A long time ago, I started creating visions boards….in the 80’s, when I was in high school, I would comb through magazines and cut out pictures of things I liked, places I wanted to go, ideas for future adventures. I would stick all these pictures on a poster board I would hang in my room.
I cannot tell you where I learned to make them or the fact that it is a form of positive thinking and manifesting, and setting goals for your life.
Like most teenagers my boards centered around–well me. They didn’t necessarily have any specific goals in mind and were certainly market driven–based on the magazines I chose, but they did help clarify what I wanted out of life.
If I remember correctly some of the things I put on those boards were definately expensive (I remember having a fondness for diamonds) and I would need to have a college degree in order to achieve them.
Did that goal manifest itself? It did. I did, thankfully, attend and finish college successfully and been able, over time, to have all the I’ve wanted (although now I am not too impressed by diamonds anymore.)
The boards also helped solidify my values–because on them I have always placed pictures that represented family, work, God, service and country.
I’m a nerd like that–and I have always been blessed to have these strong foundations in my life, because I sought them out–at least my brain did.
In college I made vision boards too, and throughout my life as an adult. I have even shared this little goal setting craft with my girls. And I hope it helps them focus on what they want as well.
It used to surprise me when something on my boards would manifest itself in my life–although it really should not have surprised me at all. These were things that I had on my mind and the mind is so much stronger than we know.
Now that I am older–I still make them on a smaller scale, using a 12 x 12 sheet of scrapbook paper and the pictures I print at home after collecting visual images of my ideas from the internet.
I have my vision boards where I can see them daily. And while our hurry up run around life may not allow for study of the boards–our mind’s eye sees them and goes to work.
The clarity they provide is one of honing in on the things that are really important in your life.
Now, I am not sure how it works, but I do know that it does work. I am not a scientist and cannot break down the steps the brain takes to create the vibrations from this visualization exercise to in turn create the energy in you and the world to make things happen.
But I do know this. Our brain, once it has clarity, subconsciously will lead us in the right path. It will tell us when to turn right instead of left to find those things, events, people, and circumstances that we are meant to interact with.
When we don’t have clarity–in our lives–there are moments when things are unorganized, in chaos, and indistinct. Bad things happen to us. We have a car accident, we make a bad financial decision, we come in contact with people who mean to do us harm. And things seem to be out of control.
Even in a world that is out of control–look at the people it does not affect. Is it because those people are better, smarter or richer? Or is it because they practice positivity in their lives regardless of the insanity around them?
Imagine if everyone created vision boards–and were able to create their positive energy that could mix with other people’s positive energy. What would our world look like? It would certainly be a different place.
My thoughts today, as I watch the chaos in the world on the news, is that they are manifesting exactly what the talking heads see in their mind’s eye. Their lives are in turmoil and it shows in their broadcasts. Long time politicians are losing their foothold because the negativity itself is bringing them to their knees. People are being used because they cannot visualize a different way and are vulnerable to the suggestions of others, of promises that will not come true.
Each one of us is responsible for our energy–vision boards are one way–to clarify and direct that energy for good.