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Guided Imagery Does It Again with Surgery

07 Dec

Hi Belleruth, I was given a CD to help people through surgery using guided imagery.  When I first listened to it, 3 days before my hysterectomy, I became afraid, visualizing the OR.  Shortly, after that part of the CD, the visualization of your own personal team of well wishers was very powerful. I thought of my dear uncle, now deceased, being part of that group and as the one who nodded and smiled at me before I went under.

I listened to the CD morning and night before my surgery and also brought it with me to listen to post surgery. My surgery lasted 3 extra hours due to the position of my fibroids.

I was wheeled out and immediately started to feel good. I ate that evening, took a walk around the ward with my nurse, and the next morning, got up myself and walked around without help.  I was so energetic and elated that I was not hurting too much. I was discharged from the hospital at noon, the day after surgery. I began walking up and down our street that day, and my recovery was fast and easy. Guided imagery helped my surgery and recovery be smooth and (almost) painless! 

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