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Greg writes that during a cardiac catheterization, his heart and arteries wound up looking on the sc

01 Dec
Greg writes that during a cardiac catheterization, his heart and arteries wound up looking on the screen exactly as he’d imagined them to be for weeks in advance: perfectly formed, symmetrical and blockage-free!
Dear HJ,

Faced with a cardiac catheterization, I was both frightened and apprehensive, but overcame both. For 5 days before the procedure using a picture of a "text book" heart, I used guided imagery to envision my own cardiac arteries as perfectly formed, totally symmetrical and without any fault or blockages.

While undergoing the procedure, I was able to see the screen, and to me it looked very much like what I had imaged. Then I heard the doctor tell the other doctor to "Take a look at this…. this looks as if it were drawn…. almost text book symmetry" !!..

Later the doctor told me my cardiac arteries were "seemingly perfect". I feel very strongly about the powers of guided imagery, having used it for the past 15 years to manage spinal pain after a spinal injury.

Gregory.
Belleruth Naparstek

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