An easy, no-fuss, and powerful way to practice visualizing is to take a few moments at the end of each day and run thru our memories of what we did and observed that day. We don’t have to go into every detail, just the highlights will do. A few minutes every day will soon produce big growth in our visualizing skills.
Amount of time: at least 2 minutes
What’s needed: Nothing
Location: Anywhere, anytime
1. Find a few moments when you can run something thru your mind. You don’t have to be in perfect silence or seclusion.
2. Bring up memories of what you did today. You can skip around the timeline or you can start your visualizing with the earliest thing you can remember work your way up to the present moment.
3. Visualize each memory. When you have it, take a moment to sink into the event a bit. Feel yourself being there. Can you sense your movements? Sounds?
4. Don’t knock yourself on working to remember everything you did or in every detail.
5. After a few minutes, finish up. Take a moment to acknowledge that you got some practice in for the day!
One of the blocks to getting into visualization work is not knowing where to start. After closing our eyes, what do we do next?
You’ll always know what to do next if you pick a favorite image, an object, or a location you know well and always start there. Every session, start with your custom image. No-fuss, no delay in getting started, no wondering about what to do next. Watch this short but complete video on the specifics of starting with target images.
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
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.
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.