Meet Connie Bjerk, co-owner of Awakened Living, an integrative health clinic located in Bloomington. Bjerk is a certified guided imagery therapist trained to do assist us in relaxation, stress reduction, pain management, habit control, problem-solving, and personal and spiritual empowerment. She talks about guided imagery therapy and how it is different from hypnotherapy, and the way in which the process unfolds for patients. Bjerk also discusses the benefits of guided imagery therapy, including pregnancy, PTSD, and more. To learn more, visit AwakenedLivingInfusion.com. (Awakened Living is closed as of January 2020.)
[00:00:03.050] - Candi Broeffle, Host
Good morning and welcome to Green Tea Conversations. The radio show that delves into the pages of Natural Awakenings magazines to bring you local experts who are progressive ideas and the latest information and insights needed so you can lead your best life. I'm your host, Candi Broeffle, publisher of the Twin Cities edition of Natural Awakenings magazine, and I've had the honor to meet hundreds of highly qualified professionals in the areas of natural medicine, sustainable living, and healthy relationships. And I wanted to find a way to help them expand their reach and share their expertise with you.
Green Tea Conversations as our vehicle to do just that. We have in our studio today Connie Bjerk, who, along with her business partner, Michelle Kitsmiller, owns Awakened Living, an integrative health clinic located in Bloomington. Connie and Michelle also hosts the radio show Awakened Living Infusion on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. Right here on AM950. Welcome to Green Tea Conversations, Connie.
[00:01:04.230] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
Thank you. Thank you for having me.
[00:01:05.890] - Candi Broeffle, Host
So you are. I'm sorry. A certified guided imagery therapist who is trained to do counseling for many things that will benefit all of us, including relaxation, stress reduction, pain management, habit control, problem solving, and personal and spiritual empowerment. We're going to get into many of those in just a minute. But to start off with why don't you share with us what guided imagery therapy is?
[00:01:32.620] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
Thank you. It's very different from what most people think it is. People think of guided imagery as being a CD that you put in and you sit back and you relax and
[00:01:44.570] - Candi Broeffle, Host
Like guided meditation.
[00:01:45.930] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
And that's my point. Thank you. Those are guided meditations. Guided imagery as a therapy is where you and I would be having an ongoing conversation. So it's a very different thing. There are two different forms of guided imagery as a therapy. There's the passive and the interactive and passive in my office. I use that in group form.
That would be where multiple people would be in a setting, and we would be going through a guided meditation. That's the passive form and the interactive, then would be one on one solo. Okay.
[00:02:27.050] - Candi Broeffle, Host
And you're having a conversation during passive. You're not really having a conversation.
[00:02:31.710] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
Right. Everybody is having their own experience in their head, and then afterwards we all talk about it and people will share their experiences. There's benefits to that. You get the group energy going. And I know that one of my mentors, he really preferred, preferred that because he thought it was really special. If you really want to make progress with people, however, and really move mountains, you need to do the interactive one on one.
[00:02:57.020] - Candi Broeffle, Host
Okay. So how is this different from, say, hypnotherapy?
[00:03:02.510] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
Yes. Both of my mentors were also Hypno hypnotists before they were worked with guided imagery, and when they found guided imagery, they never went back. Guided imagery is different in that in Hypnotherapy, you were at a lower brain wave level. That's where people can. Now, when you see a hypnotist on TV or whatever they can get you do to things that you would never do in public in an awakened state, correct.
[00:03:29.110] - Candi Broeffle, Host
Yes. Actually, when I was in high school, we had a problem and there was a hypnotist that came and it was actually kind of funny, but
[00:03:36.700] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
[00:03:37.150] - Candi Broeffle, Host
I was not one of the people
[00:03:38.440] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
And you were glad. Right. But in the guided imagery therapy, you are at the Alpha state, which is the state in which all true healing takes place. And what it does is it bypasses the rational thought that we can rationalize them out of everything. Right. And it goes right into line with the answers that you hold within your body. So it's a wonderful experience.
[00:04:08.470] - Candi Broeffle, Host
And so take this through it. What does it look like if somebody were to come in to have a session with you?
[00:04:16.290] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
The first session is always an intake. All my sessions for guided imagery are 2 hours long, and that's because we really can't get to the heart of anything and really work through something in less time than that. So the first two-hour session is an intake, and I'll be asking asking questions. Some of them are normal or traditional questions and that others are not. And what I'm doing there is I'm gathering information. People come to me with issues that they want dealt with and what they're really showing and presenting are the symptoms and that I know that.
