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I’ve found guided visualizations to be a really useful tool, especially when going through some of the most difficult times in my life.
If you’re like me, when I’m stressed or in a state of high anxiety, I just cannot get myself relaxed enough to be able to meditate. It’s not just my ‘monkey mind’ that’s all over the place, it feels as if my whole body is vibrating.
Listening to a guided meditation or visualization in this case has been wonderful.
I usually spend around 10 minutes listening in the dark, with my headphones on before going to bed – handing over the reins to someone else, not worried about trying to relax, just allowing myself to go on a journey.
That’s why I wanted to create this free guided healing visualization for you.
Does visualization really work to heal the body?
It’s easy to wonder if something as simple as visualizing can truly have an impact. The reality is that visualization techniques work in a similar way to a placebo in medicine; employing the power of the mind, and utilizing the strong mind/body connection that science proves exists.
Numerous studies have supported the benefits of visualization – used in conjunction with other healing modalities – for treating conditions such as asthma, anxiety, insomnia, and fibromyalgia.
In fact, there’s a relatively new field of study called psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) that looks at the interaction between psychological processes and the nervous and immune systems of the human body.
The main interests of PNI are the interactions between the nervous and immune systems and the relationships between mental processes and health. (Source).
This quote by Dr. Clifford Lazarus Ph.D., Clinical Director of the Lazarus Institute, succinctly sums up why visualizing improved health can bring about a new reality for people.
“The mind and the body are different sides of the same coin and they intersect most strongly at the level of imagination.”Clifford N. Lazarus Ph.D.
So, the key to successful visualization is imagination and also exploring and being open to the ‘possibilities of healing’.
We often rely on others, specifically those in an authoritative medical position, to tell us what our healing potential is, without realizing that we could be employing our minds to help increase our chances of healing and recovery.
What’s the significance of the ‘Tree of Life’ in this free guided healing visualization?
The ‘Tree of Life’ presents the perfect archetype for a healing visualization. Universally recognized, the ‘Tree of Life’ symbolizes growth, strength, stability and a sense of being grounded.
The tree connects the heavens to the earth, and unites all forms of creation.
In this free guided visualization, I lead you through a cleansing and breathing exercise, which prepares you to then go through the ‘Tree of Life’ healing exercises.
This visualization technique was inspired by the work of my friend and founder of Alchemy of the Heart, Gemma Garbett. She led me through a similar visualization for protection, which I’ve adapted for healing.
The first ‘Tree of Life’ exercise helps to ground you and connect you with the Earth and to receive her healing energy. Then we connect with the Universal healing energy.
After doing this short 12 minute guided meditation you’ll feel:
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And once you’ve done the visualization I’d really love to hear your feedback on it. So leave me a comment in the comments section!