As I mentioned in my newsletter recently, vision is one of those things that frequently lands in the verbal morass of “corporate-speak” and loses all meaning. “What’s your vision?” does not mean “What’s your plan?” Vision is more than that; it’s a plan mingled with a daydream combined with hope and creativity, and a little willingness.
I’ve seen this for myself this year as I’ve re-envisioned my living space, not just in getting rid of things I don’t need anymore, but also asking myself how I want this space to work for me. For instance, I called dibs on the family rocking chair many years ago, and have had it for four or five years, but have never been able to figure out where to put it in my living room. Any space I tried blocked access to or from something that was important. But when I removed three out of four bookcases from my bedroom (yes, you read that right), I suddenly had a vision of the rocking chair in the now-empty space between the remaining bookcase and my dresser, with a nice reading lamp beside it. Once the image of a small reading nook was born, it stuck with me until it was realized.
It seems fitting to me that I made a Visionary card back in January as part of a Vision Quest class. Vision seems to be alive and well for me this year. The rocking chair is far from the only part of my house that has been re-imagined, and I continue to ask myself what might work better or differently (asking yourself questions like this is also a part of Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching™, though KMCC does not officially draw the connection to vision). I love the symbolism in this card, which seems to cover every visionary possibility–transformation, going within, and looking outside for unexpected inspiration.
With the help of my dear friend and coach, Paula Farrington, I spent an afternoon making my first vision board a few weeks ago. I knew very little about this process, but Paula takes an approach that’s almost like SoulCollage®, in which you sort through a few magazines and pull any image that calls to you, and then you mount it on your board. I had previously been looking for specific images for my board—terribly left-brained of me!—so I was surprised by this direction, but not at all surprised when it yielded some interesting new images I wouldn’t have expected, and words! Since words are discouraged on SoulCollage® cards, finding and saving them for my vision board felt deliciously subversive.
I’m terribly curious to see what will happen now that the board is complete. It’s currently sitting on top of the bookcase back in the bedroom, where I can see it but don’t really focus on it. I’m sure there are those who think it should be front and center, but having read Martha Beck’s take on how to use a vision board, I wonder sometimes if mine is too visible (she advocates making it and then putting it away somewhere so you can forget about it). Though really, I suspect there’s no one right or wrong way.
I’d love to hear from those of you who have vision board experience. How have you used it? Is there anything that really seems to work (or not!) for you? What results have you seen from the vision board process? How else do you find and use your vision? Please leave a comment below or zap me a note; I’d like to compile a reference post from different people’s experiences so we can all add to our visionary experiences!
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