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In the Film, Guided Imagery Keeps Precious Alive

05 Apr

Someone wrote in with the same insight I’d had after watching the film Precious - that what kept the protagonist alive at her core, in spite of the way she was used, abused, derided and devalued on a daily basis, was the imagery she created to sustain and feed her.  I meant to write about it, but never got around to it.  But that’s just as well - this note, from someone who just discovered guided imagery, is far more eloquent, thanks to her fresh perspective. 

She writes:
I'm newly acquainted with guided imagery and would like sometime in the future to tell you of my experiences, but for now I just wanted to share this.  I watched the movie Precious last night, and although I wouldn’t recommend it, as it is extremely upsetting, especially for anyone who is surviving childhood abuse, but I thought immediately of your work.

The movie shows how she used her imagination to escape horrible abuse, the way you describe in your book.  It's amazing and unfortunately relatable. You are really onto something here and I am beginning see how powerful using the imagination can be.  Thanks for all you do.

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