Escape from Depression – Guided Imagery Meditation

This program may be helpful, even crucial, during the most stressful time of the year.

Description of Escape From Depression:

Escape From Depression weaves vital information based on clinical experience and the latest neuropsychiatric research with powerful self-healing tools like cognitive-behavioral self-therapy, meditation, deep relaxation, self-imagery, self-hypnosis, autogenic training, and prayer.

This program consists of 2 discs; CD 1 offers a new perspective on the mechanism of depression, delivered in the form of a Heart to Heart talk. In it, Dr. Miller explains depression as the state of being cut off from your spirit or heart, what has meaning for you. It is a kind of learned helplessness, based on a belief in loss and a failure to grieve properly. But because it is learned, depression can be unlearned. You can change your thinking by coming into the present.

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Healing Our Planet – A Heart to Heart Talk

As my gift to you, I wanted to offer a download of clip from one of my most recent title s, Healing Our Planet

Description of Healing Our Planet:

Discover how you can make a difference through passion, compassion and love. In your heart is the future of our planet; learn how to empower your mental imagery to serve your most deeply held values. Experience the wisdom of the ages wedded to cutting-edge mind-body and peak performance technology.

Relax and enjoy the uniquely beautiful voice of Dr. Miller. One of the fathers of Holistic Healing, Dr. Miller introduced the world to the power of creative visualization, and the use of meditation cassettes and CD’s. The future is not somewhere we’re going, it’s a place we’re creating, in each moment, with each thought, with each image. Here’s how to intentionally choose to transform the world the way you want.

Track 1 Introduction :58

Are you ready to begin to awaken a powerful inner part of yourself, and engage it in helping to create the kind of world you want to live in? If so, continue listening to Track 2 after this brief introduction. If not, skip forward to Track 4.

Track 2 Your Deeper Mission

In a democracy, the way to keep people enslaved is to keep them ignorant of their inner power. On this track you will first learn to quiet mind chatter and distractions and gain access to the vast resources within – your love, your faith, your skills and talents. At your special inner place you will contact your inner wisdom and spiritual guidance. Listen to this side by itself to get in touch once again with the truth of who you are, or continue on with Track 3. Use daily, or as often as you like.

Track 3 Global peace Meditation  20:38

Opens with a Native American Prayer for “All My Relations,” then recalls your inner truth – your purpose and values, your resources and spirituality. Next you will apply the Master Skill, creative visualization, to create the world your heart longs to see, and empower it with your love, compassion, and enthusiasm. Add your voice to the growing chorus of hearts who are creating our shared future. Listen alone, or with others, for more power, daily or as frequently as desired.

Track 4 Creating World peace- a heart to heart talk 34:03

How can we do it? Here is Dr. Miller’s incredible answer! Discover how denial and “victim consciousness” have combined to produce a near fatal global disease. Learn the secret to global healing as passed down through  the ages, and how it has been hidden by rulers to keep themselves in power.  Gandhi said it more succinctly—“Think globally, act locally.” Your most powerful ally is the part of your adversary that knows what is right, what is good, what is Love. Here is the rationale for the wise use of imagination, and how it can create global change.

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Thanksgiving Thoughts 2009

This has been an unusual Thanksgiving Day for me. I used to love Thanksgiving as do most kids, looking for the cranberry sauce, etc. And then there were those beautiful stories of the heartfelt bond that existed between the hungry Pilgrims and the Indians who welcomed them, supported them with gifts, and taught them which foods were edible and which poison, and sold them Manhattan Island for $24 in cheap trinkets. That’s what I was told as an impressionable child, and I admired the spirit of their friendship and their thanksgiving they experienced for passing on to them the lessons it had taken many generations to learn, lessons that it would be very difficult for average refugee from the inner cities of Europe to discover in this wilderness.

I can still see that picture of the Indian chief shaking hands with the head of the pilgrims while on both sides – white and red groups beamed on. For years this was a deep and moving symbol for it connected to something innocent, trusting, beautiful and loving that was part of the naïve nature of the child.

