Guided imagery (also known as Guided Affective Imagery) is a mind-body intervention by which a trained practitioner helps a participant/client to evoke and generate mental images. Images that simulate or re-create the sensory perception of sights, sounds, tastes, smells, movements, and images associated with touch, texture, temperature, and pressure. As well as imaginative or mental content that the participant or patient experiences as defying conventional sensory categories, and that may precipitate strong emotions or feelings in the absence of the stimuli to which correlating sensory receptors are receptive.
The practitioner may facilitate this process in person to an individual or a group. Alternatively, the participant/client may follow the guidance provided by a sound recording, video, or audiovisual media comprising a spoken instruction that may be accompanied by music or sound
This use of guided imagery is based on the following premise. Everyone participates in both the voluntary and involuntary spontaneous generation of visual, auditory and other mental images, which is a necessary part of the way in which a person solves problems, recollects the past, predicts and plans the future, and formulates their self-perception, self-image, or the way they 'view' and perceive themselves.
However, this self-image can be altered and self-regulated with the aid of mind-body interventions including guided imagery, by which an individual changes the way he or she visualizes, imagines, and perceives themselves generally, and their physical condition, body image, and mental state specifically
Your life is the reflection of your thoughts. Align your thoughts and your actions
Leonardo Lupori is Certified Guided Imagery Master at Hypnosis Motivation Institute