As the transition from crawling to walking is an amazingly complex process, so, I think, is the learning to visualize in great clarity and stability. Win Wenger called this Image Streaming and this exercise helps you to kick start your visualization. If you make this a strong habit, this will help you to create a phenomenal memory for anything you read this way. Or, just last week, before drawing some images (for a video presentation) I switched into mind-mode and visualized how Id draw a heart or a glass of sparkling wine. Did you have to talk yourself through those things before you begin imaging in your mind or is mental rotationa nd mental imaging a different skill and not something where you have to have the mental image before mental rotation, etc Thanks. So apparently I cant see any mental images like I thought. At any rate I was constantly going into lala land as it were while trying to stay awake and I noticed that once I saw a mental image of the picture I was working on manipulating on the computer. Wow this REALLY WORKS! Or is this maybe a bit more advanced? I couldnt see anything either, but I tried to describe what I remembered until I was just repeating myself, then looked again. While the purpose (and money that went along with it) was for something else, I had hoped to get something out of it that would boost my visualization. 1) Okay, youre already able to produce images. Appreciate it immensely. Is it normal ? 1 more reply. According to certified life coach Sydney Axelrod, it's important to get clear on what you want from your goals. Try changing the number or font on the phone screen, color of the flame, lighter design, etc. Are the only shapes distinguishable after a full month of training. Im interested since I would like to try to see images myself. # Of course, is all black but feels like there are some slightly darker shadows in my mind (shadows of objects in the room). # Even if you can get the slightest improvement within that time period, then Jackpot keep going. Like imagining an orange or a dice? Thats a fantastic exercise! Hi Marko. Grab a piece of paper and draw a basic geometric shape on it. 4. When I come back, before to jump in my bed to continue my sleep, a very vivid image apeared instantly. I imagine things all the time. For me, its a big improvement already. When I listen to some artists, the lyrics they sing form images in my mind. ;), Hi David happy to see all of your efforts, like you I have practicing image streaming for around 6 months even if I did only 20 min, I saw some results,I started dreaming once again, something that didnt happened to me for years, the result are small, but they are real, I should probably try to mix with others exercises as well, by the way, many believe that image streaming also improves iq, I cant see any difference, but do you feel any improvement on your cognitive abilities? You imagine making the picture in your mind as if youre actually making it with a camera. Observe these objects, their details and texture in real life and bring them into your routine. I wanted to follow all these life-changing exercises from the books Ive read. Thats it for this week. As youre likely in the same position as I was at that time, you know how confusing it is to hear that you lack an ability that everybody else takes for granted. Stop touching your eyes and begin describing what you see (out loud). Ive probably tested hundreds of guided meditations and found that these two guys on YouTube stand head and shoulders above the rest: The Honest Guys. They apply it naturally on many occasions during the day to review the past, to rehearse the future, etc. I have done progress with visualisation. After 3-5 seconds, the image appears. Thanks for the article :-). So when I try and visualise, for example walking through my front door, my brain wont let me do it, its like there is an invisible force stopping me or sometimes when I try to imagine myself in a scenery, in my minds eye, the scenery keeps spinning round and round and its like Im fighting with my brain to visualise what I want? :)) Keep practicing :). This is very true. or i need to practise on other exercises (like seeing an image and reproduing it in mind, etc) to master this skilll? Now I think probably this would have been the beginnings of some dream (i.e. Yep, thats right, a dog. What you describe as random, better-than-real-life-images, I havent experienced yet, but I heard of others who indeed have. Do u think i could recall my experiences and memories easier and with more details? Dear Phoenix, Leading with Mental Ideas After you get well accustomed to this idea, everything tends to go on just fine. I dont see much outside through my window (only shades). Just do some rhythmic breathing, or still better, 1:4:2 breathing exercise. Make sure you keep your eyelids calm and relaxed. Do you see anything at all yet? P.S. Hi Marko. Some of then in near photographic quality. 2. Gotta keep at it, sight is the only sense Im completely missing in my mind. Having to visualize everything to learn and solve problems just slows you down anyway. I will keep at this, hopefully something will click. Youre at work taking a sip of coffee? Many people say that when we are children we can imagine and see things as we want them to be I remember trying to see my future, like all the other girls, but I saw nothing so I believed I will die at a very young age and thats how I explained the impossibility of visualising. So after you have reached a primitive stage of conjuring pictures in your mind, what are the steps/exercises to improve clarity of the pictures ? Wish me luck. It actually sums up the topic very well and Im very happy I found it. Especially if you start from scratch, images will be hard to tame and you have to gently fight for stability and control. DAY #2 (1,5 hours): Used my window, just to satisfy my curiosity (window curtain was in place). You could do this