On this day last year, I was coping with a very ill Jack Russell. 14 years and 2 months, Lucy was steadily declining in her health and we were watching, praying, whilst going to the vet for more tests, I didn't realise that come the weekend, I would say goodbye to her for the last time on 15th September, which happened to be our 1st wedding anniversary too.
A day we won't ever forget.
Soon after, at the beginning of October, I began Spirits of Joy, Hannah's visioning journey and although I had always been into therapeutic visioning, suddenly I was immersed into a wonderful tribe of women from all over the world. Women to hold my pain, support my visions and give me love and healing that I craved. *Thank you gorgeous Joy Sisters*
We name our Vision Books - nothing that the brain thinks up but something that pops up as we're gazing through heaps of magazines.
This is a very intuitive process.
The brain takes a rest.
For Miss Julia Monkey Chatter, this actually works.
So I named my 2012 October Vision Book 'Attunement'.
I was adjusting to being without Lucy and acclimatising to not having her around me.
It was such a tough time.
Prompted by Hannah, I gently spent about an hour every night focusing on each of my pages and when I look back now, nearly a year, I see warmth, fur and lots of cuddly things. Not on all the pages, but quite a bit.
Because, you know what?
That's what I needed the month after Lucy died.
Warmth and Fur. I missed it terribly (we both did).
And then ......
On the 16th day of Spirits of Joy, Pudding the stray, turned up and entered our life, filling our home with another heartbeat, warmth and fur.
If you look closely you'll see I pasted a Ginger Cat. Now I have not grown up with cats, so why was she there. I don't know? I just felt pulled to her.
Those pages, those dreams those desires all lead me to nearly 12 months later where I am now in Spirits of Joy for the second time and every day, I spend an hour therapeutically scanning and grazing on magazines, from a pile I have stored for this magical purpose.
This month, my book is called "A refreshing new twist". It doesn't have as much fur in it, yet it holds me and supports me just as my vision book did from a year ago.
When I say, it holds me, I mean, it allows my feelings to come to the surface - all of this happens unconsciously.
I don't know what I'm looking for until I start looking.
Images pop out at me.
Words transfix me.
I cut out many words and then start to play.
Dreams, Goals with Souls, (thanks Danielle LaPorte for that) Feelings behind dreams, this relates to my life, my body, love, relationships, work, home, environment, bigger mission and of course my creative healing business.
I hold therapeutic visioning in very high regard, it has helped me so much.
Of course there has been another furbaby addition in May.
Luna... also know as Luna Joy
She adds to the wonderful mix of our home life.
Check out Ginger Pudding in the far right page!
This year, this month
I know the power of women gathering and I also know the calling of New Moon energy so I'd love to circle with you, which is why I am beginning my New Moon Circle. The first one is Sunday 6th October 5pm-8pm, at my studio in Liverpool. I have to get back to in person workshops and if this is right for you, I'd love for you to be there.
The plan is for once every month, so you can start to map the power of your own therapeutic vision books. But there's no commitment, if you just want to come to just one.
Wanna come and join me and find out how to start?
The energy exchange is £20, which includes light vegetarian refreshments.
Please bring your own blank book for visioning, I love any I can find, but I'm really liking these at the moment, I have also found some wonderful ones in TKMaxx.
If this is right for you at this time, you'll know. It will resonate and will hit you right in the middle of your gut. You'll just have to go.
I know that feeling. Run with it.
Let me know if you're interested: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Till next time
Lots of Love