Guided Imagery and Meditation Blog | Health Journeys

You are here: Home Ask Belleruth Man Cries Foul: All These Audios Sound the Same!!

Man Cries Foul: All These Audios Sound the Same!!

20 Feb

Question:

I recently purchased 2 cd's from you and was disappointed that the material was very similar on each. I am referring to the one on STRESS and the one on DEPRESSION. Perhaps if I had known how similar the material was, I would have only ordered one of those cd's.

Thanks,
Bart from Louisiana

Reply:

Hey, Bart,
Thanks for sharing your concerns about duplication.  I personally find it very annoying when a practitioner sells what is essentially the same program but calls it something different, just by changing a couple of phrases and the title.  I’ve reviewed whole series like that, and it frosts me.

Here’s the thing. You didn’t listen long enough.  Or else you zoned out by the time the unique content showed up - which happens a lot (the imagery still works, whether you’re zoned out or not).  

These titles really are quite different, once you get past the introduction and basic instructions  plus the simple, initial induction that’s designed to evoke a little preparatory relaxation and receptivity for the imagery that follows.   That part - about 6 minutes worth - can be pretty much the same, give or take.  But then the imagery takes some very different and unique turns - for over ten or 15 or 20 minutes worth (which is actually quite a lot of imagery).  I’m looking at the files of the narratives for Depression and Stress and they’re quite different (plus the stress program has 4 different tracks; the Depression two.)

However, to your point, we do have a few places where titles overlap some.  Our title called Relaxation and Wellness is very similar to one of the four tracks on the Relieve Stress program, called “Peaceful Perspective”.  If you purchased our Guided Imagery for the Three Stages of Healing Trauma: Nine Meditations for Posttraumatic Stress, then you don’t need to buy our separate titles for Sleep, Grief, Anger & Forgiveness, Posttraumatic Stress or Self-Confidence, because they’re all on there. (We try to spell this out in the catalog.).  And my imagery entitled Fight Cancer is similar to the one for Chemotherapy (but with some key differences), so if you want more variety there, you may want to buy one of mine and one of Emmett Miller’s for Optimizing Chemotherapy or Optimizing Radiation Therapy.
 
Thanks for writing.

All best,
Belleruth

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