The Journal of Imagery International
December 2012, Vol 16, No. 4


Pam Van Londen Artist’s Cover Story:

The Nest of Prosperity series grew out of my intention to create more wealth for myself during this down economy. Stumbling upon a nest in the forest can remind us of what we have even if we are feeling poorly. Painting a nest full of eggs is symbolic of renewal, new life, and having a ‘nest-egg.’ Owning a Nest of Prosperity painting and displaying it in the financial corner of your home can create wealth, too (re: feng shui). My latest works are a set of canyon, forest, river, and valley dreamscapes in oil on Ampersand Claybord panels. My childhood camping trips and more recent motor home travels landed me in spectacular scenery, which I am compelled to paint either from memory or from my extensive library of photos taken on location. The technique for these latest works is layered transparent brush strokes and simple compositions resulting in a watercolor-like image, but with oils. The clay surface makes this possible, as the drying time is less than it would be on a gesso panel; the paint soaks into the clay surface much like a fresco. The images are rendered quickly with as few brush strokes as possible and the alizarin crimson under painting shows through; keeping colors vibrant. I’ve been an artist since I was 12 years old. I remember during a visit to the Exploratorium in San Francisco, I watched a women paint perfect but random circles on a large sheet of paper. “Oh!” I thought, “What a feat; how can she be so perfect?” My sister-in-law must have overheard me because she bought me a sketch book that week with the idea that I, too, could make perfect circles with practice. I’ve been filling sketch books and canvases ever since.

Artist Bio:

I prefer to paint rather than draw, working in oils and acrylics after spending too much money on glass and frames during my watercolor stage. I really began to paint during a sketching excursion in Provence with Marie le Glatin Kies, a French artist and author. Her magical approach reminded me that I need not force anything: just observe.

Studio and en plain air landscapes are my most common subject, though I do the occasional portrait, still life, and non-objective painting. Now and then I have time to paint murals, which make a great impact and require more physical exercise—something that I need more time for!

The visual patterns and dance of light found in everyday or spectacular scenery provide inspiration for paintings created en plain air. At other times, it is juxtaposed memories that create a composition worth recording. In these instances, thought-provoking emotions are laid down with inventive colors, acute angles, obvious brush strokes, impasto textures, and feminine lines. For the past 7 years, I’ve been teaching technology courses for OSU’s Computer Science and Women’s Studies departments. In addition, I’ve have been providing marketing consulting, graphic design, web development, illustration, and photography services to small and medium business. In 2005, I traveled the USA by motor coach, earning a living by teaching online and painting landscapes, portraits and murals. / / / 541-760-1449

I am currently represented by Mod Pod in Corvallis, Daily Paintworks, and Contemporary Art International. I have work displayed at the Albany Public Library until the end of December, and two pieces juried into the Waterways show at OSU’s LaSells SteWart Center.

From the President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 From the Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Member Websites. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Welcome New Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Imagery Here and There . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Member Happenings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Review: Dreams and Guided Imagery . . 7 Come Aboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Imagery and the Soul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Honoring Dr. Jerry Epstein . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Conference photos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Seeds of Prosperity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Prosperity: A Changing Mental Image 17 Sound Mind, Body and Prosperity . . . . 17 Nurses on Horseback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Spiritual Prosperity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 II Discussion: Schizophrenia . . . . . . . . . 21 Website Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Calendar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Letters to the Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Membership Form . . . . . . . . . . . back cover
To view and/or download a beautiful color version of this newsletter for your office, workshops, classes or your own pleasure, go to imaginews-journal.

In This Issue

Board of Directors
President/Programs Secretary Treasurer Membership/ President-Elect Member-at-Large Member-at-Large Emeritus/Editor Emeritus/IT Design


Juliet Rohde-Brown, PhD Janet Barr, ChFC, CLU Susan Gold Sue Ezra, RN, HN-BC

Doreen Leighton, RN, CHTP, HN-BC, Jann Fredrickson Ramus, MA, MSW Bev Hollander, BSN, MS, HNB-BC Sandy Warnken Jenn de la Fuente

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Imagery International does not endorse any particular Imagery training programs, job opportunities or the content of any Authors’ submissions, nor do we regulate or confirm any aspects of our members’ practices or representation of their credentials.


IMAGERY INTERNATIONAL is the worldwide organization of Professional Guided Imagery Practitioners

Imagery International Values

Inclusiveness: We welcome all trained Imagery professionals and students Accessibility: We make Imagery available to all who are interested Nurturing Development: We encourage personal growth and support community Groundedness: We use Imagery for meaningful, healthy purposes Professionalism: We maintain high standards of performance

From the

Blessed Holidays Imagery Lovers, This is the month of the Mayan prophecy. Rather than attaching to a vision of doomsday, many of us who work with Imagery and who are sensitive to the themes that are emerging both individually and collectively with the depth work that we do, are opening to the vision of Juliet Rohde-Brown a new paradigm by which the feminine is honored once again. We are considering that the reason so many people are fascinated with the idea of a major shift of some sort, is that the shift offers an opportunity for re-structuring of inner lives and the social manifestations of such. When I think of the word Prosperity, what comes to mind is hopefulness. Prosperity is not simply about matter and form, namely the common association of money, but about a wealth of meaning.

President’s Desk

We are in the midst of a great paradigmatic storm, a storm that is shaking things up on many levels. In Shakespeare’s great work, The Tempest, the island magician, Prospero (note the name), conjures up a storm. In the process paralleling the calm after the storm, the relational disjointedness between the characters mends itself and we are left to consider forgiveness. Like a serpent of energy spiraling from top to bottom, back and forth in yin yang fashion, we may use this metaphor to bring liveliness to what it means to shed the skin of the past and of what may no longer serve us. We may open our collective central nervous system and abide in love rather than fear. We may see that there are more similarities than differences in the world’s spiritual traditions, cultures, ethnicities, classes, and orientations and we may seek to find meaning in the differences that abide, while integrating the seeds of all and planting a new world tree. This world tree is also nurtured by us with a deep appreciation, sense of curiosity and awe for our natural environment and the reciprocal nature of things. These are the Images and meanings that enliven me as I contemplate this auspicious month in the human-constructed calendar of time and I open my heart to Prosperity. I wish to point out that I wrote this piece about a month before Hurricane Sandy and the massive storm that

