Artwork by Emmy White
Artwork by Emmy White

What is Treasure Mapping? It’s a hands-on, creative, fun process that can be done in a group or alone. Treasure mapping is a visual representation of what you want to achieve. Your vision board or treasure map can represent your goals, dreams, visions; whatever you are wanting to manifest in your life. There are no rules in treasure mapping but here are a few guidelines which might be useful for you. Step 1 – clarify your goals. Step 2 – Gather a stack of magazines, scissors, glitter, stickers, paint, gel pens, markers, colored pencils, rubber stamps and any additional art supplies you want to use for your project. Step 3 – spend about 20-30 minutes cutting, tearing or ripping images and words which speak to you. This part of the process is stream of consciousness, no thinking, judging, analyzing, just let it rip. Step 4 – Now the real fun begins. Arrange your images and words on a piece of poster board, art paper or construction paper. This is where your creativity comes into play. You are the artist, the creator of your treasure map, so let your creativity and intuition lead you. Glue your images and words in a way that is pleasing to you. Your treasure map will be as unique as you are. Once you’ve arranged and glued your words and images, it’s time to illustrate, embellish and decorate your vision board. This is an optional step. If your treasure map feels complete with words and images, then you’re almost done. I recommend dating your treasure map and adding an affirmation such as “My ideal job is now here.” or “I love living in my new home.” or “I am enjoying traveling internationally.” Affirm whatever it is you want to manifest in your life. Step 5 – display your treasure map in a prominent place. It will be a constant reminder of what you want to achieve in your life. Treasure mapping can be a powerful tool  to help you manifest your dreams, visions and goals. Try it, you’ll be glad you did.

My October Artist’s Way Retreat will include a treasure mapping session. October 19 – 21 at the ARC Retreat Center in Cambridge, MN. 

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8 thoughts on “Treasure Mapping

  • June 24, 2014 at 3:04 pm
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    Thanks for reminding me of treasure mapping! I used to do it much more frequently. I didn’t use magazine photos, because I’m not much of a magazine person. I’d use colored pencils and doodle out little doodles of what I wanted to achieve, writing colorful words around the doodles. It works! I’m going to start doing treasure mapping again.

    • June 25, 2014 at 8:36 am
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      Harmony, I love that you created your own spin on treasure mapping. Doodling is fun and you definitely have talent. Hope you start your treasure map this week:)

    • June 25, 2014 at 8:35 am
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      Amy, I encourage you to try this exercise. It’s fun and it really can help to bring your visions, goals & dreams into reality:)

  • June 24, 2014 at 6:22 pm
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    Interesting. Perhaps a little messy (and most of the magazines I have I don’t want to cut up.)

    • June 25, 2014 at 8:34 am
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      Thanks for your comments Scott.

  • June 25, 2014 at 6:20 pm
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    I keep hearing about vision boards. No one has ever explained them and treasure mapping in such a fun and easy for me to understand way before. Thank you Nancy. I am going to do one. You’ve nudged me over the edge of resistance!

    • June 26, 2014 at 6:22 pm
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      Kelly, glad to hear you’re going to do a treasure map. It’s all about having fun and letting go of expectations. Good for you!

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