Perhaps this story had an especially telling effect on me. I have American Indians among my ancestors on both sides of my family, and to see representatives of both their side and that of my European forebears relating with such integrity and deep compassion was a great pleasure to me.

Spiritual Trauma

I can only describe it as a kind of “spiritual trauma” – the shock when I discovered the truth of how the innocence of the native peoples had been used against them, to steal their land and their livelihood by making treaties there was no intention of keeping. And on top of that, to discover the great Christopher Columbus – chopped off the hands of any of his Indian slaves who did not bring up enough gold from his mines. Buffy St. Marie summed it up well in “My Country ‘Tis Of Thy People You’re Dying” ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tl08n8_b3Sw )

And how was I to digest the discovery of the kidnapping and enslavement of my African forefathers, or the almost endemic raping of children by Catholic Priests. Gradually I began to see how I had been misled in the very structure of the world around me, in spite of the danger to me.

Search for the Truth

I feel as if I have always wanted to know the truth in the same sense the scientist wants to know the truth. Who am I, why am I here, where are we going, and what am I to do? What is my Dharma.

I began to prefer the scientific approach early in my life, I idolized scientists, and thought their way of looking at things made a great deal of sense. The true scientist and the true mathematician is loyal to a certain very unprejudiced point of view. This makes their input very special in a world where it seems everyone is out to sell us something, whether it is government or religious dogma, advertising, or just a person with a bone to pick.

It is quite startling how much of the information we “consume” turns out to come from some biased group, be it religious, political, etc., and people are, to an enormous extent, induced to believe things without evidence. This is in stark contrast to the scientific way of approaching things – which is probably how you would want your neurosurgeon to approach things while performing surgery on you.)

The utter confusion we have been thrown into, even with those we should trust wholeheartedly, is well demonstrated by the recent Swine Flu Vaccine Affair. On one side are those who are panicked that they wont get their life-saving vaccination in time before the great Pandemic arrives, and those who are foaming-at-the-mouth militant that it is all a big hoax to rake in huge profits, while injecting heavy metals and untested virus material into our bodies.

How can we go about believing in anyone’s Health Reform Proposal?

But I digress.

So this Thanksgiving I am grateful that I have had the extraordinary opportunity to be awakened to all these truths, that though hard to swallow, they are important parts of the cure. Some of the appeal of my original Thanksgivings may have faded, but the teachings of the importance of gratitude have survived – and along the way I have become even more aware of the crucial need we have to share the hard-earned wisdom each of us has if we are to survive.

So even though Thanksgiving has lost some of its original appeal, I realize how incredibly valuable it is to stop and feel sincere a gratitude for the people in my life and for those special things I have in my life, and with not even having to ask who I’m grateful to, I can still feel the deep sense of gratitude.

I’m not a child anymore and I don’t think that the world owes me a living and I constantly look out at situations I see around me and on the news and realize that “There but for the grace of God go I,” (an experience that is even available to atheists). I realize that it was by fortune of birth that I grew up in a country with the level of freedom that we have, to a family with the extraordinary genetic hybrid mixture I was granted, to have been given the astounding education I’ve received, and I appreciate it. I am even grateful to the weeks I spent in detention at the principal’s office.

I am grateful for the ability to think logically and systemically that has guided my life. I am grateful for the fact, in spite of the challenges we face, we are surrounded by the answers that we need and are at the point that we can reach out and accept them –, grateful that there is a global information system capable of quickly spreading these wise truths throughout our culture.

I’m grateful to Gandhi for reminding us to “think globally and act locally,” and to all those individuals and organizations that are enabling communities to begin to come together around questions that matter. I am grateful to all those who are offering us a way out of our confusion that taps into the power of Love ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satyagraha ).

I’m grateful to the Promise USA team for helping to create the possibility of a national network citizen conversations http://promiseusa.com/ .

I feel gratitude for the many gifts of nature and the opportunity that I have to appreciate them.

