The soul is the river of energy that animates who we are.
I decided this weekend to make myself a vision board. It’s like a poster, or mind map, where you put words, symbols, and images that represent things or states of being you would like to realize. I’ve heard so much about how these boards helped people to clarify their thinking, and realize their goals. Notice I said realize instead of accomplish. This isn’t necessarily about accomplishments. Somehow, when we get ourselves in alignment with what our deepest self desires, amazing things start happening. It’s more like a process of co-operating with what’s happening, rather than gritting our teeth, flexing our muscles, and determining to make things happen.
As Stanislav Grof said, “Each of us can manifest the properties of a field of consciousness that transcends space, time, and linear causality.”
That’s an incredibly powerful statement! And I don’t know about you, but when I hear such statements, they intensify my desire for a deeper sense of consciousness, a greater openness to possibilities. The vision board seems to be a practical method of interacting with the “field of consciousness” in an intentional way. And some people I really admire say that vision boards work. Martha Beck, for instance. Many years ago, I read her book called “Expecting Adam.” It made me forever interested in what she has to say, because she was so honest, intelligent, and gut-splittingly funny. Quite a few books later, and I am still interested. This Harvard graduate is now a columnist for O magazine. She’s also a life coach.
Martha says she sees two reasons the vision board works. One is something called “selective attention.” “If you repeat the word, ‘blue, blue, blue,’ and you start looking around the room, all the blue things will start popping out,” she says. “Part of it is quantum physics. … We know now, scientifically, that consciousness brings matter into being where there was energy. So it’s not even necessarily that it draws it toward you. The conclusion is you’re literally creating some of this stuff.”
That quote comes from the Oprah site, and a show called Go Beyond the Secret. The three women on stage with Oprah for that show, Cheryl Richardson, Martha Beck, and Louise Hay (author of “You can heal your life”), had many insights into how we can hone and achieve the visions we have for our lives.
Back to the vision board: it will be my first. I’ve written goals, but never actually put them in visual form. I’m a visual artist. How do I interpret that, now that I see it written in black & white letters before me? Surprising? Ironic? Hilarious? Perhaps I should engage the services of a life coach. Or, perhaps I’ll just revel in the fact that my river of energy has carried me to this point, now, and made me aware of this new tool to utilize in my life!
I welcome experiences or comments you might have to offer on this process.