For the past two years, I’ve attended an amazing collage retreat here in Tally on New Year’s Day. It is something I look forward to and in ways count on as a jumpstart for my new year. It wasn’t quite in the budget for me this year and I considered sitting at home and making my collage in solitude (well, not completely since two girls and a hubby would be nearby). I had all the supplies and collaging is one of my favorite things to do, but what was missing was the energy of a group. In a quick act-without-thinking-moment, I sent an email to the administrator at church and asked if I could host a New Year’s Day Vision Board retreat. In minutes I got a “yes” reply and later that day I got my big “yes” from the Universe in the form of finding a bag of great magazines sitting outside of the dr.’s office. Then and there it was decided. I would lead my first workshop.
Despite lots of rain and a 45 minute power-outage, the retreat went great. There were 7 total in attendance and at least 4 who were making vision boards for the very first time. We had a mountain of magazines, yummy snacks, and soothing music.
I’ve written about vision boards in the past and just like previous years, I let spirit guide me to images and phrases. I have to admit I came to the experience thinking about a theme for this year. I thought my board would be similar to last years, which had lots of spiritual and contemplative images. As I started to pull pictures I found myself pulling very different ones than I expected. A few of the big pictures I pulled were very whimsical and imaginative. I put more phrases on it than ever before and all of them were positive, uplifting, and exciting. To me, this year’s board screams of miracles and magic. When I look at it my heart sings.
Today at church we did a burning bowl ceremony and a white stone ceremony with the kids. Among the things I released into the fire and turned over to God was insecurity. Honestly I already feel lighter and more confident. After we let go of the past we had a brief meditation to see what word God presented to us to embody this year. I’ve been thinking of my own word for at least a week now. I had decided that “healing” would be my word for the year. Surprisingly during that very brief meditation, surrounded by kids ages 4-13, another word came to me: Victory.
I am feeling very good about this year and am trusting in the journey that I will be led to where I need to be. Thank you God. Thank you God. THANK YOU GOD!