You Are … Your Very Own SuperHero

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Before your begin, especially if you’re feeling a bit down or tired, we suggest you review Your Resources in your Joyality Journal. If you didn’t do that activity, then make a list of your strengths (personal qualities, passions, talents, skills, knowledge) in your Joyality Journal.

Purpose, Process, Reflection

Reflection: Make sure that you have come back down to Earth fully. Imagine yourself taking off that Super Hero costume, checking that you are fully yourself again, back in disguise, so that you’ve got no lycra showing or strange symbols or anything to give away your full secret identity. Feeling your feet firmly in contact with the ground.

When you’ve done that, get out your Joyality Journal and do some free writing about what Super Hero you might be in disguise.

If for any reason this guided meditation didn’t work too effectively for you, then listen to it again and write down the answers to those questions as they are spoken in the podcast, and/or use this as a journaling process by asking yourself, “if I was a Super Hero, who would I be?”

[Download MP3: Superhero, or you can use the text below to guide others.]

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[Transcript SuperHero]

Purpose: The purpose of the You Are Your Very Own Super Hero process is to embrace our inner change maker. In a fun light hearted way, to create a symbol or a mythical figure we can draw upon to empower us and enable us not to take ourselves too seriously as we do our change making.

You can do this process anywhere, just make sure you have your Joyality Journal to do some reflections afterwards. Later, practice thinking of yourself in this way when you are in potential changemaking environments.

Process: Make sure you are in a place where you wont be disturbed and that you feel comfortable to close your eyes and listen to this guided meditation.

Get comfortable and feel the places on your body where you are connecting with the environment around you. The place where your body touches the chair or the ground and feel that connection through to the Earth and to the place that you are sitting in right now.

As you are sitting here allow your imagination to take you upwards. Imagine you are actually rising above your body that’s sitting here in the place. Imagine yourself floating up into the air and looking down on your own body.

Feel yourself rising up further and further, seeing the room or the place your in from above, above beyond the room, the building, the garden or the park, wherever you are getting higher and higher so that that space becomes smaller and smaller below you.

Imagine yourself rising higher and higher so that now the town or the city that you’re a part of, you can see the whole thing below you.

As you’re rising higher you can see the region, you might be able to start to see the coast or the rivers, the landforms of your area and imagine yourself rising higher and higher, until you’re actually in the very thin parts of the atmosphere and even beyond that to where the satellites orbit the Earth.

Feeling the power of gravity holding you to this beautiful planet, just see yourself looking down, seeing the curve of the edge of this beautiful planet Earth. You can see the landforms, the ocean, the clouds swirling, this beautiful blue pearl of a planet below you, and just resting there for a few moments.

As you’re resting here out in space, you suddenly realise that you have actually been sent on a mission down to planet Earth and humanity in its time of need. What a surprise! You have been given a whole bunch of special powers, different skills and attributes that no-body else has.

You’ve even been given your own outfit and your own special name. Never as there been a Super Hero quite like you before! Just allow any images any thoughts to come up…. See what kind of a Super Hero you might form into being right there on the outside of the Earth’s atmosphere.

Now one of your powers is to “sustain the gaze”, like every Super Hero can do you can be fully aware of the dangers, the traumas, the fearful, the horrific, the terrible things that are happening down on planet Earth and you are able to see what needs to be done to change those things and to protect things that you care deeply about. To protect the Earth, to protect humans, to protect all the creatures on the planet.

Just be aware of your ability to see all these things at once and not be over awed by them, but know how to help and when and what to do.

With this awareness imagine yourself either parachuting down or using some of your special powers to travel back down from the outer atmosphere of Earth, closer and closer to this beautiful planet. Allow yourself to travel down getting closer and closer to home. How does that feel, as you travel from space towards this beautiful planet?

While you are on that journey, get clear about what causes you’re protecting or fighting for? What is your mission, should you choose to accept it?

Lastly, what is your disguise? Right now you are probably wearing some kind of outlandish superhero outfit, how will you be able to fit in when you get to Earth? Who will you pretend to be? Have some real fun with these ideas.

When you have all those things figured out, imagine yourself actually landing back at home, back where you are, where you started doing this guided meditation. Feel yourself entering your body again, wiggling your figures and toes, making sure you’re back home in one piece. Ask yourself what will I do with this one wild and precious life?

Reflection: Make sure that you have come back down to Earth fully. Imagine yourself taking off that Super Hero costume, checking that you are fully yourself again, back in disguise, so that you’ve got no lycra showing or strange symbols or anything to give away your full secret identity. Feeling your feet firmly in contact with the ground.

When you’ve done that, get out your Joyality Journal and do some free writing about what Super Hero you might be in disguise.

If for any reason this guided meditation didn’t work too effectively for you, then listen to it again and write down the answers to those questions as they are spoken in the podcast, and/or use this as a journaling process by asking yourself, “if I was a Super Hero, who would I be?”

Source: Dr Eshana Bragg, inspired by Caroline Casey’s “visionary activist astrology” (Making the Gods Work for You, 1998); photograph of Girls Against Gas is from the Gas Free Northern Rivers campaign (source: GetUp Australia).

 

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