I have already blogged about visitation dreams in the past. The moment you realize you saw a loved one last night and it was so vivid, you could swear it was real? It had happened to me last summer, and it was the most amazing dream experience I have ever had. Being surrounded by intellectuals, scientists who believe in the rational and empirically backed up facts, I totally understand if you stop reading right about now. But for those of us who believe that there are some things that science just can't explain, kindly all indulge me... ;)
Let me first confess shamelessly that ghosts or, the idea of them, scare the crap out of me. This has been the case since I can remember. That is the reason why I still sleep with the covers all the way up, why I'm not a fan of the dark and why I still race like a bullet when I get a drink of water in the middle of the night (and turn the lights on if I have to). Of course, shows like Unsolved Mysteries (the god damn music...), Are You Afraid of The Dark?, La Boutique aux Maléfices, The X-Files, and all documentaries of the sort didn't help my case while growing up. Yet, I couldn't look away. I wanted to know what happened and discover more about this subject and understand it.
Naturally, when the topic of entities, spirits or ghosts comes up, I can't help myself. I tune it and listen to what others have to say on the matter and what if they *GASP* witnessed something? Why, just two weekends ago, Phil and I were enjoying a nice BBQ dinner on the rooftop terrace with some friends and don't we all start talking about ghost stories. Needless to say, their tales were spine chilling and I didn't sleep well that night. For the record, I don't have anything against spirits, quite to the contrary actually.
Energy and vibrations
I am a believer in energy, vibrations and the unexplained world of spirits since they seem to be a form of energy as well. To me, it is all connected. For example, you know how happy and optimistic individuals shine and have that contagious vibe? That's energy that vibrates. You are literally shining with all your being and others, some more sensitive to it, can feel it. There are such things as positive vibrations or "vibes" as we all say. How about powerful coincidences that happen? Think that's just luck? Not on my watch. That's energy as well and we make it happen Once again, there are things science just cannot explain and I am definitely open to the theories of energy and the law of attraction.
It just makes me wonder, what are these ghosts up to? What messages are they trying to tell us? I have read in a particularly good book that some entities aren't even aware that they have passed away and carry on "living" the way they used to. It would be hundreds of years before they gain consciousness and leave. Others are frightened (go figure!), some are angry and others feed on your negatives spiral of energy when you are feeling particularly low or stuck in a rut (alcoholism, drug addictions, gambling, maladaptive coping mechanisms). On the other hand, it also explains the good and peaceful entities that, if we met them, would overwhelm us with peace and serenity to the point of crying (that is how I felt when I woke up from my visitation dream last year). We apparently also have guides that are there for us. There is so much more and this book explains the concept quite simply and clearly. If you have any interest in it, I highly recommend it: L'Astral Demystifié. It was recommend to me by a good friend ;)
They receive everything you send them
It is in this book that I learn that entities usually do not visit those who are scared or unopened their energy. Perhaps that is why they have not appeared to me, yet. I am far to afraid of them to set a good energy for them. The book also mentions that individuals who have passed do receive the emotions and energy you are sending them. They apparently sense and receive what you are trying to convey and can hear what you are saying or the mental messages your are sending them.
When I had read this, I specifically went and had a full blown out loud conversation with all the individuals close to me that had passed and sent them all my positive messages, especially Lucie. There is so much I had to say and I encouraged them all move on to the light (apparently, they do have to get to that famous light and higher realm). I also repeated that I'd prefer them visiting me in my dreams rather than in the middle of the night when I make my way to the bathroom. You know, just to be clear ;)
If you have unresolved business with a deceased person, you can go ahead and let them know how you feel and release that emotion so that they too, can release theirs, forgive themselves if they need to and move on. Last year, I wrote about my friend Wesley who had passed at the age of 19 over ten years ago and how he visited me in my dream. It was the most powerful dream I have ever had so far in my life and I will never forget the experience. You can go in my September 2014 archives on the top right hand side of the page if you want to read it! Also, if you would like to know what the characteristics of a visitation dream are, click here to see a blog post that sums them up nicely. My dream of Wesley had all of them. When the dreams depict the deceased individual as unwell, punishing or in a negative manner on the other hand, it isn't a visitation dream.
Since she has passed, I hadn't really dreamt of Lucie. It has been over a year now that she has passed and still nothing. I still spoke to her and sent her positive messages. I apologized for anything negative I may have unconsciously done and always sent her light. I have been lighting the salt candle and lamp she had given me more religiously (apparently those are good to keep positive vibes!).
