I’ll start off by saying that from my experience, no, vision boarding is not pointless, and yes, it does work. But, take it with a grain of salt, because it’s not the end-all-be-all of manifestation. But, it’s an awesome part of the process and it’s one of the many helpful tools that I have been using for years.
THE BASICS OF MANIFESTATION
Let me back up and talk about manifestation for a bit. I do have to say that I’m pretty good at manifesting things, and I’ll share with you two really significant examples, and one smaller one.
In general, it’s so true, and so cheesy that manifestation is 95% done internally. If you’re a mess inside and full of fear and you vision board, it’s not really gonna work. And then you’re gonna blame vision boarding for your failure to manifest.
So, the hardest part of manifesting is getting that internal switch to flip. And the hardest part about that is time. It can take time and you can’t force it. Which SUCKS. It took me two decades to manifest love in some ways. But in other ways, I could say that it took me two decades to ready myself for love, and only a year to manifest it. Because I wasn’t actually able to manifest anything until I had done the internal work. And then once that switch flipped, it took not that long in the grand scheme of things.
In this week’s podcast episode #13, “Is Vision Boarding Pointless, or Does It Really Work?” I get into the nitty gritty of vision boarding and then I share some examples of what I manifested and how.
THERE ARE TWO KINDS OF VISION BOARDS
BRAINSTORMING VISION BOARDING
- For when you are in a transitional place in your life. Perhaps you just quit your job and you have no idea what you want to do next.
- For when you are wanting a major change in your life. Maybe you are ready for something new, but you aren’t sure what. Or, maybe you are not happy with your current life, and are open to new changes and possibilities.
“HONING IN ON THE DETAILS” VISION BOARDING
- You’re totally ready. So ready in fact, that you can see specific details in your mind that you want to happen. And you want the vision board to almost solidify those details so you don’t have to keep them swimming around in your mind. This is when a vision board is super powerful. And when I have made a vision board in these moments of clarity, I manifested almost image for image what I had placed on my vision board.
VISION BOARDING SUCCESS STORIES
When I was single, back in August of 2016, I made a vision board about love and what I wanted in a partner and in a relationship. I met my now dream partner of three years in August 2018, almost exactly 2 years to the day. And in between that time, I started my Goddess Attainable Blog in July 2017, which was KEY to me readying myself completely and aligning with my dreams. This process of me becoming my authentic self, unapologetically, was required in order for me to find love. And my blog helped me with that immensely.
Read more about this journey in my article, How Blogging Changed My Life.
The funnest part of vision boarding is going back after the fact, when you’ve manifested what you want, and seeing how specifically you were able to nail it with your vision board. It’s super cool!
Listen to my podcast episode if you want to hear me share specifically about my Love Vision Board!
MOVING IN TOGETHER
For this dream of mine, I made a vision board on February 21, 2019, about my partner and I moving in together. At that point, he was super resistant, but it was sort of on the table for discussion. However, his response was repeatedly, “I’m not ready yet,” and it was a very open-ended and frustrating place for me. However, I created my vision board knowing that “Okay, if and when this happens, this is what I want it all to look like.” I made the vision board and vowed to stop worrying about it. I stopped pestering him, gave him the space he needed, and just trusted.
Moving day was April 10, 2020!
Listen to my podcast episode if you want to hear me share specifically about my Moving In Together Vision Board!
CONFIDENCE IN VISION BOARDING
So, the more you vision board and see how it works, the more confident you get with manifestation. There’s not that fear that, “OMG what if it never happens?!” Instead, that fear is replaced with, “Oh yeah, it’s gonna happen, just a matter of when.” The hardest part is that first manifestation that you ever succeed with. That’s where all of your hard work pays off, and the positive manifestation will help you to relax a bit, the next time you try.
Just to be clear, vision board manifesting is not the same as just falling into your dreams, which can happen sometimes. Manifestation is definitely deliberate.
So, when you get really good at it, you can manifest small stuff too. Keep it light and try not to think to yourself, “OMG I’ll die if I don’t get this.” I do light manifestation more like a prayer. For instance, I’ll put a call out to the Universe a few weeks or days, or even the day of in advance (although don’t expect amazing results if you wait that long), and then I go out into the world and I try to get it.
SUMMER 2021 SWIM SUIT
I recently performed some light manifestation with a new swimsuit I wanted. I think I put the request out in my mind (I didn’t vision board for this) on the day I went shopping (oops, I procrastinated). But, leading up to that day, I had been getting inspired by a goddess that I follow on Instagram, and mention quite frequently, Dee Boomkens. I was hoping to find a suit like the ones she had been wearing and posting on Instagram. And so, I had been kind of liking and not liking certain things about swimsuits for a few weeks before. So, by the time I left for the store, I was like, “I’m hoping to find this and this and this.” I essentially already knew exactly what I wanted and had been vision boarding in my mind for weeks. I had even said, “I’m gonna go to this store first and see what they have,” letting the Universe know where I’ll be.
So, I went to the store I had intended to go to, and they had about eight suits! It was like the smallest selection I had ever seen. Still, I explored the options that were there. I immediately saw it, and of course, they had my size. This is extra special because they often don’t have my size 12. I tried it on, and of course it was perfect!
I recently did a beach day with my sister and she was like, “Omg how did you find that amazing suit?!” And I was like, “Uhhhhh, I kinda just manifested it.”
I wish you so much luck on your manifestation and vision boarding journeys! Will you share with me your successes and even the fails? They don’t always work, I know, but keep trying 🙂 I would love to know how it goes for you!
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