1. Read through the blog first, including the Imagery exercises. To ensure that the Imagery flows, re-read it several times, committing it to memory – OR – record the Imagery exercises, including the instruction “Close your eyes and breathe out three times.” (The number of breaths may change for individual exercises.) Leave about two minutes of unrecorded tape at the end of each exercise for your Imagery experience. Then record the instruction “Close you eyes and breathe out…” and next exercise.
2. If you choose, align yourself with the Divine in a short prayer.
2. Always state an intention for your Imagery. E.g. I do this Imagery to heal my (whatever); or I do this Imagery in preparation for (name a holiday, special event); I do this Imagery to bring peace to my family…
3. You’ll notice that the breathing is specific for Imagery. It may seem unusual to begin with a long, slow out-breath, followed by a natural in-breath, but it takes very little practice to get it. Both out and in-breaths are through the mouth. Repeat this breathing cycle three times or whatever number is indicated for the exercise, then go back to your regular breathing pattern.
4. Allow yourself a few minutes to have an Imagery experience. Imagery is a quick process. Do not stay in the Imagery Exercise for more than two minutes. The Imagery is finished as soon as you get the picture, sound, feeling or sense. To conclude your Imagery, breathe out one time and open your eyes. Remember, for Imagery, less is more. Do not get into the habit of staying in your images longer than two minutes. Beyond that you are no longer doing Imagery.
Notes: Imagery usually expresses itself in symbols or pictures; however, Imagery can also come as sounds, senses or feelings. All these responses are valid (visual pictures; sounds; feelings, which are emotions; senses, which are physical). If you get no response to an Imagery exercise, repeat it the next two days, then move on to another exercise.
Consider describing your Imagery experiences in a notebook. When you’ve completed a series of Imagery, you’ll be able to see how Imagery either repeats itself (usually until we get its message) or goes through a progression.
May your Imagery be a guide to understanding and wisdom!