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Archive for June, 2010

Preparing for Surgery with Guided Imagery

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Guided Imagery and Surgery — Andrew Weil, MD Tip of the Day 6/26/2010

Guided imagery is the practice of concentrating on vivid mental pictures – which may be evoked by a practitioner or by an audio recording – to promote healing. If you are considering or facing surgery, you may want to add guided imagery to your list of preparations. There is a growing body of compelling evidence for the supportive role of the mind-body connection to in facilitating healing, and guided imagery, in particular, may help augment the recovery process for surgical patients by:

1. Decreasing post surgical pain and the need for pain medication
2. Reducing the side effects and complications of surgery
3. Lessening stress and anxiety before and after procedures
4. Reducing recovery time
5. Improving sleep
6. Strengthening the immune system
7. Boosting self-confidence and self-control

If you wish to try guided imagery, consult an experienced practitioner about your challenges and goals. You may also choose to create and play personalized imagery CDs or MP3s both before and after surgery.

To see this article and Dr. Weil’s website click here.

Professionals who can help with Preparing for Surgery are available in Imagery International’s membership.

Transforming Healthcare

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Transforming Medicines

from the Permanente Journal, Summer 2007

By Charles Elder, MD, MPH, FACP; Cheryl Ritenbaugh, PhD, MPH

Whole Person

What will it take to transform our health care system? Anecdotal experience and qualitative data suggest that patients undergoing treatment within certain Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) systems (eg, ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine, and naturopathy) may experience and value nonspecific, whole-person, or transformational changes as essential components of the healing process. Conventional medicine’s limitations in appreciating such phenomena may represent an under-recognized root cause of chronic dissatisfaction with and within primary care. Meaningful progress, then, could require the transformation of our own practice toward selectively incorporating CAM paradigms. Clinical investigators and educators are already responding to this challenge.

To read the rest of the editorial click here.

AIMI Conference

Monday, June 14th, 2010

October 9, 2010 “The Power of the Heart: Imagination, Power & Love” held at House of the Redeemer 7 East 95th Street, New York City

Conference Flyer

The intimate connection between love and power is encapsulated in the phrase “Love Power.” As the greatest life force known on earth, King Solomon states in the Song of Songs that “Love is strong as death.” Known as the intelligence of the heart, the spiritual practice of imagery unites power and love. Spend the day with three eminent teachers to explore this love power whereby, as Jimi Hendrix scribed, the “power of love overcomes the love of power” and experience greater awareness, freedom and joy.

The Presenters And Their Presentations

Gerald N. Epstein, M.D.
Imagination: The Spiritual Science of Love Power

Elizabeth A. M. Barrett, Ph.D., RN-BC, LMHC, FAAN
Power: Is It REALLY What You Think It Is?

Henry Grayson, Ph.D.
Love: Our Most Powerful Force

Moderator: E. H. “Rick” Jarow, Ph.D
Heartstorming: a Q&A heart-to-heart conversation between the speakers and audience.

Imagery International’s 2010 Annual Conference Flyer

Friday, June 11th, 2010

October 22-24 2010; Vallombrosa Retreat Center, Menlo Park,  California

Imagery International hosts the Second Annual Conference:

Imagery for the Future: Illuminating Lives

Co-Sponsored by Beyond Ordinary Nursing

2010 Conference Flyer

AHNA Regional Retreat at IONs in Petaluma, CA

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Saturday June 26th, 2010 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Northern California American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) Regional Retreat & Education Day – You are cordially invited.

Dr. Marilyn Schlitz, Ph.D., CEO and President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), will be addressing “Consciousness and Healing:  Integral Approaches to Mind-Body Medicine”.  For speaker’s biography, visit

Marilyn Schlitz, PhD


Institute of Noetic Sciences Amphitheatre
101 San Antonio Road, Petaluma, CA, 94958
Nestled in a beautiful nature retreat center with walking trails and a labyrinth! Join us for carpools
from the Sacramento area or form your own carpool

Agenda:  Welcome and Introductions 10:00-10:30 am

Keynote Speaker:  10:30 – 12:00 “Consciousness & Healing”

Lunch:  12:15 – 1:30

Discussion Group Topics:  1:30 – 3:00

Cost $25.00 (Includes Lunch) Nursing Students-ask for a special $15 discounted fee.

RSVP by June 15th, 2010 to Melisa Dixon ( ) or Terri Wolf (  The retreat center requires prepayment, so please mail registration payment to: “Consciousness & Healing” PO Box 67, Wilton, CA  95693.

Intended Audience:  Holistic – Minded Nurses, Physicians, and others with an interest in Mind-Body Medicine.  Everyone is Welcome!

Nursing Continuing Education credit provided by Sutter Medical Center Sacramento.  Entire program must be attended and course evaluation completed to be eligible for CE credit.  Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 3000, for 3 contact hours.

Program Objectives: Upon completion of this program, the participant will be able to:
– Discuss the implications for healing based on the state of consciousness of the one who is ill.
– Discuss how the intention and consciousness of the “healer” influences the healing journey of the client.
– Verbalize one or two concepts from “Consciousness & Healing” that could be applied to assist one’s self or others in      their healing journey

Foregiveness and Imagery

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Forgiveness and Imagery by Jann Fredrickson, MS, LICSW

One of my foster father’s died this past week. I say one because I actually had three. Wendell was the last one an also the longest. I lived in his home for three years and then periodically when I was in college. When I heard of his death, my first reaction was, well, how am I supposed to feel about a person I hardly knew? How am I supposed to feel about a man who barely seemed to tolerate me in life? Was I SUPPOSED to be sad? How about his own four children who only recently have reached out to me as an adult? Ho am I supposed to feel when they decide to include me in the ritual of “walking down with the family” that goes on in funerals? Was I supposed to be glad that NOW they finally decide to accept me? To little, too late, was my first reaction. Bitterness and anger, and a very quiet, lingering hurt was the second reaction. Oh, how familiar these emotions are to me whenever I think of all those years in foster homes.

So, what to do? I remember my foster sister who didn’t talk to me the entire three years that I lived at Wendell’s home except through the filter of her parents or by the surreptitious glares across the dinner table at one of my foster mother’s unbelievably find dinners. Or the best one….her completely ignoring me at her wedding and going out of her way to make sure everyone in the family got flowers but me.

Boy, does anyone ever “get over” that nagging, indulgent self-pity that goes with the more subtle forms of abuse? I had no scars. I was well fed, (in this particular home), well-clothed, warm and I had clean sheets. What more could one ask? I kept asking these questions on the solitary drive to Wendell’s funeral, two hours from my home in St. Paul, Minnesota to a small Northern town in Iowa called Northwood.

Wasn’t it time to forgive? And if so, HOW? (more…)