anytime during your day. Yes, thats right. Contact Dear Abby at DearAbby.com or P.O. Perhaps throw in some variation. First of all: thank you for this article. If you cant take avail of it right now, just grab another one for the same purpose. Master five astral senses - visual, auditory, sensory, olfactory, gustatory - that means you are able to imagine a picture, sound, or sensation with great accuracy, and your imagination is very clear. Keep it light and easy. This exercise will help you imagine details of your images. (Dont forget you are not trying to see it with your eyes, it feels to be residing somewhere else, at least in the beginning of practice) As soon as the image begins to fade, open your eyes and look at the real drawing. Marko, thank you for writing this. When you reached a state of calmness and relaxation, focus on your mental imagery. I must admit, the routine is very, very annoying and time consuming. My training was aggressive this week too. someone posted this on the aphantasia facebook page and I thought i will give it a try I have been trying to learn for 40 plus years to visualize used about every strategy going and nothing and I find the same with this it has made no difference to me at all I have no minds eye to visualise. Before sleep: Candle again + 30min meditation (added this week) Since then I havent really been able to visualise very well at all. When we fix our physical eyes perfectly on one tiny detail, surroundings fade from our view. How the little things are internalized ? 3. This time, definetly my brain remembered the last night training because the image faded in ~2 seconds (first try), not milliseconds like in the beggining. My favorite form of image streaming is to lie in bed and stare at the texture in the ceiling, and describe what the patterns look like. In retrospect, I feel that my practices up until now have been severely lacking. But myself, I actually never watch the videos. Focus on holding a certain image in your mind, youll get better at stabilizing fickle images. No matter how hard you try to imagine yourself a different color, youll stay the same. Cristina, Hi, these seem like good exercises but I have a problem when I try and visualise and maybe you can help me or know if it has a name. I think, it took me about 3 weeks to retain an afterimage. I also see colors when meditating. I would love to connect with you and share my results. I often find myself resorting to poetic similes to describe what I see. Not enough is known about aphantasia to say much of anything about it. Thank you for your review! I know, in the beginning it vanishes almost instantly but with constant practice youll be able to keep it for much longer (or you can recreate it). Perhaps if recognize that some image is in my minds eye though I didnt try to develop it I should observe whatever it is for how long I could but again at least at this point when I consciously think about the image that appeared that is the end of the image just as quickly as the random image showed up when consciouly trying to keep it on the mental paper it vanishes. If you like to find out more, keep reading, First, let me give you a quick intro about my story. But interestingly: after closing my eyes, first 3-5 seconds were dark. These are the answers i was looking for, thank you! Repeat the process, collecting more details and close your eyes again. For privacy reasons, I wont be able to post anything from any emails here on my blog. But I know from many women in my manifesting community that they have a problem with this. And that enabled me to create my own images without requiring any afterimages to trigger my imagination. . Its all about, like you already do, coming from your mind. 1) because of my summer job and the lack of energy etc. As with colors, youll also get better over time. Unfortunately it didnt help (not for visualization or anything, even though it carries some science behind it). Hello Marko i used to try those exercises for like a month but uncostantly and then i stopped because of boredom.. Ive done guided meditations for years but never have seen the scenes. I like to imagine a canvas (white, back, blue, ..) because somehow it helps to have the canvas texture to paint on. Youll be able to recall the colors with some practice. thank you so much! Was there few seconds with my eyes closed and/or open. Closed my eyes quickly and the iMac screen faded in few milliseconds (Ive noticed this effect for years, I knew is the photon effect on my eye so I never been interested in it). So I hope I will have more of these experiences :) Or maybe i need to try only the basic ones and when i get better (if i get, i hope to) i need to try also the last exercise? I wasnt trying to see it but I know I did and so I got excited and tried to mentally hone in on that image but when I did it disappeared very quickly and I couldnt conjur it up. Etc. (Please see my answer above) I encourage you to experiment with it. 2) if increase my visualization skills to good/high levels will i have always images and videos in my mind s eye? :). Again thanks alot :), Arana, Im happy to hear! You do see an after image when doing the candle exercise? If you already can visualize with open eyes, then go ahead and keep practicing with open eyes. I think progress is a matter of persistence practise. Or is it all mental imagination imagery? Support from other teachers and school staff makes a world of difference. (Try it now.). The only exercise that Im confused about is visualizing colors. Describe it all as if youd have it right in front of you. This is great stuff!!! When I learned of the term Aphantasia, I also learned that what came along with it was often hopelessness and defeatism. I really enjoyed the tune and tried to youtube the song while dreaming but to no avail. From time to time, color spots appeared: purple (many times), yellow and pink once. Feels like the image is in your