using a vision board

Using a Vision Board

At the beginning of March, I started creating 3 vision boards around my intentions for 2012 and energy I would like to bring in during the year. You may think 3 is a little overboard but I felt that some themes/intentions needed a separate board so I could explore them in detail more. I based them around my own workshop/holistic space, my career, and my life for 2012.

When we want to increase the abundance in any area of our lives, it is very useful if we begin to get the feeling of abundance, even before it becomes a reality for us.

For any to manifest in our lives, we must convince our subconscious mind that it will be beneficial to us and doesn’t in any way contradict values or beliefs that we already hold. One very effective way of achieving this is to act as if what you desire has already come to pass.

What is a Vision Board?

A vision board (also called a Treasure Map / Creativity Collage) is typically a poster board on which you paste images that you’ve cut out from various magazines/internet/photos etc. It’s that simple.

The idea behind this is that when you surround yourself with images of who you want to become, what you want to have, where you want to live, or where you want to vacation, your life changes to match those images and those desires. They add clarity to your desires, and feeling to your visions. It’s allowing you to become more focused/clearer on your intentions.

There are several methods you can use for creating your vision board. You can choose which one works best for you or pick and choose from the ones that reasonate for you. Another option to using a board is to use a sketch book / journal. Get a large sketch book and create a vision journal – you could put picture on one side and then write about what these pictures mean to you on the other side/ what it feels like to have these elements in your life etc…

What you’ll need for creating a Vision Board:
- Poster board / Cork Note Board / Magnetic Board
- A big stack of different magazines – Make sure you find lots of different types. If you limit your options, you’ll lose interest after a while.
- Glue.

Before you begin your vision board:
Sit quietly and set the intention that you wish to connect with what you want to bring in for the year ahead. Then just  ask yourself what it is you want and just let the words flow from you – you may want to jot them down. It might just be  one word or you might have a stream of words. You might get images popping into your head. Just let them flow – if you just have a few words and you’re wondering how on earth you are going to create a vision board from them – just ask yourself what does that ‘word’ mean to you? This will give you more clarity on what it is you want to create.

The Five Steps of Creating a Vision Board:
Step 1: Go through your magazines and tear the images that delight you from them. If it’s a picture of a bunch of flowers that makes you smile, then pull it out. If it’s a picture of a person standing at the sea looking peaceful, then rip it out. Just have fun and be open to whatever calls to you. No gluing yet! Just let yourself have lots of fun looking through magazines and pulling out pictures or words or headlines that strike your fancy. Have fun with it.

Step 2: Go through the images and begin to lay your favourites on the board. Eliminate any images that no longer feel right. This step is where your intuition comes in. As you lay the pictures on the board, you’ll get a sense how the board should be laid out. For instance, you might assign a theme to each corner of the board – Health, Job, Spirituality, Relationships, for instance. Or it may just be that the images want to go all over the place. I sometimes do mine based on the feng shui map (Bagnua) or the wheel of life (life coaching tool)

Step 3: Glue everything onto the board. Add writing if you want. You can paint on it, or write words with markers.

Step 4: Leave space in the very center of the vision board for a fantastic photo of yourself where you look radiant and happy or for a picture that represents your main theme / vision.

Step 5: Hang your vision board in a place where you will see it often.

Step 6: If you’re like me and it takes a while for the pictures/images/words to come together don’t let that put you off. Just paste up what you do have and let the space be there for the rest to come. Keep an eye out for images/words/phrases that connect to you, cut them out and paste them in – it doesn’t have to be a rushed job – take your time with the process and have fun!

Step 7: Your vision board may change as you are making it. You may think you are creating one about creating a new job, when suddenly you find that your pulling out pictures of sand, people walking, meditating, of a certain country etc… it’s to go with the flow and not limit yourself to what you think you ‘should’ be putting on the board. You might find that you have little epiphanies from making a vision board.

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