Readers want to know what this Vision Board thing is that I referenced in yesterday’s post. I got the name from Christine Kane at her Spring retreat in Asheville this year; however, I’ve done these before and called them dreamscapes or wish reminders. I have seen them called mind maps and goal setting. I think for those of us who are visually oriented as artists, they are extremely powerful tools.
Here’s the process:
1. Decide whether you are making a general, random collection of ideas or a targeted collection of ideas.
2. Gather round all your sources of pictures, or some magazines from the thrift store, pencils, pens, markers, paints, sparkles, stamps – whatever you think will help you manifest your dream idea.
3. Spend some time collecting a batch of pictures that will form the foundation of your creation. When I first did this, I actually times things so that I didn’t get to logically engaged. If you only have 10 minutes to range through a foot high pile of goodies, you tend to go fast and furious and rely more on intuition.
4. Go back through your pile (originally, I gave myself 5 minutes to pick the final pictures) and take the best depictions of what you want to come into your life.
5. Arrange on your poster board (originally, I just used newspaper. You can use paper bags or make a book and do it every day, or weekly, or monthly which was my intention after Christine’s retreat, but I let life get in the way). Glue everything down. Add whatever you want to make it appeal to your inner child (your creativity) and your higher self (the one you engage to let things in when your ego is trying to keep them out).
6. Hang the finished product where you can see it all the time. This is crucial. Making the board is only the first step. Seeing it and allowing it to move into your subconscious is the part that makes it work.
Here are close ups of mine: the “inner sanctuary” piece and the art and display of art piece. I always forget that the display is as important as anything in selling art, and a good display can make you or break you at a show where you only have one or two days to pull in the people who have been looking for your art their whole life but just don’t know it yet.
Here are some other takes on Vision Boards:
Goal Setting College: How I Created My Vision Board – revealed
Another way to create a vision board is to gather photos (your own or pictures as above) and make them into a video. For example, here’s a video of my trip to a retreat in Asheville: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGoIXgUWWck
thought for the day: As many of us now know and understand, we are, along with the rest of what we see and experience, made up of a miraculous interchange of vibrating waves of energy. When we create something, we always create first in thought form. one law of energy is that energy of a certain quality or vibration tends to attract energy of a similar quality and vibration. Another important law of energy is whatever we put out into the universe is attracted back at us. “As you sow, so shall you reap.” Which means, whatever we think about the most, believe in the strongest, expect on the deepest levels, or imagine the most vividly about, shall be our experience. Todd Werner, Manifesting Reality: How We Make Things Happen