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Visualization and crystals
Everyone can visualize to some degree. Some people interpret their experiences largely in visual terms, others are inclined to relate experiences to sounds or feelings or stories. Whether or not you are able to see a full blown image or a dim outline or nothing at all, visualization exercises can help with meditation, spiritual realization and creativity. Visualization does not mean that you have to see the things in your minds eye just that you in some way pay attention to these ideas with intention.
Whatever your preferred sense and form of focused clarity is, you can use that to help you When you do not see something, you can tell your self a story, just feel and sense the concepts of the visualization in whatever way you are comfortable with. Many true visions are very brief, an instant's glimpse of a Buddha, a single instant of realization about something , a feeling like being wrapped in loving arms or the sound of celestial song. These experiences can be as complete and successful a visualization as someone's three day meditation journey through the galactic planes.
People who think that they cannot visualize may be trying too hard or using a too limited definition of visualization. Relax and rather than trying to force a visualization just let it happen or not by itself. Do not attach any merit to success or feel disappointed in yourself if a visual image does not come. Do not judge yourself against the experiences that someone else reports every one has different ways of experiencing and clarifying their experience .
Some books recommend that you practice with seeing very simple geometric forms such as a star or square in the center of your head but most people actually find it easier to remember a more complex image. People who tell us that they never visualize are often able to recall a favorite holiday or childhood memory in great detail which to me indicates that they can visualize after all.
We probably need a less single sense centered word for what we mean when we discuss visualization. Whatever senses predominate as you imagine and learn the things learned to be learned from visualization can be reachable for you .
The most frequently encountered visualizations are often relatively simple ones done for grounding or healing or connecting with spiritual source or for protection.
Examples of these include seeing yourself surrounded by Golden, White, Violet or Rainbow light , or being showered or bathed in the same light. Seeing a shield or filter around your entire aura. Visualizing a cord or tube of light dropped from your central channel into the Earth's core to connect you with the Earth and allow you to share and release energies. Imagining beaming healing energy from your hands or heart, or creating a ball of energy between your hands , releasing and removing negative forms , imagining a ball or space inside your head during some kind of meditations are also kinds of visualization . More complex visualizations may involve imagining images in front of you or even be very elaborate journeys and structures of thought and feeling .
Another common visualization form is used in treating illness where you may imagine and focus on having a whole and healthy system , or dissolve disease elements or visualize angels or other beings of light treating you Or even imagine traveling into your body and making needed repairs. Visualization is also an important part of manifestation procedures and vitalizes prayer. Lack of visual sharpness and vividness in visualization is not as important as having a positive mental position.
Many different crystals are used for assisting with visualization so there is an abundance of riches, in fact to me it almost seems like all stones promote visualization in some way. It seems like almost every time I pick up a rock I get some kind of image or feeling or other sensory input. I am a visualize as well as a feeler, hearer, taster, and smeller though there are times when I draw a blank especially when I feel like people expect me to "perform". But that's just probably another example of trying too hard.
First off just relax and allow, don't be hung up on results and don't have expectations .
Some stones specifically mentioned in lists as assisting with visualization include
Moss agate, yellow stones, purple stones, quartz, (of course) amethyst, Danburite, blue stones, pink stones , clear stones, green stones , smoky and black stones and rainbow colored stones. I am not kidding, in other words if it helps you see, smell, hear, feel some sensation, in any way as you do a "visualization " then for you that stone is a visualization stone.
Many of the stones and quartz forms can help you with a particular kind of visualization, journey or meditation. A Dolphin crystal may give you thoughts songs , feelings and/or visuals about the Ocean and the beings and wisdom held therein for example . Other crystals may have you thinking about Atlantis, Fairies, healing or even computer workings or trees. The possibilities are unlimited.
A plain quartz crystal, wand crystal or other stone selected to help with visualization can be held or kept near to facilitate these visualizations or meditations.
Start from a basic calm and quiet meditative state .
You may simply choose a stone that calls you and go where it takes you as you meditate . Some people who are not confident of their ability to meditate or visualize find that if they deliberately set out to imagine or "make up" a story while focusing on the crystal they may have some very real insights . You might like to write these experiences down because others may find them useful launching points . Some visualizations are very simple and others encompass major journeys . The brief ones are usually intended to bring you in contact with spirit and to work on a single issue or to help you prepare for further work on spiritual evolution or healing.
Heart of the Sun
This does not use crystals but one can be used to enhance the visualization many people program a crystal to assist with this meditation.
Imagine yourself inside the Heart chakra of the Sun. Maintain the visualization for five to 15 minutes This common meditation can occasionally be rather disorienting or result in some lightheadedness at first but this rare effect will dissipate quickly don't expect any particular effect or result but this can be a profoundly transforming practice when used regularly. Some traditions use this in the morning as their basic wake up these may have you only hold the awareness for a moment or two.
