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ImagiNews: December 2017

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

Dear Imagery Lovers Everywhere:

The December 2017 issue of ImagiNews is available for your reading pleasure online.

Members only can access the complete issue by going to our website Go to my account at the top right, login and click on the Members Only Resources link and find the archive of Journals. We hope that those of you who are not yet members will be encouraged to join us so you too can read our beautiful and entertaining ImagiNews journal.

However, the printed copies will be delayed until early January due to computer glitches, travel plans and printer unavailability. We apologize for the delay.

This issue – themed, “Equanimity” – includes photos and a writeup of our incredible 2017 conference. This conference, Enlivening the Mind-Body-Imagery Connection, energized, enlightened and enriched those who attended, and we hope these glimpses into the gathering will be the next best thing to being there. You can find more from the conference on our website,

Please check out this jam packed issue!  Happy Holidays!!!!


Bev Hollander

Emotionally Focused Therapy Teleseminar July 19, 2017

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

Imagery and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
July 19, 2017
4:00 PM Pacific Time

A Free II Teleseminar

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a clinically proven, modern therapy that draws on the latest research in neuroscience and attachment. It combines structured tools with an approach that is warm and interactive. EFT doesn’t just focus on the past. It gives couples concrete tools in the here and now so that they can connect with each other in new ways. It focuses on how couples fight, rather than what they fight about.

Click Here to Listen to the Recording


ImagiNews: December 2016

Monday, December 12th, 2016

The December issue of ImagiNews is online and now available for members to enjoy. Visit to view the beautiful cover art. From this link, members can access the complete issue in the Members Only Area, and we hope that those of you who are not yet members will be encouraged to join us so you too can read our beautiful and entertaining ImagiNews journal.


This issue highlights our 8th annual Imagery Internation Conference: On the Wings of Expansion. Many beautiful memories were formed and friendships strengthened. Please consider being a part of our 2017 conference, The Movement of Imagery, to be held October 20-22, 2017. You can find details on our website,

In this issue, you’ll also find inspiring poetry, informative and fun articles and an interview with the 2015 Imagery Person of the Year, Eligio Stephen (Steve) Gallegos. Congratulations!

Please check it out!

Bev Hollander

Imagery International Conference Brochure

Friday, July 11th, 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,










Steps to Unlock the Potential of Your Inner Healer

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Unlock the Potential of Your Inner Healer

by Shiloh Sophia

Unlocking the potential of your Inner Healer begins with a choice to make a connection with your inner world. Here you can get access to the keys that open the hidden places within you where healing information lives. These keys belong to you and are used to define your own journey and experience of personal power on your own terms. You don’t need to be ‘all better’ or have your ‘stuff in a pile’ to have an experience of wholeness right where you are, right now. The Inner Healer is a powerful presence within you that is a consciously chosen relationship, one that can change everything about how you relate to your wounds and your worlds.

These ideas and inquiries are designed to provide you with immediately applicable practices, or keys, that serve to unlock access to the healing information that may be available to you. The “wound” you are grappling with might be a physical illness, or it may be an energy blockage or an emotional wound. The wound is whatever it is that ails you, and also, informs you. As Rumi says, “The wound is place where the light enters.”

5 Keys To Unlocking Your Inner Healer (more…)

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

Click HERE to listen.

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

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

Kids are very Spiritual

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

The Well Column December 24, 2012

The Laws of Physics Can’t Trump the Bonds of Love
By TARA PARKER-POPE on Living Well

Jeffrey Wright is well known around his high school in Louisville, Ky., for his antics as a physics teacher, which include exploding pumpkins, hovercraft and a scary experiment that involves a bed of nails, a cinder block and a sledgehammer.

But it is a simple lecture — one without props or fireballs — that leaves the greatest impression on his students each year. The talk is about Mr. Wright’s son and the meaning of life, love and family.

It has become an annual event at Louisville Male Traditional High School (now coed, despite its name), and it has been captured in a short documentary, “Wright’s Law,” which recently won a gold medal in multimedia in the national College Photographer of the Year competition, run by the University of Missouri.

