Since the 2006 book The Secret shared about ‘the magnetic powers of belief,’ vision boards have been considered a go-to tool for manifesting. Today, vision boards are popular among more than just new agers. Lilly Singh and Cardi B are among the celebs who have talked about manifesting their dreams with one. There may not be a whole lot of science to back to practice, but anecdotal evidence is pretty… interesting (manifest a dream home, just by making a collage? Why not?)
The idea is this: You collect pictures of the things you want, put them on a bulletin board, place it somewhere you can see it, then, your subconscious mind goes to work putting you en route to getting it. It’s all about the law of attraction—the philosophy that like attracts like–or, we attract into our lives those things that correspond with our dominant beliefs, both conscious and subconscious. So, a vision board could be seen as a seed planted in your mind, which, over time, grows into a beautiful vision of your reality. Which then becomes real. That’s the idea, anyway.
So, personally, I’ve always felt that being able to have a sense of my ‘future self’–what she looks like, what kind of life she’s created, helps me to feel like I have a sense of my right direction. It’s inspiring and motivating–and more importantly, authentic, to have that vision in my mind. I make vision boards for the same reason I set intentions at the new moon, for example. It’s a ritual that allows me to stay focused on what matters to me and what dreams I want, as opposed to just letting the world take my where it will, day in and day out. For no reason other than that, I say vision boards are worth creating.
Some of the more successful women I know would agree–and have seen some pretty amazing results. Sara Koonar is one example. I got in touch with her after I saw her instagram story sharing that she’d manifested the home she’d been coveting online.
“After creating a dream home board (on Pinterest), I started to wonder if I could actually afford a home. A few weeks later I just went on my own to an open house to see what was out there. I still hadn’t even got a pre-approval at the bank, or done any number crunching. That’s when I found the house that was renovated and decorated almost identically to what I had put on that dream home board.”
Within a week, she got her pre-approval and put in an offer on the place. She got it. Just over a month after creating that dream home board, her dream home was her reality.
There’s more to the magic, though: A few weeks earlier, Sara’s reiki practitioner advised her that the number 7 would be important over the next few months. The dream house number was 77. Sara took the advice and ended her offer on the house with a 7. With that number, she was the winner out of five other bidders.
So apart from of course, being financially prepared, having a realtor on call, and actually going out and seeing the place – regardless of whether she was ready to buy, following her intuition did play a role in her manifesting the place. She noticed–and acted on, the signs she was seeing around her. Additionally, she chose to accept the number 7 thing as a sign, too. And who’s to say it wasn’t?
Obviously, your dream life won’t take shape while you’re scrolling around Pinterest, but the point is, the images can spark something in us and fuel the fire that drives us to action, and also give us a specific idea of what it is we want to look for. Images help us determine what ‘signs’ we might find meaningful. (If an ugly house had the number 7, it wouldn’t have been a sign, right?) The fact that the house looked exactly like the one Sara fell in love with online, made the number 7 something that affirmed her decision. It’s all part of the puzzle.
While Sara has manifested a dream home here in Toronto, Jen Nentwig used a vision board to manifest a life of work and travel, and it wasn’t until she made it happen that she realized it was what she’d been wanting.
Her first-ever vision board was a game-changer: “I found photos of things I wanted and made this gorgeous collage. I ended up moving a few months later, so I ended up putting it in a box and forgetting about it. A few years later I went back to that old house and found that old vision board. I had actual goosebumps because more than half of the things I’d put on it were things I’d done – I now had my own actual photo of that same thing.”
Dream locales that once seemed unreachable were now actually her instagram feed. So how did it work? She forgot about her vision board for two years, then what?
During that time, she says she “just started doing things that felt aligned with my soul more. I still don’t know why I booked a one way ticket to Australia. When I tell people about that, they always ask why Australia, and I’m not really sure. I’d heard a friend mention going there but we weren’t really close anymore. Something in my heart just started whispering to me to go. And going there kind of set everything into motion. From there, I became this completely different person and started living the life I was always meant to.”
One big leap of faith launched a life of travel. Sort of like, ripping off a bandaid and telling the universe you’re ready for something. Jen made the first move, and, surrendering to heart’s whispers even if she had no reason to ended up transforming her way of being. She essentially just started living her vision board.
Interestingly, Jen mentions a friend she’d had once who went to Australia. This person would have been what manifestation coach Lacy Phillips calls an expander–someone who has a similar upbringing to us who we see manifest something we consider great. They expand our idea of what’s genuinely possible, because, seeing is believing. Consider where you might be limiting yourself–you can make any number of vision boards, but if you don’t really believe something is possible, you won’t achieve it, right? Expanders are key.
At the end of the day, though: Nothing will happen without actually taking action. Both Sara and Jen were willing to be curious about their path, take risks, and ultimately, just be fearless. They took action based on their intuition and, they just didn’t overthink anything. They got results.
So, do vision boards really work, though? Yeah, if you believe they do. See you on Pinterest.
(Story by Contributing Editor, Kait Fowlie)