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“I Am Well on My Way to Becoming a Healthy, Joyous, Grateful Woman”

14 Jun

Dear Belleruth,
First of all, I want to thank you from the bottom of my broken heart: I am a trauma survivor of some years now, and last year at about this time, I went sick with a 'frozen shoulder' - a quite painful condition, that takes a lot of time to (self) heal - there is no real cure.

It was the latest of a whole series of illnesses that I had experienced that were, in hindsight, related to my traumas. I read about you in Maggie Phillips book 'Reversing Chronic Pain', then read your book 'Invisible Heroes' and then ordered three CD's two months ago.


What can I say ? After listening the first time to the PTSD CD - sitting on the couch, with open eyes and scared - something really big and magical and fantastic happened - my soul was touched and still is...... Within a few days I was living without pain medication and finally understanding and respecting my wonderful brave body. So, I am proud to tell you that I am well on the way to becoming a healthy, joyous and grateful woman - and I owe this to guided imagery.

I have been in professional therapy for some years, have experienced EMDR, but the major breakthrough was really the guided imagery - so, Belleruth, you have really given me one of the greatest gifts you can imagine :-))

Thank you very much and I am being very well for the first time in many years


[Ed. Note: While EMDR (or TFT or EFT etc) can be an ideal technique for single or dual incident trauma, or for dealing with traumatic events sequentially, one at a time, guided imagery is great for simultaneous integration of multiple layers of complex trauma, incrementally over time.  And these ‘alphabet’ techniques plus guided imagery work really well together - a marvelous and powerful collaboration.]

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