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Guided Imagery is a meditation technique that may be used for stress relief, healing, and to reveal our deepest thoughts and awareness. It has been used to support medical treatments and a state of well-being.

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Guided imagery, or guided visualization can be helpful in receiving information from the body and subconscious. It also enhances the body/mind connection to support optimal functioning of the body’s healing systems, and can be an important tool for stress management.

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Through Guided Imagery, all things are possible. Our mind is free to imagine an ideal world, one in which we live and work and spend our leisure time in whatever type of environment pleases us most. We get to enjoy the attention and love of whoever meets our fancy. We become larger than life and fulfill every nuance of desire. And the amazing part of this is that, after awhile, the effects of our imaginary world begin to appear in our "real", everyday world as new people, opportuni
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Guided imagery and visualization can give the client new tools for control of their own mind energy and consequently, new tools for healing on all levels.

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Guided Imagery helps relieve stress, problem solve, and connect with one’s higher self. It can be used for depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders.

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Guided imagery is the use of the imagination or mental pictures to create positive change. Safe, fun, and easy to learn, imagery is a powerful self-help tool that can be used by children, adolescents, and adults. No special equipment needed - just the imagination!

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Guided Imagery or Guided Visualization is a powerful mind/body tool that is very effective in self-healing from chronic illness due to stress, and in cases of physical injury. It is also a valuable tool to use when dealing with mental and emotional distress.

Guided visualizations often include archetypal symbolism, such as the running water of a stream or waterfall to purify the mind and body, and wash away illnesses or relieve injuries.

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Imagery/Visualization is the language of the mind. It is the process of using mental images, along with smells, taste, feelings to create a "mental movie" for a purpose or outcome. Athletes have used imagery for thousands of years to enhance performance. It also has many other beneficial applications such as relaxation, for enhancing performance, for promoting healing, increasing creativity, overcoming obstacles in a safe environment, etc. Image testing of the brain shows the same
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Interactive guided imagery in which the participant can contact an inner coach for benefits in dealing with most emotional and physical issues.

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Interactive imagery using the participants own images to create a sense of wellness and rid them of conflict.

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* This article is updated daily from Wikipedia. It may contain minor formatting errors.
For the original content and references, click here. Last update: 8/18/2013.

Creative visualization (sports visualization) refers to the practice of seeking to affect the outer world by changing one's thoughts and expectations.* Creative visualization is the basic technique underlying positive thinking* and is frequently used by athletes to enhance their performance.* The concept originally arose in the US with the nineteenth century New Thought movement. One of the first Americans to practice the technique of creative visualization was Wallace Wattles (1860–1911), who wrote The Science of Getting Rich.* In this book, Wattles advocates creative visualization as the main technique for realizing one's goals; a practice that stems from the Hindu Monistic theory of the Universe that is subscribed to by the book.*

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Creative visualization is the technique of using one's imagination to visualize specific behaviors or events occurring in one's life.* Advocates suggest creating a detailed schema of what one desires and then visualizing it over and over again with all of the senses (i.e., what do you see? what do you feel? what do you hear? what does it smell like?).* For example, in sports a golfer may visualize the perfect stroke over and over again to mentally train muscle memory.*In one of the most well-known studies on creative visualization in sports, Russian scientists compared four groups of Olympic Games|Olympic athletes in terms of their physical and mental training ratios:
  • Group 1 received 100% physical training;
  • Group 2 received 75% physical training with 25% mental training;
  • Group 3 received 50% mental training with 50% physical training;
  • Group 3 had the best performance results, indicating that certain types of mental training, such as consciously invoking specific subjective states, can have significant measurable effects on biological performance. According to Cummins, "The Soviets had discovered that mental images can act as a prelude to muscular impulses* It has since become more widely understood and accepted in neuroscience and sports psychology that subjective training can cause the body to respond more favorably to consciously desired outcomes.

    Visualization practices are a common form of spirtuality|spiritual exercise. In Vajrayana Buddhism, complex visualizations are used to attain Buddhahood, e.g. Generation Stage. Additionally, visualization is used extensively in sports psychology.*

    In popular media

    Some celebrities have endorsed the use of creative visualization and claimed it had a significant role in their success. Such celebrities include Oprah, Tiger Woods,*Arnold Schwarzenegger, Anthony Robbins, Bill Gates, Ronnie Bernard and others. During a 2008 interview with Tavis Smiley, actor Will Smith said he used visualization to overcome challenges and, in fact, visualized his success years before he became successful.* Another example is actor Jim Carrey, who wrote a check to himself in 1987 in the sum of 10 million dollars. He dated it 'Thanksgiving 1995' and added the notation, “for acting services rendered.” He visualized it for years and in 1994 he received $10M for his role in Dumb and Dumber.*
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