And Other Approaches to Healing

Guided Imagery Cover

by Rubin Battino
M.S., Mental Health Counseling
Adjunct Professor
Department of Human Services (Counseling)
Wright State University

Foreword by Ernest Rossi, Ph.D.

Copyright ©1999, Rubin Battino

Table of Contents


Part I. Guided Imagery for Healing

Chapter 1. Introduction

1.1 Introduction
1.2 A Personal Note
1.2 Disease/Cure and Illness/Healing
1.4 Complementary and Nontraditional Approaches; Alternative Medicine and Therapies
1.5 Summary

Chapter 2. Scientific Evidence

2.1 Introduction
2.2 Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI)
2.3 The Pioneering Work of the Simontons
2.4 Michael Lerner’s Guide
2.5 David Spiegel’s Research
2.6 Conclusions

Chapter 3. An Overview of Guided Imagery

3.1 What is Guided Imagery?
3.2 Some Different Forms of Imagery
3.3 Duration of a Guided Imagery Session

Chapter 4. The Placebo Effect

4.1 Introduction and Definitions
4.2 The Placebo Through History
4.3 Factors Affecting the Placebo Effect
4.4 The Nocebo Phenomenon
4.5 Ethics of Placebo Usage
4.6 Prayer as a Placebo Effect?
4.7 Summary

Chapter 5. Relaxation Methods

5.1 Introduction
5.2 Jacobson’s Progressive Relaxation
5.3 Benson’s Relaxation Response Method
5.4 Meditation
5.5 How to Relax
5.6 Relaxation Script

Chapter 6. Rapport-Building Skills

6.1 Introduction
6.2 Rogerian Approaches
6.3 Gathering Information
6.4 Representational Systems
6.5 Pacing and Leading
6.6. Eye Accessing Cues
6.7 Anchoring
6.8 The Utilization Approach

Chapter 7. Language for Guided Imagery

7.1 Introduction
7.2 Delivery
7.3 Words
7.4 Suggestions, Implications and Presuppositions
7.5 Negation
7.6 Binds
7.7 Summary

Chapter 8. Analysis of Guided Imagery Scripts

8.1 Introduction
8.2 The Wellness Community Script
8.3 Achterberg, Dossey, and Kolkmeier Scripts
8.4 Belleruth Naparstek Scripts
8.5 Bernie Siegel Imagery Scripts
8.6 Summary

Chapter 9. Some Guided Imagery Scripts

9.1 Introduction
9.2 Review of the Components of an Imagery Session
9.3 Healing Presence Imagery Script
9.4 Healing Light Imagery Script
9.5 Healing Hands Imagery Script
9.6 Ken’s Cowboys: Prostate Cancer Imagery Script
9.8 Summary

Chapter 10. Preparation for Surgery

10.1 Introduction
10.2 Details on the Preparatory Sessions
10.3 Hearing Under Anesthesia
10.4 Letter to the Surgeon and Healing Statements
10.5 Esther’s Surgery Preparation Tape

Part II. Psychotherapy-Based Approaches

Chapter 11. Introduction to Psychotherapy-Based Approaches

Chapter 12. Support Groups

12.1 Introduction
12.2 David Spiegel’s Breast Cancer Support Groups
12.3 Exceptional Cancer Patient (ECaP) Groups
12.4 The Charlie Brown Exceptional Patient Group (Dayton)
12.5 Residential and other Support Groups

Chapter 13. Working Through Unfinished Business

13.1 Introduction
13.2 Secret Therapy — Content vs. Process
13.3 The Gestalt Therapy Two-Chair Approach
13.4 Changing Personal History
13.5 Reframing and Seven-Step Reframing
13.6 Time-Line Therapy
13.7 Beliefs
13.8 Submodalities and the Swish Technique
13.9 “As If” and the Miracle Question
13.10 Rossi’s Moving Hands Model for Mind/Body Healing
13.11 Rossi’s Use of Ultradian Rhythms for Healing
13.12 Ideomotor Finger Signaling
13.13 Metaphors for Healing
13.14 Summary

Chapter 14. Bonding Approaches for Healing

14.1 Introduction
14.2 Bonding for Healing
14.3 Healing via Fusion
14.4 Summary

Part III. Related Alternative Approaches

Chapter 15. Journalling/Videotapes/Art Therapy/Ceremonies

15.1 Introduction
15.2 Journalling
15.3 Structured Writing — A Workbook For People Who Have Cancer
15.4 Structured Writing — A Workbook For Grieving
15.5 Structured Writing — A Workbook For Care-Givers
15.6 Videotaping and Autobiographies
15.7 Art Therapy
15.8 Cancer as a Gift
15.9 Rituals and Ceremonies

