Free – Cancer Guided Imagery – A Mental Reboot

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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month I have prepared this special free deep relaxation and guided imagery experience. I had the honor of co-founding the second cancer self-help center in the world, and the first that began to train interns. It’s hard to believe these days, where EVERY self respecting hospital, medical center, and clinic has patient self-help groups, that in 1977 there were NONE.

In those days patients could not utter the word “cancer” without trembling in fear, and physicians and families would often hide from people the fact that they had cancer.

We discovered that patients who visualized their white cells as aggressive, even vicious, attacking agents, and the cancer cells as being weak and confused had much more favorable outcomes. The imagery here is based on that which we used at the center, where i remained as medical director for 20 years.

This should be a welcome addition to the other CDs of imagery for cancer patients. I have recently published new CDs for those in chemo or radiation therapy .Feel free to forward to anyone with any kind of cancer, with my best wishes for complete healing.

Questions and Conversation: (at the bottom of this page)

Let me know what you think of this guided imagery experience.

What other Guided Imagery Experience do YOU want to hear? What would be most beneficial?

How are YOU using guided imagery in your healing?

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Below you will find two Podcasts for your listening pleasure! Free Guided Imagery and Meditations from DrMiller.com

- The first is the Anti-Cancer Guided Imagery: Empowering Your Immune System

- The Second is general introduction to my Mental Reboot Series called What is a Mental Reboot?

Ask Dr. Miller: Dealing with Stress in the World Today

What is the difference between type 1 and type 2 stress?  In this podcast I explain the difference, give examples of each and provide simple ways (affirmations) to quickly release stress and enter a relaxed state of mind, body and spirit.

This audio excerpt is from my program Stress Fitness Volume 1. Please visit my online store at ShopDrMiller.com for more information about this and my other audio programs.

Ask Dr. Miller: What is Presence?

Q: I have heard it said that part of our mind works like a computer filing system. You even mentioned this in one of your articles. What is this “computer filing system” and how does it affect our health?

A:  It’s not that I think we have a Macintosh desktop unit (or IBM PC) in our heads — what he have, however, is very much like computer software! It’s not the kind you can get at Fry’s, it’s built in (on our hard drive so to speak), and it’s the most powerful software on earth.

Most people’s lives run along very predictable pathways.  The person who was an annoying boor yesterday is likely to be one today, tomorrow, and for years to come.  People tend to experience recurrences of the same diseases and habits over and over again, never thinking to change their behavior. This is similar to getting an error message on the computer; a lot of people keep trying the same procedure over and over, sure that they are right and the computer is somehow wrong and will see the error of its ways.

Remember that over 90 percent of our diseases require us to behave in a certain way in order to get them — the direct result of the thoughts that we run through our minds, our attitudes, ways of handling stress! Repeating patterns like alcohol, cigarettes, shyness, aggressiveness, — and even our usual moods — depression, irrepressible optimism —are in no way preordained by the Gods, not even by the external universe.  They are primarily the result of the thoughts going through our minds. And much of what we think is programmed in during our developmental years.

I have developed specific procedures involving hypnosis or deep relaxation through which I can locate the program and even the date of the program in most cases, and help my client rewrite it. Examples are recorded in my book, Deep Healing: The Essence of Mind/Body Medicine. It’s a fascinating process.

As a physician for instance, I might see a person before a very important speech. Let’s say her name is Marie. She feels frightened, experiencing sweaty palms, a tense stomach, etc.  Marie has never liked speaking in front of a group of people but now finds herself about to deliver the valedictory address. It could have been oral exams to become certified in her profession, or speak to the assembled employees of two companies that have just merged. Finally, she has a chance to speak about something she really cares about. Yet, all those symptoms block the kind of inspiring peak performance that is possible. In addition, it makes her feel miserable throughout the whole process, for which she blames the process.  In her mind, she is constantly running thoughts of times of when she made mistakes in the past.  Many of these thoughts are at the conscious level, but even more are being run through at the unconscious level.

In addition, negative thoughts of the future —fears of fainting, stuttering, failing to get the point across, being attacked (and all kinds of unnecessary thoughts about the future) are running through Marie’s mind—and this has been happening for days.

Mental Programs

Marie has a program running in her mind that sorts through all the possible thoughts in the universe (of which there are quite a few) and comes up with precisely those thoughts which will trigger a malfunction of the hypothalamus.

The hypothalmus is the part of the brain that links thinking to physical status, behavior, and physiological functioning. When it goes out of kilter it can create very unpleasant physiological states such as sweating palms, dry mouth, and stomachache.  The same chemical imbalance this creates in the body also makes it difficult to think, and tends to block the reception of any pleasant experiences.  In addition to a growing fear and loathing of the upcoming presentation, Marie suddenly doesn’t get much pleasure from walking in the park, has recently found sex uninteresting, and in general is not a very happy camper.