travelled directly into the north east of America. Thus, I am now coming back to explicitly acknowledge how deeply so many of us mourn the losses of lives, homes and livelihoods of our fellow human beings. Those of us who have remained safe this time around reach out to help, to listen, and offer a shoulder of emotional support as well as some material resources. Cataclysmic events such as these beckon us to recognize just how fragile we are in the face of nature’s power and impartiality. My metaphorical example of a storm in the context of meaning-making and shifts in perspectives is in no way intended to make light of the very real situations people are finding themselves in regards to basic human needs. I do hope, however, that the metaphor amplifies how, in an emotional sense, we may find meaning even in the most egregious of circumstances and that we may Imagine holding a collective Image of hope and of expanding our understanding of the ethical codes we live by. As Imagery workers, we are in a position to really make a difference in our own and other’s lives by opening a new way, by bringing opposites together in interactive dialogue and facilitating a shape shifting, as it were, so that visions of despair are brought together and integrated into Images of wholeness in all of its complexity and paradoxical simplicity. By the time you read this, we will have had our 2012 conference entitled Imagery and the Soul. Our intention was to ground this time of change in a thoughtful, spiritual, soulful way, and I believe that this was accomplished. Imagery International is Prospering on many levels. I have been honored with serving you as president for these past two years and it has truly been a delight. I will be remaining on the board and continue to chair the Programs Committee. I would not have been able to thrive in this position if it had not been for a group of some of the most soulful and amazing women I have ever met, our Imagery International Board of Directors. I thank them from the bottom of my heart. Nor would any of us thrive in this work of Imagery International without ALL of our collective energy supporting this wonderful organization. That means you. It is quite special to see your thoughtful contributions to our social media pages and to know that you are holding the vision of healing and integration for our planet. Please welcome
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Editor’s Desktop
Hi again everyone, I am delighted to share this “Prosperity” issue with you. The variation and breadth of submissions has me tickled pink and I can definitely say that ImagiNews continues to Prosper . At first I thought everyone would be stumped with the theme because you might think of Prosperity as having to be all about money. As you will find out in reading these pages, a lot can be said about Prosperity of the soul. I hope you enjoy the variety of articles in this issue – from a detailed review of the conference to Prosperity of the spirit to Prosperity of finances with several Imagery scripts in the mix as well. The Therapeutic Application of Integrative Imagery for Deep Soul Connection. I did not adequately identify my source for the collage process I utilized. Mine was a modified version of SoulCollage® developed by Seena Frost. I sent an email apology on the II ListServe as well as to members who have email addresses. A couple people responded and believed that I had identified my source. I thank you for your support. However, I wondered a bit after I presented if I had made enough mention of my source. There were definitely those of you who thought I had not stressed SoulCollage® enough. I feel very grateful that it was called to my attention. I hope for the gentle kindness of understanding and forgiveness from any one of you who was offended by my oversight. In conclusion, the theme of our March issue will be “Suffering” and submissions are accepted now until February 1st, 2013. Please send to me: editor@imageryinternational. com. Submission guidelines can be found on our website at: http://imageryinternational. org/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/ Guidelines-for-ImagiNews-Submissions.pdf

By Bev Hollander, BSN, MS, HNB-BC

In particular, I am so grateful to Bobby Duval for sharing a story with all of us. At our October conference, I rekindled and deepened my relationship with Bobby, and, in our mutual sharing, I learned about her fascinating relationship with the Frontier Nursing Service. Just wait until you read her story – it will take you back in time to a type of nursing most of us never experienced! I also want to publically acknowledge my oversight during my conference presentation -

From the President’s Desk

your new president, Susan Ezra, R.N. I cannot Imagine a better leader for Imagery International. With her organizational skill, caring heart, intellectual savvy, deep appreciation and knowledge of the history of Imagery
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International, you are in superb hands and you will experience much grace in her leadership. Deep Peace to you, dear Imagery souls, now and always. May you Prosper in many ways. “We are such stuff as dreams are made on.” (William Shakespeare, The Tempest) Metta,


Professional Members With Websites
Priscilla Abercrombie RN, NP, PhD Linda Blachman MPH, MA, CPC Richard Berrett Ph.D. Welcome.html David Bressler Ph.D. http://www.academyforguidedimagery. com Glenda Cedarleaf LICSW Fania Chazen MSW Robin Gayle Ph.D, MFT Susan Gold Jenny Garrison RN Sue Hasker Carl Hendel MD Joanna Poppink MFT

Belleruth Naparstek LISW Terry Reed RN, MS, HNC Juliet Rohde-Brown PhD

Laura Celia Hoffman Carol Jensen Randy Kasper Marie Knapp Emmet Miller MD Rebecca Klinger LMT, HHC Sherry McHenry CCHt, RM

Judy Rienzi RN, MS http://www.healthpromotionassociates. com Martin Rossman MD, Dipl. AC. (NCCAOM) Maryanne Sea MSW Harise Stein MD http://www.womensmindbodyhealth. info Suzanne Telintelo MSN, CNS http://www.InnerHealthCounseling. com Emmy Vadnais Holistic Occupational Therapist & Intuitive Healer Barbara Vitale RN, HNC

Doreen Conner RN, BSN, IBCLC Leslie Davenport Licensed Psychotherapist Gerald Epstein, MD

Karin Huetter MA

Susan Ezra RN, HNC Miriam Franco MSW, PsyD, MSCS Joyce Freeman BS,CCHT,EFT

If you don’t see your name and website, we haven’t received your renewal or we don’t know about your updated web address. Send in your dues or latest information and get your website listed in the next issue of ImagiNews and on our website! Additions/corrections can be sent to Sandra Warnken at, or to Imagery International, 1574 Coburg Road, Eugene, Oregon, 97401-4802

Welcome New Members Clandis Payne, Los Angeles CA Diana Clark, Portland OR Vicky Jo Varner, Hollywood CA Pamela Albee, Spokane WA Darlene Grabo, Windsor Junction, Nova Scotia


And a great big THANK YOU to the those who have renewed their membership!

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Imagery Here and There
In the ancient scriptures there is a passage that says: “Above all, Brethren, I would have you Prosper and be in good health.” I have been Imagining what that really means this week on my especially long walks: the ones I do on Saturday that usually go for at least 13 miles or more. And I have decided the Prosper part of this has little to do with monetary wealth.

something right if this kid is defining ‘upper class’ as well-traveled and tolerant.”

I grew up in an idyllic little town called Crystal Lake, Iowa. It is to this day a town of about 200 folks so everyone knows everyone else. We were very poor although I never really “knew” that until I got to college. While my mother was alive, and before we went into foster homes, she did a very good job of making us feel like the most Prosperous people on Earth. We always had enough to eat, although my diet consisted And probably my greatest only of the following “Prosperity” is my children. things: canned tomatoes, They have brought such canned green beans, hamburger (not the lean incredible joy (and yes, pain) kind), noodles, and canned to my life that I find as they soup. I did not even know are getting older, with one what cauliflower, broccoli married and another on the and other vegetables were until I got to college. cusp of graduating from I remember thinking, college, I am even more “Wow! There are foods grateful that they are my sons. that are this wonderful? And PIZZA!” I really had died and gone to Heaven. By Jann Fredrickson Ramus, MA, MSW

I realize I have come to see Prosperity as something much bigger than being financially well-off, or even financially independent. I know that growing up poor affects each person differently but, for me, there is a certain attitude I have always held about money; a paucity if you will; a belief that I never have enough. So, out of necessity I have defined “having enough” in terms of my faith, friends, family, the ability to walk for miles a day, and talents and gifts that have been given to me by God.

And probably my greatest “Prosperity” is my children. They have brought such incredible joy (and yes, pain) to my life that I find as they are getting older, with one married and another on the cusp of graduating from college, I am even more grateful that they are my sons. Cole Andrew just married in July and Caleb Johnny will graduate from college in December. My Caleb Johnny is the definition of my own “Prosperity.” College did not come easy for him. He was enrolled at a four year college, but then came home to complete his generals at a local community college. It was when he was at his second four year school that he discovered that he loved books because he started LISTENING to them on his IPOD. He was so thrilled to be able to discuss books with me, something my first son and I had done for years. I said to him, “Johnny, you obviously learn by LISTENING, not SEEING.” It all made sense then. I knew he was a smart guy, but he just hated reading. No wonder he had done well in lecture-type classes.

