This question has been the focal point of Nondé’s work for the past 10 years. Following a personal crisis that disrupted her entwined personal and professional lives, she trained in somatic art psychotherapy and created a unique method to help people embrace their future creatively through opening the subconscious mind up to unknown possibilities.
You may have curated something like a vision board in the past; think of a collage, Pinterest or mood board filled with pictures of items and ideals you lust after. Nondé regards this type of ‘traditional’ vision boards as “old fashioned” and even “greedy”, as they “gather preconceived ideas of what we think we want, or what we feel want to experience more of. This only engages the left side of the brain, “the logical, intellectual, rational mind,” she tells me. “It pieces things together in a sequential fashion based on information we already know. It’s not creative, it’s not innovative, and it’s not going to lead to any ‘a-ha!’ moments.”
By contrast, Nondé works with people to create intuitive vision boards. Using the creative right-side of the brain, she invites individuals to “stop thinking in the way we’re accustomed to,” and consequently opening up our available intelligence exponentially. “It’s kind of a creative meditation [...] As it was for Mozart, Einstein, all the great inventors, the greatest breakthroughs occur when you aren’t looking for the answers. That’s why it’s so exciting now, because we need to start thinking differently.”
Typically, Nondé’s intuitive process is structured into a four-hour workshop. She startswith meditative exercises to clear the mind completely and then, once the right brain is engaged, under her constant guidance the creativity begins. Armed with a large white or black board (ideally A1), glue, and a stack of magazines, individuals begin to assemble images that stand out to them. “You’re absolutely not looking for anything in particular,” she says. “You just tear out anything that captures you - a particular image, something a bit edgy, or that simply stands out.” Then, remaining vigilant that the logical left brain isn’t creeping in to the process, you begin sticking down the images that connect with you in some subconscious way. It’s a time bound activity, so you retain this engaged mindframe until the board is complete.