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01 Apr

Okay, so this may not qualify as an inspiring story exactly, but this video dance is funny, wacky and messes so much with your perceptions, that it automatically defeats rigid thinking and gets your creative juices flowing.  How bad could that be?  Seriously, check this out.  I guarantee you’ll laugh and shake your head at what you’re seeing. Enjoy!

Watch Black and White Tights Dance

25 Mar

We got this really beautiful note from a man who’d suffered the terrible loss of his soul-mate and life partner to complications from Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. It’s a wonderfully honest and eloquent description of a person’s journey through grief and heartbreak to healing and growth - and very inspiring. Here it is:

“This isn't a question - it's a great big Thank You Note!

“My soul-mate and life partner, died due to complications from chemo and radiation treatments for Non-Hodgkins lymphoma (actual cause of death was end-stage lung disease - not a nice condition). “She was diagnosed with NHL in 1998 and had multiple therapies. However, her remissions were never long lasting. Towards the end of her physical life, we had some really awesome conversations, and I was able to hear her beautiful wishes for me.  I made sure she knew what an honor it was for me to be her caregiver and to walk beside her during our time together. She was a beautiful, happy woman, my little bird, and I miss her very much.
18 Mar

We were copied on this encouraging comment on Face Book – a woman reporting on the value of targeted guided imagery for TBI to someone who, we assume, is struggling with brain injury symptoms:  

I wanted to tell you about guided imagery for TBI. I have been using guided imagery CDs personally and professionally for over ten years for stress, insomnia, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, anger, etc. and they are amazing.  Belleruth Naparstek has a recent audio recording out for TBI and the vets I see in my counseling practice are having wonderful results. I highly recommend you go to her website and check it out. Love and blessings to you!
11 Mar

Here’s a great example of somebody getting creative by combining existing resources with some new digital technology and some proven methods – in this case, Ericksonian Double Induction.

Our good friend, Craig Walker, posted this note on Facebook, showing how he cobbled together a pretty unique and amazing intervention with triple whammy hypnotic capacity.  Read on!

Hi Belleruth! I know you're busy and get tons of messages but I hope you won't mind my sharing an amazing experience I had which involved your guided imagery.

A while back, I completed a Mental Health First Responders course and there was a very powerful demonstration on what it feels like to hear voices. It had a very profound impact on me. I was seated across from another person, engaged in conversation, while two people were standing behind me and talking in each ear at the same time. Each person was saying something extremely negative about the person seated in front of me.

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.

25 Feb

We found this post from Rosie on Amazon.  Now, we know perfectly well that this generous description credits a lot to the guided imagery; and that nobody can know for sure what made this experience go so well.  Rosie does mention the importance of diet and nutrition, too.

But then again, on the other hand, we sure do hear a lot of feedback that sounds just like this… We figure that guided imagery is particularly well suited for surgery and other medical procedures – that much we can say with some assurance.  Here’s Rosie’s note:

Wow...thats all I can say.

I was diagnosed with Cervical Cancer 1B2 a few months ago. I underwent a radical hysterectomy combined with femoral hernia repair 10 days ago.

19 Feb

I had hip replacement surgery 4 weeks ago, using the Successful Surgery guided imagery for 2 weeks before I entered the hospital.

I set it to repeat continuously when I went into the hospital, listening to it until I met the anesthesiologist, who gave permission to use it in the operating room.

After the surgery, I switched to the meditation to Ease Pain, which had the added bonus of blocking sounds & voices from the nurses' station outside my door.

I was released after 2 days, walking on my own with only a cane. I continued to use the Ease Pain meditation every night to help me sleep.  

I was given 2 pain meds but only took the milder med for a couple weeks. By week 3, I was walking without the cane.

I really believe the meditations & visualizations of both CDs helped.
Thank you.

12 Feb

We got this very moving email from a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, who suffered from longstanding blocks to getting a good night’s sleep.  It doesn’t always work out so perfectly - that guided imagery can remediate this so quickly. But it happens often enough – quite a lot, in fact - and it’s always wonderful to hear about it.

It’s very encouraging to know that sometimes a good night’s sleep can make everything else seem possible;  and that guided imagery has a very good chance at making that happen – without drugs and with very little effort:  just what it takes to press “PLAY”.   

How can you say thank you to someone you have never met?  How can you show gratitude for being given back something so intangible that its value is priceless?

Let me explain. This past Tuesday Jan 29 I saw my psychologist for the first time. I am working through abuse of all kinds, the worst being sexual abuse and rape that I suffered though growing up.

05 Feb

I recently revisited this amazing poem by Ellen Bass, co-author with Laura Davis of that landmark book for survivors of childhood sexual abuse, Courage to Heal.  All her poems are exquisite, but this one is a very special gem to me.  It comes from her book, The Human Line.

I love the particular way she combines earthy sensuality with spiritual mystery.  Her emotional depth is dizzying.  I love the idea that in all kinds of places, there’s an Ellen Bass, quietly and unobtrusively watching moments like the one recorded here - in some random airport or restaurant or public park.  

She zaps the ordinary with meaning.  And she lets us know we’re so much bigger and better than we think.

So here is Gate C22.  Enjoy.

Gate C22

At gate C22 in the Portland airport
a man in a broad-band leather hat kissed
a woman arriving from Orange County.
They kissed and kissed and kissed. Long after
the other passengers clicked the handles of their carry-ons
and wheeled briskly toward short-term parking,
the couple stood there, arms wrapped around each other
like he'd just staggered off the boat at Ellis Island,
like she'd been released at last from ICU, snapped
out of a coma, survived bone cancer, made it down
from Annapurna in only the clothes she was wearing.

Neither of them was young. His beard was gray.
She carried a few extra pounds you could imagine
her saying she had to lose. But they kissed lavish
kisses like the ocean in the early morning,
the way it gathers and swells, sucking
each rock under, swallowing it
again and again. We were all watching--
passengers waiting for the delayed flight
to San Jose, the stewardesses, the pilots,
the aproned woman icing Cinnabons, the man selling
sunglasses. We couldn't look away. We could
taste the kisses crushed in our mouths.

But the best part was his face. When he drew back
and looked at her, his smile soft with wonder, almost
as though he were a mother still open from giving birth,
as your mother must have looked at you, no matter
what happened after--if she beat you or left you or
you're lonely now--you once lay there, the vernix
not yet wiped off, and someone gazed at you
as if you were the first sunrise seen from the Earth.
The whole wing of the airport hushed,
all of us trying to slip into that woman's middle-aged body,
her plaid Bermuda shorts, sleeveless blouse, glasses,
little gold hoop earrings, tilting our heads up.

28 Jan

I have always had problems with falling asleep, but lately my stress at work was making it worse.  Between taking forever to fall asleep and waking up too early, I was severely sleep deprived.

I placed my cd player next to my bed and alternated playing the Sleep Imagery and Steve Kohn’s music.  I usually fall asleep before the tape ends.  I sleep soundly. I wake up rested.  I find this a surprising and happy discovery.

I’ve grown to very much enjoy listening to these types of tapes. It is a pleasing way to fall asleep and wake up feeling well.
Thank you.