Imaginal Nurturing Guided Imageries

These guided imageries connect you with your inner child, a younger part of your self, to facilitate experiences of nurturance, empowerment, and connectedness… to facilitate a new relationship with yourself. Because of the gender-specific nature of our language, there are separate recordings for women and men. They are substantially the same in other respects. In terms of copyright, therapists are permitted to share these files with clients. Because they induce a state of relaxation and inward focus, these recordings should not be used while driving.

“I have just had an incredibly moving, profound experience. The tears in my eyes are tears of peace, of hope and joy. What an incredible guided imagery you have created. It is absolutely beautiful. Your voice is so gentle, so loving, so nurturing. You have the voice of our Earth Mother.” ~ a 68 year-old male ‘participant’

“After having listened to the CD about 5 times, I started to feel a connection to my own heart in a way that was very healing for me. I find the CD to be a very good tool to work with early attachment failure and to go along with other psychotherapy methods. Highly recommend it to clinicians and clients alike.” ~ Páll Einarsson


“I’m So Glad You’re Here!” ~ Imaginal Nurturing for Women
“I’m So Glad You’re Here!” ~ Imaginal Nurturing for Men
Adventuring Spirit ~ Imaginal Nurturing for Women
Adventuring Spirit ~ Imaginal Nurturing for Men

“I’m So Glad You’re Here!”

With these guided imageries, you have the opportunity for experiences of gentle nurturing and connectedness. With my voice leading you, you are able to meet yourself afresh as the infant who came into this world whole and gifted. The infant here is a representation of the core of who you really are. This recording is not about healing the wounded child but rather developing a new relationship with yourself in the present.

There are two imageries provided. In “Getting to Know You”, you are invited through your imagination to hold this infant and to spend time becoming acquainted with each other. “Taking it in” gives you the opportunity to provide nourishment for the baby. In both cases, you have the experience of the infant being held and nurtured as well as that of the nurturing adult. These scripts are interwoven with the beautiful, clear singing voice of Jen Turner. These recordings are especially valuable for self-soothing between sessions for clients who are fragile. They have also been found to be helpful at bedtime for those with insomnia. There is no bilateral stimulation in the “I’m so glad you’re here!” recordings.

The following samples are from MP3 sound files of “I’m So Glad You’re Here!” ~ Imaginal Nurturing for Women.

Click the PLAY BUTTON below to hear a sample of the music
from I’m So Glad You’re Here!

Click the PLAY BUTTON below to hear a sample of the script

From”I’m So Glad You’re Here!”

“I’m so glad you’re here!”

Written and spoken by April Steele
1. Getting to know you (21:52)
2. Taking it in (20:55)

Vocals and guitar: Jen Turner
Listen to my Heart Song (Paramahansa Yogamanda)
Cradling (Jen Turner)
Return Again (Shlomo Carlebach)
Child of the Universe (Anon.)
Honouring (Janey Walters)
I Don’t Have To (Jen Turner)

Producer and Engineer: Jerry Paquette, Raincoast Studio

Adventuring Spirit

These guided imageries take Imaginal Nurturing to the next level by guiding you from the secure base through experiences of exploration and back. In the first imagery, you are invited into the lovely room of a toddler. The secure base is established as you rock with the child, and then observe as the little one is drawn over to the toy shelves across the room. Upon returning and re-connecting, this is repeated with you experiencing it from the child perspective. The second adventure is a trip to the park for you and a three or four year-old. These imageries are rich with sensory experiences that foster curiosity and pleasure away from the secure base as well as feelings of loving security. They were originally created for use to address anxiety and to help empower individuals in asserting themselves. They have also been found to be valuable to help parents understand how their young children experience the world. The Adventuring Spirit recordings incorporate periodic slow, soft, and brief bilateral stimulation.

This series of professionally recorded guided imageries developed in response to requests from clients. The imaginal experiences facilitated promote a new relationship with yourself – compassion, caring, respect, and playfulness. For therapists using Imaginal Nurturing as a component of their work, the use of these recordings between sessions allows the client to move forward that much more quickly and solidly in their therapy. In keeping with the principles of Imaginal Nurturing, the participant is guided through the perspectives of both the adult and child, to gain a felt body experience of both nurturing and being nurtured and a sense of connectedness from both perspectives.

The imageries may be used over and over, each time providing a different experience, each time consolidating the new relationship with self. Often people will use the them daily for a week or two and then set them aside, returning some time later. I encourage therapists who are using Imaginal Nurturing without having taken the Developing a Secure Self training to try at least one of these so that you have the opportunity to experience this process yourself.

The following samples are from MP3 sound files of Adventuring Spirit ~ Imaginal Nurturing for Men.

Click the PLAY BUTTON below to hear a sample of Track One
From Adventuring Spirit

Adventuring Spirit

Written and spoken by April Steele
1. “Look at you go!” (22:31)
2. Enjoying the richness (24:52)

Piano and keyboard: Judy Rietveld
Producer and Engineer: Jerry Paquette, Raincoast Studio