"At last I see it, I feel it; I penetrate to the predestined purpose of my life. I am content." Herman Melville, 1891 CE, New York City, NY
As with every morning in the 21-Day Challenge, please complete your Morning Purpose Ritual.
The Vision Board Exercise
This exercise is designed to pattern your consciousness with the most powerful tool available, visual imagery. Research has proven that the brain processes visual imagery 60x faster than text and that 90% of the brain’s processing capacity is used for vision. What this means is that you’d have to meditate on your purpose statement 60x longer than your vision board to get the same effect.
Also, a vision board harnesses your brain’s natural power to help you succeed in achieving a life aligned with your purpose. Spending just a few minutes each morning with your vision board will remind you of what you really care about, and empower you to create each day intentionally, to bring your awareness of your purpose into every interaction, at work, at home, at play, in your diet and exercise, spiritual practice and community.
Let’s get started!
Step One: (5 mins)
If you’re doing this by yourself, create a comfortable place to be undisturbed and alone for 3 hours. You’ll need a decent sized work space for the poster-board and magazines and pile of images. This could be your kitchen table, or in the reading room at the library. If you’re doing this with friends, be sure to use a large space and table to accommodate everyone's posters and magazines.
Step Two: (5 mins)
Set your intention. Bring your awareness to the reason why you are doing the Challenge - what is it specifically you want to gain by finding your life’s purpose? Now close your eyes and feel into this life you are creating. Once a feeling has bubbled up, acknowledge it. If your Critic shows up, acknowledge it as well, and then give it permission to take the next 3 hours to go on a break. You won’t need your Critic at all for this exercise. When you are clear with your intention, open your eyes.
Step Three: (75 mins)
Turn through your magazines and pull out images that call to you. Avoid selecting words that call to you. An image that expresses that word is much more powerful than the word itself. Once you’ve gone through all your magazines, pick 3 of those magazines that feel the most resonant and go through them again. It’s important to spend the whole 90 minutes in the selection phase, so please repeat this with the rest of the magazines if you still have time.
Step Four: (75 minutes)
Sort and rank the images, from most compelling to least. Then cut out the specific imagery that is most compelling to you, and removing any words in the imagery. Finally, arrange the images on your poster-board, in any fashion that you wish. Create a wall to wall collage, or just leave blank space between the images - totally up to you. There is no right or wrong way to make a vision board!
Step Five: (20 mins)
Glue the images to the posterboard, and then hang the posterboard in a place you know you will see it every day.
Congratulations! You are now in possession of highly effective tool for patterning your consciousness with your life’s purpose! Consider making your vision board the central part of your morning purpose ritual.
Another powerful way to leverage the benefit of the vision board is to take a picture of your vision board and use it as your homescreen on your cellphone or screen saver on your computer, so that throughout the day you’ll be able to reconnect with your deepest sense of self and the direction of your life, your purpose.
Please download this BONUS PDF and watch this BONUS video from Stephanie Staidle on the power of vision boards!