Imagery International Blog

Your source for the latest news about Guided Imagery, Imagery International, workshops, articles and products from our members.

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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FREE Teleseminar – Transformative Power of Dreams

July 16, 2014

We wanted to let you know about a special opportunity featuring Robert Moss, the bestselling author of Dreaming the Soul Back Home and 13 other books on the transformative power of dreams. On Wednesday, July 23rd, Robert will present a FREE teleseminar called “The Power of Active Dreaming: How to Use Your Dreamtime for Healing & Transformation”.

Most of us think of dreams as barely remembered, passive entertainment. But around the world, shamans have pioneered a powerful, valuable, and fascinating way to approach dreaming—seeing it as a time for transformation, healing, and getting guidance from higher levels of reality.

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Imagery Conference Coming Up!!

July 14, 2014

Hello all you wonderful Imagery Lovers Everywhere!

Jann Ramus Fredrckson

Jann Ramus Fredrckson

Can you believe it?? The SIXTH annual Imagery International conference is coming up October 24th through the 26th at the beautiful Vallombrosa
Retreat Center in Menlo Park, California.  (This photo was taken at Vallombrosa.)

Our theme this year is: “The Healing Power of Imagery” and we have a great speaker line-up for you!  All of the details and conference registration can be found on our website at:  Make sure you get our early bird rate for the best price!

Do you need a tuition scholarship? Click HERE to email me  and I will get the application to you. Applications for scholarships must be in by August 29th.

I so look forward to seeing YOU!

Jann Fredrickson Ramus
2014 Conference Chair

Imagery International Conference Brochure

July 11, 2014

Greetings All and Happy Summer;

Susan Ezra

Susan Ezra

The Healing Power of Imagery
Please check out all about our 6th annual Imagery International Conference this October 24-26.
As always, there will be exceptional workshops, amazing presenters, networking, fun and time to meet with new and old friends.

Don’t miss it-Mark your calendar-Early bird registration is open till Septemeber 12th, but please register early to assure your spot.

Attached is a conference flyer with workshops and presenters.
Please post or pass on to your email contacts.
Thanks and I look forward to seeing you there.

Also check out II’s upgraded website and each member’s profile page. Its a PLUS for marketing our practices!

With Warm Regards,










Conference Registration Get Early Bird Rates

July 10, 2014

Imagery Internationals’s Sixth Conference:

The Healing Power of Imagery

October 24-­‐26, 2014
Fri. 5 – 9 PM
Sat. 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Sun. 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM 

Register today and get the Early Bird rate for our 2014 conference.

Become a member first and enjoy the deepest discount available.   

To become a member click HERE
We welcome all professionals interested in the practical application of guided imagery for healing and personal growth, including, but not limited to nurses, doctors, psychotherapists, social workers, hypnotherapists, and somatic workers.
Maureen Minnehan Jones

Maureen Minnehan Jones


Check our enewsletter for all the latest on the conference and an interview with a conference presenter.  The July Issue features an interview with Maureen Minnehan Jones.


Dr. Martin Rossman July Workshop

July 1, 2014

Guided Imagery for Self-Healing workshop -

Martin Rossman, MD

Martin Rossman, MD

Who: Martin Rossman, MD

Where: 1341  S. Eliseo Dr., Greenbrae, California 94904

When: Two Saturday mornings July 19 and 26, 9 AM – Noon

Cost: $195 includes book and 4 CD set of same name

Register: Call or email Marie at 415-925-8600 or


Dr. Rossman will guide you through what he considers to be the  four essential mind/body healing skills including:

  • Deep relaxation
  • Inner Wisdom dialogue
  • Listening to your Symptoms
  • Turning Insight Into Action

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ImagiNews: June 2014

June 17, 2014

A free electronic copy of the June 2014 edition of ImagiNews is available:

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ImagiNews-June-14 editor

Linda Blachman Transitions Workshops – SF Bay Area

June 11, 2014

Hello dear colleagues,

Linda Blachman

Linda Blachman

I’m delighted to announce the launch of my life transitions workshops for women midlife and beyond, starting mid-July in Berkeley, California. There will be two concurrent groups,
5 sessions each, Wednesdays, 7-9 pm, Sundays 2-4 pm.

Each session will engage you with a variety of ideas, practices and tools (including
guided imagery) for connecting deeply with yourself and the present moment and discovering a creative path through change.


You can find more information on my website:

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Intestinal problems? Check this out

June 8, 2014

Got Stress? Your Gut Feels It!
November 19, 2013

Blog post by

Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RDN, LDN
Stress and the gut: pathophysiology, clinical consequences, diagnostic approach and treatment options by P.C. Konturek et al. provides a comprehensive review on the impact of stress on the gut. I consider this a must-read article. A crucial piece of healing the alimentary canal is addressing the toll that chronic stress can take on digestive integrity. Gut functions such as digestive secretions, motility, mucosal permeability, barrier defense, visceral sensitivity and our precious microbiota are impacted by stress. Alterations of the “brain-gut-microbiota axis” trigger an array of gastrointestinal disorders from reflux to irritable and inflammatory bowel disease.

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You Are Not a Statistic

May 29, 2014

An excerpt from In Sickness as in Health: Helping Couples Cope with the Complexities of Illness
by Barbara Kivowitz (Author), Roanne Weisman (Author)
Roundtree Press (January 15, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1937359131

This is taken from Kevin Pho, MD blog Look for a Doctor Who Understands Healing

You are not a statistic

Ironically, the surgeon who repaired her heart also left her heartbroken. While he and the neurologists may have considered it their obligation to present what they envisioned as the truth, they assumed too much. Statistical medical probabilities based on aggregate data don’t necessarily apply to an individual, who is unique and has her own potentially miraculous capacities. Statistics can’t take into account one patient’s willpower, another’s deep faith, and another’s reliance on non-conventional healing. They also don’t take into account the enormous value of a loving partner. Yet these factors, along with many others, can sometimes overturn the sentence of even a severe diagnosis.

With the initial shock of diagnosis, the injured person and the partner are extremely vulnerable. They feel as if they have been deposited on an alien planet where the laws of familiar physics no longer apply and the air is toxic. The suddenness of the change means there is a lag time between the new reality and their ability to function within it. All their normal coping skills remain on planet Earth even as they have to immediately learn to breathe in this new atmosphere. In this unhinged state, they naturally seek a powerful guide, and typically grant omniscient status to the doctor.

The doctor becomes the orientation point in this new and frightening universe. Her words signify more than educated opinion; they become oracular. It is as if she can foresee their future and has the potential to return them to safe ground. Linda’s heart surgeon’s parting words were, “Sorry you stroked, but heart-wise you’re fine.” He was satisfied that he had done his job. Anything outside the surgical realm was not his responsibility.

“I felt that he had dismissed me as a whole person,” said Linda. “I was just another surgical case to him.” Had Linda not possessed some abiding source of internal steel, the surgeon’s words might have become her living epitaph.

It is not unusual, in the aftershock of diagnosis, for patients and their partners to either submit silently to the sentence or pummel the doctor with questions as they desperately seek loopholes through which they can squeeze their fading hopes. The doctor remains the focal point. Her words at this delicate moment — where the mind is ricocheting from fear to fear, and the body and soul’s natural healing abilities need encouragement — can have fateful impact.