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New: Guided Imagery for the 12 Steps of Recovery

11 Oct

Hello again.

I’m happy to report that we’ve been sending humongous orders of guided imagery - on CDs, Playaways and Combo-packs - to various National Guard units around the country.  We’re seriously happy about this, because we know that our Guardsmen tend to be underfunded and underserved; that they’re often sent downrange with minimal training; and that they’re impacted heavily by combat stress, depression, chemical dependency and PTSD. So the fact that some states are providing thousands of self-administered audio tools to support their emotional resilience and recovery means a lot to us - it’s a perfect use of our stuff.  We’re also shipping more to Iraq and Afghanistan too.  I’ll say more about this in future updates, when I know more and can pass along some useful lessons learned.

On a related note, we’d been searching for years for some additional guided imagery (other than mine) to help people recovering from chemical dependency.  We’d screened a lot of audios that claimed to focus on this topic, but most just didn’t cut it - either they were too general and not targeted enough; or they were pretty far over the line on the fruit-loop/woo-woo continuum (even for us); or they sounded cheesy, manipulative or fake; or they just weren’t very skillfully written or constructed.  I’m not sure why we had such a hard time finding good recovery materials, but, try as we might, we just couldn’t get our hands on anything we were comfortable carrying in our catalog.
So imagine our delight when we were first introduced to Charles and Patti Leviton’s Inner Peace, Outward Power - a double CD set and accompanying workbook of superb guided imagery, geared specifically for recovery. There are a dozen guided imagery meditations, designed to accompany each of the twelve steps. And they’re spoken in Chuck’s appealing, comfortable, relaxing, completely unaffected voice. (Bruce, our sound engineer, kept exclaiming, “I love this guy’s voice!”).
We weren’t wild about the initial sound mix with the music - it was an older recording and it sounded pretty tubby to us - but the Levitons graciously agreed to clean it up and remix it, with a little advice from Bruce to their recording studio (which is how come he got to fall in love with Chuck’s voice).

I encourage those of you working a twelve step program - and those of you who work in chemical dependency or recovery-based programs - to check this wonderful resource out.   We’ve posted a couple of sound samples here.

OK, that’s it for now.  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