I have been wanting to share this story with you for a long time but I needed to wait some years until it was fully resolved. Now I can share it with you, which I will do in a few installments. So it begins….
Normally I am a sound sleeper and a bit of a night owl. So when I woke up at a little after 4 AM on August 8th, 2018, I was at first disoriented, then alarmed. If something wakes me at that hour it’s usually not good. This morning I had an unbearable feeling of dread come over me and I could not shake it.
I made a cup of tea and went out in the garden to write in my journal to see if I could figure out why I was feeling the way I did…. I wrote:
“Felt an intense pulling down…feeling of failure, ruin, despair… like a wave about to crash over me. very palpable and it had me worried because I know that thoughts become things and this was a “thing” I did not want to materialize.”
I began to ask my guides for help. I did the Hawaiian prayer of Forgiveness to try and clear my dread. I tried my best to get calm and centered. The spirit of my Grandmother came thru, which surprised me as I had not felt her presence since she had passed over many years ago. I also felt the presence of my Dad, her son, with us too. I felt them very close to me now along with my spirit guide who I’ve relied upon for many decades to help me navigate inner and outer turbulence when it showed up.
“Don’t worry dear, ” she said, “It’s all going to be just fine”.
That had me even more worried now!
I could feel them smiling and sending me love and support. Something was coming. Something big and from the feeling they gave me I guessed that I would not like it. But they were being very clear that it was going to turn out OK so I’d just have to trust their guidance since I was, at the moment, quite unable to see the road ahead.
The sun came up and spread a beautiful golden light into the mists and over the meadows. It twinkled thru the trees and splashed sparkling beams on the dew-laden garden. Except for the feeling of dread inside me, it was a sublimely perfect morning full of golden light, birdsong and the promise of a beautiful day ahead. I finished my tea, thanked my guide, my dad and my Grandma for giving me their encouragement and support and asked them to stay close to help me thru whatever it was that was coming at me.
After a peaceful, calming meditation I went inside and decided to get to work on my computer. I had recently signed up to Pintrest to learn how the platform worked. It had sent me my first email which I now opened showing me some things I might like to check out.
And there it was.
This was my design, a house I had made a few years back, but here it was in resin…being sold on the leading online sales platform. Yet I knew quite clearly that I did not authorize this use or have any idea it was even out there. For those of you who may not be totally familiar with my work, here is my original:
In shock I went to the Pintrest page to see what was going on and found they had this image posted as well:
How many of these things were out there? How many of my designs had been stolen? Who was doing this? Where were they being sold? How could this happen?
I quickly dashed off an email to my agent to check with him first to see if by chance they had licensed my designs without my knowledge ( it had happened once before, a long time ago) just in case this might all be legal and under contract but without my knowing.
Then I set to work to see what else I could find online about what was going on.
And as they say in the Fairy Tales: “…..and so the adventure began”.