Visualization is an important part of mystical and self-development work. It is a key into the cosmos. It is art for it encourages imagination — detailed imagery of desired realities. It is power for it can create alternate realities. And it is an ability because like other abilities it needs practice, lots of practice to work efficiently.
You can find beginner levels of visualization all over the world, in all levels of society. It has always been there, buried under different names like fantasy, daydream, escape mechanism, and positive thinking.
Here are a few visualization techniques you may be familiar with: fantasizing you are beautiful to improve your self-image, imagining that you won a game before a game to create good luck and boost self-confidence, imagining internally or externally a job interview where an interviewer asks you questions and you answer back in order to prepare yourself for an interview, picturing the varying reactions to an action to determine the best course of action, and fantasizing sexual acts for the sake of an orgasm.
At a higher level, visualization can also be used for distance healing, grid communication, telekinesis, teleportation, astral traveling, remote viewing, and the like.
So, whether you are using visualization to improve your self-confidence or to astral travel, your visualization skills are important to develop. Here are 8 exercises to improve your visualization technique:
1. Taste. Think of a flavor and imagine it. The flavor can be anything — rosemary, cinnamon, chocolate, blueberries, guava, watermelon, spinach, nuts, or milk. If you find this exercise difficult, eat what you want to visualize first and then visualize the taste. You must be able to taste the flavor in your mind. If you want to boost this exercise, feel the texture of the food as you taste it.
2. Feel texture. Think of any texture — the smooth hardness of metal, the soft movement of velvet, the scratchy roughness of wool, the airy wetness of water, or the graininess of sand. See yourself rubbing the material in between your fingers. Feel what it does to your skin. Really feel the texture in your mind.
3. Smell scents. Think of any scent you know well. Now, try to imagine it. If this is too hard, take a herb or flower in between your fingers and rub it underneath your nose until its scent pours out. Now, put the item down, go to another room, and imagine the scent clearly in your mind. To make it easier, you can visualize the item as you visualize the scent.
4. Hear sounds. Choose a loud or distinct sound like a car honking or water dripping. Then close your eyes and hear it in your mind. For some extra fun, visualize what a tree would sound like if it were to communicate or sing. You can also try this with water, wind, fire, flowers…
5. Decorate rooms. Close your eyes and imagine an empty room. Now, begin filling the room with furniture. Fill the room with detail. For example, you can decorate your room with wood paneling, marble flooring, fabric wall paper, Native American quilts, Persian rugs, magazines on a table, an empty glass on the windowsill, a potted plant in the corner, and a lover laying in wait. Once you’re able to do the first experiment, practice redecorating your home and/or office in your mind. Decorate with tons of detail.
6. Fantasize. This is the time to become a kid again and get lost in daydreams and fantasies. Fantasize about anything — a soccer game, dance routine, dream vacation, wedding ceremony, romantic date, the movie you want create, or the house you want to build. And while fantasizing make sure to incorporate the basic senses — sound, sight, touch, taste, and smell. It’s the perfect chance to put the first 4 exercises into practice simultaneously.
7. See shapes. When you look at a printed surface like a counter top, tea grains in a mug, or the clouds, find shapes. Open your mind, put your ego on time-out, connect the dots and discover connections. Never done this before, check out The Amazing Shapes People See in the Clouds for some examples.
8. Recall. At night before sleeping, recall a situation that happened during the day. For example, if you visited a friend, recall a room in your friend’s house in detail. If you went somewhere fun like the beach, recall the moment you realized how much fun you were having — feel the sensation of fun and see everything that was in your sight at that moment. If you want to recall a conversation, remember the words that were said, act out the conversation in your head, and one-by-one fill in the background where the conversation took place. There are many ways to play around with this. Be creative. And most importantly, have fun!