The Treasure Map


A treasure map is a visual representation of those things you most want at this time in your life -- people, opportunities, money, material objects, or experiences that are fun or that challenge you to grow. The images can even represent a particular value that's important to you like beauty or health, and can also reflect a quality you intend to develop like courage or patience. I've been creating treasure maps for more than fifteen years and as I look back, I'm amazed at how many of the images that I chose to put on my maps have actually shown up in my life.

Creating a treasure map may sound like a fun "artsy" sort of project, but it's much, much more than that. Taking the time to create this map will challenge you to think seriously about what you want at this time in your life. It will give your soul an opportunity to speak to you through images, without your head getting in the way. It will keep you firmly connected to what matters most throughout the year. And, most of all, it will become a vivid demonstration of magnetic energy -- the ability to actually draw toward you your dreams, goals, and desires using the power of your imagination.

If the above sounds a bit far-fetched, humor me and do it anyway. You'll be amazed at the results.

Here's what to do:

1. Discover your desires. Start by looking through books, magazines, or catalogs for those pictures, phrases, titles, headlines, or single words that tug at your heart. Although many of us have a conscious idea of what we'd like to have in our lives, there are usually hidden desires -- soulful desires -- that live just below the surface of our conscious thought. The soul speaks to us in images and that's why we start with this exercise. Your soul images often reflect those things that you really, really, really want deep down inside -- the dreams that you can't believe will come true, the goals that feel out of reach, or the hidden longings that you feel too embarrassed to admit. Let yourself dream big, loud, and wide, and whether the images you feel drawn to make sense or not, cut them out anyway.

2. Create your treasure map. Once you've gathered your words and pictures, it's time to design your map. To do this, use some kind of canvas -- a piece of poster board, a notebook, or even a wall in your home. Go through your clippings, cut them into desired shapes and sizes, and position them on your canvas. Take your time
and play around with the layout. Once you have an idea of how you want it to look, you're ready to paste the images on your canvas. Make this map your own personal work of art. When you're done, you want your treasure map to invoke a feeling of "I love this!"

3. Review and display. Once you've completed your map, it can be fun to consider the following questions: Do I notice any themes? Have I chosen items that surprise me? Is the placement of my images significant? Then, when you're ready, put your map someplace where you'll see it every day.

Creating a treasure map that feels good takes time. If you're busy, don't try to complete it in one sitting. Allow yourself several weeks if need be to create the kind of map that feels right to you. Mine often takes a good month to complete. Once you're done, be sure to look at it every day. By seeing it on a regular basis, you'll find that your mind naturally begins to orient itself around your desires. For example, you'll probably start to see signs of your goals and dreams everywhere. And, that's when the magic begins!

As one of my favorite authors, Robert Collier, says: "The quality of your thought is the measure of your power." Your treasure map will keep your most important priorities embedded firmly in mind. Soon, your desires will take root and come to life before your very eyes... just watch what happens!

~*~ Take Action Challenge ~*~

Get started on your map this week. Here's a breakdown of action steps so you can take it one small step at a time.

1. Gather together at least 6 or 8 favorite books, magazines, or catalogs.
2. Cut out words and images that speak to you.
3. Choose a canvas (poster board, notebook, a wall in your home or office, etc.).
4. Schedule time to create your map.
5. Put the images on the canvas and move them around until it looks right.
6. Glue/tape the images and words to the canvas.
7. Find a perfect spot to display your artwork.
8. Be sure to look at it everyday with enthusiasm and excitement for what's to come.


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