THE MAGICAL PLAYGROUND

By Cagla Rifat

Go ahead and close your eyes…tune in a little more to your own physical sensations…bringing your attention to the rise and fall of your chest…noticing the gentle passing of each breath…notice the sensation of this gliding air…as healthy oxygen moves into your nose…and out your mouth…ahhh…so relaxing…notice also the temperatures of the air as you inhale and exhale…slowly becoming aware of the warmth or the coolness that changes from moment to moment…bringing the air down just a little bit deeper into your lungs now…allowing each breath to calm you down much more…as you release your diaphragm and lower stomach…so that on every outbreath you release all physical and all non-physical tensions…softening…loosening…
unwinding…and just letting go…   

Continue to feel your body sinking and softening a little further beneath you…your limbs now lengthening, softening, letting go even more…those heavy arms growing longer and looser…the hands and fingers becoming so free…the waist and hips releasing and letting go…as the thighs and knees unlock and relax…all the way down through the shins…and the ankles…and the feet…so relaxed…so peaceful…

There is a part within you…a part deep inside…which holds all your inner knowing and wisdom…all the memories of significant events from your childhood which have shaped your thoughts, beliefs, feelings and behaviours… perhaps you might like to think of this part deep inside of you as your inner child…your inner child is always there to assist you…for that part of you knows what you may not always think you know…your inner child remembers all that has happened…and can assist you in remembering these memories…and you may like to ask your inner child for assistance now…but first we must reach them… to reach this place you might like to imagine you are heading on a journey within…a journey to reach your inner child where all this knowing is available…and this knowing is your key to healing…

To do this you might like to embody a childlike wonder and curiosity…a desire to play and be enthralled by all the sights, sensations, and feelings around you…you might like to imagine now in your mind’s eye a favourite playground you used to play at…or any playground at all…it can be spectacularly fantastical…with a rainbow coloured tunnels and a huge slide…imagine it however you wish for this is your childhood fantasy come to life…and the playground of your dreams…it is a place of wonder and excitement…

There is a very big and fun looking slide at your fantastical playground…make your way through the playground and sit at the very top of the slide now…soon I will count down from 10 to 1 and you will begin to glide gently down…when I reach 1 you will glide ever so gently onto a soft marshmallow like ground…this slide is a magical portal to the world of your inner child…you know that you can slide down as a speed that feels comfortable for you…and you know that you are completely safe and secure…

So prepare to slide down now…and as I count down from 10 to 1 you will slide further and further down falling into a deeper state of consciousness…and when I reach 1 you will have reached the world of your inner child…10…going down…9, 8, deeper and deeper down…7, 6, 5…down, down…4, 3….nearly at the bottom now…2….and 1…you have landed safely at the bottom of the slide…

You have reached the world of your inner child…the deepest part of your being…it is the most wonderful place you have ever seen…it may be spectacularly colourful with lush green hills and a sparkling rainbow stretching across an electric blue sky…only you know what this place looks like for this is the world that lives within you…it is exactly to your inner child’s liking… hearing…feeling…seeing…sensing…intuiting…or knowing…it doesn’t really matter how you might like to experience this place…because the sublime sights, sounds, feelings of your inner child’s world arrive to you with ease…take a moment to really come into this space now…(pause)…

As you continue to relax deeply in your safe serene space…a new sense of even deeper serenity and healing fills within you… you notice little magical floating silver bubbles appear before you…floating and shining like individual globes of iridescent star lights….you begin to approach each tiny star and you start to see so many wonderful reflections contained within each spark…flashes of moments from your own life…scenes from your very own memories begin to play out and take shape before your awareness…

And now as you continue to step gently through this space, you find yourself smiling within at each recognition of these memory bubbles…because you realise now that your deeper inner child self is showing you right here all of those very important scenes and moments which have helped you grow and become the person that you are today…

