By Salvatore Spatafora
Alive and kicking, most of us picked up on the media hype around the Mayan calendar and did not shop on ebay for a military shelter stocked with dry canned goods for a calendar year.
Instead, people are more inclined to make the type of action plan that sounds like New Year’s resolutions over a little bubbly. Depending on what expert you listen to, resolutions are difficult to fulfill and oftentimes lead to unrealistic promises that are short lived.
In 2006, a film titled, The Secret, circulated a new buzzword in the media - law of attraction. The panel of consciousness experts talked in depth about the psychological imperatives prominent figures in history adopted to manifest their dreams.
Described as a “self-help phenomenon”, the film rethinks the mechanisms that create our dreams.
This year, around Christmas, a dear soul friend, Azeeza, recommended checking out a video from Esther Hicks, titled Preparing For What You Want.
Hicks talks about “the grid filling-in isn’t the action. The grid filling-in is preparing for the action”.
Succinct and clear, her talk focused on the emotions behind actions and the need to let go of specific details in trust the universe can do its job and fill it the perfect match.
Engaging and funny, the video is masterful and walks audience members through their illusions into what they really want in less than eight minutes.
To take the information from the film, the law of attraction and the video clip, Preparing For What You Want, into a tangible experience, we are going to discuss how readers can create a vision board as a way of manifesting their dreams.
The first step is to start off with an intention.
What is an intention?
An intention is not a goal, has no fixed outcome and is not linear. So if you were to say your intention for the vision board was to lose 30 pounds, that would not work.
On the other hand, if you were to re-word the intention to read more as you want to have more vitality and health in your body, the request is clear. An intention is heartfelt and timeless and it most serves your highest good.
If you are having difficulty formulating an intention, ask yourself what do you want to discover in your life or what you can improve upon to progress forward.
The importance of the heart is best summed up by a quote from Helen Keller: “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.”
Recruiting the heart as a mediator, grab a sheet of paper, draw circles and write topics in the centre of each, such as relationships, actual or future partner, yourself, work, lifestyle, friends, inspirations and activities.
These represent topics of interest for your vision board.
Place at least four or five lines around each circle and proceed to write words that describe the feeling evoked.
Feeling words are felt with the heart so if finding the right word is difficult, try placing your hand on your heart, taking a few deep breaths and asking “When I think about the word ‘inspirations’, what does my heart say’ and wait for the answer. Also ask “What activity, person place or thing inspires me? How does that make me feel?”
Take as long as you need and try not to ‘schedule’ time for the exercise as you want to be free.
The process is the destination and much like peeling away layers of an onion, you are getting to know yourself on the inside. When words feel right, the entire body knows and the physiological response is anything from increased warmth and mental certainty to a calm breath with feelings of fullness and satisfaction.
The next phase is about collecting images that match the ‘feeling words’.
Leafing through magazines, newspapers and photographs, the challenge is to not get ‘hooked in’ by advertisements that speak to the stereotypical tall, dark and handsome, instead, aim for authentic, imperfect and unique.
In trying to find images that match qualities of a relationship, try to find an image where the action of the person matches the feeling. For the word “caring”, it may be the image of a man holding a baby in his arms to the sky with the sun shining in the background.
The quality of the behavior is important not the physical appearance; in this way you attract the behavior that sparks the emotion and leads to the knowing you are in the presence of a “caring” man.
Really try to be particular about the matching of words and images and let this process continue for several weeks. Slowly accumulate a pile of images with accurate feeling tones that resonate and match the life you want to live. Celebrate what exists and imagine what may manifest.
The last step is placing the images on a board.
The size of the board will vary and is dependant on how ready you are to see your dreams. The bigger the better and in terms of available materials, cardboard can suffice with other choices such as foam core and bristol board available at your local supply store. Arranging the images is a joyful act that would benefit from inspirational music.
There is no wrong or right way to do the board, it really is a magical process that unfolds as you begin and takes you to where you want to go as you move through it. If you need help with gluing the first image, loosely arrange them on the board and take the time to move them around. Give yourself a week to complete the exercise and try to check in daily for 15 minutes to tweak the arrangement.
For example, the middle may feel more important than the edge of the board and may help you decide what goes where. On the other hand, you may want the images to follow a particular shape, like a spiral, as if growing outward from the centre.
Upon completion, it is important to put the vision board in a place where you see it every day and can reflect on it.
Check out the following link for online support on creating a vision board,
Salvatore Spatafora is a registered massage therapist (RMT) residing in the Forest Hill area. In addition, clients can experience the profound benefits of intuitive Craniosacral therapy. The artistry of his work is guided by a degree in architecture, a love for Japanese calligraphy and raw food desserts. Reach him at 647-286-5157 or visit www.likecloudlikewater.com