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What is Body-Centered Inquiry

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Jonathan Foust: What Is Body-Centered Inquiry?

“What if our best counselor for making decisions is our own body?” reflects Sounds True producer Randy Roark as he introduces this week’s selection from author and teacher Jonathan Foust. In this excerpt from Body-Centered Inquiry: Meditation Training to Awaken Your Inner Guidance, Vitality, and Loving Heart, Foust explains the underpinning principles of body-centered inquiry, wherein one can use self-examination, open curiosity, and meditation to access the body’s natural wisdom. Through Foust’s guidance, you can begin the path to surprising insights gleaned from “the wonderful distinction between your biography and your biology.”

Click HERE to hear the version on the Sounds True site.

Catherine Shainberg: The Power of Imagery

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Sounds True Producers Pick

Catherine Shainberg: The Power of Image

Most pregnancy experts focus on what’s going on in a mother’s body—yet Catherine Shainberg knows that a mother’s thoughts, dreams, and imagination can have the greatest impact on the experience of childbirth. Catherine’s DreamBirth® work uses the power of guided imagery to help mothers access the body’s vast creative intelligence to enhance the complete journey of childbirth. In this selection chosen by Sounds True producer Mitchell Clute from the audio program DreamBirth: Imagery for Conception, Pregnancy, Labor, and Bonding, Catherine explains how the DreamBirth process works, and how the body can respond almost instantaneously to the power of Image.

Click HERE to listen to the podcast.

Don’t Be A Dick, Be A Jane

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
Emmett Miller, MD

Emmett Miller, MD

This year’s theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is “Inspiring Change.” In keeping with that theme, we are proud to present today’s guest, Elisa Parker, who is indeed a superhero when it comes to inspiring women to discover their personal purpose and passion, and to bring that passion into action in the world.

Elisa Parker is the co-founder, president & host of the award winning radio program, See Jane Do, where she shares her wisdom, experience, and guidance serving women, social justice, and the environment. Male or female, you will be inspired by the heart and commitment Elisa models so well. 

To learn more about Elisa Parker and Women’s Day click HERE.

Peter Levine Interview on Trauma Resolution

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
Peter Levine, PhD

Peter Levine, PhD

Peter A. Levine, PhD was recently interviewed on the “Dr. Shirley and Steve Show” discussing the use of Somatic Experiencing, the approach to trauma resolution he developed.  The podcast is down the page under podcast archives. See  Peter A. Levine, PhD 2/26/2014.  The podcast can be downloaded.

Trauma is in the body Levine says and trauma resolution works from the bottom up.  That is – the body centered approach bypasses the brain’s neo-cortex.

This hour interview covers the purpose of what he does and the range of issues he has worked with – a military combat veteran, fibromyalgia, turrets syndrome, tics, multiple personality, car accidents, and more.  He also recounts his thoughts as he worked through being hit by a car.

Podcast Interview: Using Therapeutic Creative Expression for Health, Wellness and FUN

Monday, August 12th, 2013

October 2013 Conference Speakers Daru Maer and Judith Westerfield: Using Therapeutic Creative Expression for Health, Wellness and FUN

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Daru Maer is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Interactive Imagery(℠)Therapist in private practice in Oregon for 25 years. She incorporates music and art into her practice as a powerful means of helping people find what is right with them rather than focusing on what is wrong. Click HERE to visit Daru’s website.

Judith Westerfield is a Marriage, Family Therapist and Certified Clinical Hypnosis & Interactive Guided Imagery(SM) Therapist in private practice since 1986 in Laguna Niguel, California. A Passion of hers is the role creativity plays in healing and wellness.  Click HERE to visit Judith’s website.

Daru and Judy will be co-teaching the workshop Mask Magic Experiential at the upcoming Imagery International Conference in Burlingame California Oct 4-6, 2013.

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Podcast Interview with Tallulah Lyons: Weaving Dreams and Imagery

Monday, August 12th, 2013

October 2013 Conference Speaker Tallulah Lyons: Weaving Dreams and Imagery

Tallulah Lyons

Tallulah Lyons

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Tallulah Lyons talks with Lea Bayles, Program Director for Imagery International, about her extensive lifetime exploration with dreams and imagery.

