Guided Imagery, Visualization, &
'm a worrier - I don't think I've been able to completely relax
before and get some relief from the almost constant stress. I didn’t
even realize how tense and stressed I have been, until I started
listening to the CD and was able to relax more than I ever have
before... By the second or third time, my body - and my mind -
started almost immediately calming down and feeling peaceful.
It's such a great feeling to have the tension and stress just melt
away, and the relaxed feeling wash over you. I look forward now to
“my time” to put the CD in and relax.
D.D. & T.N.
The relaxation tape worked much better than I had expected. I
didn't realize I could get that totally relaxed so quickly
without falling asleep! It really did help me to relax.
Although it is hard at first to give yourself “permission”
to take the time for you - it almost feels selfish - but once you do
it, it is so wonderful to have it be just for
yourself... to not be “accountable” to anyone else,
no demands, no phones, etc. The peacefulness of the beautiful
(garden) setting is so relaxing, you do not want to leave, but
it is reassuring to know you can return anytime. Though you
know it’s “not reality”, it restores your self and
your body enough to face, and deal better with the reality of daily
living and demands.
I have played the relaxation recording for my daughter when she
had trouble getting to sleep (was worried or afraid), and she
snuggled up and got comfy, and soon was fast asleep... I was
surprised at how quickly this worked... It is a great way to
teach my child how to learn to relax and not be anxious or wound up.
G.E. & W.H.
When I told my son, "we're going to do something fun where
you use your imagination” to help him deal with tough feelings,
like being angry or scared, even nervous and worried... and I
played the ‘guided imagery’ tape for him... I really
didn’t know he would take to it the way he did... He was
able to calm down and feel secure, more confident that he could
handle it... I am pleased at how well this worked for him.
D.D. & M.Q.
Dearest Dr Bourne: the following are my dramatic realizations and changes
that I have noticed since working with your safe place, self-hypnosis and
I have been on a path of self-discovery, spiritual growth, and betterment
for gong on 13 years. It has been a long journey and not always a pleasant
one, but I will say that the Road Less Traveled if chosen is so rewarding
that although I would not change my direction, I am in constant search of
the next level of self betterment, not just for me, but for all those that I
encounter, my family, friends, and even strangers I may meet along the way.
Although I have been meditating for many years, I began to have problems
concentrating on silence, and even more important using that time to create
new behaviors, new inner languages, and simply stress relief, and self love.
The CDs (tapes) that I have received through Effective Life Skills-"The
Inviting Garden Path", "Complete Body and Mind Relaxation", and "Creating
A Safe Place” have changed me in such a way, that I actually noticed it
immediately. I noticed in the manner that I received information from others
(I no longer take things personally). The way that I think and speak to
myself, and most importantly the state of clarity and mindfulness that I
awaken with every morning.
Quiet time is an appointment that I schedule every evening 1 hour before
I choose to go to bed. In this hour, I lay quietly, and I choose one of the
3 CDs (tapes) that I have grown to love, so I rotate them, and I close my
eyes, and the soothing voice of Dr. Bourne enters into my space, and without
any other sound, her voice alone brings with it-"a safe place"-the rest is
up to me, Dr. Bourne is very specific on how to create what you are
listening and there to learn, yet gives you the freedom, and understanding
that your may mind wander, and not to worry for in that wandering you will
discover other beautiful gifts that are yours to have, and so that too is a
learning experience. When I began this practice every night about 5 weeks
ago, I started waking up in a different frame of mind. One that I had never
experienced in all my years of working on my unwanted behaviors, relaxation,
and most importantly the language I had used on others and myself. I do not
hear my negative self-talk; in fact I don't even know how to muster it up
anymore. Most importantly these tapes have given me a peaceful inner
calmness that I have been searching.
So, if you are a seasoned Traveler on that " Road Less Traveled", or
simply a novice looking to carve out time for yourself, do not miss this
opportunity to experience all the beauty that you are made.
I continue this practice and my loved ones have noticed, but most
importantly I have never felt better about myself, and the commitment I have
to carved out for myself allows me to go to places I would not otherwise go.
Good luck, be brave and take the journey with Effective Life Skills-your
life will not be the same.
God Bless - K.S.