An Imagery Exercise For Asthma

Close your eyes. Breathe out three times. See your in a mirror, nude from the neck down. In the mirror, with your right forefinger (left forefinger if you are left–handed), touch on and into your chest from the front all the way around to the back, making a complete circle. Now touch the area of greatest discomfort and see to whom you can’t breathe, that is, see whose face appears in the area. Who is restricting your breathing, and what color appears there? Breathe that color out via long, slow exhalations while removing from the area whomever you’ve seen, at first as gently as you can. If the person does not leave easily, use increasing force, going from the gentle to the vigorous, perhaps eventually going so far as to use a golden scalpel to cut out the person. As you are removing this person, tell him⁄her that he⁄she is no longer permitted to stay in your body, that he⁄she has to leave and stay at a far distance from your body; that he⁄she will no longer be welcome in your body and will never be allowed to enter your body again. After the removal, see yourself in front of the mirror becoming very, very tall and reaching your hands and arms far up into the sky, all the way to the sun. Take a piece of the sun in your palms and place it in the space just vacated. See the area healing, and see in the mirror how you look and feel. Then, push this image away to the right (or to the left if your are truly left–handed), out of the mirror with your right hand (left hand if you are left–handed). Then, put your clothes back on, breathe out once, and open your eyes, knowing that you are breathing easily.

Excerpted from Healing Visualizations: Creating Health Through Imagery, Gerald Epstein, M.D.