How to Use a Vision Board
In my previous blog I explained how to make a vision board. So if you have created your vision board you may be looking at it wondering ‘what now?’ Read on to find out how to use it to maximum effect?
The intention of a vision board is to help us stay focused on our goals, but more importantly it is activating the law of attraction. As you look at your vision board and feel peaceful, loved, abundant and calm, these things will naturally start to flow into your life. Sound a bit New Age for you? Well…we have research by Edward Watkins that shows the difference between constructive and unconstructive repetitive thought. In his peer-reviewed research, he found repetitive constructive thought resulted in recovery from traumatic events, increased ability to plan ahead and be adaptable, recovery from depression and the tendency to engage in more health-promoting activities (Watkins, Edward R. (2008). Constructive and Unconstructive Repetitive Thought. Psychological Bulletin. 134(2), Mar 2008, 163-206. Retrieved on 17th Feb 2017 from http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/bul/134/2/163/).
A vision board helps you to get clear about what you want, and helps to establish repetitive constructive thoughts. It also helps us be clear with our spiritual team about what we want in our life, as well as building an energetic template for the real thing to ‘fall’ into.
How to Use a Vision Board
- Hang it somewhere you can see it, preferably first thing in the morning and before bed, so the bedroom is a good idea, or in a Temple or sacred space where you meditate.
- Ground before you look at the board. Feel your feet firmly connected to the Earth. Become aware of your breath and follow the breath in and out a few times.
- Say a prayer. This could be a peace prayer such as that of Saint Frances, or a prayer for others in the world. It builds energy to receive blessings if we give them first.
- When you feel calm and connected look at your board and choose an image that stands out. Look at the image and imagine yourself living the reality suggested by the image. For example, if you would like to have a new job you would imagine waking up in the morning happy it is a work day. You imagine arriving at work greeted by people you like, you have fun at work, the work culture is supportive and flexible, you see the amount of money you receive as an energetic exchange with the money flowing easily into your bank. You embellish the vision with sounds, smells and noises to make it as real as possible. Activate the heart as much as you can by infusing that image with love and joy.
- Move on to the next image that stands out and repeat. You do not have to do every image daily, just the ones that jump out that day.
- Repeat morning and night for 5-10 minutes.
- It is the most potent first thing in the morning as you are setting yourself up for the day, and last thing at night before you close your eyes as this will allow the images and intentions to soak more easily into your subconscious. You are more likely to wake up with inspired ideas which move you closer to your goals.
Success Story (the first of many)
The first time I made a vision board was in around 2007. One of the places I wanted to visit was Egypt. So, I had a picture of the pyramids on it and would regularly look at that picture and ‘feel’ the sun beating down on me, feel how lucky I was to be standing in front of the pyramids. I imagined the smell of the camels, the noise of people selling things around me. It was fun to imagine, and each time I added new details. Within 5 months completely unexpectedly I was there, in Egypt, in front of the pyramids, in the exact spot the picture had been taken from. I had no previous plan to travel there, but there I was, and it was an amazing trip.