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Creating Your Own Guided Imagery

21 May

Geoffrey T. Ayers wrote us this upbeat note:  

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.  In doing so, I was able to contain my anxiety.

While undergoing the procedure, I was able to see the screen, and to me it looked very much like what I had imaged, but 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 textbook symmetry"..

Later the doctor told me my cardiac 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.

Geoffrey T. Ayers

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