Healing Images: The Role of Imagination in Health

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In the Foreword to this new work, the Dalai Lama writes, "The reality of human existence includes our experience of illness, suffering and death. Pretending that we are not sick when we are, or that we will never die, would be as foolish as to deny the possibility of ever getting well.

"As living beings, we all wish for happiness and seek to avoid suffering. One of the major factors here is our mental attitude. Physical health is closely related to our state of mind. Scientific experiments have shown that if the mind is stable and calm, basic physical functions like digestion and sleep improve. On the other hand, when someone is mentally distressed, even the presence of friends, comfort and wealth will not make them happy."

Healing Images: The Role of Imagination in Health details the function and capacity of imagination in health. This work consists of 22 chapters and discusses theory, research, and clinical applications. Presented is a brief history of the use of imagery for healing in both Eastern and Western traditions, a review of research that deals with the physiological consequences of imagery and related approaches, and an explanation of how images lead to such bodily changes. Healing Images covers the latest theory and research on the relationship between imagery, cerebral laterality, and healing. An attempt is also made to integrate modern systems theory with concepts of information and energy, which disclose the role of imagery and love in health. Imagery and music in health are also discussed.

Healing Images examines how and why mental images help in connecting with our inner wisdom and covers in detail applications of imagery in pain management, smoking cessation, weight management, sex therapy, and the treatment of phobic disorders, eating disorders, cardiovascular disorders, depression, trauma, and cancer. This volume also explores imagery in intuition and spiritual development and includes a discussion of transpersonal and death images along with their implications for health and growth.

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Editorial Reviews

Joan Boryserko
This is an exceptional book for health professionals who are seriously interested in adding imagery to their therapeutic repertoire.—Ph.D., Author: Minding the Body, Mending the Mind and Inner Peace for Busy People: 52 Simple Strategies for Transforming Your Life
Larry Dossey
Healing Images may prove to be the bible in the role of imagination in health. Dr. Anees Sheikh helped invent this field, and he remains one of the foremost authorities in the world. All interested in how mind and body interact should acquaint themselves with this important work.—M.D., Author: Healing Beyond the Body and Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine
From The Critics
These 22 contributions extol the increasingly recognized as legitimate therapeutic uses of mental imagery. Sheikh (psychology, Marquette U.; psychiatry and behavioral medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin) contributes to introductory chapters on healing images viewed historically and physiologically. Other theoretical/ research-oriented papers discuss issues of how images can heal, a model linking imagery with right brain stimulation and stress reduction, an "info-energy" model integrating conventional and complementary medicine for understanding imagery's role, and approaches mixing music with imagery. Clinical applications such as treating pain and guiding spiritual growth are also addressed. The book includes a foreword by the Dalai Lama. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895032263
  • Publisher: Baywood Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Series: Society and Aging Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 520
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Healing Images: Historical Perspective 3
2 Physiological Consequences of Imagery and Related Approaches 27
3 How Could Images Heal Anything? 53
4 Imagery, Cerebral Laterality, and the Healing Process: A Cautionary Note 72
5 Imagery, Love, and Health: How Dynamical Energy Systems Theory Can Integrate Conventional and Complementary Medicine 91
6 Music, Imagery, and Healing 115
7 Healing Images: Connecting with Inner Wisdom 141
8 Transforming the Pain Terrain: Theory and Practice in the Use of Mental Imagery for the Treatment of Pain 177
9 Imagery in Smoking Cessation and Weight Management 223
10 Mental Imagery in Sex Therapy 254
11 A Guided-Imagery Treatment Approach for Eating Disorders 275
12 Use of Imagery in the Treatment of Cardiovascular Disorders 300
13 Imagery and the Treatment of Phobic Disorders 312
14 The Use of Imagery in Alleviating Depression 343
15 Imagery: Its History and Use in the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder 381
16 Imagery in the Treatment of Trauma 396
17 Imagery and Cancer 408
18 How to Use Mental Imagery for Any Clinical Condition 427
19 Guided Imagery and Intuition 437
20 Transpersonal Images: Implications for Health 448
21 Death Imagery: Confronting Death Brings Us to the Threshold of Life 471
22 Imagery and Spiritual Development 489
Contributors 499
Index 507
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