An Artist's Vision Board, a Webinar with Dr. Felicity Joy
In this podcast, Dr. Felicity Joy recently offered a webinar on how to create a vison board and hear God speak to you through it. She stated that the philosophy of vison boards comes from the idea of essentialism, which basically means ‘less, but better’. She declared that, as a life coach, she really hopes to help people press through to the essentials and their priorities in life. Joy teaches two courses on these topics.
Joy said that she found the foundation for creating vison boards in the verse Proverbs 29:18 KJV which says "Where there is no vision, the people perish." Joy went on to say that it is a lack of knowledge about the vision that causes people to perish. She then focused the discussion on the concept of visualization.
Visualization is seeing yourself doing something over and over to achieve perfection or a goal. Joy mentioned that athletes, especially gymnasts, practice this as part of their training. She said that it is important to visualize yourself actually doing the activity you desire as if it is happening just that way. She said that if you allow worry or other imaginings to get in the way of what you desire to happen, then it will not happen. She also stated that remembering what you have accomplished in the past will help you obtain your goal. Additionally, she encouraged those in attendance to create memorial stones of past vision boards or pictures that did come true and to continue to focus on these.
Next, Joy observed that the reasons many vision boards may fail is the idea of contrast "Contrast is anything that happens in your life which is opposite your intention," Joy said. Joy explained that in Romans 8:28 it says "And we know that all things work together for the good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose." She remarked that instead of saying, when things are not going the way you intend, that the devil is causing it, think instead that God is creating a contrast in your life. She expressed that vision boards are created because people want to change an aspect of life that they don't like, which may not work because everything is connected. She gave the example of someone who lacks money putting a pile of money on their board. She conveyed that they may not get a pile of money because their lack of money may be connected to a different issue that they need to work on. Instead, Joy encouraged everyone to ask the Lord what their vision board should focus on. "If you learn from the Lord, you will see more of the things you want in your life."
Next Joy encouraged those creating vision boards to ask the following 5 questions, basing their board creation on the answers they receive. She described this as envisioning.
5 questions to ask God when starting a vision board.
Once this portion is done, Joy stressed the idea of re-visioning.This is reshaping the narrative of your memories to encourage you toward your goal, instead of discouraging you from it. She explains that Romans 8:38 states "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.” She asserted that the past and your memories can keep you from the love of God, which is why it is not mentioned in the above verse. She also mentioned that Dr. Caroline Leaf, a neuroscientist, has found that our memories are malleable and shaped by emotions, perspective and our state of mind. Recall memories using an approach that will better serve you, Joy encouraged.
Joy spoke of different applications for vision boards, other than just a poster board. She said that you could store your vision board on your phone or on Google Drive. She has put them on placemats. There is even a vision board app called Hay House Vision Board that allows you to create a virtual board. One webinar attendee planned on making a vision book as well.
Dr. Felicity Joy Solomon has a PhD in Christian counseling and is currently working toward
ordination through Oasis Spiritual Center. She attended Princeton University majoring in English and Theatre production. Joy says she is an entrepreneur at heart and is currently creating an editing business called I Can See It. Solomon has attended numerous Karitos conferences, is the assistant for the dance department, and serves on the Karitos Steering Committee.
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