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Marines with Traumatic Brain Injury Give Thumbs Up to Imagery

06 Sep

Hello, everyone.

We've been seeing a real spike in orders from the V.A. and the military lately.  I asked Cindy what was generating such a dramatic upsurge of interest in guided imagery. (Not that I was complaining - this is a dream come true, to see healing imagery getting to our troops, reserves, transitioning warriors, vets and their families.) She reminded me (doh) that it was the end of the fiscal year and people were simply doing what they always do: spending down whatever was left in their budgets.  OK, so it's not the result of a brilliant public education strategy on our part. I'm still delighted!   

We're getting unusual interest in our Sleep, Headache and Pain audios, especially for those with TBI-related injuries.  I was very gratified to see a thousand more programs ship to Germany last week.  

And we've been hounding our contacts for feedback on how our troops and transitioning warriors have been responding to the guided imagery programs they've been getting.  We really do need to know what works and what doesn't, so we can continue to tweak our recommendations to other military health and mental health professionals.  

So we're going all out to let everyone know that we welcome any feedback, pro or con, but to just please give us feedback.  The more we get, the more reliable our information, and we can be on firmer footing when we advise coordinators. This is certainly not the time to stand on ceremony or trip over our egos - the stakes are too high.  If something doesn't work, we need to know it.  If it does work, ditto.

We just heard from a Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment that had been dispensing our imagery for Anger & Forgiveness, Sleep, Headaches, Depression, Stress Hardiness and Caregiver Stress to returning warfighters suffering from traumatic brain injury.  Some of our programs were loaded onto Playaways. Most were given out as CDs.   Here’s what the liaison wrote:

Good morning Ma'am, [Ed. Note: We civilians will maybe never get over being called “Ma’am” !!!]

I am responding to your [query].
We have given out more than 64 Playaways/CD's in the last few months. We have received only positive feedback.

I can tell you that it has made a big difference and impact with our Marines.   This has been a great tool!  
I can continue to inform you as we get more feedback from them.
Thank you for all that you do!

Very respectfully,

This is encouraging, but we still need a wider sample.  I guess our next step with this coordinator will be to find out which titles hit the sweet spot most for her Marines.  

And of course we’ll keep on asking for feedback from other bases, hospitals and military installations.  So keep talking to us, good people!!!  And for the rest of you, stay tuned and we’ll keep on reporting - you’ll know it as soon as we do - pro or con!

Take care and be well.

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