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Healing Visions: A Film by Annie Gusman Joly

The following film and transcription follows the artistic expression of Annie Gusman Joly.

Annie describes her creative path and how starting in 1986when she attended classes at the Esalen Institutehow her relationship to painting deepened and opened a door to healing.

Perhaps her journey may provide inspiration for others to move beyond fear and channel their energy into a path of healing no matter what chosen medium to fuel a space for healing.

Annie Gusman Joly’s film, Healing Visions, is about how the act of painting has helped her heal emotional wounds.

Annie Gusman Joly’s Healing Visions

Painting of a Face by Annie Gusman JolyI started painting for myself in 1986.

I took a workshop at Esalen Institute, and when I arrived I had no what I was going to paint. I had been an illustrator over 10 years, and I was just feeling the need to paint for myself to do something different. I thought maybe I would paint the scenery. I was painting in a beautiful building on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and I stood there with a giant white piece of paper and my hand just started to move. And I was totally amazed at what came out.

And the more I painted, the more came out. Even though the paintings were very dark as far as imagery, it was a great release to do them. It was discovering a whole new part of myself that I did not know had existed. When I look at the paintings now, it seems that I had some kind of awareness, some kind of precognition, because that year my mother committed suicide.

Using Intuition

People are afraid to paint because they don’t know where to start. Seeing that piece of white paper is very scary, but it is also very exciting at the same time.

I don’t think too much about what I am going to paint, I just try to go on intuition. Sometimes I just put a color down, and that color has a certain feeling which will make me want to put another color next to it.

After my mother’s suicide I felt like I was leading a double life: the internal life and the external life. It made me feel very separate from other people. As you can imagine it was a very, very dark and very difficult time for me. But I knew that I had to do something. I started to paint again, because I remembered how comforting the paintings had been to me when I painted at Esalen.

Healing Through Painting

Painting by Annie Gusman JolyIn one of my favorite paintings called “My Healer,” I realized that my healing was up to me. The paintings became a practice, like meditation . . . like dance . . . like poetry.

It’s very important to suspend judgment at the painting. I still occasionally look at something and say, like, “Oh, I don’t like that color. I think I’ll move this.” But now I think of it more as it’s only a part of painting that I don’t like, and I know that’s going to happen.

And maybe it’s just the tension in the painting that helps me move on, that helps me finish the painting. And I really try not to judge it as though I would if I went to museum.

It’s about those early paintings . . . there is a lot of demons flying around. And the demons are really scary at that point, I am really afraid. They look mean. They look angry, because that’s really how I am feeling inside.

As the months progressed, the demons became my friends. For example, after her death, I had an incredible dream. The dream was very scary at the time, but when I actually started to work on the piece, the whole mood, the whole character, of the painting changed into one of benevolence and compassion, and kindness and healing.

Listen to the Paintings Speak

In the early nineties, I met a man named Shaun McNiff. He taught me that it’s really not a good idea to talk about paintings, and that so many of us judge paintings according to somebody’s criteria. He taught me: don’t judge the painting. Don’t talk about the painting. It’s just as if the painting has a soul and a being of it’s own. So when I look at the paintings, what I do is pretend that they are actually a person.

For example, you wouldn’t talk about a friend who came into the room and said, “Wow, that dress looks really bad with those shoes,” you know, or, “That hat is really the wrong color.”

What I like to do is have the paintings speak to me.

Most of the time, I stand when I paint. I feel like if my whole body is involved rather than my hand and my brain, things seem to flow better.

When you paint with no judgment, things happen that you don’t expect. And it’s a journey. It’s like going on a trip to a foreign country, a place like you had never been before.

It’s almost like a door. It’s really not the grief any more; the grief is turned into a door. Where I know that these images will come . . . I just know that.

Speaking Truth

Annie Gusman JolyI think it’s easier to speak your truth when you are not doing something for money. These paintings were created for me; they came from a flow that was inside. So I feel free . . . I feel free to create what I want to create without worrying about the end result.

When I first started doing these paintings, I was little nervous to show them to people, because I thought they would think I was really strange, kind of crazy. Slowly, but surely, when I started to share them with some people, it was really amazing to hear their reaction. I think everybody relates to them in some manner in their own life. Everybody’s had loss, everybody’s had some problems.

I never feel like I run out of things to paint. I have an endless well of imagery that I feel now can come out at anytime. I never felt like this before I started these paintings.

When I’m in a room full of my paintings, I feel that I am with my best friends. It’s like something else is at work and things are not as they appear, and that there is another force going on within us. And that if we just can connect with . . . I don’t know, just makes me smile.

