The final two steps of the goal-setting process as identified by Jack Boland, deceased senior minister at the Church of Today (now Renaissance Unity) in Warren, Michigan, in “…And That’s the Way it Really Is!” are keeping your goals in sight every day and visualizing the celebration of the completion of each goal.
The technique of “treasure mapping” accomplishes both these steps in a creative manner. According to Mary Katherine MacDougall in “What Treasure Mapping Can Do for You,” this technique “has been called ‘pictured prayer.’ Just as a road map indicates the way to a planned destination, a treasure map helps us get what we desire…. Physically, it is a piece of paper on which we have placed pictures of what we want with statements of faith.”
A more familiar name for a treasure map is “collage.” The final product can be big and elaborate or small and concise. It does, however, need to be specific and focused. A treasure map can be focused on only one desire or can be broken into sections focused on several individual desires.
It is a fun and creative process involving magazines, scissors, glue, and poster board or construction paper. It can be created spontaneously (as in the brief video accompanying this article) or more deliberately with greater forethought. Ultimately, it is an effective and powerful way to focus your mind and your heart on what you seek and are working toward.
For residents of Columbus, Georgia, who seek support with setting goals in all areas of life and visualizing them in concrete ways, the following five Unity churches are within driving distance:
- Unity of Albany (GA) – approximately 75 miles from Columbus, GA. Address for services at 11 a.m. on Sundays is 178 Hugh Road, Leesburg, GA. Phone: (229) 435-1001.
- Unity of Montgomery (AL) Spiritual Center – approximately 77 miles from Columbus, GA. Address for services at 11 a.m. on Sundays is 1922 Walnut Street, Montgomery, AL 36106. Phone: (334) 263-1225.
- Unity Spiritual Life Center of Central Georgia – formerly Unity in the Heart of Georgia (Byron, GA) – approximately 78 miles from Columbus, GA. Address for services at 11 a.m. on Sundays is 127 Peachtree Parkway #701, Byron, GA. Phone: (478) 737-7537.
- Unity South Atlanta Church (Jonesboro, GA) – approximately 84 miles from Columbus, GA. Address for services at 10 a.m. on Sundays is 7541 Mt. Zion Boulevard, Jonesboro, GA. Phone: (404) 578-3033.
- Unity of Dothan (AL) – approximately 90 miles from Columbus, GA. Address for services at 11 a.m. on Sundays is 942 South Oates, Dothan, AL 36301. Phone: (334) 794-2840.
Home Study Resources for Residents of Columbus, Georgia
The following texts are available on Amazon: (1) “…And That’s the Way it Really Is!” by Jack Boland as compiled by Dr. David E. Caldwell ($49.90 new in hardcover), and, (2) “What Treasure Mapping Can Do for You” by Mary Katherine MacDougall ($8.99 in paperback).