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Since my marriage to John, I would not call us “poor.” Instead, we certainly would be classified as very middle class. My oldest son, Cole, went off to college and upon coming home referred to us as “upper class.” I started to laugh. “Upper class!” I nearly shouted at him, “Where in the WORLD would you get that?” He then explained that he has been all over the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, and China. Most of the other kids he met had not been to all that many places. Many had parents that were not as involved as John and I had been. He also seemed surprised by some racist remarks he had heard from one of his acquaintances. I remember thinking, “Gee, maybe I did

Caleb Johnny is my hero. In December he will finally complete his BS degree. A lesser person would have given up, but not him. I want to have this huge bash when he graduates because I am so proud of him and his resolute tenacity. He is unique and I often find myself staring at my giant “child” – all 6’6” of him.

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Imagery Here and There
I love the way he folds himself into chairs and then plasters this mischievous grin on his face. He often comes up with outrageous statements that are always funny. He makes remarks so politically incorrect yet done in such a gentle, humorous way that he keeps those around him just waiting for him to entertain. The wonder is that he doesn’t even know this. He is just being who he is. Continued from page 5

So, I will probably always feel “paucity” if I think of Prosperity meaning “money.” But am I PROSPEROUS? I look at my two adult sons and I know I am. IN SPADES. All the way from Israel, our longtime member, Fania Chazen, has completed a Story Telling YouTube that can be viewed using the following link: Presently it is in Hebrew, but well worth viewing. Fania shared the following with me:

Member Happenings

“Bicho Papão (the name of my performance) is a Brazilian folk character. It literally means: animal that eats a lot. It is used to frighten children as in “if you don’t listen to me, bicho papão will eat you up.” Then there is also a famous Brazilian lullaby in which the little girl is asked not to grow up lest she finds out that Life itself is her Bicho Papão. The one-hour-show blends my personal life stories with Brazilian and Japanese folk stories into the unspoken but clear message that we can overcome the bicho papãos of our lives, or at least learn to live with them in peace by making certain choices. I am very excited about this new way of guiding Imagery, letting the audience into my world of narratives and symbolism, and then learning how and where it encounters them and their own narratives, as they approach me at the end of the performance. “ Fania has also started teaching a course “Guided Imagery as a Clinical Tool” at the Henot School for Healing Therapies in hadera, Israel.

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Book Review: Dreams and Guided Imagery
Dreams and Guided Imagery: Gifts for Transforming Illness and Crisis, Tallulah Lyons, M.Ed., Balboa Press, IN, 2012
Tallulah is co-creator of the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) Cancer Project and the author of numerous articles about dreaming. I had the pleasure of communicating with her after her recent submission to ImagiNews (see Sept 2012 issue) and she offered her book for my review. And, oh what a book it is! The pages are filled with examples, suggestions, Imagery scripts and more. Tallulah shares the process and then ends the chapters with questions as suggestions for your own personal dream journeys and reflections. She teaches you how to: remember and record your dreams, improve recall, make an index to discover recurrent themes, track personal growth over time, and transform nightmares – among just a few of her applications. The techniques presented have been developed for the IASD Cancer Project. The book shares the stories of six clients who met weekly in a cancer support group, specifically to share their dreams. The meetings begin with a guided meditation and are followed with each group member sharing their journal recorded dreams as succinctly as possible. They follow with a re-telling of the dream as if it is happening right then. Members may ask clarifying questions. his/her response to the group’s reflections. The group members benefit from their reflections as well, as they often discover insights about their own dreaming world. A basic supposition of Tallulah’s is that “dreams target aspects of mind, body, spirit that need tending and are filled with energy for healing.” Dreams seem to intensify with the crises of serious illnesses in the guise of nightmares. She believes a nightmare is a “loud call to let go of old ways, to move onto an uncharted path…to wake up to a larger relationship with life and to move beyond limiting attitudes, perceptions, and beliefs.” From dreams, one can discern the specific Imagery and energies that might bring about healing and step beyond personal limitations.

By Bev Hollander, BSN, MS, HNB-BC


Dreams Guided Imagery
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In reference to nightmares, Tallulah shares relevant research. In order to transform the nightmare and move clients even deeper, the facilitators teach a process they call “Guided Imagery for Dream Re-entry.” The client is immersed in the nightmare once again through Guided Imagery to encourage his or her relationship to the dream to transform with full entrainment of the senses. A very clearly written script is provided for this process.

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The dream sharing is followed by group members sharing their projections of the other person’s dream beginning with statements such as “If it were my dream” or “In my dream time.” This work is done to offer the first dreamer insight. The group then returns to the first dreamer for

Tallulah reviews the concept of the “Shadow” – the parts of ourselves that live in the unconscious realm. Dreams can be mirrors for this shadow energy and when we look fully into that mirror, we can realize those parts of ourselves that we have not completely accepted, blocking our sense of wholeness. Tallulah also describes Active Imagination, a concept developed by Carl Jung that is useful for dialoging with dream Images. Through the IASD Cancer Project, the author and her colleagues have identified six types of dreams that bring a sense of healing: 1. Dreams of numinous encounter 2. Dreams of resolution and renewal 3. Dreams of guidance

Tallulah Lyons, M.Ed.

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4. Dreams that arise from transformed nightmares 5. Dreams that are reminders of past survival strategies 6. Dreams that correspond with spontaneous remission

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As she does throughout the book, Tallulah shares her clients’ dreams for the reader’s clarity and understanding of each dream type. She also recommends ways in which to seek healing dreams. The last few chapters of the book are titled: Dreams about Death & Return of Cancer: Into the Fire; Waking Dreams: Diving Hawks and Bumper Sticker Wisdom; Honoring and Integrating Healing Imagery; and, lastly, Continuing the Journey.

Each of these is replete with group members’ dreams and experiences to fully illustrate the processes.

The book ends with four Imagery Scripts, worksheets & appendices, including numerous references and resources. I highly recommend this book for use with your clients and your own personal journeys through Imagery with dreams - from sleeping or waking !!!!

By Susan Ezra, RN, President Elect for Imagery International Here are 3 great reasons to become an Imagery International board member: • To make a difference in your organization • To bring your gifts forward • To be part of collaborative leadership and a passionate group of people.

There are two positions currently open. We need a new membership chair, a two-year officer position, now vacant as Susan steps into the president’s role. The membership chairperson is a liaison to our current members and is active in looking at ways to bring in new members. This person works closely with our office administrator and is familiar with our membership software. It’s an enjoyable job.

One member-at-large position is also available. This is a three-year term and the focus of interest can be determined by this new board member and the board collectively. For instance, we would love to have someone chair a subcommittee for marketing and social networking.


Imagery International is a strong and solid organization. Since its inception in 1995, our mission has been to provide a supportive and educational community promoting the use of Imagery for health and well-being. Our on-line presence offer lots of information in the form of articles, resources and pod cast discussions on a wide variety of related subjects. The annual conference, now in its fourth year, gives us a forum to network, learn from our gifted colleagues and nourish ourselves in a healing community. And our excellent, quarterly ImagiNews keep us connected all year long. In the coming years, we will offer even more to our members and expand our membership. In order to do that, we need your involvement and talent!

