”I can’t visualise.” I have often been told this by people to whom I was introducing the wonders of visualisation. It is true that many of us find it difficult or even impossible to visualise. However, it is a skill that can be developed with exercise.
I have asked those who proclaimed their inability to visualise to think of the first home they lived in. Whilst thinking of that home, I asked them to tell me how many exterior windows there were in that dwelling. They paused for a while and then gave me a number. I then asked how they arrived at that number. They told me that they either walked around the dwelling or walked from room to room, in their mind, to come up with the number.
Visualisation is like a muscle. If you don’t use it, it withers.
As kids, we were told by our parents, ‘that is daydreaming.’
Many of us visualise on a daily basis. If you don’t have visualisation in your kitbag, it is simple to practice.
Think of a location you are familiar with. Close your eyes and bring it into focus. Do you see colours, is there noise, are there any smells associated with the location, are there people moving around. Is it a local mall, can you see the ‘foodcourt’ or a favourite shop you visit regularly. See it, become immersed in it.
An easier first step could be as simple as looking at something now in your immediate vicinity, examine it visually, colours, textures, shapes etc. Close your eyes, and bring it into focus again. Continue this kind of exercise whenever you have the time and inclination.
You will soon be visualising with the best of them.