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A Powerful Response to Guided Imagery from a Survivor of Childhood Trauma

07 Nov

We got this email a while back. A woman with PTSD, in therapy, very generously shared her journal entries with us, writing about her responses to the first two times of listening to the Healing Trauma imagery.

Here it is:

Dear Belleruth,
I have just listened to your Healing Trauma (PTS) CD for the 2nd time, as recommended by my counselor. What a gift! Please see below the notes I made after my 1st and 2nd time listening to this CD.

Oct. 15th, 10:00 PM:

I feel like I awoke from another world. My body was heavy & in a state of relaxation at first I didn't recognize – such a deep sleep had taken place. No tension in my jaw, no pain in my neck & shoulders, no worries, floating. I had fallen asleep while the CD was playing/repeating the positive affirmations a 2nd or 3rd time.

When I woke up it took me a minute to work out where I was, like waking up in a place that is not your own. I was so heavy and relaxed that I couldn't even think to pick up the pen. I feel free, relaxed & forgiven.

I became emotional when I walked to the golden tunnel to see the part of me alive and untouched, unharmed & not broken – tears filled my eyes and ran down the sides of my face as I realized that was me as a child/toddler – the innocent & beautiful spirit that is still part of me, but the me before I got hurt.

The golden & glowing part of me, my spirit at that age – my little girl seemed to be protecting me, telling me it was OK. I AM OK, we are OK – a togetherness that reassured me.

This is the first time I remember being in a conscious state for over an hour and being so relaxed and not distracted by external busy thoughts. It will be my escape, my very own special & safe place.

Oct. 16th, 6:35 PM:

It's like waking up from the best nap I've ever had! Refreshed, alive, at peace, whole, warm, safe, protected – a new person, the same me I've always been, but the best of me has come forward, giving a new & fresh & beautiful feeling; like all of a sudden I have more to offer myself and the world.

I am filled with a new sense of faith and hope that everything is going to be OK.... A sense of reassurance I've never felt before. I am amazed that I can get all this from a CD! I can't explain it to the fullest, just how wonderful and amazing it is!!

I hope this is interesting or helpful to you. I'm sure you know it works, after countless testimonials – but I wanted to share mine with you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

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.