Monday, February 23, 2015

10 Minute Visioning Yields Big Results

One of the best things about being part of the Visioning(R) community is that all of the graduates keep in touch by group emails. Lucia recently shared that when she wanted to journal while away from her house, all she had was a magazine and pen. So she wrote directly in the magazine. After she journaled, she realized that the images that were on page reflected exactly how she was feeling.

I decided to give the technique a try.

I spent Sunday morning being out of sorts. Although I was productive, I still didn't feel good and couldn't make a decision about what I wanted to do. So I wrote out a practical shopping list for the local hardware store and headed out for the day. I ended up noshing on breakfast for lunch at Starbucks. While I was there I was inspired to text a coworker to meet me ­at Famous Footwear. I had 20 minutes before they arrived. This journal exercise took less than 10.

First, I used my intuition and chose the magazine I wanted to use before leaving the house. Then, I focused on what I needed to know and quickly flipped through the magazine pages while at Starbucks. Something about the image of an actor tugging at her hair caught my attention. Since I know the actors name, I simply addressed her with my Dominant Hand and let the non-dominant hand respond.

DH: Dear Kate, what do you have to say to me?
NDH: I am able to focus on one thing at a time if I want to feel good. Try it. You'll like it.
DH: If I go to Ulta, I'll focus on Kerasilk. At Famous Footwear, I'll focus on shoes! Thanks for your truth. I appreciate you.

This was exactly what I needed to hear.

While I  have been very productive, lately I haven't been having much fun. I've also felt scattered and isolated. I don't have many connections in this new town, so texting co-worker Elisabeth (who brought her two daughters) was exactly  what I needed. While shopping, I focused on the kids, and only skimmed the racks. Although they only stayed for a short time, their visit gave me energy. After they left, I continued shopping in the spirit of fun. While I did end up with several items on my list, fun connection is what I actually wanted.

This morning I tried it again. I selected a magazine based on intuition, not my left-brain. Then I turned the pages quickly, skimming until I found an image that grabbed me. I held a  general question of "show me what I need today," which is Monday. The first thing I noticed was an article that answered a different question, which I pulled out to read later, and continued turning pages.

I journaled with my dominant hand, asking the first question.

DH: Hey kids, what do you have to say to me today?
NDH: We are your fun reminders. Both of us like to play, after all! Take us with you. We are your fun strength. Focus on feeling good.
DH: What map are you looking at?
NDH: The fastest path to fun. It's not a straight line! It's a breath, each in the present moment. We love presents!
DH: I do too. Thank you so much! I love your wisdom.

These answers spoke volumes. 

I did smile a lot more during work while I kept the over-serious accounting Self focused on the books. 
I felt drama-free, yet productive.

Tomorrow, for even more fun, I'll remember to bring my iPod.

blog by Dorothy Segovia, certified Visioning(R) coach and author of My Body, My Car: How to Coach Yourself Through Life's little Accidents.

Join Lucia at her next workshops: For a detailed description about the 1st workshop visit Lucia's website and click on the Calendar.

Family Constellations,Transgenerational Healing workshop. 
Sunday, March 22, 2015   10 AM - 5 PM
Morro Bay, CA at Ruby Dragon 
To register: Call (805) 772-1100
Fee: $100 per person

Inner Child, Inner Family
Healing Ourselves, Healing Our Relationships
A one day workshop      April 19,  2015    1 - 6 PM
(based on her bestselling book, Recovery of Your Inner Child)
Kindred Spirits, Claremont, CA
Fee: $120.00 (includes drawing and writing materials)
To register: Call Kindred Spirits  (909) 626 - 2434

Saturday, January 10, 2015

It was a Very Good Year: Lucia's 2014 Surprises

As I prepare to create Visioning® for 2015, I am struck by how everything on my 2014 Visioning Board (a 4-part collage) came true. What really struck me were the surprises, so I want to share those with you. In the "grab what grabs you" phase of shopping through magazines, I often have something specific in mind. Other times, I follow my intuition and select images because I want more of what I think they represent in my life. But sometimes, life throws a whole new meaning at me as the image unfolds into reality over time. 

