Healing and Transformation Through Self Guided Imagery [NOOK Book]


A guide to healing from trauma and crisis though the transformative potential of creative visualization techniques.

Tapping into the heart's wisdom through creative visualization is an ancient practice, but today guided imagery is used as an adjunct to conventional medical therapies for health issues ranging from cancer and heart disease to post-traumatic stress disorder and addiction. This inspiring guide provides contemporary techniques for ...
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A guide to healing from trauma and crisis though the transformative potential of creative visualization techniques.

Tapping into the heart's wisdom through creative visualization is an ancient practice, but today guided imagery is used as an adjunct to conventional medical therapies for health issues ranging from cancer and heart disease to post-traumatic stress disorder and addiction. This inspiring guide provides contemporary techniques for using it to transform moments of pain, emotional turmoil, and interpersonal conflict into opportunities for growth and self-realization.

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Editorial Reviews

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“…this beautiful book (is) the loveliest introduction to and immersion in the practice of guided imagery I have ever seen… Guided imagery, as presented in this book, becomes more than self-help; it becomes a tool of self-realization.”
—Linda Graham, author of Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being

“One thing comes clear when reading this book:  Leslie has the chops – she’s an experienced, insightful, creative guide and master practitioner who knows whereof she speaks…  It’s a great resource for anyone who wants to apply guided imagery to their own issues, struggles and questions.”
—Belleruth Naparstek, author of Staying Well with Guided Imagery

“She is a moving storyteller whose deeply spiritual approach is balanced by her sense of pragmatism and humor.”
—Martin L. Rossman, MD, author of Fighting Cancer from Within

“Like icebergs floating in the sea — only partially visible to others and ourselves — a good part of what goes on in us lies beneath awareness... This book can help you make those connections, offering relief from the stresses and conflicts of living.”
—Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul : A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life

"Leslie Davenport’s work … provide(s) a healing a transformative journey for anyone who is open to self-discovery and initiating positive and empowering change in their lives. Davenport’s work is insightful, original and eminently useful for people of all ages and professions.”
—Angeles Arrien, author of The Second Half of Life

"Leslie Davenport brings compassionate insight in guiding people to explore the potential openings for living life with greater depth and meaning."
—William B Stewart, M.D., author of Deep Medicine

"Leslie Davenport is an inspiring therapist and healer, with a depth to her work that makes her an alchemist of the heart. She brings a compassionate presence into her work which elicits clarity and insight that leads to true transformation."
—Dennis Kenny, author of Promise of the Soul

"It is one of the best written self-facilitated, self-help books I've seen in a while: easy but profound worksheets walk you through your own process, case studies demonstrate how the process can work, the guided imagery really does guide you, and the author's heart- based wisdom comforts as if she were standing right by you the entire time." 
—Julie Clayton, Editor, New Consciousness Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307778741
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 2/16/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,410,765
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Leslie Davenport, MFT, is a founding member of the Institute for Health & Healing at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, and faculty with the California Institute of Integral Studies and John F Kennedy University. 

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

Foreword William B. Stewart ix

Preface How Will This Book Be Useful to You? x

Chapter 1 Seeing with the Eyes of the Heart 1

Case Study 1 Evelyn: End-of-Life Issues 9

Chapter 2 The Threshold of Imagery 15

Case Study 2 Audrey: Spiritual Heartache 21

Chapter 3 A Source of Wisdom through the Ages 29

Case Study 3 Leonard: Cancer 38

Chapter 4 Journey to the Wisdom of Your Heart 47

Case Study 4 Sharon: Immobility-Fear of Change 54

Chapter 5 Getting to the Heart of the Matter 62

Case Study 5 Teresa: Cultural Shame 71

Chapter 6 Ways to Travel Inward 80

Case Study 6 Terrance: Diabetes 98

Chapter 7 Discovering Your Inner Sanctuary

Case Study 7 Amy: Financial Problems 114

Chapter 8 Receiving Your Heart's Guidance 123

Case Study 8 Karen: Marital Issues-Anger 133

Chapter 9 Integrating Wisdom into Action and Presence 140

Case Study 9 Daniel: Heart Attack 151

Chapter 10 Three Imagery Scripts: Deep Relaxation, Your Radiant Self, Renewed Vitality 156

Case Study 10 Beth: Career Transition and Identity Issues 166

Chapter 11 Weaving Together Imagery with Other Growth Work 173

Case Study 11 Mavis: Cancer and Multiple Losses 182

Chapter 12 Eyes Open Imagery 189

Resource Guide 197

Bibliography 199

Recommended Reading 202

Index 204

About the Author 209

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  • Posted December 14, 2010

    Perfect for beginners

    I've been using self-guided imagery for that past 40+ years and I can attest that it works but like anything else we need to be diligent. And even more so, we need to accept the end result as our own truth and wisdom. I've also assisted many others in imagery with remarkable results from completely removing a cancerous tumor to manifesting careers, relationships, and money.

