To support our contention that guided imagery makes a huge dent on insomnia and general sleep insufficiency, we went looking on Amazon for feedback. There were 40 comments posted under Healthful Sleep, and almost all were extraordinarily positive.
Here are a few, and then we’ll rest our case!
I keep my iPod and headphones by my bed. It almost always works the first time -- sometimes I listen to it twice. The music is beautiful. After a full-body calming it is a bit groovy with the gentle guardians but occasionally it's the guardians part that does the trick. Thank you for a wonderful product.
A friend found this encouraging message about using guided imagery for help with chemical dependency posted at a website called How Cocaine Destroys Lives for people seeking recovery from cocaine use.
It’s in the context of a review of our CD for Alcohol and Other Drugs, and it’s the kind of comment you love to hear, because it’s the best possible outcome - that the imagery is not just helping with the substance abuse (although that by itself is fine with us), but with larger issues and attitudes as well.
So thanks, A. Baranowski, wherever you are, for your hopeful words and kind assessment!
p.s. I‘m glad you don’t think I’m a silly person!! Same backatcha!! We all wish you continued success and joy.
He or she writes on November 6, 2010:
“I am currently withdrawing from several medications. I have found that this CD is having an impact on parts of my life I never thought related to any drug, alcohol, recovery-related “problem.”
I am sleeping better, having some incredible experiences while listening, crying a lot, (don’t be scared!!) ..yet, finding that this clears out a lot of things I have been avoiding for years. I am feeling good, open, willing to move on afterward.
“About one or two days into listening, I woke up feeling so great, and great in a way I don’t remember for many, many, many years; in fact, so long ago as to almost have been forgotten. But, that “ability” was still there.
“Belleruth Naparstek has a voice that I trusted and relaxed to immediately – hence the crying. The music is fabulous!! I go to some wonderful places, dig way, way back to feelings of goodness, strength, vulnerability, and have had some unexpected experiences.
“Also, I visited her website, and I really like her attitude and common sense about some of the things people have asked her there. She is not a silly person!!
“Anyway, highly recommended. Listen, relax, enjoy, and be well!”
People often ask if it’s really possible to recover from hideously traumatic childhood abuse. I’m delighted to report I’ve been lucky to know quite a few people who have.
Many become gifted therapists themselves, applying the intuitive gifts they acquired during traumatic times to help save their skins and psyches, to their work as healers. So maybe it’s time to again post our very own Lynne Newman’s story. Lynne was our first “Practitioner We Love” and we now proudly carry her guided imagery recordings.
Here she is – best to let her speak for herself.
I am Lynne Newman, a 63 year old woman, who has been on a healing, spiritual journey which has led me to this wonderful place. I now do only what my heart and soul tell me to do; it is no longer acceptable to do "what I have to do" simply to please others.
We found this heart warming report from music therapist Kate Richards Geller on the impact of guided imagery on her hospital patients.
A year and a half ago, I worked as a music therapist in Dr. Oz's cardiac surgery unit at Columbia University, NYC. We used your cardiac script as a guided meditation for the patients post-op.
It was essential that I read the script so I could adjust it to the patients in real time. My colleague improvised on guitar. It was stunning, really.
I use the YouTube meditation and some of your other recordings for myself personally and find them engaging and powerful.
Now we've got a young friend commissioned in a Special Forces unit in
Afganistan, and I'm about to send the family your book and CD.... which
made me think of looking you up on Facebook... and here you are.
We get requests for guided imagery for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) but don’t have anything that specifically targets this condition. We pretty much knew that anything that relaxed the listener and imagery of opened lungs could make symptoms better, but we were nonetheless gratified to read this post….
To BR and Health Journeys:
The [Asthma] affirmations work well for me, [who] suffers from COPD. I feel better, my breathing is more relaxed. I listen to this at night and when I wake up during the night. It has helped me to take my drugs as allies.
I even had a dream of being in a beautiful hall with molded ceilings. There were the friends, and a friendly healthy, strong and vital guide put his arm on my shoulder to comfort me.
I woke up realizing that that luxurious room was my lungs feeling healed. Thank you!
Here’s another great poem from Ellen Bass, that marvelously acute and compassionate observer of the human condition.
What can I say? She just knocks my socks off.
