I created my first vision board, many years ago, when I was in a group therapy program for women. The program was focused on women who were living with disordered eating or eating disorders. At the time, I had never heard of the visioning, aligning, or deliberate creation. I also had no idea that I was in charge of the outcomes in my life.
Blame and shame were the name of my game. (Excessive rhyming not intended.)
I didn’t really understand the true point of creating a vision board and quite frankly, was just sort of following along with the program. I did (and still do) have a strong creative streak, so, I just went with it.
We were instructed to cut and paste images of things that inspired us onto a piece of poster board. So, we all sat around in a circle, chatting and cutting from magazines for about an hour. I pasted pictures of books, trees, and some words that resonated for me at the time on my board. I wasn’t being too picky about the images, I was just going on my gut instinct.
When my board was done, I went home and promptly stuffed my new vision board into a closet.
A couple of years later, I had just started my private support practice and was feeling a major urge to de-clutter the closet in what is now my home office. Shoved back in the corner, I found the vision board and was astonished at what I saw.
Every image that I had cut and pasted on that board had manifest.
I was a little shocked.
I was so surprised, that I felt inspired to learn more about the law of attraction but was still a bit turned off by it. I had the same misconceptions as many do in the beginning and just didn’t see how sitting around thinking of what I wanted would make them somehow magically appear.
Eventually though, I learned that deliberate creation is not about sitting around and visualizing what you want. While creating a vision is important for some, vision, in and of itself, isn’t what creates our outcomes.
Vision does not manifest. Aligning does. (click to tweet that)
That is because aligning gets us into the feeling state of what we most desire and feelings (aka vibration or energy) are what is actually attractive. It doesn’t matter how you do it. Maybe it is by cutting and pasting images onto a poster board, by visualizing, by writing, or by dancing naked in your living room.
So, the real practice then, is to deliberately generate your most desires feelings and then take actions that are inspired from those feelings. That way, not only do you get to feel how you want to feel now, but you also bring more of that feeling into your experience.
9 Steps for Creating a Vision Board that Actually Works
1. Gather your supplies.
- poster board, a large sheet of paper, and/or a cork board
- colorful or plain paper
- magazines*/books that can be cut up
*Some of my favorite magazines are Oprah, The Simple Things, Law of Attraction, Yoga Journal, Body + Soul, Afar. I also love to get Luxury Real Estate Magazines as well as high fashion magazines as they usually have the best fonts!
Also note that you can do this style of vision board in a blank art book (this one is my favorite) or a binder. I like to either do the book/binder thing or a cork board.
2. Find a space that is large enough to spread out all of your supplies. A large table or the floor are usually great choices.
3. Decide what area of life you want to focus on and think about how you want to feel (for example: free, open, loved and accepted) in that area.
4. Get comfortable and relaxed. Choose music, light candles, burn incense, chant, gather your crystals, sing to your angels, bang drums, or anything else that supports you in feeling comfortable and relaxed.
5. Flip through the magazines and begin tearing/cutting out images/words/phrases that appeal to you. At this stage, it doesn’t matter if it matches the are of your life that you are exploring. For now, just focus on any image, word, etc. that feels any kind of good to you when you look at them.
6. Now, go through your images and look specifically for things that generate your desired feelings related to the area of life you are focusing on. If you want to feel “free,” select images that invoke “free” feelings for you. Don’t choose images that feel crappy when you look at them. Set aside any images that still feel good but don’t quite fit on your current board. I like to keep mine in a pretty hatbox in my office.
7. Once you have the images you want to use, do a “dry run” by arranging the images and words in a variety of ways. When it feels just right, go ahead and affix your images to your board. You may want to consider creating additional elements using paper and markers, etc.
8. Look at your board often and focus on the feelings that looking at the images creates for you. Pay attention to how they feel in your body. Remove and add images as needed (this is why I like the cork board or books, much easier to remove the unwanted and add in).
9. When you’ve really amped up those feelings in your body, take action that is inspired from already having the experience of your desired feelings. If your desired feeling is free, what action are you inspired to take when you feel free. Do that.
When you align yourself with the feelings you want before acting, not only do you manifest more of what you really desire, but you also get to experience those feelings now.
And isn’t what what we really want, anyway?
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