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Guided Imagery Success Story from a Man Who Committed Four Murders

04 Mar

In looking through some old files, we found this letter from a man, already incarcerated for 19 years in a high security mental institution, for having committed several murders.  

It speaks to the unexpected and moving ways guided imagery can reach people, even those off the grid of what we consider to be ‘regular’ living.

Dear Belleruth,

“Thank you” does not describe the deep gratitude I feel for your beautiful Anger & Forgiveness CD. Every time I listen to it I feel like I’m listening to a great friend. I’ve been listening to it for about 2 months, 2-3 times a day.

I’m a 60 year old Afro American male.  I have been incarcerated in ____ Mental Institution for almost 19 years for committing 4 homicides.  My actions affected the lives of 4 different families for the rest of their lives, their friends, their communities.  I cannot go back and change it.

It took a while before I truly accepted the fact that I had a severe mental illness and that healing would not be a quick fix. The Anger & Forgiveness CD came right on time, by way of a group here that I’ve been taking called Anger/Forgiveness.

I have been heavily invested in my treatment. So many walls have fallen that are protecting that kernel of hurt and pain you talked about.  Recently I believe I have been dealing with one of the last walls, and that’s where your CD has been of great help.

Since the beginning of January, I’ve been listening to the Healing Trauma CD.  It’s great and I truly love it.  It’s my favorite.  While listening to it, not only can I clearly see situations where I could have shown more patience and tolerance, but also see where I can show more patience and tolerance in some upcoming events.

May the powers that be keep you safer than safe.  

With Great Love and Respect,
Albert

THANK YOU!!!

Ed. Note:  You’re welcome, Albert, and my best wishes to you as you go forward on the courageous and inspiring healing journey you’ve undertaken.

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 and was released in paperback January of 2006.