From the common cold to cancer...
Whatever you're dealing with, stress most likely has something to do with it. An estimated 90% of all illness and disease begins with stress.
Using techniques drawn from meditative and prayerful disciplines as well as soothing music, the Healing Journey program helps melt away stress whether you're anxious and overwhelmed by everyday life or trying to recover from a specific illness or chronic condition.
In the 30-plus years since Dr. Miller created this program, Healing Journey has helped countless people relax and connect with their inner healing source. And it holds the distinction of being the first nationally published guided imagery experience featuring music and deep relaxation.
Healing Journey will introduce you to the techniques of deep relaxation and self-healing. After Dr. Miller’s voice lulls you into the “healing state” of deep relaxation, you are guided to find your “inner healer.” Recognizing that an illness or dysfunction is merely a superficial smudge on your deeper, fully healthy self, you discover that through imagery, you can allow your inner healer to erase, dissolve, and wipe away any imbalance that impedes your living a full and content life. The program also features a complete orchestral composition by Raphael Sharpe, performed by outstanding musicians and highlighted by Mr. Sharpe's extraordinary piano work. In nearly every culture people have listened to music as an aid to healing and this music is designed to complement the healing imagery in this program and facilitate the healing process.
Track 1 – The Healing Image: 25:37
Listen to a sample:
The Healing Image begins by guiding you into a deep state of relaxation. Each time you listen you may go even deeper, improving the ability of your deeper mind and your body to receive, accept and act on the suggestions and images that follow. The soothing voice and mellow music then guide you to create powerful mental imagery, the key to psychophysiological change.
Track 2: Breathing Music 29:09
Breathing Music is a purely musical expression of the healing process, and takes you through each of the phases of healing presented on Track 1, with solo violin, tamboura, bamboo flute and grand piano solos replacing the verbal guidance. You will find it of great value in expanding upon images developed on Track 1. It is also widely used for meditation, or for massage and other activities for which a serene, fluid, ambient background is appropriate.
"I am using Healing Journey in my work with cancer patients at the Kaiser Hospice,
where I am employed as a nurse.
Many of my co-workers would like the tape as well. The experiences are outstanding!
I am using them in my own meditation practices and the two with music
have a great calming effect on my anxious and fearful patients. Thank you!"
—Candace Evans, RN, MSW
"Healing Journey itself is a masterpiece.
Music and voice here blend and build upon one another so irresistibly towards pleasure.
The flow you create is marvelously effective."
—B.P., Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Fairbanks, AK
• To facilitate the healing process with mind-body communication.
• To help maintain a calm, relaxed state during recovery from major illness.
• To provide relief from superficial symptoms of everyday minor ailments, such as flu or muscle strain.
• To enhance development of a healthy self-image.
• To connect with the inner healing source.
• To aid in getting sufficient sleep.
How Healing Journey Works:
The extremely relaxing nature of this program melts away the stress that causes or is associated with 90% of all our illnesses and diseases. The techniques drawn from meditative and prayerful disciplines help you to make contact with the healer within.
Creative visualization and guided imagery present positive images of the body and of the potential of the mind and body to participate fully in the healing process. In this way the symptoms that you feel are addressed as well as the stress underlying the problem. With Healing Journey, you will:
• Create and energize a future image of yourself completely healthy and well.
• Enjoy the music of Raphael, with Dr. Miller’s voice at its beguiling best, woven into a lovely musical tapestry to nurture and support your inner journey.
• Enhance your meditation or massage.
• Relax deeply into a safe place, gently awaken you inner healer, and guide healing energy to the parts of you that thirst for it.
• Allow the beautiful, soothing guidance to help you visualize the healing regeneration of your body, mind, spirit and emotions.
• Use this program for any illness or imbalance—physical, mental or emotional.
People dealing with acute or chronic conditions, managing diseases including arthritis, degenerative disease, lower back syndrome, colitis, and gastrointestinal distress. It is widely applicable, a general self-healing program from simply easing a headache or muscle tension to speeding recovery from an acute illness – even a common cold or flu. It can be used to reduce acute or chronic anxiety or anger, and has proved of great value in hospital settings to promote healing after surgery, or to help patients face a serious problem such as cardiac disease.
People who are confronting cancer have reported positive results in enhancing physical comfort, and in resisting the illness itself. It has been used extensively by cancer patients to help bring about remission, to slow down the progress of a disease, and to help endure surgery, chemo, or radiation. (Successful Surgery and Recovery, Optimizing Chemo, and Optimizing Radiation are other programs that may prove valuable in addition
Healing Journey has also proven to be an excellent adjunct for heart patients and Type-A personalities who need to incorporate relaxed attitudes into their lives. Stress has been shown to be a major risk factor in hypertension, heart attacks, asthma, and other cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses, and the relief of stress is a major byproduct of the use of this program.
