Introduction to Visual Meditation
Welcome to my very first course on visual meditation with an emphasis on consensus environment development! This course is entirely self-guided, and I encourage you to go at your own pace. This course is also designed to be fairly simple so that you can mold each step to your liking.
The purpose of this course is to teach you how to:
- Reach a state of deep meditation and stay in that state for a designated period of time;
- Develop and strengthen your third-eye chakra and stimulate your visual cortex;
- Construct a personal visual environment;
- Connect with and share this environment with spirit guides/guardian angels/your loved ones.
Visual meditation is a method of meditation that uses a metaphorical visual idea or visual representation in the mind. It has a number of useful applications. Regardless of your age or belief system, visual meditation has positive benefits on mood, self-discovery, spirituality, coping with pain or illness, psychic development, and mindfulness. As with most methods of meditation, when made habitual, it can reconstruct neural pathways to help you get back to your emotional baseline quicker. For some, learning to meditate is a wholly spiritual experience to develop psychic skills. In this instance, visual meditation opens you open to a whole world of opportunities!
Note: It’s not necessary to hold any belief whatsoever for this lesson to be effective. Leave what does not speak to you and modify it to fit your own culture and beliefs. Follow your heart and reap the benefits of this exercise.
So, let’s get started!
visual meditation: (n) a method of meditation that uses a metaphorical visual idea or visual representation in the mind; can be through guided audio or through one’s own will
third-eye chakra: (n) commonly known as the second chakra in the Buddhist and Hindu cultures; located between the eyes or middle of the forehead; believed to open into the pineal gland and visual cortex in a cone-like shape when stimulated; allows visual information into and out of the energetic body
energetic body: (n) the soul; the energy component that is connected to your physical body; the visual representation of your body in your visual/consensus environment; also believed to be connected to Source consciousness or energy, the energetic system from which we originate
deep meditation: (n) a state of meditation where thought consciousness is still present but physical consciousness is absent
Before we even begin visual meditation, I want to make sure you are reaching a state of deep meditation. Deep meditation is achieved by allowing your physical body to go completely limp and your thought stream to reach a state of homeostasis. That is, your thoughts have not stopped but are flowing at a consistent and constant rate. Your thoughts will stream from loud, connected sentences marked with emotion (stress, anxiety, grief) to just faint clouds of ideas.
There are many ways to achieve deep meditation: guided meditation from podcasts or YouTube videos; listening to soft, looping meditation music; white noise machines, etc. You should tailor a way that works for your the best. The most important part is making it a daily habit. This will train your brain to reach this state much faster.
- Lie down in a quiet space and allow your body to go completely limp.
I actually like to pretend I have died. Hah! Just make sure all your muscles are loose. You’re trying to forget your body exists. Starting out, you may have to keep checking every now and then to remind your limbs to chill out. It’s completely okay for your body to twitch as you begin to relax.
- Keep your breath steady.
Take long, deep breaths. Breathe in any way that feels comfortable. A pace that matches your breathing as you sleep works best.
- Allow your thoughts to run away.
The brain is designed to run and produce thought constantly. We cannot stop thinking. That is not the purpose of meditation. Meditation asks those thoughts to get in line and find a rhythm rather than bursting through the door. Turning disorder into order on command like this will quickly become your most favorite part of meditating!
And that’s it! Again, the hardest part of this will be keeping a routine to condition yourself to reach this state. You will need this same self-discipline for visual meditation in the future, so build up the habit to meditate first. It’s a great habit to have.
Tips & Tricks
- Starting out, try to meditate for at least 1 hour per day and reduce your time according to the speed at which you reach deep meditation. On average, I have found my thoughts slow down at the 30 minute mark, so you’ll want to give yourself enough time to stop mentally swimming.
- You may fall asleep the first few times you do this. That’s normal and acceptable. If it becomes an issue, move your meditation time to an hour when you might feel more energized.
- Use items during your meditation to cue yourself to reach deep meditation sooner. A special pillow. A scented candle. A blindfold or eye mask to block out light. One meditative song on loop. If you consistently use these items, your brain will learn that it’s time to unwind.
- Record your deep meditation experiences. Whether you believe in mysticism or not, the information that comes to you when you meditate can lead you to new ideas, connect you with your past lives, and teach you all sorts of new things.
Signs You’re in Deep Meditation
- Coming to with time missing, but you recall what you were thinking.
- Your physical senses will seemingly disappear.
- Sudden, random visual images, sounds/voices, or smells.
- Feelings of euphoria, crying spells, and positivity are all normal when starting out.
- Tingly, light sensation as you come back.
- Renewed energy, even for shorter meditations.
- Feelings of being disoriented or disconnected are also normal.
- Meditate daily for 1 hour. You may reduce to 30 minutes when you’ve developed a routine and are able to reach deep meditation.
- When, where, and how do you meditate?
- What methods have worked best for you when meditating?
- What makes it more difficult for you to meditate, and what can you do to prevent these difficulties from interfering?
- Have you had any remarkable experiences?
- Are you able to reach deep meditation every time or only sometimes?
When to Move Forward
- When you have been reaching deep meditation for at least 1 week;
- When you can stay in that state for an extended period of time.
Have a question or need assistance with this course? Reach out to me!
Ready to move on? Let’s go!
Phase 1: Opening Your Third-Eye Chakra