Our current six-member board and associates work exceptionally well together. We have established systems and improved organization and efficiency. As well as being an active, hardworking board, we are committed to supporting each other personally. Plus, we believe in having fun and enjoying what we are doing together! The board “meets” on the second Sunday each month for a 11/2 hour conference call. The day after the annual conference, we have a full day board retreat to meet in person, deepen our connection and commitment, and plan for the coming year. So please consider coming On Board this January. Contact me if you have any questions and most certainly, if you are interested in joining our team. We need you! Susan Ezra 415-308-7808

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Imagery and the Soul
What a treat! Gathering once again, meeting old friends and making new ones in this lovely setting of natural beauty, and also, enjoying the warm memories of past Imagery International conferences! This year the conference offered a wide range of interpretations, expressions, and experiential presentations of the theme “Imagery and the Soul.” Juliet Rhode-Brown, our lovely and gracious President, warmly welcomed us, and as we watched the beautiful and colorful Images of Glenda Cedarleaf’s video, the ethereal music “Welcome All Angels” filled the room. And, indeed we felt uplifted and welcomed. The fourth annual Imagery International conference held at Mercy Center, Burlingame, California, on October 5-7, 2012

By Doreen Leighton, RN, CHTP, HN-BC, HTACP

After dinner, we gathered for our annual Membership meeting. Juliet introduced Conference Chair and Board member, Jann Fredrickson Ramus, and the conference committee - Susan Gold and Sandra Warnken. They were warmly thanked for all their wonderful work on behalf of the conference. The Board was introduced and each gave their respective reports.

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Saturday, Amrita Cottrell, founding director of The Healing Music Organization, offered “Imagery and Music/Music and Imagery, A Psychoacoustic Music Exploration.” Amrita informed us of the healing properties of music

One of the evening’s highlights was the presentation of the Imagery Person of the Year award to Dr. Gerald Epstein, MD. Dr. Jerry resides in New York and graciously sent a video of him thanking us for this honor, and in his delightful way, led us through two short and powerful Imagery experiences. Randy Kasper, LCSW, BCD, graciously accepted the award for him and shared some wonderful stories about her colleague and mentor. You can read the stories, see the video on our Blog, and experience those wonderful Imagery offerings too!

and sound and how both affect us on all levels of our being. Using the definition, “…Psychoacoustics…the physiological impact of music and sound on our nervous system” from The Power of Sound by Joshua Leeds, Amrita described how music influences both our levels of consciousness and our brain’s response. She also explained the spheres of musical learning. We then listened to three separate musical pieces and used colorful crayons to draw our experience of each one. In the listening and drawing, we slowed down into the present moment and into direct soul experience. This was a powerful place of seeing and feeling.

Randy Kasper and Susan Ezra hold the Imagery Person of the Year award, which was given to Dr. Gerald Epstein. Kasper accepted the award on Epstein’s behalf.

Next, presenter emeritus, Lea Bayles, MA, proffered “Sacred Body, Sacred Planet: 3 Keys to Activate Nature’s Transformational Magic for Radiant Health, Vibrant Creativity and Joyful Evolution.” “Key One: Trust the Soft Animal of Your Body; Key Two: Celebrate Your Kinship on this Animate, Sacred Earth. And Key Three: Re-Circuit Yourself with the Life Force of Nature.” With Lea’s encouragement, we identified the soft animal within ourselves and animated it with movement and breath. She suggested we go barefoot in nature – to feel the earth, the sun, the wind; to experience the stars, the moon, our kinship with nature; give thanks to/for everything. She also fostered movement and dance; “let it be easy, let it be enjoyable.” Lea had us moving throughout her delicious,

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experiential, soul expression presentation.

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Patricia Bisch, MA, MFT, presented “Transform and Reclaim Your Perfect Body Weight: Reconnecting to your Soul Innocence.” Patricia postulated that, “changing your mind/ emotions, changes your weight.” She said that when looking at nature, one sees a tree, a leaf, a bird, etc., and they are always just the right size. Thus, each individual has a right size and she recommended that we stop listening to what others say. She shared her personal story of weight transformation as a result of following her theories of “hold your focus/Image long enough to access your body’s choice point to move over to the next reality, choose where you put your attention, eating for vitality, to feel healthy, alive.” We decided to try one of the suggestions from last year and have some Free Time. So, from 2:40pm to dinner, we each did our own thing. It was a lovely time to reflect, rest, and explore the grounds.

her gentle presence and an hour of healing sound which transported us and nourished our souls.

Amrita Cottrell plays her crystal bowls, giving conference participants an hour of healing sound.

Our Saturday night Social Hour (rather several hours) was held after dinner. Wine, soft drinks, cheese and goodies were offered. Thank you to all who brought them. A musician and song writer friend of Janet Barr’s, Susan Picking, brought her keyboard and lovely voice to enhance our Saturday night fun. We had impromptu jam sessions, guitar, keyboard, vocals, poetry and fun! In a quiet interlude, our lovely Amrita Cottrell set up her singing bowls. She generously gifted us with

Sunday morning, Emmett Miller, MD, brought us, “Awakening the Soul of Your Inner Leader.” Emmett described how we can “identify the sources of our individual and collective malaise and illness, and then to explore how to guide, through the Imagery process, the healing quality of love... See the story we/they are currently living, so we can see how to change the story...How we run the stories through our minds determines all the pieces we have, we just need to put them together... Certain moments come to you, (like) when you see a beautiful scene; you actually see the truth of who you really are.” Emmett’s presentation was engaging, humorous, full of thoughtful and useful information. Bev Hollander, BSN, MS, HNB-BC, then shared, “The Therapeutic Application of Integrative Imagery for Deep Soul Connection.” She briefly reviewed Psychoneuroimmunology; the stress response, the benefits of the relaxation response, breath, and

Imagery. Bev laid the groundwork for us to create a collage of Images to be used as a personal “relaxation tool and a way of reconnecting with our soul.” We experienced an Integrative Imagery process that was intended to guide us to our Soul’s center. In that relaxed state, we chose pictures from an array of magazine pages and arranged them in a collage that represented our soul. We “gave voice to our card” by answering a series of prepared questions and then sharing in dyads. This seemingly simple process was deeply profound.

Clandis V. Payne, MA, ended the conference with “Images of Rituals in Healing the Brokenhearted.” Her presentation was an experiential model of group dynamics, and individual behaviors within this dynamic. She separated participants into 3 groups. There were three empty loose-leaf binders, each with a picture of the group’s specific identity on its cover and pages in disarray on the floor beside it. Instructions were to assemble the pages in any chosen order and then act out the story those pages

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told. The pages told each group’s identity, history, a bad actor, and a fear. Clandis periodically removed a member from each group and inserted them into another group. Thus, we had a closed system which then had to adopt and adapt. How we did this was challenging! Once seemingly established, each group interacted with another group based on their customs and language. Interesting exchanges, confusion and laughter ensued. Feedback from each group gave us individual experiences and expressions. My group worked in collaboration and mutual respect. We used dance to tell our story and had a lot of fun. Somehow we missed the part about not being able to change our story, so we did. We transmuted the parts of our “story” that did not fit the Image we wished to live, and became an open society. The process was thought provoking. Your generosity with the Silent Auction continues. Funds from 2011 enabled us to give four

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tuition scholarships for this year’s conference. Proceeds of $1000 from “Imagery and the Soul” will be gifted to several 2013 conference applicants. Thanks to those of you who donated and participated. It is such a joy to have this as part of our conference. Start collecting for next year. Bring yourself, and maybe a friend or two!