Lucia's 4-part Vision Board 2014

A cluster of flowers blooming in the upper right hand section signified that I wanted more cut flowers around the house and was looking forward to my iris garden due to bloom in the spring.What I didn't know was that I'd take up water color painting again, after a long hiatus (inspired by seeing a Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit) and that I'd be painting mostly flowers (mixed bouquets as well as iris from my own garden). What a joy that has been! 

Other surprises had to do with Health and Balance. A woman is meditating and beneath her another woman is floating in a pool. The words Balancing Act...LIFE...well, well, well... WATER (Don't) think tank appear next to these images. While creating the collage I was thinking: "I need to meditate more to balance a lot of left-brain work I've been doing". (I am a long-time meditater.) I thought the meditating woman meant I'd be doing more sitting meditation. 

Unbeknownst to me at the time, 
the answer to "meditate more" was in the floating figure. I was already using a physical therapy current pool at my local gym on a regular basis, so the woman in the pool illustrated a conscious choice to continue pool exercise. What I didn't realize was that my exercise in the pool (which I have all to myself) has become some of the best meditation I can remember. After I've done my exercise routine for physical strengthening and flexibility, I allow my body to move in any way it wishes. Through this spontaneous dance in warm water, I often enter a trance state of "no thought" which has become a wonderful form of meditation for me.   

Another surprising outcome grew from the image of a young woman sitting on suitcase.

She spoke to me about a need for more recreational travel in my life. I wasn't sure where I'd be going, but I did notice that her luggage consisted of old vintage style suitcases like the ones we had when I was a kid. Not the canvas bags on wheels I travel with now on planes. 

It crossed my mind that this woman might be waiting for a train. Lo and behold! In the summer I found myself on a train from the central coast to visit friends in San Francisco! My first train ride in many years. Although the upper left portion of the 4 collages was dedicated to Vacation Travel that I had already planned (Cabo San Lucas in December) with pictures of pools and tropical lushness, the summer train trip was unexpected and quite a surprise.

These serendipitous happenings show how we get previews of coming attractions by following our hearts and intuition. 

2014. It was a very good year, indeed. As this photo of a theater marquis announces in a photo on my studio wall: You are the writer, director and producer of your dreams. 
Looking forward to Visioning® 2015 and watching it unfold. 

Join me in creating your 2015 at my upcoming workshop: Visioning: Ten Steps to Designing the Life of Your DreamsSunday, January 25, 10 AM - 5 PM at Ruby Dragon in Morro Bay, CA. To register, call (805) 772-1100 or email

On Sunday February 1, 11 AM - 6 PM,  I will be conducting a workshop in Southern CaliforniaAwakening Your Intuition: BodyMind Healing and LIving from Higher GuidanceKindred Spirit, Claremont, CA  To register call (909) 626-2434

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Visioning(R) Without the Vision Board

I am happy to announce that Visioning(R) works even without the physical Vision board.

This past weekend I drove to a family gathering that normally takes 4.5 hours. 6 hours into the drive and still miles away, I was reaping the benefits of my brief Visioning(R) preparation. Due to the busy holiday events, I hadn't taken the time to sit down and physically create a Vision board. However I achieved a good result with several mini-journaling sessions throughout the week.

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During these writing periods I wrote about how busy I was, my concern that I wasn't certain if I was going to be staying in a hotel or at my family's house, and if we were exchanging gifts. Thrown into the mix was that my Mom was still staying in a hospital after-care center. It was not certain if she was going to be celebrating at home or not.

Because of my journaling, I was able to release my concerns onto the page. This is an important step and they key word is releasing. Once I expressed my fears, I didn't focus on them again.(I thought about them, but I didn't focus on them.)  Instead I focused on enjoyment by stating my intention.

"Well, time to go to work. I want to wear a cute outfit."
"Well, I can't do anything about that, but I can listen to music."

