We got this question from Judith, who is having a high degree of post-election anxiety, including symptoms of chest tightness, face numbness and jaw pain. Her doc has diagnosed her with anxiety, and her usual coping tools aren’t working. We try to address what she can do.
Laura asks Belleruth about guided meditation for high blood pressure, hoping there is some guided imagery that could make it possible for her to reduce her intake of medication, with all the unpleasant side effects.
Do you have a meditation for high blood pressure? I am on too many meds for it, with unpleasant side effects ,and do believe it can be managed somewhat by meditation, visualization, etc. Thank you!
Ted asks an important question about which guided meditation might help him recover from the impact of intense parental enmeshment, something he was subjected to when he was growing up.
Enmeshment is a family therapy term used to describe an over-involved, intrusive way of parenting, where the parents don’t know where they end and their child begins. So they tend to interfere with their kids’ autonomy, speaking for them, thinking for them, and acting for them. They are also insistent on knowing way too much about what their children are thinking, feeling and doing, and they often tell their kids way too much about themselves as well. The kids grow up confused about their own boundaries, and as adults recreate this situation with others.
Its polar opposite is the parenting style of detachment, and that has its own set of problems. Both are extremes.
Here is Ted’s question:
A devout Christian wants to develop her intuitive side more, but is leery of guided imagery and concerned it may conflict with her Christian faith. She asks Belleruth for clarification on this issue. Here is the question and the answer.
I am interested in working with your intuition guided imagery to help me develop my intuitive side, which I feel is very strong. However, I wonder if there is material on these exercises that conflicts with Christianity.
We got this question from a new professional entering the mental health field who is looking for good guided imagery scripts to use with her clients. We're happy for the question, because there's quite a range of scripts out there, some of which are great and others that are mediocre or worse. So check this Q & A out, by all means:
As a new professional entering the mental health field, I would like recommendations on where to purchase resources that offer scripts for guided imagery. I am looking for scripts for inner child and trauma work that I can employ when working with my clients.
We got this question from a therapist who asks for some recommendations of mind-body resources to help a 37-year-old mother of two young children manage her stress. She has rapidly escalating Multiple Sclerosis and is very scared. Check it out:
I am working with a 37-year-old mother of two children under the age of seven. She has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and in the words of her physician, it is "aggressive" and "we need to take immediate action." She is following all suggested protocol and is scared but lives in her head, trying to manage the stress cognitively. Which of your CD's would you recommend for her?
Thank you so much.
Melinda M., LCSW, MSW
This is not the first time we’ve gotten this excellent question from a very frustrated spouse or partner of a partner of a problem drinker. Perhaps it feels familiar to you too? Please read on!
I love your guided imagery. I use Anger and Forgiveness to deal with my exasperation over my husband’s constant battle with alcoholism. The man is able to stay sober for several months – sometimes nearly a year - and then he’s back to drinking again. Every time he slips, it takes that much more out of me.
Do you have any other tools or resources for the spouse? I am feeling desperate and I need more something... I use already listen to Relieve Depression and Help for Panic Attacks, but I’m hoping for something more specific.
I am recovering in AA myself and sponsoring a woman with PTSD-like symptoms from early childhood sexual abuse. She is quite functional at her work and has an apparently organized life, with her finances in good order, and a neat, well-tended apartment. She has been sober the past 1½ years.
She suffers from invasive flashbacks of the abuse, which she then experiences just as if it were happening again. She will not use medication, (I support that), so I referred her to Health Journeys for your audios.
In our rural area, the local community services board counselors are very pro-medication, so she gave up on those folks and won’t go back.
What types of therapy might help her? She needs guidance.
I have a high-risk, but early stage, form of lymphoma. In association with my treatment, I have been using your guided imaging for the immune system -- every day, usually twice a day. Is there any closely associated additional guided imaging you can recommend? I am absolutely positive the guided imaging is helping, but I don't want to do the same guided imaging day after day, month after month, year after year, if there are other guided imaging MP3 files you personally have done that can augment the imaging I already am doing.
We got this question from a woman whose therapist recommended she listen to our guided imagery to boost her progress in her treatment for Dissociative Disorder. DD is a condition, usually the result of traumatic events, where people experience involuntary disconnects from themselves, feeling detached from their body, their emotions and their current surroundings. People often describe it as if they were watching themselves from a distance.
We’re glad to get this question, because guided imagery can help a person who dissociates and “trances out” without even knowing it, and instead teach her to purposefully, positively dissociate, with a hypnotic technique targeting goals to help her heal.