Burn Your Vision Board! By Jo Westwood

Last weekend I went to see Gabrielle Bernstein speak (and dance and kundalini - is that a verb?) in London. One of the things she said that really resonated with me was "burn your vision boards!" What she meant was, yes, make those vision boards, write down your goals and desires, dream your dreams but don't stick them up on your wall to taunt yourself with every day. Bless them, give them up, then burn them - or put them in a draw or a God box somewhere that they still exist but they're not staring you in the face all the time. 


Because every time your take a detour (learn something new), change course on a dime (take an unexpected opportunity) or take a much needed break (rejuvenate), your ego will take one look at that vision board and say "Not there yet! In fact, not even close. In fact now you're going the total opposite direction / doing sweet nothing / just hanging out being the same old loser that spent a whole day sticking glitter to magazine cut outs and thinking it would make a dot of difference in your life!" Not helpful, ego!


Once you've put those desires out into the Universe, it is no longer any of your business what happens to them. It's your job to be present, be love and just be. Do your work in the world, be active, be open and be love. Do everything in your power to act for the highest good for all things. But don't try to control and force what the Universe has planned for you, what it will look like or how long it will take. 


This morning I was going through an old archive of pics on my computer and I found a file called 'vision board'. At various points in 2014 I had put, among others, the following images in this file... 

Be in Psychologies magazine. Check. 
My own spiritual girl gang power posse. Check.
Hosting big live events. Check. 
Speaking on stage at Hay House's Ignite. Check. 

There are other pics in there that are already in the making now. 

Did any of this stuff happen in the way I thought it might? Nope. Did it all turn out waaaaaay more awesome than I could have ever planned? Yep. Was it worth waiting 18-24 months for? Hell yes! Did I get here with a perfectly mapped out / constantly re-engineerd plan and a swanky vision board egging me on? Nope. I did print out all the images and fully intended to make them into a vision board... But it never happened and one day I got fed up of seeing them all lying there on my office floor so I chucked them in the recycling and totally forgot that I'd already placed my order and the Universe (and my Mac, apparently!) had *not* lost my file. 

So, in brief... 
1. Dream big. Make vision board.
2. Place order for highest good. Remove vision board. Set and forget. 
3. Be awesome. All you desire and more is coming to you in ways you could never anticipate.

About the contributor: Jo Westwood is the co-creator of #HigherSelfie and has her own private spiritual coaching business where she's known as The Spirit DJ. She breaks down spiritual concepts better than the Beastie Boys break beats! ;-) Hailing from Nottingham, not New York, she remixes ethereal, deep, spiritual concepts to make them accessible, practical and relatable to help the digital generation be more present, peaceful and connected in this manic modern world. In short, she delivers spiritual solutions for your real life shiz.


Thinking thoughts of where we come from via Giphy

Thinking thoughts of where we come from via Giphy

Over the last few years I have immersed myself in spiritual readings that deal with the mind and its power, actively embracing how we all possess the power to create our life experiences and accomplish the true desires of our heart (or otherwise “subconscious mind”).

I have struggled some with this “mind knowledge” balancing those ideas with the belief in GOD, and also believing that GOD is in control of my life, and “sees all and knows all”…it follows “lean not on my own understanding and allow GOD to be my source”. But if you think about it, did GOD not create us, to include our minds?

If you believe that GOD is the creator of mankind, why is it not feasible that he implanted in our individual minds the ability to tap into the source and to guide our lives in the way in which they were either designed or the way in which we desire for our lives to be lived? However, no matter what your spiritual beliefs are, the truth is that FEAR lives in our minds. You cannot be fearful unless you allow yourself to be fearful. And FEAR is something that I have been struggling with for some time now:

Fear of my unknown Future.
Fear that I may not accomplish the desires of my mind, soul and spirit.
Fear that I will never reach the heights that I dream of.
Fear that I am not good enough and/or will lose in life.
Fear that I will not be able to provide my son (as an unwed (and sometimes single parent)) a good family life.

However, I realize those fears are embedded in my mind. And in order to overcome those fears, I need to change how I think (which is clearly easily said than accomplished). Thus, instead of succumbing to those fears, I have employed the practice of providing myself with daily positive affirmations of success and joy. For example, I constantly envision myself and tell myself (which I finally believe after a long process…as believing is the KEY to successfully overcoming the fears) that I will be successful in this life. I will (in spite of all the naysayers) be in a loving and committed marriage with a man that is all that I WANT, NEED, and MORE, and will be the BEST MAN for my SON! I will also reach every goal and accomplish every aspect of the life that I envision for myself, etc.

And I have to be honest it has started to work. In spite of this economy, and as a federal government attorney who has been part of the “furlough” debates, “pay/hiring freeze” controversies (which is an entirely different issue), I have managed to continue to be upwardly mobile, and not be impacted by all of these issues. I have been referred to, by my friends and associates, as “Teflon” when it comes to career moves and acquisitions in an otherwise uncertain and fragile federal government structure. I have yet to start rolling in all the prosperity and financial abundance which is certain to come, but my life is definitely in an upward spin, and I am no longer scared about my future.

I am at peace…and this peace has opened up many doors, and is allowing blessings to flow.

Am I there yet? I am confident that I am…I am THERE and I know that it is just a matter of time before these beliefs become a part of my daily existence. My mind, that GOD blessed me with, is working divinely and without fear…and I am excited about my POSITIVE future. To this end I share the following mantra and affirmation I repeat daily:

“Peace, Harmony, and poise govern my mind at all times. Fear is only a thought in my mind. I can dig it up and supplant faith in success, achievement, and victory over all problems.” You Can Heal Your Life – Louise L. Hay

Your Bio/ about you: I am Love and Light – A Woman that is blessed to be raising a wonderful and dynamic 7 year old son named Tre'. I am an Attorney by day (as a profession); however, who I AM is a spiritual being living a human experience and as such I have learned to overcome external trials and tribulations (which sometimes feel constant in my life) with a positive outlook and joy in my heart. I have learned that loss is universal, and we all experience life losses but we can choose to be happy instead. My experience with loss began in my 1st year of law school when I lost my 10 year old brother, Lamar, after a year-long battle with leukemia. This experience propelled me to new heights and led me to self-exploration and Universal connectivity. Based on my experiences, I am committed to help as many spiritual “human” beings as I can overcome losses with love and light.


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