One by one you glance upon each memory…and as you do you feel you are gaining much more insight into yourself…much more understanding of you own behaviours…you own impulses…your own habits…your own reactions…because you are journeying even further beyond the memories of your conscious mind…

You know that you are always feeling calm and secure, and that you are safe in this world…because you also sense as special field of protective healing energy moving within you and around you like an aura…you feel strength, security, calmness, control, confidence and self-trust….these qualities are growing and growing within you…so much so that if you choose it now….you can allow yourself to reach out and touch any scene there from your past that you wish to examine in closer detail…knowing that new and profound meanings are awaiting you because you here to finally heal a deep part of yourself…

You may feel a powerful need to move toward one scene in particular…because there is a part of you that is drawn to that moment…that initial learning experience….and you know there is that one particular scene where there is the most powerful and deepest of all understandings that will safely reveal a part of you that represents the moment that this belief of (insert relevant issue) was created….

And now soon you will hear my voice count down from 3 to 1 and as it does you will see and feel yourself reaching out to touch that special soft silver bubble or that one very special and specific floating reflection…on the count of 1 you will be fully immersed in this scene experiencing the event that has led to (inset relevant issue)….3, 2, 1…be there now!

Good….just allow the images and sensations to come…I want you now to imagine looking down at your feet…

  • Are you wearing shoes or barefeet or something different?
  • (If shoes etc.) What colour are they? How big are those feet in those shoes?
  • What are you wearing if anything?
  • How old do you feel yourself to be?
  • Are you inside or outside?
  • Are these surroundings familiar to you? Do you know where you are?
  • Are there others with you, or are you alone?
  • What are you doing?
  • What are you feeling?


(Repeat process till ISE has been identified)

Good…you are doing so well…look towards the door (or wherever appropriate) and you will see adult (insert client’s name) walking into the room…he/she is so delighted to see you and has such a look of care and compassion on their face.  He/she knows exactly what you are feeling in this moment and they are here to assist you…they carry with them a bunch of big brightly coloured balloons…each of these balloons contains a resource that you didn’t have access to back then…but now with the help of adult (???) you do now…adult (???) first hands little (???) a balloon filled with love…take that balloon now and breathe in that love…the second balloon is self-worth…breathe  in that self-worth…

(Continue with whatever resources are appropriate)

Ask yourself if there are any more resources that you may need right now…are there anymore balloons?

Now with adult (???) there to support you, go back to the beginning of the scene and allow it to play out the how it would have played out the first time, had you had access to these resources…Have it play out how you want it to be…and let me know when you are done by saying ‘finished’…
What happened this time? How do you feel now?

I want you to thank adult (???) for coming back for you…adult (???) tell little (???) how much you love her…you will always be there for them, bringing them whatever resources they need to grow up feeling (insert relevant resources)….Give her/him a big hug and remind him/her that you will always be there to support them…

You step out of this bubble now…and you take a moment to acknowledge the experience you just had reliving a memory from your past…and the wonderful resources you have gained…take a moment to really feel and absorb those resources once again within the safe space of you inner child world…

You make your way back and sit back on the bottom of the slide…this magical slide also glides you up backwards…and as I count from 1 to 10 you will glide smoothly and slowly back up to the top of the slide…onto the level of the conscious mind…fully awake and alert…feeling refreshed and excited for the rest of your day…

When it is time for you to sleep next, you will sleep peacefully and integrate further the insight, knowings, and resources you have gained today…and when it is time for you to awaken…you will awaken with a newfound clarity…ready to live life according to the new resources you have just attained…living hopefully, energetically, with a positive mental attitude to become the most healthy, happy, and successful person you know yourself to be…for every day and in every way it gets better and better…

Gliding back up now…1….feeling the tingles in your toes…2…feeling the tingles move up your legs and through your thighs…3…feeling the tingles in your pelvis…4…in the abdomen…5, 6…feeling your heart rate, breathing, and respiration returning to a normal healthy level for you…7…becoming aware of the sounds in the room…8, 9…eyes wanting to open now…10…you’re awake.