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10 Nov
A woman who endured many procedures to help with conception discovers that using imagery has created a trust and belief in her body, allowing her to feel fertile, even though she is not pregnant…
Dear Belleruth,

Greetings! I attended your workshop last weekend on the Cape. It was great to hear you speak and to be inspired by the stories you told.

I have wanted to write to you for a while now, and figured now is a good a time as any! A few months ago I read a testimonial on the cover of one of your newsletters, from a woman who had benefited from your imagery tape for infertility or pregnancy, and how she felt it really helped her to conceive a child. Here''s my story, with a bit of a different slant.

I have been trying to get pregnant for several years now. About a year ago, upon the recommendation of a EMDR therapist I was seeing, I took a look at your catalog of tapes. I decided to buy the tape for "successful pregnancy" as a tool to assist me in my attempts to conceive.

What I wanted to let you know is that, even though I have not gotten pregnant, this tape has been immensely helpful to me. I believe it has played an important role in the healing relationship I have developed with my body. I never thought that years of invasive procedures, treatments, decisions, and appointments would result in the outcome I now have: the utmost belief and trust in my body, and the sense that I am truly "fertile" even though I am not pregnant. I am amazed and inspired by how much healing has come out of such a difficult and painful time.

So thank you for the part that you have played in that. At the workshop you said something about how sometimes it''s just one phrase that will stay with a person or make a difference in their healing. In your pregnancy tape, I think the phrase "your body is your trustworthy, intelligent ally" has touched me in a deep way. Here''s a poem I wrote recently that conveys some of my experience. It''s called "Conception."



CONCEPTION

Waiting,
hovering,
hoping,
readying myself
for motherhood.
As the months pass
and I do not conceive,
I listen.
Mostly,
I listen to my body -
to her longing, her desire,
her strength.
I hear her despair,
and out of the despair,
her conviction.
As the years pass
and I do not conceive,
we forge a mighty alliance.
I come to trust her and believe in her,
more than I ever thought possible.
I suppose you could say that
I have conceived
and given birth
to something remarkable.

Blessings,
Sharon
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