Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Welcome Guest Blogger: Liana Laverentz

Create a Collage for 2009
By Liana Laverentz

I was flipping through some Oprah magazines last night, looking for pictures and quotes I want to use to make a collage of all the goodness I want to bring into my life in 2009. Oprah puts out a very positive magazine, so I like getting ideas from that one. I made a poster-size collage six years ago, as a creativity exercise with some writer friends, and didn’t think much of it, other than it was a fun thing to do. But I liked it enough that I framed it and put it up in my bedroom.

Then the oddest thing happened. Within a few years, everything that I had put into that collage, which was about the things that fed my soul, showed up in my life. I kid you not. Without even thinking of it, just having it on the wall, my subconscious mind went about creating the circumstances that would be needed to bring the things in that poster into my life.

You can call it weird, but I know it happened. One day I looked up at this poster I hadn’t paid much attention to over the past couple of years, had barely looked at—you know how we tend to not see what is in front of us every day--and realized everything in it was now in my life. I was stunned. I’d read about this kind of thing happening, the power of intention and all that, but…

So last night I started on a new collage, one for 2009, which I will do sometime over the holiday season.

You might want to try one, too. All you have to do is go through magazines and clip or rip out pages that have something on them that appeals to you for some reason. A picture, a quote, a splash of color, even. Some of the stuff I ripped out last night makes no sense. But I’m sure it will when the time comes to put the collage together.

It’s a wonderful way to relax and have some “me” time in the midst of a very busy season. A great way to get rid of all those old magazines you have lying around and don’t know what to do with, too. If you don’t have time to do a full poster-size one, do a smaller one. There are no rules to this sort of thing.

You’ll be amazed at how creative it makes you feel.

And, in a couple of years, you’ll be even more amazed by what happens.

Take care, God Bless, and let me know how it turns out for you.

Liana Laverentz
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1 comment:

Melissa said...

Very cool about the collage. I started writing down goals, short and long term, after reading a blog post by Elizabeth Boyle. I may have to give collaging a try!