Imagine a Diamond inside of you at the heart make it as real and beautiful as you can recognize this as your inner purity and light simply maintain focus on the glowing light for five minute or longer should your attention wander simply return your attention back to your heart and the diamond within. This will enhance your awareness of your divine nature and ability to love and experience love if done on a regular basis.
Another variation on this is to imagine your diamond heart pulsing as you breathe in and out allowing the light and love emanating from it to radiate outward and return even more filled with love and light.
A variation used when seeking self forgiveness is to first do the regular meditation and then bring up the issue where you seek forgiveness be aware of the issue and the feelings around it as fully as possible then expand the light of you inner diamond completely around yourself and the issue and allow the light to fill you with love dissolving the pain holding you to the issue.
If you are ready to forgive another imagine them sitting before you and imagine the spark of light within their heart expanding to meet yours and merging with it and the issue and allow the light to fill you with love dissolving the pain holding you to the issue as you forgive and release the other person.
Variation for dispelling the illusion of duality
Create the diamond of light within your heart place a dual or opposite concept inside the diamond of light, such as Male/Female, Good/Evil, Love/Fear as you exhale see these concepts emerging from the oneness of your heart as you inhale see them merging together into one as they return into your diamond heart.
This combines visualization with a meditation, select a fairly large quartz crystal and begin with it in front of you or in your hands . (or imagine a crystal before you ) Breathe deeply, a traditional chi practice suggests that women imagine the breath rising from the Earth and men imagine the breath flowing down from above. Gaze into the crystal breathing slowly and deeply imagine the crystal expanding and becoming larger imagine it growing to expand gently around you so that you are sitting within the safety of the crystal the light coming into the crystal illuminates your entire being and fills you with peace and love, stay within the crystal breathing in the light for as long as you wish then allow the crystal to move away from you and return to its natural size.
Some people create within the haven an office or personal sanctuary imagining the crystals filled with those things one might need such as a comfortable chair a viewing screen or computer to use for see past lives and sending healing
This is a variation on a standard imagery of building a safe haven for inner meditation. You may prefer to create a haven in the form of a globe of light ,or in a tree house or some other nest rather than using crystal imagery. Many people also create gardens to use as havens and as beginning points in meditation affirmation and journey.
Another common complex visualization form is a journey
These may be to to seek advice, meet guides , angels, power animals etc. or to become aware of the galactic core the interconnected nature of life on Earth or receive some symbolic gift for your spiritual evolution either by gift or by recovering it after passing through obstacles .
A standard pattern for these is often an entrance to the location of the journey often a cave or tunnel or it may involve a climb or flight I have encountered visualizations set in the ocean the skies , off planet ,at the center of the Earth, or even at a shopping mall. There may or may not be obstacles encountered on the way or tasks to perform you may meet companions of some sort The center of the visualization often involves a meeting with a Guide ,God/dess , Advisor or some other being and you may receive guidance or a symbolic gift from this being before returning to you beginning point .
There are many volumes of these visualizations in books and on the internet and people often adapt segments of books for this practice as well. You may begin with only the seed of an idea and allow the experience to unfold, or you might follow someone's outline. I find that with visualizations on tape or when someone is reading aloud I find the pace far too slow and I may go off on ways that are not in the outline so it can involve some backtracking and readjustments.
The difficulty in writing this file is that many visualizations are quite long and while many do involve gems and stones in some way it is not really practical to write out a number of them .
One favorite of mine has been the cave of gems where you go and as you travel through the caves of healing crystals you receive healing and balancing energies from many different caves of jewels according to your needs and in the heart of the cavern you may listen to music from the sentient stones and receive guidance and recognition of what work you have done and what is needed at the time.
The gifts or items recovered /discovered in these visualizations are often gems jewelry. (If you are going to do a lot of journeys where you get gifts of magical tools you might want to make sure at least one of the gift is a crane bag ( or other magical container) to carry them in.)
Often a visualization will help you gain information about you goals aspirations and needs They may help you to recognize inner gifts and issues to work on. The visualization is a bit more structured than a standard daydream and does not dwell on failings and regrets but helps you gain clarity in some way.
Again never judge yourself against another persons results and do not be upset if in a long visualization you just can't seem to "get with the program" not all visualizations will work for for you . So if you get to the end of the vast pink marble corridor and when the book of life is open and you are to read the message there, the page is blank or you gaze into the mirror of wisdom to see your inner Goddess, and it's Yosemite Sam, Or if the question that the Angel of Death wants you to ponder is "Why does everything taste like chicken ?" Go with it ! that's just as valid an experience as any other.Peggy Jentoft ~solarraven Weather working
I'm not the only person who has had Yosemite Sam as a Guide.
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