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 www.writeinside.com.

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.
Reach her at: cjea@charter.net

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: www.luciac.com

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 www.writeinside.com.

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 www.writeinside.com

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Visioning® Allowing Room for Chaos

Let's say you've just moved into a big new house. It's twice the size of the space you are living. There are boxes all over. Some are neatly labeled, but no matter how carefully you packed, there are a few surprises when you unpack: the measuring cups are in with the laundry detergent, your library novel got tucked into the toiletry box. Depending on your daily responsibility's, it can take a while to get things put into their proper place. It takes time to get the feel of where the pictures should hang.

Woman Moving Into New Home And Unpacking Boxes

In the same way we need time to recreate ourselves when we move, we need to allow the same re-creation time when we are playing with our completed vision boards. Let's face it, when we first enter our new digs, chaos happens. When it comes to manifesting our desires we are literally moving our stuck energy out of our bodies and expanding into something new. While the process is definitely exciting, stretching our psychic limbs may not always feel so good. But remember, we got a taste of the chaotic energy in Visioning® Step 5 when we learned to make order out of our messy, juicy vision.

"When we encounter chaos in the creative process, everything feels topsy-turvy. We're the Hanged man card in the tarot deck, suspended by our feet. Our linear left brains are helpless when we face the mystery of creative chaos head-on. Of course artists understand this subterranean world where new life takes shape. So do pregnant women, gardeners, shamans, and all those who have dared to participate in birthing something new. Innovators and explorers who venture off the straight and narrow path, who shun the predictable, the acceptable, and the approved live in this zone. Creative chaos is it's name and change is its game.
The challenge is that change is difficult. It's so much easier to retreat into the safety of the known and the familiar. What may be the most difficult is learning to live with the possibilities that change presents. When we change we redefine ourselves." page 104, Visioning: Ten Steps to Designing the Life of Your Dreams.

The Dreamer: Panel 3 of 5 part series

When I created my latest collage series, I didn't have any agenda other than to follow my heart and stand for my truth out in the world. Generally when I think of this type of creating, I think of high energy, go-go-going. It was enlightening for me to journal with The Dreamer, who felt "peacefully expansive" because "she can see ahead to where I'm going." The writing was filled with the acceptance that I am already living my dream. That's it, no forcing involved. This is good news, because lately due to my super busy schedule (I was secretly hoping The Dreamer was actually The Napper) the phrase on panel 4 feels intimidating.

Panel 4 of 5 part series

"Contributors: It's time to build the next great empire. May the gods be with you."

When I read the above phrase, my mind whirled. "The next great empire, why isn't going for another round of rewrites on my musical enough? Empire? I just want to memorize the song I wrote last September, in my room at the ranch...alone."

Giving myself time to be with The Dreamer gives me time to relax into my vision, which includes the imagery on panel 4, but I'm not there yet. It gives me time to let my truth take shape, since speaking my truth through writing IS my dream. Time gives me the freedom to sort through my old furniture and take a load of unnecessary approval-seeking and inner criticism to the garbage.

To practice the art of moving through your own obstacles to your success, visit Lucia's site: www.visioningcoach.org. Here you can purchase her book, find out about certified coaches in your area and read about Lucia's story.

Dorothy Segovia is a certified Visioning Coach® and author. Visit her at www.writeinside.com.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Trying Not to Try: The Heart of Visioning®

In an effort to make their collages images come true, many novices try too hard to bring about their vision. They notice a woman on the collage is wearing a bright yellow blouse, so they overspend on the wrong color shirt that's just a little too tight. An impulse buy: all for the anxiety of forcing their vision, rather than allowing their vision.

I'm not discounting that your fairy godmother could walk up to you with prepaid tickets to Bali for two and happens to be wearing a bright yellow blouse, but the Art of Visioning® states:

"We can rearrange the outer world forever, but if we haven't rearranged the furniture in our hearts and minds the experience of fulfillment will elude us. As we replace outworn beliefs and limiting perceptions with new pictures and a new scenario, we literally recreate ourselves." Lucia Capacchione, Visioning: Ten Steps to Designing the Life of Your Dreams, page 253.

