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June 18, 2007

14 Jun
It’s been a while since I’ve listened to David Illig’s work, and, frankly, I just plain forgot how extraordinarily good he is. We just don’t see this level of skillfulness, layered subtlety, ingenious phrasing
Greetings, all.
It’s been a while since I’ve listened to David Illig’s work, and, frankly, I just plain forgot how extraordinarily good he is. He’s arguably the most expert, skillful, subtle and pure Ericksonian hypnotherapist cranking out self-help recordings today - a master of the craft, at the top of his game.

We just don’t see this level of skillfulness, layered subtlety, ingenious phrasing and creative metaphor-mixing every day. Plus his voice is easy-on-the-ears, non-affected, clean as a whistle and entirely authentic.

David’s hypnotic technique sneaks up on unconscious resistance to change (with the listener’s full agreement, of course - otherwise it would be sneaking up on nothing). Over time and in a natural, cumulative way, the content of these audios binds with the listener’s targeted objectives, and slowly but surely propels his or her desired changes in mind, body and spirit.

I’m delighted to say that, along with the titles we already carry..

...we’ll be adding several others as well:

And if I can talk him into re-mixing his CDs on Procrastination and Joy of Exercise, we’ll gladly include those too.

Interestingly, his CDs are recorded in such a way that the narrative comes through the right ear, so you really do need a stereo playing system for these. He also adds some very simple affirmations, just under hearing range, to support the goals subliminally as well. (I’ve gotten scripts of these affirmations and can attest that they are simple, positive and empowering - just like everything else on his audios.) And there is either music or sound tones in the background, usually along with ocean wave sounds, to enhance the immersive impact.

I actually first got acquainted and inspired to create guided imagery of my own from David’s work, after my oldest son, Aaron (creator of our prodigious little Healer App, www.desktopspa.com found David’s Win at Sports at the counter of our local, indie bookstore, back in the 1980’s. (At the time it was being produced as a tape; now it’s called Peak Performance Sports and we’ve got it in our catalog.

Aaron used it to improve his functioning as a high school pitcher. He had a great arm, consistent aim and a fantastic knuckleball, but flat feet kept him from running fast enough to scoop up grounders from the mound. Within 3 weeks, the kid was speeding around like fleet-footed Mercury, fallen arches and all.

Naturally, I said, "Lemme listen to that tape", and when I heard it, I immediately recognized that this was a fantastic application of a hypnotic technique (Milton Erickson’s) I’d learned years ago from 3 inspired lunatics at Sheppard Pratt, (Mark King, Charlie Citrenbaum and Bill Cohen). I ordered a couple others, found them equally impressive, and now, years later, after some hunting and begging, our catalog is selling them. Funny how things work.

OK, take care and see you next week.

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