Guided imagery meditation and regression are modalities that have been used with more frequency over the past several years and are powerful tools for both transformation and empowerment.

What is guided imagery meditation? Actually, guided meditation is somewhat of a cross between relaxation, hypnosis, and meditation, in which a relaxed state is induced and a deeper level of consciousness is reached, a state somewhere between the waking state and the unconscious or sleep state. In this state, we can go "within" and quiet outside influences and distractions to tap our inner core. Various types of imagery may be used, depending upon what the guided meditation is attempting to do. In some way, because imagery is utilized, this modality draws on our imagination and may allow us to more easily be pulled "into" the meditation and dissolve blocks that may otherwise have been barriers to finding answers.

Guided imagery meditation may be used for a variety of purposes. At its simplest, it may be used for relaxation, to still and calm anxiety. It may be used to access spirit guides and to obtain guidance, and to reach our Higher Self. It may be used to face and deal with fears, thereby overcoming them. It may be used to deal with childhood issues and pains and heal them. It may be used to attain self-esteem and self-love. And, as we attempt to move toward living consciously, it allows us to plumb our own depths, know ourselves better, and bring unconscious things to consciousness.

One of the very positive aspects of guided imagery meditation is that it can allow us to find our own answers within. Thus, it is a powerful tool for empowerment. The practitioner who uses this technique can facilitate his/her client's process of empowerment, rather than just giving the client answers that he/she could have found within or telling the client what to do. For the client, encountering one's own guides and finding one's answers can be a very powerful and transformative experience and can greatly accelerate one's process of healing, growth, and empowerment. There can be spontaneous transformations and emotional breakthroughs.

In addition, a skilled and intuitive practitioner can individualize the session to your needs and, moreover, can also actually "be there" with you and sense how to steer the imagery and, thus, the experience. This can elicit much more powerful results than may be gained through preprogrammed guided meditation tapes that may not be individualized to your needs (although, in lieu of individualized sessions, tapes can definitely be helpful).

Regression sessions are a modality similar to guided imagery meditation, in that a relaxed state is induced and a person is taken to a deeper level of consciousness. Age or past-life regression may be attained either through guided imagery or a more straightforward approach. The key component of regression sessions is that of being taken to a different time -- usually to a younger age in the present lifetime or to a past lifetime. One may do regression for a variety of reasons: to tap into childhood issues and primary causes of pain and fear, so as to facilitate insight and breakthroughs; to explore past lifetimes in order to identify possible past-life causes of present life problems, fears, relationship issues, etc.; to learn what one's past lives may have been; etc. Regression can also be a powerful transformative tool and can help elicit breakthroughs and insights.

One can also go forward in time, either to the future in the present life or to future lifetimes. We may call this technique, progression.

At their best, guided imagery meditation and regression/progression sessions can be powerful tools for self-transformation and empowerment with great gains attained in a noninvasive and facilitating manner. The noninvasive and facilitating approach in these techniques allows you to walk your own path, find your own answers, and empower yourself.

This article was first published in the June 1994 issue of "Connexions."

Author's Bio: 

Diane Brandon is the Host of “Living Your Power” on the Health & Wellness Channel of, as well as an Intuition Teacher, Integrative Intuitive Counselor, and Speaker. She is the author of "Invisible Blueprints" and several articles on personal growth topics, as well as a contributing author to "Speaking Out" and "The Long Way Around: How 34 Women Found the Lives They Love." Her private work with individuals focuses on personal growth, working with dreams, and personal empowerment, and she has done corporate seminars on intuition, creativity, and listening skills. More information may be found on her websites, and She may be contacted at