A popular ad campaign stated that “a mind is a terrible thing to waste, but a wonderful thing to invest in.” I couldn’t agree more. When coaching my clients about their healing journey, healing the emotional wounds is often a very sensitive subject. I often suggest the use of guided imagery as a powerful way to play a more active role in recovery and managing the physical and emotional impacts of Breast Cancer. And, as we enter Stress Awareness Month, it seemed like a good topic to revisit once again.
Guided imagery is much more than using the mind for “visualization.” As it turns out, only 55 percent of us have the ability for visual imagining. Guided imagery is a little different. It’s a technique where you imagine scenarios, images, sounds, smells and other sensations associated with your desired outcome.
The benefits are backed by science
Research shows that guided imagery helps reduce the nasty side effects of a cancer diagnosis among those undergoing conventional treatment as well as long-term Breast Cancer survivors.
Guided imagery has even bigger benefits. Studies involving state-of-the-art blood assays and brain scans show that guided imagery also produces changes in immune activity on the cellular level just as it does with meditation.
Since we know that stress impacts our immune system, it’s exciting to have guided imagery as a way to pump up our immune function.
Science is proving the mind-body connection. Here are a few powerful examples:
• Guided imagery elevates the immune system functioning, and cell-specific imagery affects corresponding white blood counts, neutrophils and lymphocytes.
• Guided imagery up-regulated anti-cancer host defenses during and after chemo and radiation as noted by significant differences in activated T-cells, natural killer cells and lymphocyte-activated killer cells between those using guided imagery and those not using it.
• Guided imagery has an effect on natural killer cell activity and cytotoxicity and increased activation of Interleukin-2, which has a role in key functions of the immune system.
How to get started
If you are interested in trying guided imagery, I suggest that you consider buying a book, audio file or searching YouTube for well-known imagery experts like Louise Hay, Bernie Siegel or Emmett Miller or even working with a trained therapist. A session would include:
• A variety of guided imagery techniques that will lead you through imagined experiences in your mind that make you feel peaceful and safe.
• You may be asked to imagine a warm and healing light where the cancer was or images of your immune system attacking cancer cells.
• Sounds, smells tastes or other sensations may also be a component of the session.
Of course, not every mode of healing is for everyone. If you find that guided imagery is not up your alley then I would also recommend looking into The Silva Method, meditation and EFT. Sometimes it just takes a bit of experimenting to find what works best for you. And, in the end, it’s all about you and your healing journey, making sure that you do whatever it takes to boost your Immune System. Remember that in order to truly heal your body, you must address the emotional issues and Heal The Emotional Wounds.
Dr. Veronique Desaulniers, better known as Dr. V, is the founder of The 7 Essentials System ™, a step-by-step guide that teaches you exactly how to prevent and heal Breast Cancer Naturally. To get your F.R.E.E. 7 day mini e-course, and to receive her inspiring articles on the power of Natural Medicine, visit https://breastcancerco.wpengine.com/.