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May 30, 2005

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Thanks to the continuing broadcast of an interview on PTSD and imagery by Justine Toms on New Dimensions Radio, we continue to get great questions, requests for training and new interest in posttraumatic stress programs..
Thanks to the continuing broadcast of an interview on PTSD and imagery on New Dimensions Radio, we continue to get great questions, requests for training and new interest from posttraumatic stress programs in applying healing imagery to remediate this nasty, persistent, supremely distressing condition. Thanks to Justine and Michael Toms for doing such a stellar job of getting information out there.

On June 10th The Center for Integrative Psychotherapy of Albany, New York, is sponsoring my all-day workshop at Siena College - Imagery, Intuition and Trauma - The Heart of the Healing. I’ll be speaking about the new breakthroughs in healing traumatic stress, spelling out the practical benefits derived from the past decade’s explosion of revolutionary research, and demonstrating the critical power of imagery in this powerful new treatment equation.

I’ll also be talking about the profound connection between trauma and extrasensory ability. As luck would have it, intuitive opening is one of the profound benefits of traumatic experience ( ...not that we recommend getting traumatized in order to enhance intuition. There are kinder and gentler ways to do that.)

The day goes from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and provides continuing education credits for psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers. You can download the brochure at or, if you’re an old fashioned type, you can email Mary Sise at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 518-785-8576.

As promised, we now have DVD’s of master teacher Ken Cohen’s superb video instruction of Qigong and Qi Healing. Those had only been available in VHS format. Slowly but surely we are switching our cassettes to CD and our videotape to DVD - if you are an old fashioned type and prefer the old ways, buy ‘em now, ‘cause soon they’ll have gone the way of the woolly mammoth.

Our new spring/summer catalog is in the mail this week, with some terrific new stuff in it. For instance, we’ve added Wendy Burton’s Joy is a Plum Colored Acrobat, an enchanting, uplifting little gift book of imagery suggestions for women diagnosed with breast cancer. It offers positive support and multo smiles during and between sessions of radiation or chemotherapy. Each whimsical imagery idea is accompanied by a delightfully imaginative, contemporary illustration by the author, who is a breast cancer survivor herself. Not all of us have an easy time with guided imagery, but these eye-catching, quintessentially pleasing pages will either prod the imagination or substitute for it. And its colorful charm makes it an especially appealing gift.

And to our rapidly growing library of children’s imagery titles, we’ve added Charlotte Reznick’s Discovering Your Special Place - a delightful CD of five different meditations for children ages 5 - 10. It includes Balloon Breath; Relaxing Muscles; Relaxing Your Body; Discovering Your Special Place; and Continuing to Relax with Music Only. Charlotte’s voice is very gentle with an inviting, rich timbre, and her imagery exercises are brief enough for the very little ones, but they can also blend into each other for a longer experience for the older kids. This is a lovely complement to the awesome work of our own Dr. Rox (Roxanne Daleo), whose extensive library of MindWorks for Children titles can be found here).

Another terrific new CD is Tracy Carreon’s A Moment''s Peace: Reducing Stress and Creating Balance through Guided Visualization, a relaxing and revitalizing set of three simple, direct, easy-to-follow, guided imagery exercise that are as effective as they are delightful and pleasing. Tracy provides clear, confident, helpful directions and pointers in her introductions - especially good for beginners to this process - and then guides the listener with her soft, pleasing voice in practices such as belly-breathing, imagery, and affirmations. Her voice is soothing, but it also has a unique, uplifting quality - energized and young - that has great appeal .

We also have a marvelous and very unique CD for delicious sleeping and dreaming called The Living Dream: A Dream Incubation by Kate Hunter Kelley. It’s an inspired, poetic, potent and highly sophisticated CD that’s like nothing I’ve ever heard before. Kelley uses riveting affirmations and a Dreamer’s Prayer to prepare mind, body and spirit for a dream-enriched sleep, designed to heal, enlighten, clarify, guide, inspire and enliven. Poet and Shaman, humanist and Jungian, her voice and presence is powerful and riveting, without a false note or trace of melodrama. Rodney Lee’s musical accompaniment is dynamite. This classy program is a marvelous assist for anyone who wants to dive into the power of their dreams for their greater creativity, productivity or self-awareness. (Ed. Note: this is not for healing nightmares. It’s a personal growth resource for a general audience.)

OK, that’s all for now.
Take care and maybe I’ll see you in Albany!

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