DOI: 10.14704/nq.2016.14.3.982

Role of Mind in Designing a Meaningful Guided Imagery of Higher Power in Psychoneuroimmunology

Sirajul Husain

Abstract


Effectiveness of a guided imagery for application as a psychotherapeutic modality in mind-body medicine, and the emerging discipline of psychoneuroimmunology, is postulated to be directly proportional to the meaningfulness of the imagery to engender hope and will to meet the challenges in health and healing. A guided imagery of higher power is postulated in light of our recent study on consciousness, in particular, by explaining how meaning arrives in a conscious experience of the imagery and how its cognitive-emotive energy can facilitate relaxation response in proportion to meditating skill on the meaning of the imagery. The guided imagery of higher power as a neuropsychological construct was taught in a continuing educational program, in “Neuropsychology of Spiritual Healing,” seminars to healthcare professionals. Effectiveness of the guided imagery of higher power in engendering hope and will, and its relevance for application in a truly patient-physician pluralistic population was evaluated by a population of one hundred participants, as eighty-five percent, in response to a questionnaire. We propose to conduct a large scale clinical study on the imagery of higher power with hospital patients.

Keywords


consciousness; meaning; guided imagery of Higher Power; relaxation response; meditation

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