I have been making vision boards for decades. Some I’ve made with pictures from magazines, some are digital, and some are simply words I’ve written on a page. They all have been extremely helpful in helping me sort out what I really want, what my priorities are, and in keeping me focused.
The great news is, most of the things I have imagined with my Vision Boards are now a tangible part of my life. What a fun tool to help you manifest the life you’ve always wanted!
So, what type of Vision Board you want to make?
I’ve listed three types of Vision Boards here, but these are just ideas. You may want to use a combination of all three types. You might even begin with one kind, and it morphs into another. That’s great! That’s your intuition and creativity guiding you. Go with it.
You may begin your Vision Board with something specific in mind and then, as you collect your pictures, you may find another theme emerging. Creating a Vision Board can bring epiphanies, surprise and joy. It can be a powerful tool to experience your own growth and evolution.
The Anything Goes Vision Board: This is the vision board to do if you’re not exactly sure what you want, or if you know you want a change, but can’t see how it is possible. Also, it is a great exercise to boost your mood if you’ve been depressed or sad.
Here’s how it works: Thumb through a stack of magazines and cut out images that delight you. You don’t need to know why they appeal to you. Trust the process. Have fun and be open to whatever speaks to you.
When you are done going through the magazines, arrange the pictures and words into two piles: one pile are those things that hold the biggest attraction for you and the others not so much.
Now, slowly go through the favorite pile, holding that same openness, and ask yourself why you chose this picture? What does it mean to you? Most likely you’ll sense the answer. Even if you don’t find an answer, if you still love it, put it on your vision board anyway. You will find an answer at some point in the future.
The “Anything Goes” can be a powerful tool for you to discover new things about yourself, or to uncover a new path. Sometimes we think we know what we want, but many times those desires aren’t in alignment with our authentic self. This type of vision board can reveal things to you about yourself and your passion that you haven’t yet discovered. How exciting is that?
The Focused Vision Board: This type of vision board has a theme. It focuses on one particular area of your life, such as a particular goal or desire. You might also want to do a Focused Vision Board at the beginning of a new year, or as you enter a new chapter of you life, like beginning a new job or moving to a new location.
One way to do a Focused Vision Board is to put an image in the center that represents the goal and then surround that image with pictures that relate to it. Of course, you should choose the style that appeals most to you.
The only difference between this and the Anything Goes Vision Board is that this one has a clear intention and focus. Before you begin the vision board, take a moment to get centered and grounded. Allow the intention to grow within you. The pictures you choose will most likely be in alignment with the theme, but sometimes you will surprise yourself by being drawn to an image that seems unrelated. Trust the process. Your inner guidance system knows what it’s doing.
The Digital Vision Board: You can also create a Vision Board on your computer with images from the internet. Do a search on any topic that appeals to you, choosing “images.” Click and drag the images into a Word document. When you are satisfied with your results, print it out. Or, do a poster-sized version by having it printed at an office supply store.
If you opt to do a Digital Vision Board, don’t make the mistake of letting it get lost in your computer. If you don’t have it printed out, at least put it on your desktop where you will see it often.
Here is the process for creating a Vision Board:
Before you begin:
- Put on soft music – this is optional, but may be helpful. I recommend music such as R. Carlos Nakai or Anugama Shamanic Dream I and II.
- Sit quietly, go within and find your quiet center. [You may wish to us my guided meditation at this link.]
- Open yourself to ALL possibilities. Don’t censor or judge your thoughts. Don’t think too hard. Ask your higher self what you want. Go with your instincts.
- You may see a picture in your mind’s eye, or think of a word, a concept or an idea. Be with whatever comes to you. Don’t think about it, and don’t ask how or when.
Begin building your Vision board:
- Go through a pile of magazines and cut out all the images, words or phrases that appeal to you. Again, don’t sensor your choices or take yourself too seriously. Have fun with it!
- After you have collected a pile of images, words and phrases, go through them and lay your favorites on the Vision Board, but don’t glue them yet.
- Rearrange them, eliminate ones that are less appealing to you.
- If you have different topics, group them. Use your instincts and play with it. Be creative. There are NO RULES!
- When you are happy with your arrangement, start gluing.
- If you wish, you can write words that are meaningful to you on the board.
Use your vision board:
- Hang your board where you will see it often. Put it on the refrigerator or mirror…anywhere visible.
- Passing glances are helpful, but at times, pause. Really look at what you created. Be present with the feelings that come from looking at each image.
- Share your board with a close friend or spouse, someone who will be supportive of your dreams and intentions. Try to put words to what you see and feel; be as specific as you can.
I sincerely hope this article has been helpful and has encouraged you to start a Vision Board right away. If you’d like to join one of my Vision Board Workshops, email me and we’ll see if we can get one going in your area.