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Archive for March, 2012

The Best Hypnosis Recording

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

What is the Best Hypnosis Recording For You?
from her blog by Stephanie Rothman
Rothman Hypnosis Phoenix Arizona

Just as the effectiveness of hypnosis and hypnotherapy varies from individual to individual, so too will the effectiveness of a hypnosis recording.  However, it is my opinion that some recordings are better than others.

An interesting observation for me is that no matter how technologically advanced we get (and I can record a .wav file on my digital recorder and burn it to CD or send it in an MP3 format, so here at Rothman Hypnosis we are very technologically advanced), folks still want to call all recordings “tapes.”  Go figure.

A generic recording is the least favorable and the best is a personalized hypnosis recording for the following reasons:

You can buy generic hypnosis recordings on everything from weight loss to smoking cessation and from phobia release to relationship issues all over the Internet, but for the most part, unless you can listen to them ahead of time and determine if there’s nothing in them that won’t bother you, they probably won’t work for you.  Anything that bothers you will cause you to pop out of the very state you are trying to achieve and stay in (i.e. hypnosis). 

Some of the reasons why a hypnosis recording might bother you are as follows:


Charlotte Reznick – Great Parenting Show

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

24 Parenting Experts Share Their Wisdom: Your Success! March 13th thru May 31st, 2012
10am PT/ 12pm CT/ 1pm ET


Charlotte Reznick

Have you every wondered…

How to discipline your children without ruining their self-esteem?
How to protect your child from being bullied at school or online?
How to deal with picky eaters?
How to raise your children to be financially aware?
How to overcome your own parenting issues to raise emotionally healthy children?
Whether you are a parent, therapist, educator, or medical professional, I am excited to tell you about a great show I’m taking part in. It’s called the Great Parenting Show. It’s the #1 Online Resource for Parents and it promises to answer all of the questions above and more.

This breakthrough three-month series begins on Tuesday March 13th at 10 am PT, 11 am MT, 12 pm CT, and 1 pm ET.  You can learn more and register here.

Not only are the interviews available online, but they are FREE to you AND you can ask your top parenting question of me, and the other 23+ great parenting experts!

I will be speaking on Thursday, May 10, 2012. My topic will be The (Healing) Power of Your Child’s Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success so don’t miss the chance to ask me your questions live over the web! Register here.

Learn more about Charlotte’s offering click here.

Podcast March 2012: Belleruth Naparstek

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Belleruth Naparstek discusses Military Applications Using Guided Imagery with Susan Ezra.

Belleruth Naparstek

Belleruth Naparstek, the author of Invisible Heroes, discusses with host Susan Ezra why Guided Imagery is the treatment of choice for Post Traumatic Stress, combat stress, military sexual trauma and sleep disturbances among issues veterans have difficulty.

As Prevention Magazine recently noted, she has been quietly creating an underground revolution among mainstream health bureaucracies, by persuading institutions like Aetna U.S. Healthcare, the U.S. Veteran’s Administration, The American Red Cross, Kaiser Permanente, Blue Shield of California, United Health Care, Oxford Health Plans, GlaxoSmithKline, Ortho Biotech, Roche, Abbott, Amgen, and nearly 2000 hospitals, mental health centers, social service agencies, health spas and recovery centers to distribute her guided imagery recordings, in several instances free of charge to clients.

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery innovator Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular, Time Warner Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. To find research on Guided Imagery and other topics mentioned visit her website (more…)

Introducing Susan Gold, New Board Member

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Welcome Our New Board Member
March 2012 ImagiNews

Susan Gold

Susan Gold is a certified hypnotherapist practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area.  One of her specialties is helping writers to overcome blocks, reconnect with their creativity, and develop discipline in their craft.  She is also an educator and works as a mindset coach helping teens utilize the power of their Imagination to achieve goals and develop the presence of mind necessary for confidence and success.

Susan has a master’s degree in Creative writing from San Diego State University and is a published poet and fiction writer. She has taught writing, literature, and mythology courses at high school and college levels.  Much of the curriculum that she has developed fosters self-exploration and creative expression.

