reply to post by Cathcart
Here's a couple things that helped me get better at visualization:
1. Start with a basic object that you can visualize.
-Pick a 2-d shape (square, circle, triangle). Make it a standard color: white, black, or a shade of grey.
-If you can hold onto this image, then try to change the color of the shape (IE: Change it from white to black, or black to red).
-If everything is still going okay, change it a multitude of colors in random order (IE: Blue, Pink, Neon Green).
-If this is too easy, then try to make different parts of the shape different colors.
The more advanced section:
-Make the shape you picked a 3-d shape (cone, pyramid, cone, sphere).
-Make each face of the shape the same color.
-If the above goes fine, then change all the faces to a different color (IE: Black to white).
-If above is too easy, then make a random face change to another color.
-Rotate this shape so that the colored face is now hidden behind the rest of the shape (so you cannot see it, but you know it's there).
-Change another face to a different color, and rotate again.
-Rotate the shape until all faces are a different color.
-Make patterns into one of the faces (such as zebra stripes). If this is too easy, do it for all shapes.
Still more advanced:
-Visualize two shapes, and repeat the easier sections above on both. The reason I have you using shapes it helps to simplify the shape of real objects
in the world, and thereby may help you to visualize a complex object (such as a tree).
2. Listen to some relaxing music, and try to create a "scene" to fit the music. For example, listen to the soundtrack of a movie that you have
recently watched (I own the soundtrack for The Hobbit
as an example). As you are listening to that music, you might find that you are replaying
bits and pieces of the movie that it belongs to.
Now, do the same with some completely different calm, relaxing music - try to tie a "theme" to the music, and picture this theme - it might start out
as an image that vanishes completely, or may only linger for a short period of time. The more time you spend focusing on it, the more clear the image
3. Give your image some "life"; aka, add other senses to the image you are trying to focus on.
For example, try to picture yourself standing with your back to a tree in the middle of a field on a warm, summer day. You are standing before it,
feeling the mix of sunlight on your arms, and the cool shade of the tree on your back. Around you, the wind whispers through the branches, and a bird
chirps every now and then from a branch above. One of the tree's pinkish-red flowers floats gently towards your head, tickling you ever so slightly as
it gently brushes your ear. The flowers on the tree smell of honey and apples, and your mouth waters, thinking of how those apples would taste in a
See what I did above? The image is still the same (a tree), but I gave you:
(the feeling of sunlight,shade, and a flower)
(the sound of the wind, and of a bird)
(an apple pie, my weakness lol)
(the scent of the flower)
(the color of the flower)
Just because visualization has the word "visualize" in it, doesn't mean that it always relates to seeing - some can visualize the tree as a tree,
whereas others may need to smell the tree (such as a pine tree), or hear the environment the tree is in, or taste the fruit of the tree, or feel the
tree (as in, feeling the bark, or the texture of the leaves).
edit on 28/11/2013 by fossilera because: the tree owned the flowers - curse my grammar