By Rhonda L Davis (Photo by Dan Carlson)
What is imagery and how can it help heal your mind and body?
Imagery is the language of the mind. We experience imagery as a form of communication in our dreams. We also experience imagery in our everyday activities such as recalling memories from our past, as well as, picturing situations or circumstances and their possible outcomes in our future. But did you know that you can use imagery for healing?
Using imagery for healing is a simple and effective way to harness the power of the mind and speed healing in the physical body. It’s easy, fast and effective and can save you money on doctor bills, hospital stays, and prescription drug costs. The only side effects are better health and wellness, shortened recovery times, and needing 20-50% fewer prescription medications.
Sound good so far?
Take a moment and become aware of your thinking. Is your imagination healing you or stressing you out? Stress, in and of itself, is an immune wrecker. Your body literally loses its ability to heal efficiently when in stress mode. This is because when the body is in stress mode, it’s trying to determine which battle to fight first. All the body’s resources get assigned to fight or flight duty leaving limited resources to work on healing, and so the vicious cycle begins. Stress leads to illness, and illness causes stress, which leads to more illness. This isn’t even taking into account all of the emotional baggage that tags along for the ride under these circumstances. Anger, frustration, resentment and many other emotions add a layer of emotional wreckage to your already stressed out mind and body, and do nothing but complicate the situation and make you feel even worse. Your body’s nervous system is now in full blown sympathetic mode.
“The sympathetic what?” Let me explain…
Your brain is a vital part of the central nervous system. It has the capability to control your conscious actions such as walking, thinking and talking. Your body on the other hand (no pun intended), has what’s called an autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS is responsible for regulating bodily functions, like the beating of your heart, your breathing, the way you digest your food, your sweating patterns, etc.
The ANS has two divisions. It consists of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). The primary function of the sympathetic system is to stimulate your fight-or-flight response we discussed earlier. It is a physiological reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack, or threat to your survival.
In other words, the sympathetic nervous system’s job is to keep us safe and for the most part it does, however, this sometimes comes at a price.
The counterpart of the sympathetic nervous system is the parasympathetic system. It enables you to maintain normal functions such as digesting and keeping the body at rest.
Being in parasympathetic mode is where the magic happens when it comes to health and healing.
Getting the body into PNS, upon demand, is the best way to stop the madness and reverse the damage caused by stress and anxiety and get the body to heal itself.
Imagery is the road map that gets you there. What you see along the way is the adventure!
What does your path look like?
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