And so I'm looking at their symptoms and how they talk to me about their symptoms because they're giving me clues as to what is really happening. What I know to be true is that the body is waiting for the chance to to have a voice because it tries to get our attention in subtle ways by giving us a little ache, a pain, a Crick in the neck that basically our body is saying, hey, pay attention to me. I have something I need to tell you. And so I go from there and I'm asking questions that will give me a parameter as to what is safe for you and what is not on what your body really kind of wants us to go, what direction it wants us to go in.
[00:05:31.740] - Candi Broeffle, Host
And so when you start out, you start out with actually kind of helping someone to relax. You start in more of a relaxed state. So what is that?
[00:05:41.590] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
So then the second session would be an actual imagery, and it's not on the issue itself. And there's a reason for that, because when we're little, we explore the world, doing new things all the time, and we love it. Everything is new and exciting. And as we get older, we like our comfort levels, and doing something new can produce anxiety in people. And that's not what we want. So the first imagery is not working on the issue, but it is giving you a foundation as to where you are in mind, body, and spirit right now, in this moment, also, within that imagery, I have you do things that are tools that will help us with any other imagery that we ever choose to do.
So it's really quite wonderful.
[00:06:28.160] - Candi Broeffle, Host
And so they get into more of a relaxed state to get into that state. And then you start asking questions, or how does that work?
[00:06:38.880] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
Right? The first five to seven minutes is called an induction, and it's just getting both of us into that also state. And that experience is much like an artist or an athlete when they're in the zone that relaxed space where you lose track of all time. And all of the answers are right there. And then in the first imagery, I will put you in a place. Okay. And the others. No, you pick it, which sounds kind of scary what they got to do this, right. But it's a wonderful experience.
It's an emotional experience because the first one is very validating. And as human beings, we are not used to hearing good things about ourselves. And so a lot of people cry because of that.
[00:07:23.960] - Candi Broeffle, Host
And when you say you help put somebody in a place. What do you mean in a place?
[00:07:28.880] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
In the first imagery that we do, your perfect place of peace kind of a thing. But I put you in one. And there's a reason for that. The first imagery, I put you in a place of peace. So it's a specific place that an imagery. The symbolism is strongly connected to that place.
[00:07:45.460] - Candi Broeffle, Host
Okay. And as we go through our interview today, we're going to talk about what some of those images and what they mean. So I've been through guided imagery with you. I've been through the therapy with you, and I have to say it feels like it goes really quickly, like you really lose track of time. And I know when I've done it, it felt like it was five or ten minutes long. And actually, what is the typical amount of time that somebody is in the imagery States?
[00:08:10.600] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
In the beginning, I will say for the next 20 minutes or so when it's usually 30 to 35, at least.
[00:08:16.670] - Candi Broeffle, Host
I think in one of my sessions it was like 40, and it really just felt so it was so quick.
[00:08:21.230] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
Everyone thinks it's five minutes. And then even though I've said it'll take me five minutes to five to seven minutes, I'm usually on the seven-minute side. My mentors could do it. I want people to really feel relaxed and comfortable. So you do it a little bit longer. But everyone thinks it's just been five minutes, even though they've heard the first five minutes is just us relaxing.
[00:08:42.900] - Candi Broeffle, Host
And also it's a very interesting state to be in, because I have been hypnotized as well and find that also very helpful in a lot of the things that I do.
[00:08:53.150] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
[00:08:54.020] - Candi Broeffle, Host
But it's very different in the fact that you're very aware of what's happening. And I've actually even questioned myself at times I felt like I'm not doing it right. And it feels like I don't know what this means, but I don't know why this image is here, and it doesn't make any sense. And my logical mind goes to trying to find out what it means myself, right.
[00:09:15.920] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
And that's one of the things that I talk to people about go with what comes up. We'll talk about it later. And for people who have an analytical mind, they want to stop and think about it. So I always tell them, just go with the flow, go with what you see it's there for a reason. And afterwards we are going to analyze every single detail. And that's usually enough to calm their minds. And it's very normal to say, I don't know if I'm doing this right. And explain that to people when the first time that I see them.
