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May 23, 2005

23 May
This week’s Hot Research supports the point that imagery and altered state strategies (like hypnosis) lie at the heart of healing the symptoms of posttraumatic stress and can, quite possibly, prevent an acute stress state from developing into posttraumatic stress..
Hello again.

This week’s Hot Research abstract supports the point that imagery and altered state strategies (like hypnosis) lie at the heart of healing the symptoms of posttraumatic stress and can, quite possibly, prevent an acute stress state from developing into posttraumatic stress. In fact, I’m finding a new study or finding that backs up this idea practically every week.

We continue to try to persuade the Armed Forces, the USO, and various military advocacy groups that this is indeed the case, and our soldiers would do well to have the inoculative effects of imagery under their belts before they are deployed, as part of their training. If our military can have some simple, automatic, pre-installed relaxation/self-regulation tools inside of them before they are traumatized in Iraq or Afghanistan, they’ll be far more able to get their biochemistry back into balance after they’re traumatized. And that, we know, is one of the keys to healing PTSD. We’ve made some inroads and we continue to keep up our lobbying. Unfortunately we’ve lost some terrific support in the recent restructuring (out of existence) of the Senate HUD/VA appropriations committee. We have other avenues, however, and we’ll keep up our efforts.

And speaking of healing trauma, I’m looking forward to seeing some of you on June 10th at my all day workshop on imagery, intuition and trauma at Siena College, outside of Albany, NY. Come join us - click on http://www.integrativepsy.com/events-albany-01.asp to register.

Our new catalogs are in the mail this week, and in them you’ll find the spoken word audio set (a whopping 11 CDs) for Invisible Heroes, as well as a 3-CD set that provides the book’s program for healing posttraumatic stress: Guided Imagery for the 3 Stages of Healing Trauma. This is a more comprehensive offering than our Trauma Pack, and includes 9 different imagery exercises recommended in the book. These new titles are being manufactured now, so you can also preorder them by calling the office at 800.800.8661.

We continue to get transcendant raves and thank you’s about the beautiful work of Lynne Newman - so much so that we have a new CD by her in this catalog (truly, the phrase "by popular demand" comes to mind), and we’ll continue to add to her library in the coming months - we have 3 more in the pipeline.

We also have the extraordinary meditations of Jean-Luc Mommaerts, an extraordinary Dutch physician who has created a deeply relaxing, powerful and effective set of Auto-Suggestion (imagery + hypnosis) CDs for a variety of health challenges. We are starting out with his superb Headache, Sleep and Irritable Bowel titles. People respond as much to his incredible voice as they do to the brilliantly written narratives he chooses.

Take care and have a great 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