By Charlene Costanzo
Can you recall the first time you saw THE WIZARD OF OZ? What in that film made the biggest impression on you? For me, it was the arrival of the Good Witch of the North, gliding in to Munchkin land in a lustrous bubble.
That image popped into my mind this morning, as I was wondering: How can protect myself from negativity? How do I do that without isolating myself? How can I be fully in the world, contributing in positive ways, and not be pulled down by the fear, the anger, and the hurt I often see and feel?
I wanted to maintain the peace I was feeling after prayer and meditation.
Suddenly, there it was, in my mind’s eye, that large, luminous bubble floating toward Dorothy in the film and toward me as the viewer.
And I “got it.”
As I child I wanted to be in that bubble. I realized that… I COULD!
In my imagination, I created a sense of being in a bubble that is filled with all the highest energies of life. I am imagining that bubble around me now. Its shimmering film allows all the lovely energies within to pass outward. Like a sweet flower, the bubble I am in is frangrancing the world with love. Yet, that film is tight enough to prevent heavy energies from entering into the bubble.
Imagination is powerful. We all have this gift. And we use it every day.
Consider using yours to create such a bubble through visualization. It’s easy, fun, and feels great!
Sit in a comfortable place. I like to sit on my bed, propped up with my back against pillows and my legs stretched out in front of me.
Close you eyes, or keep them open, as you prefer.
Place your dominant hand over your heart and your other hand over your belly.
Breathe in deeply. Exhale slowly.
Next time, on the in-breath, imagine that you are drawing toward you, the powers of strength, beauty, courage, compassion, hope, joy, reverence, wisdom, love, and faith.
They are now surrounding you, sparkling with light and all the colors of the rainbow.
Imagine an iridescent film forming in a circle, a ball, all around you.
You are in the bubble.
Now, glide through your day, in a wondrous way.
“Use your imagination not to scare yourself to death, but to inspire yourself to life.” – Adele Brookman
Here is a simple practice you can incorporate into your day with relative ease no matter how busy you are. It is a small yet real way to foster peace within yourself and bring a measure of peace into the world. Over time, it can become a sacred daily ritual with profound effects.
Upon waking or before you begin your work day, remove an ice cube from your freezer and place it in a cup, saucer, or bowl. Set the container in a room temperature place where it will remain undisturbed by pets or children.
See the ice cube as representing fear, your own fear in all the ways it shows up, as well as fear in the world. Silently or out loud say, “This represents fear. I am willing to allow my feelings of fear to soften and melt away.”
Go about your day.
At a convenient time later in the day, bring your attention again to the container. Notice the water now in the liquid state. See it as representing fear transformed. Bless the water. Use this water to nourish a plant in your home. Or, go outdoors and pour it onto a place where, symbolizing your intention of contributing to healing on Earth, this modicum of water can nourish some tiny living thing.