A Treasure Trove of Imagery Wisdom in a New Book from the Levitons
For those of you who’ve never experienced the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, there’s a workshop you should know about that will be held at the New York Open Center, given by Ginger Clarkson on December 15-16.
Unlike the kind of guided imagery that we create and publish at Health Journeys, where the narrative is the main event and the music underscores it, with GIM, the music is the driver and that’s what catalyzes the imagery. Carefully sequenced classical music programs are used to stimulate and sustain spontaneous inner journeys and images that often lead to insights on pesky emotional issues or elicit spiritual openings or clear blocks to creativity.
I can personally vouch that this method is powerful stuff. I remember attending a Bonny Method workshop at a Common Boundary conference over 20 years ago, and sitting against the wall on the floor with a room full of people, soaking in some powerful classical music. I had the most miraculous pops of bright, sharply defined visual images – crisp and clear, like black and white photographs from the 40’s – of surreal public spaces with white, glowing steps and platforms and dazzling light - places I’d never been to (that I’m consciously aware of, anyway) – with a feeling of peace and power and godliness to them. I never was able to capture that experience again, much as I would have liked to. And I haven’t tried to figure out what exactly to make of it. I just enjoy the memory. It was a real jaw-dropper - amazing, wondrous, nourishing and positive in an other worldly, powerful way.
For more info about this particular Bonny workshop, call 212-219-2527 or email [email protected]. I found the website a little hard to navigate, which is why I’m taking the unusual step of starting with the phone number!
On a related note, I just received my copy of a new book by Charles and Patti Leviton called The Journey into Self: How to Use Guided Imagery to Empower Your Life and Heal Physically and Emotionally, and it’s really good - practical and helpful, either as a user’s guide for personal growth or as a clinician’s guide for using guided imagery as an active, impactful intervention in your practice.
They have all kinds of clinically juicy suggestions on how to insert a timely imagery intervention in a session: where to start, how to frame the question, and a host of suggestions on where to go from there.
There’s an excellent discussion of how to work with symbols and use them for maximum benefit with the imagery. I even learned some totally new stuff (to me) on the seminal work of Dr. Robert DeSoille and Dr. Hanscarl Leuner. Who knew?
So this is a real treasure. I encourage you to check it out.