The Vision Board

Many of my clients have been noticing the change in the office behind me, and have been asking about our move.

And there’s an interesting story behind the place where we find ourselves, which – for a variety of reasons – I’ve been hesitant to tell. But those who’ve heard it have found both encouraging and uplifting, so I decided to share it more widely in the hope that it uplifts you too. 

Back in 2015, I was in the process of leaving my first marriage – a situation so painful, devastating and scary that one of my energy healers described me as “a seeping, open wound”. It was around then that an image appeared in my mind – of looking through an open window across a body of water to land in the distance, with a drape blowing in the breeze. I had no idea if the image was a picture I’d seen or a place I’d been, nor what it might represent for me, but somehow it offered me a feeling of hope, of possibility, and a new vision for life.

One of my clients at the time was a big believer in creating vision-boards, and while I had no time or patience for cutting out pictures from magazines, I instead began visiting galleries and scouring the art sections of homeware stores to see if I could find anything like the image in my head. It took about a year (and a new love in my life!) before I stumbled across an artist whose work came close, and when I researched more of her collection, I found it. 

The picture is called Long Golden Day and the artist is Alice Dalton Brown. I ordered a print and gave it pride of place in my newly decorated office. When clients asked me about it, I told them it was my vision-board: my vision of being able to work from home and look out on this view.

It took 8 years to do, but we did it. 

Why the picture came into my head in the first place, I really don’t know. But a hypothesis I like comes from Michael Newton’s book, Journey of Souls where he describes a process right before we incarnate, where the most important signs we need to pay attention to are imprinted into our minds to make sure we don’t miss them. I wonder if this image was one of these.

All this to say, when you get those little images or ideas in your head, don’t dismiss them. Hold them, nurture them, meditate on them and give them space to come into being. You never know what they might bring.

[Image: Long Golden Day by Alice Dalton Brown]