That's another reason that I do this imagery that isn't working on their their issue, because people always think, I don't know if I can do it. I don't know if I can do it right. There's no right or wrong way. Yes, it's your body.
[00:10:01.840] - Candi Broeffle, Host
It is a little bit different to try to let go of control in that way. But once you do it is. It's very interesting. And it was also interesting afterwards, unless they said we're going to talk about that more in a bit. But it's also interesting afterwards to find out what that meant, what the meaning behind that image was. So even though logically, I didn't get it when you explained it, it all made sense so quickly.
[00:10:27.660] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
And they go together like a hand and a glove. The messages because you always get incredible messages for you inside the imagery. And then afterwards we talk about the symbolism behind it in the work that I do. And they go to gather like a hand in a glove. It's just it's just beautiful.
[00:10:44.020] - Candi Broeffle, Host
So for listeners who want to learn more about guided imagery therapy and the other surfaces that you provide. Awakened Living what is your website address?
[00:10:53.160] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
[00:10:56.100] - Candi Broeffle, Host
And so AwakenedLivingInfusion.Com all one word. So this morning we're talking to Connie Bjerk, Awakened Living, an integrative health clinic in Bloomington. Connie and Michelle, her business partner, also hosts radio show called Awakened Living Infusion on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. Right here on AM950. For more information or to read Natural Awakenings online, visit NaturalTwinCities.Com. You can find a podcast of this show at AM950Radio.Com on iTunes or anywhere you get your podcasts. You're listening to Green Tea Conversations on AM950, the Progressive Voice of Minnesota, and we will be back in just a few minutes.
[00:11:55.600] - Candi Broeffle, Host
Welcome back to Green Tea Conversations. Where we delve into the pages of Natural Awakenings magazine and talk to the professionals who share their expertise on natural health with you. I'm your host, Candi Broeffle, and today we're talking with Connie Bjerk of Awakened Living in host of Awakened Living Infusion Radio show right here on AM950. Thank you for being with us today, Connie.
[00:12:17.820] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
Thank you for having me. It's fun.
[00:12:20.510] - Candi Broeffle, Host
So just before the break, you were telling us about guided imagery therapy, what it is and what people can expect when they go through a session with you. So what are some of the uses for guided imagery therapy?
[00:12:32.720] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
You know, guided imagery is a therapy that can be used when nothing else has worked. I mean, I've had so many different people who've tried everything, and this was their last resort, or they so believe in it. That was the first thing that they tried. And the plethora of issues that can be dealt with using this therapy are amazing to me. I use it for stress reduction to help people and to relieve anxiety. It's wonderful for anxiety. So, therefore, you wouldn't need medication. Everything with guided imagery deals with an issue, and it's totally gone within that one session.
It's just miraculous. So we use it for also, when people are going through chemotherapy, it's a wonderful thing to aid the process to help them help them actually heal their body and change the chemistry of their body before and after surgery. It's been found that people who use it before and after surgery use one-third less pain medication. They go home days earlier because they're not all drugged up, and it's been really beneficial for healing.
[00:13:38.220] - Candi Broeffle, Host
So that's really interesting. I want to ask you something about that. So I know when you're going into a surgery, they always tell you come well-rested, well-rated, make sure that you you're in a good state, a positive state of mind?
[00:13:52.770] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
[00:13:53.240] - Candi Broeffle, Host
So what is it about guided imagery? Is it part of the fact that you're relaxed you're in a relaxed state, and then what is the other part of it?
[00:14:02.410] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
The mind is a funny thing in the mind. Everything's happening in the present moment. So when we think about negative thoughts or situations or conversations that we've had that have been negative in the mind, it's happening all over again. So it's sending out those damaging chemicals, the cords, all the adrenaline, that type of thing that we don't want going on. I can take that same phenomenon and use it in any situation to heal anything in any even things that have happened to decades ago. So we can think about that in the form of when we're preparing for surgery, we can there's several parts to this when someone comes in and they're going to be having a surgery, we we talk about again, there's symbolism in the organ and the area of the body that they're having the surgery.
And so we talk about that. We do imagery talking to that part of the body finding out what's going on with the body there. And then we do other imageries following that one because we really do want to deal with the root cause, because even that guided imagery bypasses all the symptoms and goes right to the right cause of an issue. So even in that instance, and then we want to have an imagery where we are seeing the body hole and healed.
