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CONNECTING THE DOTS:

Charting the Trajectory to the Wondrous

Written by Aziza founder, Laila Ghattas

In the mid and late 90’s I spent summers at Haliburton School of the Arts working towards my Expressive Arts Certificate. There I met a highly talented artist and faculty member who was also a fun loving spirit. I bid on one of his ceramic creations at an art auction, a porcelain bowl with the imprint of bra lace for texture. He also helped me alter traditional masculine T-shirts into scooped feminine necklines for my Deluscious Wearables, a venture that featured images of my colourful fruit paintings.

Don's bowl graced my kitchen counter for years and I often recalled with fondness the glee he took in my continuously raised hand at the art auction in which I successfully bid to get his creation.

In 2013, after much thought, I made the decision to follow guidance offered by Lee Milteer and create my own clothing line and label.

My most recent trip to Bali was a miraculous swirl of unprecedented growth that resulted in 8 original fabric designs hand printed on silk and multiple patterns and samples.

What’s been clear to me since launching Laila Goddess Feel Good Silks is that I don’t know what I’m doing, and yet it’s working out anyway. Flying by the seat of my intuitive pants. This is a rather uncomfortable way of starting a business. My need for expert guidance became clear if for nothing else but stress management!

Who to mentor me through this time of infancy and experimentation? A stranger, business connection, friend…who?

Someone with experience with fashion, fabrics, patterns, sizing, with connections in the industry and generosity of spirit. That’s the background I needed to find. And someone who lived near me for face to face meetings.

When I looked at my bowl a couple of weeks ago, I remembered Don was a master sewer, with vast experience, success and connections in the fashion world. He lived in Toronto. He was a great option as mentor.

But for the life of me remembering his last name evaded my middle aged memory banks. My creative but blind attempts to locate him failed.

Recently I’ve been putting into practice the Abraham Hicks guidance for better and more consistent alignment. Before falling asleep, the teaching suggests to list the things that I enjoyed and appreciated from the day- things like my cats, my garden, my legs that take me wherever I want to go, my car that works, helping my Dad unclutter his table, talking with a friend, getting email inquiries for upcoming workshops.

Upon waking, the guidance is don’t return to the most stressful thought from the day before and continue to chew on, fret over and essentially screw up alignment. Rather, be neutral, general in thoughts, then consciously go for positive thoughts.

Each morning I invite evidence to show me that I’m aligned. Evidence that I’m allowing progress and forward motion. Evidence through inspired thought and action that I’m on the right track. Evidence I’m out of my own resistant way.

This morning I was hovering over the habitual stressful thoughts, and consciously reworked them. It really is a discipline because the old unhealthy habits are so ingrained.

While doing dishes I focused on the blue sky between billowing clouds through windows I’d cleaned earlier in the week while listening to Abraham teachings.

Upon opening my cupboard where I’d recently put away Don’s ceramic bowl, I looked up to move it back to stop its clinking with the door.

Then into my head dropped his full name. Like magic.

Quickly I went to FaceBook and found him and sent a friend request reminding him who I was. My impatience with the unknowns of his FB messages retrieval habits led me onto Google to look him up. Located the art school he founded which was still active in Toronto and called the number. No answer. Decided to email rather than leave a message.

As I was typing my note to him, Don called me! He was looking to find someone who’d left a message without number and was redialing incoming calls.

Don remembered me, was tickled I still had his bowl. He was sincerely enthusiastic I had started my own clothing line. So I asked the question.

Don said yes to mentoring me. Easily, effortlessly, just like that. Yes.

I can’t quite describe how I feel about this, floating in this delicious promise of support while connecting the dots that began in 1997 to this beautiful moment of manifesting answers to my immediate needs for my new vision. To this perfectly aligned moment. Oh, what evidence!

What I know for sure is, I like this way of being. I like mindfully, consciously, consistently choosing alignment with what is Divine, True and Infinite. I like the unfolding, the unpredictability of the gems that float up. This is fun. This is my preference over regressing to fretting over what I can’t control. This is life improvement pure and simple.

August 2014

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Laila Ghattas is an artist, Gestalt therapist and Reiki practitioner.

She is a writer, public speaker, group facilitator and the founder of Aziza Healing Adventures.

She has 25 years experience in the Healing Arts.

Each winter over the last decade Laila has immersed herself in the spiritual tapestry of Balinese Hinduism. The wisdom and insight gleaned from ancient traditions is infused into all her work.

Laila expertly and uniquely combines creative self-expression with Gestalt Therapy in programs designed to:deepen self awareness, inspire personal insight and improve the life of those who participate.

Laila facilitates international healing retreats and workshops for women, couples, groups, conferences and corporations.

Laila has a private practice in Toronto where she offers personal growth and Usui Reiki sessions, and private self discovery workshops.


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