My podcast guest this week, Ajmu Ayinde, spoke so beautifully about the holistic framework of hypnosis, his journey and, experiences, He focused on Transpersonal Hypnotherapy and shared with us how holistic this modality is in its application, touching upon aspects of us as a human being seeking help. He mentions guided imagery which reminded me of the research and applications I learned from Belleruth Naparstek, a leader in this field.
Guided Imagery is defined as: “sometimes called guided meditation, visualization, mental rehearsal, and guided self-hypnosis) is a gentle but powerful technique that focuses the imagination in proactive, positive ways. ”
What I learned from her research is that we don’t need specifics to get a specific result. For example, when one has to undergo surgery: instead of affirming the surgery and ‘all will go well’ with the use or need for minimal blood transfusions as an affirmation, she found it was more effective to focus on feeling well using indirect sentences. We need very little to incite our natural inherent ability to heal. So, instead of specific affirmations, she used more generic thoughts such as ‘watch the team that watches over you, notice how your body is cooperating.’ These more indirect sentences actually showed a decrease in the need for blood transfusions during surgery. She found that imagery in this fashion puts the wisdom of our hearts to work. I love this, that our bodies have an inherent ability to heal. Hypnosis accesses this part of us too.
Her website contains many CDs for a variety of ailments that I highly recommend.
3 Benefits of Guided Imagery:
- Delivers complex coded messages to our deep subconscious;
- Uses symbols and metaphors which our subconscious responds to;
- Well-designed imagery can get us out of our head; we can access our intuition, memories and amplify our energy filed.
Many yoga practices and various healing modalities utilize guided imagery. Guided imagery allows us to enter into our entire being, not just the head or mind. Need help creating a contemplative space? Check out this article: https://www.thebrecklife.com/creating-home-meditation-space.php.
We want to catalyze our inherent intelligence to awaken our own healing power. Cool, huh? I think so. I have experienced many guided imagery sessions at the end of a yoga class. It helped me get out of my head, relax more deeply. In the long run, that’s healing!
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