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Guided Imagery to Help with Job Loss/Job Search

04 Jun


My son has been out of work for over a year. He is a production artist. He had started working right after school and after a year they lost a client. He has had interviews but nothing so far. He loved that job. He now works part time as a cook until he can find something in his field. He went back to school for three months to learn web design.  Can you suggest a CD to attract work? He will listen to it on his iPod.

Worried Mom

Dear W.M.,

It’s a hard thing to lose work, let alone work you love. So much of our identity is bound up in employment, not to mention financial sustenance, daily structure, friendship, social life and sense of purpose. If he also loved what he was doing, the loss is enormous. And it’s really hard to keep up your energy and enthusiasm while looking for a job, when, in the face of such loss, you have to face multiple job interviews (if you’re lucky enough to get them in this economic climate!), where the whole point is to demonstrate your worth to new people who don’t know you from a hole in the wall.

That said, I have to tell you I’m not a big fan of “attraction” meditations that claim to pull in jobs, love, money, fame, popularity or health -- it just seems like so much "spiritual materialism" to me and counter-productive on many levels.

Imagery and meditation help us make shifts and changes on the inside, not the externals.

I do think that when we’re in alignment with ourselves and our purpose internally, and we’ve done our homework, things can come to us more easily and in the right way. But our job is to get our inner house in order, and to work the external realities to the best of our ability - not to try and manipulate/control events so that goodies can be showered upon our passive selves from on high.  We do our end and the Universe will do work in its own way, and that may or may not look like what we had in mind!

But there is certainly imagery to help people deal with the discouragement of losing a job and to support self-esteem, confidence and openness to new opportunities during a job search. Lynn Joseph has an excellent, 6-session, 2-CD set called The Job Loss Recovery Program. She even offers a separate Workbook that complements the audio program. I would recommend that for him.

If he wants to take this time to open up to other career options, Rick Jarow has a terrific CD set called Beginner’s Guide to Finding Your Perfect Job: How to Discover Your Real Life’s Work.  

For more support, there’s Martha Howard’s Keys to Your Highest Potential, David Illig’s Self-Esteem, or my own Self-Confidence & Peak Performance CD.  Any of those could be quite helpful as well.

Please give him my best and keep up your support during this difficult phase -- it’s a tough time, as you well know.

All best,

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