We got this note from a grateful surgeon whose 14-year-old son suffered from night terrors at least two or three times a week. It was hard on him and hard on the whole family. The solution turned out to be a simple audio download – some guided imagery for sleep. Check out her note:
I am a surgeon who first became aware of the benefits of guided imagery when one of our anesthesiologists recommended your surgery guided imagery download to one of our pre-op patients.
We found this personal story about using guided imagery to help with withdrawal from prescribed medications, and it’s a wonderful example of the way guided imagery can have a positive impact, way beyond the original intention to clean up an inadvertent addiction. Check out what A. Baranowski had to say about this – it’s very encouraging.
(Belleruth cracked a wide grin at the line she considers “highest praise” when this writer read some of the Q and A’s on our site and pronounced her “not a silly person”!!)
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We got this feedback from an injury survivor with TBI (traumatic brain injury), after an accident she experienced three years ago. We were very grateful that she took the time to write this gracious, heartfelt note.
Knowing as we do that TBI is often a frustrating, hard to manage condition, it’s very good to know that guided imagery really does provides some sufferers with relief. Here is what she wrote:
We got this touching, inspiring note from Kelly, whose husband, died at a very young age - 33 - from a very difficult kind of cancer.
Many new widows would have needed to just stay put and grieve for two to three years – sometimes that’s exactly what is needed and the essence of sound self-care and deep wisdom, to just stay put and heal.
But Kelly had a “call to action” that was the right thing for her, and a great help to others. Check out how she created “Bobby’s Toolbox”, to honor the memory of her carpenter husband and provide help to others. Here is her note:
We got an email from a 37-year-old man who began using guided imagery after reading a review on Amazon about mind-body approaches. He started using David Illig’s Weight Loss audio, alternating it with Martha Howard’s Freeing Yourself of Excess Weight, and BR’s Weight Loss imagery.
He combined that with a serious uptick in weekly exercise, and after five months, lost 45 pounds.
Here is the ancient review from Amazon that motivated him:
I began a weight loss program on May 20, 2002. I purchased the Naperstek (sic) tape and began listening to it two weeks prior to starting my diet and exercise program. I don't know how it happened, but truly this tape helped me re-direct my subconscious mind from negative/guilt thinking to a positive/self-esteem mindset.
This note was posted on our website last week. We get a lot of these, and we are grateful for each and every one, including the critical feedback that tells us what wasn’t so helpful. But there was something about this post that was especially heartening and encouraging – and important for other survivors to see. Please have a look. We’re showing it verbatim, exactly as it was written on our page for our Guided Imagery for the Three Stages of Healing Trauma: Nine Meditations for Posttraumatic Stress.
We also want to thank G.S. for this eloquent testimonial to the power of guided imagery. Her words mean a lot to us.
Margaret Dubay Mikus, a poet, photographer and all-round brainiac with a PhD in molecular genetics, discovered she carried a mutation in one of the “breast cancer genes” (BRCA2) when she had a new bout of breast cancer. After much deliberation, she decided to go for the option of bilateral mastectomy, plus removal of her ovaries and Fallopian tubes. Pretty extreme, you might think, but this is a recommended treatment with her medical history and this gene.
We got this My Health Journey from Mary who shares her use of guided imagery as she and her husband worked to conceive a child. Here's what she recently wrote us:
"I had struggled with infertility for nearly four years. After the first disheartening try (and “failure”, as it is called) with In Vitro Fertilization, I knew I would need extra support, because the process was distressing and disturbing, and I needed to stick it out.
I was depressed, disheartened and, in a way, disabled. I searched the web for resources to help me cope and keep me on track. That’s how I found your audio program, Help for Fertility before the second round of IVF.
I listened to it every night before sleep. It gave me a surprising sense of calmness, patience and peace, plus a feeling that whatever will be, will be as it should be.
We applaud this woman’s recovery from panic attacks, using guided imagery as a critical part of her healing. We discovered this post not long ago, on a review posted on Amazon. It’s an encouraging and inspiring guide for others.
Surprisingly, panic attacks and intense anxiety are very amenable to most mind-body relaxation techniques, but guided imagery adds an additional dimension of reframing and perspective. Check out this report:
We got this email from a person who has used our guided imagery with great success. It's a great story that we believe you'll enjoy reading.
On the advice of a medical social worker friend, I tried your pre-surgery program for an upcoming reconstructive operation. My friend said her hospital recommended it for all its pre-surgery patients, and that research has proven it to be effective.