When I first heard about vision boards, honestly, I thought they were a bit lame. It wasn’t until I started studying more about the law of attraction and the art of manifestation, that I realised just how powerful they were.
A couple years ago I kept seeing a vision during my meditations. It was a familiar view of a volcano rising up over a big, beautiful lake. I realised that it was in fact a place I had been before – San Marcos la Laguna, on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala (aka my spiritual home). I knew that I was being guided to go back there. I didn’t know exactly how or when it would happen, but I felt it so strongly. I decided to print out a picture of that view (cheers, google images!) and place it above my desk so I’d see it every day.
Well, it was less than a year later that I had sold my business and found a yoga teacher training course in the exact place I had been visualising and looking at above my desk for months and months. Of course, I made it happen, but having this image looking at me every day served as a reminder to make it happen. Now, I make vision boards regularly and tweak them depending on what has come to fruition and what I want to draw in to my life.
Visualisation is an incredibly powerful manifestation tool. When you create an image of what you want your life to look like and really feel in to it on a regular basis, powerful shifts can happen in your life.
You may have heard the story of Jim Carrey who, as a young actor, wrote himself a cheque for $10 Million for ‘acting services rendered’ and dated it ten years in the future. Then, ten years later, in 1995 he received $10 Million for his role in Dumb & Dumber. Yeah, this stuff works!
In today’s Ritual Series, I’ll guide you through the process of creating your very own vision board. You can create a vision board anytime you like, and I encourage you to refresh yours throughout the year. Taking the time to create a vision board at the beginning of the year is a lovely way to utilise the fresh energy of this season and set yourself up for an amazing year ahead! So, let’s get to it.
Get clear on your vision
Before you start flipping through magazines, take some time to ask yourself what your ideal life looks like. Have you set intentions for your year yet? (If not, check out my previous journal entry for The New Year’s Ritual all about setting intentions).
What does your ideal day look like? Where are you, how are you spending your time, who are you with, how are you feeling physically and energetically? Really feel in to the emotions surrounding your goals – how do they make you feel?
*I would recommend filling your board with things that are inspiring and attainable within this year. For example, if you are currently not dating anyone, but have images of children and families on your board, your subconscious won’t really buy it. It’s better to instead focus on the near future – new love and building a relationship with someone. Just as an example!
I want you to dream big and allow yourself space to see those goals come to fruition soon for you, so you can then keep levelling up.
Feel in to your goals
Now that you’re clear on what you want to achieve within the next 6-12 months, take some time to close your eyes and visualise exactly how you would *feel* when each of these goals come to life. What emotions come up? Excitement, happiness, pride, relief? Allow yourself to physically feel these emotions. This way, you can send this intention in to your board as you create it.
Gather your supplies
- Poster board
- I usually work with an A2 sized poster board, but yours can be any size you like, or perhaps even a pinboard instead.
- I highly recommend using blu-tack instead of gluing things down. This makes it easier for you to create the board, but also gives you the ability to swap things out as they manifest and add new images and words easily.
- Now, most people reach for old magazines to start sourcing their images. This is absolutely an option, but I have noticed that sometimes this leads to a board filled simply with pretty pictures, as opposed to representing that which you are trying to manifest. So, be mindful of the images you choose and choose them intentionally. I love to use Pinterest and a simple google image search to find specific images of the things I have decided I want to bring in to my life.
- Inspirational words or quotes
- I often have a word of the year, a certain energy that I want to bring in. This year mine is EXPANSION, so that is sitting smack bang in the middle of my board. I also like to print out a number of inspiring words that match the themes I am working with. I suggest making them nice and large, in a clear and bold font. You want them to be visible from a few metres away, so you can see them very clearly on your board.
- A few ideas of the kind of words you might choose are love, creativity, travel, joy, calm, alignment, purpose, success, abundance – you’ll know which words resonates most for you so get creative!
- Affirmation Cards
- Another idea you might like is adding affirmation cards to your board. I have a selection scattered around my vision board. You can write your own affirmations or chooses some that resonate from a card deck.
Set up your space
If you’ve been following me and The Ritual Series for a while now, you’ll know how much I value having a sacred space to work from. Check out my Sacred Space Ritual post for some guidance around creating your own.
I want you to be really present while you create your vision board so you can do it with intention, so set up your environment to encourage creativity and presences. This will look different for everyone. Perhaps it’s incense and calming music, or maybe you’ve got candles on and some energetic music to inspire you. Whatever works for you, do it with intention to set the mood to get to work.
Now it’s time to get to work and make your beautiful vision board! Have fun with it, you can make it as simple or lavish as you like. Maybe you add glitter and feathers, or keep it cool and monochrome – whatever style resonates with you is perfect!
Display it proudly
I always recommend keeping your vision board somewhere that you will see it every single day, but also somewhere relatively private. Mine is hung on the wall directly opposite my bed, so I see it every single morning when I open my eyes, and it is so inspiring. When I have guests over though, I always cover it with a scarf. It’s up to you, but I feel like my vision board is quite private, so I like to keep it for my eyes only. When I lived with housemates, I always kept my vision board on the inside of my wardrobe door, so I still saw it every single day, but it wasn’t quite so prominent for someone else to wander in and see. This is totally up to you and your comfort levels. Perhaps you’re in a relationship and you decide to make a vision board as a couple, or maybe the whole family can come together to create one.
Watch the magic happen!
Be sure to look at your vision board regularly, and really feel in tp the feelings that the images evoke and connect in with your goals. I recommend repeating affirmations to yourself about the themes of your vision board each time, too.
If you’re really connected in with these goals of yours, you will start to see them come to life for you. As they do, start changing out the images, or even create a brand new board. A regular refresh will help keep the energy around your goals from becoming stagnant.
I hope that this post has been helpful for you! Wishing you lots of luck in creating your vision board, happy manifesting!
As always, if you have any questions at all for me, requests of things to write about, or if you’d like to share your board with me, please feel free to get in touch!
Let me know your thoughts!