This is about the transformation that can occur in a guy as a result of heartbreak. Please check it out if you have a minute.
I Love the Way Men Crack
by Ellen Bass
I love the way men crack
open when their wives leave them,
their sheaths curling back like the split
shells of roasted chestnuts, exposing
the sweet creamy meat. They call you
and unburden their hearts the way a woman
takes off her jewels, the heavy
pendant earrings, the stiff lace gown and corset,
and slips into a loose kimono.
It's like you've both had a couple shots
of really good scotch and snow is falling
in the cone of light under the street lamp—
large slow flakes that float down in the amber glow.
They tell you all the pain pressed into their flat chests,
their disappointed penises, their empty hands.
As they sift through the betrayals and regrets,
their shocked realization of how hard they tried,
the way they shouldered the yoke
with such stupid good faith—
they grow younger and younger. They cry
with the unselfconciousness of children.
When they hug you, they cling.
Like someone who's needed glasses for a long time—
and finally got them-they look around
just for the pleasure of it: the detail,
the sharp edges of what the world has to offer.
And when they fall in love again, it only gets better.
Their hearts are stuffed full as éclairs
and the custard oozes out at a touch.
They love her, they love you, they love everyone.
They drag out all the musty sorrows and joys
from the basement where they've been shoved
with mitts and coin collections. They tell you
things they've never told anyone.
Fresh from loving her, they come glowing
like souls slipping into the bodies
of babies about to be born.
Then a year goes by. Or two.
Like broken bones, they knit back together.
They grow like grass and bushes and trees
after a forest fire, covering the seared earth.
They landscape the whole thing, plant like mad
and spend every weekend watering and weeding.
We just found this comment posted online – very inspiring. Now, it’s not usually this easy for people (myself included – I quit smoking 44 years ago and it was so difficult, I swore I’d never do it again!). But it does sometimes happen this way, and when it does, it’s pretty awesome. (Her decision to wait until she was on a break from her regular routine was very wise, by the way.)
Here it is, verbatim:
I had a ten-year [smoking] habit I wanted to break, but no confidence I could do it in my regular routine. So I decided to quit on vacation. I smoked my last cigarette at the airport, listened to these [Stop Smoking] meditations on the plane - and that was it.
It was almost as if I'd never smoked. I barely thought about smoking at
all, although I listened to one or two of the meditations every day just
Back at home, I listen to them every once in a while to keep my non-smoking energy up.
I can't say for sure that these meditations worked the miracle, but they certainly helped! Thank you!
Probably the most frequent thanks we get is from someone who was really scared – someone who used our guided imagery to get a sense of calm mastery and control over their anxiety and fear. Often that was facing surgery, chemotherapy or a tough diagnosis; or it could be a condition that is in and of itself based on anxiety – panic attacks, OCD, posttraumatic stress and so forth.
Here’s an article that was dropped in my mail box about a patient at Beaumont Hospital System in Durango CO, who used imagery to face down some very tough and scary cancer treatments.
Do have a look if you’ve got the time. It’s a fast but inspiring read. Just click here.
This is not a question but a thank you. Your Weight Loss
affirmations have been powerful for me. Not even especially for weight
loss, but for encouraging a positive approach to life and for helping me
let go of the negative energy that I know consumes me sometimes. And,
as a musician, I appreciate how the music builds and resolves at
critical moments, underscoring the message. The first time I heard ‘ . . the time for reinjuring myself by remembering old wounds is over’
I felt like I'd been hit between the eyes. I repeat it to everyone who
needs to hear it (giving you credit, of course). While I still struggle,
I hope I am improving ‘more and more’ on my emotional journey. Thank
you for helping to guide my way.
We just found this recent posting under a Hot Research study on imagery and pain. It’s about how guided imagery helped someone with a lot of pain. We thought it was worth a second posting. Here goes:
Well, I don't know how it works but it has for me. I have Chronic JRA (juvenile rheumatoid arthritis) since age 5, in several large joints on the right side, and have only used stretching exercise and walking, as my father had done every morning for years.
I also used injections in my teens, a hot H20 bottle, and Ace bandages
on my hand and knees, and once had the Emergency Room orthopedic doctor
put a cast on my right hand (it worked, so far as the awful pain).