We are a highly visual culture, especially within terms of technology. It’s interesting to notice the different ways in which imagery is used. We have entire platforms like Instagram that are based on imagery. Through photos, we build our story and connect to our tribe.
Through the exchange of our image dialogues are formed. Conversations happen in an abbreviated form as emojis that appear like modern-day hieroglyphics telling a story. Although not all images are symbolic. They do hold a reference point for symbolism depending upon what is in the picture making them profoundly powerful to the subconscious.
Images are powerful tools that can create connections to emotional intelligence. We often use imagery to communicate. Telling a story beyond what words alone can express. It’s a powerful way to gain recognition to an important cause, or to educate a large group quickly. We learn from what we perceive both physically and mentally.
Our minds are truly wonderful allowing us to use our ability to use vision and the ability to see for growth and learning. In fact, through mirror neurons within our brains we can learn by simply observing. For example, if we see someone performing an activity. We can essential repeat it. This is the magic of our consciousness within our physical biology. We learn a great deal by simply seeing.
Even more interesting, is to look at the way in which images arrive within our minds. Our consciousness brings images to us in many different ways. We dream both in our sleep and during waking states in reveries we call daydreaming. We can remember something by calling it into our visual memory. We can also imagine something that we’ve never seen through our imagination.
Using this power of imagination to envision a specific scenario is referred to as creative visualization. This is a popular stress reduction tool used within psychology. It is a useful technique for helping to calm someone down while recovering from trauma by helping them envision safety. Creative visualization is used to help achieve increased potentials in sport medicine. Professional athletes are known to utilize this technique to reach new levels of performance.
Most people are taught to visualize by thinking about images that they create within their mind. Some find they are capable of making completely new lifepaths with the use of visualization. This occurs by focusing their intentions through visual images with strong sense of emotional focus. This is an exercise in claiming that which we are focused in attaining.
Visualization is therapeutic and has many wonderful applications. It can assist in achieving new goals and to strengthen natural innate talent. Many have applied it to create wealth, health and more positive relationships in their lives. However, the result of using visualization may vary due how it is performed.
It is largely dependent upon the amount of awareness that can be maintained to hold a specific image. This tends to be the greater part of the challenge for most people. Staying centered with intense clear single-minded focus on the visualization with an equally focused emotional resonance. What we attempt to picture will only bring results when it is engaging our emotional state of readiness. This means we feel it too.
When we are connected to our feeling nature. We can clear a pathway quicker to our goals. This is because we arrive at a place where we are not separate from that which we are seeking. We are in alignment already. This makes visualizations powerful and largely successful.
However, there is another perhaps more powerful and direct way to manifest change. I refer to this form as visioning. The difference is that instead of mentally formulating an image with active thinking. The images are divinely seen in the mind’s eye through a meditative state. It means to form a connection with the source of divine vision from within.
Within this practice imagery bubbles up from the divine consciousness within each of us. This is the main difference with visualization technique that are led by thinking.
While visioning is led by an innate creative intelligence within that seems to activate spontaneous insights. When we are open to seeing more of what is be shown, we tend to gain increased perception.
Imagery is invited to present itself in response to the query we pose. The inquiry can be led by asking something specific, or it could be an open invitation for insight. I like to sit and allow my focus to settle into the blank page of dark space within closed eyed meditation. I find that simply waiting with calm focused attention is enough to spur imagery from within.
Visioning could be conceived as a beginning form of clairvoyance insights as often images depict the intuitive lead where we’ve tap into a higher level of consciousness. This is a wonderful way to be surprised by the brilliant intelligence within. It can be applied to any area that one wishes to receive insight.
How to practice visioning
First, Relax. The body must be in a relax state to allow the mind to release it constant activity. Let the mental process slow down by focusing on the breath cycle for a few minutes.
Let the mind become a blank field. With the eyes closed this will seem like a large dark space within the mind’s eye. Rest in the darkness, allowing the eyes to adjust.
Within this range of shadow, you may begin to see colors or outlines. Allow them to take form without trying to force an image on to it. Let the image form itself. It may change several times, morphing from one form to another. Let it go. Keeping the mind open to witnessing the flow of movement into images.
Allow images to arrive in the forefront of your mind without creating an image with thought. Instead allow the image to just be there, unprompted.
Once an image has come to rest, sit with the image. Really pay attention to any detail or action that might accompany the imagery. Noting any feelings, memories or associations that arrive as this can be part of the insightful message.
To move deeper into activation, consider inviting the active forces of innate intelligence to center at the sixth chakra, known as the third-eye located at the midpoint of the forehead.
Do not be disappointed if imagery does not form immediately. Sometimes being in the blank state is a necessary preparation to open activation of the subconscious awareness.
Short practice times several times might prove to be easier and more enjoyable. Remembering, the practice is as much about calling the attention to look for this type of information, as it is to train the eye to see the information that is available.
Visioning is an amazing vehicle to instantly receive the dynamic visual information that can lead straight to the solution. We have the ability within dreaming, especially within the lucid consciousness. Visioning may occur during the awakened state while alert with receptivity that is equally to that of a dream state.
Visioning is about inviting an experience to be spontaneously given through a connection to sacred symbolism. Images that arrive through our psyche are precious. When we allow them to resonate with our awareness. We walk the path of integration to gain a sense of wholeness and authenticity. Like most things of great value approaching with patience, respect and non-judgment will serve best to progress.
Consciousness is one of the most mysterious aspects permeating the world we live. Checking into simple exercises like this one will help to activate an increased sense of perception and heightened awareness. Skills that can serve to build a sense of confidence. And because visioning is done while in a relax meditation, it serves to release stress promoting serenity.
I encourage you to give visioning a try. Experiment and see what magic symbol reveals itself to you. It is not uncommon to see an image while visioning, and then to notice representations everywhere. Synchronicity is another phenomenon that increases a sense of connectedness with conscious receptivity. Being open, to receive paves the way for great gifts. Enjoy envisioning your bliss! ✨👁✨