    Leslie Davenport in her book "Healing and Transformation Through Self-Guided Imagery" provides interested people the whole gamut: explanation of how and why it works, history, case studies and guided imagery. Beginners will find Davenport's book extremely helpful in understanding the basics and incorporating them into their own lives. Those that already use imagery or professionals that guide others will find additional information to add to their present tools. I particularly liked her encouragement to use imagery with "open eyes." This dispels the notion that imagery can only be done with closed eyes.

    I encourage anyone that is looking for an alternative or to compliment conventional healing or manifestation to consider this book. Being open to another tool will in itself open up the heart to universal possibilities.

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  • Posted March 16, 2011

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    Never Underestimate The Power Of Positive Thinking

    From time to time, we all struggle with such issues as faltering confidence, loss of faith, and dampened self-esteem. As we encounter one bump after another along the road of life, it can be quite difficult to sustain the strength and determination required to push through the daunting challenges that come our way. Given the omnipresent difficulty of such a task, from where can we ever expect to draw the courage to proceed...?

    Such is the central premise of Healing And Transformation Through Self-Guided Imagery, the illuminating new offering from author and psychotherapist Leslie Davenport. Throughout the pages of her comprehensive guide, Davenport provides you with a wealth of helpful information, case studies, and profound spiritual reflections, all designed to help you embrace the healing power of positive thinking. Thoroughly researched and presented in comprehensive, vivid detail, the different sections of Healing And Transformation Through Self-Guided Imagery highlight the importance of using restorative, uplifting images to help transform times of trauma and pain into opportunities for growth and healthy development. As such, Davenport's volume is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking lasting relief from the daily trials and tribulations that trouble their tortured souls. A powerfully insightful, highly recommended read.

    Dominique Sessons
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  • Posted February 4, 2011

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    A fantastically written book

    In this fantastic book, Ms. Davenport offers up stories from eleven different people and how they were able to use Guided Imagery/Eyes Open Imagery in order to help them through their individual crises. Roselyn used a dream remembrance from her youth of a mother cat bearing kittens, and was able to find a clear path to deal with her cancer treatments. Readers also meet Evelyn, who uses tree/nature imagery to come to terms with her hospice care and the guilt and stress she feels over leaving her grandson behind. We enter the life of a go-getter in the corporate world who witnessed his father live the same life, and has to find a way to deal with the stress that has brought on a heart attack. From marital issues to absolute fear of cultural issues and financial difficulties, all areas of human stress is covered, explained, and then put to the test of Guided Imagery techniques in order to solve peoples' problems and concerns. One of the most heartening examples is a woman who has it all - friends, job, a happy life, health - yet she has a deep intense ache in her heart that she just can't seem to explain or repair. Ms. Davenport looks at many different cultures throughout history that have used a form of dream imagery in their daily lives. From citing Buddhism to poetry - meditation to religions - she separates the myths from the truth and offers people a poignant way to stop the stress and change their lives for the better. Becoming programmed by the world around us is an absolute truth. But our hearts do contain pictures, images, symbols - some present-day and others passed down from natural, ancient sources of wisdom - that we can use to re-direct our own paths. One of the most interesting techniques is Liminality. Liminal is Latin for threshold which, in a nutshell, means exiting the "old" to then be able to clear space for the new images to appear. People in the "arts" are a bit more familiar with the concept seeing as the "clear space" is really the birthplace of creativity where the actor/writer forms the ideas that will lead them into a new reality. This book is not "hooey," which I know is something that a lot of individuals think about when hearing words such as meditation and inner wisdom. This is a proven technique that truly allows a way out of the fear, stress, tension and pain that life delivers. The old adage 'Mind Over Matter' is still accepted in today's world, but what if the mind - and our preconceived notions - could be overcome by the heart? A line that will echo in readers' minds after reading and putting to use this amazing work is when Michelangelo once said the words: I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. Quill says: A fantastically written book that not only supplies new techniques to make us all happier and healthier, but also backs up these ideas, thoughts, and philosophies 100% with proven cases. A must-read!

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