THE BOOK

"A JOURNEY TO THE LAND OF IMPS"

The book: “A JOURNEY TO THE LAND OF IMPS”

Efrat Maayan, clinical psychologist, Jungian and animal assisted therapist

Shalom Kweller – designer & artist

The language of The Soul Creatures’ Land, which serves as a foundation for this book, is a unique emotional language presented by therapeutic cards depicting magical powers and imps, named the Soul Creatures’ Land. Through this language, children and adults alike learn to tap into their inner resources, identify inhibitions and discover the ability to manage their emotional world in a way that contributes to their development.

A group of courageous children embark on a fascinating journey in search of the disappearing magical powers. In this journey, the children discover how to identify imps (negative patterns of behavior and thinking), learn tricks and ideas for taming and diminishing them, and learn how to evoke the magical powers (empowering and adaptive behavior and thinking). 

With humor and a simple language, this book provides the children with behavioral tools to help them understand that they can choose who reigns over their kingdom of the heart and who controls their behavior: the imps or the magical powers?

The lingo of The Soul Creatures’ Land, which serves as basis for this book, is a unique emotional language presented by therapeutic cards depicting magical powers and imps, named the Soul Creatures’ Land. Through this language, children and adults alike learn to tap into their inner resources, identify inhibitions and discover the ability to manage their emotional world in a way that contributes to their development.

This book provides effective tools for developing self-awareness, self-empowerment, and discovering the ability to regulate emotions and behaviors. It contains instructions for parents, teachers and therapists, together with suggestions for complementary activities following the journey, the imps and the magical forces.

This book is ideal for personal and group work, with children at home, at school and in clinics, developing personal and social skills in a fun and fascinating way that draws people closer.

The book “A Journey to the Land of Imps” and the “Soul Creatures’ Land” cards are also excellent for enhancing the dialogue between parents and children, and emotional discourse in class. Reading this book enables children, parents, therapists, and educators to embark on a fascinating journey to get acquainted with the lingo of the “Soul Creatures’ Land”. The book’s story, which consists of everyday experiences with which most children are familiar, encourages them to get to know their own magical powers and imps, learn how to recognize them and understand the price they pay for allowing the imps to control their behavior. They also learn that they can choose between two possibilities: let the imps control them or utilize their magical powers and control their imps!

 This book contains a variety of creative ideas for activities, dialogues and experiential self-awareness processes that can be implemented in a class, in therapy, or with the family. Through these activities, children learn how to apply self-regulation techniques, express feelings appropriately, control their anger and impulses, cope with fears, frustration and negative behavior patterns.

This process helps children establish and strengthen the ego forces, by teaching them about the impulses and emotions that drive their behavior and by providing them with an emotional language that encourages self-control. This language contributes to reinforcing their internal resources and the ability to tap into them, thus enhancing their self-image and mental resilience.

Parents, teachers, and therapists using this book and the “Soul Creatures’ Land” cards will discover an effective and easy-to-use tool that will help them empower children, making it easier for them to cope with disciplinary problems, turn weaknesses into strengths and gain greater self-confidence.

This book relates to various common issues in children’s lives: attention deficit disorder, impulsivity, difficulty controlling anger, fear, shyness, lack of self-confidence, difficulty in accepting responsibility and coping with school tasks, and more – allowing most children to identify with the characters and find things that are parallel to their own lives.

“Many years ago, Magical Powers inhabited the earth. Each time a child would get into trouble or experience difficulty, they would call upon these powers for help… but the Magical Powers got scared way and went into hiding. Their place was taken by mischievous Imps that lived in the Land of Imps. They tried to take over the children’s Land of the Heart – instead of the Magical Powers. The wise Mother Nature saw what had happened and was very sad. She asked the animals and plants to safeguard the Magical Powers for the sake of all children; she hid these powers among animals, in streams, clouds, trees…”

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