Well friends, as promised, here’s my dear friend’s writing on vision boards. Now I need to remind you once again that vision boards are fun and fabulous. I have had one for as long as I can remember and I try to motivate others to do the same. Although I find mine to be quite useful, I must caution again about patience. Always be mindful of the fact that God has a plan for you although it is great to let him know a little pit of what you would like that plan to include. Patience will teach you to remember that all things work for your own good.
Please note that the author of this piece is a Professor of Psychology at Monmouth University and is an advocate for positive thinking as a tool for over all mental health.
The idea that “thoughts become things” and that putting positive mental energy into the universe will attract the things we most desire to our lives is the underlying foundation for the creation of Vision or Dream boards. The best-seller, The Secret popularized the notion of the Laws of Attraction for manifesting reality through our thoughts. Physicist, Werner Heisenberg adds science to this phenomenon by asserting that our minds can actually shape reality! Famed life coach and author, Martha Beck states that something as simple as collecting meaningful and inspirational pictures from magazines and rearranging them on a poster board will not only evoke creative juices to start flowing, but triggers an entire chain of reactions for achievement our deepest dreams.
If simply cutting out pictures from magazines and gluing them on a board is such a powerful tool, why hasn’t EVERYONE rushed to the supply closet? The answer may be that individuals have not heard of this clever, yet amazing catalyst for change, or it seems too cliché or reminiscent of elementary school art class, or that senior high school retreat. Whatever the reason, now is the time for embarking on this life-altering initiative. The time for cranking up the notch on the creation of your reality is within your reach!
How do you get started on creating this work of art, the map of your life? Vision boards require access to plenty of magazines with pictures you can cut out and past/glue to a standard size poster paper. You can be as creative or cutting-edge as your individual tastes and imagination dictates. First start by incorporating a picture of yourself (smiling, happy, and radiant) in the center of the board; you can add the remainder of the pictures, including text, or hand-written words after. The important thing is that what you choose to place on your Vision board is a genuine reflection and representation of your deepest wishes, desires, and life goals.
Embarking on the creation of your Vision board is a deeply personal, moving, and introspective event. Some have likened it to a religious experience ! Be sure to allow yourself a few moments of reflection, meditation and ask yourself what it is that you want to manifest in your life. Allow the fleeting thoughts, images, or feelings to be your guide. There are no hard and fast rules in making a Vision board, except that it reflects your inner longings, desires, and wishes. If a specific theme or themes develop, such as career, health, education, or relationships, allow these to unfold. Choose images and words that are emotional, inspirational, and uplifting! Remember that your Vision board creation is like creating your ideal life…Use your imagination and have fun with it !
Fatima E. Covino PhD-ABD, LCSW