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Can Guided Imagery Defeat Depression?

07 Jan

This is a heartening testimonial to the power of guided imagery in making a difference even with chronic clinical depression – something that likes to stick around.  Many people needs a whole combination of tools in order to do the trick – light therapy, exercise, health coaching, support groups, journaling…. But for this person, the imagery was enough – or at least that’s been her impression.

I had chronic, debilitating depression all my life, due to physical and sexual abuse, and I had desperately tried everything to alleviate it, from medication to hypnosis. I read everything I could get my hands on. Nothing worked--at best there would be brief lessening of pain, but nothing significant. I really felt doomed, as if my situation was hopeless.

Then, one day, I bought Belleruth's CD, and it literally changed my life. Twelve years later I am still free of depression--but only when I listen to this tape periodically to keep up the treatment.

It used to be I had to listen to it every day. But over time, I was able to listen to it less frequently, and now I only listen to it when I feel myself sinking back.
What is so powerful about this tape compared with everything else out there? I think there is something about Belleruth's imagery and the way that she directs the bodies energy through it that seems to cause an inner shift to take place.
For me, the imagery on the Depression tape is particularly powerful because it generates a new energy source that seems to well up inside, and it's a powerful feminine source. Stress, negativity and self-hatred become displaced by that energy.
It's really remarkable--definitely the closest thing to a miracle I've ever experienced. I'm grateful.
Needless to say, I have ordered many more to give away to others who have struggled as I have. My life is completely different thanks to this imagery.
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