“The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.” – James Allen
Every year I do a vision board and every year I’m amazed when I look back on the previous year’s creation and see how many items on my board have manifested.
I’ve also noticed a rather dramatic shift in the items that I place on my vision board. This shift represents a change in values from “things” to experiences and the deeper longings of my soul.
When you create a vision board that is in service of your soul, you know you’re on the path to awakening the deepest parts of yourself.
Let me explain what this shift has looked like in my own life.
A few years ago when I sat down to do a vision board; I realized that the traditional things that we often want to manifest weren’t a priority in my life anymore.
A bigger house, more money, another all-inclusive vacation or a fancy sports car were no longer things I needed. All the “things” that I could possibly need, I already had, so what was I going to glue on my empty board?
Having watched The Secret on Netflix, I felt a sense of disappointment that such a powerful law of the universe was being used in service of our ego to manifest more “stuff.”
When I looked beyond the material stuff that represented many of the examples shared, I realized that using the law of cause and effect to manifest the deeper desires of our soul would be even more meaningful.
There is nothing wrong with creating a vision board that focuses on manifesting material stuff; I was just looking for another way. Or perhaps, as I shared in my previous posts about soul hunger and how our soul speaks to us, my soul was looking to be fed and no amount of material stuff was going to alleviate that hunger.
I was then left with the question: What does a vision board look like that feeds your soul?
The answer to that question came to me when I was reading the book, How to Live a Good Life: Soulful Stories, Surprising Science and Practical Wisdom by Jonathan Fields. The title of the book intrigued me and I thought: Doesn’t everyone want to live the good life? And, if our souls are saying that more material stuff isn’t the good life, then what is?
In his book, Fields suggests that we each have three buckets: One bucket for vitality, one for connection, and one for contribution. Combined these buckets make up “the good life.” I used these three areas to inspire the images and phrases that spoke to me for my soulful vision board.
What do I need to do and how do I need to be in order to feel vital both physically and mentally?
I love this question because feeling vital is something we all want and yet we all achieve it differently. For example, I feel vital through exercise, adventure, daily periods of meditation and learning new things.
How can I nourish the relationships that are important to me?
We can view connection in terms of our relationships, our inner world, and our relationship with something larger than ourselves.
How can I contribute and give my gifts to the world?
Our souls have a deep need to contribute in some way to make the world a better place. For each of us that will look different, but it’s important to ask: “What does that look like for me?”
Bringing it all together
Using Fields’ framework of vitality, connection, and contribution, I added the following to my soulful vision board this year:
- A deep connection with my family and friends,
- My desire to make a difference through transformational coaching,
- The release of my book to help others awaken their souls,
- Using my voice to honor transformation,
- An inspiring trip to broaden my worldview,
- A new way of being that reflects spiritual values,
- Being in the flow, and
- Honoring my physical body.
It’s also really valuable to reflect not only on what we are placing on our boards but why. Go a little further and spend a few minutes every day visualizing how you’ll feel once you’ve manifested your soulful way of being.
Why does the idea of a vision board in service of your soul resonate with you?