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The Wisdom of Integrative Imagery Master Class

August 4, 2015

September 8, 15, 22, 29 and October 6, 13, 2015: Wisdom of the Whole Coaching Academy offers a 6-week Teleclass: The Wisdom of Integrative Imagery taught by Susan Ezra, RN, HN-BC and Terry Reed, RN, MS, HN-BC
12 CNE Contact Hours

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Susan Ezra: Health Coaching and Integrative Imagery!

July 7, 2015

Imagery International presents:
Health Coaching and Integrative Imagery: A Free Teleseminar 
Wednesday August 5th
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time

Susan Ezra

Susan Ezra

Join us for an informative talk by Susan Ezra, RN, HN-BC on the dynamic duo of Health Coaching and Integrative Imagery!

Integrative Imagery is such a powerful healing modality and health coaching is a very popular approach to helping people achieve their goals in life. In this hour talk, we will explore the similarities and complementary nature of using this dynamic duo together.

Susan Ezra is a long-time imagery practitioner/teacher and is now trained in health coaching.

She is eager to share some ideas with our Imagery International community.

If you would like to attend this discussion, click here to register
Questions? Contact Maurine Killough, II Membership chair at:

For Our Military Heros – Dr. Jerry Epstein

July 4, 2015

For Our Military Heroes — Stress Reduction: Mental Healing Through Imagery by Jerry Epstein, MD

As a medical doctor in the receiving hospital at Valley Forge, PA, I saw first hand the physical and emotional toll of the Vietnam War on the returning vets. At that time I did not know of mental imagery (visualizations) and its potential as a powerful healing tool to help our veterans readapt to civilian life.

Mental imagery can help heal the whole person – ease and help repair physical suffering and pain, reduce anxiety, depression, and guilt, reverse PTSD, and restore purpose and meaning to life.  Requiring only a few seconds of time, it can be done anywhere, at any time, at no cost.

As warriors, veterans have been conditioned through their training and experiences to live on hyper-alert, ready to respond to the slightest stimuli in a world of potential danger.  At home, these once useful traits need to be toned down, recalibrated, to live in a world of peace.

Using their most powerful “weapon”, their minds, veterans can re-train themselves to be less reactive, slow down and once again “smell the roses.”

Mental imagery is the mind thinking in pictures. We do it all the time, but we rarely recognize it, as we have all been trained to focus on words.  Images bypass our habitual thinking patterns and conditioning. It is the communication system between mind and body, giving us a new internal education on how to respond to the world in a new way.

Here is an exercise called the Room of Silence, to reduce anxiety and sensitivity to loud noises from one of my many books on imagery.

The Room of Silence Imagery Exercise

Sit up in a chair, close your eyes and breathe out slowly three times. Remember, just the act of long, slow exhalations and brief inhalations will reduce anxiety. You are doing The Room of Silence Exercise to quell or stop anxiety, and it takes up to 15 seconds.

• Imagine yourself in a room together with the feeling of anxiety.
• Turn your back on the anxiety and find the door to the right out of that room to go into another room.
• If there is noise/cacophony go through that door to your right, eventually coming to a room of silence where the noise has stopped.
• When you come to that room of silence, look around and see what you discover there.
• You may have to go through door after door after door in each room until eventually you come to the room of silence and when you do, the anxiety is gone.
• See what you discover in that room.  And when you are finished, you can breathe out and open your eyes.

Why This Works

The reason I ask you to discover what you may see in that room of silence is because, by itself, it may serve you as a reminder of how you can be free of anxiety.  The next time that the anxiety comes, you may not have to go through all the rooms. Just by recalling what was in the room of silence may be enough to stop the anxiety. It will remind you of a time you shed the anxiety and left it behind. The memory is both powerful and pleasant and can stop the anxiety state almost instantaneously. What you find in the room of silence is what you find. There is no predicting what will be there. What is there is what you need.

One Veteran’s Experience During This Imagery Exercise

A young man imagined himself going through various rooms until he found the room of silence, and discovered there a picture on the wall, a picture of a shepherd with lambs.  I asked him to go into that picture and become the shepherd. He led the lambs into a meadow, where he saw a valley into which he descended, and there he felt much calmer, more peaceful, and found a person who was very kind to him and with whom he could discuss the anxiety in a clear, free and open way.

