Monday, March 26, 2007

How to Create a Treasure Map/Vision Board

What is a Vision Board and or Treasure Map?

A vision board (also called a Treasure Map) a is typically a poster board on which you paste or collage images that you’ve remove or cut out from various magazines. It’s simple.

The idea behind this is that when you surround yourself with images of who you want to become, what you want to have, where you want to live, or where you want to vacation, your life changes to match those images and those desires.

Teasure Maps/Vision boards do the same thing as short term and long term goal planning. They add clarity to your desires, and feeling to your visions.

There are several methods you can use for creating your treasure map/vision board. You can choose which one works best for you, depending on where you find yourself on this path of creating your life.

Supplies you’ll need for creating a Treasure Map/Vision Board:

Poster board and or Brown Paper(Target/Staples sells a really nice matte finish board. We highly recommend it.)

- A big stack of different magazines. (You can get them at libraries, hair salons, dentist offices or your personal collection and you asked your friends or family members). Make sure you find lots of different types. If you limit your options, you’ll lose interest after a while. Recommended magazines bring plenty of...Oprah, Real Simple, Natural Home, Yoga Journal, Dwell, Better Homes and Gardens, Architecture Digest, The Economist, Parenting, Money, Black Enterprise, Ebony, Essence, Business Week, etc.

- Glue. Not Elmers. (It makes the pages ripple.) We recommend Glue or Rubber cement. Glue sticks are our second choice because they don’t last.

Before you begin your vision board:

A little ritual before you begin your vision board. Sit quietly and set the intent. With lots of kindness and openness, ask yourself what it is you want. Maybe one word will be the answer. Maybe images will come into your head. Just take a moment to be with that. This process makes it a deeper experience. It gives a chance for your ego to step aside just a little, so that you can more clearly create your vision.

Put on soft music. Our favorite music for activities like this is music that inspires your soul.

The Five Steps of Creating a Treasure Map/Vision Board:

Step 1: Go through your magazines and cut or remove the images from them. No gluing yet! Just let yourself have lots of fun looking through magazines and pulling out pictures or words or headlines that inspire you. Have fun with it. Seperate the pictures images and phrases and words.

Step 2: Go through the images and begin to lay your favorites on the board. Eliminate any images that no longer feel right. This step is where your intuition comes in. As you lay the pictures on the board, you’ll get a sense how the board should be laid out. For instance, you might assign a theme to each corner of the board. Health, Job, Spirituality, Relationships, for instance. Or it may just be that the images want to go all over the place. Or you might want to fold the board into a book that tells a story.

Step 3: Glue everything onto the board. Add writing if you want. You can paint on it, or write words with markers.

Step 4: (optional, but powerful) Leave space in the very center of the treasure map/vision board for a fantastic photo of yourself where you look radiant and happy. Paste yourself in the center of your board.

Step 5: Hang your vision board in a place where you will see it often.

Please email us at if you have additional questions.

Until, we meet again peace and one love.


Angelette Verdena King & Xiomara D. Cotton


motherwit said...

Thank you for creating a shared space that is safe, loving and supportive. I had the best time on Saturday. My treasure map is hung in my bedroom in a prominent position. I am happy each time I look at it. I appreciate each one of you listening to my reflection piece. I felt embraced and celebrated. I look forward to growing with you all.

Be well,


Eric Pangilinan said...

I've found the coolest and most effective tool to help with the visualization process - a great vision board software called Mind Movies Creator.

It was created by Ryan Higgins to help others visualize and manifest the life of their dreams. See a video and find out why here

A Mind Movie allows you to create a vision of what you want, together with your Favorite song… the one that makes you feel good, the one that makes you want to dance, the one that makes you smile and sing along.

It’s like a 3 minute slide show/movie of your perfect life.

I’m trying it out now.

I’m having fun making my own vision board/mind movie.

And because it’s a software, no need to cut up magazines!



J.M. Davies said...

Thanks for putting the making of a treasure map into words! :) I shared it today on my own blog: