The Evolving Self

...when growth is the only option

Jaqui Duvall, MA

Interactive Guided Imagery

As we were growing through the first 20 years or so and our need to be seen, heard and understood in our interactions with others was not fully met, we typically split off any painful feelings that resulted. Splitting off refers to a defense mechanism that enables us to continue on in our life and simply push away uncomfortable feelings relating to our experiences. Eventually the unresolved and unprocessed feelings develop into separated parts that float around our subconscious. By the time most people reach middle age, there is a significant accumulation of these parts. 

Internal Systems theory states that these internal parts interact with one another like members of a family. Imagine a typical day in your family as you were growing up. If you had siblings, like I did, each one of us had our own needs, desires, and perspectives and interacted positively and/or negatively (think sibling rivalry) with each other. Our internal parts act just like that inside us. The end result is that we have parts opposing each other. In its simplest form, it’s like having an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other.

These hidden parts are acting upon us all the time. They are the parts that sabotage our success and interfere with the ability to complete a task, the parts that prevent us from establishing viable relationships and business ventures. Or they can simply haunt our nights and days with memories and negative feelings that won’t go away. They can prevent us from moving forward in our lives like having one foot on the gas and the other on the brake.

Interactive Guided Imagery is one of the most effective and powerful tools to help resolve this inner battle. I continue to experience it myself as a catalyst for self-awareness and growth. The power of guided imagery is in the fact that it enables us to give voice to and hear perspectives from these battling parts of ourselves that have been hidden beyond the level of our awareness.


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