Honoring Dr. Jerry Epstein

Our closing ceremony came way too soon. Saying Aloha to new friends and old was hard and poignant. Accompanied by the wonderful Images and sound from Said Oslo’s video, we said goodbye to the conference. We closed by standing in a circle, acknowledging all the gifts given and received: hand holding hand, in gratitude. Thank you to all our presenters, Mercy Center, and all the folks who helped make this happen. As before, the conference was filled with laughter and love, music and healing, and deep soul resonance. Join us for another wonderful gathering October 4-6, 2013 for our fifth annual conference, “The Magic of Imagery,” at Mercy Center in Burlingame. Hope to see you there!

At this year’s Imagery conference, Imagery and the Soul, Dr. Jerry Epstein was honored as the Imagery International Person of the Year for 2011. Randy Kasper, LCSW, a long-time student and friend, gracefully accepted the award for him. We were able to contact Jerry and his wife, Rachel, before the conference to congratulate him. They went to the effort of making a brief YouTube video of his acceptance. He could not resist including a couple of brief Imagery exercises suited to the conference theme.

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Jerry has dedicated his life’s work to the promotion of Imagery as a vital element in psychological and physical healing. He may be best known as the director of the American Institute for Mental Imagery, a post-graduate training center, as well as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center, both in NYC. He has authored seven books and is a frequent expert speaker in person and on-air media. Jerry contributes directly to Imagery International with his column in ImagiNews and two podcast interviews are available on II website. He is a warm and generous spirit, a mentor and wisdom guide, a man well deserving of this prestigious award.

– Sue Ezra, RN

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Fourth annual Imagery International Conference Mercy Center Burlingame, California October 5-7, 2012

Clockwise, from top right: The glow of the crystal bowls. Helen Gmazel (far left) and Tina-Marie Jollyschmidt shop for a bit, while Sue Ezra and Katheryn Darlington keep busy in the background. Two chums from way back - Terry Reed and Esther Johnson. Bev Hollander & Bobby Duval rekindling their enjoyment of each other. “A little country-western if you please.” Carl Hendel and Pat Morgan perform for the crowd. 12 IMAGINEWS · VOLUME 16, NO. 4, 2012

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Top left: Janet Barr “bubbling” with Susan Picking in the foreground. Top right: President-Elect Sue Ezra. Middle left: Kathleen Colloton and Andrew Wagner enjoying wine and camaraderie. Middle right: A room full of students. Bottom left: Patricia Bisch and Pat Morgan share some lovely smiles.

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Seeds of Prosperity

By Laura Celia Hoffman, BS

Throughout the life of a Healer, Prosperity shows up in many ways. I have always marveled at this when I share experiences with colleagues and listen to their stories. Sometimes Prosperity comes in the form of money from a thriving practice or the sale of products. Other times it may manifest in the gratitude of a client’s success with healing. And ultimately, it may come as a gift, least expected, from the very seed that we planted long ago…

Always searching for ways to teach natural healing to children, I offered a yoga-meditation course at a local private school. I was planting seeds with these children in the hope they would carry this gift into their future. It became a popular “club” at this school and continued for many years. Classes began at kindergarten and ran through grade eight. Although I taught all of the ages, the biggest fans were grades 1- 5. It was very usual that I would see children year after year. One in particular was a darling girl named Julia. In the classes we began with an organic, healthy snack. All the children in the “club” knew we served only healthy food for our snacks. We ate edamame beans, vegetables, bananas with brown spots (as they were the sweetest), and talked about healthy foods that help us thrive. We closed our eyes and really tasted, Imagined and experienced snack-time. We practiced yoga poses, played yoga games that I invented, and went outside on mindful walks – often just to hug trees and breathe in nature. We always ended the class with one of my personal scripted and Guided Imageries. The children would cuddle with their blankets and stuffed animals.

Several years later as I was wandering through the local Whole Foods market, I was enthusiastically greeted by Julia, the darling girl I mentioned earlier! She was now in high school, and I noticed she was filling her basket with all sorts of organic, healthy foods. After hugs and effusions of joy, Julia proceeded to share how taking my class those early years had set her on the path she was on today. She was still a sponge for learning about natural healing, still practicing yoga and had become a vegan. We made plans to meet at my home for tea and to reflect upon her growth, knowledge, and path going forward. Julia showed up with notebook in hand with an open mind and heart. I was so impressed with her capacity to learn and personally expand. We shared ideas, and as I witnessed her enthusiasm, I felt grateful for the gift of seeing the seeds sown years ago thrive and Prosper.
Laura Celia Hoffman, B.S., is a Guided Imagery expert and a Mind/Body Medicine Skills specialist with over 36 years of experience training and counseling with children and adults. She has advanced course training from the Mind/Body Medical Institute at Harvard Medical School, a Sports Medicine/Athletic Training Certificate from University of Massachusetts and Massage Therapy and

Yoga degrees as well.

She brings the knowledge and practice of the healing benefits of Guided Imagery into her whole life; sharing her expertise with her own children as well as her clients with remarkable results! Laura has authored hundreds of Imagery scripts as well as composing and recording Guided Imagery CD’s/mp3’s. She also developed Guided Imagery CD/ Script Training programs for Medical Centers that are enthusiastically received around the world.


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By Laura Celia Hoffman, BS Prosperity symbolizes a ‘positive movement present and forward’ or ‘flow’ in one’s life. As the experience of Prosperity may wax or wane, depending on outside and internal influences, it is important to encourage a changing mental Image of a personal Prosperous life rather than viewing it as a goal. How one manages these periods of waxing and waning helps to define when and how Prosperous one may ultimately feel. I invite you to do a short mental exercise.

Now take your hands and bring them out in front of yourself as though you are holding a large ball. See if you can place an Image of what Prosperity means to you inside of the ball right now. Does it fit? Do you need to move, stretch, or mold your hands? Notice if you have a need to change your hands to accommodate the changing mental Image of Prosperity. m around the globe. Our d approach with guided help you learn how to use t.

First, take a moment to define what Prosperity means to you. You may notice the Images that come from the thoughts you are now having are ever-changing moment-to-moment. Abreast of these Images you may discover feelings emerging, ever-changing feelings. That’s OK. This is ‘flow.’

Take a deep breath, shake out your hands and check in with yourself around how you are feeling right now. This will help offer you insight into how you manage the periods of waxing and waning. You are now a few minutes into this exercise. If Prosperity symbolizes a ‘positive movement present and forward’ or ‘flow’ in one’s life, how Prosperous do you feel now?

Going forward you may choose to do this exercise to check-in with yourself around your personal changing mental Image of a Prosperous life.

Sound Mind, Body and Prosperity
Whoever said, “The best things in life aren’t things,” was right! Four sound steps to greater Prosperity:

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doubt, believe and ultimately trust yourself. For example, here is a prayer by Lynn Robinson that I recite daily: “Dear GodI’ve surrendered my financial affairs and concerns about money to your divine care and love. I ask that you remove my worries, anxieties, and fears about money, and replace them with faith.


