Thank You for Guided Imagery!

| November 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

HAPPY THANKSGIVING’  I hope you are all hav­ing a fab­u­lous time. We don’t have an annual thanks­giv­ing cel­e­bra­tion here in the UK, per­haps we should? What a won­der­ful time to reflect and be grate­ful for all the abun­dance and beauty the Uni­verse pro­vides — do you know it took can­cer to get a hold of me and give me a good shake before I really opened my eyes and ears to what lay before me!  To be hon­est I see ‘can­cer’ as a phys­i­cal manifestation.…I believe my soul was jump­ing up and down to be heard, until I could ignore it no longer.

For­give my spas­modic posts, right now much of my time is spent by my Mum’s bed­side. She was diag­nosed with breast can­cer seven years ago, which returned in her lungs early March this year. She has very lit­tle time left in her present phys­i­cal state, but I know I will ‘feel’ her pres­ence in time to come and she will shortly be re-united with my Dad:)

In pre­vi­ous posts I have writ­ten to you about In Mind In Body, the organ­i­sa­tion I have founded to help peo­ple with can­cer and other debil­i­tat­ing dis­eases. You might me inter­ested to know we are turn­ing the site around right now so all our MP3 audio guided visualisation/imagery will be FREE to every­one. We are cre­at­ing an optional mem­ber­ship for those who would like to help cre­ate our foun­da­tion — but more news on this later!

My sec­ond post asked you to con­tem­plate the affect your ‘thoughts’ are hav­ing on your heal­ing and well being, cul­mi­nat­ing in the ben­e­fits of guided visualisation/imagery (‘visu­al­i­sa­tion’  is the term we refer to in the UK, but I believe ‘imagery’ is more appro­pri­ate in the USA.). Today I am going to answer a few of your ques­tions about guided imagery.

WHAT IS GUIDED VISUALISATION/IMAGERY?

IMIB_VG3Guided visu­al­i­sa­tion is when the mind is encour­aged to focus purely on an inter­nal per­cep­tion of a multi sen­sory event (which may or may not have been expe­ri­enced) so with prac­tise, the body can per­ceive it as an actual expe­ri­ence and thereby inten­tion­ally acti­vate the mind and body’s own innate heal­ing wis­dom and bring it into more con­scious awareness.

In Mind In Body’s phys­i­cal activ­ity guided visu­al­i­sa­tions unite this innate heal­ing with the ben­e­fits of par­tic­i­pa­tion in phys­i­cal activ­ity, to sup­port and aid heal­ing, with the inten­tion to encour­age peo­ple to move more.

HOW DOES GUIDED VISUALISATION WORK?

Guided visu­al­i­sa­tion uses a person’s voice to guide the lis­tener into a deep state of relax­ation, where an imag­i­nary multi sen­sory (sight, sound, smell, taste, touch and emo­tions) expe­ri­ence takes place.

EinstenIt is sim­ply putting the imag­i­na­tion into good use!

WHY DOES IT WORK?

The rea­son it works is com­plex how­ever sim­plis­ti­cally put it works because of the body’s response to relax­ation com­bined with the metaphor­i­cal under­stand­ing of the mind, places the whole mind body into a state of learn­ing and recep­tiv­ity for new infor­ma­tion that is oth­er­wise restricted by a ‘nor­mal’ state of mind.

WHAT IS A ‘NORMALSTATE OF MIND?

A nor­mal state of mind uses its con­stant link to every­day emo­tions and val­ues to keep it stream­lined with every­day func­tion­ing at its peak. We are only now begin­ning to under­stand the incred­i­ble power the link to those emo­tions and val­ues have on our well being.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I LISTEN TO THE MP3’S TO GET THE MOST BENEFIT FROM THEM?

Try to lis­ten to them at least once per day. If you find your­self becom­ing bored, this is usu­ally an indi­ca­tion that it is time to try one of the other record­ings and come back at a later date to the exist­ing one. Try to avoid going more than three days with­out lis­ten­ing to a record­ing if you wish to bring about change.

WHAT IF I CAN’T DO VISUALISATION VERY WELL?

Repeated prac­tise will help you to relax more and learn new skills. You already visu­alise whether you are aware of it or not, remem­ber there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ in visu­al­i­sa­tion, learn to trust yourself.

WHAT If I CAN’T ACTUALLY SEE IMAGES WHEN I AM LISTENING TO THE MP3’S?

This is more likely to occur with peo­ple who are either audi­tory (hear­ing) and/or kinaes­thetic (touch) than visual (see­ing), in the way their sub­con­scious mind works. Accept­ing this, con­tinue to relax and with repet­i­tive use your visu­al­i­sa­tion skills will improve, as sen­sory pro­cess­ing is very much intertwined.

WHAT IF I FALL ASLEEP DURING GUIDED VISUALISATION?

Ini­tially it is quite com­mon to fall asleep dur­ing visu­al­i­sa­tion, espe­cially as the body relaxes at the end of the day. Make a men­tal note to your­self to com­plete the record­ing and if pos­si­ble try the alert ver­sion in the morning.

IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO TO IMPROVE MY ABILITY TO RELAX MY MIND AND BODY?

Prac­tise, prac­tise, prac­tise and be patient! Deep breath­ing really helps. Often other thoughts will enter your head whilst try­ing to visu­alise, try to stay calm and do not give up, chastis­ing your­self will not help. Sim­ply acknowl­edge the thought and let them go, draw­ing your mind back to the record­ing when you can.

IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO TO HELP MY ABILITY TO VISUALISE?

Again prac­tise, prac­tise and prac­tise. Some­times sketch­ing or writ­ing down what you visu­alised helps to cement the sub­con­scious mind with the con­scious mind, mak­ing the visu­al­i­sa­tion more productive.

WHAT IFDON’T HAVE TIME?

Guided visu­al­i­sa­tion does take time and it is impor­tant to make the time in your day if you wish to ben­e­fit from the record­ing. For this rea­son how­ever some of the record­ings are only between 8 –10 min­utes long. Mak­ing time for your­self is EXTREMELY impor­tant; you can­not after all run on empty!

WHAT HAPPENS IF I FEEL STRESSED, ANXIOUS OR UNCOMFORTABLE WHILST LISTENING?

You should never feel this way dur­ing guided visu­al­i­sa­tion as you are only at peace with your­self. How­ever if this should occur, lis­ten to your body’s advise and seek fur­ther help from a professional.

 

I hope this helps. I look for­ward to shar­ing and inter­act­ing with you all again soon. Enjoy your weekend.

 

Tess

 

 

 

 

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