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How Your Brain Gets Smarter

November 16, 2014

The Truth About How Your Brain Gets Smarter,” by Christine Camaford, Contributor

This excerpt is taken from Forbes Daily, Tuesday November 11, 2014

The Smarter Secret

Let’s assume “smarter” means making better choices, getting more of what you want and less of what you don’t. Let’s assume “smarter” means learning things faster, having more “ah ha” moments, breaking through mental barriers swiftly and with deep fulfillment.

Here’s how it works.

Roughly half of your brain is made of grey matter (where neural pathways are forged and reside) and the other half is made of white matter. First it’s key to know that neurons that fire together, wire together. This means to learn something new, to set a new habit in place, repetition is required. When you practice something deeply, intentionally and with some element of struggle a neural pathway is formed. Neurons are now firing together in a new sequence, and thus are wiring together as a collective. Repeated firing signals that this neural pathway is important. Repeated firing with deep practice and either struggle or ecstasy, alerts oligodendrocytes and astrocytes that this pathway needs to be upgraded, or insulated, and the process of myelination begins.

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Finding a Creative Path Towards a Fulfilling Life with Linda Blachman

November 6, 2014

Linda BlachmanWomen-only experiential gathering will help you connect with the key factors involved in successfully navigating change and crafting a handmade life.

Date: November 17, 2014

Time: Monday, 7 – 9 pm

Venue: Lafayette, CA

Cost: $15.00

Person holding the event:

TheWOWTalks; Presenter: Linda Blachman, MPH, MA, CPC, CIGI

Contact phone number and  email for the event:; 510.540.8755

To register:

Presenter’s web page:

The Challenge of Healing a Violent World

October 7, 2014

Interviews with conference speakers,
Julia Weaver, MFT and Laurie Marshall, MA

Julia and Laurie will be co-presenting: Healing Hearts Mandalas: Re-Wiring the Human Race!

Julia Weaver, MFT, director of Art and Soul, is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice, with 30 years experience incorporating the arts with embodied spirituality. A passionate Environmental Arts Educator, she facilitates personalized rites-of-passage combining the Mandala Process with gardening, collage and rituals, promoting community re-vitalization, ecological healing and world peace. Since 1996, her workshops and art have been featured in numerous magazines and books. Most recently, Feminine Mysticism: Artists Envisioning the Divine. In response to the events of September 11th, 2001, she creates large-scale community interactive Peace Mandalas called “One World One Heart.” It is her deepest joy to invite others to experience their own embodied luminous divinity through private counseling, retreats, webinars and sharing her visionary art.  She loves to collaborate!

You can learn more about Julia at her website:

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Inner Strength Through Imagery – Charlotte Reznick

September 30, 2014

This article appears in the September 2014 issue of ImagiNews. ImagiNews is a benefit of membership. Click the link HERE to download and read the whole article.  Become a member and receive ImagiNews, a quarterly journal written by and for Guided Imagery practitioners

Chloe’s Story: Inner Strength Through Imagery

By Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D.

Charlotte Reznick

Charlotte Reznick

What better way to help a child find Strength than to start within. Chloe’s in-depth story gets to the heart of what Imagery (both guided and interactive) can accomplish – aim for resiliency throughout life. And with the help of Imagination tools, she also connects to other aspects of inner Strength such as self-appreciation and self-love.

Six-year-old Chloe described how she ran from the playground and hid in the bushes. She hated herself for having no friends. Other girls had easily formed a close group in soccer practice, while Chloe’s forte was swimming. Chloe felt excluded and rejected. She felt weak and didn’t know what to do.

Although Chloe’s parents tried to reassure her that her classmates would be lucky to be her friend, she didn’t believe them. “You have to say that,” she said. “You’re my parents.” At six, she had a history of losses. Her nursery school chum turned away from her in kindergarten. She found another friend around the block, but within six months that girl moved. Each felt like a betrayal that shook Chloe’s tender heart. So whenever a new friend appeared, it was natural for her to worry that her new friend, too, might leave. By the time her parents brought her to me, Chloe’s fragile sense of self was in tatters. She had no inner Strength to do anything but be sad. This seemed a critical time to help Chloe develop Strength through the positive aspects of Imagery and meditation.

To read the article click ImagiNewsSept-2014-Charlotte Reznick


2014 Conference Schedule

September 28, 2014




We are meeting at theVallombrosa Retreat Center, on the Peninsula of the San Francisco Bay Area


3-5PM:  Registration and check-in

5PM:   Welcome and opening remarks by Susan Ezra, President of Imagery International.