You can learn more about Susan by visiting her website at

When asked why she joined the II Board, she replied: “When I attended the 2010 conference, I felt so lucky to have found an outstanding organization that would foster my continued growth as a healing arts professional.  I found the members to e warm, creative spirits with wide-ranging areas of expertise.  I eagerly joined the conference committee the following year and am deeply honored to to serve on the board.  My primary responsibility will be working under Jann’s [Fredrickson-Ramus Conference Chair] leadership to help plan the next conference.  I also hope to find other ways to contribute to help grow you community.”

See the 2012 roster of Board of Directors

In Memorium: Jeanne Achterberg, PhD

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

In Memorium: Jeanne Achterberg

Don Moss
Chair, College of Mind-Body Medicine, Saybrook

Jeanne Achterberg

It is with deep sadness that I announce that Jeanne Achterberg died Wednesday afternoon, March 7, 2012, of metastatic breast cancer.

Jeanne Achterberg was a pioneer in mind-body medicine and complementary medicine. Early in her career, Jeannie collaborated with O. Carl Simonton, studying the quality of imagery in cancer patients. She was able to show that features in the imagery predicted the course of the illness. Since that time, she has championed the role of imagery in healing, the role of the mind and spirit in healing, and the shamanic role of the healer.

Jeannie went on to serve in the Office of Alternative Medicine, co-chairing the panel on mind-body interventions. The OAM grew into NCCAM, the home of complementary and alternative medicine within NIH. She is also a past president of the Association for Transpersonal Psychology.

Jeannie has contributed much to mind-body medicine:  Her books, Bridges of the Body-Mind, Imagery in Healing, Woman as Healer, Rituals of Healing, Imagery and Disease, and Lightning at the Gate, remain best sellers. Jeannie has also given us a personal example of courage in the face of illness. Her book, “Lightning at the Gate“, narrated her own journey with illness.

Jeannie has been a friend and mentor to me for over 15 years. Our mutual friend Lynda Kirk introduced us in the 1990’s, when Jeannie presented a keynote at the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. I am now attending this same meeting, and it is here I received Dean Bob Schmitt’s message and learned of Jeannie’s death. When I first joined Saybrook, Jeannie took the time to welcome me, and continually supported my work with students.  Together Jeannie and I have served as advisors to the new International Network for Integrative Mental Health.

Jeannie has been a friend to the College of Mind-Body Medicine, since its inception. She has extended herself whenever possible to teach our students, especially in the imagery course, and also in theses and dissertations.

I extend my deepest sympathy and support to her companion Mark Harris, and to her family and close friends. She was a woman filled with creativity, compassion, and love, and we will all miss her.

Don Moss
Chair, College of Mind-Body Medicine

Greetings Everyone;

Terry Reed, Jeanne and Susan Ezra

Terry and I received the sad news about Jeanne Achterberg’s passing while we were in Maui.  We just returned last night. And I wanted to share this photo of Jeanne and us taken at our Beyond Ordinary Nursing 2006 anniversary conference in Hawaii. Jeanne presented her research on using fMRI to capture the area of the brain activated in the imagery process.

It was SUCH an honor to have her there.  She was truly a great visionary and trail blazer. If you have not read her book, Lightening at the Gate, you will want to now.
Blessings, susan

A tribute by Marilyn Schlitz the CEO and President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, as well as a researcher, author, speaker, and change consultant is found here. Listen to a downloadable audio recording by Jeanne on “Medicine as Spiritual Practice

ImagiNews: March 2011

Thursday, March 8th, 2012


A free electronic copy of June 2011 edition of ImagiNews is available here:

From the Co-Editors Desks

By Bev Hollander, BSN, MS, HNB-BC and Judith Ewing, M.Ed., M.A., CIH

Judith’s thoughts:

Judith Ewing

Centered within the esoteric theme of “Enlightenment,” another powerfully creative issue of ImagiNews has evolved. The scene is set by the striking beauty of our cover – Belinda Paton’s painting entitled “Pink Lotus.” From there, the submissions provide an eclectic view regarding the attainment of Enlightenment. After being dark last month, we welcome the return of Dr. Epstein’s column which discusses the place of Imagination in the context of Enlightenment. Other submissions approach this theme though theoretical-based orientations and through discussions of everyday practical uses of Imagery within both professional settings and our authors’ lives. There are also submissions of a whimsical nature to assist our travel along the road toward Enlightenment. Bev and I hope that you enjoy this very special issue.

