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This is a terrific story about how somebody used his own home-grown imagery and the help of a photo

25 Aug
This is a terrific story about how somebody used his own home-grown imagery and the help of a photo to master climbing a lot of tough steps after a surgery that left him temporarily weak
After my surgery, I was very weak. My dream trip, to go to Oxford, was coming up, and I worried that there might be something in the layout of the place that would be impossible for me to negotiate in my weakened state. I asked about this, and was told that the toughest thing I’d have to face were the stairs to the refectory, and that I would have to climb them every day. I requested they send me a picture of those stairs.

Then, because I work at the Capitol, I decided that I would climb a couple of stairs at a time there and imagine they were the refectory stairs. Every night I imagined myself climbing those Oxford stairs, and every day I’d take a few more at the Capitol and imagine they were the refectory stairs. It got easier and easier for me to do more and more each day. I had 3 months to make my goal.

Three months later, when I arrived at Oxford and found my stairs, it was like greeting an old friend. I climbed them with no trouble whatsoever.. wasn’t even short of breath. It was a wonderful sense of accomplishment, and it was thanks to my own, home-grown guided imagery.

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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