Chapter 16. Coping

16.1 Introduction
16.2 Communicating With Medical Personnel
16.3 Helplessness, Hopelessness, and Control
16.4 “Mechanical” Matters, Wills, etc.
16.5 Communicating With Others — Relationships
16.6 Support Networks
16.7 Counseling and Psychotherapy
16.8 Prayer and Religious Support
16.9 Helping Others
16.10 Massage
16.11 Information Sources
16.12 Controlling Medication
16.13 Nutrition
16.14 Physical Exercise
16.15 Acupuncture
16.16 Pain Management
16.17 Hypnosis
16.18 Talking To A Comatose Patient
16.19 Grieving
16.20 Ideomotor Signaling
16.21 Meditation and Relaxation
16.22 Simplicity
16.23 Laughter
16.24 Dying Well
16.25 Summary

Chapter 17. Nutrition and Life-Challenging Diseases: H. Ira Fritz, Ph.D.

17.1 Introduction: Lifestyle and an Integrated Approach
17.2 Prevention
17.3 Nutrition for Controlling or Curing a Disease
17.4 Eating Pattern
17.5 Summary

Chapter 18. Growing Up as a Non-Full-Blooded Native American Healer: Helena Sheehan, Ph.D.

18.1 Introduction
18.2 About Healers
18.3 History
18.4 Stories
18.5 Self-Healing
18.6 Conclusion

Chapter 19. Some Beginning Words

19.1 Inspirational Words
19.2 Bernie Siegel’s Words
19.3 Rachel Naomi Remen’s Words
19.4 Sharp and Terbay’s Words
19.5 Stephen Levine’s Words
19.6 Joan Borysenko’s Words
19.7 Viktor E. Frankl’s Words
19.8 Closing Healing Imagery Script


Appendix A — Questions for People in Their Dying Time
Appendix B — Patient’s Bill of Rights
Appendix C — The Wellness Community Patient/Oncologist Statement
Appendix D — Living Will Declaration (State of Ohio)
Appendix E — Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care (Ohio)
Appendix F — Christian Affirmation of Life
Appendix G — The Christian Living Will
Appendix H — Some Relevant Web Sites and Phone Numbers


From the Foreword by Ernest Rossi, Ph.D.:

This new volume on guided imagery by Rubin Battino is being created at the crossroads between psychology, biology, and physics. It is a work that is still very much in creative process. Rubin Battino brings his professional background as a professor of chemistry and researcher in thermodynamics to the leading edge of the theory and practice of the new mind-body chemistry of psychoneuroimmunology and healing.

Readers will appreciate the lucid manner with which Battino reviews just enough of the current scientific data to lay the foundation for his unified approach to the practical daily work of psychotherapists. His enthusiasm for developing creative, highly individualized approaches to healing is inspiring. The integrity of Battino’s approach is evident in his careful scrutiny and exploration of the most useful attitudes, words, and scripts of the pioneers and current practitioners in this field. Battino introduces the tools that a new generation of workers will need to carry on the ancient alchemical ideal of using mind and spirit to develop practical approaches to healing that the individual can actually use. He shows us how the medical profession and therapists of all schools need to carefully integrate the best of modern research and statistical documentation with positive healing attitudes and traditional rituals to facilitate well-being. In all of this he helps readers of a wide variety of backgrounds to construct a solid foundation for the therapeutic arts in the new millennium.

Comment by Carl A. Hammerschlag, M.D.:

This is a book that will open you up to new ways of seeing and magnifying your healing power. Combining the wisdom of ages with contemporary research findings in psychoneuroimmunology, Rubin Battino takes us on a healing journey that transforms dreams into possibilities.

Comment by Belleruth Naparstek, L.I.S.W.:

It is gratifying to see the spate of excellent, new work being done to refine what we know about the art and science of guided imagery. Our knowledge base is at last broad enough to invite sophisticated distinctions and analysis, and this is Rubin Battino’s substantial contribution in Guided Imagery and Other Approaches to Healing. Leaving the “art” of the technique to others, Battino, grounded in Ericksonian hypnosis and general science, examines methodology and content in a careful, rigorous way. Well chosen, illuminating clinical examples abound, with eminently useful imagery suggestions for practitioner and patient. Even those who don’t entirely agree with his assumptions will acknowledge the necessity and value of this masterful book to a brave and burgeoning field.