I’ve recently added some of the visualizations from Andrew’s Dream Yoga book to my practice and I have some questions:
- Is there a significant difference between recalling an image and visualizing one? It’s much easier to remember the red lotus I drew on a whiteboard than to generate the image anew, but I don’t know whether this has the same effects.
- I’m a little unclear on what it means to “trace” the lotus. In practice what I’m doing is moving my eyes in a path that describes the shape of the lotus, and trying to visualize a line being inscribed by the motion (and mostly only visualizing that part of the lotus that I just “drew”). But maybe I’m meant to visualize the full lotus and move my attention around the perimeter?
- Bones: I probably shouldn’t be asking this, and I’m sure it’s different for everyone, but I wonder how long I should expect it to be before I notice any change in my capacity to visualize things. I’ve been doing mindfulness meditations for years, and I was an avid daydreamer as a child, but it seems my faculty for visualization is rather weak, to the point that I can’t entirely tell if I’m even “doing it”. I’m going to keep it up regardless, but I can’t help but wonder.
I will note that doing the lotus visualization seems to have increased the vividness of my dreams! I welcome anyone to share their experience with doing visualization meditations, regardless of whether you have anything to say about my particular questions!