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27 Jan

A while back you posted a story by a corrections counselor, and this inspires me to share another story.  I, too, am a social worker who works with incarcerated youth.  They are all being tried as adults.  The jail where they are being housed has started to let one inmate listen to an imagery recording on anger and forgiveness.  He is on lockdown for fighting with another inmate who ruined his food.
He had only begun to listen to the audio, and maybe had heard it three times.
He became very angry about his situation and began pacing back and forth in his cell, trying to decide what to do.  He wanted to charge his peer when his cell door was opened.  He paced and paced, then he lay down on his bunk and continued to ruminate.  (This alone was progress, as in the past he reacted so impulsively, he would not have ever thought about his actions and consequences before acting.)

20 Jan

A woman who survived early childhood trauma writes about being able to sleep again.  Here is what she emailed us:

“Belleruth - You are an important part of my life. I go to sleep to your voice each night! Really, I do. Your guided imagery has helped me move through troubled waters often as I have worked intensely with a therapist to heal from years of trauma beginning in early childhood. I began listening to Healthful Sleep several years ago as I struggled with persistent insomnia. It was wonderful! I was able to sleep. I was able to go to sleep and I was able to sleep without intrusive memories and flashbacks most nights.

13 Jan

With a little help from some calming guided imagery, an exam-phobic social worker is able to comfortably take her state licensing exam and pass it with flying colors, after 6 previous failed attempts…

Here is what she wrote us:

Dearest Everyone at Health Journeys,

Thanks to you all, I passed my LISW (Licensed Independent Social Worker) test, after SIX previous attempts!!!!  I was able to practice seeing myself calming down, relaxing, and working in a focused manner.  I was able to take my time and THINK. And instead of the panicky feeling, I became more and more confident as I took the test.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!!

Marlene S., ACSW, LISW, LCSW :)
05 Jan

We found this lovely note on our website from a very addicted ex-smoker. As an ex-smoker myself, who found it incredibly difficult to quit but finally did, I was especially gratified to read it.  And it speaks well to the point of readiness – most of the time, you need to be ready psychologically and emotionally ready (or scared to death) in order to succeed at this.

“I truly believe the smoking imagery (Stop Smoking) made the difference for me.  I have finally quit after years of addiction. I stopped and started, but this tape seemed to build my resolve in a gentle, respectful and non judgmental way, week after week, until finally I was less attracted to smoking and more attracted to health. How wonderful to be free at last from smoking!"
29 Dec

This exuberant email is from someone who had surgery for a hiatal hernia twelve years ago. She was told she’d be back for more repair after five years, but she hasn’t, and she gives imagery some of the credit…

THIS is a huge THANK YOU note for Belleruth and Health Journeys.  It was 12 years ago (or will be--tomorrow ) that I had major surgery for a severe hiatal hernia-- Fortunately (the surgery) was postponed for three weeks --because of a chest cold I had -Therefore I was able to listen to The Surgery affirmation & visualization tapes so much longer--Halleliu!
My doctor --PROMISED me I would be back in five years for a total re-do & if not that, a repair of sorts, for sure.
WELL--as I said, it will be 12 HEALTHY years tomorrow, with minimal complaints --perhaps three times a year I have minor indigestion, where one or two Tums are sufficient (to take it away--)
THANKS BELLERUTH and HJ ---I'm so appreciative of your very real assistance in my total rehab!
[Ed. Note: Thank you, Doris.  I'm not sure how much credit belongs to us, but we're all delighted with your results, and wish you continued health, strength, joy and enjoyment! ]

16 Dec

I saw this story first on the awesome Debbie Phillips’ uber-nourishing website, Women on Fire.

At least, that’s where I think I saw it.  Then I realized she found it in the New York Times, which has a lot of thought-provoking, touching stories about relationships in this feature.  But this particular one knocked me out. .. in a class by itself, I thought.

And for our peeps – who have no small amount of experience with yoga and skeptical spouses who can be somewhat opaque – well, there’s just so much to identify with in this story… and be moved and inspired by.  (Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s written so beautifully, either by this gifted writer named Karen S. Schneider.) 

