Due to the success and positive feedback from the vision board classes held in January, I thought you might like to know a little bit more about what it was all about! I will be holding one of these workshops every month from now on. If you have already been to a Four Houses workshop, please comment your thoughts and feel free to come back to update your board in good company any time you like!
2020 – it begins!
January was host to a fantastic run of three workshops for The Amazing Art Society’s unique vision board technique called The Four Houses.
Based on a way to compartmentalise the four aspects of a balanced life: Health, Connections, Career and Energy Charge, we saw our students plan their boards using their cognitive skills and then furnish the vision board with their creative skills!
Anyone that has ever wondered how to bring more focus and clarity to their life would benefit from spending a few hours with this technique of therapeutic art.
PROUD OF MY STUDENTS:
The workshop includes the learning of the concept of The Four Houses and a start on arranging and attaching images to the vision board. There is then a week to keep working on the boards and then encouragement to share the final board created for 2020. I am so proud of my students! Success has already occurred for a few with dance classes, new romantic partners and work opportunities already showing up in my students lives!
Here are some of the completed boards!
Imagine you have four houses in your life. Each house is where you go to spend your time when you want different things. For example, when you want to relax on the beach, you go to your beach house, or, when you want to complete lots of work, you got to your private office building. Imagine if you could use this compartmentalisation technique to make your vision board true to your life goals.
THE HOUSES EXPLAINED:
Health: You go to this imaginary house when you want to focus on your health. Furnished with your favourite gym equipment, maybe a pool because you love to swim, a spinning studio or a steam room and hot tub. This house will have a kitchen with the most delicious food you love to eat and that you know is good for you. It is important to focus on healthy options that you enjoy so that you like to visit this house. Furnish it with good habits, good choices and think about who would you like to invite to spend time with you here. In your vision board make sure to use images that reflect these choices.
Career: Firstly, ask yourself, are you happy with your industry and your current projected career? If yes, then the next question is: What do you need to do to be seen as an expert in your field? How can you progress and what steps do you need to take in order to feel like an expert? In other words, how can you be the best example to someone new coming into your work place or industry? If you answered ‘no’ to the ‘are you happy’ question, then start to think about why you don’t enjoy the work anymore. Think about if it is the people around you that have caused this feeling (you could keep the same job but work for another company) or, if it is time to move into a different industry that you feel will be better suited to your new goals for the future. Ask yourself what your career options are. Can you transfer your skills to something else you could enjoy? Use images on your board that display the actions you need to take as well as images that capture what it would be to have achieved these goals.
Connections: This house is your social house, this is where your best friends, family, peers, mentors and trusted confidants live or visit you. What kind of people do you want to be connected to and supported by? It is very important to be open to understanding that you may need to shed some relationships that no longer serve you. This will make space for the new people you want to come into your life and for existing relationships to deepen. Think about where these types of person are and make sure to focus on this in your vision board. For example, if you want to make friends who love hiking, then you are likely to meet them in hiking groups, rather than the local betting office. If you want to meet people who enjoy playing video games, you are unlikely to meet them in hiking groups!
Energy Charge: This is where you visit when you want to recharge your batteries. This is your play house! Not only when you want to take a break from your career, connections or health, this house has been created in your mind for you to enjoy beingyou. The question is: What do you do, that is not for money, not for status, not because of obligation, not for any purpose or reason, apart from, it makes you happy? This house is to be furnished with you favourite toys, hobbies and past times. When you spend time in this house, you get to rest your brain from the other parts of your life. This is very important to keep your brain happy and healthy!
Take an A4 piece of paper and quarter it. Label each quarter with a house name: health, career, connections and energy charge. Ask yourself the questions in each explanation above. Take your time to really explore and use your imagination to create the best possible outcome. Play with your imaginary lottery winnings and really lean into the positive options in order to shed your inhibitions and break out a version of your self free from doubts and with a free spirit. You are invited to imagine anything you want!
When you have completed your plan, start searching through the images you have collected and matching words and ideas you have noted, to the images you want to place on your vision board. This is where you may notice how easy it is to be attracted to images that are nothing to do with your plan!
Take a larger piece of paper, I use A3 tracing paper and start to arrange my images (in line with words and ideas on my plan) on the paper to make a nice layout.
The beginning of a year is always a good time to make plans. Whenever the seasons change is a good time to make plans. Whenever you have a really bad day is probably the most brilliant time to sit down and plan a better future for yourself. Basically any time you really want to take control of your life, do this exercise.
I will be holding a Four Houses Vision Board class every month. You can see the most up to date news on events here.
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