Guided Imagery: Healing through the Mind’s Eye
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The use of personal mental images to diagnose and modify bodily processes is an ancient part of the healing tradition. The healer/ physician/shaman/priest has always utilized the latent power of the imagination to alter the body, and many traditional health care systems have focused on the amazing power of the mind to promote the healing process (Beecher, 1955; Frank, 1975). With recent demonstrations that the autonomic nervous system can be modified through learning and various cognitive strategies, contemporary health practitioners have also begun to explore the applications of therapeutic guided imagery.
KeywordsHealing Process Mental Imagery Relaxation Response Integral Medicine Relaxation State
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