Deep Imagery/Personal Totem Pole Process (PTPP) is not the type of imagery work often referred to as “visualization” whereby a guide is expected to lead the person undertaking the imagery work, down a fairly set path, with a prescribed goal in mind. That is, it is not the type of visualization or imagery work that involves instructing the person to see or do specific things. e.g. “see yourself walking along a path in the woods” or “walk to the top of the mountain and see an old man sitting there” or even “see your blood cells fighting the infection.”
A Deep Imagery or PTPP® journey involves an open-ended engagement with the deeper levels of the imagination, where the imagination itself is active. It allows an individual to explore aspects of their consciousness by building a relationship with their own deep imagination. Because the activity of imagining is in the moment, alive, the PTPP® does not involve learning preconceived ideas about either the path a journey needs to follow or its outcome.
The PTPP® teaches a person how to engage respectfully and communicate with the images that present themselves without relying on preconceived ideas of what that image might mean or signify. Instead, the journeyer is asked to greet, speak to, and develop an honest relationship with the image, often an animal, that has presented itself. The work is about the present moment experience of the person undertaking the journey. The goal of PTPP® is ultimately to help the person regain the central positions of aliveness, wholeness and balance in themselves.