A precise image can do something precise to our body enabling it to begin to move in a specific way. We can move muscles, our blood flow, heartbeat, our energy and thoughts. We can even affect our cells with precise language.
Inner seeing is completely accurate. The images that pop up for you during Imagery Work never lie. The effects can be both diagnostic and transforming. Imagery Work also gives you a sense of participation and control in your own healing which is of significant value by itself.
Babies understand imagery so do animals.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
In an interactive way, using all of your senses, we cultivate a conversation with your physical body using images and your imagination.
This work can help access insights, physiologic healing states even good decision making while you feel relaxed and in an open state of mind. It develops the power of your imagination bringing with it your own creative solutions.
It is not trance-like or hypnotic.
Exercises will feel like a waking dream with imagery as intense and clear as the most vivid night dream. As the waking dream-like images unfold, we respond to the needs of the image influencing our reality well beyond the confines of the imagination.
There are lots of ways that changes in the mental, emotional and spiritual realm can interact with changes in the physical realm. Anywhere that nerves go in the body, there is potential for the mind to go. For example, endorphins (hormones) can connect to feelings of well being. A runner’s high is a perfect example. The endorphins release and a wonderful feeling takes over. Endorphins can influence pain perception too. The circuitry is there. It isn’t mystical. The wiring, the chemical messengers are sending information back and forth. The potential for influence is there too.
Will does play a part but your imagination plays a much more important role. Imagination works in concert with will. The imagination is a natural process of the unconscious mind – just as healing is. Your conscious mind doesn’t know how to activate or stimulate the healing response but your unconscious mind does have access to it. We use imagery to direct the healing response or give it a little nudge.
It is different than visualizations. Athletes and performers use visualizations when they rehearse a successful game, race or performance in their mind’s eye. The main difference is that Imagery Work uses the creative power of your imagination.
It is built on the word image. It is the internal experience of things that aren’t in the real world. Your imagination is an incredible engine that is able to connect the mind and body. We take advantage of this connectivity.
As children, we easily and intimately knew how to access our imaginations. We can return to it again using Imagery Work. If you think you can’t visualize or access your imagination in this way, I would ask you to consider the following question. Have you ever worried about anything? Worrying is a visualization. Fears and thoughts about the future, regrets about the past, they are all visualizations in your imagination. Without your imagination, you couldn’t do it.