Dr. Emmett E. Miller begins this guided imagery healing tape by instructing the listener to focus on sensations and let them slip into the background and away from awareness. Miller instructs the listener to bring the pain out in front and give it a shape, color, weight, etc., and then to release it from awareness. Sounds of ocean waves (and the piano version of Debussy's La Mer) accompany suggestions to wash away pain, increase relaxation, and then become undulating swells on the ocean. Basically, Miller lets the listener realize how to develop "selective awareness"; he imbeds suggestions to make this ability more available throughout the day. Side two offers a more active way to eliminate or reduce pain sensations; Miller instructs the listener to create a "numbness glove" on one hand to transfer anesthesia to the parts of the body experiencing pain. The background music of harp, piano, flute, and harp is relaxing light classical or impressionistic. Miller's voice is warm and resonant, like a valued friend.
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AllMusic Review by Carol Wright