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December Dream Starter: The Magical Card
Dream Starters are visualizations which promote relaxation, imagination and well-being as they guide children into the world of dreams.
To prepare for these dream starters, (or visualizations), create a quiet comfortable atmosphere in which your child can relax.
Step One ~ Progressive Relaxation (Tensing & Relaxing Muscle Groups)
Have your child lie down in his bed. Have him lift each arm and leg individually, holding each limb tightly before loosely flopping it down on his bed. Then have him wrinkle his face and hold his eyes tightly closed, before relaxing his face. (Tense each muscle group for at least 5 seconds.)
Step Two ~ Focus on the breath
Have your child get very quiet and watch his own breath.
Step Three ~ Creative Visualization
Now that your child is relaxed, read (or tell) the following visualization. Of course, feel free to modify it according to your child’s age and interests.
The Magical Card
Christmas time is the perfect time for us to express our love to the people we care about. As you relax and close your eyes, think about someone who is special to you. It may be someone who does kind things for you—who helps you and cares about you. It could be your mom or your dad, grandma or grandpa, a friend, or anyone else you choose. Feel the warmth in your heart as you remember how this person makes you feel. Let the warm feeling spread throughout your entire body--from the tips of your toes, to the top of your head. (Pause)
With your eyes still closed, imagine making this person a card to show them just how much you appreciate and love them. Draw beautiful pictures of things that he or she likes. Use their favorite colors. The love that you put into the card makes it especially beautiful. (Pause)
Now you’re ready to imagine the best part—how happy the person is to receive your card and how much they enjoy looking at the pictures you drew. The happiness shows on their face and makes their eyes sparkle. (Pause)
After admiring the card, twinkling words magically appear along the bottom edge saying, add your own pictures and note and pass this card along to someone you care about.
The card is passed from person to person to person to person. Each child or grown up who receives the card feels happy and gets a warm feeling in his or her heart. The magical card grows bigger and bigger to make room for each person’s wonderful pictures and notes. Then, each person folds the card and gives it to someone else.
Sometimes the card is sent in the mail. Other times it is handed to someone. The card brings joy and happiness to many, many people. It travels all around the world. Years go by. And one day, the mailman brings you a very large box. When you open it, you find a gigantic card that has been folded over and over and over again. As you unfold the card, it spreads across your entire house and out the door. Enjoy looking at all the beautiful pictures and reading the kind notes. There are pictures of shimmering silver stars, colorful rainbows, magical unicorns, and sparkling Christmas trees. There are also angels, flowers, mountains, hearts, and much, much more. As you continue to unfold the card you finally discover the card that started it all--the one that you first made and gave away. Your goodness traveled all around the world and came back to you. Feel the warmth welling up within you. (Pause)
Once again, think of someone you care about. You can choose the same person that you first gave the card to, or someone else. Magically, the card expands to make room for you to draw a beautiful picture or to write a note. (Pause) Imagine giving the card to the person you chose. Once again, your heart grows warm as you think of the happiness you are giving.
One day, the card will come back to you again. And the goodness and love that each person adds to it will make it even more beautiful.
As you sleep and dream, be aware of your own goodness and the goodness of others.
Dream of all the different kinds of gifts you give and receive. Cards, presents, hugs, and kind words are gifts you can give to others and receive from others.
Enjoy giving and receiving gifts.
It’s as simple as breathing.
Breathing in, we receive.