6PM: Dinner

7-9PM: Imagery International Person of the Year Award and Imagery International membership meeting.


8:00-8:30AM: Breakfast

8:40-10:10AM:  Darcie Richardson: “The Faces Project: Looking Glass Reflections through Our Many Selves.”

10:10-10:25AM: Break

10:30-12:00PM: Julia Weaver and Laurie Marshall: “Healing Hearts Mandala: Rewiring the Human Race.”

12:00-1:00PM: Lunch

1:10-2:40PM: Andrew Wagner: “Sacred Moments: Healing at the End of Life.”

2:40-5:50PM:  Break – Walk the beautiful grounds, do an Imagery Trade, bid on Auction items, attend a mini-workshop or just take a nap!

6:00-7:00PM: Dinner

7:00PM-9:00PM: Imagery Social Hour:  Come drink wine or a non-alchoholic beverage, eat cheese, tell a few jokes, and enjoy the company of your Imagery Family members.  Kick back and have some fun! We may even have a spontaneous, fun performance or two!  You can also look over silent auction items and bid on what you want.


8:00-8:30AM: Breakfast

8:40-10:10AM:  Maureen Minnehan Jones: “The Modus Operandi Technique: Tap Into Your Inner Power to Heal.”

10:10-10:25AM: Break

10:30-12:00PM: Dorit Netzer: “Imaginal Resonance: Healing Ourselves, Healing our World.”

12:00-1:00PM: Lunch

1:10-2:40PM:  Denise Hughes: “Money Shadow Dancing: Healing our Relationship with Money.”

2:50-3:30PM:  Closing ceremonies and Evaluations.

To find out more about the conference and register click the link:

Association News

September 25, 2014


ImagiNews: September 2014

September 21, 2014

The September 2014 issue of ImagiNews is now available to members. If you are a non-member click on the rectangular button upper right in the banner that says “Please send me ImagiNews Free” to receive a complimentary copy.


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Subscribe to Our eNewsletter

September 10, 2014

Good Morning All,

Susan Gold

Susan Gold

We offer free an excellent electronic newsletter edited by Susan Gold, Imagery International’s Board Member at Large.

The current issue contains interviews with Julia Weaver, MFT and Laurie Marshall, MA who will be co-presenting the topic “Healing Hearts Mandals: Re-Wiring the Human Race“.

They are presenting at Imagery International’s 6th Annual Conference October 24-26, 2014.

This and the last newsletter which also includes two interviews with conference presenters are not available from our archive.  Attached is a rough copy of the current eNewsletter as a PDF.

eNews, September 2014

If you wish to subscribe send an email request to Susan Gold <>.


II Conference Early Bird Deadline Friday

September 8, 2014

Hello, all you wonderful Imagery Lovers Everywhere!

Jann Fredrickson, LICSW

Jann Fredrickson-Ramus, LICSW

Did you know that the deadline for our early bird deadline that will save you $100  is coming up THIS FRIDAY?  And if you become a member you will save even more.  I mean, really, I KNOW that most folks are like me and say to themselves oh, well, tomorrowtomorrow, and then viola! Tomorrow comes and then it costs $100 more and we kick ourselves!  So, please, don’t be like me! Register early and SAVE! Early bird deadline is SEPTEMBER 12.


So, what more can I say?  Register early!! September 12th is the deadline!

For all the details and registration, go to

Questions? Email me@

See you there!

Jann Fredrickson Ramus

Conference Committee Chair and honorable MC


Meet Jenny Garrison our President-Elect

August 16, 2014
Jenny Garrison

Jenny Garrison

We are happy to present Jenny Garrison, RN as Imagery International’s president-elect.  She has been teaching and practicing imagery since 1991. She is the author of Imagery In You: Mining for Treasure in your Inner World. She is trained by the International Institute for Visualization Research and The Academy For Guided Imagery. Her focus is on the expansion of open-heartedness through imagery as spiritual practice. With a teaching style that is informal and experiential, she welcomes all.

She replied in her gracious acceptance as President-Elect:

Imagery is our business, our organization, the heart of why we are here.
It is slowly rising in public consciousness but has not yet broken the surface. We have an organization in place. That is amazing, and important. We are ready to hold those who work alone and with others to bring consciousness of this potent modality to the surface where it can breathe and grow and become an agent for positive change and benefit for earth and mankind.

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