Welcome to Emergessence!

Welcome! Welcome! I’m really excited right now. Emergessence has been wanting to be birthed for quite a while and now the time has come! This is it! We’re live! Yeah! Welcome! Make yourself at home and share you thoughts with me. I’d love to read you 🙂

First I want to thank Effy Wild for giving the push I needed to do what I needed to do to get this off the ground. Effy has launched her Let’s Blog Along in September a few days ago and I took it as s sign. Thank you Effy for that much needed push! If you don’t know Effy, be sure to visit her at www.effywild.com! You are in for a treat! She is one of my favourite people!

I would like to start this blog with letting you know about who I am and why I created Emergessence – the art and practice of living mindfully. This is on my About page. However I felt important to share this here as well as a starting post. So here goes…

my name is Ginette Vallières D’Silva. I presently live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with my husband, Evan. I have been in this city for 30 years. So this is definitely home now. I’m originally from Montréal, Québec where I was born in February of 1960. My mother tongue is French. However I’m more comfortable communicating in English now asI have done my higher education in English and have spoken mostly English for the past 30 some years.

As the Story Goes..

I will share a bit about my story as I think it will help in the understanding of where I am at today in my life journey. I grew up in a very dysfunctional environment surrounded with alcoholism and verbal, physical and sexual abuse. At 15 years old, I moved in and later married an abusive man who eventually divorced me at 20 years old to move in with his girlfriend and children. I was devastated and had a hard time recovering from the feeling of rejection and abandonment. For two years, I spend all of my non-work and non-sleep hours at the local bar ‘where every body knew my name’. I drank too much and ‘looked for love in all the wrong places’. I was lost. I was lonely. I didn’t want to be on my own for fear that the big hole I felt at the centre of my being would swallow me entirely. Through all this, I was blessed with a very special relationship with one of my uncle who, at the time resided in the North West Territories with his wife. One day I made a decision that was to be the beginning of my journey towards being a better and happier human being. I sold all my belongings for a one-way airline ticket to the North West Territories and joined my uncle and aunt. This is a decision I have never regret. It has saved my life, literally and figuratively! I’m eternally gratefully to my uncle and aunt for welcoming me in their oasis of love, a love that I so much needed at that time in my life.

About Learning and Struggles…

Over the years, I’ve learned so much about communication; about love, relationships and friendships; about parenting and the deep well of motherhood; about strength, determination and courage; about myself and what makes me tick; and about life and its infinite complexity. I’ve also deeply struggled with self-hatred, co-dependency, food addiction and obesity.  Through the learning and the struggles, I have become the person that I am today. Even though,  I still struggle with a food addiction and have health issues brought on by carrying so much more weight than my body is made to carry, mostly, I really like the person that I have become and I look forward to becoming an even better person as I keep journeying home to myself, to the person that I really am at my core, in my essence.

Enters Creativity…

Approximately 8 years ago, creativity made a gentle entrance into my life through the experience of SoulCollage. “SoulCollage a method of self-discovery through the creation and intuitive analysis of a deck of collaged cards, developed by Seena B. Frost, M.A., M.Div.” Prior to this time, I dabbled here and there in drawing but always hated what I created. It was never good enough. Somehow SoulCollage didn’t awaken the perfectionist in me and I was free, finally, to explore my creative side. I’ve eventually got into art journalling and in April of 2011 created my first painting on canvas. I have since painted and collaged numerous art journal pages and canvases. Many of my paintings are now hanging in the homes and offices of clients in Canada and the United States. Creativity has become an integral part of my life and an important self-nurturing practice.

And Now…

As I write this on August 31st 2017, I have been ‘retired’ for 2 weeks. Crazy, eh! 57 years old and I’m retired! That was a bold move! A case of the ‘jump and the net will appear’ trust scenario. It was time! Work and its intricacies had become way too uncomfortable. So, yes, I’m retired now. This feels BIG. This feels like a HUGE life shift. Sort of similar to when I hopped on that plane to the North West Territories many, many years ago. I’m curious and excited to see where this new chapter on my journey will take me.

Emergessence – the art and practice of mindful living…

Our essence is who we are at the core of our being. It is who we were at the onset of our creation. Over time, through our environment and those who we came in contact with, we had experiences and we were told things that made us forgot who we truly are. We were told lies about ourselves. “not good enough”, “worthless”, “ugly”, “too loud”, “too quiet”, and the list goes on and on. These became layers hiding our true nature from ourselves. Then we went on to perpetuate these lies by telling them to ourselves repeatedly and relentlessly. The layers kept on accumulating and consequently we have lost touch with who we are, truly are, in our essence. Emergessence is the letting go of these layers one by one which in turn gently let the essence of who we are come forth and permeate our life and touch those around us.

