Everything about a ‘Deep Imagining’ is inspired by mystics from the Christian tradition. Simply put, Deep Imaginings are about being still and sinking into your true self—which is Christ in you the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). Christ is at the centre of your being.
In practice, Deep Imaginings are a powerfully relaxing guided meditation where the Holy Spirit is invited to reveal truth directly to you. These insights from the Holy Spirit will usually come in the form of pictures, visions, dreams, words, phrases and/or inner knowings. Deep Imaginings are a creative way to let God speak to you directly—and to reprogram unhelpful beliefs, fears, values, perceptions and attitudes around birth.
Deep Imaginings harness the power of your holy imagination (Ephesians 4:23-25) to envisage what your birth is going to be like. The whole point is the be still and hear God’s plans for you—His desires for you. It’s when you’re still that you can truly hear His voice—hear His truth and receive it in its fullness. Then, it’s about filling your mind with good things—thinking on good things (Philippians 4:8).
Deep Imaginings are used throughout the ORIGINAL DESIGN Workshop to make changes, on a neurological level, to the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is responsible for housing our beliefs, fears, values, perceptions and attitudes towards birth. More than just positive thinking, making changes to the subconscious mind will positively impact your birth experience.
But how does a Deep Imagining work to reprogram the subconscious mind? The subconscious mind is highly suggestive. The conscious mind is capable of distinguishing between reality and non-reality. The subconscious mind is less capable of this distinction. If you’ve ever experienced strong emotions during a movie, you’ll understand this. When we watch movies we enter a dreamlike state and can become struck by emotions in response to the story on our screen. This is an example of the subconscious mind being highly suggestive.
During Deep Imaginings, we use the suggestive nature of the subconscious mind to reconsider beliefs, fears, values, perceptions and attitudes towards birth. The brain is reprogrammed to believe and value new things through repetition (to create new neural pathways) and through specific ‘ah-ha’ encounters that you’ll have with the Holy Spirit.
Perceptions are altered. Fears are released. And attitudes are renewed. It’s a beautiful tool for practically experiencing freedom.