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Earth Visualisation

Now you're sitting comfortably and feeling settled and relaxed, I'm going to take you on an imaginary journey way beyond the confines of this classroom..As you breathe slowly, imagine yourself gently floating upwards from your chair towards the ceiling.  .You move effortlessly like a feather being lifted upwards by a gentle waft of air   You move magically through the ceiling and continue up beyond the roof until you are looking down over the neighbouring houses and streets.  Can you see the buildings, the roads, the parks?  Can you see our school and your home?  Notice the colours of the streets and roads.  Look closely at the patterns they make... As you move higher, you can see that our country is an island... a green island set in a dark blue sea...

 

You move even higher... and as you skim across the sky you are passing over all the lands and oceans of the world... You see herds of animals roaming over vast green plains... You see tall mountains white with snow... You see dark green forests and golden brown deserts... You see tall buildings in cities sparkling in the sunlight... You see the grey, blue waters of the many oceans and little boats moving slowly on the surface...

 

Now you rise even higher still... until you are floating alone above the Earth... It is like a great sphere of blue and green marble... Can you see the swirling clouds as they dance across the surface?  Can you hear any noise from this position?  What can you hear?  Remember the sounds for when you return... Imagine that you could pick up and hold the planet Earth in your hands... What would it feel like?  How would you take care of it?   What does holding the earth in your hands feel like...

Keep these thoughts in your mind....

 

(Long pause)

 

Now it is time to return to our classroom... Feel yourself moving downwards through the gentle clouds... You pass through places where it is dark night and all is sleeping... Then move on towards the morning... Can you see the animals and people below you starting to wake up?   Closer, closer.  Now our own school is in sight... Look down at the familiar buildings and the playground... What colours can you see? ... Soon you will be back in your classroom.  Soon you will be sitting in the classroom once again.  But remember how you felt as you floated above the Earth... Remember how you felt as you held the precious planet Earth in your hands...

 

Become aware of the hard chair you are sitting on.  In your own time open your eyes and return to the classroom..

 

"I felt excited as I held the earth in my hand...

I also felt scared because I didn't know what to do with it."

  Anisa Age 9

Can you describe or show in a picture how you felt as you floated above the earth?

 

Did you enjoy the feeling?  Why?  Why not?

 

What were your thoughts as you looked down on the earth?...

as you held it in your hands?...

as you returned to the earth?...

 

Did it change the way you feel about things?  

Can you explain how?

earthvisualisations PDF version for printing

When learning about ecological issues and care of the Earth.

 

As an introduction to self-enquiry: who am I? Why am I here?,

 

To explore the concept of detachment and ability to find a different perspective.

Use this visualisation...