This condition of the body and the unhappy mood then feedback through our sensory receptors — we notice ourselves feeling miserable and performing poorly and we begin to feel even more negative, and even less positive about the talk that we have to give or the test we have to take.

As every computer programmer knows GIGO — garbage in garbage out. The quality of your software, in other words, who (or what) writes your software and why, determines the quality of your life.

Through hypnosis or deep relaxation, I ask the person to go back in the archives of their mind to the first time they felt this way. In most cases, the programming happened during a specific incident or series of incidents early in life where the feedback from the universe (which may have been one parent having a bad day) was somehow unacceptable. The archives store every entry, and the mind under hypnosis is able to relive the exact moment when directed to.

We have two kinds of archives, the external archives and the internal archives.  The external archives consist of information we have learned from books, libraries, magazines, the internet, experts in certain fields and good friends, therapists and relatives that we feel can offer us valuable information, knowledge, and wisdom.

The internal archives has to do with what’s been stored within us even from times before our birth.  Our chromosomes carry such genetic memories.

I believe this genetic memory tunes us into trees and waterfalls, beautiful skies, beautiful flowers, and beautiful smells.  I think there is an internal archive of orientation that causes us to enjoy (and music has arisen in every culture). In every population people evolve the concept of God, of the Divine. Perhaps this is a kind of a species ROM memory, designed to lead us towards a simpler, healthier life.

On the other hand, our inner archive also contains a certain amount of garbage. The cost of modern society upon our well-being can be seen in this pile of garbage.  As we become more and more cut off from natural sources of love, beauty, exercise, and eating, we see more and more imbalance and disease. Stress-related diseases arise as we lose track of the natural flow of life in the maelstrom of our artificial lifestyles.

We are born with 2,000,000,000 neurons and few connections.  By the time we reach adolescence we have up to 15,000 connections to each neuron — 50,000 connections per second waking and sleeping during our childhood.  This is when the fundamental programs are laid down.  The neurons and glia are the bricks and mortar, the environment is the architect.  Our environment was our family, friends, social relationships, and our teachers. This is why it is not a simple thing to “undo” the influences of childhood in a single sitting.

For example, our nervous patient may have had a report to read in the second grade and didn’t admit to being unprepared. Perhaps her mother was in the hospital that day and with all the stress she forgot about the report. When she tried to “fake it” the teacher bellowed with anger and the other kiddies laughed mercilessly. That image set the progam for failure. By locating that image in the archive we can reprogram it for success. In this case, she might rescript the scene and visualize approaching the teacher, explaining the situation, and asking for one more day to prepare.

Perhaps then we visualize the upcoming talk. Is there time to prepare adequately? If so, we visualize total success in the delivery of the talk, from a state of deep relaxation and calm.

My first job when a person such as Marie comes to see me is to get her attention.  People are usually so bound into their own unpleasant internal process that they are really not listening very well to things coming from the outside. Next, I guide her into what I call the state of deep relaxation which, fundamentally, means guiding her to think thoughts and create mental images that are associated with relaxation.  This is, in effect, loading a new “application” into the brain.

In ten minutes or so, she is more relaxed than she has been for months.  The mind is clear of distractions and all negative thoughts about herself and her upcoming presentation has drained away.

This new mental state then creates a different state in the hypothalamus and a different physiological state. The results are an improved level of muscle tension, and an improved flow of chemical transmitters through the body carrying signals that inform the muscles and nerves that it is safe to be at rest, to absorb nutrients, to refresh and restore.

The openness that takes place in the mind is now used to create a positive image of the future —the image that you most would like to have if all your dreams came true, specifically in the area of life you are addressing. If you are preparing to speak in public, this image will probably be of an inspired talk which will elicit praise from everyone present. If it is a performance, the image might be of a graceful, effortless performance that achieves great results.

You can now intentionally hold that image in front of your consciousness so as to, in effect, “burn” the image into the image making (graphics package) portion of the conscious mind.  At the same time, the image begins to be copied onto our internal hard disk.  The patient practices going through this whole process several times a day at home.  In so doing, the image is more and more securely recorded within them.  Now their mind can go off and do other things.

Then whenever you feel it is necessary — such as when you begin to feel frightened, depressed or heavy, or just for practice, you go within and repeat this process of emptying the mind of its current set of programs and to “upload” this new image.

Once again, as the new image is loaded, you begin to experience your body and your world differently. As you experience everything differently, you suddenly see options that weren’t available before. You find you have confidence in your own creative skills and know you can rely on them to prevent problems before they happen. You feel less fragile and more able to absorb any minor conflict that might arise; as a matter of fact, you feel equal to the challenge! Your inner picture of the world suddenly gets brighter as if you found the dimmer switch on the monitor of the mind and turned it all the way up. You can run through the upcoming challenge mentally from beginning to end without error messages. You are home free.

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