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September 25, 2006

25 Sep
The sunlight on Martha’s Vineyard in September is so crisp and clear, so saturated with light and color, I’m floored by it each year, as if I’d never experienced it before. Either I’m losing my marbles or it’s just too gorgeous to remember intact..
Hello everyone. There’s something amazing about the sunlight on Martha’s Vineyard in September. Everything is so crisp and clear, so saturated with light and color, it’s dazzling. Each year, I’m newly floored by it, as if I’d never experienced it before. I guess either I’m losing my marbles or it’s just too gorgeous to remember intact. Combine the visual feast with that bracing, ozone-y something in the Fall air and it’s enough to make you swoon. Even when I’m tired or cranky, I can’t resist it. I wind up feeling better in spite of myself.

Stories about guided imagery continue to appear all over the U.S. Just this past week, there was a story about kids with cancer in the Middletown Times-Herald Record that described it, and a story in the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader about the power of imagery for pain. Every week the Google news search engine delivers up anywhere from a couple of articles to a half dozen. This technique is getting pretty commonplace, I’m happy to report.

Our imagery is now in over 90 different V.A. hospitals, vet centers or departments across the country. We’re delighted but still haven’t given up on our dream of getting imagery as downloads into the ears of our military over in Iraq, Afghanistan and other PTSD-generating places. We now have findings that show it mediates the symptoms. But I also think it could have preventative value, if our soldiers and early responders could become accustomed to shifting mood and neurohormones through regular practice with guided imagery. One of these days, we’d like to see a study mounted that explores these possible (probable?) inoculative effects.

OK, to be continued. Take care, be well, and 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