For almost 25 years during my career as a counselor, I used guided imagery both for myself and my clients. I felt confident in the reliability of Health Journeys’ researched imagery because of Belleruth’s background as a clinician. I would play sections of the recordings as a start to groups or for individual clients.
I found guided imagery to be an alternative for those who “can’t meditate” or “don’t like meditation.” The high production values of the audios helped people listen with enjoyment. I have always turned to the Relieve Stress meditations as my “go-to”, and have given away many copies as gifts. I personally use the MP3 version, downloaded from the HJ site, in a little player I keep by my bed.
When I have been away from meditating too long, or am especially stressed, I find the accrued benefits of years of playing it substantial. My nervous system rights itself within a day or two and my anxiety is gone.
But my favorite use of guided imagery was when I developed a book study group after my retirement in order to teach friends how to tap into their intuitive sense. About ten group members used a combination of reading the book Your Sixth Sense and listening to Unlocking Intuition. Several group members reported increased awareness and comfort with their powers of intuition.
Even group participants who did not have this experience enjoyed the guided imagery set to music, stating they had never been able to meditate before.
Shortly after the group ended, one of the most intuitive members, a friend named Alice, died abruptly and too young from leukemia, but during her transition came to visit me in a vision I describe below:
After returning tired from the hospital, as I lay on my bed that Friday night, Alice appeared full of light, floating above my bed, smiling a Black Madonna smile, her red and gold tresses streaming , a translucent stream, no, a field, ever-broadening, of all the colors there are or ever will be limning from my vision of her, or was it the real her, with her blue forming wings, a blue like the early night sky in June, with a touch of charcoal, like the black of a mythic lake under blue skies in Mexico, Mexico where she loved to be, and this being looked forward and up, not a look back, her body slanting upwards, her chubby pink left arm crooked so that her elbow pointed the way, a cherub stance if ever I saw one, and her being radiated happiness, joy, serenity, and just plain fun. I knew she was gone and was glad for her.
I still use the Unlocking Intuition meditations to help me increase my creativity, as well as to come to peace with the deaths of loved ones and friends. I often get answers about my writing after listening, my characters “speaking” to me just as Alice gave me a vision as her good bye.
I am currently writing my second novel, fulfilling my life-long dream to be a writer.
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