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A Free E-Book on Guided Imagery for Veterans

16 Dec

Wow. So, who compiled this list of resources and articles about guided imagery for veterans, and then put it all into a free e-book??  Would you please make yourself known?  I’d like to thank you personally.  

The link first showed up on my daily Google Alert for ‘guided imagery’.  Usually I learn about this stuff from friends or colleagues, or even more frequently from our customers – we find more useful information on the order form, under the question, “How did you hear about us?”

This is how we found out about a recommendation from Christiane Northrup’s Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy, as well as her suggestions for success with fertility issues.

It’s a tribute to the wide range of influence of Andrew Weil that we hear almost weekly from somebody following his suggestion to use our Surgery imagery before, during and after an anticipated operation. Ditto, the Mayo Clinic, a very early adopter of guided imagery for patients.  So thanks and hats off to those 2 monster websites.

And since I seem to be running off at the mouth thanking everyone, let me also say thanks to the Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) who’ve been pumping up the use of guided imagery through a wide web of diabetes experts, coaches, educators, nurses, nutritionists and docs, straight to the patients. A piece in Healio underlined this new interest in spreading the word to people with diabetes.  

These past couple of months, I’ve also heard from friends about guided imagery mentions in Anna Quindlen’s book, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake (surgery related); and by Leslie Kenton in her book, Love Affair, related to the posttraumatic stress she suffered from an incestuous relationship with her famous jazz pianist father; and from holistic nutritionist Trudy Scott’s book, The Anti-Anxiety Food Solution: How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood, and End Cravings (stress related).

In any case, this humble method has come a long way from where it was 30 years ago, and it’s very good to see, for so many reasons – not the least of which is it helps a lot of people and it’s very, very accessible to them.

Thanks have to go to those early pioneers who put it out there when nobody else was listening:  Bernie Siegel, the Simontons, Jeanne Achterberg, Emmett MillerRuth Buczynski, Marty Rossman, David Bresler, Louise Hay and others I’ll think of later - feel free to remind me on postings below.

Take care and try to keep those stress levels down-try a little guided imagery!

All best,

 

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