Create Your Grandest Vision Now
Do you believe that your thoughts create your reality? Are you living the greatest vision of your life? Want to create more of what you want and less mess from cluttered thinking? I invite you to try a simple approach to creating your ‘ideal life’ by making a vision board to move the right thoughts out of your head and into reality.
Before the skeptic in you dismisses vision boards as some kind of ‘woo woo’ process or wishful thinking…I would like to share my own personal evidence that “seeing it into being it” really works. Over the last 16 years, I’ve utilized vision boards to help manifest two new homes, a television movie to bring awareness to a social justice issue, several national media spots in People magazine and Readers Digest, and yes, ‘everyday’ desires like new laptops, vacation trips, the love of my life and much more. Got your attention yet? You can do all this and beyond as well!
Are your thoughts in alignment with your ideal life or is it more like a bad neighborhood that isn’t safe to go in alone? The first step is to sit down with pencil and paper in hand and sift through those thoughts to clarify what your ideal life would look like. For example, what is your dream job? How much money would you like to be making? Are you with your ideal love partner? Are you healthy in mind, body, and spirit? I also encourage you to ask yourself if there is a cause or divine calling that God has placed in your heart? Write down your answers with the intention that you want to accomplish these goals in specific time periods such as one year from today, in 6 months, etc. (You’ll know the right timeline if it feels believable to you).
The next step is to gather one or more poster boards or sheets of construction paper. Collect some magazines you can cut pictures out of and whatever materials you’ll need to create a symbolic representation of your dream life. Also find a picture of yourself that you like. Then start putting this collage together and put it somewhere you can see it on a daily basis.
This process may seem like child’s play but I invite you to think of it as a visual representation of your most heart-felt prayers and desires. Our Creator has given us the remarkable gift of imagination to help us co-create better lives and a better world for each other. As it says in the Bible: Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24. A vision board is a powerful tool to help you focus your thoughts until you can believe it, and “be it”. Visualization helps you actively participate in the process and aligns your thoughts (and hopeful expectations) accordingly.
A few tips…. Read your ideal vision statement and view your vision board daily. Check in with how you are feeling about the intentions and goals you have written down and put on your poster, and update as needed. Also acknowledge situations that come to pass. The more evidence you see – the more confidence you’ll have about what is possible for you. Secondly, make sure to put YOURSELF in the picture. Want to be a successful speaker inspiring others? Put a picture of yourself on a stage in front of an audience. Want to go to France and travel Europe? Put yourself there in front of the Eiffel tower. Want to manifest a new home? Get a picture of the home and a picture of yourself on the front steps. The more you anchor these images in your mind – the more believable these visions will become. And it’s my experience that when we ‘see’ it, the universe begins to respond by sending you intuitive ideas, ‘coincidences’ and situations that seem to occur ‘just out of the blue’.
What do you do in the meantime? Write down some practical steps you can take right now, with what you have, from where you are. Want to have more than enough money to retire? Take a financial planning class and set up a practical budget. Want to be a published author? Set up a blog and start writing about a topic that inspires you. Want to get a new job? Polish your resume. I also encourage you to ‘release the attachment’ to things happening ‘exactly’ as you picture them. Pray for divine guidance and affirm ‘thy will, not mine (my ego!) be done’ and allow ‘this or something better’ to happen. You will be amazed at how creative (and generous) God will be. Stay in gratitude and faith…and soon your ‘dream’ life will BE your life.