December 13, 2015 Blog No Comments

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Last January, I taught a class entitled “Spread Your Wings – Create Your Dreams in 2015”. After the 4-week class ended, the group wanted to continue to meet and has ever since. Each month, I presented another deep dive on other aspects of creating and manifesting change. Last week was our last class and we did a recap on what was learned and what has transformed. Wow, was I impressed!

This is the first time I have been able to follow a group of people through a yearlong change process. While not everyone was present each month and we had people join mid-stream, everyone made significant shifts. It was profound to witness the manifestation process.

At the end of the initial 4-week class, participants created a vision board. The vision boards provide a graphic memory of the intentions for change made in January 2015. Now in December 2015, they became a point of reference to see what really happened.

Let’s see what you think. Allow me to give a recap of some of the themes of change and the learning process that was embedded in the change process. Of course, no names or identifying details will be used, but you will get the gist of the fantastic transformations that were made!


One person desired to step-up her relationship from dating to marriage. At the time, her wish was not mutually shared. On her vision board, she hid an image of a beach wedding behind other things and never mentioned it. She hung it over her bed. Six months later, while vacationing on a beach, she was bowled over by a surprise marriage proposal and a gorgeous ring. A few months later they married! We are all in awe of the speed of this change.

HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? The fact that her desire for a beach wedding was never discussed is part of what makes this story so fantastic. There is energy in our desires that gets communicated non-verbally. In this case, she put her wish out there in the form of an image and then let it go. That’s important. She didn’t convey anxious energy around her desire. It was simply present without pressure. Her relaxed manner probably helped bring it about.


Another person, an artist, always dreamed of traveling to the great cities of Europe to see the original art that inspires her impressionistic style. She put travel on her vision board without other details or plans. Sure enough, she spent weeks in France last summer having the “life altering trip of a lifetime”. She went to all the great museums and immersed herself in the landscapes of her favorite paintings and now is being inspired to do more of this work herself!

HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? – Her intentions were clear and with this kind of concentrated desire, it was just a matter of time before the elements to bring it to fruition would present themselves. Many things had to come into alignment for this to happen. Money was a big hurdle along with organizing the right trip, travel companions and family cooperation. She pulled it off and is thrilled that she actually made it happen. Clear, undiluted, “stop at nothing” intent was her starting point.


Another person had been through a contentious, many year battle in his work. He was exhausted, depressed and had no energy for his career. His vision board looked like he was “coming out of the box” for every image was hanging off the edge. So much of what he had experienced had gone unspoken. Now with renewed energy, he is working again, speaking up and has a desire to express the truth of what he experienced.

HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? – When a bad situation has a grip on us, it stifles and contains our energy almost like being imprisoned. Once he started expressing himself, he was able to clear out the negativity that blocked him and lift himself out of a deep funk. He is now back to being creative, sharing his tremendous knowledge with his gift for teaching and training. His story is ready to be told to others who can learn from his experience.


Another person’s vision board had the words Health and Enjoy…without further explanation. We didn’t know until this week that she was facing significant health issues. She had concluded she wouldn’t live long and had essentially shut down her capacity for joy. During this year she made a new decision to let go of the shy reserve that has held her back and to start living again. The result has been a flood of happy new experiences including dating, travel and exploring her interests in new ways. She literally has a new lease on life!

HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? – Negative thought patterns can lock us into pessimistic beliefs that will literally freeze us in place and harm our health. When we challenge them and replace them with life affirming alternatives there is an immediate lift in our spirit. This in turn can be felt by everyone around us and soon a positive response begins to follow. The saying “When you smile, the whole world smiles with you” is the truth. No wonder so many wonderful things are coming her way!


Another person had put the word “move” on their vision board, along with images of centering and reclaiming their power. In fact, he did move and now owns his first home. Equally important, he made a decision to step into his power as a responsible adult with increased visibility and accountability. He’s developing new work initiatives and is inviting colleagues to join him in this venture.

HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? – One of the things we learn in our classes is the importance of timing and rhythm in our life. The unconscious thought process that was an underpinning for these wonderful changes had to do with the meaning of moving into adulthood. Once it was viewed as a life affirming step, all these changes easily flowed into his life. He removed his own blocks. Now he’s getting positive support for his new ventures.

How wonderful it is to witness these transformations and give theses reviews. The material I am teaching in these workshops works! You too can create this kind of change in your life.

I will be conducting a new workshop series in January 2016 – “SPREAD YOUR WINGS 2016 – Let Your Dreams Take Flight”. Look for additional information coming out soon. If you would like to know more now or have questions, please message me or send it to I look forward to hearing from you!

Written by Connie Milligan, LCSW
If there is anything I’ve expressed that speaks to you, I’d love to hear from you. You can reach me at my email, connie [at] conniemilligan [dot] com