23 Sep 2021

Use the principles of creative visualisation to manifest more beauty, alignment and abundance in your life.

Vision boarding is a powerful way to gain clarity about what you want in life and attune yourself to more fluidly follow the clues that lead towards it.

See my MANIFESTING instagram highlight for my recent vision board update.

From a practical point of view, vision boarding primes our reticular activating system to notice more of what we want:


"The Reticular Activating System (RAS) is a bundle of nerves at our brainstem that filters out unnecessary information so the important stuff gets through. The RAS is the reason you learn a new word and then start hearing it everywhere. It’s why you can tune out a crowd full of talking people, yet immediately snap to attention when someone says your name or something that at least sounds like it.

Some people suggest that you can train your RAS by taking your subconscious thoughts and marrying them to your conscious thoughts. They call it “setting your intent.” This basically means that if you focus hard on your goals, your RAS will reveal the people, information and opportunities that help you achieve them. When you look at it this way, The Law of Attraction doesn’t seem so mystical. Focus on the bad things and you will invite negativity into your life. Focus on the good things and they will come to you, because your brain is seeking them out. It’s not magic, it’s your Reticular Activating System influencing the world you see around you." From Medium

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From a more mystical point of view, and in alignment with ancient tantric techniques for manifestation, vision boarding helps us to access the vijnanamaya kosha - our wisdom body. This aspect of our Self is beyond mind. It's the part of us we access when we are daydreaming, or drifting off to sleep, when we are imagining or being resourceful in coming up with creative solutions to our problems.

You'll learn more about yogic techniques for accessing the vijnanamaya kosha at this event.


How do I get started?

You need:

  • plenty of time (2 hours so you're not rushed)
  • lots of magazines to browse through
  • glue stick
  • large piece of paper

Begin by just looking through the magazine. Don't start cutting right away. Relax into a flow state. You're not looking to just cut out things you want to buy, it isn't a shopping list. You're browsing.

Follow charm. What captures your attention? Try not to think about it or use your rational mind. Just start to notice what draws you in and feels enticing.

Once you're comfortable in s state of flow begin to cut out the images that are resonating. Arrange them in any way you like. Some kind of pattern or theme may emerge but it may not, don't force it.

The images are not as important as the FEELINGS they represent. Notice what the images are conjuring up inside you. Is it a feeling of connection? Intimacy? Sexuality? Joy? Abundance? Generosity? Le yourself be 100% in the feeling of it as if it's already in existence for you in reality.

Do you leave it out after you've made it or tuck it away for your eyes only?


I find the energetics of this are really important. Throwing it in the back of a cupboard because you don't think it's going to work is obviously not energetically potent. Equally, having it front and centre 24/7 as if your life depends on it is also not powerful.

I like to 'hold it gently.' I put it out of sight as a symbol of surrender, but I still keep it visible so the practical element of the reticular activating system can come into play. As an example, the back of a door works for me; then, when the mood strikes, I'll bring it out to soak into it again over a cup of tea.

Should the board have a specific theme?

I believe there are two types of vision boarding.

(1) With a specific theme in mind to manifest something very intentional (e.g. a job or a house), or

(2) For the purpose of opening your mind to new possibilities and things you didn't even know you wanted. This is where the magazine browsing comes into play. See the next question for more on this.

I'll reiterate that I believe specifically themed boards are best burned to avoid attachment and demonstrate faith in the burning.

Where do you source the cuttings from? I find it hard to find nice pictures.

Sometimes the most random/unexpected magazines can work best. Whatever you can get your hands on: House & Garden, Vogue, Russh, etc.

You've got to work to sort through what's "not you". And this working out what you don't want is a really important part of the process.

Also, I choose to not include anyone else's face or identifying features on my vision boards as it makes it harder to actualise.

Are all your boards crafted by clippings and paper (done manually)?

I believe the most powerful manifestations come from doing it by hand, but I also use Pinterest/ digital visualisation. If I Pinterest a board for something (eg. recently I've been pinning the feel for my wedding and a home as we need to move next year) I will follow this up by journaling with pen and paper to create a more visceral experience of it.

Artwork: Facedown Collage by Secil Koman