Pretty, young woman driving her modern car

 With practice, I was able to keep my fears at bay. When I got caught in traffic instead of seething, I found 5 new radio stations, enjoyed bopping to the beat and noshed on snacks.

By focusing on how I wanted to feel throughout the week and on my drive, the ghosts of the stressed-out-holiday past stayed in the past.

"In the material world we are bound by things like gravity, time and space. And it is into this finite cup called "physical reality that we must pour the limitless ocean that is the creative spirit. How can we pour the infinite into the finite? By making one little decision at a time, putting one foot in front of the other. One leads to another and another Before you know it, you've woven a tapestry of preferences and choices....This may sound tedious and restrictive, all these decisions and choices, but it is at the heart of the creative process. Nothing gets into the material world unless we can say yes to this and no to that. Decisions, decisions, decisions." Lucia Capacchione, page 85. Visioning: Ten Steps to Designing the Life of Your Dreams.
Say YES to Lucia's Visioning(R) workshop January 25, at the Ruby Dragon in Morro Bay.

Finally, here is a great article that can help you focus on your inner peace. 

 Dorothy Segovia is a writer/blogger and graduate of Lucia's Visioning and Creative Journal Expressive Arts training. Visit her at

Friday, November 28, 2014

Visioning Self-Appreciation

It's the day after Thanksgiving. Last night I spent time with my ranch family. While I no longer live at the ranch the most important part of that experience remains. I am now part of a family that includes Grace and her sons Brian and Scott. Because Scott showed up with 3 friends, my friend circle just got larger.

The thing I appreciate about letting go is that it opens the way to new experiences. I've spent the past few years playing with letting go and know it is safe. That doesn't mean it isn't hard, or that it doesn't take time or care, but it does mean that it is safe to proceed without ________.

This holiday, I'm appreciating that I have let go of my 2nd job at the ranch, automatic Mommy-izing in the face of authority, an Inner Critic who runs amok, and most recently, my denial of perfectionism. 

Perfectionism? Who knew?

It is easy to get caught up in the holiday rush and focus on what we do not have: time and other resources being at the top of the list. In fact, I  have often found myself making a vision board in a desperate attempt to have, have, have. But the more I focus on what I don't have, the more I don't have it. This can only lead to frustration and hopelessness.

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I have written many blog posts describing why Visioning(R) works. But the only point that I need remember is that Visioning(R) is FUN!!! Collage-making shifts the focus from the mind to the heart. Who hasn't talked a child into cleaning their room or eating their veggies by making it a game? 

This season, I appreciate my willingness to let go. The things that I have let go of are markers of how far I have come. They brought me to a great new home in Paso Robles and this lovely week-long pet sit in my old stomping grounds. Hey, I've let go of my fear of giant guinea pigs!

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What are you appreciating about yourself this season???

Lucia Capacchione knows how to throw-down a super-fun workshop experience. Give yourself the gift of you by showing up at her latest event: 
Visioning®: The new year with Lucia Capacchione
Sun. Jan 25, 10 AM - 5 PM. $100 (materials included)

Ruby Dragon, 875 Main St.,Morro Bay, CA 93442
Advance registration required. To register: (805) 772-1100

CEUs are available for therapists, mental health professionals, etc. 
Contact Lucia directly about CEUs and additonal cost for 6 hour credits.
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Dorothy Segovia is a certified Vision Coach who loves blogging and writing and writing and blogging. Read MORE  about it by visiting her groovy website.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Surrender, Visionaries!

"Surrender, Dorothy!"

Being named Dorothy, I've heard that phrase so much that I actually say it to myself. But I don't mean the white flag type of surrender. That type means in spite of our best efforts, an obstacle is still blocking our path to the good life. I mean the spiritual kind. The giving-myself-over- to-a-Creative-Source kind. 