Heightening Intuition Through Open Observation and a Loving Intent

Question for Alana: I work with the mentally ill in health care and I was wondering how I can better use my intuition to work with this population.

My duties vary from helping people to understand the mind-body connection in their medical problem or healing from an injury, pain management, overcoming depression to working with someone with very severe illness such as schizophrenia.

How can I connect the science and spirit to better assist the patients I work with? Thanks very much

Alana’s Answer: Thank your for your sensitive and caring question!

It is wonderful how your being has showed up in a health profession with such a deep intent to make a difference.

By acknowledging your internal aspects that drew you to this vocation it feeds the ability to receive intuitive guidance. When we are in the act of appreciation we feed the essence of that which we appreciate and the essence of others.

Open Observation & Loving Encouragement

You already have a sense of how to connect to each of your clients you are counseling as you listen to how they show up during your sessions.

Through “open observation,” (being present with each person with a loving intent) you hold a connection where each of your clients will feel the space that invites them to be present.

When a person is “lovingly seen” a great gift is offered that helps to create this safe space for clients to show up just as they are, while also engaging the observer’s intuitive senses.

After the space is established, next extend loving encouragement by acknowledging something that you sense about them. This furthers to deepens the connection. An invisible connection supports the safe space and moves the shared space into a zone of potential. This is when magical occurrences can happen in this shared state.

By catalyzing the connection through unattached observation a door to transformation can open. Oftentimes, it is subtle states that create the biggest opportunities for the emergence of change to occur.

Intuitive Sensing

State Versus Technique

Notice how this instruction has little to do with giving you a labeled technique to deepen your intuition. It is more about noticing what you already have within as you show up in each given moment. Your state of observation combined with a passionate heart is what awakens intuitive senses to notice and perceive more right brain input.

It is also useful to remember that we are all teaching each other all of the time.

We are entangled in a web of love…which is the sameness that we all share where we can all freely interact with no harm.

Coming to the Present Moment

Calming touch is also a great way to help people center, while connecting through the eyes.

Touch and eye contact can bring people to the present moment. Sometimes, if even for just a second, loving touch and eye contact can break a pattern to allow some type of useful reorganization.

Sense how your compassionate heart and loving touch can connect with your eyes. Together they support you in filtering information from your intuitive senses (information shared between you and your client).

So much is communicated and transferred through this gentle state of connection.

These subtle and simple interactions that invite deeper awareness may support the lovely work and intent you have to help those who are experiencing these physically based challenges.

You may also find through teaching others how to be present through loving intent and observation that they can also be a catalyst for creating healing space for themselves and others, too.

Each day science is becoming more aware and proving the importance of conscious intention, perception, and the power of love. By seeking what is holistic and useful it offers a path to transform our reality and engage with our intuitive senses.

Thank you for your lovely question.

–Alana

Second Sight by Judith Orloff, M.D.

“To listen only to the mind and not the soul is insanity.” These are the words spoken by psychiatrist Judith Orloff and this theory is what her book Second Sight is all about; learning to listen to and trust intuition.

As a student of traditional Western medicine Orloff learned first hand, from the perspective of a practitioner not a patient, about the serious hazards of Western medicine.

Her quote says it all and addresses just how most often Western medicine indeed does treat the patient.

The Silencing of Intuition Starts Early in Life

Dr. Judith Orloff, MDSecond Sight follows Orloff’s story from a young child with strong intuitions that were silenced by a scientific minded family.

Then Orloff continues on sharing the process of the last decade “coming out of the closet” with her intuitive healing instincts.

The Blocking of the Intuition/Mind Connection

Orloff is now proud to tell others she uses not just her intelligent, educated mind to treat her patients but also relies heavily on her intuition, that gut feeling that tells her what is really going on with her patients (and in her own personal life.)

When any type of treatment focuses on only one part of the whole it is not optimal.

In the case of Western medicine we silence the intuition and instinct with pharmaceuticals to “heal” the ills of patients. Doctors teach patients to ignore their bodies own vital clues and delay life saving treatments.

Orloff thinks we can do better.

Relearning How to Listen to Intuition

In her 12 chapter, 384 page book, Second Sight, Orloff invites you to join her on her own personal journey of re-learning to trust her intuition.

In the second half of Second Sight she teaches the reader how to develop and nurture their own intuition.

Intuition is often written off, especially in scientific fields, as “silly” or “nonsense.” Orloff explains how she learned to dismiss the common criticism and use her intuition to improve her own life and the lives of her patients.