Tallulah describes her process of weaving dreamwork with waking dreams and guided imagery in her work with groups of cancer patients in integrative medical settings. She explains how to compound the impact of the dreams and imagery by integrating modalities such as art, journaling and movement and offers compelling stories showing the healing power group members experience. Tallulah Lyons is the author of two books:Dreams and Guided Imagery: Gifts for Transforming Illness and Crisis  andDream Prayers: Dreamwork as a Spiritual Path.  She is on the staff of two cancer wellness centers in Atlanta hospitals, and has facilitated groups with cancer patients and offered presentations across the country for fifteen years. She will be a featured presenter at the upcoming Imagery International Conference in Burlingame California Oct 4-6 2013.

To contact Tallulah:  Click HERE to visit her website.

To listen to Podcasts, you will need either Quicktime or Windows Media Player

Podcast Interview with Carl Hendel, MD: Magic, Mysticism and Imagery

Monday, August 12th, 2013

October 2013 Conference Speaker Carl Hendel, MD:  Magic, Mysticism and Imagery

Carl Hendel

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Carl Hendel, MD, one of the founders of Imagery International and featured presenter at Imagery International’s 2013 Conference discusses his personal and professional use of imagery with Lea Bayles, Imagery International Program Director. Dr Hendel explains the difference between fakery and true magic, explores the meaning of soul, transcendence and the supernatural and explains how imagery can allow us to reach non-ordinary states of reality in which healing and transformation can happen. Carl Hendel is a medical doctor who has practiced Integrative Medicine in Santa Rosa, California for over 20 years. A former anesthesiologist, his study of mind-body medicine was initiated through a personal healing path. Carl has studied Chinese Medicine in China, and cultivated skills in manual medicine and behavioral medicine, with interests in hypnosis and interactive imagery and Tai Chi. Contact Dr.Hendel:  Click HERE to visit his website. Posted July 3, 2013

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Postcasts: Conference Speakers Featured

Sunday, July 21st, 2013
Lea Bayles

Lea Bayles

Programs Director Lea Bayles is interviewing our 2013 Conference speakers.  The interviews are being posted every other week on our Podcast page.  To listen go HERE and click on the title to play the interview in your browser.

First up is the dynamic and always enlightening Carl Hendel, MD. He is a popular speaker often speaking on the medical benefits of using guided imagery.  In this fascinating interview he also discusses the spiritual aspect and provides some definitions.

NB: The early bird rates expire 11:59PM on August 1, 2013.  If you plan to come, now is the best time to register.  Beds at Mercy Center are limited so the early bird also gets a bed on Mercy’s lovely grounds.  To visit our conference page and register click HERE.

Members get a discount on registration cost.  Not sure if your membership is current?  Send an email query to Membership Chair Randy Kasper HERE.

Belleruth Naparstek – Free Webinar on PTS

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
Belleruth Naparstek

Belleruth Naparstek

The Institute for Defense and Government Advancement is offering two free webinars on posttraumatic stress presented by Belleruth Naparstek and was given to behavioral health providers in the military and for the civilian therapists who treat our service members, veterans, National Guard and their families.  You can register HERE to download the webinars. To learn more visit the events page which further details information on Belleruth Naparstek’s presentations.

Part One covers

• Uploads, Apps and Avatars: Practical, Effective New Approaches
• Benefits of Electronic Self-Help
• Effective, Downloadable Methods for Combat Stress, PTS & MST
• Evidence for the Efficacy of Guided Imagery and Other Immersive Mind-Body Tools
• The latest uses of virtual technology for training and treatment

Part Two covers

• Hard Lessons Learned for BH from Soldiers & Veterans over the Past 10 Years
• Warrior Values, Norms & Language
• Tips for Therapists from Soldiers: What to Do, What Not to Do
• Effective Methods for Combat Stress, MST and PTS
• Evidence for the Efficacy of Guided Imagery and Other Immersive Mind-Body Tools

This presentation was delivered live at the Military Behavioral Healthcare Summit 2013 – and received the highest delegate evaluation. This is a must watch for all military healthcare professionals, industry and independent physicians.


May Podcast – Brief Trauma Therapy Using EFTA

Sunday, May 12th, 2013
Jann Fredrickson, LICSW

Jann Fredrickson-Ramus

Brief Trauma Therapy Using EFTA is for Imagery International members.  Lea Bayles, MA our new Programs chair and  Jann Fredrickson-Ramus discuss how Jann determines if a client needs EFTA and how she introduces it. Log into the members section to hear the podcast.

Jann references three websites

Jann Fredrickson-Ramus is a LISCW, master Guided Imagery practitioner and an experienced first responder in her community.  She has come to appreciate the effectiveness of EFTA as a brief early intervention of choice with trauma symptoms.