Exercises to Further Grow Your Visualization Skill

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Visualization seems to be one of the skills that the majority of the people I have encountered struggle with most. Last post, I talked about how this is an important skill for those seeking to practice witchcraft. Today, I want to dive deeper into this skill and give some exercises and examples on how you can grow your visualization skills.

The simplest exercise is to look at an object – really study it. Now close your eyes and mentally develop a picture of that object in your mind. You could even act like you are developing a photo or waiting for a polaroid to develop. This builds your skill of observation and also stores images in your mind for future use in your visualizations. You can vary the time you allow yourself to study an object to improve upon your speed of observation. Your observation doesn’t have to only be about sight. You can grow into using aroma, audio, palate, and tactile observations.

You can take this exercise a step further by finding a friend or partner to take turns describing items to each other. One of you closes your eyes while the other one will start to describe an item to you until you are able to guess what item is being described. Try not to guess too fast wait for all the details. This isn’t an exercise of quickness. It is an exercise of mentally forming a picture.

Another exercise is to revisit adjectives and adverbs. In case you forget (or get them mixed up like I do), adjectives are the describing words for nouns. Adverbs are the describing words for verbs. Adverbs often in with the suffix: -ly. Look up the definitions of different adjectives and adverbs, then use a thesaurus or thesaurus.com to find their synonyms. Pay close attention to their subtle differences.

Let’s take the word: “cast”. There are at least eight different definitions for the word “cast”, but I want to focus on the definition that best describes how it is use in casting a spell. That definition is “emit, give”. Thesaurus.com gives sixteen synonyms for that definition. The top one being “direct” and my chosen top one being “bestow”. “Direct” is defined as “point in a direction; guide” or “put all efforts towards”, but there are also six more definitions. Now, let’s explore “bestow”: “to present as a gift: give; confer” or “to put to some use: apply”. When we cast a spell, we are directing the flow of energy to manifest our goal and some times we bestow blessings with our spells. As you can see, there are subtle differences in the words that can paint different pictures of the same subject. I honestly find that fascinating!

This is one of my favorite memes and it illustrates how a synonym’s subtle change in definition can paint a completely different picture.

Now you can take this exercise a step further by remembering a fond memory and either mentally, verbally, or manually (by writing) retell that memory, but take every opportunity to describe the scene. What was the weather? What did your clothes feel like? look like? If you are eating, what does the food taste like? How does if feel in your hands? What about in your mouth? Recount every detail possible. I found that when I was first beginning, it was helpful to write out these memories, especially using an electronic method, because you can write the story of your memory and then go back to edit your details. “That strawberry was so yummy and juicy,” can turn in to “That ruby red strawberry with its countless seeds bled juice down my chin and fingers as I bit into it and the succulent flavor of summer exploded into my mouth.” I know that can seem intimidating, but I’ve had a few years of practice. Also, I will let you in on a little secret… I used the thesaurus to find that perfect synonym for “yummy”.

Do you see how the first sentence about the strawberry creates almost the equiveillance of first grade finger painting of the strawberry? (My son is in first grade right now and learning about adjectives and adverbs, while also enjoying creating finger paintings, so this reference is coming from that experience and not from a place of judgement.) The second sentence almost transports you into that moment. You can imagine the feeling of the juices rolling down your chin and fingers. You start to imagine the minute details of the seeds and the color of the strawberry. You can almost taste the strawberry yourself and the sentence starts to lean you into the emotions that we might experience around summer.

I have found that exploring new words has greatly enhanced my ability to visualize, but it helps me create an aspect of my visualization by just thinking of a word rather than struggling to find mundane words that don’t quite describe what I am trying to portray in my mind. The last side of this exercise is to read descriptive nonfiction stories and visualize what you are reading. This can be much like how I lead you though a visualization above with my strawberry sentence.