We all have intuition, it can’t be taken away from us by others, or stolen in the dark of night, it only disappears when we choose to stop listening to it. But when we’re ready to listen to it again, it is there waiting for us.

Orloff contends that using your intuition to guide you through life really makes life worth living.

She explains by her own experiences of how much comfort, knowledge, and direction she has gained both personally and professionally by doing just that – following her intuition.

Second Sight with Calm Your Soul

Second Sight has a calming, gentle feeling that comes with reading it. I like how Orloff shares her own intimate life details with the reader freely and openly.

She tells the reader of her own doubts and personal shortcomings. She even tells how she was ashamed of her own intuition and what it took to overcome those fears.

Six Ways to Grow Your Intuition

In addition Second Sight teaches the reader how to look for signals from your own intuition.

Orloff gives six ways to develop and grow your intuitive abilities to improve your life. From reading your own dreams with meanings to checking in with your body to find out if anything needs attention, Orloff offers easy ways to tap into your own intuition.

Judith Orloff, MD

Orloff has published several New York Time’s bestsellers and has had her work profiled on numerous television stations (NPR, CNN, NBC News, A & E, Lifetime, CBS Early Show, USA Today, PBS, and O Magazine.)

She is an assistant professor of psychiatry at UCLA, too.

Second Sight Book CoverYou can feel her spirit come through in truth and wisdom in Second Sight. Orloff is brave to state her beliefs and continue to follow her own intuition in teaching both patients and physicians to use their intuitive senses in both their professional and personal lives.

Orloff explains that it took her seven years to write Second Sight as she was in fear of many stigmas that would be attached to her in her highly scientific medical community.

Bravo Judith Orloff for stating what so many feel and so many others know to be true!

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Top Spirituality Book Translated into 9 Languages: Love Without End by Glenda Green

Love Without End written by Glenda Green

Love Without End, Jesus Speaks is a true story and personal account of Glenda Green’s encounters and “conversations” with Jesus.

And although one would automatically think that this is a religious book it is not. This book, Love Without End, is a spiritual book that teaches the reader many of the “secrets” of life without any religious affiliations.

In this one of a kind, fifteen chapter, 410 page book, Green relates to her readers the conversations as well as revelations that were revealed to her during this time with Jesus. In fact, the book answers more than 400 questions, or more precise Love Without End relays Jesus’ answers to more than 400 often asked, rarely answered questions.

From Priest to Skeptics Love Without End is a Treasure

From priests to skeptics and everyone in between the reviews for Love Without End are extraordinary.

Citing Green’s honesty, clear, easy going account of her four month visit with Jesus beginning in 1992 as a huge draw, Love Without End is one of the most popular, well regarded spiritual books of all time.

This book is used in several university classes, cited by numerous spiritual leaders in their talks as well as their own books by the hundreds. In fact, Love Without End is one of the most quoted books in modern spiritual literature.

Love Without End provides information that bridges thousands of years. The messages that Jesus sends through this visit with Green (originally intended for Green also an accomplished artist to paint his portrait) has valuable insight and lessons that can be applied to daily life in our world here and now.

And although it may be a little difficult to believe or leave you questioning if this four month visit from Jesus (or Jeshua as it is pronounced in his native tongue) is real, Green suggests that despite your doubts you can (and almost undoubtedly will) come to learn and grow from the words you read within the pages of Love Without End.

Most feel this book can change your perspective on life, expand your consciousness and intuitive listening abilities, open your heart, while also acting as a spiritual guide book.

An Open is All You Need for Love Without End

Green is well prepared for skeptics and explains that many of the facts we now accept without question originally came into the open through fictitious stories. Although Green claims this is in no way fictitious the outcome is the same; the ability to gain invaluable insight into yourself, your life, and many of the deeper questions that plague our world by simply reading Love Without End.

This latest addition contains an additional eighty-eight pages that were not part of the previous twenty seven editions. In total there are now twenty eight editions of Love Without End not including the ones in nine languages other than English. This book is a phenomenon.

This book is a wealth of spiritual information that it’s hard to imagine Green could have ‘dreamed up’ on her own. Love Without End answers many of the questions we all have wondered (and been left with unanswered) from our earlier religious experiences.  It is an intense read and I often found myself only able to read a few pages or so before having to put it down and savor what I had just read or more accurately absorbed.

Meet Glenda Green: Painter, Spiritual Teacher, and Author

Green has her background in contemporary spirituality.

She teaches this and much of what she does teach comes from her continued relationship with Jesus. Her teachings are based on universal beliefs rather than affiliated with any religion.

