This amazing technique allows you to focus and direct the imagination in ways that are productive, proactive and positive. It can be simple or it can be a complex multi-sensory field of perception, it is entirely about what they are being guided to imagine. Hardly 55% of the population has a strong visual sense, but guided imagery is something that almost anyone can do.
Imagination is what fuels one’s dreams and ambitions. Memories are built upon reality and an imagination of the future. Guided imagery is a means of exploring your inner world by viewing closely the ideas, perceptions and projections one feels. Guided imagery has been described by many practitioners as a life changing experience. However, imagination is something that is not too widely appreciated in today’s day and age. While more people are being taught than ever, critical and original thinking is almost a lost art.
Guided imagery is the process of creating a fictional scenario in the individual’s mind which is as real as the world they see around them. The feelings this imagination brings up are usually as distinct and emphatic as any other. The sensory images are one of the most important inputs for the human body. The senses are usually heightened when there is a strong emotional connect with imagery being shared. The scene could be a fantastical imagination or something as real as your mother or father congratulating you on a well finished job.
When someone is undergoing guided imagery, they enter an altered mental state. This altered state allows faster healing, growth, performances and learning. We move in altered states all day, more often than not feeding our brain negative guided imagery. Thinking of all the worst possible things that could happen to you at the meeting tomorrow seems so much easier! Most importantly, this exercise allows the individual to feel in control of himself, what he is feeling and the situation that has resulted in this.
Start doing this for about 15 minutes a day at least 3 days a week. This is something that will make its results felt only after a dedicated month or two of doing this process. Finding what your ideal time for doing this is going to be the catch. You need to decide a time when you will indulge in this exercise. Having a fixed time will help you get in the groove of doing this on a regular basis. Once it becomes a part of your routine, it becomes much easier to manage.
Nobel Prize winning Dr. Roger Sperry, and his team at the University of Chicago have proven that the right and left brain of the human brain can have different thoughts being processed simultaneously. Now the right brain is more attuned to visuals and emotions while the left is all about logic and reason. The right brain grasps the big context, while the left fills in the details that were missed.
Physical symptoms could very well be riding psychological ailments. Those that do not express their emotions too freely can also face problems, all of which can be resolved using guided imagery. Guided imagery allows you to take control of a situation that you are not in control of. It provides a template, a map of sorts for an individual to all that he can be, given the circumstances. Kids are natural at using their right brains and grasping visuals. The point of guided imagery is to allow yourself to feel exactly the situation you are being narrated. This process of being guided to imagine certain fantasies or real life scenarios is known as guided imagery.