Affrimation: I am one with the spirit.
Spirit means a lot to most people. Yet people see the spirit in different ways. In the science of mind the spirit is “Life or intelligence conceived entirely apart from physical embodiment. It is a vital essence, force, energy, as distinct from matter.” This can be really confusing to understand. Yet it can be simplified a little bit. In short everything is part of the spirit and spirit is part of everything. But even though the spirit is everywhere it does not have to be physically there. I want you to draw the spirit. To help you visualize this spirit. What does it look like to you? If you want a little practice with visualization try playing this following game to get in the mind set.
2 Beginner Visualization Techniques
1. The Candle Exercise
Take a moment and close your eyes. Imagine that when you open them a candle has appeared in front of you.
- What size is the candle? Is it a tea candle, long-stem candle, three-wick candle?
- How heavy is it?
- How much of the candle has burned away? Has it burned down to the base or do you see it still newly lit?
- How far away is the candle from you? Within arm’s reach? Across the room?
The Lit Candle Variation
You can also try gazing into a lit candle then closing your eyes.
What do you see?
If you’re anything like me, you’ll experience an after burn effect.
You can no longer “see” the candle, but can still see its effects.
Using this after burn as a kind of canvas, mentally trace over the shape in front of you.
2. The Apple Visualization Exercise
Gradually you will be able to visualize, in great detail, a candle and flame of your own making.
We can take this simple visualization technique one step further and incorporate our other senses once we have mastered the “visual” aspect.
Try visualizing an apple.
Feel its smooth peel, observe its perfectly ripe sheen, and then imagine yourself taking a bite.
How does it taste?
Imagine its crispness and taste its sweetness.
The Interaction Variation
Take this apple visualization exercise further:
Follow the apple through your body as your entire digestive system interacts with it.
Don’t take this exercise too seriously or get too granular. Just play with the idea of being able to follow one bite of an apple through your system.
And ask yourself periodically as you go through the process:How real is that apple to you?
The Negative Space Variation
Once you feel like you can move beyond seeing and feeling a simple, everyday object, try to visualize that object in relation to space in the room.
Imagine the corner of a table.
Where is it in the room? What is the negative space surrounding it?
Think of this exercise almost as an optical illusion.
We are all familiar with Rubin’s vase, though we may not know it by name.
This is the optical illusion where one can see either two faces or a singular vase from an image.
The key is being able to toggle between the two.
To be aware of the negative space as well as the image.
This exercise is helpful when using mnemonics, a Memory Palace and other memory techniques because we need to “suppress” mental imagery at the same time we manipulate it.