Exercise 1: Visualization

[Part of an ongoing series by request, mostly for punchbuggydragon written over on my Pop Culture Paganism blog-please feel free to share if it helps you!]

Disclaimer before I begin: 

Of course, there are lots of different ways to go about working with different entities, gods and no, and no two people are quite the same. In this series, I’m attempting to share what has worked for me in the past, and has seemed to have been effective in others I’ve dispensed these techniques to over the years. By no means is it the only way to do things, and if they don’t work for you, feel free to tailor them to your needs. Credit isn’t necessary, I offer this up out of love [and recently at the behest of a Ten who seems eager to wave at some folks], although I ask that you at least reblog this out of respect if it helps you, just so I can get an idea of how well things are working out for people. More for the sake of future folks who might request my advice on the subject.

And, as always, if there are any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me.


The first lesson we’re going to get into is developing key skills you’ll need just to be able to open up a channel with the pop culture entity [or really any entity, though I VERY STRONGLY ADVISE that you stick with what is familiar and feels safe to you, at least until you feel comfortable enough to possibly dabble in other things.] You should be familiar with some sort of personal shielding before attempting this; that is something out of the scope of this blog, and if you don’t know how to do this, I very strongly advocate that you stop right now and do some research and practice before you continue on. Yes? Yes. Awesome. Here we go.

This first exercise focuses on visualization only. This is not something everyone will be able to do at the drop of a hat at first. Don’t panic; some people aren’t natural visuals. We’ll move on to other senses later.

Things you’ll need: 

A Quiet Place to work, OR:

Headphones and music that helps put you in a relaxed state of mind.

Step 1. Close your eyes. Either focus on the silence or the music that helps you relax. Breathe in through your nose, out through your mouth. Your belly should move when you breathe in; this is a classic yoga breathing and it helps. Trust me. Your chest should move as little as possible. Breathe out slowly. Repeat until you feel relaxed. Ideally serene. *

Step 2. With your eyes remaining closed, picture yourself in a blank white room. To give you an idea of how it should look-remember the blank room Morpheus first introduces Neo to in The Matrix? It should look like that (although some people tell me theirs are black. This is ok too). There should be nothing in this room. Just you.

Step 3. Try to picture your hands. First just focus on the shape of them, as though you’re holding them out in front of you. Got it? Good. Flex them. Hold up each finger in secession, counting up from 1 to 10. Repeat backwards. Yes, some people will have to try this step over the course of several days/tries. No rush. Take your time.

Step 4. Once you got the feel of your hands down, we’re going to try to focus on something in them. Ready? Close your hands, folded prayer-style. Now open them slowly; there’s an object in your hand. This object is a large, red apple.

Step 5. Turn the apple over in your hand. Just focus on actually moving it. Watch the light reflect off the smooth surface; this is where your visualization skills will really be put into play. Ask yourself some questions. What SORT of red is it? Red Delicious/Deep red? Or mottled green and red? Do you still see the produce sticker from the grocery store on it? Is it wrinkled and rotten and hardly reflective at all? Or shiny and crispy looking? Does it still have the stem? Is it bruised? Or iarge and round or is it more of a crabapple off a tree? Think about these things as you turn it over. Visualize each separately if you need to. Take your time. Again, it’s not a race. It may take a while for you to do this**

Step 6. Now focus on the weight of the apple. Is it heavy? Is it one of those huge juicy apples [that are probably genetically engineered these days. T>T] you’d get at the market? Or is it more of a smaller apple just picked off the tree? Drop it. What noise does it make? Does it split apart? Is it only bruised? Or did it just hit with a dull thud? [Rotten]. Again. Take your time with this.

Step 7. Pick up the (probably abused at this point) apple. Fold your hands closed again. Make it disappear. This weeks first lesson is over.

Step 8. Record your experiences in a journal or notebook. Note what areas you had the easiest time with, and which were the hardest for you. This will give you an idea of what ‘dream’ senses you need to work on [sound is mine] when we start getting into more complicated exercises. You’ll want to do this one a few times, and make note of the consistencies and incongrucences each time.

Next week, we make fruit salad! :D

*Obviously anyone with a respiratory illness such as a cold or a flu, wait until you get better for this.  If you have a chronic respiratory disorder like I do [Asthma/Allergies] then you’ll want to breathe however feels safe for YOU. Always follow your doctors advice, obviously. However as a severe Asthmatic and an EMT I’ve found the yoga breathing very effective.

** Write down your results, either in your journal or, for more traditional type pagans who adore their BOS, in your spellbook!