It is my belief that, it is through the art and practice of mindful living, that we can release the layers of lies and find our way to our essence. Mindfulness is being fully present in the present moment, with acceptance and without judgement. It is in cultivating this mindfulness that our true essence can come forth.

At this time in my life, my profound intent is to allow my true essence to fully emerge in a way that I have never allowed before and doing so by living mindfully. I will do this, reminding myself, that it is a practice and as in any practice, it is about progression not perfection. I will also keep on reminding myself that it is normal to revert to old habits of numbing myself but to keep on ‘getting up, dusting myself and hopping back on the saddle’. Practice, practice, practice – is the key!

I created Emergessence as a space for me to share this journey with you and perhaps, in some way, inspire your own journey. I will share about my struggle with food and my body. I will share my spiritual journey. I will share about my art. I might even share ways that I simplify my life and tricks I have learned along the way. So be sure to sign up on the main page to receive notification in your inbox every time I post something new!

Thanks for visiting and staying a while! Please share you thoughts with me. I would love to read them!

Have a fabulous day 🙂


22 Replies to “Welcome to Emergessence!”

  1. Thnks for sharing you !! Looking forward to more sharing ,… High five to the leappppp,… I have this scary monster that I have made up in my mind,.. that “may ” appear,.. at times “it” has stopped me,… but I have learned that and most of the time,.. that “it” is not even there !! Leaping even if I’m not sure the net is there,… being scared but doing it anywaysssss ,.. yippy to me ,. I say YIPPY ,.. courage ,.. with a sprinkling of love for Me.

    • You are very welcome, Christine! That scary monster of yours doesn’t stand a chance with you. You are way too courageous and strong for it! Yippy indeed my friend <3

  2. I’m your newest subscriber and look forward to following your journey into a creative retirement. Mindfulness has been calling my name along with Surrender and so I look forward to learning more about this practice along side you!

    • Thank you for subscribing, Marie! That is awesome! Mindfulness and Surrender are probably very much journey companions. I look forward to learning more about these practices along side with you as well, my friend <3

  3. Mindfulness …being present is something I struggle with as anxiety has been my unfortunate choice these days. I look forward to reading your blog as it will be a nice reminder to stay present …here and now.

    Congratulations to you and your new “retired” chapter of your life. Thank you for sharing your life with US.

    • Tina, so nice to have you here and reading your comment. Thank you for subscribing! Thank you for your good wishes as well!

      I’m sorry that you are challenged with anxiety at this time in your life. I like your choice of words. It sounds like you are taking responsibility as you see it as a choice. It is true that it is a choice. Although it isn’t as simple as making the choice to be at peace, is it? Mindfulness is about being fully present to the here and now… without judgements. That last part is so important. I guess that is my way to remind you to be gently with yourself. And if you need to chat, let me know. Hugs <3

    • Snap, thanks for your comment. I’m sorry that you are being touched by Hurricane Harvey. It is sure being unrelenting. I hope that you and yours remain safe and that this hurricane dies down very soon.

  4. This is so exciting Ginette! I love the look of your site and the sharing of your background. I know this is something you have been excited about for a long time. Retirement and a new blog!! Looking forward to mindful living posts from you.

  5. Love your blog so far. Thank you for sharing. I really enjoy hearing about other’s transformations. Have been through several myself at 70 years old. Clued in to SoulCollage(R) in 2007 and love it. I “retired” in 2013 after 42 years a d kept thinking “now when do I have to be at work again?” .I actually went back perform in 2015 but I get to tell “them” when I am avaialable!!

    • Hi Jeanette, thanks for stopping by! We are ever evolving beings. Aren’t we? So awesome! It makes me smile when I come across another SoulCollage fan! So that that I get to tell ‘them’ now 🙂

  6. I made it to the page and said out loud “Oh wow. Beautiful…” Love your background and heading and… And your post — thank you. Thank you for sharing you. Ase’ to mindfulness and living in the present!

    • Thank you Sumaiyah! I’m glad you find the decor beautiful. I’ve enjoyed creating it. To mindfulness and living in the present 🙂

  7. Congratulations on your retirement! I enjoyed reading your success story.
    I’m working on my mindfulness, which is why I’m having so many questions and being shown that things must be dealt with in order to move past them.
    thanks for sharing!

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