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Archive for October, 2012

Call for Conference Proposals Coming Up

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Hello all you Imagery Lovers Everyone!

Jann Fredrickson, LICSW

Remember how I told you that I would be calling for proposals by the beginning part of the year? Well, I’ve changed my mind! I will be accepting proposals at the end of November. The 30th of November, to be exact. Our theme for the coming conference which is October 4-6, 2013 is :

The Magic of Imagery“.

I want you to be thinking about the proposal that YOU will send to me. And right now, I want you to stop the nonsense that I know is creeping into your brain. OF COURSE, I want to hear from you. OF COURSE, I will give your proposal every due consideration.

Here’s looking to YOUR proposal!

And oh, what a great conference we will have…..

Jann Fredrickson Ramus
2013 Conference Chair

Contagious in the Best Ways

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Being Contagious In All the Best Ways and Imagery News

by Leslie Davenport

Leslie Davenport

You know what it’s like when an angry person walks into a room, and tension ripples through the group atmosphere? Or how calm you feel when you talk with a particular friend, regardless of the topics? And how fun it is to be caught in a laughter fest?

Spiritual traditions have described, and others have instinctually known, that we are contagious – we emit moods, vibrations, states of being that impact those around us. And science has recently offered one explanation with the discovery of mirror neurons.

This is great news! Our very being communicates. And the more conscious and present we become, the more we can make a positive contribution in simple day-to-day moments. Consider that when we interact with others while in a peaceful, loving state, it’s not just modeling behavior: You are actually lighting up the very nervous system of another.

This doesn’t mean denying feelings or hiding out if you are not in the best mood. It is about recognizing the choices we have, the impact we make, and the practices available to us.

Practice: Take a few moments to let your breath flow from head to toes, releasing muscular tension on the exhalation, and feeling (more…)

Conference pictures

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Thanks to Esther Johnson, RN, a wonderful photographer. long time member, and past board member we have many

Esther Johnson

images of the conference to share. Click on Imagery International Annual Conference 2012 the Power Point presentation she gave at the end of the conference.

Many of her photos will also appear captioned on our photo gallery.  If she took your picture and you would like us to send you a high resolution image that you can print, contact us HERE.

Thank you Esther for such beautiful keepsake images.

IPY 2011 – Gerald Epstein, MD

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

During our annual meeting Gerald Epstein, MD was honored as our 2011 Imagery Person of the Year.  Randy Kasper, LCSW, BCD accepted for Dr. Jerry.  Dr. Jerry’s acceptance speech is HERE.

Dr. Epstein, IPY 2011

Randy Kasper had some stories to tell about her mentor and teacher:

“You just mentioned courage and and thinking outside the box so I’d like to tell you a story that Jerry tells about what started his work in this direction.  He was a very conventional, very respected Freudian analyst on New York’s Upper  East Side, and in fact  co-edited the Journal of Psychiatry and Law.   He went to Israel and met with Collette Albouker-Muscat who became his mentor and much loved teacher.

They were speaking about a Freudian exercise of being on a train and seeing the images passing by in a very linear way.  Colette gestured with her forearm, “so you’re saying the images are like this.  What if …,” and she moved her forearm vertically.  Jerry says that in that moment his entire perspective, life and practice changed.