Future Self Meditation: Get Guidance From Future You

In this guided meditation, you will meet your Future Self and receive advice, support, and council.

If you're uncertain about the future (and how could you not be, at this time?), this visualization meditation can show you that help is always available. But before getting started, you might have a question: 

Who (or what) is your Future Self? 

Your Future Self is a wiser version of you (as opposed to the least helpful), one that has seen the challenges ahead and successfully made it through. That's why your Future Self is uniquely equipped to help you. This version of you knows everything that you know... and so much more! 

If you're in a safe place, not driving or operating machinery, and you're ready to get started, just hit the "play" button. A transcript of this meditation is available at the end of this article.

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Future Self meditation transcript

Welcome to a guided meditation, a visualization meditation for connecting with your future self, for getting the aid of future you.

So to begin, please get into a comfortable position, make sure that you're not disturbed and that you're in a safe space. And just take a couple of deep breaths in and out. Any external worries, just let them drop away from you. Imagine that they're being washed away. So that's for the next few minutes, you're free to focus exclusively on meeting your future self.

So take a moment to sink into an even deeper relaxation. And as this happens, imagine seeing your current situation from above. It's like you're seeing yourself sitting in the room or wherever you're currently sitting, and you're not only seeing that, but as you rise up more and more and more, you see the town or city that you're in, the country and then the world. And you might notice that it is a pretty unstable time.

In fact, you probably didn't need a meditation to discover that. So just allow yourself to notice the ways in which you're currently feeling unsafe or uncertain or all the questions that you have, you know, are you wondering which way should I go, how to navigate this? And the image that may come up is being on a small ship on the sea. And it's not a calm sea at all, it's stormy, the waves are high.

And you're not even sure where north is anymore, where you are. You don't see land. And as you're on this boat being thrown around by the waves, you speak the world's most effective, most eloquent prayer of them all: Help! So just take a moment and genuinely ask for help. And suddenly, at the horizon, you notice there's something there, you can't really see what it is, but you notice that it's rapidly approaching, much too rapid, in fact, to be able to move by natural means. And it's blinding white.

It's a ship, the sails are so bright that the little sun rays get reflected by it. And you have no idea who this is — friend or foe — but something about it calms you down, even though you're still being thrown around by the high waves. And again, the ship is abroad, is approaching and approaching and approaching. You're getting a bit excited. You have no idea where this  ship was coming from, being on the high seas like that.

And before you know it, the ship is pulling up right next to you. And against all logic, against everything that you know, in this tiny space that's made up of your small boat and this bright ship that appeared, the sea is calm. And as you look up, you see someone standing there waving at you.

And as you look up, you almost fall out of the boat, you're that surprised because the person who's staring back at you is YOU. Similar height. You know, there may be some changes here and there. This person wears different clothes than you for once. And they comport themselves in a different way. They seem more confident, more relaxed. They seemed like they have it all covered. And now this version of you is looking at you and waving and saying, hey, I heard you needed help! And you look at them like, yup, sure do!

And your future self invites you to come over to this beautiful, bright ship. You have no idea how this is going to go. But your future self encourages you to just take a jump. And it doesn't matter how athletic or not athletic you are or even if you're able of jumping, in this moment, you can.

And you jump from a tiny boat up into the air. And you land, against all odds on this bright ship, pretty much smashing into your future self, who keeps you upright.

It's not quite, you know, the introduction that you wanted to make, but your future self just smiles at you and tells you: "That was well done." And now your future self invites you to sit down on the ground and so you're facing your future self. And noticing how, you know, just sitting there with your future self, you're already feeling a lot more optimistic. All around you, the sea is still raging and storming, but right here with your future self, it's calm and it's safe and you know, without a doubt that they know which way to go, where your north is, which way to head for shore and shelter and all the things that you want.

So now just take a moment to ask your future self what advice they have for you. And I'll give you a moment to have that conversation. What's the number one piece of advice your future self wants you to have in this moment? What do you need to navigate the calm and the stormy sea that's ahead of you.

And as your future self finishes speaking you realize that you have gotten the advice you need to be a skilled sailor, or at least skilled enough to get to where you want to go from here. Yeah, the sea is still as unruly as before. But, you now have the knowledge, the direction and the courage to go forward into a future that is uncertain. But looking at the sail of the ship that you're still on, you realize that your future can be just as bright. And your future self gets up and pulls you up as well.

It's not like you need it, but you just appreciate the chance to get some help from your future self. And your future self is cracking a joke and you find yourself laughing as you're processing this very strange encounter. And you decide that you're going to get back into your boat so you can be on your way. And you now know that you have the world's most effective prayer, the simple word "help" by your side. This serves as a summoning spell for your future self.

And with that thought, you jump from the bright ship onto your small boat. And you are surprising yourself by how steady you are. That you're not falling off, but that you managed to keep on your feet and you see this as a very good sign for all that is ahead. Your future self now waves goodbye at you and once again takes off at breathtaking speed.

And you take a moment to stare after them before setting your sail and moving into the direction that you know is right for you. And as you're sailing towards the sun that's slowly, slowly setting, you do notice land in front of you. And you know that you will have a restful night once you get there. And with that image now slowly come back into the room that you're in, taking all this knowledge with you.

Knowledge of your future self, the sea, where your true North is, the ability to navigate, you're taking all that with you and translating it into your everyday life. What does it mean to be a skilled sailor in this environment you're in and this time? What does it mean to see land in front of you? What does it mean that you were able to keep upright despite the waves shaking your boat?

Just take a moment to process all this, wondering how you can apply this to your life. And when you're done, wiggle your toes and your fingers. Maybe stretch a little bit and then gradually open your eyes. Welcome back to this reality, if you like. Jot down anything that you learned from your future self.

And if you would like to have even deeper contact with your future self, I invite you to check out the link that I'm sharing below this. I'm doing an event where we can spend a ton of time together with your future self and I'd love to have you there!

Have a great day. Bye.

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Louise is the founder of Leader for Good. She's a former lawyer and academic who moved from Germany to the United States where she started her own business. Today, Louise loves helping her coaching clients and students connect with their passion and purpose. You can find out more about her coaching business at www.workyoulovecoach.com.


  1. Jennifer KAugust 17, 2021

    This was really lovely, Bere! Such great imagery, so real, and yet so compelling and hopeful.

    1. BereAugust 17, 2021

      Thanks so much for giving this a try, Jennifer!

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