Visualization exercise


#1

E.A said about a visualization exericse, in which he said we should look at a lamp/any object and try to bring the image in our mind without seeing it.

Here’s a question I have:
I have been practicing visualization exercise of the image of a face. My question is ‘how’ should I try to remember the face? Should I look at the contors first, dark and light parts, general face structure etc like an artist/sculptor? Or should I go like the way Donald Kraig suggests in his book ‘Modern magic’?

In this method , you scan the object/image line by line from right to left in a ‘Z’ fashion, about one inch strip at a time. Once you scan a line from right to left, you go below and again start from right to left.

After this is done, you try to ‘remember’ the object in the same way, project it from memory, from right to left in a z-fasion, again.


#2

From the book-

(Steps 1-4 are not related and are about performing LBRP, relaxation exercises etc before the exercise)

STEP 5: Scanning: This step works in a way similar in nature to
the method by which a television produces a picture. In a picture tube
is a device called an “electron gun” which shoots electrons in a small
single beam toward the screen, forming a “scan line” across the front
of the tube. The beam from the electron gun then jumps back to just
below the first line and repeats the process. If you look closely at the
fromtof your set when it is on, you can see the lines. But you cannot see
the lines being made because the process is done so fast that your eye
cannot follow it, so it appears that you have a solid picture.
In this meditation technique, scanning is done this way:

  1. Start by looking at the upper right hand comer of your
    chosen card.
  2. Look at a horizontal strip of the card about a half-inch from
    top to bottom. Move your vision from right to left across the
    width of the card. Thus you should have a strip of the card in
    your mind composed of the uppermost half-inch of the card.
  3. Now return to the right-hand side of the card and scan
    again across the card, from right to left, covering another halfinch
    immediately below your previous scan.
  4. Repeat this process until you have totally covered the
    card.
    What you are doing is observing the card, from top to bottom, a
    half-inch at a time. Try to remember as much of each strip or "scan"as
    you can, but don’t worry about perfection. You will get better with
    practice.
    STEP SIX. Contemplation: In this step you will become fully involved
    with the object. Put simply, the technique is to reproduce the
    previous step of scanning, but within your mind’s eye.
  5. Put down the card so that you can no longer see its face.
  6. By memory, go through and visualize the entire scanning
    process.
    Go one strip at a time until you have reproduced, to the best of
    your ability, the entire card in your imagination. The first time you do
    this you may miss many things and colors, and perhaps you will only
    be able to recall and mentally create the outline of shapes that were on
    the card. It is not importantthatyou are completelyaccurate with your
    visualization, but your visualization abilities will improve with practice.
    This does not mean that it is permissible to be lazy or overly brief
    in this process. You must do the very best that you can. This step
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    should take between three and four minutes, but if you wish it may
    take longer.
    STEP SEVEN. Negation:
  7. Starting again in the upper right-hand comer of the card
    which you have now visualized through the scanning procedure,
    take the topmost scan and, moving from right to left,
    erase the image. That is, “de-scan” it; make it disappear. In your
    mind’s eye you should still see a card, but with its top halfinch
    removed.
  8. Return to the top right-hand comer of what is left of your
    visualized card and take off another strip.
  9. Continue this de-scanning, erasing process until the entire
    card is gone from your mind. Duration for this step: about I1fz-3
    minutes, maximum.
    STEP EIGHf. The State of True Meditation: At this point, a very
    interesting phenomenon will occur. Your consciousness which has
    been caught up in the act of de-scanning the visualized card, will also
    be “gone” (actually it will only be silent) by the time the card is gone.
    Your consciousness will be silent and the monologue in your head
    will be stopped. This will give your subconscious a chance to speak to
    you and give you possibly important messages and information.
    Usually the first time somebody tries the process described
    above, the true meditative state lasts only an instant. The inner voice
    returns and asks something like “Am I silent? Did I do this right?” As
    soon as the voice comes back, the meditation is over.
    As you practice this technique you will be able to make that instant
    of true meditation last a minute, five minutes, or more. As this
    state stretches out in length you will have a new feeling come over
    you, a feeling of being in total harmony with the universe, of having all
    knowledge and knowing that although things must evolve to a better
    state, all things are exactly as they should be at this instant in time. This
    is known as cosmic consciousness or enlightenment. It is, as I have
    said, really impossible to speak of this state of feeling, this state of existence.
    You must try it and discover its beauty for yourself.

#3

The DMK exercise described is for meditation; fully preoccupying your mind in memorising a tarot card (or some such other image) in detail, and then erasing the image from your mind…the theory being that your mind will then be clear of all thought and preoccupation, and so you will go into a true meditative state.

The EAK structuring exercise if for a different purpose, really. By all means try to visualise objects or people etc. however you like.