When I first started using vision boards (called ’em ‘dream boards’ back then), most people had never heard of ’em. Today, it seems most everyone talks about vision boards and dream boards, so this is not likely to be a new concept to you.
if you think you can just slap up some photos and get everything on your board, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.
Here are a few tips to make your vision board as powerful as possible, so that you can attract what you want, as quickly as possible.
1. Balance it. I like to use the Feng Shui ba gua map to balance mine, that way I make sure I include everything (prosperity, fame/reputation, relationship/romance, children/creativity, health/wellness/balance, family/living within means, wisdom, career, helpful people/travel.) See pic. Don’t just put pictures of money, put pictures of the stuff you want to BUY with that surplus of money.
2. Be specific. Don’t put a picture of a yellow Viper if you really want a red one, just because you couldn’t find a good picture of a red one. (Besides, what is this, 1989? A Viper? I’m kidding — whatever YOU really want is perfect! Go for it!) Don’t put a picture of the boots that KIND OF look like the boots you want, keep looking until you find the EXACT ones. Go to the store and take a photo if you must. Or if the boots you want seem not to exist, then write “these boots or better” next to the closest pic you can find.
3. Color it. I advise against black and white images. color makes a stronger impression on the subconscious, which is the whole point of how this works. I once had a black and white picture of a hot tub, because at the time that I printed it, my color cartridge in my printer was on the fritz. And it took me more than TWO YEARS to attract that hot tub. And who wants to wait that long for a good long soothing soak in your backyard? P.S. the one we have now has grey interior lining. No coincidence there…
4. Include YOU. The fastest way to manifest with a vision board is to put yourself there, in the photos. Ever read “Illusions” by Richard Bach? (It’s one of my all-time favorite books.) There’s a scene where the main character is being taught to manifest — “Think of something, anything.” He pictures a blue feather. “Now imagine it.” So he goes around, imagining this blue feather off and on, all day. Then at dinner, he’s drinking out of a milk carton, and there’s a blue feather on it, and he’s over the moon. “My feather!” and his teacher says something like “you dolt. You were supposed to imagine it IN YOUR HAND, not just out there in space.” It’s a good lesson. In the hand…in your possession. Do that on your vision board. Even if you cut out a cheesy picture of your face and tape it into the ski lift for your dream winter vacation. And if you happen to come to Colorado, give a holler, maybe we can meet up 😉
5. Combine words and pictures. I have tried both ways and find this is best. Personally, what works best for me is mostly pictures (say 70-80%) with some words (20-30%). I’m a writer, so I love words. But pictures create a strong impression. The combination is powerful. Look at the picture — see how it feels kind of flat, without images. That’s why you need both — we think in words, but we create in images. We need both for a successful vision board.
6. Edit it. Don’t put stuff on there if you don’t want it. Think about what you’re putting on there. I used to love dead trees, I would take dozens and dozens of photos every time I saw a dead tree. Before I learned feng shui, I had those pictures hanging all over my house. To me, they felt poetic, poignant. Then when I learned about symbolism through feng shui, I thought about what dead trees represented: loss of life, stagnation, disintegration, lack of growth, lack of resources. (Furthermore, wood and trees represent prosperity. So putting dead trees in your space is a sure way to go — or stay — broke.) I realized I didn’t want any of those things in my life. I still love to look at dead trees, but I don’t post photographs of them in my home anymore. Some things are beautiful, but they don’t belong on your vision board. If in doubt, leave it out.
7. JUST DO IT. You’d be amazed how many people have gone to the store and bought the posterboard — they may even have it hanging on the wall — with nothing on it. You might be one of these people. Or you have old crap on there, that you no longer want, or have already manifested. Breathe fresh life into your vision board. Now is the time. Just do it.
and for pete’s sake, HAVE FUN WITH THIS !
Go for it. You’ll be glad you did.