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.

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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Patricia H.
Patricia H.3 years ago

interesting, thanks for sharing

Patricia H.
Patricia H.3 years ago

thanks for sharing

Victor M.
Victor M.3 years ago


Tim Cheung
Tim C.4 years ago


Ida J.
Ida J.4 years ago


Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Gordana Roljic
Gordana Roljic4 years ago

just imagine...and can do

Chavonne Harvey
Chavonne Harvey4 years ago

imagery can do wonders

Lin C.
Linda C.4 years ago

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!!

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.