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Archive for February, 2010

Telechat February 10: How to Read Mental Images

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Telechat date: February 10, 5 to 6 PM Pacific Standard Time

How to Read Mental Images: Learning the Hieroglyphic Language of the Mind for Clinical Use

with Gerald Epstein, MD

Dr. Epstein

Hieroglyphs – the pictorial language of the ancient Egyptian Pharaonic tradition is the only language ever to unite art and the spiritual dimension. In an analogous fashion, mental imagery is a hieroglyphic language where a pictorial representation intersects and combines with a divine language. The image is the true and natural language of the mind. These representations are called symbols, reflecting our everyday visible measurable reality and our invisible subjective qualitative consciousness – itself the repository of all the knowledge of ourselves. This language, like any other, is to be read as it is a book of life revealing ourselves to ourselves. In this talk I will discuss how to apply this method to both reading and fashioning imagery in your clinical practice.

Click here to visit Dr. Epstein’s website and read free articles written by him or about him.

Imagery International members can email us a note if you wish to attend this telechat.

We offer qualified non-member professionals a one time opportunity to join the conversation. Click here to request admission to the telechat.

Gerald N. Epstein, MD, has been a leading pioneer in the use of mental imagery for treating physical and emotional problems.  His education includes Medical school, residency in psychiatry and post-graduate training in psychiatry.  He trained 9 years with Madame Colette Aboulker-Muscat in “Waking Dream Therapy (long and short imagery practices); also influenced by the phenomonology practice of Medard Boss, MD.  He directs the American Institute for Mental Imagery (AIMI) a New York State Regent’s Chartered Post Graduate Training Center. His books include: Waking Dream Therapy; Healing Visualizations: Creating Health through Imagery; and most recently, Kabbalah for Inner Peace: Imagery and Insights to Guide you Through Your Day. Audios include: The Natural Laws of Self Healing, The Phoenix Process and Emotional Mastery (Feb, 2010). Under the auspices of the NIH OAM, he researched the efficacy of mental imagery in the treatment of asthma. As his work evolved over the years, he has become a leading exponent of the Western spiritual tradition and its application to healing and therapeutics.

2010 Call for Conference Proposals

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Jann Fredrickson, LICSW

Conference Proposals due April 15, 2010 – Imagery International’s Second Conference Cosponsored by Beyond Ordinary Nursing is October 22-24, 2010.

Hi fellow Imagery lovers!!

It’s that time again!! The second annual Imagery International Conference co-sponsored by Beyond Ordinary Nursing is happening October 22-24, 2010. We are now calling for proposals for workshops. Our theme this year is: Imagery for the Future: Illuminating Lives.

If you would like to be one of our presenters, please email the following information to me, Jann Fredrickson at by April 15, 2010:

1. All workshops are to be 90 minutes long.

2. Your name, address, and email address.

3. Brief biography ( 25-50 words) including expertise for presenting on your topic.

4. Title of the workshop and how it pertains to our theme.

5. Two objectives stated with one action verb per objective and in measurable behavior or outcome.

For example, say you are giving a workshop to teach folks how to use Emotional Freedom Therapy and Imagery.  So your objectives would read:

a.  At the end of the workshop, the participant will have a basic knowledge of what EFT is and HOW it can be used in combination with imagery.

b.  At the end of the workshop, the participant will understand how effective the modalities of EFT and imagery are when used in conjunction with one another.

6. Course description (25-35 words).

7. Course outline.

8. What your AV needs will be.

You can call me with any questions: 651-208-6458 during the hours of 12:30pm to about 3:30pm most days ( this is walk time) or your can email me with questions.

We had a terrific lineup last conference and I know that this year it will be even better!!

Looking forward to hearing from YOU.

Jann Fredrickson

Conference Chair

January 7 Telechat: Personal Healing Imagery

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Telechat date: January 7, 5-6 PM Pacific Standard Time

Flying Solo: Doing Non-Scripted Imagery without a Guide

with Leslie Davenport, MFT

Leslie Davenport, MFT

While we recognize the many benefits of experiencing imagery with an imagery practitioner, not everyone lives in an area where trained guides are easily accessible. Some people are restricted due to financial issues, and others who could benefit may be home bound. Most people compromise by using a scripted imagery CD, which eliminates the personally unique guidance that arises from within with an interactive style of imagery. This talk will present a successfully tested format that people can use on their own to access their personal healing imagery. It is also useful for clients who want to keep their imagery fresh and evolving between their appointments with a trained practitioner. This format can also be adapted to doing imagery work with a group.

Members click here to email us a note for the telechat you wish to attend. We will send back the phone number and bridge.

We offer qualified non-member professionals a one time opportunity to join the conversation. Click here to request admission to the telechat.

Leslie Davenport founded the Humanities Program at Marin General Hospital, which evolved into the Institute for Health and Healing in collaboration with California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. She offers integrative psychotherapy in the Health & Healing Clinic and teaches in their Integrative Medicine Program. She is the author of, Healing and Transformation through Self-Guided Imagery, (2009) published by Random House.

To learn more about Leslie click here to visit her website.