Step One: Realize that there are two levels of Prosperity - external and internal. By Janet Barr, MS, ChFC, CLU

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Begin with the internal realm by reciting aloud a daily prayer or your own daily affirmation (tailored to your state of mind). When you talk out loud to yourself, it helps you to recognize the possibility of your situation, suspend

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I know and trust that my debts will be paid and money will flow into my life. I have only to look to nature to see proof of the abundance you provide. I release all negative talks about money, and know that Prosperity is my true state. I commit to being grateful for all that I now have in my life. I love to manage my finances wisely, seeking help where needed. And finally, I ask you to help me understand my purpose in life and to act on that purpose with courage and strength. I know that Prosperity will come, in part, by doing work I love. Please help me use my skills and knowledge to be of service in the world. Thank you, God” Continued from page 17 Step Two: Take inventory of your “stuff.” At the top of the list, you need to include your most valuable asset, and it’s not money, it’s your health. Without your health, you have nothing.

Pull together these three reports: 1) Income/Expense/Budget; 2) Assets and liabilities; and 3) Inventory of your debt. Step Three: Pay attention to your assets. Keep your real estate and real property maintained, and keep in mind that you need to periodically re-balance your portfolio. Take advantage of low cost-high value activities.

to good use. I believe that sharing my Prosperity is such a mutually beneficial experience.

Make a list of what’s free in your community, what’s free in your life, and what’s free in your neighborhood. Smelling flowers on a walk, explore nature, concerts in the park, free museum days, etc. Put yourself first and seek to enrich others. How do you do that? Step Four: Look at your “excess.”

Feel the connection to your finances through a relationship with investments that reflect your values or principles. As a conscious money manager, I sleep better knowing that I emphasize the Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) principle in my clients’ portfolios. You do not have to do this alone: seek help, and tune in. There are many tough cases out there, believe me. People often put so much energy into worrying about finances that it ends up impacting their health. By delegating and partnering with a trusted and knowledgeable advisor, you can work to reduce your anxiety around many of these financial issues.
Janet Barr, MS, ChFC, CLU is the president of Collaborative Financial Solutions (see for State disclosures), in Santa Barbara, CA. Janet is a Registered Principal with and securities are offered through LPL Financial, member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advice offered through Independent Financial Partners, A Registered Investment Advisor and separate entity form LPL Financial. She is dedicated to helping clients build wealth and manage their hard-earned assets. Janet is also Treasurer for Imagery International.

Consider paying it forward. Put to work anything extra that can be put to use. What do I mean by that? After the Imagery Conference in October, I heard that one of our fellow Imagery International members needed help with transportation. It dawned on me that I had an extra car, so I offered it to this person to use for three months. I was able to share that wonderful gift and see my asset put

“There is so much in the world for us all if we only have the eyes to see it, and the heart to love it, and the hands to gather it to ourselves.” – Lucy Montgomery
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Nurses on Horseback
Prosperity: The condition of being prosperous, thriving, favorable, success – especially financial success. Of all the wonderful jobs and Prosperous experiences I’ve had in 60 years of nursing, the most memorable was my time at the Frontier Nursing Service (FNS).

By Bobby Duval, RN, MS, CMT

Mary Breckinridge (Mrs. B), a nurse from a well-known Kentucky family, had lost her first two babies. As a result, she then dedicated her life and fortune to establishing the Public Health Nursing Service and Midwifery School. She set out to improve the health care of the families in that impoverished area. It was all funded through Mrs. B’s connections with the well-to-do folks in the East. There were beautiful thoroughbred horses donated by Lexington owners and these horses were used as the means of transportation to provide care in the outlying areas. Mrs. B recruited young women to care for the horses. (Nancy Rockefeller was cleaning the barn when I was there.) I learned about the program when Miss Newton, our Nursing History instructor, read to us from Nurses on Horseback and told us about the FNS. For my last rotation in nursing school, I was assigned to the Marin County Health Department. Imagine how thrilled I was when I realized the Public health Nurses working there were two of the original “nurses on horseback!”

It was their way of staffing the hospital! The midwifery school was located several miles away at the FNS Headquarters in Wendover, where Mrs.B. and the midwifery students lived. To get there one had to cross the river on a swinging bridge – or ford it by foot or horseback.

As soon as I graduated and had my RN license in hand, I was off to Hyden, KY to pursue my midwifery degree through the FNS program. There in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, coal miners’ families built their houses on the edges of the rivers and “criks” and eked out a living. Mortality was high for mothers and babies and accident victims. Life expectancy was low. The FNS consisted of a little 30-bed hospital in Hyden where we novices worked for six months “to see if we would like it” before we could be admitted to the midwifery school.

In addition, there were the six outposts where pairs of midwives lived and made their rounds on horseback, provided perinatal care and education, delivered babies, gave immunizations and did all that was involved in public health nursing. They served an average of 250 families per outpost. (In England, midwifery has always been an integral part of nurses’ training so most of the staff and instructors in the Midwifery School were English nurse midwives.) What a vibrant, dedicated and caring pioneer group they were! The FNS was a very democratic organization. We lived in our tiny cabins with salaries that Continued on page 20

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To live and work in that beautiful mountain country was exciting. Hospital nurses rotated shifts every week, so it was the day shift one week, evenings the next and then nights. Nurses gave complete patient care, made baby formula (Karo, canned milk and water), stoked the coal furnace in the basement (my mortarboard cap would get caught on the overhead pipes), changed dressings— patients got burned while they tended their moonshine stills and drank too much--or worked with gunshot wounds from Saturday night fights among the feuding families.

With free time on the different shifts, we could take the horses out during daylight hours. The horses were to be used sparingly so that they would always be fresh when needed by the midwives to go on deliveries or emergencies. Of course, being the contrary folk we were, my buddy Ginny and I would gallop our horses thinking no one would know. Not so; with the “mountain telegraph,” word got back to the hospital before we did. The midwives had the same restrictions, but somehow they managed to win all the races at the County Fair. Cleaning up patients for hospital admission was a challenge. Most families had no plumbing and few resources. Pneumonia was prevalent and penicillin was a very new commodity; it came as a thick liquid which required a big needle to be injected. Listless babies succumbing to constant diarrhea were frequently our wards. Nurses injected saline under the skin of their emaciated backs to try to hydrate them.

Hospital nursing required all our compassion, ingenuity, caring and talent. Patients learned to like being clean. With the midwives teaching women and their families about sanitation, improvising and “making do,” the level of hygiene and health was improving among those folks. We had it all back then —especially Prosperity of heart and soul—plus the thriving health of the mountain folks. It was a very rewarding experience to work at the FNS and I am ever grateful to have had that opportunity.
Bobby Duval works as a volunteer in her local cancer center and leads the Ovarian Cancer Support group she started. She teaches Imagery to the group and integrates it into all of her nursing and counseling experiences.

