I’m the first to admit that I’ve never been able to read a map. I’m okay with the local ones, but don’t expect me to navigate a trip around the country, unless you enjoy getting lost with me. However, I’m fine with treasure maps, vision boards or Sandra Anne Taylor’s “planting a magical garden” maps. The new age and self-help communities have ample manifestation exercises involving vision boards, treasure maps and even Sonia Choquette’s Wish Box which she mentions in her online course and book, Creating Your Heart’s Desire. And let’s not forget, Julia Cameron’s collages for artists that also lead to some wonderful treasures. You’ll find that exercise in her book, The Artist’s Way. It works!
Okay, so some of you more practical and logical types are shaking your heads and wagging your fingers at me. “That’s just new age bunk,” you tell me. The thing is these maps help us get clear about our life purpose, our daily and yearly intentions, and reveal to us wishes in our deep subconscious mind via photographs in magazines and online sources. It’s magical and I can’t tell you how it works, but I’m happily surprised every time I dig up an old vision board and notice that my visions manifested in my life in some way, sometimes an obtuse way that causes me to laugh with delight.
If you’re real practical then think of the vision boards or wish boxes as plans or maps. A map takes us from where we are now to our sought destination. Vision boards also draw upon our imagination and creative talents. Most people cut photographs out of magazines and paste them onto boards or large pieces of paper. However, you can draw your vision boards or treasure maps, paint them, record them, do an online version with YouTube videos, create a treasure map website (if you don’t mind going public) or make a collage from photographs you took of the things you love.
Clear vision of your purpose
Have a list of what you do want
Step-by-step process (if you create a map)
Stimulates your imagination
Gets you past fearful-limited and cynical thoughts
Gets you into your creative mind
If you can imagine it, you can manifest it
Every time you look at the images, you plant another seed in your subconscious
If you don’t have time to make an actual board, then at least watch videos with images of what you would enjoy in your life. For instance, if you would like to manifest a love relationship/partnership, watch this lovely video by Madeleine Peyroux:
If you would like to manifest your dream home, watch videos of the type of home you desire or cut out images from magazines portraying every room in your dream house. This is fun. Pretend that you’re an interior decorator while you make your collage. Then write in descriptions of the type of furnishing and other details.
If you desire a specific career, doing a collage or map for that and include it with your business plan. You can make this as practical as you feel comfortable, but leave some room for your creative brain to have some fun. Get messy with the glue stick and surround yourself with magazines as you cut away at images. The messier you get, the more in touch you are with your creative spirit. Just clean up after you complete your project. Use crayons, glitter, ribbons, watercolors and you can even add aromatherapy oils to add fragrance, which would be perfect for relationship and home collages.
I came up with a new type of collage today. Buy a cheap notebook (prefer recycled materials), grab some recycled magazines at a library or free box, and some natural glue or glue stick, then make collages on the cardboard cover (inside and outside) of your notebook. Then you will treat this notebook as your wish journal which you will write in every day. You can include dreams, morning pages, healing pages where you unblock fear, doubts and limitation. Make sure that somewhere on our collages or vision boards you write the following phrase, “For Highest and Best” otherwise you might manifest stuff you actually don’t want in your life and isn’t in your highest and best interest. Trust me, you don’t want to go there.
Okay, so get out the magazines, scissors and glue. Have fun!