I've written my own scripts for guided meditations, and I've assembled a set of guidelines and tips here.
Your own guided meditation script will be most effective
Writing a Guided Meditation Script That Works
Writing a guided meditation script has many advantages. You can customize it to the person and purpose that you need, instead of relying on something generic. However, to be truly effective, you will need to make sure that you follow a few basic guidelines when you set it up.
Who Will Benefit?
From the beginning to the ending, you have to remember who you are working with. That been said, some imagery is pretty universal. A path through a forest, exploring a cave, climbing a mountain, exploring a hallway are all pretty common, but if you are writing a guided meditation script specifically for someone in particular you'll find that a little extra attention to detail will really pay off.
What Do You Wish to Accomplish?
From personal experience, the relaxation and inner exploration alone are worth it, and I've written scripts which are nothing more than a deep relaxation and re-connection. What if you want more, though? In that case, you would want to plan a little "journey" for the subject to take, which will lead them through what you want them to experience.
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Remember to use sights, sounds, smells, and sensations to really bring it alive. In order to engage the deeper levels of the mind, a guided meditation script must go beyond simple words, and weave an experience.
The Basic Structure
Basically, the structure of many guided meditations goes like this:
- First, a minute or two of settling in, and expectation setting. Let the person know that it is ok to relax, and be comfortable. Hint (or outright state) that they are safe and secure. Depending on how you want the flow to work, you can "count them down" to relaxation. Keep it short, 10 numbers or less. I find 5 and 3 to be rather effective.
- Second, a physical relaxation phase that lasts a few minutes. This makes use of tactile sensations. I like to use a jacuzzi or natural hot spring. You want to start at the top and work your way down or vice versa. In almost every guided meditation I write, I use the natural hot spring image, so I work from the toes, to the feet, then calves, etc. Important: Take your time here this is an important part of the guided meditation script. Relaxation is vital.
- Once the physical relaxation is complete, you reconnect them to the Source. If they follow a religious or spiritual tradition, you can incorporate some of their symbols, but having people surrounded by brilliant light generally works well. This doesn't take as long as the physical relaxation. However, still don't rush. (You can "count down" from here if you like, but I like to do it earlier.)
- Now comes the real "core" of the guided meditation script. Here is where you take them on a "journey" of some kind. Like any journey, it has a beginning a middle and an end. Typically, you want to put them in an environment where they can choose (without telling you) what direction to take when starting the journey. A hallway full of doors or a clearing in the woods are classic examples. As they go, they can meet people, traverse terrain used as a symbol, find gifts, release unwanted baggage, and so on. Remember: the script is a story that they live during meditation. Make it a good story, and it'll be that much more effective. Note: This doesn't have to be long. Most of the hard work is done. Now that they are relaxed and open, time loses some of its meaning. Guide them through (still without hurry) and then bring them back to the starting point.
- Once they are back at the starting point, let them know that it is time to come back. Remind them of the awareness of their physical body, and the physical surroundings. Then "count them up" using whatever format works for the two of you. At the end, tell them that they can open their eyes when they are ready.
A Few Warnings
When you write a guided meditation script, you want to keep projecting a sense of safety. Giving the recipient a talk about how safe they are tends to backfire, though. Try to present calm and assurance. Furthermore, don't let someone who has been through guided meditation get behind the wheel of a vehicle or operate machinery. Having been on the giving and receiving end, you can get rather loopy.
All of that said, relax and have fun! Meditation is serious business, but that doesn't mean that there's no room to enjoy it. Try writing a few guided meditation scripts and see how they work for you.