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Guided Imagery Helps Woman Get Beyond Longtime Fear of Flying

18 Jun
A woman suffering from a fear of flying that restricted her life and limited her options, discovered how a little therapy, some imagery and a couple of CDs opened up her world again

Dear Health Journeys and BR,

I had to write and tell you this!!!!! I have been afraid of flying for many years, ever since I was a young teenager and we ran into some turbulence on a family plane trip to Mexico. Over the years, it has gotten worse rather than better. The fear became more and more pronounced.

At work I was passed over for promotions in the past few years, because of my inability to travel. My social life and vacation choices were also limited. My fear was an embarrassment and I could not readily explain it. I believe it made me more shy around people and closed me off from sharing myself with others, for fear that the topic would come up.

About 6 months ago, a behavioral therapist who had been working with me on my fears introduced me to your Self-Confidence CD, and to Emmett Miller’s Free Yourself from Fear CD, and I started listening to them religiously twice a day. I liked that they were different, and impacted me on different levels. My therapist had been helping me anyway, but these two CDs tipped the balance.

My goal was to fly to a family reunion thousands of miles away in Sweden, to honor my favorite great-aunt on her 90th birthday. I knew that if I didn’t go, I’d never see her again, and I’d never forgive myself.

Well, I just got back - FLEW back - from Sweden. Aside from a few preliminary flutters, I was fine. It was very meaningful and moving to see my dear aunt. I enjoyed my family and meeting some new cousins. I am very excited about the possibilities have suddenly opened up for me again, and I love the feeling of excitement I have about the future. It has been a long time since I had it!!! After thanking my therapist, I wanted to thank you and Dr. Miller.

Nancy W

Editors note: We highly recommend Fly Without Fear, by KRS Edstrom, which combines guided imagery and body awareness to gently relax the merely worried and skillfully desensitize the terrified.

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