For a long time, as a society, we seemed to think that once it was decided what we wanted to do or what we wanted to be when we ‘grew up,’ we could not change, that we had to stay in our chosen fields, to stick it out, even if we were not happy with what we were doing. These days, though, it is not unusual for people to have several, if not many, different careers.
As many of you know, I have had my own business for 24 years now. While I enjoy what I do (custom home furnishings,) I can get burned out and long for something different. The truth, though, is I am very good at it. I love to create beauty for people’s homes and their lives, and I will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. That being said, as you may also remember me writing about desiring a chance in my life right about the time I was sexually assaulted. My attack resulted in me launching this website with the intention of helping other women who had been through a similar experience. You may also remember that I posted pictures of my dream/vision board, which I had made in July 2012, about a month after the sentencing of my attacker to prison. What I did not say at the time was how more specifically this vision board came about. Just the other day, though, I came across what I had written the day we made our boards.
Rather than just making the board on my own, my local Hoffman facilitator held a special gathering, apart from our normal monthly meetings, where we did guided visualizations to help us clarify what we were hoping to manifest into our lives. What follows is the notes I took from the various exercises we did. Keep in mind that I was still a good four months away from finishing my EMDR, and, as it turned out, a few years away from being truly through my experience:
“Message from Spiritual Guide – pay attention to ALL that is happening to you; it is ALL happening for your highest good.
What do I believe is preventing me from manifesting my vision? Fear
Elevator question – What are my self-limiting beliefs that keep me from having what I truly desire in my life?
(What I got from the elevator exercise) Very fancy elevator opens to a very pattern-rich (floral sky, striped trees, plaid grass, color everywhere) scene that is a cross between Dr. Seuss, H.R. Puff-n-Stuff and Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, where everything is make-believe and happy and where nothing bad happens. It feels like the happiest place on Earth (sorry Disneyland.) Everyone is smiling, happy and helpful. The sun is shining. I don’t really seem to be a part of it though. I am looking into a place I’d like to be.
(Then the question asked was, What is your vision for the future?) My vision is to help women who have been victims of sexual assault by giving them a platform where they can tell their stories, anonymously if necessary, so that they are able to heal themselves emotionally, spiritually, physically and intellectually. I also am affecting change in the ‘system,’ in how victims are treated though the entire process. I see myself teaching the police. EMTs, DAs, and any and everyone who comes in contact with the victim so that they are more compassionate and understanding. Just as it takes a village to bring up children, I think it takes a village to help heal those who have been harmed.”
I find it very interesting that my vision was so clear even though I was still in the middle of my healing process. What changed for me, however, was/is the fact that most women simply do not want to talk about such a horrific event in their lives. While I do understand the reluctance, I also feel that it is important they do it anyway. Unless and until someone is ready to talk about it, though, there is not a lot I can do to ‘make’ them talk. Nor do I want to. Because of this, I changed the focus of this site. Instead of a platform for others, it is simply a place for me to continue to tell my story. I hope in this that it is clear that healing and recovery are possible if you truly want it and are willing to do the work. Is it easy? Absolutely not, but my experience is that it is absolutely vital.