Learn More

You can find many more imagery exercises for physical and emotional ailments in Healing Visualizations: Creating Health Through Imagery and in my students Phyllis Kahaney and Rachel Epstein’s forthcoming book: Reversing Trauma through Mental Imagery: The Warrior’s Manual to Health and Wellbeing, due out in 2015.

To visit Dr. Epstein’s website click HERE.

June 24 Member Only Free TeleSeminar/ Marie Knapp, EdD

June 7, 2015

The Dance of Imagery & Reiki: A Meaningful Relationship
24 Jun 2015
4:00 PM, Pacific Standard Time

A FREE TeleSeminar
with II Member, Marie Knapp,
A FREE Member Share TeleSeminar

A first in a series of TeleSeminars to connect II members
with each other and broaden our practices

We invite you to join us in an experience of blending guided imagery and Reiki for the purpose of balancing, stress reduction and personal growth. Notice how variations dance their way into the process intuitively. Make notes, ask questions, share experiences. We all learn from each other.

Marie will focus on how she uses imagery to draw clients into the Reiki session, helps them use imagery in their intentions, and how together they use imagery to release blocks.

Join us on June 24th at 4 p.m. PST/7 p.m. EST for this new offering from Imagery International.

Click Here to Register

About Marie…Marie Knapp has a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Toronto.  It was through her course work that she first learned to use imagery in teaching/learning, growth and change in adults.  She applied it in her career as a nurse educator.  It has expanded as she has taken advanced Reiki courses in her retirement.  (Reiki Master Teacher and Holy Fire Karuna Reiki Master Teacher). Marie has a small practice as a Reiki Practitioner, Reiki Teacher, workshop facilitator and public speaker.


2015 Annual Conference Flyer

June 7, 2015

2015 Imagery International Conference 7th Annual Flyer

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The Seventh Annual Imagery Family Reunion: The Heart of Imagery
October 30-­ November 1, 2015
Fri. 5 – 9 PM
Sat. 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Sun. 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Vallombrosa Retreat Center
250 Oak Grove Ave,
Menlo Park, CA 94025
(650) 325-­5614

ClickHERE to download a 8.5″x11″ 5 MB Flyer.

Call for Proposals

February 2, 2015

CALL for Proposals

The Seventh Annual Imagery Family Reunion: The Heart of Imagery

October 30-­ November 1, 2015

Vallombrosa Retreat Center, Menlo Park, California, on the Peninsula of the Bay Area

Click on Imagery International proposal guidelines for editable form.

Jann Fredrickson-Ramus

Jann Fredrickson-Ramus

Hello all you wonderful Imagery Lovers Everywhere!

I am now accepting proposals for our fall conference.

Please keep in mind that we give preference to the EXPERIENTIAL rather than lecture. We do not expect or prefer that our presenters use Powerpoint. If you feel that PowerPoint would enhance your presentation, it should highlight images and not be the focal point of your presentation. We also request that speakers limit the promotion of their books and materials to a one-time statement in your presentation.

Please use whatever space you need to answer these questions:

  • Your name, phone number, physical address, and email address:
  • Describe how your proposal will reflect the theme of the conference: “The Heart of Imagery.”
  • State three objectives that the conference attendees will achieve at the end of your presentation.
  • Describe the experiential that will be included in your presentation. Will there be artwork, guided imagery exercises, group sharing, etc.
  • Provide a brief outline of your presentation. KEEP IN MIND THAT YOU HAVE 90 MINUTES FOR YOUR PRESENTATION. How much time will you spend on each segment or activity?
  • All speakers must use a microphone.
  • What other audio/visual needs do you have?
  • Speakers must provide any art materials they will need.
  • Please note that audience seats will be arranged theater style. Participants will likely not have access to tables but will be more than willing to do imagery exercises or art projects at their seats or on the floor.
  • Please provide a 100-125 word biography that will be used in promotional materials. We will also need a photo of you.
  • Please include any website or book you want us to promote.