Based on the requests of those wanting to submit their work to ImagiNews, Bev and I jumped into action and created an all- important SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES for you. (See p. 5) These guidelines will provide information regarding the requirements, deadline, word count, etc. four our journal.

This brings us to your co-editors request to put on you r thinking caps one more time. We have room for a couple of articles for the June issue themed “Ritual” due May 1.

I humbly and graciously appreciate the Enlightenment that individually and collectively enriches this issue, and me through your presented thoughts.



Bev’s thoughts:

Bev Hollander IPY 2010

Enlightenment is as simple as a new understanding of the same old thing or as complicated as becoming an Enlightened Being. The Image that comes to my mind when I think of the latter is of a smiling, meditating Buddha who appears to be in a constant state of bliss. I do believe it is possible to achieve said state. Occasionally I find myself getting glimpses of the true ease and happiness that can be found there – at least a big enough glimpse to notice a difference between ordinary, everyday plodding versus a quiet, restful and contented space no matter what surrounds me in that moment. May we find Enlightenment!

Thanks to each and every one of you for your generous and thought provoking submissions. Because of your contributions, ImagiNews continues to deliver high quality material, so much of which I find Enlightening. After you read this issue, please consider writing us with your thoughts. Hearing from you enables us to better meet your needs in the production of this journal.


Jenny Garrison Workshops in Florida

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Hello Friends of Imagery!

Imagery is the natural ability to invite and receive a helpful image from within one’s inner being. I’m writing to let you know about two imagery workshops I’m presenting in Florida…both are coming right up!

Jenny Garrison


The Spiritual Path of Imagery
Sunday March 11
2pm – 5pm
Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp in Cassadaga, Florida

Participants will have the opportunity to learn the basics of interactive  imagery and to experience the spiritual heart journey for themselves. Cost is $30. This workshop will be held at the Andrew Jackson Davis Building on the grounds of Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp in Cassadaga. You may call the camp for more information or to pre-register at 386-228-3171.

Imagery to Nourish Heart and Soul
Saturday April 28
10:30am -12:30pm
620 Hungerford Dr., Suite 15 Rockville, Maryland 20850
Pre-register: (301) 395-9118

This event will be hosted by Dr. Veronica Hayduk at her office in Rockville Maryland.  Come and learn how to use imagery to deeply relax and to nourish your heart and body.  Participants will have the opportunity to experience imagery, combined with breathing practices, to vitalize the heart and to experience the heart’s wisdom during guided deep relaxation.

Please visit my website for more info or to contact me! Blessings, Jenny

Jenny is author of Imagery in You. To obtain copies, visit her website.

Imagery and QiGong, San Anselmo, California

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Create a new beginning with Qigong and Integrative Imagery    Sunday, April 29, 2012, 1-5pm San Anselmo, California
With Denise Aubin and Susan Ezra download flyer Blossom into spring

Qigong is cultivating our own vital life force while finding balance and harmony in the elements of nature all around us.

Integrative Imagery is a powerful mind-body practice utilizing the imagination to manifest our intentions.

We will use movement and imagery to center, cleanse, plant seeds of new beginnings and blossom into spring.

Join Denise Aubin, a leading practitioner and teacher of Qigong and Susan Ezra, a leading practitioner and teacher of Integrative Imagery for a transformative and energetic experience.

Date:    Sunday, April 29, 2012, 1-5pm

Location:        Yoga Garden

412 Red Hill Blvd. San Anselmo, CA for directions

Cost:               $75 early bird by April 16 / $85 thereafter.

$15 additional for RN, MFT, LCSW for 3.5 contact hours

Register:         Send check made out to Susan Ezra to:

80 Taylor Dr. Fairfax, CA 94930

Information: or

Refund policy:  Full refund if cancel by April 23. No refunds after that date.

Denise Aubin, MQT is a certified Medical Qigong Therapist.

Denise teaches Medical Qigong classes and has a private practice in Marin County.  For more information, visit:

Susan Ezra, RN, HNC has dedicated her nursing career of more than 30 years to assisting people in accessing their own healing abilities.  For more information, visit: