Therapeutic Guided Imagery (TGI) is a technique used by Certified Hypnotists and Certified Imagery Facilitators (myself) to guide clients to connect with THEIR OWN powerful subconscious imagery in order to gain new understanding and perspective on a specific issue, or even a new life direction.
To understand TGI, one must first understand a few things about the subconscious mind.
Imagine the subconscious mind as the storehouse or darkroom of all past experiences.
Your thoughts, words, events, and emotions are imprinted and stored in the subconscious for future reference. These thoughts and emotions are stored symbolically as imagery.
It is our earliest life experiences (0–8 years of age) that imprint the subconscious with the deepest and strongest emotions as “known associations.” Over time both positive and negative knowns are reinforced and embedded by yourself and others and this information is ready to be recalled instantly and automatically in reaction to daily situations.
The subconscious mind is a goal-oriented machine. The main job of the subconscious mind is to perform the tasks you tell or train it to do. Imagine that…the subconscious mind will do whatever you ask it to do. What is your internal dialogue?
The subconscious mind does not differentiate between good or bad, right or wrong. Just like a computer, it accepts the information given and stores it for future use.
Imagery is the language of the subconscious mind—And therapeutic guided imagery is the way we communicate in hypnosis.
We go deep to communicate with subconscious imagery and to bring resolve to lifetime issues, open the doors of insight, and gain empowerment and direction for future happiness and success.
In hypnosis and therapeutic guided imagery, the hypnotist speaks and questions the client in a certain way on a specific topic.
In hypnosis we connect to emotions by bringing a specific thought to mind. We connect with this imagery by visualizing or imagining. There is a difference. With the eyes closed, visualization is seeing actual pictures on the back of the eyelids. Some people see this way. Others get a sense of the image by imagining. Imagining makes use of all the senses. Both are equally effective and with practice, those that imagine will start to visualize/see the actual pictures.
As the guiding hypnotist asks series of questions, more imagery comes to light. The imagery can be surprising and enlightening and when owned and honored, the client gains inner strength and confidence. As these new feelings are reinforced, the negatives shifts to positive knowns ready to be recalled everyday. This news story brings resolve to old issues.
Imagery makes use of all five senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and feel. Imagery is also intuitive, connecting us with a consciousness beyond the mind and body.
In the trance state, imagery is free flowing. Anyone who can go to a movie and be drawn into the story (in other words, all of us) can create or connect to internal imagery. But imagery is also a practice that can be cultivated and perfected and become even more effective and powerful over time.
Guided imagery results can help you override fears with optimism, and gain a sense of being in control and even a sense of mastery.
Therapeutic Guided Imagery is a proven technique that has a positive effect on health, creativity, and performance. In addition to connecting to personal imagery, a ten minute session can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and glucose levels in the blood, and heighten short-term immune cell activity. It is known to reduce blood loss during surgery and accelerate healing after. It lessens headaches and pain.
It can increase your skill level on the ski hill or golf course, enhance writing and performance skills, accelerate weight loss, and reduce the negative side effects of chemotherapy.
A former professional photographer and now a certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and certified Therapeutic Guided Imagery Facilitator, I have been immersed in work with images for my entire adult life, and I would love to share with you my skills and experience to help you change your life.
Joan Teasdale is a Consulting Hypnotist in New York City. She’s a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist in California, and a Certified Therapeutic Guided Imagery Facilitator. Joan offers hypnosis sessions at her West Village NYC office as well as via Skype.