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Creating A Treasure Map
by Shakti Gawain
a "treasure map" is a very powerful technique, and fun to do.
A treasure map is an actual, physical picture of your desired reality. It is
valuable because it forms an especially clear, sharp image which can then
attract and focus energy into your goal. It works along the same lines as a
blueprint for a building.
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. Don't worry if you're not artistically accomplished.
Simple, childlike treasure maps are just as effective as great works of art!
Basically the treasure map should show you in your ideal scene, with your
goal fully realized.
Here are some guidelines that will help you make the most effective treasure
1. Create a treasure map for a single goal or area of your life, so that you
can be sure to include all the elements without getting too complicated. This
enables the mind to focus on it more clearly and easily than if you include all
your goals on one treasure map. You might want to do one treasure map for your
relationships, one for your job, one for your spiritual growth, and so on.
2. You can make it any size that's convenient for you. You may want to keep
it in your notebook, hang it on your wall, or carry it in your pocket or purse.
I usually make mine on light cardboard, which holds up better than paper.
3. Be sure to put yourself in the picture. For a very realistic effect, use a
photograph of yourself. Otherwise draw yourself in. Show yourself being, doing,
or having your desired objective -- traveling around the world, wearing your new
clothes, or being the proud author of your new book.
4. Show the situation in its ideal, complete form, as if it already exists.
You don't need to indicate how it's going to come about. This is the finished
product. Don't show anything negative or undesirable.
5. Use lots of color in your treasure map to increase the power and impact on
6. Show yourself in a real setting; make it look believable to yourself.
7. Include some symbol of the infinite which has meaning and power for you.
It could be an "om" sign, a cross, Christ, Buddha, a sun radiating
light, or any thing that represents universal intelligence or God. This is an
acknowledgment and a reminder that everything comes from the infinite source.
8. Put affirmations on your treasure map. "Here I am driving my new
hybrid gas and electric car."
Be sure to also include the cosmic affirmation, "This, or something
better, now manifests for me in totally satisfying and harmonious ways, for the
highest good of all concerned."
The process of creating your treasure map is a powerful step toward
manifesting your goal. Now just spend a few minutes each day quietly looking at
it, and every once in a while throughout the day give it a thought. That is all
Some Sample Ideas for Treasure Maps
Here are a few possible ideas for treasure maps to stimulate your
Show yourself radiantly healthy, active, beautiful, participating in whatever
activities would indicate perfect health.
Weight or Physical Condition
Show yourself with your perfect body, feeling wonderful about yourself (cut a
picture from a magazine that looks like you would look in your perfect
condition, and paste a photo of your head on the body!). You can make statements
with balloons around them coming out of your mouth like in cartoons, to indicate
how you are feeling, such as, "I feel wonderful and look fantastic now that
I weigh 125 pounds, and am in great physical condition."
Self-Image and Beauty
Show yourself as you want to feel about yourself... beautiful, relaxed,
enjoying life, warm and loving. Include words and symbols that represent these
qualities to you.
Put photos of yourself and your friend, lover, husband, wife, family member,
or co-worker in your treasure map, with pictures, symbols, and affirmations
showing that you are happy, loving, communicating, enjoying a deep, wonderful
sexual relationship, or whatever is appropriate and desirable for that
If you are looking for a new relationship, find pictures and words that
represent qualities you desire in the person and the relationship; show yourself
with the ideal person for you.
Job or Career
Show yourself doing what you really want to do, with interesting, agreeable
co-workers, earning plenty of money (be specific about how much you want), in
the location you desire, and any other pertinent details.
Use symbols, colors, and pictures that indicate your creativity is really
opening up. Show yourself doing and manifesting creative, beautiful, interesting
things and feeling great about them.
Family and Friends
Show members of your family or friends in totally harmonious, loving
relationships with you and each other.
Show yourself wherever you want to be, with plenty of time and money to enjoy
And so on. You get the idea. Have fun!
article is excerpted from Creative Visualization, ©2002, 1995, 1978, by
Shakti Gawain. Reprinted with permission of the publisher, New World Library. http://www.newworldlibrary.com
About the Author
GAWAIN is a pioneer in the field of personal growth. Her other best selling
books include Living
in the Light, The
Path of Transformation, Developing
Intuition, and Creating
True Prosperity. She leads workshops
internationally, and lives in Mill Valley, California, and Hawaii.
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