The filmmaker, Zack Conkle, 22, a photojournalism graduate of Western Kentucky University and a former student of Mr. Wright’s, said he made the film because he would get frustrated trying to describe Mr. Wright’s teaching style. “I wanted to show people this guy is crazy and really amazing,” Mr. Conkle said in an interview.

The beginning of the film shows Mr. Wright, now 45, at his wackiest. A veteran of 23 years teaching, he does odd experiments involving air pressure and fiery chemicals — and one in which he lies on a bed of nails with a cinder block on his chest. A student takes a sledgehammer and swings, shattering the block and teaching a physics lesson about force and energy.

But each year, Mr. Wright gives a lecture on his experiences as a parent of a child with special needs. His son, Adam, now 12, has a rare disorder called Joubert syndrome, in which the part of the brain related to balance and movement fails to develop properly. Visually impaired and unable to control his movements, Adam breathes rapidly and doesn’t speak.

To read the rest of the story get a hanky and click HERE.



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Dr. Emmett Miller podcast on Trauma Program

Friday, December 21st, 2012
Dr. Emmett Miller

Dr. Emmett Miller

Healing Trauma and Treating PTSD Recovering from the Newtown School Shooting and Preventing Another
by Emmett Miller, MD

You don’t have to be there at ground zero to be impacted and even profoundly traumatized by an event as horrific as the Newtown Massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Even President Obama cried.

Because much of my work has been helping people heal from trauma and abuse, I have been asked to comment on the recent school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

In this podcast I will be sharing some suggestions on:
1.    How you can release and heal from any trauma you might feel in the wake of this tragedy.
2.    What you can do to answer deeper questions like: Why did this shooting happen? Why do these things continue to happen? And is there something that I can do about it?

Thank you so much for spending time with me, I wish you infinite blessings, unconditional love, and the presence to fully enjoy them.

To hear the Free Podcast: Healing Trauma and Treating PTSD Program click on this link:

Belleruth Naparstek’s Thoughts on Helping Newtown

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

On the Complexities of Volunteering Time and Resources to Newtown
by Belleruth Naparstek
Monday, 17 December 2012

[This is an excerpt from Belleruth Naparstek’s blog.]

Belleruth Naparstek

It’s hard to wish everyone a happy holiday with such insanity swirling around us.  This latest tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School defies words, as many have already said.  But all of us here at Health Journeys wish all of you peace and healing nonetheless, after this latest national tragedy.

We got several concerned notes last week, asking us to please donate our guided imagery to those affected by the tragic and unimaginable events in Newtown.  One person wrote,

I am writing to ask if you would make yourself or your media available to the families and little ones of Newtown, Conn.  I have had such wonderful success with your guided imagery and healing words I would hope you could send some CDs to the Sandy Hook Elementary School. I know your words could help to bring peace and comfort to many others if you could find it in your heart to make it readily available. Thank you for giving yourself to so many who need you in this troubled world.

First, let me just say that there isn’t a staff person at Health Journeys who doesn’t find it in his/her oversized heart to help in some way.  We are always deeply glad to be able to create a web page with free streams and downloads for survivors of tragedies.  And we’ve done so for those impacted by Katrina, Virginia Tech, Tucson and Chardon High School. (A sample of the page we built for Chardon survivors is here.)

To read the rest of Belleruth’s blog go HERE.

San Francisco Laughter Yoga Training 11/9-10/2012

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training
Nov. 9th      5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Nov. 10th    9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

1545 Divisadero, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA  94115

Dear Imagery Colleagues,

Sue Ezra, RN

Please join me for a fun-filled San Francisco Laughter Yoga Leader training Nov. 9-10.  Laughter therapy is gaining popularity across the country as people rediscover the healing power of laughter!  The certification program allows for ample time to learn and practice leading exercises so you will feel confident to start your own group and/or weave it into your professional practice in a health care setting, school, business, performing arts or create something totally new!  (Someone is doing Laughter Yoga Aquatics!)

The class is designed to maximize your time starting on Friday night 11/9, 5:30-9:30 p.m. and all day Sat. 9:30-6:30 p.m.  See the attached flyer for details.  Hopefully we’ll also be able to experience doing laughter with a patient in the hospital at the UCSF Mt. Zion Campus.

Please note: You do not have to be “yoga fit” to take or teach this class.

LY Leader Training Nov. 2012