Visualization is very important to the practice of rituals and casting spells. It is the way that you bring real connection to your goal. For example, If you wanted to cast a spell to get a new home for you and your family, then as a part of the words and the use of objects, herbs, candles, etc., you would also visualize the home that you desire in detail......see it in your mind..... see you having happy times within the home....... visualize exactly what you desire in a home. Pictures help us have something to hold onto and know to help your spell on its way for your intended purpose.
First, you need to learn how to breathe as strange as that may sound. Breathing properly helps you to relax and to send out negative energies that you have accumulated throughout the day. Being relaxed helps you to focus and direct energy better. This is nothing complicated....... with a little practice you'll find it easy to do.
All you need to do is sit or lay down and start breathing slowly, deeply completely inhaling and exhaling. With each breath out, let yourself feel the worries of the day escaping with it. With each breath in, feel the light of the Lord and Lady filling you with positive feelings. Keep doing this, until you feel really relaxed. Then you are ready to begin meditation, communion with the Deities, rituals, or spells.
Once you've learned to breathe, then you can move onto visualization. In fact, if you think back to your exercises with energy manipulation, you can combine the two practices to help you learn to focus and see the energy ball that you're creating. You'll also find that eventually, you will be able to see the energy surrounding you when you cast a circle.
One of your assignments is to practice visualization with your energy manipulation exercises. To do this, do as you normally would to draw the energy into your hands into a little ball and as you do this visualize a white/blue/yellow/ or whatever color comes to mind glowing ball of transparent energy growing in your hands. See it as you move it from one hand to the other....... visualize it rotating and pulsating in your hands. When you do the energy circle exercise, do the same, see the energy go from you creating a sphere of light around you.
Secondly, I would like you to try using visualization when you meditate. Visualize symbols, animals, colors, etc. that are associated with the Lord and Lady. As you do this, begin letting pictures come to mind without your direction. You'll find that the Deities can often speak to you this way and show you some very special things. Practice....... it may not happen the first few times but as you become used to visualizing things while you meditate, it will become more natural. You may even come to a point where you can feel, smell, see, and hear things that you didn't realize were there before.
Also, practice your breathing exercises until you become comfortable with using them to help you relax and focus.
Lastly, begin simply incorporating if you do not already visualization into your rituals and spells as well as your times of communion with the Deities. I will also give you some links below to other sites with suggestions and methods of visualization to help you learn more about it and find the way that works best for you. Everyone's practice will be a little different so always feel free to adapt to what works best for you.
When you have practiced some of this for a while, post at the club or email me about how things are going with your visualization and some of the experiences that you have had while doing it.
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