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Archive for February, 2018

Guided Imagery: What’s that? Teleseminar Recap by Maurine Killough

Monday, February 5th, 2018

On January 24, 2018 a couple dozen of us met by phone for an open discussion, all about imagery, our practices and more.

II Member, Emmy Vaidnais, a licensed Occupational Therapist who uses guided imagery with her clients opened with a provocative discussion on how the term “guided imagery” is often (sadly) unfamiliar to the public. Many of us have experienced this and it can be discouraging. I’ve even found that it sometimes doesn’t even elicit curiosity when I’ve told someone I practice guided imagery—their eyes just seem to glaze over! A couple of callers offered terms like “healing imagery” or “hypnosis” as alternatives when trying to communicate our craft. Terry Reed offered a fun way to explain imagery to someone by simply asking them: “Do you know how to worry?”

Our discussion carried us on to consider using more popular buzz words the public is familiar with such as trauma, mindfulness, mind-body and coaching. Guided imagery covers all these areas.

The hour went by too fast and I really enjoyed hearing about what some of my colleagues are up to or have accomplished: Marie Eastman continues to use GI with patients in her work as a hospital chaplain; Darcie is using her mirroring self/mirroring soul way of working with the unconscious; Jenny’s book Imagery in You continues to work its magic in the world and she is now trying her hand at children’s poetry; Terry Reed is providing guided imagery to patients at a local hospital in San Mateo, CA. So despite any unfamiliarity with its meaning in the general public, guided imagery continues to be brought out by our II members.

Emmy suggested II consider its own youtube channel and offering classes. These would be excellent ways for II to help promote guided imagery in the world. She also suggested starting a committee to help promote imagery.

We hope to have another call of its kind in the future and we also might start a private Facebook group page so we members can converse together, get guidance from each other, etc. If you are interested in joining a committee or conversing on a private Facebook page, just let us know!


Conference 2018 Update

Monday, February 5th, 2018

Imagery International offers:


Strengthening Imagery Skills for an Era of Environmental Uncertainty 


In 2016, Imagery International’s Annual Conference highlighted a variety of Imagery modalities, from Guided Imagery, to the use of imagery in Shamanic practice, to Jung’s Active Imagination. We wove these into a tapestry that spoke soulfully to our focus of working with imagery as a healing modality through the arts and practice. In 2017, we enhanced the body-mind-imagery connection and discovered the depth of these dynamic relationships through scientific exploration, heightened somatic (body) awareness, and body image.


In 2018 we are bringing imagery and our relationship with the environment into our conversation with, “Strengthening Imagery Skills for an Era of Environmental Uncertainty.” The topic feels huge because it is huge! We look forward to narrowing it down to six practical, motivating workshops that will teach us how to take care of ourselves, as well as our clients and patients, in particular, as concerns arise regarding our changing environment. During the Conference we will look at ways to enrich our connection to the Earth. During times of uncertainty, we are offering useful tools to increase our relationship with imagery practice, as well as reinforce relationships with family and community as we navigate this terrain together.


This year we will grow our Imagery Toolboxes, whether your practice and expertise are burgeoning or developed … the goal of Imagery International is to enhance the skills and proficiencies for the Imagery International membership and lovers of imagery! We look forward to seeing how the Conference takes shape as proposals are submitted and accepted.


What is your offering to Imagery International this year? How would you like to be engaged and share your interest and area of expertise? If not now, then when?


The Imagery International Conference Committee and Board look forward to exploring these important topics over the next several months, and ultimately at our Conference with you, October 26-28, 2018.

Darcie Richardson, Ph.D

Conference Committee Chair