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August 25, 2003

25 Aug
Well, we had a very exciting workshop in Asheville, and now we’re getting pumped for the Clearwater, FL weekend coming up on Sept 6-7. (Click here for the complete brochure…
Hello, folks, and welcome to the new website! Well, we had a very exciting workshop in Asheville (what a totally gorgeous, sophisticated, artsy-craftsy and amazing town!) and now we’re getting pumped for the Clearwater, FL weekend coming up on Sept 6-7. (Click here for the complete brochure and registration)

It was great to see how eager people were for the new material especially because I’ve been talking about it only to myself for the past 14 months, toiling over this book. We had a lot more clinicians, practitioners and providers than usual, intensely interested in the new PTSD-imagery-psychophysiology-healing connections. And of course there were many regular folks there to deal with their own stress and trauma issues. It was a great mix and it worked really well.

I also took the opportunity to introduce local practitioners and experts in many of these new power-therapies, who were in the audience, to the rest of the 200-plus folks. It’s important that people who need them are able to find them!

In any case, I’m looking forward to Clearwater! And after that, the Del Lago Resort outside of Houston on Oct 11-12; the Sea Crest on Cape Cod on Nov 1-2 (that one is nearly sold out!); Copper Mountain Resort outside of Denver on Nov 22-23; and the fabulous Tamaya Resort & Spa in Santa Ana Pueblo, NM on Dec 6-7. It’s all at www.conferenceworks.com.

To change the subject, I hope you’re enjoying the new website and finding your way around. We’re still finding the inevitable glitches, so let us know if you run into anything!

In honor of our new site, we’ve got a ton of great, new stuff. For one thing, I’m pumped about finally finding David Illig PhD again. David makes really superb Ericksonian hypnosis CDs on various topics (complete with powerful little hemi-sync tones), and it was his excellent tape that inspired me to start making tapes for my clients, way back in 1983 or ’84.

I first ran across his work when my then 14-year-old son, Aaron, and I were leaving a bookstore, and David’s Win at Sports tape caught his attention. Aaron was an excellent pitcher, but flat feet made him a slow runner, so he was eager to improve his grounder-scooping capability. He got the tape.

A couple of weeks later, when Aaron reported that he thought he was running faster, I snagged the tape and listened to it myself. To my surprise, I discovered that it was a really skillfully rendered, top-notch, Ericksonian hypnosis narrative, very much in line with a high-level course I had taken at Sheppard Pratt a couple of years earlier. The guy was GOOD.

Okay, so flash forward to last year. Our new CEO, Dan Kohler, decides it’s time to include some new practitioners in our catalog. I still remember this guy, and search the net and finally find him. Then it takes me another year to make contact with his organization and persuade them that we are on the up and up. Then I have a moment of panic, as in What if he’s not as good as I remember him? So I ask the company to send me some samples, which I listen to. To my delight, they are even better than I remembered, and it is very clear that David Illig, as luck would have it, totally rocks.

So for starters, we’ll be carrying 3 of David Illig’s CDs. We’re starting out offering his titles for Self-Esteem, Weight Loss and Stress & Anxiety Reduction. His technique is a wonderful counterbalance to guided imagery similar but different and I urge you to give it a try as a complement to what you are already doing with my imagery, or with Martha Howard’s excellent guided meditation CDs or with Emmett Miller’s superb hypnosis/imagery work. His audios also include simple, subliminal, positive suggestions that are strategically designed to act as counterpoint to the hypnosis work. (I’ve read all the subliminal suggestions and they are just fine.)

I’m also delighted to report that we will be carrying a wonderful new audio, Managing the Distress of Chemotherapy, by Farmington Hills, Michigan psychologist Carolyn Daitch PhD. It’s beautifully done, and I think this recording provides an excellent alternate to our Health Journeys Chemotherapy imagery, which can get a little old if that’s all you’re listening to.

And more good news: Health Journeys’ awesome composer-musician, Steve Kohn has just completed a long-awaited new music CD. Inward Journey is a beautiful collection that includes the lush, wide-ranging music from the Healing Trauma imagery; the rousing, energizing, empowering music from our Cardiac Rehab imagery (AKA Chariots of Oz); and the beautiful, evocative imagery from Peaceful Dying. This is a glorious collection for meditators and for those who need gorgeous music to support their narrations of guided meditations to their clients. Whenever I play this new music in workshops, the first thing participants want to do is get the music separately. Now, at last, we can accommodate them.

Another long awaited treasure: we’ve finally got Betty Mehling’s Magic Island on CD format - that fantabulous, groovalicious kiddie imagery, for kids 5-12!! Needless to say, it’s been flying outta here.

Also in honor of the new website launch we’ll have our Health Journeys Smoking and Rheumatoid Arthritis imagery in CD format too.

And we found a really superb yoga teacher, Sudhakar Ken Macrae, who offers two CDs of Sadhana Yoga. The instruction is elegant in its clarity, simplicity and cleanness, and his Kripalu style instruction goes way beyond the stretches themselves to guide the placement of attention, the breath and the spirituality of the practice. So we’re proud to be including these 2 impeccable CDs in our catalog in a couple of weeks.

And finally, one of my all time favorite DesktopSpa practitioners, Suzanne Scurlock-Durana, has a new CD set called Healing from the Core that is one of the best instructional sets for self-generating energy healing I have heard. These practices are dynamite for increasing energy, balance, presence and resilience in anybody, but they are especially helpful for people with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, and other chronic pain and fatigue conditions. Suzanne’s work is available in 3-session mini-series, and in a full 10-session volume.

OK, that’s it for now. Look around! Enjoy! Click on the new DesktopSpa link and enjoy a treatment!

Be well, Belleruth

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