Hello and welcome to Magick Month! For the entire month of October The Guitar Witch will be posting a new tip or challenge to help your creativity flourish and pulse with all the energy and life it deserves! You can find previous days here. Today I explain how to make a vision board.
As Within, As without
Visualizing the life we want helps to clarify your desires, your ambitions, and your values. A vision board is a beautiful way to externalize and represent those desires in an aesthetically pleasing way.
How it works
There is something special that happens when we make vision boards. Images you put on there may develop into reality so quickly as to be creepy.
While I do believe there is a metaphysical aspect to this function, a great deal of its power comes from the psychological effect. The reminders it gives you about who you are and who you want to be, how you should be acting, what you should be spending your time on are powerful.
A vision board is physical crystallization of what are normally subconscious values and wishes.
Regardless, whether it is a metaphysical or psychological change that occurs is beside the point. We can never prove metaphysics, although the power of your belief alone can have an effect that is not dependent on external reality.
This is an interesting discussion and debate. However, today I will mostly be focusing on explaining my personal method for how to make a vision board. The Wisdom Post goes into possible reasons for their functionality more deeply here.
How to Make a Vision Board
What you will need
- Computer and printer (or paper): I prefer to do this on a computer. You could do this by hand if you were very ambitious. It would likely be more effective as well because of the deep concentration it would take, but it would also be quite time consuming.
- Medium to large corkboard & Tacks: I prefer to do this with corkboard and tacks instead of cardboard and glue so that I can move things and take them off as I see fit.
- Write down the major areas of your life: For me, I picked: Home, Health, Career, Love, Spirituality. Many things can fall under these main areas. For example, Love includes relationships, family, and community.
- Find images that inspire you: Check through all your own pictures. Go to a site like Pinterest, or search google. I even find many of the posts I save on Instagram to be inspiring. Magazines and old books are also a good source. Although it is always great to support artists by buying prints or their other services, you will not be using these for a commercial purpose so don’t feel bad about using them.
- Compile and cut: I like to copy all my digital images into a Word document, so that I can move them and resize them so that I do not waste more paper than necessary. Print them out and cut away.
- Place them strategically & aesthetically: I like to organize mine by the categories stated above (health, career, etc.). It may take a while to get them all to fit nicely, depending on how many images you chose and chaotic you are!
- Add text (Optional): Some days I respond better to verbal messages (check out day 2 for tips on adding verbal messages to your home) and some days better to imagery. So I like to put both!
- Put your vision board in a place of prominence: I like to put mine above my amp in my office. Every time I look over, there it is. I also use it as the wallpaper on my phone!
- Try not to leave anything major out: Putting a fancy yacht on your board without also including your dream career is kind of silly. Similarly, putting only consumer goals and objects without also including images of love and family is a recipe for dysfunction.
- Think about what you will give in return for what you get: Offering the world the best you can – your unique personal talents and gifts – is your best opportunity to provide the most value to the lives of others. The more you give, the more others will want to give back to you.
- Take time to look at it: Part of my morning meditation is to take a couple minutes looking at my vision board. Absorb that stuff into your conscious and subconscious mind!
- Change it when it feels right, or once a year: I like to change my vision board once a year. I will usually keep some of the images from the previous year (will there be a year I don’t want to do better career or relationship wise?), but add new ones that inspire me. Keep it as fresh as you need to in order to keep it engaging.
Now you know how to make a vision board for yourself – and also why that is a great idea. Embrace the power of your own creativity to beautify your environment with your own dreams, values, and ambitions.
If you have any questions do not hesitate to comment below.
Thanks for reading!
~ Blessed Be and Happy Creating ~
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