“Working its magic deep inside your body… moving with deliberate intelligence to the hidden places where pain and disappointment are stored… right to the center of the heaviness… and feeling the spaces loosen and lighten as you breathe into them… sensing the beginnings of energy awakening… old sparks returning…”
That passage appears in “Depression Imagery” in an excellent book called Staying Well With Guided Imagery: How to Harness the Power of Your Imagination for Health and Healing by Belleruth Naparstek. Later in that section she writes, “attuned once more to the brightness of your own being…”
In addition to the imagery for relieving depression, in this book you will find guided imagery to help with anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, grief, physical pain, high blood pressure, immune system disorders, headaches, allergies (whether they appear in the respiratory system, the digestive tract, or the skin), emotional issues, spiritual and energetic support, and more.
In only 216 pages you will become your own expert on how to gently heal yourself using guided imagery, which the author explains as “any perception that comes through any of the senses. That means sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feel.” She also highlights that in order for your guided imagery to be most effective, first you need to access an altered state in which you are both relaxed and focused, and then feel the images as sensations in your body in a multi-sensory way.
One of my favorite parts in this book is when Belleruth explains how any images in the mind, including memories, are real events to the body. She describes this through the beautiful example of remembering being on Gramma’s lap: “As far as your body is concerned, regardless of intervening years, age, or pounds, while you’re remembering all that rich, sensory detail, you’re still on Gramma’s lap. And whatever profound emotional nourishment you got there is yours to have again. Whatever neurohormones, or chemical messengers, went coursing through your bloodstream as you sat on Gramma’s lap, sending happy-to-be-alive white blood cells all through your body, these same substances get activated again. As far as your body is concerned, Gramma is forever available to love and sustain you. And so with any sweet memories…”
I hope you will enjoy this book as much as I do! After reading it, please come back here and share your experiences in the comments below, down where it says “Leave a Reply.”
May All Beings Be Free of Suffering.
May All Beings Be Happy!