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How Imagery Works

Posted by Martin Rossman on July 07, 2017 . 0 Comments

How Imagery Works

The ultimate mechanisms of imagery are still a mystery. In the last twenty years, however, we have learned that imagery is a natural language of a major part of our nervous system. The two sides of the human brain think in very different ways and are simultaneously capable of independent thought. In a real sense, we each have two brains. The left thinks as we are accustomed to thinking, with words and logic. The right, however, thinks in terms of images and feelings.
 
The right side of the brain plays and especially important role in healing. The imagery provoked by the right brain will often let you see the "big picture" and experience the way an illness is related to events and feelings you might not have considered important. Read more.
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Guided Imagery and Fighting Cancer from Within

Posted by Matthew Shirk on May 26, 2017 . 0 Comments

Guided Imagery and Fighting Cancer from Within

Can Guided Imagery cure cancer? Understandably, this is the question of most interest to patients and doctors alike. What we can fairly say is that there is significant evidence people can mentally stimulate an immune system component critical to fighting cancer. A study by Hall and Olness found that 18 of 22 papers investigating the effects of imagery on immunity showed positive responses in numbers of circulating natural killer cells and their response to mitogen stimulation. While natural killer cell activation is not equivalent to a survival endpoint, it is widely agreed to be a desirable effect in cancer treatments and, if there were a traditional drug that had demonstrated the same ability, many cancer patients in the United States would be taking it routinely. In reality however, the bottom line question is whether guided imagery can actually help individual people deal with the daily struggles of cancer, chemo and...

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Pictures of Health

Posted by Martin Rossman on May 23, 2017 . 0 Comments

Pictures of Health

There is often much more to negotiating a serious illness or chronic condition than what conventional medical care brings to bear. I’ve witnessed this fact firsthand for the past 30 years as I’ve helped people with cancer by teaching them to harness the power of their minds to fight the disease, find their strengths, make the best of treatments, and meet the challenges that a significant illness brings.

At the core of this work is guided imagery—basically, a technique of highly focused daydreaming, the tools for which almost every possesses: attention, intention, will, and, most important, imagination. Like all higher brain functions, imagination is a mystery, but it’s not mystical. It’s simply a way of thinking that uses sensory information for processing, consisting of thoughts that can be seen, heard, smelled, tasted, or sensed in some way in your mind. Memories, dreams, fantasies, plans, illusions, and lies all involve imagery—guided...

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New Brain Map

Posted by Martin Rossman on May 09, 2017 . 0 Comments

New Brain Map

A spectacular new map of the brain, detailing nearly 100 previously unknown regions

     It is amazing how much we've learned about the brain in the past year. 

     Last Summer, experts created a new map of the brain that included 97 newly discovered regions. This is the first comprehensive map of the brain since neurologist Korbinian Brodmann published a hand-drawn map in 1907, cataloguing the then-known 52 brain regions. Today's new map now includes 180 regions.

     The research for this map was started four years ago by neuroscientist Matthew Glasser and his colleagues. They pulled data collected by the Human Connectome Project which used a powerful scanner to record brain activity during a variety of different tests. Read more.
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Mental Imagery is the Ancient Language of the Unconscious

Posted by Martin Rossman on January 21, 2017 . 0 Comments

Mental Imagery is the Ancient Language of the Unconscious

Mental Imagery seems to be the natural language of the unconscious. I have referred to it as the Rosetta stone of the mind-body-spirit. Imagery is a coding language of the nervous system. It carries information in such a way that what we call the body and the mind and the spirit are able to communicate through and respond to it. It seems to be a language or vehicle through which we can explore whatever it is that we are.

In many ways it’s probably the oldest medicine there is. Every ancient culture had imagery-based rituals. They might have been called prayer or sacrifice or ceremony or taking a journey to another world, such as a shamanic healer might say, but however they explained it, the methods are similar.

For instance, with shamanic healing you go looking for help and call up power animals or guides. You might encounter and negotiate...

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Drug Free Remedies for Chronic Pain

Posted by Martin Rossman on January 14, 2017 . 0 Comments

Drug Free Remedies for Chronic Pain

As quoted in the article "Drug Free Remedies for Chronic Pain", featured in AARP Magazine: "While acute pain appears in areas of the brain that are connected to tissue damage, chronic pain lives in other areas of the brain - the prefrontal cortex and limbic system. Which the brain uses for memories, especially emotional ones. In some cases the pain lives on long past the time when the body tissues have healed. Repeated thoughts and emotions create nerve pathways in the brain. Chronic pain impulses travel along well-worn pathways. By using techniques such as guided imagery to build new nerve pathways, the pain pathways can become less active and dominant."
http://www.aarp.org/health/alternative-medicine/info-11-2008/drug_free_remedies_chronic_pain.html
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