[00:15:20.080] - Candi Broeffle, Host
[00:15:21.260] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
So it's called remembered wellness. And then we're thinking about and doing an imagery on after the surgery. And we do that again after the surgery happens. Now the body is healing and all of the chemicals in the body are there and there healing.
[00:15:42.420] - Candi Broeffle, Host
Well, I have to say in you have a very healing voice.
[00:15:45.130] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
[00:15:46.180] - Candi Broeffle, Host
You're making me very relaxed right now.
[00:15:48.930] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
[00:15:50.700] - Candi Broeffle, Host
So what are some of the other things that can be used for?
[00:15:53.490] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
It's wonderful to speed up wound and burn healing again, using the same process that we just talked about. And I use it a lot with people who are pregnant in childbirth labor and also in the month beforehand. It's very calming, especially if your first pregnancy. Sometimes you can become very nervous about what's going to be happening. And so there are imageries that we can do all along the way. Childhood trauma or adult trauma. It's fantastic for PTSD. I work with that a lot.
[00:16:26.460] - Candi Broeffle, Host
And we are going to talk about PTSD coming up in another section. So I find it interesting. One of the things that I read about that you can use it for is with problem-solving. How do you use it with problem-solving?
[00:16:40.640] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
A lot of times we are our own worst enemy. Right. And there are things that are holding us back. That's one that I love to do in group because there's an imagery that I love to do. And that's one I've done within a room with about 200 people. What's holding you back and you actually get to see where in the body it is. And it talks to you and tells you it gives you information. It's really quite profound. So your body has all the answers. We just need a way to allow the mind and the body to speak to one another.
[00:17:16.090] - Candi Broeffle, Host
So it's interesting when you're talking about problem-solving and doing it with groups and also with stress reduction and some of the other things that it can be used for. I'm interested to know. Can you use it with organizations? Like if I came to you as a business owner and said we're having some some problems on our team and we want to we're not actually meshing as well as I hoped we were. How can you use guided imagery for team building or leadership development or perhaps working on projects together?
[00:17:46.300] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
Again. You can work in a group form. I do that quite frequently where it's wonderful because even I used this auditorium that I used that I did this one in at the end, of course, the symbolism which we talked about. And I said, Does anyone want to know what their symbolism means? At first, everyone was very shy. And then one brave individual raised her hand, and that's all it takes. It is. And she said, what does it mean if I saw this? And so I told her. And then 100 hands went up, then everyone wanted to know.
And it's a very powerful experience. I also do one-on-one within that setup side time for people to come in and do a one on one. And it's amazing what it does.
[00:18:34.130] - Candi Broeffle, Host
Now. You've shared with me a story of an executive who you worked with. I think it was in that same group. That he shared his image.
[00:18:46.380] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
Yes from the very back of the room. The President of the state organization that I was doing this with said, doesn't mean if I saw this. And I'm kind of laughing. And I said, Well, don't shoot the messenger. But this is what it means. And I said, I told him and the whole room were set laughing. Yes, that's him to a tee. And he starts laughing. And he goes, we need to talk.
[00:19:09.230] - Candi Broeffle, Host
So how can this be used if somebody came to you, they're trying to find their voice. They don't feel like they lack them self-esteem, and they want to have more empowerment. Want to have a greater voice. Would this be used?
[00:19:25.820] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
We will find exactly what it is that has happened to them in their life. Thing that we don't understand or maybe don't know is that every issue that we have is an adult boils down to an emotional issue. The root cause is always an emotional issue that hasn't been healed. So when you find yourself as an adult in a situation where you say something that you, oh, my God, that's so not me. I can't believe I said that. Or I can't believe I did. That an issue that you need to heal.
That is an emotion around which something happened. And we act in this present moment at the age we were when that was an issue the first time. So it might be when we were 4 6 12. So it's not as the mature adult.
[00:20:10.860] - Candi Broeffle, Host
So when we come back, I'm going to get into that a little bit more with you because I want to dig into that about how we react from where the age we were at at that moment. So if you want to make an appointment as Connie, you may call 952-452-8583 or you can visit their website at AwakenedLivingInfusion.Com. We're talking with Connie Bjerk of Awakened Living about guided imagery therapy to read Natural Awakenings online, visit NaturalTwinCities.Com. You're listening to Green Tea Conversations on AM950. We'll be right back.