Before going to sleep that night, I was thanking the universe once more for an awesome day I had and sent in a few requests here and there. The part of my dream where I met up with Lucie was at someone else's house and it was the holidays. I was on my own waiting for people to arrive, my husband had gone off to pick them up. The doorbell rings, I march to the door, open it and there is Lucie with a giant smile on her face, holding a tray of muffins, yes, the ones she made all the time. Just like I did with Wesley, I grabbed her shoulders and said "OH my GOD! What are you DOING here??!!" in the sense that we all knew she wasn't supposed to be there. How could she possibly be here with us at our human holiday party when she should be up in heaven partying with angels. She didn't quite answer my question but happily walked in, her mother and Phil following. She went straight into the house to set her tray of food somewhere, all smiles. She was so happy to be there with us. I took a step back to look at her and Phil came near me and said: "you know, she sacrificed one of her days in her life to be here today" and the dream was over.
Feeling upon wakening
A little like Wesley's dream, when I woke up, I went about my day. I dragged my butt to the gym and in the middle of my jog, it all came rushing back to me: "holy SH*T! It HAPPENED AGAIN!" It truly felt like I had seen Lucie the day before. Then I realized this could have been a visit. It was a little less clear this time since it wasn't as sequential and there were other people present in the dream. She also didn't have the white light that I had seen in Wesley, but she definitely had a happy glow.
I had always felt that Lucie would have wanted to have more fun but that unfortunately, the realities of life were holding her back. She had gone through a lot in the last ten years and had worked very hard. I had always wanted her to "kick her shoes off and enjoy", but then, I did not know the thoughts and emotions that her heart held on to. That being said, in this process, Lucie had many food restrictions, some self-imposed and others were doctor's orders when she was undergoing chemotherapy.
Appetite has a great significance. It equals health and happiness. The body is alive and feeds to maintain a wellness balance. In the world of me, having a good appetite means being in a good place, having appetite for life (all things in moderation obviously), wanting to try new things, abundance! Ever notice that when you are nervous or unhappy, appetite is all out of whack? Why do you think doctors monitor appetite in hospitals? It is part of the foundation of well-being, so if that goes, things aren't going so well. Therefore, Lucie bringing a tray of food or a dish of some kind in the dream means she is back to cooking and eating like she used to! She is happy and free at last.
In fact, in one of the conversations I had with her, from the human world to the spirit world, was that I wished for my grand-parents, Angelina and Rinaldo whom are in heaven as well, were showing her a good time up there and that she was partying with them. Because if there is someone in my family who enjoyed hosting good family gatherings, it was and is definitely my nonna. And man could she cook up a storm! Topping it off with my grandfather playing the accordion? I am certain those two are enchanting their surroundings just being who they are. So, that being said, I prayed that they could show her a good time and for her to just let go and find happiness. In my visitation dream, that is what I understood she was doing. She was cooking, eating and enjoying the festivities!
Thank you for coming to see me Lucie! Come back again when you can... :)
Your now official daughter in law,
Dear Bee readers, it has been quite some time since I've last picked up my virtual blogger pen. As I mentioned before and as many of you know, I was preparing for what would be one of the best days of my life: my wedding day. The day I get to marry that guy who lived up the street from me and for whom I carry a torch. So yes, even though the interesting topics were passing right through my head and oh how I wanted to write about them, my bee blog got a little dusty. So, given that we spend so much time organizing this day - what could be more reasonable than to blog about it? :) I'm going to try and keep this short but you know me...once I start, it's hard to stop.
Why get married?
So let's start with the big question, why? Why get married in the first place? Less and less couples in the QC province do it. In fact, the reverse is more popular: having children and MAYBE getting married. Which is totally cool in my book. What matters is doing what makes you happy.
To me, it was never a big dream to get married. I never played with white dresses when I was little and if I did it was counted on one hand if not one finger. I played with my stuffed animals (which I still have, all of them) and pretended I owned a pet shop. I think for many women though, getting married is part of a dream or a romantic goal of some kind and that too is totally cool. For myself, one of those particular goals was getting my university degree. My bachelor's in psychology! Now THAT was my romantic goal. I still remember the day I got up on that stage and grabbed my diploma and nearly jumped for joy on stage. All those sleepless nights for this moment!! Then it was the Master's degree and then it was finding the role in the work force that would make me feel like I make a difference using what I had learnt in school. Well? check, check and check! YES!!!
Oh course while that happened I did score big: I got Phil, THE Phil I always wanted (woohoo!). Yet, getting married was always for "eventually!" or "ah maybe one day" and "yeah, yeah, sure!" But then, time passes and I realized, what am I waiting for? Just because we aren't getting married, it doesn't mean we aren't getting older. I felt like I was trying to stop time because I simply couldn't believe that this "one day" was actually here. Yes, I suffered from the Peter Pan Syndrome. I was rebelling against our relationship growing up in my small ways.