Corporate Guy waves the white flag of surrender

The Visioning(R) process has several elements of surrender. If you created your Vision board using the Steps outlined in Visioning:Ten Steps to Designing the Life of Your Dreams, you surrendered your will to the power of your Creative Self while setting your intention, selecting the images, and again while sorting. In fact, the collage wasn't complete until you surrendered to the idea of the Inner Critic, and then let that voice have it's say.

Surrendering to your vision works the same way, except the obstacle is generally a belief system. That is, in order to live the "you" in your vision board, you have to let the old "you" fall away. Think of how leaves fall. They quietly lose their brilliance, then gently drop. Perhaps the tree is simply letting go.

Letting go comes in every style
to suit your present desire.

Here's how it works.

I didn't discover my new vision of being "a monetarily successful author," until I was settled into my new place last month. Week one had me picking up steam launching into the 1st draft of my new book. At the start of week two the landlord told me that renting her studio was not going to work after all. Did I mention that the working title of my new book is My Landlord, My Self?

Gratefully, I chose not to panic. One day for shock, one day for sad, one day to enlist a friend to tell my other friends what happened and the rest of the time to work, pack and hang out on Craigslist.

Woman working online

At this posting I have chosen to complete only two applications: the first is for a house-share in a fun, wine-tasting town and the other, a tiny, one-bedroom house in a rural area. Yesterday I rented a storage unit. 

My mind thinks it knows what is happening so it's racing around planning scenarios.

 My mind wants this whole thing to be over with, my stuff unpacked and me back at my writing desk.

Happily, I am not following my mind. I'm following my heart; so I have no idea where I'll live, but I do know it's time to relax and enjoy myself over the next couple of days. 
As manifesting Americans, we are taught that we are masters of our fate. But as we grow into true Visionaries, we discover that we aren't even masters of our own vision boards. That is our heart's role. 

Surrendering, letting go, allowing. What is your heart asking you to let go of today?

Learn about how Visioning Starts with the Heart on Lucia's website. After you read all about it, check out the 10 Steps of Visioning, buy the book or locate a Visioning(R) Coach in your area.

Blogger Dorothy Segovia is a certified Visioning(R) Coach and author of My Body, My Car: How to Coach Yourself Through Life's little Accidents. Click here to visit her website. 


Friday, September 26, 2014

Visioning(R) and Intuition Road

Here's a typical detour on intuition road:

"I didn't end up walking around the grounds or into the national park as much as I planned. I could say the snow deterred me. But is seems as though I wanted to be deterred. I spent most of most of my time on that blue couch devouring self-help books about writing and creativity while my window pane frosted. I remember thinking, 'You're spending money to sit on a couch and read?' But reading seemed like the thing to do. 

Gradually I sank into the space, holed up in my womb of a cabin, in a blanket of quietness, protected by snow and thick beams of wood. I stopped fighting myself, pushing myself to walk or write or instantly settle down into my expectation of tranquility. I read and I cried and I stared at pine trees. It seemed like the thing to do.... Resting woman

That trip broke my spell of doubts and heaviness and the larger pattern I'd had in my life of being nice to myself only when I had succeeded at something." - Tama J. Kieves, This Time I Dance!

In this scenario we learn that life has it's way with us regardless of where we think we are headed. Tama paid for a retreat to hike and write. Instead she ended up snowed in, crying and nurturing herself. After her pricey retreat weekend, you know she felt cleansed.

Visioning(R) is yet another way our heart's guidance speaks. Let's face it, we're multi-tasking, multi-planning, goal-getting people and we need help listening. A vision collage lets our creative, intuitive voice whisper loud and clear. 

Blue jigsaw head with glowing light

"Intuition speaks to us in dreams mental images, symbols, feelings, extra sensory perception, and artistic expression. Actually, intuition is the prompting from our creative self, speaking through the voice of the creative conscience. Our innate intuitive wisdom points toward what is going to unfold in the future. Visionaries have reported that their collage were uncannily precise. After their dream came true, pictures and phrases that appeared irrational or impossible when they made their collage turned out to have great validity. Composing your Vision collage is a great technique for strengthening your intuition, an ability that we all have, but often disregard."-- Lucia Capacchione, Visioning: Ten Steps to Designing the Life of Your Dreams.

