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Dr. Epstein’s GEMS Provides Education about Spiritual Healthcare: The Powerful Mind/Body Connection
Julie Klotter reviewed The Natural Laws of Self-Healing. This is an excerpt from her review, followed by some of Dr. Epstein’s blogs and imagery exercises on health conditions A-Z.
A woman with a grapefruit-size ovarian cyst imagines that it's shrinking, and two weeks later the cyst cannot be found with ultrasound. Another patient with unresponsive, long-term liver inflammation mentally "washes" the liver and achieves nearly normal lab values within 3-4 months. These are just two of the cases recounted by participants in the audio series, The Natural Laws of Self-Healing: Harnessing Your Inner Imaging Power to Restore Health and Reach Spirit.
In this powerful series, Gerald Epstein, MD, teaches simple, mental imagery techniques that stimulate innate self-healing abilities. Dr. Epstein practices in New York City and teaches psychiatry at New York's Mt. Sinai Medical Center. He is also director of the American Institute for Mental Imagery, a post-graduate training center for licensed mental health professionals.
Dr. Epstein explains that mental imagery is "the natural language of the inner life." The words we hear, the thoughts we think, the dreams we dream, even the emotions we feel translate into image. As the inner life changes, external experience, including the physical body, changes. The transformative power that lies within such images stuns even the former skeptics among the discussion participants.
Dr. Epstein explains the difference between a true emergency and a false emergency. A true emergency is an actual life threat in the moment--i.e., a gun to the head. A false emergency is the projection into the future of a threatening situation that doesn't actually exist and may never exist. The body, however, doesn't realize that the scenario being played out in the mind is not happening. The body is tied to the present, and it reacts as if the emergency is real. Living in the future, pressing toward goals instead of focusing on the journey itself, produces anxiety. Instead of goals, Epstein encourages listeners to work with intention: "letting the universe know what you need [in present time] without placing conditions or strategies on the outcome."
Mental imagery, as taught by Dr. Epstein, does not involve long visualization exercises or following scripts from a book. The technique he uses takes only a few minutes each day. The Natural Laws of Self-Healing includes imagery exercises for centering, getting rid of pain and anxiety, transforming anger, letting go of negative habits, and healing physical conditions. Dr. Epstein also describes basic principles that support health and healing, such as becoming aware of one's thoughts, choosing to become present instead of turning the mind to the past or future, and changing habitual behaviors and false beliefs.
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Blogs & Healing Imagery Exercises by Condition (A-Z)