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What Imagery Did for a Convicted Murderer, 19 Years in Prison…

01 Aug

Imagery is the perfect resource for people incarcerated in prison – what better activity for people trapped in time and space, than to travel in their imaginations?  Many inmates are motivated to change and grow during this time.
It turns out, we get requests for CDs from prisoners all the time.  We’re happy to send them. This moving thank you note from a man with severe mental illness, guilty of committing four homicides 19 years ago, demonstrates the power and value of imagery in this setting.  It’s very eloquent and touching.

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 am a 60-year-old African American male.  I have been incarcerated in the [a secure psychiatric hospital] 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.

It took a while before I accepted the fact that I had a severe mental illness and that healing would not be a quick fix. The Anger/Forgiveness CD came right on time, by way of a group here that I’ve been taking called Anger/Forgiveness.  I have been heavily invested in treatment. So many walls are falling that were protecting that kernel of hurt and pain you talk about. Recently I believe I have been dealing with one of the last walls, and that’s where your CD has been of great help.
Since the beginning of January, 2008, I’ve been listening to the Healing Trauma CD.  It’s great and I truly love it.

It’s my favorite.  While listening to it, not only can I clearly see situations where I could have shown more patience and tolerance, but also see where I can show more patience and tolerance in some upcoming events. May the Powers That Be keep you safer than safe.
With Great Love and Respect,


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