Guided Imagery & Music


Guided Imagery, Music Therapy

My Teacher, Dr. Kenneth Bruscia offers a beautifully succinct definition of what GIM is:

BMGIM may be defined as: an individual form of exploring consciousness (e.g., in healing, psychotherapy, self-development, spiritual work), which involves spontaneous imaging in an expanded state of consciousness to pre-designed (recorded) programs of classical music, while interacting with a guide…

GIM, originally formulated by Dr. Helen Bonny in the 1970s, is a way of moving into deep transformation in the safe, holding environment of music and a close, nonintrusive relationship with a guide/therapist. In repose, as the client or “traveler” you enter the music in a deep state of relaxation, which facilitates opening to the full emotional/ spiritual/intellectual energies originally experienced and expressed by the composer and performers. I do not take you into a guided meditation, but allow the music and your own imagination to guide you. This powerful experience, while in close relationship to the guide/therapist allows you to move into what can best be described as your own mythological journey.

For further description pleas read: The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music in Relation to Gestalt Therapy: Present Centered Healing