I hope this email finds you well, and enjoying the holiday season!
2014’s New Year’s Day corresponds with a new moon, so instead of making New Year’s resolutions that I usually cannot keep past January 2 (like, no more chocolate ☺) I plan to do a Vision Board instead. A new moon at the commencement of the New Year is the perfect time to create a visual representation of what we would like to manifest in 2014 – and even beyond. Vision Boards tap into our creativity as well, and often reveal the soul’s desires that may be hidden by our conscious thoughts. I find creating Vision Boards very relaxing, enjoyable, and meditative. Once it is finished, it is fascinating to view the end result as there are often surprising choices of images and/or words. I save my Vision Boards and periodically look back at them to see what has manifested, how they differ from one another, and where there are consistencies over the years.
All one needs for this project is a large blank poster or cardboard, lots of magazines, a pair of scissors, and a glue stick (and some nice inspiring background music). You can sit on the floor or at large table, and spread out the materials. If you have a friend(s), family member(s) or significant other who is interested in doing this as well, I find it an enjoyable project when done with others working on their boards simultaneously. I like to set the intention before working on my board that I am connecting to my highest self in designing my vision, and then just release that intention.
The first step is to flip through the magazines, and without over-thinking just cut or tear out any images and words that appeal to you. You can spend an hour or so going through the magazines, until you feel like you have enough material to use for your size board. I usually do not have preconceived ideas about what I will place on the Board, but certainly one can have something in mind and then look for those items, in addition to just seeing what appeals to you in the present moment.
After collecting the images and words, you can now create your board in any way that appeals to you. It is your project, and there is no right or wrong way of designing your board. Images can overlap, or there can be a lot of blank space. You can cut your images into shapes, or leave them as found in the magazines. I usually place my images onto the board, re-arranging them until the entire board resonates with me. Only then do I glue them onto the board. Write the date on the back of the board, and you can sign it too if you wish.
The process is very enjoyable, and I find it interesting to view and analyze with an open mind one’s finished Vision Board – not just the actual images and words chosen, but also where and how those images are placed. The most important thing is to have fun, let go, and create!