Making a Bagua Board
We often think we know what we want in our lives; but many of us do not take the time to sit down and write a clear focused directive or plan. We have ideas about what makes us happy like love, money, friendship. It’s important to specify to ourselves what love looks like to us, or how much money we really need, or what kinds of relationships will make us feel supported.
My niece recently completed an assignment in art class that reflects her past, present, future, and dreams (picture). This reminded me of a bagua board I made for myself that helped me over a time in my life where I had less direction. Further, the process of making the board helped me learn how to define my own desires and what truly makes me happy. Once the definitions became clearer, it became easier to direct my life. I still revisit this process on a regular basis to ensure I am making the right choices and am thinking positively.
What is a bagua board?
It’s a visual aide to help you manifest your goals into reality. It’s comprised of 9 sections (see picture). You can start with something as small as a piece of paper, but I recommend a piece of poster board. The illustration provides the color association with each section.
Step 1: Create 9 squares.
If available, you can cut colored paper to match the 9 colors: purple, red, pink, green, yellow, white, blue, black, and silver. If not, you can use colored pencils or markers to outline each square.
Once the colored spaces are created, label each square. The illustration provides examples, but you can label them and fill them in specifically to meet your needs. For example, the 9 squares could be labeled: finance, self-esteem, love & friendship, family, health, creativity, self-improvement, work, travel.
Step 2: Fill each square to promote your life
Use glue, but if you want to change your board frequently, you can consider an adhesive that will allow you to move things around. I recommend keywords, quotes and pictures for each square. There are also herbs, gemstones, and symbols that are often associated with each area of life. The elements, numbers, and seasons are listed on the illustration below. Here are a few more suggestions:
- Blessings, Wealth, Finance: coins, bank account numbers, financial goals, list of things for which you are grateful
- Fame, Reputation, Social Life: list of community charity goals, church activity, list of personal achievements, degrees, group associations
- Love, Marriage, Relationships: list of attributes you are seeking in a partner or friends, information about friends or a partner
- Family: family crest, information about close family members with whom you wish to be close
- Health: exercise goals, weight loss goals, healing through diet goals, ailments that you wish healed
- Creativity, Children: information about kids, artistic goals and achievements
- Knowledge, Self-Cultivation: list of books to read, classes you are taking, new skill you wish to learn
- Career, Life Path: information about job, list dream jobs, list lifetime goals, bucket list
- Helpful People, Travel: recognize people who have helped you or inspire you, list all the places you wish to travel, types of travel you prefer.
Note: There are slight differences in what to include in each box, based on where you are finding your information as you can see from each of these illustrations. I suggest you do what feels right for you as you create your personal board. This can also be a fun and inspiring project to do with a small group of people.
Step 3: Display
Select a conspicuous location in which you will view and think about its contents every day. Using this format of self-direction can result in immediate changes. It can drive your mind to positive thinking and keep it there. It can be surprising to realize just how much control we can have in our lives with the right tools!