Creating a Vision Board with Collage

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

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.”

 

 

 

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AUTHOR Amy Hautman Bates

I started this blog intending to write about the creative art's health and healing potential. Having been around art all my life, I thought I knew a lot about Art Therapy. But the more I read, the more fascinated I became, and the more I realized how little I knew. This blog is about my journey from full time artist to student at Southwestern College to Art Therapist... and whatever happens along the way.

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