“With guided imagery, I learned that my body takes care of itself if I just listen to it and do what it says. I feel so much more in sync and on the path to health.” Pattie
Guided imagery for MS is a little known power tool to stimulate our cells to change, grow, strengthen, mend and so much more. This tool, also known as visualizations, self-hypnosis, and trance, has shown to stimulate the physical body to create change. By engaging this tool, we are taking a more active and focused approach to our health and healing.
Using guided imagery for Multiple Sclerosis allows us to communicate to our subconscious mind, the central controller of the body, the changes we desire. In this way, we steer our bodies back toward health. This technique has been researched in psychoneuroimmunology , especially in the work of Candace Pert. Her research has shown how the neurology of the body experiences the same feelings and fires the same brain synapses during a visualization process that it would if experiencing a physical event.
How quickly can we change our cells?
Our cells are continually changing and adapting to our current environment and needs. More so than we think. Much of science still operates under the assumption that our bodies renew every seven years. However, research from the Smithsonian Institution in 1953 showed us that it’s much faster than that.
How fast do our cells renew?
- 98% of all the atoms in the human body are replaced every year
- 10% of all our cells renew every three weeks
- 25% every 5 to 6 weeks
- Soft muscle tissue every 8 to 12 weeks
- Skin renews every 30 days
- Liver every six weeks
- Stomach lining every 4 days
- 100% turnover happens every five years. That means that every five years, we have a new body.
Taking these timeframes into consideration, we can calculate how long we must repeat our visualizations to promote the changes we desire.
Guidelines for Using Guided Imagery for MS
- Your job is to do the process and hold the intention. Do not worry about the results. The more you focus on the results, the more you will create resistance to the process. Your only responsibility is to set the intention and keep the focus on that intention for an extended period. You are not ‘doing’ the work; your body is. Your focus is on enjoying the time to imagine the changes you desire.
- Short visualizations can be done three times a day. Longer recorded hypnosis can be done once or twice a day.
- Be consistent and repeat repeat repeat.
- This needs to be interesting for you, so use words and imagery that engage your senses. It needs to connect with you.
- Don’t get too technical in your guided imagery. The subconscious mind, the part of your mind that controls your body, works in imagery and metaphors. Because of this, keep it creative and entertaining. Think sparkles, gold-colored threads, little workers the size of pinheads sweeping away and repairing scarred myelin.
- Focus on one specific goal (rather than each day a different goal). Repetition creates permanence. Hold the intention of the session each time you begin – what do you want to achieve with the exercise? Examples:
- Fogginess -> clearing the clouds
- Numbed leg -> turning the circulation back on like unraveling a hose that had a kink in it, and the water begins to gush again….
- Burning nerve pain -> pouring water on it or cooling it down with ice or absorbing the overactive electrons with a magnet of some sort.
- Myelin sheaths all frazzled and scared -> cleaning them with a golden bristle brush and then sewing them back together with golden thread
- You can use a recording for the session, or you can do self-hypnosis. Both have shown to produce change.
Free Guided Imagery for MS
Eva M Clark collaborated with Katherine Zimmerman, a hypnotherapy teacher in San Diego, California, to create 3 free videos and mp3’s of guided imagery for MS for you to use for your own healing.
1. Taking Control of the Sensations in Our body – The Control Room
This guided imagery video and mp3 for MS uses a control room analogy. This guided imagery sample is a classic hypnotic script. It is used by many hypnotists to help their clients get relief from discomfort. You can listen and download this free self-hypnosis recording below.
2. Stimulating our Bodies to Make a Physical Change – Visualizing Healing
This self-hypnosis video and mp3 for MS uses imagery for you to work on a specific physical symptom of your choice. It uses the power of repetition, intention, and focus to stimulate the body to create a change in the symptom. It can be used for any change desired in the body. You can listen and download this free self-hypnosis recording below.
3. Creating Our Future Selves (Future Progression)
This video and mp3 of guided imagery progresses us into the future. This techniques helps us find solutions and options to move us forward and onto the path of health. You can listen and download this free hypnosis recording below.
Use Guided Imagery, Hypnotherapy and NLP combined to Help Your Body Heal from Multiple Sclerosis
These samples above can help you understand some of the ways that you can use guided imagery to help your body heal. Consider signing up for individual sessions with Eva M Clark to work through your particular symptoms and the issues that caused your body to become ill.