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How Can We Visualize?



Most of us can recall the experience when we were staring at some places and seeing different faces, objects and shapes in them. For instance, before going to sleep when we were relaxed we saw a face contour in the creases and wrinkles of our blanket. This phenomenon is called pareidolia. In this way, we perceive the images or sounds as real, despite the fact that they dont actually exist. Since the childhood we have been subjected to various stimuli thus forming patterns, memories, experiences and expectations. The first things we saw as the babies were the faces of our close family members and our surroundings. Now, we may wonder which face was in the creases and wrinkles of our blanket?



At some moments, we may even feel that we are bad visualisers, but the pareidolia proves us something entirely opposite. We are born as multi-visualisers! Here, the term visualisation does not mean a visual ability. It is imagination. Our imagination can go along with or beyond our senses. With imagination we can create anything we want, just as we did when we were children. With our imagination we can heal ourselves, reach our goals, improve our performances and shape the outcome of our reality.



Making Scenarios



We can imagine some goal we want to achieve, for example, visiting some special place. It is important to imagine it happening in the present moment. At the beginning, we can set timer to a certain amount of time we want to spend on this visualisation. Then, we close our eyes and imagine how we feel when we hold the tickets in our hands for the first time. What does it look like to be someone who visits that special place? What are the things we prepare for this trip? What do we taste there? Are there any specific smell of that place? What do we visit there? Whom do we meet there? This is a very good technique to do as preparation for sleep meditation.



Imagining as many details as we can is very good for developing our visualisation skills. As we progress, for instance, we can imagine the entire conversation with people we meet at that special place, how we see ourselves there, what is our role and so on. In making scenario, it is powerful to engage all our senses in this process.



Recording Our Visualisations



When we visualize we go through it in our own unique way. If we record our own voice during this process and then, listen it regularly, we will boost our creative visualisation and improve it at our own pace.



Drawing Our Journal



After we finish our visualisation or its recording, we can draw on a of paper how we feel, how the subtle changes affect us, what we have gone through, the details of it and so on.

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