Are there advanced levels of guided imagery?

Q: Are there advanced levels of guided imagery?
A: There are advanced theories of how the practice of guided imagery is practiced and is case dependent on the practitioner’s therapeutic model and to the degree that the patient/client chooses to advance their own desire for healing. The use of scripts that lead to deep healing may require a one to one relationship with a therapist; hypnosis and cognitive body-mind modalities often have specific processes that the client patient follows. There are other modalities that focus on dream-work or deep active imaginational influences to shift body-mind dynamics.

If one scans the shelf of existing products it is quickly apparent that the major selection is categorized by the medical condition/ illness that one seeks to treat. Certain types of stress, emotional or pain related illnesses utilize a combination of practices when the condition may have a deep-seated somatic relationship to a specific illness. Also as acceptance grows because of positive results of ongoing research, new models that integrate advanced guided imagery skills through types of mindfulness meditation and levels of directed or non directed scripts, as well as new findings within the field of psychoneuroimmunology are all beginning to advance the practice of imagery and wellness. Again the single most important factor is in listening to ones inner most voice and the best person to be guided by. Guided imagery either through off the shelf cd’s or on a website can bring one to a deeper opening to bring a focus to activate healing energy. Like running or any exercise, learning music memory is influenced by cellular activation and cellular activation is influenced by consciousness. The next step is to see what the road ahead offers and walk that road.

Thoughts are powerful. Experts in guided imagery and research findings suggest that people have the power to change their thoughts to promote health. Patients can move from thoughts of fear and anxiety to thoughts of peace and wholeness.

Guided imagery IS more than just positive thinking. The images people conjure up in their minds have lasting physiologic effects on their brains and bodies.The challenge for clinicians regarding guided imagery and other effective complementary therapies is to remember to recommend and utilize such therapies as adjunctive tools to manage and treat patients’ conditions. Clinicians should inquire about the accessibility of learning such therapies within their own institutions.

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