The Law of Attraction: Creating a Vision Board
Have you been hearing all about The Secret or “The Law of Attraction” lately? I definitely have. The idea, in tiniest of nutshells, is that what you think affects what you get in life. I can buy into that to a pretty large degree, although it does get a lot more metaphysical. I slogged through Whitehead in college, and I can tell you that “metaphysical” gets a little . . . um . . . “confusing” to me. So, let’s just focus on this idea of “what you think affects what you get in life” and see what that can mean to us.
I’ve mentioned before that I used to work at a hypnosis center. The hypnotists were always really careful with their words and encouraged us to do the same. I say “encouraged” because I’m being nice, but sometimes “(lovingly) badgered” might be more fitting! If I jokingly said, “Ugh, I am so stupid—I can’t believe I forgot to take care of that,” I could expect at least one hypnotist to encourage me to quickly go back and amend my statement so that I wasn’t convincing myself that I really was stupid. According to these folks, the brain doesn’t know whether you’re joking or not, it just knows that you said you were stupid. And, gee, if your brain is the smartest part of you, and it just said you were stupid, then it must be right.
Like many things in life, I wasn’t really sure if this was a bunch of hoopla or not, but it certainly doesn’t seem like it could hurt, right? That’s sort of my litmus test for a lot of stuff: Does it hurt me at all to try it out? If not, then does it have the potential to help? If there’s potential without much payment, then I figure, why not?
That’s sort of how I ended up at today’s suggestion. I’m new to this whole “Law of Attraction” thing. I’m not entirely sure what I think about it, although it certainly seems like a very nice idea. It doesn’t cost me anything to redirect my thinking a little bit, and there is potential that it can make my life better. While it may or may not lead to me “attracting” love, fulfillment and money; it will most definitely put me in a better mood.
One of the things that proponents of The Secret or The Law of Attraction talk about a lot is creating a “vision board.” We’ve looked before at how powerful it can be to actually write down your goals, and a vision board is sort of a visual representation of these goals. The more clearly you can imagine what you want, the more likely you are to pursue it! This is a matter of making a poster full of images and words that symbolize what you want in life. I found a great post in Christine Kane’s blog called “How to Make a Vision Board.” She says:
“A vision board (also called a Treasure Map or a Visual Explorer or Creativity Collage) is typically a poster board on which you paste or collage images that you’ve torn out from various magazines. It’s simple.
The idea behind this is that when you surround yourself with images of who you want to become, what you want to have, where you want to live, or where you want to vacation, your life changes to match those images and those desires.”
I created my own vision board about a month ago, and I had a ton of fun doing it. Rather than cutting pictures out of magazines, however, I did a Google Image Search on various topics and printed out pictures that felt like they were in line with my intentions. For example, Darling Husband Rob and I want to start a family pretty soon, so I did a search for images related to “pregnancy.”
Being the craft maven that I am, I then used my scrapbooking supplies to mat and frame things I had cut out. I also made titles for various sections with the phrase “I Deserve _____________” and laid them all out on a big tri-fold board that I recycled from an old project. I had some fun with stickers, too. You really don’t need to be quite that A-Type personality about the whole thing, though. It can be as simple as using some markers to draw a picture of what you want in life. It’s just something I did for fun. Below are some of the images that ended up on my vision board:
Here are some other great examples of vision boards people have made:
- This vision board has a ton of stuff on it and is really pretty.
- This person created a vision board that is mostly text.
- Here’s an example of how someone used a bulletin board to create his vision board.
- This is a great example of a vision board that utilizes both words and pictures.
This is such a positive way to spend a couple of hours. Once you’ve completed your vision board, put it somewhere that will allow you to see it often. I’ve heard of making it the screen saver on your computer, for example. Mine just lives in the living room. Looking at it reinforces that these are the things you want in life. Of course, major life changes aren’t as simple as making a collage, but it can be a good starting point. Focusing on what you desire helps you to take the steps to attain it. Making choices that lead to a satisfying, fulfilling life is definitely Something Good!