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27 Oct

Dear Belleruth,

Two questions: Do you use binaural beats in your background music?

And, aside from your sleeping aid recordings, can a person multi-task while listening to, say, the weight loss recordings and still gain benefit? Or, does the listening require total immersion while playing the recordings?

Thanks....

Penny

20 Oct

Dear Br,

I volunteer at a battered women's shelter. I have been doing this work for nearly 4 years, ever since my daughter escaped a violent marriage and found refuge here.

Last month, a board member donated 3 of your Domestic Violence Recovery Packs to the house. What would you suggest is the most effective way to use them with the women here?

Thanks in advance.

Rosemary P.

13 Oct

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:

Belleruth,

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?

Thank you.

PS - Your book has helped me so much, but I believe the audio cds would help me more.

06 Oct

Dear Belleruth,

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.

Henry

29 Sep

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:

Question:

Do you have any guided imagery for healthy boundaries?

Jason K.

22 Sep

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.

Question:

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?

Chris

15 Sep

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.

Dear BR,

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?

Elaine T.

08 Sep

Question:

Dear Belleruth,

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,

Mario

01 Sep

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:

Question:

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.

Dee

25 Aug

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:

Question:

Hi, Belleruth,

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.