We’re going to go through the different properties of the image, starting with temperature. Keep notes as you go.
The moving questions
Place your attention on the feeling you mapped previously. You might have the image in front of you to help. I’m going to refer to this feeling as “this part of you,” because as soon as we start moving it, it will no longer be that original feeling. The first image is specific to the feeling you mapped, and as we shift the image, the feeling itself is going to become something different. The old name for it will no longer be relevant. Yet this will remain the same part of you, simply expressing itself through a different feeling state.
We’re going to start with temperature. As we begin, temperature is often the easiest image parameter to shift and feel an instant, tangible result.
In this moment, in the spirit of exploration of what’s possible, if this part of you were free to become warmer or cooler, what would feel better? What would this part of you prefer? And in becoming warmer or cooler, if this part of you were free to take on any temperature at all, what temperature would it most want to be?
Write down the new temperature in your notes.
Let’s move to substance quality.
So, in taking on that new temperature, if this part of you were free to become harder or softer, heavier or lighter, more or less dense, what would feel better? And in moving in that direction, if this part of you were free to take on qualities of any substance at all, would it prefer to be more like a solid… or a liquid… or a gas… or some kind of pure light or energy… or something else?
If this part of you were free to choose from any substance at all, what kind of substance would it most want to be? And going into the finer qualities of that, in becoming that substance, does it want to be hard or soft, heavy or light, thick or thin? What other qualities do you want to notice about what substance this part of you most wants to be? Write these in your notes
Next we’ll look at color and other qualities of appearance.
So in taking on these new qualities of substance and temperature, if this part of you were free to become darker or brighter, what would it prefer? And in shifting in that direction, if this part of you could take on any color or colors of the rainbow, what color would it most want to be? And would it want to be transparent, translucent or opaque? And would it want to have any qualities of being luminous, iridescent, shimmering or sparkling?
What other color or visual qualities do you notice this part of you wants to be?
The next property we’ll explore is location.
In taking on these new qualities of color, substance and temperature, if this part of you were free to locate itself anywhere in or around your body, or in and around your body, where would it want to be located?
And then I invite you to expand that, as much as possible. Find the size and shape that would be optimal. If it wants to spread through your chest, for example, would it feel good to go up into your head? Down into your belly? All the way down into your legs? If it extends outside your body, how far? (Some feeling states will expand infinitely in all directions.) What is the optimal extent of this feeling? Where does it want to be located?
After exploring location, we naturally move on to movement.
In locating itself in this new location, how does this part of you want to be moving? Does it want to be flowing, or pulsing, or vibrating? Does there want to be any sense of a wave or a ripple? Does it want to be radiating in some way? What directions or other qualities of movement does this part of you most want to have?
Explore qualities of movement in time as well, noticing pattern, rhythm, and randomness.
Finally, we dig into the quality of sound.
In taking on all these new qualities of movement, of substance, of location and temperature and color, if this part of you were free to generate an inner sound or voice, as a way of more fully expressing its true nature, what would that want to be?
Would it want to be some kind of music or a natural sound? Some kind of voice? One voice or many? Male or female? What age? What would be the optimal inner sound to express this part of you?
And now, let’s review. Going back through the different parameters, are there any other adjustments you want to make? Is there anything else you want to notice about what this part of you wants to be? Make those changes in your notes.
And now, turn your attention to the thoughts that naturally want to arise from this place.
If this part of you were free to express in words what seems most true or real or important, how would it do that? What does this part of you most want you to know?
How might this part of you complete the sentence “I am…” or “I have…” or “I can…”? What else do you notice? Take some time with this.
And, finally, what name would you like to give this new feeling? What would it like to be called? You might find some ideas for the new name in the notes that you’ve taken already.
And now, take some time with the drawing. (Go back to the bottom of the Mapping a Feeling State post for instructions and templates.)
So that wraps up the moving process. You’ve brought a feeling state more into awareness using the mapping, feeling it more fully, creating a clear, tangible image, sort of a visual handle. And then, using that handle, you moved the feeling itself. You invited this part of you to reveal to you what it really wants to be feeling.
Can you see the connection between the first feeling and the second one? It’s the same part of you. It’s trying to do the exact same thing for you, but in the second case, it’s doing it in the context of possibility, of what it could be if your life was truly as it wants to be.
Audio for Moving
You may find it helpful to externalize the facilitation of the process by listening to the following audio which leads you through it.