I don’t know how I missed it the first time around, but delighted I got a second chance with it. Do treat yourself and click on this link to a gem of a personal story – you’ll be glad you did.

A Warrior Learns a Different Pose


09 Dec

Someone just pointed out this comment on Amazon – it’s about our guided imagery for posttraumatic stress (Healing Trauma), where you enter your own broken heart, have a look around at the landscape, (which represents symptoms) and then travel under it to a deeper part of the self that is whole, beautiful and indestructible.  

This imagery doesn’t work for everyone, but it does for a lot of people – people who are rebounding from all sorts of ugly, traumatic situations - and when it does, it really does, and that’s a beautiful thing.  And yes, making you cry is part of the healing.  

So the HJ staff says thanks to Nikoo from Connecticut for reminding us of the impact this imagery often has.

5.0 out of 5 stars  Getting into the heart, October 15, 2013
By Nikoo M "Nikoo" (Connecticut)

This review is from: Healing Trauma: Guided Imagery for Posttraumatic Stress (Health Journeys) (Audio CD)

I've been through therapy and listen to Tara Brach and Sharon Salzberg who have a lighthearted and practical way about them. I work with mindfulness but one thing I've had issue with though is "loving kindness". It's been very difficult for me to touch into my deeper compassion for others and a safe place for myself. This guided meditation got me there. It's amazing and will make you cry.
02 Dec

To support our contention that guided imagery makes a huge dent on insomnia and general sleep insufficiency, we went looking on Amazon for feedback.  There were 40 comments posted under Healthful Sleep, and almost all were extraordinarily positive.

Here are a few, and then we’ll rest our case!

I keep my iPod and headphones by my bed. It almost always works the first time -- sometimes I listen to it twice. The music is beautiful. After a full-body calming it is a bit groovy with the gentle guardians but occasionally it's the guardians part that does the trick. Thank you for a wonderful product.

25 Nov

A friend found this encouraging message about using guided imagery for help with chemical dependency posted at a website called How Cocaine Destroys Lives for people seeking recovery from cocaine use. 

It’s in the context of a review of our CD for Alcohol and Other Drugs, and it’s the kind of comment you love to hear, because it’s the best possible outcome - that the imagery is not just helping with the substance abuse (although that by itself is fine with us), but with larger issues and attitudes as well.  

So thanks, A. Baranowski, wherever you are, for your hopeful words and kind assessment!  

p.s. I‘m glad you don’t think I’m a silly person!!  Same backatcha!!  We all wish you continued success and joy. 

He or she writes on November 6, 2010:

“I am currently withdrawing from several medications. I have found that this CD is having an impact on parts of my life I never thought related to any drug, alcohol, recovery-related “problem.” 

I am sleeping better, having some incredible experiences while listening, crying a lot, (don’t be scared!!) ..yet, finding that this clears out a lot of things I have been avoiding for years. I am feeling good, open, willing to move on afterward.

“About one or two days into listening, I woke up feeling so great, and great in a way I don’t remember for many, many, many years; in fact, so long ago as to almost have been forgotten. But, that “ability” was still there.

“Belleruth Naparstek has a voice that I trusted and relaxed to immediately – hence the crying. The music is fabulous!! I go to some wonderful places, dig way, way back to feelings of goodness, strength, vulnerability, and have had some unexpected experiences.

“Also, I visited her website, and I really like her attitude and common sense about some of the things people have asked her there. She is not a silly person!!

“Anyway, highly recommended. Listen, relax, enjoy, and be well!”

18 Nov

People often ask if it’s really possible to recover from hideously traumatic childhood abuse.  I’m delighted to report I’ve been lucky to know quite a few people who have.  

Many become gifted therapists themselves, applying the intuitive gifts they acquired during traumatic times to help save their skins and psyches, to their work as healers.  So maybe it’s time to again post our very own Lynne Newman’s story.  Lynne was our first “Practitioner We Love” and we now proudly carry her guided imagery recordings.

Here she is – best to let her speak for herself.

I am Lynne Newman, a 63 year old woman, who has been on a healing, spiritual journey which has led me to this wonderful place. I now do only what my heart and soul tell me to do; it is no longer acceptable to do "what I have to do" simply to please others.