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Trauma survivor spontaneously comes up with own self-generated imagery

05 Apr
A trauma survivor spontaneously comes up with her own self-generated, healing imagery while listening to a "canned" recording of trauma imagery.. who says it has to be one or the other?..
I want you to have one more story to add to the collection of great experiences people have had listening to the trauma imagery.

A brief background on me: I survived 20 years of extreme trauma, starting literally at birth and including torture, war and ritual abuse. After ten years of therapy, including 8 years of body work, I "graduated" from therapy and my life is going great. I still have PTSD symptoms, especially a high startle response. Three years ago I began a meditation practice and yoga. Like a lot of trauma survivors, I’m highly intuitive. My goal is to eventually become a medical intuitive.

After I’d been listening to the trauma imagery for about a month (Ed. note: She is referring to Healing Trauma). I had a peak experience while taking a hot bath. Here is what I experienced:

I died and turned to ash. My ashes dropped in a river that flowed down a waterfall. The river dropped down two more waterfalls and arrived in a calm pool, surrounded by sages and wise people.

I thought "I" would stop and settle there, and sit at their feet to learn from them. But instead, I floated right on past them and dropped down further, ''til "I" went off the seventh waterfall. This was the GREAT WATERFALL, with no bottom. The river water became mist and my ashes floated, gently falling into the great emptiness.

Before "me" was the light. "I" recognized it as my greater self. "I" went forward and the ashes joined with the light.

I knew I could always come back and I could work with my clients and help them from this place.

I give tremendous thanks to this imagery work. It almost always brings me to tears knowing how many people it has helped, and that I too have the same potential to help others.

In peace and gentleness,
Robin L.
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