Visualisation (also called guided imagery or creative visualisation) is the technique of focusing your imagination on behaviours or events you’d like to have occur in your life. Advocates suggest creating a detailed schema of what one desires and then visualising it over and over again, using all of your senses. What do you see? What do you feel? What do you hear? What does it smell like?
Creative visualisation is one of the most important tools we have for creating and maintaining good health.
One of the basic principles of holistic health is that we cannot separate our physical health from our emotional, mental, and spiritual states of being. All levels are interconnected and a state of “dis-ease” in the body is always a reflection of conflict; tension, anxiety, or disharmony on other levels of being as well. So when we have a physical disorder, it is inevitably a message for us to look deeply into our emotional and intuitive feelings, our thoughts and attitudes, to see what we can do to restore natural harmony and balance to our beings. We must tune in and “listen” to the inner process.
There is constant communication between mind and body. The body perceives the physical universe, and sends messages to the mind about it; the mind interprets the perceptions according to its own individual past experience and its belief system, and signals the body to react in a way that it feels is appropriate. If the mind’s belief system (on a conscious or unconscious level) says that it is appropriate or inevitable to get sick in a certain situation, it will signal the body accordingly, and the body will obligingly manifest symptoms of illness; it will in fact become ill. So the whole process is closely tied in with our deepest concepts and ideas about ourselves, life, and the nature of disease and health.
Creative visualisation refers to the way in which we communicate from our minds to our bodies. It is the process of forming images and thoughts in our minds, consciously or unconsciously, and then transmitting them to our bodies as signals or commands.
Conscious creative visualisation is the process of creating positive thoughts and images to communicate with our bodies, in place of negative, constrictive, literally “sickening” ones.
Kayde and Sarah’s Secret Adventure is a downloadable e-book that teaches children to use their creative visualisation to heal themselves.