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What’s the Optimal Way to Use Different CDs Together?

24 Apr

Question:

Hello and thank you for the great help you have provided me, and many others struggling to live a better life.!!!

I guess before I come down to the question itself I would tell you a little bit about my current situation.  Pardon if it takes a bit of your time.  I have had chronic Depression for as long as I can remember, life has been a gray shadow for me.. and its not as if you give up, but you just don’t know any better.
 
I was going to school to become a Biochemist then an MD. Unfortunately I had the worst nervous break down I have had yet, incapacitating me from going, seeing, hearing about school; in a nut shell I was triggered by the whole idea.
 
I started taking a cocktail of medications and trying to get my balance back. To my misfortune I had more health problems from trying so many different drugs with so little result.

Then came the suggestion of Psychotherapy. I`ve had so many unpleasant experiences in the past that I just gave up on therapy, but my current therapist was my last option before... I was really considering suicide at that point.
 
She tried to work in a variety of ways to try to set me in the right path; as it happens to be, I suffer of extreme anxiety, and some very strong OCD tendencies, but not enough to be labeled with it.  So she recommended your cd`s. And may I say I was astonished by how just "relaxed" I felt.  My problems were still there, and so was my depression, but I felt like I could just step away from those feelings and try to have a more positive outlook.
 
Now, this is where my question comes in. I see that you have many cd`s that focus on certain areas and the way they work is by constant listening. I have several issues that i would think could be tackled with these cd`s, since I seem to react well on them. I currently have insomnia, weight problems, depression, OCD, and well.. ptsd from so many yrs of this suffering.
 
I have seen you sell combination of cd`s that tackle the same problem, but how can I combine them into my routine??  So far, I have the Weight Loss, OCD, Wellness, and the Sleep cd`s. I just don’t know how to combine them... I wanted to buy the Depression and the new upcoming release "abandonment" as i think this is a very strong trigger in my life.
 
I brought up this issue to my therapist, and she was just as puzzled as to how to best approach this issue as I was.

Would you be so kind and give me some insight in this matter?? ... your programs have brought something I long ago forgot how it felt: faith and promise.. last, but never least.. thank you, thank you!!

Sincerely, Marlena

Dear Marlena,

First of all you’re very welcome! I’m glad the guided imagery is a help.
 
Second of all, congratulations on finding the right therapist! Sometimes it does take some trial and error before the right match can be made - hard enough under any circumstances, but a damn shame when you’re depressed to start with and don’t have a whole lot of energy for shopping around.  So that’s great that you found her and you’re still among the living!
 
And third, to answer your question, you have plenty to start with right now. Don’t forget that your OCD tendencies will have you worrying unnecessarily about having every right one!!   Trust me, you don’t need every right one!!  It’s true that each CD is written to target a specific condition in a unique way; but there’s also plenty of overlap and redundancy with these; and trust me, you have enough to last you quite some time before needing any more (if ever)!!

Here’s the way we recommend you use multiple titles.  First, pick one to start with - maybe the one you’re most motivated to use.  Let’s say it’s Weight Loss.  Listen to that imagery and only that, once or twice a day, 5 days a week, for several weeks - let’s say for four or five weeks (or until it’s coming out of your ears and you can’t stand hearing it any more - whichever comes first!) If possible, try to listen when you’re just waking up - this particular one may be a little too energizing for you to listen to at bedtime; but any time is better than none at all.
 
Keep in mind, too, that there are many elements in that weight loss imagery that will also counter depression and support a sense of well-being, self-esteem, inner strength and worthiness.  So it’s not like you’re won’t be addressing those depression and abandonment issues too.
 
Then, after 4-5 weeks, switch to the General Wellness CD, and do the same with that one.  Again, there will be aspects of this CD that will help with depression, anxiety and self-esteem.

For the third phase, alternate the Weight Loss and the Wellness in the morning, and start listening to the Sleep audio at bedtime.  Again, do this for 4-5 weeks.  

Now still listening to the Sleep audio at night, switch to the OCD imagery in the morning or daytime, and do this for 4-5 weeks as well.  
After this, you can alternate the Weight Loss, Wellness and OCD imagery during the day, depending on what you’re in the mood to hear; and continue using the sleep imagery at bed time.  At this point, if you’re itchy for some variety, go ahead and get the Depression or Heartbreak imagery.  But in the meantime, you’ll be doing a lot to handle the anxiety, depression and worth issues while you tackle the rest.

I hope that answers your question!
 
All best wishes to you,

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