When Phil proposed and I of course said "aaaahhh....y-y-yes?" since I was in utter shock, we started thinking about what we were going to do exactly. It would have been much simpler and less time consuming and less costly I might add to march up to city hall and sign some papers. But then, I thought, what about all those family moments I will not live and experience? Like a city never traveled, the wedding day and night intrigued me: the dance with my father, families uniting and partying together, the spiritual side of the ceremony interested me as well.
Additionally, after losing my mother in law, Lucie, way to early, it hit me: I want to do this. I want our families to unite and be as one (we are social creatures after all, or maybe I'm just Italian). Phil and I both happily agreed: we want to carry on this adult tradition to be husband and wife in front of everyone and celebrate our unison and life with family and best friends and have a really good time! There are so many crappy moments in life, this event was definitely not one of them.
Now, for the sake of writing a blog and not a book, I decided to limit myself to four topics: Venue selection and style (turnkey versus self-planned), The Dress, The DJ and last but definitely not least, The emotional blender that comes with it no matter who you are. If you're human, it's happening.
Venue selection and style
At first we wanted to organize something different. I bet you heard that a millions times before? We all want to be a little different and try the less traveled path. It didn't take long to see however, that all of the shall we say "fancy" or more "modern" venues were unfortunately laughing at us while asking us to pour money on their heads. We visited SO many venues and started with the less traditional ones first: Centre Des Sciences, Le Scena, etc. and quickly realized that this was going to be a lot of organization on top of everything else for our taste. We didn't want to hire a coordinator or have to dispatch tasks and follow ups to family members so we crossed them off our list.
Which left us with the more traditional halls. Places like The Palace (Laval) and La Plaza (Montreal) and yes, even the ones in the east end that I didn't want to go to just because they remind me too much of my Italian upbringing (but that's personal to me!!:)) impressed us. Those venues are great because in the end they know what they are doing, they are professionals in their business, are open to listen to your needs, help you personalize your day and are generous in what they have to offer. Yet, we never would have appreciated these halls without going through the process of visiting the other ones and eliminating them. There were other beautiful venues we had considered but La plaza won our hearts especially that it was in downtown Montreal.
La plaza took care of everything from beginning to end. All of the staff was kind and attentive to our needs, making sure the night unfolded smoothly and to our liking. The set up was beautiful and the food was delicious and in abundance. I remember once someone spilled a bit of wine on the dance floor and out of no where, a staff member was already cleaning it up. They made sure all was seamless and Phil and I truly had a blast that night. Did I mention we had poutine and McDonald's cheeseburgers at our sweet table? They disappeared in 15 minutes.
Ahh yes, the dress! for me actually it was more like, ugh...the dress. Why you ask? to cut to the chase, the dress picked me, and not the other way around.
I was quite surprised at how difficult it was to pick the right dress when you are of a smaller frame. Here I thought I was walking in with an advantage but not quite so. All of the beautiful A-line dresses I had selected and tried were horrible on me. I looked like a rectangle. Obviously, the sizes of the dresses are much larger to ensure one size does indeed fit all during trials. Yet, no matter how tightly it was clipped, I looked awful. Even my mother didn't recognize me and the more bead work and lace on the dress, the worse it got. The only one that had looked good so far was the first dress I had tried on, which was a puffier style that I had selected just to have something different than all the other ones.
So after two appointments at Création Vézina in St-Dorothy and trying on what seemed like 100 puffier A-line models, it was the first wedding dress I had ever tried on that was chosen. It was the most flattering one of them all. My tough critics and judges, my mother and my aunt, were thrilled with it and while they let me chose the dress, they were gently rooting for this one. To be honest though, I wasn't convinced 100% right away. It was on my wedding day that I saw what my mother and aunt were saying about how elegant and perfect it was for me and my personality. A beautiful cream puff of a dress that exploded with energy and joie de vivre. The dress was a Mikaella brand and I had a belt added to make a clean cut at the waist. After placing the order for the dress, we then celebrated by having some St-Hubert's chicken, love that stuff!
Though we enjoy live music very much and there's nothing like having live musicians at your wedding, there are some songs we just wanted to hear in their original version. So in going for a DJ, someone referred us this energetic Italian DJ Universal aka Andrea Guido. Like every other music lover, I was skeptical. I wanted to make absolutely sure this DJ was top notch and that he understood our musical needs and at this point, I can very well say MY musical needs. It was important for Phil as well, but I am usually the one in charge of music when we host a dinner party and I always make sure my music list is a crowd pleaser that includes novelty and oldies. To me, it is important that the person in charge of the music psychologically analyses the crowd and feeds it the music that it needs. If folks are tiring out on the dance floor and losing their mojo during a song, I expect the DJ to switch it up to another song. If everyone is up dancing and singing the lyrics of the song playing, I expect the DJ to let it roll out long enough for everyone to be satisfied and done with the song before moving on. I want a presence and interactivity (but not a fan of too many games either). On top of it for me, the DJ must speak French, English and Italian.
