…Let this guided visualization lead you into a sleepy pastoral land where Hobbits till the soil and live to the rhythms of the seasons. Here in the shire, the modern world with its noise and bustle has no place, and you will leave it behind…
This guided relaxation video is also a guided visualization meditation video. Created by TheHonestGuys, it is 13 minutes 59 seconds long and uses visualization techniques that focus on a single theme of the guided visualization for relaxation. It uses still video and still images of nature scenes plus special effects and there is a male instructor voiceover to guide you through the guided visualization techniques whilst various combinations of nature sounds, sound effects and relaxing music are played in the background.
The main theme of this guided visualization meditation video is well focused on guided visualization, more specifically the guided visualization for relaxation. There is also a secondary image relaxation theme based around countryside nature scenes of fields, grass, hills, a lake, flowers and other items to aid visualization meditation and relaxation.
The audio used in this guided visualization meditation video contains the voice of the male instructor whose tone and pace of delivery is nice and relaxing. There is also relaxing music played in the background in combination with various sound effects.
The verbal instructions given by the male instructor in this guided visualization meditation video are clear and detailed.
The video begins with written instructions for headphones as a scene of plants silhouetted by a sun rise, slowly fades in from black and relaxing music is played that has the qualities of a human voice. At 24 seconds the male instructor begins to speak as the screen slowly cross fades into a scene of a misty sun setting over a lake, seen through a gap in trees.
To begin this journey into Middle Earth, you must first pass through a portal which will cleanse you of the worries and negative emotions most people feel in everyday life.
At 40 seconds the screen slowly cross fades in to a scene of mountains above the clouds and the instructor continues:
Find a time when you are alone and will not be disturbed.
Go somewhere comfortable, your bed, a sofa or a chair and sit back.
The screen slowly cross fades into a landscape scene of hills and trees which is panned from left to right as the male instructor spoke the last sentence. He continues:
Take a long deep breath and imagine the roof and the walls around you, melting away into a fading mist.
By 1 minute 4 seconds the screen has already cross faded slowly to a black screen and the relaxing music has faded out. The screen then begins to slowly cross fade to a scene of the cosmos, a different relaxing tune is begun and he carries on speaking:
To reveal, a spectacular, panoramic view of the cosmos.
There is then a pause in the speaking whilst the music is playing and he begins to speak again at 1 minute 47 seconds as the screen slowly cross fades to an oscillating and rotating stream of yellow light in the centre of the screen which gives the feeling of travelling through a tunnel or vortex:
Now close your eyes and relax, as a warm brilliant light begins streaming down upon you.
It is like sunlight, but filled with a blissful, healing energy, and sparkles through you like little stars.
Each star burst destroying any feelings of worry, illness or sadness.
Enjoy bathing in this relaxing, warming light as you complete your transition in to Middle Earth.
The light slowly fades out to black by 2 minutes 46 seconds, as does the music. Bird nature sounds and moving water sounds are then faded in and shortly after, the screen slowly fades in to a scene of lake surrounded by the greenery of trees, bushes and plants, with a bridge across it to the left. He speaks again at 2 minutes 58 seconds:
The first sound you hear is one of water being churned by a great mill wheel.
You realize that you are lying back against a stack of hay, surrounded by its summery fragrance.
A little to your left is a lane that crosses a small bridge, close to the watermill.
You get up and amble to the lane and cross over the bridge.
Before you, the dry earth track cuts across small fields separated by hedgerows and round hill rises, portrayed against a blue sky dotted with puffy white clouds.
By 4 minutes 33 seconds when the speaker has finished the previous sentence, the screen has already slowly cross faded to a scene of hilly farmland as described in the last sentence. The scene is being slowly zoomed in. There is also the sound of footsteps on the ground. He continues:
There are trees on your left offering shade from the sun.
At 4 minutes 50 seconds, as the sound of horse hooves are faded in, he says:
You pause a moment, hearing the sound of horses hooves behind you.
Turning round you see a small, horse drawn cart.
The driver, a man in a grey robe and a rather battered pointed hat, seems to be in no hurry.
He nods at you as he goes by, eyes bright under thick grey eyebrows
The sound of horses hooves slowly fades out until at 5 minutes 23 seconds, to the sound of footsteps, he begins to speak and at 5 minutes 30 seconds the screen slowly cross fades in to a scene of a field of tall grass and poppies swaying in the breeze, with sound effects of grass in the wind, children laughing, birds singing and footsteps:
You begin to walk again, and see to your left, a meadow, bright with poppies and daisies, and butterflies dancing over grasses that rustle like a distant sea in the wind.
There comes a sound of distant, childish voices laughing, and you see a group of tiny children playing across the field.
They appear the size of one year old children, their thick curly hair bouncing as they run.
The girls wear chains of flowers, their rosy faces are filled with joy.
For these are halfling children, very small to our eyes but filled with gaiety and happiness
One of them stops and waves at you before skipping away.
The smell of hay is sleepy and rich in the air as you walk on slowly.
At 6 minutes 33 seconds the screen slowly cross fades into a scene of a garden wall covered with plants with a wooden gate through an arch in it. At 6 minutes 37 seconds he speaks on:
In this sleepy shire village, no-one seems to be in a great hurry.
The sun glints on the windows of the houses, that appear to be built into the small mound like hills rising before you.
The old man pulls up in his cart and leaves the horse to graze.
As he walks up to a round green door and knocks, then, someone you cannot see, opens the door and lets him in.