In addition to being a world renowned spiritual leader Green is also an internationally famous and beloved artists. She even boasts paintings displayed in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.

I encourage all interested in finding answers, or just another perspective on life and pure love to read Love Without End. Begin with an open mind, question if you must, but just keep reading and in the end I really think you’ll be glad that you did.

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Moving Beyond Stuck: A Goal Setting Secret

An important discovery to make is our personal life mission.

When we identify it, our purpose or mission can increase our life’s joy and happiness.

But, we often get confused and make our purpose far too complicated.

Really, our life purpose is a simple expression of our soul that resonates within our heart.

When we take the time to discover the essence of our purpose, it is much easier to make decisions, like identifying meaningful work.

Question for Alana: Wherever I look for a direction on what I should do with my life, I get just one answer: Set a goal. But that is precisely what I can’t seem to arrive at.

To be honest, I feel like doing nothing. Not only am I goalless, I also can’t seem to zero in on a career.

I’m not happy with what I’m doing right now; my heart isn’t in it at all, but I don’t know what else to do. I just don’t feel motivated to try anything, but I need money.

Daydreaming and ConceptualizingAm I lazy? Am I just stuck with wrong choices?

I feel so lost. Dear Alana, please give me some spiritual guidance that will help get me going somewhere.

Thank you so much.

Alana’s Answer: Greetings, dear one. Thank you for submitting such a powerful question. Let us explore the essence of your question and perhaps we can together arrive at some ways to help you determine your next steps.

One thing we often forget is the power of conceptualization. The creative process has several stages before action is taken. We often forget that within stillness–the nurturing space that knowingness springs from–is one of the very first steps for birthing our concepts and ideas.

It sounds like you have entered this space and know that you cannot jump ahead; that you are missing some steps before you forge ahead with your career ambitions. Trust your lack of motivation because you are actually following your intuition.

Some individuals will judge the fertile space you are experiencing as a sort of laziness. However, you will come to a time when it feels right to move forward.

Give yourself some time to just be. Be still, observe, learn, feel your body, and let your body’s responses lead you. Wait until you receive an internal “Ah-ha” before taking the next “baby step” of creating a goal.

Alana call’s these small actions baby steps because great things are built on a foundation of small steps. Small steps are what are needed to create the space to discover your essence and authentic nature in greater detail. So give yourself some time to fill in each baby step.

Honor the space you’re in. Embrace it. Use it to nurture yourself while you feel “goalless.” Trust that hidden in your being is a goal yet to be realized. It will appear once you spend a little more time exploring your inner dimensions.

But What About the Money?

We do need to make a living and support ourselves. This is true!

Going for the MoneyTherefore, view what you are doing at this moment as the means to earn some income. This becomes a bridge of support while you are in this magical discovery process. Perhaps you can realize that everything is connected and because you are listening you are engaging your heart. There is purpose in how you are feeling in this moment, and this is a grand opportunity.

May you receive a sense of satisfaction knowing that there is a purpose to what may feel like lack of direction, even if your heart does not fully sing while performing the tasks at hand. Trust this process, because you are sensing something greater ahead.

Now you can use your spare time to get to know your inner nature more deeply. There are many books and courses designed to invoke one’s inner passion to uncover a personal mission. When you identify your simple mission, it will resonate in your heart. A simple mission is one that can be shared in one sentence–sometimes even one word. By identifying it, you can explore how you can express this purpose within various careers.

For example, our free course “Discovering Your Authentic Self” is a simple but very effective step by step process to uncover and ignite your personal mission. Take some time and explore this process, and don’t be in a hurry.

A Personal Discovery Process

Often, individuals find themselves working in jobs that others suggested would be good for them. This is sometimes because they haven’t taken the time to get to know their deeper passions. Ambitions can be defined by what socially are deemed as the good, better, and best occupations. When we follow the path of collective social values, we often overlook our innate natures. This is like trying to fit a round peg into a square hole. It may fit, but something will be missing.

It seems to Alana that you are instinctively and intuitively sensing that you are now ready to delve deeper into your purpose. Once you do, you will discover many amazing qualities within. You will know because enthusiasm will begin to bubble up.

Following Your PathWhen we engage with inner enthusiasm, the universe follows by opening doors on our path that lead to joy. This is a magical process of self love that will move your creativity from the conceptualization process to a clearer sense of purpose. Then a vocational interest will follow that wraps around this personal mission. It will be time to take the action steps that will manifest your desired outcomes.

Thank you, dear one, for your question.

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