When using guided imagery in a session it will look different depending on the issues and goals set by the individual. Some sessions will have you focused on a specific image so we can work on a specified goal or problem area and in other sessions the person will have their mind create images or insights which will result in movement towards or insight into their goal or vision.
Images and symbols work directly with the subconscious mind. It is how we encoded data before we had words to verbally express ourselves. Symbols are a quick and effective way to work the body and brain.
When researchers have monitored the brain during imagery exercises they have found that the same parts of the brain are activated whether people imagine something or actually experience it. This suggests that the brain cannot distinguish between imagery and actual activity. Thus, imagery can affect a number of functions, physiological and psychological.
When using imagery you can use all of your senses. While the vision is the most common you can also use your senses of hearing, smell, taste and touch. Imagery can be used alone or as a part of a hypnosis session. When used alone the inductions to produce the hypnotic trance are not used. Instead you immediately go into the imagery using your imagination actively.