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A woman asks if she needs to listen to the entire CD - imagery and affirmations - at once, or can sh

12 Apr
A woman asks if she needs to listen to the entire CD - imagery and affirmations - at once, or can she split them up; and if she only has time for one, which should she use?
Dear Belleruth,
Please explain if I need to listen to both the guided imagery and affirmations during the same session, or can I do them on different days or times? If I only have time for one, which is more important?
Thanks.
Dee



Dear Dee,
Thanks for the question. It''s one that a lot of people ask, so I appreciate the chance to reply.

No, you do not have to listen to both at the same time. Listening to just one of the tracks, once a day is great.... especially if that’s all you realistically have time for. Generally, whatever makes the most sense to you, time-wise, is a good rule of thumb, as long as you’re engaging in a regular practice.

If you only have 20 minutes, listen to just one of them.

If you''re more likely to listen to both if you do it all at once, and you''ve got the time, then by all means, listen to both. That’s optimal, of course.

If you''re in a position to spread it out during the day - say, listen to the imagery in the A.M. and the affirmations in the P.M., that would be extremely effective.

And if you have only time for one and you respond equally well to both, listen to the imagery. It gets you into more of an altered state, and so you will be all the more receptive and responsive to the content.

But if imagery makes you fidgety, the affirmations will be absolutely fine for you to use instead.

And listening to anything for 10 minutes is ALWAYS better than nothing. (I say this because so many people will say to themselves that they don’t have the 20 or 40 minutes, and forego listening altogether. Try not to do that!!)

I hope that clarifies your question. Let me know if it didn''t!

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award