“No self-respecting buccaneer would set sail in search of a buried treasure without a map. Why should you? A personal treasure map is a collage of your ideal life that you create as a visual tool to focus your creative energy in the direction you wish to go.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach
Last week I shared my Project 200 vision board with you all. You can see this post HERE. Today, I will share my own vision board process. I first was introduced to Treasure Maps around 1992 after reading Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach. I have done a few vision boards since then. Many of the things on these vision boards have materialized. I know that vision boards are a great way to be clear about intentions and goals and have a visual reminder of these that can be seen on a daily basis. So let me share this process with you.
“The best way to achieve your goals is to keep them top of mind, so you’re always looking for ways to move yourself closer to them – and a vision board is the perfect tool to help you do that.” – Jack Canfield
What Is Needed
- A surface to glue images – I’ve used mostly large 24″ X 36″ poster boards. I think these can be found at Walmart or that type of stores. Any large cardboard will do. The one I posted last week, was done on poster board cut into a heart shape.
- Images, words, phrases – I love harvesting these from magazines. The process of flipping through pages to find the right images/words/phrases is a very meditative activity. I have asked friends for their old magazines in the past, for this very purpose. Images, words and phrases can also be found on the internet and printed out.
- Glue – I like glue sticks the best, Lepage or UHU stic are the ones I’ve used. It is important not to use a wet glue as this will make your images wrinkled.
- Scissors – I use a regular pair of scissors and sometimes a smaller pair to fussy cut smaller elements. Fussy cutting is definitely not necessary though.
- Time – Last but not least, I ensure that I set time aside without disturbances for this process. I tend to be slow so I may take 4-6 hours for the whole process. Sometimes I will do this in one session and sometimes I will spread over two sessions.
Sacred Space – First I like to create a sacred space for this process. For me creating a sacred space involves putting on meditative music, burning incense or diffusing aromatherapy oil and lighting a candle.
Visualization – Then I sit quietly with myself, closing my eyes. In my mind’s eyes, I visualize myself living the best life I can imagine. I visualized this with as many details as I can. I start with waking up in the morning and go through the day till I set my head on the pillow at night. What am I doing? Who is with me? What is around me? What do I see? What do I smell? How am I feeling? I spend a few minutes doing this. When I’m ready, I open my eyes and then write about my experience. What has come up for me through this visualization? What are my deepest desires? What are my wants? Needs? How do I want to feel?
Once I’ve done this, I’m ready to create my vision board. I’ve done vision boards before without going through this process and it was fine. However, I find that this process helps with clarity and makes this experience richer for me.
Creating My Vision Board
I take my stack of magazines and I flip through the pages, ripping any images, words and phrases that catch my attention. This is something that I do mostly intuitively. I try not to engage my mind in this process. I trust my inner guidance that has been activated by previously visualizing my best life. From this process, I gather a good stack of images, words and phrases.
Then I look at the images, words and phrases I’ve gathered. Keeping in mind what I have uncovered from my visualization and writing, I keep those that feel aligned with my wants, needs and desires and put the ones that are not aligned aside. I also keep in mind the size of the surface I will put these on.
I fussy cut some of the images, words and phrases and trim the others. I then arrange, without gluing, these on my poster board in a way that is pleasing to me. I prefer having some blank spaces here and there so that things don’t feel too cluttered and chaotic. Once I’m pleased with how I’ve arranged these, I glue each piece in place.
My vision board is now done. I write the date at the back. I now sit with it for a bit, admiring my work.
I hang my vision board where it is the most visible to me day in and day out. My present one is hanging in my bedroom by my side of the bed. I can see it first thing in the morning and last thing at night. I’ve sometimes placed my vision board in my art room too.
“Research has revealed that images or scenes that are accompanied by intense emotion will stay locked in our memory forever.” – Jack Canfield
It’s important to interact with my vision board on a daily basis, or at least a few times a week. I sit where I can see my vision board clearly. I look at all the elements and imagine these already being a reality in my life. I make this imagining as vivid as I can, adding sounds, smells, and tastes as well as how I would emotionally and physically feel. Once I have done this, I release these and give thanks to the Universe for making these a reality. Then I go on with my day.
To be honest, I’m not very disciplined with this last step and it is certainly something I need to work on.
- I do a vision board for all of my life stuff. Some people like to do different vision boards for different areas of their life, such as one for their personal life and one for their professional life.
- Some like to use a corkboard and pin their images, words and phrases instead of gluing them on a poster board. Things can be removed, changed around as needed this way. Some people like to have a vision journal to which they keep adding items to.
- Couples can do a vision board together as well as families.
- Some people like to start the new year with a new vision board.
- Some will do a vision board for a specific project or area of their life such as I have done this time around for Project 200.
- There are places where one can do a vision board digitally online. These can then be used as desktop images on computers, tablets or phones. I personally would not recommend this. There’s something magical, for me, in the creating of a vision board with my hands.
More Ways to Activate Your Vision Board
- Write affirmations from your vision board.
- Keep a journal of the future.
- Express your visions publicly.
- Surf the internet for your vision.
There is so much information about vision boards on the internet. There might even be videos on youtube. I encourage you to create a vision board for yourself in any way that feels attractive to you. It’s a wonderful thing you can do for yourself. If I can support you in any way through this process, let me know. I would be happy to help in any way I can.
“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” – William Arthur Ward
If you can imagine it and dream it, you are deserving of it!