[00:20:57.160] - Candi Broeffle, Host
Welcome back to Green Tea Conversations. Where we delve into the pages of Natural Awakenings magazine to talk to the professionals who share their expertise on natural health with you. I'm your host, Candi Broeffle, and today we're talking about Connie Bjerk of Awakened Living and host of Awakened Living Infusion Radio show here on AM950. Welcome back to the show Connie.
[00:21:17.880] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
[00:21:18.740] - Candi Broeffle, Host
So when we left off, we were talking about guided imagery therapy and how you've used it with your clients. And we were, in particular, talking about how it's used to help people find their voice or to help people gain them self-esteem. And you said there was an event that happened somewhere in their childhood, and that how we react as an adult is the emotion that we feel from that moment, a moment in time. Explain a little bit more about that and how that helps or how that hinder us from actually having a voice.
[00:21:55.820] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
When there is an issue that we have not healed, we again, we are now as an adult, reacting in this moment in time, from the age and maturity level that we were when that was first an issue for us. And so in imagery, we can find that whatever it is, the very root moment where that happened and go back and heal it. That situation has some very important information for you that will help you heal that forever, and it will be gone. Until that happens, though, it's going to be there.
For some people, there will be an instance where it happened at four, but then it continued. And then through imagery, we can in one session go through every other time when it really hit home and heal all of them collectively.
[00:22:49.700] - Candi Broeffle, Host
[00:22:50.580] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
[00:22:51.200] - Candi Broeffle, Host
Excellent. So for someone who's trying to find a voice, what might be an example of something that hindered them from having a voice?
[00:22:59.060] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
Okay. Let's give an example. There's a wonderful example in a book by Don Miguel Ruiz, where he's talking about a mother who is a wonderful relationship with her daughter. But one day she is a migraine and she's really, really upset. And her daughter was singing and singing louder and louder and louder. And her mom said, Would you just shut up? I can't stand your singing. And the little girl thought she meant. And so she quit singing. And unfortunately, she later quit talking. So in imagery, we can go back in, you know, as an adult, she sought help, but it would be better if we didn't have those situations.
But life happens to us, and we sometimes aren't thinking and speaking the best that we could to people. In those moments. In the imagery, I can take someone back into the moment where whatever the emotional issue. So say, lack of confidence. When did you first feel fear and go back?
[00:24:00.620] - Candi Broeffle, Host
And I think the important thing for people to know is that everybody carries something. Them from their child. Everybody does. It's not just my crazy family.
[00:24:10.300] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
No, not at all.
[00:24:12.640] - Candi Broeffle, Host
To everyone. So what are a couple of other examples of how you can use it?
[00:24:20.000] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
Most frequently used is in pain control. If there's again, any physical pain or disease has an emotional root cause. If we get to the root cause and give it a voice and it gives you information, it doesn't need to be there anymore. And the most important thing to remember is that you have the power to remove it or leave it. The choice is yours. And that is the big difference with any other therapy is that every session you can actually eliminate something that you've been dealing with for years for good.
One of the easiest is migraines. And the only ones that I talk about are people that have given me permission. I had someone come in who had had migraines every day for 33 years. She was 36. So they started when she was three. We had the initial session, the one imagery that I do with everyone and the migraine, and she never had another migraine. And that's been over. That's been about 15 years.
[00:25:18.140] - Candi Broeffle, Host
Oh, my goodness. What could be a root cause?
[00:25:21.660] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
It's an emotional issue again and everything. Yeah. So other things are sports, performance and enhancements, fears, phobias, public speaking, fear of flying issues related to cancer, sleep issues, self-esteem, self-confidence, personal spiritual empowerment, guilt. That's a big one for a lot of people, right? Addictions, forgiveness. That's a wonderful one, too.
[00:25:50.760] - Candi Broeffle, Host
And that's a really good one to kind of jump in here for a moment to talk about, because I can't remember exactly what it is that I came to you for, because as you said, it heals, and then you can let it go.
[00:26:04.520] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
That's right. That's the beauty of it.
[00:26:06.960] - Candi Broeffle, Host
But I remember when I did come in and talk to you. We went through the process, and you said, you ask me different times during what was happening. And so I'm just going to share with our listeners kind of some of the things that I saw during my imagery. And then we'll talk about what those meant on the other side of this.