Please send this to Jann Fredrickson Ramus in one of four ways:

email: OR,

snail mail to:           Jann Fredrickson Ramus
PO Box 213,
Newport, MN. 55055
fax: (651) 458-1633.

You can expect to receive a confirmation of receipt within 48 hours. If not, call me. I look forward to seeing your propsal.

Jann Fredrickson Ramus,  LICSW
Conference Chair

The focus of our conference is to gather lovers of guided imagery who wish to renew and grow both personally and professionally.

Money and Business Webinar – Lynn Telford-Sahl

January 15, 2015

PowerUP Your Money & Business Webinar Series

Webinar Dates:
Thursday January 22nd 11:00am – 12 Noon (pst)
Thursday January 29th 11:00am – 12 Noon (pst)
Thursday February 26th 11:00am – 12 Noon (pst)
One Time Discount Price of $297 – This is a $600 Value!
SPECIAL BONUS – If you register by January 19th, you will receive a special discount code in your inbox for $75 off!!


Lynn Telford-Sahl

Lynn Telford-Sahl

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Do you know how your Money Type adds to or blocks success in business?

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Planning, Inspiration, Motivation and the TIME to set clear goals, objectives and strategies for 2015 in this 3 week series.

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Spirit is Reveal in Prepositions

January 6, 2015

It’s All in the Preposition
by Gerald M Epstein, MD

Dr. Epstein

Dr. Epstein

In spiritual life there is a tremendous amount of written material across all traditions. Words play a pivotal role, especially in how these traditions are conveyed and understood. In the Western tradition of which I am quite familiar, I have come to learn about the importance of prepositions in understanding certain spiritual points. I’ll share four such instances:

• about – to

Do you speak inwardly about yourself to another you, or do you speak inwardly directly to yourself? If it’s the former you are getting a handle on a spiritual practice of self mastery. If it’s the latter you are in a debate with what we term your “false self,” one which you will always lose and will thereby ultimately suffer. How does that work? I use myself as an example. The usual way: I (True Self) speaks directly to jerry (false self), i.e., Jerry speaks to jerry. Jerry always loses, jerry wins. The spiritual way: Jerry speaks to a Larger Jerry about jerry. Jerry wins, jerry loses. Keep doing this and observe what happens to you.

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Jenny Garrison – President-elect

December 30, 2014

Jenny Garrison, as II President-Elect

Jenny Garrison

Jenny Garrison

Dear Imagery Community,

This January I will take the title of President of Imagery International. I extend sincere gratitude to the present Board of Directors, and to current President, Susan Ezra, for their trust and confidence in me. As I step into this position, I promise to give my best.

The field of Imagery is powerful and far reaching. Many of you use Imagery in your work and personal lives in a vast multitude of ways. As an organization, II is in a position to provide a forum for our professional and personal stories that can bring the many diverse ways that we do Imagery into the world. Through our Internet website, through our annual conference, and through the pages of this journal, we are linked to one another. I see II as a “watering hole” — a place where we can come individually to be nurtured and inspired by each other as we use Imagery in our own growth and healing and offer it to others in the same spirit of growth and healing.

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Love and Light at Years End

December 24, 2014

From the President’s Desk

Susan Ezra

Greetings Imagery Community:

Susan Ezra

Susan Ezra

I am sending you good wishes for a warm winter holiday season. May it be filled with light, love, family and friends, and some quiet reflective time too. Now is the time for really slowing down and going inside to contemplate what this year has been about, what we are grateful for, what we want to Forgive and what we want to let go of.

According to Chinese Medicine, winter is the home of the north, the element of water, the deer, and the emotion of turning fear into gentleness. As I prepare to complete my six years as a member of the II board, including two years as your president, I am giving some time for reflection.

Imagery International is approaching its 20th anniversary. Each year the association continues to mature in its organizational development, while always remaining a grassroots, caring community of like-hearted and minded individuals who share the common love of Imagery for health and well-being. I have loved seeing our community expand to include many artists and educators as well as healthcare practitioners. And we believe there is energy to expand our community so much more in the coming years! That kind of energy was very present at our October conference.

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