Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed, turn off the telephone, and allow yourself to sit or lie in a comfortable position. Your goal will be to become as relaxed as possible. As you listen to this track you will find that the soothing voice and gentle music will draw your attention away from external concerns. You will learn to clear your mind of unnecessary thoughts and to systematically relax each part of your body. The relaxation you reach will probably be deeper than what you experience normally when you â€śrelax,â€ť and many people find they become more relaxed than ever before in their lives.
If you are unfamiliar with using your imagination, meditating or otherwise guiding your awareness within, it may take several listenings before you begin to experience the profound levels of peace and serenity towards which you are being guided. Be patient; the more difficult you find it, the more valuable it will be for you to discover how to relax so deeply.
You will be guided to what Dr. Miller calls â€śThe Healing State,â€ť Link to Glossary a state of a focused attention during which your imagery will be most effective. In addition, by finding mental images which our most meaningful to you, you will be most able to engage the ability of your brain and nervous system to create the inner conditions best suited to healing, comfort, and the highest level of function.
Dr. Miller will suggest that you call upon your inner healer. If you are a religious person, you may find that God, Jesus, or a saint, prophet, or other religious figure can best serve this purpose. On the other hand, you might choose a mythological figure, a cartoon character, a movie superhero, an animal, a color, or even an invisible spirit or energy as your inner healer. The more vivid the image of this healer, the more emotion it taps into within you, and the more you can let yourself believe in it, the more effective your inner healer will be.
You can that learn more about how mindâ€“body medicine works by visiting Dr. Miller's Learning Center. What we are doing is not hocus pocus, but solid science, and the more you understand the mechanism, the more effective it can be for you.