[00:26:27.780] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
[00:26:28.510] - Candi Broeffle, Host
Okay. So you asked me to find a place where I felt safe and comfortable. And I remember going back and looking at I told you I was sitting next to a stream, and I was watching the Beavers build a Beaver down. And that was something I did as a child. I lived on a farm, and that's where we were. And it was some place that I always loved to be. And so that made me feel comfortable in safe. And I was watching the Beavers build the dam.
There was a forest in the distance that was out in a field, but it was quite a ways away from me. And there was something significant about the color Brown, but I don't remember exactly what that was. So let's go through some of those things and talk about kind of what you can learn from the colors and the imagery that come up.
[00:27:14.290] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
Right. And it's important to note that you're not sharing what it was that you were told in the imagery. And that's wonderful. You know what I'm saying?
[00:27:23.590] - Candi Broeffle, Host
[00:27:23.830] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
That's personal. So we're going to talk about the symbolism that all of the things that you saw.
[00:27:28.520] - Candi Broeffle, Host
I don't care if you talk about anything that was personal because I'm an old you can say anything.
[00:27:37.070] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
So this is all very telling. This was before you. We're on your own in the magazine?
[00:27:44.520] - Candi Broeffle, Host
No, I had owned the magazine
[00:27:47.350] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
Right before you were on your own. That's the only part that we'll share.
[00:27:51.600] - Candi Broeffle, Host
[00:27:52.410] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
So the beer, some of the significant things is that it can be submerged and hold its breath for up to 15 minutes at a time. So breath work and breath control is important for you as a person. They are master home builders. So traditional home and having a significant other for lifetime is another important aspect to your life. Like yes. Yes, yes. And they keep their homes in excellent repair. Now they live less than twelve years in the wild. So the number twelve is a significant one for you.
At this time. It cuts down trees, which enables brush to grow. And it's also then feeding the Moose and the deer. And when they leave their dams, the silt that's collected there is still collecting, collecting. But when they're not taking care of it, the dam will break. And what's left is this beautiful silt and farmland. So it continues to heal the Earth and create life, which is really a wonderful thing. Also with the Beaver, there are some questions that come up for you. Have you been neglecting your most basic dreams because of the water that it lives in is symbolic of emotions and also dreams.
So that's a really important thing, too. So you had some dreams that you were working on at that point. Another question is, are you? Yes. We should always be dreaming, right. Are your dreams in need of some repair work? Are you or those around you becoming too lost in your dreams? Always dreaming when never acting on them. And is your home also in need of repair? So this was of an important one for your dreams. And it also reminds us that we have to act on our dreams for them to come to reality.
That's an important part. So when it shows up for you, it's time for you to take action and it will help you construct a wonderful dream.
[00:29:55.920] - Candi Broeffle, Host
[00:29:57.290] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
Yeah. And the water, then, of course, does symbolize our emotions and our dreams. And in imagery, I will ask you if the water is stagnant or if it's moving because we don't want the water to be stagnant. Then there's some other issue that we need to dig a little bit further with.
[00:30:14.410] - Candi Broeffle, Host
Okay. Yeah. And I think I was sitting next to a river, it was moving. So what is the forest in the disc?
[00:30:22.440] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
Wonderful. So whenever a forest appears in an imagery, it means that we're going deeper into the subconscious. We're really getting at some powerful stuff.
[00:30:31.350] - Candi Broeffle, Host
[00:30:32.650] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
And in the first imagery, a lot of times, I start people out in the Meadow, and the Meadow represents a place of peace. And the larger your Meadow in the imagery, the greater your sense of peace. If it's a little tiny one surrounded by a forest, there are some deeper things that we need to work on.
[00:30:49.630] - Candi Broeffle, Host
And I know from going through the experience with you, I remember these were all very significant at the time, and there was something that I was working on, some feeling that I was a about it is the one time that I came to you with it. And honestly, I just don't remember what it was and that's what's so cool about it is that you are able to work on it, let it go and it's done. And it's done. And leading up to that, there had been some, I guess instead say, which is why I came to you because I was like, I need to deal with that.
So how is this used in, like, PTSD you had talked about? It can be very significant.
