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Visualisation or Guided Imagery

 Visualisation, or guided imagery as it is more accurately called, since to be maximally effective, it involves all five senses, is a meditation technique for creating a powerful mental image of a desired event in order to make that event happen. Whilst this may be dismissed as mystical-mind-over-matter-rubbish, there is much evidence that the brain responds in the same way to a perceived event, regardless of whether that event is perceived from reality or from the imagination. Since it is the brain which controls all of the body processes, including those involved in the healing of injuries, infections and diseases, it follows that creating a powerful mental image of these healing processes working to heal whatever needs healing will strongly enhance the functioning and effectiveness of those processes. This gives the individual using guided imagery a great sense of control and well being, a sense which is further enhanced by the well documented beneficial effects of relaxation, which is an integral part of any meditative technique.

The theory behind the therapeutic use of guided imagery is that much physical illness or disease is the result of the long-term disturbance of various body systems, e.g. the immune system, the cardio-vascular system and the gastro-intestinal system by the chemicals produced by the body in response to chronic stress i.e. stress that has been present for many years and which often has its origins in experiences during early childhood. It is therefore important, whenever possible, to have the services of a counsellor or therapist who is experienced in this type of work, and who can help the user to identify and release his or her stressors, thereby maximising the effectiveness of the imagery. (However, beware of people who claim skills that they have not got, or only have to a superficial degree, or who wish to charge excessive fees for their services).

The following picture expresses the idea of guided imagery beautifully

 

The Guided Imagery CD that I have for people with cancer has 5 tracks as follows:

 

 Track 1
 Track 2
 Track 3
 Track 4
Track 5
 Ideal Place
 Ideal Place + Control Room
 Control Room + Monitor
Cancer Guided Imagery with Love
 
Cancer Guided Imagery with Aggression
This takes the listener to a place that is ideal for that individual, a place where he or she can be safe, secure, free of pain or disease and just as they wish to be. This track is a starter track and does not mention cancer, and it can also be used therefore by other people, such as carers who need to unwind a little. This track builds on track 1 by taking the listener from the Ideal Place into a mental Control Room, where he or she can start to exercise some control over the cancer and other body processes or symptoms such as pain and medication side effects. This track takes the listener further into the cancer controlling imagery by introducing the concept of a monitor screen where the user can see the effects that are achieved by their actions in the Control Room. This track takes the listener fully into a visualisation of seeing the cancerous, damaged cells being repaired and healed by all of the loving, positive resources available to him or her.. This track takes the listener fully into a visualisation of seeing the cancer being totally destroyed by the forces at his or her command. This can be as aggressively as the user wishes it to be

This CD is designed to last for between 20 and 30 minutes, and should be used 3 times per day when intended as part of an active therapeutic programme, or once per day when used to maintain a state of remission.

You should use each track for at least 2 weeks before moving on to the next track.

The CD tracks should be used in the sequence 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 or 1 - 2 - 3 - 5, depending on the personality of the user (though your feelings may change, and sometimes you feel like being aggressive, whilst at other times you do not. Either is OK, the important thing is to be true to your feelings at the time).

Once you reach tracks 4 or 5, you would of course, simply continue for as long as is necessary.

Carl Stonier, the author of these CD's, has a PhD in Counselling and Guided Imagery (click here to view thesis), a M.A. in Counselling and is also qualified as a nurse for the mentally handicapped and as a general nurse. He has studied visualisation in cancer treatment with Stephanie Simonton, the originator of the approach and has also studied with Lawrence Le Shan the author of many books on using psychological approaches in the treatment of cancer.

The CD costs £13 including p&p. Cheques should be made payable to Dr. Carl Stonier (postal address below) or you can make a payment via Paypal by clicking here or selecting my ONLINE SHOP from the menu to your left.


New CDs

In addition to the Guided Imagery CD designed to help people with cancer, there are now 4 additional CDs available: -

 

 
 
 
 
Ideal Place - Pain Control
 Ideal Place Ischaemic Heart Disease
 Leukaemia
Ideal Place - Personal Growth and Development
This track takes the listener into a deep relaxation before undertaking a journey into the ideal place, from where the journey progresses into a mental control room where any pain that is being experienced can be reduced or eliminated
This track uses the script that was developed and used successfully in my PhD research, the interim results of which were published at the 3rd International Dead Sea Conference held in Israel in 1996 and subsequently published in the book 'Potentiating Health and the Crisis of the Immune System' Eds Misrahi et al., Plenum, New York, 1997. It is designed for anyone with Ischaemic Heart Disease (i.e. angina and/or heart attack), though as with the cancer CD's, its effect is maximised when it is used in conjunction with skilled and appropriate counselling/psychotherapy..This track takes the listener into a deep relaxation before undertaking a journey into the ideal place, from where the journey progresses into a mental control room and then on to repairing the damaged blood cells that cause leukaemia

This track takes the listener fully into a deep relaxation before making the journey to their Ideal Place, from where the journey progresses to help the user to explore their inner world and identify and correct some of the unhelpful messages that they have accumulated throughout life and which create unnecessary limitations on them being all that they have the potential to be.

This is a 2-CD set

Please check in the ONLINE SHOP for the cost of these CDs. Cheques should be made payable to Dr. Carl Stonier (postal address below) or you can make a payment via Paypal by clicking here or selecting my ONLINE SHOP from the menu to your left.

 

Address Details

All CDs are available from my online store, or, if paying by cheque/postal order (UK only), please make cheque/PO payable to Dr Carl Stonier and post to:


Dr. Carl Stonier

Personal Potential

28 Windsor Road

Crowle
North Lincolnshire
DN17 4ES

Tel: 01724 710 900 or 07977 803 421

Email: drcstonier@personal-potential.co.uk

If you'd like these CDs shipped internationally (outside of the UK) then please email me for postage and packing costs.