"Treasure Maps: Your Guide to Success!"
by Aaron Avant-Garde

reprinted from AG Magazine, July 1992, predecessor to Cut Magazine

 

Aaron: This is Aaron Brown, Stephanie Coleman and Larry Warren (La Vicomtesse de Larvetta Larvon)…

Larry: We’re in the house… HEEEEEY!

A: I was just in the kitchen marinating my pork with this secret sauce that I’m slated to win with at next year’s Cook off Extravaganza at Odum’s All Double-Wide Trailer Park in Palmetta, Georgia…

Stephanie: Make a treasure map, boy!

A: Now, explain to us what treasure maps are.

S: Something you create to have mastery, authority and dominion over your life.

A: OK… in laymen’s terms…

S: What we’re doing is making a collage on a big sheet of construction paper (or whatever) using photos, old magazine clippings, etcetera. In the center, we place something that represents to us some kind of spiritual faculty, god or goddess, the cosmos…

A: Whatever you consider the spiritual part of you…

S: Yeah. Larry has the divinity of God there.

L: This is the Hebrew symbol for the name of God.

S: Yeah, and around it goes your immediate goals. You don’t have to have… well, we know everybody wants a Lamborghini, but unless that’s where you’re headed…

A: TANGIBLE GOALS, CHILDREN! You know, things that can be obtained within, perhaps a week, a month, a year’s time?

L: Definite, concrete goals that you can work on…

A: So, you take a large piece of poster board…

S: And your background color represents something, too… like, Larry has orange, and that means enthusiasm. Blue is faith…

L: Yellow means wisdom, and I think red means love.

S: Gold means elimination… someone’s goals may be to eliminate something from their lives. It’s just a way of focusing on and remembering what your goals are, ‘cause a lot of times we forget. It’s just a reminder, you know. There’s nothing magical about it.

A: So you can make a treasure map of things you’re getting rid of?

S: Yeah, you can make a treasure map to get that husband or that wife that you want…

A: And have all these men pasted down that you’ll never get (ki-ki).

S: You can use words that you clip out of the magazine… that’s fine, too.

A: So you use newspapers, magazines…

S: Pictures of yourself, definitely. Lot’s of pictures…

A: That you can cut up… can you, like Xerox from photos if you don’t want them cut up?

L: Go get a copy made! They make prints from prints.

A: OK… PRINTS FROM PRINTS, CHILDREN! So, it can be very therapeutic, very communal (if you do it in a group)…

L: (ki-ki)

A: Very ummm… networking… I think I have heard of these before. Maybe it was high school…

S: Wait! It’s coming back to him…

L: Now, some of my goals are…

S: No! It’s private!

A: Oh! You’re not supposed to tell anyone or you’ll jinx it, honey… now we know how you ‘girls’ love to tell, so this will be a challenge for you… yeah! You can share the creative process, but don’t tell the specific goals…

S: I mean, if someone sees it, that’s OK. But from some people you might want to cover it up.

A: They might try to reach your goals before you do.

S: No, you might not want their vibes on it.

A: Ooh! This sounds like one of those ancient curses or something.

S: And I’m from New Orleans…

A: You are? Ooh! Discretion is advised! So you’ve done this before? What did it do for you?

S: I did one because I was graduating from college, so I cut out pictures of people in caps and gowns, pasted my picture over their faces…

A: Ooh! I can see the connection. You want it to be YOU in that gown.

L: So personalize it, then you put the finished product in a place where you will look at it often.

S: Visualize the results…

A: The exercise is visualizing positive results (or negative)… Can you do one on another person?

L: Can you work some scam or dirt, huh? (ki-ki)

A: Yeah. Let that bitch have it. She thought she let you have it, but you are really going to make her day!… I’ll report the results… So, visualize it through words and pictures, and you personalize it with pictures of yourself pasted over…

L: People who already have it! And get yourself in the picture, see girl? “This will be me, ‘cause I’m putting myself in the picture, shady boots people!

 
Copyright 1992 Aaron P. Brown. All rights reserved.
 
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