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24 Feb

Dear Belleruth,

I am a therapist working with a woman who is afraid to close her eyes. The very idea creates extreme anxiety, and therefore I cannot use meditation or guided imagery with her, even though both of us believe it could be very beneficial for her. Obviously this has to do with her traumatized past, involving childhood sexual abuse. Any suggestions?

Dr. Jim

17 Feb

We got this thought-provoking question from somebody who'd been browsing our catalog, and objected to the way we had put our guided imagery for heartbreak, abandonment and betrayal under the category for posttraumatic stress...

Hello -- love your work! Thank you.

One small quibble. I see that in the catalog your "heartbreak" material is listed under "PTSD".

I worked the recovery effort at the World Trade Center (well -- I made coffee for the guys who worked in hell and hugged them when they left hell to come to me on hell's fringes) and know a lot of people who have truly seen the worst of the worst. Some of them - unsurprisingly - have PTSD.

10 Feb


My son has been out of work for almost 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 loves that job. He now works part time as a cook until he finds 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

03 Feb

Dear BR,
I'm a member of the Integrative Medicine team at a large, progressive hospital system in suburban Chicago. We received a large grant for pediatric interventions and I've been asked to provide guided imagery for children with short and longer term health-related challenges. Was wondering if you would recommend any specific resources I might check out to enhance my Guided Imagery work with children.


27 Jan


Do you have any suggestions for guided imagery that could help someone who needs to support a dying family member?

With the case I have in mind, the person cannot be present, since he is in America and the dying beloved mother in Europe. I am wondering if you would recommend the anxiety CD from Nepasteck (sic)?

Thanks for your recommendation,


20 Jan

Dear Belleruth,

My wife has had OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) since at least 1963, along with deep depression. Though she will be in a program at UCLA and is under doctor's care, and I don't expect immediate "cures," is there anything else that might be helpful for her? And, honestly, I'm not all that hopeful about holistic medicine, but I feel we have to try all avenues.

Thank you.
Jose M.

Dear Jose,

I'm guessing that some segments of the program your wife will be participating in at UCLA will provide selected mind-body training in relaxation, along with medication (probably from the class of drugs called SSRI's, such as Zoloft, Prozac, etc), cognitive-behavioral techniques, psycho-education and possibly group support – all of which can be extremely helpful over time.

You are wise to gear yourself not to expect a "silver bullet" that yields an instant cure – lasting positive changes tend to be incremental over time, not quick fixes. But if she sticks with the program, I think it's fair to say you both will see results.

13 Jan

We just got this message on Facebook and found it very timely, being as how our very own Traci Stein's new guided imagery/hypnosis title, Healthy Weight and Body Image, is soon to be released.

Check it out:

Hi Belleruth,
I use your guided imagery all the time, but wondering which one you would recommend for a client of mine who has bulimia.
I would like to get her this as a gift to help.
Thank you. Happy new year.

traci-stein-recordingFunny you should ask! Psychologist Traci Stein has created a terrific new imagery/hypnosis program on Healthy Weight & Body Image (I know it's terrific because I was in the studio when she recorded it).

It's being prepared for production even as we speak. It addresses eating disorders, including bulimia, and body image issues beautifully, with Traci's usual skill, subtlety, depth and finesse.

06 Jan


I have been using so many of your meditations for years. They have helped me get through so much and I am so grateful.

I do not have cancer, but for the past 4 years, mild to severe dysplasia - keeps being found in my cervix and removed. It's my understanding that dysplasia is precancerous cells.

I have a VERY difficult time eating right. I am addicted to sugar - I use your addiction meditation and your general wellness meditation regularly.

Would listening to the cancer meditation be good to help me visualize healthy cells? Or could it be a bad idea since I don't even have cancer and so I should not meditate using a cd made for those who do?

Karen B.

30 Dec

We got this query from a Healing Touch practitioner who was doing her due diligence homework on how to best help veterans suffering from posttraumatic stress. She'd come across last year's journal article in Military Medicine. We get this question periodically, so we decided to post it this time.


I have recently read an article published in Military Medicine regarding the use of Healing Touch and Health Journeys Healing Trauma meditation.

As I was purchasing the Healing Trauma meditation, I examined the Relaxation and Wellness meditation. Your website states that the Relaxation and Wellness meditation is the first portion of a protocol to be used with PTSD.

I am preparing to work with military personnel experiencing PTSD in the very near future. Would you be willing to share the research or protocol that is referenced online regarding the Relaxation and Wellness meditation and Healing Trauma meditation for PTSD?

Thank you very much for any assistance you may offer.

A.T., Healing Touch practitioner

16 Dec

Dear Belleruth,

I sent you a note not too long ago re: my weight loss of 40 lbs with the guided imagery. I was going strong, feeling good, thought I was FINALLY addressing the core of my obesity....

I was feeling better about shedding some weight... feeling safer in the world.

Then "out of the blue" comes some inappropriate behavior from a man. I could feel the switch inside me, but felt powerless to stop it.

I am back up in the weight gain and feel rather defeated, because I was sure hoping the reprogramming had done its job.

Any suggestions?

M. L.