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Archive for the ‘End of Life’ Category

Podcast Interview: Imagery and Times of Transition

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

October 2013 Conference Speaker Linda Blachman: Anything Can Happen: Transition as Transformative Journey towards Renewal of Self, Life and Story

Linda Blachman

Linda Blachman

Linda Blachman, author of Another Morning: Voices of Truth and Hope from Mothers with Cancer, Life transitions Coach, Imagery Guide and Life Change Artist Coach talks with Lea Bayles, Program Director of Imagery International. Linda discusses how her ten years as founder and director of the Mothers Living Stories Project  and her own experience with illness shaped her perspective on the power of imagery in times of transition.  In Linda’s coaching business, Choose Life! she helps clients transform the turmoil of life transitions into a creative journey towards growth, healing and renewal.

Click HERE to visit Linda’s website.

Podcast Interview: Image as Healer

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

October 2013 Conference Speaker Kate Sculti: Image as Healer

Click HERE to listen.

Kate Sculti

Kate Sculti

Kate Sculti,RNP, MPH,FAMSF Docent, talks with Lea Bayles, Program Director for Imagery International, about her passion for the healing power of imagery and about her experiences combining imagery with art in the innovative Art and Healing Program she has designed for veterans. This program, currently in the pilot stage at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, brings the healing power of the image, via artistic engagement, to ill, injured and grieving individuals. Kate, a health professional for over 20 years and an Imagery International board member, will be a featured presenter at the 5th Annual Imagery International Conference in Burlingame California, October 4-6, 2013, offering the workshop: Image as Messenger of Meaning – Image as Healer.

You can contact Kate by email HERE.

About Guided Imagery

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Guided Imagery defined

Dr. Jeanne Achterberg, a leader in imagery exploration and application, refers to imagery as “the thought process that invokes and uses the senses: vision, audition, smell, taste, the senses of movement, position and touch. It is the communication between perception, emotion, and bodily change.” Guided Imagery can evoke change through the senses both physical and imagined by skillful guidance.

Guided Imagery Experienced

A definition does not capture the experience of working with a trained Guided Imagery practitioner.  And most people who have not had experience with this approach want to know about research on efficacy of Guided Imagery for changing symptoms, behavior before deciding to try it out.  Imagery International’s professionals have written about their work over the years and through articles in Imagery International’s newsletter – ImagiNews –  discuss how they have incorporated their Guided Imagery training into their practices.

Our membership is comprised of diverse licensed and certified professionals who show how this work is useful to virtually all types of work.

To see these articles that range from relevant research citations to treatment of symptoms and behavioral problems visit our About Guided Imagery page.

All types of professionals are not represented here.  We will be adding information as articles are submitted.

Leslie Davenport Calendar – San Francisco, CA

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Leslie Davenport, MFT Calendar of Events near San Francisco, California

Leslie Davenport

Tapping into the heart’s wisdom through imagery is an ancient practice, but today guided imagery is enjoying a renaissance in a variety of medical, psychological, educational, artistic and spiritual practices. It is used in as part of treatment with medical conditions, post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, phobias, writer’s block, athletic performance, and deepening spiritual practice.  I hope to see you at one of these upcoming events

April 16: Guided Imagery to Support Grief Sutter Hospice
10:30AM – 12:30PM, San Mateo, California

April 22 – June 10: Integrative Healing for Cancer Care: An Educational Support Group
California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco
Fridays 1:30PM – 3:30PM,  Free  415-600-3081

May 7: Shout! A Healing Arts Day for Veterans San Francisco, California Free 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

May 14 & 15: Revive, Thrive & Restore to the Core Wellness Retreat Renaissance ClubSport, Walnut Creek, California.

June 25: Spirituality & Religion in Psychotherapy
JFK University, Berkeley, California. CE Credit.

August 20: Spirituality & Religion in Psychotherapy
in Campbell, California  CE Credit.

September 10: Clinical Application of Deep Imagination
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Institute for Health & Healing, San Francisco, CE Credits


Leslie’s book Healing and Transformation Through Self Guided Imagery includes a self-facilitation worksheet with step-by-step instructions for unscripted guided imagery everyone can learn. It is available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions.