In the same way I practice writing, we must also practice Visioning®. Embodying our collage images through journal writing, movement and contemplation brings our vision deep into our heart memory. As we feel our way to our vision, we make adjustments to release the inner critic's voice. We release self-sabotaging thoughts and habits.

This point is brought home in a recent article about Edward Slingerland's book, Trying Not to Try: Cultivating the Art and Science of Spontaneity.

"Our excessive focus in the modern world on the power of conscious thought and the benefits of willpower and self-control causes us to overlook the pervasive importance of what might be called “body thinking”: tacit, fast, and semiautomatic behavior that flows from the unconscious with little or no conscious interference. The result is that we too often devote ourselves to pushing harder or moving faster in areas of our life where effort and striving are, in fact, profoundly counterproductive."

"Starting Over" Collage 1 from my 5-panel series: "I Know What I Said."

After playing with my latest vision board  "Starting Over," I got an intuitive body hit to explore moving to Europe. Elated one day, panicked two days (I had just got settled), by day four I was making a plan to scram next year, and finally, I started over at peace.

Now I'm planning to take a vacation to explore several cities where I can see myself living. I bought a travel guide, borrowed language CDs from the library and filled out my passport application. In August, I'll check in with my friend who lives overseas to see what her plans are. Beyond that, I'm enjoying where I live and work now, and following my Visioning® heart.

Dorothy Segovia is a certified Vision coach and author who explores creative journaling and music in My Body, My Car: How to Coach Yourself Through Life's little Accidents. Learn more about her at www.writeinside.com.
Discover the heart of your creativity by becoming a Creative Journal Expressive Arts facilitator. Learn how to teach and coach others in a beautiful, retreat setting. Teachers, health practioners and other professionals can incorporate the Creative Journal and Visioning® methods into their own teaching. Visit Lucia's web site for details.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Visioning(R) Health Means Reclaiming the Self

"Regaining the Self.. How we see ourselves (our self-image) is reflected in how we treat ourselves and how we allow others to treat us. Our self-image also shapes our bodies and impacts our sense of health and well-being." Lucia Capacchione, Chapter 13, Visioning: Ten Steps to Designing the Life of Your Dreams.

I learned this lesson first hand when I set out to write this month's post. I started with a drawing of recurring pain and injury to my right shoulder and most recently, upper right arm.

This is the drawing of my throbbing right arm muscle. The next step in the process is to do a non-dominant hand dialogue with the image. 3 angry pages of non-dominant hand answers yielded the following insight: My Sad Girl was very angry because I had not lived up to my promise of allowing her creative expression. She was mad because I was not finishing my creative writing projects.The reason why is that I had yielded to the  messages from my Inner Critic.

After I acknowledged and accepted this painful truth, I then made a healing collage. The first step was to depict the Creative Self. This self depicted below is powerful enough to take on the toughest critics, inner and outer. I like how she not only defends her words, but she definitely is protecting her self.

The next step was to create the collage using I Know What I Said as the theme.Because of limited space, I used four pieces of 8 1/2 by 11 construction paper. This allows me to create a large collage, yet display only the section that I am working with. 

The following are the collage pages, or steps of how to reclaim my voice.

Start Over. Collage 1
Follow My Dream. Collage 2

Express My Self. Collage 3

Play. Collage 4

This day of healing has given me a lot of hope. Prior to this work, I was aware that I was overwhelmed with the outcome of my creative projects, not the process. While it does seem overwhelming to stand up for my truth against my Goliath-size self-talk and ingrained habits, starting over is easy. After all, I start over every day. I am relieved that I do not have to re-do, regret or try to control any of my projects. I simply need to let my voice flow.Also, I am understanding allowing my voice to flow and launching a project as a product are two different things.