If we take the time to Vision what we want in life, first...then listen with our eyes and hearts, instead of resisting action, we flow. Instead of getting wrapped up in our puny preferences, we open ourselves. Instead of pitching a fit because we can't hike outside, we hang out in a cabin and gain insights into how to take care of ourselves.

Intuition is made into a big ole something-something because when it comes down to actually following this voice, it doesn't seem all that sexy. That is, the action step is often what we've been avoiding in the first place! Call that person, now. Make that appointment, today. Did red flag number two just appear on the steps of your great new place? Better ask the tough questions before signing that lease.

I think of intuition as allowing ourselves to be led on a glorious journey. We may have to hang out in a couple of waiting rooms, but when we step off the plane in Shangri-la, hey, we're in Shangri-la!

Find out where your intuition is leading you by joining Lucia's next workshop:

Awakening Intuition, Body Mind Healing and Living From a Higher Guidance.

Sunday, October 11, Morro Bay, CA. 10am-5pm. Location given at time of Registration.

805-772-1100. $95.00. Details at:

Dorothy Segovia is a Visioning(R) coach, blogger and author of My Body, My Car:How to Coach Yourself Through Life's little Accidents. Visit her at

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Business of Visioning(R)

Lately I have felt as if I am living the manifestation of one of my past collage images. The image depicts an empty room with an expansive wood floor, a fireplace and a bank of windows. It wasn't until I set my new handwoven orange basket on the fireplace that I remembered the image. So I reviewed my collages until I found it. Turns out the orange color was in the overall warm tones of the picture. (Top image in collage below)

Vision Board 2004/2005

I know as a writer it is important to review the daily journaling I've done over the past few months. Doing so helps me know what is important to my life right now. It helps me decide if I want to continue in a particular direction or not. It tells me if there was a resolution to a problem, or if  I need to take an action step.

Reviewing my collages was an emotional journey through my Visioning(R) life. When I found the image I was looking for, it initially made me sad. I still had images of an office worker receiving recognition from her colleagues, yet that hasn't manifested in my own working life. This led to a review of inner child work 101:

Have I been giving myself the recognition I crave or am I still seeking approval from others?

On the other hand, reading the heading of my business card on that same collage made me smile. The business card phrase "move right through life's little obstacles" was the idea for the title of my book: My Body, My Car: How to Coach Your Self Through Life's little Accidents.

Here is what Lucia has to say about the business of Visioning(R).

We can talk about the magnetic power of one's heart's desire, about the nonlinear nature of the pathways of the heart, yet we must be prepared to use the left-brain process of putting one foot in front of the other. There's a place for the slow, decidedly un-magical side of life: filling out forms, scheduling the calendar, and keeping track of things in a personal day planner or computer database. If you can't handle the mundane, the chances of your dealing with the magic of creativity are going to be pretty slim. You may get your dream, but if you aren't grounded in the procedural part of things, you may not have a vessel to contain it. Before the master musician can surrender and let the creative self play its divine music through her, she has studied and practiced for years and years.

 -- Lucia Capacchione, page 152, Visioning: Ten Steps to Designing the Life of Your Dreams.

Prior to becoming a certified Creative Journal Expressive Arts facilitator, I was a highly creative person, but I was a kite without a string. After graduating in 2004, I began my new  relationship with accounting. Step 1 before step 2. Don't analyze the process, trust the process.
Yes, the nine-to-five sometimes makes me crazy , but I am able to finance my creative projects.

So, if you find yourself stuck at the manifestation waiting station, maybe it's time to shake up your future dreams by visiting your Visioning(R) past.

Awaken Your Intuition using Structural Constellations at Lucia's next workshop, October 11, Morro Bay, Ca. 

Dorothy Segovia is a writer, certified Visioning(R) coach and author.  Her website is