I've heard this from many women over the years. They spend lots of time and energy creating vision boards at the start of the New Year but nothing manifests. They get discouraged and give up. Why does this happen?
There are some keys to creating vision boards and ideal scenes that I have practiced since a young age and I've noticed that most of my visions come true.
1. Make it Sacred
I know this sounds corny but if you treat your vision boarding and written ideal scene exercise a sacred and special act then it will be taken seriously. Light a candle, meditate to center yourself, say a prayer before you start, ask something greater than you to be with you and create through you. Ask your ego to step aside for an hour. If doing these exercises are really challenging for you then promise yourself a reward like a nap, time outside, after you finish.
2. Close Your Eyes
I've noticed that when my clients close their eyes before they write they can see the image of what they desire and then write out that image in words. Breathe while you have your eyes closed. How does it sound, look and feel? What is the smell, taste, touch? Research has shown that the same areas of the brain light up when thinking about doing an activity and actually doing the activity. By closing your eyes and seeing the visual in your mind makes it a reality in the brain and muscles.
3. Pay Attention to The Mean Voice
Most clients get stuck when that judgmental voice starts telling them it is unrealistic, it is not possible, who are they to have that big, bold and beautiful of an experience. I suggest having a second piece of paper nearby. Do not attempt to quiet or avoid that voice. Instead, tell it that you will write down what it is saying and investigate it after you finish. Make a list of what it is saying and return to your vision. Or once all of the judgments and self-limiting statements are written, go through each one and forgive yourself for believing it is true. If it is hard for you to connect with forgiveness then close your eyes, place your hands on your heart and imagine that you are telling the child version of yourself those nasty things. That is usually when my clients shift, return to their vision and are able to move forward.
4. Language is Key
Use "I" statements. Write in the present tense as if it is happening right now. Add imaginative language and details. Make sure you are using positive sense - claiming what you want versus what you don't want. For example, if you are speaking about your ideal body you'd want to say something like, "I am feeling light in my body, I am feeling safe and comfortable in my body, I am loving my body" versus, "I don't feel heavy and uncomfortable in my body".
5. This Or Something Better
After you finish your vision board or ideal scene write an affirmation at the bottom of saying "This or something better for the highest good". This way you are claiming what you want and you are also OPEN to something even better for the highest good. Sometimes my ideal scenes have not happened exactly the way I envisioned them but I can see in retrospect they unfolded and manifested more divinely than I could have dreamed of at the time.
6. Say It Out Loud
Last, is to say it out loud to another person or a group of people that you trust. If you don't have anyone then look into your own eyes in the mirror. This can be just as powerful. By verbally speaking the words you are claiming in a bigger and bolder way and telling the universe it is your truth.
Whenever I create visions from this place I usually see them manifesting and co-creating.
I would LOVE to support you in your visions. Please comment below with your experience of this exercise or schedule a discovery call to learn more about this exercise and coaching.