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Imagery as a Spiritual Practice


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For the author, imagination is a spiritual practice, a vehicle of discovery. It is how she checks in with her inner life. "Images help you discover where you are in this moment and what opportunities are available to you."

This article appeared in the Fall 1999 issue of Spirituality & Health. Let your imagination lead you into an inner realm of emotional discovery and spiritual growth. I first went to see my imagery teacher because of a nagging, tickle cough in my throat, which I thought might be connected to a general feeling of being blocked in my life. Dr. Gerald (“Jerry”) Epstein had written a book called Healing Visualizations about how to use imagery to create physical and emotional health. Within minutes of my arrival, he had me designing my own exercise. “What does it feel like to be blocked?” he asked me.“Tight.”“What image comes to you?”“A balloon about to burst.”Jerry then told me to close my eyes and breathe out and in several times until I was relaxed. “Now see your balloon and imagine it changing in some way,” he said.“It is getting longer. It is made out of a thicker and more flexible material.” He suggested that I see myself climbing on the balloon and flying to a place I had never been, all the while describing to him what I was experiencing. Once I had flown back home again, he asked, “How do …

Mary Ann Brussat and her husband, Frederic, are the authors of Spiritual Literacy and in 1999 were the media editors for Spirituality & Health magazine. In their book, Spiritual Rx, they present imagery exercises based on the spiritual practices in the Alphabet of Spiritual Literacy.

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