How Your Brain Can Turn Worry into Calmness

Marty Rossman, M.D. is one of my first Interactive Guided Imagery(sm) teachers.   Marty and David Bressler, Ph.D. are the co-founders of the Academy of Guided Imagery (AGI)

I “stumbled” onto one of their introductory workshops in the 1980’s.  I had already been certified in hypnosis but was never comfortable with the idea that as the hypnotherapist I held the key, I had the power, to create change.

When I attended that first AGI workshop it was a eureka moment for me.  The process and technique of Interactive Guided Imagery(sm)  Marty and David were teaching was how I intuitively did hypnosis:  The client held the key, the power, I was the guide.   Marty and David are brilliant and innovative.  I was hooked and went on to study with both of them.  I’ve now been on the AGI faculty  teaching other health care practitioners  how to do Interactive Guided Imagery(sm) since 1988.

I “stumbled” across this video of Marty Rossman and want to share what he teaches about the mind and how you hold the key and the power to create calm.

It is an 1 1/2 hour lecture – easy listening and WORTH your time.

At the end Marty will lead you through an imagery exercise for you to experience the power of your mind-body connection .

Physician, author, speaker, researcher, and consultant Martin L. Rossman, MD, discusses how to use the power of the healing mind to reduce stress and anxiety, relieve pain, change lifestyle habits, and live with more wellness.”

Healing, The Living Matrix

I don’t often talk about it – in public at any rate – but I have been exposed to many cutting edge or “far out”  health & healing techniques and processes.

David Bresler, Ph.D. and Marty Rossman, MD, the founders of the Academy for Guided Imagery  (AGI), have been on the forefront of  alternative medicine and brought leading edge researchers and doctors to speak at  AGI conferences I attended.  Much of what I heard “blew me away” at the time.

This video reminded me of many of the concepts I heard about long ago.   Watching it made me rethink my heart “problems”.

Even if your ticker is ticking just fine it will make you view your heart differently too.  

Take the time to watch and expand your world of “possibility”.  

(And for those of you who have not been “cured” by western mainstream medicine, watch!)

Thanks to Kathe Caldwell, hypnotherapist and instructor par excellence for sharing The Living Matrix Video with me!

The Touch of Light

Sacred touch of light

Healing hands expressing love

 doesn’t matter how

I met Carol Maleki at an Academy for Guided Imagery 4-day intensive.  Not only is she a Healing Touch practitioner she’s an artist.  When I saw  a small sample of her work I couldn’t believe my eyes.

If you have any idea how difficult it is to paint realism with watercolor, and even if you don’t, you’ll be touched too by her work.  Take a look:

prompt, light

“What you pay attention to GROWS” and not just for monkeys

Dr David Bresler

Dr Marty Rossman

I’ve had the incredible fortune of studying under David Bresler  Ph.D and Marty Rossman M.D.  Both are pioneers in the field of MindBody Medicine.   They founded The Academy for Guided Imagery, a teaching academy for health care professionals to provide treatment using individualized one-on-one imagery for health and wellness.

Not only did they train me to teach Interactive Guided Imagery(sm) they introduced me to a different way of thinking and experiencing my world.

Many of you already know that I keep ranting and raving about the power of our minds and not to dwell on the negative, not to focus on what we can’t do but on what we are capable of.  SO!  When I came across this article by Dr Rossman I HAD to share!!

Shifting Your Attention Can Change Your Brain

from The Worry Solution by Martin Rossman, M.D.

“Repetitively shifting your attention to positive outcomes may actually result in growth in areas of your brain that start to do this automatically. My colleague, neuroscientist Dr. David Bresler, always says that

“what you pay attention to grows” and research proves him correct.

Neuroscience journalist Sharon Begley wrote in a 2007 Wall Street Journal article, “Attention, … seems like one of those ephemeral things that comes and goes in the mind but has no real physical presence. Yet attention can alter the layout of the brain as powerfully as a sculptor’s knife can alter a slab of stone.

Not to be confused for either Dr Bresler or Dr Rossman

” She describes an experiment at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in which scientists “rigged up a device that tapped monkeys’ fingers 100 minutes a day every day. As this bizarre dance was playing on their fingers, the monkeys heard sounds through headphones. Some of the monkeys were taught: Ignore the sounds and pay attention to what you feel on your fingers…Other monkeys were taught: Pay attention to the sound.”

After six weeks, the scientists compared the monkeys’ brains and found that monkeys paying attention to the taps had expanded the somatosensory parts of their brains (where they would feel touch) but the monkeys paying attention to the sounds grew new connections in the parts of the brain that process sound instead.

UCSF researcher Michael Merzenich and a colleague wrote that through choosing where we place our attention, “‘We choose and sculpt how our ever-changing minds will work, we choose who we will be the next moment in a very real sense, and these choices are left embossed in physical form on our material selves.'”

I promise I won’t say “I told you so.”

Stoooooooopid is as Stooopid Does

GeeeeeeZ, you’d think my Human would learn: She taught the 4-day Interactive Imagery Intensive; Came home Sunday evening; Monday, Got up at 5 am and walked (WITHOUT ME!) for 45 minutes then saw 4 clients;  She did the same thing all over again today – got up at 5 am, walked WITHOUT ME! for 45 minutes then saw 6 clients; She came home and insisted we take a nap.  I humored her, thinking we could walk together later.   WRONG!  She says she’s still too tired . . .

I pointed out to her this post she wrote LAST YEAR:

Personal: Fog, written in the Stars!

1 Oct 2010

My Horoscope for today: Aquarius, By Rick Levine
“You may be overly confident now in your abilities to make everything work out just fine. But your unrealistic optimism can be exhausting, especially if you have to deliver all the goods that you previously promised. Be as objective as possible today when making plans for your future, for working too hard can take all the fun out of the rest of the year.”

I just returned from teaching a 4 day intensive Interactive Guided Imagery Workshop for The Academy for Guided Imagery (AGI) .  9 am to 6 pm every day.  I had a great time.  I love to teach and meeting new people that I learn from.  So I returned back home on a high thinking I was back in the same great form as when I first started teaching for AGI in the late 1980′s.  I hit the ground running seeing clients the first two days back.

Delusional! When will I ever learn that I have fibromyalgia and have to pace myself . . .Today I crashed.. .sat around in a hazy exhausted fog.  No matter that I’ve had fibro since 1996. No matter how old I am. No matter my physical condition or situation. Inside, I experience “me” as young and vital

After all these many years why do I  continue to be surprised when my body doesn’t respond the way I perceive myself?

Any thoughts?  (Is that just an Aquarian trait?)

Me, looking askance

2011 – Any thoughts? (Is that just a STOOOOOOOPED trait?)



Academy for Guided Imagery Intensive

Had a WONDERFUL group of students at the Interactive Guided Imagery  4 day Preceptorship intensive–Smart, accomplished, great senses of humor, all with a willingness to learn and . . .  I’m pooped.    Daru and I worked individually with a group of 4 or 5 students every day all day. And September 22-25, 2011  at Preceptorship 2 we do it all over again!
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Here’s what I did in my “off-time”!!!