Just a quick question: I have been listening to your guided imagery program for post-traumatic stress. Am I supposed to actively picture all this stuff, or is it like hypnosis where I just sit back and relax and "not try" and am basically hypnotized by it?
I have been using it basically like hypnosis, even to the point where I don't remember any of it and open my eyes right at the second you tell me to.
Someone just pointed out this comment on Amazon Ė itís about our guided imagery for posttraumatic stress (Healing Trauma), where you enter your own broken heart, have a look around at the landscape, (which represents symptoms) and then travel under it to a deeper part of the self that is whole, beautiful and indestructible.
This imagery doesnít work for everyone, but it does for a lot of people Ė people who are rebounding from all sorts of ugly, traumatic situations - and when it does, it really does, and thatís a beautiful thing. And yes, making you cry is part of the healing.
So the HJ staff says thanks to Nikoo from Connecticut for reminding us of the impact this imagery often has.
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting into the heart, October 15, 2013
By Nikoo M "Nikoo" (Connecticut)
This review is from: Healing Trauma: Guided Imagery for Posttraumatic Stress (Health Journeys) (Audio CD)
I've been through therapy and listen to Tara Brach and Sharon Salzberg who have a lighthearted and practical way about them. I work with mindfulness but one thing I've had issue with though is "loving kindness". It's been very difficult for me to touch into my deeper compassion for others and a safe place for myself. This guided meditation got me there. It's amazing and will make you cry.
I suffered two big traumatic experiences at a very young age. My father died when I was two, my mother when I was eight.
My brother & I went to live with my mom's sister, my aunt & my uncle. For the most part, it was a good experience, although she was young & having children of her own. I quickly became the babysitter, maid, nanny, as she worked part time.
Jealousy set in as I was in high school and was more involved in sports & school events and a boyfriend. I married early and have a wonderful marriage and 3 great boys of my own now - the twins are seniors.
My aunt & uncle divorced about 4 years ago and my aunt wanted me to take her side. During that time she blew up at me and one of the many harsh things she said to me was that she only raised me because "My mom didn't have enough guts to stick around & raise me herself".
I am an EMDR therapist [Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing]. I am thinking that using alternating bilateral stimulation during a guided imagery session would intensify positive affect.
Any experience or research to support this idea? Whatís your opinion?
John McCardle PhD.
Iím not yet aware of any research on this, but Iíve heard from many therapists, especially those treating posttraumatic stress, that this is a great idea. Bilateral tapping on alternating knees (or with arms crossed in a butterfly hug, tapping the upper arms on alternating sides) seems to increase the positive impact of each therapy in a lovely synergistic way.
People often ask if itís really possible to recover from hideously traumatic childhood abuse. Iím delighted to report Iíve 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 itís time to again post our very own Lynne Newmanís story. Lynne was our first ďPractitioner We LoveĒ and we now proudly carry her guided imagery recordings.
Here she is Ė 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.
I have been meditating for 20 years, since going to Benson-Henry's mind/body medicine program here in Boston, MA. It has been invaluable to me, as has been your website and CDs. I have much gratitude to you and all who have mentored me and guided me.
Here is my problem: I seem to have lost the ability to really go into a lovely, meditative state since the Boston attacks last April. I live in Watertown, MA, a few blocks from where the terrorists' gunfight occurred, and was in the midst of the lockdown, etc for those harrowing hours.
Thankfully, no one in my family or community lost lives or limbs, but many of us were affected. For me personally, I came down with a severe case of shingles 1 week later, and then slumped into a nasty, clinical depression and reactivation of PTSD from my childhood.
Thank you for the information in the book, Invisible Heroes. As a trauma survivor of many years who has worked long and hard to regain my normal life, I have been misunderstood, mis-diagnosed and mis-medicated. My symptoms confused me and made me fear for my sanity. The book explains what I have been experiencing and puts the remaining pieces of the puzzle together, including my chronic fatigue. It also underscores the triumph of what I have achieved in conquering my panic and numbness. I am grateful that the fields of psychiatry and psychology are finally figuring post-traumatic stress out. -M.G.
I have a 16 yr old granddaughter who is frightened at night, can't
sleep without a night light, and any small sound - even normal ones -
causes her such anxiety, she has even asked her Dad to stay with her
until she goes to sleep. This is fairly new. My son, her remarried
father, & her mother have been divorced for several years - very
"nasty". Her mother plays mind games with her and lays guilt trips on
her to try to keep her away from her Dad. (Not just saying this because
he is my son)
This year she has finally gone to live with her Dad and stepmom. He
has had to get tutoring because she tests at the 7th grade level, and
her grades began to drop when she went into the 10th grade (the year her
Dad moved out of state and was no longer close to help her with
She is very smart and capable. I think she would benefit from Guided Imagery. Do you think your "Teen Tension Tamer Kit"
would be the best for her, based on what little I have told you? I
really value your opinion and feel that she really needs help. Thank you
I would like to get a tape for a friend who has had a series of health issues after having a cardiac event, which in the end turned out to be nothing serious, although she was quite scared.
She was healthy and vibrant before the event. Now it seems like there is non-stop health issues (digestive issues, odd pains, hypervigilance, fear everything is cancer, etc.), some of which are likely psychosomatic in nature.
What tape would you suggest for her to recover her past health and well being? Thank you!