Working with images is a great way to strengthen visualization and imagination. Images are a great entry point, just like guided meditations, into dreaming. I realised this from a young age. Also, the brain and body can’t tell the difference between what we imagine and what we actually experience in ordinary reality. The imagination is real.
I love Norway and I took this photo there. Any time I like I can return to this beautiful place in the following way.
Making sure that I won’t be disturbed in anyway, I sit and look at the photo. I start by feeling into the happy memories from the day I took it and the beauty of the landscape. I give thanks for knowing such a place. I look at the image closely for a minute or 2, and then I look away. I close my eyes and re-create the image in my imagination. I repeat this exercise as many times as I need to until I feel I’m imagining enough of the detail. Then, set an intention for entering the image. It can be just to simply enjoy the landscape, or it can be to connect with the energy of the place for healing.
I have a drum and I love drumming, and there’s nothing like the ‘real’ sound and feeling the vibration of the drum. But for the sake of my neighbours, when at home, I put my headphones on and select something from Sandra Ingerman on YouTube. I particularly like Sandra’s drumming, available for free, because she has double drumming tracks ranging from 10-30 minutes. If you’re new to this, 10 minutes is plenty.
There are different ways I can approach this. One way, is to do it as a middle world shamanic lucid dream. This requires special preparations and experience of the practice. If you don’t currently practice this technique you can still enjoy and benefit from entering the scene simply by closing your eyes and just imagining you’re there. Or, working with the image before you go to sleep and holding the intention to dream you’re there during your sleep. With practice and strong visualization, these experiences are extremely beautiful, powerful and healing.
Imagine you’re in the scene. You might start at the top of the snow-capped mountain and work your way down, fly down or ride down. You might start at the stream, and drink its pure healing waters, and feeling purified and revivified, you then work your way up to the top. You might walk, ride or fly around before settling somewhere. You might stay a while in the lush grass feeling the energies and filling yourself with them, leaving you feeling strong. Do it all!
Before starting, I recommend you call out and give thanks to the place for sharing its magic with you. Leave an offering as a token of your appreciation. Using your imagination, your offering can be a song, a poem, a strand of hair, a small shell, a crystal, a flower, herbs, seeds, nuts…..As you leave the place, give thanks again for whatever healing you receive.
Literally anyone can benefit from such exercises. Doesn’t matter your age, dreaming experience, condition. It’s free and it doesn’t take long. You can use any image you’re drawn to. Your mind, body and soul will be nourished. Your mind and body will be relaxed and refreshed. Minutes of doing these exercises can be the equivalent of hours’ worth of sleep, in terms of the benefits. The effect of the exercise lasts long afterwards. Your energy will be boosted. The possibilities are endless! Using just this photo alone, you can reenter and have a different experience every time.
Give it a try and be sure to jot down your experience afterwards!