Mary and her FNS Nurse-Midwife Team

Spiritual Prosperity: The Cosmic Bank Account
Prosperity generally refers to material goods and attainments we acquire – the “perishables” as the great 19th century Indian Saint Sai Baba of Shirdi called them. However, there are also inner riches that we can cultivate through the practice of Imagery. These riches are not garnered in the material sphere; they are not income producing, but rather are the “pearls beyond price.” Certainly, we don’t trivialize material Prosperity; and I shall share an Imagery script to enhance that possibility toward the end of this column. There are real differences between the two forms of Prosperity mentioned above. A major one lies in the feeling states attached to them. Another is the amount of effort applied toward obtaining these respective Prosperities. In pursuing material Prosperity, there is often anxiety, worry, and fear while the richness of Spirit brings with it peace of mind, balance, and joy. This richness in and of Spirit is directly connected with an

By Dr. Gerald Epstein, M.D.

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attitudinal shift (accompanied by an act of Will) to detach from being determined and driven by our shifting moods and emotions, thoughts, and behaviors by what we possess or lack materially. Who has not been caught in the “If I only had __________ (more money/better body/the new gadget, etc.) then I would be happy/secure…” When we are dependent on the outside world, on what others say, think, feel, or do to us, we engage in a master-slave relationship. Money, as an expression of material power, is often the prime influencer in these relationships. Effort, the other element associated with Prosperity, includes the debilitating effect(s) such effort has on our biological systems: the energy expenditure, emotional distress, extreme mental focus, concerns about competition or losing money (as in the 10/2008 stock market collapse and the Madoff ponzi scheme), the never ending consternation over the economy at the heart of every presidential election, just to cite a few. Or, as Wordsworth neatly summed it up “getting and spending we lay waste our powers.” In contrast, spiritual Prosperity requires minimal effort, a micro input for a macro output. This is contrary to the effort-laden work built into material life that yields macro or micro inputs that come and go. The spiritual practice of “concentration without effort” teaches us to focus on the moment without concern for the bottom line, result, outcome, goal, or net income – begets a greater profit

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then can ever be realized through material Prosperity. The latter is always coming and going with the passage of time. As a great mystical sage, Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav, said “where is all the old Roman money, old Spanish money, old Pharaonic money of ancient Egypt?” But, Prosperity gained through spiritual awareness, self-knowledge, and inner illumination remains a permanent deposit in a cosmic bank account to withdraw from whenever we wish. And, no matter how much we withdraw, the amount left never diminishes - somewhat like a neverending IRA or 401k!

is taking a few seconds. Your biological clock will have you open your eyes at the correct time.

Induction: Sit upright; back straight, in a chair with arms. Your arms rest on the arms of the chair and your feet rest squarely on the floor. Close your eyes. Breathe out a long slow exhalation through the mouth followed by a brief inhalation through the nose, three times; then breathe any way you wish.

See yourself hurling a fine golden net into the cosmos catching for yourself the sustenance you need. Breathe out one time, and bring the net back down to you. Open it, remove and keep what you have brought to you. Breathe out one time and open your eyes. Remember, do not be concerned or focused on the result. After doing the exercise forget it throughout the day. Intention: For spiritual Prosperity.

Barnacles of Attachment

A beautiful example of inner Prosperity aired on CBS 60 Minutes episode entitled “Rodriguez: the rock icon who didn’t know it” (10/7/2012). You can view it on the following link: http://www. Intention: For material Prosperity. (You may tell yourself the name of the exercise and the intention – not the goal – any way you wish to state it).

Frequency: Once each morning upon awakening for 21 consecutive days. Induction: See above exercise.

Net Worth Exercise

See and sense yourself clearing and cleaning away the barnacles of attachment from your ship of destiny. Use whatever you need to accomplish this task. Then, breathe out one time. Now, board your ship assuming the position of captain. Guide your ship to a new destination where all the gifts of Spirit await you. Breathe out and open your eyes. Feel free to email me at jerry@ to share any feedback.

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II ListServe Discussion: Schizophrenia
A recent string of communication from our ListServe. Enjoy! Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:43 pm Personally, I would consider schizophrenia a contraindication for imagery work. Of course, there may be exceptions, but this would be my default setting. Rebecca Klinger Mon Aug 20, 2012 5:02 am Emmy, The psychiatrist is the correct professional to

Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:53 am Hi, have you worked with people diagnosed with Schizophrenia? I have seen it cautioned many times to not do meditation/ imagery work. This person’s hallucinations are mostly controlled by medication and I feel relaxation, meditation, imagery, and connecting with his intuition will help him. I have asked him to get the okay from his psychiatrist. I do feel comfortable working with him, but would still like to learn from others’ experiences. Thank you, Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L

deal with your client’s issue. Best wishes (No Name)

Sun Aug 19, 2012 12:24 pm You are not treating his Schizophrenia are you? Is he asking for help for something that you are qualified to do? Sandy Warnken Sun Aug 19, 2012 4:21 pm I would DEFINITELY check with his psychiatrist before proceeding. RE: “I have seen it cautioned many times to not do meditation/imagery work .” These cautions are with good reason.

Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:55 am I would like to add this, with a great deal of caution. I was asked, by a psychiatrist, after being cleared by insurance intermediary, to work with woman having auditory hallucinations that prevented her from fulfilling her activities for daily living.

I worked with her for a good while, developing rapport while assessing her capacity/dangers. Slowly, I worked with some very simple imagery that dealt only with her sense of being threatened. This was tracked, as mentioned, by her doctor who had campaigned to have this covered by her insurance (I was not in her plan). Happily, the outcome was fruitful.

It is unethical for us to work with diagnoses for which we are not qualified/trained. Best wishes, Jane Butterworth Sun Aug 19, 2012 10:25 pm ABSOLUTELY in agreement with Jane! Fania Chazen

I have worked with many schizophrenics, often in group settings and would not use imagery in most cases. And since I am emailing :) I recently wrote about autoimmune and toxins. One critical thing that I did not mention is that our beliefs can interpret what might otherwise be inert, or even helpful, as toxic. So we may not be reacting to environmental “toxins”, but to what we have mistakenly rendered as toxic, as we do with many allergies. (Belief creates experience). So , yes, we always act in our own best interest, but often we

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hurt ourselves because we have been acting on wrong information/ beliefs. This is a major reason that I love Imagery – it teases out these false beliefs that the intellect is so good at hiding. Best, Randy Kasper Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:14 Hi Emmy and everyone. I just want to thank Emmy for posting the question and for those of you who have responded. We only periodically think to use this listserv and this is a great example of how to use it.

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It has long been recognized that using imagery work in cases of psychosis is contraindicated. We would want to stay away from spiraling more into associations around images in those cases. Instead, we would want to focus on assisting the person with grounding themselves and reality-testing. In addition, ideally, we would want to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team to be in tune with best practices for the ethical care of the individual.

I agree with most of the people who have responded. We must all be grounded in our scope of practice, training and licensing. Come learn and play with us at the 4th annual conference coming up October 5-7. Early bird date is coming up-September 1st! annual-conference

What a stellar group of folks make up our association! All the best Susan Ezra Imagery International Membership Chair Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:26 pm Hello All, I ditto what Susan said. Thank you for the reminder about our upcoming conference as well.

