Guided imagery (visualization, dream interpretation, active imagination, imagery suggestion) can be used to elicit peak performance in individuals. Visualization of goals and achievements can bring forth potentials and possibilities. Imagination of a scene, series of scenes (garden, sunset, beach, meadow, mountain) or symbols in which thoughts and suggestions are consciously directed can guide towards a focused, positive, relaxed state that may aid in creativity, learning, and healing.
Visualization of images that evoke strong sensory memory and vivid detail has a mind-body connection that can affect heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, metabolism, and immune and endocrine system functioning. To be effective, guided imagery should involve all the senses and the feeling of actually experiencing or interacting in the imagined scene rather than just visualizing oneself in it. The more vivid the detail of images (textures, colors, sounds, smells, tastes) the more effectively they work. Visualization and imagery has been applied to leadership training, business, education, behavioral medicine, and industry.
Guided imagery of goal or performance achievement can have a subconscious effect that positively modifies one’s belief system. A majority of peak performers are visualizers who envision the end result (seeing, feeling, experiencing it). Right brain power visualization (creative thinking) combined with affirmations (positive self-talk that represents an outcome or condition) for a few minutes each day can create congruence with deeper values and bring forth latent inner resources. Imagery works best in conjunction with a relaxation technique (progressive relaxation, yoga, meditation) that allows for subconscious mind activity and freedom to daydream.
Guided imagery can include messages with directions or goals communicated to the body that can be effective in treatment of health conditions. The mind-body connection can improve treatment/recovery from cancer, reduce occurrence of migraine/tension headache, assist in fibromyalgia pain management, treat insomnia, reduce osteoarthritis pain, decrease side effects of medical/surgical procedures, reduce medication intake, enhance the ability to heal, and allow for active participation in personal health care. For additional information contact Dr. Richard Browne at 305-595-9500.
"Written by Rev. Dr. Richard Browne