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Archive for November, 2013

What Disease like Symptoms are Related to Flight/Fight/Freeze

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Dear Community,

On Imagery Internationals LinkedIn group Judith Westerfield asks the question:

Judith Westerfield

Judith Westerfield

Which do you find to be more effective – Hypnosis and/or Guided Imagery ?????

The ensuing discussion on this topic includes some information from Somatic Experiencing (SE™) which postulates that trauma is held in the body and is reflected in the head.

Below is a diagram from the SE training program showing the relationship between the Fligth Fight Response and diseases resulting from chronic stress or the Freeze state.  Stephan Porges Polyvagal Theory which shows the relationship between the dorsal vagal and ventral vegal nerves and helps to understand what is going on in the Autonomic Nervous System and and trauma symptoms often misdiagnosed as disease.

Diane Poole Heller offers a video title “Hardwired to Heal: Overview of the Reciprocal ANS and the Polyvagal Social Engagement Nervous System” which explains the basis for supporting clients working through the freeze state.



Click to download a full size of the poster Stress_Effects.

Celebrate the Solstice San Francisco Bay Area

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Celebrate the Solstice Saturday, December 21st, 2013, 2:00-5:00 pm/ Yoga Garden 412 Red Hill Blvd. San Anselmo, California. Click HERE to download the flyer.

Greetings Imagery Colleagues,

Susan Ezra

Susan Ezra

From darkness comes light/ From quiet comes sound/ From stillness comes forward movement

Solstice means for the sun to stand still-pause-then turn. Turn inward, and harmonize with the natural rhythm of winter. This is the season for slowing down, contemplation, holding the light in the dark, keeping the fires burning for warmth.

The element is water, the emotion is moving fear into gentleness, the organ of winter is the kidney and the animal energy is the blue-black turtle.

We will use Meditation, Guided Integrative Imagery and Chi Gong for individual and collective benefit. Integrative Imagery is a powerful mind-body practice utilizing the imagination to harness our inner wisdom and resources. Through Chi Gong we learn to cultivate our own vital life force while finding balance and harmony in the elements of nature all around us. Sacred chants with Susan Lacroix will be part of the experience as well. In the midst of this busy holiday season, give yourself this gift of light and renewal. (more…)

Making Money with Imagery

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

Denise Hughes, Imagery International’s Treasurer has a new book out Earn Save Spend Give by Denise Hughes. Denise was a featured speaker at our conference a couple years ago and gave an astonishing talk on the relationships we have with finances and imagery that represent the various parts of us that have wants and needs in conflicts with other parts.

Book by

Book by

Denise Hughes, MACP

Denise Hughes, MACP


Connect with Denise on Facebook and buy her book:

Charlotte Reznick webinar 11_14_2013

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
Charlotte Reznick

Charlotte Reznick

Mindfulness, Meditation, and Resiliency in Children with Dr. Charlotte Reznick on Thursday, November 14 from 9 am – 10:30 am Pacific time.

The webinar system makes it possible for you to participate on the 14th if you want to, and also have 24/7 video replay and permanent audio download for your library. Please sign up by midnight Pacific time on Tuesday, November 12. Go here now to register.

 Let me remind you what you’ll receive for your $50 registration fee:

  • A study guide;
  • Video access to 60 minutes of dynamic presentation;
  • The opportunity to ask questions live by phone or by web link right after the webinar during our 30 minute Question and Answer segment (check your email folders tomorrow for access instructions). You can also send your questions to us in 
advance here.