With that said, once a person is stabilized, working with imagery in the form of drawing, music, or poetry and/or other imaginal ways of knowing can be quite helpful. Sometimes centering the work around valued qualities of particular images, songs, films, and so forth, may be helpful. People often gain much from validations that they are not JUST their diagnosis, but a human being with many other qualities, including strengths. Sometimes these approaches are helpful in terms of coping skills as well. There is some burgeoning research that explores mindfulness meditation with schizophrenic individuals, which you may find interesting (Brown, L. (2010) American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Vol. 13, pages 224-242). What all of this brings to mind is how we define imagery. There is never a moment in any of our lives where we are not using our imagination and senses. Thus, imagery is part of the human apparatus, intrinsic to who we are.

as schizophrenia. As we know, one of the best avenues to discover what works in a meaningful therapeutic way is to ask those who have been given diagnoses themselves. There is currently a movement (and it’s about time) for advocacy in mental health. In that context, I offer a link to a Ted Talk in which the scholar, Elyn Saks, shares some of her reflections on her own schizophrenia, treatment, compassionate regard, and personal meaning-making. saks_seeing_mental_illness.html Now, I will join Susan in taking the opportunity to say that I sure hope to see you at our conference, Imagery and the Soul. It will be a fun and “soulful” experience and you will meet lots of wonderful people. Metta, Juliet Rohde-Brown Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:18 Using Imagery for folks with psychosis is not recommended even if the psychosis is being managed. However, one can use drawings and music and even poetry. Imagery isn’t just the use of our minds, but can encompass other modalities previously mentioned. Keeping the patient grounded is the key. Jann Fedrickson Ramus, MSW, MA, LICSW Tue Aug 21, 2012 11:25 Well stated, Jann Best, Juliet

Thank you for this post and for all of the thoughtful responses. I am also pleased to see that we are using this online system for communication

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We already know this, but we can always remind ourselves and others to be careful about unintentionally stereotyping or stigmatizing those who have been given diagnoses such


Website Update

Conferences and volunteers make our association prosper and grow. Several changes have been made to our website reflecting Prosperity. Susan Gold took some remarkable videos with her iPhone of Amrita Cottrell playing her crystal bowls and singing during the Saturday night social at the conference. What a remarkable talent. How do you share the movies? I created a YouTube channel for our association. You can watch one of Amrita’s Saturday night’s gifts at imageryinternational Glenda Cedarleaf and Said Osio sent videos to be played at the conference. I am awaiting permission and checking on copyright issues before adding more to YouTube.

By Sandra Warnken, Website Editor

video presentation about Guided Imagery, you are welcome to submit a link to me at James-Paul Brown has gifted us with two more colorful images for the left hand strip on our website. One is of a mermaid and fish, the other is the dragonflies used for on conference brochure. Many thanks to Juliet Rohde-Brown for donating these lovely images to decorate our website. Finally, summaries of the conference are on the past-events page. This year Esther Johnson took a lot of high quality photos and presented a slide show at the end of the conference. You can download her slideshow from the pastevents page on our website. Our photo gallery also has many of her conference photos with descriptions and names. I hope these inspire you to sign up for our next conference. It’s all about “The Magic of Imagery.”

Calendar of Events
December 4 & 16, 2012 The Art and Spirit of the Creche Kate Sculti Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco, CA 510-531-0700

We will also be adding a page on our website for videos. If you have an educational

La Casa de Maria, Santa Barbara, CA 805 969-5031 or registerb@

February 2, 2013 Guided Imagery for Enhancing Health and Wellbeing Leslie Davenport Five Branches Univ., San Jose, CA news/818 February 8-10, 2013 Insight and Healing through Meditation and Imagination Juliet Rohde-Brown, PhD. and Radhule Weininger, PhD, MD

February 9, 2013 Somatic Imagery to Relieve Stress and Anxiety - ongoing series of three hour workshops Leslie Davenport JFK University, Berkeley Campus, CA index.php?act=browse&id=613 February 13, 2013 Practices for Self-Forgiveness Juliet Rohde-Brown, PhD. & Radhule Weininger, PhD, MD Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara psychgrandrounds@

February 25 - April 15, 2013 Integrative Healing for Cancer Care Leslie Davenport, MFT Bryan Hemming Cancer Center, San Francisco, CA (415) 600-3081 or February 28-March 2, 2013 Integrative Healthcare Symposium New York, NY March 2, 2013 Guided Imagery for Pain and Insomnia Leslie Davenport Five Branches Univ., San Jose, CA news/818

IMAGINEWS · VOLUME 16, NO. 4, 2012

By the way, Bev, I meant to mention with my last reply – what a great job you have done with the journal and how much I enjoy it. That is why I miss it when it does not come! Thanks for all your hard work. I have come to appreciate even more so your efforts since spending time with Judith Ewing and understanding all it takes. She enhanced my articles and made them special=appreciated! Best,

Letters to the Editor

November. I looked for info on the II site re: purchasing hard copies but didn’t find it. Do I mail you a check? How much are the copies? Thanks again for all the work you do to bring this beautiful publication out to the world.

Hi Bev, You have done an amazing job, once again. ImagiNews is very streamlined, creative, and well organized and I love the cover art. Thank you. Metta,

Juliet Rohde-Brown
Dear Editor,

Glenda Cedarleaf

About the Conference
Our 4th conference was a valuable treat. I think it is true that the conference is directly related to our prosperity. Getting together even once a year makes it easier to connect with the right people and get sparks of insight that lead to new beginnings. This conference was the first one that I was able to relax, explore the forest free of guilt and do an imagery trade with a dear friend. At Saturday night’s social most everybody let their hair down and some made music. Our Office Manager Amrita Cottrell is a gifted musical healer. She sang and player her crystal bowls as sort of a night cap. Wow! Thanks to all the volunteers - board and committees for putting together a well organized event. Thanks to the presenters for coming and sharing their expertise and being available to talk. Special thanks to Jann Fredrickson-Ramus for chairing the event. She has such fun playing with us that I helplessly enjoy myself too. Namaste,

Kathryn de Planque
RE: Sept Issue

Hi Bev, Thanks so much for including my article Danielle’s Story and her painting in the awesome ImagiNews mag. Her story keeps getting better... now her Mom is taking a course in Reiki, she’s taking my recordings on her phone for her camping trip (she’s expanding the use more into her everyday life), and they are actively reading more of my guided imagery scripts. I am so happy for Danielle’s personal growth. I will be happy to pop off another article for 11/1. Thanks for the offer to send me a copy of the fabulous Sept. mag. I will gratefully receive it.

It’s a beautiful issue. Thanks for including me. A while back, I mailed a copy of my new book for later review. Thanks for including it when you can.

Tallulah Lyons

Hello Bev, Thank you for the e-mail . . . how exciting you used my story . . . THANK YOU !

I had hoped by now to become a member, but had some large unexpected car repairs that took my budget down an unexpected bumpy road – har har ! I am so looking forward to your journal. And who knows . . . there may be some more fun stories that come to paper. I so appreciate your experience and time in all the correspondence it takes to make journals happen. Blessings In gratitude,

Laura Celia Hoffman

Dear Bev, The Sept ImagiNews looks wonderful. I look forward to reading it in depth this weekend. Thanks too for mailing me a copy. I would actually like to purchase 10 copies as I want to share them with the women coming to my retreat in

Pam Albee

Love the cover. I don’t know how you find such wonderful provocative imagery.

Sandy Warnken

Sandy Warnken

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