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A Unique Kind of Under-The-Radar Healing for Severe Childhood Abuse

06 Oct

This was posted on the “Christian CD” thread from a survivor of childhood abuse. We’re putting it here because of the way the writer speaks to a very unique and powerful capability of guided imagery (hypnosis, too)  – the way it functions like a depth charge, dropped below conscious thinking (and under the pesky radar of resistance and ambivalence ) where it can reverberate again and again, catalyzing a deep and system-wide kind of healing. The messages are pinging and working, even while you’re sleeping, shooting the breeze with a friend, thinking analytically at work, driving the kids to soccer practice… this is the gift that keeps on giving.  The writer of this note phrased his comments in such a way that they perfectly reflect this wonderful capacity.  Here it is:

As a survivor of severe child abuse, your PTSD Mp3's have been one of the most important gifts I've ever received--both literally and figuratively speaking. I must have listened to the program dozens of times within the past year, if not more, and each time I have a new experience and gain new insight that helps me heal. I revel in the program's simplicity and yet each phrase and imagery is so condensed with meaning and power that they are like seeds of light that plants itself in the mind and grows over time. It's extraordinary… for the helpful effect it's having on my healing journey. Thank you.


[Ed. Note:  Thank you back, Gene, for putting your comment in such a way that you underline this critical idea, that imagery works continuously, percolating beneath the surface and potentiating healing in this profound and magical way.] 

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