Healing Trauma: Guided Imagery for Post-traumatic Stress is one of my favorite guided imagery CD’s by Belleruth Naparstek. Guided imagery is a powerful tool for healing from posttraumatic stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia and more. Read more about guided imagery for trauma here.

Although this imagery was designed for survivors of trauma, I think almost anyone could benefit from it.

Each of Belleruth Naparstek’s recordings start with a brief introduction explaining guided imagery in general and the specific imagery to follow.

The imagery for healing trauma starts with a breathing and body awareness exercise to get grounded. Next, you are guided through powerful, vivid images of the broken parts of your heart. You are accompanied by a guide as you wander through the landscape of your heart and eventually come to the beautiful center of your heart. At the safe, beautiful center you are joined by loved ones, guides, and healers, cultivating a sense of safety and support.

I’ve practiced this imagery many times myself and with my clients. Every time I practice, I notice a different emotional response. I also notice that I’m able to get into the imagery more deeply now that I’ve been practicing for a while. Many of my clients also report a strong emotional response that they typically describe as relaxing, healing, or cathartic. I also hear a lot of people say they notice physical sensations such as feeling their muscles relax.

The emotional release can be profoundly healing but may also be overwhelming at times. I usually recommend starting out by practicing some less intense imagery such as

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before progressing to Healing Trauma. Also, remember you are in complete control of any imagery experience. It’s ok to stop or simply ignore some parts of the imagery if you feel uncomfortable. Read more from Belleruth on

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Again, this is one of my favorite imagery tracks and it can be deeply healing but I think it is important to include that it might not always be right for everyone.

Belleruth ends each CD with a track of affirmations – short positive sayings designed to shift negative thinking. These are great because you can listen anytime – while you are driving, folding laundry, getting dressed, etc. The more you listen, the more they begin to sink in and shift your way of thinking.

If you haven’t tried guided imagery, you can practice some from

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