Each landscape on the poster has a meaning which relates to the mood it evokes. This is clarified in more detail below. The descriptions of the landscapes serve as illustration. You can use them when your associations correspond to the descriptions. Naturally, it’s also possible that a particular landscape evokes a completely different image for you or completely different feelings in you. In that case, just start from your associations with the landscapes.
- Dense pine forest: dark and overgrown woods. You can easily get lost in them. You can’t see where you’re going and you don’t know what unpleasantness or difficulties await. You can’t see the wood for the trees.
- Ice with a hole in it: you can slip on the ice and fall badly. There can be holes in the ice. It demands constant alertness and you could get an ice-cold bath.
- High cliffs: imminent danger. You can see big problems and risks ahead.
- Stormy sea: the sea is vast and unpredictable. During a storm, you discover the huge power of the wind and waves. It makes you realise how small and vulnerable you are as a human.
- High winds: no chance to stand still, you’re swept along by events and changes.
- Swamp with sinking sands: you don’t know where the ground under your feet will bear your weight and where you will sink. You’re plagued by mosquitoes and rancid swamp fumes.
- Rainy landscape: gloomy, dismal, sad, shivery, chilly. That’s how it feels when the rain has been frequent and lengthy.
- Cave: you can retreat here in safety. The cave symbolises a moment in which you want to be alone and not seen by anyone for a while. The cave can also symbolise reflection and contemplation.
- Uphill path: the path symbolises a development in your life, a path of growth. You can choose the point in the path at which you are now, somewhere between the beginning near the lake and up at the top.
- Hidden lake with spring: symbolises emerging potential, new inspiration or insights bubbling up. Something new is happening or there’s a change coming.
- Misty area: you can see very little in the mist. Everything is blurred and mixed up. You don’t know which direction to take.
- Rolling green hills: hills and dales stand for a pattern of alternating up and down, plus and minus. They symbolise a ‘normal’ variable existence.
- Meadow with flowers: you feel at ease here. Spontaneous, fun, you feel alive and happy. Everything is just right and you are delighted with it.
- Hot, uninhabitable desert: it’s arid and almost nothing grows there. Life in the desert is tough. If you have to cross it, it’s a gruelling journey.
- Open, empty expanse:you have a lot of questions and no idea what’s going to happen, but you are open to it and neutral: you just don’t know (yet).
- Palm beach: comfortable beach, well-being and satisfaction. A special and luxurious experience in which you feel totally satisfied. You never get used to it, it’s so pleasant.
- Calm sea: enjoying a panoramic view that brings tranquillity; it’s lovely to float or sail on a tranquil sea.
Landscapes of the here & now
The landscapes on the map represent the here and now. Are you asked in the lifemap to indicate which landscape represents your happiness? Then that question is about your happiness at the moment. If you are asked about opportunities in your life, then you choose a landscape that represents the opportunities that exist now, not in the past or future. When you are asked what your freedom is like, you choose a landscape that tells you what your freedom is like at the moment and where you live and work now.
Take a look at the landscapes with the explanation above in mind. What mood does a landscape evoke in you? What do you feel about it? What thoughts does a landscape evoke in you? What do you see in it? What do they stand for? On the basis of questions you will choose landscapes yourself while working with a life map. Keep the following points in mind:
- When choosing a landscape, there is no wrong or right, just your representation of how you think and feel about something.
- In some cases the landscapes overlap each other. Do not worry about that, it will not affect your choice or the outcome.
Impact landscape poster and stickers.
- There are too many stickers to cover everything; you cannot help but use your intuition to choose.
- The landscapes take you out of your mind and bring you into your feelings.
- You portray the reality of the here and now; from there you can easily see the next steps.
- You create an overall picture; everything you find important is charted.
- You have your feet on the ground and and you have the opportunity to visualise goals, dreams, ideas and next steps – on the same poster.