When I first moved from Boston to California, Mel Bucholtz, a dear friend and mentor, encouraged me to look up Steve Gallegos, the person who originated the Interactive Imagery process I use. Mel was eager for me to experience this powerful process and, since Steve lived in Oregon, my move to the west coast made it relatively easy for us to connect.
Despite Mel’s enthusiasm for Interactive Imagery, I was highly skeptical. Frankly, Interactive Imagery sounded totally flakey to me. Besides that, I felt scared. Suppose I found some ugly, nasty things when I went searching deep inside myself? What if I went in and never came back out? Though I agreed to contact Steve, inside I knew there was no way I’d follow through.
A year later, I felt touched and grateful when Mel came all the way to California to attend my wedding. When he asked me if I’d met with Steve, I was embarrassed to admit that I had not. This time, when I promised Mel I’d call Steve, I knew I would do it, if only because I felt I owed it to Mel.
As luck would have it, Steve would soon be passing through my area on his way south for a conference, so we set up a time to work together. In this first session, I experienced the Personal Totem Pole TM, a system Steve developed for connecting with the energy in each of the seven chakras. To learn more about The Personal Totem Pole Process ™ click here.
I found the process interesting. I received some useful and meaningful information. None of the things I’d feared materialized. In all, it was a positive and illuminating experience.
My second experience with Interactive Imagery transformed my life.
While in the first encounter the imagery progressed smoothly, in the second session I initially felt blocked. When I became aware of a painful tension in my right temple, Steve suggested I return through imagery to the first time I experienced that sensation.
Instantly I was standing in front of the refrigerator in the house where I grew up. I was about four years old. I had just spilled the milk and in my house spilling the milk was a very big deal.
Steve told me to tell the little girl that even though she had spilled the milk, she was still loveable and that I loved her.
I knew that spilling the milk really wasn’t such a big deal. I knew I needed to tell the little girl that she was okay, even though she’d made a mistake. I knew I should tell her that she didn't need to be perfect to be loveable. As a practicing psychologist, I had told my clients such things countless times – clients who had done things a lot worse than spilling the milk.
I felt absolutely and very painfully stuck. I couldn’t offer consolation and support to this little girl. Instead I shared her horror at what she had done, all the while realizing how ridiculous that was.
Suddenly, out of nowhere and completely unbidden my Heart Animal, which is an Eagle, appeared and wrapped its wings around the little girl, consoling and protecting her. Eagle assured the little girl that she was loveable and that Eagle loved her. I could not believe the unconditional love I felt, coming, incredibly, from within myself.
I was overwhelmed with enormous relief coupled with the pain of recognizing the years I’d spent beating myself up. This was simply the deepest and most powerful healing experience I had ever known.
Since that time, over thirty years ago, I have remained in awe of the power, beauty and effectiveness of Interactive imagery.
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