Vision boards are one of the first manifestation tools that pop up as we learn about the Law of Attraction. In conversations, I have found that most fellow seekers have enjoyed this special process with varying degrees of success. I have a knack for creating these playful posters, and I would like to share my tips here.
What exactly is a vision board? Basically, it’s a canvas where you splash photos and symbols of everything your heart desires. You can use magazine clippings, drawings, trinkets, and anything else that tickles your fancy. This deeply personal artifact can help you manifest the life of your dreams.
When I first heard about vision boards, I imagined they were designed to motivate you to brainstorm and take action in order to try to get things that you don’t have. After all, I had been raised in a society that chides anyone who isn’t doing, doing doing all the time. A society that tells you that you have far more lack than abundance – so you better get working!
I soon realized that vision boards are all about having fun and shoring up feelings of abundance and joy. They are not designed to make you feel antsy or behind schedule. Your vision board is a notecard to the Universe more than anything else, and it should be kept at arm’s length most of the time. It is not something you are supposed to mull over every day. That’s right, Type A folks – you are leaving the ‘doing’ to the Universe. You are not the one fulfilling the order now that it’s been placed.
You are being asked to have the same exuberance and twinkle in your eye that you had as a four-year-old who believed that your wishes would come true as you tossed pennies into the fountain.
And believe me, I know how hard that sounds at first. All of the serious adults convinced you that it would be a good idea to become a serious adult. You think you can’t trust anyone or anything to deliver cool things to you. You have to do all of that yourself – and it’s going to take OT at work, and time spent seeking out the right experts to help you climb one measly rung of the ladder.
I had that mindset once upon a fuckery. And I’m glad that’s gone.
(I usually don’t cuss, but that word was aptly placed.)
When you sit down to imagine what your vision board will look like, it’s a good idea to be in a good mood. This is your time to relax and let your mind dance. You’re allowed to doodle and use colorful pipe cleaners. You’re allowed to use odd clippings that don’t make sense to anyone but you. Nothing is off the table. This is a memento of your love story with God/Universe/Source. Because, Babe – now please let this register in your brain:
God is even more on your side than you are.
Did you skim over that, or did you feel it?
The Universe is wildly benevolent and amazing, and it will take 9 steps in your direction for every 1 step that you take.
You have to take a critical step.
You have to know as fact that things are working out for you.
Not in the “Oh, God’s Will is baffling, but you have to just trust that hardships are great” way.
No, we have moved on from that low level of consciousness that best be left in the Middle Ages.
I am telling you that when you fervently want a trip to Turks and Caicos, Source Energy is TOTALLY on board with you, SO MUCH SO that the trip has been manifested in the implicate order, primed and ready for the explicate order – IT’S JUST YOUR CALL TO FEEL IT INTO LIFE!!!
FEEL IT INTO LIFE.
Your job is to relax and be that experience right now. You don’t have to do anything.
Do you know what I mean by ‘be’ that experience? Feel what your body would feel like if you just finalized plans to go there. Feel what your body would feel like if you were stepping off the plane right now. What is your walk like on the magnificent beach? How exuberant is your heart as you sip wine at a beachside restaurant? Create those feelings now. Don’t depend on changing circumstances to create your feelings.
Does Source wait for changing circumstances before feeling the apex of Love? Or does Source choose Love every moment?
You are Source.
Align with your Oversoul which is always Source. Your forays into the density of this earthly existence have not been for naught – but now you know better, and you can do better. You are wiser, and more conscious than ever before.
Don’t do this fun practice once or twice. Have a consistent daily practice of visualizing and FEELING yourself as the version of you with the manifestation.
You don’t have to stand in front of your vision board and gaze at it for hours on end. That fun project is complete, and it was meant to get the momentum going. Now it’s time to play. Use your imagination. Remember that you are powerful enough to create amazing experiences without needing to ‘do, do, do’ at jobs and seminars.
Now that I have covered the essence of vision boards, it’s time to focus in on some tips and pointers.
There is a glut of information out there. I’ve heard a lotta stuff from a lotta people, but I would like to give a special nod to the late Ellen Whitehurst. She is a Feng Shui expert whom I discovered by virtue of The Daily Om, and her vision board tutorial is the truth.
My biggest takeaway from her is that you must use the Bagua map as your board layout for optimal results.
I didn’t always do this, and I had mixed results. When I would just tack a thing here and a thing there, without putting much thought into the design, I would eventually manifest some of my stuff. It took quite a while. I didn’t realize the importance of placement and sacred geometry. The extreme importance of a nice photo of you smack dab in the middle. And a few other little magical components. Again, I will refer you to Ellen Whitehurst’s website and YouTube videos. Check out a few other teachers who seem compelling to you, too.
You may think that vision boards are for middle-class people who have first world problems (i.e. wish for a trip to NYC rather than a weekend getaway in their own state), but I had one when I was broke as a joke. I was so low on cash that I was selling the coffee table and some other odds and ends in my driveway. I was hoping to manifest more groceries, believe it or not.
It was the toughest of times.
So, I drew pictures of food. I wrote something like, “Thank You for the Abundance of Food!” I felt the joy of having my shelves stocked with plenty of grains and canned goods, and my fridge stocked with plenty of meat and vegetables.
I didn’t worry about how the food would arrive. I didn’t complain about the cheap frozen burritos that sustained me. I just placed all of my trust in the Universe, and I continued to take the high road when life dealt me some serious blows.
To my delight, someone handed me a huge box overflowing with a bunch of great groceries, including fresh produce. The box literally had food falling out of it. I had not mentioned anything to this person. It was a spur-of-the-moment thing that gave me reason to cry tears of joy in the car. And before long, I had the means to buy ample groceries myself.
A few months later, I got an unexpected text from family about joining them on their Hawaiian trip. I glanced over at my little sketch of a beach and the word “Hawaii” written on top. Despite dire economic hardship, I had not removed that dream from my vision board. My heart danced as I thought about how I was soon to be on that beach with people I loved dearly. I had not told them that I had a vision board or any Hawaiian fantasies. I had honestly forgotten that they vacationed there every so often. You may call it a coincidence, but I daresay it was the Universe whispering to kind people and being a splendid organizer.
If you trust that your desires will be made manifest in Divine Time, and if you are living in integrity, you will see magic unfold all around you. You’ll be doing the happy dance over all things big and small.
Do not let the illusion of time bring you down. Oftentimes, it is right when we’re on the cusp of feeling that new steering wheel in our hands that we get cross with the Universe and un-match ourselves with The Wanted Thing.
Make it your fun new challenge to be vibrationally matched with your gifts regardless of how things may appear.
Glance at the vision board if you need a little pep talk, and be easy about it.
It’s all already there in the enfolded Universe, and it is so, so easy to feel it into being in the unfolded Universe!