LouiseMitran is a board certified music therapist, a friend and colleague. She offered to introduce me to one of the things she does, a process called GuidedImageryAndMusic in which she uses music to form a sort of bridge between internal images, sensations, feelings and the external comings and goings of life and work. She does this for hospital and hospice patients, but also with people dealing with stress, substance abuse, chronic pain, depression and other moments of personal transformation.
Her offer, and the time she spent with me, are a great gift. The session was deeply relaxing and surprisingly insight-full, even though I started out a bit skittish about what might happen and a bit skeptical that perhaps nothing would "happen." As it turns out, days later, I'm still reflecting on all of what happened. Louise tells me that the insights that emerge from this work may take months to sort themselves out. I believe her and look forward to this emerging and unfolding.
For those of you who know classical music, Louise played (from CDs) the music of Haydn, Puccini, Debussy, Bach, Dvorak and one other I can't read in her notes. She chose each of them as the process went along. I can't remember any of them individually and with eyes closed I had no idea that she was making these choices and changes. It was one entirely seemless experience for me. That is the art of what Louise does -- and she does it very well. She doesn't impose any images or sensations or words, just plays the music and provides that non-verbal bridge link to what is already one's own story. I'd recommend the experience whole-heartedly to anyone with any interest or curiosity at all. The whole experience continues to fascinate me. Contact LouiseMitran.
Preliminaries accomplished, here are some of images, sensations and stories that showed up...