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How to Ease Pain with Imagery

How to Ease Pain with Imagery

The body-mind-spirit connection can be so helpful when we have pain; even the established medical profession is beginning to see the amazing results that can be obtained through imagery and visualization.

This simple two-part imagery exercise can help you to find some relief from physical, emotional, or mental pain. Find out how, here:

1. Seeing a Physical, Emotional, or Mental Pain

Close your eyes. Breathe out three times, counting from three to one, seeing the numbers very clearly. See the number one as being tall, clear, and very straight, and very bright. Now become aware of a pain in your body. It can be a physical, emotional, or mental pain. Just locate its place in your body. Then imagine turning your eyes inward and traveling down to the source of your pain. “See” it with your inner eyes. How does it appear to you? What color is it? Does it smell? Does it have a texture? Is it hot or cold, inflamed or dull, wet or dry? Describe everything you “see” about your pain. In “seeing” it, your imagination becomes true to its source.

As it “sees,” the necessity of its “seeing” will impel your imagination to do something about what it “sees.” For instance, your pain may be very red, wet, and inflamed. How can you deal with its necessity? Improvise! For instance:

2. Mopping Up an Inflammation (an example)

Breathe out three times. Imagine that with a pure white cotton wad you mop up the red inflamed wet color until it permeates the cotton. Then take the cotton and throw it over your left shoulder. There, it is gone! When you look again, the area of your old pain looks clear and light. The pain is gone. Breathe out and open your eyes.

Find the action that will ease your pain as you “see” it.

Read more: Spirit, Alternative Therapies, Exercises, Guidance, Self-Help

Adapted from Kabbalah and the Power of Dreaming, by Catherine Shainberg (Inner Traditions, 2005). Copyright (c) 2005 by Catherine Shainberg. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from Kabbalah and the Power of Dreaming, by Catherine Shainberg (Inner Traditions, 2005).

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5:04AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

interesting, thanks for sharing

7:36AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

thanks for sharing

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8:23AM PDT on Aug 6, 2011

Thank you

11:17PM PST on Feb 28, 2011

just imagine...and can do

12:42AM PST on Feb 26, 2011

imagery can do wonders

4:35PM PST on Dec 18, 2010

Sounds good and I will try again. So far imagery hasn't worked but I have a "monkey mind" that's hard to shut down!!

12:43AM PST on Dec 18, 2010

Thanks for the article.

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