Every human being has the potential to tap into their inner wisdom… but, the culture in which we live has made us believe in the unlimited power of the mind, ignoring our body, our emotions, and our spirit.
We do not believe in our inner-wisdom; sometimes we do not even know it exists.
Therapy through arts, music, and imagery allows us to contact this wisdom.
One of the techniques used by this therapy is the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (BMGIM).
THE BONNY METHOD OF GUIDED IMAGERY AND MUSIC (BMGIM)
The BMGIM is a therapeutic tool that consists of the conscious use of imagery which has been evoked by relaxation and classical music to effect self-understanding and personal growth processes in the individual (Bonny, 2002). During a GIM session, the music guides the person into his/her inner resources and his/her own metaphors. The music brings up emotions, sensory images, thoughts, and memories, as well as inner strength (Körlin & Wrangsjö, 2002). The participant can reach problem areas, bringing out mental symbols and profound feelings from the deeper conscious self. With the help of a trained BMGIM guide, the disclosed material can be addressed (Bonny, 1978), and the client has the benefit of being a conscious and active contributor in the self discovery process (Bush, 1995).
STRUCTURE OF A BMGIM SESSION:
An individual GIM session usually lasts from one and a half to two hours and is divided into four parts:
 The preliminary conversation. In this phase, the therapist establishes rapport with the participant, and assesses his/her current situation, focusing on his/her here-and-now state. The participant’s concerns are identified during this phase.
 The induction consisting of two elements: physical relaxation and an intention. The therapist helps the participant relax and find an inner focus. This phase is a bridge between the preliminary conversation and the music-listening period.
 The music-listening period: In this period, the selection of music generally creates a prevailing mood that intends to match the client’s mood , the guide asks the client to report the experience and images stimulated by the music and these images can take several forms including visual, auditory, visceral or kinesthetic, memory recall, and intuitive.
[4) The post-session integration: an important task in this period is making conscious the imagery of the client at the music-listening period and process it creatively.
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In the BMGIM the role of the therapist is not that of giving solutions to the client’s problems, but helping them access their inner wisdom so they can find their own solutions and their strength.
Many people can benefit from this therapy: In brief therapy to help people go through difficult moments, in a deeper therapy in case of trauma, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse among others, or for personal growth and creativity.
Harmony and ryhthm find their way into the inward places of the soul (Plato).
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