Remember, a visualization is your own – it is your own story – thus it can never be wrong. Don’t get caught up in worrying about if you are doing it right or wrong. Enjoy the process, get lost in the descriptions. Apples are red, but in reality, they come in a variety of colors, including: orange, yellow, green and all the shades in between, so paint them how you see them. Lastly, if a black or purple apple fits better in your visualization for your spell, then mentally paint it those colors. You are in control. You are the one with the power and the only limits are the ones you place on yourself. I hope you have a blessed week and I look forward to sharing with you a very descriptive writing of mine about a memory that was my visualization escape for a long time in my next post. As always, may you always have the blessings of your gods!

Three Base Skills for a Witch

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There are three base skills that every witch needs to know in order to practice magic. Those three base skills are meditation, visualization, and energy manipulation. With each of these skills in the witch’s toolbelt, the manifestation of anything is possible.

Mediation is the practice of clearing your mind to enhance focus. It is often done by sitting or laying comfortably, closing your eyes, and focusing on your breath. Every time your thoughts drift away from your breath you acknowledge the thoughts you were thinking, let them go, and re-center your focus on your breath. The use of chants or drumming is sometimes incorporated into the practice. If you are new to meditating, I suggest exploring the app CALM. I have been using it for the past 3 years and I greatly enjoy their daily meditations and sleep stories.

Now that we have briefly discussed what meditation is, how does meditation help your magical practice? Meditation helps you calm your mind and let the stresses of the day melt away from the forefront of your mind. The practice of meditation brings you into the present moment full of focus for the task at hand. While casting a spell you don’t want your grocery list or that fight you had with your partner earlier in the day looming over your head. Meditation helps you release all of that.

The second base skill is visualization which is the practice of mentally creating imagery in your mind. This skill allows you to see your goal and use that energy to manifest your goal. Visualization can also help you explore all the consequences of your spell before you perform it, allowing you to decide if you are willing to deal with all of the possible consequence that may arise from your work. Visualization can also be used as a calming escape when needed.

Visualization is often paired with meditation. After clearing your mind, you can start painting the mental imagery of your goal. With much practice you are able to step into the world you have created and interact with it. Many guided meditations use visualization as a tool for you to access deep aspects of yourself. If you are struggling to paint a mental picture, then you can also a physically create vision boards. Vision boards are a collection of imagery that connect to your goals. If the goal of your spell is prosperity then you would include imagery of what prosperity means to you. Money, a new car, a credit card statement with a zero balance are examples of what prosperity might look like to you.

Energy manipulation is our last base skill. Did you ever do the experiment of creating a ball of energy between the palm of your hands and letting it grow? Frequently, this experiment also included passing or throwing that ball of energy to other classmates. This is energy manipulation and used to direct the energies needed to manifest your goal through your spell.

When we first start off in the practice, we will often we use the sympathetic magic of herbs, crystals, colors, and other materials to help us build and direct that energy. As you progress you might choose to lean on your own skills of directing the energy, or you might choose to continue using supplies, but become better attuned to the energy of those materials. Either option or even a combination are viable because a mentioned in previous posts each witch’s path is uniquely their own.

Energy manipulation is largely used in healing work. The use of the white ball of light to absorb the negativity and dis-ease out of the body is a common method of healing. Often when I am sick, I will run an energy ball over my body to pull out the negative energy. Once that negative energy is absorbed into my ball of energy, I send it into the ground for mother earth to neutralize and redistribute that energy.

With these three skills, a witch is able to manifest her desires. Meditation, Visualization, and Energy Manipulation are the base skills that help ground, envision, and direct the energy of the spell. I hope you find power in these skills and grow in your practice. Until next time, may you always have the blessing of your gods.

Side Note:

Thank you all for your patience while I cared for my fur-baby last week. That experience has taught me a few lessons about managing my blog. Due to this, I will only be posting a blog on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month for the next couple of months. This will allow me to better manage my time in updating the website, managing my social media accounts, working on recording and editing videos, and balancing my family life. Lastly, I want to announce that soon I will be offering the ability to purchase wares directly from this website. I am extremely excited about the changes that are being made here at Knots Untwisted.