So I'm here, on Day 17, of Spirits of Joy, being given the prompt by Hannah to 'play with black and white' and see how this unfolds. How does it feel inside these shades?
Since beginning this, I have spent time each day digging into magazines, without any real thinking (no hardship!) Now I have 17 pages, I'm beginning to see the messages behind the pages.
Just so you know .....
I never know what I will cut from the magazines, I allow my mind to take a break.
I have a collection of magazines that span about 5 years from my days when I facilitated vision workshops.
I don't play music, I sit with the silence and it fills me with warmth.
This black and white page revealed some interesting insights.
"It's time to burn those old bras"
Not about the physical notion of burning my old bras, (ha, tho this is quite funny as I have recently thrown them out and bought new ones).
This is about moving into a new phase of grown up ness. Of taking myself seriously, of taking my creative business seriously.
It's moving into the new of Julia, who wears what makes her feel lovely.
And why the heck not?!
"The Pleasure of Creation"
For me, it has always been about creation and passing this on to those around me. I love to create, whether it's my life plan, a career pathway or a physical piece of art. More so, it's about pouring my teachings and love of creativity and healing into online resources.
It's about taking a big bold step and just doing it, letting go of comparison and the feelings of "I'm not there yet."
Who is ever there yet?
I sometimes hold myself back because I think I haven't got the equipment, when really, I want to just take a step forward and release my art, release my online programmes, release my healing, continue to create for others to find their own healing and peace within themselves.
"When you really need to stop. stop."
The image of the swans taking off and landing really drew me in and at the same time the sentence (completely unrelated) 'when you really need to stop. stop,' jumped out at me.
Strike that. Seriously - it screamed at me.
From having my Holiday at Home at the end of August, I realised that I have to stop, when I really need to stop. I don't need anyone's permission except myself as I am my own boss (gosh, I am a tough boss).
What really hit me here was the second stop, right at the end, it didn't have a capital S for stop. I knew that this word meant something significant.
As I was placing it down, I realised that it was because I didn't have to make a big song and dance about stopping, it didn't have to be big, (like the beginning of a sentence), it could just be a quiet little stop, that is all I need.
"AND SO IT BEGINS
your fascinating journey"
The piece de resistance. Stepping forward into this next fascinating journey.
Embodying my art and healing practice. Feeling like an Artist. A creative healer, teacher and author. Finally starting my 3rd book about my healing journey back to health.
Just doing it all.
That's all it takes.
If I look at the big picture, it scares me and I wonder if I'll ever get there, am I just wasting my time?
Then I pull back and see the little steps of purpose, passion and creativity.
That's what keeps me going.
All of this from one page and one prompt.
Do you see how this therapeutic visioning can be so transformative?
You get to hear the tiny whispers inside your heart.
Being able to do this with other soulful women around you, is pretty powerful.
For me, it's a time to transition.
Act now, think later.
As Martin Luther King Jr, said:
"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."
I will be holding my first ever New Moon Vision Night on Sunday October 6th 5pm-8pm at my healing studio. If you would like to be introduced to this magical therapeutic art that can soothe your soul and answer your inner questions.
Why not come along?
The energy exchange is £20, which includes light vegetarian refreshments. Please bring your own blank book for visioning. Here's one I'm using at the moment, but you can find great notebooks from TKMaxx.
If you have never circled before, then why not email me if you have any questions.
If you're meant to be there, you'll just feel a pull to come.
Go with it.
Till next week.
The weekend just gone, marked the 1st anniversary of Lucy's passing over to Rainbow Bridge and I created this video: Remembering Lucy: An ode to remembering her life, her love, her ways.
Set to the beautiful song 'Underneath the Stars' by English Folk Singer, Kate Rusby, it is dedicated to all of you who have said farewell to a member of your fur family and your heart still hurts, even if many years have passed.
This is for you.