Practical Visualization

monks_1“For thousands of years, medicine men, Hindu masters and other ancient civilizations worldwide have used visualization techniques to harness the power of their minds to reap physical manifestations…. Guided imagery now is used in more than 3,000 hospitals nationwide, including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, the Cleveland Clinic, health centers in California and cancer care centers in Portland, Oregon. When used in combination with other therapies, the technique helps patients cope with chronic pain, cancer, chemotherapy treatments and other debilitating illnesses.  And it works. Research shows that creative visualization can reduce stress and diminish depression. In one study, published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine in 2006, levels of the stress hormone cortisol dropped significantly after participants engaged in guided imagery. Researchers concluded that when anxiety-producing information is replaced with happier, more positive images, people relax and feel better.”  [Quote from:  Arthritis Today: (“Use the Power of Your Mind to Ease Pain and Stress”  Polly Campbell, January 31, 2008)]

[All quotes below are from Ode Magazine:  (“The Power of Intention” Lynne McTaggart, January/February 2007 Issue).]

monks_2“Athletes of all varieties now routinely perform what is variously termed “mental rehearsals,” “mental practice,” “implicit practice” or even “covert rehearsal.” ….. The techniques involved in mental rehearsal have been exhaustively studied and written about in scientific literature and popular publications, and their credibility was given a further boost in 1990, when the National Academy of Sciences examined all the scientific studies to date on these methods and declared them effective.”

“Guang Yue, an exercise psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio, carried out research with ordinary Americans, comparing people who went to the gym with people who carried out virtual workouts in their heads. Those who regularly visited the gym were able to increase their muscle strength by 30 percent. But those who remained in their armchairs and ran through a mental rehearsal of the weight training in their minds increased muscle power by almost half as much.”

“Psychologist Jeanne Achterberg of the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology in Menlo Park, California, who healed herself of a rare cancer of the eye through imagery, went on to study cancer patients who were using visualization to fight the disease. She predicted with 93-percent accuracy which patients would completely recover and which would get worse or die, simply by examining their visualizations. Those who were successful had a greater ability to visualize vividly, with powerful imagery and symbols, and could hold a clear visual intention, imagining themselves receiving effective medical treatment and overpowering the cancer. The successful patients also practiced their visualizations regularly.”