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breast cancer survivor talks of spontaneous imagery experience

17 Nov
A breast cancer survivor has a spontaneous imagery experience, where a persistent, unlikely little warrior - a funky, kooky little girl with wings - emerges from her imagination to teach her about healing…

I first learned about your books and guided imagery four years ago when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I happened to be walking through Borders in Westlake when you were talking about one of your books. I wasn’t able to stay for your entire segment but what I did hear got me interested.

I purchased your book on guided imagery right after I had the surgery to remove the tumor. I began to practice every day while I was home recuperating. Not only did it help me to relax and heal from the surgery, it began to prepare me for the battle I was about to face with the chemotherapy. I can’t thank you enough for sharing your work on guided imagery, I believe it saved my life.

I decided that I needed a warrior or some form of a courageous hero to help me fight the cancerous cells when the chemo would enter my bloodstream. Each time I closed my eyes to imagine this character, I saw this funny, kooky, little girl with wings. I kept asking her to leave but she was persistent about being there. I tried on several occasions to find "my warrior". Instead, she appeared wearing a snorkel mask and carrying a small vacuum cleaner. Behind her was the strangest looking gang of children armed with brooms, erasers, and vacuum cleaners . I thought I was going crazy.

Somewhere along the way, I came to believe she could help me. I just didn’t understand at that moment that we were really on a journey to heal my spirit. She taught me a lot of things and continues to guide me. Now it’s time for me to share my story and what I have learned with others. I would like to put my story into a book for young girls. I want to teach young girls how to use guided imagery to go inside to find their gifts and bring those gifts into the world.
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