In my entire history as a conscious creator I have never once felt inspired to create a vision board.
Blasphemy, I know.
Even muggle girlfriends get together on weekends for vision board parties, but I can’t be bothered.
I took a course once, from a local money coach, where we had to spend an hour cutting out pictures from magazines to go on our new vision boards, and it was my least favorite part of the course.
So you can imagine my surprise when I realized I actually have “vision boards” all over my house.
Not only do I have vision boards everywhere, but they’ve already manifested into real life.
Here’s how that happened …
Shortly after I got my first real job, I discovered an art store downtown that sold beautiful, amazing framed prints.
I’d never purchased art before, but I did that day.
It’s a scene with three deer on a snowy landscape looking directly at the viewer, and has been hanging on my wall in two different houses until I moved into my third house.
This framed print has a spot in the new house, but it also “happens” to be the exact view I have from several windows here. Just this week I looked out to see two deer on that exact snowy landscape looking right at me.
And it’s not the first thing on my wall to come to real life.
I’ve got a framed photograph of a red fox in the grass that’s been displayed ever since my first house, and at this new place it turns out there’s a red fox that lives in the grass meadow out back.
My office has a large reproduction of a beautiful painting from a Hudson River artist, which is exactly what our favorite hike at our new place looks like in the spring.
Last year I picked up a painting of gold money trees for the office as well, and had my best financial year ever that year.
One of my favorite pieces I’ve had since before I quit my job is a common print of a mountain goat making a big leap over a deep chasm. It’s designed to remind me that as a rising Capricorn I am also sure-footed in making big leaps into self-employment. That’s worked out real well, too. 🙂
Years ago my dad gave me a framed piece he had commissioned of two race horses – and from my new kitchen I watch the neighbor’s barrel racing horses in their pasture all day long.
I could do this all day in describing the pictures that began on my walls and then morphed into real life.
Which makes me realize I had vision boards all along.
The things we look at regularly come to life.
Which makes me wonder, what’s on your wall?
Up until this week, I’d managed to ignore rave reviews about Pinterest, the virtual pinboard that lets you post your favorite things from the web.
The last thing I needed was another online distraction.
Turns out I almost missed a brilliant approach for successful manifestations!
Pinterest’s mission is to:
connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting. We think that a favorite book, toy, or recipe can reveal a common link between two people. With millions of new pins added every week, Pinterest is connecting people all over the world based on shared tastes and interests.
… which sounds appealing enough.
But when a fellow coach said she uses Pinterest as a vision board (and encourages clients to do the same), I took notice!
Pinterest allows you to create and customize your own boards, on whatever themes light you up. You’ll find lots of style and decor boards, along with jewelry, hobbies, books, etc.
But for those of us who never get around to cutting and pasting images from magazines to a vision board at home, Pinterest may be just the answer!
For example, a fellow creator has a board called “My Very Cool Life” filled with gorgeous photos of the ocean, sailboats, the beach, and tropical palm trees.
(Coincidence that she recently became the proud owner of her own sailboat? Deliberate creators know better.)
I haven’t created my Pinterest vision board yet (although I’ve got a couple vibe-lifting boards organized), but I’ll be keeping my eyes open for photos, videos, and such that represent what I’m calling forth.
In the meantime, peruse these boards by your fellow deliberate creators:
If you’ve got a pinterest board you’d like to share, please share the link in comments!
And for those who want to learn more about how to use Pinterest, USAToday gives the lowdown here. Enjoy!
When Oprah flew me out to talk about pray rain journaling on her show earlier this year, I was surprised to hear she had never leveraged the power of her own vision board.
Almost everyone in her audience already had theirs up, but Oprah was brand new to the idea! (Didn’t she see John Assaraf’s house story in The Secret?)
Anyway, knowing that she was new to the practice of vision boarding made me especially excited to hear that she was putting it into practice! This from John Assaraf’s Blog:
Dreams do come true! Talk show star Oprah Winfrey revealed this week that she uses a vision board to visualize her goals and harness the power of intention. So what did Oprah have on her vision board? The gown she intended to wear to a very special event – the Obama inauguration.
Here’s what Oprah told a New York radio station on Tuesday:
“I was speaking with Michelle (Obama) and Caroline Kennedy and Maria Shriver – we were all doing a big rally out in California. At the end of the rally Michelle Obama said something powerful, ‘and I want you to leave here and envision Barack Obama taking the oath of office.’ I created a vision board. I had never had a vision board before. I came home, I got me a board and put Barack Obama’s picture on it and I put a picture of my dress I want to wear to the inauguration.”
Wait a minute!
What’s even MORE cool about this story?! That our soon to be First Lady practices – and encourages others to practice – powerful visualizations! Holy Hannah!
Anyone else got goose bumps??
So, everyone, what’s on YOUR vision board?