DO VISION BOARDS REALLY WORK? WHAT AM I MISSING?
Proverbs 28:18 says "where there is no vision the people perish." If we want direction in our lives, it is imperative that we have a vision of where we are going.
Enter Vision Boards
Have you used a vision board yet? If so, have you seen success with it?
If you're struggling to figure out why all the hype, Let me guess- you went and bought a nice framed bulletin board, pinned up pictures of the things you could only dream of and stared at them the first week, only to fall out of the habit after the first month. Or you're still staring at the pictures, trying your best to visualize them but nothing is happening. You might be thinking, "Is it really worth it?"
The premise behind vision boards is that what you focus on expands.
"Energy goes where attention flows." - Tony Robbins
No one can dispute that fact. It's a truth principle. If you're looking at pictures that help you remember you want to lose 10 pounds, you'll think twice about eating that sugar filled candy bar and think more about exercise and ways to burn calories. Whether you actually follow through on those thoughts is another story- about rewiring the brain and creating habits that work for you (click link for more info). So lets move forward with the idea that vision boards actually can and do work for those who understand how to correctly use them.
I have been able to achieve many goals on my vision board and my dream sheet over the past couple of years. It is so satisfying to look at the checks of completion and the date by them. I've had various yard and home projects, personal character traits I have strengthened, among many other goals. My life has been enriched by the knowledge I have of the power of my thinking and vision. I have shared this knowledge and system with my kids and have watched them bring things into their lives that seem like miracles! My teen got to meet and get a picture with Tom Holland and bought her own horse! My 10 year old has learned how to edit videos and runs a YouTube channel, under my supervision and account of course.
It is important to me that my family knows where their thinking can lead them. In fact, it's important to me that YOU know this too! That's my main focus with Journey to Become! We are in charge of WHO and WHAT we become.
The question I present now is,
What does God think and feel about us using vision boards to manifest what we want?
I'm going to explore some ideas I've gained through meditation, prayer and scripture study on this subject.
My attention to this was piqued when I came across Christians who warned against vision boards as being a "New Age" concept. I agree with them that there is reason to be wary of New Age teachings and ideas because they often remove God and Christ and teach that we can do everything ourselves.
But I do not think it would be wise to remove such an incredible tool, which can be used to improve ourselves and our overall life experience based on that fear. Rather, I would suggest the following...
Use caution when using a vision board if you want to create with God
–Desire things that would push you away from God.
In order to create with God, you need to be in line with His will and understand your path. If something you desire might lead you away from a relationship with God, steer clear, because you won't be creating with Him.
–Treasure things that we can't take with us upon our death.
Matthew 6:19–21 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where your heart is, there will your treasure be also.
In other words, make the good word of God (and living it) your focus instead of things or anything that could become an idol. Those who do this are blessed with abundance.
–Create in a spirit of envy, frustration or greed.
For example, lets say your sister doesn't believe you could actually achieve that dream you have of starting up that business selling home made knitted sweaters. Don't let proving to her you'll indeed have the biggest knitting shop in the west, your driving force towards achievement so you can "show her". And if you've been enviously watching the Jones' buying all the fun things- a pool, a camping trailer and a nice big truck to pull it, don't slap up your pictures of your fancy outdoor patio and kitchen with a "Just wait till the Jones' see this! This tops off any of their toys...plus I don't have maintain that pool" attitude.
– Believe that YOU are the one creating.
Not recognizing God's hand in our creations is prideful.
+Consider that your desires might be God pushing you to explore something that will enrich your life.
+Ask God for the things you hope for. We are told many times to do this in the scriptures.
Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
By asking, we are opening the door for God to bless us and to help us create. We are including Him.
+Study it out
Is this good for me?
Where would it lead me?
+Align your will with God's will
Picture yourself working with God in deciding what to put on your vision board.
Shape and create your desires based on inpsiration and constant communication with God about your path. By doing this, you will not start to create things that are not in your best interest. Since you'll be working with a partner who can see the whole picture, you will be that far ahead of the game. You won't spend wasted time on trivial things or anything that might lead you down the wrong path. And keep in mind, that since we all have different things to learn, our paths are different. What might be good for one person may not be good for another at certain times.
+Realize that life is all about growth.
It has its ups and downs. Sometimes we are given lemons. So what do we do? Make lemonade of course!
“So much in life depends on our attitude. The way we choose to see things and respond to others makes all the difference. To do the best we can and then to choose to be happy about our circumstances, whatever they may be, can bring peace and contentment. We can't direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails. For maximum happiness, peace, and contentment, may we choose a positive attitude.” -Thomas S. Monson
Sometimes we will suffer. "God may use our hopefulness in the face of hardship to point others to faith in Christ. He may use our struggles for Christ's glory. And He may use suffering as a kind of discipline to grow our faith in Him." (1)
"Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator." -1 Peter 4:19, KJV:
So, there will be times when we realize that certain things on our vision board may have to wait for better timing, or may take a while before appearing in our lives due to our need to learn how to create it. Or may even drop off after consulting with God and/or studying it out. So in other words, this would explain why vision boards may not work 100% of the time with100% of the things you put up.
+Believe you can and will recieve the thing you are hoping for if you have followed all the above protocol.
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