In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
- Albert Camus
Ever wonder why dreams are so vivid, or why answers often become obvious to you in a dream? Our subconscious mind works at the level of imagery and metaphor. We often become aware of conflicts, desires, or fears when our subconscious mind is active and the conscious one is not—as when dreaming.
Guided Imagery is a special form of hypnotherapy that allows direct, powerful communication with the subconscious mind using metaphorical image suggestions. It is a well-known technique that can be used in a range of situations, from physical and emotional healing, to problem solving, to career goals achievement.
An experienced hypnotherapist will guide her clients to use imagery to communicate conscious desires and goals to the subconscious, bringing the two into alignment.
At Mind Wave Institute, Dr. Cindy uses some degree of guided imagery with almost all of our clients—whether you are here to relieve anxiety, resolve weight issues, or need help achieving a life goal that seems out of reach. As humans, we are complex; often we want one thing but we do another, and we don’t always understand why. Using our core techniques, NET, and medical hypnotherapy when needed, we identify your inner conflicts and help you to resolve them, with guided imagery as part of the overall treatment.
How Images Influences Your Everyday Life
The power of images to influence the subconscious mind and our emotions has been known for millennia. You can find examples of powerful imagery in art and literature throughout the ages. These days some of the most pervasive imagery comes from billboards, TV, the Internet, and countless other visual stimulators. What do the images you expose yourself to communicate to your subconscious? How might they affect your thoughts, feelings, and behavior?
“Thoughts, when properly nourished and internalized, will become a reality in your world of form. Thoughts are extremely powerful things.”
— Dr. Wayne Dyer
“When we lift up the eyes of the mind to what is invisible, we should consider metaphors of visible things as if they were steps to understanding.”
— Hugh of St. Victors (1100-1141)
“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”
— Michael Jordan
“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
— Carl Jung