By Pam Boyer
“Writing vision pages is like creating a vision board, but it goes far beyond the limiting images and words of others. Writing about your dreams and desires with your own hands, in your own words, helps you tap into your inner vision, imagination and power in a way that is uniquely you!”
Barbara Jacksha, The Vision Pages Series
Like Barbara Jacksha I’ve written Morning Pages, a technique taught by Julia Cameron, for over 25 years. I wrote through major life transitions in my career, moves across the county, starting a new business and the death of my spouse. In all those years the process of the Morning Pages helped ground me and gave me a place to express my emotions and fears.
Over time the emotional content of the pages started to take up less room and my goals and dreams took up more. In the stream of consciousness style of just writing whatever came into my mind, I began recording what I wanted to accomplish during the day, week and year. My focus shifted from processing my life’s challenges to creating new opportunities in my life.
This new process is what Jacksha is calling Vision Pages. I like that label. I still use the Morning Page format, which includes three 8.5 x 11 pages written in long-hand immediately upon waking.
Here's how I do it.
I combine the process of journaling with my first cup of coffee and love the way it helps me wake up slowly and become mindful of the day ahead. I write with a pen in a journal with the current date at the top. Some people use digital tools, but Julia Cameron the creator of the pages thinks that the most interesting material is best accessed by hand. If you are typing you may be writing so quickly you miss some of the meaning.
Writing your dreams and desires by hand is a very tactile process. It seems that the material comes from the subconscious through the hand and onto the page. You may want to write in the present tense, as though you have already achieved the goal. You want to capture a story of fulfillment, fun and excitement in living your dream.
Include sensory details in the story of your dream, where do you see yourself, how do you look, who is with you, what does the environment look like, smell like, taste like? The more detail the better. Each day include new exciting details, allow the vision to enlarge, to become richer until the story becomes as real as you can make it.
Next, start to actually “feel” the emotions that the vision evokes. Spend as much time as you can when you write getting into the positive emotions of the story. Does it make you happy, excited, enthusiastic, joyful, fulfilled or just plain content? All these emotions can be included in a vision or there may be one overriding feeling that is dominant. Spend time each day writing and “feeling” the effects of the vision of your dream and you will start to see changes in the life you’re living outside the pages.
Make a commitment to do this for 30 days. I bet is it will become a lifelong practice. But, starting is the key! Map out the time and then make a commitment to start and on the 30th day evaluate your process. I think you will be hooked and you will be excited that you have discovered a new self-discovery and empowerment tool.