WELL...Lemme tell you! DJ Universal delivered all of that and with a bag of chips. He was very organized and patient with all of my questions. He is fluent in all three languages and has an extremely good knowledge of the Italian repertoire, old AND new songs, not just tarantellas. To top it all off, I had asked the priest if I could play a song by The Beatles while we all walked down the aisle and it was approved. So Andrea happily did a sound testing at the church months before to be sure everything ran smoothly and set up speakers the day of our wedding to play the original song by The Beatles: Something.
Throughout the evening of our wedding, Andrea checked in with us multiple times to make sure everything was to our satisfaction. He was on schedule with everything we had planned for the night and most importantly, he got the party started as soon at dinner began and made it last all the way into the wee hours of the morning! 3:30AM to be precise. I have never danced so much in my life, especially considering I hadn't eaten very much due to the excitement.
Andrea is a thunder bolt of energy when he has the microphone on the dance floor and yet calm, and confident when setting up his equipment and checking in with you, which is quite reassuring. He is passionate about his work and feels the crowd. Also, he definitely knows how to dress the part! :) I highly recommend him and his team. THANK YOU ANDREA!!!
I named this section the emotional blender because big or small, the organization of a wedding can definitely get hectic and emotional. There are positive and happy emotions but also sad, frustrating and negative ones. Given the fact that Phil and I had two years to plan, we had the chance to take our time a little more. Still, there are many many many things to take care of: the guest list, the invitations, the follow ups on the invitations, the dress, the suits, the bridesmaids' dresses, the music, the food, the cake, the rings, the photographers and waaaay more.
In my experience, once the venue was settled, the DJ, photographer and my dress were, found it was a relief. Yet, there were tons of other things to take care of and once Christmas was over and the new year had rung, the true grind began. With each month that passed, our schedules tightened with dance classes (highly recommend that too, Phil and I had a blast!), prenuptial courses (mandatory when tying the knot in church)and suit shopping while keeping up with the regular schedule, gyming and spending time together. Through it all, we ran into disappointments and last minute changes and then were surprised by heart warming situations and moments of pure kindness. What is important to remember is that no matter what you do, some people will criticize while others will praise you. Some will be unhappy and others euphoric. Some will try and give you unsolicited advice even though they never planned a wedding and it's all good! Just remind yourself that usually, people's intentions are good and that you can't please everyone, that isn't even the point anyway! Planning a wedding is a POSITIVE thing versus say, losing a leg or an arm? Yeah, that usually gets perspective back in order.
At some point it does get a little crazy and it is imperative to reserve some alone time or time for whatever activity that makes you relax and allows you to regain a perception of control. I know myself to be a psychosomatic freak, meaning that my emotional fatigue will strike at my body. So I geared up with probiotic pills and snacked on baby cereal (pablum) which is loaded with iron and probiotics as well. I believe this boosted by immune system and set my mind at ease, especially during the super cold winter months we experienced.
So, does it change anything?
Planning an event such as this one truly brings out your organizational and communication skills and will definitely make your true colours come out if they haven't already ;) Planning a personal and important day like your own wedding will force you out of your comfort zone in some ways and that's a good thing. In my experience, and I know this may not be true for everyone, the process of planning to get married and getting married did change us.
It rocked the family boat and united both of our families. It gathered our best friends and neighbours and for a few hours, we were ageless and created memories that would be timeless.
And while knowing each other for 20 years and having been a couple for 12 is quite a significant commitment, the act of marrying the person does symbolize something important on both the spiritual and human levels, in my point of view anyway! And yes, there is still a thrill in jumping into a life long engagement not knowing what will happen yet promising to have the patience to fix what is broken and not walk away. Committing to a person or to something is a decision you make everyday in the actions you take.
It brought us even closer to each other. We became an even more tightly knit team as we were faced with a significant amount of decisions to make, some pleasant and others not. We spent a lot of time with family, especially my parents since they accompanied us almost everywhere as we value their opinion. They also acted as our lawyers and negotiators most of the time (grazie mamma e papà!). We learned about legal matters and implications of being a married couple, we shared ideas, we ballroom danced, we attended marriage preparation courses, we designed invitations and a lot more. Throughout it all, we evolved together yet in our own ways all at once. Our relationship has grown into something even better, not to mention that we are still on a high from the celebration and partying!
So, when people ask me "does marriage change anything for you?" yes...yes it does.
It truly does!
Cheers! and here's to the risk of loving one another for a long long time.
Bee, the wifey ;) xx
My name is Ivana. I love photography and meeting people. I hold a Master's in counselling psychology and work as a career consultant. Music is my fuel and an important source of energy in my life. I drive my vespa around the city and I love what I do! :) About this blog: me on my artistic soap box!
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