Witchcraft Theory & Practice – Visualization

Proficiency at visualization is most important to all occult training. I have
encountered only one or two people in all the years that I have been
teaching who were unable to visualize. However, they had the ability to
conceptualize with similarly accurate results.
The receptacle of the imagination is integral to the processes of creation.
Change through intent begins with inspiration, passes through the realm of
the imagination, is manipulated by the emotions of enthusiasm, desire,
empathy, and compatibility and is transformed into a manifest outcome
according to the proficiency of the process (Air, Fire, Water, Earth
respectively).
Without the ability to visualize, projection into the astral realms is almost
impossible (at least consciously; it is done automatically in the sleep state).”
The ability to visualize is integral to spellcrafting and can lead to dramatic
changes and accomplishments, especially if you are freefalling.’Z
The term “visualize” has been described in various ways in many books
and by many people. Still, there are some who do not think they can
visualize because of how it has been described. The problem is one of
communication. The word that best articulates the function within the mind
that can visualize is imagination. To enable me to do justice to this chapter, I
would first like to shed light on a common misconception concerning this
remarkable power.
Remember the expression used during childhood that related to the
bridge between the seen and the unseen? Mum or Dad or some other
well-intentioned person would say to you, “Don’t be silly, it’s just your
imagination playing tricks on you,” or “You don’t see anything there, it was
just your imagination.” If you were little and the shadow in the corner of the
darkened room scared you, it really wasn’t much consolation to be told to go
back to bed and stop imagining things, was it? What if there actually had
been something there? Many a natural-born witch, a gifted writer, artist,
musician, or inventor may have been deterred from their true path by that
demeaning, belittling expression “just your imagination.”
Another common distortion of communication that I have heard from
teachers of occult, mystical, and metaphysical schools when describing how
to visualize is “close your eyes and form the picture behind your closed
eyes,” and because all there is behind your closed eyes is your closed eyes,
you throw up your hands in despair saying, “I can’t see anything!”
So visualization is the imagination, but not just the imagination.
Daydreaming without conscious control is probably the closest you could
come to the “just…” function. The mind is not simply a mechanism that has
only one level to its being. There are degrees, or depths, to the imagination
that need as much concentrated training as any other technique. When the
required depth is plumbed, it is possible to stand with the eyes open and see
clearly that which you have created with the power of the mind. 13
As meditation is the process of stilling the mind while relaxing the body,
so visualization utilizes that peaceful, relaxed state for the creation of altered
states, increased awareness through controlled and conscious intent,
contact, manifestation, and summoning. What begins with the exercise of
controlled creation of a one-dimensional image, becomes the creation of a
three-dimensional image, then the transmutation of a concept or idea into
an image or a series of images, then in turn to the activation of things and
people, and the creation of situations that eventually transpire in the realm
we understand as material. From there you will seek through the aid of (1)
the center, (2) meditation or contemplation, and (3) visualization to
transcend the realm of the physical in search of truths that can only be
obtained elsewhere.
There are several exercises presented here. You are to train systematically,
starting with the first exercise and continuing until you are competent
before proceeding to the next. Some of you may find the exercises extremely
difficult, while others just sail through. If you are working these techniques
in a group venue, please do not get competitive. The initial harnessing of the
controlled image is the important thing to keep in mind, so do not hurry!
Exercise 1
1. Relax and go into your meditation.
2. Visualize blackness as far as your eyes can see.
3• Onto that black screen, visualize a white circle. Start at twelve o’clock on
the circle and visualize eliminating the circle by circumnavigating,
clockwise, to where you began. Then recreate the circle the same way.
4. Hold the image of the circle exactly as it is for the count of ten, then
eliminate it as before.
If you lose control of the image for even a moment, do some deep
breathing and begin again. You might not achieve this much in your first few
attempts, but continue working at your own pace until you are competent.
Exercise 2
1. Begin with Exercise 1 until you have the blackness.
2. Visualize the circle.
3. Turn the circle into a sphere and move it around in an attempt to see all of
it. Note its texture, size, and color. If it has no color, give it some. Play with
it a little. Increase its size, change its substance, etc.
4. Hold your sphere for as long as you like, and then choose consciously to
discontinue. Do not allow stray thoughts to interfere. If they do, begin
again or come back to the exercise later.
Exercise 3
1. Begin with Exercise 1 until you have the blackness.
2. Visualize the circle.
3. Turn the circle into a sphere.
4. Turn the sphere into a round piece of fruit.
5. See your own hands holding the fruit. Peel it. Taste it. Chew7
it. Swallow7
it,
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atch it go all the way down to your stomach (if you do not know your
anatomy, look it up; it must be an accurate visualization). Eat the entire
fruit following the same procedure. Again, if you have any stray thoughts
enter your controlled visualization, stop and either begin again or come
back to the exercise later.
Explore an assortment of these image creations when you have mastered
the fruit. When you have control of your conscious visualizations, it is time
to proceed to the next stage: that of creating a moveable image from an idea
or a concept.
Exercise 4
1. Begin with meditation in the usual manner.
2. Choose a concept (e.g., freedom, experimentation, questing).
3. Contemplate the word to evaluate its meaning for you, both personally
and collectively (these concepts need not necessarily be generally
accepted).
4. Visualize the concept by imagining situations or events that justify your
evaluation of the concept. Do not lose control of the idea of the exercise
and wander into fantasy.
It is advisable not to discuss these later exercises with others. From here
you will probably have control of your conscious visualizations, so the next
step should be easy. It involves the creation in your imagination of an event
that will occur within a set timeframe in your material reality. At this stage,
keep things simple and avoid manipulation and egoistical desire-fulfillment
events.
Exercise 5
Create, by use of the technique of controlled visualization, an event,
featuring people with whom you are in fairly regular contact, in which
certain key phenomenon are brought to bear. Keep it concise, but ascertain
that what you summon into actuality is not a common occurrence, such as
saying hello to George down the street on your way to work as you always
do. Keep it snappy and distinct, and keep a written record. Place your event
within limited time coordinates (e.g., within one week from the day it was
visualized.)
As you may have gleaned by now, not only does this technique require
control and have, inherently, limitless possibilities, it also demands a certain
ethic. Be aware that even though you can utilize this technique within the
realms of manifestation, you will ultimately bear the consequences. The
Law of Congruitv,” of cause and effect, should be contemplated.