Kids respond to pictures. And so does the subconscious mind! Why not start the New Year by helping your children make a `vision board’ of their hopes and dreams? Not only is the activity fun, it is also an effective way to manifest goals – for adults too.
But first, what is a vision board?
A vision board is basically a large poster board that is designed with symbols, pictures, ideas and letterings that represent dreams and goals that a person wants to achieve. By looking at the vision board every day, the visual representations get imbedded in the subconscious mind, and then the Law Of Attraction (LOA) prompts new life events to unfold in such a way that those dreams and goals come true. When done properly, vision boards are a wonderful way to consciously harness the power of LOA to bring positive changes in our reality. It keeps us engaged constantly with our intentions, reinforces our daily affirmations and keeps us focused on a target outcome.
Children respond very well to vision boards because their minds are not as cluttered with fears and doubts as adults’. In fact, children under the age of 7 are `downloading’ information about real-life experiences much faster than at any other stage in the human development. Even children above the age of 7 are more ready to believe in the efficacy of a vision board, which is why it works so well for them. They are more open to `imagining’, and they do it without judgement, without prejudice and without measuring their goals against their own perceived self-worth.
There are no hard and fast rules about how a vision board should be built. Creativity, inspiration and self-expression are the only tools they need to do this because no two humans visualize their future in the same exact way.
How To Make A Vision Board With Children
# STEP 1:
• Before starting the project, encourage your kids to come up with wishes they want to come true this year.
Since this is their first vision board, keep the expectations within reason. For example, if the kids want to visit the moon, gently draw their attention back to something more achievable. Help them come up with goals that are age-appropriate and less miraculous in proportion. Once they see how powerfully vision boards can work, they can build a slightly more ambitious one next year, when they are also a little more mature.
Every child should have his or her separate vision board, and they can put 3-5 dreams on it. Any more than that, and their focus will get diluted.
Make sure they write out these goals is short, clear statements. And in the present tense. Like they have already happened. As with any goal-setting practice, there should be no negative verbiage used in the sentence construction.
Read this article on the Heart Love Project site, if you want to learn more about how to construct a goal sentence in the right manner.
# STEP 2:
• Next comes tools.
They will need a large sheet of paper stock, chart paper, cardboard on any other flat surface to paste their visions on. They can choose any color they like. The vision board building activity is extremely personal, so they can do pretty much what they like.
In addition, they will need images that they can cut and paste onto their board like a collage. Old magazines are a good source of pictures and of course Google images, where they can select pictures that seem most attractive to them. Download these pictures and print them out.
The children can write their goal statements on the vision board. If you are doing the I AM practice with them, they can write down their I AM statements on the vision board too. They can attach material objects they like that represent their dreams. For example a piece of feather found in the yard if they want a bird. The vision board can be decorated with glitter, paint, crayons – and whatever else catches their fancy.
# STEP 3:
• Once the vision board is complete, display it prominently in their room. Attach it to the wall or place it on top of the dresser, for example, from where the board is clearly visible. Being able to gaze at the vision board often, throughout the day, sends out pulses of inspired energy that powers the visions into manifested reality.
The best place to display a vision board is where the children can see it last thing at night and first thing in the morning.
When the mind is drowsy, in the last few minutes before sleep, our brainwaves go into a theta state, which is when we’re most open to imprinting and absorbing `re-conditioning’ ideas. Being able to look at and enjoy the vision board during the theta state communicates the messages more easily to the subconscious mind, where all the magic happens.
When we wake up in the morning, our mind is fresh and flexible – another small window to imprint subliminal messaging via the vision board. Like many good practices that can become a lifetime habit when taught early, vision boards will help your children become seasoned manifestation masters of their own reality for the rest of their lives.
Encourage the children to have fun with their vision board project. Get them excited and motivated, so they unconsciously start using the vision board as a tool – just because looking at it makes them feel good!