Mind-Body Healing Arthritis Alternatives
The Mind
Visualization and Imagery
  Suggested First Steps  
  The Mind
Why Mind-Body?
Relaxation Quickies
Expressing Feelings
Power of Thoughts

  Food and Diet
  Healthy Foods
Foods to Avoid
Testing for Allergies
Mind-Body Eating
  Bodywork and Exercise
Alexander Technique
Nordic Walking
  About the Author  

The first step is to sit comfortably and let yourself become relaxed using a relaxation technique that works for you (see relaxation quickies).

Imagine yourself in a place where you feel safe and comfortable and fully alive. If you already know of such a place, imagine you are there. Otherwise, create in your mind what this place would look like. Bring in all of your senses. How does the place smell - sweet and fragrant or crisp and clean? Is the air soft with the gentle breezes of a spring day? Or is the air a bit heavier, with the more humid warmth of summer? Are there any special sounds?

After you see yourself in your safe and comfortable place, you are ready to visualize healing.

Healing Images for you to create in your mind:

These are suggestions. If you think of variations, go with your instincts.

  • See yourself surrounded and filled with a healing white light.

  • Feel the warmth of the sun's rays on your body. Feel the sun's warmth going to the parts of you that need healing.

  • Imagine that you are breathing into the place that hurts.

  • If you are in pain, try to imagine what the pain looks like. How big is it? What color is it? What is its shape? Talk to it. Is there a message for you?

  • Imagine there is a ball of white light over your head. It comes down, into your head, moving through each part of you, cleansing and healing.

  • Imagine yourself as an infant or very small child. You are cradled and held and gently rocked by a loving, maternal person. (Maybe it is your own mother or father. Maybe it's an archetypal Earth Mother. Perhaps it is an angel. Or maybe it is God. Maybe it is Jesus.)

    As you are rocked, feel the love and compassion emanating from this giving person. Feel your heart opening to accept and receive this love. Feel love travelling throughout your body, entering your tissues, your cells; calming you, balancing your immune system, calming your joints, relaxing tense muscles.

If you have a problem actually seeing images with your eyes closed, visualization can still work for you. These exercises work even when the images are vague. In my experience, images get clearer with practice. Do your best to create the image in your mind and then just know that it is there. Knowing the vision exists will be enough.

If you have a problem deciding what your safe and comfortable place looks like:

Try writing. Here are some possible questions for you to answer as you write.

In my life, where have I been when I was happiest?

If time and money were no object, where would I like to go? Where would I like to be? What would I be doing?

When I am in my special place will I be indoors or outside? Do I need both indoors and outdoors (possibly an indoor room leading out to a garden)?

Is the time of day important?

What about the season and the weather?

I strongly recommend writing, but if you really don't want to write, go to the library or a bookstore and browse through the books in the travel section, or look for videos about travel in the video section.

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