Visualization of Cellular Healing (#1)
When you go to a doctor, s/he prescribes a medication for you to
take, or a treatment you will undergo, your body starts the healing
process before the medicine is in your system or the exercise or
surgical procedure has taken place. For most people, just seeing a
doctor gives confidence that healing will occur. Depending on the
patient’s cultural background, this is true whether the physician is a
neurosurgeon at the Mayo Clinic or a tribal witch doctor. This is
attributable to an extraordinary healing ability of the body by a
process known as the placebo effect. What happens is that healing starts
when you believe it will occur. Your mind buys into it and your body
makes it happen. The great physician and humanitarian, Dr. Albert
Schweitzer, gives us this insight - "The witch doctor succeeds for the
same reason all the rest of us (medical doctors) succeed. Each patient
carries his own doctor inside himself. They come to us not knowing that
truth. We are at our best when we give the doctor who resides within
each patient a chance to go to work."
Our body is a fantastic chemical factory that is capable of
seemingly unbelievable things. For instance, there is the case of a
95-pound woman lifting up a two-ton car to save the life of her child
who was trapped under its weight. This was due to a gigantic adrenaline
release. As impressive a display of adaptability to a need this is, our
body is capable of doing even more seemingly miraculous feats. Perhaps
the most impressive of all is its’ ability to heal itself - of anything!
There are several methods dealing with visualizing healing
meditatively at the cellular level. To begin any of them, use the
position, breathing pattern, physical relaxing technique, and emptying
of mental and emotional reactivity that you have found best prepares you
to fill with the object of your meditation. Try each of these ways
separately, and try combining them until your healing has occurred. This
may take mere seconds, or decades, as has whatever happened to you that
now needs a change back to wellness.
1. In your minds eye, see aberrant or inflamed cells changing
into healthy cells. If there is a damaged or corrupted area within the
cells, visualize them changing and becoming free from injury. See your
whole body becoming pure. Visualize yourself as perfectly healthy.
2. There are cells within your body that act as protectors and
actually attack and kill damaging invader cells. See these warrior cells
destroy those cells that could cause you injury. See your whole body
becoming pure. Visualize yourself as perfectly healthy.
3. There are cells within your body that eat threatening cells.
See them devour the harm causing structures. See your whole body
becoming pure. Visualize yourself as perfectly healthy.
4. Visualize groups of healthy cells combining to replace any
damaged areas of your body. For instance, if you have suffered a broken
bone, see the cells come together in healing, bonding together to reform
a complete structure. Visualize the bone as perfectly healthy.
5. Visualize healing energy filling you. The energy can be felt
to originate from a higher power that gifts you with healing. See this
holy energy filling and changing your cellular structure to a perfect
condition. Watch as the specific organ, body system, or part heals. See
your whole body becoming pure. Visualize yourself as perfectly healthy.
6. Visualize yourself standing, sitting, or prostrating in front
of your personal deity. See your deity heal you by touch. See your deity
heal you by sending divine energy to you. See your deity end your
suffering. See your whole body becoming pure. Visualize yourself as
7. Get an anatomy book and study the body structure you want
healing to take place in. Look at how the part appears when in a state
of perfection. When doing a healing visualization meditation, see your
body part as being in this state of perfection.
8. If you are suffering from pain, see in your minds eye, as
clearly as possible, the nerve endings that are in the specific area of
your discomfort, or all of the nerve endings in your entire body. With
every inhalation, feel and visualize healing air flowing from a higher
power and enter you and fill your lungs. See your red blood cells absorb
the air through the walls of your lungs and flow through your arteries
spreading healing oxygen to every cell in your body. Witness the
inflamed nerve endings become soothed and witness your body start to
glow with wellbeing and serenity.
Perhaps the most important suggestion of all is to sincerely want
the healing to take place and believe that it will occur. The Meditation
Society of America doesn’t favor one religion over another, or even
suggest that one has to believe in God at all for the benefits of
meditation to help you, but we do sometimes quote from religious
sources. In this case, we cite the Bible - Mark 11:24 "...what things ye
desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have
This 2000-year-old statement is in perfect accord with the most
cutting edge scientific and medical understanding of the 21st century.
To quote Dr. Herbert Benson of the Harvard Medical School, "We know that
belief can lead to healing or at least improvement in 50 percent to 90
percent of diseases, including asthma, angina pectoris, and skin rashes,
many forms of pain, rheumatoid arthritis, congestive heart failure.
They're all influenced by belief. We in medicine have made fun of belief
by calling it the "placebo effect," or insisting that "It's all in your
head." Yet, belief is one of the most powerful healing tools we have in
our therapeutic arsenal."