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January 7, 2008

02 Jan
Well, I guess guided imagery has arrived, having been mentioned in Alison Rose Levy’s health column in the Huffington Post as an antidote for panic, shock, PTSD and general post-9/11 angst, generated by too many orange alerts...
Greetings and happy new year!

Well, I guess guided imagery has arrived, having been mentioned in Alison Rose Levy’s health column the Huffington Post as an antidote for panic, shock, PTSD and general post-9/11 angst, generated by too many orange alerts and other fear-generating messages in the zeitgeist. The article is called "New Year''s Health Tip: Inoculate Yourself From Panic and Shock".

Levy calls guided imagery "the equivalent of a ‘mind-body flu shot’ for managing anxiety and fear, talks about it’s inoculative effects, and makes it her New Year’s Resolution to listen to imagery throughout 2008. She also mentions how, after a traumatic event, the therapist’s and counselor’s staple of "talking about it" can be pretty useless, and how the protocol of choice is instead promoting " the mind/body''s ability to self-regulate, ie. self-soothe, restore balance, and develop resilience" through techniques like imagery.

She also has a very entertaining, cogent writing style - a great way of making really useful suggestions while going on a rant with stellar articulateness about the current state of affairs - a very fetching combination, if you ask me.

Cindy, who found the article first, emailed me, "I''ve heard you called many things but I don''t believe I''ve heard you mentioned as ‘the Queen’ before. I like the way she writes."

Indeed, "Queen" does have a nice ring to it, but, I’ve actually always been partial to "Czarina" for pure cache. Oh well.

Seriously, click over and check out this column. And if you’ve got time for it, please write a comment, supporting the validity of her suggestions or maybe mentioning how imagery or meditation or breathwork or some other self-soothing technique really did make a difference in your ‘stress hardiness’ or trauma symptoms. Not enough people know about this, and too many people are still trying to talk and think their way out of a neurophysiological stress condition that’s far too primitive and survival-based to respond to a method that calls on higher cortical functioning!

(And for those of you who are my age and still unfamiliar with the blogosphere, it’s really simple to do this. You can click on the "Become a Fan" link at the top of the page, where it will ask you if you don’t yet have an account, and provide a link for you to give yourself a username and passcode. That’s it. You’re in. This allows you to comment anywhere you like on Huffpo.)

On another note, we expect Relieve Allergies to be in the warehouse some time this week. This 2-CD set by the awesome psychologist-researcher-hypnosis expert, Carol Ginandes, PhD, is a terrific set of hypnosis exercises for reducing reactivity to the environment. We’ve been getting requests for something like this for a very long time and I’m truly delighted to have this superb example of Ericksonian hypnosis to offer you.

OK, 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