A Note from Arlene

Arlene Harder

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I have had a continuous online presence for more than sixteen years with four websites, the last of which was Support4Change. Now I am in the process of bringing many of my previous articles here to my blog.

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The Power of Images and Symbols

Discover why guided imagery and the symbols that arise
out of this experience support change and understanding.
 

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Ordinary Images Constantly Influence Our Lives

When the woman claimed she didn’t have “images” because she didn’t “see pictures” when she closed her eyes, I was very pleased. That’s because it’s always fun to take a group of imagery workshop participants through an animal exercise in which I ask everyone to close their eyes and imagine that a baby animal is right outside the room. Then when I suggest that the door opens and the animal enters, the smiles begin. Every single person, even those who don’t “visualize” things in their inner landscape, have a great time.

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Diversions, Part 9: Coloring an Angel

Diversions for You and Your Friends is a feature of the blog, which appears every Monday. To find out more about Diversions, read the Introduction and Part 1.

09 - edward-burne-jones-an-angel-playing-a-flageoletThis week’s Diversions for You and Your Friends is “Coloring an Angel.” You can use this Diversion several ways:

1. Online version. Read “Coloring an Angel” or forward this PDF for a friend to read in his or her browser. Read More

Diversions, Part 8: Five Things You Don’t Want to Think About

Diversions for You and Your Friends is a feature of the blog, which appears every Monday. To find out more about Diversions, read the Introduction and Part 1.

0327 - Diversion 8This week’s Diversions for You and Your Friends is “Five Things You Don’t Want to Think About.” You can use this Diversion several ways:

1. Online version. Read “Five Things You Don’t Want to Think About” or forward this PDF for a friend to read in his or her browser.

2. Print version. Print the PDF and send it to a friend. I print my cards on both sides of an 8.5” x 11” paper. Then I fold that in half and put it into a 6” x 9” envelope. (You could also just print it out and cut it into four pages, which are numbered, staple them together, and fit them into in a business-sized envelope.)

You will notice that in this print version (and print versions in the future) that there is a space at the top of the card where you can write your own greeting to your friend. Read More

Are You a Scanner or a Perfectionist?

In this review of Barbara Sher’s book, Refuse to Choose!, the concept of Scanners is explored and will help you idenify if you are one.

It has long been an axiom that perfectionism causes procrastination, which leads to paralysis in which the perfectionist can’t seem to do anything. So if someone has difficulty getting started on projects, or goes from one project to another without completing them, she may assume she is a failed perfectionist. She wants to do well but doesn’t do anything.

However, in Refuse to Choose! : A Revolutionary Program for Doing Everything That You Love by Barbara Sher, a best-selling author of six self-help books, you will learn than not all who are paralyzed are perfectionists. Well, they may have a bit of perfectionism in them, for in a perfectionism society it’s not surprising if there is a little of that in all of us. Read More

Diversions, Part 7: Jokes to Remember

Diversions for You and Your Friends is a feature of the blog, which appears every Monday. To find out more about Diversions, read the Introduction and Part 1.

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This week’s Diversions for You and Your Friends is “Jokes to Remember.” You can use this Diversion several ways:

1. Online version. Read “Jokes to Remember” or forward this PDF for a friend to read in his or her browser.

2. Print version. Print the PDF and send it to a friend. I print my cards on both sides of an 8.5” x 11” paper. Then I fold that in half and put it into a 6” x 9” envelope. (You could also just print it out and cut it into four pages, which are numbered, staple them together, and fit them into in a business-sized envelope.)