[00:31:36.840] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
Yes. Harvard Medical School ran a study and they talk. And this is their terminology that guided imagery therapy, along with acupuncture, is the only thing that, in their terms cures PTSD. I have had great success working with people with PTSD because again, it bypasses all the symptoms that they're feeling and goes right to a root cause. And at first, you're thinking they may be feeling pain or anxiety in a certain area or pain. Let's go with pain in a certain area and they ask them to see in imagery all things are possible so they can scan their body and see where the root cause of that pain is or that issue.
And not always is it where they're feeling the pain. But it's always where the root causes. And when we go to that red cause, the physical pain doesn't need to be there when we've gotten the information worked through it, and they make a choice. There are choices to be made along the way. Do we want to keep it to I want to get rid of it? What do we want to do with this?
[00:32:41.190] - Candi Broeffle, Host
And I should have said earlier, but PTSD is post-traumatic stress disorder, which people can end up getting from very severe events that happen in life. So veterans can get it when they're in different war situations.
[00:32:58.580] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
And it's not always veterans, right.
[00:33:00.920] - Candi Broeffle, Host
It happens also with everyday people.
[00:33:03.510] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
Right. Physical emotional abuse, neglect the loss of someone that is very, very dear to you and has had a major life influence on you can also be a source of PTSD, where you never really get over it with every individual it's a different thing. And a lot of times it's not what you think it is.
[00:33:22.080] - Candi Broeffle, Host
And that's what's so interesting about it is I think there's such an expansion on what PTSD is now compared to even ten years ago because we know so much more about it. So to be able to come in and again.
How would somebody contact you if they wanted to start working with you?
[00:33:42.140] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
On our website, WeekendLivingInfusion.Com. You can actually sign up for an appointment there or call or office. And also another important thing to remember is that the Acuity will only let you do certain things if you need a different appointment call and we'll override it.
[00:34:03.670] - Candi Broeffle, Host
Okay. And to call it would be 952-452-8583. You're listening to Green Tea Conversations on AM950, the Progressive Voice of Minnesota. And we are talking with Connie Bjerk of Awakened Living. We will be back in just a moment.
Welcome back to Green Tea Conversations. Where we delve into the pages of Natural Awakenings magazine and talk to the professionals who share their expertise on natural health with you. I'm your host, Candi Broeffle, and today we're talking about Connie Bjerk of Awakened Living and host of Awakened Living Infusion Radio show here on AM950. Welcome back to the show, Connie.
[00:34:48.380] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
Thank you so much.
[00:34:49.810] - Candi Broeffle, Host
So just before the break, we were talking about the different ways that guided imagery is used. And you were explaining that it's used from anything from personal development, stress reduction to really helping with things like going through cancer treatments with chemotherapy and PTSD.
[00:35:09.300] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
Adrenal fatigue. I mean, it works where other things don't.
[00:35:12.900] - Candi Broeffle, Host
Okay. So talk a little bit about adrenal fatigue.
[00:35:16.520] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
That again, we're going back to the issue with adrenal fatigue. It's going back into the body parts over and over and over again and healing the emotional issues along the way. So it's similar to PTSD, and that it takes a little more time. Some things can be dealt with in one. You know, a migraine is one thing, right? Adrenal fatigue has many components to it. It affects different parts of the body. So we have to go in and address those different parts of the body.
[00:35:43.250] - Candi Broeffle, Host
So not an expert myself, but I'm just kind of putting two and two together and thinking with Adrenal fatigue, is that caused because of people being on alert, kind of in that fight or flight?
[00:35:56.380] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
They have been in that situation too often. Right. So then the adrenals don't shut down anymore. Okay. And they're on all the time or they just go and then it's sort of like a balloon that just goes. They have got nothing left-right.
[00:36:11.250] - Candi Broeffle, Host
Great sound effect button.
[00:36:12.430] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
Yeah. Thank you. Somebody just turning into that is good to go. What?
[00:36:19.080] - Candi Broeffle, Host
You recently wrote an article that was published in the September 2019 issue of Natural Awakenings entitle guided imagery, a life-changing therapy. So if people want to read that article, I want to let you know you can go to naturalTwinCities.Com and put in the space bar, guided imagery or into the search bar. I'm sorry. Guided imagery and that article will pop up so you can read more about what Connie does there as well. Besides guided imagery, you also have a plethora of other services that you provide.
What are some of the other things that you personally provide at the clinic?