At 7 minutes 17 seconds the screen slowly cross fades into a scene with a small wheeled cart up against a green hedge, filled with flowers and surrounded by flowers and flower pots on the ground around it. The scene is also accompanied by various sound effects. He speaks on:
Flower gardens stretch all along the village, offering cheerful colours of blue, pink, white and yellow.
You hear bees droning and the sound of shears cutting grass.
The day is very warm and windows across the village must be open because you hear voices talking, someone laughing, and the clatter of cups.
The flowers exhale perfume on you as you walk past them, and you see a brown haired halfling clipping the grass.
He smiles up at you as you pass him.
At 8 minute 25 seconds the screen slowly cross fades to a another country landscape like before, but this one has a river just visible in the valley. The scene is being panned from left to right and there are footstep and other sound effects. The instructor says:
From you elevated position, you stop to admire the view across the summery countryside and the river below you.
From here you can see the neat fields and notice a halfling driving a herd of sheep across a bridge.
You hear again, the distant sound of the children laughing.
At 9 minutes 4 seconds relaxing music is faded in again with various sound effects and he speaks:
There is a wooden bench set into the bank here, padded with soft cushions.
You amble over and sit down, leaning back against the deep comfortable cushions.
You smell lavender and Guinea flowers, hear the bees and a blackbird sing from the big party tree.
Somewhere near by chickens cluck peacefully and from across the hay fields, a pheasant calls as you sink in to a deep state of relaxation.
At about 9 minutes 40 seconds, relaxing music is increased in volume and shortly after, the screen slowly cross fades a number of time to: a scene of a lane in the foreground leading away into the countryside; a small waterfall on a riverbank; and a windmill, silhouetted against a sunny blue sky with puffy white clouds. Then at about 10 minutes 31 seconds there is another scene change to a field of grass swaying in the wind, and the instructor carries on:
Evening is coming on.
As you is on the bench, a gentle breeze touches your face, reminding you it’s time to leave.
At about 10 minutes 43 seconds the relaxing music changes and at 10 minutes 59 seconds he says:
The warm, brilliant light of the cosmos, once again returns to bring you gently back in to your own reality.
As you are bathed once again by the wonderful healing light, you hear a distant fading voice saying “come back soon friend”.
The words echo in your mind as you see a halfling’s bright smile, slowly fading into the mist.
During the preceding sentences the screen was gradually becoming a brighter shade of green. Then, the screen does a darker shade for a short while until at 12 minutes 13 seconds the screen has been faded to white. As he continues, at 12 minutes 19 seconds the screen slowly fades to black briefly before cross fading to a scene sunset scene with silhouetted plants in the foreground:
The sound and light fades into a distant echo, as you open your eyes and find yourself back in the place where you began, blessed with the knowledge, you will always be welcome to return and enjoy the serenity of the village whenever you choose.
The credits begin to be displayed over the scene at 13 minutes 24 seconds and it slowly fades to black by 13 minutes 35 seconds and the music slowly fades out at the end.
There are many scenes used in this guided meditation visualization video which are a variety of nature scenes and special effects which are aimed at creating a relaxing visual environment for the viewer. The scenes are:
- Plants silhouetted by a sun rise;
- A misty sun setting over a lake, seen through a gap in trees;
- Mountains above the clouds;
- A landscape of hills and trees which is panned from left to right;
- A black screen;
- The cosmos;
- Oscillating and rotating stream of yellow light in the centre of the screen which gives the feeling of travelling through a tunnel or vortex;
- A lake surrounded by the greenery of trees, bushes and plants, with a bridge across it to the left;
- A hilly farmland with small fields separated by hedgerows and round hill rises, portrayed against a blue sky dotted with puffy white clouds, which is being slowly zoomed in;
- A field of tall grass and poppies swaying in the breeze;
- A garden wall covered with plants with a wooden gate through an arch in it;
- A small wheeled cart up against a green hedge, filled with flowers and surrounded by flowers and flower pots on the ground around it;
- The hilly farmland with small fields separated by hedgerows and round hill rises, portrayed against a blue sky dotted with puffy white clouds, but this time a wider view which it is slowly panned to the right;
- A lane in the foreground leading away into the countryside;
- A small waterfall on a riverbank;
- A windmill, silhouetted against a sunny blue sky with puffy white clouds;
- A field of grass swaying in the wind;
- A white screen;
- A black screen;
- A sunset scene with silhouetted plants in the foreground.
The scene of this guided meditation visualization techniques video are full of images of nature such as plants, bushes, hedges, trees, grass, flowers, poppies, fields, sun, sunrises, sunsets, silhouettes, mists, lakes, waterfalls, riverbanks, hills, mountains, skies, clouds and the Cosmos. There are also manmade structures such as windmills, bridges, walls, gates, arches, carts, lanes. All the image sizes used for the image relaxation aspect of this guided visualization meditation video area uniform size and fill the screen completely. Each image is displayed for a good length of time and this I found to aid the focusing of attention and relaxation.
The transition types between images for the image relaxation aspect of this guided visualization meditation video are slow simple cross fades which help maintain a relaxed state.
There are no special techniques used in this simple image relaxation video.
This video also uses a panning and zooming technique to give the feeling of motion which I think aids relaxation. There is also a special effects scene of Oscillating and rotating stream of yellow light in the centre of the screen which gives the feeling of travelling through a tunnel or vortex.
This guided visualization techniques video excellent at taking you through a guided visualization for relaxation session. It is performed at a relaxed pace with a relaxed tone of voice from the male instructor in combination with relaxing nature sounds, relaxing music and sound effects, plus the instructions are clear and detailed. It also has an excellent simple image relaxation video aspect to it, displaying a variety of nature scenes and uses a few special effects which is great for visualization meditation and relaxation.