To find out more about Leslie Davenport, visit her website:

Not Fearing Death

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Click on the title to visit David Spero, RN’s blog: Not Fearing Death

from David Spero RN’s blog Reason to Live: Healing stories and Self-Care Strategies For Chronic Illness, Depression, and Hard Times

When I worked at Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco, I had an 82 year old cardiac patient named Wilson.  First name Mel, but he preferred just “Wilson.” He was one of those classic crotchety old guys, wrinkled, with a scruffy white beard.  He had been a Merchant Marine and could swear like it if he felt it necessary.

David Spero

But he also had a gentle sense of humor and was a favorite of the nurses, because he could make us laugh.

Wilson had come to hospital because of a heart attack, and he was still having frequent angina (chest) pain, requiring nitroglycerin for relief.  One day, Dr. Simon, the hospital’s top cardiac surgeon, a tall distinguished looking man in a suit, not a lab coat, came in and told Wilson, “We need to do coronary artery bypass surgery on you.”

“I don’t like that idea much,” Wilson replied, as flatly as if he was deciding on the lunch menu.

“Well,” said the doctor, “If you don’t have the surgery, you’ll die.”

Wilson immediately brightened up.  “You mean,” he asked with apparent excitement, “if I have this surgery, I won’t die? Great! When did you guys come up with that?  I’m surprised it hasn’t been in the papers.”

Dr. Simon had to backtrack, looking somewhat embarrassed and bemused at the same time. “I’m afraid you misunderstood,” he said.  “What I meant is, you won’t die from these blocked arteries.”

“Oh,” replied Wilson, as if greatly disappointed.  “So we’re just talking about timing then. You had me going for a minute. In that case, get out of here.  Keep your hands off my heart.”


Health-Care Debate

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

This opinion piece on the Health-Care Debate refers to an article printed in our local newspaper titled Health-Care Debate: A doctor prescribes addressing real issues by Dr. Scott Morris published in the Vacaville Reporter: 01/28/2011 01:04:06 AM PST. The first few paragraphs and link to the article follows my opinion.

The three points Dr. Morris focuses on are:

1. Admit government cannot do it all.
2. Confront our unholy love affair with technology.
3. Stop skittering around end-of-life issues.

I’ve been studying alternative approaches to health and wellness for the last 30 years. My working hypothesis is that unrecognized trauma (trauma includes experiences that do not fit with the definition of PTSD) can generate symptoms that are misdiagnosed and mistreated as disease.  Medicine/medical doctors do not recognize the difference between trauma based symptoms and organic symptoms in diagnosis and treatment.  If treated as a disease, trauma symptoms do not respond as expected. People who are not cured will have a chronic problem that often requires maintenance with drugs.

An alternative response to failure of medications to work is ‘we need more tests’ or lets try another drug.  Where there is good research showing alternative approaches achieve excellent results, that approach is not likely referred – Irritable bowel is an example.

Dr. Morris discusses his hard hitting observations about fear of death and the focus on death panels. He believes that patients are kept alive at great expense because of fear of death and not for love or care.

I believe the even greater over-arching unconscious motivation is fear of loss.


Register Now! – II’s October 22 Conference

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Imagery International’s Second Conference

Co-Sponsored by

Beyond Ordinary Nursing

Imagery for the Future: Illuminating Lives

October 22-24, 2010
Vallombrosa Center, Menlo Park, California

Visit Imagery International’s Annual Conference webpage to see our featured speakers and topics.  Their pictures and biographies are also posted here.  On the conference page you can conveniently register online or download, print the registration form and mail it in with your check.

Attendees who attend all workshops receive 11 contact hours, provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider #13833,. This course meets the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFTs/LCSWs as required by the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences, provider #PCE 3201.

We have designed the conference to meet practitioners needs for an economical conference.  This is an exciting, educational and inspiring event for imagery practitioners no matter what your training. Your participation will help us mainstream guided imagery, so do plan to come.