“All the shorties have Oprah Walls” – guy friend of Lil Bit
Welp, most shorties I know do have Oprah Walls, a/k/a vision boards. But, since it’s a new year, I decided to invite some of the ladies over to do some crafting, envisioning and to upgrade their Oprah Walls.
Now, I had a vision get together before–but I wanted this one to be different.
I wanted it not to be centered around ‘stuff.’
You see, while planning, I glanced at a board I made in 2007. In no way, shape or form did it speak to my ‘now.’ Some of the stuff had come true. But, big chunks of the visuals left me ice cole.
I decided to show it to my friends [to warn them on what-not-to-do].
They giggled. “It looks like you were only inspired by the Source or Vibe Magazine,” somebody said. Truly, it’s theme was a straight up rap song “money, cash, cars, clothes [and H***].”
[An older post on Life Boards Here]
I. The Whole Life Box
Life is messy. But if all of the pieces could fit into a box, it would DEFINITELY fit into Susan Jeffers‘ “Whole Life Grid.”
I first came across the grid years ago while reading her best selling book Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway.
The “Whole Life Grid,” is:
The purpose of this grid is to think about your life and the areas that define it so that you live a rich, full life that also feels balanced with you in the driver’s seat. Ultimately, if you have nine areas that define you’re life, you can handle disruptions in one area more easily [Source]
The Grid can assist you in making your life multi-dimensional [for example, not defined only by work, kids, or a relationship]. It even challenges you to look at your life and to find the pieces that are missing. Those missing pieces could hold the clue on why you may feel off-center, angry, anxious, etc.
Back to the Present:
So, I gave each friend a ‘Whole Life Grid.’ I encouraged them to find pictures, phrases, things that spoke to their whole life as they were sifting through the magazine pages.
II. Creating your Vision Board Intention Board
Many people hear the basic instructions—”Find pictures of things you want in your life and stick ‘em where you can see ‘em”—and create virtually identical collages: a wad of cash, a handsome husband, a gorgeous body, a luxury car, a tropical beach.
These images constitute our culture’s idea of the good life.
To really work, a vision board has to come not from your culture but from your primordial, nonsocial self—the genetically unique animal/angel that contains your innate preferences.
The board itself doesn’t impact reality; what changes your life is the process of creating the images—combinations of objects and events that will stick in your subconscious mind and steer your choices toward making the vision real. [From Martha Beck]
I don’t believe in the Law of Attraction. I do believe in the Law of Intention.
After I gave the ladies their little personalized Whole Life Grids, I asked them to be mindful of the pictures they picked, and to find images that made them feel good down in their bellies. ‘
The end result?
Some amazing, essential soul, purpose driven Intention boards.
III. Types of Boards
- #1 The “I Know Exactly What I Want” Vision Board (Do this vision board if)
- You’re very clear about your desires.
- You want to change your environment or surroundings.
- There is a specific thing you want to manifest in your life. (i.e. a new home, or starting a business.)
- #2 The “Opening and Allowing” Vision Board (Do this vision board if)
- You’re not sure what exactly you want
- You’ve been in a period of depression or grief
- You have a vision of what you want, but are uncertain about it in some way.
- You know you want change but don’t know how it’s possible
- #3 The “Theme” Vision Board (Do this vision board if)
- It’s your birthday or New Years Eve or some significant event that starts a new cycle.
- If you are working with one particular area of your life. For instance, Work & Career.
Most of us crafted a #1 board. But one of the gals said that she was going to do a #3 board, devoted strictly to her career.
Ok, wanna see the beautimus master pieces? They are all my favorite. Here they go.