Should one use photos to make the visualization of imagery correct?
For helping to heal physical conditions, how specific does the imagery have to be? I have been using photos to visualize healthy blood cells, spleen, etc, and would like to know if this is the correct approach.
Certainly that is one correct approach - to imagine the look of healthy organs. Better yet is to understand the process whereby the body heals itself of the condition, and imagining that process, taking place within the body. And you don’t have to just visualize it - you could imagine the feel of it happening inside, or the sound of it, even. Use as many senses as you can.
An equally useful method might be to imagine the healing process, using metaphors and symbols of cells and spleen healing, instead of physiologically accurate representations.
You could also imagine the time, place and circumstances of just feeling better and doing what you love to do, healthy and strong. You could make it even more powerful by attaching this to something you very much look forward to, or something very important to you, aligned with your sense of purpose and meaning.
Or you could imagine being healed by a divine figure, too.
All of these approaches are "correct" and perfectly legit. Whatever appeals most to you are the ones you should choose.
Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award