Welcome To HeartModes
You can heal your emotions, and even more importantly, you can harness your emotions for wisdom, growth, and healing in almost any area of your life.
When you use the guided imagery, meditation techniques, or self hypnosis sessions on this site, your intuition is released to perform more powerfully in every area of your life.
MIND, BODY & SPIRIT
Our programs are designed to help you meet specific challenges,and take you from where you are to where you want to be. We do this by helping you connect your mind, body, and spirit in the service of your goals.
Guided Imagery Q&A
These are the most frequently asked questions about guided imagery.
How is imagery different from meditation?
Meditation is a broader category that includes guided imagery. Imagery is a form of meditation, because meditation is any kind of deliberate focus, usually on just one thing or a very narrow band of things. This clears the mind, slows it down and calms and strengthens the meditator. For most westerners, imagery is a little easier to work with, more absorbing and appealing than the more stringent mindfulness meditation, which requires more discipline and practice with most people.
Is imagery similar to self-hypnosis?
Yes and no. Hypnosis and self hypnosis is really a broader, umbrella category that includes verbal suggestion and thoughts without images along with guided imagery. For instance, telling yourself in the altered state that you’ll be calm and confident qualifies as self-hypnosis. Seeing yourself that way, in sights, sounds or feelings is imagery. Although hypnosis also uses images, it isn’t limited to them. And some forms of hypnosis are more directive than guided imagery, which leans more on suggestion and invitation.
Do I have to believe it will work?
No. You just have to give it a try, as openly and receptively as you can, putting your analytic mind on hold, and preferably try it more than just once. Skill improves with practice. But a lot of skeptics end up really happy with what guided imagery does for them.
What do I do to make my sessions most effective?
Being relaxed; listening at a time you know you won’t be interrupted; shutting off the phone and other devices; using the half-awake, trancey times when just waking up or falling asleep; listening even if you only have 5 minutes, rather than waiting for a time with the full 20 minutes; using all of your senses, especially your kinesthetic or feeling sense; continued practice; going to the same place with the same music or props each time; using touch as a conditioning cue (such as putting your hands over your belly each time, and breathing deeply); not trying too hard or being too exacting about how you do this. Practicing with a group of people often helps if you are a “people person”.
How often should I listen to my sessions?
Everyone’s needs are different, but you might want to start out a couple of times a day for about 15 minutes each time for 3 or 4 weeks. First thing in the morning and just before falling asleep at night are usually convenient and particularly potent times for imagery, but any time is a good time, and some time is always better than no time, so listen whenever you can. The more you do it, the less time it will take for it to have an impact.
Is this a skill some people are born with?
No. Anyone can do this to some degree, although it does come more easily to some than to others. And anyone can improve with practice, sometimes quite a bit. But some people simply prefer other techniques, such mindfulness meditation. Transcendental Mediation (TM). or more formal hypnosis sessions.