I think one of the best ways to really dwell in your intention is to have it up in front of you, reminding you what you want to bring into your life.
One of the very best tools that I have ever used – to not only remind me of my intention – but also to “refresh” the feeling I get when I live my intention is to create a vision board.
I’m sure you have heard of people doing this and maybe you have also made a few in your life. If you have, then you probably know how powerful they can be.
Why do they work?
I’m not totally sure of the woo-woo theories behind this, but, from my own experience, I think they work because they evoke the feelings behind your intentions more than the concept of your intention.
Much like art.
If you were to take a stroll through an art museum, some of the art will really call to you and stir up deep emotions. If you were to go research the piece, you will probably discover that the artist was deep in those feelings and emotions when he created it. The energy of the art is filled with whatever the artist was feeling. I know that art I create ALWAYS brings me back to whatever I was feeling at the time.
Vision boards work the same way. If you create it, fully experiencing and creating your intention, then every time you look at the board, all those feelings come flooding back into you. You don’t have to try hard to experience those feelings, they just wrap around you, automatically.
The more you dwell in your intentions, the more real they are in your life.
So, if you take the time to create a powerful vision board and you keep it up in front of you, you will have easy access right back into the awesomeness of your intention.
How to create a Vision Board That Has Strength
- Schedule some uninterrupted time to yourself to create your board. An hour or so is usually enough time. Breaking up kid fights, competing with the television and trying to make dinner at the same time won’t allow you to give your vision board the attention it deserves.
- Gather up your supplies: a pile of magazines with varied themes, scissors, glue, and whatever size board you want your vision board to be. You can use poster board, art paper, whatever you like, just don’t have it be super small. A regular 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper is as small as I would go.
- Set the scene: grab a cup of tea or a glass of wine, put on some music that makes you feel amazing, light some candles, go outside, whatever. Create a sacred space that will allow you to make something special happen. Like a little cocoon.
- When you are ready to start, take a moment to focus on your intention. Get connected to it deep in your bones. You can spend a few moments writing about it, or close your eyes and picture yourself fully living your intention. Go through your life, put that intention coat on and experience your life with your vision fully expressed.
- Then, start going through the magazines. Just tear out pictures or phrases or ANYTHING that grabs your attention. Don’t use the scissors, just tear. Work fairly quickly, try not to analyze it (is this a good picture for my intention?), don’t start reading articles, and don’t chat with anyone in the room with you, just focus. Be in the intention and tear out everything that you connect with. It doesn’t have to make sense. If it calls you, tear it out. Spend 20 minutes or so doing this. Almost like you are meditating.. surrender to the process.
- Then, stop. Take a sip of tea and bring yourself back.
- Now, you can edit a bit. Spread out the pages you ripped out. There are hopefully way too many for the size of board you picked out. Look out over everything you tore out and gather the ones that really speak to you. Put the rest aside, you may still use them.
- Once you have your strongest images, you can use the scissors to clean them up however you want.
- Arrange your images on the board – don’t glue yet, just play with them until you like the way it looks. You can fill the entire board, or just part of it, whatever gives you pleasure. This is not an art piece, so it doesn’t have to be just right, but you do want to enjoy looking at it.
- Glue everything down.
- Find a place to hang up your board that you will see regularly. These work only when you see them all the time!
When you look at your board, it should evoke those feelings you get when you create your intention. It will remind you on a deep level to keep creating and bringing that intention into your life.
I have vision boards that I created 10 years ago that I’ve saved. They still remind me, on that deep level, what I was feeling and wanting to manifest at that time in my life. Whenever I pull them out and look at them, I am always amazed by how strong they still are. It’s truly fascinating and unbelievably powerful.
Have fun with this!!! You don’t have to be “artistic” to do this work. It doesn’t have to be pretty. Just work through the process here and it will work, I promise.
If you blog about this or share it somewhere, be sure to post a link in the comments so we can share with you what you created.
Day Six of The Creating Intentions Series