I am grateful that we’ve developed our social and communication system to the point where we actually can make the choice to change the misguided world we live in – that for the first time we actually have the power to do something about it in that that power isn’t located entirely in the hands of someone located thousands of miles away, but in fact, it is in my hands and your hands!

We are in the midst of an epic struggle, and whether or not we pull out of our cultural death spiral, is not yet clear. I am grateful that we at least have a chance to awaken and that there is still time to turn things around.

Gratitude, the Gift that Keeps on Giving (text and video)

“If the only prayer you say in your life is, `Thank you,’ that would suffice.”

– Meister Eckhart

`Tis the season to be grateful. … It may be difficult to remember to be grateful, and that it is not just a seasonal thing, heavily corrupted by merchandising. At least, it does provide us with a teachable moment.

In these tough times, it may be difficult to remember to be grateful for what we have instead of anguishing over what we don’t have.

Try this reality check: Do you have a roof over your head? A bed to sleep in? Food in a refrigerator? Indoor plumbing? Electricity? Clean water to drink? A car? An education?
Compared to the rest of the world, you are fabulously wealthy – and lucky. See how many things you can find to be thankful for during this brief song:

Why us? Why are we so privileged to live in the most prosperous country in the world? Life’s a lot tougher in Bangladesh or Somalia.

And why we are blessed with freedom? Long before we were born, patriots fought and died for the fundamental freedoms we enjoy today. It’s not like we did anything. We just inherited the benefit of their sacrifice.

We should rejoice in gratitude for our lucky circumstances.

So why are we so busy complaining about what we don’t have, and not appreciating what we do have (unless you count jealously hoarding what you’ve got with no willingness to share as “appreciation”).

Acquiring an Attitude of Gratitude

Many of us operate on an obsessive consumerism with the philosophy that, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” What kind of game are we playing. “Greed is Good,” goes the philosophy that has infected the world since time immemorial, even before it became the motto of American business in the middle of the last century. And if you find that you seldom take the time to feel appreciation and gratefulness for things in your life, perhaps you have contracted a case of this affluenza yourself! If so you may find yourself complaining about what you don’t have, feeling envy of others who appear to have more, or jealously guarding what you have instead of sharing it.

Are you constantly on the lookout for how to get more? When will we ever learn that more is never enough?

Was it a surprise to you when, after receiving a huge helping of corporate welfare in the form of bailout funds, the robber barons whose policies had led us to the brink of disaster voted themselves million dollar bonuses? Check your DQ – your Denial Quotient.

And isn’t the health care debate that has gridlocked Congress really about power and money? Recently, Lily Tomlin reprised her Earnestine role as a heartless “service” representative on the phone. This time she blows off a patient: “We’re an insurance company. Your health care is our business, not our concern.” Watch the video here: Ernestine for CaliforniaOneCare.org

And during recent climate change summit in Copenhagen, representatives of developing countries protested that First World nations – rather than reducing their carbon footprints – seem comfortable with allowing a 2-degree rise in global temperature. Are we really that greedy that we would allow the disappearance of some island states and “certain death” for much of Africa?

Despite overwhelming evidence that we are blessed with so much, too many of us feel strangely entitled to what we have – and are markedly lacking in compassion for those who are less lucky.

Though you will not hear them from some of today’s most visible and influential Christians, the Bible contains more than 300 verses on the poor, social justice, and God’s deep concern for both. Consider:

Deut. 15:7. If there is a poor man among you, one of your brothers . . . you shall not harden your heart . . . but you shall freely open your hand to him, and generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks.

Luke 3:11. And [John the Baptist] would answer and say to them, “Let the man with two tunics share with him who has none, and let him who has food do likewise.”

How can I be grateful when I have lost so much?

A man’s home was burgled. “Are you not sad?” he was asked. “No,” he replied, “I am feeling grateful – for three reasons. The first is that, although they took a great deal, they did not take everything. Secondly, though they took my possessions, I was not harmed. Thirdly, I am most grateful that it was they who stole, and not I.” (I try to emulate the fellow in this story, and though I have not equaled his equanimity, I am getting better.)

