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"A vivid imagination compels the whole body to obey it. "
"Undoubtedly, we become what we envisage. "
- Claude M. Bristol
"The real act of discovery consists not in finding new lands but in seeing with new eyes. "
- Marcel Proust
Helping Cancer Patients with Guided Imagery
In this modality, the client's will to live, his hopefulness, is supported and vivified. If the client does not at first have the emotional resources to do deeper work, supportive hypnotherapy through guided imagery is the choice. This imagery involves supporting the immune system by seeing the cancer-killing cells doing successful battle with the malignant cells that are then easily flushed out of the system. Having this imagery recorded on a tape allows the client to use Self Hypnosis several times a day for the next several weeks.
If the client has the emotional resources for regression or parts work, then these processes are used to uncover and reprogram any attitudes/beliefs getting in the way of the client's taking full charge of her responsibility in her recovery. The hypnotherapist examines with the client a number of lifestyle choices--including nutrition, compliance with medical regimens, social networks, spirituality, etc.--which may obstruct the client's faith and hope in his or her recovery.