laying down and finding a comfortable position it would not have been an issue for me despite that imagery not quite "working" for me.
The guided imagery in this one seemed unusual. Since this isn't a $3 app or $0.99 track, I know it would have been helpful to me if I'd known a little about the content of the guided imagery track (that basically costs $12.99).
I underscore, however, that I have Belleruth's other $12.99 tracks and they are heaven sent. This was a dud for me, but I will continue buying her tracks because, quite simply, they make my life better.