Vision-boarding has become a popular strategy for those interested in taking control of their lives and “manifesting” what they want. We run regular vision-boarding workshops at La Crisalida Retreats and this brief article takes an entirely new look at vision-boarding, how it may be misunderstood by some and we explore the essential components of a vision-board.
Do manifestation techniques like vision-boarding really work?
Visualisation techniques have been used for many years by elite athletes to train their minds for success or to enable them to deal with moments of high pressure or stress. Studies have shown that visualising an event happening in the future lights up very similar parts of the brain to the parts that are lit up when the event is happening. There is therefore a scientific basis to processes of imaging in your mind (which includes the concept of vision-boarding).
There are plenty of personal stories that have been shared to show the power of vision-boarding and visualisation techniques. A vision-board engages the power of the unconscious mind and therefore can be a powerful ally of additional goal setting or life purpose work. What you think about and focus on most is most likely to be attracted into your life!
The chicken or the egg?
So, what comes first, a vision-board or a vision? Just like a mood board can help with interior design, vision-boarding can help us develop and create a vision for our lives. If you already have a vision, then vision-boarding can also help as a powerful manifestation tool.
Is it as easy as just visualising what you want?
On the surface, it seems that there are no downsides to visualisation techniques and vision-boarding. You only need to decide what you want and the vision-board will help you “manifest” it! However, it makes no sense to visualise something unless we are willing to take the action necessary to achieve it. Dreams don’t tend to materialise without some work!
A key principle to introduce you to is that in life there is no pleasure without pain. For example, let’s say the pleasure is having money and buying nice things. In most cases, having money or spending power (“pleasure”) comes from putting in significant amounts of hard work (“pain”). There are other “painful” repercussions of having money that are often overlooked (e.g. figuring out how to look after or invest it, security issues, people losing motivation). Another example is eating out at nice restaurants (the “pleasure”) where the “pain” could come from the high price-tag, the health implications (e.g. with rich food) or the hard work required to keep up the life-style.
If this is true, and if you are using your vision-board for bringing more “pleasure” into your life, you are also going to be attracting the associated “pain”! If you are looking at using a vision-board to alleviate some of your current pain it may not now seem like a great an idea!
Put on your vision-board what inspires you
The answer lies in finding what inspires you so much that you are happy to go through the growth (“pain”) that is required to get you there. So before doing your next vision-board, take a personal inventory – choose only to put on your vision-board that which truly inspires you or is important to you. Confirm whether you would still want to put something onto your vision-board if either you knew that no direct “pleasure” would result or if you knew a huge amount of work was required to make it happen.
Vision-boarding for relationships
Some brief words on intimate relationships and vision-boarding. Following the above principles, if there is a pleasurable start to a relationship (e.g. physical attraction), it is likely it will be followed by its opposite (e.g. disappointment if the relationship doesn´t work out or some other compatibility issues emerging). If you are looking for a long-term relationship and want to put something on your vision-board, my suggestion for you is to put on your board a representation of a relationship that is far bigger than the initial attraction. It is wise to put on your board what will inspire you about that person or relationship (you will know they inspire you because you will be willing to work to get to where you want to go!) so you could include characteristics of the relationship you want to develop on the board (e.g. trust, loyalty, shared purpose…).
Focussing on your inner world too
The idea of manifesting something physical in our lives arises because it will help us to feel good. However, if we are focusing on what needs to manifest in the physical world, we can get frustrated if it is not happening quickly enough or we are being presented with challenges to make us grow. If we focus on the benefits and the essence of our vision, we can find it easier to be open to what comes into our life. There is a therefore balance to strike with vision-boarding between the clarity of your outer vision and the essence of what it will give you. We suggest including both these elements onto your board.
Vision-boarding can we a very powerful tool for taking charge of your life, and the best visions have wisdom embedded within them. Next time you do your vision-board, we suggest you connect to the wisdom within, only ask for what really inspires you and take time to understand the inner sense of what any outer “manifestation” may bring with you.
Life makeover workshops
We have a wide range of life makeover workshops that we run as part of your life makeover retreat. Vision-boarding is one of these workshops – read our other article on vision-boarding here. Our workshops vary each week and you can choose to participate whichever retreat type you choose. So, come and explore your inner world too.