In her latest book, Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert talks about the essence of living a creative life and she tells us that we can all lead one if we do just one thing. It’s not giving up our day jobs to give us the time to create. It’s not having a “muse.” It’s not even having a great creative gift, like writing or painting or singing. It’s simply living a life that is driven more by curiosity than by fear. This is the perfect mindset for creating a vision for your future. You don’t have to know what you’re going to be doing. You just need to be curious about what you want your life to look like. As 2016 comes to a close, it’s the perfect time to assess how the year has gone and ask yourself what you’d like to see for the upcoming year. Creating a Vision Board is an enjoyable, creative process using your curiosity to make a personal, pictorial vision of your 2017.
I am often asked how creating a Vision Board is different than writing down a plan. “A picture is worth a thousand words,” is one answer because looking at a vision board is faster than reading a plan, if speed is what you’re after. But there is also a longer answer, which involves science: our brains respond to pictures immediately and without thinking. There’s a bypass going on when we look at a picture – we bypass our conscious mind and we respond to it. If I ask you to think of your house, you don’t see the word H-O-U-S-E. You see an image of your house! Images are powerful communicators.
We know this from our dreams. Dreaming (day or night) is how our subconscious communicates with us – not always clearly. Finding and using pictures on a vision board is one way for us to communicate with our subconscious while we’re awake and guiding the process. Why is that so important? Well, because science also tells us that the subconscious is running the show.
Co-creating with your subconscious, by placing images that speak to you on a board that you look at daily, helps you to manifest your visions as reality. That’s what makes Vision Boards so powerful.
Start collecting your images NOW and learn how to balance and harmonize them on a Vision Board using feng shui principles at three workshops in January 2017. The $25 workshop fee includes all materials for your board. For more information, an FAQ on collecting images and to register, contact Lorrie Grillo @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.882.7275.
Get curious about your 2017 and create some “big magic” with a Vision Board!