[00:36:55.030] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
I am also a life coach and a spiritual coach. I'm a Reiki master. Also, I do far less of that than guided imagery or live coaching and spiritual coaching that type of thing. I also teach all of our programs or classes we do public speaking to and those I rate. Also, the classes that we have are a lot of them are spiritually based, the programs that we take a lot of programs to the corporate world. Also, the stress reduction and stress management ones, anxiety, depression have that type of thing.
[00:37:30.670] - Candi Broeffle, Host
And you work with a lot of organizations and that kind of bring it in for their health and wellness opportunities that they provide for their employees.
[00:37:39.050] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
[00:37:39.850] - Candi Broeffle, Host
So if somebody say in HR professional was interested in reaching out to you to find out how you could come in and and help their organization.
What is the number that they would call?
[00:37:49.970] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
It is our business number, which is 952-452-8583. There's also a section on our website for corporate business.
[00:38:00.230] - Candi Broeffle, Host
Okay. So they can go in and learn more about and that is awakenedlivinginfusion.Com. You also have some classes that are coming up that people might find really interesting. I'm excited about one in particular called 20 Wishes. That is 20 Wishes. And before we go on, I just want to say it begins on Tuesday, February 19. So it happens this Tuesday.
[00:38:24.640] - Connie Bjerk, Guest
Right. And this is one that's free, and it meets once a month for a year. It's based on the premise of a book club that was started on Valentine's Day for a group of people, and they were all widows. And so Valentine's Day was a very touching. It was kind of a time for them to be difficult. Yes. And so they were talking. And one of them, they ranged in age from 20 to 70s, but they had that one thing in common. And so they were talking about what now.
And one woman said, you know, I have started something and she said, I pulled a number out of my head. It's 20. And I'm working on 20 wishes that I want for my life for the next year. So it's based off of that. And it's interesting because you don't have to sit down and do all 20 in one time. It's sort of an evolution process. But it's wonderful to think in terms of what you wish for yourself versus resolutions are more based on a sense of black something I'm not doing.
I'm not good enough that type of thing wishes, or they're so positive and they move you forward in a much more positive manner. So one of the women wished for because of where she was just to see something good in the world. They all kind of wished for love in their life. One wanted to go to Paris. One wanted to go to Paris with someone that she loved and sort of like under the Tuscan Sun. All of their wishes came true, but some of them in very different ways.
One of them wanted to do something for others. And one of the other women in the group said, you know, I've got a friend who is in charge of the volunteer group grandparent group at a school. Why don't you volunteer there? She did. She connected with a little girl who was nonverbal, got her talking and found out that she was living with her grandmother and her grandmother was dying. She ended up adopting that child, and they went to Paris together. You see, it expanded every single one of them.
And within the support of the group of women, they were able to help each other make those things come true. And much like in your imagery. They then put one of their wishes on the top of a piece of paper and then you start to take action steps to make that a reality.
And so this class is open. Is it open to everyone?
Everyone just for women? No, it's open for everyone.
And it is free of charge, and they can find out how to register for it on your website.
Yes, there is a button to register just so we know how large a group we're going to have.
And do you remember what night that is on?
It's a Tuesday night, I believe. Yeah. I think it is Tuesday night.
And it meets once a month. There's another one that you have called the four-week life transformation, letting go of the past and embracing the future. Tell us a bit about that.
I'm really excited about this one, too. It is a group of four group-guided imageries that help you to get rid of any obstacles or anything holding you back in your life. And it progresses each week so that you're really going forward with your full potential without any limitations holding you back. So it's all about letting go of it was and being really passionate and moving forward and so people can get involved.
They see that there are two different nights and this is offered. So it starts either March 2 or March 6.
Right. One is an evening and one is a Saturday.
Okay. So the Saturday one is at twelve noon and the evening one is at 08:30 p.m. And what is the cost of this?
That is $50 per session.
Oh, that is wonderful. So people can start at any time, or do they start at the beginning?
It would really be wonderful if they could start at the beginning because there is a progression to these and they build on each other or whatever you can do would be great and just really helps people to move forward and realize their dreams.
So, Connie, it has been such a pleasure to have you here. I'm going to highly recommend people to listen to your radio show and Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. You guys have great topics. I listen to it all the time and just give us one example of a show that's coming up.
This coming, we have emotions that are coming up again. Everything goes back to an emotional issue that you have not healed.
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