Those of you who have been readers for awhile know I have a quirky sense of play. [Who else do you know that counts their stuff for fun?] And I am intrigued with the idea of using a vision board for drawing into my life things that I excite me and help me make the world a better place. I made a vision board last year that was pretty typical with representative images [a forest, a meditator] and words [calm, joy] and I did manage to manifest those things in my life. But it seemed a little prescriptive. And maybe like I wasn’t thinking big enough. I am remembering the Mary Webb quote: The well of Providence is deep. It’s the buckets we bring to it that are small.
I want to see what happens when I bring big buckets to the well.
So, remembering that I liked the style of my friend Priscilla Bettis’s grid vision board and that I sometimes find words limiting to the imagination, I decided to create a board of grid images.
I started with a piece of cardboard from a cereal box and created a template. Then I used the template to view and crop images that I found intriguing. My sources were varied: discarded magazines, old calendars, catalogues, greeting cards. The only criteria were that I liked the image and that the source was free.
While not all the images are abstract, I tended to favor ones that are. I had well over 100 of these little squares before it occurred to me to stop. That was a fun activity on its own-observing how cropping an image changed its appeal.
When I had them where I wanted them, I fixed them with rubber cement. There are 70 images in all.
The purpose of the grid is to record when I recognize that I have drawn whatever the image represents to my life.
Here’s where it gets really fun for me. I don’t yet know what these images represent.
I don’t yet know if this image will represent an actual crocodile, a person with crocodile characteristics [stealth, aggression, adaptability] or something entirely different. But I trust that I will know when I have found my crocodile.
What I expect this exercise to do for me is increase my mindfulness [I’ve got to be paying attention to find whatever my images represent,] increase my sense of playfulness, and increase my sense of abundance. I may find other things as well.