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Is it ok to alternate between two different imagery tapes?

21 Jun

Dear Belleruth,

Is it okay to alternate between two different Anger and Forgiveness one day and Depression the next, then back to Anger and Forgiveness? Would this pattern not be as effective?

Also, could one have a delayed effect/emotional response, say, an hour or two later after listening? Your Anger and Forgiveness tape has already impacted me in a very nice positive, holistic way. It is rather hard to articulate, but I definitely can tell a difference. Thank u for your work.


Frank S.

Dear Frank,

Yes, it’s fine to alternate. Sometimes it’s good to start off saturating yourself with one first, then with the other, then alternating. But you can certainly just start out alternating and eventually the same effect will take hold. If this is more interesting and appealing to you, to do it this way from the get-go, by all means, do it that way! The main thing is staying with it and continued use, however you like to do it.

As for your second question - yes, that’s exactly the way imagery impacts most people - in a seamless, subtle way that feels so natural and integrated that it’s not even all that perceptible... But one day you notice that your attitudes or symptoms or responses have shifted in the way you’d hoped. So that’s great! I’m very glad it’s working for you, and thanks for the terrific question.

You can also take a look at this week’s Inspiring Story to see the way someone used prayer for the exact same effect on anger and resentment.
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