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February 6, 2006

06 Feb
Once I had to comb the research literature just to find one new study a month on guided imagery, meditation, hypnosis or some other mind-body method. Nowadays, I have trouble just keeping up with it all..
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I remember the days when I had to comb the research literature just to come up with one new study a month on guided imagery, meditation, hypnosis or some other related mind-body method. Nowadays, I have trouble just keeping up with it all. The field is exploding, folks!

Thanks to the kindness of a wonderful, holistically-oriented veterinary librarian, I now have a virtual "cubby" over at entrez pubmed (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/cubby.fcgi ), where every Saturday, at the stroke of midnight, some magical search mechanism deposits relevant studies on my "desk".

Sometimes I’m so dazzled by what’s being published, I kind of get lost in the citations. As many of you know, Pubmed has this wonderful feature called "related links", so, once you find an article of interest, you can just keep linking to others, and others lead you to others still.. soon you feel like Hanzel and Gretel, wondering, "Zowie, how did I gethere?". Luckily, clicking backwards, using the arrows at the top of the page, is the equivalent of following your breadcrumbs, and you can retrace your steps and get back to where you started from.

This week alone produced 25 related articles. One of them is featured on our Hot Research page, which is then archived by topic over at our Hot Research page. Check it out when you have a minute. And keep in mind, once you have one citation, you can take it over to Pubmed and find a whole bunch more. This is one instance of our tax dollars at work that’s a dynamite bargain, if you ask me.

I’m about to send out the Parkinson’s imagery for final feedback from our panel of practitioners and people with PD. After a few go-rounds, we got the music mix right, we think, so now we’ll wait to hear back from our peeps. Cindy is now arranging for packaging, so soon we’ll have a packaged CD for those of you who’ve been waiting so patiently.

The ConferenceWorks folks have put together a new calendar for my 9-CEU hour, spa-resort-workshop on Breakthroughs in Healing Trauma: Success Through Guided Imagery and the New Therapies. This year they’re focusing more on the East Coast. The line-up of dates and places looks like this: These are exciting times. We now have, not only active solutions for the worst kinds of human suffering (which, in my opinion, is what PTSD is), but new insights into the workings of the human brain and the profound unity of mind, body and spirit.

So I’ve spent much of the past four years happily collecting and organizing (in what I hope is user-friendly English) the latest research, clinical discoveries, biochemical and neurophysiologic information and practical solutions for acute and traumatic stress . This has been a riveting assignment that I’ve loved dearly.

Most of the info and insights landed in my book, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (which you can find over at http://www.healthjourneys.com/product_detail.asp?id=209 . And now there’s a less pricey paperback edition, just off the press, at http://www.healthjourneys.com/product_detail.asp?id=292 . .. not to mention the humongous, uncondensed audio edition, Lord help us, at http://www.healthjourneys.com/product_detail.asp?id=251 .) During these 9-CEU hour weekends, I get to present this fascinating, new material in digestible segments.

I also demonstrate the powerful, proven, imagery- and body-based solutions that work in ways that standard counseling alone simply can’t (and hasn’t). Trauma survivors come away relieved (There’s a lot of "Hey, I’m not crazy after all!" that we hear) and practitioners leave excited and hopeful, because they now have a direction and tools to take home with them, that actually work. We usually get about 3/5 professionals and 2/5 trauma survivors, family, friends. Needless to say, there’s crossover into both categories.

Best of all, the ConferenceWorks has arranged it so that I can deliver this cutting edge, state of the art information in some of the most glorious spa venues in the United States, but at group rates that are affordable to just about anyone.

So if you’re a therapist, counselor, health care professional or practitioner; if you are a trauma survivor (and that’s probably close to 20% of you, with auto collisions leading the way as the most frequent catalyst); if you are worried about a trauma survivor in your family, workplace or circle of friends; or if you work as an early responder, reporter, police officer, firefighter or EMT worker; come join us!

For the complete story, with a full description of the content, registration info and links to these obscenely gorgeous spa resort venues, click here or call 800-395-8445. The office has been streamlined considerably, and it’s easy to get through now.

And do keep in mind that as a special perk, our distributors, you can register early at a discount off the price of the workshop. Just mention that you’re a Health Journeys distributor when you apply. This adds up to a huge savings on the door price.

OK, that’s it for now. Take care and be well.

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