Archive for February, 2014

Creating a Vision Board with Collage

For Career and Life Development we made our version of the vision boards popularized by Oprah and Martha Beck. Webb Garrison kicked off the project by leading us through a meditation where we walked into a forest  and came upon a treasure chest.  We opened the chest to see what was inside. These dreamy treasures gave us insight into what we wanted to include in our future.

I came out of the mediation with only a few clues but used the relaxed, open state of consciousness to try and clarify ideas about my dreams.  I pictured a cozy little green office where I could see myself practicing therapy. I imagined a large open loft studio where I could lead workshops exploring the magic of the creative process.  I could see myself writing a book about Art Therapy one day.  I like being with people who are expanding their minds.  So, maybe I would like to teach.  With these fantasies floating around in my mind, I flipped through magazines looking for images to concretize these imaginings and create my vision board.

vision board 2014 I wanted to use the collage process to help clarify my goals, involve the subconscious and then orient myself to the life I want to create.  But none of the job related ideas appeared in the magazines I had in front of me. I found a new refrigerator and a cute puppy, but the rooms I wanted didn’t show up. I clipped here and there but I was struck by how few things I wanted that I don’t already have.  The glamorous bodies, luscious lips and sleek cars just didn’t excite me.

Mostly, I gathered pictures of beautiful places that made me breathe deeply and feel grateful. That feeling of gratitude is connected to a sense that I have enough. So, instead of what I want, or what I am lacking, I focused on what I already have but want to grow.

So now I have the background full of pictures describing the states of being I want to maintain and cultivate.  And, I am keeping an eye out for images of cool spaces that might hold my future. It might be some idyllic reteat in Dwell magazine, or it might be a For Rent posting.  The visionboarding practice will help me recognize “it” when I encounter “it.”





February 3, 2014 at 11:07 pm Leave a comment

AUTHOR Amy Hautman Bates M.A, LPCC, ATR

After being a professional painter for 30 years, I broadened by scope from making art for personal edification to using art to promote health and healing in the world. I work as an Art Therapist with children and families in Santa Fe, New Mexico, witnessing  them tap into their creative energy to gain greater emotional stability, resiliency and peace.

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