GENIUS ARTICLES HOME: Reader's Creativity Questions: Advanced 'Eyes-Open' Visualization technique
Advanced Creative Visualization
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Kevin, a reader of this website, writes...
Wily, thank you for your great web posting on how to improve ones visualization
At times, I feel that my visualization skills are very strong, I can see things in rich detail in my mind. Whenever I bring my reality back
to the environment I'm in I no longer see what I was vividly imagining in my minds eye unless I return to imagining it in my mind (lose focus
of everything around me).
Is it possible to practice visualization to the point where, with my eyes open, I can see an object such as an apple, as though it were
really floating/sitting in front of me? At times I feel that I can reach glimpses of this when I stare at a blank surface, but I'm not sure
whether this is something that I can continue to develop with practice, or if it's just not possible, and it's simply me quickly losing
focus, seeing it in my mind, and thinking that I'm visualizing it.
Please let me know what you think.
Here is my reply:
Becoming a Visualization Master
Thank you for your email and for your great question.
It's terrific that you have developed powerful inner visualization skills.
Yes, it is possible to develop your visualization skills to the point where you can imagine an apple and 'see' it floating right there in front
Crazy people do this all the time! :-))
Nikola Tesla could do eyes-open visualization so
well that he could test his designs for machines before actually building prototypes. He would visualize the machine in front of him and set
it running and observe what happened!
It's true that Nikola Tesla may have been slightly austistic. So his brain may have been more naturally adept at such visualization.
However, I believe that it is possible for supposedly normal people like you and me to become masters at visualization with eyes open or
We already do such eyes-open visualization. It's called daydreaming.
If you think about it, when you are daydreaming, you are lost in the visual images you are seeing in your mind's eye and you don't question their
realness in the moment.
Let's say you are in class or a boring business meeting. It's hot and stuffy and your mind starts to drift. You drift off into a sexual fantasy:
a naughty liason with an attractive partner or three!
During that daydream, you completely believe in the reality of it. We know this by the physiological changes your body will go through.
The Art of Visualization
The art of visualization is to develop the same kind of naturalness to your visualization as you have when you are daydreaming. Don't sweat it.
Just let it happen. Don't force it. If it's fuzzy to begin with, just relax with that and go with it, until it slips into the deeper flow of
There are things that you can do to increase your sense of control with this eyes-open visualization practice.
If you have ever done any Chi Kung practice, you will have developed a sense and feel for chi energy. To experience this you could try taking
about 10 long, deep breaths, imagining energy growing in your body. Then rub your hands together really briskly until the palms feel hot. Then
hold your hands about 6-8 inches apart, palms facing, and just move them really slowly back and forth towards each other. You should feel a sort
of magnetic pulling and repulsion. If you can get that feeling, hold your hands as though they were holding a small soccerball. Breathe and
imagine energy building in your hands. Look at that energy ball in your hands and slowly circle your hands around it, moving them side to side.
Feel the energy ball and imagine it there in your hands.
This will help you when it comes to practising things like visualizing an apple in front of you.
Esoteric experts, like Stuart Wilde, talk about
manipulating etheric energy. They say you can create forms out of that etheric energy. In their systems of belief, matter is the end result of
idea. First the idea in the mental level, this is passed down into the energy level, and is eventually manifest in the physical level.
When you read about phantom limb phenomena, you get a real sense of these energy templates. Imagine your body has an energy
version, a template of how you should look. If a physical arm gets amputated, the energy arm still exists. In experiments with kirlian
photography, leaves have been cut in half and then photographed and in the photograph you can still see the 'aura' or energy field of the
What does this have to do with visualization? I think it helps you form an idea of something being there which isn't physically there.
Image Streaming Genius
Image streaming is the process of describing aloud in multi-sensory detail the moment-by-moment contents of your stream of
consciousness. Basically you describe what's on your mind right now.
In the genius IQ building course at http://www.genius-intelligence.com
one of the advanced stages of training is to do image streaming with the eyes open. This is said to cause
massive quantum leaps in intelligence. So, Kevin, it's interesting that you have mastered inner visualization and are ready to go to the next
level of mastery. You are clearly very intelligent and have the opportunity to make huge progress with your visualization and the results you
get with it.
I hope these few suggestions have been helpful to you. May I wish you great success with your visualization practices. Thank you again for the
Please keep me updated with your visualization progress. And if you have any other questions I can assist you with, please ask away.
QUESTIONS: Got questions? I'd love to
hear from YOU. Email me: wily[at]wilywalnut.com
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