Even when a person is facing a potentially terminal illness, Dr. Miller's acceptance-based imagery is quite effective where one can heal into death: the acceptance of the dying process is restful and calming and can be understood as a form of healing.
Description of Experiences and Recommended Use:
Track 1 – The Healing Image: 25:37
After deeply relaxing, imagine going inside your body to visualize any injured or diseased parts. Once identified, visualize the healing process by seeing your white blood cells engulfing bacteria or cancer cells. Imagine healing light streaming into an injured organ, or picture an army of tiny workmen repairing a fractured bone. Your inner healer will be your personal choice and dependent upon your personal beliefs and values.
The image you use in directing the healing process will emerge from the deeper levels of your mind, and depend on your imagination and the condition with which you are dealing. The image can be very realistic, if you wish, and a discussion with your healthcare professional may help you understand the process of your particular illness. On the other hand, the image you use can be very symbolic or even fantastical. Visualizing a vacuum cleaner sucking up devitalized tissue or cancer cells, a healing laser cleansing your system, or a sewing machine to speed up bone healing is perfectly OK, as is a swarm of angels or a religious figure. Images most meaningful to you are the ones that tend to work best.
About 20% of people can't visualize a healing image and instead use one of their other senses to optimize their healing. Hearing restorative music or a healing tone that balances your organs; feeling the magic touch of a fairy or the laying on of healing hands are all part of the healing journey. For best results while overcoming a disease pattern, Track 1 should be experienced one to three times per day (or more, if desired). It may then be used from time to time to sustain health and wellness, or for a welcome stress break when you need it. Many people play it during therapeutic massage.
For mild illnesses, emotional upsets, relationship or behavioral imbalances, Track 1 of Healing Journey may be used once or twice a day as long as you are receiving the desired benefits. For moderate to severe illnesses, especially those that physically restrict you - again Track 1 of Healing Journey used three to four times daily is highly recommended.
Track 2 – Breathing Music: Raphael Sharpe's soothing and calming musical presentation was written for the purpose of increasing the speed and quality of the healing process. Notice that the melodies and harmonies are the same as those accompanying the imagery on Track 1. Thus, listening can help reinforce Dr. Miller's verbal suggestions, while your conscious mind relaxes.
Many find Track 2 ideal for use during massage, yoga, or as background music during meditation or other activities that help promote healing. (29:15)
Supplementary and Related Programs:
You may also benefit from several other Software for the Mind programs by Dr. Miller. These provide relaxing, meditative experiences that bring balance to the mind, body, emotions, and behavior. They help provide a restful alertness while you become more fully present and mindful.
A Time To Heal Video - A favorite way to beautifully pass the time watching beautiful images of nature while Dr. Miller’s voice guides you on another healing journey.
Deep Healing – The Essence of Mind-Body Medicine (book): Dr. Miller’s classic text presenting both the theory and the practice of the techniques of mind-body healing.
Rainbow Butterfly - A serenely relaxing guided meditation through the color spectrum and the inner healing patterns of your body and mind. A great way to “check out” while your body does its healing work. Helps awaken the butterfly within you
Relaxation and Inspiration – Another easy-to-listen-to guided meditation by Dr. Miller accompanied by beautiful classical flute, harp and guitar music.
Healing our Planet – The same skills used to bring about healing to the body and mind of an individual can also be used to help create healing at the level of the world we all share. This program will help you see how.
Accepting Change, Moving On - Sometimes serious illnesses leave you with losses – loss of bodily organs or functions, for instance. In addition relationships change as well as how you spend your time. Each of these losses requires an inner adjustment. This program helps you through these changes through guided imagery and self-hypnotic mind-tools.
The Serenity Prayer – Serenity, courage, and wisdom are essential features in any kind of healing or recovery. This program guides you through the process of developing the skills you need for total mind-body balance.
Symptom Search – If you have specific symptoms, such as headache, backache, etc., see the additional programs that may be useful to you.
Contraindications and Precautions:
Although there are really no absolute contraindications for the use of this product, people who are severely psychotic or who do not want to at least try to follow the guidance offered will probably benefit little from listening. Listening is also not a substitute for needed medical care or psychiatric care for serious mental or emotional disturbance. In any undiagnosed potentially serious condition such as a head injury, again, there will not likely be any harm, but it would be wise to delay their use until an adequate diagnosis has been made. Although no such problems have been reported, people with seizures of any kind, or neurological or with severe neurorespiratory disease, should check with their primary care practitioner for suggestions regarding the use of this program. Likewise, if you are undergoing psychotherapy, share your use of these with your therapist, as he/she may want to integrate this use with your treatment. And, of course, if you are driving or using equipment that requires your full attention, do not close your eyes and do not listen to any program that you find causes you to become drowsy, distracted, or incapable of functioning safely. Programs designated as “Drivetime” should be used with these precautions in mind.