We got this excellent question from a trauma survivor, who understood the critical importance of the voice tone, timbre, pacing and music quality on a guided imagery CD. She understood her vulnerability to the wrong voice, and she wanted to find a way to hear a sample first.
Here is her question:
I have just finished your book on healing post-trauma stress, "Invisible Heroes", and I am interested in obtaining some of your cds.
But first, I need to know what your voice sounds like. This is critical to me, because I am very sensitive to sound. I need an extremely soothing voice with soft music in the background.
Is there a place where I could just hear your voice before purchasing?
PS - Your book has helped me so much, but I believe the audio cds would help me more.
My wife has tinnitus - etiology unknown – which has been declared untreatable by her internist. (I myself am a doctor).
She is very depressed and upset, feeling at the end of her rope. In fact, she has been feeling so beleaguered by this constant ringing in her ears, she won't go outside the house or even spend time with friends.
I'm out of ideas and wondering if you have any suggestions. I'm very worried about her. Thanks in advance.
We got this question from a man asking about guided imagery for healthy boundaries and BR replied that she inadvertently already answered that question the previous week when dealing with a query about guided imagery to help with codependency issues, because they are different faces to the same coin. See below:
Do you have any guided imagery for healthy boundaries?
This question came to us from someone in treatment for codependency issues (a kind of relationship addiction that involves compulsive caretaking, often with someone who is disabled, sick or alcoholic). She is looking for guided imagery resources that can support and complement the work she is already doing with her psychotherapist.
What do you suggest for getting help for myself with my codependency issues? Is there a particular guided imagery that would be a good addition to my therapy?
A professional woman who is good at her work but not so great at taking tests is now facing some high stakes performance demands, in the form of a written exam to qualify for her state boards. She wonders what her best mind-body options are - in the form of guided imagery, hypnosis, meditation – to help her relax and do her best.
I am preparing to sit for my written exams next month in order to pass my state boards. I love your guided imagery and wonder which one you recommend for soothing test and performance anxiety?
I would like some CD recommendations for your meditations that don't deal with a favorite, peaceful place.
My interests are relaxation and peace, self love and acceptance. I experience some constant low level anxiety and fear that periodically spikes due to situations I cannot control. Shame and guilt seem to be part of the package.
Although I have done inner work for many years, I have found some additional insight from your book: Invisible Heroes.
I am enjoying the Wellness Meditation which doesn't use the favorite place.
Any help much appreciated,
We got this query from a woman who had set up a guided imagery library in the Oncology Department of her hospital, and who is now looking for appropriate titles for the Neurology Department. Here it is:
Need your guidance Belleruth.
I've set up a guided imagery library @ my cancer hospital unit using your tapes, & now I've been asked by a neurologist for help bringing it to his practice to help migraine, neuropathy, brain tumor patients, etc.
Please provide any suggestions as to which tapes to get for him and his department, as my experience is strictly with cancer, since that is what I have.
And what a miracle your tapes have been in my life, by the way.
Thank you so much.
We got this question from a woman with a host of worries and concerns, none of which are exactly small potatoes. In spite of all these issues, she's clearly managed to keep her sense of humor intact. Check it out:
I've had two of your tapes for years (depression and pre-surgery). Now I need one for rising blood pressure.
I had a pace-maker/defibrillator installed last year for my exceedingly low heart rate (cardiomyopathy triggered by viral pneumonia years ago), and now my blood pressure's rising with accompanying dreaded drug onslaught.
Seems to get worse as they raise the dosage, which I hate, resist, and fear etc. Other pressures have increased, too = big work project I'm excited to be working on. Plus increasingly wretched relationship with alcoholic son, which I work on with my Alanon 12-step study and sponsor.
My 86-yr old aunt is in the middle stages of Alzheimer's. She lives in a nearby assisted living facility and I, along with two other sisters, are her family caregivers. As the Alzheimer's progresses she is becoming more anxious (Sundowner's Syndrome) and depressed. I have used several of your guided imagery recordings over the years to help me and I was wondering if there is something you could recommend to ease her depression and anxiety. She was a music teacher in the past and yet I can't get her interested in listening to music to help relax her. I am hoping that listening to a human voice at night might bring her some comfort. Is there anything you can recommend?
We saw this from a very anxious woman about to have a 6 hour surgery. She asks a lot of very good questions – some of them we hear frequently – so we thought this would be a good one to post.
It also gave us the opportunity to make the point about not being too obsessive or perfectionistic about using guided imagery or you can undermine the whole process.
Check it out:
Please help ASAP! Surgery in 12 days! I will be in surgery for over 6 hours and I am allowed to take in my iPod to listen to your imagery and music etc. I purchased the surgery pack and listened to the "successful surgery" first.
However, I am concerned about what to do in terms of lining up a playlist for that length of time, since your music goes just under an hour.
What would you suggest? To just play the same music for six hours?