One of my jobs for myself this weekend is making a vision board. I never got around to making one this year, usually my first task every New Year. Which means that this one is very late, so has to be particularly awesome.
I’ve decided instead of things I might usually put, like a holiday or goals about things I want to happen or come into my life, this one is only allowed to involve goals centred around my own emotional, mental or spiritual growth, thoughts, and outlook.
Lately I have started to wonder if vision boards can sometimes be mistakenly made or intended as an adult version of a list for Santa Clause. The adult version of Santa, of course, being The Universe who perhaps in actuality, frankly doesn’t care what’s on our list.
You see, as kids, we fill out our Christmas list full of hope and excitement that some etheric being in a red suit will drop these things quite literally into our laps. And joy of joys, if you were lucky, most of the time this happened.
But at some point we realise that Santa doesn’t actually land on our roofs in a puff of wonder and magic and lovingly drop these gifts down the chimney. We eventually accept that if we want presents on Christmas morning, we have to get of our whiny arses, go to work, save up, and trudge on down to the shop.
Realising that it’s not The Universe that delivers us our wish list, no matter how hard we wish for it, can be an equal blow to that of learning of Santa’s non-existence. What a complete rort, right?
But maybe what’s on your list, or vision board, does not, and has never, mattered.
How many times did your parents bop you over the head and chirp at you as you opened yet another awful knitted jumper, clumsily wrapped in re-used Rudolph paper from Aunt Phyllis:
“It’s the thought that counts!”
And in time, (maybe not til early adulthood) you realised this was true.
I remember one year in my teens, I brought my boyfriend at the time to Christmas Eve at my Nan’s house. He was 6 foot tall, with long hair, and had been in a bar fight the previous week, in which he got kicked in the head with a steel cap boot, and due to injuries to his eye, was wearing an eye patch. I had to stifle a giggle as he unwrapped a carefully selected gift from my Nan. It was a newsagent-purchased diary. To this day it still makes my heart smile to think of my Nan, bless her heart, pottering around Maddington Metro and setting her sights on this faux leather bound weekly diary for him. I love that perhaps she thought he might write his eye appointments in there. Maybe make a note on pay day to buy his bourbon. The little things that mattered a lot to me, her acceptance of him, her wanting to include him in the present-giving, no one in my family saying a word about the eye patch.
It is the thought that counts.
The universe may not care what’s on our list or vision board. Further than this, the universe probably doesn’t even read the damn thing.
It’s my belief at the moment, that the real value in vision boards, is the act of us believing in our thoughts and the Universe enough to create one in the first place.
Maybe merely by sitting down and creating one, we are saying to The Universe, “I believe that I have the ability to positively influence my life, using my thoughts, and I will work in unison with a Universal Energy that will back me as much as I back myself”
And maybe The Universe’s only reaction to this, is to believe us, and support us in our belief in ourselves.
Do I think we can manifest cars, relationships, jobs and better health by using a vision board? Yes I do. But I am wondering if some of us are completely missing the point. Is that not unlike focusing on the destination, not the journey?
Maybe the true gift that comes from a vision board, is the faith that The Universe works with you, not against you. That The Universe will dance with you, but it’s up to you to lead. If something specific you wanted to manifest comes as a result of that strengthened relationship between you and The Universe, brilliant. But I feel like that would be like thinking about what a friend can “do for you” rather than the friendship itself.
So I’ve decided to create some goals around reassessing, repairing, and strengthening my outlook and relationship with this Universal Energy. It’s something I never really did, I just leapt right in and started asking for stuff. And, I believe, entirely missed the point in the process.
No matter what your vision board has helped you to manifest in the past, or what it may help you to manifest in the future, I believe the greatest spiritual gift to come from one, is the acknowledgement of The Universe itself, and your faith in it’s process.