head, but you actually see through your hands. Thanks for responding, I plan to dedicate some time to each exercise and will be sure to report back if I have any progress. The only time I can visualize is while sleeping. If you can imagine, control, manipulate things in your way, then thatd might be perfect for you to put it to practice and apply it in a useful way. And I dont believe in aphantasia or,lets say, I think its rather comparable to an atrophied muscle that merely needs workout. Think of carefully retracing its contours with a pencil.Then choose a single small detail of this shape. Blink your eyes slowly. I did the exercises for a while and nothing. Heres what I recommend to you as an exercise: Listen to these videos over and over again. Even if you initially see nothing, internally describe details. While awake I can think only in words and concepts. I know how our brain is changeing over time (neuroplasticity), so I also refuse to think that there is any barrier. I should also start exercise #2 (solid colors). Write It Down, Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want And Getting It Henriette Anne Klauser, Thank you for your kind reply, Marko. Try visualizing something. My current state is extremely accurately described by this quotation: You close your eyes, and all you see is blackness or, at best, you see some blurry shapes.. Observe with great care for some time and later recall as much as possible on paper. But, I do not see the colours. At first I thought it was working, I did seem to be getting slightly better. Youre on the right track. Persist and dont allow yourself to get discouraged. Continuing with 45 minutes of image streaming every day, and once a week doing the guided meditation/hypnosis I mentioned previously. I started to see a line (vague, but its there) in complete darkness (including my eyes closed). Of course you can choose some relaxing meditation music to boost your level of relaxation while doing the other exercises. By the way, you dont need to watch these videos on YouTube. Should I only worry about the initial brief image? I was able to (re-)visit familiar scenes or recall familiar objects but these images were missing the small details. If I meditate more than 15-25 minutes, swirlings you describe appear and if I focus on that movement trying to see patterns/shapes, at some point clips are comming, like are hidden on those patterns (I see many clips, as long as I keep meditating; I also open my eyes from time to time (for 2-3 seconds) and clips are comming when I close my eyes back looks like the brain remains in the same state but opening your eyes from time to time will keep you more aware, without that sleepy sensation). The Dead Sea is one of the most famous places in Jordan.Its mud and mineral-rich waters are well known for skin healing properties and it is popular to cover your body in mud and allow it to dry on your body before washing it off in the Dead Sea.If you are looking for made in Jordan products, the mud from the dead sea and other dead sea products # 3. It makes me very happy :) Im going to keep practicing, until I can visualize everything. Thanks again Marko or anyone else who might have tips here. Im sure, youre here because you cant visualize. It will take you into a very deep relaxation and youll be guided through an exercise to enhance your visual perception and your visual memory. Close your eyes again and bring your mental image closer to the original one. I tried to picture more complicated shapes but are too blurry and faded to distinguish them. 1. Hi, Marko! The afterimage effect is closer to seeing than my visualization. Ive been practicing visualization for a little over 3 months. Time to develop my brain to its full potential! I do feel Im heading the right way. Ive tried for years, but as you said, I havent try hard enough.  X R And while my enthusiasm may have dropped Ill keep going. The Mind's eye most likely utilizes the Visual cortex and adjacent predominantly visual cortical areas of the Parietal lobe and Temporal lobe ( Seeing and Imagining: Clues to the Workings Of the Mind's Eye ). Which one are you guys talking about? Again close you eyes and visualize the corrected image of you cellphone. #5. Thanks. I can do this with or without guided meditation. Because of my personal experience, I believe: Aphantasia is the inability to see (and create) mental images because of an untrained mental muscle. Heres a short list what you can do with the power of visualization: In a nutshell, you can apply visualization all areas of your life. Does it move, or does it make a sound?Answer these questions internally and in silence. After 2 months and 3 days i still have visualisation skill like at the begin. Its nice to read your conversation with Brandon as well, and I would love to get an update on where the two of you are in your progress. I couldnt see the candle too much (few times only). I think, if you plan to benefit from visualization for the rest of your life, it sure is worth practicing a few minutes every day. A car in front of you Thank you very much Marko for your response! # I try to get back to it, but its almost like being in a dream where I find Im powerless to take control. Think about it for a moment: How important is it to you to acquire this skill? May I ask, how have you been practicing? You can delve into old memories and over time rediscover lost details or you can use the mechanism of your mind to go into the future (using the principles of Psycho Cybernetics): Rehearsing a future scenario (like a meeting with yours boss, a lovely evening with your loved ones, the ideal golf shot, etc.) Because if I close my eyes all I see is blackness and the focus shift to seeing through the eye instead of recalling image from the mind so is this normal ? No fluke. Or focus on your your breathing and only that for as long as possible. 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