Anyone else see the “The Secret” when it came out in 2006? I remember being quite inspired by it when we watched it just prior to my first daughter’s birth. The Big Secret is essentially that we’re all intended to have an amazing life and that we create every moment of our life with our thoughts. The film explains the Law of Attraction — how we attract into our lives anything that we give attention to, regardless whether it’s positive or negative.
Before this movie existed and all the talk about the law of attraction took hold culturally, any number of practices and tools existed that essentially help activate drawing in that which you seek.
Vision boards are something I’ve done off and on for over ten years. They are fun and powerful manifestation tools. The idea is to take pictures you like from magazines or that you print off the web and put them in a collage on a poster board or foam core board. Ideally all the pictures bring you joy and represent your passions and desires. You can choose to add text and drawings too. I read one suggestion to include copy at the bottom, “date created (today’s date)” and “date manifested.”
It’s fun to look back on ones that I created several years ago — especially my first vision board in 1999:
This one was pure stream of consciousness. It was one of the evening exercises at a life-changing retreat I attended in Colorado called Women’s Quest. We were told to go through a stack of magazines and cut out anything that looked attractive to us and not stop to think about it.
Women’s Quest rocks by the way. I went to three retreats over the span of a few years back in my single, corporate chic days and I hold the intention of taking my girls to one when they are older. Super empowering, adventurous, and fabulously feminine.
I’m struck by two images that I see now in my old ’99 vision board that are mind-blowing to me. The first, which may be hard to see, is a picture of African American children in choir robes. With absolutely ZERO clue in 1999 that I would be doing this — shortly after moving to Austin in 2003, I began volunteering for a charter school for under-served children in Austin, most with African American and Latino heritage. During the 2004-2005 school year, I was the school’s volunteer choir teacher.
The second one that I’m drawn to today is the picture of the young girl with her arms outstretched in joy. Check out this picture of my sweet Sadie:
I didn’t do another vision board until 2004. When I was ready to get married and was fantasizing about having a beautiful wedding with dark pink and orange flowers, and chocolate-colored brides maids dresses.
This was my secret vision board that I stashed under our bed when my husband and I were living together, not yet engaged. Kinda hard to see in this tiny picture…but if you click it, I think you see something larger…and then there’s pictures from my wedding a year later in 2005.
Now. When I look back at the much fancier board that my husband and I made together for 2010, I find myself scratching my head a bit.
Some things on the board manifested quite beautifully: Travel (for almost free), Getting Published, Getting a Job. Practicing affinity and compassion.
Others – not so much.
Namely: EXERCISE which is all over the board for crying in the drink! And the others were specific numbers around total money earned per month in 2010 which didn’t happen. That’s supposed to be my husband’s future ripped torso (close….really close) and that’s supposed to be me jogging blissfully through the woods and wearing skinny, hip clothes (not that close on either….)
Do whatever it takes to feel good. The emotions of joy and happiness are powerful money magnets. Be happy now!
You can intend and create everything you want for the future, through the simple process of gratitude.
Which reminds me of the Gratitude journaling exercise which I fully intend to re-ignite this year.
As far as the vision board, ideally it is posted somewhere where you’ll do more than barely notice it. One person suggested having it on the ceiling above your bed. Since we’re selling the house and have showings on a semi-regular basis, we’ve opted to keep our vision boards stashed away.
We intend to redo our boards for 2011 this month. And as soon as we’re in another home, we’ll make them prominent again. Since we attract into our lives anything that we give attention t0 – best to have visual aids some place that draws our attention!