Now it's time for you to trust your voice and honor your self  by drawing and visioning your own healing.

Remember: "It is very important that you follow your body's lead and give it what it needs. As mentioned earlier, the body never lies. It will tell you the truth, but you need to listen and respond accordingly." - page 238, Visioning: Ten Steps to Designing the Life of Your Dreams.

Participate in Lucia's upcoming Visioning(R) workshop: Giving Birth to a New You, Sunday, May 18th, in Morro Bay, California.

Certified Visioning(R) Coach Dorothy Segovia finished her latest creative project when she scanned her collages, converted the images into jpegs and then wrote this post. Find out more about her work at www.writeinside.com.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Visioning® Retirement

Lucia recently gave a presentation on Visioning® Retirement at a  retirement community in Daly City, California, called Peninsula del Rey. The next day she conducted a Visioning® Retirement workshop. Some  of those attending were individuals living in the retirement community  where the events were held, located near San Francisco. Others were  visitors from the general public who had seen ads and announcements  for the event and decided to explore their retirement options. Here are Lucia's comments about Visioning® Retirement.  NOTE: All images from the workshop.
In my many years of conducting workshops and lectures, my groups have been comprised of about twenty to thirty percent seniors on average.  Occasionally, as much as half of the group has been seniors. This  makes perfect sense. Retirement years lend themselves to self- reflection, hobbies, activities like art and writing (especially  memoirs family history scrapbooks) and things you want to do in the  years you have left on the planet. Long before the movie, The Bucket  List, I created a journal exercise called: What Do You Want To Be When  
You Grow Up? It appears in my first book The Creative Journal: The Art  of Finding Yourself. It was intended for all ages, but I found that  seniors really warmed up to this activity. Here's the journal prompt.

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

1) Make a list of what you wanted to be when you were a kid, no matter how wild or crazy the wish was. Write it down with your non-dominant  hand. Did you want to be an astronaut, a movie star, teacher, lawyer, athlete, singer, scientist?  

2) Check the list over to see if you  actually did any or all of the things you listed, even if it was done  as a hobby. Make a list of the things you actually did using your  dominant hand. (For example, I wanted to be a ballerina when I was a  kid. Instead, as an adult I took expressive dance classes at age 39 as  a result of doing this journal exercise. And I continued studying  
dance and movement therapy for many years after that. 

3) The last step is to make a list of all the things you want to experience during the rest of your life. Write the list with your non-dominant hand in order to access your true heart's desire via your right brain. 

4)  This list will yield a focus phrase for a "Visioning® Retirement" collage, which is the next step. You could use the whole list from  step #3 as your focus phrase. In other words, illustrate your "bucket list" with magazine photos and words.

I have observed that many seniors in my groups have not thought much  about what they wanted to do in their retirement years. They hadn't  really pictured what retirement would look like. They just knew they  wouldn't be working at their old jobs. When I introduced Visioning® in  my workshops in the early 90s, I heard seniors sharing their collages  and saying, "This is about what I want now that I am about to  retire."  "This is what retirement looks like for me." "These are the  things I'd still like to experience in my life." In other words, they  were creating a visual version of what we now call a "bucket list."  Some common themes in Visioning® Retirement collages have been: health  and vitality, travel and vacations, hobbies (new or continued), time  
with family and friends, gardening, scaling down and moving into a  retirement community, field trips with groups, outings to museums, spending time in nature, etc. 

So why not illustrate your "bucket list" and make it come to life.  It's never too late to have a happy childhood. Call it a second childhood, if you will, in the best sense of the term. Retirement can  definitely be time for your Inner Child to shine and lighten up your  life. Go for the fun!!!
Happy Visioning®!

To attend one of Lucia's upcoming workshops or to purchase Visioning: Ten Steps to Designing the Life of Your Dreams visit luciac.com.