Program October, 2016

Music and Mind: The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music 
Founded by Helen Bonny (1921-2010), a violinist and music therapist, the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) is a music-centered form of psychotherapy and a method for exploring consciousness. In 1948, when Helen was 28 years old, she had a mystical experience. While performing The Swan by Saint-Saëns on her violin, she suddenly and spontaneously became a channel for divinely inspired music. Afterwards, she experimented with ways of using music to elicit similar peak experiences for other people. In the late 1960s Bonny was invited to work at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center near Baltimore. There she joined a team led first by Walter Pahnke, a psychiatrist and a minister with a degree from Harvard Divinity School, and, then after his death, by the Czech psychiatrist Stanislav Grof.  Sponsored by the government, the team explored consciousness with the use of psychedelic drugs such as LSD.  
After listening to a brief lecture about the history and philosophy of the Bonny Method, those in attendance will participate in the four classic stages of a GIM session: Set an Intention, Relax during an Induction,Travel on an inner journey with classical music, and Draw a Mandala and Discuss to integrate the experience.

Ginger Clarkson is a Board-Certified Music Therapist, an international Trainer of the

Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM), and a Community Dharma Leader

for Insight Meditation Houston.  Her publications include Poems From the Heart of Silence,

A Silent Cure: Transforming Preverbal Trauma Through Meditation, and

I Dreamed I Was Normal: A Music Therapist’s Journey into the Realms of Autism.

Ginger’s website is


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