Using Guided Imagery to Harness Your Natural Healing Forces
“Natural forces within us are the true healers,” Hippocrates
Even Hippocrates, the world’s first medical scientist, believed the human body could only be restored to optimum health, what he called homeostasis, through the natural healing forces inside the body. Before his time, physical ails were treated mostly by casting out demons and removing evil spells. Hippocrates related the workings of the human body to the ailments of the patient by placing his head on the patient’s chest to listen to the heartbeat and studying the bodily fluids, including bile, urine, blood and sputum, to prescribe corresponding herbal remedies. His innovative way of treating illness by taking the practice of medicine from the mystical to the physical earned him a title as the Father of Medicine, but even Hippocrates believed true healing is a result of the body’s natural healing forces.
For example, most antibiotics don’t actually kill harmful bacteria. They simply keep the pathogens from reproducing, allowing the immune system to provide fighter cells that surround and kill the invading forces. In Health Journeys’ Healthy Immune System Belleruth explains this process, as well as the body’s ability to prevent pathogens from setting up shop and eradicate unhealthy cells before they can cause trouble. The rich imagery helps listeners make the most of those healing forces. The Healthy Immune System program is a favorite of people who want to preserve their good health, others who are facing physical challenges and those who are recovering after illness or surgery.
Guided imagery is an excellent tool for enhancing the body’s natural energy and innate wisdom. One of our all-time favorite titles, General Wellness, is a kind of all-purpose healing meditation that provides images of the process the body uses to rid itself of unhealthy cells and replace them with healthy new growth. It’s great for specific healing or to promote over-all health and well-being.
For those who prefer self-hypnosis, Steve Gurgevich’s two-CD set, Relax Rx: A Self-Hypnosis Program for Health & Well-Being, provides four hypnosis exercises and a 21-page study guide. For a special treat, at a savings, try our Renew & Recharge Gift Pack, which includes Relax Rx, General Wellness and a Mother Earth scented pillow.
For quick access to a relaxed, healing mind state we recommend Health Journeys’ Guided Imagery Mix, six brief guided imagery segments, taken from our most popular titles. For those whose healing forces respond to a sense of inner peace and love, we recommend Bodhipaksa’s Guided Meditations for Calmness, Awareness & Love, mindfulness breathing exercises, five stages of loving kindness meditation and walking meditation. Check out the Health Journeys catalog or online store at www.healthjourneys.com to see scores of other titles dedicated to harnessing the forces within for health and wellness.
We also offer guided imagery dedicated to specific conditions, such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia and high blood pressure, as well as imagery for psychological issues, including depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress.
The body’s healing forces are always flowing, much like a river, and using guided imagery to harness and focus the profound energy is much like building a dam to harness the river’s natural energy and make it more powerful. Guided imagery can help make the most of a good thing.
As always, we welcome your thoughts, experiences and questions. Tell us how you harness the power of your healing forces. We would love to hear your stories.