Magic Carpet Ride
Great for working with children, ask child to sit in the chair and just listen to your voice.
I want to teach you a game of pretend…not just an ordinary game but one in which you can learn to do many things that even grown ups can’t do…you have a very powerful imagination and you can use it to help you in so many different ways…like making more friends at school or doing better in your lessons…improving sports… or whatever you want to do, but find difficult now. It’s better to play this game with your eyes closed because you can see the pictures in your mind…but it’s alright if you want to keep them open or close your eyes now and let’s pretend together. When you’re ready, settle yourself down so that you’re nice and comfortable…and imagine you’ve found a magic carpet…and you know that it’s magic because of the wonderful colours on it…green and purple and blue…and a magic gold star in the middle with silver sparkles all around. Sit on the carpet and feel its texture…what is it made of? There are tassels on both ends of the carpet and they begin to sway and move as the carpet lifts up…into the air. And you’re on the carpet and you can feel yourself being lifted up as the carpet goes higher and higher into the beautiful clear blue sky. That’s good. Now it’s going higher still…can you look down and tell me what you can see? Can you see trees and fields and houses? Look down…and go higher you can feel yourself floating now. Can you see the church and the little lake over there? You’re going over and past them…further and further away.
In the distance there is an enchanted forest and you begin moving towards the forest. And from this height you can see everything below very clearly…and you’re going over the forest now…and looking down you can see that in the very middle of the forest is a beautiful tall white castle…with a drawbridge and a moat and if you look closer you can see the shape of the doors and the windows…and it looks so inviting that you decide to float down, and take a closer look at the castle. And you’re floating down now to the beautiful white castle below…going down… deeper and sleepier…more relaxed…more comfortable…deeper and deeper relaxed…and the deeper you go the sleepier you become. And the further down you go the more relaxed and comfortable you become…and the more relaxed and comfortable you go…the deeper into this wonderful state of relaxation you are…go down now…deeper and deeper and deeper. Your magic carpet settles gently and softly on a clump of fresh, sweet smelling grass and you are so curious to explore the white castle. As you begin to move, getting ready to stand up, you accidently touch the gold star in the middle of your magic carpet…and the star speaks to you…saying…‘Welcome to the Enchanted Castle’… if you like you can invite someone to explore it with you…perhaps your best friend, your mum or your dad…or anyone else who is special to you…if you want anyone with you then make your wish now’. Make your wish now if you want someone with you and in an instant…they will be there beside you. As you make your wish all the silver sparkles leap off the carpet…forming a silvery, sparkling dust…and whoever you have wished for is suddenly here.You set off toward the castle…over the drawbridge…a giant archway looms ahead and as you approach it the portcullis lifts up…allowing you to enter the castle. As you go into the castle you are amazed at the size of the room ahead…and so many doors for you to open…enter and explore. You and your guest look around… this castle has been standing for thousands of years and nothing has changed. In one room is a huge oak table with silver goblets, freshly baked bread and ham…looking and smelling just as it did then. In another room you discover an old chest…what could this contain? You rush over to the chest and the two of you lift up its lid…it is heavy and oh…so big. In the chest are all the kinds of toys that children played with six thousand years ago …long before computers and game consoles were even thought of. I want you to use your imagination now and see and let us see if you can remember tomorrow…any of these toys. Touch them…feel them…play with them…this is your own enchanted castle…made possible to visit by your own magic carpet. You can explore and play with the contents of this chest for as long as you wish. As you become sleepier and heavier just allow your mind to continue its journey…and whenever you want to go home your magic carpet is waiting outside to take you back to your bed…and when you wake up in the morning you’ll feel so happy…so full of ideas and creative thoughts…you will feel calm and relaxed and ready to do whatever you need to do.
Your mind is ready to accept new thoughts and ideas…when you are at school you are happy because you can understand and remember the lessons you are taught… when you are with your friends you feel comfortable and confident…when you are at home you are the sort of child any parent would be proud to have. You know that you are loved…you feel safe and secure…happy and confident…and relaxed… and ready to drift into a nice, comfortable sleep.