What is Treasure Mapping?
Treasure Mapping is the process of creating a photo collage which includes images and words that express your goals and desires. This type of collage can also be referred to as a Vision Board, Story Board or a Dream Board.
In Creative Visualization, Shakti Gawain writes that, “You can make a treasure map by drawing or painting it, or by making a collage using pictures and words cut from magazines, books or cards, photographs, drawings, and so on.”
Shakti explains that, “A treasure map is an actual, physical picture of your desired reality. Basically the treasure map should show you in your ideal scene, with your goal fully realized.”
While creating a Treasure Map can assist you in manifesting desires of your personality (usually material items), Treasure Mapping is also a great way to explore the desires of your soul. Thru your intention, Treasure Mapping can call forth desires that live deep within your heart, desires that are waiting to be remembered or even awakened for the first time.
The Benefits of Treasure Mapping
In addition to just being a lot of fun to do, there are two primary benefits to Treasure Mapping:
1. Identify Desires
The first benefit is that treasure mapping helps you to identify your desires or goals for what you want to have, do or be in your life and it can reawaken you to seemingly lost joys and passions.
2. Manifest Desires
The second benefit is that treasure mapping is a great manifesting tool! Shakti refers to this in Creative Visualization when she says that; “A Treasure Map is valuable because it forms an especially clear, sharp image which can then attract and focus energy into your goal.” That focused energy is what makes it a powerful manifesting tool.
You may have heard true stories of someone creating a treasure map and they put it away and forget about it only to find it again years later and to their surprise they have manifested several or all of the items or essences displayed on their treasure map! As Debbie Ford says in The Dark Side of the Light Chasers; “Treasure Mapping is a way of calling your vision forth”.
What to Focus on when Treasure Mapping?
When creating a Treasure Map, it is important to set an intention for what you want to focus on. When creating a Treasure Map, focus on one of the following options:
1. Overall Life
You can create one Treasure Map for your overall life, capturing the essence of what you want in all areas of your life. This is a nice way to create and set your intentions (or New Year Resolutions) at the beginning of each year but can of course be done at any time throughout the year.
2. A Specific Life Area or Goal
The other option is to create individual Treasure Maps, each relating to a specific goal or area of your life that you want to focus on. This is a powerful way to focus your energy in a specific area of your life.
Should your Treasure Maps be Top Secret?
Creating a Treasure Map is a sacred experience as it is an expression of our deepest desires. It is like a prayer between you and God. If you decide to share your Treasure Map with someone, make sure it is someone that you know will support you 100% in your vision and in manifesting your heart’s desires. Otherwise, if you share your treasure map with someone who can’t support you in this way, you may find that it dissipates the energy of your treasure map, zapping your energy as well.
The exception to sharing your Treasure Map would be, if you are in a group of people where everyone is creating a Treasure Map. Otherwise, consider keeping your treasure maps close to your own heart and sight, unless you are creating one in a group or you are certain that you have a supportive confidant. Once your desires manifest, you can share it with whoever you want! It then becomes a tool of evidence and confirmation and maybe it will even inspire someone else to create one!
So, are you ready to dive into the wonderful world of Treasure Mapping and make a Treasure Map of your own? This step by step process on how to make a treasure map will make it easy for you to get started. Have Fun!
Related Treasure Mapping Pages:
Surfaces to Use when Creating a Treasure Map Photo Collage
A List of Supplies for Making a Collage to Create a Treasure Map
A Step by Step Process on How to Make a Treasure Map
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