Anyone interested in imagination and visualization training will find The Queen’s Gambit, a short tv-series now on Netflix, an important watch. In episode one we see the main character, Beth, travel the hero’s journey. This is the journey we must follow to get into our unconscious, not just once, but every time we practice imagination and visualization work.
The Queen’s Gambit starts off with the main character, Beth Harmon, being sent to an orphanage after the sudden death of her mother. We see Beth struggling to understand her new life. One day, much like any other day for Beth, she is sent on an errand that will change her life by unlocking her great skill at a game she has never even seen before.
Video Table of Contents:
1 The Queen’s Gambit is a story of the hero’s journey 2 Beth Harmon’s hero’s journey is our journey to the unconscious 3 Descent of the hero to learning and to the unconscious 4 Treasure in the dark basement 5 Trials we must pass thru to get access to the treasure 6 Arrival of the invitation from the unconscious
Today we turn to the master himself, Leonardo da Vinci. In his writings for painters, we see a section devoted to activating and building imagination. Da Vinci gives a special and beautiful way of looking at objects to see our imagination. da Vinci’s Wall of Imagination video includes: how his method works, how-to-do-it instructions so you can do this work.
This guidebook is the transcript of the Armchair Dreamer video on how-to-build A Comfortable Place visualization. But it includes more. I changed the text a bit by expanding it and I have included a chart or two. If you have time, see both.
Cultivating your own set of go-to imagery gives you a clear place to start your visualization-imagination work. Whenever and wherever you are, you can go to your bookcase and pull off the imagery you want for the moment. Practicing each of your library holdings and keeping them fresh and powerful.
How to Start Your Library
I will give you some starter imagery in a series of upcoming posts. You will get a mix of imagery that:
promotes rest and relaxation;
activates your curiosity and creativity; or other in-built skills
helps you in uncomfortable situations (hassles), emergencies, and during the challenges of living life.
I will give you the basic framework of what you want to do in each imagery set. You will need to fill in that structure with your own memories, experiences, poetic ideas, favorite images, and more. You will not be getting some highly canned guided imagery. Instead, you will customize everything and that process will make the imagery that much more powerful.
Start off slowly and work with one imagery structure.
You will need several sessions to collect and fully round out what you want to appear in your imagery.
After that you will need several more sessions to get comfortable with what you have.
This needs to be followed by more sessions so you can develop deep mastery of what you have developed so it will appear easily and rapidly.
Lastly, you will need to set up a system where you will remember you have these imagery in your library. The most common problem with any inner work techniques is that we forget to use them! Make a list, make a drawing, make something for each set you develop that reminds you, on a regular basis, that you have your imagery library. Better yet, practice each one at least once a week to keep it in your short-term memory.
You have two goals: 1. actually get started using visualization-imagination in your life, and 2. get good at these skills. Knowing WHEN to explore and practice these skills will get you off to a great start. The WHEN is probably not the when you expect. Give me 2 minutes and you will be ready to go.