The Shimmering Workbook Online

Quick Overview

The most important parts of the workbook (the Introduction and the Core Shimmering Process) are done (along with some helpful extras).

This material is not intended as any form of medical or clinical advice, or for treating any medical (including psychiatric) condition.

Let's just dive right in, instead of having a lot of preliminaries.

First, this is a workbook in progress. I am adding material as I write it, and the topics appear as a handy outline off to the right side.

The Briefest Version

If you want a really brief look at shimmering, you can see the online version of the booklet that comes with my bilateral sounds called Sounds to Set You Free. Although you don't have to use bilateral sound for shimmering, it is my favorite method. The booklet, since it comes with the sounds, emphasizes using sound, but it has an explanation of shimmering that I hope you will feel gets right to the point. It has guidelines for sound as well as an overview of shimmering. Its subtitle offers the promise to help you "Create Success, Emotional Balance and Richer Visualization Experiences with EMDR-Inspired Sound, Brainwave Sounds, and Inner Processing."

It starts off by saying, "We are born to feel balanced and find solutions. Resources within us can automatically help us do these things. Sometimes, we need help to activate these inner processes to resolve personal problems, to stop anxiety, or to meet a great personal challenge." The guidelines for using sound are very helpful, because they have been developed over many years, and some are counter-intuitive.

Experience Shimmering and Bilateral Sound

Speaking of diving right in, you can have a free guided experience of a shimmering skill called mindfulness right now. It uses bilateral sound and my voice will guide you. It's only four minutes long. It's a Sample Experience from Shimmering 1. "This is a deeply relaxing, but brief introduction to a Shimmering skills of mindfulness and meditation. You can see how bilateral sound gives a boost to this kind of inner experience."

The full album is two discs including an hour of instruction and ideas, and 45 minutes of guided experiences: Shimmering 1: Eliminate Stress and Experience Advanced Meditation.

The bilateral sounds I offer, without any kind of talking or interruption are on the Sounds for Inner Space products page. UpLevel is my favorite. It is the bilateral sound that I used in the free mindfulness meditation above.

I refer to my Sounds for Inner Space™ as "Audio environments and lessons for Shimmering and EMDR-inspired personal development, meditation, visualization, stress management, and relaxation."

OK, this is getting too commercial. Let's move on.

More Audio, More Information

Here are some additional links.

Here is another guided shimmering experience: The Loss Meditation, A meditation for people coming to terms with loss or in recovery from grief. (And this can include change what you found was disruptive, such as the loss of a role, as in unemployment).

It's a bit more, can I say it, avant-garde? It has gotten a lot of good feedback, but I still feel inclined to tell folks that it is not exactly what you might expect. Here is the description: "

"A guided audio experience with creative use of bilateral sound and brainwaves.

"This is ambient trance music with spare use of poetic words within a meditative soundscape. It includes bilateral sound, brainwave entrainment, and Native American trance drumming that I blended for what I call shimmering. It is not intended to treat any medical or psychological condition. It expresses my own recovery from grief, my experience with meditative and awareness practices including EMDR, and conversations with other bereaved persons."

Shimmering as about triggering a natural process, but there are plenty of "inner work" skills that can help you achieve success and experience peace of mind. I have a nice collection of inner work experiences here. There are links to help you find one that fits what you're looking for. It is: Oodles of Visualization and Awareness Processes for Psychotherapy and Personal Development "I have been accumulating these processes for many years. Many of them are processes I use day in and day out as a therapist. I have my own favorites for my own use. I integrate many of them into EMDR as well."

A lot of self-help and psychotherapy methods that cause quick changes use shimmering, but call it something else, because they are talking about their own technique (unlike shimmering, which is a general term for the general recipe that all these techniques follow, more or less). This article is an introduction, written for the general public, to that subject: Rapid-Acting Psychotherapy Methods, A Brief Overview of the History and Controversies. "The techniques that get quick drops in anxiety and other emotional reactions, and produce lasting change, why they work, and the controversies. We'll cover the good kind of desensitization and the problems with energy psychology, among other things."

A similar article, gets into more depth on an important aspect of shimmering that has to do with how our thought patterns can change. It is: Reprocessing as Advanced Self-Care. "Cut stress and enjoy life more by turning on the natural system that processes our experiences, heals our traumas, and opens our lives to greater meaning. You will never see a personal challenge quite the same way again. What didn't you learn from meditation, stress management and your therapist? The art of reprocessing--it isn't about taking a break or changing your mind, it's about getting there from here."

And if you're a therapist, especially if you do a therapy with effects like those of EMDR, then this article may be of interest. It sounds a little like it's metaphysical, but it isn't: Levels of Consciousness in Psychotherapy: Identification and Utilization. "You can see these levels in your clients. Use the guidelines to improve progress in therapy."

"This article offers ways to improve therapy based on seven levels of client awareness. Each level offers distinct therapeutic opportunities. Your client's comments and other behaviors tell you which is predominant at any given moment, and which level your client characteristically experiences normally and when regressed. The article describes the value clients derive from progressing through these levels..."