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Therapeutic Imagery

Do you remember when you were a child?  Your imagination was so powerful and vivid and fertile, that you could truly see yourself as being anyone and doing anything you could imagine.  That wonderful imagination tends to fall dormant in adulthood. With therapeutic imagery, we use the power of the mind by stimulating that imagination and allowing ourselves to once again “see” ourselves doing, being, and thinking in ways that we want to be.  And when we can truly “see” how beautiful and strong we are inside, these attributes naturally begin to manifest in our outer lives.


Imagery is the language of the subconscious mind and the interface between the mind and the body.  Therapeutic imagery can help us understand what our bodies are telling us about our emotional and physical condition.  This allows us to get a deeper understanding of what changes we may want to effect to become healthier and happier.


Scientific studies have shown that using imagery therapeutically can help build new neural pathways.  By re-creating situations in our imagination and watching ourselves react in positive and healthy ways to situations and people, we can change the pathways that habitually trigger negative thinking, unhealthy habits, and emotional reactions.  The subconscious mind does not know the difference between reality and “make-believe”.  By practicing being who we want to be, we create new habits of thinking and behavior, and so we can achieve real lasting change. Inner “journeys” are wonderful ways to uncover our innate gifts, strengths, and resources, and release ourselves from our subconscious limitations. 

“Imagery is a flow of thoughts you can see, hear, feel, smell, or taste.  An image is an inner representation of your experience or your fantasies – a way your mind codes, stores, and expresses information.  Imagery is the currency of dreams and daydreams; memories and reminiscence; plans, projections, and possibilities.  It is the language of the arts, the emotions, and most important, of the deeper self.


Imagery is a window on your inner world; a way of viewing your own ideas, feelings, and interpretations.  But it is more than a mere window – it is a means of transformation and liberation from distortions in this realm that may unconsciously direct your life and shape your health.” 


From HEALING YOURSELF, by Martin L. Rossman, M.D

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