Corporate robber barons have run amok, often legally. People have lost their life savings, their homes, their cars, their jobs – and more. We have all been the victims to one degree or another, and it may seem difficult to be grateful in the face of such personal disasters – but strangely enough, that’s when we need gratitude the most. This is when we most need the willingness to open ourselves fully to the knowledge that there are things that are more important than our own emotional reactions and collection of possessions.

In fact, many times, it takes the shock of losing what we think is important to realize what is actually important. But we will never discover that which is of greater value if we are immersed in feeling sorry for ourselves.

The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings. –Eric Hoffer

All Pervasive Gratitude

To get the most out of life, perhaps, it might be a wise move to endeavor to develop a kind of all-pervasive gratitude – a New Paradigm kind of gratefulness – one that sees an opportunity for gratitude everywhere, in every flower, in every movement, and every sound, in everything. Grateful to be. Grateful to experience love. To appreciate the incredible richness of the world with deep respect – indeed, with awe – and in appreciation of something greater than self, a sense of reverence for humanity.

And if you are fortunate enough to have people in your life that love you, then gratitude is clearly in order. As Albert Schweitzer reminded us, “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”

There is always something to be thankful for, if you take time to look for it. For example, I am sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don’t hurt!

How can I begin?

Simply start with the intention to feel gratitude. Don’t stand around waiting for it to happen, intend it! Remember, your feelings are behaviors, they belong to you, and you can choose, intentionally to guide your thoughts to focus upon those things that awaken your ability to feel grateful for your gifts.

Right now, allow yourself to be willing to actually give yourself the time to feel how wonderfully good it feels, taking a deep breath . . . Now . . . breathing in a full, rich inspiration . . . letting that breath inspire every cell of your brain . . . and every organ of your body . . . and realize that feeling gratitude is feeling love . . . and is a blessing of infinite magnitude.

Here is a brief video clip to help awaken appreciation and gratitude: From service dog to SURFice dog

Maybe at the end of our lives we can leave behind a message similar to that of Charlie Mechem, former head of Taft Broadcasting. Charlie wished that this might be put on his tombstone: “Dear God, Thanks for letting me visit. I had a wonderful time.”

So be well, enjoy this holiday season and remember that one of the very best ways to express gratitude is to give. O. Henry’s classic short story “The Gift of the Magi” reminds us this in a most profound way.  Here it is retold again in an animated short: The Gift of the Magi

Air Date: December 12, 2009

My guest this month is Dr. David Bresler, author of Free Yourself From Pain , and Break Your Smoking Habit With Guided Imagery and we’ll be talking about the power of your mind to heal and transform every arena of your life. I have known Dr. Bresler since about 1970. To my delight I had found one of the very few licensed professionals who had discovered, as I had, that the tools of hypnosis could be combined with those of psychology and spirituality to provide a powerful way for individuals and groups to achieve their true goals and highest degree of health and wellness.

Our paths have intertwined for the many intervening years, teaching together, exploring advances in the field, and during the annual conferences of the Academy for Guided Imagery, the professional organization he cofounded a few decades ago.

This years conference will be held online, so you can attend from anywhere, and hear the cutting edge science of using imagery, affirmation, meditation, and mindfulness from the scientists and clinicians who are making it happen. More information on the Academy for Guided Imagery website.

Dr. Bresler is a brilliant and creative thinker, a skillful clinician, an inspiring storyteller and always gives a fascinating interview. So don’t miss eavesdropping on two old friends exploring the world of guided imagery we helped create!

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Emmett Miller gives a workshop for Healing Journeys in April of 2009. In this clip he answers the question: What is the source of all suffering?


Ask Dr. Miller: Four Steps to Global Healing

Dr. Miller reads excerpts of the first four steps of Global Healing from his recent book, Our Culture on the Couch, Seven Steps to Global Healing