For the past 4-years I’ve led a New Year Vision Board Workshop in January. These events have always been a huge success. But this year I was questioning whether or not I would offer this popular event. Why?
Because I was questioning whether or not I wanted to encourage people to focus on how much more “stuff” they could attract into their lives in 2010.
Even though Vision Boards have been in use for a very long time, since the release of the movie, The Secret, they have come to be associated with the Law of Attraction. Because of that, when people create a Vision Board they almost always focus on what they want to ATTRACT into their life. They focus on what they want.
As I’ve been grappling with my relationship to Law of Attraction I find myself questioning the core message: Namely that focusing on your desires will lead you to a life of fulfillment, joy, love and abundance.
Now there is nothing wrong with desire, and this is not the time to get into a deeper discussion about the place of desire in the creation of a brilliant life. But without exception, every one of the Abundant Mystics (truly successful Modern Day Mystics) I’ve interviewed for the Abundant Mystic Teleseminar Series, have shared that a key to a life of fullfillment, joy and abundance is to focus on what you can CREATE and GIVE to the world.
The key is not what you can get, but what you can give.
The focus should not be what you can attract but what you can create.
During the 2008 Vision Board Workshop a participant asked me if a Vision Board needs to be about “stuff.” I answered the question in a blog post Does a Vision Board Need Be About Stuff. But the short answer is absolutely not.
As my relationship to Law of Attraction has evolved, I have come to believe that one of the keys to succeeding with the Law of Attraction is, in fact, to take your focus OFF of what you want. It may sound counterintuitive. And it certainly flies in the face of many Law of Attraction teachings. But when you focus on what you can create and give to the world, your desires will take care of themselves.
Now let me be clear that by create I’m talking about what you can make. What can you build that has never existed before? What can you bring into the world of form that has previously existed only in the formless?
As a Deliberate Creator you are definitely “creating” your life when you attract a new car or a new home. But there is a deeper meaning to the phrase Deliberate Creation, a meaning that moves you from being an attractor to being a Creator.
You activate that deeper level when you create something out of nothing, when you bring something from a formless state into the world of form.
You are a unique expression of Source energy. You are a child of God. No one else in all the world – in fact, all the Universe – has the same combination of qualities, characteristics, skills, perception and abilities as you. And therefore you are uniquely qualified to create something that no one else can.
That is your job. This is the purpose you have come here, into this physical world, to embody. And so long as you continue to focus on “attracting” things that others have created, you will not find the fulfillment, joy and true abundance that is your birthright.
It is through the act of creation, true creation, that you awaken to that deep joy and activate your brilliance.
So at this year’s Vision Board Workshop we will shift the focus from what you will attract in 2010 to what you will create. Yes, you can still put the picture of the new car you will have. Yes you can still put images of the fabulous vacation you will take.
But you will also, and more importantly, have images of the book you will publish, the songs you will write, the blog you will launch, the business you will start, the relationships you will improve, the artwork you will create, the courses you will teach, the inventions you will prototype, the beauty you will bring to the world.
In short you will focus on how your presence in the world will make the world a better place. For when that is your focus the Universe can’t help itself: It must make YOUR personal world a better place!
So when you make your Vision Board for 2010 spend some time focusing on what you will create. Envision not just the “stuff” you want to attract, but also the stuff you will create.
And if you are in the Bay Area and want to join us for the 2010 Vision Board Workshop, go and get registered now. This event is sure to get your New Year off to a fun and intentional start!
(And if you register today – Tuesday December 8th – you’ll save $22!)
So go out and create. We are all waiting to see the unique blessings that you have to offer our world!