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A man apprehensively facing cardiac catheterization writes how creating his own guided imagery helpe

08 Jun
A man apprehensively facing cardiac catheterization writes how creating his own guided imagery helped him in the 5 days before the procedure and during it as well..
Name: Geoffrey T. Ayers
Story: Faced with a cardiac catheterization, I was both frightened and aprehensive, but overcame both. For 5 days before the procedure using a picture of a "text book" heart, I used guided imagery ti invision my own cvardiac arteries as perfectly formed, totaly symetrical and without any fault or blockages. While undergoing the procedure, I was able to see the scren, and to me it looked very much like what I had imaged, then I heard the doctor tell the other doctor to "look at this".. there was a remark "that looks like it was drawn" "yes, almost text book symetry".. Later the doctor told me my catdiac arteries are "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.
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